Is it imaginable for a society that is forced into a way of life that it does not want to last for long? A way of life forced on people via a political ideology that millions despise will have horrible consequences. Is it conceivable for society to in turn support the very same State which did this to them? Why is it that so many Iranians today are strongly opposed to their government? Was it not this same government that many supported back in 1979 because they craved change? Is it now not the same government that the majority oppose?

Fear and force are ways by which one can have control, but it is the essence of something that will ultimately lead to destruction. A male-dominated Islamist government that forces its population to abide by rules which many members of society despise is not going to survive for long. Even if it lasts for decades it slowly crumples with growing malice and despair in society.

"Hundreds of female religious guides have been at the forefront of Algeria’s battle against Islamic radicalisation since the civil war that devastated the North African country in the 1990s.

Their aim is to steer women away from false preachers promoting radical forms of Islam.

The surge of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, and even in Libya next door, as well as the growing influence of Al-Qaeda-linked militants and Salafists, has them working around the clock.
Known as ‘mourshidates,’ their goal is to spread the good word of Islam and a message of tolerance, helping those who have strayed from it.

Like the other 300 mourshidates appointed by the religious affairs ministry, Zohra holds a degree in Islam and has learned the Koran by heart.

She said she was ‘motivated to know Islam better in order to teach the religion’ following the traditionally moderate Muslim country’s civil war in the 1990s, which killed at least 200,000 people.

The war erupted after authorities cancelled the 1991 elections, Algeria’s first democratic vote, which the Islamic Action Front was poised to win.

Zohra, who was a student at the time, recalled bitterly as she met a group of women in a mosque, that ‘Algerians killed Algerians in the name of Islam.’

For the past 17 years she has been ‘listening to women, advising them and referring them to specialists’ when their problems are not directly linked to religion.

Samia, another mourshida who decline to give her surname, says she has been working for the past 15 years in a region of Algeria where youths, both boys and girls, have been increasingly radicalized.

'Their mothers suffer to see them become radicalized and confide in me so that together, and with the help of others, we can de-radicalize them,' she said.

Samia warns that Algerians must be alert.

'Even if very few Algerians have joined the ranks of the Islamic State group, vigilance is necessary because radicalisation takes many forms,' she said.

'Pseudo-imams, who know nothing about the teachings of the Koran,' are trying to indoctrinate people through television programs and the Internet, she said.

'Adolescents in particular must be monitored because they are impressionable and can easily be swayed.'

Like Samia, many mourshidates say they are proud to have contributed to help youths from falling into the grips of radical Islamists.

'It is the biggest reward of our work,' one of them said.”

Alhamdulillah, we have these brave and strong women guiding Algerian religious beliefs. I have said it time and time again; African women are amazing.


Haven’t we seen this movie? The Iraq War, more than any other single factor, created ISIS. After the 2003 invasion, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian who led an obscure group of radical Islamists, rebranded it as an Al Qaeda affiliate and used the wartime chaos of Iraq to expand it. Al-Zarqawi’s movement came to be known as Al Qaeda in Iraq, and then evolved into ISIS.

The reason that Obama is going to allow Iranian nuclear break-out capacity is because the US administration is endeavoring to turn the Islamist state into a regional strategic partner.

 It is also for this reason that the Obama administration is comfortable with Iranian expansion into Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon, if not Iraq.

This is entirely unacceptable to the people of Israel – left, right, and center – and the Sunnis throughout the region are, for the most part, no happier about any of this than are the Jews.

The only people who seem comfortable with Iranian nukes are Barack Obama and the Iranians, themselves.

If Obama gets his way, we will see an arms race throughout the Middle East with virtually every significant player scrambling to kick-start their own nuclear programs. There is certainly no possible way that Egypt will allow a nuclear armed Shia Iran without Cairo gaining that capacity, as well.

What is necessary is for the American people to make it clear to the Obama administration that we stand not only with the people of Israel, but with people the world over

– most particularly in the Middle East – who understand that a nuclear-weaponized Iran is potentially disastrous enough that as a basic matter of common sense it must be prevented.

Obama is not up to this job, because his heart is clearly not in it. Obama the community organizer is comfortable with Iranian nukes.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the commando, clearly is not.

I say, give ‘em hell, Bibi.

Just tell ‘em the truth and they’ll think it’s hell.

Originally posted at Jews Down Under' .


Pegida UK falls flat: Newcastle counter-demo outnumbers anti-Islamists by 5-to-1

'Fewer than 300 people turned up in Newcastle for the first-ever rally of anti-Islamist group Pegida in the UK, while at least 1,500 gathered to protest the demo, just hundreds of yards away.

UK’s Pegida has been modeled on the marches in Germany that began in October in Dresden, and gathered over 25,000 for their best-attended weekly demonstrations, before numbers fell off as the group’s leadership found itself mired in controversy.

UK’s Pegida was organized mostly by members of far-right street movement English Defence League (EDL), which also focuses on an anti-immigrant agenda, and other marginal groups.

Newcastle was chosen as it was the site of the two best-attended EDL marches in 2010 and 2013. Organizers say they will stage their next anti-Islamization protest in London.’

They’re going to London next, you know where our next stop is. Their Islamophobia won’t be tolerated, as it is led by hatred, misinformation and projected frustration. 

American atheist blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin has been hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka, after he allegedly received threats from Islamists.

The body of Avijit Roy, founder of the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site – which champions liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation – was found covered in blood after an attack that also left his wife critically wounded.

“He died as he was brought to the hospital. His wife was also seriously wounded. She has lost a finger,” local police chief Sirajul Islam said.

The couple were on a bicycle rickshaw, returning from a book fair, when two assailants stopped and dragged them on to the pavement before striking them with machetes, local media reported, citing witnesses.

Hundreds of protesters rallied in Dhaka to denounce the murder, chanting slogans including “we want justice” and “raise your voice against militants”.

anonymous asked:

Reddit link: /r/Yogscast/comments/2xcma2/strippin_in_a_poker_tournament/cozcgo0

Got it. x x

VeteranHarry apologized, and the people in the thread cover it pretty well. 

  • He has no reason to be chatting on the Yogscast account at all.
  • He should not be ringleading people into spamming on someone else’s Twitch channel
  • He should not be posting pedobear ASCII art. It’s tasteless, fundamentally devastating to the Yogscast’s public image, and if he’s so into twitch spam he should know that posting ASCII art at all is always banned. It’s banned on the Yogscast’s chat. It’s banned everywhere. What would it have looked like if he’d gotten the Yogscast twitch account banned from the chat?
  • #JeSuisBenji…

On the morning of 7 January 2015, at about 11:30 local time, two Islamist terrorist brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with assault rifles and other weapons, they killed 11 people and injured 11 others in the building. After leaving, they killed a French National Police officer outside the building. Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region, where a further 5 were killed and 11 wounded.

A massive manhunt led to the discovery of the suspects, who exchanged fire with police. The brothers took hostages at a signage company and were shot dead when they emerged from the building firing.

On 11 January about 2 million people, including more than 40 world leaders, met in Paris for a rally of national unity, and 3.7 million people joined demonstrations across France. The phrase Je suis Charlie (French for “I am Charlie”) was a common slogan of support at the rallies and in social media. 

In short, tasteless.

They should change the twitch channel password if they have to, but he should not ever show his face on that account again. If he has to hide his name to escape the embarrassment of his actions, make a fake account like the rest of us. Representing the Yogscast instead of taking the blame himself… I don’t have words for that kind of failure of common sense.

Anyway, he did apologize, and he said he won’t do it again, but I believe he was already called out for this during the Christmas livestreams too. I’ll be here in cynical preparation for when we’re talking about the same thing in a month.

Hamas is very shaken up by this news


The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters on Saturday ruled Hamas a terrorist organisation, a month after the group’s military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, was also designated a terror group by the same court.
The verdict resulted from two separate private suits filed by Samir Sabry and Ashraf Said, both lawyers, against the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip.

The relationship between Egypt’s authorities and the Islamist group has soured since the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian sister organisation.

Egypt has accused Hamas of meddling into its internal affairs and supporting Islamist insurgents in Sinai, accusations that the group has repeatedly denied.

The court’s reasoning on Saturday for designating Hamas a terrorist organisation mirrored its January Al-Qassam ruling.

In January, the court said that Al-Qassam’s and Hamas’ “support and financing of terrorist attacks in Egypt show that  they have swayed from their original cause of fighting the Israeli occupation.”

In recent months, the Egyptian government has been strengthening penalties for acts of terrorism in its penal code.

Last week, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has also signed a sweeping new anti-terrorism legislation to counter “Terrorist Entities”.

Hamas wasted no time to stage rallies for their captive Gaza population, carefully stage-managing the signs that people would hold.

Yet even those signs celebrated Hamas terror, showing masked terrorists shooting rockets at Israeli civilians!

Hamas media started its counteroffensive, insulting Egypt and also celebrating Hamas terrorism. (with video)

They are also calling this “collective punishment" for Gazans.

Egyptians don’t seem to be concerned about this in the least.

9 questions about Egypt you were too embarrassed to ask

(Laris Karklis/The Washington Post)

Today’s violence in Egypt is claiming dozens of lives, worsening the country’s already dire political crisis and putting the United States in a quandary. But it’s also yet another chapter in a years-long story that can be difficult to follow even for those of us glued to it. You might have found yourself wondering what Egypt’s crisis is all about, why there’s a crisis at all, or even where Egypt is located on the map.

It’s okay, you can admit it: not everyone has the time or energy to keep up with big, complicated foreign stories. But this one is really important. Here, then, are the most basic answers to your most basic questions. First, a disclaimer: Egypt and its history are really complicated; this is not an exhaustive account of that entire story, just some background, written so that anyone can understand it.

1. What is Egypt?

Egypt is a country in the northeastern corner of Africa, but it’s considered part of the Middle East. It’s about the size of Texas and New Mexico combined and has a population of 85 million. Egyptians are mostly Arab and mostly Muslim, although about 10 percent are Christian. Egyptians are very proud of their history and culture; they are among the world’s first great civilizations.

You probably know Egypt from its ancient pyramids and Sphinx, but Egyptians are still changing the world today. In the 20th century, they were in the forefront of the founding of two ideological movements that reshaped – are still reshaping, at this moment – the entire Middle East: Arab nationalism and Islamism.

2. Why are people in Egypt killing each other?

There’s been a lot of political instability since early 2011, when you probably saw the footage of a million-plus protesters gathered in Cairo to demand that the president of 30 years, Hosni Mubarak, step down. He did, but that opened up a big power struggle that hasn’t been anywhere near resolved. It’s not just people at the top of the government fighting among one another, it’s lots of regular people who have very different visions for where they want their country to go.

Today is the latest round in a two-and-a-half-year fight over what kind of country Egypt will be. Because regular people tend to express their political will by protesting (keep in mind that democracy is really new and untested in Egypt), and because Egyptian security forces have a long track record of violence against civilians, the “fight for Egypt’s future” isn’t just a metaphor. Often, it’s an actual physical confrontation that happens on the street.

3. Okay, but why are they fighting today specifically?

Egyptian security forces assaulted two sprawling sit-in camps in downtown Cairo this morning and tried to disperse the protesters. The protesters fought back. So far, there have been dozens killed, a lot of them apparently civilians shot by live ammunition rounds used by security forces.

The protesters were there in support of former president Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed in a military coup in early July (the military is still in charge). Morsi hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group to which a number of the protesters in today’s clashes belong. He was also the country’s first democratically elected leader.

4. Well, if the military staged a coup against Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, then all those Egyptians who protested in 2011 for democracy must be furious, right?

Actually, no. A whole lot of Egyptians, especially the liberal groups that led the 2011 revolution, were happy about the coup. A number of them were even calling on the military-led government to break up the largely peaceful pro-Morsi protest camp, even though there were children present and no one thought it would disperse without bloodshed.

There are two things to understand here. The first is that Morsi, and there’s no sugar-coating this, did not do a good job as president. He had a difficult task, sure, but he really bungled the economy, which was already in free fall. He did precious little to include non-Islamists. And he took some very serious steps away from democracy, including arresting journalists and pushing through an alarming constitutional change that granted him sweeping powers.

But the second thing to understand is that Egypt is starkly divided, and has been for decades, between those two very different ideologies I mentioned. Many Egyptians don’t just dislike Morsi’s abuses of power, they dislike the entire Islamist movement he represents. What you’re seeing today is a particularly bloody manifestation of that divide, which goes far deeper than liberals distrusting Morsi because he was a bad president.

5. Look, all this stuff about ideologies sounds complicated. Can you just tell me why Egypt is such a mess right now?

I hear you, but the thing about today’s crisis is that, yes, it has do with basic stuff like the breakdown of public order and some really ham-fisted governance by the military. But it also has to do with a 60-year-old ideological conflict that’s never really been resolved.

Stay with me for a moment: Back in the years just after World War II, Egypt was ruled by a king who was widely seen as a British pawn. Egyptians didn’t like that. They also didn’t like losing the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, and they wanted a way out of their long period of national humiliation. A lot of them were turning to a movement called the Muslim Brotherhood, which argued, and still argues, that Islamic devotion and unity are the ultimate answer. Their ideas, and their campaign for an Islamic government, are called Islamism.

A group of Egyptian military officers had a different idea. In 1952, they led a coup against the king. A charismatic lieutenant colonel named Gamal Abdel Nasser came to power and promoted, as his answer to Egypt’s problems, an ideology called Arab nationalism. It calls for secularism, progress, Arab unity and resistance against Western imperialism.

Both of those movements swept through the Middle East, transforming it. Arab Nationalists took power in several countries; the Syrian regime today is one of them, and so was the regime headed by Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. Islamism also expanded in many countries, and sprouted some violent offshoots. But the two movements prescribe very different paths to the Middle East’s salvation, see themselves as mutually exclusive and have competed, at times violently, ever since. That is particularly true of Egypt, and has been since Nasser took power in 1952.

And that’s why you’re seeing many Egyptian liberals so happy about a military coup that displaced the democracy they fought to establish: Those liberals are closely linked to secular Arab nationalism, which means that they both revere the military and hate the Muslim Brotherhood, maybe even more than they crave democracy. Old habits die hard.

6. This is getting really complicated. Can we take a music break?

Good idea. Egyptian pop culture dominates the Arab world, in part because Egypt is so populous and in part because it’s really good. Their most celebrated singer is Omm Kalthoum, whom Egyptians revere in the way that Italian-Americans do Frank Sinatra. Her recordings can sound a bit dated, though, so here is a cover by the contemporary singer Amal Maher:

7. So I see that lots of people are upset with the U.S. for not doing more to support democracy in Egypt. What’s the deal?

The United States is a close political and military ally of Egypt and has been since 1979, when President Jimmy Carter engineered an historic peace treaty between Egypt and Israel that involved, among other things, enormous U.S. payouts to both countries as long as they promised not to fight any more wars. That also required the U.S. to look the other way on Egypt’s military authoritarianism and its bad human rights record. It was the Cold War, and supporting friendly dictatorships was in style. And we’ve basically been stuck there ever since.

The Obama administration most recently drew withering criticism for refusing to call the military’s July 3 ouster of the president a “coup.” Doing so would likely require the U.S. to cut its billion-plus dollars in annual military aid to Egypt. That is also why you’re seeing the White House appearing very hesitant about responding to today’s violence with actual consequences.

Sure, the U.S. wants democracy in Egypt. But it wants leverage with the Egyptian government even more. That has been true of every administration since Carter. It was not actually until the Obama administration that the U.S. came to accept the idea that Islamists, who have been a big political force in Egypt for almost a century now, should play a role in governing. But they’re sticking with the status quo; no one wants to be the administration that “lost” Egypt.

8. Wow, that’s depressing. Surely someone wants Egypt to be a peaceful and inclusive democracy?

Not really. Most Egyptians are way too preoccupied with their ideological divide to imagine a government that might bridge it. Self-described liberals seem to prefer a secular nationalist government, even if it’s the military regime in power today, as long as it keeps Islamists out. The Islamists, for their part, were more than happy to push out anyone who disagreed with them once they took power in 2012 through a democratic process that their leader appeared very willing to corrupt. Both movements are so big and popular that neither one of them can rule without at least attempting to include the other. But neither appears willing to do that.

When I asked Steven Cook, an Egypt expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, what he made of the liberals’ embrace of the military coup and why he had started referring to them as “alleged liberal groups,” he wrote as part of his response, “I think Amr Hamzawy and Hossam Bahgat are the only true liberals in Egypt.”

9. Hi, there’s too much text so I skipped to the bottom to find out the big take-away. What happens next?

No one has any idea, but it looks bad. There are three things that most analysts seem to agree on. Any or all of these could prove wrong, but they’re the most common, short-term predictions:

• The military-led government will keep cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood and stirring up preexisting public animosity toward the group, both of which they’ve been doing since the 1950s.

• The U.S. will call for a peaceful and inclusive democratic transition, as Secretary of State John Kerry did this afternoon, but will refrain from punishing the Egyptian military for fear of losing leverage.

• The real, underlying problems — ideological division and a free-falling economy — are only going to get worse.

In the aggregate, these point to more violence and more instability but probably not a significant escalation of either. Medium-term, with some U.S. pressure, there will probably be a military-dominated political process that might stagger in the direction of a troubled democracy. Longer-term, who knows?

As the highly respected Egypt expert and Century Foundation scholar Michael Hanna told me recently, “Egypt might just be ungovernable.”



Christians are are currently being beheaded and systematically executed as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) fills the void where Obama withdrew military support for Iraq … strictly for his personal political purposes.

Where is CNN ?

Where is ABC ?

Where is CBS ?

Where is NBC ?

Hey Barry, how’s that fundraising going for you? I hope that it’s not interfering with your golf handicap. Meanwhile, the world is burning and the last beacon of freedom is being squandered by our absentee leader. We should all be ashamed.

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

- Sir Edmund Burke 


In 2012 and 2013, Islamist militants took over the northern Malian cities of Gao and Timbuktu. Imposing their own despotic version of religious Islamic law, the jihadists threatened to decimate the relics of Mali’s ancient past and suppress the lively spirit of its joyous communities. Women bore the brunt of this crackdown: they were forced to cover their brightly lit clothes with dark hijabs and face-covering burkas, and they were banned from work, school, or regular access to medical care. Many found ingenious ways to fight back: through small acts of defiance, and determined ingenuity, the women of Timbuktu stood up to the Islamists’ demands, and kept the unique spirit of their country alive.

See more from Mali’s Resilient Women, by Katie Orlinsky

The west always loves to portray one image of muslims and that is of the burqa wearing, arabic speaking, long beard, middle eastern brownie.

God forbid they show you the diversity within Islam.

God forbid they show you a “white” muslim

God forbid they show you a muslim speaking another language besides arabic.

God forbid they show you the every day muslim going about doing their jobs and trying to make ends meet

God forbid they show you a happy and satisfied independent muslim women who are not oppressed and need saving.


Theirs only one type of muslims folks and they are all “backward”, shariah driven, militant, islamists, jihadists ( < laughing at these terms here) oppressed and uncivilised people who are hellbent in trying to take over europe or america.