We’re not angry, we’re very disappointed…
The recent arrest of EDL Leader Tommy Robinson really stinks.
It stinks because it has so obviously come about as a result of political pressure.
It stinks because he is currently being held alongside numerous Muslim inmates who have already made it clear that they don’t exactly wish him well.
And it stinks because it is all part of a long-fought campaign to silence both Tommy and the EDL.
Tommy has been dragged from one court to another – almost always without any serious chance of conviction – simply in order to help disrupt our activities and to prevent us from voicing our legitimate concerns about the spread of Islamic extremism.
In one sense it works, because it means we have to spend a lot of time and money on legal appeals, when we would much rather spend it on serious campaigning and on organising demonstrations.
But at the same time it does bring a lot of attention to our cause. The treatment of Tommy by the authorities demonstrates how political power can be abused and how freedom of speech can be suppressed. It demonstrates how a two tier system can operate and how important principles like equality under the law can be forgotten.
The danger, however, is that people focus too much on these particular abuses, and forget about the message, about what we actually stand for.
This is encouraged by our opponents – by Islamists, the far Left, and others who care more about demonising people than they do having a fair and open debate.
They call us names – ‘racists’, ‘fascists’, ‘Islamophobes’ – none of which actually describe what we believe or what we stand for, but which are hard to dispel.
Their job is made far easier whenever we do not show a united front. That’s why it’s important that we continue to stand strong and remind people what we stand for.
We’re not fighting for a society that discriminates based on race, religion, or anything else. We are simply fighting to safeguard the rights and freedoms that we believe are in danger.
We’re not like the BNP, never have been like the BNP, and never will be like the BNP.
In fact, we are one of the most important forces in the battle against far Right extremism.
We are opposed to the far Right, the far Left and Islamic extremists. But let’s not pretend that Islamic extremism isn’t by far the most dangerous threat we face.
We’ve received numerous threats from extremists on both the far Right and the far Left, but both groups remain on the fringes of society, unable to cause anyone too much serious concern.
The same is not true of Islamic extremists. It was not the far Right that were caught attempting to transport a bomb to our Dewsbury demonstration, and is not the far Left that we read about committing terrorist atrocities every single week.
The sad fact is that British Muslims should be our most important allies in the battle against Islamic extremism, but too often they either are unwilling or unable to make any meaningful efforts to reform their community.
Reform is needed because Islam keeps producing all manner of different types of extremist: from terrorists and terrorist financiers, to grooming gangs and Islamist hate preachers. But how many people can name a single Muslim organisation dedicated to reform?
Only the Ahmadiyya (a small Muslim sect) can be counted on to fully reject extremism.
When someone draws a cartoon or makes a film that Muslims do not like there are violent protests. And our government and media respond not by defending freedom of speech, but by considering whether it should be limited. They criticise not the angry mob, nor those pushing for censorship, but the cartoonist or filmmaker that ‘provoked’ such a response.
Read more here.
1. Introduce a US style First Amendment guaranteeing Free Speech.
2. Leave the profoundly undemocratic European Union.
3. Abolish the Human Rights Act, which benefits only foreign criminals/ terrorists.
4. Halt any further immigration for a period of five years.
5. Deport foreign criminals, seditious dual nationality Islamists and illegal immigrants.
6. Abolish all multicultural and equality quangos.
7. Halt and turn back all aspects of the Islamisation of Britain, including Sharia finance.
8. Drastically reduce crime – criminals should fear the consequences of their behaviour.
9. Repair the damage wreaked by the progressive educational establishment.
10. Promote British values and assimilation, rather than multiculturalism and division.
11. Rebuild Britain’s Armed Forces to 1980 levels.
12. Diminish the public sector and government interference in the private sector.
13. Withdraw troops from all areas where we are not directly threatened.
14. Cancel foreign aid to countries which do not deserve or need it.
15. End welfare payments to immigrants; they must pay for their housing and children.
16. Ensure no elderly person lives in fear, and can afford both heat and food in the winter.
17. Abolish destructive Political Correctness, promote Common Sense.
18. Promote morality, marriage, the family, the community and the nation state.
19. Allow pubs the freedom of operating as smoking or non-smoking establishments.
20. Live by Christianity’s Golden Rule: “Do unto others as thou wouldst be done by.”
Liberals typically criticize the American health care system for being inhumane, and they often use medical horror stories to promote their case for more government control. But this shocking story from the Daily Mail demonstrates what can happen when the government takes control of personal life and death decisions:
An elderly woman died alone after doctors failed to tell relatives they were ending her life on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway.
Olive Goom, 85, passed away with no one by her side after medics neglected to consult with her family about her treatment at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital….
As Miss Goom lay dying alone, staff reassured relatives on the phone just hours before her death that there was no urgent need to visit – even though doctors had already removed tubes providing vital food and fluids.
Her family discovered that she had died only when her niece went to visit her and found she was already being prepared for the mortuary. They said last night that they will never be able to stop feeling guilty that no one was there in her final hours.
The Mail has been contacted by several families who claim that relatives were put on the Liverpool Care Pathway – the controversial system designed to ease the suffering of the dying in their final hours – without any consultation.
Some said they found out that their relatives were on the pathway only after they happened to read their medical notes; and by that time it was too late.
The process involves withdrawing life-saving treatment and can involve the heavy sedation of a patient and the removal of tubes providing food and fluid. Thousands of patients every year are placed on the pathway, which was devised in the 1990s as a means of easing pain when it is impossible for a patient to recover and death is imminent.
Read more here.
Thousands of Muslims have pledged a series of protests against Google HQ (owner of Youtube) for a hateful and offensive anti-Islam video, saying they now live in an ‘age of mockery.’ (Yes, we do, and the paedophile prophet Mohammed deserves to be mocked at every opportunity)
UK Telegraph (H/T Jenny W) A protest by 10,000 Muslims outside the offices of Google in London today is just the first in an orchestrated attempt to force the company to remove an anti-Islamic film from website YouTube in Britain. Thousands had travelled from as far afield as Glasgow to take part in the demonstration, ahead of a planned million-strong march in Hyde Park in coming weeks.
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British officials have given their word: “We won’t read your emails.”
But experts say that its proposed new surveillance program, unveiled last week as part of the government’s annual legislative program, will gather so much data that spooks won‘t have to read your messages to guess what you’re up to.
The U.K. Home Office stresses that it is not seeking to read the content of every Britons’ communications, saying the data it was seeking “is NOT the content of any communication.” It is, however, seeking information on who’s sending the message, whom it’s sent to, where it’s sent from, and potentially other details including a message’s length and its format.
The government’s proposal is just a draft bill, so it could be modified or scrapped. But if passed in its current form, it would put a huge amount of personal data at the government’s disposal, which it could potentially use to deduce a startling amount about Britons’ private life — from sleep patterns to driving habits or even infidelity.
“We’re really entering a whole new phase of analysis based on the data that we can collect,” said Gerald Kane, an information systems expert at Boston College. “There is quite a lot you can learn.”
The U.K. government began preparing these proposals in April and an anonymous Home Office official told Britain’s The Sunday Times, “It’s not about the content. It’s about the who, what, where and when.”
This same official said it was important for law enforcement to be able to be able to obtain such data in investigations.
The ocean of information is hard to fathom. Britons generate 4 billion hours of voice calls and 130 billion text messages annually, according to industry figures. In 2008 the BBC put the annual number of U.K.-linked emails at around 1 trillion. Then there are instant messaging services run by companies such as BlackBerry, Internet telephony services such as Skype, chat rooms, and in-game services liked those used by World of Warcraft.
Communications service providers, who would log the details of all that back-and-forth, believe that the government’s program would force them to process petabytes (1 quadrillion bytes) of information every day. It’s a mind-bogglingly large amount of data on the scale of every book, every movie, and every piece of music ever released.
So even without opening emails, how much can British spooks learn about who’s sending them?
Read more here.
In Europe, where more than 200,000 people thronged a Berlin rally in 2008 to hear Barack Obama speak, there’s disappointment that he hasn’t kept his promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and perceptions that he’s shunting blame for the financial crisis across the Atlantic.
In Mogadishu, a former teacher wishes he had sent more economic assistance and fewer armed drones to fix Somalia’s problems. And many in the Middle East wonder what became of Obama’s vow, in a landmark 2009 speech at the University of Cairo, to forge a closer relationship with the Muslim world.
In a world weary of war and economic crises, and concerned about global climate change, the consensus is that Obama has not lived up to the lofty expectations that surrounded his 2008 election and Nobel Peace Prize a year later. Many in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America were also taken aback by his support for gay marriage, a taboo subject among religious conservatives.
But the Democrat still enjoys broad international support. In large part, it’s because of unfavorable memories of his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, and many people would still prefer Obama over his presumptive Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
“We all had high hopes for him,” said Filomena Cunha, an office worker in Lisbon, Portugal, who said she’s struggling to make ends meet. “But then things got bad and there’s not much he can do for us over here.”
Obama’s rock-star-like reception at Berlin’s Victory Column in the summer of 2008 was a high point of a wildly successful European campaign tour. The thawing of a harsh anti-Americanism that had thrived in Europe was as much a reaction to the Bush years as it was an embrace of the presidential hopeful.
Those high European expectations have turned into disappointment, largely because of the continued U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan and Obama’s failure to close Guantanamo Bay in the face of vehement congressional opposition.
Foreign policy expert Josef Braml, who analyzes the U.S. for the German Council on Foreign Relations, said many Germans give Obama too much of the blame because they don’t understand the limits of his powers.
“There’s a lack of understanding both of how the system of checks and balances works – or doesn’t work any longer – and a lack of understanding of how big the socio-economic problems in the United States are, which cause the gridlock,” Braml said in a telephone call from Greece, where he was on vacation.
Obama’s views on Europe’s financial crisis also have rankled some on the continent. In September, he said the crisis was “scaring the world” and that steps taken by European nations to stem the eurozone debt problem “haven’t been as quick as they need to be.”
The Obama administration describes the eurozone crisis as a European problem that needs a European solution. The U.S. and Canada last month refused to participate in boosting the International Monetary Fund’s financial resources to manage the crisis.
“I think people see through his game to put the blame on Europeans – I think Germans and Europeans still know where the economic crisis had its beginning,” Braml said. “That’s just finger-pointing, not doing a fair analysis of the dire situation in the U.S., but I can understand Obama is doing that because he wants to get re-elected so they need to shift blame around on the Republicans or the Europeans.”
Mehmet Yegin, a specialist in Turkish-American relations at USAK, the Ankara-based International Strategic Research Organization, said Europe still sees Obama as superior to Romney, “because they primarily evaluate Romney as a Republican and their memories about George W. Bush linger.”
Many in the Mideast also would like to see Obama win a second term, though they feel he has not lived up to his Cairo speech, in which he extended a hand to the Islamic world by calling for an end to the cycle of suspicion and discord.
Read more here.
Britain’s Sunday Times is reporting that as many as 100,000 women in the UK may have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) procedures– with some medics allegedly offering to carry out the brutal surgery on girls as young as 10.
Though the practice carries a jail sentence of up to 14 years in Britain, the paper reportedly filmed a family doctor, a respected dentist and an alternative medicine practitioner willing to carry out the illegal practice, or arrange for it to be done, on various females in Britain.
The procedure, which is widespread across Africa and parts of the Middle East, involves surgically removing external genitalia and, in some cases, the stitching of the vaginal opening, in an effort to reduce women’s sex drive. The victims range in age from babies to young teens, and can often suffer long-term damage or be left in agony by the dangerous practice.
While Forward, a charity that campaigns against FGM, estimates that around 100,000 women in the UK are victims of the practice, Britain’s Metropolitan police admits that it has received 166 reports of people who feared they were at risk for the procedure since 2008.
However, according to the Sunday Times, no one has ever been convicted of the offense.
Furthermore, only two doctors have been dismissed from the General Medical Council since 1980 on related charges.
Read more here.