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more on saudi influence

By ATWadmin On October 30th, 2007 at 8:46 am

In one of the threads yesterday I agreed with Davids take on plastic journalists who dont do their jobs.  Watching Sky fawn over the Saudi visit rather than ‘challenge, examine, expose’ was nothing short of pathetic.   Then i read this.  Over at Spiked and care of Freeborn John.  Given the weight and power of the media industry to stand up to this, i still dont think it excuses them but it may provide at least a partial explanation.

In recent years, a Saudi billionaire has sued various authors and publishers of books about terrorism in England’s archaic libel courts.

Some have been withdrawn by publishers following libel rulings that found in favour of the Saudi billionaire; others have been withdrawn by publishers following threats of libel action by the Saudi’s lawyers. In some instances, the books were thrown into pulping machines so that all evidence of their existence was destroyed.

Books by British, American and French authors have suffered this fate. Both books by left-leaning authors who question the ‘war on terror’, and books by conservative authors who support it, have been removed from Britain’s bookshelves. Such is the censorious nature of English libel law that these books have effectively been wiped off the intellectual map: you won’t find them in any bookshop or library

Spiked On Line has given the authors an opportunity of voicing their opinion, without repeating the allegations, providing a brief overview of the banned books. One of the authors concluded

The swift demise of Alms for Jihad has thoroughly intimidated British journalists, the media and publishers from writing or publishing about terrorism.  Moreover, it has deprived the British public access to Alms for Jihad and the freedom to read about Islamist terrorism.

CUSTOMER SERVICE?

By ATWadmin On October 29th, 2007 at 9:55 pm

I laughed at this story over on Shortnews.com concerning a man who saved the life of a lady who had gotten caught in train doors, and was subsequently fined!

A Belgian man has been fined €60 for delaying a commuter train after he helped a woman from being crushed that was stuck between the doors. "I apparently could have caused a delay and that is not permitted," said Daniël Dewulf.

 

He added, "The train arrived right on time in Bruges in any event. The conductor did not see my point that I may have saved the woman’s life as a mitigating circumstance. Result: 60-euro fine."

Railway officials have since nixed the charge, saying that Dewulf did nothing wrong and did help avert a worse outcome, adding "We also offer our apologies. We should have in fact fined the woman in question for boarding the train after the whistle."

DUP(LICITY)

By ATWadmin On October 29th, 2007 at 9:44 pm

lnoevil.jpgI see that Lord Morrow of the DUP (Lord help us would be more like it!) has whimpered spoken out concerning Sinn Féin’s suitability to be in government. Even though senior Sinn Féin leaders such as Gerry Adams have strongly denied IRA involvement in the murder in the Republic, Democratic Unionist chief whip Lord Morrow claimed that most people believed republican gangsters were responsible. In the hardest hitting statement on the murder yet by a senior DUP figure, he challenged republicans to show their condemnation of the murder was sincere by disbanding the IRA Army Council. “The murder of Paul Quinn casts further doubts over Sinn Féin’s suitability for government,” the Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA said.


Oh really? In a further display of DUP spinelessness, Lord Morrow said he feared a synthetic condemnation of the murder by Sinn Féin would be the best anyone could hope for. “The acid test for Sinn Féin is, if you are sincere in your condemnation this must be followed through with the standing down of the IRA Army Council,” he continued


What a crock. The acid test for the DUP is whether it has become so corrupted by power at any price that it will stay fixed in power with Sinn Fein even as the IRA murder The DUP has passed this test in flying colours and I fear a synthetic condemnation of the murder is the best unionists can hope for from this useless shower of Dupes installed at Stormont.  

IS MARIJUANA A DRUG?

By ATWadmin On October 29th, 2007 at 9:36 pm

Not according to the Terminator, baby! California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says marijuana is not a drug! It is alleged that Arnie told the British edition of GQ magazine that he had not taken drugs, even though the former bodybuilder and Hollywood star has acknowledged using marijuana in the 1970s and was shown smoking a joint in the 1977 documentary "Pumping Iron.""That is not a drug. It’s a leaf," Schwarzenegger told GQ. "My drug was pumping iron, trust me." Well, since I don’t think Arnold is a genuine Republican and is in fact a R.I.N.O.  he’s entitled to think that marijuana is not a drug.

Trust me.

PEACE PROCESS GARBAGE

By ATWadmin On October 29th, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Y’know, there’s a whole INDUSTRY sprung up around the "peace process" and the latest example of this is a book on ..ahem…"conflict resolution documenting lessons" in peacebuilding learnt in Northern Ireland and elsewhere being translated into Arabic to help Iraqi children deal with the legacy of the war there.

The book, From Conflict to Peace Building: The Power of Early Childhood Initiatives ? Lessons from Around the World, was developed by NIPPA, the early years organisation and written by Professor Paul Connolly of Queen’s University. It includes stories of the experiences of early years specialists in Northern Ireland, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chad, Colombia, Nepal, Palestine and the United States.

Oh god, pass the sick bucket. This kind of liberal mush makes me want to vomit. For starters, I dispute what "conflict resolution" is and will detail this in the near future in published form. The idea that "kids" in Belfast can teach important lessons to kids in Basra or Baghdad is just pigswill. The best message they could be given is to stay away from Jihadists and respect the rule of law. But do they need a BOOK to now to do this? Also NIPPA are a bunch of professional shakedown merchants best ignored.

A JAB TOO FAR?

By ATWadmin On October 29th, 2007 at 1:21 pm

Wonder what you make of the news in the Daily Express that eight deaths have been linked to the cervical cancer jab which will be given to every 12-year-old girl in Britain under Government plans announced last week? Doctors suspect the jab, which protects against a sexually transmitted human papilloma virus that causes the cancer, may be implicated in 3,461 adverse reactions, including paralysis and seizures. Last week Health Secretary Alan Johnson revealed plans to vaccinate all girls aged between 12 and 13 to cut Britain’s death rate from the disease. He said: “Prevention is better than cure and this vaccine will prevent many women from catching the virus in the first place. This is a tough issue. Any parents would wish to endure that their daughter does not get cervical cancer. I’m unsure as to the motivations of Government here however. 

Women, islam, secularism

By ATWadmin On October 29th, 2007 at 1:01 pm

Some excellent comments made on the award of Secularist of the Year.  Richard Dawkins says, and on this occasion I agree with him, that it is “the awakening of women” that will solve the problem of “the worldwide menace of Islamic terrorism and oppression”.

His remarks came while praising Mina Ahadi, winner of this year’s NSS Irwin Prize.  Mina Ahadi is an Iranian woman who was forced to flee her native country after leading a campaign against the compulsory veiling of women. Because of her resistance to the clerical regime, her husband and four of her colleagues were executed, and she only narrowly escaped the same fate. She now lives in Germany and has founded the Committee of Ex-Muslims, a movement that is rapidly spreading across Europe. She has also founded the Committee Against Stoning, which now has 200 branches worldwide.

Richard Dawkins said:

“I have long felt that the key to solving the worldwide menace of Islamic terrorism and oppression would eventually be the awakening of women, and Mina Ahadi is a charismatic leader working to that end. The brutal suppression of the rights of women in many countries throughout the Islamic world is an obvious outrage. Slightly less obvious, but just as outrageous, is the supine willingness of western liberals to go along with it. It is worse than supine, it is patronising and condescending: "Wife-beating is part of ‘their’ culture. Who are we to condemn their traditions?" A religion so insecure as to mandate the death penalty for apostasy is not to be trifled with, and ex-Muslims who stand up and fight deserve our huge admiration and gratitude for their courage. Right out in front of this honourable band is Mina Ahadi. I salute her and congratulate her on this well-deserved award as Secularist of the Year.”

Maryam Namazie, NSS honorary associate and winner of the award in 2005, and now head of the Ex-Muslim Council of Britain, sent this message of congratulations to Mina:

“Your winning the 2007 Secularist of the Year award is a cause for celebration for people across the world. This well-deserved honour reiterates your leading role in the battle for secularism, rights and a world worthy of 21st century humanity. You and your movement have always been about saving lives and putting people first. Thanks in large part to your efforts, it is this life-affirming politics that is finally gaining the recognition it deserves. Putting people first is revolutionary in a world where people are dehumanised and deemed to be represented by political Islam or US militarism and labelled by a million characteristics beginning with religion, nationality or ethnicity and never ending in human. In such a world, millions of often resisting and dissenting people are deemed to be represented by the likes of the misogynist and inhuman Islamic regime of Iran, the Muslim Council of Britain or the Islamic Human Rights Commission. In such a world, opposing the political Islamic movement and defending its victims is deemed to be in aid of US militarism whilst opposing US militarism is deemed to be in support of political Islam. In such a world, people, real live human beings, are absent from the equation. To bring people back into the equation, to give their dissent and resistance a voice, to defend humanity without labels, is what you and your movement have done. This recognition is a victory for all of us. I salute you.”

WELL DONE DULLES AIRPORT

By ATWadmin On October 29th, 2007 at 11:10 am

I just wanted to take a moment and congratulate those working for the Department of Homeland Security at Dulles Airport, Washington for checking the hand luggage of Britain’s first Muslim MP. 

Shahid Malik, MP for Dewsbury and International Development Minister, had to wait whilst his luggage was checked for traces of explosive materials. Now Shalid has been complaining about this but hey, it’s the likes of Shalid that insist on random security so what’s his problem? I mean does he think that it’s wrong to randomnly check the odd Muslim passenger – given that ALL Jihad attacks in recent years have been conducted by ..erm..Muslim passengers?

Personally, I would like to see the end of random security checking and the devotion of the security services to checking that group which constitites a very real threat to our safety. The group concerned is Muslims. Is that not common sense? Why must be check elderly women, young mothers, even Nuns! whilst the Jihad terror threat is exclusively posed by those who follow the Religion of Peace AND Love?

POT, KETTLE AND BLACK

By ATWadmin On October 29th, 2007 at 11:01 am

I was amused to read on the BBC news that Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has accused Britain of not doing enough to fight international terrorism, which he says could take 20 or 30 years to beat. Just for once I can agree with the acting Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable who has announced he is boycotting the visit, citing the corruption scandal over Al Yamamah arms deal, and the Saudis’ human rights record.

Saudi Arabia is our enemy in the war on terror. It has spread the militant Islamic creed of Wahhabism across the world . It has produced an endless stream of Jihadi, it abuses human rights on a spectacular scale, it is intolerant of other faiths, it is a sham "democracy" – and the only reason the likes of King Abdullah is tolerated is because of his oil resources. That’s why I would like to see new non-Middle Eastern oil fields opened up and new smart tech developed that can move us away from Saudi oil dependency.

On a Lighter Note…. Why the English Keep Labour in Power

By ATWadmin On October 29th, 2007 at 1:10 am

On a lighter note, I think I may have found the explanation for the English continuing to keep this pitiful excuse for a government in power. We’re addicted to disappointment!