October 27, 2014

Dr Rowan Williams on Poet Dylan Thomas

Dr Rowan Williams on Poet Dylan Thomas. Source: freewayprod. Date Published: August 15, 2012. Description:
An interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, regarding the Swansea-born poet Dylan Thomas. Produced by Freeway-Productions ( www.freeway-productions.co.uk ) on behalf of Geoff Haden, www.5cwmdonkindrive.com.

October 26, 2014

Collapse of The Post-WWI Middle East State System: Audio of New Yorker Panel

An excerpt from, "The Political Scene: A Panel on the Middle East" by The New Yorker, October 16, 2014:
“The Middle East is coming apart in a way that, I think, is unprecedented,” Dexter Filkins says on this week’s Political Scene, which was recorded live at The New Yorker Festival last Sunday. Filkins was joined by Steve Coll, Robin Wright, and Jon Lee Anderson for a panel discussion moderated by Evan Osnos about their experiences covering the Middle East and the rise of extremism in the region. ISIS represents a great threat to stability in Iraq and Syria, but the panelists agree that effective U.S. interventions will require a bigger-picture understanding of sectarian conflict across the Arab world. “To have a strategy that doesn’t account for the humanitarian crisis, for the politics of the destiny of these Sunni populations, for the context in which ISIS has captured this territory, but simply focuses on ISIS as if you could narrow the war to simply the problem of containing or decapitating ISIS is just, to me, a misreading of what the war is about and where it’s likely to lead,” Coll says.
Here is the audio.

An excerpt from, "Is the Middle East state system about to disintegrate?" by Joschka Fischer (Germany's foreign minister and vice chancellor from 1998 to 2005), The Daily Star, May 5, 2008:
Emanating from this new situation is the threat of disintegration of the whole Anglo-French system of states in the Middle East. The first candidate is, of course, Iraq. Whether Iraq can be held together despite the ethnic and religious confrontations that pit Kurds against Arabs and Sunnis against the Shiites is one of the most pregnant questions for the new Middle East. For Iraq's disintegration would be hard to contain; indeed, it could bring about a thorough balkanization of the region.

Another important question is whether political Islam will move toward democracy and acceptance of modernity or remain trapped in radicalism and invocation of the past? The forefront of this battle is, at the moment, not in the Middle East, but in Turkey; nevertheless, the result is bound to have more general significance.

The emergence of the new Middle East may present an opportunity to establish a regional order that reflects the legitimate interests of all the actors involved, provides secure borders, and replaces hegemonic aspirations with transparency and cooperation. If not, or if such an opportunity is not seized, the new Middle East will be much more dangerous than the old one.

October 25, 2014

British Islamists: The Caliphate Will Expand to Europe and the U.S.

British Islamists: The Caliphate Will Expand to Europe and the U.S. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: October 22, 2014. Description:
British Islamist Anjem Choudary recently warned the West: "Hands off Muslim lands... When we've established the shari'a, we will come to you." Choudary, speaking on a panel that included British Islamists Abu Rumaysah and Abu Baraa, showed an image of Buckingham Palace with a superimposed minaret and dome and said: "We will remove your regime and implement the shari'a in Europe." Abu Rumaysah said: "One day Obama will witness his own country being run by the shari'a, Allah willing." The statements were posted on the Internet on October 16, 2014.
The Caliphate can't even take Kobani in northern Syria, whose fighters are only armed with AK-47s and include young women and grandfathers in their ranks, and these ignorant knuckleheads are fantasizing about taking down Washington. LOL. You hope they don't actually believe their delusions for their own sake. Their aggressiveness is a joke, their propaganda is moronic, their ideas are abhorrent, and their fighters are drug-riddled cowardly lunatics.

Sunni scholars and clerics have not distanced themselves from ISIL in any public, vocal, and strong way, either in the West or in the Muslim world. Maybe they have, but it hasn't been publicized to any great degree. In some cases they actually praise their evil and criminal actions as holy and welcome their conquests in Iraq and Syria.

But, to be fair, the honourable ones who have courageously stood up to ISIL's crimes, especially in Iraq and Syria, have been executed by ISIL, so it's understandable that many would rather keep quiet. The Sunni Mufti of Iraq has said that, "The head of the Sunni affairs institution admitted that Al Qaeda has killed more than 300 Sunni imams and preachers."

The fanatics of ISIL, who enslave Yazidi women, confiscate the private property of "unbelievers" like Christians and Kurds, and employ brainwashed child soldiers, represent a primitive version of Islam that is coming to an end. The people of the region don't accept them, and their power only comes from the regimes in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, and Turkey, as well as Western intelligence agencies.

The truth these ISIL fanatics don't want to admit to themselves is that the literalistic, dogmatic, and rigid interpretation of Islam that they espouse and defend has nothing to offer to mankind in the 21st century. Their flag will not fly over Baghdad, let alone more distant capitals. More enlightened religions, including certain sects within Islam itself that are more open-minded and tolerant of different cultures, will win the long game for the hearts and minds of the people of the world.

Anti-Anxiety Drug Zolam Might be One Secret Behind ISIL Militants' Cruel Acts

Video Title: Anti-Anxiety Drug Zolam Might be One Secret Behind ISIL Militants' Cruel Acts. Source: Eretz Zen. Date Published: October 25, 2014. Description:
A recent CBS interview with militants from the Islamic State (IS, aka ISIL or ISIS) that were captured by Kurdish fighters in northern Syria reveals an insight into the group's tactics in getting some people to join their ranks and in carrying out atrocious acts against civilians.

One of the captured fighters is a 15-year-old boy who admits to fighting with the group after ISIL invaded his hometown and gave him two choices: either join them or get beheaded. He also said that they gave him an anti-anxiety drug Zolam that - according to him - makes one lose his/her mind.
"They captured my village, and gave me a choice: either join ISIS or be beheaded." - 15 year old former ISIL member.

Big Pharma is the one of the foundations of ISIL's atrocities. None of us should be surprised by this. Both are evil monsters and inhuman enterprises. Big Pharma drugs cause people to lose their minds and commit violent acts against innocent people and themselves more easily, whether in regards to war, school shootings, lone wolf attacks, suicides, you name it.

Just as Big Pharma must be wiped out, ISIL must be wiped out, and the sooner the better.

October 20, 2014

The Failure of The International Community And Islamic Leaders To Protect Minorities In Iraq And Across The Middle East

An excerpt from, "The international community is failing its obligation to protect Iraq’s persecuted minorities" by Lord Alton of Liverpool, Catholic Herald, August 12, 2014:
Almost 75 per cent of the world’s population live in countries with high levels of government restrictions on freedom of religion or belief.

Christian minorities, Mandeans, Yazidis, Baha’is, Jews and Ahmadis are among those who face unspeakable persecution. And so do Muslims.

The head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs, Professor Dr Mehmet Gormez, told the World Islamic Scholars Peace, Moderation and Common Sense Initiative that 1,000 Muslims are being killed each day – 90 per cent of their killers are also Muslims.

Article 18 insists that everyone has the right to believe, not to believe, or to change their belief. Tell that to the elderly and sick of Mosul, unable to flee and forced to accept the uncompromising ultimatum by the Islamic State (IS) jihadists, formerly ISIS, to convert or die.
Video Title: Former Iraqi MP Ayad Jamal Al-Din: A Civil State Is the Only Solution to Combat ISIS. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: October 20, 2014. Description:
In a recent TV interview, former Iraqi MP Ayad Jamal Al-Din called for the establishment of a civil state in Iraq based on man-made law and equality, rather than on Islamic jurisprudence, as the only way to combat ISIS. He further said that there were thousands of mosques in the U.S. and worldwide that incited and prepared people to join ISIS. "Islam has been politicized and is used as a sword," he said in the Al-Iraqiya TV interview, which aired on October 17.
"Both the Shiite and Sunni fiqh say that the Yazidis should be killed. The Christians and the Jews are considered the People of the Book, and some include the Zoroastrians and the Sabeans, but as for the Buddhists, they should all be killed. This is according to both Shiite and Sunni fiqh. The problem lies with our fiqh, and therefore, I say that either we follow the fiqh, in which case Daesh[ISIL] is more or less right, or else we follow man-made, civil enlightened law, according to which the Yazidis are citizens just like Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

That's why Daesh are saying that they have not invented anything new, but are merely following the fiqh. The Yazidis can either become Muslims, or be sold on the market as slaves. Both the Shiite and Sunni fiqh are in agreement on this. We must make a decision whether to follow man-made civil law, legislated by the Iraqi parliament, or whether to follow the fatwas issued by Islamic jurisprudents." - Former Iraqi MP Ayad Jamal Al-Din. 

October 19, 2014

R.I.P. Serena Shim, Who Was Killed For Informing The World About Erdogan's Negative Role In Kobani

Earlier this year, when the Islamic Republic of Iran illegally arrested Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and his wife, and falsely charged him of spying, the U.S. government and mainstream media were all over it, and rightfully so, but they're as mute as mice in the face of the murder of journalist Serena Shim by their ally in Ankara.

Shim was informing the world about ISIL's assault on Kobani and the Erdogan government feared that she knew too much about what was going on behind the scenes so they killed her.

[Video] Where's Allah, ISIS? Kobani Their Pit Of Hell, Courtesy Of The Kurds

Every warrior that falls in battle, regardless of the army he/she belongs to or the cause he/she fights for, is a martyr in the sight of God and deserves to be honoured. But the beliefs and values of ISIL fighters being what they are, it is obviously hard to like and respect them, so they're the exception to the rule.

It's one thing to be taking on the Iraqi government that is ruled by Iranian-backed Shia militias, and another thing to be attacking Kurdish female fighters who are only interested in defending their land and freedom from outsiders. And it's hard to sell the message to the world that you're fighting for God and Islam when your taking direct orders from the Turkish government and attacking Kurds day and night. Still, I don't think it's right to poke fun at the deaths of ISIL members and publish photos of their maimed faces on Twitter and social media. No one deserves that. 

Title: Where's Allah, ISIS? Kobani Their Pit Of Hell, Courtesy Of The Kurds. Source: LordSpoda. Date Published: October 19, 2014. Description:
The battle for Kobani is being played out on the world stage from the Turkish border for all to see, and the Jihadis are losing to the undermanned, under equipped Kurds. What do you think? Comment below with your thoughts.