I am not a cartoonist, what I am is a writer. Pictures however tell a thousand words and so do videos.
View this collection and form your own conclusions. Yes the people filming will have an agenda but they cannot force the people on camera to act the way they act or say the things they say can they?
I have an agenda. My agenda is that I fear Islam gaining a hold on my country as it is a political ideology not just an oppressive religion. I think that Muhammad was a pedophile who had sex with a 9 year old girl that he ‘ married ‘Â when she was six and I think that Islam allows child brides and does not reject pedophilia. I think that Islam takes awayÂ freedom of speech and has no tolerance for any other culture or religion. I think that Islam is the polar opposite of Feminism as women are controlled and are treated as chattels not equals. My agenda is to do what Charlie Hebdo did. To hold up a mirror to Islam and to to encourage debate on Islam. I will not be silenced and I will not let fear of retaliation stop me holding up that mirror. When those Islamic terrorists massacred the cartoonists and journalists in France my resolve hardened to the point that I now feel compelled to act.
If they are going to murder a person for drawing an image of Muhammad I might as well go the whole hog and expose as much as I can about Islam before they decide to remove my right to life. In for a penny in for a pound my parents always said.
Please watch these videos and decide for yourself what you see.
Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) gives his famous V-sign as he opens the new headquarters of 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron of the RAAF (Royal Auxiliary Air Force) at Croydon in 1948 in England. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A journalist decided to test how safe the streets of Paris are for Jews – by wearing a religious skullcap and filming the public’s reaction using a hidden camera.
Zvika Klein, a reporter for Jewish news outlet NRG, silently walked in the city for ten hours wearing a kippah – also known as a yarmulke – on his head and a tzitzit (knotted ritual tassels).
And the shocking hidden camera footage shows antisemitism is rife in the French capital as he is seen harassed and intimidated.
As he wanders around neighbourhoods wearing the garments associated with his faith, he is spat at, threatened and even called a ‘dog’.
Klein was inspired by a YouTube video in which a New York woman filmed the sexist remarks she endured in 10 hours of walking the streets of the Big Apple
After the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last month, where four Jews were murdered for their faith, he decided to record what life was really was like for a Jew living in Paris.
Posting the video on YouTube, he wrote: ‘Welcome to Paris 2015, where soldiers are walking every street that houses a Jewish institution, and where keffiyeh-wearing men and veiled women speak Arabic on every street corner.’
He spent a day in Paris with a bodyguard while photographer Dov Belhassen documented the day using a GoPro camera hidden in his backpack.
He wandered through Jewish neighborhoods, around the Eiffel Tower, and then through mostly Muslim neighborhoods.
In an article accompanying the video, he said tourist attractions were ‘relatively calm’ – ‘but the further from them we walked, the more anxious I became over the hateful stares, the belligerent remarks, and the hostile body language,’ he wrote.
Boys shouted ‘Viva Palestine’ and as he passes a group of youths, one remarks: ‘I’m joking, the dog will not eat you’.
Fingers were pointed at him in a cafe – and moments later, thugs awaited him on a street corner, he adds.
A little boy was shocked at his appearance in his neighbourhood, he reports. ‘What is he doing here Mommy?‘ he asked. ‘Doesn’t he know he will be killed?’
It comes as Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the mass emigration of Jews from Europe to escape the rising tide of antisemitic terror attacks.
Netanyahu said Europe was no longer a safe haven for Jews following attacks in Paris and Copenhagen – adding that Israel is now the only country in the world where Jews can feel safe.
His comments sparked fury from Jewish groups and were promptly refuted by the leaders of France, Germany and Denmark.
But Mr Klein’s video shows, in Paris, Jews ‘are barred from entering certain areas’.
‘Is this what life is like for Paris’ Jews?’ he reports. ‘Is this what a Jew goes through, day in and day out, while walking to work or using public transportation?’
He adds the majority of French Jews ‘do not flaunt their religion’ and Jewish community leaders have urged them to wear hats as they walk to and from work.
But at night?
‘Jews prefers to stay inside in the evening,’ he says. ‘It is safer at home.‘
Today’s face of the day has had his life changed forever because of a drawing. A drawing that frankly looks like a child drew it.
I am no art critic but even as a cartoon it doesn’t impress. The offence and push back in reaction to this drawing is obscene in its intensity and violence. Last Saturday an Islamic terrorist in Denmark almost succeeded in ending the artist’s life. Who is this man that now has to lives his life under constant threat of death because of a drawing?
Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks has faced death threats for many years
Imagine the government forcing your 7-day business to close one day a week.
Only in France
France’s top baguette baker has attacked his country’s attitude to work after he was ordered to stop opening his shop seven days a week.
Stephane Cazenave has been told he will face a â‚¬1,500 ($2,300) fine if he fails to adhere to a law which states that all shops selling bread must close one day a week.
Mr Cazenave, who runs a bakery in Saint-Paul-les-Dax, in south-west France, says the 1999 prefectural order means he will lose â‚¬250,000 ($382,000) a year and will be forced to lay off some of his 22 staff, who work five-day weeks.
The ruling has sparked a debate in France, with many viewing the baker’s plight as a symbol of all that is wrong with anti-business regulations.
Currently French MPs are debating a bill seeking to cut red tape and inject more flexibility into the French labour market.
Mr Cazenave, who won ‘best baguette of France’ award last year, told TV channel France 3: ‘I am treated like a thug just because I asked to work. Working shouldn’t be a crime in France.
‘I opened seven days a week three and a half years ago. I create jobs and wealth and I don’t see why one would hinder me doing so.’
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There are three specific reasons why NZ has to join the fight, two practical and one principled.
The practical reasons are simple: First, NZâ€™s major security allies, the US, UK and Australia, are all involved as are France, Germany and others. After the signing of the Wellington and Washington security agreements, NZ became a first tier security partner of the US, and as is known, it is an integral member of the 5 Eyes signals intelligence network. It therefore cannot renege on its security alliance commitments without a serious loss of credibility and trust from the countries upon which it is most dependent for its own security.
Secondly, most of New Zealandâ€™s primary diplomatic and trading partners, including those in the Middle East, are involved in the anti-IS coalition. Having just secured a UN Security Council temporary seat at a time when the UN has repeatedly issued condemnations of IS, and having campaigned in part on breaking the logjam in the UNSC caused by repeated use of the veto by the 5 permanent members on issues on which they disagree (such as the civil war in Syria), NZ must back up its rhetoric and reinforce its diplomatic and trade relations by committing to the multinational effort to defeat IS. Refusing to do so in the face of requests from these partners jeopardises the non-military relationships with them.
The third reason is a matter of principle and it is surprising that the government has not made more of it as a justification for involvement. After the Rwandan genocide an international doctrine known as the â€śResponsibility to Protectâ€ť (R2P) was agreed by UN convention to prevent future horrors of that sort. It basically states that if a defenceless population is being subject to the depredations of its own government, or if the home government cannot defend the population from the depredations of others, then the international community is compelled to use whatever means, including armed force, to prevent ongoing atrocities from occurring. There can be no doubt that is the situation in parts of Iraq and Syria at the moment. Neither the Assad regime or the Iraqi government can defend minority communities such as Kurds or Yazidis, or even non-compliant Sunnis, from the wrath of IS.
That, more than any other reason, is why NZ must join the fight. As an international good citizen that has signed up to the R2P, NZ is committed in principle to the defense of vulnerable others.
You know how arguments and debates on the internet often end up with a reference to Hitler or Nazis? Well today’s face of the day isn’t Hitler or a Nazi but he found a willing accomplice in Hitler when they bonded over a shared desire to wipe the Jewish people off the face of the earth. It is a part of WWII history that I was not taught when I was at High School and I suspect it is still omitted from the syllabus today.
Islam had considerable influence over Hitler’s thinking and plans. It is highly conceivable from what I have discovered so far that two Muslims who influenced Hitler, Haj-Amin-al-Husseini and Achmed Huber are the actual founding fathers of the holocaust.
A record 3 million copies of the new edition of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have appeared on French newsstands, with new caricatures triggering outrage among Muslims all over the world, and threats from radical Islamists.
British radical preacher Anjem Choudary, who is allegedly connected with armed militant groups, decried the new edition as an “act of war” and a “blatant provocation.”
Many mainstream Muslim organizations also reacted by saying that the mere depiction of the prophet is a sacrilege: Egypt’s Islamic body Dar al-Ifta branded the publication “an unjustified provocation against the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims,”
Unjustified provocation? Unjustified? They get slaughtered in the name of Islam and retaliate with what? Violence? No. Murder? No. They mock those who massacred them and bravely show that they will not be silenced and that freedom of speech is a cornerstone of any democracy, no matter how many sensitive petals get their widdle feelings hurt.
Who do they think that they are kidding really? This is not about hurt feelings this is about domination. Islam wants to turn the west into a puppet that it controls. Charlie Hebdo have defiantly cut the strings and given them the finger. I support them 100%. No more, no more. Islam does not get to terrorise us into silence, because the day they succeed is the day that all our rights and privileges in our democracies end.
Many mainstream ( in other words moderate ) Muslims have said that the mere depiction of the prophet is a sacrilege.
Hang on one cotton picking minute. When did France become an Islamic state under Sharia law? Only under Sharia law is the depiction a sacrilege. Only if you are a Muslim is it sacrilege. The cartoonists are not Muslim.
Other religions equate sacrilege with breaking a moral and ethical code such as rape or murder or pedophilia. These are moral and ethical lines that most religions, faiths and non religious beliefs have in common. Only Islam refers to dogma or man made rules as things that are sacrilege to break. Think about this for one minute. Drawing a picture of Muhammad is sacrilege, marrying and having sex with a nine year old is not.
Not only do they nominate individuals for the award, they also have nominated books and films.
They have even helpfully included a quote to go with each of the nominees. Frankly I am struggling to find any lies. All I see are facts and opinions. I don’t see any hate but what I do see in the creation of these awards is Islam attacking Freedom of Speech yet again. Admittedly this is a ‘ moderate ‘ way to try to silence the dissenting voices, but it is an attempt to silence us nevertheless.