Monthly Archives: April 2014

Unholy Alliance Day!

Mennonites and Mexican drug cartels, and now, the mafia and Mohawks:

Quebec provincial police, along with the RCMP and Canadian and U.S. border police services, have arrested 25 people, seized 18 guns and 10 vehicles as they work to dismantle a contraband tobacco ring linked to organized crime.

Four-hundred police officers executed search warrants and made arrests this morning on the island of Montreal and in Dundee, about 100 kilometres southwest of Montreal, near the border of the Akwesasne Mohawk reserve.

In which I agree with a Fatah terrorist: ‘Two-State Solution Is Dead, Time for Armed Conflict’

“Palestinians, Palestinian leadership, listen to me: The only solution before us is the historic solution presented by Fatah in 1968.”

The reference to 1968 constitutes a clear call for Israel’s destruction through armed conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) charter of 1968 calls for “armed struggle” or “armed revolution” nine times, declaring “armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine,” and calling on local Arabs to “be prepared for the armed struggle.”

Bernie Farber manages to insult the PM, the Queen and the Trans community, all with one vile tweet

Excellent artwork courtesy of BCF

Excellent artwork courtesy of BCF


JDL Gaining Support; Moshe Feiglin Coming to Toronto


One day a teenaged boy came upon a book in the library at McKenzie high school. “I read it cover to cover and it changed my life,” he said. The boy was Meir Weinstein, director of the Jewish Defense League in Canada. The book was Never Again, by Rabbi Meir Kahane.

At the same time, neo-Nazis organized a rally in Skokie, Illinois. That clinched his life’s direction – fighting for the Jewish people and the State of Israel. “It was everything in the book,” he said. “And lack of leadership to combat anti-Semitism.” A situation in Jewish communal life he firmly believes, that exists to this very day.

When he began at JDL, in l979, the focus was on neo- Nazi groups and Nazi war criminals living in Canada. His research on Ernst Zundel which he gave to Sabina Citron and her group fighting to prosecute him, was instrumental in having Zundel deported. He later gave evidence at the Duchesses Commission of Inquiry into Nazi war criminals

Many Nazis and collaborators, escaping prosecution in their countries, became leaders in their ethnic communities in Canada and the US and found platforms for their anti- Semitic rantings. Meir gave the example of The Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Valerian Trifa, a commandant with the Romanian Iron Guard who lived in Grass Lakes Michigan and had parishes in Toronto , Hamilton and many other cities.

“We had people translate what he was saying and succeeded in having him deported to Portugal.”

But in the last few years the focus has shifted to Islamic extremism and the small group of JDLnicks has swelled to over 1800 and rapidly attracting more and more people to the JDL brand of activism; non violent confrontation, education and awareness. “While everybody talks, talks, talks, we’re out there doing”, he grinned.

Good news: Alberta Mennonites working with Mexican drug cartels

Members of Canada’s Mennonite communities began migrating to Mexico in the first few decades of the 1900s.

Several factors influenced the exodus: Canadian laws required children to attend school, keeping key farm hands out of the fields, and at the same time the Mexican government was trying to ramp up agricultural production in Mexico.

“They offered large land grants to farmers in North America,” said Schrant. “Some of the finest farmers in the world are [from] the Mennonite community, so around the turn of the century there was a large immigration from the U.S. and Canada into northern Mexico, particularly the state of Chihuahua.”

Schrant says eventually the cartels cozied up to their Mennonite neighbours, forming an alliance with some. But social problems, economic hardship and violence have driven hundreds back to the Canadian Prairies over the last two to three years.

With connections already generations deep, the cartels now have trusted allies in the north.

Video: No peace in the Middle East? Blame Israel

The Anti-Semitism of the Obama Administration

On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry told the Trilateral Commission that Israel would turn into “an apartheid state” unless it made concessions to the Palestinians – the same Palestinians who just signed a peace deal between the Palestinian Authority and internationally recognized terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The same Palestinians who have stated time and again that they will not accept the existence of a Jewish state.

Kerry went on to state that Israel risked more violence if it didn’t make concessions, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was an impediment to peace, and that he would attempt his own two-state solution. Both sides, he said, would have to “take it or leave it.”

This is pure anti-Semitism. Blaming Israel for its incapacity to make peace with people whose stated goal is to murder Jews cannot be construed as anything other than Jew-hatred. Likening the Jewish state to South Africa, despite the fact that there are well over a million Arab citizens with full voting rights, and despite the fact that the Palestinian territories are completely Judenrein, is more of the same.

Upon tape of his remarks hitting the press, Kerry immediately backtracked, stating, “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes…” He then disclaimed that he ever said Israel was an apartheid state, and said, “if I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm belief that the only way in the long term to have a Jewish state and two nations and two people is through a two state solution.”

Sadly, Kerry is simply not believable at this point. The Obama administration has demonstrated a consistent pattern of anti-Semitic rhetoric – even aside from their practical undermining of any Israeli attempt to stop the Iranian nuclear program with repeated national security leaks. It peppers the top ranks of the Obama White House. Here are some of the top examples:

1/3 of Canadian university students functionally illiterate

A study that evaluates adult literacy, math, and problem-solving skills has found that 27 per cent of Canadians with at least a bachelor’s degree don’t have the basic literacy skills to function in society.

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) study uses five levels to assess respondents’ proficiency in literacy and numeracy, and set Level 3 as the minimum skill set needed to cope with daily life.

Six per cent of Canadian grads were found to function at Level 1 or below. Tasks at this level involve reading short, simple texts to find one piece of information, and understanding very basic vocabulary.

And the overall stats for numeracy were even worse than literacy, with 31 per cent functioning at less than Level 3.


100 Shofars in New York against the UJA

A “100 Shofar” protest was held on Tuesday in New York, in front of the UJA-Federation Building in Manhattan, to condemn the invitation of three pro-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) groups to the 50th annual Israel Day Parade.

The protest follows an April 8 rally in front of the building, which similarly called on UJA to dis-invite “Partners for Progressive Israel,” which lists Israeli products to boycott on its website; the New Israel Fund (NIF), which has supported BDS and reportedly been encouraging Arab riots; as well as B’Tselem, whose volunteers have taken part in Arab riots.

NIF and B’Tselem have also been implicated in pro-BDS activities, including via subsidiaries, videos and statements. All three are currently set to march in the parade under their own banners.

The planned inclusion of the pro-BDS groups has raised an uproar ahead of the annual Israel Day Parade, which will take place on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on June 1.

Video: Trudeau’s IRFAN ties

IRFAN, a charity that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau insisted on speaking to, is now on Canada’s terrorist watch list.

National Day of Honour Commemorating the End of Canada’s Military Commitment in Afghanistan

Our Government is proud to honour those who served in Afghanistan as well as the families that were their strength back on the home front. To this end, on March 18, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that May 9, 2014, had been declared a National Day of Honour by Royal Proclamation.


Charity that worked with Palestinians added to Canada’s terror list

A Mississauga charity that has worked in the Palestinian territories has been added to the federal government’s list of terrorist entities.

On Tuesday, the government said it had reasonable grounds to believe that the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy Canada (IRFAN-Canada) has “knowingly carried out, attempted to carry out, participated in or facilitated a terrorist activity or is knowingly acting on behalf of, at the direction of or in association with such an entity.”

Sea Hitler blows up!

sea hitler II

A Gaza boat designed to break Israel’s blockade en route to Europe was damaged in an explosion early Tuesday morning, with organizers alleging sabotage.

According to multiple sources, Gaza’s Ark, currently being rehabilitated for a symbolic journey to Europe, was rocked by a pre-dawn blast and is now partially sunk in Gaza port, the Palestinian News Network reported.

The boat was meant to symbolically break Israel’s naval blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has been in effect since 2007, when Hamas took control of the coastal enclave. Fishing boats are allowed to operate in a restricted area off the coast.

The project is sponsored by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, the Palestinian Sailing Federation and the Fisherman’s Solidarity Campaign,

A member of the Gaza fishermen’s union told the Palestinian Al-Quds news outlet that the man guarding the boat received a call around 3:45 a.m. warning him to abandon the boat because it was going to be targeted in an attack.

The guard left, but returned after several minutes, just before an explosion went off.

While the guard was not injured, the boat was partially sunk in the harbor.

“Gaza’s Ark and all our partners in the Freedom Flotilla Coalition are considering our next move in response to this cowardly act of terrorism, but our position remains clear: Neither this nor any other attack will stop our efforts to challenge the blockade of Gaza until it ends,” David Heap of Gaza’s Ark Steering Committee said.

The boat was planned to sail later this spring and bring cargo from Europe to Gaza in a symbolic protest against the blockade.

“Freedom Flotilla boats have been sabotaged before. This attack comes as we were almost ready to sail. You can sink a boat but you can’t sink a movement,” Ehab Lotayef, another member of the Steering Committee added.

In 2011, two Europe ships slated to take part in a blockade-busting flotilla to Gaza were forced to cancel the trips after being damaged. Organizers in both cases claimed the ships had been tampered with.


Video: What is Social Justice?

Robocall “Scandal”: An Insider’s View Of The Left’s Embarrassing Fraud

“When I first read about the Robocall scandal in February, 2012, the allegations shocked me. If it was true that the Conservative Party was using auto-diallers to guide voters en-masse to the wrong polling locations, it would have been an affront to our country’s democracy. There wasn’t much information available back then, but I did my best to dig-in and see what I could find.

A couple of days later I saw an event posted on Facebook by a man named Jon Allan, a meeting to plan a protest. Wanting to learn more about the Robocall issue I figured this could be a good place to start. I also had an idea I wanted to share- that, rather than using all of the scandal’s energy to complain about the past, why not use this as an opportunity to get more people to vote in the future! I’d led US voter registration drives back when I was in university, and thought we could replicate the idea by setting-up a table and a laptop.

Walking into the meeting, one would never had expected it was anything but grassroots. We sat in the basement of Trinity-St Paul’s United Church, in a room used for teaching small children- it was almost too grassroots. Then as time passed and the first protest came to fruition, it quickly became obvious I was observing an AstroTurf fraud.”

Arabs Mock Holocaust Day, launch fireworks at Jewish homes

A group of Arabs in the coastal city of Lod chose to mock Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day Sunday evening, by launching fireworks at Jewish homes just before the somber nationwide ceremonies began.

Iran’s shaved head protests: Is political unrest growing under Rouhani?

The world powers’ negotiation with Tehran over its nuclear military work has overshadowed the Islamic Republic’s deteriorating human rights situation and outbreaks of social protest. Just last week, Iranian men and women posted pictures on social media of themselves with shaved heads to promote solidarity with beaten political prisoners in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. Prison authorities conducted, according to Iranian diaspora and reform websites in the country, a massive assault on Evin’s Ward 350 – the section used to incarcerate political dissidents.

The Robocall scandal that wasn’t

There are 525,600 minutes in a year.

And there have been 3,581 news stories written about the Robocall scandal, according to the Infomart database.

Except last week, we found out it was fake. There was no conspiracy to use automated phone calls to dupe voters in the 2011 election into going to the wrong place to vote.

After three years and millions of wasted tax dollars, Elections Canada – possibly the most anti-Conservative government agency in Canada, other than the CBC – concluded the whole thing was a myth, like Sasquatch or the Loch Ness monster.

It’s not just that the Conservatives didn’t do anything wrong. It’s that no one did anything wrong. As Yves Cote, the Commissioner of Canada Elections, put it: “the evidence uncovered in the investigation is not sufficient to give me reasonable grounds to believe that an offence was committed.”

Cote knew there were true believers in this conspiracy theory, and he addressed that directly: “the data gathered in the investigation does not lend support to the existence of a conspiracy or conspiracies to interfere with the voting process.”

It’s the Canadian version of U.S. “Truthers,” who claim the 9/11 attacks were an inside job, even after a massive, detailed investigation proved it was what we all saw it to be: an al-Qaida terrorist attack. Even when Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the attacks, that wasn’t enough to deter the most avid Truthers. Because they needed that conspiracy theory to make the world make sense to them.

Same with the Robocall truthers.


Never Again


Video: Dolphins Protect Long-Distance Swimmer From Great White Shark

Walker found himself swimming New Zealand’s Cook Strait as a part of the Oceans Seven mission. The British open-water swimmer hopes to be the second person ever to complete this group of seven long-distance swims in sites around the world. He is also looking to raise funds for Stop Whaling, a nonprofit group focused on whale and dolphin conservation.

His swim in New Zealand spanned 16 miles, and he didn’t expect to encounter any sharks. But, alas, Walker looked down in the middle of the swim and saw a great white below him.

Walker was worried, to say the least. And then a pod of dolphins swam up and surrounded him. The group of about 10 stayed with him for an hour until the shark left.

“I’d like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home!” he posted on Facebook. “This swim will stay with me forever.”

Iran hails Palestinian unity deal as act of solidarity against Israel

“The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the Palestinian groups’ solidarity against the Zionist regime,” Iran’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

IDF doctor saves life of palestinian baby

“The policy is to give immediate assistance to those arriving to the checkpoint – whether they’re Palestinian or Israel”.

And that baby will grow up being taught to hate and kill Jews…..

Musical Interlude

Video: Iranians increasingly reluctant to comply with strict hijab rules

When Iran’s secular administration was overthrown in 1979, the Islamic government made it compulsory for women in the country to wear the hijab.

With Ukraine in turmoil, Hagel can’t get Russian counterpart to take his calls

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been unable to get Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the phone amid escalating tension near the country’s shared border with Ukraine.

Syria seeks investment in tourism

Syria hopes to attract foreign investment in tourism, a government minister said on Friday, despite a three-year civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people and devastated many historic sites.

“The situation in Syria isn’t as the world imagines. There are areas that are 100 percent secure,” Tourism Minister Bishr Yazigi told Reuters in an interview. “In the coming period there will be legislation that will greatly ease investment, which will be attractive to investors around the world.”

“The Wife’s Desire, or Satan’s Hellfire: You Choose”


Sayed Muhammad Rizvi, the Imam of the Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of Toronto, dedicated his Friday sermon (April 18, 2014) to the Islamic perspective regarding the relationship between husband and wife.

TelexFREE alleged pyramid scheme shut down in U.S. sets up in Canada

An alleged pyramid scheme that may have defrauded Brazilians and Americans out of more than a billion dollars has surfaced in B.C.

The discovery comes after U.S. regulators shut down the U.S. headquarters of the company behind the alleged scam, which purported to sell voice over internet (VoIP) phone services.

TelexFREE Inc. first took off in Brazil but was shut down after the firm was accused of bilking one million investors out of $1-billion US in just over a year. Many of the investors lost their life savings in the alleged scam.

The company then set up in Massachusetts until U.S. regulators froze millions of dollars of its assets last week and charged the company operators with running a Ponzi scheme. The company denies any wrongdoing and the charges in the U.S. and Brazil have yet to be proven in court.

Now, CBC has discovered that TelexFREE has set up in Richmond, B.C., as a registered business, with its company address listed as the offices of a lawyer who incorporates new businesses. Two of the individuals listed as the company’s directors in Canada, James Merrill and Carlos Wanzeler, are two of the people charged in the U.S.

The story of how one young man from Calgary ended up dead in Syria


The Downtown 8th & 8th Musallah is a storefront Islamic centre a few blocks from the Calgary Tower. It has an unobtrusive sign above blind-covered windows, and a door that opens to a prayer room with a small library.

Even between prayer times, Damian Clairmont would sit on the carpeted floor reading books about Islam. Sometimes he would go to the halal restaurant around the corner, Calgary Shwarma, to read and talk about his newfound faith.

Then about 18 months ago, he disappeared. He flew to Seattle and boarded a flight to Amsterdam. From there he took a plane to Istanbul and crossed the Turkish border into northern Syria to join an armed group aligned with Al-Qaeda.

Lloyds drops overdraft fee on Islamic accounts

Lloyds Bank has been accused of religious discrimination after offering free overdraft accounts to Muslims.

The bank sent customers a booklet this month explaining new charges.


Who are the Victims and Who Are the Victimizers?

The great Western disease of today — there could be quite a competition for that one — is probably denial. Denial now runs right through the Western way of looking at the world. It is just unfortunate for us that it does not run through the rest of the world in the same way.

Take three recent examples, one in America, one in Britain and one absolutely everywhere.

Video: “Our harvest is your heads”

J Street Says Israel Must Negotiate With Hamas

Left-wing lobbying group J Street has called on the US government to keep pushing Middle East peace talks, even if they involve negotiating with Hamas.

Despite the Israeli government’s insistence that it will not negotiate with a Palestinian Authority which includes Hamas – following a landmark unity deal was reached between the Islamist terrorist group and the PLO – J Street insists that the US should redouble its efforts in pushing for Israel to continue negotiating.

The Washington-based group acknowledged Hamas’ record of “calling for Israel’s destruction, using terror and violence against Israeli civilians and denying the Holocaust”, but insisted that since the group had considerable support among the Palestinian Arab public, Israel had no choice but to engage with it.

Palestinian rivals agree on government formation, elections

The Hamas movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah Party agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold general elections, a senior Palestinian official said.

Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the delegation in talks with Hamas, told Xinhua that a transitional unity government would be declared within five weeks and the general elections will be held within six months.

“Progress was made in forming the unity government, holding the elections and restructuring the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO),” Barghouti said. “This is what was agreed upon in the reconciliation meetings held in Gaza.”

On Tuesday, a high-ranking PLO delegation, headed by Fatah leader Azzam el-Ahmad and including four senior officials, arrived in Gaza for talks on implementing two reconciliation agreements reached in Cairo in 2011 and Qatar in 2012.

Hamas leader Ismail Haneya and Fatah’s el-Ahmad said they did not intend to start a new dialogue but rather were meeting to find a mechanism to implement previous reconciliation agreements.

“The atmosphere of the talks, which began Tuesday night, is very much positive and there is an opportunity to achieve a breakthrough in all issues that are under discussion,” Barghouti said.

Earlier Wednesday, Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas leader, also described the talks as “very positive” in a press statement.


Dogs (and Cats) Can Love


Neurochemical research has shown that the hormone released when people are in love is released in animals in the same intimate circumstances.

Fatah spokesman complains about al qaeda: “we haven’t seen one action carried out by them against the Israeli occupation”

Peace partner!

CNN Asks if the KKK Can ‘Rebrand,’ Seriously

Somebody had to ask it: can the Ku Klux Klan rebrand itself as a civic organization to make its message more palatable to a subsection of the American public that digs racism but rejects violence?

Racist, Anti-Semitic Graffiti Marks Ottawa Over Passover Shabbat


Racist graffiti scarred a pedestrian underpass along the pathway of the Chamberlain Bridge, in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, over the Chol Hamoed Passover Shabbat weekend, Canada’s Sun News reported.

The tags read “Deport N*****s” and “Hail [sic] Hitler” along with two swastikas in white paint on the cement wall.

Somaliland dispatch: ‘I’m a cutter and I’ll take a razor to my daughter in the holidays’


“Typically, the girls are aged 10 or 11. The youngest I have done was six years old,” she said. “It usually takes about 30 minutes if the girl doesn’t struggle. If she does then we call lots of people to help the mother and relatives try to force her to be still. Mostly the girls are not accepting this so they start to move around.”

Clinton Admin Feared Internet’s Ability to Democraticize News 3 Years Before Drudge Bombshell

Three years before Matt Drudge changed the world and how news would be consumed, President Bill Clinton’s White House feared that the Internet was allowing average citizens, especially conservatives, to bypass legacy gatekeepers and access information that had previously been denied to them by the mainstream press.

The infamous 1995 “conspiracy commerce memo” tried to demonize and discredit alternative media outlets on the right to mainstream media organizations and D.C. establishment figures.

The memo notes that the “Internet has become one of the major and most dynamic modes of communication” and “can link people, groups and organizations together instantly.”

“Moreover, it allows an extraordinary amount of unregulated data and information to be located in one area and available to all,” the memo states. “The right wing has seized upon the Internet as a means of communicating its ideas to people.

Palestinians aim wrath at minister who condemned Passover murder of Israeli

Palestinians in the West Bank are demanding the dismissal of a Palestinian Authority minister who publicly condemned last week’s terrorist attack which claimed the life of an Israeli police superintendent near Hebron, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.

Endowments Minister Mahmoud El Habash told Israeli reporters in Ramallah earlier this week that he was “pained” by the murder of 47-year-old Baruch Mizrachi as he was driving with his family to a Passover seder in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba.

“We condemn the killing of all people irrespective of their background,” El Habash was quoted as saying by Army Radio. “The idea of killing and violence is completely illegitimate.”

Al Habash has also been quoted as saying that “Palestinian blood, just like Israeli blood, is dear and humane” and “the color of Palestinian blood is the same as Israeli blood.”

According to Israel Radio, these remarks prompted Palestinians in the territories to demand that El Habash be removed from his ministerial post and put on trial.

Leaflets are being circulated in Gaza with El Habash’s picture branding him “the wayward son” while Palestinians on Facebook have threatened to kill the minister, Israel Radio reported. In doctored images that have been placed on posters, El Habash has been dressed in ultra-Orthodox garb.

Terrorist Complains Israeli Prison Harmed His Stamp Collection

Many Israelis have long maintained that conditions for Arab terrorists in jail are far too comfortable and do not provide enough of a deterrent, citing numerous incidents of Palestinian Arabs who have carried out attacks purely in order to receive the perks that Israeli jails afford them, including free higher education.

A recent interview with one terrorist recently released from jail as a “goodwill gesture” to the Palestinian Authority is unlikely to change that popular viewpoint, as the convicted killer laments how the “hardships” of life in an Israeli jail prevented him from fully pursuing his hobby of stamp-collecting.

On October 1984 Issa Abed Rabbo murdered two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, in cold blood, after tying them up and blindfolding them at gunpoint. The two were enjoying a hike south of Jerusalem, and were shot in the head from point-blank range.

Rabbo was given two consecutive life sentences, but was released in October 2013 as part of one of several prisoner releases aimed at coaxing the PA to the negotiating table.

Filth in Toronto

This piece of shit Jew-hater in Toronto demands Israel release palestinian terrorists. They walk amongst us…..


CAIR-Canada Directors Praise Muslim Brotherhood

The Point de Bascule blog has discovered that three directors of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, formerly known as the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Canada (CAIR-Canada), have endorsed the Muslim Brotherhood and its ideology.

Current NCCM director Khadija Haffajee has held official positions with the Islamic Society of North America, which the U.S. Justice Department says is a Muslim Brotherhood entity. The Canadian chapter of ISNA lost its charitable status last year because of evidence that it is funding Pakistani terrorists and major accounting issues.

Haffajee joined ISNA’s board of directors in 1997 and won additional terms in 2001 and 2004. During that time, she was on the editorial advisory board of ISNA’s Islamic Horizons magazine. As Point de Bascule found out, a 1999 issue put Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna on the cover with the heading, “A Martyr of Our Times.”

The article, published under Haffajee’s supervision, described him as a “true guide” and “martyr of da’wah who offered the Eternal Message.” The author, Osman Abdel-Magid Ahmed, recalls meeting al-Banna when he was 13 years old and being “mesmerized” with his “describing the gallantry of the mujahideen in Palestine and their martyrdom.”

It portrays al-Banna as pro-democratic but, while he approved of elections, he wanted democracy to be within the limited confines of sharia. The article says he “chided the government, the parliamentarians and the ulema [Muslim legal scholars] to implement Islamic laws in the country.”

He preached that “it was unjustified that laws governing the Muslim people should contradict the teachings of Islam and the rules enshrined in these two sources,” specifically sharia’s standards on penal, civil and commercial law.

The ISNA piece implied that it wants to assume al-Banna’s mantle, stating: “It is hard to imagine that we will easily find someone to fill al-Banna’s place, but at least a collective leadership should emerge to take on that task.”

The second NCCM director with documented sympathies for the Brotherhood is Jamal Badawi. His name is listed in a 1992 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood directory, he has praised Hamas terrorists as “martyrs” and he has preached in support of “combative jihad.” He is a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a Brotherhood organ led by its terrorism-supporting spiritual leader, Yousef al-Qaradawi.

In 2004, Badawi said regarding al-Banna: “More than any other individual, he has epitomized twentieth century Islamic thought and ideology.” He said the Brotherhood founder has been his “most inspirational” scholar.

The third pro-Brotherhood NCCM director is Wael Haddara. At the same time as he was leading NCCM/CAIR-CAN, he was president of the Muslim Association of Canada. Badawi was also a director of this organization.

In 2005, the Muslim Association of Canada’s website was remarkably frank about its origins. It said its “modern roots can be traced to the Islamic revival of the early twentieth century, culminating in the movement of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

As for its objective today, it said it “adopts and strives to implement Islam … as understood in its contemporary context by the late Imam, Hassan Albanna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. MAC regards this ideology as the best representation of Islam…”

After Haddara left CAIR-CAN in April 2012, he became a senior advisor to Egyptian President Morsi when the Muslim Brotherhood ran the country.

In addition to these three, former CAIR-CAN chair Sheema Khan has promoted Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi as a “renowned Muslim scholar.”

Last July, CAIR-CAN underwent a makeover by changing its name to the National Council of Canadian Muslims. It tried to deceptively distance itself from the U.S.-based CAIR that has extensively documented extremism and links to Hamas, but it didn’t fool the office of Prime Minister Harper.

Boston Attacks Mark Major Shift in Who’s Buying Terror Insurance

For landlord Peter Zagorianakos, terrorism insurance wasn’t a necessity until the bombs went off last April at the Boston Marathon and revealed a frightening pattern.

Two buildings he owns stand within a half-mile (0.8 kilometer) of the race’s finish line on Boston’s Boylston Street where two explosions killed three and injured 264. Another is within blocks of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, home of the two brothers suspected of plotting the attack.

He also owns an industrial property in Watertown, about 100 feet (30 meters) from the boat where the younger suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was found hiding after a police manhunt.

“They circled us,” Zagorianakos said of the suspects. It didn’t take long for the 50-year-old commercial developer, like thousands of others, to pony up for the extra protection.

Terrorism insurance, designed for large businesses and corporations, suddenly seemed wise for more midsized and smaller firms. Broken windows and a 10-day closure at restaurants and mom-and-pop businesses spurred owners of similar operations across the U.S. to think, “hey, this could happen to me,” said Philip Edmundson, co-founder of William Gallagher Associates, a Boston-based national brokerage firm.

Eighty percent of Edmundson’s 5,000 small and midsized customers now have terrorism coverage compared with 50 percent before the blasts. Next week, Marsh & McLennan Cos. (MMC) will report an increase in sales to midsized and large companies. Tarique Nageer, a senior vice president for the insurance broker, attributes part of the gain to businesses responding to Boston.

“The Marathon attack changed the calculus,” Edmundson said. “It taught us terrorism is a risk to businesses of every scale and size.”

Cuba says ‘investors welcome,’ but the investors aren’t buying

With all the fanfare of the boy who cried wolf, the Cuban government has published a new foreign investment law.

It’s making good on a promise by President Raul Castro to update a 1995 law that produced more failed investments than successes, never managing to draw more than a few hundred million dollars a year to the cash-starved island’s economy.

The new law, published Wednesday after approval by parliament on March 29, promises an eight-year tax holiday to new investors and theoretically cuts in half a 30 percent tax on profits — a feature of the 1995 law blamed for the withdrawal of many foreign investors.

US investment, of course, remains banned by the Kennedy-era trade embargo that draws increasing criticism — even among some Cuban-Americans — as self-defeating. But with Florida’s Cuban community a key constituency for both Democrats and Republicans, no one’s rushing to mint a medal for the Florida politician who runs on lifting the Cuban embargo.

Even without US participation, Cuba’s economy has drawn some foreign interest since the first openings in 1995. Indeed, by the admittedly low standards of the Caribbean, Cuba’s potential is large.

With hundreds of miles of beaches, relatively good infrastructure, educated citizens, an affluent emigre population and sophisticated scientific sector, the island could be a local superstar. Instead, saddled with a discredited ideology that refuses (like its founding “jefe”) to die, Cuba is a basket case.

Raul Castro, who took over for his ailing brother in 2006, has said he would like to attract at least $2.5 billion in foreign investment annually.

Since 2008, when US laws on travel to Cuba loosened and Cuban-Americans were allowed to move relatively freely back and forth, remittances — that is, money earned by relatives in the US and then sent to Cuba — have grown from $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion.

But foreign direct investment continues to lag and, in the words of my Control Risks colleague Daniel Sachs, who follows the island, “the new investment law will not improve a generally poor contractual risk environment.” Translation: You can’t enforce contracts signed with Cuba because Cuban courts will almost always side with the state.

Sachs and other analysts don’t expect the new law to have much effect on the US embargo, either.

Publicly, Cuba’s government has long denounced the 54-year-old US policy. Havana calculates the island has lost over a trillion dollars because of it. But according to enemies of the Castros, the US economic sanctions have proved a godsend for the government. When the Soviet Union stopped subsidizing Fidel Castro’s one-party state in the early 1990s, the island’s near-collapse might have led to an uprising had the shortsighted — but long-lived — US embargo not been around to blame.

That first near-death experience for the Cuban economy led to a modest opening in 1995, as food shortages and power cuts threatened civil unrest. Desperate for hard currency, Fidel Castro’s government allowed foreign companies to set up joint ventures in the tourist sector, and experimented with allowing small businesses — heavily monitored by the state — like restaurants and groceries.

Canadian, European and Asian firms flooded in at first, seeing in Havana’s beautiful beaches a new Costa del Sol. Many hotels were built, and a handful of small manufacturing concerns founded.

Costa Too Much would have been more like it. There was a 30 percent tax on profits and an obligation to form a joint venture with the Cuban state and to hire all staff from its Employment Ministry. Making money proved difficult.

Worse, still, while insisting on a role in almost every foreign investment in the country, the Cuban state has jailed foreign executives, seized many ventures that did turn out to be viable, and generally proved a miserable “partner.” An independent judiciary would help mitigate that risk. But nothing in the new law appears to change that reality.


Why Every Member of Congress Gets a Monthly Porn Delivery

Congressional offices have a porn problem, but it’s not exactly what you think.

Since 1983, Larry Flynt has sent the monthly magazine he founded, Hustler, to each and every member of Congress.

Witness recalls demo in ‘how to slit a throat’ as terror trial opens

On a ranch in rural Oregon, a radical Muslim holding a dagger with a curved blade yanked back the head of a kneeling young man and brought the metal to his neck.

“He said he was going to show us how to properly slice someone’s throat,” the kneeling man’s sister testified Thursday as prosecutors began presenting their case against an Egyptian-born imam known as Abu Hamza Masri, the latest terrorism case to unfold in a New York federal court.

Masri, who also goes by Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, was not the man holding the knife, but a government indictment alleges that he sent the knife-wielding man from London to Oregon to establish a terrorist training camp.

New Black Panther party places $10K bounty on George Zimmerman’s head

The New Black Panther party has placed a $10,000 bounty on the head of George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch captain accused of shooting and killing an unarmed black teen.

In a video capture of the announcement, a local party leader declared “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Lest the irony be lost, the man’s named is Mikhail Muhammad.

Muhammad additionally called for the mobilization of 10,000 black men, charged with Zimmerman’s capture.

Nuke Pakistan

A controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital, Islamabad, has named the school’s new library in honour of Osama bin Laden.

According to his spokesman, Tehsin Ullah, cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz wanted to pay tribute to the al Qaida chief who was killed by US commandos in 2011.

Mr Ullah said today that Mr Aziz considers Bin Laden to be a “martyr” for Islam.

Mr Aziz is also a prayer leader at the city’s Red Mosque – a former militant hideout the army raided in 2007. The raid killed dozens and unleashed a wave of militant attacks across Pakistan.

The mosque runs two schools, one for boys and one for girls. The girls’ school has an all-female staff and about 15,000 students.