Today is the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Lest we forget, today’s faces of the day will remind us. These are powerful images drawn by artists who experienced the horrors of Auschwitz themselves.
The Nazis did all they could to make their Jewish captives faceless, dressing them in uniforms and tattooing them with numbers that would become their new identities.
In the midst of that horror — indeed, in perhaps the most horrific place a Jew could land at the time — prisoners sought to take their images back and made sure that art was still present.
Franciszek JaĹşwiecki, a Polish artist and political prisoner at Auschwitz, made portraits of fellow prisoners. Though the portraits portrayed prisoners of various nationalities and ages, they shared the same haunting quality, according to Agnieszka Sieradzka, an art historian at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
“The most interesting in these portraits are eyes — a very strange helplessness,” she says. “Prisoners created portraits because the desire to have an image was very strong.”
We in the West are ignorant about so much that is Islam. This ignorance is used against us as we are so trusting and naive. We assume that Islam is just like other religions. We assume that when Muslims say things they can be taken at face value. We are wrong on both counts.
I want to educate you on one thing and one thing alone. It will totally change how you react in the future to statements from the Muslim community world wide as well as here in New Zealand, after a terrorist attack in yet another western country.
How many times have you heard the following?…
We condemn the killing of innocent people
We condemn the killing of innocents
Sounds like they are condemning the terrorist attacks right?
Notice how they always use the word innocent or innocents. There is a very good reason for their use of that word.
The notion of â€śinnocentâ€ť in Islam can never be applied on Non-Muslims, because according to the islamic Jurisprudence, they (the non-Muslims) rejected the message of Allah and Mohammed (they are not Muslims), so they are considered automatically non innocentsâ€¦But when the Muslims say it in the western media addressing this statement to a non-Muslim audience , they are considered to not be lying becauseÂ they meanâ€ťIslam condemns the killing of Muslimsâ€ť. They are the only people considered Innocents in the Islamic jurisprudenceâ€¦ Â Â Read more »
Mohandas Gandhi’s letter to Adolf Hitler, 1939
Head lone wolf of all the lone wolf gunmen says attack some more, but don’t worry it’s not at all related to Islam
The head loneÂ wolf of all the lone wolf gunmenÂ has called for more attacks by the other lone wolves out there.
But we mustn’t be afraid this has nothing at all to do with Islam.
Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch called for lone-wolf attacks against the United States and the West in a video posted Tuesday, days after the group claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo killings.
One of the group’s ideologues, Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, urged supporters to conduct what he called “individual jihad,” according to the SITE monitoring group, which tracks Islamist extremists online.
“We are preparing and lurking for the enemies of Allah. We incite the believers to do that,” Ansi is quoted as saying in the online video.
In a previous video, Ansi claimed Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was behind the attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the start of three days of bloodshed in France that left 17 people dead. Â Read more »
There is no such thing as free speech in China, and now it appears there is a crackdown underway with Chinese authorities using the Charlie Hebdo massacre as an excuse….blaming media for the massacre.
On January 10, the day 1.5 million people filled Paris’s streets in solidarity against the terror attacks in that city, Chinaâ€™s official Xinhua news service published a self-serving editorial arguing that Franceâ€™s free-wheeling media abetted the attack.
â€śThe world is diverse and there should be limits on press freedom,â€ť read theÂ editorial by Paris bureau chief Ying Qiang. â€śUnfettered and unprincipled satire, humiliation, and free speech are not acceptable.â€ť
Any doubts China has no respect for freedom of the press, freedom of speech or indeed freedom of expression are now removed.
Such a remark is par for the course for Chinaâ€™s state media, which rarely miss an opportunity, no matter how distasteful, to trumpet the Communist Party line. But, pointedly, the Paris attacks on the satirical Charlie Hebdo and on a kosher supermarket resonated with recent events in China. Over the past year, clashes between Chinaâ€™s majority Han and its ethnic Uighur population have escalated. On Monday, a government website located in Xinjiang reported that police killed six Uighur men who had attacked them with axes. And in September, following explosions that killed six police in Xinjiang, an ensuing riot led to police killing 40 people. Most spectacularly, masked militants armed with swords and knives entered a train station in Kunming, a regional capital in southwest China, and stabbed 30 people to death. Â Read more »
Obama, nor a representative fromÂ theÂ US turned up for the leaders photo op in Paris.
To make amends John Kerry rolled out one of my favourite singers, James Taylor.
What resulted was cringeworthy in the extreme.
What a shambles.
The law of the jungle is a law that applies even after the thin veneer of civilization has been applied to mankind.
Wars are won based on jungle law. Kill or be killed. Only the strong survive. We may want to forget this uncomfortable truth but it is a truth nevertheless. History shows us this over and over again.
Because Mankind is intelligent we have learned to forge short term and long term strategic relationships which enable the weak to become strong. Strength in numbers, strength forged by a common goal and usually a common enemy.
The historic meeting in Yalta between Winston Churchill, FranklinÂ RooseveltÂ and Joseph Stalin is a great example of this.
At Yalta, important decisions were made regarding the future progress of the war and the postwar world.
Labour have a finance spokesman who has never worked in the real world, and basically has very little idea about finance.
It wouldnâ€™t be surprising if he did what the Democrats are doing now they are in opposition, and promote a Financial Transaction Tax.
To pay for the plan, the U.S. would impose what Van Hollen called a tiny fee on market transactions, of 0.1%. A Democratic aide said the fee would apply to any buy or sell transactions, and include stocks, bonds and derivatives. The plan would also limit tax deductions on CEO pay above $1 million.
So far this type of tax has only been promoted by the looney left, in the form of the Alliance and Jim Anderton, Mana, and the Greens.
5. Financial Transaction Tax
The Green Party will:
- Involve New Zealand with the group of countries working to agree on a tax on international currency movements, to set up a fund to provide capital for poor countries to improve their social and environmental wellbeing. This would discourage currency speculation without being high enough to impede genuine trade.
If you thought the hypocrisy of the NZ Herald was bad, how about Rachel Smalley’s favourite terror group Hamas.
They have come out condemning the violence in Paris perpetrated in the name of ISIS and Al Qaeda, their sponsors and brother in terror, but just a few short weeks ago were celebrating the terrorists who killed four worshippers in a synagogue in Jerusalem.
Hamas has been advocating violence and hatred since itâ€™s founding in 1987. The organization has executed horrific terror attacks, and continues to glorify martyrdom and indoctrinate youth, encouraging them to become terrorists. Yet, following the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, Hamas suddenly decided to condemn violence, stating that, â€śdifferences of opinion and thought cannot justify murder.â€ť
On Wednesday, January 7, twelve people were murdered by terrorists at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris. The terror attack shocked France and the international community as a brutal offense on freedom and democracy. Â Many leaders around the world sent their condolences to the French people and condemned the violence and terrorism they have faced.
Surprisingly, one of the organizations to condemn the attack was Hamas. On Saturday, January 10, the terror organization released a statement in French and Arabic saying that Hamas â€ścondemns the attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine and insists on the fact that differences of opinion and thought cannot justify murder.â€ť
This statement is proof of Hamasâ€™ blunt hypocrisy and double standard. Only a few months ago the terror organization celebrated the death of Israeli civilians and praised the terrorists who performed the attacks.
On November 18, 2014, terrorists murdered five Israeli civilians in a synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem. The terrorists entered the synagogue during morning prayers and attacked the men with a rifle and a knife. Hamasâ€™ reaction to this attack was far from condemnation. Â Read more »