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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

American Pravda: CNN doesn't believe its own fake news Trump Russia coverage

Jonathan Kay on the tyranny of Twitter: How mob censure is changing the intellectual landscape


...In May, when a CBC manager was accused of posting an insulting Tweet in regard to cultural appropriation, he was not only attacked on Twitter, but also, days later, in a CBC meeting room. Corporate brass convened not one, but two public shaming sessions where the man was made to sit shame-faced, for several hours, as his colleagues described the psychic pain wrought by his single tweet. (The manager had asked to perform his apologies personally, in private. This request was denied.) The unsettling similarity to a Soviet confession ritual was unmistakable. And this sort of spectacle would have been seen as completely beyond the pale just a few years ago. Thanks to the influence of Twitter, pre-scheduled mobbing sessions have become a normalized part of the human-resources toolkit at our national broadcaster...

Monday, June 26, 2017

Toronto's al Quds Day is a reminder of the extent of Islamic extremism in Canada

Police keep al Quds Day Islamists and counter-protesters apart
in front of the US Consulate
(June 24/17)
Toronto's Pride Festival Weekend, which this year happened to begin on the last day of Ramadan, provided a serendipitous affront to the grubby Shiite fanatics marching down Toronto's University Avenue last Saturday afternoon to hurl speeches full of fury and bile towards the US Consulate.

It was, again, al Quds Day, the holiday of hatred created by Iran's despotic Ayatollah Khomeini that serves as a call to annihilate Israel's Jewish population and condemn Israel's principal ally, the United States. But this year, because of the convergence of Pride and Ramadan, the Islamist mob was greeted by a huge gay rainbow banner that covered a large section of the consulate's facade.  The Iranian regime deplores gays and mercilessly murders them. Acolytes of Iran's mullahs, led at the Toronto al Quds rally by hatemongers Zafar Bangash, a vicious local Imam, and Ali Mallah, a sleazy activist who is a denizen of Islamist and radical leftist organizations, faithfully support the tyrannical Iranian regime and its genocidal policies. But in Canada and the US, gay people can celebrate their sexuality and live as full equals, and the symbol of that equality, hanging from that edifice of the hated Americans, was a veritable spit-in-the-eye to the Khomeinist rabble.

Before marching, they had gathered for speeches at the north side of Queen's Park, since the south grounds in front of the legislature have become off-limits to the annual Khomeinist jamboree, following numerous complaints from the public. The al Quds Day supporters were about a thousand, much smaller than in previous years, and it was, with the exception of less than a dozen people, made up of Muslim zealots, the men looking like they had been transported out of Iranian and Pakistani madrassahs, segregated from the women, who were a mass of flabby blobs wrapped in chadors and hijabs.

Al Quds Day serves as a reminder that Canada needs to do a great deal more to strengthen its immigration policies. Its crowds are a demonstration of Canada's failure to weed out the human garbage who carry banners of Khomeini and Iran's current Supreme Leader, Ali Khameini, indicating their devotion to rulers who ferment a culture where women can be imprisoned and raped for 'improperly' covering themselves in public. The hateful gathering is an insult to tens of thousands of decent Muslims who came to Canada to escape the brutality that the al Quds Day Islamists want to impose worldwide.

Curiously, one of the organizers of Toronto's al Quds Day, according to its facebook page, is a Siraj Ali, who describes himself as an owner of a company called Cycom Canada Corporation, which claims to have IBM as a business partner. If so, it's rather despicable that IBM is in some measure contributing to a rally known for antisemitism and the praise of terrorism.

There were a few dismal hangers-on hoping to capitalize on al Quds Day, and delivered talks at the behest of Iran's proxies there. Among them was a American conspiracy theorist named Kevin Barrettt, a writer for the antisemitic, Holocaust-denying website Veterans Today, whose deranged public statements about conspiracies between "Rothschild Zionists" and Illuminati Freemasons strongly suggest he is seriously mentally ill.  Also there to deliver a speech was a pathetic, attention-seeking, far-left radical named Ken Stone, a fool who started out his particular brand of activism by ripping up his degree at a convocation ceremony while shrieking, "Fellow niggers, look what Mister Charlie's done to your minds!" As usual at al Quds Day rallies, in a transparently duplicitous effort to try to portray themselves as not being antisemites, the Khomeinists trotted out a pair of adherents to a weird, inbred fringe Jewish cult called Neutrei Karta. Its members dress as if they still live in 17th Century Eastern European ghettos, and their worldview has progressed as little as their fashion sense. Neutrei Karta despises Israel because of their twisted biblical interpretation decreeing that its existence is prohibited until the arrival of the Messiah. These cult members, who often look like the products of several generations of incest, will ally themselves with virtually any reprobates who share their hostility to the Jewish State.

One positive note to the day was the strong showing of counter-protesters, a diverse coalition led by the Jewish Defense League that also included feminist activists, gay rights activists, Christians, atheists, reformist Muslims, and Hindus. The Israeli and Canadian flags, the jeers, and joyous songs blaring from loudspeakers were a taunting contrast to the dour vitriol of the Islamic hatemongers. The Canadian Jewish Defense League is dishonestly smeared by its opponents as connected to its defunct, discredited American counterpart, where no affiliation between the groups exists. Though sometimes aggressive in defending Jewish safety, the JDL stands in stark contrast to mainstream Jewish organizations who do nothing to counter al Quds Day besides sending ineffective letters of protest to local political leaders, which receive insubstantial responses.  While the American JDL is listed as a terror group by the FBI, the Canadian JDL often works with Canadian police and intelligence agencies to provide information on potential terrorists.

It is a sad comment on Canadian political realities that neither Toronto Mayor John Tory, nor Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne publicly condemned the al Quds Day rally. It's not as if either of them don't support Toronto's Jewish community or Israel; both Wynne and Tory are ardent Israel-supporters. But the fear of offending Islamic fanatics overpowered their willingness to do the right thing. And unfortunately, as people all over the world have learned the hard way, vicious Islamic fanatics will not just go away if you ignore them.


Independent journalist Greg Renouf was assaulted by Islamist al Quds Day thugs and their communist allies:


Nutcase Kevin Barrett shares his conspiracy theories with al Quds Day admirers :

Friday, June 23, 2017

Conrad Black: Palestinian terror and Israel boycotts aren't a form of 'dissent.' They're just evil and stupid


...The terrorists and Jew-hating leaders of the ostensible Palestinians are incongruously dusted off as dissenters in the same pristine virtuosity as the enemies of thalidomide and ecological pollution and unjust conviction of the innocent and hair-trigger war-making. It is a set-up; the narrative has built up a solid bank of appreciation of the positive role of those who dissent by nature (apart from the light-hearted apologia for the Occupy Wall Street foolishness). But suddenly the tenor and tempo change, and the horribly complicated problem of Jews and Arabs in Israel is rendered as apartheid, oppression, and the whitewashing of Palestinian terrorism and of their claim to a right to swamp the Jews demographically and reduce them, once again, to a minority, sure to be oppressed yet again, and this time in the country the world gave them as a Jewish homeland. It need hardly be emphasized that it is a complicated issue. The British sold the same real estate to both sides in 1917; the United Nations made Israel a Jewish state, and the Israelis have successfully defended and expanded it after Arab-initiated wars in 1948, 1967 and 1973.

The answer is not to give knee-jerk adherence to a campaign of boycott and disinvestment against Israel in favour of an Arab population that will not leave because it is better treated and more prosperous than in Arab countries, and that shelters suicide bombers, knife-assailants of the innocent, and other terrorists. The Palestinians could have their state next week if they acknowledged Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state... 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Asra Nomani testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and this happened...

...what happened that day was emblematic of a deeply troubling trend among progressives when it comes to confronting the brutal reality of Islamist extremism and what it means for women in many Muslim communities here at home and around the world. When it comes to the pay gap, abortion access and workplace discrimination, progressives have much to say. But we’re still waiting for a march against honor killings, child marriages, polygamy, sex slavery or female genital mutilation.

Sitting before the senators that day were two women of color: Ayaan is from Somalia; Asra is from India. Both of us were born into deeply conservative Muslim families. Ayaan is a survivor of female genital mutilation and forced marriage. Asra defied Shariah by having a baby while unmarried. And we have both been threatened with death by jihadists for things we have said and done. Ayaan cannot appear in public without armed guards.

In other words, when we speak about Islamist oppression, we bring personal experience to the table in addition to our scholarly expertise. Yet the feminist mantra so popular when it comes to victims of sexual assault — believe women first — isn’t extended to us. Neither is the notion that the personal is political. Our political conclusions are dismissed as personal; our personal experiences dismissed as political.

That’s because in the rubric of identity politics, our status as women of color is canceled out by our ideas, which are labeled “conservative” — as if opposition to violent jihad, sex slavery, genital mutilation or child marriage were a matter of left or right. This not only silences us, it also puts beyond the pale of liberalism a basic concern for human rights and the individual rights of women abused in the name of Islam.

There is a real discomfort among progressives on the left with calling out Islamic extremism. Partly they fear offending members of a “minority” religion and being labeled racist, bigoted or Islamophobic. There is also the idea, which has tremendous strength on the left, that non-Western women don’t need “saving” — and that the suggestion that they do is patronizing at best. After all, the thinking goes, if women in America still earn less than men for equivalent work, who are we to criticize other cultures?

This is extreme moral relativism disguised as cultural sensitivity...