Archive for the ‘Islam’ Category

Netanyahu’s thunderous silence and the West’s moral vacuum

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

While Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power busied themselves in a video conference with Pres. Obama, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a most powerful speech, which you can watch in full:

Read my post on Netanyahu’s thunderous silence and the West’s moral vacuum.

Syrians in Uruguay: A developing story of domestic violence?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Syrian refugees are in the news as they now invade Europe, but they made the news in Latin America earlier this year due to allegations of wife and child abuse.

The video below, which I posted in this morning’s Carnival after translating (below the fold since it starts right away), describes that, after Jose Mujica brought to the country forty-five* members of five families who arrived in October 2014, one of the priests at the Marist location housing them claimed to have witnessed one of the Syrian men repeatedly beat up his wife and children.

[*The number is not clear: While most reports refer to five families, the actual number of people varies from 42 to 45.]

The ensuing investigation was later tabled by the authorities, who decided that the matter was a misunderstanding that cleared up after the families left the Marist shelter for permanent housing (“pero que se solucionaron una vez abandonaron la casa de retiros de los Hermanos Maristas para ir a sus hogares definitivos”), while the local police did not contact directly any of the Syrians.

Ponder that for a moment.

The Syrians were promised before their arrival that no one would interfere with their customs. When the priest interrupted the beating and warned the man that domestic violence is against the law, the man demanded that he and his family be relocated to Europe.

In another instance, a Syrian boy was treated at the Pereira Rossell Hospital for an arm fracture caused by his father’s beating.

At the time Frances Martel reported

Uruguayan President Tabaré Vásquez halted the program, started by predecessor José Mujica, until the government could reassess the costs and benefits to the nation. In February, Uruguay announced that it would no longer take in male Syrian refugees due to a surge in domestic violence in the community, before halting the influx of refugees altogether in March.

Discussing the challenges facing Uruguayan society in assimilating Syrians, Human Rights Secretary Javier Miranda told the Uruguayan legislature how he had encountered child abuse among Syrians.

After the case was dismissed, Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa announced that Uruguay will welcome an additional seven Syrian families with 72 members (Mujica implies it would be an additional 80 people in the video below).

The refugees are receiving housing, health care, education and financial support from the government, but that aid is scheduled to end next year.

Now the five families are camping in protest and demand to be relocated to other countries who may take them, naming lack of economic opportunities in Uruguay,

“I am not afraid to go back to Lebanon,” said 36-year-old Aldees Maher, whose family had initially sought safety in a refugee camp across the border from Syria. “I want a place that guarantees me, my family a life.”

Interestingly (emphasis added),

Maher Aldees’s family, the one that got stranded in Istanbul, had been living in the coastal city of Piriápolis, where local officials accused the parents of not sending their daughters to school. Authorities later said the issue was resolved.

Aldees and his family tried to leave for Serbia, but after 23 days at the Istanbul airport, Turkish authorities sent them back to Uruguay. Another Syrian family, the Ashlebis, joined in the protest.

Mujica, no longer president, claims that the fiasco is due to the protesting Syrians not being used to used to heavy labor since they are of middle-class, white-collar background, and that Mujica had envisioned the program for farm laborers. However, the Ashlebis come from a rural background.

Video below the fold:


Uruguay: Syrians don’t like it,

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

they want to go back:
Syrian Refugees Protest in Uruguay, Say Host Nation Lacks Opportunity. Families fleeing civil war say Uruguay is too costly, demand help to move to other countries (emphasis added)

Maher Aldees’s family, the one that got stranded in Istanbul, had been living in the coastal city of Piriápolis, where local officials accused the parents of not sending their daughters to school. Authorities later said the issue was resolved.

Mr. Aldees said they now want to travel to Syria or Lebanon and intend to protest outside the presidential offices until authorities take them to the airport.

Take them to the airport, send them off on a one-way ticket to Damascus.

AFP did a report (in Spanish; h/t Vlad),

Elsewhere, Story Begins To Unravel About Drowned Syrian Boy

Hungarian bishop says pope is wrong about refugees

For WSJ non-subscribers, Reuters (emphasis added)

In Uruguay, a secular country with a tiny Muslim population of about 300, the refugees receive housing, health care, education and financial support from the government. Even so, they have struggled to settle in and relations with locals have been strained.

Update 2:
Venezuela ready to receive 20,000 Syrian refugees, Maduro says

The socialist president reiterated his support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has had close ties to Venezuela in recent years.

“Close ties” in the form of direct flights from Iran.

Note to all Latin Americans: Being a populist socialist won’t save you from ISIS

Monday, May 25th, 2015

RT reports in Spanish that ISIS is threatening South American heads of state, starting with the presidentas of Chile and Argentina:

El Estado Islámico habría amenazado de muerte a Cristina de Kirchner y Michelle Bachelet (The Islamic State issues death threats to Michelle Bachelet and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner)

“Satán Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Román Di Santo y ahora Bachelet, (…) objetivos directos para dirigir países que chocan con nuestros objetivos”, dice un párrafo. Otro extracto afirma: “La sangre que derramarán los infieles es el éxito del Islam a nivel mundial. Estamos cerca del inicio de una nueva era“, revela ‘La Razón’.

(My translation: “The Satans Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, [Argentina’s Federal Police Chief] Román Di Santo and now Bachelet, (…) are direct targets for heading countries that clash against our goals”, reads a paragraph. Another excerpt asserts: “The blood that will be shed by the infidels is Islam’s success on a world level. We are at the start of a new era,” reports ‘La Razón’. )

According to Clarín, Kirchner received three prior threats last year.

H/t: Gates of Vienna.

Terrorism is most definitely not a weapon of the weak

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Please read my article, Terrorism is most definitely not a weapon of the weak, and I urge you to promote this tweet,

Linked to by Grouchomarxistas. Thank you!

This is what free speech is all about

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

“Would a reasonable person be offended by this image?“

I’m with Pete.

Islamic State claims responsibility for shooting at Texas AFDI/JW free speech event

What ISIS really wants

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

If you read only one article this year, it should be Graeme Wood’s
What ISIS Really Wants
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.

Moral equivalence strikes again

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Crucifixion of children
Burning alive caged men
Death by stoning
Honor killings
Murder of gays
Public floggings
Ethnic cleansing of Jews and Christians

700 years ago:

M’kay . . .

Jonah Goldberg and Victor Davis Hanson are eloquent; Ace is direct.

“The Medieval Christian threat is under control, Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today.”

Who’s publishing the new Charlie Hebdo cartoon? UPDATED

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Buzzfeed has the list:
Here’s Who Is And Isn’t Publishing The New Charlie Hebdo Cover Image
Libération, the newspaper where Charlie Hebdo staff have been working since the attack, unveiled the cover of the magazine’s next edition on Monday. Some news outlets have been censoring themselves when it comes to publishing cartoons of Muhammad after the deadly Paris attack last week.

My initial reaction to the “Tout est pardonné” (all is forgiven) was “Rien n’est pardonné” (nothing is forgiven). Ace’s Laura looks at what it really means.

France: Hostage situation

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Right now the police are about to storm the building at Dammartin-en-Goële.

The Guardian is updating live:
Charlie Hebdo attack: French police face two hostage situations – live updates
LIVE Updated 1h ago
Shooting and hostages taken at Paris kosher market
Suspected Charlie Hebdo gunmen surrounded by police
Police name suspects in killing of policewoman
Manhunt for suspects: what we know so far

France24 and MSNBC are livestreaming.