ASIO boss says we need more Muslim recruits to combat terror threats in Australia.   

ASIO boss says we need more Muslim recruits to combat terror threats in Australia

   Perth Now, powered by The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), <http://­www.­­news/­asio-boss-says-we-need-more-muslim-recruits-to-combat-terror-threats-in-australia/comments-e6frg12c-1226253041344>, By Simon Benson, 8:34AM, January 25, 2012
   THE country's top spy boss says ASIO must recruit more Muslims into the intelligence agency as the fear of a home grown terror attack remained a "real threat".
   In a rare public talk, ASIO director general David Irvine, said the future spies would be recruited from newly arrived migrant communities, The Daily Telegraph reported.
   Speaking at the The Sydney Institute, Mr Irvine said ASIO needed to do more to reach out to Australian Muslim communities.
   "ASIO is not against Islam," he said. "It is against terrorism.
   "ASIO needs to recruit more people from within our newly arrived migrant communities.
   "I believe we can do better to convince communities that ASIO is not a threat to their cohesion or their integration into Australian life but exists to protect them."
   But he said there was a disturbing trend emerging in Australia of the potential for home grown terrorism and there was a need for ever greater vigilance.
   "This is not an abstract or an offshore threat," he said.
   "It is real and it is amongst us.
   Referring to disrupted terrorist plots in Australia, Mr Irvine said: "Three of these attacks would have been the work of home grown groups with little or no direct contact with al-Qa'ida or its overseas affiliates".
   "Worrying too, we are continuing to see a number of Australians seeking to travel overseas for participation in - or facilitation of - terrorism related activities.
   "My concern is that such people may target innocent people overseas, assist those who would do harm to our nation, or might return to Australia with greater knowledge, training and intent to carry out an act of terrorism back home."
   But Mr Irvine said the threat was not confined to Islamic radicals, referring to the recent bomb and shooting attack in Norway.
   "The sickening shootings in Norway by a right wing extremist reminds us that the threat to our people can come from different directions, and in different guises - even from those who are blond and blue-eyed," he said.
   On the other side of the ledger, Mr Irvine admitted that the debate about civil liberties and intelligence gathering was a valid one to have.
   "I believe however that the vast majority of Australians expect their governments to take all necessary actions to protect their community and further the national interest," he said.
   He said ASIO has no plans for a "grand expansion" of its spy network but said it would need to lift recruitment to meet the demands of cyber terrorism as well as traditional forms of terror. #

   [ASIO = Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.  ENDS.]
   [RECAPITULATION:  "ASIO is not against Islam," he said. "It is against terrorism. "  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT:  Ah, but Islam, like Communism, is not against terrorism. COMMENT ENDS.]
   [Click KORAN KEY (said to be translations of the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven):  SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
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• Teenage asylum seekers get $2000 boost.  [Possible invaders being cared for.]   

Teenage asylum seekers get $2000 boost

   The West Australian, daily paper, Perth, W. Australia, By ALANA BUCKLEY-CARR, p 13, Wednesday, February 1, 2012
   Teenage asylum seekers travelling alone can use up to $2000 a year each of taxpayers' money for activities such as drama classes, scouts or surf lifesaving courses.
   The program, through the Red Cross, is available to the growing number of lone minors moved into community detention.
   More than 140 of them are living in community detention and as at January 30, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen had approved 590 unaccompanied minors to live in the community, most with refugee status.
   The care of the teenagers while in community detention is contracted to the Australian Red Cross, which in turn subcontracts the work to community organisations.
   A Department of Immigration spokeswoman said unaccompanied minors did not get funding directly because their rent, food and other items came through the Red Cross.
   "They do, however, receive a small allowance each week (of $70) for personal expenses such as mobile phone credit, transport or personal items," the spokeswoman said.
   "Recognising that unaccompanied minors do not have a parent or guardian in Australia who can provide for activities and that they receive a limited personal allowance while in community detention, they may be able [to] access a $2000 activities allowance per annum to cover the cost of such items as soccer club membership and art/music classes."
   It was granted case-by-case and was not automatic. #

   [RECAPITULATION: drama classes, scouts or surf lifesaving courses.
   The care of the teenagers while in community detention is contracted to the Australian Red Cross, which in turn subcontracts the work to community organisations.
   soccer club membership and art/music classes.   ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: There are thousands of homeless Australian citizens, and house repossessions and evictions are at a steady high rate.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven): 
   5:51 (or 5:56):- O you who believe!  do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.  <http://­www.­­quran/0­05/005-051.htm>   SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
[To submission webpage 13 Jul 2012; published Feb 01,2012]

• UN refugee convention is decades out of date.     

UN refugee convention is decades out of date

   The West Australian, <letters ¶ wanews com au>, <http://­­thewes­t/a/-/news/­12782851/­un-refugee-conven­tion-is-decades-out-of-date/>, by Paul Murray, February 1, 2012
O ne of the nagging problems many - if not most - Australians have with the $1 billion-a-year asylum seeker racket based on clandestine boat trips from Indonesia is knowing the people who arrive are not the world's most needy refugees.
   They are just the wealthiest. They can afford to fly half way around the world to Jakarta, bribe officials if necessary and pay the people smugglers.
   When you consider the risks they take, they may also be the most foolhardy.
   Poor refugees sitting in camps around the world can't afford to gamble their lives, so they have to join the queue - if they can find it.
   On Saturday, this column addressed the question of Indonesia's culpability for the growing numbers of people who arrive at its borders and are tacitly helped to continue their journey to Australia. Indonesia's visa requirements, purportedly strict for most of the people headed in our direction, are routinely flouted.
   Saturday's column argued that Indonesia makes no attempt to determine the bona fides of arrivals from Iraq, Iran, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan - the bulk of our asylum claimants.
   As I pointed out, Indonesia is not a signatory to the 1951 United Nations refugee convention, has no responsibility to accept anyone claiming asylum at its borders and is completely at liberty to put any suspicious arrivals back on the next plane to their departure point.
   Over 60 years, the refugee convention has been bent out of shape to the extent that people who are often economic migrants or have a domestic political grudge can force their way into Australia and other wealthy countries that are bound by it.
  [Picture] Risky expense: Asylum seekers under escort.  
   Researcher Adrienne Millbank wrote a seminal issues paper for the Australian Parliamentary Library back in 2000 arguing that the convention was broken because changed international circumstances since World War II meant it no longer served its intended purpose.
   More money is now spent trying to keep asylum seekers out of First World countries than helping genuine refugees trapped in camps or resettling them.
   Ms Millbank said it was unlikely that many governments would sign the convention today and boldly noted that there were no practical obstacles to any signatory withdrawing.
   "Article 44 (2) states that any contracting state can denounce or withdraw, with one year's notice," Ms Millbank wrote.
   "No state has ever withdrawn. The threat of instant international pariah status is however less compelling at a time when the asylum system is widely seen as 'broken'.
   "Australia's credentials on refugees and managed migration are unsurpassed, and it has played above its demographic weight on migration and refugee issues."
   Even though the document came at the height of the Howard government's power, fresh from the then prime minister's triumph at the republican referendum the year before and backed by his successes with the GST and East Timor, it never led to serious questioning of the refugee convention.
   A decade later, Ms Millbank is still arguing her case from an unlikely base in the Centre for Population and Urban Research at Monash University.
   Her central thesis is that the convention is rooted in the needs of post-war Europe and is based on the notion of exile, a Cold War reality.
   What makes it unsuitable to today's refugee flows, sparked mainly by transitory civil wars, is that it has at its core a principle of non-return, not an obligation to protect refugees and then help them go home as soon as possible.
   "Decisions regarding the genuineness of a claim for asylum are subjective and made on a benefit-of-the-doubt basis," Ms Millbank wrote in Monash University's People and Place.
   "Vast discrepancies between countries and adjudicators make a mockery of government claims to administer rigorous, consistent and fair processing."
   Afghanistan produced most of the world's refugee claims in 2009 and the acceptance rate in Australia was 100 per cent. It was 20 per cent in Germany, 13 per cent in Sweden, 3 per cent in the Netherlands and zero in Greece.
   After Australia suspended processing for six months the following year, our recognition rate peculiarly fell to 50 per cent with no change in the Afghanistan crisis. But as the researcher points out, this clear evidence that the convention is broken doesn't matter. And that's because once an asylum seeker lands in the country they have chosen, they rarely leave.
   "Of the over 10,000 asylum seekers who have reached Australia by boat since late 2008, 181 have returned home," Ms Millbank wrote. "Out of the 4500 from Afghanistan, two have returned."
   No wonder many Australians think the refugee convention sustains a rort.
   The Gillard Government would save itself considerable pain by withdrawing.
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   [RECAPITULATION:  Researcher Adrienne Millbank wrote a seminal issues paper for the Australian Parliamentary Library back in 2000 arguing that the convention was broken because changed international circumstances since World War II meant it no longer served its intended purpose.  ENDS.]
[To this webpage 18 Sep 2012; Feb 1, 2012]

• The wedding vow  It's a crime to do this to girls.  How Australian children are being forced into marriage overseas.  [Muslims, Sikhs, and Coptic Christian from Muslim-conquered country.]   


   The Weekend Australian Magazine ( magazinefeedback § theaustralian com au ), By Caroline Overington, pages 12-17, Saturday-Sunday, February 11-12, 2012
D eep in Sydney's west there is a pretty suburb called Fairfield, and deep in Fairfield there is a little village of brick units in which lives a true warrior for girls. When Dr Eman Sharobeem opens the door, there is a waft of perfume. She is wearing a figure-hugging animal-print dress. Her fingernails are beautifully manicured and polished, and her heels are high, with peep-toes. "Come in, come in," she says, gesturing towards the soft couches and the low coffee table where she is serving Arabic tea flavoured with mint and honey, with caramel cake on a silver platter.
   I am here to talk about an issue close to Sharobeem's heart:  the forced marriage of confused and frightened Australian girls to men they don't know, and might never have met, who are usually much older, who live abroad, and to whom they might already be related. It's an ugly topic to be discussing in this room, decorated with every conceivable feminine touch:  there are fairy lights, candles and platters of fruit, even an exquisite chess set made entirely of glass.
   Many of the artworks and sculptures are from Egypt, where Sharobeem was born in 1965.
   "Marriages between girls and their older relatives, they were common when I was a girl," she says. "I saw them in Egypt, and later across the Middle East, and now of course we see it in Australia. Just recently, one of my clients, she was a girl, just 15 years old, and her parents came to me saying, 'She is pregnant', and now they are worried, what will the {Australian} government say?
   "I said to them, 'But how did this happen?' And they said, 'Don't worry, she is married!' I said, 'How can she be married?' and they said, 'We took her overseas, she is married to her cousin, 'that is the way.'
  [Picture] Warrior: Egyptian-born girls' rights campaigner Eman Sharobeem  
   "Of course, I knew that was happening, because we also see it in schools, where girls tell the teachers, 'I won't be coming next week because I am going overseas to be married to my cousin.'  And we see it on Face-book, where a girl will put up a picture of her sister, still a child, getting married in a traditional ceremony, perhaps in India, or in Iraq."
   Like many who work closely with newly arrived communities, Sharobeem, general manager of the Immigrant Women's Health Service in Sydney's west, believes that forced marriage is more common than is acknowledged in Australia, that it is deliberately hidden by religious leaders, and that it co-exists with family violence and the subjugation of women. That this is so has been proved in court: tliree times in the past 18 months the Family Court has been asked to urgently step in to prevent the forced removal of Australian girls - one aged just 13 - to ports abroad for the purpose of marriage to older men they didn't know. On a fourth occasion the same court was asked to annul a forced marriage that had already taken place.
   In all four cases Legal Aid lawyers told the court that the girls had been subjected to violence or threats of violence, including being dragged around by their hair or hit on the back when they tried to refuse the marriage that had been planned for them; or taken out of school and locked in their bedrooms until they agreed to go through with the ceremony; or told that their female relatives would be kidnapped and raped if they continued to resist the wedding plans made for them.
   The courts are not catching every case: child-brides, some still with the wedding henna on their hands, are also turning up at Australian hospitals to give birth.
   That forced marriage has come to these shores with certain immigrant groups that still practise the custom is perhaps not surprising, but what does horrify Sharobeem is that there is essentially nothing in place to assist Australian-born girls who want to escape the situation. Unlike the UK, there is no Forced Marriage Unit in the police force; no poster or pamphlet program in any Australian school to educate girls about their rights; no hotline for girls who need advice, and therefore no clear path for them to follow if they want to run away.
   Forcing a child, or even an adult, into marriage against their will is not even a crime in Australia, and there is no punishment for those people who seek to arrange it or indeed facilitate it. That situation is likely to change later this year when the new federal Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon (the first woman to hold the post), introduces a bill into parliament, perhaps in the autumn session, that will criminalise forced marriage. The offence is likely to carry serious penalties, with up to 15 years' jail for community leaders and parents who arrange marriages for children. Roxon says the aim is to "send a strong message that the practice is not acceptable {and} make it absolutely clear that forced marriage has no place in Australia".
   As is almost always the case when the government attempts to interfere in what some may see as a cultural problem, there is debate about whether this law should be allowed to pass, with some academics, lawyers and representatives of various migrant groups arguing that to criminalise the practice is to "use a sledgehammer to crack a nut". But from her new home in Sydney's west, Sharobeem waves that argument away. "This is a growing problem in Australia, and it should be a crime," she says. "And that is from somebody who knows, because of course I have been through it myself."
   [Coptic Christian, too]  
   There is little doubt that Email Sharobeem's parents loved her dearly when they promised her to a cousin who was much older, whom she barely knew, when she was barely 14 years old. "Ours was an orthodox Coptic Christian family with conservative views on marriage," Sharobeem says. "I was 14 when my mother came to me with gold and said, 'You are to be married to your cousin.' He was 12 years older than me, and later he told me, 'I chose you because you were young, and I thought I could mould you.'"
   Sharobeem accepted the proposal "because what does a girl of 14 really know about these things? She does not know her own mind. She knows only what her family tells her. And he seemed quite sophisticated to me, and I was starry-eyed about everything he said."
   She began wearing a ring on her right hand, meaning "I was promised, and really I was in half a marriage, because I could not look at any other man". At age 15, she began to have misgivings - the couple were not suited, and Sharobeem thought her cousin cruel - but when she raised her concerns with her family an uncle came to visit and said, "Who are you to say that you will not marry your cousin? You will marry him whether you want to or not."
  Asked if she was expected to have sex, she indicated that she didn't know what that meant  
  [Pictures] Cultural traditions:  clockwise from below, a 13-year-old (centre) in Ethiopia on her wedding day;  a 40-year-old man with his bride, 11, in Afghanistan;  a pregnant 14-year-old wife in Nepal  
   "The pressure, the expectation, was unbearable," she recalls, "but when you are young, you do not have the ability to say no, and especially not in a family where traditions, and religion, are so important." The wedding took place when Sharobeem was 18, not a minor, "but not really free to give consent. To explain it to you, I would say that by the time I knew my own mind, I was already a wife, and then a mother, and it was too late to resent what had happened."
   The feeling of being trapped in the marriage intensified when Sharobeem's husband became ill.   She nursed him for 11 years - during which time the family emigrated to Australia, where two sons were born - before he died, leaving Sharobeem a widow at 29. Her life since then has been one of commitment: to her sons, but also to the right of girls not to be forced into marriages they do not choose. She left Australia in 1997 to work on programs promoting the empowerment of women in the Middle East, holding positions with the United Nations in Egypt, alongside the former first lady, Suzanne Mubarak, and in Jordan, alongside Queen Rania. Upon her return to Sydney in 2004 she began working closely with women in Sydney's west where the issue of forced marriage, and the violence that accompanies it, was becoming more prevalent.
   "Years back, when we were talking about female g*n*t*l m*t*l*tion, we had the same argument," she says. "I heard people saying, 'We cannot ban it because that would be interfering too much, so let the community handle it,' and so it was not until the Australian government came down hard and said, 'No, this is a crime, and we will not tolerate it' that we started to see even girls who were being taken overseas standing up, and saying, 'No, you cannot do this to me.' "
   An examination of those forced marriage cases that have made it as far as the Family Court shows how difficult it can be for children, including those born and raised in Australia, to refuse the plans made for them by their parents. One of the first cases to reach the court is known as Department of Human Services & Brouker. It concerned a girl who told her teacher at a Melbourne high school that she wouldn't be attending classes anymore because she was due to travel overseas to be married. She was just 13. According to court documents, the girl's teacher contacted Victoria's Department of Human Services, which sent two officers to the girl's home while her parents were at work. The girl let them in, telling the workers that "she was not attending school because her father had said that he did not like her going to school" and because she was "engaged to be married and was planning to travel overseas in two or three weeks' time in order to meet her fiance she had only seen a photograph of this man".
   When asked how she felt about getting married, the child said she "did not know what to say as she had not met her fiance". When asked if she understood whether she was expected to have sex, she indicated that she did not know what that really meant.
   Although forced marriage is not itself a crime in Australia, the Department was able to use the Family Law Act to head off the wedding (the Act prevents parents from acting in ways that are contrary to a child's best interests). It took the matter before a Federal Magistrate, who agreed to place the girl's name on the Airport Watch List so that her parents would not be able to remove her from Australia.
   Just two months later, a judge in Sydney was asked to take similar action on behalf of a 17-year-old girl whose parents had told her that she was to fly to Lebanon to marry a man she had never met. In that case, known as Kandal & Khyatt, the child herself called the Australian Federal Police saying "words to the effect that she was being taken against her will by her mother to Lebanon to be married".
   Khyatt (all the names are pseudonyms given to the girls by the court) told police that she might have to "hang up at any time" because she didn't have much freedom to use the phone. She wanted to be placed on the Airport Watch List so she could not be taken out of the country against her will. As in the first case, the order was granted without the girl having to attend court.
   In a third case, known as Madley & Madley, a girl aged just 16 confided to a teacher that her parents were planning to take her abroad to marry a man she did not know. Federal Magistrate Joe Harman, sitting in Sydney's Parramatta [? court], noted that the application to have the girl's name put on the Airport Watch List was "becoming increasingly common before the court. The wedding has been planned to take place in a little under two weeks' time and would involve the child flying from Australia {to Lebanon} for the purpose of marriage". He was able to put a stop to it, only because the girl had "betrayed, or at least bucked the authority of her parents" in approaching her teacher, but she was fearful for her personal safety once her mother became aware of the proceedings. Adding to the sense of urgency, there was some risk that if the girl's parents got wind of what was going on, she might be "spirited out of the country over the weekend" and nothing could be done to preserve her rights.
   And therein lay the problem: all three cases were caught only because the girls, or teachers working on their behalf, had the courage and the resources to get the attention of authorities who were able to use provisions of the Family Law Act in an ingenious way to stop the parents taking the girls out of the country.
   "It's not ideal," says Judy Small, who is director of family, youth and children's services at Victoria Legal Aid, which last year handled a separate case involving a 16-year-old girl who was being sent to Pakistan to get married, "and even where the law can help, it's a blunt instrument. The 16-year-old girl that we assisted in Victoria, for example, she is doing well, but it has been very difficult for her. There have been ramifications for her in her own family, and she has been ostracised in her own community."
   In the wake of the court cases the Federal Government drafted a discussion paper on the issue not only of forced marriage, but also servile marriage - where women are brought to Australia on spousal visas, only to find themselves trapped in marriages that more closely resemble domestic or sexual slavery. The legal age for marriage is 18 (although if one party is at least 18, the other may be as young as 16 as long as a court order from a judge or magistrate has been obtained, allowing the marriage); but a marriage is invalid if there not been consent from both partners.
   The discussion paper acknowledges that some parents who try to force their children into marriages abroad may do so for cultural reasons (the forced marriage of children to relatives or to other children in the same community is common in some parts of Iraq, and among some groups in India, Lebanon, Pakistan and Turkey, but is condoned by none of the major religions) or to settle debts; but such parents also "often justify their behaviour as protecting their child" and in particular, her virginity, outside wedlock.
   Sharobeem agrees that the arrangement is often not done from a position of malice. "In my own situation, my parents naturally thought: 'Who better to take care of our daughter than our nephew? How better to protect my reputation, and the family's property, and wealth?'
   And the parents need not always threaten the child. It might be the opposite. They might offer gifts, or jewels. The girls might be living in a strict religious home and the parents will say, 'When you get married, you will be free, and you can do whatever you want', or else they might say, 'You have a cousin and he is in Afghanistan, and if he stays there, he will die, and you must marry him, or else you will carry his death on your conscience.'"
   In releasing the discussion paper, .the government was interested to know how widespread the problem of forced marriage had become:  had it reached the point where a new criminal law might be necessary, to stamp it out? As the submissions flowed in, it became apparent immediately that there was indeed a problem.
   One young researcher, Valeric Gaimon, who interviewed support workers in migrant resource centres, gave the example of a "young Iraqi woman who was sent here and forced to marry her first cousin she wasn't allowed to leave the house her family in Iraq said if she didn't return to her husband, they'd kill her for the dishonour".
   One worker in a migrant resource centre in Tasmania told Gaimon that local families were "exchanging dowries before girls are even 14 we have cases of a girl's family in Australia pinning her down while a new husband rapes her to seal the deal. She continues to live with her family until she's 18, but is sent over to the man when he wants sex. These marriages are rarely registered and very hard to prove."
   Women's Legal Services in NSW provided the example of "Yasmin" (not her real name; she was described in the submission as "based on the experiences of several clients") who was of Lebanese background, who was "very religious, and adhering to her religion is very important to her she was forced to marry Ahmed, her cousin from Lebanon, when she was 18 years old Her parents and Ahmed's parents had discussed and agreed to the marriage when she was 12. Yasmin was unaware of this arrangement until she was 15."
   The submissions made it clear that forced marriage is also an issue for vulnerable women who were over the age of 18 but not yet independent because they had fiercely controlling parents. Several cited the case known as Kreet & Sampir, which came before Justice Paul Cronin in the Melbourne branch of the Family Court in January last year. [2011]
   The young woman in that case, known only as Kreet, was borri in Australia to Indian-born parents of a certain caste, who were "strict, and strongly against much of Australian culture". Tensions between the old world and the new came to a head in 2007, when Kreet was 16 years old and met a man known as "Mr U" online. The relationship remained a secret (Kreet was in Sydney and Mr U was in Melbourne) until June 2008, when Kreet's father told her he was taking her to India to find a husband. She quietly slipped out of the house and moved to Melbourne to be with Mr U, prompting her enraged parents to report her to police as a missing person, and then to travel to Melbourne where her father threatened to kidnap Mr U's mother and sisters and have them raped if Kreet did not return to the family home. He also slapped her across the face and hit her on the back, and he later tricked her into flying to India, saying he had organised her wedding to Mr U, only to confiscate her passport when she got there, refusing to give it back until she agreed to marry a man whom she'd never met. Kreet went through with the wedding but upon returning to Australia applied to have the marriage annulled, and her wish was granted. She now lives with Mr U.
   The overwhelming evidence of the existence of a problem has not brought consensus on the way forward, however. Several groups are concerned about the plan to criminalise forced marriage, not because they think the practice is acceptable, but because they doubt the deterrent value of punishment - in particular, prison for parents and religious leaders who organise it.
   "Putting aside those cases where children are involved, we are cautious about making forced marriage a crime," says Judy Small, "and that's because we would emphasise the importance of education, of reminding the various communities that the girl must be fully consenting for the marriage to be valid. There is also the problem of what becomes of the girls once their parents are charged with a criminal offence."
   Sydney University academic Dr Ghena Krayem, who is president of the United Muslim Women Association in NSW, says forced marriage "is not a practice that is condoned by the Muslim community, and community leaders do not consider this to be a major problem, and where it does exist, we don't need a sledgehammer to crack the nut. The intervention needs to be appropriate Is it necessary to break the relationship between the girl and her parents {by charging the parents with a crime}? If the issue does arise, the best approach is a holistic one involving the girl, the parents and respected community leaders."
   Krayem is cautious about the propensity of the media to confuse an "arranged" marriage with a "forced marriage" and to assume that consent is absent simply because the marriage has been arranged. "In many cultures, people are recommended to each other," she says. "That is common around the world. But there still needs to be consent."
   As part of her doctoral thesis, Krayem interviewed about 30 Islamic religious leaders on the issue of consent and says the imams "went to lengths to ensure the legitimacy of the marriage. They wanted to meet the girl, especially if she is young, and if there is a visa issue {one spouse coming from overseas} to make sure that she truly consents."
  The intervention needs to be appropriate Is it necessary to break the relationship between the girl and her parents?  
  [Picture] Cautious: "The best approach is a holistic one," says Dr Ghena Krayem  
   The Muslim Legal Network raised similar concerns in its submission, saying "a marriage in Islam requires the full and free consent of both parties" and that forced marriage in Australia is rare. It favours civil rather than criminal provisions to address those forced marriages that come to the attention of authorities, believing it is better to encourage victims to seek protection rather than punish the parents.

   Associate professor Jennifer Burn, director of Anti-Slavery Australia, favours a "hybrid" approach, where forced marriage is clearly banned but where there is also a "suite of measures to educate and assist the community, rather than coming down on people with a blunt, harsh punishment".
   The Federal Government's draft legislation, released for public discussion last December, does call for an offence of forced marriage to be introduced (with an aggravated offence carrying the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for the forced marriage of children) and Pru Goward, for one, supports it.  Goward, a former sex discrimination commissioner and now a NSW MP, says "we must make it explicit that forced marriages for a woman of any age is illegal" even if "it will be hard to enforce - a key difficulty with this problem is underreporting. It is so hard for us to find these people before the damage is done."
   Sharobeem agrees that the problem is often identified too late, when the girls are already married, pregnant or being held in intolerable positions. She says there should also be education programs in schools "from when girls are 10, 11 and 12, because that is the ideal time to introduce the idea to girls that they have rights and freedoms, especially to say no to marriage and to sexual acts that come with it".
   She notes that some men who arrive in this country are "immediately told by others in the community diat Australia is a country where women are powerful. Women run the government, and you are going to be led by women, and you will lose your balls, basically, and forced marriage is one way for these men to show that, no, I still have control over my wife, and my daughter.
   "And so it is frustrating to me, when I hear that a marriage has been arranged, and a girl is to be sent away - and I have to go to the father and say, 'Give me your daughter! I will mentor her, and take care of her, and she will keep her virginity, I promise you that, but give her to me just for a few more years, let her get older before she has to get married', when what I want to say is, 'No, you can't do this. It's against the law.' "

   [RECAPITULATION:  but is condoned by none of the major religions []
   Dr Ghena Krayem, who is president of the United Muslim Women Association in NSW, says forced marriage "is not a practice that is condoned by the Muslim community " []
   The Muslim Legal Network raised similar concerns in its submission, saying "a marriage in Islam requires the full and free consent of both parties"   ENDS.]
   [COMMENT:  Child marriage IS REGULARLY CONDONED AND PRACTISED by Islam (Mohammedanism, girls can marry at 6, and be sexually penetrated at 9), Judaism (girls 3 years and a day), at the age of 12 by Roman Catholic Christianity and possibly other Christian religions, and similar in Hinduism.
   What is more, child "rape marriages" are NOT CONDEMNED.  How many clergy or other leaders of these cultures have been loudly condemned with, say, a fatwa, or an excommunication ?  How many have been executed for conducting such marriages in these homelands, where punishments are severe ?  How many whipped ?  imprisoned ? exiled ? 
   How many have been dismissed from their posts by the religion or culture group ?  How many have had fines imposed on them ?  If replying, please give proof including references, and send images of documents, etc. 
   On the other hand, how many can quote their so-called scriptures to say that good women must be obedient, or men are superior to women, or a great leader did it, or that if officials register a marriage without the girl's consent it is legal, or a prayer leader does not suffer a woman to speak in the assembly, or wives must obey their husbands, or similar teachings ?  Of course it is condoned, and is probably taught as desirable, or it would not still be a cultural norm.  Neitheir would g*n*t*l m*t*l*tion be practised by some of these cultures, if the leadership opposed it stringently. 
   CHILDBEARING YEAR AFTER YEAR is the next horror these children have to face, because these faiths CONDEMN contraception and effective family planning, and / or preside over economic systems of poverty for the vast majority of the people.  And the do-gooders in the United Nations and other international bodies have been checkmated for years by religion-based bans on spending money to give condoms etc. away free to the very poor. COMMENT ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAPITULATION:  Although forced marriage is not itself a crime in Australia   ENDS.]
   [2ND COMMENT:  If that were true, the Australian federal and state parliamentarians either are "asleep at the wheel" or have "their heads buried in the sand."  However, it is probably untrue.
   Read this:-  Television Channel 7, "Today Tonight," February 13, 2006
   AUSTRALIA: A segment stated that a Muslim man was being threatened with death by his father if he continued with plans to marry a non-Muslim woman.
   The segment went on with a reminder that Australia had passed a law to prevent the forced marriages that seem to be popular with some people, ostensibly on religious grounds. ENDS.]
   [FLAGS  are NOT in the printed article; the Webmaster has added them.   ENDS.]
   [BRACES or "Curly Brackets- "{" and "}" - in the above article replace "Square Brackets" - "[" and "]" - in the original news article.  Where "[" and "]" are used here, they enclose words added by the Webmaster.  ENDS.]
   [THE KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven):  Women are ordered to be obedient or be physically punished, and child marriage is the example and practice.  Read:-
   4:34 (or 4:38):- Men are superior to women .  Virtuous women are obedient, careful, during the husband's absence, But chide those for whose refractoriness ye have cause to fear; remove them into beds apart, and scourge them;
   65:4:- If you are in doubt concerning those of your wives who have ceased menstruating, know that their waiting period shall be three months.  The same shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated.   <http://­www.­­quran/0­65/065-004.htm>.  SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
   Sahih Bukhari's Volume 1, Book 6 Number 301: [] The women asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?
   Sahih Bukhari's Vol. 5, Bk. 58, No. 236: Narrated Hisham's father:  Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina.  He stayed there for two years or so and then he married ‘Āisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consummated that marriage when she was nine years old. TRADITION ENDS.]
[To webpage May 31, 2012; published Feb 11-12, 2012]

• Council snub to mosque 'not racist'; Planning dispute.  [Five prayer sessions daily seven days a week, traffic, non-rural use.]    

Council snub to mosque 'not racist'

   The Weekend West, <http://­>, <letters § wanews com au>, by Beatrice Thomas, p 20, Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11, 2012
   City of Cockburn mayor Logan Hewlett has rejected suggestions his council is racist after it became the latest municipality to knock back plans for a mosque.
   In rejecting the proposal by the Southern Metropolitan Muslim Association without debate, the council agreed with its planners on concerns about traffic, noise and the clearing of native vegetation as well as the lack of sewerage connection and potable water supply.
   It also backed concerns that it would contribute to the "erosion of the rural character and amenity" of the area.
   The decision came after comments from residents that it would add to an existing traffic problem'.
   Mary Jenkins, a Spearwood resident and secretary of Concerned Citizens for Good Governance, suggested a referendum be held on future similar proposals.
   This was rejected by Cockburn planning director Daniel Arndt, but Ms Jenkins later told The Weekend West she would petition for a special electors' meeting should another application be made.
   "To bring in a mosque it means thousands more cars on the road because they meet so often," she said.
   The proposal for the 1.24ha rural block on the corner of Russell and Lorimer roads included a prayer hall, meeting rooms, library, reception hall and 125-bay car park.
   It would cater for up to 400 people, including five daily prayer sessions between 5am and 8pm, formal Friday services and extra prayers during Ramadan.
   Of the 424 submissions to council during public comment, 298 supported the proposal, though 233 were from people outside the City of Cockburn.
   Twenty-three of the 25 nearby landowners objected.
   Mr Hewlett said yesterday that the council looked at each application on its merits.
   "It's not about supporting one religion or another, it's about strictly the matters that relate to planning," he told Radio 6PR.
   When asked if the city was racist, he said "definitely not".
   Association spokesman Nazrul Islam said it might appeal to the State Administrative Tribunal. #

   [COMMENT: The State Administrative Tribunal, like the High Court of Australia, makes up new "law" as it goes along, so nobody can confidently forecast the outcome if an appeal is made to the S.A.T.  No mention was made of the "calls to prayer" (possibly using loudspeakers ?) five times a day, which so annoy people in other countries, nor of the subject matter of some of the prayers, which include curses on certain non-Muslims. COMMENT ENDS.]
   [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven):  33:1:- O Prophet, fear thou Allah and obey not the unbelievers and the hypocrites; - Truly Allah is Knowing, Wise. <­quran/033/033-001.htm>
   33:48 (or 33:47):- And obey not (the behests) of the Unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and heed not their annoyances, but put thy Trust in Allah.  For enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.
   66:2:- Allah hath allowed you release from your oaths. SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
   [ RECAPITULATION : Of the 424 submissions to council during public comment, 298 supported the proposal, though 233 were from people outside the City of Cockburn. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT on the RECAPITULATION: Do these figures mean that only 65 locals supported permitting this non-permitted land use ? ENDS.]
   [HADITH:  Sahih Bukhari's, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 641:- Narrated Jarir: In the Pre-lslamic Period of Ignorance there was a house called Dhu-l-Khalasa or Al-Ka'ba Al-Yamaniya or Al-Ka'ba Ash-Shamiya.  The Prophet said to me, "Won't you relieve me from Dhu-l-Khalasa?"  So I set out with one-hundred-and-fifty riders, and we dismantled it and killed whoever was present there.  Then I came to the Prophet and informed him, and he invoked good upon us and Al-Ahmas (tribe).  TRADITION ENDS.]
   [COMMENT on HADITH (Tradition): The above quote is of the Prophet requesting the destruction of a non-Muslim place of worship, and the killing of everyone there.  When such attacks are made in modern times, the Western politicians say that it was not Islamic, and the attackers are "extremists." ENDS.]
[p 20, Mar 10-11, 2012]

• [Karzai bows to clerics to demean women.]     

[Karzai bows to clerics to demean women.]

   The Weekend West, p 32, Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11, 2012
   March 7
   Canada should reconsider its support of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's Government in light of his apparent willingness to ignore his country's own laws and take away the rights of women.  Mr Karzai has supported an edict from the Ulema Council, composed of 150 Muslim clerics, that classifies men as fundamental and women as secondary.
   The code bans women from travelling without a male guardian, prohibits women from mingling with men in offices, schools and markets, and allows men to beat their wives in certain circumstances.
   But gender apartheid cannot be justified in the name of Islam.  A state where men have one set of rights and women another is not only morally repugnant but contradicts the country's 2004 Constitution, which re-established equality between men and women. #

   [RECAPITULATION: But gender apartheid cannot be justified in the name of Islam. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Wrong, wrong, wrong !  Their mosques are gender-separated, and there is a Hadith tradition that Mohammad declined to shake hands with women.  Both the Koran scripture and the Hadith tradition both have quite a few discriminatory passages discriminating against women.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah):  2:282:- When ye contract a debt call to witness two witnesses of your people:  but if there be not two men, let there be a man, and two women of those whom ye shall judge fit for witnesses.  <­quran/002/002-282.htm>
   4:34 (or 4:38):- Men are superior to women on account of the qualities with which Allah hath gifted the one above the other, and on account of the outlay they make from their substance for them.  Virtuous women are obedient, careful, during the husband's abs­ence, because Allah hath of them been careful.  But chide those for whose refractoriness ye have cause to fear; remove them into beds apart, and scourge them; but if they are obedient to you, then seek not occasion against them:  verily, Allah is High, Great. SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
   [HADITH:  Sahih Bukhari's Volume 1, Book 6 Number 301: [] The women asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?"  He said, "Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?"  They replied in the affirmative.  He said, "This is the deficiency in her intelligence.  Isn't it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?"  The women replied in the affirmative.  He said, "This is the deficiency in her religion."
   Malik's Muwatta, Book 55, Number 55.1.2:- Malik related to me from Muhammad ibn al-Munkadir that Umayma bint Ruqayqa said, "I went to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, with the women who took an oath of allegiance with him in Islam. Umayma continued, "They said, 'Allah and His Messenger are more merciful to us than ourselves.  Come, let us give our hands to you, Messenger of Allah!'  The Messenger of Allah said, 'I do not shake hands with women.  My word to a hundred women is like my word to one woman.' " TRADITION ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: Contradicting Afghanistan's 2004 constitution (adopted under pressure from the occupation forces) would be quite easy to anyone brought up on the above, and on the Koran's rules 33:1 and 33:48, which are to disobey orders from non-Muslims, plus Muslims whom you doubt (that is, the "hypocrites."  ENDS.]
   [CANADIAN SOLDIERS etc. began exposing another aspect of Afghan Muslim errant gender practices, at least as far back as 2008.  See "The Rape of the Afghan Boys" (Boys held as sex slaves by warlord allies of Westerners), in (© 2010), <http://­­vlahos/­2010/04/12/­a-deal-with-the-devil>, by Kelley B. Vlahos, April 13, 2010.  The dancing boys had been featured in an Australian Four Corners programme <http://­­4corners/­content­/2010/s­2824501.htm> in February 2010.  ENDS.]
   [MORE NEWSITEMS from the same newspaper. 
   P. 15: "Perth man dragged to Malay court in secret; Drug trafficking arrest."  MALAYSIA: The moving of WA man Dominic Bird (32) without telling his lawyers came less than 24 hours after police defied a court order to allow his lawyers the right to visit him in Dang Wangi lockup.
   P. 38: "Syrian top brass defects."  DAMASCUS, Syria: Two Syrian generals, a colonel and two sergeants have defected from the Syrian army and crossed into Turkey.  The news came a day after Syria's deputy oil minister deserted President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
   P. 42: "Two killed in failed hostage rescue bid; Nigerian terrorists execute pair."  LAGOS: British engineer Chris McManus (28) and an Italian were murdered as rescue was attempted in daylight.
   P. 62: "Burqa ban is racist," letter from Suresh Rajan, of Joondanna.  "Do we need legislation to specify the removal of the circus clown's outfit? [Yes, that was how he ended his letter !]
   P. 62: "About time," letter praising the move to introduce a law to make it compulsory for women wearing the burqa face-mask to remove it for identification by police, courts, etc.
[p 32, Mar 10-11, 2012]

• Afghan man, 86, fit to stand trial over girl's rape       

Afghan man, 86, fit to stand trial over girl’s rape, <http://­www.­­wa-news/­afghan-man-86-fit-to-stand-trial-over-girls-rape-20120329-1w025.­html>, by Aja Styles, March 30, 2012
   A District Court judge has found an 85-year-old [? 85, or is it 86 ?] Afghan man is fit to plead and stand trial over an allegation that he sexually assaulted a seven-year-old girl.
   Mohammad Hosseini was charged with sexually penetrating the girl in a Langford Park in October 2010.
   Earlier this week he faced the District Court after being assessed by two different psychiatrists, both of whom found there was no apparent mental illness that prevented him from standing trial, apart from a moderate case of depression.
   Dr Gosia Wojnarowska recently spent an hour with Mr Hosseini and a translator but she told the court he refused to engage with her over questions concerning the allegation.
   She said he remained negative over the process and diagnosed his depression.
   "Just being diagnosed with depression doesn't automatically indicate they're unable to follow the trial but if they refuse to engage it is possible that they won't follow the trial," she told the court.
   She said she would need to perform a cognitive test if she was to learn what impact specifically his depression would have on the court process.
   She said it appeared Mr Hosseini had rudimentary knowledge of a trial and its function but she didn't know whether he would engage enough to challenge jurors.
   "Mr Hosseini was not prepared to listen about this matter," she said. "He became quite agitated and uncomfortable.
   "I did get an answer on the requirement to enter a plea but any further questioning was difficult because Mr Hosseini was complaining of reading difficulties. He had to leave the interview."
   She said that when she asked other questions that were not about the trial he was alert and engaged.
   "I was satisfied that his answers were appropriate," she said.
   She said the cultural issue of shame in the Afghani culture "could not be overemphasised" enough because a man in his position, as the eldest man in the family, held the strongest position.
   She said even watching his engagement with his youngest granddaughter that she was exceptionally polite to her grandfather and "referred to him with great respect".
   "He appeared to be very much like a man in charge," she said.
   Dr Wojnarowska said that although she heard anecdotally from the family that he had suffered a marked deterioration in his function since being charged, the likelihood that he suffered from a nuero-degenerative disorder was low.
   Dr Selvatore Febbo had assessed Mr Hosseini in October last year and he said his view had not changed over the fitness of Mr Hosseini to stand trial, even though he was not suffering any signs of depression when he assessed him.
   He said that the depression at worst could affect his motivation to stand trial but it was likely to only impact his energy and concentration levels during the trial to a mild degree.
   "The problem with Mr Hosseini is that he is simply reluctant to accept and address the fact that this has happened and is a process to go through," he said.
   He said he the issue of shame - that even the allegation brings to his family - was what was most likely driving his lack of acceptance and not his depression.
   "In my view he has the capability to understand the trial process He simply doesn't wish to follow it, he doesn't wish to be involved."
   He said there was no reason that anti-depressants could not be prescribed to help with Mr Hosseini's energy levels and clarity of thought.
   Mr Hosseini spent most of the hearing sitting on the floor of the dock because he suffered back trouble.
   Prosecutor Geoff Schulz argued in favour of proceeding with trial while Mr Hosseini's lawyer David McKenzie pointed out the difficulties faced due to the language, cultural and medical barriers.
   Judge Stephen Scott today ruled that Mr Hosseini was fit to stand trial and that he should be listed for trial as soon as possible.
   Read more: <http://­­wa-news/af­ghan-man-86-fit-to-stand-trial-over-girls-rape-20120329-1w025.h­tml#ixz­z1qlP­KK­8BB>   #

   [RECAPITULATION:  1.  She said the cultural issue of shame in the Afghani culture "could not be overemphasised" enough because a man in his position, as the eldest man in the family, held the strongest position.   He appeared to be very much like a man in charge.
   2.  "The problem with Mr Hosseini is that he is simply reluctant to accept and address the fact that this has happened and is a process to go through," he said.
   3.  He simply doesn't wish to follow it, he doesn't wish to be involved."
   4.  Mr Hosseini spent most of the hearing sitting on the floor of the dock because he suffered back trouble. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Re Numbers 2 and 3.  Of course not !  He has been taught to have no regard for the infidels ("kufar") and their annoyances.
   Re No. 1:  Shame ?  These Western psych experts have no background in knowing the genuine beliefs of the tribal Muslimised Afghanis.  Judging by the Afghan warlords who keep bacha bazi young boys for sexual pleasure, in some circles in his home country he would be admired, not blamed, if he had committed what he is charged with.  After all, the Koran 33:50 (or 33:49) teaches that sex is permitted with a man's wives and with "those whom his right hand possesses."  And, the Prophet married Aisha when she was aged 6, and consummated the marriage when she was 9 years old.  But first, back to find out what really lies behind Recapitulation No. 1, why he acts like the man "in charge." COMMENT ENDS.]
   [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven): 
   Re No. 1. 2:282:- When ye contract a debt call to witness two witnesses of your people:  but if there be not two men, let there be a man, and two women of those whom ye shall judge fit for witnesses. 
   4:34 (or 4:38):- Men are superior to women   Virtuous women are obedient, But chide those for whose refractoriness ye have cause to fear; remove them into beds apart, and scourge them;
   Re Nos. 2 and 3:  Find <>, and also read 33:48 (or 33:47):- And obey not (the behests) of the Unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and heed not their annoyances, but put thy Trust in Allah.  For enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.
   9:73:- O Prophet!  strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination. <http://­www.­­quran/0­09/009-073.htm>.  SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
   Re No. 1:  Sahih Bukhari's Volume 1, Book 6, Number 301: [] The women asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?"  He said, "Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?"  They replied in the affirmative.  He said, "This is the deficiency in her intelligence.  Isn't it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?"  The women replied in the affirmative.  He said, "This is the deficiency in her religion."
   Sahih Bukhari's Volume 6, Book 60, Number 139:- Narrated Abdullah:  We used to participate in the holy wars carried on by the Prophet and we had no women (wives) with us.  So we said (to the Prophet): "Shall we castrate ourselves?"  But the Prophet forbade us to do that and thenceforth he allowed us to marry a woman (temporarily) by giving her even a garment, and then he recited:  "O you who believe!  Do not make unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you.".  TRADITION ENDS.]
   [FURTHER READING about bacha bazi:  "The rape of the Afghan boys,", by Kelley B. Vlahos, April 13, 2010, <http://­­vlahos/­2010/04/12/­a-deal-with-the-devil/>.  The sex-boys are kept as if they are slaves.
   "The Warlord's Tune," Four Corners, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, by Jamie Doran and Clover Films, Feb 22, 2010, <>.  ENDS.]
[Mar 30, 2012]

• Violence and Intolerance: Aid and trade should be used to encourage states to protect freedom to worship and belief.               
Aid and trade should be used to encourage
states to protect freedom to worship and belief


   Annals Australasia (RC culture journal, Sydney), <editorannals § gmail com>, By George Cardinal Pell, p 17, March 2012
A BOUT SEVEN years ago I visited Lebanon, travelled widely, meeting the President and the Muslim leaders of the Sunni and the Shiites.
   The Sunni leader asked me to protect the civic rights of Muslims in Australia. I willingly promised this and have worked regularly to this end.
   He also praised the situation in the Ottoman Empire, where Christians, second class citizens, had to walk on the other side of the road from Muslims so they would be safe. I did not understand this was a serious government initiative then to protect Christians from mob violence.
   Unfortunately in some African and Middle Eastern societies Christian minorities in majority-Muslim countries 'have lost the protection of their societies' where radical Islamist (Salafist) movements have poisoned public opinion.
   Terrorist attacks on Christians have increased by over 300 per cent between 2003 and 2010. Thousands of Middle Eastern Christians are emigrating, some to Australia where they are already working hard and settling in peaceably.
   Unfortunately these attacks are not always the work of vigilantes and rebel groups (as in Nigeria), but sometimes perpetrated by agents of the government, as the Copts suffered in the Maspero area of Cairo on October 9th last year.
   Archbishop Tomasi, the Holy See's observer to the United Nations in Geneva, pointed out that increasing restrictions on religion affect more than 2.2 billion people.
   Christians are not the only victims of anti-religious violence and sometimes they are not blameless themselves. Islamaphobia is real, but usually not expressed in bomb­ings, attacks or killings.
   We should not be blaming the innocent, as most of the violence is not centrally planned or coordinated. The terrorist groups are well contained at least for the moment.
   But the damage done is real and continuing and people of good will, religious or irreligious, should support the rights of everyone, including minorities, to practise a religion or no religion.
   Freedom of religion is a fundamental right of each person, not a government grant, and has to be acknowledged even where we find an official national religion. It is unacceptable that over one million Christians in Saudi-Arabia have no churches, and are not able to attend public or private worship. The Grand Mufti there has called for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula.
   Mutual tolerance and respect are demanded of us all. Aid and trade should be used to encourage states to protect freedom to worship and belief. #

   [RECAPITULATION: Terrorist attacks on Christians have increased by over 300 per cent between 2003 and 2010. Thousands of Middle Eastern Christians are emigrating . [. . .]
   Mutual tolerance and respect are demanded of us all. ENDS.]
   [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven): 
   60:4:- we have rejected you, and there has arisen, between us and you, enmity and hatred for ever, unless ye believe in Allah and Him alone SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
   Sahih Muslim's, Book 037, Number 6670:- Ibn Shihab reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) made an expedition to Tabuk and he (the Holy Prophet) had in his mind (the idea of threatening the) Christians of Arabia in Syria and those of Rome. [***]
   Sunan Abu-Dawud's, Book 41, Number 5186:- Narrated AbuHurayrah: Suhayl ibn AbuSalih said: I went out with my father to Syria.  The people passed by the cloisters in which there were Christians and began to salute them.  My father said: Do not give them salutation first, for AbuHurayrah reported the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_ upon_him) as saying: Do not salute them (Jews and Christians) first, and when you meet them on the road, force them to go to the narrowest part of it.   TRADITION ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: So, forcing the non-Muslims to walk on the other side of the road (3rd paragraph of Pell's article) might NOT have been so that they would be safe, but as a mark of contempt and dislike.  The Muslims are taught that Abraham was a Muslim, and made the "enmity and hatred for ever" statement long before Mohammad was born ! 
   Early Muslim leaders ordered the removal of all non-Muslims from the Arabian peninsula.  Therefore, hoping for "mutual tolerance and respect," and hoping that "aid and trade" would encourage Islamic governments to protect freedom of worship is empty.  It would entail the Muslim rulers defying their own religious dogmas.  In history many Muslim rulers have done so, but really committed Muslims have always plotted to murder them, sometimes successfully. (To give perspective, read of the assassinations by supposed Christians of Dutch leaders around the time of the struggles to throw off the Spanish yoke.)  COMMENT ENDS.]
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[March 2012]

• We must avoid fatal folly that helped to create Europe's 'leaderless jihad'.               

We must avoid fatal folly that helped to create Europe’s ‘leaderless jihad’

The desire of the Australian public to stop the boats is entirely rational and sensible

   The Weekend Australian (being the weekend edition of The Australian, <http://­www.­­news/wo­rld/we-must-avoid-fatal-folly-that-helped-to-create-europes-leaderless-jihad/story-e6frg6ux-1226314739770>, by Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor, p 22, Saturday-Sunday, March 31 - April 01, 2012
   CONSIDER this moment. The young jihadist Mohamed Merah, 23, a Frenchman of Algerian background, has recently killed three French soldiers, two of African heritage and one West Indian. He did this to avenge the actions of French soldiers in Afghanistan. He said to one of the soldiers, he killed: "You killed my brothers; I kill you."
   Now he has gone to a modest Jewish school in a peaceful, middle-class suburb of Toulouse and shot a rabbi and his two young sons. At this moment, he chases after an eight-year-old girl. When he catches her, he holds her by the hair while he reloads the gun, then shoots her in the head. All this he has filmed.
   Later, during the 32-hour police siege that finally ended, as Merah had wanted it to, in his death, Merah tells police he acted in revenge for Palestinian children killed by Israelis.
   What else do we know about Merah? We know that he visited Afghanistan in 2010 and went to several other Middle Eastern nations. Then, last year, he spent two months in Pakistan. He told police he was trained by al-Qa'ida in Waziristan, a tribal redoubt for global jihadi terrorists. He also claimed that al-Qa'ida gave him money.
   What else? Merah's stepfather had been detained in Syria for running an al-Qa'ida safe house. He was convicted in Toulouse for recruiting people to join al-Qa'ida in Iraq. Merah's brother, charged with complicity in the latest killings, has said how proud he is of Merah.
   The Left, liberal interpretation of Merah is that while his actions were despicable he is really a victim, marginalised in France by his background.

   The most famous and important such interpretation comes from Tariq Ramadan, professor of Islamic studies at Oxford University, and often hailed as a kind of moderate Islamist.
   He did not justify or support Merah's murders. But he wrote: "The story of Mohamed Merah holds up a mirror to the face of France; he ends up a jihadi without real conviction, after having been a citizen deprived of true dignity rather like an overgrown adolescent, unemployed, at a loose end, soft-hearted but also disturbed and incoherent."
   Ramadan also wrote: "His political thought is that of a young man adrift, imbued neither with the values of Islam or driven by racism and anti-Semitism."
   The polar opposite of that interpretation is offered by the French newspaper Le Figaro, which wrote: "The terrorist wanted to show his hatred for France by targeting the military and the school He was supported by his family and probably also by a network. This monster is the creation of a suburban counter-culture that is alienated from our country's legal basis. It's too easy just to swallow yet again the eternal sermon of sociologists or demographers who - if they recognise this isolation at all - are happy to make the state solely responsible for it. The social difficulties do not justify the bitterness felt by this counter-culture in its struggle for dominance Terrorised France is sitting on top of a volcano."
   The key difference between these interpretations is that Le Figaro's is consistent with the facts; Ramadan's pertains entirely to fantasy.
   How do Merah's murders differ from those of Anders Breivik in Norway or the American staff sergeant in Afghanistan?

  Some of the people charged with terrorism offences in Australia have come here under the refugee and humanitarian program.

   Insofar as Breivik was a coherent far-Rightist [?], he is similar to Merah. But very few such far-Right outfits produce competent terrorists and their support base is tiny. The American sergeant will be tried in due course, but every sinew of the American military institution is against the things he did. Breivik's family disowned him. The American's family will surely disown his actions.

   Merah's actions are entirely different. Although far more murderous than most, they are part of a huge wave of anti-Semitic violence, virtually all of it originating in France's Muslim community, that has swept across France in the past 15 years. Insane demonising of Israel is part of this.
   Of course, the vast majority of France's six million or so Muslims do not engage in anti-Semitic violence. The vast majority of Muslims in all Western societies are law-abiding. But the minority who are attracted to a jihadist interpretation is disturbingly large.
   This is in part because many, if not most, mainstream interpretations of Islam contain within their cosmology a view of the West that is essentially negative, if not hostile.
   European security figures believe that "leaderless jihad" is a new and growing theat. Because Western security forces have been so successful in hunting down, arresting or stopping al-Qa'ida plotters, the global jihadi movement is adapting. It is emphasising rapid training for recruits from Western societies and sending them back to act on their own, rather than in cells.
   This handicaps Western police forces. What would civil libertarians say if the police had tried to take any preventive action before Merah committed his murders, on the basis of his associations or internet usage? It is impossible. There is no evidence that Merah was deranged or particularly isolated. He travelled easily in the Middle East, he had a close relationship with his family. It is more than likely, as is the case with the vast majority of jihadist murderers, he made a rational commitment to the Islamist jihadist ideology.
   France has Europe's largest Muslim population. Many of them went to France as asylum-seekers. All over Europe, Muslim Brotherhood members found asylum from persecution in North Africa, then set up Muslim Brotherhood organisations in Europe. The failure of North Africans to integrate in Europe, similar to the situation of many Pakistanis in Britain, cannot be blamed predominantly on the host society. Chinese, Indian and other immigrants have been very successful.
   Rather, what is clear is that there was a vast, unregulated Muslim immigration into Europe, much of it under the guise of asylum-seeking, which has been catastrophically unsuccessful.
   France's President, Nicolas Sarkozy, merely acknowledged the obvious by drawing the connection between this immigration and crime.
   Immigration into Australia has been, in contrast, very successful, mainly because it has been legal and orderly. Since Labor dismantled John Howard's Pacific Solution, 16,000 people have arrived in Australia in unlawful boats, most of them Muslim and from countries with strong traditions of Islamic extremism.
   Some of the people charged with terrorism offences in Australia have come here under the refugee and humanitarian program.
   The desire of the Australian public for this inflow to stop is entirely rational and sensible, and not remotely racist.
   If each of those 16,000 people results in three more coming eventually through family reunion, then that's upwards of 65,000 people who have not been chosen by our immigration program. And, despite a marginal fall in numbers for part of last year, the better established the route becomes the more people it will attract.
   The asylum-seeker phenomenon in Europe has been a dismal failure and has introduced a savage new strain of anti-Semitism, anti-social behaviour, alienation and terrorism into that continent. The problem is much smaller in Australia, but it is folly for us to repeat Europe's historic mistake. #

   [RECAPITULATION: This is in part because many, if not most, mainstream interpretations of Islam contain within their cosmology a view of the West that is essentially negative, if not hostile. []
   What would civil libertarians say if the police had tried to take any preventive action before Merah committed his murders []
   Some of the people charged with terrorism offences in Australia have come here under the refugee and humanitarian program. ENDS.]
   [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven): 
   5:82 (or 5:85):- Of all men thou wilt certainly find the Jews, and those who join other gods with God, to be the most intense in hatred of those who believe; and thou shalt certainly find those to be nearest in affection to them who say, 'We are Christians.'
   5:59-60 (or 5:64-65):- O people of the Book! Say: "Shall I point out to you something much worse than this, (as judged) by the treatment it received from Allah? those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil;- these are (many times) worse in rank, and far more astray from the even path!" 47:13 (or 47:14):- And how many cities have We destroyed?
   47:35 (or 47:37):- Be not fainthearted then; and invite not the infidels to peace when ye have the upper hand
   48:16:- Ye shall do battle with them, or they shall profess Islam. SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
   [HADITH: Sahih Bukhari's, Volume 4, Book 53, Number 352: Allah's Apostle said, "Allah guarantees him who strives in His Cause and whose motivation for going out is nothing but Jihad in His Cause and belief in His Word, that He will admit him into Paradise (if martyred) or bring him back to his dwelling place, whence he has come out, with what he gains of reward and booty."
   Sahih Bukhari's, 5, 59:600:- I said to Ibn 'Umar, "I want to migrate to Sham."  He said, "There is no migration, but Jihad (for Allah's Cause).  Go and offer yourself for Jihad, and if you find an opportunity for Jihad (stay there) otherwise, come back."  (In another narration) Ibn 'Umar said, "There is no migration today or after Allah's Apostle."  (and completed his statement as above.)  TRADITION ENDS.]
[Mar 31 - Apr 01, 2012]

• Untying the Knot.  [UK has had to form a Forced Marriage Unit to rescue victims of "rape-marriages."]              
Millions of girls and young women
around the world are married
against their wishes.  Many are wed
to men they have never met and
their lives are often placed in peril


   Reader's Digest Australia, Letters to <>, or, <editor § readersdigest com au>, pp 134-38, April 2012
I  t was a desperate text message sent by a schoolgirl to a friend on the other side of the world:  "I wana come back but ma dad isn't gonna let me," it read.  "Please help I beg u."  Amina*, a 16-year-old British girl, had gone on holiday to her family's home village in Pakistan.  Her worried friend, Khalida*, contacted the police.  They passed on the case to the UK's Forced Marriage Unit (FMU).
   Unit caseworker Lucy Torrington contacted Khalida immediately.  Amina had happily gone to Pakistan, Khalida reported, only for her father to suddenly order her to marry a cousin she barely knew.  Amina had texted "He's taken passprt." [sic]
   Lucy explained that Amina might be frightened by a call or message from a stranger, so she asked Khalida to try to find out where Amina was.
   [] Amina's father Rashid* had no desire to take on the authorities, and the 16-year-old was handed over to the case-workers. [] Back home, she was placed with foster parents and, so far, remains safe.
   Every year the FMU attempt to help around 1700 youngsters in similar - and far worse - situations.

     What's it like to be trapped in a forced marriage?  A survivor tells her story  
   "At 21, I married a Christian man without my Sikh parents' consent.  When they found out, they 'arrested' us - locked my husband up overnight and kidnapped me under sedation, with help from the family doctor.
   They took me from my home in south-west England to India, and kept me there for two years.
   Eventually I was forced to marry a stranger and sponsor him to come to Britain. threatened to kill me into a refuge "

   The unit [FMU] has the power, therough the UK's Forced Marriage Protection Order (FMPO), to prevent unlawful unions or remove victims if the marriage has already taken place. Londoner Lydia Erhire, a "devout Christian", was the first person to be jailed for breaching an order after refusing to retrieve her 17-year-old son Edirin from Nigeria, where he was promised to an unknown girl.  He eventually returned to the UK in June.

   In August, 17-year-old Komali*, a London student, disappeared.  She'd told a teacher and social workers that she was in danger of a forced union, Bangladesh
   not only was she already married, but she'd been raped by her "spouse" and badly beaten.  One of her assailants was her mother.  Back home again, Komali has returned to school and hopes a FMPO will stop her parents coming near her.

   "They often have to begin a new life with a new identity, leaving family, cutting all ties with friends, and changing schools or jobs," says joint FMU head Ben Rawlings.
   The unit works very closely with support groups, such as Karma Nirvane, which was set up in 1993 by 45-year-old Jasvinder Sanghera, who ran away from a forced marriage - and her family - aged just 17.
   helpline received 5000 calls last year the estimated thousands of forced marriages in the UK every year - and millions globally.
   "This can't be dismissed as a 'Muslim' or an 'Asian' problem.  It's our problem.  It isn't part of anybody's culture to be abused."

     A global problem:  
   Each year around the world, over ten million women are forced to marry against their will, according to Plan International.  The majority are children [i.e.,under 18 years old]. Ian Wishart, CEO of Plan Australia estimates there could be more than a thousand [in Australia] each year.
   Forced marriages violate The Universal Declaration on Human Rights.  They can lead to early pregnancies with resulting health problems and often deny the brides an education.  "Without an education, girls remain powerless for the rest of their lives," says Wishart.
   At last year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting [CHOGM] in Perth, 54 leaders supported a push to criminalise forced marriage globally and prevent loopholes that continue to allow it.  Australia has already drafted new legislation
   Need help?  Have questions?  Visit #

   [RECAPITULATION: It isn't part of anybody's culture to be abused. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Oh, yes it is !  Read Muslim scripture below.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven): 
   4:34 (or 4:38):- Men are superior to women on account of the qualities with which Allah hath gifted the one above the other, and on account of the outlay they make from their substance for them.  Virtuous women are obedient, careful, during the husband's abs­ence, because Allah hath of them been careful.  But chide those for whose refractoriness ye have cause to fear; remove them into beds apart, and scourge them; but if they are obedient to you, then seek not occasion against them:  verily, Allah is High, Great.  [[Scourged if the man suspects refractoriness ! ]] SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
   [NAMES WITH STARS*: It is assumed that all the names shown in this article with an asterisk (*) have been changed, to protect the victims.  ENDS.]
   [FOR FULL ARTICLE purchase a Reader's Digest for $5.99, or hunt for one in your doctor's or dentist's waiting room. :-) ]
[April 2012]

• How many deaths, Obama?  In brief.     
In brief ..

How many deaths, Obama?

   New Internationalist (UK, N. America and Australia), Editorial, England: ni § newint org , Editorial, Australia: chrisr § newint com au , p 7, Issue 451, April 2012
  [Picture of US President Barack Hussein Obama, in circular format]    Picture: (Supposedly under a CC Licence. :-)  
   'Drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties {in Pakistan},' President Obama told an online forum attendee earlier this year.  'This is a targeted, focused effort at people who are on a list of active terrorists trying to go in and harm Americans.'
   Just days later, a report from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism published results of a three-month investigation showing that since Obama took office three years ago, the CIA has carried out 260 drone attacks.
   Between 282 and 535 civilians have been reported killed, at least 50 of whom died during follow-up drone strikes when they had gone to help victims. #

   [COMMENT:  Considering that Obama, because he was brought up originally in a Muslim setting, ought to have known that the culture of Pakistan, feeding on old teachings, is turning more and more against kufar or non-Muslims, why is he causing more and more hatred of Westerners ?  COMMENT ENDS.]
[To webpage 14 May '12; April 2012]

• Without consent.  [Forced marriages of Australians and New Zealanders, driven by "diverse cultures".]         

Without consent

   Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Four Corners programme, <http://­www.­­4corner­s/stori­es/­2012/03/29/­346653­7.htm>, By Sarah Ferguson and Deb Masters, (Updated April 3, 2012 11:25:00), Broadcast April 2 and 3, 2012
   What happens when young, educated, Australian-born girls are forced into unwanted marriages - often with relatives overseas?
   Samia was just seventeen when her father announced he was taking her on a holiday overseas. But this was a holiday with a difference. Back in the family's village in rural Pakistan, Samia watched in horror as the local Imam walked in ready to conduct her marriage to her first cousin - without her consent. With pressure from her extended family, she was given papers to sign and threatened.
   Returning to Australia, Samia sought help from local religious authorities in Sydney - but they ignored her and told her to accept the marriage.
   For the first time young women, the victims of forced marriages, are speaking out - without disguise and despite the risks of backlash from their communities. Are these women entitled to the same protection as other Australian girls?
   The Government thinks so; in fact they are so concerned they are introducing criminal legislation to ban forced marriage. However, outspoken members of Australian migrant communities say it is their responsibility to stop the practice and the men who enforce it.
   It's not only women who experience force or coercion to push them into marriage. It happens to men too, often with disastrous consequences. Reporter Sarah Ferguson tells the story of one young woman who agrees to marry a man chosen by her family. What she doesn't know until after the marriage is that he married her under duress. The relationship then descends into a spiral of alcohol and violence.
   "Without Consent", reported by Sarah Ferguson and presented by Kerry O'Brien, goes to air on Monday 2nd April at 8.30 pm on ABC1. It is replayed on Tuesday 3rd April at 11.35pm. It can also be seen on ABC News 24, Saturday at 8.00pm, on iview or at
   TRANSCRIPT - WITHOUT CONSENT - Monday 2 April 2012
   KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: Two women, two different stories, same problem: forced marriage driven by fear.
   Welcome to Four Corners.
   It's a concept that's alien to most parents and children in this country. I think it's fair to say that one of a father's strongest instincts is to protect his daughter.
   So what would drive a father to force his teenage daughter into a marriage she didn't want and threaten violence if she resisted.
   Arranged marriages are not uncommon in some cultures. Forced marriage is taking it a considerable step further, particularly with the threat of violence, even death. In some cases the victim is male.
   No records of forced marriage have been kept in Australia and it's rare for victims to come forward, but there have been enough forced marriages here with violence to prompt the Federal Government to draft laws making it a criminal offence.
   Tonight four courageous young women shed the protection of their anonymity to talk compellingly on Four Corners about their devastating personal experiences, even though they may face rejection from their own communities.
   The reporter is Sarah Ferguson.
   SARAH FERGUSON, REPORTER: It was late afternoon on a summer's day in suburban Sydney. Samia Khan was playing with her cousins.
   SAMIA KHAN: We were playing cricket and my aunty and her friend was sitting outside watching the kids play.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Australian-born Samia was just 12 years old.
   SAMIA KHAN: I remember having the cricket bat in my hand and it was, a nice day that, you know, like any other kids we're playing cricket. Everything's, you know, hunky-dory.
   SARAH FERGUSON: But Samia wasn't like other kids. Listening to her aunt she heard her family's plans for her future.
   SAMIA KHAN: My aunty said to her friend, oh that's my niece. She's engaged to, you know, this person that's overseas.
   Like he was a relative as well and I was like, what? There's no other niece here, I'm the only girl here. So what I did was I went up to her and I said oh, you know who are you talking about? What are you saying? And she goes, oh you, didn't you know that you're engaged? And I just looked at her in shock and I was like, but I'm 12.
   SARAH FERGUSON: The previous year, without telling their daughter, Samia's parents had promised her to her cousin in Pakistan.
   SAMIA KHAN: Yeah I was aware that it happens, but I always thought it happens overseas, it doesn't happen, it wouldn't happen in Australia.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Did your mother tell you when you were going to marry your cousin?
   SAMIA KHAN: No she never said that, you know, she just said, oh just, sort of leave it for now. You're too young, you just, you just concentrate on your studies and you don't worry about it. You're too young to worry about it.
   SARAH FERGUSON: She did worry about it. The effect on Samia's school life was dramatic.
   KATHLENE BUMANGLAG, SCHOOL FRIEND: It affected her in so many ways - physically, emotionally, mentally. She was constantly away from school and we would be in the library and, you know, one minute we'd be studying and the next minute she would be shaking uncontrollably.
   SAMIA KHAN: I would .. sometimes I would think to myself do I kill myself? Would that make them aware that I don't want to do this?
   SARAH FERGUSON: Soon after Samia finished school, aged 17, her father announced he was taking her on holiday to Pakistan to visit her relatives.
   SAMIA KHAN: We were going to go overseas for a trip, a holiday to Pakistan and I was excited.
   SARAH FERGUSON: But waiting at the airport, she was nervous. The issue of marriage to her cousin was unresolved.
   SAMIA KHAN: In the back of my mind though I thought okay, wait a minute, are they going to be taking the engagement further and marrying me off or something. And so I sort of, you know, tried to suss out my dad and say, oh dad so are we going to have the marriage there sort of thing? He said no, no you know it's nothing like that. We're just going for a holiday.
   SARAH FERGUSON: It's International Women's Day and a diverse audience, women from many of Australia's ethnic groups, have been invited to Admiralty House to listen to the governor general Quentin Bryce.
   QUENTIN BRYCE, GOVERNOR GENERAL: My friends, I want you to know how thrilled and delighted I am to be sharing this celebration of International Women's Day with you.
   SARAH FERGUSON: The governor general chose to focus on one issue.
   QUENTIN BRYCE: Around the world 10 million girls a year marry before they are 18. Early enforced marriage robs girls of their childhood and their education. It can trap them in a cycle of poverty, ill health and illiteracy. The cause of child marriage? Fundamentally different social expectations for girls compared with boys.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Quentin Bryce was speaking about the global situation for young girls. But many in the audience knew that the practice also occurs here in Australia.
   QUENTIN BRYCE: Women share powerful bonds across language, culture, race and religion.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Twenty-three-year-old Najeeba Wazfadost is an Afghan Hazara and an outspoken community activist.
   NAJEEBA WAZFADOST, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST: Forced marriage is very common. A lot of the audience that were in that event today, many of them are actually very educated women, social workers and service providers, but unfortunate I can guarantee as I know many faces in there that have experienced forced marriages themselves but unfortunately they keep it quiet, once again due to that shame, due to that reputation, dignity and so many other factors which comes by culture.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Afoz Ali is one of the few religious leaders prepared to break that taboo.
   AFOZ ALI, PRESIDENT, AL-GHAZZALI CENTRE: I have seen situations where people have been coerced, that if you do not marry such and such a person we will cut you out of the family for example, and in some cases they would be taken back to their land - the land of their father or their mother for example - and potentially you know threatened with not only physical violence but potentially fatalities and murder.
   SARAH FERGUSON: You've actually had young women threatened with death if they don't go ahead with weddings.
   AFOZ ALI: Yes, definitely so, yes.
   AFOZ ALI: In Sydney, yes.
   SARAH FERGUSON: There are no figures on how widespread the practice is. Few are prepared to talk about it but forced marriages occur across Australia's cities.
   NICOLA ROXON, FEDERAL ATTORNEY GENERAL: We don't have any good statistics. We suspect that what is known publicly will only be a portion of what might be happening behind closed doors.
   SARAH FERGUSON: It is essentially a guilty secret but the Federal Government is so concerned it is preparing legislation to make forced marriage a crime.
   NICOLA ROXON: It will make clear that if young people or older people do not consent validly to a marriage that it will be a crime, that means duress, violence, intimidation is not an acceptable way to get a young woman's consent to marriage.
   It'll be part of the Crimes Act that deals with ah trafficking of people and sexual offences and others. It's a serious matter, it'll be treated as a serious crime and people should understand that in Australia marriage is between consenting adults and that consent must be real.
   SARAH FERGUSON: When 17-year-old Australian Samia Khan arrived in Pakistan with her father, there were no such protections available.
   They drove on to her father's village, several hours away in a remote area of the Punjab.
   SAMIA KHAN: It was like a deserted village like, you know, sand everywhere and homes made out of mud and like mud bricks, and I got there and thought where am I. You know having baths the old fashioned way with a bucket and a little cup (laughs).
   SARAH FERGUSON: Samia's grandparents and father lived in Chichawatni until he moved to Australia in his 20s.
   Marriage between cousins is common in Pakistani communities, at home and abroad. In some UK cities more than 60 per cent of Pakistani women are married to their first cousin.
   Samia's father reassured her they weren't there for marriage to her cousin.
   SAMIA KHAN: He said no, no don't listen to them. Everyone, you know, loves to talk here. You just don't listen to them. I've told you now it's, nothing's going to happen.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Then Samia's mother flew in to join them from Australia.
   SAMIA KHAN: I said but mum why? I'm going to come back soon anyway and, you know, it's just a waste of money.
   SARAH FERGUSON: When they left the village to collect her mother from Lahore, Samia assumed they wouldn't be coming back.
   SAMIA KHAN: There was only four days left for me to go back to like to Australia and I said yeah, I'm nearly home now, I'm halfway there sort of thing in my mind.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Instead her father insisted they go back to the village.
   SAMIA KHAN: Straight from Lahore we went to their house and I was sitting there and I see the, the sheikh and you know the imam, like they walk in. And I thought to myself what's going on? Why are they here?
   My uncle was walking past and I said to my uncle, what's going on? And he goes oh you're getting married today. I said what? I just, I was in shock like I was, I just didn't know how to, to cry. I thought .. I started praying that please God kill me now. I just want you to kill me now. I'd rather not go through this.
   SARAH FERGUSON: No one asked Samia if she wanted the marriage to go ahead.
   SAMIA KHAN: The sheikh didn't come in and say do you agree, which you're supposed to be asked three times and I overhead one of the uncles, his uncle saying, oh we've already asked the girl. There's no need to ask her. Just give us the papers, we'll go tell her to sign it.
   And then they came and said to me sign or else. Like literally or else. And I knew what they meant by that. And my Mum said just get it over and done with.
   SARAH FERGUSON: What, what did they mean by or else?
   SAMIA KHAN: I don't know, to hurt me.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Samia refused to spend the night with her husband.
   SAMIA KHAN: I told him no, because otherwise it would have been, made it worse that she wasn't forced because you know it was consummated.
   SARAH FERGUSON: So very important for you not to consummate the marriage.
   SAMIA KHAN: Yeah.
   SARAH FERGUSON: There was a final insult for Samia the next day.
   SAMIA KHAN: They were discussing it as well saying that when we go to show immigration these photos they're not going to be believe it's a proper marriage because, you know, you're not dressed up and everything. So what about tomorrow we do a whole like, another thing where you dress up and invite some, we can invite people.
   SARAH FERGUSON: So what was that like putting on a show about such an important event in a person's life?
   SAMIA KHAN: I literally felt like ripping off the clothes that they had put on me and cutting them up and just jumping from anywhere I could find. I just wanted to die really.
   SARAH FERGUSON: On a rainy night last month, Farida Sultana and Shila Nair arrived in Melbourne from New Zealand.
   These women pioneered a unique domestic violence service in New Zealand called Shakti. Now they're bringing it to Australia.
   FARIDA SULTANA, SHAKTI COMMUNITY COUNCIL INC.: Shakti works with Asia, African, Middle Eastern countries. And the countries that we come from, the status of a woman is very poor. Recognition, recognition of violence is not there. Many culture actually permits violence against woman.
   SARAH FERGUSON: The following morning Farida and Shila arrive to give their first presentation in a community hall in Dandenong, the heart of Melbourne's ethnic community.
   They are starting the session with forced marriage.
   FARIDA SULTANA: Another aspect of it is it the girl is taken for holiday, and taking her back- I can see everyone is shaking [sic] their heads.
   (Women call out "yes, yes")
   We had one girl who suspected in the airport that there is something more and then she started crying loudly in the airport and the police then got to her and then police took her aside and then she said I think they're taking me for getting married. And then police called Shakti and then she was taken out.
   WOMAN AT MEETING: Do you think that in Australia we get a lot more than New Zealand, do you get as under-aged or forced marriage?
   FARIDA SULTANA: Definitely, definitely because the population is a lot more. Unfortunately I believe the community itself doesn't see under-aged forced marriage because they've been doing it for centuries and it was part of living.
   SARAH FERGUSON: And what sort of numbers of forced marriages, under-aged forced marriages are you seeing?
   FARIDA SULTANA: Last year recorded I think it was 50 cases.
   SARAH FERGUSON: So 50 cases in a year and what ages are they?
   FARIDA SULTANA: Fifteen,16,17,18,19.
   SARAH FERGUSON: And given how hard it is for young people to ask for help, do you think there are more?
   FARIDA SULTANA: Honestly deep inside my heart I do not want to think more but I know there will be more.
   SARAH FERGUSON: From modest beginnings in a single office in Auckland 17 years ago, Shakti set out to challenge the acceptance of domestic violence in New Zealand's migrant communities.
   They now run four refuges and a 24 hour crisis line but it is the campaign to change their society that drives them.
   FARIDA SULTANA: It doesn't matter if they're in Australia, New Zealand or other part of western world, a lot of values, oppressive values they bring with them. It has got to stop some point of time otherwise what, what about the next generation? And then next generation? It will carry on unless we hold our community responsible.
   SHAKTI CASEWORKER ON PHONE: Shakti crisis line, Mona speaking. Are you safe to talk to me?
   SARAH FERGUSON: In 2004 the Shakti crisis line took an emergency call that shocked even their battle hardened staff.
   The caseworker on duty ticked the box for forced marriage.
   SHAKTI CASEWORKER ON PHONE: You just stay with your counsellor
   SARAH FERGUSON: A 16-year-old school girl was asking for urgent help for herself and her three sisters.
   A car was dispatched to pick them up.
   SARAH FERGUSON: The four girls aged 13 to 16, dressed in their school uniforms, were brought to the adult women's refuge.
   FARIDA SULTANA: The father is very violent but when I read through their assessment I realised there was a lot more than violence, it was complete control and there, the all four girls is [are] his property. He can marry them off if he wants to, who to he wants to and they were just completely used.
   SARAH FERGUSON: What were you afraid of, what did you think he could do if he caught you?
   LEILA: Beat us or he will kill us.
   SARA FERGUSON: You thought your own father could kill you?
   LEILA: Yes.
   (To her sister) You need oil in your hair
   NADIA: Can you put some oil in it?
   LEILA: No I can't
   NADIA: Well then why are you complaining?
   LEILA: I'm not complaining.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Looking at them now it is hard to imagine the trauma the sisters have been through.
   The two eldest have decided to tell their story.
   The four girls of Afghan-Pakistan origin all live together. They're all high achievers, studying at university.
   When they came to New Zealand, none of this future was even imaginable.
   LEILA: I came with all my three sisters and my dad and yeah I remember the journey. We were very, very scared, very scared.
   SARAH FERGUSON: They had left their mother behind in Pakistan. This was the first time living with their father.
   LEILA: Yeah we were very secluded from the rest of New Zealand, I did not know - the house was like normally, like the house we were living in Pakistan. There was nothing .. nothing like New Zealand, nothing like New Zealand.
   SARAH FERGUSON: The girls were expected to cook and clean.
   LEILA: If we did the cleaning he would just see if there was some, a little bit of dust or anything that was wrong, he would just call all of us standing in a line and then .. hit us.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Leila remembers the first time her father hit her.
   LEILA: There were clothes outside on the clothes line and we were just sitting because it was sunny outside. So we came and - it started raining - so he started hitting us because we did not bring the clothes inside.
   SARAH FERGUSON: How did he hit you?
   LEILA: Slapped us.
   LEILA: Yes, very hard because he was a very, very huge man.
   NADIA: There were screams and there was shouting and there was pleading but I think he just had this way where he wouldn't stop.
   SARAH FERGUSON: How scared were you of him?
   LEILA: On a scale of one to 100, 100 being extremely scared, 100. Very, very, very scared.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Sixteen-year-old Leila tried to protect her younger sisters.
   NADIA: I remember my older sister actually stopped him from hitting one of the other sisters and he started hitting her.
   LEILA: He dragged my sister with her, you know, he just pulled her hair and dragged her from one room to the other and I was sitting in that room and he was hitting her. I mean he was suffocating her on the beanbag so I just stood up and I said stop now, stop now. And then he just hit me, he returned and he hit me.
   FARIDA SULTANA: She's incredibly strong and she mature beyond her age. But I think in a way her childhood is stolen. She had to be mother for three other siblings.
   SARAH FERGUSON: School was the only respite.
   LEILA: When we were in the school we were happy and we it was like we had, we have something to look forward to.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Until the end of the school day.
   NADIA: It was probably the last period that we just finished and the bell would ring and we knew that he would be waiting for us in the car.
   LEILA: That's why I used to sit in the front, although I just hated it. It was like a tragedy, you know, it was just so, it was like a torture sitting in the front with him but I knew my sisters were too scared to come and sit in the front.
   SARAH FERGUSON: At school the girls were becoming aware of the possibilities their education offered.
   NADIA: I started to understand what it was be like to have a different future, different dreams and ambitions and we could make life whatever we wanted to.
   LEILA: I just found out that okay there's something called university as well and then you can go and you can just become great like Einstein or Newton.
   SARAH FERGUSON: But they were also aware of what their father had planned - forced marriage.
   LEILA: He had an agenda in his mind and that was to get us over here then send us back to Pakistan, get us married, and I think the cousins .. and, you know, because we had PR, permanent residency, and get them over here.
   SARAH FERGUSON: You understood that he was actually using you as an anchor to get visas for your cousins?
   LEILA: Yes.
   FARIDA SULTANA: We're talking about using these girls for immigration purposes, using these girls, forcing them to get married because they're just property of the fathers.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Alone at night in their bedroom, like children, they plotted their escape.
   LEILA: We had little torches, we had this big paper we borrowed from school.
   NADIA: We would write in the circle, we would just write plan and then we would have these webs and stuff and each of them would be going to the final destination. So one of would be like us standing as doctors and stuff and the other one would be just going and staying with our mum, and then the last one would probably be if we stayed with him, which would eventually be to go and get married. So we had these four or five graves because that would mean that we are dead if we do decide to go that path.
   LEILA: And the final was when he told us that, I'm booking a ticket for you to go to Pakistan in July and we just knew what was going to happen. That was the end. We just started packing our stuff.
   All the documents because we needed our passports and stuff so we started packing everything, all the books, we left all the clothes, we just packed all our books in suitcases. I told my sisters we'll work and everything and my sister's were and you know I saw that shine in their eyes, because they couldn't make that decision on their own and they just wanted me to just take it.
   SARAH FERGUSON: How old were you and your sisters that day?
   LEILA: I was 16, my sister, one of my sisters was 15 and the others were 13.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Their father drove them to school as normal.
   LEILA: We just went straight to the guidance counsellor and said we are not going back home today.
   SARAH FERGUSON: With the counsellor and a lawyer, they were taken home to collect their bags.
   NADIA: We didn't want to go back so I was very scared, we were all very nervous.
   LEILA: We left his key on the table, did not leave any note or anything and just left.
   SARAH FERGUSON: A call went out to Shakti they were brought to the refuge.
   FARIDA SULTANA: I still do remember, especially the older one. Her face was like the whole world she's carrying.
   LEILA (to her sister): Call for a pizza, I don't want your food (laughs).
   NADIA: Why?
   SARAH FERGUSON: At 17 Leila got custody of her sisters. They moved into a flat alone. They received no support from their family. Their relatives, including their mother, told them to go back to their father who had fled from New Zealand.
   LEILA: We spoke to our mum and she was, she just told us, you're doing something wrong, just go back and then we spoke to my mum's aunties and everyone and they were like you know, this is absolutely wrong, you know, he's your father, what are you girls doing? And then we just decided that there's no point of talking to them unless we find our feet.
   SARAH FERGUSON: So your mother, as well as your other relatives, ordered you to go back to him?
   LEILA: Yes.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Despite the fact they knew ..
   LEILA: Yes.
   SARAH FERGUSON: What was planned for you and they knew about the violence?
   LEILA: Yes.
   WOMAN AT EVENT: As you know today is International Woman's Day it is a day for you and me to celebrate.
   SARAH FERGUSON: With its proposed legislation, the Australian Government is moving ahead of the community where the taboo around forced marriage remains strong.
   Young people, faced with a forced marriage, would be protected by law from their own parents and families.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Are you concerned that by making it a criminal act you could actually drive the practice underground? That young people will be afraid of reporting on their parents?
   NICOLA ROXON: Well I suspect it's already underground. I think this is a way of making a very clear public statement about what is acceptable.
   AFOZ ALI: I'm always amazed and amused by when people say things go underground. If you look at the reality, it is underground. That's the reason we don't know about it.
   SARAH FERGUSON: In Melbourne, the ethnic women's domestic violence service In Touch has no street presence.
   (Speaking into intercom) Hello this is Sarah Ferguson from Four Corners here to see Maya.
   Last year more than 800 migrant women came to In Touch for help.
   MAYA AVDIBEGOVIC, CEO, IN TOUCH: There is extreme physical violence but there is also other types of violence and primarily emotional abuse, financial abuse and some other types of controlling behaviour.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Amongst their clients are victims of domestic violence who've come to Australia on spousal visas.
   MAYA AVDIBEGOVIC: We've seen in the last financial year, more than 200 women who were victims of family violence and who had spouse visa.
   SARAH FERGUSON: In November 2010, Sanchi arrived in Melbourne from India to join her husband.
   SANCHI: He was standing over there with flowers waiting for me.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Together, they drove to their new home.
   SANCHI: Yeah, in between the way he's telling me all the things that this thing is that, this thing is that, I work all day over there. I think it's like I can have a good life over here, and I can have a happy married life with my husband.
   SARAH FERGUSON: The previous year Sanchi married her husband in Delhi. The marriage was arranged by their relatives.
   SANCHI: There were lots of people, all my relatives, my friends, it's like a great event. I wear a dress like you call Lenga. It's a fully embroidered dress. It's the shade, not pink, but the shade of pink and it's really a beautiful dress. I was very happy.
   DR MANJULA O'CONNOR, AUSTRALIA INDIA SOCIETY OF VICTORIA: The marriage itself is a divine ceremony and the girl is handed as a divine gift to the husband and his family.
   SARAH FERGUSON: It's not only women who experience force or coercion around marriage. It happens to men too and often with disastrous consequences.
   What Sanchi didn't know on her wedding day was that her husband was marrying her under pressure from his parents.
   She says the warm welcome she received in Melbourne ended on the second day.
   SANCHI: On that day he told me that I'm married to you only because of my parents' pressure. He hit me, he slapped me and grabbed my hairs and pushed me. Go away from me, I don't want you to be here.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Sanchi's husband told Four Corners he married under duress. He admits he had a drink problem and that he hit her.
   SANCHI: Whenever he goes out to buy drinks, I managed to make calls or emails to my in-laws to inform them what is going on here.
   SARAH FERGUSON: What was their response?
   SANCHI: They didn't give any response, they just, you have to compromise, you have to compromise and just adjust to the conditions.
   SARAH FERGUSON: The conditions deteriorated.
   SANCHI: Treat me as like his maid. He always tell me you are not my wife, you are my maid. You have to do all cleaning, cooking, every household work.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Sanchi came from India as a professional woman with a degree in commerce.  In Australia she was a virtual prisoner.
   SANCHI: I don't have any, he didn't allow me to go out. He didn't allow me to make calls to my parents. It was very difficult for me just sitting in a room, no-one, no-one else is there to talk to me, no contacts with anyone.
   SUE OLSEN, SANCHI'S NEIGHBOUR: Never saw her come in, never saw her go out.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Sanchi's neighbour in the apartment block, Sue Olsen, was aware of her through the walls.
   SUE OLSEN: I could hear her sobbing and pleading with an obvious hopelessness.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Why didn't you run away?
   SANCHI: I am in a foreign country, I have no-one over here. Where did I run away?
   MANJULA O'CONNOR: It was very tough and then to be alone in Australia and have no support systems, if she had no husband where was she going to live? How is she going to financially manage?
   SARAH FERGUSON: The arguments in the apartment escalated until the neighbour intervened.
   SUE OLSEN: I went to the front door, stood there for five minutes at least, heard it was getting worse so I went back in and I called the police.
   SARAH FERGUSON: The events of that day are new subject to criminal proceedings in Melbourne, preventing further comment.
   Sanchi moved out but it doesn't make the prospect of divorce in her community any easier.
   MANJULA O'CONNOR: The shame factor is huge, it's huge. If you are not married then you are a divorced woman and a divorced woman is a fallen woman.
   SANCHI: No-one accept a girl, divorcee girl, separated girl. It's separation girls are like, they threw out of the society. Your life becomes hell after divorce.
   SARAH FERGUSON: After her forced marriage and mock wedding in Pakistan, 17-year-old Samia Khan returned to Sydney leaving her new husband behind.  Back in Australia, she was under pressure from her extended family to secure him a spousal visa.
   SAMIA KHAN: I started to feel that it's not about me, it's about him and his future life here in Australia.
   SARAH FERGUSON: The visa was granted and when her cousin arrived in Australia, he moved in to the family's home in Sydney.  He lived separately from Samia but she was expected to learn to like him.
   SAMIA KHAN: I was brought up with different views, different values and I just didn't agree with them.
   SARAH FERGUSON: To secure his visa, Samia and her cousin had an Australian marriage ceremony at the local mosque.  Samia tried to tell the Imam that she hadn't consented to the marriage in Pakistan.
   SAMIA KHAN: We went to the mosque in Rooty Hill and the sheik was there, everyone calls him Malana, and I remember telling him how my marriage happened and how it was happened and I wasn't asked three times. And according to him, he didn't hear me firstly, and then he said, oh no it should be fine.
   SARAH FERGUSON: So you made it clear to Dr Shabbir Ahmed at Rooty Hill that you were not asked for your consent?
   SAMIA KHAN: Yeah he knew.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Yeah, Samia Khan.
   SHABBIR AHMED: I don't remember, is it many years before?
   SARAH FERGUSON: Pakistani Imam Dr Shabbir Ahmed knows Samia's family well but he has no recollection of Samia's request for help.
   Did you talk with Samia Khan at all about her marriage? Do you remember that?
   SHABBIR AHMED: No I don't remember at all.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Did you marry her? Do you remember marrying her?
   SHABBIR AHMED: I think I married her.
   SARAH FERGUSON: She says that when she came to get married she told you that she had, in the first marriage that she hadn't consented and she was not consenting to the marriage?
   SHABBIR AHMED: No I don't remember this conversation at all.
   SARAH FERGUSON: But he is clear that the father's authority in the family is paramount.
   SHABBIR AHMED: Hitting is allowed in Islam but doesn't mean to you know hurt them. So just in one for example just small so just let her know or let the son know or the daughter know that you are not doing well.
   SARAH FERGUSON: And from a husband to a wife as well?
   SHABBIR AHMED: The same meaning, but it doesn't mean that you know start with a stick or punching her no.  Just pushing just, just little bit pushing. The pushing is more than enough.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Shabbir Ahmed says forced marriage is wrong but shouldn't be criminalised.
   SHABBIR AHMED: I don't see the crime. But I can say this is no good at all.
   SARAH FERGUSON: But you don't think it should be a crime?
   SHABBIR AHMED: Oh no. If from Islamic point of view we can't say crime but I just say that it this is no good at all.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Samia still did not accept that she was married. One night her cousin went too far.
   SAMIA KHAN: He knocked on my door and I said to him yeah what, what what's the problem and he said and he goes oh you're like, you're supposed to like do things with me because you're my wife.
   SARAH FERGUSON: And then what did he do?
   SAMIA KHAN: He forced himself. He said no you're my wife, you have to .. you know. And I pushed him off. I said no. That's all I can really say because I just, I can't bring myself up to say it. And I mean nothing, I was brave enough to push him off and for anything to go further or anything to actually happen.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Samia went looking a second opinion on Islamic law.
   AFOZ ALI: The Islamic understanding of theology is not about blind faith.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Afoz Ali teaches at a religious centre in Sydney's Lakemba.
   AFOZ ALI: When Samia first came to see me, I have to say that I saw a person who was so distraught, but also really confident to resolve the situation she's finding herself in.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Afoz Ali spent six weeks talking to her relatives in Pakistan and Australia, establishing the facts about her marriage.
   AFOZ ALI: Samia's marriage is invalid for two reasons. The first reason primarily is because she did not consent to the marriage, and explicitly she rejected this marriage. The second thing is that in fact she was coerced and threatened to in fact consent to the marriage. Those two things without a doubt invalidate the marriage completely.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Samia was granted a religious annulment, the marriage was over.
   AFOZ ALI: I still remember the sigh of relief she actually gave when she actually got that letter in her hand and a choking feeling that she experienced at that point of time.
   SARAH FERGUSON: How important to you is your sense of injustice about the marriage being forced in the first place?
   SAMIA KHAN: I hated it. I knew from that, in that point I even thought to myself I'm going to help girls in the future get out of their forced marriages. I know that's going to make a lot of people in the community hate that and they're going to hate me.

   SARAH FERGUSON: All of the young women who spoke to Four Corners in the making of this program had to go against their communities to escape unwanted or violent marriages.
   AFOZ ALI: Some people will say that you know this is, this is itself a negative step to take. Well there is no negative step to take, to take people out of violence and take out of people of coercion and force and threats of life. There is no negative step. You do what is needed to be done.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Sanchi is back in Delhi trying to recover through the Indian courts the tens of thousands of dollars in dowry given to her husband when they married.
   SANCHI: Yeah, I want to fight for my rights.
   MANJULA O'CONNOR: I saw someone who had leadership qualities. She would be a great role model for other women, other young women who want to take control over their life.
   SANCHI: There are lots of girls suffering from the same problem. I want to give them a message: don't suffer from all those things, have some courage. There are lots of people over here to help you. Stop violence.
   SAMIA KHAN: Just do not let anyone force you and say to you, oh do it for your parents' sake, or do it because people will talk, or you will get rewarded. No they won't. You won't get rewarded for being in a forced marriage.
   NICOLA ROXON: We haven't fought in Australia over many, many decades for women to have independence to then find that they can be forced or intimidated as young adults or even teenagers into personal relationships that they do not consent to.

   SARAH FERGUSON: Samia fought for her freedom and changed her father in the process.
   SAMIA KHAN: He actually told me that you're gonna pick your own person. You can pick your own person now as long as we're happy and you're happy, I don't want the same thing to happen again.
   SARAH FERGUSON: So he has changed?
   SAMIA KHAN: Yes he's changed a lot.
   AFOZ ALI: In the entire process she was incredibly courteous to her family, she was courteous to the person she was married to. But at no point of time was she fearful of standing up for her rights, and to me that was incredibly inspiring.
   SARAH FERGUSON: The four sisters in New Zealand also took possession of their futures themselves with no help from their family.  They have been remarkably successful. One is doing a PhD, one a Masters and two are undergraduates.
   NADIA: We just want to do something for this world and we want to show our families that we ran away because what was happening wasn't right.
   LEILA: I've completed my studies and my sisters are doing well at uni and we've got opportunity to continue studying and get a proper job and we are independent, that's what I'm proud of. We can just choose where to go, choose what to do, just choose our own life, the way we want to live.
   SARAH FERGUSON: So you'll all be professionals?
   NADIA: Yes that's what we plan to.
   SARAH FERGUSON: Well educated and free?
   NADIA: Yes (smiles).
   KERRY O'BRIEN: Disturbing insights in that story to say the least but how inspirational were those young women.  End transcript © ABC. Show background information
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   Afghanistan: Hundreds of Women, Girls Jailed for 'Moral Crimes' | Human Rights Watch | 28 Mar 2012 - The Afghan government should release the approximately 400 women and girls imprisoned in Afghanistan for "moral crimes," Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The United States and other donor countries should press the Afghan government under President Hamid Karzai to end the wrongful imprisonment of women and girls who are crime victims rather than criminals.
   Discussion Paper for Public Release - Forced and Servile Marriage | Attorney-General's Dept - The Australian Government is considering possible reforms to ensure there are appropriate measures in place to address the practices of forced and servile marriage that occur within Australia, or that affect Australian citizens and residents overseas. Submissions are now closed.
   Submission on forced and servile marriage | Feb 2011 - Read the submission to the Federal Attorney-General's discussion paper on forced and servile marriage. Sent on behalf of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, InTouch Multicultural Centre, Against Family Violence, Fitzroy Legal Service and Project Respect and written by Belinda Lo, Fitzroy Legal Service. [PDF 156Kb]
   Government to outlaw forced marriages | ABC AM | 2 Apr 2012 - The Federal Government says it believes the practice of forced marriages is a lot more common in Australia than any official figures show.
   Without consent: the truth about forced marriage | The Guardian | 11 Mar 2012 - When Abbas Rizvi's girlfriend phoned from Pakistan, she told him: 'I'm in trouble.' Catherine Deveney hears the harrowing stories of young women coerced and bullied into matrimony - and asks whether plans to criminalise 'forced marriage' will help
   Laws need to prevent forced marriages in NZ - Unicef | NZ Herald | 30 Jan 2012 - Unicef New Zealand has called for legislation to be introduced in New Zealand to prevent forced and child marriages here. Such marriages were a serious violation of human rights, executive director of Unicef New Zealand Dennis McKinlay said.
   Opinion: Forced marriage is inhumane, unacceptable - and not illegal in the UK | The Guardian | 14 Dec 2011 - It is a disgrace that forced marriage is only a matter for civil law - I welcome Theresa May taking steps to change this. By Sayeeda Warsi.
   Hidden tide of 'honour' violence in Britain's communities | The Telegraph UK | 28 Dec 2011 - The number of women from Britain's ethnic communities coming forward to report so-called "honour" attacks has more than doubled in three years, new figures show.
   Forced marriage victims could number 8,000 as ministers plan to make it illegal | The Telegraph UK | 12 Dec 2011 - Up to 8,000 victims are forced in to marriage every year as ministers yesterday unveiled plans to criminalise the "appalling" practice.
   Should forced marriage be criminalised? | The Guardian | 12 Oct 2011 - David Cameron has announced he wants to see forced marriage be made a criminal offence in its own right. But not all those who support the victims agree with the idea.
   Scrapping forced marriage law is 'unwise' says Supreme Court judge | The Telegraph UK | 12 Oct 2011 - A Supreme Court justice has criticised his fellow law lords as "unwise" for using human rights legislation to "frustrate Government policy" over a law introduced to crack down on forced marriages.
   Parents may be jailed over forced marriages | SMH | 23 Nov 2011 - Parents who force their adult children into marriage could be jailed under draft laws the federal government plans to bring before parliament next year.
   Teens targeted in review of marriage visas | The World Today | 7 Nov 2011 - A child safety campaigner says there's evidence the prospective spouse visa program in Australia is being abused and should be reviewed. Hundreds of 17-year-old girls have been granted visas over the last five years to come to Australia to marry. The Federal Opposition says that some cases involving 17-year-olds who come here to marry much older men, are disturbing. But the Immigration Department is defending the program as Simon Lauder reports.
   Ending early and forced marriage | Life Matters RN | 6 Oct 2011 - Early and forced marriage is a tradition in many societies, highlighted by a recent case where a 16-year-old Sydney girl sought legal protection against her parents' desire for an arranged marriage in Lebanon. While cases like this are not common in Australia, the concern is for millions of girls in developing countries who are forced into early arranged marriages.
   Arranged marriage ruled invalid | The Australian | 3 Feb 2011 - The Family Court has refused to recognise the arranged marriage of a young Melbourne woman to a man she had never previously met, saying the union could not be valid under Australian law because the girl had not been truly free to consent.
   Forced Marriage | The Law Report | 30 Nov 2010 - Forced marriage: do we need specific laws to protect vulnerable women and children? And what are we doing right now to protect people from being sent overseas to a future they don't want? Audio
   Teen forced to marry boyfriend's dad | ABC News | 10 Jan 2010 - A New Zealand teen was forced to marry her boyfriend's father and consummate the marriage after the groom gave her parents a pig and some mats as a dowry
   UK brings in laws to target forced marriages | Correspondents Report | 30 Nov 2008 - Britain is the first country to bring in laws to prevent forced marriages. The legislation came into force this week and it aims to stop people being coerced into a forced marriage. Under the new laws police can seize the passport of anyone suspected of being involved in a forced marriage and they can also stop anyone being taken outside of the UK against their will.
   The National Domestic Violence Hotline Number is 1800 200 526.
   Australia Immigrant and Refugee Women's Alliance - AIRWA is a strong advocacy voice for Immigrant and Refugee Women.
   Domestic Violence Line - The Family and Community Services Domestic Violence Line is a statewide free-call number and is available 24 hours, seven days a week. Call 1800 656 463 (TTY 1800 671 442).
   Emerge Women and Children's Support Network - Emerge exists to empower women and children experiencing family violence, through assistance, support and respect that creates positive and sustainable change. Tel: 1300 536 330.
   Lifeline Australia | 13 11 14 - Help available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
   Shakti Community Council Inc. New Zealand - The NZ support group was set up by ethnic women for ethnic women to overcome the barriers that come with migration and break the bonds of cultural oppression imposed on them for generations.
   Women's Domestic Violence Crisis Service - The Victorian State-wide service for women experiencing violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner. The WDVCS is staffed by women and you can call confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Freecall 1800 015 188.
   Immigrant Women's Speakout Association - Immigrant Women's Speakout Association is the peak advocacy, information/referral and research body representing the ideas and issues of immigrant and refugee women in NSW. Call: 02 9635 8022, 9.30-5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
   Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program - Assists women and children who are or have been experiencing domestic violence to obtain effective legal protection through applications for Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs). Free legal helpline: 1300 888 529.
   Domestic Violence Resource Centre - For the elimination of violence against women, children and family members. Call 07 3217 2544, 9.30-4.45pm, Monday to Friday.
   The Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA) - A state-wide peak organisation committed to improving the status of women and children in society, who seek to ensure that all women and children live free of domestic and family violence. For counselling and crisis care ring the Women's Domestic Violence Helpline: (08) 9223 1188 OR 1800 007 339 (free call).
   Multicultural Women's Advocacy Service - MWAS promotes the safety of women, with or without children, from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. The service is available to women who are recent arrivals or long-term residents.
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   CASA Forum - The Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault Forum is committed to addressing all inequalities within society, which result in the perpetration of sexual violence against women, children and men. To contact any Victorian CASA and the after hours Sexual Assault Crisis Line call 1800 806 292.
   The Immigrant Women's Domestic Violence Service - IWDVS gives voice and provides culturally sensitive services, statewide, to meet the needs of women and children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds backgrounds affected by domestic violence. Call 03 8413 6800 or freecall 1800 755 988.
   In Touch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence - A culturally sensitive statewide service to meet the needs of women and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds affected by domestic violence. Call 03 8413 6800 or freecall 1800 755 988.
   Men's Referral Service - An anonymous and confidential telephone service provided for men by men, with information for women whose partners use violence. Freecall 1800 065 973.
   Women's Information and Referral Service - WIRE Women's Information provides Victorian women with free and confidential support, information and referrals on any issues. Call 1300 134 130.
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   Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT - Contact DVCS on their 24hr Crisis Line: 02 6280 0900. TTY: 02 6247 0893.
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   Dawn House Women's Shelter - Dawn House provides services to women and children escaping domestic and family violence. Phone: 08 8945 1388.
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   Anti-Slavery Australia - Provides independent, confidential and free legal advice to women and men experiencing forced marriage.
   Australian Hazara Students Group - Australian Hazara Students Group will promote and assist young Hazara migrants and refugees in Australia achieve their full potentials through highest level of education, and to enhance integration of Hazara refugees into mainstream Australian society.
   The Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights - AMWCHR is an organisation of Muslim women working to advance the rights and status of Muslim women in Australia. Our intent is to challenge cultural hierarchies or any system of monopolization or exclusion that result in reducing the rights and status of Muslim women.
   Plan in Australia: Because I am Girl Campaign - This campaign will examine the rights and needs of girls and young women in developing countries with a focus on the issue of early enforced marriage. To learn more visit the website:
   Hazara Council Of Australia - The Hazara people and other Afghanistan community groups have large and vibrant population in Sydney and around Australia.
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   Tags: community-and-society, divorce, marriage, crime, family-law, prisons-and-punishment, human-rights, sexual-offences, family, crime-prevention, human-trafficking, australia   First posted March 29, 2012 12:25:00 #

   [RECAPITULATION: You understood that he was actually using you as an anchor to get visas for your cousins? []
SHABBIR AHMED: Hitting is allowed in Islam but doesn't mean to you know hurt them. []
AFOZ ALI: Samia's marriage is invalid for two reasons. The first reason primarily is because she did not consent to the marriage, and explicitly she rejected this marriage. The second thing is that in fact she was coerced and threatened to in fact consent to the marriage. Those two things without a doubt invalidate the marriage completely.  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: The female does NOT have to give consent in Islam, it is taught in the Hadeeth traditions.  Females must obey or be scourged, according to the Koran scripture.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven): 
   2:228:- men have a status above women.   (Dawood's 2003 translation, page 33)
   4:12 continued (or 4:14):- And your wives shall have a fourth part of what ye leave, if ye have no issue; but if ye have issue, then they shall have an eighth part of what ye leave, after paying the bequests ye shall bequeath, and debts.
   4:20 (or 4:24):- If you wish to replace one wife with another, do not take from her the dowry you have given her   <­quran/004/004-020.htm>
   4:34 (or 4:38):- Men are superior to women on account of the qualities with which Allah hath gifted the one above the other, But chide those for whose refractoriness ye have cause to fear; remove them into beds apart, and scourge them; but if they are obedient to you, then seek not occasion against them: SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
   Bukhari's 9, 86:98: a man, by playing a trick presents two false witnesses that he has married her with her consent and the judge confirms his marriage as a true one, and the husband knows that the witnesses were false ones, then there is no harm for him to consummate his marriage with her and the marriage is regarded as valid."   TRADITION ENDS.]
[To webpage May 2, '12; telecast on Apr 02, 2012]

• Radicals to face kidnap charges.   

Radicals to face kidnap charges

   The West Australian, <http://­>, <letters § wanews com au>, p 42, Wednesday, April 4, 2012
   PARIS - A French prosecutor says preliminary charges are being filed against 13 of 17 Islamist radicals who planned to kidnap a judge. The radicals also wanted sharia law to be implemented in France.
   Prosecutor Francois Molins said the Forsane Alizza group, or Knights of Pride, did physical training in parks and forests but had no link to the killing spree last month in Toulouse that left seven dead.
   The suspected gunman, Mohamed Merah, died in a police standoff.

   [RECAPITULATION: had no link to the killing spree last month in Toulouse that left seven dead. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: No link !  What about being trained from childhood in the following teachings ?  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven):  8:39 (or 8:40):- Make war on them until strife shall be at an end, and the religion be all of it Allah's
   9:29:- Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in Allah, or in the last day, and who forbid not what Allah and His Apostle have forbidden, and who profess not the profession of the truth, until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled.
   47:4:- Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers, smite at their necks; at length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind firmly:  therefore either generosity or ransom SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
   [HADITH:  Sahih Bukhari's, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 641:- there was a house called Dhu-l-Khalasa   The Prophet said to me, "Won't you relieve me from Dhu-l-Khalasa?"  So I set out with one-hundred-and-fifty riders, and we dismantled it and killed whoever was present there.  Then I came to the Prophet and informed him, and he invoked good upon us and Al-Ahmas (tribe).
   Bukhari's 6, 60:139:- Narrated Abdullah:  We used to participate in the holy wars carried on by the Prophet
   Bukhari's, 6, 60:250:- [***] 'They found boys playing and Al-Khadir got hold of a handsome infidel boy laid him down and then slew him with a knife. TRADITION ENDS.]
   [LINK regarding the destruction of the holy building Dhu-l-Khalasa quoted above, and the killing of all there: <http://­­article­s/bhara­thistor­y/vedic­past7.h­tml>.
[Apr 04, 2012]

• Raymond Ibrahim: Islamic 'Adult Breastfeeding' Fatwas Return.       

Raymond Ibrahim: Islamic ‘Adult Breastfeeding’ Fatwas Return

   Jihad Watch Daily Digest, <director § jihadwatch org>, <http://­www.­­2012/04/­raymond-ibrahim-islamic-adult-breastf­eeding-fatwas-return.html>, Posted by Raymond, at 9:46 AM, on April 12, 2012
   Back in May 2007, Dr. Izzat Atiya, head of Al Azhar University's Department of Hadith, issued a fatwa, or Islamic legal decree, saying that female workers should "breastfeed" their male co-workers in order to work in each other's company.  According to the BBC <http://­­2/hi/66­8151­1.stm>:
He said that if a woman fed a male colleague "directly from her breast" at least five times they would establish a family bond and thus be allowed to be alone together at work.  "Breast feeding an adult puts an end to the problem of the private meeting, and does not ban marriage," he ruled.  "A woman at work can take off the veil or reveal her hair in front of someone whom she breastfed."
   Atiya based his fatwa on a hadith - a documented saying or doing of Islam's prophet Muhammad and subsequently one of Sharia law's sources of jurisprudence.  Many Egyptians naturally protested this decree - hadith or no hadith - though no one could really demonstrate how it was un-Islamic; for the fatwa conformed to the strictures of Islamic jurisprudence.  Still, due to the protests - not many Egyptian women were eager to "breastfeed" their male coworkers - the fatwa receded, and that was that.
   However, because it was never truly rebutted, it kept making comebacks.
   For instance, three years later in 2010, a high-ranking Saudi, Sheikh Abdul Mohsin al-Abaican issued a fatwa confirming that "women could give their milk to men to establish a degree of maternal relations and get around a strict religious ban on mixing between unrelated men and women."  But unlike Atiya's fatwa, "the man should take the milk, but not directly from the breast of the woman.  He should drink it {from a cup} and then {he} becomes a relative of the family, a fact that allows him to come in contact with the women without breaking Islam's rules about mixing."
   Now, a report titled "Kuwaiti Activists: Husband Breastfeeding from Wife not Prohibited," published earlier this month by Arabic RT (see also Garaa News) opens by announcing that "The adult breastfeeding fatwa has returned once again to the spotlight, after Kuwaiti Islamic activists supported the adult breastfeeding fatwa issued by the Egyptian Salafi, Sheikh Jamal al-Murakbi {different from Al Azhar's Sheikh Atiya}.  This time around, the Kuwaitis examined the adult breastfeeding fatwa in the context of relations between a man and his wife."
   While the Kuwaiti sheikhs all essentially agree that the activity is not strictly forbidden according to Sharia - only "disliked" (literally makruh) - they are divided over the particulars:
  • Sheikh Nazim Misbahi, head of the Fatwa Committee of the Islamic Heritage Revival Society in Kuwait, supports the decree, agreeing that "it is not forbidden {haram} for a man to breastfeed from his wife."
  • Sheikh Bassam al-Shatti, a Sharia professor, specifies:  "If the husband deliberately sucks to obtain milk from the breast of his wife, this is forbidden; however, if it happens unintentionally during foreplay with his wife, then there is no problem - though it is disliked according to the four schools" of Sharia.
  • Sheikh Sa'd al-Anzi stressed that "if the man, while being intimate with his wife, sucks her nipples, it is nothing, considered foreplay; but if the milk reaches his mouth, he should spit out - even if goes down in his stomach," i.e., vomit.
       Consider for a moment the significance of these Islamic edicts:  whether women "breastfeeding" coworkers (Egyptian fatwa, 2007), whether men drinking female breast-milk in a cup (Saudi fatwa, 2010), or whether Kuwaiti minutiae concerning bedroom foreplay - such fatwas are reminders of the inescapable strictures of Sharia law:  while these sheikhs offers various circumstances and interpretations concerning "adult breastfeeding," they are all confined to the words of the prophet of Islam.
       This is precisely why, despite all the claims that Islam is perpetually being "misunderstood" - by terrorists, by "Islamophobes" - understanding what Islam commands and forbids is actually quite a simple matter:  along with the Koran, determine what the prophet said in canonical hadiths.
       It is, after all, no coincidence that the above mentioned Kuwaitis, like Sheikh Misbahi, were members of the delegation that recently went to ask Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti about Islam's position on churches in the Arabian Peninsula:  the same source that compelled the Grand Mufti to declare that all churches must be destroyed, is the same source that advocates "adult breastfeeding":  Muhammad and his teachings.  All very straightforward, really.
    Raymond Ibrahim is an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
       Posted by Raymond on April 12, 2012 9:46 AM | 51 Comments [up to Aug 13, 2012] #

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    • WARRAQ, Ibn; 2012;    Why the West is best:    A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy  

    Stern rebuke to Western self-doubt and cultural masochism
       News Weekly (Australia), <http://­www.­>, <nw § newsweekly com au> Reviewed by Joseph Poprzeczny, pp 20 and 22, April 14, 2012
    WHY THE WEST IS BEST: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy; by Ibn Warraq, (New York: Encounter Books); Hardcover: 286 pages; ISBN:9781594035760; RRP: AUS $47.90; Reviewed by Joseph Poprzeczny.

       Why the West is best; Ibn WARRAQ Ibn Warraq, pen-name of a leading India-born scholar of Islam and best-selling writer, is a founder of the Institute for the Secularisation of Islamic Society (ISIS), whose aim is to combat theologically-driven fanaticism, violence and terrorism.
       He is consequently one of a growing number of secular persons from Muslim societies who live under constant threat of being murdered, and is therefore forced to live incognito.
       To date, the most influential of his eight best-selling books has been, Why I Am Not a Muslim (1995).  However, this could now well be surpassed, in both sales and influence, by his latest study, Why the West is Best.
       Warraq's starting point is that the great and unique ideas of the West - "rationalism, self-criticism, the disinterested search for truth, the separation of church and state, the rule of law, equality before the law, freedom of conscience and expression, human rights, [and] liberal democracy" (p. 9) - put Western society light years ahead of any previous or contemporary civilisation.

       He gives primary attention to the threat of Islam with its embrace of Sharia law that he describes as being "totally incompatible with Western liberal democracy and with human rights in general".
       He acknowledges that every civilisation has a dark side. And the West is no exception, with the extremist ideologies, fascism and Marxism, being two of the most obvious examples of its failings.
       However, the West, imperfect though it was, set about combating both these evils, at enormous cost in lives and treasure, as indeed it did against slavery in an earlier era.
       Focusing solely on the West's shortcomings prevents one from seeing how Western thought and practice have liberated all mankind, not only Westerners.
       "The West is responsible for almost every major scientific discovery of the last 500 years, from heliocentrism and the telescope to electricity, to computers," he says.
       There is also the great outpouring of creativity by the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, not to mention the indispensable work of organisations such as International Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and Human Rights Watch in alleviating human suffering.
       "Millions of people risk their lives trying to get to the West - not to Saudi Arabia or Iran or Pakistan," he writes.  "They flee from theocratic or other totalitarian regimes to find tolerance and freedom in the West, where life is an open book."
       Warraq has included in his book an intriguing and original chapter in praise of America's greatest metropolis, entitled "New York, New York; Or, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness".
       He clearly loves the city, which he visits regularly and where he expects he may one day settle for good.  He admires New York's easily overlooked daily communal achievements, its great technical abilities, the many cultures of its busy inhabitants, its freedom and diversities.
       "New York is a testament to the robustness of Western culture and to its welcoming catholicity, giving equal attention, respect and opportunities to workers and artists from an astonishing number of both Western and non-Western countries," he says.
       To Warraq New York's libraries, museums, galleries, theatres and bustling streets are artefacts of Westernism.
       His admiration is no mere blind adulation but is based on hard facts.
       New York, he points out, is educating "more than a million students" at any one time.  Its hospitals "cope with over a million emergencies each year".  Its "system of parks covers nearly 27,000 acres".
       The list goes on, and includes highlighting the resources of its world famous City Library.
       "While cities such as Cairo or Delhi or Mumbai have yet to solve such elemental problems as overflowing sewage in their garbage-filled streets and are unable to provide clean water for millions, New York disposes of over 25,000 tons of garbage daily and provides drinking water to a population of 8.36 million by drawing 1.2 billion gallons daily from reservoirs," he says.
       "New York is a powerful example of the possibilities of life in a free city in the free world."
       Is it not a curious paradox that a primitive band of bearded fanatical cave-dwelling Islamists somewhere in Afghanistan conspired and plotted in 2001 to attack this city by using Western-invented and Western-manufactured flying machines?
       Warraq confronts the wilful stupidity of those Western elites who are ignorant of the advantages of their civilisation yet are simultaneously blind to the evils that threaten the West's very survival.
       These are "the enemy within", people who so often are influential because they sit in our legislatures, dominate our universities and control our written and electronic media outlets.
       "Many Western intellectuals are quick to criticise the West for its failings, real or imagined, while they exaggerate the virtues of other cultures, which they paint as being guided by primordial wisdom and superior ethics," he says.
       Most of these invariably harangue the West for its long-abolished Atlantic slave trade.
       Warraq, however, points out, using a large range of historical sources, that the West was far from being uniquely responsible for this shameful practice.
       He quotes from historian Sheldon M. Stern's important but seldom-read article, "It's time to face the whole truth about the Atlantic slave trade" (History News Network, George Mason University, August 12, 2007).
       Stern wrote: "The history of the slave trade proves that virtually everyone participated and profited - whites and blacks; Christians, Muslims, and Jews; Europeans, Africans, Americans and Latin Americans."
       Yet when Stem examined American history courses across 49 of its states, he found that "not one of the guides to classroom content even mentioned the key role of Africans in supplying the Atlantic slave trade".
       Also either downplayed or simply ignored is the Arab slave trade, even though it was enormous and the longest-lasting of its kind.  In its heyday it extended across much of Africa and the Middle East.  From North Africa's Barbary Coast Arab traders operated, capturing and enslaving tens of thousands of Europeans.
       Slavery can still be found in northern Nigeria and Mauritania, and Warraq says that "there is evidence to suggest that it still exists in Saudi Arabia too".
       Warraq reminds readers that Muslim and Hindu merchants from his native state of Gujarat, in western India, financed the East African slave trade.
       "There is also evidence that Indian merchants were more directly involved in shipping black slaves to India," he writes.
       Self-hating Western propagandists and school and university curriculum compilers have much to answer for in their blind obsession to weaken the West.
       Warraq instead urges Westerners to stand up for their historic achievements and the values they have devised and abide by.
       He urges, most especially, that there be no surrender to the protracted drive by Islamic activists to suborn the West with their messianically-driven mission to establish something resembling a global caliphate.
       Appeasement isn't an option, warns Warraq.  Cowardice only hastens defeat.
       It is essential that Westerners defend their culture and its outstanding achievements and never kowtow to those wishing to destroy it, he says.
       "First, we should defend our values without hesitation or apology," he declares.
       "In doing so, we should give encouragement to the liberals in the Islamic world, who look on with dismay each time we sacrifice our principles to self-doubt and cultural masochism.
       "Radical Muslims would have more to think about if we resisted their demands rather than caving in to them."
       Joseph Poprzeczny is a published historian, based in Perth, and has taught history at three Australian universities. #

       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven):  Click 4:92 (or 4:93), and 23:1, 5, 6 SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
       [HADITH: Click Bukhari's collection, Volume 8, Book 80, Number 741.   TRADITION ENDS.]
    [Rec'd Apr 11, '12; book published December 13, 2011; magazine dated Apr 14, 2012]

    • Peer suspended over Obama bounty.         

    Peer suspended over Obama bounty

       The West Australian, <http://­www.­>, p 26, Tuesday, April 17, 2012
       London - A senior British Labour figure has been suspended by the party while it investigates reports that he offered a multi-million dollar bounty for the capture of US President Barack Obama.
       Labour peer Nazir Ahmed is said to have offered £10 million ($15 million) for the capture of Mr Obama in response to an American reward for the capture of prominent Pakistani radical Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.
       Saeed founded the extremist group Lashkar-e-Taiba and is blamed for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people died. Pakistan's Express Tribune newspaper said the remarks were made at a reception in Haripur, Pakistan, on Friday.  It said the peer called the bounty on Saeed an insult to all Muslims.
       "If the US can announce a reward of $US10 million ($9.6 million) for the captor of Hafiz Saeed, I can announce a bounty of £10 million on President Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush," he is reported to have said.
       A Labour spokeswoman said: "We have suspended Lord Ahmed pending investigation.
       "If these comments are accurate, we utterly condemn these remarks, which are totally unacceptable."
       Lord Ahmed denied offering a bounty but said he had told the meeting Mr Bush and former prime minister Tony Blair should be prosecuted for war crimes.
       He challenged the party to provide evidence for the decision.
      [Picture] Under investigation: Nazir Ahmed #

       [RECAPITULATION:  Lord Ahmed denied offering a bounty but said he had told the meeting Mr Bush and former prime minister Tony Blair should be prosecuted for war crimes.  ENDS.]
       [COMMENT:  Correct !  And so should defeated Australian Prime Minister John Howard, for the illegal unwarranted invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003, AND the continued occupation.  And the current leaders of the same three countries, plus any others there, also ought to be prosecuted. 
       It is strange that "multiculturalism" doesn't seem to extend to freedom of speech for an ethnic person who criticises the Establishment for its illegal and unnecessary wars.  COMMENT ENDS.]
    [To webpage 01 Jul 2012; published Apr 17, 2012]

    • Taliban attack over.  ["Mission accomplished" rings hollow still, as it takes Coalition 18hrs to control Afghan capital !]  

    Taliban attack over

       The West Australian, p 26, Tuesday, April 17, 2012
       A brazen, 18-hour Taliban attack on the Afghan capital has ended after insurgents were overcome by heavy gunfire from Afghan-led forces and air assaults from US-led coalition helicopters.
       Kabul residents awoke yesterday to a second day of explosions and gunfire. #

       [COMMENT:  "Mission accomplished" rings hollow still, as it takes Coalition 18hrs to control Afghan capital !]  Imagine what the rest of the country is like.  The heading "Taliban attack over" needs words added - "until the next time."  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven): 
       8:39 (or 8:40):- Make war on them until strife shall be at an end, and the religion be all of it Allah's
       Click: 8:55 (or 8:57), and 8:65 (or 8:66).
       9:73:- O Prophet!  strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination. <http://­­quran/009/009-073.htm SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
       Bukhari's 4, 53:386:- "Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred), shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, and whoever amongst us remain alive, shall become your master." TRADITION ENDS.]
    [To webpage 01 Jul 2012; published Apr 17, 2012]

    • Pipe dreams: My story.    United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
    My Story

    Pipe dreams

    A young woman was on the path to becoming
    a corporate high-flyer, then she experienced
    how a simple water supply changes lives
       Australian Reader's Digest, Letters to <http://­­contribute<, or, editor § readersdigest com au , by Mahwish Humayun, pages 18-20, May 2012
    Three hours after I started working at the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP), a rural developmental agency in Peshawar (about 190km north-west of the Pakistani capital Islamabad), I began drafting a resignation letter in my head.
       I was 23 and had just finished my MBA. My education had prepared me for the corporate world, but I wanted to do something for the underprivileged instead.  After the earthquake in 2005 (killing at least 79,000) and massive floods in 2009, there were so many Pakistanis who needed help.
       A friend had told me they were looking for a graduate with solid writing skills. I sent in my résumé and, after an interview, I got the job.
       My first assignment was to write an evaluation report on a drinking water supply scheme that the organisation had installed in Melagah, a small village in the conflict-torn area of Swat, north-east of Peshawar. The village had had no access to running water, but now a series of pipes carried water to a huge tank for all the villagers to use.
       I was filled with apprehension.  Non-government organisation (NGO) workers had been kidnapped over the years - what if I was taken hostage?  What if the village was home to the Taliban or other hardcore extremists?
       My colleague Mehjabeen and I set out before dawn on the five-hour journey to Swat, wrapped in huge chadars (head coverings) that left only our faces visible.  While I don't usually wear a chadar, it is required in conservative rural areas. 
      [Picture of three women two of whom are either drinking or washing their faces, while two streams of water are being caught in two water vessels.] Before a regular supply came to these villagers in remote Pakistan, fetching daily water was a two-hour trip  
       As we left the city, the buildings gave way to breathtaking countryside filled with lush fields and apple orchards.  Closer to Swat, the mountain roads became treacherous and we crossed bridges that barely supported the weight of our vehicle.
       We parked outside Melagah and walked into the village, which was made up of about 40 mud-and-stone houses at the top of a hill.  A local greeted us shyly and took us to the water tank.  After a quick inspection, Mehjabeen and I were ushered into one of the houses.
       The head of the household, Taslim Bibi, greeted us warmly.  For many years, she told us, she'd had to walk two hours every day to fetch water.
       If there was a function or if guests were visiting, she would have had to make several trips.  Her seven children were now grown up and married, and even though she no longer had to haul water, the memories were still fresh.
       "The source of water was a spring," Taslim said in a whisper.  "I, along with other girls from the family, used to bring back water in buckets and pots for drinking purposes.  For washing clothes, we used to take all our laundry to the spring and wash it there.  Bathing was a nuisance, so one day a week we took all the kids to the spring."
       Fetching water took precedence over everything else.  All household chores had to wait until the water had arrived, and the children who carried it often missed school or arrived late for classes.
       Everything had changed thanks to the water scheme. "Children have no excuse to miss school now," Taslim assured us.  the men in the community, who had helped build the water system, had pledged to take care of it.  the girls in the village were putting their free time to good use by taking sewing classes []
    Mahwish Humayun, 25, is now studying for her Masters degree in International Political Economy and Development at Fordham University, New York.  She plans to return to the NGO sector.

       [RECAPITULATION: wrapped in huge chadars (head coverings) that left only our faces visible. While I don't usually wear a chadar, it is required in conservative rural areas. []
       For many years, she told us, she'd had to walk two hours every day to fetch water.  If there was a function or if guests were visiting, she would have had to make several trips. []
       "I, along with other girls from the family, used to bring back water in buckets and pots for drinking purposes. For washing clothes, we used to take all our laundry to the spring and wash it there. Bathing was a nuisance, so one day a week we took all the kids to the spring." ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: So, the rural people are following a religion that is so "pure" it keeps its women's heads wrapped in huge chadors, yet it does not lead to bodily cleanliness, if bathing the children one day a week was the rule.  That this was dangerous to health, with a risk of polluting the spring, as was washing clothes in the spring, was not pointed out by their culture leaders, it seems.
       Suppression of women is the rule in this culture, as shown by the one-hour carrying of water after a one-hour walk to the spring.  Work for male devotees is not part of this culture's teachings.
       Buy this magazine for $5.99, and closely examine the picture on page 19.  The improved water supply comes out of two pipes that do not have a tap or stopcock, so the women have to carefully position their bucket and the other utensil to catch the water.  Some water is wasted, and is pooling on the ground.  This is a supposed "improvement," yet this primitive method largely supplied by foreigners is replacing the even more primitive and exploitative method practised in this country, Pakistan, that has been under this culture since it was conquered more than 1000 years ago.
       A different culture group captured the Swan River Colony (now called Western Australia) in 1829, and by around 1900 a proper piped water supply, including a wooden pipeline to Kalgoorlie some hundreds of kilometres away, had been built and installed.  Wherever connected, there were taps or stopcocks to make it easy to control the water coming out, and to stop waste. COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah):  8:67 (or 8:68):- Ye desire the lure of this world and Allah desireth (for you) the Hereafter, and Allah is Mighty, Wise. DOCTRINE ENDS.]
       [HADITH: Sahih Bukhari's 4, 53:386:- Umar sent the Muslims to the great countries to fight the pagans.  "Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred), shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, and whoever amongst us remain alive, shall become your master." []
       Sahih Muslim's Book 008, Number 3383:- Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) reported that a man came to Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said:  I have a slave-girl who is our servant and she carries water for us ENDS.]
       [COMMENT on the WRITINGS: The scripture gives the culture the idea that striving in this world is not good.  The tradition shows that becoming a master over others, who presumably will do all the work, is thought of as being the will of Allah.  The second tradition shows that slavery was approved, and that women slaves carried the water, not the men, even though they are physically stronger.  ENDS.]
    [May 2012]

    • Qatar: An influential force.   

    An influential force

    The Middle East has seen a wave of uprisings over the last year. It has been a time of
    tumultuous change, and the region is likely to be unsettled for quite some time. In the
    midst of this chaos, who are the key players?
       Barnabas Aid magazine, <http://­> (Britain and international), <info § barnabasfund org>, Australian address: Barnabas Fund Australia, Postal Suite 107, 236 Hyperdome, Loganholme, Qld, 4129, Australia; pages 12-13, May-June 2012
    Shaping the region
    Q  atar is a tiny,thumb-shaped, former pearl and fishing settlement which is now at the forefront of gas and energy supplies, with Western Europe increasingly dependent on Qatar's gas. In a £2 billion (AU$3 billion) deal announced in April 2011 Qatar agreed to supply Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to the UK for the next three years. In 2010. Qatar supplied the UK with 15 per cent of its total gas demand. Qatar lies on the eastern border of Saudi Arabia. just to the north of the United Arab Emirates, and is itself an Emirate, ruled by the Al Thani royal family. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is its supreme ruler. It is a non-democratic monarchy, usually regarded as absolute, that practises the Wahhabi form of Sunni Islam as the state religion.
      [Pictures of three different towers, a Qatar airline 'plane, and an ultra-modern television studio.]  
       Despite its small stature, Qatar is playing a significant part in shaping the region through religion, politics and economics. During [recent] Arab uprisings Qatar has sought to assert its influence by channelling finance and weapons to opposition forces in Libya, and it has led calls for the same to be done in Syria.  In 2011-2012 alone Qatar has also been engaged in the following initiatives:
    • Opening of a political office for the Taliban in the capital, Doha (January 2012)
    • Brokering of a peace deal between Hamas and Fatah (February 2012)
    • Leadership of the international effort for regime change in Syria
    • Leadership in the Libyan opposition's ground assault and in reconstruction post-Gaddafi
    • Hostng of a very large American airbase just outside Doha.
       Qatar also exercises crucial influence through the At Jazeera television network. Al Jazeera is the leading Arab and (more recently) international news international news provider focused on the Middle East. It has been incredibly successful, exercising a huge influence over opinions and events, and it has helped to re-shape Arab broadcasting both regionally and internationally. The network arguably helped to make the Syrian uprising into an international event, as it did those in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
    Why Qatar?
       So why is Qatar seeking to proclaim its power? What motives lie behind its efforts to gain influence and shape events, and what groups are involved with it?
       Islamic Groups: The role of Islamic groups is central to the whole region and is considered to be particularly relevant to the agenda of the Qatari regime. Qatar has played host to influential Islamists, such as Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian who regularly preaches on Al Jazeera, Ali Salibi, a prominent Libyan Islamist, and Khaled Meshal, the political leader of Hamas.
       Qatar has acted as a broker in discussions with Palestinian groups and also enjoys close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. In the 1960s and 1970s many Islamists fled from Syria and Egypt to Qatar for refuge, and from these beginnings Qatar has built a network of relationships with political Islam, which are proving valuable to it today.
       By maintaining close relations with the leadership of the main Islamist groups in the region, the regime hopes to avoid a terrorist threat within Qatar and also to promote a stable environment for Qatari investment abroad. The Qatari emir recently said, "We will spare no effort to continue carrying the message and spreading the tolerant teachings of Islam in the whole world."
       Libya: During the military campaign to overthrow Gaddafi, Qatar armed and trained the Libyan opposition forces. At the time the head of the National Transitional Council (NTC) acknowledged that success was as a result of Qatari engagement. However, in recent months the NTC has been highly critical of Qatar's continued engagement with Libyan Islamist groups. Although the council is committed to making sharia the main source of law in the new Libyan Constitution, it is also broadly secular and views the Islamist groups as an obstacle to Libya's economic progress.
       Syria: Within the Middle East Qatar has sought to build tactical regional alliances aimed at establishing influence over the next generation of political leaders. Their motivation is both religious and political. In Syria Qatar is supporting what is primarily a Sunni revolt against a state dominated by an Alawi Shi'ite minority. But it is also attempting to realign the region by helping to turn a state friendly to Iran into one more favourable to other, competing, regional powers i.e. the Sunni Gulf states.
       Qatar has led calls for action on behalf of the anti-government forces both within the Arab League, where its influence is increasing, and more widely. For example, in a recent visit to Norway the Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani said, "I think we should do whatever is necessary to help them, including giving them weapons to defend themselves." Many suspect that Qatar is already helping covertly to arm the Free Syrian Army.
       Balancing East and West: Qatar appears to be increasingly adept at balancing different and at times conflicting perspectives. For example, the recent opening of an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan office that will serve as a diplomatic mission for the Taliban in Qatar may seem to conflict with Qatar's good relationships with the West. However, by doing this Qatar is both keeping itself in favour with the Taliban and other extremist groups and positioning the country as a mediator between the West and groups with whom the West is reluctant to engage or at least have direct dialogue.
       The Taliban have stated that the purpose of the Qatar office is to "come to an understanding with other nations" and that they have ruled out negotiations with the Karzai government. One analyst has noted, "By seeming reasonable, Taliban leaders may hope to encourage the United States to leave more promptly while they harbour plans to go for the Afghan democratic leadership's jugular later on down the road."
    Qatar in Europe
       Qatar's enormous wealth has also enabled it to fund many initiatives in Europe. In the UK Qatar's investments include stakes in Barclays, Sainsbury's, Harrods, the Shard complex in London, Canary Wharf and the 2012 Olympic athletes' village, as well as energy investments in Wales. Qatar also has interests in France. In 2011 the country was encouraged to buy a majority stake in the French football team Paris-St-Germain, and Al Jazeera, the Qatari owned news channel, also bought the rights to Ligue 1, the French equivalent of the English Premier League.
       In December 2011 Qatar announced the creation of a €50 million (AU$64 million) investment fund aimed at supporting entrepreneurs from France's deprived suburbs. According to reports, these relatively poor communities are already being exploited by Muslim preachers in an attempt to create separate Islamic societies or further to marginalise and possibly radicalise existing Muslim-majority areas. Concerns have been raised at the motives that lie behind these large international investments.
       Qatar is clearly keen to promote its own interest and seek to gain influence where it can; however, this investment may be driven by a desire to promote Islamic ideologies and strengthen Muslim-majority communities abroad.
    Qatar and Christianity
       There are small groups of Christians, Jews, Baha'is and Hindus from the international community within Qatar, but non-Muslim public worship is prohibited as it is considered to disturb the public order.
       Converting to another religion from Islam is technically a capital offence, although there has been no recorded punishment for such an act since the country gained independence in 1971.
    The future of Qatari influence
       Qatar's political strategy appears to have given it the edge over the traditional power holder (Saudi Arabia) in the Middle East in the context of the current seismic political shifts. As the region moves into a new era, Qatar is likely to emerge as the regional power broker, backed by its enormous wealth.
       Many are concerned that the Church in the Middle East is being put at further risk owing to Qatar's influence over the Arab uprisings. The exporting of its ideology has contributed to the pressure and attacks experienced by Christians and churches during the last year, in Egypt and especially in Syria, which have increased to the point where the very existence of the Syrian churches is now in question.
       Many fear a future where Islamist groups dominate their countries' governments, leading to further restrictions on Christians. Qatar's influence in Europe may also lead to the radicalising of Muslim communities there (for example, in France), thus posing new dangers to individual countries and to the continent as a whole.
       Qatar will probably be the enabling power behind a number of Islamist groups within the Middle East for as long as such groups have the potential to affect its stability. Many analysts believe that Qatar is investing in the Islamists to ensure its own survival in the medium term. The strategy that Qatar has adopted towards Libya and Syria testifies to its emerging position in the international community as the most important player in the Middle East. #

       [RECAPITULATION: It is a non-democratic monarchy, usually regarded as absolute, that practises the Wahhabi form of Sunni Islam as the state religion. []
       However, in recent months the NTC has been highly critical of Qatar's continued engagement with Libyan Islamist groups. []
       Converting to another religion from Islam is technically a capital offence, ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah): 
       3:83 (or 3:77):- Are they seeking a religion other than Allah's, when every soul in the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by comp­ulsion? DOCTRINE ENDS.]
       Sahih Bukhari's, Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57:- Narrated 'Ikrima: Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to 'Ali and he burnt them.  The news of this event reached Ibn 'Abbas who said, "If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah's Apostle forbade it, saying, 'Do not punish anybody with Allah's punishment (fire).'  I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his [[Islamic]] religion, then kill him'. "
       Sahih Bukhari's Vol. 9, Bk. 84, No. 58:- [[Regarding a Jew who had become a Muslim, then returned to Judaism:]]  Mu'adh said, I will not sit down till he has been killed. and he was killed.  [[And similar wording in Sunan Abu-Dawud's collection, Book 38, Number 4341.]]   TRADITION ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: The first hadith quoted above, Bukhari's Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57, might puzzle some viewers, because atheists were murdered, but the Prophet's statement was about changing from Islam.  You see, the Islamic teaching is that every human being is born into Allah's religion, Islam, which is so self-evidently true that those who are not Muslims have changed sinfully to non-Islam belief, or even to atheism, which is a belief that there is no Allah (or god) at all. 
       The first recapitulation, that the Wahhabi form of Sunni Islam is the state religion of Qatar is a warning - Wahhabism is a strict cruel form of Islam being exported world-wide, teaching that the victory of Islam is more important than life itself.  In other words, obey the more conquest-aimed parts of the Koran.  COMMENT ENDS.]
    [May-June 2012]

    • There is a Church in Syria.     

    There is a Church in Syria

       Leaflet enclosed with Barnabas Aid magazine of May-June 2012
       T here have been Christians in Syria since Biblical times, and today the country is home to a flourishing Christian population of 2.3 million.
       Hundreds of thousands of Christian refugees from Iraq have also escaped there from anti-Christian violence and cruelty in their homeland.
       S ince 2010 Christians in Syria have been suffering grievously during the uprising against President Bashar Assad.
  • Up to 60,000 Christians displaced by violence in Homs
  • Christian homes invaded and ransacked
  • Evangelical school and care home for the elderly occupied and shelled
  • Kidnappings and gruesome murders
  • Bombs in the Christian areas of Damascus and Aleppo
  •    Tens of thousands of Syrian Christians are now in urgent need of food and other basics.
    How Barnabas is helping
       Barnabas Fund is working with our church partners on the ground to get emergency supplies of food, clothing and medicine to distressed Christian families throughout the country.
       You can relieve their terrible hardship.  Sponsor a Christian family for just AU$28 a month.
      [Pictures show Syrians praying (many open-handed), a church building before the disorders, and a church damaged during the fighting in Homs.]
    [May-June 2012]

    • It Will Lead To War  [in the countries around Israel, a dream for the military-industrial complex, says Congressman Dr Ron Paul]             

    It Will Lead To War

       Information Clearing House (USA), <http://­www.­­article­31301.­htm>, By Ron Paul, May 9, 2012
       Statement on H.R.4133 - United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, May 9, 2012
       Mr. Speaker: I rise in opposition to HR 4133, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Co-operation Act, which unfortunately is another piece of one-sided and counter-productive foreign policy legislation. This bill's real intent seems to be more saber-rattling against Iran and Syria, and it undermines US diplomatic efforts by making clear that the US is not an honest broker seeking peace for the Middle East.
       The bill calls for the United States to significantly increase our provision of sophisticated weaponry to Israel, and states that it is to be US policy to "help Israel preserve its qualitative military edge" in the region.
       While I absolutely believe that Israel - and any other nation - should be free to determine for itself what is necessary for its national security, I do not believe that those decisions should be underwritten by US taxpayers and backed up by the US military.
       This bill states that it is the policy of the United States to "reaffirm the enduring commitment of the United States to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state."  However, according to our Constitution the policy of the United States government should be to protect the security of the United States, not to guarantee the religious, ethnic, or cultural composition of a foreign country. In fact, our own Constitution prohibits the establishment of any particular religion in the US.
       More than 20 years after the reason for NATO 's existence - the Warsaw Pact - has disappeared, this legislation seeks to find a new mission for that anachronistic alliance: the defense of Israel. Calling for "an expanded role for Israel within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including an enhanced presence at NATO headquarters and exercises," it reads like a dream for interventionists and the military industrial complex. As I have said many times, NATO should be disbanded not expanded.
       This bill will not help the United States, it will not help Israel, and it will not help the Middle East. It will implicitly authorize much more US interventionism in the region at a time when we cannot afford the foreign commitments we already have. It more likely will lead to war against Syria, Iran, or both. I urge my colleagues to vote against this bill.
       Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas. #

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    [May 9, 2012]

    • Is Obama the US's most anti-Christian president?  Opinion.  [Section 4 below for his pro-Muslim acts.]   

    Is Obama the US’s most anti-Christian president?

       News Weekly <http://­www.­>, (issued fortnightly, Melbourne, Vic., Australia), <nw § newsweekly com au>, by Patrick J. Gethin, pp 17-18 & 23, Issue No. 2875, May 12, 2012
       The headline to Dr Hal Colebatch’s article, “America: Russia’s Afghan cats­paw” (News Weekly, March 31, 2012), beggars belief. It is unsupported by any fact.
       In particular, there is nothing in the article to support the implied claims that American and Western intelligence services have been duped into going into Afghanistan.
       News Weekly describes one of its aims as “fostering Judeo-Christian values”. Let it look to where those values are today.
       Babette Francis’s article, “Russia and the West reverse roles on Christianity” (News Weekly, March 17, 2012), shows that it is the United States and NATO countries which pose an increasing threat to Christianity.
       If space was permitted I would list the anti-Christian policies of the EU countries.
       However, I will show that in President Obama, the United States has the most anti-Christian president in its history.
       (The items below are the research work of David Barton, an internationally award-winning Christian historian and evangelical minister from Texas. His points have been taken up in many Christian (including Catholic) publications in the United States.)

       1. Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith
       • April 2008 - Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren’t like them”.
       • February 2009 - Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011.
       • April 2009 - When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolising Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech.
       • May 2009 - Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House.
       • April 2009 - In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three.
       • October 19, 2010 - Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence - an omission he has made on no fewer than seven occasions.
       • November 2010 - Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is E pluribus unum {“Out of many, one”} rather than “In God We Trust”, as established by federal law.
       • January 2011 - After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the US Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand; but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court.
       • February 2011 - Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world. He filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress.
       • April 2011 - For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organisations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring.
       • August 2011 - The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception.
       • November 2011 - Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial.
       • November 2011 - Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech.
       • December 2011 - The Obama administration denigrates other countries’ religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights.
       • January 2012 - The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis.
       • February 2012 - The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion.

       2. Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of Biblical faith
       • June 2011 - The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery.
       • August 2011 - The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers in California because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a philosophy introduced by St Augustine in the third century AD - a theory long taught by civilised nations across the world (except America).
       • September 2011 - Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders from notifying airmen of programs and services available to them from chaplains.
       • September 2011 - The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that “No religious items (i.e., Bibles, reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit”.
       • November 2011 - The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children across the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity.
       • November 2011 - The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship centre for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans.
       • February 2012 - The US Military Academy at West Point disinvites three-star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian.
       • February 2012 - The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei).  [Doesn't it mean "of God"?]
       • February 2012 - The Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read.

       3. Acts of hostility toward Biblical values
       • January 2009 - Obama lifts restrictions on US government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counselling abroad, forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations.
       • January 2009 - President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional.
       • March 2009 - The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit.
       • March 2009 - Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem-cell research.
       • March 2009 - Obama gave $50 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN population agency that promotes abortion and works closely with Chinese population-control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilisations.
       • May 2009 - The White House budget eliminates all funding for abstinence-only education and replaces it with “comprehensive” sexual education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and abortions. Obama continues the deletion in subsequent budgets.
       • May 2009 - Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use racism in their “criminal” activities.
       • July 2009 - The Obama administration illegally extends federal benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch employees, in direct violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
       • September 16, 2009 - The Obama administration appoints as Commissioner for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs”, including religious beliefs, if they may negatively affect homosexual “equality”.
       • July 2010 - The Obama administration uses federal funds in violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to include abortion.
       • August 2010 - The Obama administration cuts funding for 176 abstinence education programs.
       • September 2010 - The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a judge’s decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research.
       • February 2011 - Obama directs the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
       • March 2011 - The Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex-traffickers get abortions for victimised underage girls.
       • July 2011 - Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military, reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March 1778.
       • September 2011 - The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
       • October 2011 - The Obama administration eliminates federal grants to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs that aid victims of human-trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion.

       4. Acts of preferentialism for Islam
       • May 2009 - While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in honour of Ramadan. {Iftar is the meal eaten after sunset during Sawm, the fasting which occurs during the month of Ramadan in Muslim tradition}.
       • April 2010 - Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints from the Muslim community.
       • April 2010 - The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc.
       • August 2010 - Obama speaks with great praise of Islam and condescendingly of Christianity.
       • August 2010 - Obama went to great lengths to speak out on multiple occasions on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while at the same time he was silent about a Christian church being denied permission to rebuild at that location.
       • 2010 - While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of official proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but regularly recognises major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010 statements on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha.
       • October 2011 - Obama’s Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern Christians’ access to the White House.
       • February 2012 - The Obama administration makes effulgent apologies for Korans being burned by the US military; but when Bibles were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why it was the right thing to do.

       After listing these points, historian David Barton concludes: “Many of these actions are literally unprecedented - this is the first time they have happened in four centuries of American history. The hostility of President Obama toward Biblical faith and values is without equal from any previous American president.” (David Barton, “America’s most Biblically-hostile US President”, WallBuilders (Aledo, Texas), February 29, 2012.)
       I’m sure that News Weekly readers know that the US Constitution’s First Amendment declares: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” President Obama seems to ignore the second part of it.
       During the days of Communism, I was encouraged by the fact that many members of the National Civic Council (e.g., Peter Westmore) shared my interest in supporting the persecuted Christians in communist lands. I hope that there is support among National Civic Council (NCC) members for Christians facing increasing anti-Christian policies in NATO countries.
       Patrick J. Gethin lives in Western Australia. #

       [SUBSCRIBERS  to the magazine may find the sources for the above points by accessing the Internet version, using their access key.  ENDS.]
       [RECAPITULATION:  In particular, there is nothing in the article to support the implied claims that American and Western intelligence services have been duped into going into Afghanistan. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT:  In a sense the CITIZENS of many countries were duped, and are being duped.  The public was told that Osama bin Laden had planned the attacks on the United States on 9/11, that is, September 11, 2001, destroying the World Trade Centre and part of the Pentagon, and that bin Laden was living in Afghanistan.  The coalition of the willing ordered the Taliban-led government of Afghanistan to hand him over, but it declined, saying that the code of hospitality forbade that.  The United Nations seemed to authorise the attack to find bin Laden.  After a correct delay, the coalition attacked.
       The United States, Britain, and Australia later decided to attack Iraq, on the false basis that its dictator, Saddam Hussein, had weapons of mass destruction.  This was known at the highest levels of government to be untrue.  Iraq has much oil, and the US President George W. Bush and family have been involved in oil and business with the bin Laden family for about two generations.  No other country would join the attack on Iraq at the start.  It was half-heartedly forbidden by a United Nations leader.
       Years went by, with more and more mainly-Muslim civilian casualities in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  The electors replaced the US President, and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and the Australian Prime Minister John W. Howard - but the illegal occupations went on.  In reality, the inhabitants had more and more reason to build on their culture's teachings to dislike and reject the occupying troops and the businesses that flooded into their countries.
       Osama bin Laden was murdered or killed, the world was told by the United States, in Pakistan.  But the troops that had been sent to Afghanistan to find him were not immediately withdrawn !   Oh, no !  The troops are to stay to help rebuild and democraticise the country !
       Why not withdraw, if the leaders really believe in racial equality and multiculturalism, and let the Afghans and the other groups in Afghanistan set up a democratic follow-on regime ?  Why not do the same for Iraq ?  Or don't the world's leaders really believe their own multiculturalism dogmas ?  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven): 
       5:14 (or 5:17):- Christians forgot a good part of the Message that was sent to them:  so We stirred up enmity and hatred between the one and the other, to the Day of Judgment.
       33:48 (or 33:47):- And obey not (the behests) of the Unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and heed not their annoyances, but put thy Trust in Allah.  For enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs. SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
       Sahih Bukhari's 4, 53:386:- Umar sent the Muslims to the great countries to fight the pagans.  When Al-Hurmuzan embraced Islam, Umar said to him. "I would like to consult you regarding these countries which I intend to invade." []  Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, has ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah Alone or give Jizya (i.e. tribute); and our Prophet has informed us that our Lord says:- "Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred), shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, and whoever amongst us remain alive, shall become your master." []
       Sahih Bukhari's 9, 84:57:- Whoever changed his [[Islamic]] religion, then kill him.
       Sunan Abu-Dawud's, Book 38, Number 4357:- When the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) cut off (the hands and feet of) those who had stolen his camels and he had their eyes put out by fire (heated nails), Allah reprimanded him on that (action), and Allah, the Exalted, revealed: "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Apostle and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is execution or crucifixion."   TRADITION ENDS.]
       [PROPHETIC ?  This magazine was printed BEFORE President Barack Hussein Obama announced publicly that he was in favour of homosexual marriage.  (Refer, for example, to "PM cool on Obama's nod to gay marriage," page 6, and "Obama puts gay marriage into the spotlight," p 30, The West Australian, Friday, May 11, 2012. 
       See how the Obama Administration has been moving towards this, in items above dated July 2009, September 16, 2009, February 2011, and September 2011.  ENDS.]
       [BUT WHAT DOES ISLAM SAY ?  Koran, 4:16 (or 4:15 or 4:20):- And if two males among you commit indecency, rebuke them harshly.  If they repent and make amends, leave them alone.  Allah always accepts repentance, and is compassionate to each.
       Hadith, Sunan Abu-Dawud's, Book 11, Number 2157:- The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: He who has intercourse with his wife through her anus is accursed.  ENDS.]
       [SQUARE BRACKETS - "[" and "]" - in the News Weekly article have been replaced with "curly brackets" or "braces" - "{" and "}", in line with this Website's usual practice.   Where the Webmaster has inserted words, "square brackets" are used.   ENDS.]
    [To "Religion" section 12 May '12; publication date May 12, 2012]

    • US military taught: Islam is the enemy: War plan.  [Holy Cities might neeed destroying; Geneva Conventions irrelevant: Lt.-Col. Matthew Dooley.]  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   

    US military taught: Islam is the enemy

       The West Australian, <www.­>, <letters § wanews com au>, from Associated Press, p 38, Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13, 2012
       Washington - A course for US military officers has been teaching that America's enemy is Islam in general, not just terrorists, and suggests that the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths.
       The Pentagon suspended the course last month when a student objected to the material.  The FBI also changed some agent training last year after discovering that it, too, was critical of Islam.
       The teaching in the military course was counter to repeated assertions by US officials over the past decade that the US is at war against Islamic extremists - not the religion.
       "They hate everything you stand for and will never coexist with you, unless you submit," the instructor, Army Lt-Colonel Matthew Dooley, said in a presentation last July for the course at Joint Forces Staff College.
       The college, for professional military members, teaches mid-level officers and government civilians subjects related to planning and executing war.
       Lt-Colonel Dooley also presumed, for the purposes of his theoretical war plan, that the Geneva Conventions that set standards for armed conflict were "no longer relevant".
       He adds: "This would leave open the option once again of taking war to a civilian population wherever necessary, the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki being applicable."
       His war plan suggests possible outcomes such as "Saudi Arabia threatened with starvation Islam reduced to cult status", and the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia "destroyed".
       A copy of the presentation Was posted online by's Danger Room blog. The college did not respond to requests for copies of the documents, but the Pentagon said they were authentic.
       Lt-Colonel Dooley still worked for the college, but was no longer teaching, a senior military official said. #

       [RECAPITULATION: "They hate everything you stand for and will never coexist with you, unless you submit," the instructor, Army Lt-Colonel Matthew Dooley, said in a presentation last July for the course at Joint Forces Staff College. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: He has something there.  But the idea of obliterating two supposedly Holy Cities is just copying Islamism, and is equally bad.  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in the invisible world): 
       2:191 (or 2:187):- And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.
       3:83 (or 3:77):- Are they seeking a religion other than Allah's, when every soul in the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion ?
       4:101 (or 4:102):- the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies.
       4:104 (or 4:105):- And slacken not in following up the enemy.
       5:51 (or 5:56):- O you who believe!  do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.
       9:29:- Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in Allah, or in the last day, and who forbid not what Allah and His Apostle have forbidden, and who profess not the profession of the truth, until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled. <http://­www.­­quran/0­05/005-051.htm>.  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
       [HADITH:  Sunan Abu-Dawud's, Book 14, Number 2635:- The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: I am commanded to fight with men till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His servant and His Apostle, face our qiblah (direction of prayer), eat what we slaughter, and pray like us.  When they do that, their life and property are unlawful for us except what is due to them.  They will have the same rights as the Muslims have, and have the same responsibilities as the Muslims have.  TRADITION ENDS.]
       [2nd COMMENT: Well, the responsibilities might include not having semi-undressed women in the streets, night clubs, and on the beaches, not keeping dogs, closing the betting shops and stopping all gambling and lotteries, shutting all the hotels and alcohol-selling premises and closing the whole wine, beer and spirits industries, obliterating the pig industry (no bacon, ham, or pork), stopping all commerce and work five times a day for prayer, removing pictures and photographs from private and public places, tearing down statues, removing all women from positions of prominence or authority, forbidding women to leave the house without a male relative, banning women car-drivers, and no more mixed gender attendances at pools, beaches, sport, theatres, shops, workplaces, etc.   COMMENT ENDS.]
       [2nd RECAPITULATION:  Lt-Colonel Dooley also presumed, for the purposes of his theoretical war plan, that the Geneva Conventions that set standards for armed conflict were "no longer relevant".   ENDS.]
       Well, the Geneva Conventions have been treated as not binding by the United States and most of its allies, ever since the atrocity (and even before that).  Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has been quoted in the news media as saying that since the 9/11 atrocity in New York and Washington (on September 11, 2001), Britain and the United States had lost their moral authority because of actions they had taken (see "Immoral response; Mistakes," The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), page 4, Sunday, September 11, 2011).   ENDS.]
       [DECEPTION OF ORDINARY SOLDIERS WAS AN AIM.  Abducting people in various countries around the world, and transporting them to torture regimes like Egypt etc., then taking them to Afghanistan, and putting them on planes to go to Guantanamo Bay (Cuba, land held immorally by the U.S.A.) torture prison, is certainly immoral.  The Geneva Conventions have been defied by two US presidents in turn and their collaborators among Western powers, and they have also contravented Magna Carta and other landmarks of human rights of the English-speaking people like the British Bill of Rights and the Freedom of the Press decisions.  They have breached the imperfect United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.  But none of the Western leaders has been charged with illegal abduction and/or torture. 
       Many people have puzzled over why sometimes innocent "people of Middle Eastern appearance" were abducted from anywhere in the world and taken to torture regimes, then sometimes months later to the torture prison in Afghanistan, and then flown to Guantanamo Bay, also a torture prison.  The Submission Study Unit suggests that taking them via Afghanistan was done to deceive the ordinary United States servicemen and servicewomen, including most officers.  The S.S.U. surmises that the troops would go out to take control of the hooded and shackled prisoners, and would in normal conversation with their colleagues on the aircraft ask where they had come from, and would be told "Afghanistan."  American and allied troops were being murdered or otherwise killed with roadside bombs and in ambushes in Afghanistan, so the Guantanamo Bay troops would feel a strong dislike of or even hatred towards the prisoners.
       Some of the famous cases included a taxi-driver and his passenger, who were pointed out by someone on a street as being terrorists.  Rewards were paid by the Coalition of the Killing - sorry, Willing.  Can you see why some poor people in the world would be dishonourable enough to point to any car and say that its occupants were terrorists ?
       About 50 per cent of those abducted have been released, after torture, without charges or a fair court hearing.  The fact that Bush junior and Obama refuse to just take the rest of the prisoners to the U.S.A. or to the International Court at The Hague, to be tried justly, is proof that the U.S. and its Allies - including former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Howard - are enemies of human rights. - Submission Study Unit (SSU), May 2012.   ENDS.]
    [May 12-13, 2012]

    • No-fly farce for terror tot.  [18 months old, but officials ordered family off plane.] 

    No-fly farce for terror tot

       The West Australian, <>, p 38, Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13, 2012
       New York - An 18-month-old girl was mistakenly pulled off a flight because airline employees thought her name was on the US no-fly list.
       The child's parents have told an ABC television network affiliate, WPBF, that they believe they were targeted because they are of Middle Eastern descent and the mother wears a hijab.
       An airline employee boarded the flight before it departed on Tuesday evening, telling the family their toddler was on a federal list that includes thousands of known or suspected .terrorists.
       JetBlue airline on Thursday blamed a computer glitch, saying employees followed proper protocol.
       The US Transportation Security Administration says the girl was not flagged by the agency.
       The-family was cleared to re-board but they declined. #

       [COMMENT: What a clever way of getting Mohammetans to admire and respect Westerners !  Not !  COMMENT ENDS.]
    [May 12-13, 2012]

    • Set to Explode?  [Immigrants unhappy among indigenous peoples and vice-versa in Europe.]     

      Set to  Explode ? 

      All over Europe, immigrant areas seethe with frustration
    and anger.  But nowhere is it as evident as in Paris  
       Reader's Digest Australia, Letters to <>, or, <editor § readersdigest com au>, by Lisa Fitterman, pp 72-79, June 2012
    Xavier Lemoine leafs through the thin police blotter on his desk. As the mayor of Montfermeil, a small suburb northeast of Paris, it's one of the first things he does each morning. The night before was rather quiet: family house fire, a car set ablaze, teenagers driving a stolen vehicle and a brawl between two women. "Not bad," he remarks between sips of coffee. 
       Stern, balding and bespectacled, Lemoine points to an aerial photo of Montfermeil' on a nearby wall. It portrays a patchwork of houses, parks and strip malls, and right there in the middle, a tiny grey circle that draws the eye. This is Les Bosquets, a dilapidated apartment building that was the crucible for fiery riots that raged through France in October and November of 2005.
       Covering only 3% of the town's territory, Les Bosquets is home at this time to nearly a third of Montfermeil's 25,000 residents, many of whom hail from Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Maghreb - which consists of Morocco, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Mauritania - and who are devout practitioners of Islam.
       Many are, also unemployed, and there is a burgeoning underground economy supported by the trafficking of drugs and false papers.  "Whole families are supporting themselves by these different trades," says the mayor. "In 2005, 80% of the town delinquents came from the area's housing projects."
       According to Lemoine, part of the problem is that the bulk of people the housing projects tend to favour their culture of origin over France's secular one, to the point that many of them don't even speak French.  This means a community that's closed to the outside world, with its own languages and traditions. "But France is not a multicultural society," says Lemoine. "We're open. We like couscous. We don't want headscarves or burqas."
       A few blocks from Montfermeil town hall, the flowerbed in the square that serves Les Bosquets looks from a distance like a riot of vibrant blooms. Upon closer inspection, it becomes a mound of crumpled cans, cigarette butts, empty bottles and rotting food.  Although Notre Dame Cathedral is just over 15km to the southwest, the square feels light years away from the tourists and overpriced bars.
       On a late spring morning, the sqquare is filled with men; older men who have lost their jobs, and younger men who have never worked, period. They slouch in doorways, smoking and watching, suspicious. "Are you a flic?" they ask, using the French slang for "cop".  When they do speak, it is of racism, both subtle and not, of fruitless searches for work in a country that defines them by their names, the colour of their skin, what they wear and where they live. They feel powerless.
       "When you say you live in Montfermeil or {neighbouring} Clichy-sous-Bois, that's it," says Mohamed Gadar, a 28-year-old father of a one-year-old girl who is hanging out with his buddies in the local café.  He says he's been looking for work for the past 18 months.&bnbsp; "It's hard to overcome the stereotype that we're all shiftless thieves and cons who sell drugs.  It doesn't matter that I was born in France and I speak French perfectly."
    T he secular French Republic prohibits any mention of race or religion for censuses or statistics, but according to a 2011 publication from the Pew Research Centre, The Future of the Global Muslim Population, the number of Muslims living in the country right now is estimated at about 4.7 million, expected to grow to 6.9 million by 2030. And France is not alone. Studies predict that 40 years from now Muslims will account for more than 20% of the European Union's entire population.
       Growth like this has given rise to far right nationalist movements that reject multiculturalism. From Sweden to Hungary to Italy, divides fuelled by mistrust, liberal immigration and high unemployment are getting wider.
       In urban hot spots prone to poverty and crime, you feel the growing divide between "us" and "them"
       And it's in places like Les Bosquets, one of 750 communities throughout France designated as Zones Urbaines Sensibles (ZUS) - urban hot spots prone to poverty and crime - that you feel the growing divide between "us" and "them"; between richer and poorer, white and not. There's a perception that these places are rife with voyous - young, unemployed thugs who allegedly hawk drugs, burn cars and occasionally fight each other.
       The situation has also given Marine Le Pen of the National Front (the right wing anti-immigration party founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen), the opportunity to further the agenda of the party. Elegant, blonde and straight-talking, she represents a new generation of French citizens who agree when she compares Muslims praying in Paris streets to an "occupation".
       In response to the rise of the right, and after a debate that divided the French, President Nicolas Sarkozy's government enforced an all-out ban on burqas and niqabs (face veils), threatening a 150 euro ($190) fine and lessons in French citizenship for those few women who flouted it.
       Elsewhere, leaders like UK Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have declared multiculturalism a failure, while in Scandinavia and the Netherlands, parties that were once considered far right fringe movements have entered their respective parliaments. Dutch leader Geert Wilders openly compares the Koran to Adolf Hitler's hateful Mein Kampf.
       Indeed, Anders Behring Breivik, the self-styled "perfect knight" who killed more than 75 people in Norway last July as part of what he saw as a necessary crusade against Islam, cited Wilders in a 1500-page manifesto, along with other authors who have warned of the dangers of Islam in the wake of 9/11.
       For France, there is no middle ground, warns Didier Lapeyronnie, a sociologist who spent four years in Parisian suburbs researching his book Urban Ghetto; Segregation, Violence and Poverty in Today's France. "We're at the precipice," he says. "We can follow much of Europe and close ourselves off, becoming xenophobic and hostile, or we can remain open, period. It's up to the politicians.
       "Right now, the violence in th suburbs is unorganised and sudden It turns on itself. Who knows about the future?"
       "Right now, the violence in the suburbs is unorganised and sudden. Who knows about the future?"
    F or some immigrants, life in France is good. Toufik Abdulrachman couldn't find work in Algeria, which is why he came to France 12 years ago. Although it has been a hard slog, the father of two now has full-time work as a Halal butcher and is part of a community he need never leave. "There are no problems here, nothing," Abdulrachman says in between serving customers. "I like it here."
       But for others, life is a misery. In Asnières-sur-Seine, a stone's throw to the northwest of Paris, the talk on this particular spring morning is of recent fighting between a local youth gang and one from the neighbouring community of Gennevilliers. The toll is heavy: a 15-year-old dead from knife wounds to his chest; another adolescent in hospital after being stabbed in the back. Local authorities have placed a curfew on minors.
       Around the corner, a man in black jeans stands quietly, a black hoodie pulled down to hide his face. He is observed by Michel Kokoreff, a sociologist at the Université Paris-8 in Saint-Denis who spent ten years in Asnières doing research for a study on the challenges people face to leave the suburbs. Kokoreff whispers that the man in jeans could be a drug dealer. In the open market, a garlic vendor, on guard for trouble, sees us as strangers and calls out sharply: "Who are you?"
       This is life here: meeting with friends in the local café to talk about the growing schism in France and the worry that there will be nothing here for their children. Says Kokoreff: "For the youth, the future is quite gloomy, for now."
       So it goes in Bondy, northeast of Paris and not far from Montfermeil, where a 41-year-old mother of three worries about where to park her car so it won't get broken into, and what her kids will do when they leave school. Jobs are scarce. The family is barely making ends meet, even though her husband works for the commuter train service. Sometimes she feels resentful about migrating: "My husband was an engineer and wanted to continue his studies here, but after we arrived, he learned he would have to start at zero," she says. "Each night, we talk about the kids. It's about survival."
       And so it goes in nearby Saint-Denis, directly north of Paris. Mehdi Slimam chats with his cousin, Hocine Gigi, in a crowded pedestrian mall filled with shoppers, children and Romany beggars. Despite a good education, Slimam, 26, who is currently studying Chinese, can't find a job. Trim of beard and with wire-rimmed glasses, he notes that politicians and the media focus on things that may have little to do with the everyday lives of Arabs, but that underscore the stereotypes all the same. The law that bans face veils, for example, when so few women here actually wear them.
       Even Gigi, 30, a successful businessman who owns several bakeries

       [RECAPITULATION:  a new generation of French citizens who agree when she compares Muslims praying in Paris streets to an "occupation". []
       Toufik Abdulrachman the father of two now has full-time work as a Halal butcher and is part of a community he need never leave. []
       another adolescent in hospital after being stabbed in the back. []
       The law that bans face veils, for example, when so few women here actually wear them. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT:  Well, if blocking street traffic five times a day is approved by the French "leaders," that ought to increase the sales of petrol etc. for the big oil companies !  And look again at the happy immigrant Abdulrachman - he is working in a butcher shop dealing with the cruel results of halal butchering, under which the livestock are still alive while being bled to death.  Let's hope that the French add that item of diet to their desire to eat horseflesh and frogs' legs !  Perhaps the French could grow to like stonings to death on Fridays after mosque services. COMMENT ENDS.]
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       [RESPONSE:  The Editors, Reader's Digest Australia
       Congratulations for printing "Set to Explode?" The query mark at the end was superfluous, because the culture is to fight until no other religion is left except theirs (Koran 2:193, checkable at .
       Koran 8:12 and 47:4 say that believers must strike off the heads of, or strike at the necks of, disbelievers.
       And 66:2 says Allah has given them release from their oaths, see , so if any imam or community leader denies that the above quotes mean what they seem to say, ask him to explain 66:2.
       And, turning to the traditions in the Hadith (yes, English translations can be bought in Australia, at a high cost, for your reference library), the Prophet supposedly said, according to Sahih Bukhari's collection, Volume 7, Book 67, Number 427: [***] By Allah, and Allah willing, if I take an oath and later find something else better than that, then I do what is better and expiate my oath.
       Increase the exposure of this dangerous culture. Political leaders and judges stupidly think that the right of asylum is more important than the right of homeland security.
       (Signed) Disbeliever wishing to keep his head, so not wanting his name put on the Internet or published in any way. ENDS.]
    [RDA, June 2012]

    • Neither Allah nor Master.     
    Mixed Media
      Hailed as Tunisia's answer to Michael Moore, atheist film-maker NADIA EL FANI has rattled violent extremists with her latest work. Sian Griffiths catches up with her in necessary exile.  

    Neither Allah nor Master

       New Internationalist (UK, N. America and Australia), Editorial, England: ni § newint org , Editorial, Australia: chrisr § newint com au . by Sian Griffiths, pp 11-12, June 2012
       A short period of intense protests in late December 2010 sweeps away the autocratic rule of anti-Islamist President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
       Democratically held elections then bring an Islamist-led coalition to power. Tunisia's new leaders start drafting a fresh constitution for the country.
       Pretty straightforward - or so it would appear. Nadia El Fani's recent experience offers a reality check for anyone who thought the revolution meant freedom of expression could now safely sprout.
      [Big picture of attractive woman with short hair and no headcovering, modestly clad.] [Presumably a photo of the movie's author]    Picture: Sian Griffiths  
       In June 2011 - after the uprising but before the elections - cinema-goers in Tunis were terrorized by a group of violent young men. The audience was about to watch Nadia El Fani's latest film, Neither Allah nor Master.  The reports of the attack, which got back to her while she was undergoing cancer treatment in Paris, were shocking.
       'They shouted that they had come to cut people's throats,' she vividly recalls.
       Then things turned violent.
       'They wounded the director of the cinema, who had to go to hospital - and wounded others. They smashed the doors and terrified the public, many of whom fled.'
       Amazingly, the film screening went ahead.
       But protest grew. Demonstrations were organized against her and negative Facebook campaigns appeared on the internet. She received death threats. She now faces blasphemy charges in Tunisia and if she returns could receive a five-year prison sentence. Not surprisingly, the film has stopped being shown in the country.
       Neither Allah nor Master is typical of Nadia El Fani's approach: that of a female Michael Moore, with less wit and more grit.
       The daughter of a Tunisian communist and a French mother, El Fani describes herself as an atheist. Since her apprenticeship alongside the legendary directors Roman Polanski and Franco Zeffirelli, she has been making provocative films which explore the role of religion in Tunisian society - and asking what it means to be free.
       In Neither Allah Nor Master, she is seen filming in a restaurant during the month of Ramadan. She doesn't show any faces - but shows that food is being served during fasting hours. Restaurant staff and customers are clearly alarmed. They fear being caught breaking the laws of Islam - but not, as she points out, breaking Tunisian civil law.
       'They were lying. They were hiding. I wanted to denounce this lying and this hypocrisy.'
       She says she simply wants to provoke a debate about the role of religion.
       Whether making documentary or feature films, her style is hard-hitting. Her 2003 feature film Bedwin Hacker eschews the stereotype of a veiled North African woman. Instead her main character is strong, well-educated - and technically savvy. She's a hacker wielding her satellite dish to assert her freedom of expression - even if it means interrupting sports shows, chat shows or the news.
       Ouled Lenine, made in 2007, may seem ironic now. It explores the legacy of those who, like her father, fought for Tunisian independence.
       While Neither Allah Nor Master is celebrated abroad - it's been screened at the Cannes and Berlin film festivals - the backlash in Tunisia means that El Fani won't be returning home any time soon.
       But although bruised by her battle with extremists, she does not think that the revolution, the contemporary battle for the soul of Tunisia, is over yet - and she remains hopeful.
       For clip of film see: #

       [RECAPITULATION:  'They were lying. They were hiding. I wanted to denounce this lying and this hypocrisy.'  ENDS.]
       [COMMENT:  Well, perhaps she ought to read the sword verse 8:12 in the Koran, and the orders to kill people who criticise the Prophet or leave Islam.  She is reported to have left Islam, so unless she thinks that the descendants of the Arab conquerors of north Africa plan to give up Islam this week, her life is forfeit to any Muslim who follows the teachings and the culture.
       El Fani is unwise to make such a film, because it is a long way ahead of the feelings of her people, and gives fanatics an excuse and an opportunity to attack broadminded or inquisitive people like the cinema audience.  More subtle means, spread over centuries, are needed to wean people off their superstitions.  COMMENT ENDS.]
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    [NI, June 2012]

    • Smugglers' Paradise - Australia  [Mustapha, as we'll call him, paid Abu Ali al Kuwaiti $8,000 for his place on the boat.]  [Captain Emad,a.k.a. Abu Khalid, later known as Ali al Abassi.  Human trafficking being organised from Australia's national capital, Canberra.]     

    Smugglers’ Paradise - Australia

       Four Corners (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), <http://­www.­­stories/­2012/05/31/­351547­5.htm>, By Sarah Ferguson and Deb Masters, Updated 20:33:00, telecast on Monday, June 4, 2012
       In the 2010 program "Smugglers' Paradise" Four Corners exposed the people smugglers operating out of Indonesia. Now reporter Sarah Ferguson tells how those same individuals were involved in the death of 97 people at sea.
       Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called people smugglers "the scum of the earth". This program reveals how many of them have made their way to Australia posing as asylum seekers and have persuaded the government to grant them refugee status and residency. Now they ply their lucrative and sometimes lethal trade, whilst living on taxpayers' money.
       What Four Corners discovers is shocking and calls into question the entire refugee assessment process.
       How did they get here and how can they operate their criminal network with impunity right under the nose of police and immigration authorities?
       "Smugglers' Paradise - Australia", reported by Sarah Ferguson and presented by Kerry O'Brien, goes to air Monday 4th June at 8.30pm on ABC1. It is replayed on Tuesday 5th June at 11.35pm. It can also be seen on ABC News 24 on Saturday at 8.00pm, ABC iview and at 4 Corners.
       First posted May 31, 2012 15:42:00
       [The Transcript can be accessed by clicking a button on the webpage.]
       Smugglers' Paradise - Australia - Monday 4 June 2012
       KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: It's the heart of Sydney. Money is discussed, phone calls are made, a deal is done to smuggle asylum seekers to Australia.
       HUSSAIN NASIR, IRAQI REFUGEE: There is many, many smugglers or agents they enter Australia, and now they live in Australia.
       KERRY O'BRIEN: The Australian connection in the lucrative and unconscionable world of people smuggling. Welcome to Four Corners. From the point of view of the people who profit from smuggling people to Australia, 2012 so far has been a boom year. In May alone, 1,176 arrived here by boat, representing millions of dollars in revenue to people smugglers. Whatever the motives of the asylum-seekers themselves, don't be in any doubt about what's driving the smugglers. They're clever, they're ruthless, and they have blood on their hands.
         For years, we've been hearing about their operations in Indonesia and elsewhere on the smugglers' route. The real shock of tonight's story is that they have now established a flourishing nucleus in Australia, to cash in on those who have been accepted as refugees here, and are now prepared to pay to have other family members smuggled in from their home countries. Some of those family members have paid the ultimate price. As we will reveal tonight, one mastermind of this illicit trade actually smuggled himself into Australia, passing himself off as an asylum seeker in order to strengthen the Australian connection. He then plied his deadly trade within a stone's throw of all those agencies who are supposed to be stamping out people smuggling. The revelations in this investigation from Sarah Ferguson, spread across three countries, are deeply embarrassing for the Federal Government and its agencies. It begins in Indonesia.
       SARAH FERGUSON, REPORTER: The crowded port area of North Jakarta has been the departure point for thousands of asylum seekers heading for Australia.
       On November 14th, 2010 another fishing boat waited off the coast for its passengers. 97 of them would board the vessel that night: men, women and young children, all doomed to disappear on the empty ocean.
       ABU MUHAMMED (subtitle): They were afraid and feeling anxious, really suffering.
       SARAH FERGUSON: No-one knows the name of the lost boat. No-one reported it missing. The people smugglers who sent the boat lied about the loss to collect final payments from the relatives.
       AZITA: We rang him back and said, "We've paid our money" and he didn't, he didn't call us back any more. He said, "Well, that was it. He don't know us and we don't know you".
       SARAH FERGUSON: While reconstructing the journey of this lost boat, we uncovered evidence of how the people smuggling networks in Indonesia have spread to Australia. A discovery that would lead us to one of the most powerful smugglers now based here in Australia.
       The story of the lost boat begins at Ancol, where the smugglers ordered the passengers off the bus.
       ABU MUHAMMED (subtitle): They took their money and left them with nothing, just themselves and the clothes they were wearing.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Abu Mohammad was supposed to go with them, but at the last minute he changed his mind.
       ABU MUHAMMED (subtitle): I have never felt like that in my life. Never. It was as if someone was telling me, "Don't go, stay here. Something is not right".
         SARAH FERGUSON: In Cologne, Germany, Shafiqa got a call from her brother Abdul, one of the passengers.
       SHAFIQA (subtitle): He said, "Once we're on the boat, we have to hand in our mobiles. I'm only allowed to call once from the smuggler's phone".
           SARAH FERGUSON: In Melbourne, Anita got a call from her fiance Iranian Mohammad Rezaie.
       ANITA: He rang me and he said, "See you soon and I will come to you soon."
       SARAH FERGUSON: 24-year-old Mohammed had left Iran the day after his sister's wedding - he and Anita planned to marry when he reached Australia.
       ANITA: I said, "Good luck; make sure you just eat something before you go".
       SARAH FERGUSON: Yahia Al Kazami was waiting in Melbourne for his brother Ayad, Ayad's wife and their two daughters - Hiba and Huda. (to Yahia Al Kazami) Were you excited to think that they would come to Australia; you would see them living here with you?
       YAHIA AL KAZAMI (subtitle): Everyone would wish his brother to come.
       SARAH FERGUSON: On a trip back to Iran, Al Kazami filmed his brother Ayad and his family saying goodbye before they left on their fatal journey to Australia.
       AYAD, BROTHER OF YAHIA AL KAZAMI (subtitle): Bye bye, straight to Australia, you won't see me anymore!
       SARAH FERGUSON:   From Iran, the family flew legally to Malaysia where the people smuggler arranged false passports to get them to Indonesia.
       YAHIA AL KAZAMI (subtitle): He took $10,000 and made Omani passports for them. And they used the Omani passport to fly from Malaysia to Indonesia.
         SARAH FERGUSON: At home in Sydney, Karim Hadad's mobile rang.
       KARIM HADDAD: He call me, Abu Ali called me.
       SARAH FERGUSON: The call was from the people smuggler who organized the trip: Abu Ali al Kuwaiti. He was calling to reassure Karim about his brother - one of the passengers.
       KARIM HADDAD: He said, "Your brother in my eyes, they are okay - they will arrive to Australia by three .. three or four days maximum".
       SARAH FERGUSON: Karim's brother Ahmed had travelled from Kuwait. He needed help on the boat because he was almost blind.
       (to Karim Haddad) Why did the smuggler call you?
       KARIM HADDAD: I don't know. Maybe, maybe my brother give him my mobile number or my .. maybe my brother, he's afraid from inside.
             SARAH FERGUSON: By the time the passengers boarded the boat, night had fallen. 97 passengers had been recruited mostly from Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan by a network of agents working for Abu Ali al Kuwaiti and another smuggler.
         In the same year, 2010, Four Corners had been in Indonesia tracking down Abu Ali al Kuwaiti. Using a hidden camera we filmed Abu Ali al Kuwaiti in a restaurant in Jakarta.
       ABU ALI AL KUWAITI (2010, subtitle): Don't worry about it. I swear by the Kaba, when the boat leaves I swear to God you'll sit in like its five star. Whatever you want, it's got it.
           SARAH FERGUSON: At that time the smuggler was recruiting passengers and organizing false passports to bring others who were waiting in Malaysia.
       ABU ALI AL KUWAITI (2010, subtitle): From every one of them I want a photo, a copy of their passport and US $2000 each. Then in a week or 10 days, I'll give them a new Iranian passport with an entry permit.
         SARAH FERGUSON: The secret filming in 2010 was done for us by an Iraqi refugee, Hussain Nasir. He so hated people smugglers who had twice cheated him that he volunteered to pose as a passenger to meet Abu Ali Al Kuwaiti. Now living in Australia, Hussain was determined to work with us again.
       HUSSAIN NASIR: The smugglers, they are of course not Taliban or Al Qaida. They are just a few rats or criminals, and it's very easy to catch them.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Abu Ali Al Kuwaiti had gone to Australia by boat himself in 1999. Two years later, he was convicted of people smuggling for his role in sending that boat.
         At some point, Abu Ali returned to Indonesia and by 2010 he was back in business in Jakarta, head of one of Indonesia's most powerful smuggling syndicates.
       ABU ALI AL KUWAITI (2010): (on the phone) What? Yeah, yeah. Did you check already the money? Come on finish, finish now, what are you waiting.
       SARAH FERGUSON: In the restaurant in Jakarta with Abu Ali were other people smugglers, including one involved in sending the boat that crashed on Christmas Island in December 2010.
       50 men, women and children died in terror in the huge waves; their wooden boat smashed to pieces on the treacherous rocks around Christmas Island. As we have now discovered, two boats were sent to the bottom of the ocean in the last months of 2010.
       In November of that year, the first of those boats - this one doomed to disappear pushed off from the shore. On board in the dark, some of the passengers were allowed to make brief calls to their relatives.
       KARIM HADDAD: I said, "Bye, bye", Arabic. That means "God bless you".
         SARAH FERGUSON: In Germany, Shafiqa received the last known call from the boat.
       SHAFIQA (subtitle): It was noisy actually. The noise of the people: children, people, women, men, I could hear all that. He said, "There's way too many, and there are also many children and old people, there are entire families, at least 100 people all together. But I don't know the exact number." He also wasn't allowed to talk any more. He had to hand the phone back again.
           SARAH FERGUSON: Her brother, Abdul Hai, had left his wife and five children in Afghanistan. He was on his way to join his brother-in-law in the Victorian town of Shepparton.
       ABDUL FATEH: They was good person, very good for family, very good for sister, very good for mother; all the time looking after the mother.
           SARAH FERGUSON: Three days after the boat left Indonesia, the smugglers agents rang the relatives in Australia to tell them the boat had arrived and to collect their final payments.
       KARIM HADDAD: They said, "Yes, the boat arrive. But it's on the sea now so maybe after four or six hours they bring the Navy .. Australian Navy bring it to Christmas Island."
       ANITA: I was so happy that day, I walked a lot, I didn't know how .. like what to do, it was so exciting.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Anita believed she would soon see her Iranian fiance Mohammad Rezaie.
       ANITA: He said, "Congratulation, your passenger arrived in Australia, he's in Christmas Island." And that's it, just, "Send me money".
       SARAH FERGUSON: Send me my money?
       ANITA: Yes.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Her sister Azita was given the details.
         AZITA: "You guys have to pay the rest of the money so I give you the account, the person who is in Iran so you can pay to that person and they will transfer to us."
       SARAH FERGUSON: In Iran, the fiance's father deposited $6000 into the smuggler's account in the Saderat bank in Tehran.
         In Germany, Shafiqa was told to pay the smugglers' agent in Australia.
       SHAFIQA (subtitle): Mohammad Ali called me and told me I shouldn't send the money to Indonesia but to Australia.
         SARAH FERGUSON: The smugglers' link in Australia was a man named Mehdi Rezaie, living in Noble Park, in the outer suburbs of Melbourne.
       From Germany, Shafiqa asked her Australian cousin Abdul to pay the money to the agent.
         ABDUL FATEH: The money come from Germany, I get from Post Office, and also some money from Afghanistan.
       SARAH FERGUSON: The agent had Abdul's number and was pushing him hard to pay up.
       ABDUL FATEH: Medhi tell me, "Abdul please pay my money". I say "Okay, I will pay you".
       SARAH FERGUSON: Abdul didn't pay the agent directly. Instead, he used this shop in Dandenong - the Bahar Grocery and money exchange. He gave the owner almost $9000 to hand over to Rezaie.
       ABDUL FATEH: You pay him money, you get receipt for him. He said, "Okay".
       SARAH FERGUSON: The owner then passed the money to the agent.
       HAKIM SOLIHI (subtitle): Mehdi Rezaie came into my shop this area, maybe time afternoon, come take the Abdul Fateh money. Yeah.
       SARAH FERGUSON: And you paid him in cash?
       HAKIM SOLIHI (subtitle): Yeah, I paid cash, yeah.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Did you know the money was to pay for Abdul Fateh's brother-in-law to come by boat to Australia ?
       HAKIM SOLIHI (subtitle): Not sure this, not sure this. No, 100 per cent they tell me this just tell me for paid for Mehdi Rezaie.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Mehdi Rezaie counted out $8,850 cash and signed a receipt. It was the last installment of $36,000 for Abdul's brother in law and his two travelling companions.
       (to Hakin Solihi) Have you seen Mehdi Rezaie since then? Have you have you ever paid any other money to Mehdi Rezaie ?
       HAKIM SOLIHI (subtitle): No, no, no, no, no, no.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Just the one time?
       HAKIM SOLIHI (subtitle): Just the one time
       SARAH FERGUSON: When boats arrive at Christmas Island, the passengers are given access to telephones and the internet to contact their relatives. Weeks passed and none of the 97 people on the boat made contact.
         Among the missing were the Iranian family: Ayad and his wife and children. Ayad's brother, Yahia Al Kazami, was so desperate for information so he decided to go and see the smuggler in person in Indonesia.
       He and Abu Ali al Kuwaiti had known each other well in Australia.
       By that time, Abu Ali Al Kuwaiti had been picked up by the Indonesians and put in immigration detention.
       YAHIA AL KAZAMI (subtitle): He said "Welcome. Come in. Come in, please". And then we went and sat down. And we talked about this subject, my brother's case.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Being in detention had little impact on Abu Ali's smuggling business.
       YAHIA AL KAZAMI (subtitle): He behaved as if he was at home there. He had no problem, and he had the telephones next to him.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Abu Ali had made hundreds of thousands of dollars from the trip. He told Al Kazami there was no reason to refund the money because the passengers were still alive.
       YAHIA AL KAZAMI (subtitle): He told me, "This is a political issue. They have detained them in Australia. The Australian government has detained them to create a media fanfare".
       SARAH FERGUSON: While collecting their money, the smugglers continued to claim that somehow the lost passengers were being hidden away by the Australian authorities.
       We have spoken to more than 70 relatives in countries around the world and none of them have heard from their loved ones. But so desperate are the smugglers to protect their business in Australia, they continue to insist the passengers will turn up.
       [People-traffickers move to Australia; Captain Emad (a.k.a. Abu Khalid, later known as Ali al Abassi) to lead.]
         At the beginning of that year, Abu Ali al Kuwaiti and other top Iraqi smugglers met in Jakarta to discuss expanding their business in Australia.
       They planned to send a group of their best operators to Australia by boat.
       Two inside sources have confirmed that those at the meeting at the Middle East restaurant in Jalan Jaksa were Abu Ali al Kuwaiti, Mohammad Basrawi and his brother Watheq, Abdullah al Sharifi, and a smuggler known as Captain Emad.
       HUSSAIN NASIR: Emad, he's the head of the smugglers, he's the head of the snake. He's very clever, and all the technique of the other smugglers - even we can call them famous smugglers in Indonesia or Malaysia - all of them under his techniques.
       SARAH FERGUSON: The plan was an audacious one: to send the agents and a smuggler all on one boat posing as genuine asylum seekers.
       The smugglers pooled their expertise: how to avoid detection on the way and to deceive the Australian authorities once they arrived: Border Protection, the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Immigration.
       The man they chose to lead the trip was Captain Emad.
         On January 10th 2010 Captain Emad's boat was readied to leave from a port in North Java.
       MUSTAPHA (subtitle): Of course I'm afraid of Captain Emad because he's a smuggler and I don't want to put myself in danger.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Four Corners has spoken to a number of passengers on board. Two were prepared to give interviews. We have disguised their identities to protect them.
       Mustapha, as we'll call him, paid Abu Ali al Kuwaiti $8,000 for his place on the boat. We asked him to confirm Abu Ali's identity.
       (to Mustapha) So who is that man?
       MUSTAPHA (subtitle): Abu Ali al Kuwaiti, the smuggler. I gave him $8,000.
       SARAH FERGUSON: And this man, was he on your boat?
       MUSTAPHA (subtitle): This is Captain Emad who put us on the boat. He drove the boat. He was in charge of the boat.
       SARAH FERGUSON: When Mustapha and the other paying passengers were ferried to the boat, Captain Emad - also known as Abu Khalid - and his hand-picked agents were already onboard.
       (to Mustapha) Who was there?
         MUSTAPHA (subtitle): Captain Emad is the one who met us at the boat. Also Abdullah the Yemeni and Muhammad.
       RAHIM (subtitle): When the boat took off with us on it and the Indonesian was driving, Abu Khalid (Capt Emad) was with him and Abdullah.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Yemeni Abdullah Al Sharifi had worked closely with Captain Emad for years. Throughout the journey, Emad and his confederates kept apart from the other passengers.
       MUSTAPHA (subtitle): No one else could get close to him. No one knew him - only these people, chatting and drinking tea with him.
       SARAH FERGUSON: On the second night of the voyage, the situation on board suddenly changed.
       RAHIM (subtitle): I was asleep at the time, but I heard someone jump in [? into] the water.
       MUSTAPHA (subtitle): The Indonesian put on his life jacket, threw a big drum into the water, took his radio and jumped in the water.
       SARAH FERGUSON: The passengers saw another fishing boat waiting to pick him up.
       MUSTAPHA (subtitle): After the Indonesian had gone, Abu Khalid, Captain Emad took over the boat, the food, the driving, and the equipment.
       SARAH FERGUSON: It was all pre-planned. Captain Emad was a Navy-trained ship captain who had spent years driving container ships in the Middle East and Asia. He was more than capable of navigating the boat to Australia.
       MUSTAPHA (subtitle): He had a map and a compass and he was studying the map using the compass to plot the right course.
       SARAH FERGUSON: As they approached Christmas Island, Captain Emad stopped the boat.
       RAHIM (subtitle): Captain Emad threw his equipment, the satellite phone into the sea.
       SARAH FERGUSON: His next move was to summon the Australian Navy.
       MUSTAPHA (subtitle): He had flares wrapped up in a bag. He took one out and lit it with the lighter and they were going off one by one. It lit up everything, even the water.
       RAHIM (subtitle): They were beautiful, actually.
       MUSTAPHA (subtitle): When the third flare had burnt out the Australian boat arrived.
       SARAH FERGUSON: According to Border Protection command, Captain Emad's boat was intercepted at 2:24am on the 13th January 2010 - five nautical miles north of Christmas Island. Border Protection named it Walkerville: suspected illegal entry vessel 96.
       SARAH FERGUSON: What did Captain Emad do when the Australians came to your boat?
       RAHIM (subtitle): When the Australian officials came after Emad fired the flares, he left the wheel house and went to the back of the boat. He was trying cover up that he was in charge.
       SARAH FERGUSON: The authorities certainly didn't uncover his deception. The boat was listed as having 43 passengers and no crew.
         Once on Christmas Island Captain Emad's plan to become an Australian resident continued without a hitch.
       He had brought his daughter-in-law and her young child with him on the boat, so they were moved to the family compound to await interviews with the Department of Immigration.
       Four Corners understands the name he used to enter Australia was Ali al Abassi.
       Only three months later, on the 20th April, the Department of Immigration gave the smuggler Captain Emad a protection visa and Australian residence. He was one of the first passengers on the boat to be released from detention.
       MUSTAPHA (subtitle): I was surprised, of course because he spent the least time in the camp, and he's a smuggler, with history. And those who were with him and had a history of smuggling get out in a short time - two and a half or three months, While the innocent people, who committed no crime and have done nothing wrong, remained two and a half years or three years in the camp, in detention.
         SARAH FERGUSON: We don't know what Captain Emad told the Department of Immigration to convince them that he was a genuine refugee in need of protection. What we do know though is that before he set up shop in Indonesia, he spent a large portion of his life here in Malaysia in downtown Kuala Lumpur.
       Businessman Abdul Rachman has known Captain Emad since he first arrived in Malaysia.
       (to Abdul Rachman) How long have you known Captain Emad for?
       ABDUL RACHMAN: In '90
       SARAH FERGUSON: You've known him since 1990?
       ABDUL RACHMAN: 1990, yeah.
       SARAH FERGUSON: More than 20 years ago?
       ABDUL RACHMAN: Yeah.
       SARAH FERGUSON: In 1990, they shared this house in Kampung Baru, while Captain Emad worked as ship's captain moving freight around Asia.
       SARAH FERGUSON: I just want to show you these pictures first of all - who is that?
       ABDUL RACHMAN: Captain Emad! But he's now more like old man.
       SARAH FERGUSON: He looks like an old man now.
       SARAH FERGUSON: We showed him a picture of Emad's agent, the Yemeni Abdullah al Sharif, also known as Abu Mishal.
       ABDUL RACHMAN (subtitle): Abu Mishal. Nicely when he's talking.
       SARAH FERGUSON: So, a good talker?
       ABDUL RACHMAN: Good talker. That's right.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Captain Emad went into business with Abdullah in the Arab quarter of Kuala Lumpur, Bokit Bintang.
       ABDUL RACHMAN (subtitle): That's the building
       SARAH FERGUSON: This one here?
       ABDUL RACHMAN: Third floor. Abu Mishal he's broker to catch the people, "You wanna buy wood or something?"
       SARAH FERGUSON: That's Abdullah al Sharifi?
       ABDUL RACHMAN: Abdullah.
       SARAH FERGUSON: He was working with him here?
       SARAH FERGUSON: What was his business that he did here?
       ABDUL RACHMAN: Perfume.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Perfume business?
       ABDUL RACHMAN: Perfume, wood, wholesaler.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Captain Emad's legitimate business in Malaysia was perfume. By 2005 he owned four perfume shops in Kuala Lumpur. We discovered he still owns at least one.
       (to Abdul Rachman) Who runs that shop, who owns it?
       ABDUL RACHMAN: Ammar, his son. Captain Emad.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Captain Emad's son? Okay, So he's still here in Kuala Lumpur?
       ABDUL RACHMAN: Still here.
       SARAH FERGUSON: And that's his shop.
       ABDUL RACHMAN: Ammar, Yes.
       SARAH FERGUSON: We went to visit Captain's Emad's son.
       (to Amar Emad) You're Amar?
       AMAR EMAD: Yeah, Amar Emad.
       SARAH FERGUSON: So tell me a little bit about the shop; how long have you had it?
       AMAR EMAD: Eight years. I'm with my father.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Together.
       AMAR EMAD: Control by the business, yes.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Is your father here too?
         AMAR EMAD: Yeah, yeah. My father, now he went to Iraq.
       SARAH FERGUSON: He's in Iraq.
       Captain Emad is well known in Bokit Bintang - the other shopkeepers were more open about his whereabouts.
       (to Salim) Have you known them for a long time? How long?
       SALIM: 20 years.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Like Emad's son, Salim is also in the perfume business.
       SALIM: Yeah I know very him well, 'cos I know his father.
       SARAH FERGUSON: What's his name?
       SALIM: Mr Emad
       SARAH FERGUSON: Emad, where is he now, is he here?
         SALIM: No, he's in Australia.
       SARAH FERGUSON: He's in Australia. Why did he go there?
       SALIM: I don't know, maybe he got some business there.
       SARAH FERGUSON: As we know, Captain Emad didn't go to Australia on business, but as a refugee.
       At the monorail is another of Emad's former shops - he owned this one with Abdullah Al Sharifi.
       (to Saif) Which other one do you like?
       SAIF: This one, Golden
       SARAH FERGUSON: Golden, golden
       SAIF: Smell it.
       SARAH FERGUSON: This one nice, soft.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Abdullah's brother Saif now runs the shop.
       (to Saif) Expensive?
       SAIF: Same price
       SARAH FERGUSON: Same price, same price. How many shops did Abdullah have when he was here, one or two or?
       SAIF: Three, three.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Three shops.
       SAIF: Now only this one shop, he give me this one shop
       SARAH FERGUSON: Right. So Abdullah had, with Captain Emad, three shops or three shops just Abdullah?
       SAIF: Same Captain Emad.
       SARAH FERGUSON: With Captain Emad.
       SAIF: Yes, yes
       SARAH FERGUSON: And where is Captain Emad now? Is he in Kuala Lumpur?
       SAIF: No, no, he's in Australia.
       SARAH FERGUSON: He went to Australia.
       SAIF: Yeah, yeah, Australia, not Malaysia. His whole family, Australia.
       SARAH FERGUSON: According to passengers on Emad's boat, in the detention centre in Australia, Abdullah al Sharifi talked openly about his work as a smuggler with captain Emad in Malaysia and Indonesia.
       RAHIM (subtitle): He said, "I was with Captain Emad in Malaysia. He brought me here for free and we work together at this smuggling business".
       SARAH FERGUSON: So you understood that Abdullah was working with Abu Khalid, with Captain Emad and had been working with him for a long time, is that right - working as a people smugglers' agent?
       RAHIM: Yes I'm sure.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Four Corners understands there were at least six agents on board Captain Emad's boat. All of them got refugee status and were released from detention to cities across Australia.
       Abdullah al Sharifi got his protection visa and Australian residence after nine months. He celebrated his new status with some other passengers from the boat at Sydney Harbour.
       Having discovered the Iraqi smuggling boss had successfully relocated to Australia, we turned our attention to finding Captain Emad and his agents.
       Working with us, as he had in Indonesia, Iraqi Hussain Nasir was determined to expose the networks operating in his newly adopted country.
       HUSSAIN NASIR: In this few years, exactly there is many, many smugglers or agents. They enter Australia, and now they live in Australia.
       SARAH FERGUSON: In a cafat Sydney's Central station, with the help of another man, Hussain set up a meeting with agent Mahdi Afsoon. Hussain posed as a relative of family members wanting to come to Australia by boat. We filmed the meeting from a nearby balcony.
       HUSSAIN NASIR: Mahdi Afsoon, he's a smuggler, but he was agent for one biggest smuggler in Indonesia. Around two years he worked with him, and his name Mohammad al Basrawi.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Mohammad Basrawi was Captain Emad's partner - they sent Afsoon to Australia by boat in 2010. Iranian Afsoon was accepted as a refugee later that year. He told Hussain how many passengers he had brought to Australia since then.
       HUSSAIN NASIR: Medhi Afsoon he told me exactly that he bring around three hundred passengers to Australia including his family. And he told me that the last boat he organized before three weeks, two week, or three weeks ago arrived in Australia, and boat was carrying fifty seven passengers,     Iraqi and Kurdish, and three crew.
       SARAH FERGUSON: He told Hussain the cost of the trip for his relatives would be $11,300 each.
       Afsoon rang the smuggler based in Australia about the best way to handle the money. The smuggler he rang was Captain Emad.
       HUSSAIN NASIR: He called him and he let me hear his voice and he open a speaker, and he discussed with him about the trip and the passenger and transfer the money. Captain Emad he was very careful about the phone Mahdi Afsoon using, because he asked him in first question what the kind of your mobile phone? It is iPhone? He told him no.
       SARAH FERGUSON: The smugglers were careful about the words they used on the phone.
       HUSSAIN NASIR: He told him, we have box - meaning passenger - this in smuggler's language. And Captain Emad he ask him about the package, how much. He told him it's too big.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Was it clear from that Madhi was saying that there was a trip ready to go soon?
       HUSSAIN NASIR: Yeah! He said if you pay today or tomorrow, I'm ready at any time, and we have already trip at fifteen days - maybe two weeks or twenty days there will be move.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Captain Emad's caution and cunning have protected his operations since he arrived in Australia, as one of his passengers on his boat confirmed.
       (to passenger): Between Basrawi and Abu Ali al Kuwaiti and Capt Emad, which do think is the cleverest, the smartest of those three?
       SARAH FERGUSON: They're all smart.
       PASSENGER: Some people who look to smuggling are smart.
       SARAH FERGUSON: So the big smugglers are ..
       PASSENGER: Very smart
       SARAH FERGUSON: So this guy Captain Emad?
       PASSENGER: Emad Abdul Razak Tharmir al Absi.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Is he clever guy?
       PASSENGER: Yes, clever guy.
       SARAH FERGUSON: And a good smuggler?
       PASSENGER: (laughs) Yeah, very good.
       SARAH FERGUSON: A meeting at this suburban shopping mall in the NSW town of Queanbeyan took us a step closer to finding him.
       Abdullah Al Shariffi came here to do a smuggling deal. We agreed to protect the identity of the man he was meeting. Inside, at Michel's Patisserie they sat down to discuss the deal.
       HUSSAIN NASIR: Abdullah, he was ready because he have all the details and including the account number of the smuggler agent who responsible to transfer the money from here to Indonesia.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Abdullah expected to deposit cash that afternoon.
       HUSSAIN NASIR: The man who try to bring his family, he asking Abdullah to give him a receipt to save his money, and Abdullah, he refused to give him the receipt, so the deal stopped.
         SARAH FERGUSON: No money changed hands, but the unlikely location a few kilometers from Canberra took us almost to Emad's door.
       Smart he may be, but none of us could have imagined he would have had the audacity to base himself in the nation's capital - but that is exactly where we found him and his family: in Canberra.
       Captain Emad sent his wife and children to Australia by boat ahead of him in 2009. Using different names to the ones they used in Malaysia and Indonesia, his wife, three adult children and their dependents all got refugee status.
       According to members of the family, they claimed their father had died in Iraq.
         In the final affront to the Australian system, the adults were all provided with public housing. Emad's wife lives in Kaleen. His daughters in Lynham and Dunlop. His son in Hawker.
       At the Ginghalen shopping centre in North Canberra - the successful perfume shop owner and top Iraqi people smuggler was giving every appearance of leading a modest life, supervising the trolleys.
       (to Captain Emad) Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me, Captain Emad?
       CAPTAIN EMAD: Aye.
       SARAH FERGUSON: I'm Sarah Ferguson from the Four Corners television program. I want to talk to you about people smuggling. How long have you been a people smuggler in Australia?
       CAPTAIN EMAD: No, no, I'm busy, I'm busy.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Captain Emad wouldn't answer any of these questions.
       CAPTAIN EMAD: I don't know what you're talking about.
       SARAH FERGUSON: I spoke to some of your passengers who came with you on WAL 96 - they told me how you captained the boat. Much better if you can hear me CAPTAIN EMAD: No, no, please. I have work to do, don't disturb me.
       SARAH FERGUSON: So do I, so do I Captain Emad. Perhaps I could come to your house later?
       We tried to talk to him one more time in the trolley bay outside.
       (to Captain Emad) I know you're busy, but I just have a couple of questions that I'd really like to ask you about your business. Would you very kindly confirm your name, you are Captain Emad?
       CAPTAIN EMAD: You are disturbing my work, please!
       SARAH FERGUSON: Yes, I'm sorry about that. But if you just take a second. If you just take a second. If you just take a pause, Captain Emad, we can have a little conversation. You won't make me go away. If you just answer a couple of questions, we can leave you in peace to get on with your work. Just tell me about the boat you came to Australia on? Or we can try make an appointment at your house?
       Captain Emad disappeared with his trolleys in tow - it was the last we saw of him.
       SARAH FERGUSON: By basing their operations in Australia, the smugglers clearly believe they can continue to exploit the market here with impunity, even with the blood of hundreds of dead on their hands.
                 In Kabul and Tehran and Basra, in Brisbane and Melbourne and Sydney, the relatives of the 97 passengers who disappeared in 2010 are still waiting for the smugglers to tell them what really happened.
       YAHIA AL KAZAMI (subtitle): I called him and told him, "Brother, do you have any new information about this family, about my brother, about my brother's wife, about that boat?"   He said "They are in Tasmania." He tell me, now in Tasmania.
       SARAH FERGUSON: A few weeks ago some of the relatives in Melbourne went back to the smugglers agent to ask him for news - they recorded the meeting.
       MEHDI REZAIE: When people are sitting in a ship, in a boat when you move 50 kilometres, the boat belongs to Allah. Nobody can give you guarantee.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Anita keeps looking for a sign her fiance is alive.
       ANITA: Every day, I went out, just go to Facebook, go to his homepage, put in comment, "I miss you, where are you? Just, if you are live, if you are somewhere, just let me know as soon as possible, if you can talk, just come to the Facebook, just, even just put a dot, that I can contact."
       SARAH FERGUSON: But, there's been nothing?
       ANITA: Nothing, nothing at all.
       HUSSAIN NASIR: Everyone defended about the boats, asylum seekers, smugglers; some of them make them heroes. But no-one defended about the women and the children who lost their life in the sea.
       SARAH FERGUSON: And as long as the trade here continues to flourish - with willing passengers and smugglers to exploit them - more deaths will surely follow
       KERRY O'BRIEN: One serious question to be posed from tonight's story is this: how is it that one small team from a television program with limited resources can expose the facts and the people revealed tonight, yet governments, with all the resources and expertise at their disposal, seemingly cannot. We invited the Australian Federal Police to give an interview to this program, but they declined.
       End of transcript
    Background Information
       Media Statement: AFP response to reporting on people smuggling matters | 4 Jun 2012 - Read the statement released by the AFP after the broadcast of the programme.
       Blunder revives SIEV X memories | SMH | 4 June 2012 - The Customs and Border Protection Service has admitted bungling its response to an asylum seeker boat which is believed to have sunk, drowning 105 Hazara Afghans and three Indonesian crew, because it had ''no experience in managing'' such situations.
       Suspect linked to lost boat | SMH | 15 May 2011 - The suspected people smuggler accused of organising the boat that was shipwrecked off Christmas Island in December has been linked to another boat that disappeared with 97 asylum seekers on board, including at least four children.
       Convictions to be reviewed for some people smugglers | SMH | 3 May 2012 - The convictions of 24 Indonesian people smugglers - some jailed as adults after controversial wrist X-rays - will be reviewed following pressure from human rights groups and the government in Jakarta.
       Opinion: Small fish in rough seas | SMH | 8 Feb 2012 - Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young wants to stop hundreds of so-called Indonesian people smugglers from serving mandatory five-year terms in Australian jails. As Michael Gordon reports, the treatment of small-time players has big consequences. By Michael Gordon.
       Refugees face court over alleged people smuggling ring | ABC PM | 28 Mar 2012 - The Australian Federal Police have arrested four people in Australia, and two have been detained in the Thai capital, Bangkok, over an alleged people-smuggling operation.
       Accused people smugglers 'arrived by boat' | ABC News | 28 Mar 2012 - Court documents have revealed that three alleged people smugglers arrested in Australia had themselves been granted asylum after arriving in the country by boat.
       Media Release: Four men charged in Australia for alleged international people smuggling syndicate | AFP | 27 Mar 2012 - An Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation has disrupted an international people smuggling syndicate with the arrest of four Australian-based alleged facilitators in Melbourne and Sydney.
       Fewer asylum seekers heading to Australia: UNHCR | ABC News | 27 Mar 2012 - The number of asylum seekers coming to Australia has dropped according to a report from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
       People-smugglers' scare tactic over political shutdown | The Australian | 13 Feb 2012 - People-smugglers are exploiting the political deadlock over border security policy by running a "closing down sale" and encouraging asylum-seekers to get to Australia while the door remains open.
       Boom time for Afghanistan's people smugglers | The Guardian | 18 January 2012 - The increase in Afghans leaving for Europe fuels a lucrative business in fake passports and Taliban death threats
       Deported Aussie Ali Khorram Heydarkhani to face 89 charges over Christmas Island | The Daily Telegraph | 18 May 2011 - An Australian man deported from Indonesia has appeared in a Perth court on 89 people-smuggling charges, some of them relating to last year's Christmas Island boat disaster.
       The inside story of people smuggling to Australia | The Sunday Telegraph | 15 May 2011 - A Sydney court case has laid bare the massive risks taken by people smugglers and the desperate asylum-seekers who pay them.
       Missing, no action | The Age | 8 May 2011 - Kareem Othman is looking for his brother, Ahmed Othman, who was on a boat that disappeared on its was from Indonesia to Christmas Island.
       Jail no deterrent for would-be people smugglers | The World Today | 27 Jan 2011 - The AFP congratulated their Indonesian counterparts today on the arrest of an Australian citizen. Indonesian police say they suspect the man was responsible for smuggling almost 100 asylum seekers to Australia in the boat that was wrecked on Christmas Island last month and also for five other boat trips. So will his arrest deter people smuggling operations?
       About Border Security | Immigration Australia - Information providing facts and figures about securing Australia's borders.
       Immigration detention, asylum seekers and refugees | Australian Human Rights Commission - The Commission has attempted to provide clear and factual information to increase community awareness and understanding of the situation of asylum seekers and refugees and the human rights issues facing them in the Australian community.
       Boat arrivals in Australia since 1976 | Parliamentary Library - A brief overview of the historical and political context surrounding boat arrivals in Australia since 1976. It includes background on the global context; government policy responses; trends in public opinion on the issues; and links to some of the key resources.
       Statistics & Operational Data | UNHCR - Data and statistics on refugees, asylum-seekers, returned refugees, the internally displaced and stateless people.
       Anti-People Smuggling and Other Measures Act 2010 - An Act to combat people smuggling, and for other purposes. Read the Act.
       Australia vs the World - How Australia Compares | Asylum Seeker Resource Centre | October 2011 - Some statistics on how Australia compares to the rest of the globe in terms of its refugee and asylum seekers intake, as compiled by the ASRC. [PDF 87Kb]
       Edmund Rice Centre - The Edmund Rice Centre is involved in a range of projects and activities across the four areas of its operation in research, community education, advocacy and networking.
       AFP - People Smuggling -
       Asylum Seekers Resource Centre - The ASRC is the largest provider of aid, advocacy and health services for asylum seekers and refugees in Australia.
       Refugee Council of Australia -
       Smugglers' Paradise | 2 Aug 2010 - A shocking expose of people smugglers and their networks in Indonesia. Watch the programme online.
       Asylum | 20 Oct 2011 - A story that reveals what's really going on inside Australia's immigration detention centres and how the treatment of detainees has the potential to create a generation of people with major mental health problems. Tags:   [None of these worked June 6, 2012] maritime-accidents, government-and-politics, crime, prisons-and-punishment, refugees, crime-prevention, human-trafficking, australia, indonesia, malaysia
       First posted May 31, 2012 15:42:00 #

       [RECAPITULATION:  In May alone, 1,176 arrived here by boat, representing millions of dollars in revenue to people smugglers. Whatever the motives of the asylum-seekers themselves, don't be in any doubt about what's driving the smugglers. They're clever, they're ruthless, and they have blood on their hands. [***]
       Weeks passed and none of the 97 people on the boat made contact. []
       detention He behaved as if he was at home there. He had no problem, and he had the telephones next to him.
       SARAH FERGUSON: Abu Ali had made hundreds of thousands of dollars from the trip. [***]
       The authorities certainly didn't uncover his deception. The boat was listed as having 43 passengers and no crew. [!!!]   ENDS.]
       [1st COMMENT: Of course he was "at home" in the Indonesian detention centre.  The Indonesian authorities know that he is obeying the tradition in Sahih Bukhari's Hadith, 5, 59:600.  And those who tricked relatives into paying the balance owing from trips by people who were lost at sea, were allowed to lie, if the scripture Koran 66:2 is taken at face value, and if the practice shown in the tradition reported in Sahih Bukhari's hadith Volume 7, Book 67, Number 427 is honoured.   ENDS.]
       [2nd RECAPITULATION:  Working with us, as he had in Indonesia, Iraqi Hussain Nasir was determined to expose the networks operating in his newly adopted country.   ENDS.]
       [2nd COMMENT: Submission Study Unit believes that Mr Nasir might be in danger from extremists because of being so publicly exposed as exposing the "invaders."  If possible, his part in uncovering and discovering the leaders of this people-trafficking crime syndicate ought to have been kept private at this time, in the SSU's opinion.  ENDS.]
       [3rd RECAPITULATION: 
       In the final affront to the Australian system, the adults were all provided with public housing. Emad's wife lives in Kaleen. His daughters in Lynham and Dunlop. His son in Hawker.   ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven): 
       33:26-27:- And those of the People of the Book who aided them - Allah did take them down from their strongholds and cast terror into their hearts.  (So that) some ye slew, and some ye made prisoners.  And He gave you their land, and their dwellings, and their wealth, for an heritage - even a land on which ye had never set foot:  for the might of Allah is equal to all things.
       66:2:- Allah hath allowed you release from your oaths. SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
       Sahih Bukhari's, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220:- Allah's Apostle said, " while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand."  Abu Huraira added: Allah's Apostle has left the world and now you, people, are bringing out those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did not benefit by them).
       Sahih Bukhari's, 5, 59:600:- Narrated Mujahid:  I said to Ibn 'Umar, "I want to migrate to Sham."  He said, "There is no migration, but Jihad (for Allah's Cause).  Go and offer yourself for Jihad, and if you find an opportunity for Jihad (stay there) otherwise, come back."  (In another narration) Ibn 'Umar said, "There is no migration today or after Allah's Apostle."  (and completed his statement as above.)   TRADITION ENDS.]
       [RESPONSE sent to A.B.C. Four Corners electronically about a day after the telecast.  Comment: Congratulations for "Smugglers' Paradise - Australia" televised on June 4.  Revoking the treaties that half paralyse our courts and parliaments would be the first step to end the influx of people of a warlike conflicted culture.
       However, because of the history of people fleeing from the genocidal Nazis being turned away, and then being murdered in Germany, it is hard to make sensible policy.
       One idea would be that no person who arrives without valid papers should be allowed to vote in Australian elections, ever.
       [This response was acknowledged nicely by Four Corners.]   ENDS.]
       [SOLUTION:  A partial solution is not to grant citizenship to any migrant, whether by illegal boats or the student trickery method, who arrives without a valid passport or visa, for a period of 20 years or more.  Those who have cheated to get to Australia should be returned to their land of origin, or sent to a land of a similar culture group.  ENDS.]
       [FLAGS  are NOT in the article as shown on the original webpage; the Webmaster has added them.   ENDS.]
    [4C, Jun 04, 2012]

    AFP says Captain Emad has fled the country.  [a.k.a. Abu Khalid]   

    AFP says Captain Emad has fled the country

       Australian Broadcasting Corporation, <http://­www.­­news/­2012-06-07/­afp-says-captain-emad-has-fled-the-country­/40­58460>, By chief political correspondent Simon Cullen, (Updated 05:18:38, June 08, 2012), First posted 14:23:24, June 07, 2012
       Australian Federal Police have revealed an alleged people smuggling kingpin known as Captain Emad has fled Australia, despite being the focus of a long-running police investigation.
       On Monday night, the ABC's Four Corners program aired claims that Captain Emad had passed himself off as a refugee to gain entry to Australia, and was now operating his business from a Canberra suburb.
       According to the Four Corners report, the man - also known as Abu Khalid - captained an asylum boat from Indonesia in 2010, but then acted like an ordinary passenger when Australian authorities arrived.
       AFP Commissioner Tony Negus has confirmed Captain Emad fled Australia on Tuesday night, the day after the program aired.
       "When leaving Australia, the man triggered a long-standing alert at Melbourne Airport and at that time, there was an operational decision made by investigators that he could not be detained as the officers had no lawful basis to prevent him from departing Australia," Commissioner Negus said.
       "This was despite the material recently aired on the Four Corners being thoroughly analysed by our investigators.
       "There is little likelihood he would be arrested overseas and returned to Australia unless there is more evidence that can be collected prior to that point."
       Commissioner Negus says police have an idea of where Captain Emad is now, but is not prepared to disclose that publicly.
       The Four Corners story prompted widespread criticism of the AFP and ASIO, given that the alleged people smuggling syndicate had been operating just kilometres from the headquarters of Australia's intelligence agencies in Canberra.
       But Commissioner Negus says police were aware of its existence, and had even executed a search warrant at a Canberra address last year.
       "The AFP investigation into this alleged syndicate has been active for around two years," he said.
       "It involves a number of suspects - many of whom are known under multiple identities.
       "Despite this effort however, there remains insufficient evidence to charge any of the syndicate members with a criminal offence at this time."
       Commissioner Negus says AFP officers met with ABC reporter Sarah Ferguson before the Four Corners story was broadcast, and it has given authorities new leads.
       "There is new information that has been elicited since the story went to air and our investigators will continue to run that down," he said.
       "We certainly haven't given up on looking at this particular group of people and if the evidence is there, they'll be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
       Engelbertus Rustarto, the director of investigation and enforcement at the Directorate of Immigration, says up until now there has been no request either from Indonesian police or Australia to keep an eye on Captain Emad's possible presence in Indonesia.
       On Tuesday, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen ordered an investigation into claims Captain Emad posed as an asylum seeker, declaring he had "no tolerance at all for people gaining refugee status based on false information".
       "When we have somebody who has been granted refugee status, if it can be established that that status was based on wrong information then that can be revoked," Mr Bowen told the ABC.
       Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison wants to know why Mr Bowen did not immediately cancel Captain Emad's visa.
       "Did Minister Bowen when he became aware of the situation involving Captain Emad seek advice from his department about immediately seeking to cancel Captain Emad's visa?" he said.
       "What was the nature of that advice and why wasn't Mr Bowen able to cancel that visa of Captain Emad?"
       Open investigations
       Commissioner Negus says the other members of the alleged people smuggling syndicate remain the subject of an ongoing investigation.
       "The AFP currently has over a dozen active investigations into people smuggling ventures being organised from Australia," he said.
       "We have over 100 investigators working with our partners in this area both here in Australia and offshore."
       The AFP says almost 550 people allegedly involved in people smuggling have been arrested since 2008, including 12 organisers who were arrested in Australia.
       "In the past 15 months the Australian Crime Commission has conducted 17 coercive hearings which have led to some of these arrests," Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said.
       "The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation has also issued eight adverse security assessments against alleged people smugglers."
       Mr Morrison has offered in-principle support for any changes to the law to make sure the situation isn't repeated.
       "If there are not sufficient powers within the Migration Act, will the (Immigration) Minister bring forward changes to the Migration Act to ensure that a Minister has appropriate powers to cancel a visa in these circumstances or suspend a visa to ensure that someone like Captain Emad wasn't able to just slip out of the country," Mr Morrison said.
       Topics: police, law-crime-and-justice, human-trafficking, act, australia #
       Related Story: Who is Captain Emad?
       Related Story: Indonesia wants answers over smuggler's visa
       Related Story: People smuggler living in government housing
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       GO to ABC's webpage to follow up these links, please:
       Smugglers' Paradise - Australia, Watch Four Corners on iview: How Indonesia's biggest people smuggling networks have infiltrated Australia.
       Lost at sea, Almost 100 asylum seekers disappeared en route to Australia, and the people smugglers involved lied about their loss to collect payments from families.
       Who is Captain Emad?
  • Emad captained an asylum boat from Indonesia in January 2010.
  • At least five others on board also understood to be people smugglers.
  • Passed himself off as an asylum seeker to Australian authorities.
  • Emad granted a residency visa after three months.
  • He set up base in Canberra, working as a trolley collector.
  • He fled Australia after Four Corners aired an investigation into his activities.
  • Read more
       Key stories
  • People smugglers set up business in Australia (video)
  • Government orders probe into people smuggler claims
  • Indonesia angry over smuggling kingpin's visa (video)
  • Government orders probe into people smuggler claims
       Key videos
  • Video Four Corners reporter Sarah Ferguson questions Captain Emad on people smuggling. Source: ABC News | Duration: 2min 4sec
  • Video National president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance Greg Barns discusses whose to blame for accused people smugglers being granted in Australia. Source: ABC News | Duration: 5min 29sec
  • Video Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison joins Lateline to discuss Four Corners' report on people smugglers setting up business in Australia.
       Key audio
  • Opposition slams people smuggling policy
  • Indonesia questions Australia's commitment
  • Jailed Indonesian minor seeking compensation

  •    [COMMENT:  We must have growth, and we have a labour shortage for our dig-it-up-and-sell-cheaply, you know !   In spite of widespread homelessness in Australia, the Canberra authorities found FOUR HOUSES for the Captain and his family, in and near Canberra.  It's nice to have friends on the inside !  COMMENT ENDS.]
    [ABC; Updated June 08, 2012; First posted 14:23:24, June 07, 2012 ]

    • Bowen must explain smuggler's flight: Opposition   

    Bowen must explain smuggler’s flight: Opposition

       National Times, <http://­www.­­opinion­/polit­ical-news/­bowen-must-explain-smugglers-flight-opposit­ion-2012­0607-1z­xzg.­html>, by Judith Ireland, Breaking News Reporter, June 7, 2012
      [Picture] Alleged people smuggler flies free. Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus has admitted the AFP were powerless to stop alleged people smuggler Captain Emad from flying out of Australia.  
       The Opposition says Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has ''some explaining to do'' after alleged people smuggler "Captain Emad" fled Australia on Tuesday night.
       Coalition immigration spokesperson Scott Morrison said Captain Emad - who was living in Canberra - had "done a runner" on the government's watch.
       Captain Emad left Australia after a Four Corners report about his activities aired on Monday evening.
       Mr Morrison said Captain Emad would not have been able to flee if he had been on a temporary protection visa.
      [Picture] "Captain Emad" left Australia on Tuesday night, a night after allegations against him aired on Four Corners.    Photo: Four Corners  
       "Captain Emad" left Australia on Tuesday night, a night after allegations against him aired on Four Corners.
       Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus told reporters in Canberra today that Captain Emad had not been detained when he left Melbourne, despite an alert going out to authorities.
       Mr Negus said there was not enough evidence yet to detain him and that he had the right to the presumption of innocence.
       "Yes, it's frustrating," Mr Negus said of the people smuggling case.
       But he said the federal police would go ahead with the "full force of the law" in investigating Captain Emad.
       This afternoon, Mr Morrison said Mr Bowen should answer questions about what advice he sought from the Immigration Department around cancelling Captain Emad's visa.
       "(Mr Bowen) has some explaining to do," Mr Morrison told reporters in Perth.
       He also said that Mr Bowen should bring forward changes to the Migration Act to allow the minister to suspend or cancel visas: "to ensure someone like Captain Emad wasn't able to just slip out of the country."
       Earlier this week, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has said he had "no tolerance" for people gaining refugee status based on false information and the government will investigate claims that people smugglers are based in Australia.
       The AFP Commissioner said police had an idea of where Captain Mead had flown to, but would not reveal the location.
       He also said it was unlikely that Captain Emad would be arrested overseas.
       "There is little likelihood he would be arrested overseas and returned to Australia unless there is more evidence that can be collected prior to that point," he said.
       Mr Negus said that police had known about the alleged activities of Australian-based people smugglers before they were aired in a Four Corners report on Monday night.
       He said the group had been the subject of an investigation for about two years and the investigation was ongoing.
       Mr Negus said there were a number of suspects and a number of identities in their investigations into the group.
       "There remains insufficient evidence to charge any of the syndicate members at this time," he said.
       Four Corners reported that people smuggling agents had come to Australia by boat while posing as asylum seekers and had been granted residency.
       The program confronted a man known as "Captain Emad" in the northern Canberra suburb of Gungahlin as he worked collecting supermarket trolleys.
       He is alleged to have been involved with another Jakarta-based smuggler, Abu Ali Kuwaiti, a chief organiser for a voyage from Indonesia in which 97 people disappeared and are presumed to have drowned.
       It is also claimed Captain Emad had been living in taxpayer-funded housing in Canberra while engaged in people smuggling.
       Mr Negus said Four Corners had approached the federal police in February about its people smuggling program and that police had provided the ABC with some information about people smugglers.
       He said the federal police did not have "full visibility" of the program but noted that Four Corners had respected some of the "more sensitive elements" of their investigations.
       Mr Negus noted that some of the information presented in the Four Corners report did not amount to evidence that was able to be used in a court of law.
       Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has said he had "no tolerance" for people gaining refugee status based on false information and the government will investigate claims that people smugglers are based in Australia.
       The federal police said that, since September 2008, 14 alleged organisers have been arrested, including five organisers who have been sentenced to up to seven years' jail.
       Other alleged organisers are before the court. Four alleged Australian-based organisers were arrested in March 2012.
       Labor has been ridiculed by the opposition following the Four Corners report, with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott calling the government "utterly incompetent" at border protection.
       "If the TV station can find [the people smugglers], why can't the government stop them?" Mr Abbott asked.
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       [COMMENT:  The Australian Federal Police pretend they had no power to arrest.  But, somehow, a deranged German immigrant woman was locked up for months, and deported from Australia, even though it later appeared she had a valid visa to be in Australia.  And "damages" of thousands of dollars was later paid to her.  Can Canberra (triple-cost Parliament House) be any more incompetent ? COMMENT ENDS.]
    [June 7, 2012]

    • [Ongoing invasion continues, today's only opponent a lunatic.] 


         The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), Various pages, Sunday, June 24, 2012
       Page 16.

    Libs split on asylum.

        AUSTRALIA: Survivors of the boat tragedy off Christmas Island will likely [= probably] be transferred to the mainland and have their refugee status fast-tracked, officials said yesterday, as a split emerged in the Liberal Party over calls for a bipartisan asylum-seeker solution.
       [DOGMA: Sunan Abu-Dawud's, Book 14, Number 2635:- The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: I am commanded to fight with men till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His servant and His Apostle, face our qiblah (direction of prayer), eat what we slaughter, and pray like us.  When they do that, They will have the same rights as the Muslims have, and have the same responsibilities as the Muslims have.  ENDS.]

       Page 16.

    Get into Australia - or your money back.

        KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghan people smugglers are offering money-back guarantees on getting to Australia and providing people with step-by-step instructions on how to dupe authorities when they arrive. []
       The smugglers' clients are almost always Hazara, a tribe that suffered persecution under the Taliban.
       They pay up to $14,000 to a money-broker in Kabul who holds the money until they reach Australia. []
       For between $300 and $1500 clients can get a made-to-order threat letter purportedly from the Taliban that carries the insignia of the hard-line Islamic movement and threatens violence if they don't leave their village. []
       [DOGMA: Allah has allowed you release from your oaths.  ENDS.]

       Page 28.

    Defence lists hurt Afghans.

        AFGHANISTAN: [] The Australian Defence Force admitted 13 Afghans held since January 2007 were injured while in custody, including two who died.
       More than 3235 people have been held by the ADF, including teenagers, since 2007.
       [COMMENT: The Coalition of the Willing told the world they were attacking Afghanistan to find, Dead or Alive, Osama bin Ladin.  (Three nations of the Coalition then, without reason, attacked nearby Iraq.  Then PM of Australia, John Howard, asked how long, said "months rather than years.")  Bin Laden was supposedly killed months ago, so why are Australia and the rest of the the Coalition of the Killing still in Afghanistan ?  No weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, so why are the USA, UK and Australia still there ? 
       Meanwhile, WikiLeaks founder and a U.S. informant are both being hounded for releasing documents and movies which, among other things, showed the world the evil of these two invasions and occupations, the first immoral, and the second illegal under international law. COMMENT ENDS.]

       Page 41.

    My attack justified.

        OSLO, Norway: The trial of Anders Behring Breivik ended on Friday, exactly 11 months after he massacred 77 people in Norway, with the confessed killer insisting his attacks were justified and demanding acquittal. []
       his attacks were necessary to defend Norway against multiculturalism and a "Muslim invasion".
       blasting US TV series Sex and the City for encouraging women not to establish families, and singers of migrant origin representing Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest. []
       [COMMENT: Instead of achieving such aims, he murdered mainly non-Muslim ethnic Norwegians, entering or at child-bearing age !   COMMENT ENDS.]

       Page 41.

    New Paki PM.

        ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: MPs elected Raja Pervez Ashraf as Pakistan's new Prime Minister on Friday, in a bid to end a crisis sparked by judges ousting the premier and demanding the arrest of his would-be successor.
       [DOGMA: Take therefore none of the hypocrites for friends if they turn back, seize them and slay them.  strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; ENDS.]

       Page 41.

    Convert to con.

        NEW YORK, United States of America: A Muslim convert from Brooklyn was sentenced to nearly 12 years in jail [gaol] for posting online threats against the creators of the TV show South Park and others he deemed enemies of Islam.
       Jesse Curtis Morton, 33, who founded the new-defunct Revolution Muslim website, apologised for his conduct, saying he "contributed to a clash of civilisations" by espousing a violent ideology.
       [DOGMA: O you who believe!  fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you ENDS.]

       Page 41.

    Syria downs jet.  Turkey vows to take action, searches for pilots.

        ANKARA, Turkey: Syria says it has shot down a Turkish military plane flying at a low altitude and at a high speed. []
       Turkey on Friday night said "will determinedly take necessry steps" in response []
       Relations were already tense []
       After a cross-border shooting by Syrian forces in April left two refugees dead near Kilis
       Mr Erdogan said the plane went down in the Mediterranean, about 13km from the Syrian town of Latakia.  Turkish gunboats and helicopters were searching for the pilots and wreckage.
       [COMMENT: Syria in later Roman empire times was part of the Christian Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium).  Muslim invaders conquered it more than 1000 years ago, and after centuries Islamised Ottoman Turks seized it, and held it until the Ottoman Empire was broken up after being on the losing side in World War I (1914-18).  It was under French mandate, then became an independent monarchy, then a revolution slaughtered the royal family, and since then it has been ruled by what has turned into a hereditary non-majority quasi-monarchy.  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [DOGMA: the life for the life, the eye for the eye, the nose for the nose, the ear for the ear, the tooth for the tooth, and an equivalent injury for any injury.  ENDS.]
    [Jun 24, 2012]
    • [Europe a social mess, Australia copying.]

    [Europe a social mess, Australia copying.]

       The West Australian, <letters § wanews com au>, Various Letters to The Editor, p 20, Monday, June 25, 2012

    [Can't even protect border]

       Julia Gillard attends the G20 meeting in Mexico, then tells other government heads how they should be running their countries. What a joke.
       Little do they know that she does not have the courage to stand up to other nearby government leaders and demand their assistance (or lose their foreign aid) to regain control of Australia's border security.

    [$30k spent per invader child]

       After reading your report that the State Government is caring for 20 unaccompanied child refugees at a cost of $600,000 a year, can I register my mum as a refugee instead of an age pensioner and increase her pension by $10,000 a year?
       I feel that is fair. Why not just increase all age pensions by the same amount we spend on refugees? Pensioners would be surprised how much more they would get.

    [Illegal entry often only option.]

       I was happy to read Irene Alexander's views (Ignorant comments, Letters, 19/6) about immigration and would like to assure her that her thoughts are not isolated and many West Australians feel the same way.
       Perhaps some Australians are not aware of the refugee crisis around the world and need to be better informed. The boat people crisis is minor compared to the refugee crisis worldwide.
       Our concern should be that of a humanitarian one and not of the cultural impact. The geographical location of one's birth should not decide one's fate.
       Unfortunately, because of global policy and lack of resources (slow processing, citizenship concerns) in many countries, seeking refuge illegally is often the only option.
       David Allen, Dianella

    [All heart but no brains]

       Irene Alexander (Letters, 19/6) should follow her own advice and research the difference between genuine asylum seekers and queue jumpers.
       The genuine ones are languishing in various countries patiently waiting for their applications to be processed. They deserve our support and sympathy.
       The illegals are those who fly safely into Malaysia or Indonesia, then throw away their documents and take a leaky boat to come here.
       We have fully functioning Australian embassies in KL and Jakarta. Why do they not apply for asylum at these embassies? Are the local authorities preventing them from doing so?
       Australians have every right to be angry at those who choose to come here through the back door when the front door is wide open.
       This is not a race issue or a contest between compassion versus heartlessness. This is simply a case of smart crooks taking advantage of a government and refugee activists who are "all heart but no brains".
       Europe is a social mess because of decades of uncontrolled migration and is proof of the old adage: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."
       This "vitriol" is simply ordinary Aussies worried about ending up like Europe.

       [COMMENT: Politicians seem to have no idea that Australia is using far more underground water than is being replenished by nature, so it is stupid to allow immigration of any sort. COMMENT ENDS.]
    [To webpage Sep 4, '12. Jun 25, 2012]

    • [Australians before invaders, except for one correspondent.]

    [Australians before invaders, except for one correspondent.]

       The West Australian, <letters § wanews com au>, Various Letters to The Editor, pages 22-23, Thursday, June 28, 2012
    Page 22

    [Labor and Greens have failed on border protection]

       I am, like many other Australian voters, disappointed and in some cases disgusted with the activities of our elected representatives in Canberra.
      When will this Labor/Greens Government realise, like the Australian population, that its border protection and other policies are a failure, admit that they are not working and fix them?
      It is the Government, so get on with the job and govern the country.

    Why are you so blinded by fear?

      It's time for democracy to live and breathe in WA. This means not only ensuring the rule of the majority, but the protection of the interests of the vulnerable through the rule of law so that the majority can't gang up on those least able to defend themselves.
      Without that last proviso, we don't have democracy, we have the tyranny of the mob, kangaroo courts and, at worst, atrocities to explain to future generations.
      The refugee issue is a serious case in point. Australian's can't wish away international law by towing refugees out to other countries or even thinking that they can prevent desperate people from escaping beatings in Indonesia and Malaysia by somehow calling it "illegal" to seek asylum to where their families are safer.
      In law, a refugee's income has nothing to do with it. You might be poor from Afghanistan or rich from Iran - it's irrelevant when the thugs are at your door.
      Refugees are persecuted: they escape because their families have been attacked or under threat of attack because of their affiliations. When they come to kill your family, you leave. The people who drowned last week were escaping the violence of Pakistan's Taliban in the northern province.
      But while I am concerned about refugees, I worry more about some of my brothers and sisters in Australia. They are blinded by fear, content to hate others they know nothing about, clutching at fabricated stories of refugee benefits and coming up with unlikely solutions which ignore the rule of law as if this won't come at a terrible cost to us, let alone refugees.
      And people who should know better, politicians who are calling us to fear and envy those weaker than ourselves, are hurting the body politic far beyond any election they seek to win. Listen to the tone of this debate: more often hysteria than care. It does us no good and it might do us all much harm.
       Adrian Glamorgan. White Gum Valley

    Wrong priorities

       I think this country-needs to get its priorities right. My granddad, a man who paid taxes his whole life in this country and followed all its laws, had a stroke while in New Zealand last year. Getting him home was a nightmare.
       Travel insurance would not cover the flight home because of a pre-existing medical condition (despite him being given the OK to go on holiday). Multiple people were contacted, including the Australian embassy and Government, but they were not interested in helping transport an Aussie pensioner home.
       Instead, my grandma had to fork out more than $100,000 and came close to selling the family home to fly her husband of 60 years back to home soil on a small medical jet. Not even the Government would spare a dollar to help this Aussie battler - an Aussie who is now struggling financially.
       Yet the Government will use taxpayers' money for an empty plane to transport an asylum seeker to Perth for medical treatment, someone who has never stood foot on our land before, never paid tax and has done nothing for the country. This country needs to start looking after its own people, in particular its pensioners.

    Please explain

       About three years ago I was asked to guarantee $60,000 for a mercy flight for my son who was injured in a motor vehicle accident in Bali and had internal bleeding in the brain, head trauma, fractured hip, broken arm and internal bleeding.
       I read your report about one of the refugees injured in the boat disaster over the weekend who was transported to Perth in a commercial jet with just the crew. He had two fingers amputated (not life threatening).
       I watched the opening of the Northam detention centre over the weekend and wondered how some of our less-privileged people would love a room with air-conditioning and television.
       I also wondered what happened to the five patrol boats built here in WA and delivered to Indonesia as part of our aid package a few years ago. Where were they when the refugee boat was just a few kilometres off Indonesia?
       It's time to stop this bleeding-heart attitude before we suffer the same problems as Europe. Apathy is a wonderful thing until it affects you.
      [Picture of rectangular groups of buildings with a quadrangle and bigger buildings.] Luxury: Northam detention centre  

    [Better sports than for Aussies]

       On seeing pictures of the new detention centre for boat people in Northam, especially those of the sporting facilities, Australians have the right to ask why this Labor Government is providing better facilities for asylum seekers than it does for many Australians.
       This detention centre is like a Club Med resort. It is lunacy what this Gillard Government is spending on these people. It seems it has no shortage of money
       Maybe our homeless and poor should hop on boats and turn up at Christmas Island. Perhaps then they will receive better treatment.

    [$33k for priority flight 3hrs before scheduled.]

       I don't think there has been a more absurd letter this year than that of Kym Coolhass (27/6). How can a charter flight costing $33,000 for a single person not be a waste of money, especially with a regular flight leaving three hours later? How long does the average person have to wait in emergency with injuries?
       That $33,000 would have been very welcome at the Salvation Army or Red Cross to help Perth's homeless and elderly I can only hope that the author is not old enough to vote.
    Page 23

    Please stop political game

       Labor, the Greens and the independents are the Government. It controls both houses of Parliament and it has been getting legislation passed.
       Government comes with the responsibility to govern. The Greens and independents have reaped the rewards of this collectivism. They have the responsibility to settle the boat people issue with Labor as the cost.
       Labor has always looked to winning political points in this. It scuttled the Opposition's patently successful border controls and reignited the problems to give us this devastating debacle. It sought to coerce East Timor into accepting offshore processing there and was denied.
       It won an election vilifying the Opposition for using a non-signatory nation but now, with Malaysia, vilifies the coalition for not signing on to a non-signatory-nation deal. We have seen brutal maltreatment of asylum seekers in Malaysia on our TVs.
       The Opposition will not be a party to this - and correctly so. The Malaysian deal seeks to expatriate 800 people from here and we have to accept 4000 from there.
       If repeated, the expatriated could then become part of the next 4000.
       If repeated, these people, who by definition have cash, would take over the humanitarian side of pur immigration program.
       Labor is playing an appalling political game at the moment simply to fight Tony Abbott. It is costing lives. It's time the Greens and independents got bullied into accepting their responsibilities.

    Harsh solution

       The fallout resulting from the most recent people-smuggling tragedy fails to address the truth behind this appalling incident.
       While Labor, Liberal and the Greens can argue the merits of Malaysia, Nauru, PNG or onshore processing, the fact remains that total responsibility for these deaths falls with Indonesia alone.
       Indonesia has the responsibility and the power to stop these deaths immediately.
       The solution is simple but harsh. Forcibly repatriate all illegal arrivals - both those who arrive by boat and those who overstay their visas - for processing in their countries of origin.
       Deduct all costs from whatever foreign aid we currently pay to Indonesia, other transit countries and to the countries of origin.
       The needless deaths would cease very quickly.

    Call election

       I congratulate Paul Murray for his Opinion piece (Greens must shoulder burden, 27/6). Let's get this clear so even the Canberra press gallery understands.
       The Prime Minister is the head of the Government and the people on her side of the house (the majority), who may not be of her party, rule.
       If the Government has a policy which it wants to make into law, then it votes on it and, having the majority, passes it. If the Opposition (those not elected to govern) has a different policy to the Government, it is under no obligation whatsoever to assist the passage of policy it opposes - except maybe in time of war or national emergency.
       If the PM cannot pass legislation because some of those on her side of the house will not support that legislation, then she is obliged to either drop the proposed legislation or go to the Governor-General and ask for an election so that she may get the majority in the house.
       Blaming the Opposition for a problem of the Government's own making is feeble leadership.
       John Brown. Bibra Lake

    [Repatriate them unless from refugee camp]

       I write this in disgust at the Gillard Government and the Greens. I blame the latest asylum-seeker boat tragedy on them. They have done nothing to really stop these boats from coming and the Malaysia swap deal is a joke.
       These tragedies are going to happen again and again. They must reintroduce the only measure that has worked before, Nauru, and put an end to this fiasco of boats that seem to be coming every day.
       Our system is so weak, as highlighted by Capt. Emad and his family living in government-assisted housing under false testimony.
       Enough of the bleeding-heart stories. Unless they are from a refugee camp they should be returned to their countries. Enough is enough. Save our country, please.

    [Why not stay in moderate Islamic lands?]

       Australians should not be duped by some politicians who would have the public believe the boat people risk their lives to reach Christmas Island because we are the only country where they would find a safe haven.
       There are moderate Muslim countries much closer to the native countries of these people that offer employment and a lifestyle free of persecution. The boat people make the decision to bypass these countries at their own risk.

    [Hypocrites should establish a solution]

       Sarah Hanson-Young and Christine Milne (Greens), along with the independents in Federal Parliament, are hypocrites. No, they are worse.
       They condemn in a holier-than-thou pulpit the failure of the Government and the Opposition to unite and provide a solution to the growing asylum-seeker problem while taking no responsibility themselves.
       As we have experienced for the past several years, neither the Opposition nor the Government has the power to implement any solutions without the support of these hypocrites.
       The time is well past due for the fence sitters to stop throwing.stones at everyone else and enable a solution (ideal or not) to be implemented.
       It is they and not the major parties who control legislation. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

    [Will Northam locals get the jobs etc.?]

       I would rather the millions of dollars spent on the Northam detention centre be spent on giving our elderly a better standard of living in their later years rather than pandering to those who buy their way through the back door.
       But given that it is now a fact, can someone tell us how much the Northam people got out of this? In the construction phase, how many of the permanent 500 jobs were sourced locally and how much of the daily purchases will be sourced from local businesses?

    [Re-open Nauru and reintroduce TPVs]

       The political impasse over asylum seekers can easily be broken. Labor and the Liberals should sign an agreement to reopen Nauru and reintroduce temporary protection visas, but not turn back the boats.
       If the number of boats has not significantly decreased over eight months, then the Malaysia legislation will be passed.
       Labor says Nauru in isolation will not work. The Opposition says it will. Put it to the test. If it fails, try Malaysia.
       If either party refuses to agree to this proposal, then we know for a fact they are interested only in playing politics with a life-and-death issue and they will be severely punished at the next election. #
       Letters to the Editor, WA Newspapers, GPO Box N1027 Perth WA 6843. Fax 08 9482 3830. <letters § wanews /./ com /./ au>
    [To Webpage Sep 4, '12; Jun 28, 2012]

    • Muslim Branding on Our Food.  [Halal inspections and marks, if you pay.]   

    Muslim Branding on Our Food , <>, Temporarily listed as June 30, 2012 Halal logo
       We have received a number of letters from people asking if we will be putting the Muslim Halal logo on our food.
       To acquire Halal certification, payment is required to the endorsing body and involves a number of site inspections of both our growers and processors in order to ensure that our practices comply with the conditions of Halal certification. It is important to note that this does not reflect the quality of the food being processed or sold - it only means that the products are approved as being prepared in accordance with the traditions of the Muslim faith.
       We are aware of an increasing number of large companies both in Australia and overseas, such as Kraft and Cadbury, who have obtained accreditation to use the Halal logo. We don't believe they have done this because of any religious commitment but rather for purely commercial reasons. Perhaps these large organisations can afford to do this.
       While we have a choice however, we would prefer to avoid unnecessarily increasing the cost of our products in order to pay for Halal accreditation when this money would be better spent continuing to support important charitable causes where assistance is greatly needed.
       We point out that we have never been asked to put a Christian symbol (or any other religious symbol) on our food requiring that we send money to a Christian organisation for the right to do so. #

       [RECAPITULATION: We point out that we have never been asked to put a Christian symbol (or any other religious symbol) on our food   ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: The persistent take-over continues.  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets or the "preserved slate" kept by Allah in heaven): 
       4:101 (or 4:102):- the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies.  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
       [HADITH: Sunan Abu-Dawud's, Book 14, Number 2635:- The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: I am commanded to fight with men till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His servant and His Apostle, face our qiblah (direction of prayer), eat what we slaughter, and pray like us.  When they do that, their life and property are unlawful for us except what is due to them.  They will have the same rights as the Muslims have, and have the same responsibilities as the Muslims have.  TRADITION ENDS.]
    [Temporarily listed as June 30, 2012]

    • US, Afghan officials condemn public execution of Afghan woman.  [Najibar murdered by her husband, Juma Khan,over quarrel between two Taliban leaders.  30-year-old woman and her two children beheaded by her divorced husband.  16 "honor killings" in March and April.]     

    US, Afghan officials condemn public execution of Afghan woman

       World News on MSNBC, <http://­­_news/­2012/07/08/­12627795-us-afghan-officials-condemn-public-exec­ution-of-afghan-wom­an?lite>, By Isolde Raftery, , July 8, 2012
       U.S. and Afghan officials on Sunday condemned the public execution of an Afghan woman accused of adultery, saying her death "is an unambiguous reminder to the Afghan people and the international community of the brutality of the Taliban."
       The woman's death, which was recorded, shows the woman, named Najiba, crouched, her back to a man identified as her husband. He is handed an AK-47 assault rifle, which he uses to shoot her from behind. By the third shot, she collapses, but he continues to fire 10 more times as about 150 men on a nearby hillside cheer.
       The video was obtained by Reuters.
       "They are brutal people and like savage animals, they killed another human being," Basir Salangi, the provincial governor of Parwan Province, told Reuters. The village in Parwan where the execution took place is about an hour north of Kabul, the Afghan capital. "It is clear that they are outlaws and must be delivered into the hands of the law," he said.
       In a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, officials said the U.S. is committed to increasing "awareness of women's rights, to prevent and prosecute acts of violence against women, and to ensure that those responsible for such barbaric acts are brought to justice."
       "This cold-blooded murder, carried out in front of a crowd and recorded on video, is an unambiguous reminder to the Afghan people and the international community of the brutality of the Taliban," the embassy statement said.
       Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, addressing a world conference n Afghanistan's future, said Sunday: "The United States believes strongly that no nation can achieve peace, stability and economic growth if half the population is not empowered."
       Such punishment is a reminder that, although there are 430,000 foreign and Afghan forces on the ground, the Taliban still controls large swaths of the country. Women's rights activists in Afghanistan told Reuters they worry that violence against women may be on the rise as President Hamid Karzai's administration focuses on 2014 - the date President Barack Obama has set for pulling out U.S. troops.
       Najiba, believed to be a mother, was found guilty of being sexually connected to two Taliban commanders - whether by rape or consensual sex is unclear, Reuters reported. Taliban officials then convened a quick trial and ordered her execution to settle the dispute between the two commanders. The killing occurred in late June.
       In the video, before Najiba is shot, a bearded man reads verses from the Quran condemning adultery.
       "We cannot forgive her, God [Allah god] tells us to finish her," he says. "Juma Khan, her husband, has the right to kill her."
       As Khan approaches Najiba, another man states, "Allah warns us not to get close to adultery because it's the wrong way. It is the order of Allah that she be executed."
       Najiba's execution follows on the heels of the beheading of a 30-year-old woman and her two children last week in eastern Afghanistan by a man police say was her divorced husband. Their deaths, women's activists told Reuters, is the latest in a string of "honor killings."
       There have been 16 recorded cases of these honor cases in March and April, according to Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission; last year, 20 were recorded for the entire year.
       Commissioner Suraya Subhrang told Reuters she blamed the sharp rise on increased insecurity and weak rule of law.
       "There are many that go unreported," Subhrang told Reuters. "Men make a quick decision in their own courts to kill a girl and hold a prayer for her the next day."
       Reuters contributed to this report. #

       [COMMENT:  Afghani President Hamid Karzai has already proved he believes women are third-class humans, as a report of March 10-11, 2012 shows.  The shooting execution of Najibar was video-recorded, that is how proud the village people are of these "kangaroo court" murders.  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [RELIGIOUS CULTURE: Read the Koran scripture and the Hadith traditions to find the religious reasons behind these brutal murders masquerading as judgements of the god Allah.  ENDS.]
    [Jul 08, 2012]

    • UK detains terror suspect who traveled close to London's Olympic Park       

    UK detains terror suspect who traveled close to London's Olympic Park

       World News on MSNBC, <http://­­_news/­2012/07/08/­12623229-uk-detains-terror-suspect-who-traveled-close-to-londons-olympic-park>, By NBC News' Michele Neubert and's F. Brinley Bruton, Date probably July 8, 2012
       LONDON - British officials arrested a terror suspect after he traveled close to the Olympic Park in East London five times, a U.K. newspaper reported on Sunday, capping off a week of heightened security concerns in the run-up to the games later this month.
       The Sunday Telegraph reported without citing its sources that the suspected terrorist, believed to be a would-be suicide bomber with links to al-Qaida, had been taken into custody after crossing through the park five times.
       Security sources told NBC News, however, that the suspect never got into the park.
       Authorities in London are actively seeking out potential threats and have made numerous arrests ahead of the Olympics. NBC's Annabel Roberts reports.
       Police did confirm that a man had been arrested for breaching anti-terrorism restrictions.
       "A man appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday 28 June charged with five counts of breaching a terrorism prevention and investigation measure contrary to the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011," police told NBC News in a statement.
       The suspect, known only as CF, was arrested on May 22 and released on bail, police told NBC News. The Telegraph reported he had been arrested on Saturday.
       The newspaper reported that the man had been under surveillance for years after having reportedly traveled to Somalia to train with al-Qaida-linked militants and who attempted to visit Afghanistan for the same reason.
       'In the line of fire': UK confirms 6 London Olympic missile defense sites
       A source at Britain's Home Office, the equivalent of the United States' Department of Homeland Security, told NBC News:
       "I understand he was arrested at home. He breached (a TPIM) order five times with different rail journeys. But to stress, these were never incursions onto the park, just trips on public transport taken by thousands of other people every day. He got no restricted access."
       British police say they have released without charge one of six people being held for an alleged plot to launch a terrorist attack. NBNC's Annabel Roberts reports.
       Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures are legal orders that restrict suspect's movements, computer use and who they can meet.
       London beefs up security before Olympics
       CF had been wearing an electronic tag that traces his movements via GPS. NBC News tried without success to reach the suspect's lawyer.
       Rising tensions
       The report's prominence - it ran as the newspaper's top story - underlined the British public's, or at least the media's, focus on security threats to the London Olympics, which are due to start on July 27.
       On Friday, police announced that seven men had been arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses [offences] after a routine vehicle search turned up firearms and weapons in central England. On Thursday, officers in London detained six other terror suspects using stun guns and smoke grenades in an early-morning swoop on a home close to London's Olympic Park.
       Also on Thursday, armed police evacuated around 50 people and closed a major toll road in both directions in Central England after a passenger on the bus was reportedly seen pouring liquid into a box, which then started smoking. The event turned out to be a false alarm caused by a passenger using an electronic cigarette that emitted a vapor.
       Scotland Yard and the Royal marines teamed up in a show of strength against terrorists who might target the Olympics, practiced high speed drills using helicopters and boats on the River Thames.
       Security have told NBC News to expect an increase in sensitivity in the pre-Olympic period, which could result in an increased number of raids and arrests. These operations, the sources said, should not necessarily be seen as a sign of significantly more terror plots.
       The issue of security is a particularly relevant one to Olympics organizers. The decision to award the Olympics to London was announced on July 6, 2005. Just a day later, London suffered its worst peacetime attack when four suicide bombers killed 52 commuters.
       Brits revel in gloom ahead of London Olympics, but don't believe the gripe
       And the games will see the country's largest peacetime security operation and involve tens of thousands of security officials, with 13,500 military personnel, 12,000 police and 10,000 private contractors.
       Intelligence officials say there has been an expected increase in chatter among extremist groups ahead of the games, but there are still no specific or credible threats targeting the Olympics. The terror level is labeled substantial, a notch below severe. A substantial threat level indicates that an attack is a strong possibility.
       NBC News' Nanette van der Laan and Marie Hagen contributed to this report. #

       [RECAPITULATION: The jihadists are succeeding in making the multicultural dream impossible, and so lead to a slow build-up of resentment among the invasive immigrants.  ENDS.]
    [?? Jul 08, 2012]

    • Are the condoms allowed ..? 

    Are the condoms allowed ..?

       Islam Helpline, <http://­www.­­node/­3867>, by Burhan, Date unknown, to this webpage Monday July 9, 2012
       are the condoms allowed ..
       are the condoms allowed to use?
       Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
       As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
       One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
       assalamualay kum brothers.
       are the condoms allowed to use?
       i had been, eight month, married with a woman how i never love and it was a fouse married. until now
    feel that i don,t love her. therefore i don't want to have kid with her. as nature of married couple she wants to have sex, but i afrad to have baby so that i want use condom. please advise me.

       (There may be some grammatical and spelling errors in the above statement. The forum does not change anything from questions, comments and statements received from our readers for circulation in confidentiality.)
       Condoms lawful
       In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
       Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 30 Surah Rome verse 21:
       21   And among His Signs is this that He created for you mates from among yourselves that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts); verily in that are Signs for those who reflect.

       Dear and beloved brother in Islam, regardless of the conditions that led to your marriage, if you have married the sister, then it is absolutely obligatory upon you to honor your vows of marriage and give your wife her rights in full. If you do not fulfill your rights due to your wife in marriage, you will be guilty of transgression and injustice in the Just and Supreme Court of Allah Subhanah in the Hereafter.
       Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.136:- Narrated by Jabir:
       We used to practice coitus interruptus during the lifetime of Allah's Messenger (saws), while the Qur'an was being Revealed.

       When some of the companions of the Prophet (saws) wished to space their children, they would practice the concept called 'coitus interruptus' meaning at the exact time of ejaculation, they would remove their private organs from their wives. Although when asked, the Messenger of Allah (saws) did not encourage it, he did not declare it forbidden.
       Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.459:- Narrated by Ibn Muhairiz:
       So when we intended to do coitus interruptus, we said, 'How can we do coitus interruptus before asking Allah's Messenger (saws) who is present among us?'  We asked (him) about it and he (saws) said, 'It is better for you not to do so, for if any soul is predestined to exist, it will exist.' "

       The using of condoms serves the same purpose as the process of 'coitus interruptus'; and if one's intention in using it is to space one's children, there is no sin. But if one uses it to prevent having children permanently, then it would indeed be against the principles of Islam and a grave sin in the sight of Allah Subhanah.
       If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.
       Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah's Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
       Your brother and well wisher in Islam,
       Burhan #

       [1st RECAPITULATION:  Dear and beloved brother in Islam, regardless of the conditions that led to your marriage, if you have married the sister, then it is absolutely obligatory upon you to honor your vows of marriage and give your wife her rights in full.  ENDS.]
       [1st COMMENT:  Noble sentiments about the vows of marriage, but how come that the word from Heaven, as we are told, the Koran, has a chapter (or Sūra) 65, called Divorce (or Aṭ-Ṭalāq)?  The first seven long verses cover various contingencies in divorce, giving rules for handing money to the divorced wife, housing her, what to do if she is pregnant, and providing for suckling if a child is born later. 
       These Koran verses also set a three-month waiting period to check if menstruation occurs, and even cover child-brides, that is, a wife who has not yet menstruated !  (Koran 65:4, Dawood's 2003 translation, and Tarif Khalidi's 2008 translation, and see Rodwell's 2001 edition) 
       The Koran 66:5, regarding Mahomet's wives, reads: "It may be, if he divorced you (all) his Lord will give him instead of you, wives better than you, - Muslims (who submit to Allah) ". 
       AND, in the Islam Helpline answer 6337, this appears:- Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.67, Narrated by Abu Huraira
       The Prophet (saws) said, "A matron (divorced or widowed woman) should not be given in marriage except after her permission; "
       So why didn't the answer recommend that the enquirer think about divorcing his unloved wife, say, after discussing it with her, the two sets of parents, and some trusted professionals, for example ?  ENDS.]
       [2nd RECAPITULATION: 
       Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.459, Narrated by Ibn Muhairiz
       So when we intended to do coitus interruptus, we said, 'How can we do coitus interruptus before asking Allah's Messenger (saws) who is present among us?' We asked (him) about it and he (saws) said, 'It is better for you not to do so, for if any soul is predestined to exist, it will exist.' "  ENDS.]
       [2nd COMMENT:  Well, that hadith tradition seems different to Sahih Muslim's hadith, Book 8, Number 3371, when discussing 'azl, that is, the withdrawal method:- " Allah's Messenger said:  It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born."
       And later in Sahih Muslim's Book 8, at Number 3383, discussing sex with a slave-woman, the method is permitted:- " He said: Practise 'azl, if you so like "  ENDS.]
       [SUMMARY COMMENT:  Divorce is permittted in the Muslim writings, so the advice given here was incomplete and incorrect.  The words "honor your vows of marriage" ought to be checked by a scholar. 
       The advice about condoms to aid in child-spacing and similar would seem in modern Western eyes to be reasonable, but it seems doubtful that this is mainstream Islamic teaching, because there is literature complaining that wives are raped a lot, and end up as baby-factories.  Women are kept from education in many Islamic areas, and generally are treated as third-class people.  ENDS.]
       [Saws:  Please explain the exact derivation and meaning of this.  P.b.u.h. the Webmaster knows fully, but not saws yet.  ENDS.]
    [Ans. 3867: Date unknown, to this webpage Monday July 9, 2012]

    • A girl's mother is forcing .. 

    A girl's mother is forcing ..

       Islam Helpline <http://­www.­>, Answer by Burhan, Date unknown, to this webpage Monday July 9, 2012
       A girl's mother is forcing ..
       A girl's mother is forcing her to marry a guy whom she dont like and not attracted to.
       Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
       As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
       One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
       Brother, pls treat this question as urgent. A girl's mother is forcing her to marry a guy whom she dont like and not attracted to. Is it obligatory to aceede to her request even knowing that she d be living a miserable loveless life with him? Secondly, his past life, had been colorful he himself admitted to adultry and drinking but says he has repented and quit those things but dont know he might be right or wrong. What should she do? Pls keep the email id confidential

       (There may be some grammatical and spelling errors in the above statement. The forum does not change anything from questions, comments and statements received from our readers for circulation in confidentiality.)
       Force girl to marry
       In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
       Your Question:  .. Is it obligatory to aceede to her request ?
       If a girl is not wiling or ready to marry someone, it would not be righteousness on the part of her parents to force her to marry their choice but rather they should seek a suitor whom both the parents and the bride approve of.
       As much as Islam guides that the consent of the parents is vital to one's marriage, the ultimate authority on whether to accept the proposal or reject it is the right of the bride herself if the girl does not give her express approval to her marriage, that 'nikaah' will be considered void in the Sight of Shariah Law and of Allah Subhanah.
       Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.67, Narrated by Abu Huraira
       The Prophet (saws) said, "A matron (divorced or widowed woman) should not be given in marriage except after her permission; and a virgin should not be given in marriage except after her permission."  The Companions (r.a.) asked, "O Allah's Messenger (saws), the virgin feels shy (to give verbal consent)."  He (saws) said, "Her silence (would indicate her permission)."

       Your Question: Secondly, his past life, had been colorful he himself admitted to adultry [sic] and drinking but says he has repented and quit
       Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3090, Narrated by Abu Hurayrah
       Allah's Messenger (saws) said, 'When someone with whose religion and character you are satisfied asks your daughter in marriage, accede to his request. If you do not do so, there will be temptation on earth and extensive corruption.'

       If the guardians/bride are not absolutely convinced regarding the character and practice of religion on the prospective suitor, one should not give their daughters in marriage to such people.
       But if one used to live one's live [? life] in manifest transgression of the prescribed Boundaries of the Lord in their past, and one is absolutely convinced and verified to the best of their ability that the person has subsequently sought sincere ‘taubah’ and repented for his evil and amended his conduct, then Islam guides that one should forgive and overlook his past faults, and treat him as if he had never committed those sins.
       If one looks in one's own past, one will find a multitude of sins one might have done which the Lord Most Merciful has screened from being exposed Just as one wishes that the Lord would forgive them their past sins, it would only be piety and righteousness in the Sight of Allah if one were to forgive and overlook the past deeds or their repentant believing brother/sister in faith.
       Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Noor verse 22: let them forgive and overlook: do you not wish that Allah should forgive you? For Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.

       Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah's Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
       Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

       [RECAPITULATION:  The Prophet (saws) said, "A matron (divorced or widowed woman) should not be given in marriage except after her permission; and a virgin should not be given in marriage except after her permission."  ENDS.]
       [COMMENT:  Taquiyya or lying for Allah has been used in the most strategic places in that section !   You see, the Koran scripture tells women they must obey men.  And there is a DIFFERENT Hadith tradition, also from Bukhari, quoted below, that even without consent the man has a right to sex, and the marriage is legal. (Bukhari's 9, 86:98)  Of course, in quiet times the girl's family discusses the "dowry" he is supposed to give the child bride. (Koran 5.5)  But, in violent times, even a garment given to a captive woman is sufficent "dowry" to cover a temporary marriage - or is that the wrong word for the rape of a war prisoner ? (Bukhari's 6, 60:139).  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven): 
       Koran 4:34 (or 4:38):- Virtuous women are obedient <http://­­quran/004/004-034.htm> SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
       Sahih Bukhari's 6, 60:139:- Narrated Abdullah:  We used to participate in the holy wars carried on by the Prophet he allowed us to marry a woman (temporarily) by giving her even a garment
       Sahih Bukhari's 9, 86:98: Some people said, "If a virgin is not asked for her consent and she is not married, and then a man, by playing a trick presents two false witnesses that he has married her with her consent and the judge confirms his marriage as a true one, and the husband knows that the witnesses were false ones, then there is no harm for him to consummate his marriage with her and the marriage is regarded as valid."  TRADITION ENDS.]
       [LOOK-AGAIN COMMENT:  Look back to the hadith quoted in the answer article.  Notice that it says the virgin girl by her silence gives consent.  Put yourself in the position of a 9-year-old or 12-year-old being told by mother and father "You are going to be married."  The child could be silent, just as if she had been told she had to take some cough medicine, or to get ready to go out with the family.  She probably doesn't even know of the agony of the first night, let alone how to live with a dictator husband, the vomiting during pregnancy, the pangs of childbirth, or that she will be tied to babies, relentlessly.  ENDS.]
    [Ans. 6337: Date unknown, to this webpage Monday July 9, 2012]

    • Kill one who abuses reviles Prophet (saws). 

    Kill one who abuses reviles Prophet (saws)

       Islam Helpline, <http://­www.­>, Reply by Members of Islamhelpline, Date unknown, to this webpage Monday July 9, 2012
       kill one who abuses reviles Prophet (saws)
       kill one who abuses reviles Prophet (saws)
       Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
       As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
       One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
       Dear Brother Assalaamualaikum
       I would like guidance on how I should view the Hadith quoted as under_

       Sunan Abu-Dawud Book 38, Number 4349
       Narrated Ali ibn AbuTalib: A Jewess used to abuse the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and disparage him. A man strangled her till she died. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) declared that no recompense was payable for her blood.

       I am sure it can be explained in and with proper context.
       Please help me.
       Jazak Allah Khairan.

       (There may be some grammatical and spelling errors in the above statement. The forum does not change anything from questions, comments and statements received from our readers for circulation in confidentiality.)
       Kill one who abuses reviles Prophet (saws)

       In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

       Sunan Abu-Dawud Book 38, Number 4349
       Narrated Ali ibn AbuTalib:
       A Jewess used to abuse the Prophet (saws)and disparage him. A man strangled her till she died. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) declared that no recompense was payable for her blood.

       Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4348 Narrated by Abdullah Ibn Abbas
       A blind man had a slave-girl who used to abuse the Prophet (saws) and disparage him. He forbade her but she did not stop. He rebuked her but she did not give up her habit. One night she began to slander the Prophet (saws) and abuse him. So he took a dagger, placed it on her belly, pressed it, and killed her. A child who came between her legs was smeared with the blood that was there.
       When the morning came, the Prophet (saws) was informed about it. He assembled the people and said: 'I adjure by Allah the man who has done this action and I adjure him by my right to him that he should stand up.' Jumping over the necks of the people and trembling the blind man stood up. He sat before the Prophet (saws) and said: 'O Messenger of Allah (saws)! I am her master; she used to abuse you and disparage you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not abandon her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was my companion. Last night she began to abuse and disparage you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her.' Thereupon the Prophet (saws) said: 'Oh be witness, no retaliation is payable for her blood.'

       Regarding the above narrations which are indeed considered authentic, one must realize that the incident that is related above occurred in the believing nation of Madinah where a sovereign Islamic State was established with the Noble Prophet (saws) as its sole leader and judge, and under the guidance of Allah Subhanah, the Prophet (saws) as the sole leader and judge of a sovereign Muslim nation accepted the witness of the person and forgave him.
       Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 53 Surah Najm, verses 3-4:
       3  Nor does he (Prophet Mohamed (saws)) say (aught) of (his own) desire.
       4  It is no less than inspiration sent down to him.

       In the hadees you quoted, it is correct that the Holy Prophet saws declared no diyyat to be paid for the slaying of the jewess who slandered him because the Prophet saws was a witness to the crime and according to the Shariah laws at that time the punishment for blasphemy and slander of the Holy Prophet saws was death.
       Today if anybody defiles the character of the Holy Prophet (saws) we are not permitted to take the law into our hands and impart punishment. If this is done people could take advantage and much fitnah would be caused. The correct thing to do is report the same to the authorities if you are living in an Islamic country and let the law take its course. There are laws in non-Islamic countries too wherein one cannot abuse or defile the religion of others.
       Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah's Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is only ones. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
       Your brother and well wisher in Islam,
       Members of Islamhelpline #

       [RECAPITULATION:  Today if anybody defiles the character of the Holy Prophet (saws) The correct thing to do is report the same to the authorities   ENDS.]
       [COMMENT:  This part of the answer is completely false.  Anyone who takes the Koran as the real actual word of Allah would be guided by the following verse, for example, plus the various hadiths giving the example of the man they call the Prophet. 
       The fact that the Muslim leader of Iran could issue a fatwa calling for the murder of the author Salman Rushdie, and offering $1 million reward, because of his alleged blasphemy, without himself being fatwa'd by the rest of the various Muslim factions, is evidence that killing is an immovable part of the creed.  It is not blasphemy to describe the various Iranian leaders correctly.  It is evil to kill people for doing so.  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven):  Koran 2:193 (or 2:189):- Fight the unbelievers until no other religion except Islam is left.  SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
       [HADITH: Sahih Bukhari's 6, 60:139:- Narrated Abdullah:  We used to participate in the holy wars carried on by the Prophet
       Sunan Abu-Dawud's, Book 19, Number 2996:- The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: If you gain a victory over the men of Jews, kill them.   TRADITION ENDS.]
    [Ans. 9428: Date unknown, to this webpage Monday July 9, 2012]

    • Mosque proposal divides residents.     

    Mosque proposal divides residents

       Canberra Times <http://­www.­>, <http://­www.­­nationa­l/mosque-proposal-divides-residents-20120709-21s1j.html>, by Lisa Cox, Tuesday, 2:00PM, July 10, 2012
      [Picture] Artist impression of the Gungahlin Mosque.  
       • Community council supports Gungahlin mosque proposal
       • Christian activist a key player in mosque row
       • Flyers in the face of a fair go for all?

       ACT planners have been told that women in burqas will scare children in Gungahlin if Canberra's Muslim community proceeds with plans to build a mosque in the area.
       The ACT Planning and Land Authority has received more than 50 submissions in response to the proposed development on The Valley Avenue.
       It follows a campaign by a group called the ''Concerned Citizens of Canberra'' that urged residents to object to the development because of its ''social impact'' and concerns about traffic and noise.
       The Canberra Times revealed on Saturday that the group's spokesman, Irwin Ross, is a Christian fundamentalist activist who describes himself as a pastor with Olive Tree Ministries.
       More than 30 submissions lodged with ACTPLA object to the development on grounds including traffic, parking, design, lack of consultation and, according to one anonymous submission, claims the mosque is not ''compatible with Australian values and Australian law''.
       But a further 20 Canberra residents wrote to the government in support of the development, some complaining about the anonymous anti-mosque flyers that were delivered to their homes.
       One objection to the mosque asks the ACT government if it can ''assure the citizens of Gungahlin that this centre will not be taken over by extremists, bent on bringing chaos to our immediate community''.
       Another claims the sight of women wearing burqas will be ''perturbing'' for children in the area.
       One Gungahlin resident complains Muslims have to: ''obey the Koran and therefore Sharia law. This means that Sharia law will always come first and Australian law second''.
       ''I am particularly worried about the women and girls,'' the resident's letter states.
       ''In the DA [development application] several rooms are allocated for weekend classes - which means that all the girls from early age on will have Koran lessons and therefore will have no real chance to get integrated in Australian society.''
       A number of objections use template letters supplied by the Concerned Citizens of Canberra, while several others complain the mosque will create too much traffic congestion.
       However, 20 letters urge the ACT government to approve the development, with one submission stating it will ''complement the two existing churches''. ''As a resident of Gungahlin town centre I would be materially affected by this development,'' the submission states.
       ''As such I strongly support this development.
       ''It is appropriate to the town centre, an appropriate design and the road network is designed to handle the surges in traffic.''
       Another resident complains about the flyer they received from the Concerned Citizens of Canberra and says the group's objections to the mosque are ''flimsy at best and outright bigoted at worst''.
       ''Though I am not a religious person I feel that someone should be just as free to build a mosque as a church and having it near Gungahlin town centre seems as good a location as any in the area,'' the submission states.
       A spokeswoman for the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate said additional submissions were still arriving by post and were being accepted, provided the letter was stamped before the deadline for comment.
       Meanwhile, the Australian Motorists Party candidate for Ginninderra Chic Henry said he believed the development would create traffic congestion. Read more: <http://­www.­­national/mosque-proposal-divides-residents-20120709-21s1j.h­tml#ixz­z20N­EK­7AVt>. #

    [July 10, 2012]

    • Living faiths: The necessity of Christian-Muslim friendship.   
    ABC Religion and Ethics

    Living faiths: The necessity of Christian-Muslim friendship

      Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC, Australian), <http://­www.­­religio­n/artic­les/­2012/07/19/­354877­1.htm>, by David Burrell, Thursday, July 19, 2012
       Perhaps the best way of trying to convey the dynamic attraction of Islam is to point to the faith of my Muslim friends in very different societies. What excites me about these exemplary men and women is how their faith-filled lives challenge my own religious practice, revealing dimensions of my own failure to be more human.
       In short, these men and women stretch my own sense of what it means to grow in faith, hope and love, yet in a direction intimated by the best of what I know and believe. But what is so interesting - and critical - in encountering another, if somewhat foreign, faith, is our response to it. And from my own experience, I can vouch that learning about Islam has usually been a challenge: a mix of fascination and fear, of expansion and contraction.
       That ambivalence, albeit on a grander scale, has marked Western encounters with Islam from the very beginning. Within a century of the Prophet Muhammad's death (A.D. 632), Islam came to dominate much of the world, from the borders of Europe to China. In Europe, this provoked the Crusaders' military response, the failure of which was reversed only five centuries later, when, in the mid-eighteenth century, a tide of Western colonization reached new levels with British victories in India and Napoleon's 1799 conquest of Egypt.
      [Picture of two heads, one with a Muslim emblem, and one with a Christian cross] It is through friendship with persons of other faiths that we come to acknowledge and neutralize the shadow side of our own traditions, long abetted by flirtations with power and fanaticism.  
       Let me begin to explain the theological and cultural attractions of Islam by sketching what Muslim friends have taught me. Bukhari, one of the early collators of stories relating the Prophet's life, explains that the Muslim way has three facets:
  • islam, or the response to God's revelation of returning all to the One from whom we receive all;
  • iman (or "faith"), our belief and trust in what God has revealed; and
  • ihsan, the appropriation of this revelation in a life reflecting the goodness of God.
       Given these religious convictions, it is not surprising that Muslims begin each undertaking with the invocation b'ism Allah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim ("in the name of God the merciful and compassionate"). In hearing these tenets of belief, what quickly becomes evident is the parallel between Islam and our own central statements of faith - a parallel that yet displays a profound difference.
       Think of it like this: While Christians believe that Jesus is the Word of God made human, Muslims believe the Qur'an is the Word of God made Arabic. Understanding this similarity-cum-difference is crucial for any relationship with Muslims. Our revelation is in a person, not a book. Nonetheless, we can appreciate the parallel between book and person in the Muslim practice of dhikr (or meditative recitation of Qur'anic verses), which is akin to our receiving Communion. In fact, the Muslim story of humanity in the face of God's gift of the Qur'an parallels Paul's declaration in the Letter to Titus (3:2-5):
    "We ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, and led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, and hating one another. But when the goodness and kindness of God our Savior appeared, Christ Jesus saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit."
       Substitute "Qur'an" for "Christ Jesus" and "community" {umma} for "Holy Spirit" and you have the story Muslims tell of God's graciousness to them - and to anyone graciously shown the way to return to his or her creator.
       Furthermore, focusing on the decisive parallel of Qur'an to Jesus avoids fruitless wrangling about our respective books while it allows us to draw analogies that recognize differences. Salient features of our own faith can be understood while respect for theirs is maintained.
       What might motivate us to seek such an understanding of Islam? Haven't we got it right? Haven't they gone wrong? And why should we be interested in conversing with Muslims? Haven't Western society and values triumphed, our economic and military hegemony been extended across the globe? Isn't Islam itself beset by violent paroxysms of cultural and theological self-understanding?
       The fact is, while Western military and cultural influence may seem to be on the rise, liberal society's much-vaunted individualism and materialism are eroding the moral foundations of the West from inside. That is why there is such a palpable spiritual thirst in the West. Some Christian groups are struggling to find out how to respond to this inner disintegration and to temper the West's global over-reach. Others have adopted the contradictory stance of condemning the West's social ills while celebrating its hegemonic goals.

       See also
  • Related Story: Learning the language of peace: What it means for the Church to be catholic; Stanley Hauerwas 13 Jun 2012
  • Related Story: Are Human Rights founded in Hebrew and Christian Scriptures? Stanley Hauerwas 30 Jan 2012
  • Related Story: Freedom from illusion: The meaning of Ramadan; Tariq Ramadan 10 Jul 2012
  • Related Story: The politics of fasting: Lessons from Ramadan; Tariq Ramadan 9 Aug 2011
  • Related Story: Muslims and Evangelicals countering prejudice: A conversation with Marcia Pally and Mustapha Tlili; Chantal Bax 3 May 2012
  • Related Story: Can Muslims ever be 'one of us'? Rethinking difference, solidarity and guilt; Asma Barlas 19 Jun 2012
  • Related Story: Unlearning Islam; Asma Barlas 1 Jun 2012
  • Related Story: Religious pluralism and the Lord's Prayer; Kevin Hart 26 Jun 2012
  • Related Story: Best of 2011: Muslims, myths and moral panic; Waleed Aly 9 Jan 2012
  • Related Story: The Islamic Case for Religious Liberty; Abdullah Saeed 24 Feb 2012

       In this context, a cool yet passionate voice addressing our religious ambivalence and malaise comes from the chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, Jonathan Sacks. In his book Dignity of Difference, he suggests that it is courageous people of faith and their allies in other religions who can jointly understand and perhaps redress the ills of the world.
       Pushing Sacks's thesis to the next logical step: I believe it is the lived encounter with persons of other faiths that can reveal why the West so often alienates others. Part of the reason for that alienation, I believe, is that the transforming power of our original revelation - be it Torah or Jesus - is no longer available to many of us. Muslim piety and practice can help open our eyes to God's real presence among us.
       How might this work? I would suggest that it is more likely to come through friendships than through official "dialogues." For example, living in Jerusalem some twenty years ago, I first experienced the Jewish shabbat (Sabbath) in such a way that I was able to reappropriate the ancient Christian perspective on Sunday as the "eighth day" - a true celebration of the original gift of creation made luminous in the Resurrection. At that same time, I was initiated into the embrace of Muslim hospitality - a dimension of Islam that, with its emphasis on generosity and community, never fails to impress Westerners.
       If we want to understand the attraction of Islam, we must first acknowledge our own shadow side. For the attraction of Islam can most often be traced to the palpable sense of community in the umma, an attraction not unlike what the early Christian communities exerted in the Roman Empire. Paul alludes to this in his letter to Titus. The yearning for community that pervades much of Western society today stems from our corporate economies and how they affect the nature of work and family life.
       Many find this yearning for community met in a palpable way in Islam. In the umma, divine revelation offers a "straight path" to a life that accentuates what is noble over what is base. In contrast to leaving people to fend for themselves, Muslim families are both encouraged and supported by the larger family of faith.
       One cannot but think of early Italian or Polish immigrant communities in the United States, of the Mormons, and of the historic black churches. Ask African Americans what attracts them to Islam and they will frequently respond in these terms: their daughters find respect, their sons an honourable way to make a living, the elderly are honoured.
       The observance of the month-long fast of Ramadan, which begins tomorrow, offers another palpable example of Islam's communal attraction. The fast lasts each day from sunrise to sunset, and the entire community takes part. When the fast is broken each evening, groups gather for a hearty meal followed by communal prayer.
       I had always been amazed at the upbeat attitude of Muslims toward Ramadan (I never approached Lent that way) until I took part in the fast-breaking meal one July evening in Cairo. (Since the Muslim lunar months travel around our solar year, Ramadan can come, as it did this last year, when days are shorter, or during the long hot days of summer.) As my hosts drove me home in a midnight traffic jam, I reflected on how much the children had enjoyed the evening: not being old enough to fast, they still got to stay up nearly all night as the family feasted.
       So Ramadan has for Muslims something of the children's delight toward this religious obligation, much as Christmas does for Western Christians. Yet Ramadan also focuses on the practical needs of the poor, and in so doing touches a more substantive communal chord than our current obsessively materialist observance of Christmas. For the holy month culminates in a prescribed annual almsgiving, amounting to a tax on one's wealth and property, to be distributed in the coming year to those in need.
       Indeed, for Muslims - as for Torah-observing Jews and some Christians - these obligations are felt as privileges that mark observers as recipients of a gracious revelation from the merciful Lord of heaven and earth. This asceticism presents both a personal act of gratitude and a communal enactment of social life that the revelation itself portends.
       Similarly, being obedient to the Qur'an and to other guidelines stemming from the teaching and practice of the Prophet (hadith), helps create a community that models the serene, peaceful act by which God freely created the universe.
       While one can hardly claim that all Muslims advert explicitly to these theological connections in their religious practice, the fact remains that Muslim society is marked by a palpable sense of the presence of God. That is reflected in the in sh'Allah ("God willing!") which attends referring to any future event. It is also evident in Anwar Sadat's answer to a BBC query concerning why he risked his life to go to Jerusalem: "When I die and meet Allah, I want to be able to say that I had done everything possible for peace." Hadith instructs Muslims to attend each decision in life in the light of Judgment Day.
       Now, it stands to reason that those who find these practices enlivening will be proud of their community (think of the Christian urge to evangelize), and that the more assertive will want to share their belief, sometimes even with an unnerving militancy. Still, even this can spur a conversation in which proselytizer and listener learn something about each other's faith in practice.
       Moreover, as we learn to listen and respond, we will see how the three Abrahamic faiths have increasingly come to meet, especially in the American religious environment. Will Herberg's fifty-year-old classic Protestant-Catholic-Jew has been supplanted by "Jew, Christian and Muslim." Fortunately, a growing number of Americans are taking advantage of our pluralistic society to learn how to "share in difference."
       Conversations of this sort often prove taxing. They challenge us to acknowledge and to neutralize the shadow side of our respective faith traditions, long abetted by flirtations with power and fanaticism. Yet they can also return us to a living appreciation of the ways in which our faith can sustain us in a critical posture vis-a-vis our respective societies, and prevent us from falling into a collective reaction against "the other," especially one hardened by "religious" justifications.
       A final example should help make clear how fruitful I have found the interaction among the Abrahamic faiths. The American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce reminds us how useful a third party can be when any bipolar relation reaches an impasse (marriage counselling offers perhaps the best example). It behoves us now to cultivate those relationships with our Muslim neighbours, so that we may come to serve more fully as mediating partners in the three-way conversation among Muslims, Jews and Christians.
       We all need to combat stereotypes and chauvinistic passions. In coming to appreciate Islam, we may learn how to reappropriate neglected aspects of our own tradition - and in so doing, to enrich all parties.
       David Burrell, C.S.C., is Professor of Ethics and Development Studies at Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi, and Hesburgh Professor emeritus of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame. His most recent book is Towards a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Theology. #
       Comments (30) (sighted July 22, 2012)

  •    [RECAPITULATION:  their daughters find respect, ENDS.]
       [COMMENT:  Oh dear !  with texts allowing marriage without consent, a "dowry" of a garment to be given to female captives, and having sex with a 9-year-old in "marriage".  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets kept by Allah in Heaven):     Koran 2:193 (or 2:189):- Fight the unbelievers until no other religion except Islam is left.
       5:51 (or 5:56):- O you who believe!  do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.  <http://­www.­­quran/0­05/005-051.htm>
       8:12:- I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.  Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them. <http://­www.­­quran/0­08/008-012.htm> [[Also read: Re "terror" 8:60, 17:60, and 59:13.  Re "every fingertip," see "hands and feet" in this book, the Koran Muslim scripture 5:33.]]
       22:19 (or 22:20):- But as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; boiling fluid will be poured down on their heads.  <
       47:4 (or 47:4-5):- Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers, smite at their necks; at length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind firmly:  therefore either generosity or ransom
       66:2:- Allah hath allowed you release from your oaths. <http://­­quran/066/066-002 [[This is backed by the Hadith tradition Sahih Bukhari's collection, Volume 7, Book 67, Number 427.]] SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
    [Jul 19, 2012]

    • Muslim Prayers [criticise Jews and Christians.]

    Muslim Prayers

       Annaqed, The Critic, <>, By Louis Palme, July 20, 2012
       Americans need to educate themselves about Muslim prayers.  Since the prayers are recited in Arabic, few realize how anti-Semitic and anti-Christian the Muslim prayers actually are.
       A prayer is defined as a reverent petition to God.  It could be a prayer of praise, of thanks, or of supplication.  Nothing warms the heart more than having someone say, "I/We prayed for you."  Judeo-Christian prayers are for the most part spontaneous expressions of the individual making the prayer.
       Muslim prayers, on the other hand, follow a very elaborate, seventeen-part formula.  The full cycle of a prayer is called a rak’a, and it includes bowing, kneeling, and reciting certain phrases and statements in a specified sequence.  These prayers are repeated five times a day, and each prayer includes multiple rak’as.  While there is room for a spontaneous supplication in the dawn prayer, the rest of the prayers stick to a strict formula.  The guidelines for prayer cover 118 pages in Reliance of the Traveler, 166 pages in The Guidance (Al-Hidayah), and 273 pages in Fiqh us-Sunnah.  It is estimated that fulfilling the basic prayer requirements, including the necessary ablution, consumes two and one-half hours a day.
       So, what do Muslims actually pray for? The only supplication in the rak’a is the recitation of Al-Fatihah (Surah 1 of the Quran) [= Koran].  This is what they pray for:
    Guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom You have favored,
    Not of those who have incurred your wrath, nor of those who have gone astray.
       The phrase "those who have incurred your wrath" comes from [Koran = Quran] Surah 2:61 which says,
    Shame and misery were stamped upon {the Israelites} and they incurred the wrath of Allah; because they disbelieved Allah's signs and slew His prophets unjustly; because they were rebels and transgressors.
       The phrase "those who have gone astray" comes from [Koran] Surah 4:44 which says,
    Consider those to whom a portion of the Scriptures was given {i.e., Christians}.  They purchase error for themselves and wish to see you go astray.
       So the only supplication in the standard Muslim prayer is asking Allah to keep the Muslim from the path of the Jews and from the path of the Christians.  This prayer is recited seventeen times a day by devout Muslims.
       The Friday prayer is even more offensive to Jews and Christians, as it requires not only two recitations of Al-Fatihah, but also [Koran] Surah 62 – The Friday Congregation – and Surah 63 – The Hypocrites.  Surah 62 specifically condemns Gentiles as being "in gross error," and Jews are compared with "a donkey laden with books."  Surah 63 condemns "hypocrites," those who have renounced their Muslim faith.  "They are the enemy.  Guard yourself against them."
       There is nothing arbitrary about the daily or the Friday prayers.  The requirements were established in Reliance of the Traveler, paragraphs F8.17 and F18.12, over 600 years ago.  The Quran urges Muslims to "keep up prayer" forty-four times.  (Examples: Surahs 2:43, 6:72, 11:114, and 31:17).  But the question that Muslims might ask of themselves is whether these prayers are actually communication with the Creator or just a ritualistic exercise contrived to have them continually swallow the poison-pill of anti-Jewish and anti-Christian bigotry.
       Shame on Muslims when they pray in public and make public display of religious hatred and intolerance! #

       [RECAPITULATION: The full cycle of a prayer is called a rak’a, and it includes bowing, kneeling, and reciting certain phrases and statements in a specified sequence. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Does "bowing" mean going right down and touching the forehead to the ground (or prayer mat) ? COMMENT ENDS.]
       [Click KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets or the "preserved slate" kept by Allah in heaven), to read more about discrimination. 
       Or visit 8:12:- I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.  Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them. <> ENDS.]
       [To read some of the oldest traditions, click HADITH.  ENDS.]
    [Jul 20, 2012]

    • Sixteen illegals packed into one house.     

    Sixteen illegals packed into one house

       Joondalup Times newspaper (Perth suburb), Western Australia, by David Gear, Page One, Tuesday, August 7, 2012
       SIXTEEN illegal workers were taken into custody from a house in Hocking on Thursday.
       Department of Immigration officers and police took the 10 Malaysian men, five Malaysian women and one Hong Kong Chinese woman to the Perth Immigration Detention Centre.
       The group, whose temporary visas had expired, had been working illegally at market gardens in the northern suburbs. A department spokesman said the group would be deported as soon as possible".
       "Illegal workers in Australia will not be tolerated and the department actively investigates community reports and takes swift action to apprehend non-citizens without work rights," he said.
       "It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that non-Australian workers they hire hold a visa with valid work rights."
       Employers of illegal workers risk fines up to $13,200 and two years jail, while companies faace fines up to $66,000 per worker. #

       [HADITH: Sahih Bukhari's, 5, 59:600 "There is no migration, but Jihad (for Allah's Cause).   TRADITION ENDS.]
       [COMMENT:  Employers in Australia have consistently sought to increase immigration, with the aim of increasing profits by lowering wages, and increasing the number of consumers.  In the 1800s working people and others actually stopped the import of convicts to the eastern colonies by strong action.  Unfortunately, the leaders of workers became so complacent that by about 1950 or 1960 they forgot why Australia was so peaceful and prosperous.  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [LOCATION:  Hocking is a northern Perth semi-rural suburb, adjoining and south of Wanneroo township.  ENDS.]
    [To webpage Sep 24, 2012; Aug 7, 2012]

    Hilaire Belloc and Islam; Islam and the West. 
    Islam and the West
    Belloc reminds us that the subjection of Islam to non-Islamic States - purely political subjection - was accomplished ‘by nothing more subtle or enduring than a superiority in weapons and mechanical invention.’  He adds that ‘this superiority dates from a very short time ago’.


       Annals Australasia (RC culture journal, Sydney), <editorannals § gmail com>, By Paul Stenhouse, MSC, PhD, pp 6-9, August 2012
    THE Tide of the Faith, if I may use one of Hilaire Belloc's favourite sea-going metaphors, is rising not ebbing. Were it not rising, the Pope would be the flavour of the month: and the media would be praising the Church instead of attacking it and interviewing maverick Catholics, including some bishops, who seem to have forgotten the oath they took to serve the Church and the Pope.
       This repudiation of the authority of the Church across the ecclesiastical board - by certain priests, religious and laity - this ambiguity about primacy of conscience and the Collegiality of bishops, calls to mind yet other words of Hilaire Belloc that are eerily prescient:
       'those engaged upon helping on that tide will confuse Faith with fads. For this peril, a recognition of authority is the first and indeed the only safeguard. Moreover we have no doubt where Authority lies, and therein we are singularly fortunate, for we act under obedience to a Society of Divine Foundation, of known and definable organs for its expression, and of infallibility in its final decisions'. 1
       Lack of respect for any authority other than the conscience of the individual, was for Belloc, as it is for all modern rational enquirers after religious truth, the Achilles heel of the much vaunted post-modernist 'liberty' in matters sexual, educational, religious and political, whose roots lie much deeper than the Student revolution in Paris in May 1968.
       Belloc foretold our predicament. He considered that what he called the 'inter-communion' or the 'moral alliance' between the new paganism of Europeans {typified for us by the Western post-moderns who, as children of the 'Enlightenment,' have rejected Catholicism and Christian culture, the very heart of Europe}, and the ancient paganism of other races {typified by materialism, immorality and worship of the individual} was poorly understood in his day, but 'gathering cohesion'.
    'I cannot but believe,' he wrote in 1929, 'that in another generation it will be powerful, apparent to all.' 2
       How right he was. In our generation it has become apparent to those who have eyes to see with. But not all see clearly, even in 2012, what Belloc saw so clearly in 1929.

    Muhammad the Warlord

    THE RAIDs and pillaging provided Mu­ham­mad with rich spoils but they especially al­lowed him to con­struct agree­ments with different tribes in order to break out of his isolation and enlarge his base of followers. When he was in a position of strength, he attacked a new tribe, subdued it, and obliged it to pay a tribute; when he considered himself as strong as his enemy, he reached an agreement with him; when he felt he was in the weaker position, he simply avoided all conflict.
       - Samir Khail Samir, SJ and Wafik Nasry, SJ, 111 Questions on Islam: Interviews of Samir Khalil Samir, conducted by Giorgio Paolucci and Camilla Eid, Ignatius Press, 2002, p. 38.

       Belloc's prescience went even further. Indirectly, he says, Neo-paganism is supported by another body that hates all paganism but hates the Catholic Church more than any other: a 'factor,' he wrote, 'of whose now increasing importance the masses of Europe are not as yet aware: I mean the Mahommedan religion: Islam.' 3
       More than eighty years ago he could see that Islam presented 'a totally different problem from that attached to any other religious body opposed to Catholicism. To understand it we must appreciate its origins, character and recent fate.' Only by doing this, in his opinion, 'can we appreciate its possible or probable future relations' with opponents of Catholicism throughout the world.
       In Belloc's view Islam was a direct derivative from Catholic Christianity.
       'It was essentially, in its origin, a heresy: like Arianism or Albigensianism. When the man who produced it was young, the whole of the world which he knew, the world speaking Greek in the Eastern half and Latin in the Western (the only civilised world [sic!!] with which he and his people had come in contact) was Catholic. It was still, though in process of transformation, the Catholic Roman Empire, stretching from the English Channel to the borders of his own desert.' 4
       'Orthodoxy' had not, as yet, split the seamless robe of Christ asunder; a religiously divided Christendom was still more than four hundred years in a future no man could have foreseen.
       'The Arabs of whom he came and among whom he lived were Pagan; but such higher religious influence as could touch them, and as they came in contact with through commerce and raiding, was Catholic - with a certain admixture of Jewish communities or sectarian Christian. 5
       Apart from these pagan tribes there were Byzantine Catholic as well as Nestorian and Jewish communities living around Mecca and Medina. The Banu Shaiban, the ruling Kinda clan, the people of Duma and the Kalbi, the Taghlib and Tamimi clans were all either Catholic or sectarian Christians {Monophysites or Nestorian} as were the Banu Ayyub, the Banu Hanifa and the Banu Najiya. Many of the latter who had become Muslims returned to the faith of their ancestors and boasted of their Christianity when they took part in a revolt against Ali, Muhammad's son-in-law and cousin who ruled Islam from 656-661 AD, and were captured by him. 6
       Abu Ja‘far Muhammad bin Jarir al-Tabari {839-923 AD} in his famous History of Islam, describing this revolt against the fourth Caliph ‘Ali in the year thirty-eight of the Hijra {June 9, 658 to May 28, 659 AD} comments:
    'Among them were many Christians who had accepted Islam but when dissension had developed in Islam had said, "By God, our religion {din} from which we have departed is better and more correct than that which these people follow. Their religion does not stop them from shedding blood, terrorising the roads, and seizing properties". And they returned to their former religion. Al-Khirrit  7 met them and said to them "Woe unto you! Do you know the precept of ‘Ali regarding any Christian who accepts Islam and then reverts to Christianity? By God he will not hear anything they say, he will not consider any excuse, he will not accept any repentance and he will not summon them to it. His precept regarding them is immediate cutting off of the head when he gets hold of them".' 8
       Belloc rightly describes Muhammad as taking over the principal doctrines of the Catholic Church - one personal God, Creator of all things; the immortality of the soul; an eternity of misery or blessedness - and no small part of Christian morals as well - all undoubtedly filtered through the Christian sectarian glass - and at the same time, says Belloc with extraordinary insight, he attempted an extreme simplification. 9

    The Islamic Dilemma

    AFTER HAVING passed through centuries of stagnation, the Muslim world is experiencing great difficulty in facing modernity {which} is a concept that is foreign to many Muslims. This is exacerbated due to the fact that most Muslim countries suffer from widespread illiteracy and are governed by authoritarian political regimes or dictatorships. The concept of "human rights" is foreign to a large segment of the population. There is an additional psychological barrier to accepting modernity. Many Muslim countries have experienced diverse forms of European colonization over the past two centuries. As a result, their attitude toward the West, modernity's birthplace, is ambiguous. This is a mixed attitude, one of simultaneous attraction and rejection. Moreover, because the West has become increasingly secularized in modern times, that is, rejecting many ethical principles and values that were common to both peoples, modernity appears to Muslims as a breeding ground for atheism and immorality.
       - Samir Khail Samir, SJ, and Wafik Nasry, SJ, Preface to the English Edition of 111 Questions on Islam: Interviews of Samir Khalil Samir, conducted by Giorgio Paolucci and Camilla Eid.  Available from Ignatius Press.
       'Many another heresiarch has done this, throwing overboard such and such too profound doctrines, and appealing to the less intelligent by getting rid of mysteries through a crude denial of them. But Mahomet simplified much more than did, say, Pelagius or even Arius. He turned Our Lord into a mere prophet, though the greatest of the prophets; Our Lady (whom he greatly revered, and whom his followers still revere), he turned into no more than the mother of so great a prophet; he cut out the Eucharist altogether, and what was most difficult to follow in the matter of the Resurrection. He abolished all idea of priesthood: most important of all, he declared for social equality among all those who should be "true believers" after his fashion.' 10
       Thus, the chief strengths of what was to become a sweeping revolution were politically the doctrine of equality, and spiritually the doctrine of simplicity.
    'Everybody troubled by the mysteries of Catholicism,' says Belloc, 'tended to join them; so did every slave or debtor who was oppressed by the complexity of a higher civilisation.' 11
       So, one could add, have the media which in our day will overlook Islamist massacres and mayhem in their anxiety to be fair to the simpler and more 'understandable' religion of Muhammad. Upon Muhammad's death in 632 AD his new religion spread by force of arms over about half of the Catholic world. There was a moment, after it had started out on its conquest, Belloc writes, when it looked as though it was going to transform and degrade all of Christian culture. But Christian civilisation was saved at last, though half the Mediterranean was lost.
       'For centuries, Belloc writes, 'the struggle between Islam and the Catholic Church continued. It had varying fortunes, but for something like a thousand years the issue still remained doubtful. It was not till nearly the year 1700 {the great conquests of Islam having begun long before 700} that Christian culture seemed - for a time - to be definitely the master. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the Mahommedan world fell under a kind of palsy. It could not catch up with our rapidly advancing physical science, its shipping and armament and all means of communication and administration went backwards while ours advanced.
       At last, by the end of the nineteenth century, more than nine-tenths of the Mahommedan population of the world, from India and the Pacific to the Atlantic, had fallen under the Government of nominally Christian nations, especially of England and France.'  12
       On this account, Belloc says, his generation came to think of Islanl as something naturally subject to themselves.
       'We no longer regarded it as a rival to our own culture, we thought of its religion as a sort of fossilised thing about which we need not trouble.
       The problem with this assessment was 'that it was made by nations that were, as Belloc noted, only nominally Christian. Actually they were dominated by Masonic or at best vague Deistic governments whose repudiation of Catholicism dated back to the Reformation, or to the French Revolution, and whose ability to judge about Islam was virtually nullified by their unjustified confidence in 'scientific progress'.
       That was almost certainly a mistake. We shall almost certainly have to reckon with Islam in the near future. Perhaps, if we lose our Faith, it will rise. For after this subjugation of the Islamic culture by the nominally Christian had already been achieved, the political conquerors of that culture began to notice two disquieting features about it. The first was that its spiritual foundation proved immovable; the second that its area of occupation did not recede, but on the contrary slowly expanded.  13
       Belloc's comment that Islam 'spiritually despised' the so-called Christian Governments 'in contact with it' should have been pondered by Western governments as they planned their response to the Islamist terror unleashed on a hapless US on September 11, 2001.
       '1 think,' he says, {that} 'it true to say that Islam is the only spiritual force on earth which Catholicism has found an impregnable fortress, fts votaries are the one religious body conversions from which are insignificant. This granite permanence is a most striking thing, and worthy of serious consideration by all those who meditate upon the spiritual, and, consequently, the social, future of the world.'  14
       He adds that what is true of the spiritual side of Islam 'is true of the geographical. Mahommedan rulers have had to give up Christian provinces formerly under their control: especially in the Balkans. But the area of Mahommedan practice has not shrunk.'
       'All that wide belt from the islands of the Pacific to Morocco, and from Central Asia to the Sahara desert - and south of it - not only remains intact but slightly expands. Islam is appreciably spreading its influence further and further into tropical Africa. Now that state of affairs creates a very important subject of study, for those who interest themselves in the future of religious influence upon mankind. The political control of Islam by Europe cannot continue indefinitely: it is already shaken. Meanwhile the spiritual independence of Islam (upon which everything depends) is as strong as, or stronger than, ever.'  15
       Belloc's insights into the real nature of Islam and its latent strength and appeal to the masses in what we, in our arrogance, call 'third world' countries, are significant. While one might question his designation of the inner strength of Islam as 'spiritual,' - I suggest that this has more to do with blood-ties and politics than with spirituality and is something inherited from the nomadic Arabic ancestors of Islam: what the 14th century AD Berber polymath Ibn Khaldun  16 calls ‘asabiyya and what we might describe as 'tribal' or 'group solidarity' - his awareness of its' appeal and tenacity is remarkable.
       He and G. K. Chesterton, almost alone among their contemporaries, were aware of what the latter, in his New Jerusalem, speaking of relations between Muslims, Jews and Christians, called the danger of 'thrusting our own unrealities amid the red hot realities of the Near East'.  17
       'It is like pushing a snow man into a furnace I have seen the snow melting in the steep places about Jerusalem; and I know what a cataract it could feed'.  18

    Muhammad and the Jews

    M UHAMMAD, at this point, felt strong enough to attack the Arab Jews. One after the other, the three Jewish tribes of Medina were expelled from the city, and their properties were confiscated by Muslims. Then at the battle of Khaybar, an oasis not far from Medina where some Jews had taken refuge, the Jews were defeated by Muhammad's force after a long siege that lasted forty-five days. The victory at Khaybar entered Muslim mythology as sure proof of the superiority of Islam over the Jews. In fact, even today it is evoked in the slogans of Muslim militants and by the young people of the Palestinian Intifada.
       - Samir Khail Samir, SJ and Wafik Nasty, SJ, 111 Questions on Islam : Interviews of Samir Khalil Samir, conducted by Giorgio Paolucci and Camille Eid, Ignatius Press, 2002, p. 39.
       How different were Belloc and Chesterton from the optimistic, not to say insouciant  19 tone employed by Edmond Power in 1913:
       'The warrior spirit that animated Islam has diminished noticeably; its Faith is weakening more and more -as knowledge of science spreads; its forces, disunited from within, and spread over three continents, dooms to failure, in advance, all the efforts of Panislamism. We need have no fear that we will see again the day when a Muslim army menaces 'European civilisation before the walls of Vienna'.  20
       What kind of support does Islam offer to the enemies of Christendom?
       'It will sound even more fantastic,' Belloc writes, 'to suggest that Islam should have effect here than to suggest that Asiatic paganism should. Nevertheless I will maintain that this very powerful, distorted simplification of Catholic doctrine (for that is what Mahommedanism is) may be of high effect in the near future upon Christendom; and that, acting as a competitive religion, it is not to be despised.
       'No considerable number of conversions to Mohammedanism from Christendom is probable. I do not say that such a movement would not be possible, for anything is possible in the near future, seeing the welter into which Christian civilisation has fallen. But I think it improbable, and even highly improbable, because Mahommedanism advances in herd or mob fashion. It does not proceed, as the Catholic religion does, by individual conversions, but by colonisation and group movement.
       'But there are other effects which a great anti-Catholic force and the culture based upon it can have upon Catholic forces within our own boundaries. In the first place it can act by example. To every man attempting to defend the old Christian culture by prophesying disaster if its main tenets be abandoned, Mahommedanism can be presented as a practical answer.
       ' "You say that monogamy is necessary to happy human life, and that the practice of polygamy, or of divorce (which is but a modified form of polygamy) is fatal to the State? You are proved wrong by the example of Mahommedanism."
       'Or again "You say that without priests and without sacraments and without all the apparatus of your religion, down to the use of visible images, religion may not survive? Islam is there to give you the lie. Its religion is intense, its spiritual life permanent. Yet it has constantly repudiated all these things. It is violently anti-sacramental; it has no priesthood; it wages fierce war on all symbols in the use of worship."
       'This example may, in the near future, be of great effect. Remember that our Christian civilisation is in peril of complete breakdown. An enemy would say that it was living upon its past: and certainly those who steadfastly hold its ancient Catholic doctrines stand to-day on guard as it were, in a state of siege; they are a minority both in power and in numbers. Upon such a state of affairs a steadfast, permanent, convinced, simple philosophy and rule of life, intensely adhered to, and close at hand, may, now that the various sections of the world are so much inter-penetrating one and the other, be of effect'. 21
       The effect may ultimately be enhanced in the near future by a political change.
       Belloc reminds us that the subjection of Islam to non-Islamic States - purely political subjection - was accomplished 'by nothing more subtle or enduring than a superiority in weapons and mechanical invention.' He adds, that 'this superiority dates from a very short time ago.  22
       Old people with whom he had spoken as a child, writes Belloc, could remember the time when the Algerian pirates were seen in the Mediterranean and were still a danger along its southern shores.
       'In my own youth the decaying power of Islam (for it was still decaying) in the Near East was a strong menace to the peace of Europe. Those old people of whom I speak had grandparents in whose times Islam was still able to menace the West. The Turks besieged Vienna and nearly took it, less than a century before the American Declaration of Independence. Islam was then our superior, especially in military art. There is no reason why its recent inferiority in mechanical construction, whether military or civilian, should continue indefinitely. Even a slight accession of material power would make the further control of Islam by an alien culture difficult. A little more and there will cease that which our time has taken for granted, the physical domination of Islam by the disintegrated Christendom we know.' 23

    Christians in Muslim countries

    I IN SOME PLACES, such as Sudan, repression is authorized or led at an institutional level, with a government that calls for jihad, supports the ethnic-cultural conflict that currently rages in the nation's south, and supports forced conversions to Islam in the refugee camps. Another case of open discrimination is that of Pakistan, where Christians for years have been urging the withdrawal of the law on blasphemy and the revision of pro-Muslim legislation. In many countries of the Middle East (such as Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, and Iran), the participation of Christians in the social, cultural, and sometimes political life of the country is protected, with some limits and restrictions. In this case, the unfailing tensions can be related to cultural factors or to the political situation (as in the Palestinian problem or the embargo against Iraq) or to the growth of the phenomenon of fundamentalism. In Lebanon, the fundamental role of Christians in the different fields of national life and Christians' equality in parliamentary representation along with Muslims are established by the constitution, even though the agreements of Ta'if (Saudi Arabia, 1989) considerably reduced the political power of Christians and compromised an already-fragile confessional balance.
       - Samir Khail Samir, SJ and Wafik Nasry, SJ, 111 Questions on Islam: Interviews of Samir Khalil Samir, conducted by Giorgio Paolucci and Camille Eid, Ignatius Press, 2002, p. 124.
       That neo-paganism would advance seemed, to Belloc writing in 1929, certain. That it would find positive support from the older paganism, and negative support from Islam as a fellow opponent of Catholicism and Christendom, was, in his view possible or probable - though the modes of such support were not apparent in his day.
       Writing in January 1937, and commenting on events in the Near East - what we now call the Middle East - Belloc predicted 'change continuous and great. Nor does it seem probable that at the end of such a change, especially if the process be prolonged, Islam will be die loser'. 24
       Europe, the US and the non-Muslim world have been offered numerous reality checks since 1937. September 11, 2001 was the cruellest and most dramatic of them. In dealing with them we cannot do better than follow Belloc's advice and take a realistic - and therefore politically incorrect - view of Islam's 'origins, character and recent fate.' 25
       This may lead us to deal equally realistically with the disunity among Christians and the disintegration of Christendom that Belloc singled out for comment. These continue to undermine the credibility of efforts to offer Muslims an authentic view of Christianity, and hinder efforts to confront militant Islam effectively.
       Belloc would surely not be surprised, however, and nor should we, if the violence, ethnic and religious intolerance and divisiveness that remain the hall-mark of militant Islam, prove on this occasion, as in the past, to be its Achilles heel.
    1.    Survivals and New Arrivals, London, Sheed and Ward {=Survivals}, 1929, pp. 286-287.
    2.    Ibid, p.248
    3.    Ibid
    4.    Ibid p.249.
    5.    Ibid.
    6.    See Christianity among the Arabs in Pre-Islamic times, J. Spencer Trimingham, Longmans, Beirut, 1979, pp.267 ff.
    7.    I.e. al-Khirrit bin Rashid was the leader of the revolt against ‘Ali.
    8.    The History of al-Tabari, State University of New York Press, 1996, vol. xvii,  The First Civil War, trans. G.K.Hawting. pp.187-188.  For the original, see vol. i of the Arabic edition of al-Tabari published by Dar al-Hazim, Beirut, Lebanon,{undated} pp. 1487-1488.
    9.    Survivals, p. 249.
    10.  Ibid p.250.
    11.  Ibid.
    12.  Ibid p. 251.
    13.  Ibid p. 253
    14.  Ibid.
    15.  Ibid.
    16.  The political Theory of Ibn Khaldun, by Muammad Mamoud Rab‘, Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1967, passim.
    17.  London, Thomas Kelson & Sons Ltd [undated] p. 123
    18.  Ibid.
    19  For insouciance in our own day, see the lack on the part of the media of even the most elementary knowledge of Islamic history, thought and structures: that the very terms Muslim and Islam are equivocal:, that there is no Islamic Church; there are no clerics, that there is no single leader in Islam: that the imam is a politico-religious leader; etc.
    20.  'Islam,' in Christus - Manuel d'Histoire des Religions, by Joseph Huby, Paris 1923 p. 810.
    21.  Survivals pp. 253-255.
    22.  Ibid, p. 256
    23.  Ibid pp. 256-257.
    24.  The Crusade, The World's Debate, Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1937, p. 306.
    25.  Survivals, ed. cit. p. 248. #

       [RECAPITULATION: for something like a thousand years the issue still remained doubtful. []
       could remember the time when the Algerian pirates were seen in the Mediterranean and were still a danger along its southern shores. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: In the 2000s the Somali pirates have been following a similar tradition, and a reduction has only come about after raids onto their land bases, it was reported around September 2012.  If the Great Powers had checked with sensible history professors they would have learnt early on that such a reaction was the way that the Algerian corsairs, Tripoli raiders, and other similar pirate groups were stopped.  The land grabs, the so-called "Scramble for Africa," then, ought to have been nicknamed "Occupying the Pirate Lairs."  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [2nd RECAPITULATION: Belloc rightly describes Muhammad as taking over the principal doctrines of the Catholic Church - one personal God, Creator of all things; the immortality of the soul; an eternity of misery or blessedness - and no small part of Christian morals as well -  ENDS.]
       [2nd COMMENT: No, this is wrong.  The Koran has too much cutting off of heads, hands, and feet, and orders to fight and kill, to be said to include "no small part of Christian morals."  The reports about the preacher from Galilee were that He opposed violence in so many different ways that it is ludicrous to think Islam took much from Christian morals.  In spite of his violent and hateful attacks on Judaists (Jews), much of his teaching seems, rather, to come from the Judaist teaching called the Talmud, anchored to the most violent parts of the Hebrew Scriptures.  It is amazing that the Koran collection has so many claims that its god Allah is "Most Merciful."  The Koran also nastily attacks Christians, claiming in one place that they are worse opponents than the Jews.  ENDS.]
    [August 2012]

    • Minister jailed for sparking massacre.  [2002. Ms Maya Kodnani. Female Gujarat State Government Minister, and 31 others. She instigated Hindu mobs to attack Muslims. 97 dead, and others suffered. Families were set ablaze.]   

    Minister jailed for sparking massacre

       The West Australian, <http://­www.­>, <letters ¶ wanews com au>, p 21, Monday, September 03, 2012
       New Delhi - An Indian court has sentenced a former state minister to a minimum 28 years in jail for her role in instigating the worst massacre during deadly religious riots in Gujarat in 2002.
       Maya Kodnani, who served as a minister in Gujarat's Hindu nationalist state government from 2007 to 2009, was sentenced on Friday to "enhanced life imprisonment" over the killing of 97 Muslims in the Naroda Patiya suburb of the city of Ahmedabad.
       Principal judge Jyotsna Yagnik called Kodnani "the kingpin of the religious riots" and gave her a 10-year and 18-year sentence for murder and other charges including inciting religious hatred.
       Judge Yagnik said 57-year-old Kodnani, who was an ally and former minister under Gujarat's longstanding chief minister Narendra Modi, was guilty of "instigating mobs and provoking unlawful assembly".
      [Picture] Riot kingpin: Maya Kodnani is taken to prison.    Picture: Associated Press  
       "In a way she has helped the entire crime," the judge said. Kodnani was among 32 people convicted on Wednesday of murder and taking part in the riots.
       Seven other defendants received sentences of 31 years minimum and 22 got standard life sentences of 14 years.
       A leader of a local extremist Hindu group, Babu Bajrangi, who was filmed by an Indian news magazine in 2007 describing setting families on fire, was also given an enhanced life sentence until death.  One convict had absconded and would be sentenced once caught, defence and prosecution lawyers said.
       Bajrangi, in a taped interview, confessed to helping orchestrate the killing in Naroda Patiya where some Muslims were set ablaze while hiding in a pit. #

       [COMMENT:  The horrors of old scriptures are, in this instance, overtaken by followers of even older scriptures. COMMENT ENDS.]
    [Sep 03, 2012]

    • Channel 4 cancels controversial screening of Islam: The Untold Story documentary after presenter Tom Holland is threatened. 

    Channel 4 cancels controversial screening of Islam: The Untold Story documentary after presenter Tom Holland is threatened

    Islam: The Untold Story received over 1,000 complaints when it was first broadcast at the end of August, with presenter Tom Holland receiving numerous furious messages on Twitter.
       The Independent (Britain), <http://­www.­­arts-enter­tainment/tv/news/channel-4-cancels-controv­ersial-screening-of-islam-the-untold-story-docum­entary-after-presenter-tom-holland-is-threat­ened-8125641.html>, by John Hall, Tuesday, September 11, 2012
       Channel 4 has cancelled a repeat screening of a controversial documentary on the history of Islam after its presenter was threatened.
       "Islam: The Untold Story" received around 1,200 complaints when it was first broadcast at the end of August, with presenter Tom Holland receiving numerous furious messages on Twitter.
       A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: "Having taken security advice, we have reluctantly cancelled a planned screening of the programme Islam: The Untold Story. We remain extremely proud of the film which is still available to view on 4oD."
       Islam: The Untold Story investigated the origins of the religion, claiming there was little written evidence about the Prophet Mohammed and questioning the authenticity of many of the stories in the Koran.
       It examined claims that rather than Islam's doctrine emerging fully-formed in a single text, the religion instead developed gradually over many years with the expansion of Arabic empires.
       Despite Channel 4's statement, those attempting to watch the documentary on 4OD were met with an error message.
       Tom Holland, a historian who wrote the best sellers Rubicon and Persian Fire defended the documentary, saying Islam is "a legitimate subject of historical inquiry".
       The was much criticism however, with Iranian State media calling it an insult to Islam and the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA) accusing Holland making "baseless assumptions" and engaging in "selective scholarship".
       Holland himself received countless angry message on Twitter, with some of them personally threatening.
       One message sent to him read: "You might be a target in the streets. You may recruit some bodyguards, for your own safety."
       Channel 4 subsequently sought security advice and a decision to pull a repeat screening of the documentary this Thursday was taken. #

       [COMMENT:  Well, the author of The Satanic Verses had a $1,000,000 bounty put on his head by the Supreme Leader of Iran, the Dutch movie director Van Gogh ("Fitna") was murdered and his colleague threatened, and a Pakistani minister has in 2012 offered a reward for anyone who murders the man behind a new movie criticising Islam.
       Channel 4 a few years ago exposed what Islamic relgious leaders were saying in mosques in Britain, and the police there prosecuted Channel 4, instead of the imams using hate speech about the "kufar," that is, non-Muslims.  So, Britain attacks its own patriots.  This sort of behaviour must be how about a dozen or so men around Mohammed ended up starting an empire stretching from Spain to India.  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [Click the KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets (the preserved slate) kept by Allah in Heaven) and the HADITH:  ENDS.]
    [Sep 11, 2012]

    • 'Blasphemy' girl freed on bail.  [2012. Khalid Jadoon Chishti. Girl (11, or 14).]   

    ‘Blasphemy’ girl freed on bail

       The Record (R.C. Perth, W. Australia, weekly), <http://­www.­>, <editor ¶ therecord com au> from CNS, p 7, Wednesday, September 12, 2012
       THE PAKISTANI Christian girl accused of blasphemy was granted bail on September 7 after three weeks in police custody.
       The judge, who ordered the girl's release on a bail of about US $5,282, said there was insufficient evidence to justify continuing to hold Rimsha Masih in jail.
       However, the case against her was not dismissed.
       Investigations continue both into accusations that Rimsha burned pages of the Quran - a violation of Pakistan's anti-blasphemy laws - as well as into the actions of Khalid Jadoon Chishti, a Muslim cleric, who was taken into police custody on September 2 after being accused of planting the pages of the Quran and burned pieces of paper in the girl's bag. Rimsha had been in police custody since August 18.
       Her parents said she is 11 years old and has Down syndrome; a court appointed physician reported she was about 14 and is developmentally delayed.
       Peter Jacob, executive secretary of the Pakistani bishops' National Commission for Justice and Peace, told Vatican Radio the bail was high for Pakistan and certainly beyond the means of Rimsha's family, but donations were expected to cover it. The girl was released on September 9.
       Granting bail was "not a charitable gesture" on the part of the court, he said, and the simple fact that "for three weeks a child was kept in custody" raised questions about the Pakistani justice system.
       However, he said, the case has led to more calls, including from mainstream Muslim clerics and scholars, to at least add "safeguards against the abuse of the blasphemy laws."
       "It's a big achievement and will boost public trust in the judiciary of this country. This is the first time a false accuser has been arrested. We thank clerics, media and the nation for supporting the cause," her lawyer Tahir Naveed Chaudhry said after the court hearing.
       However, the central executive committee member of the All Pakistan Minority Alliance, a Christian political party, said there were still fears for Rimsha's safety. "An accused usually leaves the city after being charged with such serious allegations (especially ones) which deal with religious sentiments," he said.
       "Even judges and lawyers face threats. Likewise we shall move the family to a safe location."
       Church leaders and human rights organisations have long said Pakistan's anti-blasphemy law has been abused to persecute Christians and even to settle personal disputes.
       The case has sparked international condemnation of a country whose anti-blasphemy laws remain among the strictest in the world. Those found guilty can be sentenced to death. - CNS
      [Picture] Police escort blindfolded Muslim cleric Khalid Jadoon Chisti as he is taken into court in Islamabad on September 2.  Pakistani authorities arrested the imam on suspicion of framing Rimsha Masih, a Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy.    PHOTO:   REUTERS, CNS  

       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets (or the preserved slate) kept by Allah in Heaven): 
       5:17 (or 5:19):- In blasphemy indeed are those that say God is Christ the son of Mary.
       5:64 (or 5:69):- The Jews revelation that cometh to thee from Allah increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy.  Amongst them We have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgment. SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
       Sahih Muslim's 19:4450:-  [* * *] When we and the people of Mecca had concluded a peace treaty four of the polytheists from the Meccans came to me and began to talk ill of the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him).  They lay down (for rest).  (While they lay there), somebody from the lower part of the valley cried out:  Run up, O Muhajirs!  Ibn Zunaim has been murdered.  I drew my sword and attacked these four while they were asleep.  [] TRADITION ENDS.]
       [COMMENT:  Reciting Koranic verses from childhood, and hearing such tales from the Hadiths, would predispose many or most Muslims to think of non-Muslims of the varieties described above (Christians, Judaists, and presumably idol-worshippers) as being blasphemers, not worthy of respect.  Are these verses "hate speech," one wonders.  COMMENT ENDS.]
    [To webpage Sep 21, 2012; Sep 12, 2012 ]

    • Streets of shame.  Anti-US riots turn Sydney into a battleground.  [>1k illegal rioters.  Young boy's sign: "Behead all those who insult the Prophet."]     
    Anti-US riots turn Sydney into a battleground


       The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), by Yoni Bashan, p 7, Sunday, September 16, 2012
       Sydney - POLICE used capsicum spray during a running battle with rioters in the Sydney CBD yesterday as an anti-US rally erupted into violent clashes.
       Triggered by an amateur video mocking Islam and the Prophet Mohammed and posted on YouTube, a wild melee involving more than 1000 protesters rocked the city.
       Scores of police were pelted with water bottles, rocks and pieces of timber gathered from nearby worksites.
       At least seven people, including two policemen, were taken to hospital. Police said cars were damaged and eight people were arrested.
       The controversial video has sparked Islamic protests around the world, which have left at least six people dead, including US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other US nationals in Libya, this week.
       The Sydney riot caused traffic chaos, forcing diversions as placard-waving protesters - many of them women and children - gathered at the Town Hall about noon before moving to the US consulate in Martin Place.
       In Hyde Park, a young boy held up a sign declaring: "Behead all those who insult the prophet." It went viral on social media.
       Other placards, one reading, "Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell", were held aloft as the crowd descended on Hyde Park chanting "Down, down USA".
      [Picture] Young face of hatred: HE barely looks old enough to read.  And of all the images from yesterday, this may well be the one remembered most.
       "BEHEAD ALL THOSE WHO INSULT THE PROPHET," said the sign, held by the child in Hyde Park [Sydney].
       The photo was taken in the midst of violent demonstrations that engulfed Sydney's CBD.  It was taken by journalist Joel Tozer and uploaded on Twitter at 3.45pm.
       The picture went viral within minutes and sparked a series of tweets condemning it.

       That is where the violence broke out.
       There was more violence about 4.30pm when riot police clashed with protesters setting out from Hyde Park towards Martin Place.
       About 300 police in riot gear and on horseback chased the rally down William St, bringing traffic to a standstill.
       When a man began yelling at the crowd, "Shame on you for using religion to advocate for murder", he was set upon. Police dragged him to safety.
       NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell condemned the violence and promised that those responsible would be punished.
       "This is completely unacceptable behaviour," he said. "The right to protest comes with an equal responsibility to do so peacefully and lawfully, and that responsibility has been comprehensively ignored today."
      [Pictures] City mayhem: Left, protesters cop capsicum spray; top, policemen drag away an injured officer; above left, traditionally clad [one bearded with cap, one masked with male burkah] protesters; above right, a man smashes a police car windscreen.  
       An organiser identified only as Sam said the rally was intended to be peaceful. "If someone attacked any religion, if Jesus was attacked tomorrow, we would be back here," he said.
       Protest leaders stopped to kneel on the ground and pray between making speeches and protest chants.
       Protester Abdullah Sary said the gathering was part of a worldwide protest covering Asia, Africa and western Europe. "We love (Muslim prophet) Mohammed more than ourselves, and more than our wives," he said
       World toll grows Page 44

       [RECAPITULATION:  "We love (Muslim prophet) Mohammed more than ourselves, and more than our wives," he said ENDS.]
       [COMMENT:  True, true!  In fact, one text says to beware of one's own family.  Read it at <>.
       The "shame" in the headline ought to be on the Australian post-war politicians of all major parties who entangled the country in strange treaties, and broke down the restrictive immigration policy that was one of the planks of the States joining in the Australian federation that officially began in 1901.
       And for those who don't know; the word "Islam" means "to submit" - not "peace."  COMMENT ENDS.]
       "Film anger spreads across Middle East," The Age (on SMH website), <http://­­apps/vi­ewDocum­­page=1&s­y=smh&k­w=polic­e+and+i­njured&p­b=all_f­fx&dt=s­electRa­nge&dr=w­eek&so=r­elevanc­e&sf=te­xt&sf=h­eadlin­e&rc=1­0&rm=20­0&sp=nr­m&clsPa­ge=1&do­cID=AGE­120915­IJ6IM5E­E00D>; BY BEN DOHERTY, SOUTH ASIA CORRESPONDENT, With NEW YORK TIMES, AP, Words: 595, Date: 15/Sep/2012,
       OUTRAGE in the Arab world over a US-made video insulting Islam's founder has spread to at least half a dozen places across the Middle East and threatened to draw in Afghanistan as the Taliban urged revenge.
       "Yemeni protest leaves four dead at embassy," The Sydney Morning Herald, <http://­­apps/vi­ewDocum­­age=1&s­y=smh&k­w=polic­e+and+i­njured&p­b=all_f­fx&dt=s­electRa­nge&dr=w­eek&so=r­elevanc­e&sf=te­xt&sf=h­eadline&r­c=10&r­m=200&s­p=nrm&c­lsPage=1&d­ocID=­SMH120915­8D6LD21­JG9K>; By Jamal al-Jabiri, Words: 269, Source: SMH; Date: 15/Sep/2012.
       SANAA: Yemeni police shot dead four protesters and wounded 34 others when they opened fire on a crowd trying to storm the US embassy in Sanaa, a security official said.
       "Children In Shocking Australia Protest Bear 'Behead All Those Who Insult The Prophet' Signs," The Inquisitr (Yes, no "e"), <http://­www.­­332850/c­hildren-in-shocking-australia-protest-bear-behead-all-those-who-insult-the-prophet-signs/>; Posted: September 15, 2012.
       Violent protests have erupted in the Middle East over the offensive anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims in recent days, but demonstrations are no longer isolated to that region.  Recent reports show that Muslim protests have been organized elsewhere, most notably in Sydney, Australia.
       "Behead all those that insult the prophet," read several signs held by men and even children at the Sydney protest.  The demonstration at Hyde Park drew a massive crowd of Muslims who answered an alleged call by the Muslim Brotherhood to organize in such a capacity, ready to riot, and even incite further violence.
       "Australians shocked by Muslim men and kids' signs: 'BEHEAD ALL THOSE WHO INSULT THE PROPHET'," Twitchy website, <http://­­2012/09/15/­austra­lians-shocked-by-muslim-men-and-kids-signs-behead-all-those-who-insult-the-prophet/>; by Twitchy Staff, Posted at 2:46 am on September 15, 2012
       [One of the comments:] Protestor in Sydney "Islam is about nothing but peace."  I guess he didn't see the sign that said "behead all those that insult Muhammad."
       "Innocence of Muslims" Movie, <http://­www.­­watch?­v=MAiOE­V0v2RM&f­eature=g-logo-xit>; Published by DarthFT33, <>, Sep 12, 2012. 
       The anti-Islam video claims Islam is a lie and Muhammed was a paedophile.
       "World's Muslims disagree on reading Koran literally," Vancouver Sun, <http://­­2012/09/05/­worlds-muslims-disagree-on-reading-koran-literally/>; Section: The Search <http://­­categor­y/staf­f/life/s­piritua­lity/the-search/> 7:27 pm, September 5, 2012
       Diverse interpretations of Islam were accepted among more than 40 per cent of Muslims in most Arab Middle Eastern countries, including the Palestinian Territories. These liberal perspectives occur even while Arabs are often viewed as the most fundamentalist of all Muslims.
       "Jesus!  I'm turning into a Jew!"  Jewish Chronicle, <http://­­2009/02/12/­jesus-im-turning-into-a-jew/>, Nick Cohen, writing from London, Probably February 13, 2009; 
       My name is Nick Cohen, and I think I'm turning into a Jew. Despite being called "Cohen", I've never been Jewish before. Today the old certainties have gone because there are two far-Right movements: the white neo-Nazi parties that the Left still opposes; and the clerical fascists of radical Islam which, extraordinarily, the modern Left succours and indulges.  I am not only talking about Ken Livingstone, George Galloway and their gruesome accomplices in the intelligentsia.
       "What British Muslims think," New York Sun, <http://­www.­­3747/tr­ouble-in-london­istan>; by Daniel Pipes, July 11, 2006
       The London transport bombings of July 2005 prompted no less than eight surveys of Muslim opinion in the United Kingdom within the year. When added to two surveys from 2004, they provide in the aggregate a unique insight into the thinking of the nearly 2 million Muslims in "Londonistan."
       The hostile mentality they portray is especially alarming when one recalls that London's police commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, recently said that the threat of terrorism "is very grim" because there are, "as we speak, people in the United Kingdom planning further atrocities."
       "Koran a 'cocktail of texts' predating Muhammad,"   Theology Web webpage, <http://­www.­­campus/s­howthre­ad.php?8­3570-Koran-a-quot-cocktail-of-texts-quot-predating-Muhammad>; Possibly ≤ May 2006
       Gerd Rüdiger Puin is a European scholar and the world foremost authority on Qur'anic paleography, the study and scholarly interpretation of ancient manuscripts.  He is a specialist in Arabic calligraphy.  He is a professor based at Saarland University, in Saarbrücken Germany.
       Gerd Puin was the head of a restoration project commissioned by the Yemeni government who spend a significant amount of time examining the ancient Qur'anic manuscripts discovered in Yemen in 1972. His examination revealed unconventional verse orderings, textual variations, and rare styles of orthography which diverges from the authorised later version, refuting the assertion that the Qu'ran is the pure unadulterated word of the God.
    [Sep 16, 2012]

    • Terrorism alive.


       Joondalup Times newspaper (Perth suburb), Western Australia, wannerootimes § communitynews com au , Letter to The Editor, p 8, Tuesday, September 18, 2012
       IT'S 11 years since 9/11 and I believe we've learned nothing and we won't stop terrorism (with our present strategy). There are no more or fewer terrorists than there were a hundred years ago.
       The thing that has changed and has enabled terrorists to carry out their campaigns is us. We have given them technology to use against us.
       We have created cheap international air travel enabling them to move about relatively unhindered and we have given them reason by interfering in their domestic affairs.
       You can't wage war on someone when you don't know who they are. Terrorists are anyone from a small child with a teddy bear full of explosives to the mujahideen in the desert.
       Fundamentalists don't have the same rules as us. The fact is they don't have any rules at all and work on the simple principle that the end justifies the means.
       We now have a situation where there are perhaps generations of potential terrorists living among us in Western society.
       To try to control this situation is like trying to contain the spread of a terminal cancer without actually getting rid of it.
       It's not possible and you have no idea where it will appear next or in what manifestation.
       All the controls and security that we have introduced to combat terrorists are actually imposed on ourselves, on our borders and controls on our way of life, not them.
       How have these measures changed the terrorists' way of life?  It hasn't really affected them at all, so who is really winning? #
    [Sep 18, 2012]

    • Pakistani accused of blasphemy over Prophet film.  [He wanted to keep his business open, instead of protest demonstrations]   

    Pakistani accused of blasphemy over Prophet film

       Fox News. com, <http://­www.­­world/­2012/09/19/­pakistani-accused-blasphemy-over-prophet-film/>, from Associated Press, September 19, 2012
      [Picture] Pakistani lawyers chant anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration, near an area that houses the U.S. Embassy and other foreign missions in Islamabad, Pakistan on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. The demonstration in Islamabad followed three days of violent protests against an anti Islam film in Pakistan in which two people were killed. Over two dozen more have been killed in protests in other parts of the Muslim world over the past week, including the U.S. ambassador in Libya.    Picture: (AP Photo/[Name redacted]) (AP2012)  
       Pakistani officials say they have opened an investigation into a businessman who has been accused of blasphemy after refusing to join protests over an anti-Islam video and allegedly trying to convince others also not to take part.
       Police officer Munir Abbasi says that hundreds of protesters in the city of Hyderabad who rallied against the film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad demanded businessman Haji Nasrullah Khan shut his shops in solidarity.
       When Khan refused, one of his tenants said his decision supported the film.
       City police chief Fareed Jan said Wednesday the protesters claim Khan insulted the Prophet.
       Jan said there's no evidence to suggest this happened and said police were pressured by the mob to open the case.
       Blasphemy is punishable by life in prison or death in Pakistan.
       Read more:­world/2012/09/19/pakistani-accused-blasphemy-over-prophet-film/#i­xzz27Ml­K0c8h

       [COMMENT:  Reality check.  The film was supposedly made in the U.S.A., not in Pakistan.  But freedom of speech does not figure in the Koran, Hadith, Life of Muhammed, or Sharia Law.  Note in the picture caption that even educated men, lawyers, were chanting anti-U.S. slogans and taking part in the anti-movie demonstrations, as if riotous mobs in Pakistan would or will affect the way that the U.S.A. deals with free speech.  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [Check the KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets (the preserved slate) kept by Allah in Heaven):  SCRIPTURE ENDS.]
       [And the HADITH:  TRADITION ENDS.]
    [Sep 19, 2012]

    • Sex offender, 86, avoids jail.       

    Sex offender, 86, avoids jail

       The West Australian, <>, <>, Kate Campbell, Yahoo!7, 6:22 pm September 24, 2012
       An 86-year-old Afghan man who avoided jail today after being sentenced for indecently dealing with two children will not be able to leave his home unless accompanied by an approved adult.
       Mohammad Hosseini was convicted in August by a District Court jury of the two charges, which involved molesting a 13-year-old boy at a Beaconsfield bus stop in December 2006 and a seven-year-old girl at a Fremantle soccer pitch in April 2007.
       Judge Anette Schoombee sentenced Hosseini to a 16-month jail term that she suspended for two years. She imposed a condition that Hosseini not leave his house unless his daughter, granddaughters, who he lives with, or another approved adult is with him.
       Judge Schoombee said Hosseini preyed on young children and his offences were brazenly committed in public – on the second occasion with adults just metres away. She said children had a right to feel safe going about their daily lives.
       The prosecution called for an immediate jail term.
       Judge Schoombee said a prison term would be particularly onerous for Hosseini given his age and deteriorating physical and mental health.
       Hosseini is now a reportable sex offender.
       The judge said Hosseini, who speaks hardly any English, denied his offending and showed no remorse.
       Hosseini must also not be alone with any children that visit his house.
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       [COMMENT: Contrast this soft treatment with "Afghan women in Kabul prison over 'moral' crimes," Associated Press, , Tuesday, April 9, 2013.  His offences were brazenly committed in public on a boy and a girl. 
       Hosseini, the court said, denied his offending and showed no remorse.
       Well, after all, the Koran approved a grown man having sex with a nine-year-old whom he had married at six.  And Koran 33:50 <> teaches that sex is permitted with a chosen man's wives and with "those whom his right hand possesses." 
       As for the boy the defendant molested, in Afghanistan they are able to be molested at will by warlords, if this newsitem can be trusted: "The Rape of the Afghan Boys," (© 2010), <>, by Kelley B. Vlahos, April 13, 2010.  "We talk about the possibility of losing the war in Afghanistan, but what if we lose our soul in Afghanistan? [***]" COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets or the "preserved slate" kept by Allah in heaven): 
       4:34 (or 4:38):- Men are superior to women on account of the qualities with which Allah hath gifted the one above the other, and on account of the outlay they make from their substance for them.  Virtuous women are obedient, careful, during the husband's absence because Allah hath of them been careful.  But chide those for whose refractoriness ye have cause to fear; remove them into beds apart, and scourge them; but if they are obedient to you, then seek not occasion against them:  verily, Allah is High, Great.  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
       Sahih Bukhari's Vol. 5, Bk. 58, No. 236: Narrated Hisham's father:  Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina.  He stayed there for two years or so and then he married ‘Āisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consummated that marriage when she was nine years old. [[See Koran scripture 65:4 re "wives" who have not yet menstruated at <http://­www.­­quran/0­65/065-004.htm>.  Look back to 5, 58: 234]]  TRADITION ENDS.]
       [FINAL COMMENT: The convicted man must be astounded that he, a male, is not allowed outside the house without an approved female.  This would seem to him and his associates to be the reverse of Allah's laws - in his religion, Islam, no women are allowed out of the house without an approved male with them.  Will this give more resolve to those who want to overturn all the laws in Western lands?  ENDS.]
    [Sep 24, 2012]

    • Terror suspect believed ASIO was on his case but didn't care, bail hearing told.     

    Terror suspect believed ASIO was on his case but didn’t care, bail hearing told

       Herald Sun (Melbourne), <>, by Paul Anderson, 12:38PM, Tuesday, September 25, 2012
       A MAN accused of collecting terrorism propaganda – including instructions on how to make bombs and weapons of mass destruction – has been refused bail.
       Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg said Adnan Karabegovic had failed to establish the exceptional circumstances necessary to be granted bail.
       Mr Karabegovic's lawyer, Rob Stary, had submitted that his young age, pregnant wife and family support were all factors that should be taken into consideration.
       In opposing bail, prosecutor Jeremy Rapke, QC, said Mr Karabegovic posed an unacceptable risk.
       Earlier, Melbourne Magistrates' Court was told Mr Karabegovic continued discussing terrorist-related topics despite believing the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation was running surveillance on him
       Mr Karabegovic was heard telling one associate that he believed ASIO was "going hard" on him but added that he didn't care, his bail application hearing was told.
       Documents filed in court allege that Mr Karabegovic, 24 – who came to Australia when he was seven – faces four charges of collecting documents being connected with preparation for, the engagement of a person in, or assistance in a terrorist act.
       The charges relate to the collection of four editions of Inspire magazine, an English-language online magazine allegedly published by al-Qaida.
       "Each of the four issues of Inspire magazine the subject of the charges contains a section entitled 'Open Source Jihad'," states an Australian Federal Police affidavit tendered in court.
       "(It) is described as follows: 'A resource manual for those who loathe the tyrants; includes bomb making techniques, security measures, guerrilla tactics, weapons training and all other jihad-related activities.
       Informal – A disaster for the repressive imperialistic nations: 'The open source jihad is America's worst nightmare.
       " 'It allows Muslims to train at home instead of risking a dangerous travel abroad: Look no further, the open source jihad is now at hands reach.' "
       The affidavit alleges that a "core group" of people including Mr Karabegovic have "a common affiliation" with the Al-Furqan Islamic Information Centre in Springvale South.
       "Inquiries reveal that these persons subscribe to an extremist interpretation of Islam," the affidavit alleges.
       AFP agents allege Mr Karabegovic hung several banners from overpasses, including one which said: "Get your troops out of Muslim lands you dirty convict pigs."
       When agents arrested Mr Karabegovic on September 12, they allegedly found a USB flash memory device in his pocket.
       Files on the USB contained the Inspire magazine editions which included articles entitled Make A Bomb In The Kitchen Of Your Mum and What To Expect In Jihad.
       "A section entitled 'Open Source Jihad' describes how to adapt a 4WD or similar type vehicle by welding blades to the front end of the vehicle and using the vehicle to drive through crowded areas striking as many people as possible," the affidavit states.
       "(Another article) provides guidance on how to avoid law enforcement, how to choose an appropriate target, how to gather information and how to encourage people with a science background to develop a weapon of mass destruction.
       "(Another) set across a picture of the Sydney Opera House described shooting stances when using an AK-47 assault rifle."
       Other documents were about arrow rifles, how to make semi-automatic machine guns, grenades and "knock-out drops", and the capabilities of sniper weapons.
       Prosecutor Jeremy Rapke, QC, said agents found a bomb formula hidden behind a picture frame.
       "There are real risks associated with all of that," Mr Rapke told the court.
       "Here we have a man who is speaking of carrying out violent acts for religious purposes.
       "He has a commitment to that as a way of life.''
       Mr Stary told the court there was no evidence his client had ever attempted to buy a weapon.
       Mr Starry [or, Stary] said his client had no affiliation to a known terrorist organisation like other people charged with terrorist-related offences in Victoria in the past. #

       [RECAPITULATION: bomb formula hidden behind a picture frame dirty convict pigs ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Perhaps he ought to return to his previous country.  Another newspaper said another sign included the words "you filthy kafir." COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets or the "preserved slate" kept by Allah in heaven): 
       Koran 2:193 :- Fight the unbelievers until no other religion except Islam is left. 
       9:28:- O Believers!  only they who join gods with God are unclean! 
       A possible reason why he allegedly didn't care might be in the Koran doctrines at 6:32:- Nothing is the life of this world, but play and amusement.  But best is the Home in the Hereafter , and also read 47:36 and 93:4.  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
    [Sep 25, 2012]

    • Obama Rebuilds Mosques While Churches Burn.                   

    Obama Rebuilds Mosques While Churches Burn

       FrontPage Magazine, as re-displayed on Europe News, <http://­­en/node/­59169>, By Frank Crimi, Thursday, 27 September 2012
       While Christian churches are being destroyed on a near daily basis in Muslim countries throughout the world, the Obama administration is investing millions of dollars to rebuild overseas Islamic mosques and minarets.
       According to the State Department, the mosque restoration program, first reported on back in 2010, is a "cultural preservation" project designed to "fight Islamic extremism by building relationships with Islamic leaders."
       To that end, the State Department, through the US Agency for International Development, is spending millions to preserve mosques and minarets in 27 different Islamic countries.
       While the State Department would not reveal the entire cost of its Muslim outreach program, it did acknowledge one restoration project, the refurbishing of Egypt's 1,300-year-old Amr Ibn El-Aas Mosque, was part of a $770 million program to rebuild Cairo's sewer system.
       Perhaps the State Department's reticence in sharing the full fiscal details of its taxpayer-funded Islamic goodwill project centered on the fact that federal regulations prohibit USAID funds from being used for saving structures which are used for "inherently religious activities."
       Of course, it should be noted, that the "inherently religious activities" of those overseas Islamic mosques includes preaching hatred of Jews, Christians and Americans, incitement to terrorist activity, and global imposition of Islamic rule.
       In recent days, Muslim clerics in at least 20 Islamic countries have used these "houses of worship" to urge their congregations to take to the streets in violent protests to defend Islam over the release of the video "Innocence of Muslims."
       So, given that, it's not surprising that the Obama administration's diligent efforts to help preserve the religious heritage of Islam has failed to engender in its Muslim beneficiaries a similar respect toward preserving the religious heritage of Christianity in the Islamic world.
       For example, while the State Department was busy repairing Egyptian mosques, scores of Egypt's Coptic Christian churches were being burned down by Muslim mobs, one which included St. George's Church in the Egyptian village of Merinab.
       The 100-year-old St. George's was in the midst of its own renovation when local Muslim sensibilities were offended by the presence of a cross, bell, and dome on the church's roof. So, in the interest of "community peace," church leaders agreed to take down the spire and cross, leaving the dome intact.
       Unfortunately, that compromise proved insufficient to soothe Muslim outrage, leading a Muslim throng numbering in the thousands to descend on the church, burn it to the ground, while shouting, "Kill all the Christians."
       In 2010, the State Department provided monetary support for saving three mosques on Zanzibar Island off the coast of Tanzania, mosques which included the 900-year-old Kizimkazi mosque, considered one of the oldest Islamic buildings on the coast of East Africa.
       Finally, the State Department provided taxpayer funds to restore the 18th century Golden Mosque in Lahore, in Pakistan's Punjab province, an area which happened to be the scene of an assault on a Christian colony in July 2009 by thousands of Muslims who set fire to over 50 houses and two churches, burning to death eight people, including a seven-year-old child.
       Unfortunately, the ongoing eradication of Christian churches in the Islamic world shows no signs of abating any time soon, especially given comments like those of Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, who recently declared that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches of the region."
       While Aziz bin Abdullah's clarion call was directed toward Christian churches on the Arabian Peninsula, it has nevertheless been earnestly followed by Muslims in Islamic countries throughout Africa, the Mideast, and Asia.
       For example, in the past two months Muslims in Kenya have attacked 11 churches, assaults which include grenade attacks on a crowd of 150 Christians attending an outdoor church meeting, killing two and wounding more than 30; and one attack during a church service that killed one and injured 16.
       In June the Sudanese government bulldozed three church buildings to the ground and confiscated three Catholic schools in the capital of Khartoum, saying that such buildings are now unwelcome in the Islamic-ruled country.
       In Afghanistan, where more than 2,000 American troops have died protecting that country, the last public Christian church was demolished in October 2011, forcing Afghan Christians to practice their faith in underground "House Churches."
       In Indonesia, a ministerial decree has led to the closure of more than 400 Christian churches. While Christian worshippers must make due in storefront churches or, lacking that, parking lots and the side of streets, it hasn't stopped Muslim mobs from trying to prevent those services.
       Specifically, in May a horde of 600 Muslims, led by Indonesia's Islamic Defenders Front, hurled bags of urine, rotten eggs, ditchwater and stones at over 100 Christians attempting to attend church service in an empty parking lot in the city of Bekasi, located outside the capital of Jakarta.
       Unfortunately, news of that type of anti-Christian behavior was not included in the recent public service announcement the State Department aired on Pakistani television in which it condemned religious intolerance in the video "Innocence of Muslims."
       Instead, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while lamenting the hurt feelings the video engendered among Muslims, said the Islamic faith "respects the fundamental dignity of human beings," and that it is "a violation of that fundamental dignity to wage attacks on innocents."
       Ironically, as Clinton's public apology was being aired, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, an 82-year-old church in northwest Pakistan, was being burned by a mob of hundreds of Muslims protesting the offending video.
       Since that attack was, in the words of Mrs. Clinton, "a violation of that fundamental dignity to wage attacks on innocents," perhaps she will inquire if there are any funds still available in her mosque restoration program to help cover the costs of rebuilding St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
       Freedom Center pamphlets now available on Kindle # Posted September 27th, 2012 by pk

    [Sep 27, 2012]

    • Extremists are those who behead.
      [Wilders not 'extremist',"]     

    Extremists are those who behead

       The West Australian, <letters § wanews com au>, Letter to The Editor, sent Thursday, October 4, 2012
       After reading Thursday's editorial "Extreme views unwelcome but ban not the answer" (4/10), I wondered if the writer had been following the news lately.
       The extreme views that many Australians oppose are "Behead those who insult the Prophet," and the extremist culture that has families with pre-school children holding such a placard. The doctrine of taqiyya allowed the Muslim religious leaders to chorus their supposed opposition to such menacing behaviour.
       Dutchman Mr Geert Wilders, MP, is far less extremist than the hundreds of rioters in Sydney on September 15 which [who] led to headlines like "Streets of Shame".
       Nor is he as dangerous as the mob which attacked the consular office in Africa and murdered a diplomat and others, nor those who have been blowing up churches and kidnapping aid workers around the world, cutting off their heads with knives.
       Mr Wilders is wrong in one point, that of banning the Koran.  It ought to be read by more non-Muslims from cover to cover, and then read again to see where this culture gets its impetus. "Disbelievers strike off their heads and their very fingertips" is a quote that Westerners ought to learn, among other gems of non-acculturation.
       Islam sets up a counter-culture, being so exclusivist that the Muslims don't even advertise their births, deaths, and marriages, let alone buy many of their foodstuffs that are not marked with Islamic branding.
       It is idle to prattle about "Islam and its place in our society."  Islam plans to replace our society, not take a place in it.
       Letters to the Editor, WA Newspapers, GPO Box N1027 Perth WA 6843. Fax 08 9482 3830. <letters § wanews /./ com /./ au>

       [[PUBLISHED: With a few words improved, the above letter was published in The Weekend West, headed "Wilders not 'extremist'," p 60, Sat-Sun October 6-7, 2012.  ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets (the preserved slate) kept by Allah in heaven): 
       8:12:- I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.  Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.  <http://­www.­­quran/0­08/008-012.htm>.
       9:29:- Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled.  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
       Sahih Bukhari's, 5, 59:600:- I said to Ibn 'Umar, "I want to migrate to Sham."  He said, "There is no migration, but Jihad (for Allah's Cause).  Go and offer yourself for Jihad, and if you find an opportunity for Jihad (stay there) otherwise, come back."
       Sunan Abu-Dawud's Book 14, Number 2483:- The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: No one should sail on the sea except the one who is going to perform hajj or 'umrah, or the one who is fighting in Allah's path   TRADITION ENDS.]
    [Oct 04, 2012]

    • Many differences.


       Joondalup Weekender newspaper (Perth suburb), Western Australia, weekender § communitynews com au , Letter to The Editor, p 6, Thursday, October 04, 2012
       MUCH has been said in the media about terrorism and extremists.
       These remarks are often in relation to Islam, but many also include 'extremist' fundamental Christians, as if they are the same.
       There are differences.
       Islam rejects Christ's sacrifice for our sins; Christians accept who He is and what He has done for us.
       Christians may unwisely "nag" us about the need for Jesus, and if you reject Him, will pray for you.
       Extremist Muslims will simply threaten to whack your head off on rejection of their God (as on the internet).
       Extremist Christians practise "love our enemy" and "do good to those who hate us".
       Islam teaches that those who reject Allah are worthy of death - it is just that most Muslims don't carry out that text.
       Like Jesus said, "By their fruit, you will know them.
       "Do men pick figs from thistles or grapes from thorn bushes?"
       Therefore, by their fruit, you will know the true sons of God. #

       [RECAPITULATION: Extremist Muslims will simply threaten to whack your head off on rejection of their God (as on the internet).  ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Yes indeed. In spite of the evidence being easily found on the Internet, there are still Christian leaders who think that by "dialogue" the Islamists will settle down and stop murdering, bombing, torturing, etc.  Ever since the Koran was translated into Latin hundreds of years ago, the Christian leaders have known what a dangerous culture it engenders.
       Europe was under regular Muslim attack for more than 1000 years.  Muslims conquered Christian Spain and Portugal, holding them for many years, and had seized parts of Italy, etc.  The Muslim sultan of Turkey occupied Greece, Albania, and what until recent years we used to call Yugoslavia, for many, many years, taking young boys in a kind of "tax" every now and then to be trained as Janissary soldiers.  The battles of Lepanto and of Vienna ought to be in the history taught to schoolchildren, and the stories of the Barbary pirates based in northern Africa.  COMMENT ENDS.]
    [Oct 04, 2012]

    • Spare me the details.


       The West Australian, <letters § wanews com au>, Letter to The Editor, p 18, Tuesday, October 9, 2012
       Ben Martin (Why it is important we always remember, 6/10) surely can't be serious in suggesting that there could possibly be a lack of awareness of the Bali atrocities among Australians. The case he cited would have "to be either an anomaly or journalistic voyeurism.
       There is no prospect that Australians will forget, more so with the extent of Bali and world terrorism coverage over the past 10 years and what The West Australian has recently reported.
       Your coverage over this time of the 10-year commemoration is bordering on saturation and I find it completely over the top and disturbing in its form and extent.
       As much as it is understandable that some will wish to tell their stories and will have done so in their private circles, the decision to go public with their experiences, accepted by The West Australian and supported by graphic and confronting material, needs to be challenged.
       I wonder if these people and your journalists have given serious thought to the impact of these decisions on others?
       Over the past 10 years we have been confronted with scores of film clips and reports on Bali, memorials and the hundreds of other bombings around the world. Forget? Not likely. Martin must have found the only Australian in Bali who did not know of the history.
       It is one thing for me to accept that my son died in these circumstances. Is it not enough to be faced with hundreds of reports and footage of this event over the past 10 years? However, it is another issue to be recently confronted with the most horrendous descriptions of the event in which he died, the detail of which I have deliberately chosen not to pursue.
       Matters such as this are personal and sacred, not to be disseminated to the unaffected masses.
       The protection of those directly affected should rank above the need and rights of the public to know. Is there no reverence or discretion left in this society?
       From my point of view, the decision of the story tellers to disburse their experiences and your newspaper's sales drive have combined to add unnecessary stress to me and probably many others.
       No, Bali is not forgotten and will never be. What is forgettable is the opportunist journalism that is on display.
       I expected better from The West Australian. #
       David Hancock, Kingsley.

       [COMMENT: The attitude of this grieving father can be understood, but the Webmaster believes that the newspaper is being excellent in publishing its series on the Bali bombing outrageous catastrophe.  Perhaps in post-Christian Australia it would be apposite to quote the Koran 9:80 (or 9:81):- Whether thou ask for their for­giveness, or not, (their sin is unforgivable) COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets (the "preserved slate") kept by Allah): 
       2:193 (or 2:189):- Fight the unbelievers until no other religion except Islam is left.
       3:83 (or 3:77):- Are they seeking a religion other than Allah's, when every soul in the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion?
       22:19 (or 22:20):- But as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; boiling fluid will be poured down on their heads.  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
       Bukhari's, 6, 60:252:- I asked my father, "Was the Verse:- 'Say: (O Muhammad) Shall We tell you the greatest losers in respect of their deeds?'(18:103) revealed regarding Al-Haruriyya?"  He said, "No, but regarding the Jews and the Christians, for the Jews disbelieved Muhammad and the Christians disbelieved in Paradise and say that there are neither meals nor drinks therein.  Al-Hururiyya are those people who break their pledge to Allah after they have confirmed that they will fulfill it, and Sad used to call them 'Al-Fasiqin (evildoers who forsake Allah's obedience).   TRADITION ENDS.]
    [Oct 09, 2012]

    • Islamic extremism.
       [Opposition to W.A. Premier Colin Barnett's decision to refuse a hall for Dutch patriot Geert Wilders.]  


       The West Australian, <letters § wanews com au>, Letter to The Editor, p 18, Tuesday, October 9, 2012
       Colin Barnett has got it completely wrong on the matter of Dutch MP Geert Wilders' visit to WA.
       It seems that when Muslims say "jump" Mr Barnett asks how high.
       Just one example of the dangerous Islamic extremism that Mr Wilders opposes was featured in Agenda (6/10) - the brutal, murderous Bali bombing 10 years ago.
       As your correspondent [Name redacted by Webmaster] said in the letters page of the same edition (Wilders not 'extremist'): "Islam plans to replace our society, not take a place in it." #

       [COMMENT: This correspondent wisely wrote "Just one example etc"  Yes, it seems that he sees the wider picture.  The Islamic extremists also have their campaign to harm women by painful clitoral excissions, and by following scripture which excludes them from normal activities, and scourging them if suspected of disobedience.  Other Koranic beliefs are to kill anyone who leaves their religion, and to kill anyone who has sex outside marriage.  Hatred of Judaism and Christianity is a repeated theme in the Koran, the Hadith, and other Islamic literature.  COMMENT ENDS.]
    [Oct 09, 2012]

    • Intolerance the issue.

    Intolerance the issue

       The West Australian, Letter to The Editor, p 24, Wednesday, October 10, 2012
       After reading [name redacted] views (Wilders not 'extremist', 6/10), I felt moved to take issue with some of his comments. [Name redacted] thinks more non-Muslims should read the Koran to find the impetus of "this culture". He quotes the verse: "Disbelievers strike off their heads and their very fingertips."
       If [name redacted] has followed his own suggestion, he will know this verse is not a general instruction for Muslims against disbelievers. This verse specifically pertains to a long-ago battle at Badr. Sadly, this is the normal aim of war – to kill or disable the enemy
       Unfortunately, the Koran is not the only book to seemingly advocate violence against those of a different belief system. For example: "Thus saith the Lord of hosts go and smite and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass."
       There are many biblical quotes of a violent nature. Deuteronomy, for example, has references seemingly advocating genocide. I say this to make a point, not to play religious "tit for tat". Historically, that has also never achieved a peaceful outcome.
       However, I would take issue with his assertion that "the doctrine of taqiyya has allowed the Australian Muslim religious leaders to chorus their supposed opposition".
       Taqiyya allows Muslims to not reveal their faith in extreme circumstances where this may put them in peril – rather like Peter denied his Lord when feeling under threat.
       [Name redacted] view is that this doctrine has been used for the religious leaders' "supposed" opposition to menacing behaviour. Why use the word "supposed"? Has [name redacted] questioned each leader individually to ascertain if their opposition to this behaviour is sincere? Such generalisations could be interpreted as inflammatory.
       I doubt [name redacted] would like someone to imply he is being insincere about intentions only he could know in his own heart?
       I also don't understand the objection to the fact that Muslims "don't even advertise their births, deaths and marriages". I don't advertise my birthday, nor did I advertise my marriage. I wasn't aware that was being part of an exclusive counter-culture?
       Some non-Muslims also would think even celebrating a birthday would be self-aggrandisement.
       As for the issue of not buying "foodstuffs not marked with Islamic branding", is [name redacted] referring to the symbol on packaging that a product is halal? Halal simply means "permitted" (like kosher) in that the product does not contain anything that goes against Muslim dietary laws. Even a piece of fresh fish in the market may not be halal if it is not a particular species. And you don't need to read the Koran to find the dietary laws – they are in the Old Testament.
       In essence, I think [name redacted] and I could agree that any form of extremism or fanaticism advocating violence is to be abhorred. Unfortunately, in my opinion and experience, this does not seem to be limited to any particular section of our community and this intolerance is the real issue which confronts us as a society.
       N. Syeila, Dianella. #
    [Oct 10, 2012]

    • Self-defence, not intolerance.

    Self-defence, not intolerance

       Letter SENT TO The Editor, The West Australian, <letters § wanews com au>, October 10, 2012
       No, N.Syella (Intolerance the issue, 10/10), self-defence of Australia and the Enlightenment Western world is the issue, not intolerance.
       The evidence of pro-Muslim intolerance is shown by the shooting of the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai for advocating girls' education (Activist, 14, shot, 10/10), the beheading of a female aid worker in recent years, the infamous Iran religious leader's call for author Salman Rushdie's murder plus a huge reward, a similar though less financial call by a Pakistani politician to murder an opponent, and the attempts to murder the Danish cartoonists. All, supposedly, in the name of Allah.
       Not one of these intolerant acts has led the Muslim religious leaders to issue death-threats fatwas agains the perpetrators, or to offer rewards.  Their culture allows it, but they have not done so.  Moderate Muslims hardly ever dare to speak out, for fear of murder.
       The frequent mention of my name throughout my opponent's letter would give an academic investigating intolerance levels some food for thought.
       Your correspondent writes that the Koran 8:12 about striking off heads and fingertips being about the battle of Badr (about 150km south of Muhammad's town of Medina).  Isn't striking off fingertips mutilation of dead bodies?  And wasn't it a war of agression, not defence as Muslim literature paints it?
       The Koran a few verses later, at 8:14, says "and indeed for the disbelievers is the punishment of the Fire."  If this was read as being about Badr, would this punishment after death in battle be evidence of tolerance, or intolerance?  But, aren't Muslims told to live like the Prophet did?
       Any Muslim who leaves the religion is under sentence of death, according to all the schools of Muslim theology.  An early tradition is: Bukhari's, Vol. 9, Bk. 84, No. 58:- [Regarding a Jew who had become a Muslim, then returned to Judaism:] "Mu'adh said, I will not sit down till he has been killed. and he was killed."
       The traditions tell us of the destruction of what seems to be a religious building with various names including Dhu-l-Khalasa, and all there were killed, after the Muslim's leader said to Jarir "Won't you relieve me from Dhu-l-Khalasa?" (Bukhari's hadith, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 641).  So to read in 2012 of murders and destruction of Christian churches and Muslim Shi'ite shrines comes as no surprise.  This year even the shrines in Timbuktu, Africa, were attacked by zealots, presumably following the various Koran hate messages against the supposed hypocrites, and Bukhari's hadith, 2, 23:414 opposing tombs as places for praying.
       It is global intolerance.  Read the hadith of Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 14, Number 2635:- "Narrated Anas ibn Malik: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: I am commanded to fight with men till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His servant and His Apostle, face our qiblah (direction of prayer), eat what we slaughter, and pray like us.  When they do that, their life and property are unlawful for us except what is due to them.  They will have the same rights as the Muslims have, and have the same responsibilities as the Muslims have."
       The Koran 2:193 (or 2:189): " Fight the unbelievers until no other religion except Islam is left."  And the Koran 72:26 take on Noah (of the Flood) is that he prayed "Lord, leave not one single family of Infidels on the Earth."  Not a very kind model for children, eh?
       Quoting the Old Testament's genocide of indigenous Palestinians, and other horrors, such as a man sacrificing his own daughter, will not discourage sensible modern Westerners from seeing the same outlook, sometimes seemingly copied from it, in the Koran, the Hadith, the Life of Muhammad, and the Sharia law teachings.
       Defending kosher dietary laws, which are similar to Muslim halal laws, does not make their killing methods humane, nor does it make them sensible rules for life.  But branding all sorts of other products "halal," and charging the food manufacturers a fee and the right to have inspectors at food businesses, sounds more like gangsters' protection money than the actions of pious food purists.
       Westerners began to stop religious sanctioning of the murder of daughters who were unwise with boyfriends, or people who had different religious views, and stopped forcible marriages to strangers, about 250 years ago.  But Islam has not.
       Hatred of Judaism and Christianity is a repeated theme in the Koran, the Hadith, and other Islamic literature.
       The talks by Dutch MP Geert Wilders in Australia will not convert those immersed in such a culture, but they might wake up Australians to a need for self-defence. #

       [COMMENT: Placards being shown during the violent Islamist riot of 1000 or more in Sydney streets on September 15 included "Behead all those who insult the Prophet" (held by children as well as adults), and "Behead those who insult Islam!!"  Months earlier in London the placards there included "Europe you will pay, 9/11 is on its way."
       No fatwa threatening death to such jihaic Islamists, who threaten murder and threaten to disrupt multiculturalism, has been issued by Muslim clerics.  Yet death threats and offers of murder rewards are part of Islamic culture.  COMMENT ENDS.]
    [Oct 10, 2012]

    • Muslim man lashed because of sharia 'love'.     

    Muslim man lashed because of sharia ‘love’

       9 News National, <>, 5:50pm, October 22, 2012
       A Muslim man accused of whipping his protegee 40 times with an electric cable for drinking alcohol said he inflicted the punishment out of love, a Sydney court has been told.
       Wassim Fayad allegedly told his victim Cristian Martinez, "Next time you think of picking up a drink, you will remember this pain," Burwood Local Court was told on Monday.
       Fayad, 44, Zakaryah Raad, 21, Tolga Cifci, 21, and Cengiz Coskun, 22, have pleaded not guilty over the alleged incident in Mr Martinez's Silverwater apartment in western Sydney between July 16 and July 17 last year.
       They have been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company and stealing CCTV footage.
       Mr Martinez, 32, had been introduced to the Islamic faith several years before and had come to regard Fayad, also known as Fadi Alemaddin, as his spiritual leader, prosecutor Sevinch Morkaya said.
       After Mr Martinez got drunk and took cocaine, he called Fayad, telling him, "I'm in trouble" and "I need to get off the drugs".
       In one of several phone calls played in court, Fayad could be heard replying, "It means I'm going to tie you up, brother, because that's what you need."
       Mr Martinez told the court he had no memory of the phone calls.
       That night, Raad called around to Mr Martinez's apartment and later let the other three men in before they woke up a sleeping Mr Martinez, the court heard.
       Mr Martinez said he was friends with Raad, but he had only seen the other two men on a couple of occasions and didn't know their names.
       "(Fayad) told me I was going to be punished under Islamic law for what I'd been doing with drugs and alcohol," Mr Martinez said.
       "I was a bit stirred up but I always believed in him."
       Mr Martinez said Raad and the other two men then held him down on the bed while Fayad started hitting him with an electric cable.
       "I was begging, 'please no more, I don't want any more'," he said.
       After the first ten lashes, the men let Mr Martinez go and he vomited while they held a wet towel on his back before he agreed to return to the bed, the court heard.
       "They didn't force me," he said.
       However, Mr Martinez said he soon began begging and crying again and, after he vomited following the 20th lash, he was forced back onto the bed.
       "I knew I had done the wrong thing, but I couldn't believe I was getting these hits," he said.
       Mr Martinez said he was told he should be getting 80 lashes for intoxication and that only the infirm were given 40 lashes.
       After it was over, the court heard Fayad told Mr Martinez, "I did it because I love you".
       "I couldn't believe it," Mr Martinez said. "I was so angry. I was furious."
       The court heard Mr Martinez initially only identified Fayad to police.
       He later naming [sic; ? named] Raad as one of his attackers after Raad called him up and told him there were "powerful people in Auburn".
       "I took that as a threat," Mr Martinez said.
       Magistrate Brian Maloney was told the evidence against Cifci and Coskun was circumstantial, and issues would be raised in relation to Mr Martinez's identification of them.
       The hearing will continue on Tuesday. #

       "(Fayad) told me I was going to be punished under Islamic law for what I'd been doing with drugs and alcohol," Mr Martinez said.  ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: When did people in Australia get the right to administer sharia law punishments?  Aren't punishments supposed to be ordered by ordinary courts of the land, not some self-appointed leader?  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [KORAN (said to be the same book as on tablets or the "preserved slate" kept by Allah in heaven):     3:83:- Are they seeking a religion other than Allah's, when every soul in the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by comp­ulsion?
       5:90:- O believers!  surely wine and games of chance, and statues, and the divining arrows, are an abomination of Satan's work!  Avoid them, that ye might prosper.  DOCTRINE ENDS.]
       [HADITH:  Sahih Muslim Book 017, Hadith Number 4231, :- Hudain b. al-Mundhir Abu Sasan reported: I saw that Walid was brought to Uthmin b. 'Affan as he had prayed two rak'ahs of the dawn prayer, and then he said: I make an increase for you. And two men bore witness against him. One of them was Humran who said that he had drunk wine. The second one gave witness that he had seen him vomiting. Uthman said: He would not have vomited (wine) unless he had drunk it. He said: 'Ali, stand up and lash him. 'Ali said: Hasan, stand up and lash him. Thereupon Hasan said: Let him suffer the heat (of Caliphate) who has enjoyed its coolness. ('Ali felt annoyed at this remark) and he said: 'Abdullah b. Ja'far, stand up and flog him, and he began to flog him and 'Ali counted the stripes until these were forty. He (Hadrat 'Ali) said: Stop now, and then said: Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) gave forty stripes, and Abu Bakr also gave forty stripes, and Umar gave eighty stripes, and all these fall under the category of the Sunnah, but this one (forty stripes) is dearer to me.
       Regarding lashing a slave-girl, read Sahih Bukhari Volume 003, Book 034, Hadith Number 362, at
       For widespread study, visit <> to find the hadiths of Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Malik's Muwatta, Shama-il Tirmidhi, Fiqh-us Sunnah, Abu Dawud, Hadith Qudsi, An Nawawi's Forty Hadith, and Authentic Supplications.  TRADITION ENDS.]
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    ASIO boss says we need more Muslim recruits to combat terror threats in Australia.  AUSTRALIA: ASIO director general David Irvine, said the future spies would be recruited from newly arrived migrant communities.  And, would these recruits have to be given new names and hidden once their secret was out?  Would there be riots and murders at protest demonstrations in Australian streets and townships? January 25, 2012
    [Australians before invaders, except for one correspondent.]  W. AUSTRALIA: Except for one, letters oppose the asylum-seekers' luxury including an air trip for one, and holiday camp conditions at Northam. (To webpage Sep 4, '12. Jun 28, 2012
    'Blasphemy' girl freed on bail.  PAKISTAN: And imam Khalid Jadoon Chishti charged with "framing" the Christian girl (11, or 14).  Sep 12, 2012
    Bowen must explain smuggler's flight: Opposition. Political Comment.  AUSTRALIA: Alleged people smuggler "Captain Emad" left the day the ABC TV screened their exposé.  An incompetent Australian federal police and ministry face an equally feckless question from the Opposition, who kept on "foreign aid" funding of incompatible culture groups around the world, and faithfully kept to the United Nations' "mix-'em-all-up and they'll give up hostilities" policy. June 07, 2012
    Channel 4 cancels controversial screening of "Islam: The Untold Story" documentary after presenter Tom Holland is threatened.   BRITAIN: The repeat screening was cancelled. Sep 11, 2012
    Christians in Muslim countries.  Sudan is calling for jihad, and Pakistan is heading towards intolerance.  Christians do not have human rights in various countries.  August 2012
    Council snub to mosque 'not racist': Planning dispute. COCKBURN, PERTH, W. Australia: Council won't rezone rural land for mosque, to have prayer sessions 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., etc. Mar 10-11, 2012
    Extremists are those who behead. LETTER to editor criticising an editorial stating that the extreme views of Dutch politician Geert Wilders were unwelcome, but a ban would not be the answer.  Oct 04, 2012
    [Europe a social mess, Australia copying.]  Varying opinions on the queue-jumpers who want to change Australia. Jun 25, 2012
    • A girl's mother is forcing .. her to marry a guy whom she does not like and is not attracted to.  This Islamic website states that the bride's consent is essential, even though the Islamic texts say otherwise. To webpage July 9, 2012
    Muslim Branding on Our Food.  AUSTRALIA: Halal inspections and marks, if you pay.  Dick Smith Foods sees it as an unnecessary expense.  No other religious marks are on the firm's foods, either. Temporarily listed as June 30, 2012
    Hilaire Belloc and Islam; Islam and the West.   Paul Stenhouse writes a masterful summary of the warnings about Muhammadenism by Hilaire Belloc around 1929 to 1937. August 2012
    How many deaths, Obama?  UNITED STATES: Since Barack Hussein Obama took office as US President three years ago, the CIA drone attacks in Pakistan have killed between 282 and 535 civilians.  (Winning the hearts and minds of the people is unlikely to result from the drone attacks.)  April 2012
    • The Intolerance the issue.  Letter claiming that intolerance of Islam was matched by Old Testament genocide.  Previous correspondent opposed. Oct 10, 2012
    • The Islamic Dilemma.  The concept of human rights is foreign to most Muslims' thinking, and they are drawn to and repelled by modernity.  A quote from a book published November 15, 2008.  August 2012
    Islamic extremism. Opposition to W.Australian Premier Colin Barnett's decision to refuse a hall for Dutch patriot Geert Wilders.  Oct 09, 2012
    Is Obama the US's most anti-Christian president?  Opinion.  UNITED STATES: If very busy, at least read section 4., Acts of preferentialism for Islam.  May 12, 2012
    It Will Lead To War - in the countries around Israel, a dream for the military-industrial complex, says Congressman Dr Ron Paul of the UNITED STATES.  May 9, 2012
    [Karzai bows to clerics to demean women.]  AFGHANISTAN.  Reprinted from Canada, Mar 7, '12. Mar 10-11, 2012
    Kill one who abuses reviles Prophet (saws) .  This Islamic website admits that the old texts order death to an apostate, then tries to deny what has been the written commands and the practice of Muslims for 1400 years.  To webpage July 9, 2012
    Living faiths: The necessity of Christian-Muslim friendship.  AUSTRALIA: Apologist for Islam gives smooth talk.  July 19, 2012
    Many differences. Letter contrasting fundamentalist Christians "love our enemy" with Muslims being taught that "those who reject Allah are worthy of death."  Oct 04, 2012
    Minister jailed for sparking massacre.  INDIA: A female Gujarat state minister was imprisoned for 28 years for provoking the 2002 religious riots, in which HINDUS attacked Muslims, of whom 97 were killed.  Sep 03, 2012
    Mosque proposal divides residents. CANBERRA. July 10, 2012
    Muhammad and the Jews.  He expelled one Jewish tribe after another from Medina, confiscating their property, and later drove them out of an oasis where some had taken refuge.  Quoting 2002 book. August 2012
    Muhammad the Warlord. Raids on weaker mini-states, treaties with equally strong tribes, and conflict avoidance with stronger tribes.  August 2012
    Muslim man lashed because of sharia 'love'.  SYDNEY, NSW, Australia: Sharia law imposed voluntarily on man who drank liquor, etc.  Victim later reported to police.  Oct 22, 2012
    Muslim Prayers [criticise Jews and Christians.]  At least 17 times a day Jul 20, 2012
    Neither Allah nor Master.  Documentary MOVIE.  Tunisian female movie-maker exposes the hypocrisy of her fellow-countrymen and women who pretend to be, for example, obeying the no-food rule during the daylight hours of Ramadan, but in reality are being served meals in restaurants. June 2012
    Obama Rebuilds Mosques While Churches Burn.  Amazing, but true.  Even more amazing, why are Coalition forces still in Afghanistan and Iraq? Sep 27, 2012
    [Ongoing invasion continues, today's only opponent a lunatic.]  VARIOUS COUNTRIES around the world. Jun 24, 2012
    Pakistani accused of blasphemy over Prophet film.  PAKISTAN: He objected to the proposed senseless riotous demonstration, refused to shut his shop, and discouraged others from taking part.  Result - up on a capital charge.  You don't have to be a lunatic to belong, but it would help!  Sep 19, 2012
    Peer suspended over Obama bounty. LONDON, England: Lord Nazir Ahmed (Labour) has been suspended by his party which alleges that in Pakistan he said the U.S. offer of a bounty to capture Hafiz Saeed was an insult to Muslims, and he offered £10 m on President Obama and ex-president George W. Bush.  The party has not proved the allegation. Apr 17, 2012
    Pipe dreams: My story.  PAKISTAN and UNITED STATES: Ms Mahwish Humayun evaluates the Pakistani village where women used to walk two hours to collect water, yet the improved water supply doesn't have taps on the pipes, and women are still the drudges.  May 2012.
    Qatar: An influential force.  QATAR: Analysis of Qatar (capital Doha), Al-Jazeera, and help in Islamic "spring," which is heading to fundamentalism, it seems. May-June 2012
    Radicals to face kidnap charges.  FRANCE: Thirteen Muslims planned to kidnap a judge.  They wanted sharia law for France.  Apr 04, 2012
    Raymond Ibrahim: Islamic 'Adult Breastfeeding' Fatwas Return.  EGYPT, SAUDI ARABIA, and KUWAIT:  In places where men and women work at the same workplace, Islamic leaders say, the men must drink the breast milk of the women five times, to avoid the Islamic rules forbidding men and unrelated women to mix. Apr 12, 2012
    Self-defence, not intolerance.  Letter pointing out that Islam exhibits global intolerance, replying to published letter of N.Syella. Oct 10, 2012
    Set to explode?  FRANCE is most likely to explode into inter-community violence, the indigenous fighting to regain their own streets from the immigrant-invaders.  RD, June 2012
    Sex offender, 86, avoids jail.  PERTH (W. Australia) - Mohammad Hosseini was convicted in August by a District Court jury of the two charges, which involved molesting a 13-year-old boy at a Beaconsfield bus stop in December 2006 and a seven-year-old girl at a Fremantle soccer pitch in April 2007.  His offences were brazenly committed in public, the court said.  (Look back to March 30, 2012 court newsitem.) Sep 24, 2012.
    Sixteen illegals packed into one house.  AUSTRALIA: Working on small vegetable farms, some of them might have come for purposes other than getting a living.  If their home countries were under really divine law, why would they not feel economically secure and be fully employed in their homelands? Aug 7, 2012
    Smugglers' Paradise - Australia. AUSTRALIA and other countries: A people smuggler and his associates actually smuggled themselves into Australia, have been accepted as "asylum-seekers", and these "scum of the earth" (former PM Kevin Rudd's words) are still collecting money from the relatives of people being transported to Australia, in one case even though the boat was lost with all on board, it seems.  A house each was made available to one notable people smuggler, his wife, and each of his daughters.  (Australia has an increasing number of homeless Australians, it has been reported.) June 04, 2012
    Spare me the details. AUSTRALIA: Grieving father objects to the Bali bombing newspaper series marking the 10th anniversay of that war crime by Islamists, who were following their culture. Oct 09, 2012
    Streets of shame. Anti-US riots turn Sydney into a battleground.  SYDNEY, NSW, Australia: On the pretext of opposing a YouTube movie "Innocence of Muslims" > 1000 people said to be Muslims riot in Sydney's Hyde Park and the central business district. Sep 16, 2012
    Taliban attack over. KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: "Mission accomplished" rings hollow still, as it takes Coalition 18hrs to regain control of the Afghan capital!  Apr 17, 2012
    Teenage asylum seekers get $2000 boost.  [Possible invaders being cared for.]  AUSTRALIA: Money for drama classes, scouts, surf lifesaving courses, soccer club membership and art / music classes.  (Austerity campaign has not reached this group.) Feb 01, 2012
    Terrorism alive. Yes, alive and well. Terrorists are anyone from a small child with a teddy bear full of explosives to the mujahideen in the desert. Sep 18, 2012
    Terror suspect believed ASIO was on his case but didn't care, bail hearing told.  MELBOURNE: Why should he care if he is caught, he'll get a short sentence but is earning an eternity in the delights of Gardens in the Next Life. Sep 25, 2012
    There is a Church in Syria.  SYRIA: More than 2 million Christians face persecution since the risings against dictator Bashar Assad. May-June 2012
    UK detains terror suspect who traveled close to London's Olympic Park. UNITED KINGDOM. ~ July 8, 2012
    UN refugee convention is decades out of date.  AUSTRALIA: Researcher Adrienne Millbank, now of Monash University, in 2000 pointed out the failures of the convention.  Evidently the politicians were not listening. Feb 1, 2012
    Untying the knot. BRITAIN, AUSTRALIA, and other lands: Multicultural families force girls, many under 18, into marriages with strangers.  Western authorities are rescuing some.  April 2012
    US, Afghan officials condemn public execution of Afghan woman. [Najibar murdered by her husband, Juma Khan,over quarrel between two Taliban leaders. 30-year-old woman and her two children beheaded by her divorced husband. 16 "honor killings" in March and April.]  Miscellaneous newsitems. July 8, 2012
    US military taught: Islam is the enemy: WAR PLAN.  May 12-13, 2012
    Violence and Intolerance: Aid and trade should be used to encourage states to protect freedom to worship and belief.  March 2012
    • The wedding vow It's a crime to do this to girls. How Australian children are being forced into marriage overseas. AUSTRALIA, and MIGRATION SOURCES: Forced marriages of girls from 14 to 18 are the mode for some migrant communities in Australia. Feb 11-12, 2012
    We must avoid fatal folly that helped to create Europe's 'leaderless jihad'.  FRANCE, ALGERIA, etc.:  Although far more murderous than most, Merah's murders are part of a huge wave of anti-Jewish violence, virtually all of it originating in France's Muslim community.  There had been a vast, unregulated Muslim immigration of "asylum-seekers" into Europe.  Mar 31 - Apr 01, 2012
    Without consent.  AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND: Forced marriages of Australians and New Zealanders, driven by one of the "diverse cultures".  Apr 2, 2012
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