She believed Dotcomâs claims that his involvement with the Internet Mana party would eventually relieve the family of his threat of extradition, she said.
âAt the end I was fine with it because Kim explained to me how this Internet Party would benefit us and the kids because it would help him with his political issues,â she said.
– Auckland now
Phan Thi Kim Phuc, who was famously photographed by Nick Ut as a naked 9 year old running from a napalm attack during the Vietnam War, holding her son and showing her horribly scarred back.Â Kim Phuc was the girl on the photograph that brought the world’s attention to the horrors of the war in Vietnam.
While Murray McCully is cuddling terrorists, Chris Finlayson is manning up at a conference that has just wrapped up discussing Islamic terror.
Andrea Vance has her knickers in a bunch over it too, so it must have been a good thing Finlayson attended.
Security services minister Chris Finlayson has confirmed his attendance at an anti-extremism summit widely criticised for singling out Muslims.
He is on his way back from a ministerial meeting at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.
Finlayson, the minister responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau and the Security Intelligence Service, spoke yesterday on “the importance of strengthening the role of civil society in preventing violent extremism”.
The meeting was chaired by Secretary of State John Kerry and followed terror attacks in Paris and Copenhagen.Â Read more »
Â The FBI’s Fingerprint Files
A Place For Every Print, And Every Print In Its Place
Pamela Geller is planning a âDraw the Prophetâ event in Garland, Texas in the same location as a Muslim group held a âStand with the Prophetâ conference in January. The First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest will be hosted by the Curtis Caldwell Center, which is owned and operated by the Garland Independent School District.
Gellerâs event comes on the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January. Following the attack, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) scheduled the âStand with the Prophetâ conference at the public school districtâs conference center. Geller, the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), scheduled a protest outside the event that was attended by approximately 2,000 people.
During the Free Speech Rally in Garland, Geller spoke with Breitbart Texas about her reaction to the large and loud crowd of protesters. She said that MuslimsÂ are trying to impose restrictions on free speech like they are doing in Paris. âThousands of Americans said âno way!ââ
âThe media can smear us and the President can stand with them,â Geller said. âWe the people are not having it. If there is any proof of that, itâs today. We dwarfed them.â
âIf the Western media ran the Danish cartoons back when this Islamic supremacist movement first started gaining steam, the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo would be alive today,â Geller stated in response to an inquiry from Breitbart Texas. âThat said, the European press ran the Hebdo cartoons in the wake of that jihad slaughter. But the American press would not. The beacon of freedom, the shining light on a hill, is running scared. Well, thatâs not who we are. The elites do not represent the people.â
âEnough is enough,â she explained. âTheyâre just cartoons. Weâre holding this exhibit and cartoon contest to show how insane the world has become â with people in the free world tiptoeing in terror around supremacist thugs who actually commit murder over cartoons. If we canât stand up for the freedom of speech, we will lose it â and with it, free society.â
Paul Buchanan is a lefty…he is an expert on international relations and also on conflicts and military issues.
It is not often I agree with him, we are on opposite sides of the political coin.
However he provides three good reason for New Zealand helping to take the fight to ISIS.
There are three specific reasons why NZ has to join the fight, two practical and one principled.
The practical reasons are simple: First, NZâs 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 Zealandâs 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 âResponsibility to Protectâ (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.
While PPTA, NZEI, the LAbour aprty and other assorted loons are still holding to their “failed model overseas” lines, while producing no evidence to support their claims, it appears no one appears to have told parents who are voting with their feet and sending their =kids in increasing numbers to charter schools.
The National Alliance of Public Charter Schools estimates in a new reportthat 2.9 million children now attend U.S. charter schools, up 14 percent from last school year.
More than 500 new charter schools opened in the 2014-2015 school year and 200 charters were closed for reasons ranging from poor academic performance to financial problems, according to the organization. Â Read more »
The below article was written by Serkan Engin from Turkey. He is a former Muslim who is now an atheist. His written english is not the best but his article is well worth reading because it is from the perspective of someone who used to be Muslim and who truly understands what Islam is really all about. I found it onÂ jihadwatch.org with an intro by Robert Spencer.
Note from Robert Spencer: When Serkan Engin sent me this piece and asked me to publish it, I asked him if this could endanger him in Turkey. He responded, âI am ready to die.â I certainly hope that he encounters no difficulty as a result of making these public statements; what happens to him now will be a test of the health of the freedom of speech and Kemalist secularism in rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey. It is certainly not possible to say such things in the U.S. today without charges of âracismâ and âbigotry,â without any discussion of whether there are Islamic texts and teachings that justify violence and hatred: the question cannot even be asked.
It should also be noted that I do not agree with Serkan Enginâs call for Islam to be outlawed. In the U.S., at least (to say nothing of Turkey or elsewhere), we do not outlaw ideas, and do not employ Thought Police. The criminalizing of thought is a hallmark of the totalitarian state. Even at the height of the Cold War, Communism was not outlawed. Once a people grants to the government the power to declare certain ideas illegal, that power can be turned against good ideas, to the detriment of the people. What needs to be done in response to jihad violence and Islamic supremacism today is an aggressive prosecution of any and all actions dedicated to subverting the republic; that is, however, not being done.
In any case, I may not agree with everything Serkan Engin says, but I will defend to the death his right to speak his mind. That is the fundamental principle of the freedom of speech, and the indispensable foundation of any free society. It is rapidly being lost.
Why Islam is Worse Than Nazism
by Serkan Engin
I am an atheist author and poet, who had lived as a Sunni Muslim for 23 years from birth, and I am still living in a Muslim country, Turkey. Also, my parents and all of my relatives are still Muslim. So, my critics about Islam can be easily consider this an inside view.
I know that the title of this essay seems assertive, but I will explain the rightness of this title step-by-step in this essay.
First of all, you have to learn about Islam that if you are an âoutsiderâ, a non-Muslim, for example, a Christian, an atheist, a Buddhist, a Jew or whatever else, all Muslims have the ârightâ of killing and raping you, grabbing all your properties, your country, land, money and anything else. They take this ârightâ from the book of their belief, the Quran. In other words, they take this ârightâ from their beliefâs core, the theology of Islam.
Here are some examples of this in verses from Quran.
This verse of Quran is about âall non-Muslimsâ, all âhereticsâ! â Christians, Buddhists, atheists, Jews, etc. â describing them âwho wage war against Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad)â
Surat Al-Maâidah (5.33)
âIndeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.â
And this verse of the Quran is about the order to kill the humans who left Islam, the apostates:
Surat An-Nisaâ (4.89)
âThey wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.â
Look at the current situation in Syria. How can Islamist terrorists slaughter Alawite people or rape Christian women so easily? Because they take this ârightâ from their belief and they believe that they will go to the heaven because of these vandalistic actions against âoutsidersâ, who are out of Islam, who donât believe the same religious tenets â in other words, those who are the âhereticsâ according to their belief. Some Muslims say, âBut they are not the real Muslims.â That is a big lie; that is the exact form of real Islam, because these vandalistic actions are in accord with the orders of Quran.
You have heard many times that âIslam is a tolerant religionâ. That is the biggest lie that you can hear all over the World, and this lie is used as a mask to hide the terrible face of Islam. There is NO difference between Islam and Islamism. This is the main error that the modern world make about Islam. There are not different forms as Islam and Islamism, they are the same thing, and they have the same content. This separation is just only an illusion, and it is used by Muslims to hide the brutal, hateful, oppressive,murderous, genocidal face of Islam.
Islamic theology is based on the verses of the Quran and Hadith. Hadiths are the words and actions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and all Muslims must follow these words and actions in addition to the orders of Quran. For example, you have to defecate as Muhammad did, and you have to clean yourself as he did, or you can rape and enslave a âhereticâ woman in a war as a sex slave as Muhammad did, or you can torture your enemy in a war to learn the place of his hidden money, as Muhammad did.
You âmustâ cut the hand of a thief as Muhammad did, not give him any prison sentence as do the modern laws.
You must stone a woman to death as Muhammad did, because she had sex outside of the rules of Islam (but you must only whip her partner a hundred times). If you are a Muslim, you can never set them free while considering that their sexual actions are about their own personal relations and freedom, in accord with modern laws. You must definitely apply the punishments of Muhammad such as stoning the woman to the death and whipping her partner a hundred times if you want to be a good Muslim.
You must kill the man who left the belief of Islam, as Muhammad did. You canât say âThis is his own choice and he has the freedom of thought and beliefâ, because it is an order of the Quran that you âmustâ kill the persons who were Muslim before and then left the Islamic religion.
You must kill all homosexuals according to the orders of Islam. No Muslims can say according to Islam that their sexual orientation is their own natural right, in accord with the human rights norms of our age.
You have the ârightâ to marry a little girl at 9 years old, as Muhammad did. In other words, you can rape a little child legally in Islam and make her a sex slave, and also a domestic slave till the end of her life.
You can lie alongside of your dead wife for 6 hours, as Muhammad did. In other words, you can rape the dead body of your wife for 6 hours after her death.
Here is IslamâŠHere is the âtolerant religionââŠHere is the right way to the heavenâŠHere are the orders of AllahâŠHere are the actions of MuhammadâŠ
You can easily see how civilized the Muslim countries of the world are because of Islam, such as Afghanistan, Nigeria, Turkey, Iran, Sudan and the others. You can see how much they have contributed to the history of philosophy, the history of art, and the history of science of the whole world. You can see how respectful they are to human rights, womenâs rights, childrenâs rights, the freedom of expression and thought, the freedom of the press, the freedom of belief, etc.
The first genocide wave of 20th century, the Armenian Genocide, the Assyrian Genocide and the Pontic Greek Genocide, was perpetrated by Turkish and Kurdish people of the Ottoman Empire and the new Turkish Republic, getting motivation from the ârightsâ that they had because of Islam: the ârightsâ of killing and raping the non-Muslims, enslaving their women and little girls as sex slaves and also domestic slaves, and grabbing their money, houses and lands. However, âThe Committee of Union and Progressâ (CUP) (Turkish: Ä°ttihat ve Terakki Cemiyeti) was based on Turkish nationalism; they used Turkish and Kurdish people easily for these genocides because of the Islamic religionâs content about non-Muslims. All the Turkish and Kurdish Muslims believed that they would go to the heaven if they killed more non-Muslims, as do todayâs Islamist terrorists.
The owners of the second genocide wave of 20th century were Nazis, as you know. They took the genocides of the Turks as a sample. It is know that Adolf Hitler said to his military commanders, âWho, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?,â while they were talking about the reaction of the world about the genocides that they were planning to perpetrate.
Nazism was considered a legal and respectable ideology at the beginning of the 1930s, and then the world saw how dangerous Nazism was. Millions of people died because of Nazism, and today it is illegal to support Nazism in any civilized country. You can never make propaganda about Nazism legally. Today, Nazism is not considered as a genuine thought alternative, and it is not included in the freedom of thought and expression.
As I have detailed above, Islam is against the human rights norms of our age, and it has more dangerous content than Nazism. Islam is not a belief alternative, it is just a crime against humanity, and any crime shouldnât have freedom in our modern world. So, Islam must be declared illegal all over the world, as is Nazism, because of its vandal content and commands that are against human rights. All actions about Islam must be forbidden and the propagandists of Islam must be judged because of instigating to the crimes of murder, rape, grab and crimes against humanity. Otherwise, the world will meet with a big tragedy when the Islamists will get more power, as the world suffered because of Nazism.
A socialist Laz poet from Turkey, Serkan Engin was born in 1975 in Izmit, Turkey. His poems have been published in English in The Tower Journal, Poetryâz Own, Belleville Park Pages, Far Enough East, Spilt Infinitive Lit Magazine, Empty Mirror, The Writerâs Drawer, Poetry Super Highway, Miracle E-zine, Industry Night Lit Magazine, Open Road Review, Shot Glass Journal, The Criterion and Mediterranean Poetry. Some of his poems appeared in Japanese in the leading Japanese philosophy and poetry journal Shi to Shisou.
While I agree with Robert Spencer that we should not ban IslamÂ as that is indeed the mark of a totalitarian state we should actively criticise and mock it. We should enforce the laws of our society on its members every time their ideology breaks them. We should have zero tolerance for their beliefs that take away others rights. There should be zero sympathy for beliefs and laws that are the opposite of our rights and laws. Islam must be given no place in our education system. They cannot be allowed to run Islamic schools as unlike other religious schools they will be teaching separatism ( Infidels ) and hate ( Infidels ) pedophilia ( Muhammad ) and subjugation ( women forced to wear head scarfs etc ) As these run counter to the rights and democracy of our country they cannot be allowed to brain wash their children. We would not allow the KKK to have their own schools so why should we allow them to teach their children that we are third class citizens that need to be converted or killed?
They have the right to brain wash them at home of course but only an extremely foolish country would actually use tax payers money to help train its own citizens to over throw both its democracy and rights.
I noticed this article in this morning’s Stuff.co.nz detailing a lightÂ aircraft crash in the USA where the cause is thought to be the pilot
A pilot who lost control while taking selfies was likely the cause of a small plane crash that killed two men this past spring, according to US federal investigators.
Pilot Amritpal Singh, 29, and his passenger were killed instantly when Singh’s Cessna 150K crashed into a wheat field shortly after midnight May 31. The wreckage was discovered around 7am local time that morning.
A GoPro camera mounted to the plane’s windshield recorded Singh and several other passengers taking selfies on their mobile phones during a series of short flights before the crash, the US National Transportation Safety Board found. While the GoPro didn’t record the flight where Singh crashed, investigators portrayed a pattern of the pilot taking selfies and possibly texting while giving rides to passengers above Front Range Airport, about 40 kilometres east of Denver.
“During the climb-out portion of flight, the pilot uses his mobile phone to take a self photograph. The camera’s flash was activated and illuminated the cockpit area,” NTSB investigators reported. “During the climb-out phase, the pilot was seen making keyboard entries to his cell phone and additional keyboard entries on a portion of flight consistent with the downwind leg.”
Singh landed safely after that flight, picked up another passenger, and took off again, crashing a few minutes later.
This is a story in the World section and actually occurred in the United States, and involves a specific aircraft…a Cessna 150K.
I have given this article the titleÂ ‘A Gay perspective on Islam’, but after reÂ reading both the blog post quotes and the advertisement I realised that both have failed to link Sharia Law ( Which is Islam ) to the way homosexuals are treated in Palestine, Syria and Iran. It is this liberal failure to gloss over the root cause and to instead pretend it is a terrorist/autocratic thing that deeply concerns me. Why this fear to say what is so obvious? Saudi Arabia is held up as an almost perfect example of Islam and we all know how they treat women and gays.
The rights of LGBT people in Saudi Arabia are unrecognized. Homosexuality is frequently a taboo subject in Saudi Arabian society and is punished with imprisonment, fines, corporal punishment, capital punishment, whipping/flogging, and chemical castrations.
I think people are confused because they see Islam as a religion and separate from politics/government. It is the fact that religion and politics are the exact same thing in Islam that is the problem. The Islamic activists are very honest about this. They say Islam is Sharia and Sharia is Islam. Historically and now there is no shortage of hard evidence that this is the case, so why are the victims so afraid to name their oppressor? I think that the below advertisement is great but it is like the victim of child abuse speaking out against the social worker who placed them with the pedophile rather than speaking out against the pedophile who abused them.