Monthly Archives: October 2011

Attempted Jew massacre of the day

Rockets fired at greater Beersheba area.

Egyptian Shiite party prompts concerns about sectarian strife, Hezbollah ties

Ahmed Rassem al-Nafees

While the debate about the religious designation of political parties in Egypt has since the ouster of the former focused on Islamist groups, another dimension has been added to the issue with the imminent establishment of a Shiite party.

Prominent Shiite doctor and university professor Ahmed Rassem al-Nafees, who became known after converting from the Sunni faith, submitted a request to the Political Parties Committee, which is in charge of authorizing the formation of political parties, to establish al-Tahrir Party. The signatures Nafees collected included those from Copts, liberals, communists, and Sufis.

Several observers viewed the initiative with suspicion and questions were raised about to whom the party pledges allegiance and whether it has ties with Iran.

‘Tunisia issues arrest warrant for Arafat’s widow, Suha’

It’ll be sweet if they actually get their hands on her.

Where do Iranian TV execs go to buy some good programming? The CBC of course!

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Second man linked to Iranian bank scandal has moved to Montreal

The home owned by the family of Mehregan Amirkhosravi in Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec

A second figure linked to the major banking scandal that has rattled Iran’s financial and political circles is now confirmed to be in Canada, in addition to the top Iranian banker who moved to Toronto last month.

The latter, Mahmoud Reza Khavari, a dual Iranian-Canadian citizen and former chairman of Iran’s largest bank, is wanted for questioning in Tehran. There is no extradition treaty between the two countries.

A relative has now confirmed that Mehregan Amirkhosravi, one of several brothers whose family business empire is at the heart of the scandal, moved to Montreal this summer, a month or two before the allegations became public.

Do NOT donate to UNICEF this Halloween

Here’s why.

Israel at war

Is this Iran using it’s proxies to divert attention away from themselves and Syria, or is it just palestinians be palestinians? Probably both.

Gilad is out Gaza — time turn the hell-hole into a parking lot.

Iran, Syria Plotting to Blunt Turkey

Two of the Middle East’s dictators, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, want to form a united front against NATO ally Turkey for what they see as dangerous meddling in regional affairs.

Believing that it has blunted Saudi Arabia’s influence in the Middle East, Iran is now turning its focus on Turkey in an effort to establish Iranian hegemony in the region.

Iranian officials in recent weeks have stepped up their attacks against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for allowing NATO to station an early-warning radar in Turkey as part of NATO’s missile defense system aimed at countering ballistic missile threats from neighboring Iran. But the Iranians are also furious about Turkey’s continuous support of Syrian opposition forces, who are suffering a brutal crackdown from the Assad regime.

Tehran had earlier threatened Turkey to the effect that Iran would bomb every NATO and U.S. base in Turkey should the latter allow any attacks on Syria to be launched from Turkish soil.

Now the two dictators, in an exchange of letters, want to step up the pressure against Erdoğan’s administration.

Is Ahmadinejad’s team planning a military coup in Iran?

The fundamentalist movement in Iran close to the supreme leader of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has criticized president Mahmud Ahmadinejad and his close circle, referring to it as “the perverted team,” of planning a military coup in a bid to take full control of the country.

Newspapers in Iran have spilled a lot of ink about what is going on in the country, especially after Daoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president’s brother, declared that the so-called perverted team might resort to the military option soon.

The Iranian press has raised the following questions: Will Ahmadinejad resort to a military coup? Will division and inner conflict between Ahmadinejad’s supporters and opponents take over the Revolutionary Guard? Or will the Bassij and the Revolutionary Guard enter into confrontation for Ahmadinejad’s sake?

These questions were raised after Daoud Ahmadinejad pointed to the intentions of the “perverted team” to lead a military coup d’état without identifying the side he was talking about.

The term “perverted team” was used for the first time by the fundamentalist movement to designate the people close to the president’s brother. Did Daoud mean by the “perverted movement” the reformists who demonstrated in the streets after the presidential elections results had been published, in June 2009, to protest the reelection of Mahmud Ahmadinejad for a second presidential term?

Furthermore, press outlets in Iran reported that the president’s brother has referred to secret talks held few weeks ago in Machhed city between members of Ahmadinejad’s government and a number of leaders in the Revolutionary Guard and to which he personally assisted with a group of observers from the supreme leader’s office.

The Coptic Kristallnacht

“Demonstrations against the Jews are to be expected throughout the Reich.” These words occur in a telegram sent by Reinhard Heydrich at 1.20am during Kristallnacht, “the Night of Broken Glass”, to the offices of the Nazi security forces. He gave orders that police were not to intervene in violence against Jews and their property except to protect non-Jews, or to prevent arson attacks on synagogues getting out of control. This and other documents give the lie to the Nazi claim that history’s most notorious pogrom was spontaneous. It was planned by Hitler, incited by Goebbels and executed by Himmler and his lieutenants. The lesson for posterity is that when mobs attack vulnerable minorities, we should be sceptical of official denials of responsibility.

This month, as we commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, Europe should acknowledge two grim facts: that the threat of terrorism and even genocide against the Jewish people is more severe than at any time since the Holocaust; and that Christians are now also suffering pogroms on a global scale. Intolerance of Jews and Christians has unfortunately been exacerbated in the new regimes that have come to power in the Arab spring.

Jew-hating “kayaktivists” are portaging to the Prime Minister’s office tomorrow

Organized by the Sea Hitler morons:

“On October 30, we have a special political treat for Stephen Harper. Join us in Ottawa to deliver it.

On the day before Halloween in Ottawa we will challenge the illegal blockade that has turned Gaza into a “house of horrors.” We will do so at the doorstep of the institution that has become one of the most complicit in the world with Israel’s illegal blockade: the office of the Prime Minister of Canada (Also known as Israel’s second embassy in Ottawa).

This summer, Israel outsourced its illegal blockade of Gaza to Greece. Using economic blackmail and relying on the complicity of Western governments, including our own, the Canadian Boat to Gaza – the Tahrir – along with many other Freedom Flotilla vessels, was prevented from reaching Gaza.

This outrageous grounding of the Freedom Flotilla, took place while the Harper Conservative government had already been eagerly importing and supporting Israel’s systemic policies of injustice for years. In effect, the illegal blockade of Gaza extends to Canada as well.

UNMASK THE INJUSTICE

Thanks to some intrepid “Kayaktivists”, the Tahrir managed to evade the Greek coast Guard this summer (if only for 20 minutes). In this spirit, we will launch a Kayaktivist flotilla to unmask the local accomplices of the illegal blockade. Together, we will portage to the Prime Minister’s Office to challenge the Harper government’s complicity in blockading Palestinian human rights. “

Halloween burka

TDSB conference: Equity in Education

“Throughout the world, governments and school boards are facing challenges as they work to put equity policy into systemic practice. To further equity practice for all, the Toronto District School Board will host FUTURES – Equity in Education Conference on May 3rd to 5th, 2012. The conference will provide an excellent showcase for effective practices, highlighting innovations, and grappling with the challenges arising from efforts to improve equity in education.”

One of the keynote speakers at this conference is TIM WISE. Who is Tim Wise? He’s the perfectly moderate and respectable author of this:

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE WHITE RIGHT, ON THE OCCASION OF YOUR RECENT, SUCCESSFUL TEMPER TANTRUM

*NOTE: PLEASE RE-READ THE TITLE OF THIS ESSAY BEFORE GOING FURTHER. NOTICE, IT IS AIMED AT THE WHITE RIGHT. NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE. ANYONE WHO THINKS THIS ESSAY IS “ANTI-WHITE PEOPLE,” AS OPPOSED TO THAT SEGMENT OF THE WHITE COMMUNITY THAT IS RIGHT WING, CANNOT READ PLAIN ENGLISH. PLEASE TRY AGAIN.*
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For all y’all rich folks, enjoy that champagne, or whatever fancy ass Scotch you drink.

And for y’all a bit lower on the economic scale, enjoy your Pabst Blue Ribbon, or whatever shitty ass beer you favor.

Whatever the case, and whatever your economic station, know this…

You need to drink up.

And quickly.

And heavily.

Because your time is limited.

Real damned limited.

So party while you can, but mind the increasingly loud clock ticking away in the corners of your consciousness.

The clock that reminds you how little time you and yours have left.

Not much more now.

Tick, tock.

Tick, tock.

Tick.

Tock.

I know, you think you’ve taken “your country back” with this election — and of course you have always thought it was yours for the taking, cuz that’s what we white folks are bred to believe, that it’s ours, and how dare anyone else say otherwise — but you are wrong.

You have won a small battle in a larger war the meaning of which you do not remotely understand.

‘Cuz there is nothing even slightly original about you.

There have always been those who wanted to take the country back.

There were those who, in past years, wanted to take the country back to a time of enslavement and indentured servitude.

But they lost.

There were those who wanted to take us back to a time when children could be made to work in mines and factories, when workers had no legal rights to speak of, when the skies in every major city were heavy with industrial soot that would gather on sidewalks and windowsills like volcanic ash.

But they lost.

There were those who wanted to take us back to a time when women could not vote, or attend any but a few colleges, or get loans in their own names, or start their own businesses.

But they lost.

There were those who wanted to take us back to a time when blacks “had no rights that the white man was bound to respect,” – this being the official opinion of the Supreme Court before those awful days of judicial activism, now decried by the likes of you – and when people of color could legally be kept from voting solely because of race, or holding certain jobs, or living in certain neighborhoods, or run out of other towns altogether when the sun would go down, or be strung up from trees.

But they lost.

And you will lose.

So make a note of it.

Tweet it to yourself.

Put it on your Facebook wall and leave it there so you’ll remember that I told you so.

It is coming, and soon.

This isn’t hubris. It isn’t ideology. It is not wishful thinking.

It is math.

Not even advanced math. Just simple, basic, like 3rd grade math.

The kind of math that proves how your kind — mostly older white folks beholden to an absurd, inaccurate, nostalgic fantasy of what America used to be like — are dying.

You’re like the bad guy in every horror movie ever made, who gets shot five times, or stabbed ten, or blown up twice, and who will eventually pass — even if it takes four sequels to make it happen — but who in the meantime keeps coming back around, grabbing at our ankles as we walk by, we having been mistakenly convinced that you were finally dead this time.

Fair enough, and have at it. But remember how this movie ends.

Our ankles survive.

You do not.

Michael Meyers, Freddie Kreuger, Jason, and that asshole husband in that movie with Julia Roberts who tracks her down after she runs away and changes her identity–they are all done. Even that crazy fucker in Saw is about to be finished off for good. Granted, he’s gonna be popping out in 3-D to scare the kiddies, so he isn’t going quietly. But he’s going, as all bad guys eventually do.

And in the pantheon of American history, conservative old white people have pretty much always been the bad guys, the keepers of the hegemonic and reactionary flame, the folks unwilling to share the category of American with others on equal terms.

Fine, keep it up. It doesn’t matter.

Because you’re on the endangered list.

And unlike, say, the bald eagle or some exotic species of muskrat, you are not worth saving.

In forty years or so, maybe fewer, there won’t be any more white people around who actually remember that Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Opie-Taylor-Down-at-the-Fishing Hole cornpone bullshit that you hold so near and dear to your heart.

There won’t be any more white folks around who think the 1950s were the good old days, because there won’t be any more white folks around who actually remember them, and so therefore, we’ll be able to teach about them accurately and honestly, without hurting your precious feelings, or those of the so-called “greatest generation” — a bunch whose white contingent was top-heavy with ethical miscreants who helped save the world from fascism only to return home and oppose the ending of it here, by doing nothing to lift a finger on behalf of the civil rights struggle.

It’s OK. Because in about forty years, half the country will be black or brown. And there is nothing you can do about it.

Nothing, Senõr Tancredo.

Nothing, Senõra Angle, or Senõra Brewer, or Senõr Beck.

Loy tiene muy mal, hijo de Puta.

And by then you will have gone all in as a white nationalist movement — hell you’ve all but done that now — thus guaranteeing that the folks of color, and even a decent size minority of us white folks will be able to crush you, election after election, from the Presidency on down to the 8th grade student council.

Like I said, this is math. And numbers don’t lie.

Bottom line, this too shall pass.

So enjoy your tax cuts a while longer.

Go buy whatever you people buy when your taxes get cut: a new car or two, a bigger house, an island. Whatever.

Go back to trading your derivatives, engaging in rampant financial speculation that produces nothing of value, that turns the whole world into your personal casino. Whatever.

Play your hand, and for the love of God play it big. Real big. As in, shoot for the moon big. As in, try to privatize Social Security, and health care, and everything else. Whatever.

At least that way everyone will be able to see what you’re really about.

We’ve been trying to tell them, but nothing beats seeing it with your own eyes, so “Go big or go home,” Bubba.

“Git ‘er Done.”

“Cowboy up,” or whatever other stupid catch phrase strikes your fancy.

Just promise you’ll do more than talk this time.

Please, or as one of your celluloid heroes might put it, “make my day.”

Do whatever you gotta do, but remember that those who are the victims of your greed and indifference take the long view.

They know, but you do not, that justice is not for the sprinters, but rather for the long distance runners who will be hitting their second wind, right about the time that you collapse from exhaustion.

They are like the tortoise to your hare.

They are like the San Francisco Giants, to your New York Yankees: a bunch that loses year after year after year, until they finally win.

You have had this confidence before, remember?

You thought you had secured your position permanently after the overthrow of reconstruction in the wake of the civil war, after the elimination of the New Deal, after the Reagan revolution, after the Republican electoral victory of 1994. And yet, those you thought you had cowed and defeated are still here.

Because those who have lived on the margins, who have been abused, maligned, targeted by austerity measures and budget cuts, subjected to racism, classism, sexism, straight supremacy and every other form of oppression always know more about their abusers than the abusers know about their victims.

They have to study you, to pay careful attention, to adjust their body armor accordingly, and to memorize your sleep patterns.

You, on the other hand, need know nothing whatsoever about them. And this, will surely prove politically fatal to you in the end. For it means you will not know their resolve. Will not fear it, as you should.

It means you will take their greatest strength — perseverance — and make of it a weakness, called losing.

But what you forget, or more to the point never knew, is that those who lose know how to lose, which is to say they know how to lose with dignity.

And those who suffer know how to suffer, which is to say they know how to survive: a skill that is in short supply amid the likes of you.

You, who could not survive the thought of minimal health care reform, or financial regulation, or a marginal tax rate equal to that which you paid just 10 years earlier, perhaps are under the illusion that everyone is as weak as you, as soft as you, as akin to petulant children as you are, as unable to cope with the smallest setback, the slightest challenge to the way you think your country should look and feel, and operate.

But they are not.

And they know how to regroup, and plot, and plan, and they are planning even now — we are — your destruction.

And I do not mean by that your physical destruction. We don’t play those games. We’re not into the whole “Second Amendment remedies, militia, armed resistance” bullshit that your side fetishizes, cuz, see, we don’t have to be. We don’t need guns.

We just have to be patient.

And wait for you to pass into that good night, first politically, and then, well…

Do you hear it?

The sound of your empire dying? Your nation, as you knew it, ending, permanently?

Because I do, and the sound of its demise is beautiful.

So know this.

If you thought this election was payback for 2008, remember…

Payback, thy name is…

Temporary.

 

Senator doesn’t like beaver

A Canadian senator has called for a national “emblem makeover” by replacing a vegetarian rodent that defends its territory with urine with the world’s largest walking carnivore that thrives in the cold.

Referring to the beaver as a “dentally defective rat,” Nicole Eaton called on Ottawa to replace the critter as the national emblem with the polar bear, an animal she hails as strong, majestic and brave.

“It is high time that the beaver step aside as a Canadian emblem or, at the least, share the honour with the stately polar bear,” Ms. Eaton said in the Senate Thursday.

“A country’s symbols are not constant and can change over time as long as they reflect the ethos of the people and the spirit of the nation.”

The Department of Canadian Heritage has the beaver as the only animal on its list of “national emblems,” a tally that includes the maple tree, the maple leaf and maple leaf tartan.

The beaver is certainly deeply entwined in Canada’s history.

The trade of beaver pelts during European colonization was so lucrative the venerable Hudson’s Bay Company put the beaver on its coat of arms in 1678, four of them, in fact. That same year, the governor of New France suggested the beaver as a suitable emblem for the colony.

When designing the first Canadian postage stamp in 1851, Sir Sandford Fleming turned to the beaver, releasing what is known as the “Three Penny Beaver.” The beaver is also a standard on Canadian nickels.

But it was not until 1975 it attained official status as an emblem of Canada when an “act to provide for the recognition of the beaver (castor canadensis) as a symbol of the sovereignty of Canada” received Royal assent.

On Thursday, Ms. Eaton praised the image of the polar bear over that of the beaver.

“The polar bear, with its strength, courage, resourcefulness and dignity, is perfect for the part. The polar bear is the world’s largest terrestrial carnivore and Canada’s most majestic and splendid mammal, holding reign over the Arctic for thousands of years.”

Any change would not come without a fight.

Glynnis Hood, a professor of environmental science at the University of Alberta and author of The Beaver Manifesto, released last month, said the buck-toothed rodent remains the perfect emblem of Canada.

“I’d like to see it remain as the national emblem. The beaver represents tenacity, intelligence and an ability to survive even the harshest climates,” she said in an interview Thursday.

Prof. Hood also defended the machismo of the beaver.

“No animal can change the landscape like a beaver can,” she said.

Video: Mark Steyn: After America: Get Ready For Armageddon

Highly entertaining – – and depressing 1 hour lecture.

Tomorrow is Keffiyeh Day at Occupy Wall Street!

Click on the image of the terrorist.

Turkey: Israel earthquake aid won’t ease diplomatic tension

Yeah, actually we are better than them.

China curbs ‘overly entertaining’ TV

China plans to limit reality TV shows and other light fare shown on satellite television stations as part of a drive to wrest back Communist Party control over cultural industries that have fuelled more independent viewpoints.

The order from the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television refers to shows that are vulgar or “overly entertaining.” It singles out programs dealing with marital troubles and matchmaking, talent shows, game shows, variety shows, talk shows and reality programming.

Saudi Arabia’s about to get even worse

The Saudi kingdom is already one of the most miserable spots on the planet, but, hard as it to believe, it may be about to get even worse. With the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud this weekend, the next likely candidate to be selected Crown Prince is Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz al Saud, the Saudi interior minister since the mid-Seventies. That would make Prince Nayef the next in line when the ageing King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud dies which, given that the king is 87 years old, can’t be that far off.

Montreal conference: “Combatting the delegitimation of Israel”

The delegitimation of Israel is a key weapon in the ongoing pro-Palestinian struggle against the democratic Jewish state. It is occurring in Europe, at the UN, on and off campuses in North America, and in Israel itself.

Bankrolled by Saudi Arabian and other Arab sources, West European governments, and various church and NGO groups and foundations, the campaign is effected by anti-Israel NGOs, “post”- and “anti-Zionist” academics and left-wing student groups (including self-professedly “Jewish” students).

It employs BDS (“Boycott, Divest, Sanction”) activities, pro-Palestinian agitation at the UN (Human Rights Council, General Assembly), “Israeli Apartheid Week” and anti-Israel speakers and conferences on campuses, the “free Gaza ” flotilla campaigns, anti-semitic websites, and so on.

The hallmark of this propaganda campaign is its inverted use of traditional human rights, free speech, and democratic-liberal language and values, as well as the misrepresentation of Holocaust memory and historical truth generally. Its overarching goal is political: to achieve, or to aid in, the destruction of Israel–by first isolating the Jewish state and weakening world support for it (not least within Diaspora Jewish communities), and then by representing it as illegitimate, oppressive, morally indefensible, and unworthy of the “international community”’s support.

 The Canadian Institute for Jewish Research’s November 6, 2011 International Conference on “Combatting the Delegitimation of Israel” will bring together an outstanding group of international scholars and specialists to carefully discuss this key front in the ongoing war against Israel . A series of morning panels will analyze the basic aspects of the international campaign, while the afternoon sessions will examine and develop strategies, and relevant tactics, for combatting and ultimately defeating it.

Attempted Jew massacre of the day

A grad rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at the Ashdod and Bnei Aish areas shortly before midnight Wednesday.

Hezbollah’s wishful thinking

The embattled Syrian regime is largely “out of the danger zone” despite a 7-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad, the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said Monday.

The comments by Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, a steadfast ally of Syria, appeared to be an attempt to portray confidence that the regime in Damascus will recover from a popular revolt that has become the most serious challenge to the Assad family’s four-decade dynasty.

Al-Qaeda calls for terrorist attacks in Ottawa

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Irony isn’t a good enough word

Via The Jawa Report

“If you’re going to come here and get our food, bedding and clothing, have books and medical supplies for no charge, they need to give back. There’s a lot of takers here and they feel entitled.”

~OccupyWallStreet Committee Leader
(complaining about the homeless people sharing the camp)

Britain’s Aid Disease

A country that can no longer defend itself is happy to provide millions in foreign aid to the world’s worst tyrants.

Israeli Medicine Breakthrough: Artificial Pancreas

Boycott this:

For the first time in the world, the Artificial Pancreas – aimed to provide a real solution for diabetics – was tested successfully outside the confines of the hospital by a team of specialists headed by Prof. Moshe Phillip, Director of the Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes and Eran Atlas, head of the engineering team at the Diabetes Technology Institute at Schneider Children’s. The innovative trial of the MD-Logic Artificial Pancreas (MDLAP) is a significant landmark in global diabetes research as it illustrated the potential of a “normal” life for diabetic youngsters, using an automatic insulin delivery system during the night obviating the need for regular self-testing of blood glucose levels and insulin injections.

The West Must Bear Witness to Iran’s Prisoners

“Last month in New York, in the shadow of the sham “human rights conference” known as Durban III, I had the honour of attending a counter-conference organized by the human rights organization UN Watch. At this conference, leading dissidents and human rights activists from Iran, Syria, Cuba, Burma, North Korea and China assembled to shine a light on the extreme human rights violations that the UN’s corrupt “Human Rights Committee” would rather ignore.

One of the most touching pieces of testimony at the UN Watch conference was a letter smuggled out of Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, read aloud by Iranian human rights activist Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi. I have put this letter into the record of the proceedings of the Senate of Canada as a show of solidarity with the suffering of its author, a brave and principled ayatollah whose only crime was to advocate in favour of the separation of religion and government.”

“Anonymous” hackers finally do some good work

In a move that we can all get behind, hacker group Anonymous has announced that they have taken down a huge cache of child pornography and released 1,589 usernames of the website’s patrons. The action came as part of Operation Darknet, which targets illicit websites that are part of an unindexed and therefore unsearchable corner of the Internet.

The server in question is owned by Freedom Hosting, and apparently services over 40 child pornography websites. The largest of these, disturbingly called Lolita City, was said to contain over 100gb of child pornography.

Anti-Israel Propaganda Creeps Into World of Grand Opera

Scene from The Death of Klinghoffer, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Recent manifestations of the global spread of anti-Israel propaganda in the world of grand opera include an unjustifiably sympathetic portrayal of Palestinian murderers (John Adams’ recent opera, The Death of Klinghoffer); an opera (Hannah Conway‘s When I Am Old) inspired by the mythology of Rachel Corrie, a pro-Palestinian activist who lost her life in 2003 trying to block Israeli bulldozers clearing an area used by terrorists and which depicts Israeli soldiers as violent, Nazi-like characters; a venerable classic’s plot based on Bible passages re-worked to reverse the roles of the ancient Israelites and their antagonists as an allusion to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict (Camille Saint-Saen’s 19th century masterpiece Samson & Dalila); and a politicized version of an opera based on a Bible theme in which the re-working inserts anti-Israel messages (Gioachino Rossini’s 19th century Moses and Pharaoh).

Video: Jew hatin’ Occupy protestor of the day

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The 10 Most Notorious Names in the Shalit Prison Swap

Carl from Jerusalem has important information left out of the original article.

Occupy Wall St. video of the day

“Beat Kidz” sent a young child out to Wall Street to ask Wall Street employees questions such as “Who did you exploit today” and “Do you need a napkin to wipe the blood off your hands?”

Hundreds of Indian Girls Named ‘Unwanted’ Choose New Names

More than 200 Indian girls whose names mean “unwanted” in Hindi have chosen new names for a fresh start in life.

A central Indian district held a renaming ceremony Saturday that it hopes will give the girls new dignity and help fight widespread gender discrimination that gives India a skewed gender ratio, with far more boys than girls.

The 285 girls — wearing their best outfits with barrettes, braids and bows in their hair — lined up to receive certificates with their new names along with small flower bouquets from Satara district officials in Maharashtra state.

 In shedding names like “Nakusa” or “Nakushi,” which mean “unwanted” in Hindi, some girls chose to name themselves after Bollywood stars such as “Aishwarya” or Hindu goddesses like “Savitri.” Some just wanted traditional names with happier meanings, such as “Vaishali,” or “prosperous, beautiful and good.”

“Now in school, my classmates and friends will be calling me this new name, and that makes me very happy,” said a 15-year-old girl who had been named Nakusa by a grandfather disappointed by her birth. She chose the new name “Ashmita,” which means “very tough” or “rock hard” in Hindi.

‘Occupy Wall Street’ Rally in Tehran

Shalit shirt becomes fashion trend in Gaza

Merchants in the Strip are now offering “The Shalit shirt” in a wide range of colors, for NIS 60 ($16.5). The demand, it seems, is very high.

Arabs back to business: Arson and stabbing

More than twenty fire-related incidents that have broken out over the weekend despite the absence of strong winds or burning sunlight, leading the police to suspect arson, according Army Radio.

A 20-year-old Jewish youth was stabbed Saturday in the Ramot neighborhood in Jerusalem, allegedly by a Palestinian man, the police said.

 

Occupy Toronto protestors want you to bring them baked potatoes

“Kate here! Please will you join me with the BAKED POTATO BRIGADE! If you are heading downtown, stick 20 baked potatoes wrapped in foil in the oven an hour and a half before you leave. Drop them off at the food tent. They make excellent hand and pocket warmers as well as providing much needed nourishment! If you don’t have time to cook them, drop them off raw. If you live locally, come pick up the raw ones and bake them for us!”

Musical Interlude

Canadian travel agent who funnelled dictator’s money to terrorists laments death of Gadhafi

“The Canadian travel agent used by Moammar Gadhafi to funnel money to terrorists expressed deep sadness Thursday about the killing of the deposed Libyan dictator.

“I’m really sad about the whole thing. Too many people got killed and the place is in shambles,” said Assem Fadel, head of World Islamic Call Society, which is based in London, Ont.

“We are human beings and should act like human beings. We should respect the dead, bury him in a decent way and move forward. Unfortunately, that is not the case today,” said Fadel, who was upset about broadcasted images of a bloodied and dead Gadhafi.

In March, The Citizen reported that the federal government revoked the society’s charitable status. The government said it was established as a front by Gadhafi to distribute “Jihad fund” to terrorists — including a Muslim militant cell implicated in a 2007 plot to blow up JFK airport in New York City.

Federal documents obtained by The Citizen show that the society had transferred $170,814.20 to Jamaat al-Muslimeen, a terrorist group known for a campaign of torture and murder. This same group once attempted to overthrow the elected government of Trinidad and Tobago. Canada Revenue Agency documents also show that the charity transferred $10,000 directly to the terrorist group’s leader, Yasin Abu Bakr.

In Gadhafi’s scheme, according to federal government files, money was wired once a year in U.S. funds to the personal bank account of Fadel, then transferred to the bank account of the World Islamic Call Society’s Canadian branch, only to be distributed to known terrorist organizations.”

Blazing Catfur knows all about these guys.

Canadian activist charged with exporting weapons to Lebanon

Mouna Diab - Black headscarf

A Montreal activist of Lebanese origin who has been an outspoken critic of Ottawa’s Middle East policies was charged Thursday with illegal export of weapons to Lebanon.

The case appears to be of limited scale, with police saying that it involves rifle parts found in airline luggage and that there will be no further arrests. The accused, Mouna Diab, was released after promising to return to court.

Ms. Diab, a 26-year-old Canadian citizen, is known for her involvement with Muslim associations in Montreal and for pointed criticism of the Harper government’s policy in the Middle East.

After the 2006 war between Israel and the Hezbollah forces that control the southern part of the country and large parts of Beirut, Ms. Diab told local newspapers she could sympathize with Lebanese who turned toward Hezbollah.

And now, Tattoo Barbie

The newest Barbie doll to hit store shelves is sparking controversy.

The doll sports several tattoos, and some parents say it’s sending the wrong message to their kids, reports CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown.

Meet “Tokidoki Barbie,” the newest addition to the iconic doll collection.

She’s edgy — with pink hair, sky-high stilettos and a cactus-covered pet named “Bastardino.”

But it’s her body art that has some parents on edge.

UN Should Apologize For “Legitimizing” Gaddafi with Key Posts

45 NGOs urge UN Human Rights Council’s Jean Ziegler to resign for founding “Gaddafi Human Rights Prize”.

Video: Palestinian bomber delights in eight dead children

There are no words to describe just how sickening this barbarian is. Inhuman. Let’s remember who the Jew hating Canadians are that celebrated the release of this animal.

Disturbing video captures Qaddafi’s last moments

This is what a Muslim mob looks and sounds like – terrifying savagery. Remember folks, we’re no better than them, just culturally different!

Anarchist on Communist action

Your feel-good story of the day:

“Violent protesters attacked peaceful ones with petrol bombs and stones Thursday in Athens, as tens of thousands rallied outside parliament ahead of a vote on despised new austerity measures demanded by creditors to keep the country afloat.

As the second day of a general strike paralyzed the country, more than 50,000 peaceful demonstrators flooded downtown Syntagma Square, the scene of violent protests on Wednesday, the first day of the nationwide strike.

Creditors have demanded the extra austerity measures before they give Greece more funds from a €110 billion ($152 billion) bailout loan from other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund. Greece says it will run out of money in mid-November without the next €8 billion ($11 billion) instalment.

The austerity bill won initial approval from the Greek parliament, and deputies on Thursday were voting on the details, which include putting 30,000 public servants on reduced pay and suspending collective labour contracts.

The demands have enraged ordinary Greeks. Communist party supporters taking part in the Thursday’s rally set up a cordon in front of parliament to prevent hard-liners from starting fights with police.

But they came under repeated attacks by hundreds of masked protesters in motorcycle helmets who threw gasoline bombs and chunks of marble into the crowd. Fights broke out as the Communist party supporters went on the counterattack. Chaos ensued as protesters and masked youths armed with clubs charged each other, and riot police fired volleys of tear gas in an attempt to separate the two sides.”

Dead

Thank goodness! Now we can look forward to some fresh new terrorists to govern Libya!

Lib MP Carolyn Bennett accuses Conservatives of “concerted campaign” to reduce voter turnout

“I believe voter suppression tactics are working. They are effectively eroding the fundamentals of our democracy; when citizens are turned off and tune out, the right-wing ‘perma-mad’ folks vote in great numbers regardless. I think that when cynicism rises, the youth, tenants, indigenous peoples, new citizens stay home. Some of the most vulnerable, those who benefit the most from government services, are persuaded that it doesn’t matter if you vote or not and that all government is bad.”

Did Ahmadinejad Steal Billions?

An outspoken critic of the Iranian government—and son of a conservative cleric—has accused Ahmadinejad of being linked to a banking scandal.

Moscow Welcomes Hizbullah

Moscow has invited Hizbullah for its first official visit to the Kremlin in what some say is a strategic move to bolster allies in Tehran.

Gilad was forced to give interview on Egyptian TV before he was released

Arab cruelty knows no bounds. Sickening.

“Amin’s crude interview with Shalit Tuesday morning featured heavy pro-Egyptian and pro-Palestinian propaganda. Through the interview, the anchorwoman attempted to prompt Shalit to praise Egypt for its role in arranging the prisoner exchange.

At one point she also asked the Israeli soldier whether he would be joining a campaign to free Arab prisoners held by Israel upon his return to the Jewish State.

During Tuesday’s interview, which was aired by Egypt’s national television station, it appeared that Amin was virtually abusing Shalit, moments after he was brought to Egypt from Gaza.

 Shalit was having trouble breathing during the interview and looked exhausted and confused, yet Amin kept on presenting him with questions, many of them absurd and ridiculous.”