Thursday, September 30, 2021

VP Harris Shows up (for a Change) at George Mason University

 This article first appeared in Times of Israel Blogs. Hat tip JNS.

America’s do-nothing vice president, Kamala Harris, isn’t seen much these days. However, she did show up on September 28 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Harris spoke to a class and took some questions, including one from a student who identified herself as half-Iranian, half Yemeni. The student launched into a monologue about how sad she was that the US was supporting Israel, which, in her words, was committing genocide against the Palestinian people-all while Harris was nodding silently. Harris then launched her own monologue about how important it was that the young woman’s view not be silenced. I assume this was her way of dancing around the issue.

Knowing Harris’ philosophy, I did not expect her to correct the young student and tell her that Israel was not committing genocide against anybody. I am hardly surprised at her lame response. What I do want to point out is this, something Harris’ either doesn’t know or doesn’t care about: That young student’s voice is not being silenced. Nor are the voices of her fellow Israel-haters (and Jew-haters) on campuses all over the country. They have free rein to say whatever they want about Israel, without disruption or intimidation. Indeed, it is their views that dominate the academic discourse. The same goes not only for students, but for faculty and activists on campuses everywhere. Over the course of two decades, I have attended enough events at various campuses in California (principally the University of California at Irvine, where I was teaching) to know.

No, it is the pro-Israel students and their invited speakers who have to worry about being silenced. I have personally witnessed how Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) disrupts pro-Israel events. It is the rule rather than the exception. I have personally heard Matan Cohen, an Israeli, pro-Palestinian activist with Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), describe pro-Israel talk as, “useless discourse”, and state that pro-Israel students “should not feel comfortable on university campuses.”

Without getting into a long-winded discourse about whether being a critic of Israel is anti-Semitic (I say yes under certain conditions, as outlined in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism), I can personally attest that there is a strong anti-Jewish undercurrent behind the anti-Israel campaign on US college campuses. I have heard certain speakers brazenly cross the line from attacking Israel to attacking Jews as people. I have personally seen university administrators hiding from the problem of campus anti-Semitism and denying its presence on their campus. I know that they would act quickly and decisively if such expressions were coming from white nationalists or neo-Nazis. However, these fringe elements have no voice or presence in academia. The problem is that university administrators remain silent when campus anti-Semitism is expressed by groups like the Muslim Student Association or Students for Justice in Palestine-either all Muslim or predominantly Muslim in membership respectively. Just as in Europe, Islamic anti-Jew hatred is a taboo subject. But it is a fact even if not all Muslims hold hatred for Jews.

I wish Vice President Harris had had the guts and the decency to defend free speech for Jewish students and other supporters of Israel-not to mention pro-America speakers, but I digress. I wish she had taken the opportunity to address the issue of campus anti-Semitism and call out the pro-Palestinian activists for sometimes crossing the line into anti-Semitism. She won’t do that because the anti-Israel activists, whatever their motivation, are part of her base. For her to lend credence to the idea that this young student’s anti-Israel views are being silenced is an affront to the truth.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Netherlands: 9 Suspected Terrorists Arrested

Last week, Dutch police arrested 9 terror suspects on suspicion they were followers of ISIS and were planning a terrorist attack, most likely in the Netherlands. All hold Dutch nationality. Eight were born in the Netherlands, and the 9th was born in Afghanistan.

The below article from today's RTL Nieuws is translated by Fousesquawk.

Remand extended

9 terror suspects in Eindhoven remain in custody

2 hours 34 minutes ago

Caption: Anti-terror unit of police in a separate action

The pre-trial detention of the 9 men who were arrested last week in Eindhoven on suspicion of preparing a terrorist crime has been extended two weeks. According to the Public Prosecutor's Office, the suspects, from 18-31 years of age, are believed to be in sympathy with the ideas of the terror organization, ISIS.

The suspects all have Dutch nationality. Eight were born in the Netherlands, the last in Afghanistan.

"The Netherlands in view"

Justice (authorities) have hardly released anything as to what the 9 were planning. Formally, the suspicions against them: Membership in a terrorist organization, preparing for a terrorist crime, and taking terrorist training.

"We assume that they had the Netherlands in view for the attack," Wim de Bruin from the Public Prosecutor's Office said earlier. "The investigation only began this summer. The men were arrested relatively quickly. The investigation now focuses on what the plans or intentions were."

Their lawyers are not allowed to disclose anything because the suspects are in complete restriction. Earlier, one of the lawyers said that as far as he was concerned, it was a "storm in a glass of water."

Residences searched

In the search of the residences of the suspects last Thursday, so-called data carriers were seized. That would be, for example, telephones, usb-sticks, or hard drives.

RTL Nieuws 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Saman Abbas: Honor Killing Suspect Captured in France

Hat tip Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna.

We have been reporting on the notorious honor-killing in Italy of Saman Abbas, a young Pakistani woman, allegedly murdered by members of her family because she refused an arranged marriage. A few days ago, the principal suspect, her uncle, was captured in France and will be extradited to Italy. Saman's body has not yet been found.

We will be translating something from the Italian media about this story.

*Update: Here it is. From TG 2. Translation by Fousesquawk.

Monday, September 27, 2021

At University of Michigan, Most Jewish Students Feel Unsafe

 Hat tip The College Fix

The Louis D Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law conducted a recent survey at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in which 65% of Jewish students interviewed who openly identify themselves as Jewish feel they are not safe on campus. The below article is from The College Fix.

This comes as no surprise to me. While the article states that there was no information on the breakdown of perpetrators as coming from the far-right or far-left, the words, "Israel" and "Zionist" are prominently featured, which leaves me to believe that most of it-as in other universities across the nation- is inspired by anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian agitation.

Currently, I see nothing about this in the campus newspaper, Michigan Daily, nor in the university news website. I can only wonder what UMich professor Juan Cole thinks about all this. I would be interested to hear his "informed comment".

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Attacks on Our Border Patrol

This article first appeared in New English Review.

 As if the scenes this past couple of weeks in Del Rio of 15,000 Haitians storming our border with Mexico were not bad enough, the unconscionable attacks upon our Border Patrol officers by the left and the media are enough to turn your stomach. From Joy Reid at MSNBC to Ilhan Omar, DHS head Alejandro Mayorkas, Kamala Harris, and others took one look at the BP officers on horseback, reins flapping, to quickly conclude that they were whipping the poor Haitian migrants and "bringing back memories of the days of slavery". Talk about a rush to judgment!

And on Friday, President Biden, speaking at a press conference and "answering" a question about the situation at Del Rio, went on to crucify his own Border Patrol, saying that "those people will pay," and "There will be consequences". It was shocking, especially given the fact that the slow-thinking president had a couple of days to digest the situation and realize that nobody was being whipped. Yet, he went right along with his leftist handlers and joined the chorus. Meanwhile, Mayorkas has ordered that the officers be placed on administrative leave and removed horses from any efforts to control the flow of migrants across the river and onto our shores.

As a former federal agent (DEA),  I cannot imagine how our Customs and Border Control agents continue to work under these conditions, where they are given no support from their superiors and the administration in Washington, and now see their very jobs-and freedom- under threat just because they were doing their jobs. All because the media and the ruling Left cannot or do not want to see the difference between whips and horse reins.

So what comes next for the officers on horseback? Will they be disciplined, fired, even be prosecuted and sent to prison? In the same breath that Biden announces an investigation is underway, he states that "those people will pay" and "there will be consequences". Is he the judge, jury, and executioner? At the same time, that hapless hack, Mayorkas, assures reporters that "they know how to conduct an investigation". With the president already promising punishment. That's how the Biden DHS will conduct the investigation.

Just as the Obama administration and the Eric Holder DOJ threw ATF under the bus for the  Operation Fast and Furious fiasco, which was no doubt concocted in Washington, the Biden administration is throwing the Border Patrol under the bus when the videos are clearly exculpatory. It is a disgrace. Neither Biden nor Harris have bothered to spend any time on the border, yet they sit in Washington and condemn the actions of the BP officers who have been put in an impossible situation by the ineptitude and negligence of the Biden administration, which have led to the mess in Del Rio.

Meanwhile, out of 15,000 arrivals, only about 2,000 have been sent back to Haiti, according to DHS, (Mayorkas initially was unable or unwilling to give the numbers when questioned before Congress.) while the remainder are being "processed for removal", a euphemism meaning that they are being transported to points unknown around the US, released, and told to appear later before an immigration judge. The fact is that very few will show up. And all this while several BP officers now have to worry about their careers and their very freedom as Biden promises, "they will pay".

It is all beyond disgusting.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Netherlands: Three Cabinet Ministers Fall

Hat tip Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna. Video translation by Fousesquawk.

                                                               Sigrid Kaag

Ironically enough, the fiasco of the US withdrawal and evacuation from Afghanistan has cost someone their job-but not in the Biden administration. Instead, Sigrid Kaag, the foreign minister of the Netherlands, has fallen on her sword. She resigned on September 16 after a majority of Parliament members stated that she had mishandled the evacuation crisis. Also resigning over the Afghan evacuation issue was defense minister, Ank Bijleveldt.

                                                                      Ank Bijleveldt

And just today, the country is buzzing over the firing of the minister of economic affairs, Mona Keijzer, after she publically voiced criticism of the government's new Corona Pass regulation. It is reported that Prime Minister Mark Rutte removed Keijzer from the cabinet with the blessing of the Dutch king, Willem-Alexander.

Mona Keijzer

In a country beset with protests over the government's Covid measures, Keijzer is receiving a lot of support from segments of the public as well as politicians who oppose the stringent Covid regulations. Wybren van Haga is a parliamentarian member of the Belang van Nederland party (Interest of Netherlands). He produced a short video complimenting the courage of Ms. Keijzer and expressing the hope that more members of the cabinet will show similar courage and speak out against the Covid measures, specifically the so-called Corona Pass.


 There were no postings this past week since the Missus and I were off to a week-long vacation in Arkansas. It was a time-share deal, and it came down to Hot Springs, Arkansas or Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. We chose Hot Springs.

First, we spent a night in Little Rock, landing at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.(Really.) It was my first time in that city. The two main points of interest were the Capitol building and Little Rock Central High School, which is pictured below.

Above: Little Rock Central High School today

Why a high school in Little Rock? In 1957, Central High School was the focus of the nation's attention when Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus attempted to block 9 black students from entering the previously-all-white school.  The feds intervened under then-President Dwight Eisenhower, and the students were admitted under what could only be described as frightening conditions as white residents protested and hurled insults at the students. It was one of the early landmarks of the Civil Rights era.

As you can see, the iconic buildings are quite old and iconic. They were instantly recognizable from the old historical footage from 1957.

Below: Little Rock Central High School 1957

The next day, we drove to Hot Springs, a 40-minute drive away. Hot Springs is a picturesque old town with a distinctive downtown area marked by its historic bathhouses, still preserved though not all still in operation. Much of the architecture would be described as art deco. Very interesting. It was also the boyhood home of Bill Clinton, where, I presume, he learned his tricks.

The two main landmark buildings are the old Army-Navy Hospital, which is today a rehabilitation center, and the Arlington Hotel, which dates back to the 1920s. In its heyday, it was frequented by many celebrities including Chicago gangster, Al Capone, pictured below handcuffed to a sidewalk bench with ex-federal agent, Yours Truly.

Former Army-Navy Hospital

Arlington Hotel

Arkansas, like the rest of the South, is green everywhere and very scenic. It is forests, lakes, rivers, and hills, with lots of outdoor activities. Hot Springs itself is located in the central-western part of the state by the Ouachita Mountains and nearby lakes like Lake Ouachita and Lake Hamilton. It is well worth a visit especially if you are into things like camping, hiking, sailing, or just enjoying beautiful scenery.

Car Attack on Jewish Sukkot Concert in Los Angeles

Hat tip Algemeiner

This is the type of anti-Semitic attack that liberals in the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) are loathe to report. That is because they are more comfortable reporting on anti-Semitism when it comes from white nationalist types-particularly if they can tie them to former President Trump. Trouble is that most of the attacks, not only in Europe, but also in the US and Canada, come from the left, including from those acting out in the name of Islam.

Like what occurred Wednesday in Los Angeles when a Muslim man first threatened Jews at a local synagogue, then attacked them with his car.

"The group also said that about 20 minutes prior, the man had “canvassed” the event and issued threats, saying, “I’m a real Muslim, I’ll show you what real terrorism looks like.”

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Juan Cole's Koran

 Hat tip Jihad Watch

This week, while perusing University of Michigan comedian Juan Cole's absurdly-named blog, Informed Comment, I came upon yet another laffer in which Cole outlines "7 ways Al Qaeda's terrorism violated the precepts of the Holy Qu'ran". This is the same professor who wrote a book entitled, "Mohammad: Prophet of Peace amid the clash of empires".

My first impulse was to do my own post pointing out the obvious errors, omissions, and falsehoods, including assigning the wrong verse number to one of his Koranic citations. But then I thought of someone much more qualified to take on this task than I. That would be Robert Spencer, the creator of Jihad Watch. Spencer is not just a critic of Islam. He is a scholar on the subject, reads Arabic, and knows the Koran in depth. So I sent him an email with the link, and he graciously replied and accepted the task. The result appears today in Jihad Watch.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Italy: Another Somali Knifing Spree

On Saturday (September 11), a Somali migrant went on a stabbing spree in the Italian town of Rimini, stabbing 5 people including a 6-year-old child after being confronted by two female trolley conductors who asked him to show a ticket. The below article from Giornale di Rimini is translated by Fousesquawk. (Illustrations also added by Fousesquawk.)

Rimini: Stabber on bus, the "trigger" was the check and the sanction

September 13, 2021

Tomorrow morning, the 26-year-old Somali who unleashed panic on Saturday at Rimini will be interrogated late due to a delay in finding an interpreter. First, on board a trolley bus, stabbing two female conductors who asked him to show a ticket. And then fleeing on the street and wounding three other people, among them, a 6-year-old child, originally from Bangladesh, gravely (but) now out of danger.

From what has been obtained thus far from the investigators, Rimini prosecutor Elisabetta Melotti explained to the press this afternoon, police chief Francesco De Cicco at her side, "Based on previous behavior in reference to various information from the police, as to the results of the search and subsequent behavior, no elements of any kind have emerged".

What is certain is that the man from 2015, traveling around Europe, requesting asylum in 5 different nations, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, and Switzerland, arriving then in Italy 9 August, was in possession of 5 knives, three of which were kitchen knives found on the bus, and a pair of scissors, while the initial toxicological and alcohol tests in his urine have given no results.

Now the results of blood tests are being awaited. The attacker, moreover, during a psychiatric (interview), has declared that he has "a persecution experience " behind him, while on the morning of the episode, he had gone to the police headquarters to report an attack (he) suffered in the building in which he was a guest of the Red Cross of Riccione. "Verifications at this time seem negative". In short, "Some dynamics of the behavior remain to be reconstructed in detail and also the type of wounds," argues the prosecutor, to try and also understand, "the reasons for his behavior".

There are no other (criminal) complaints or charges pending against him, only the report, points out the chief of police, of aggressive behavior at the time of his (covid) swab test last 10 September after quarantine. "While the swab test was being done, he reacted in an agitated manner," he says, adding that, "From today, he would have been placed in one of the centers to begin the procedure of internationalization of his presence (in Italy)". As he had asked 5 other countries, except that he then failed to show up again at the (asylum offices).

The "trigger", underlines De Cicco, Saturday on board #11, were the checks and the (fine). The man attacked the two women and stabbed them, causing a prognosis of 10-60 days respectively (recovery). Then he fled, followed by police with "a series of violent behaviors"; trying to steal a car with threats to the owner; a light wound to a young woman "with no apparent motive", throwing rocks and threatening police.

Then another slight injury to a woman and the most serious episode of the child, the circumstances of which are still under investigation, after which, he got rid of the scissors and knife. The charged crimes are attempted homicide, resisting (arrest), and attempted robbery, with aggravating factors, the reactions to the (ticket) check and wounding of a child, "striking randomly without motivation".

"I am being extremely cautious," Melotti stresses. "It is a phase in which a whole series of things is being evaluated," beginning with the possible previous persecution. "At the moment," she concludes, "we cannot give an indication of possible premeditation, considering also the modality of the behavior," and the police chief adds, "The triggering cause of the check-(fine), which has reassured us as to the matrix of the act."

Chief of police Di Cicco stressed: "Thanks to the collaboration of the citizens, we were able able to follow step by step the trail of the absconder." And as to the dramatic moments of that Saturday, Elisabetta Melotti recalled: "You can imagine on 11 September a foreign citizen who attacks two conductors opens a scenario, not just fantasy, but also as to reasonableness, even apocalyptic." 

Student Removes US Flags From Campus on 9-11

At Washington University in St Louis, the College Republican chapter had planted small American flags on campus to mark the 20th anniversary of 9-11. On Saturday (9-11), one student was captured on video by a College Republican member removing the flags and putting them in trash bags. The below link from Daily Mail has a report with video and photos.

The incident has caused quite a stir on campus. The chancellor of the university has called the student's actions reprehensible, but predictably, the campus newspaper prefers to stress the "Islamophobic" aspect of the story (the student involved is Muslim-American). The campus paper, Student Life, has three articles on the story.

I sent in my two cents worth to the campus newspaper in the reader thread. It basically states that I would condemn any threats and/or violence against the student, but it would be nice if there were some condemnation of his actions from the Muslim groups on campus rather than only express fears of retaliation or Islamophobia. Maybe some Muslim students have criticized this student's actions, but you won't see them in the campus paper.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

9-11 From one Swedish Perspective

Hat tip Katarina Magasin. Translation by Fousesquawk.

Here is an article from the conservative Swedish blog, Katarina Magasin. The editor and the author of the below article is Katarina Janouche. Here she looks back on 9-11 and deplores the advances and victories of the jihadist extremists, particularly in Sweden.

20 years after 9-11, you can be charged if you call an Islamist extreme

September 12, 2021-12:39 pm

I didn't write anything yesterday on the 20th anniversary of terror in the USA when Islamist terrorism claimed thousands of lives and forever tore open a bottomless wound in the free Western world. Social media still simmered and boiled filled with memories and reflections, mainly what people were doing themselves when news of the planes hitting the Twin Towers like an exploding suicide belt on all the information channels. Perhaps, I myself remember most clearly the feeling that it couldn't be true.  That it was a bad joke. And that the day after, we awoke to something that could be most described as a  huge hangover, anxiety, and sadness. What strikes me today, 20 years and one day later, is how quickly the Islamization of Europe, in Europe in general and Sweden in particular. is going. Islam is gaining more ground, and with the argument of "religious freedom", it advances its positions-though Islam primarily is a political ideology and a legal system, where religion is mostly a facade. Churches are proposed to become mosques, minarets are built, calls to prayer are permitted. More and more girls and women go around dressed in full-covering Islamic dress. In more and more areas, sharia trumps Swedish law. Imams decide, not Swedish courts. But worst is the mental breakdown of freedom of expression. Court proceedings against former Social Democrat politician Ann-Sofie Hermansson in Gothenburg is a clear symbol that Islamists use our own democracy to suppress and obtain the right to exercise their anti-democratic ideology.  As I write this, I am thinking: Can I be reported for blasphemy?
You can read the background of the trial against Ann-Sofie Hermansson here:
In short, it can be said that Hermansson called extemists extremists. There is no other way to say it. And here is where it becomes difficult. Should we not be allowed to criticize a political ideology that in many ways goes against principles that all humans have equal value, equality before the law, freedom of speech, and our freedom to criticize ideologies and religions? I think that these positions (being) advanced are an extremely destructive and unfortunate development. Particularly when Swedish Public Service- which should be objective, non-partisan, and neutral-actually takes sides against Ann-Sofie Hermansson and thinks it is right that her right to express her opinion must actually be tested. "A blessing," they write that this, that the question be judged in a higher instance. Perhaps, Public Service wants that we can no longer call extremists extremists.? That it should be criminal?
We already find ourselves on a slippery slope in Sweden. Islam is already a sensitive issue that cannot be discussed in any way because then comes the fabricated term, Islamophobia, like a letter in the mail, and you are hit in the head by critics. In 2021, 20 years after 9-11, IS terrorists return to Sweden, together with their brainwashed children, and (are welcomed) in Swedish society at the  Swedish taxpayers' expense. Prisoners in Swedish prisons are offered halal food. Children in schools have the right to demand special diets based on Islam. We have small children who are forced to cover themselves with veils in preschools to hide themselves from men's lustful looks. We have thousands of women who cannot participate in Swedish society because their Muslim-believing men view this as "haram" that is, against the Koran. We have child marriage though it is forbidden, polygamy, genital mutilation, and naturally, so-called honor violence where young people are injured or killed after they are perceived to have brought dishonor upon their family. We have large clashes between different immigrant groups in society, where the religious motive sometimes is the cause. We also have Muslim prayers conducted outdoors, something Swedish society is faced with. Islam is advancing, and now we also have Nyans, a Muslim political party that has its sights set on the Parliament. 
The Taliban in Afghanistan declared, when they took over the country, that their goal was a caliphate. But not just in Afghanistan, but the entire world. Radical Muslims in Sweden also have this ambition, something they don't exactly keep secret. Islam means submission-and they see it as their absolute right to demand submission also in the country to which they have come as refugees. Many have warned of this development but were dismissed. Now we see how extremists legally oppose free speech. How critics must bow while extremists celebrate new triumphs. That Soffan Hermansson  is standing trial at all is a scandal and a shame for a democratic country like Sweden. Islamists here must never be allowed to set the tone. Not in debates or anywhere else. But here we have come, 20 years after Islamist terror's biggest triumph and war against the West. The war is in full swing, and the kind and naive Swedish democrats have already become its victim.

Christian College "Postpones" Hatem Bazian Speaking Appearance

“We acknowledge the pain, anger and disappointment that many in our community are feeling,” said Interim Provost Corey Cook, Vice President for Student Life Anthony Garrison-Engbrecht, Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Kathy Littles and Vice President for Mission Frances Sweeney. “We are trying to be respectful and inclusive of the many members of the community affected, including the Muslim Student Association and our Jewish faculty, staff, and students.”

Hatem Bazian and friends

UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian is back in the news again, and as usual, it all centers around his history of anti-Semitic statements. The Palestinian-born activist masquerading as an academic was scheduled to speak at St Mary's College in Moraga, California. The topic had something to do with how white people in America can fight Islamophobia as we prepared to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9-11. What chutzpah!

Now, St Mary's has decided to "postpone" the event, which was being sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender Equity (no surprise here) and the Muslim Studies Association (no surprise here either). Apparently, neither group was bothered in the least by Bazian's long anti-Semitic history since washing up on our shores as a student at San Francisco State University.

What I find surprising is that a supposedly Christian learning institution would invite a known Islamist and anti-Semite to speak in the first place. They cannot plead ignorance. Do they have to wait until some group publicly points out Bazian's record to them?

Now they have postponed the event as they wring their hands and figure out how to proceed without offending anybody. The quoted statements of the university illustrate how weak-kneed these people are to begin with.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

600 Million Euros for the Taliban: Angela Merkel's Parting Shot

Hat tip Journalisten Watch. Translation by Fousesquawk.

On this 20th 9-11 anniversary, as we also ponder the return to power of the Taliban, comes this disturbing news out of Germany. Angela Merkel, the (finally) out-going chancellor, has announced that the friendly folks of the Taliban will be receiving 600 million euros in German tax money as humanitarian aid. The below article from the conservative German site, Journalisten Watch, written by Stefan Schubert, is translated by Fousesquawk.

 600 million for Taliban-Afghanistan: Why isn't Merkel charged for supporting a terrorist organization?

-Stefan Schubert

11 September 2021

What is the difference between needy flood victims in Ahrtal and the radical-Islamist terrorists in Afghanistan? The people in Germany have been robbed of their entire existence, not the least by the failure of politics; they can, perhaps-beginning in October-fill out online forms to apply for state subsidies, which will then, after a review, be paid out sometime. The Merkel government has immediately transferred 600 million euros to the Taliban terrorists without any bureaucracy or evidence. So much for the priorities of this federal government.

It should not be left unmentioned here that the federal government called on the population to financially support the victims of the flood catastrophe. The citizens with some of the world's highest taxes and fees should also pay for the failures of politics with additional compensation payments. In the aftermath of the flood catastrophe, it became known that the federal government was responsible for large gaps in disaster control. Over 1,300 special vehicles were lacking, which the federal government was required by law to provide to the states in disaster control. Special vehicles for protection from and for the elimination of biological, radiological, and nuclear dangers are short about 30%. The former chief of Technical Relief (THW), Albrecht Broemme, was quoted in (Der) Spiegel with the following words on disaster control in Germany: "The whole world is laughing (at us)". 

Taliban: Murderers of German (soldiers) receive German tax money 

Until the takeover of the Taliban, politics and the mainstream media were of the same assessment of the fully-bearded radical-Islamists: A brutal, Middle Ages terror organization that oppresses girls and women, including forced marriages, rape, and stoning. Homosexuals are not only verbally persecuted, but sometimes end up on the gallows, and Islamic Sharia stands above any law or human rights.

The Taliban were mainly described as a brutal terror organization, who with bombs and suicide attackers, blew up and mutilated thousands of Western soldiers. Afghans who were accused of being collaborators of the West were shot on the spot without any court process. In addition, the Taliban are close allies of other Islamist terrorist organizations, like Al Qaeda, who murder worldwide in the name of Islam as well as persecute and terrorize Western citizens as "unbelievers". 

Has anything changed in any of these points since the Taliban took Kabul in a coup and inflicted a humiliating military defeat on the West?

No, it has not. The blood of countless victims of their reign of terror, including the blood of dozens of murdered German soldiers, still clings to the hands of the Taliban and their close allies from Al-Qaeda.

What are the survivors and traumatized Afghanistan-veterans supposed to feel when the Chancellor of the Federal Republic stands in front of the microphones of the capital city (Berlin) press and announces talks now with the Taliban? These blood-thirsty Middle Age monsters have now, from one day to the next, been upgraded by Mrs. Merkel to equal negotiating partners?

And the political disclosure oath of this government has not yet reached rock bottom. In a functioning democracy and independent justice (system), the next issue should not only unleash an outcry in the society, but also have legal consequences for Angela Merkel and Heiko Maas. Because the amount of 100 million euros of German tax money, which  Mrs. Merkel transferred to Afghanistan through the detour of UN organizations, was only a short time later increased by half a billion euros. Now it is an open secret that the Taliban terrorists are being paid a princely (sum) for every coup or for every "concession", such as the Kabul evacuation. Whatever one wants to call this flow of money, "Taliban tax", "humanitarian aid", protection money, or blackmail payments, in the end, a large part of it will go directly to the Taliban.

This is also to be regarded legally as tricky. Because in the legal code, section 129a, "Formation of a terrorist organization," in paragraph 5, just the support of a terrorist organization alone is punishable with a prison sentence of up to 10 years.  

And in the following section 129b StGB, "Criminal and terrorist organizations abroad," the liability from section 129 a is also confirmed in Germany, especially if the acts and facts relate to Germany. 59 German army soldiers died in the war against the Taliban terrorists. That these murderers are now receiving 600 million euros of tax money is a scandal. That the millions-transfers are labeled as humanitarian aid does not change the situation.

9-11 20 Years Later


Today marks an especially painful anniversary of the 9-11 attacks that took place 20 years ago.  Afghanistan, the country from which 9-11 was launched, is now back in the hands of the Taliban, the same barbarians who protected Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. No doubt they are marking the day in some manner to humiliate the US and our feckless administration, led by Joe Biden and his equally feckless spokesholes like Jen Psaki at the White House and Ned Price at the State Department.

Since 9-11, Islamic terrorism has continued notwithstanding our stop and go war on terror. Our leaders, to say nothing of the European leaders, can not bring themselves to say publicly what most people know- that we were attacked on 9-11 by Islam. Since that dark day 20 years ago, that same Islam has carried out over 20,000 terrorist attacks around the world. After a stabbing spree carried out just days ago by a jihadist in New Zealand, that country's feckless prime minister fretted that the principal victims would be Muslims. She was right to condemn the murderous attack at two mosques a few years ago that killed dozens of innocent Muslims in Christchurch, but her more recent statements showed a callous disregard for the latest victims.

Today's commemorations in the US seem to be taking on a more somber tone than in recent years. Is there something magical about the number 20 or just that it is an evenly-rounded number? If so, I don't get it, but if it will wake some people up from their slumber-especially our younger folks, who barely remember the event or not at all- that is something in itself.

But then there is the Anti-Defamation League's liberal chief, Jonathan Greenblatt, who just days ago marked the anniversary by offering a public apology for the fact that his organization had once opposed the proposed construction of the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque", which would have been built in the shadows of Ground Zero. 

If you are a new reader to this site, do not get the wrong impression. My opposition to the ADL is grounded in their refusal to get involved in fighting anti-Semitism at the University of California at Irvine, where I taught from 1998-2016, and where I have been heavily involved in confronting anti-Semitism on that campus-with zero help from the ADL, which rarely is willing to talk about anti-Semitism when it comes from Muslims. Their outrage is generally reserved for Jew-hating white supremacists. I, on the other hand, prefer to condemn all forms of anti-Semitism.

Nor should the reader infer that I hold all Muslims on the planet for 9-11, terrorism, or anti-Semitism. I do not even though I believe anti-Semitism and violence are deeply rooted in Islamic teaching.

I get the fact that Greenblatt is a man of the left. (He was not the head of the ADL in 2010 when they opposed the Ground Zero mosque project.) But this is not a time when we need to be apologizing to anybody. 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

France: Terror Trial Opens

Salah Abdeslam in court

-France Bleu

Today in Paris, the terrorist trial of Salah Abdeslam and several others opened. Abdeslam, in true terrorist fashion, told the court that, "there is no divinity but Allah, and Mohamed is his messenger". He also identified himself as a fighter for the Islamic State.

Abdeslam is the lone surviving member of the terrorists who launched attacks in Paris and St-Denis on November 13, 2015 in which 130 people were slaughtered.

The below report from France Bleu is translated by Fousesquawk. (Note: The tweets are not translated.)

File: November 13 attacks trial

November 13 attacks trial: Salah Abdeslam presents himself as "Islamic State fighter"

Wednesday, 8 September 2021 14:05, updated Wednesday 8 September 2021 17:44 by Thibaut Lehut, France Bleu Paris

Salah Abdeslam, only member still living among the commandos of the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris and Saint-Denis, presents himself Wednesday as "a fighter of the Islamic State" at the opening of the trial where he is being judged alongside 19 other alleged jihadists.

Caption beneath image:

Salah Abdeslam at the opening of the trial of the attacks of November 13. AFP-Benoit Peyrouq

The principal defendant of the November 13 attacks trial, Salah Abdeslam, declared Wednesday in his first words to the court that, "There is no divinity but Allah," when he was asked to state his identity at the opening of the session. "First of all, I want to state that there is no divinity but Allah and that Mohamed is his messenger," stated the only living member of the commandos who caused 130 deaths in Paris. Then asked about his profession, he answered, "I abandoned all profession(s) to become a fighter of the Islamic State."

The main defendant of the "historic" November 13 2015 attacks trial, which opened this Wednesday in mid-day, Salah Abdeslam stands in the dock, surrounded by several gendarmes. Black beard protruding from his mask of the same color, dark, shoulder-length hair combed back, black t-shirt, he talked for a moment with his attorneys, Olivia Ronen and Martin Vettes, before sitting down and then briefly speaking. 

"The accused are treated like dogs"

Later during the session, Salah Abdeslam claimed that the accused were, "treated like dogs".

Twenty accused

Ten other accused are present in the dock. Three others, who remain free, are seated outside the dock in chairs. In the large room with 550 seats, are seated mostly black-robed lawyers, a few dozen civil parties, and journalists. In the morning, under the eye of cameras, an ultra-security convoy had left the Fluery-Merogis Prison, where the only surviving member of the jihadist commandos of November 13, 2015, Salah Abdeslam, has been incarcerated for more than 5 years in total isolation. On the banks of the Seine, the approaches to the old Palace of Justice had been blocked since dawn by a large security perimeter.

Filmed for (posterity), this trial will take place over 9 months, a duration without precedent for a criminal trial in France. "This will be, without doubt, the longest in history," Christian Saint-Palais, lawyer for one of the accused,  told AFP (Agence France Presse). It is also unprecedented in the scope of the file(s)-542 volumes- by the number of civil parties-at least 1,800-and by its emotional weight. Some 550 people will be seated in the (court)room specially constructed within the courthouse.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

France's 9-11 (November 13) Trial Opens Wednesday

On Wednesday, September 8, the trial against the surviving terrorist and co-conspirators of the November 13, 2015 Bataclan terrorist attack that killed 130 people will begin in Paris. Only one of the actual commandos, Salah Abdeslam, survived and is a defendant. The trial is expected to last until May 2022. Let us hope that justice will prevail for the French people.

The below article from France 24 and Agence France Presse is translated by Fousesquawk.

The November 13 attacks: The undersides of an extraordinary trial

Published September 7, 2021 - 20:56

Bahar Makooi

Caption beneath photo: The temporary courtroom installed in the Palace of Justice of Paris for the trial of the November 13, 2015 attacks. (Agence France Presse archives)

Historic and unprecedented in its size, the trial of the November 13 attacks required more than two years of preparation in order to set up a titanic and highly secure judicial system. Over the course of 9 months, more than 300 witnesses will be heard by the Special Criminal Court of Paris, which will be charged with judging 20 accused, including Salah Abdeslam.
It is the largest criminal hearing ever held in France. In a few days, the trial of the terrorist attacks that produced 130 deaths and 350 injured in Paris and Saint-Denis will begin in the capital.
Beginning September 8 and lasting 9 months, the Special Criminal Court of Paris will be charged with judging 20 accused, including Salah Abdeslam, the lone survivor among the commandos tasked by the organization, Islamic State, in committing terrorist attacks in France. Facing trial, 14 accused will be present, and 6 will be judged in absentia.
A titanic judicial setup was planned because this trial is extraordinary, first of all, because of the elevated number of civil parties: Almost 1,800 people of some 20 different nationalities. Some 300 witnesses will be heard, essentially, next of kin of the victims and some survivors of the attacks, represented by almost as many lawyers.
This trial is also unprecedented in its emotional weight and its length: At least 145 days of hearings are scheduled until May 25, 2022. Holding a trial of this magnitude till its end constitutes a challenge without precedent for the judicial institution, particularly in a time of pandemic and a still-elevated terrorist threat.
A custom-built courtroom
From a logistical point of view, the judicial setup required two years of preparation and the construction of a special, highly-secured courtroom in the heart of the historic Palace of Justice at the l’île de la Cité in Paris.
Caption beneath photo: The large temporary courtroom will be completely dismantled after the trial of the November 13 attacks. (AFP)
This principal courtroom will be able to accommodate up to 550 people. An ultra-modern room, without any windows, custom built in the middle of the famous Salle des Pas Perdus, and eventually removable. About 15 other rooms of the Appellate Court will be able to be utilized to broadcast the arguments according to the number of people, for a total capacity of 2,000 seats. 
A web radio for the civil parties and psychological assistance
From the main room, 8 cameras, technically controlled, will film the entirety of the trial. But no image is supposed to leave the special criminal court because these recordings will be destined exclusively to the audio-visual archives of the (court).
Among the thousands of persons constituting civil parties, those who don't attend the sessions will be able to follow them on a web (internet) radio. This is the first time that a  device of this type will be put in place for a criminal trial. Only the sound will be broadcast, in a slight delay of a half-hour, under ultra-secure conditions. A number for psychological assistance will be placed at the disposition of the listeners.
On the security side, the terrorist threat being persistent, the number of gendarmes and police has not been disclosed, but a considerable security perimeter will be in place, forcing the residents of the quarter and trial participants to (undergo) identity checks.
A million-page investigative file
The first witnesses are expected to take the stand beginning Monday, 13 September. But before that, the president of the court will read his report, summarizing the 542 volumes of the investigative file. (That is) a (file) of a million pages, equivalent to 53 linear meters.
These historical trials filmed for the archives of justice
The victims will take the stand for five weeks, from the end of September to the end of October, telling about this night of horror in 2015. The court will interrogate the fourteen accused beginning in 2022.
 Twelve of the twenty accused are facing life imprisonment. Three accused, against whom, the charges are less serious, are free under judicial supervision.
If the court keeps to its deadlines, the verdict could be rendered in May 2022.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Family Feud in Sweden-But Who Are the Families?

 Hat tip Samnytt. Translation by Fousesquawk.


The answer to that question is apparently a Swedish state secret since nobody will say who the people were, 50-60 people, all dressed in black, who engaged in several gang fights in the southern Swedish city of Lund today. The brawls are all over the Swedish media, but the big question is-Who are they? The police won't say, nor will the mainstream media outlets. After much searching, we had to go to the conservative Swedish outlet, Samnytt, who is able to tell us that it involves two immigrant clans. The below article also has video (without sound). We are working on sub-titling a Swedish news video on this story.

Video: See clan fight in Lund

Domestic: 6 September 2021, 15:13

On Monday morning, several fights broke out between two immigrant families in central Lund. According to witness reports, there were reportedly about 60 people beaten, including with weapons at the train station and hospital. Samnytt can show two video clips from the fights.

It was 10:12 when police received the first alarm of fights in the city. When police arrived at the scene, the gangs had left, but an injured person was found.

At 10:52, police got an alarm about another fight in a restaurant located at the train station. According to witness reports from the scene, four or five cars reportedly stopped suddenly outside the restaurant. Then a large number of men rushed into the restaurant and began to fight. 

The witness told Kvällsposten that the men were "extremely excited and terribly aggressive". They reportedly also threw outdoor restaurant furniture and a street sign at the restaurant.

Police confirm clan fight

Later, a fight between 50-60 people broke out outside the hospital in Lund. A total of 4 people were taken to the hospital with injuries. Because of the fight outside the hospital, ambulances were diverted from Lund to Malmö.

According to police, it was a fight between "two groups". But authorities don't want to say which groups were involved or the cause of the conflict. Later on Monday, police confirmed that it was a conflict between two families. One of the families is found in the police's clan report.

See video below.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Germany: Afghan Man Kills Female Gardener Because She Was Working

"Wir schaffen dass."
(We can do this.)

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel frets about opening dialogue with the Taliban and how many more Afghan refugees Germany can absorb, the Afghan crime spree goes on in her country. On Saturday, an Afghan man in Berlin was arrested and charged with stabbing a German woman in the neck. He was apparently angered because he saw the woman working as a landscape gardener. That apparently offended his religious sensibilities. 

According to the Berlin Morgenpost, the woman is in critical condition. A man who came to her aid was also stabbed in the neck, but he is improving.

According to the Austrian newspaper, Blick, the woman has died of her injuries.

Blick headline:

Weil sie als Frau arbeitete
Afghane tötet Gärtnerin (†58) in Berlin

Because she worked as a woman

Afghan kills (female) gardener (58) in Berlin

The below article from Berlin Morgenpost (as well as the above) is translated by Fousesquawk.

Man stabs landscape gardener several times in neck

Sept. 5, 2021

Ulrich Kraetzer

Caption beneath photo: Near the intersection where the gardener was stabbed

The Afghan, who seriously injured the woman may be mentally confused. The authorities are also examining a possible Islamist motive.

Berlin. After a knife attack on a Landscape gardener, police are investigating a 29-year-old man who was apparently Islamist motivated as well as mentally confused. The Afghan citizen reportedly first spoke with the 59-year-old woman on Saturday around 13:30 near a green area at the corner of Prinzregenten and Guentzel Streets in Wilmersdorf. According to the police, he was apparently upset that the woman was doing paid work.

Then he reportedly stabbed the woman several times in the neck, and she was critically injured. A 66-year-old man who hurried to her aid was also reportedly seriously injured by several stab wounds to the neck. Both victims were operated on in hospitals. 

Police arrested the Afghan right at the scene of the crime

The suspected Afghan was arrested by police at the scene. The State Prosecutor is investigating (him) for attempted murder and serious bodily harm. An investigating judge issued an arrest warrant against the man on Sunday. The man is in investigative custody for attempted murder and serious bodily injury, as well as the attack on the (samaritan) for serious bodily injury, as stated.

The police first reported that a psychiatric illness may have played a role in the crime. The spokesman for the State Prosecutor, Martin Steltnert, said that these indications were not so confirmed so as to justify taking him to a psychiatric facility.

According to police, the investigations are being carried out, "also from the perspective of a possible Islamist-motivated attack". "The man reportedly made statements during the commission of the crime that suggest an Islamist attitude," said the State Prosecutor spokesman, Steltner.  As to what statements (were made), Steltner did not wish to say in reference to the on-going investigation. 

Parallels to the attack on the city autobahn

Investigators report the attack on the landscape gardener may have parallels to the attack on the city autobahn on 18 August 2020. The crime is attributed to the 30-year-old Iraqi citizen,  Sarmad A, who is currently standing trial. With his Opal Astra, he reportedly "hunted motorcycles" and also rammed several cars. 

The State Prosecutor attested that A. carried out the attack "for delusional religious and Islamist motives". In investigative circles, they say that in the attack on the landscape gardener, a similar combination of psychiatric illness and Islamist attitude many have been decisive. The two causes are not mutually exclusive; the combination rather may have been decisive for a decision to act.

The condition of the landscape gardener after the attack is said to still be critical, said Steltner. In the meantime, the man who rushed to her aid, on the other hand, is now better.

"Wir schaffen dass noch."
(We can still do this.)

Saturday, September 4, 2021

One Fine Evening in Madrid

Hat tip Francois DeSouche

"They attacked us like hyenas"

Last week in Madrid, a young girl and two male friends were viciously attacked by a gang of young men described as Moroccans or Maghrebians (North Africans). The girl, who suffered the worst beating, lost several teeth after resisting the robbery attempt. Several young men are in custody.

The below article from ABC Madrid is translated by Fousesquawk.

A mob knocks the teeth out of a young girl during a savage robbery in Sol

The National Police have detained 4 of the attackers, Moroccan kids, after receiving information from a  Metro guard who was passing through the area.

The center of Madrid was the scene of a very violent robbery at dawn, in which the principal victim was a young girl. A mob, of about 10 young Maghrebians (North Africans) attacked her and a couple of friends with whom she was transiting through Sol in order to rob her. The beating they gave her was such that the girl lost several teeth and was left bloodied on the street. Police sources indicated that 4 of the delinquents were detained, all of adult age, though witnesses indicated that there were other minors who are being investigated (to determine) if they were minors.

The incident occurred before 3:30 of the night of 28 August, last Saturday. The victims were returning through Sol after spending a fun evening when the thieves confronted them. It was a full-blown robbery. The girl resisted, and they robbed a watch and a cell phone. They succeeded after giving them a monumental beating. A Metro guard, who was getting off work and passing down Arenal Street, saw several Maghrebians, between 16-27 years of age, running toward him in the direction of the opera, he calculated. When they saw, they went down Las Hilares Street: The muscular build of the guard, whom they probably recognized from their adventures in the suburb, led them to change course.

Further on, the man saw two boys, friends of the principal victim, shouting, "Police, police!" One of them showed a gap above an eyebrow, which was broken.

At the location of numbers 24-26 of Arenal (Street), he saw a girl, on the ground, at a doorway. She was bleeding profusely from the blows,.They had knocked out at least two lower teeth and others from the top of her mouth.  Medical personnel of Samur quickly arrived and transported her to Gomez Ulla Hospital. "The poor girl remained (there) so they could do plastic surgery," stated case sources.

"They attacked us like hyenas"

The guard called 091 and alerted the National Police that there were several attackers crouched among the trees of the Sabatini Gardens.

Police sources indicated that the 4 arrestees had fled toward the Puerta del Sol, where a police patrol that had been looking for them (based on) the description given by the victims, intercepted them: One dressed in a red Chicago Bulls t-shirt, and another with marks on the sides, Those attacked explained that they "had been attacked like hyenas".


Fousesquawk comment: Of course, while all this is going on on Spanish streets, the Spanish border with Morocco is under constant assault by young Moroccan men and those of other nationalities. Spanish border police are often injured trying to stop them. Moroccan border guards have often been observed turning a blind eye, and the Moroccan government is a big part of the problem. In addition, the current Spanish government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez doesn't seem interested in stopping the migration. The inevitable result is that the Spanish people are subjected to these kinds of attacks in cities like Madrid.

This is just another example of how Western leaders are screwing their own populations and destroying their societies.

Netherlands: Afghan Refugees Vacationing in Afghanistan

Geert Wilders

Dutch politician, Geert Wilders is his country's leading opponent of Muslim immigration into the Netherlands. For his opposition, he lives under armed guard at a secret location because the jihadists have put a price on his head. In addition, there have been multiple prosecutions against him for so-called "hate speech".

In this below article in Dagelijkse Standaard, Wilders points out a Dutch issue that is also an issue for other Western countries, including the US. How many of these Afghan evacuees being flown out of Kabul were refugees who had gone back to the country where their lives were supposedly in such danger? Translation by Fousesquawk.

Geert Wilders furious over vacationing "refugees" in Afghanistan: "Scandalous, let them stay there"

by Michael van der Galien

4 September 2021

Geert Wilders thinks it is completely ridiculous that so-called refugees from Afghanistan apparently enjoy having vacations in that country, while they had a residence permit in the Netherlands because their lives were not safe there (Afghanistan). So-called because that was, apparently, pure nonsense.

Status holders

According to the media, "by far, most of the evacuees out of Afghanistan" are Dutch and status holders. "From the group brought back, 708 have a Dutch passport or a refugee passport. It is Afghans with their family members, who once came to the Netherlands for asylum, who are recognized as refugees and are naturalized Dutch."

Status holders are "refugees" whose applications have been approved but not yet naturalized. And yes, it is a bit strange that the people were in Afghanistan. Because status holders can travel with their "refugee passport", but they cannot do that to go to their land of origin. Not so crazy, naturally, because they claim to have fled that country. If they then go there on vacation anyway, you know that was nonsense.

Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders is furious that the co-called refugees secretly enjoyed a vacation in Afghanistan.  And that they did that, by the way, when the criminal Taliban had 70% of the country in their hands, and even a blind person could see that it wouldn't be long before they would subdue the entire country.

"Scandalous!", writes the PVV leader absolutely correctly on Twitter. "Supposedly fled and yet off to Afghanistan. They have simply cheated us."

Those are hard words, but they are true, of course. Because it is this type of people who are not allowed to go to such a  country. They lie about that, and also over the need to come to the West as refugees.

"Let them stay in Afghanistan, do not risk the life of one Dutch soldier or anyone else to save these swindlers," concludes Wilders about the fake refugees. Because it is his reasoning that they have shown that they are wrongfully labeled as status-holders. And so let them sort it out. Since it was all just a big lie, they can try to rebuild their lives in Afghanistan.

The chance that the cabinet will do this is, of course, nil. Because (Foreign Minister) Sigrid Kaag and (Prime Minister) Mark Rutte do not care about the lot of real Dutch people, fake refugees can always count on their support.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Is This Guy Still Around? Abdul Alim Musa

Hat tip Elder of Zion

Below: Abdul Alim Musa                                                                                

When it comes to anti-Semitism, Washington DC imam,  Abdul Alim Musa, aka Clarence Reams. takes a backseat to very few. He is one of the useful idiots (which I have called him to his face) who traffics in hate-especially when it comes to Jews. He is a friend of the ayatollahs in Iran and often makes speeches against the Jewish state of Israel. Musa is a convicted drug trafficker and former fugitive who converted to Islam and changed his name while in federal prison.

The below article by Elder of Zion reports on one of Musa's recent sermons (August 2021) where he rails at Zionists. It also has a video clip of Musa's sermon. In this sermon, he blames the Zionists for the Kabul airport attack as well as 9-11. This mope makes Joe Biden look eloquent. It is almost humorous if it were not so dangerous

 In 2006, this mope came to speak at UC Irvine, where I was teaching. He had been invited by the Muslim Student Union at UCI. By chance, I caught the tail-end of his speech, which was being held outdoors. He told the audience that Islam was going to take it all, but you Christians and Jews don't have to worry, we will protect you. At the end, I called him an idiot, and we shouted at each other for a few moments.  Things haven't changed much since then.