11 February 2006,04:33
El Presidente holandés entiende que Hirsi Ali aporta poco al debate sobre el Islam
Otro Dhimmi: el Presidente holandés Balkenende (via LGF):
 

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands made it very clear today that he wishes Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali would just go away.

AMSTERDAM — Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said on Friday he did not think much of the contribution of outspoken MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali to the debate about the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Speaking in Berlin on Thursday, Hirsi Ali said she wished Balkenende had as much courage as Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Hirsi Ali said publishing the cartoons is a matter of freedom of expression.

Rasmussen has consistently refused to apologise to Muslims on behalf of the Danish newspaper that first printed the 12 caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. He contends his government has no control over the free press.

The Dutch media asked Balkenende during his weekly press conference on Friday about Hirsi Ali’s comments. He was initially reluctant to talk about the issue. When pressed, he said “I wonder whether this will help the debate in the Netherlands.

The Prime Minister also said “we don’t have much use” for Hirsi Ali’s contribution.

 
 
 
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,04:10
Algunas tiras cómicas
(vía Islamophobic)
 

 
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,03:20
First, they came for
Un vídeo de Michelle Malkin via Elmer`s Brother .
 
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,02:50
Escultura prohibida en la Bienal de Venecia
Y todavía más consecuencias: prohíben una escultura en la Bienal de Venecia, ante el peligro de que los musulmanes se sintieran provocados y se incrementara el riesgo de que la ciudad fuera objetivo [vulnerable] a ataques terroristas. Pero NO por respeto, SI NO por PELIGRO. O sea, por MIEDO. (via Always on Watch)
"Sculpture banned from the Venice Biennale

"A sculpture by German artist Gregor Schneider was banned from the 51st Venice Biennale because the event’s organisers said it might be offensive to Muslims. The sculpture was a 15-metre-high cube covered in black fabric modelled after the Ka’ba in Mecca and was set to be displayed in St. Mark’s Square. A spokesman for the Venetian arts authority said there was a danger that Muslims would feel provoked by the work, heightening the risk of the city being vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Schneider insisted that the artwork was not meant as a provocation. He said he wanted to symbolise a connection between European and Arab cultures. The organisers tried to place the sculpture at another site, but finally decided not to display it at all. Instead, Schneider showed a video explaining his failed attempt."
 
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,02:14
Más consecuencias de las caricaturas
En Dubai, una profesora americana fue despedida por mostrar las caricaturas del Profeta e intentar que se iniciase una discusión sobre el tema (via Atlas Shrugs):

From the Danish daily newspaper Ekstra-Bladet here :

"The American professor Claudia Kiburz has been fired from her teaching position at Sheikj Zayed University in Dubai for having distributed copies to her students ofCartoon_protests_060_gaza the Mohammad cartoons published by Jyllands-Posten, so that they could discuss the issue. That provoked complaints, however, whereupon she was fired, according to her colleagues who do not want to reveal their names. Kiburz taught English at the university which is exclusively for women. Local newspapers report that it was sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak, minister of education in the United Arab Emirates and president of the university, who fired Kiburz." hat tip expat Swede.

A las protestas que recogía ayer, se añaden hoy las de:

Our slogan will be 'no violence' and we appeal for calm and peace," Zoubouer Hachani, a spokesman for the Al Qods mosque, told reporters Friday. The event is to take place in front of McGill University's downtown campus on Saturday afternoon. Protesters will not march by the Danish consulate as originally planned.

A Montreal police spokesman said Friday they will have extra officers on duty, as per usual with protests, and will block streets in the area to control traffic and the crowd. A coalition of 50 other Muslim groups had appealed to organizers to cancel the demonstration out of fear tensions could spill over as they have elsewhere.

AROUND 200 mainly Muslim protesters marched to the Danish Embassy in Venezuela's capital Caracas today and burnt a Danish and an American flag, as protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed spread to Latin America.

The demonstrators left a prayer session at a Caracas mosque and marched together, chanting in Arabic, to the embassy where they doused a Danish and an American flag with petrol and set them alight on the building's steps.

It was the first such demonstration in Latin America in a sweeping global protest over the cartoons that has brought tens of thousands of Muslims to the streets from Jakarta to Nairobi, killing at least 11 people so far.

The drawings, considered blasphemous by many Muslims, were first published in a Danish newspaper, but have since appeared in a number of other publications around the world.

"This is a peaceful march so that people don't keep picking on Muslim people," said Elias Antonio, a young Venezuelan protester sporting a red baseball cap.

Günter Grass dice que la publicación de las caricaturas fue una provocación de un  periódico de derechas. Hmm, otro dhimmi de izquierdas.(via Davids Medienkritik):

That was easy to forecast: German novelist and Nobel laureate Guenter Grass, a prominent left-wing critic of the USA ever since the Vietnam war, blasts the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten for the publication of the Mohammad cartoons:

"This was a conscious and planned provocation by a right-wing Danish newspaper," said German Guenter Grass, who took the Nobel Prize in 1999.

Grass described the Danish publishers of the caricatures as "xenophobic right-wing radicals" and the subsequent violent Muslim protests as "a fundamentalist response to a fundamentalist act."

"Where does the West take that arrogance to impose what must and must not be done?" Grass asked, stressing the relativity of the freedom of opinion in the West where the media are controlled by conglomerates "monopolizing the public opinion."

Poor Muslim extremists ... they had to respond (burning houses, issuing death threats, etc., etc.) to a fundamentalistic act (publishing cartoons).

I never looked at it this way, but 9/11 probably was just a fundamentalist response - a bit rough, maybe - to a fundamentalistic act of "the West". For the moment I can't come up with one, but I'm sure Guenter Grass can help us out...

Publicar unas caricaturas: fundamentalista. Matar un sacerdote y a otras 11 personas, quemar embajadas y banderas, amenazar con el exterminio de los que se burlen, critiquen, calumnien etc, el Islam: igual de fundamentalista y mucho menos pacífico. Cada vez entiendo menos esta lógica...

Del blog de Andrew Sullivan, tomo dos entradas: la llamada "los peligros de la moderación":

I was going to respond to the email I posted in the wee hours, but decided to wait till the morning. Now I don't have to. Charles Krauthammer has. Money quote:

"A true Muslim moderate is one who protests desecrations of all faiths. Those who don't are not moderates but hypocrites, opportunists and agents for the rioters, merely using different means to advance the same goal: to impose upon the West, with its traditions of freedom of speech, a set of taboos that is exclusive to the Islamic faith. These are not defenders of religion but Muslim supremacists trying to force their dictates upon the liberal West.

And these "moderates" are aided and abetted by Western "moderates" who publish pictures of the Virgin Mary covered with elephant dung and celebrate the "Piss Christ" (a crucifix sitting in a jar of urine) as art deserving public subsidy, but who are seized with a sudden religious sensitivity when the subject is Muhammad. "

I have to say that the performance of the British and American media this past week has made me sad to be a journalist. The main objective of those editors has been sensitivity; the last imperative has been giving readers the information we need to understand the world around us. If you want to know why newspapers are struggling, you just found out.

y la llamada "la sumisión se extiende":

Michelle Malkin has a round-up of various governments now censoring portrayal of Muhammad. Canada, Ukraine, Malaysia, Yemen, Sweden, and South Africa are among the beacons of appeasement. The EU is mulling a new media guideline to conform with the demands of Hezbollah. The editor who commissioned the cartoons has been sent on an indefinite leave. In America and Britain, the government does not need to censor the press. The press is only too willing to do what the Islamists want, without any prodding from the government. It's amazing how quickly the Jihadists have succeeded in intimidating the West into giving up critical freedoms in a matter of days. Now, wait till they have a nuke.

Se censura la imagen de Mahoma en Canadá, Ucrania, Malasia, Yemen, Suecia y Sudáfrica. Se ha suspendido indefinidamente a Fleming Rose, el editor que dio el permiso para la publicación de las caricaturas, porque dijo que quería publicar las viñetas que va a publicar Irán sobre el Holocausto. Y termina: es sorprendente lo rápido que los jihadistas han conseguido intimidar a Occidente para que renuncie a libertades críticas en cuestión de días. Ahora esperen a que tengan una bomba nuclear".

También cita Omar de Iraq The Model opina sobre el tema:

"You know that those cartoons were published for the 1st time months ago and we here in the Middle East have tonnes of jokes about Allah, the prophets and the angels that are way more offensive, funny and obscene than those poorly-made cartoons, yet no one ever got shot for telling one of those jokes or at least we had never seen rallies and protests against those infidel joke-tellers.

What I want to say is that I think the reactions were planned to be exaggerated this time by some Middle Eastern regimes and are not mere public reaction. And I think Syria and Iran have the motives to trigger such reactions in order to get away from the pressures applied by the international community on those regimes." - the indispensable Omar, at Iraq the Model.

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10 February 2006,16:25
El binomio izquierda-islamismo

 
Esta viñeta para ilustrar un post de Martinito: "la izquierda europea en manos del islamismo: el caso alemán".
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,16:19
Cierran la web de un partido de extrema derecha en Suecia por publicar las caricaturas
...y no es lo único:
According to Dagens Nyheter, the Swedish security services (Säpo),
Which translates directly to “The Security Police” or, in Romanian “Securitate”, German “STASI”, Russian “KGB” or even older German “Gestapo”…
in collusion with Foreign Minister Leila Freivalds, have forced the website SD-Kuriren offline for publishing the Jyllands-Posten cartoons (SD-Kuriren is the house organ of the hard-right Swedish Democrats).
“We think that this was the best decision after we were contacted by the Foreign Ministry and Säpo,” Anna Larsson, vice president of hosting compant Levonline, told DN. Freivalds told DN that “it is terrible that a small group of extremists are exposing Swedes to danger [by reprinting the cartoons].”
Suecia gana puntos por esto para la porra de Fuckfrance, que posteó AMDG.
 

Noticia encontrada en The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.
 
NOTA: Lo importante es que NO lo cerraron porque fuera de extrema derecha y seguramente incitara a cosas indeseables incluso a la violencia. NO: lo cerraron únicamente porque publicaron LAS caricaturas. Pero qué coherencia tienen estos políticos.
Además, deberíamos saber cuántas webs musulmanas incitando a la jihad son oficialmente cerradas y qué amenazas contienen para ver si la sanción es equitativa. Pero en principio, supone una muestra más de que la proporcionalidad que no caracteriza las actividades delictivas (¿cómo se puede llamar a quemar banderas, asaltar y quemar emabajadas, proferir amenazas, etc?) que están llevando a cabo los musulmanes que "protestan" estos días, se ha extendido ahora a los gobiernos dhimmies europeos.
 
UPDATE/ACTUALIZACIÓN: Encuentro un post en Atlas Shrugs relativo al cierre de esta web y dice lo que  yo quería decir pero bien dicho:
The website belongs to a small, nationalist party, the Swedish Democrats, with  deep roots in Sweden's violent 1980s neo-Nazi movemement. Their very existence - and the fact that they have seats in more than 20 local legislatures - is bad enough. Now they will become martyrs of freedom of speech and possibly catapult into the national parliament in the elections in September.

The big daily morning newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports that the government ordered the website shut down because they want to prevent violence against Swedes in the Middle East, as well as islamist terror attacks on Swedish soil. (One such attack was narrowly averted in December.)

"'It is terrible that a small group of Swedish extremists are exposing Swedes to clear and present danger' says foreign minister Mrs. Laila Freivalds. The closing of the websites of the Swedish Democrats and their news magazine followed the news magazine's publication of one Muhammad cartoon. 'We thought it was the best thing to do after the security police and foreign ministry had contacted us' said Anna Larsson, vice president of the website host Levonline. /.../

'We have been in contact with the internet provider and presented our threat assessment to them. What that assessment looks like is secret' says Mr. Klas Bergenstrand, chief of the security police. /.../

Mr. Peter Danowsky, attorney and expert on freedom of speech and theb press, does not consider the actions of the security police and the foreign ministry to be of any concern. 'If the security police and the foreign ministry think that there is a threat and then relays that to the website host, then they are doing them a favor' he says. /.../

Several media in the Middle East have, according to Mrs. Freivalds, reported that 'a major Swedish newspaper' has published a Muhammad caricature cartoon. 'We know that there are extremists among muslims who will not be satisfied with staging demonstrations, but who take to violence - and it is from that perspective that we assess that there is a threat' says Mrs. Freivalds."

El primer párrafo es fundamental: con su propia existencia ya tenemos suficiente. Pero ahora pueden convertirse en mártires de la libertad de expresión y posiblemente catapultarles al parlamento nacional en las elecciones de Septiembre. He ahí el problema al que nos enfrentamos y que ya se pudo comprobar en Francia con Le Pen. Si no se controla a los extremistas de un lado, no tardarán en aparecer los contrarios.
 
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,15:53
El ex-presidente Carter y Hamas
De la CNN (via The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler):
Carter, who monitored last week’s Palestinian elections in which Hamas handily toppled the ruling Fatah, added that the United States should not cut off aid to the Palestinian people, but rather funnel it through third parties like the U.N.
If you sponsor an election or promote democracy and freedom around the world, then when people make their own decision about their leaders, I think that all the governments should recognize that administration and let them form their government,” Carter said.
If there are prohibitions — like, for instance, in the United States, against giving any money to a government that is controlled by Hamas — then the United States could channel the same amount of money to the Palestinian people through the United Nations, through the refugee fund, through UNICEF, things of that kind,” he added.
Carter expressed hope that “the people of Palestine — who already suffer … under Israeli occupation…– will not suffer because they are deprived of a right to pay their school teachers, policemen, welfare workers, health workers and provide food for people.”
As president, Carter brokered a 1979 peace accord between Israel and Egypt at Camp David. That effort helped earn him the Nobel Peace Prize.
Carter said “there’s a good chance” that Hamas, which has operated a network of successful social and charitable organizations for Palestinians, could become a nonviolent organization.
However, Carter noted, Hamas has adhered to a cease-fire since August 2004, which “indicates what they might do in the future.”
He said Hamas is “highly disciplined” and capable of keeping any promise of nonviolence it might make.
Dice: "si promueves una elección o la democracia y la libertad alrededor del mundo, entonces cuando la gente toma sus propias decisiones sobre sus líderes, creo que todos los gobiernos deben reconocer la administración y dejar que formen gobierno". Hmm, como bien, TAIR, Hitler también fue elegido democráticamnente y los palestinos tienen al suyo (en la imagen yendo a realizar una ejecución) (via Justify This):

Luego Carter sigue diciendo que "si hay una ley que impide mandar dinero a los palestinos, simplemente se les envía a través de la ONU, de UNICEF, etc. En todo caso, como tiene una importante red de entidades de caridad, puede llegar a ser una organización no-violenta".
 
El problema es que los de Hamas no están muy dispuestos, como podemos ver en este post.
 
Con toda razón se le puede llamar James "Dhimmi" Carter... al que va dedicada esta viñeta de Cox&Forkum:
 

Terrorista de Hamas: Todos los que estén a favor de echar a los judíos al mar, digan "aye".
Todos: "Aye".
Carter: "¿No es maravillosa la democracia
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,15:02
Detienen a dos hombres por los disturbios de Cronulla

Two men have been charged over separate incidents of allegedly sending threatening emails to radio talkback hosts following the Cronulla riot. Detectives from Strike Force Enoggera, investigating the December riot and subsequent revenge attacks, today arrested a 19-year-old man during a raid on a home in McGirr Parade, Warwick Farm, during which they also seized a home computer. The man was taken to Liverpool police station and charged with using a carriage service (the email system) to make threats and a second offence of using a carriage service to menace, harass and offend. He was refused bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court later today.

A second man also was arrested today for allegedly sending threatening emails to another radio talkback host in December. The 21-year-old was arrested at his home in Emmet Street, Callala Bay, near Nowra and police also seized a computer for forensic examination. The man was taken to Nowra police station and charged with one offence of using a carriage service to threaten serious harm and a second offence of using a carriage service to menace, harass and offend. Police will allege the man sent two threatening emails from his home computer. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Nowra Local Court on March 13, 2006.
(Via A Western Heart)
 

Posts relacionados:
  1. ¿Es Australia la nueva Francia?
  2. Australia: las razones de la violencia.
  3. Australia: seguimos con los disturbios.
 
 
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,14:50
"El gobierno de Indonesia nos trata como a animales"
De The Sydney Morning Herald (via A Western Heart)
The Indonesian military is using the same tactics of terror in West Papua that were employed during its bloody reign in East Timor, and Australia should step in to mediate a peace settlement, warns separatist Herman Wainggai. Mr Wainggai, the leader of the 43 asylum-seekers who arrived in Australia two weeks ago, said ongoing abuses by the Indonesian military, often in cahoots with militias, were terrifying the indigenous community. "It's the same as with East Timor," he told the Herald yesterday from Christmas Island, where the asylum-seekers are being processed by immigration officials. "They have created militias and jihadis in West Papua. The people, and especially activists for independence, are very scared." The military and police regularly raided campuses and villages searching for independence sympathisers, while Indonesia's intelligence network kept constant tabs on their activities, Mr Wainggai said.
Jailed twice for his political activism, Mr Wainggai said he had no faith in the promise by the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, that, if they returned home, the Papuans would face no reprisals. Many such promises had been made in the past, he said, and bitter experience meant they could not be accepted at face value. "We don't trust Indonesia," he said. "If I was sent back to Indonesia, I would die. The Government and the military treats West Papuans like animals. They have killed us like animals."
¿Alguien ha oído alguna protesta sobre esto? "Indonesia ha creado jihadis y milicias en Papúa Oeste. La gente, y especialmente los activistas a favor de la independencia, están muy asustados. Los militares y la policía regularmente han atacado pueblos buscando a los simpatizantes de la independencia, mientras la red de inteligencia de Indonesia ha mantenido un constante control sobre nuestras actividades".
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,14:32
Y se abrió la veda
De Relapsed Catholic:
"They complained that the novelty sex toy insults the Prophet Muhammad -- who also has the title al-Mustafa."
(...)
"Yesterday a spokesman said: 'This is the name of our Prophet and it’s very upsetting. This thing should be banned.'
"In a letter to the store, the Association said:'“You have no idea how much hurt, anguish and disgust this obnoxious phrase has caused to Muslims. We are asking you to have our Most Revered Prophet’s name ‘Mustafa’ and the afflicted word "shag" removed.'"
 
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,14:23
Las letras del rap anti-francés
Las había leído hace tiempo, pero no las posteé porque no tuve tiempo (estaban en francés y no siempre tengo tiempo para traducir...). Ahora las encuentro en la Revista Arbil:
El pasado noviembre publicaba R. Zamora, en Radio Nederland (1), un artículo titulado "El “rap” anti-francés", referido a la preocupación que se ha extendido entre algunos diputados y senadores de Francia, de los que más de doscientos (2) han pedido a su Gobierno que actúe contra los diversos grupos de aquella modalidad musical que incitan a sus oyentes a la violación, al terrorismo y al asesinato.
Francia, que desde siempre ha hecho gala de ser tierra de asilo, se ha encontrado súbitamente con una realidad tan evidente como difícil de afrontar: la existencia en el seno de su sociedad de un gran número de musulmanes, inmigrantes en muchos casos de segunda o tercera generación, que no sólo rehusan la asimilación, sino que se ven a sí mismos como auténticos conquistadores de un suelo que no les pertenece a los franceses, sino a ellos.
Sabida la tendencia de España a estornudar cuando Francia se acatarra, creciente el número de inmigrantes musulmanes que se instalan dentro de nuestras fronteras, fuerte el mito de la redención de "El Ándalus", parece prudente prestar atención a los propósitos y sentimientos que abrigan los desarraigados que han provocado las oleadas de violencia callejera allende el Pirineo. Y no es mala muestra el contenido de las canciones con que entretienen sus ocios los raperos de las periferias francesas, a mitad de camino entre el recuerdo de Léo Férré, Brassens o Renaud y los síncopes de las melodías afroamericanas, pero con el claro designio de predicar el odio.
Entre la recopilación de canciones de virulento contenido que han hecho los parlamentarios franceses, (3) está, por ejemplo, la canción "Francia", que dice:
"-Los hermanos están armados hasta los dientes, listos para hacer la guerra, hay que cambiar las leyes y que lleguen al palacio presidencial los árabes y los negros. ¡Que todo reviente! Mi único deseo es invadirlos..."
Un solista, llamado Salif (4), canta:
"-Si queremos controlar París, tú sabes que lo haremos juntos. Hemos lanzado los perros de combate, las ciudades son inmundas, los vidrios están rotos, los policías son linchados, que alivio, París debe arder..."
El grupo "Ministerio Amargo" (5) proclama:
"Quisiera ver París arder bajo el napalm, con llamas como en Vietnam..."
Y en otra canción, titulada "Asesinato legal", se escucha:
"-Guerra racial, guerra fatal, ojo por ojo, diente por diente, organización radical, por todos los medios hay que violarles a sus madres... Francés, tiembla por tu mujer, por tus hijos, por tu raza... tú eres el que pierde... nos hemos instalado aquí y vamos a echarte ..."
Del grupo "Expression Direkt" (6) se percibe:
"¡Límpiame la verga! Los árabes y los negros van a violar todo, yo me manoseo los testículos, quiero partir rico".
Algún grupo, como "Lunatic" (8) enarbola expresamente la bandera del Islam :
"Alah, sólo a ti el hombre debe toda su adoración. No hemos olvidado que el oro que el Papa lleva en el cuello es el que nos ha sido robado... Yo no soy aquí bienvenido, vine a comer y a defecar aquí, cuando veo a Francia con las piernas abiertas la violo sin aceite. Ellos desvalijaron África, yo voy a saquear Francia... Hemos venido a recuperar lo que nos deben, en tus calles vamos a hacer correr tu pus, prepárate a más de un atentado..."
Y la letra de "Racismo" proclama:
"- Si mi odio disminuye, es porque los cerdos están muertos y que me quedan diez minutos para revolcar a sus mujeres."
Con todo, hay en Francia bienpensantes –los habría en España, seguro, y más- que trivializan el asunto: para Olivier Cachón (9) especialista en rap francés y autor de "La ofensiva del rap", "es penoso ver cómo los políticos no comprenden la pertinencia de los discursos. Si los chicos son violentos es porque están inmersos en un medio extremadamente violento. No se puede esperar que sean unos angelitos”.
Desde luego, hay que hacer un esfuerzo para no caer en extrapolaciones facilonas, ni exagerar las cosas. Es cierto que hay jóvenes inmigrantes que buscan integrarse en sociedad que les acoge, pero no lo es menos que la actitud de la que estas canciones (10) son reflejo está arraigada en otros muchos, que han alcanzado en las barriadas francesas la masa crítica que les ha permitido emprender campañas salvajes, como la del otoño pasado, que ha tenido continuidad en jornadas, como la de este último fin de año, en que la Policía se congratulaba de haber tenido "sólo" cuatrocientos vehículos incendiados.
La política del avestruz puede ser cómoda, pero tiene escaso futuro.
Me recuerdo a un artículo: Excuser a les Rioters.
 
(Para leer más, aquí)
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,14:11
Una muchacha se niega a llevar uniforme
... porque es de los no-creyentes, y no está preparada para llevarlo aún (de The Telegraph)
A Muslim schoolgirl refused to wear school uniform because she was not prepared to dress in the same clothes as "non-believers", Britain's highest civil court was told yesterday.
Five law lords were hearing an appeal by Denbigh High School, Luton, against an earlier ruling that Shabina Begum, 17, had been denied the right to manifest her religion under Article 9 of the Human Rights Convention.
She was sent home in September 2002 when she insisted on wearing a jilbab, a full-length Islamic gown that hides the shape of a woman's arms and legs. At that time, nearly 80 per cent of the school's pupils were Muslim.
Muy importante esto último: sólo 1 chica del colegio se negó a ir con el uniforme. Y yo me pregunto: si quería vestir como ella consideraba, ¿por qué no fue a un colegio que NO obligara a sus alumnas a llevar uniformes? O ¿no se han dado cuenta de que UNI-FORME se refiere a algo establece para todos una ÚNICA forma?
 
 
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,13:41
Otro sacerdote agredido en Turquía
Después del asesinato del padre Santoro en Turquía, unos muchachos han agredido a un monje franciscano (de IBLNews):
Un grupo de jóvenes ha agredido físicamente y ha amenazado de muerte este jueves al sacerdote franciscano Martin Kmetec en la localidad turca de Izmir, mientras se encontraba en la parroquia de Santa Elena.
«Unos muchachos han tomado por el cuello al sacerdote, y le gritaron: "os mataremos a todos"», ha revelado a la agencia «AsiaNews» el obispo Luigi Padovese, vicario apostólico de Anatolia, la misma diócesis en la que trabajaba don Antonio Santoro, asesinado el 5 de febrero.
Según explica el prelado a la agencia del Pontificio Instituto para las Misiones Extranjeras, la agresión es «fruto evidente de fanatismo». Tuvo lugar en la parroquia que dirigen los Frailes Conventuales.
El religioso agredido, de nacionalidad eslovena, según el obispo, ha presentado una denuncia a la Policía, «que no ha prestado mucha atención a la noticia de la agresión».
Hablando de Turquía: en la página Rager la Turquie, se hacen eco de las declaraciones que realizó el presidente turco (de la República, el del Gobierno es Erdogan) en las que decía esto:

Dans son message traditionnel du Nouvel an le président turc Ahmet Necdet Sezer a critiqué samedi le gouvernement islamo-conservateur qui, selon lui, cherche à "saper" l’éducation strictement laïque et les valeurs fondatrices de la République turque.

"Il faut éviter les pratiques qui saperaient le système éducatif laïque", souligne le chef de l’Etat qui met en garde, sans le nommer, le gouvernement du parti de la Justice et du Développement (AKP, issu de la mouvance islamiste), pour ses "efforts visant à mettre en cause les valeurs fondatrices de la République".

Le président turc a ajouté qu"il faut bien comprendre que "ces tentatives ne mèneront à rien".

Textualmente dice: "Hay que evitar las prácticas que sabotean el sistema educativo laico, poniendo en guardia frente a los esfuerzos del partido en el Gobierno, de discutir los valores fundamentales de la República".
 
Y Zapatero, el "laicista convencido", firmando cartas con él...
 
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,13:12
La libertad de expresión es el terrorismo occidental

En fin ...
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,13:05
Los musulmanes piden que se prohíba a la prensa publicar caricaturas de Mahoma
Ya dijimos ayer que Franco Frattini quería imponer un código de conducta  la prensa (aunque como dice hoy aleón en Desde el Exilio lo ha negado echando la culpa al periodista...), Pero no sólo él lo pide: también hay "estudiosos musulmanes" que han pedido una modificación de las leyes (via Jihad Watch):
Muslim scholars who gathered for an emergency meeting have called for changes to the law to stop images of the Prophet Muhammad being published.
Members of the Muslim Action Committee (MAC) who met in Birmingham called for changes to the Race Relations Act and the Press Complaints Commission code.
They are to stage a protest march in London on 18 February, expected to attract 20,000 to 50,000 people....
Shaikh Faiz Saddiqi, who chaired the meeting, said Wednesday's gathering of about 300 Islamic religious leaders was the largest meeting of its kind he knew of in his 25 years of living in the UK....
Mr Saddiqi said they had concluded they wanted the Race Relations Act modified to give Muslims the same protection as Sikhs or Jews.
He also said the Press Complaints Commission code of conduct should be tightened to prevent publication of any images of Muhammad, but added the clerics accepted criticism and discussion of Islam should be allowed.
He said the code was a voluntary code to ensure the media treated people with respect and called for that respect to be shown to Muslims, whose religion forbids any pictorial depiction of Muhammad....
"Enough is enough, we have to get back to being a civil society.
"What kicks can you get out of seeing this caricature, except to insult the Prophet of Islam?"
He praised the UK media for not publishing the cartoons.
¿Alguien ve alguna diferencia con lo que quería imponer Frattini?
 
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,12:59
Más sobre la "rabia" a propósito de las caricaturas
Londres (Gran Bretaña): para darnos cuenta de lo que significa esta manifestación, la que se convocó para protestar contra el terrorismo en Washington, sólo logró reunir a 50 personas (via Jihad Watch):
A mass demonstration of 100,000 Muslims will take place in London next weekend as anger continues over publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
The Muslim Action Committee, an umbrella group which claims to represent more than a million Muslims, said it would do as much as it could to prevent the ugly scenes seen last week when protesters carried placards issuing death threats and one man dressed as a suicide bomber.
But they said they needed to "channel" growing anger felt by communities across Britain that Muslims were being persecuted and made to feel like "second class citizens".
Faiz Saddiqi, the committee convener, said: "It is a peaceful protest. We will not let it be hijacked by the fringe elements.
"It is a way of showing the depth of anger that Muslim communities feel about being continually insulted by the publication of these images."
Resumen: si me critican, me siento de segunda.
 
Omar Bakri, dando una nueva lección de paz y tolerancia, exige la ejecución de los caricaturistas (via Jihad Watch).
Omar Bakri Mohammed, the radical Muslim cleric, has said the cartoonist behind caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed that have sparked outrage across the Arab world should be tried and executed under Islamic law.
The cleric said the cartoonist had insulted Islam and must pay the price, as three people were killed during protests against the cartoons in Afghanistan.
"The insult has been established now by everybody, Muslim and non-Muslim, and everybody condemns the cartoonist and condemns the cartoon," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
"However, in Islam, God said, and the messenger Mohammed said, whoever insults a prophet, he must be punished and executed.
"This man should be put on trial and if it is proven to be executed."
Resumen: como me critican, que los maten. Ojo al razonamiento: como en el Islam (ley religiosa) dice que hay que castigar y ejecutar al que insulte al Profeta, hay que hacerlo. Consecuencia de que no entienden todavía la diferencia entre ley jurídica y ley moral, entre Derecho y Moral.
 
No me extraña que se caguen los de la revista progre-satírica -en la que no se satiriza a los progres- "El Jueves".
 
Y, como no podía ser menos, el odio a USA ha hecho su aparición:
QALAT, Afghanistan - Police killed four people Wednesday as Afghans enraged over drawings of the Prophet Muhammad marched on a U.S. military base in a volatile southern province, directing their anger not against Europe but America.
The U.S. base was targeted because the United States "is the leader of Europe and the leading infidel in the world," said Sher Mohammed, a 40-year-old farmer who suffered a gunshot wound while taking part in the demonstration in the city of Qalat.
"They are all the enemy of Islam. They are occupiers in our country and must be driven out," Mohammed said.
Wednesday's violence began when hundreds of protesters tried to storm the U.S. base, said Ghulam Nabi Malakhail, a provincial police chief. When warning shots failed to deter them, police shot into the crowd, killing four and wounding 11, he said.
Flying rocks injured eight police and one Afghan soldier, he said....
Wednesday's riot erupted despite an appeal from Afghanistan's top Islamic organization, the Ulama Council, for an end to the violence.
Entonces, ¿qué pasa con los españoles en Afganistán? Porque aquí se dice que son "ocupantes/invasores". ¿Se manifestarán los del "No a la Guerra".
 
Pero no todos son iguales: algunos son razonables:
"Islam says it's all right to demonstrate but not to resort to violence. This must stop," senior cleric Mohammed Usman told The Associated Press. "We condemn the cartoons but this does not justify violence. These rioters are defaming the name of Islam."
Esperemos que este señor no sea como el imán danés Abu Laban.
 
Pero no sólo los americanos han sido atacados, también La embajada británica en Teherán (¡qué raro!...):
TEHRAN, Feb 8 (Reuters) Demonstrators angered by European cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad and by London's hostility to Iran's nuclear programme pelted the British embassy in Tehran with stones today.
The crowd smashed several windows and chanted ''Death to Britain'' and ''We are willing to sacrifice our lives for the Prophet Mohammad''. Some of the protesters tried to charge the embassy's main gate, but a cordon of police drove them back.
''We are here to protest Britain's role in sending us to the UN Security Council. We must defend our right to nuclear technology,'' said protester Mohammad Ali, 32.
Y este manifestante lo ha dicho claro: NO ES POR LAS CARICATURAS, SI NO PORQUE LES HAN MANDADO AL CONSEJO DE SEGURIDAD. Me gusta cuando la gente dice la verdad.
 
Y otro clérigo "moderado", Al-Qaradawi, de esos que se demonizan ellos solitos, simplemente con abrir la boca:
"The nation must rage in anger. It is told that Imam Al-Shafi' said: 'Whoever was angered and did not rage is a jackass.' We are not a nation of jackasses. We are not jackasses for riding, but lions that roar. We are lions that zealously protect their dens, and avenge affronts to their sanctities. We are not a nation of jackasses. We are a nation that should rage for the sake of Allah, His Prophet, and His book. We are the nation of Muhammad, and we must never accept the degradation of our religion. [...]
"We say to those Europeans: We can get by without you, but you cannot get by without us. We can get by without your products. We will buy from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, from the Asian countries. We will say what King Faysal - may he rest in peace - said in 1973, in the days of the petroleum war. He said to them: We can get by without the petrol, and return to our days of yore. We will make do with milk and dates. We will drink the milk of our camels, and eat the dates from our palm trees. King Faysal said this when there was a threat to Arab honor. It is all the more true when there is a threat to our Islamic honor, to our prophets, and our religion."
Quien está enfadado y no da rienda suelta a su rabia es un cobarde. No somos cobardes, somos leones que rugen. Nosotros decimos a los europeos: podemos mantenermos sin vosotros, pero no podeis mantenernos sin nosotros. POdemos mantenernos sin vuestros productos. Compraremos (atención a la lista) de China, Japón, Corea, Taiwán, Hong Kong, Malasia, de los países asiáticos. Diremos lo que dijo el Rey Faisal -que descanse en paz-, en 1973, en los días de la guerra del petróleo. Les dijo: podemos mantenernos sin el petróleo, y volver a los días antiguos.
 
Para terminar una viñeta de Cox-Forkum, que denuncia la negativa de muchos periódicos norteamericanos a publicar las famosas caricaturas de Mahoma:
 

 
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09 February 2006,09:44
La manifestación de Londres
Es a esta manifestación a la que nos referimos en este post:

“La blasfemia es un signo de terrorismo occidental”


“Exterminad a los que se mofan del Islam”, “Masacrad a los que insultan al Islam”, “Europa pagará, el exterminio está en camino”


Bandera danesa atada a un burro en Líbano (¿y esto no es ofender?)


(¿y esto tampoco es ofender?)


“Cavasteis vuestra tumba, ahora estaos en ella”


“Matad a los que insultan al Islam” (no entiendo cómo el gobierno británico ha permitido esta manifestación, en la que se hace apología abierta de la violencia)


“Masacrad a los que insultan al Islam”, “Haced una carnicería con los que se burlan del Islam”


“Preparaos para el verdadero holocausto“


“Europa, pagarás, tu 11/9 está en marcha” (repito: no entiendo cómo el gobierno británico permite que se le insulte en su propio suelo)


Pisando la bandera de un país que hasta hace unos días probablemente ni sabían que existía. Esto sí es ofender, y además, con ganas


“Europa pagará, Bin Laden está en camino”


“Europa, toma algunas lecciones del 11/S”


“Aniquilad a los que insultan al Islam”, “Como musulmanes nos unimos, estamos preparados para luchar”


“Cortad la cabeza a los que insultan al Islam” "Al infierno con Newsnight"


“Europa es el cáncer, Islam es la respuesta”, “Exterminad a los que calumnien del Islam”


“Europa pagarás, la demolición está en camino”


"Cortad la cabeza a los que insultan al Islam”


“Muerte a Noruega”, "Colgad a los blasfemos", "Muerte a Francia"


Otro inequívoco signo del respeto musulmán
 
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,09:39
Algo huele a viento fresco en Dinamarca

Eso diría Shakespeare si estuviera vivo:

El Gobierno danés mejora su imagen

COPENHAGE.- Las más dramáticas crisis políticas, en ocasiones, tienen sorprendentes beneficiarios. Así le ocurre al primer ministro danés, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, cuyo Gobierno de coalición (liberales y conservadores) ha visto aumentar la diferencia con la oposición en el último sondeo de opinión.

Según la encuesta, la diferencia entre el Ejecutivo, apoyado por el Partido Popular Danés (PPD, derecha populista antiinmigración y antiUE) alcanza los 8,5 puntos, la mayor desde las elecciones de mayo pasado.

Pero el gran beneficiado es sin duda el PPD, que se acerca al 15% en intención de voto y que además, en los sondeos, siempre queda un par de puntos por debajo de lo que luego saca en las urnas.

Veremos como les hostigan los dhimmis de nuestra progresía. Ya están empezando a acusarles de “poco talante”.

¡Dinamarca no se rinde! No como Zaragoza

 
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,09:34
Una pancarta

No queremos ninguna excusa de personas extranjeras, nosotros queremos que prueben con actos su respecto al Profeta Mahoma.

 
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,09:29
Abu Hamza y los terroristas del 7/J

Abu Hamza, el clérigo radical pro-terrorista de la mezquita londinense de Finsbury Park, ha sido condenado a 7 años de cárcel. Sin embargo, es todavía mucho más interesante conocer los vínculos entre este clérigo y los terroristas del 7/J (Times On Line):

ABU HAMZA AL-MASRI, who was jailed for seven years yesterday for inciting murder and racial hatred, preached his message of violence to three of the July 7 London suicide bombers.

The Times has learnt that Mohammad Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer and Jermaine Lindsay, who detonated rucksack bombs on London Tube trains, visited Finsbury Park mosque where Abu Hamza taught that Muslims were obliged to kill unbelievers to defend Islam.

Khan and Tanweer heard the cleric’s sermons inside the North London mosque. They and Lindsay were also among crowds that heard Abu Hamza preach on the street after the building was closed in a police raid in 2003.

The link between Abu Hamza, 47, and the bombers, who killed 52 people and themselves, raises a possible new explanation for the timing of the attacks.

On the morning of July 7 Abu Hamza was in the dock at the Old Bailey about to stand trial. But his case was postponed for six months. It resumed last month, concluding when a jury of seven men and five women returned unanimous guilty verdicts on eleven of fifteen charges.

Abu Hamza, who refused to recognise the court because it did not administer Islamic law, remained seated as the verdicts were delivered. Sentencing him, Mr Justice Hughes said: “You used your authority to legitimise anger and to encourage your audiences to believe that it gave rise to a duty to murder.

“You commended suicide bombing, you encouraged them to kill in the cause you set out for them.” He added that the radical imam had “created a real danger to the lives of innocent people in different parts of the world”.

The judge said that in handing down a seven-year sentence he was aware that upon release Abu Hamza was likely to be rearrested and extradited to the United States where he faces serious terrorist charges, including conspiracy to take hostages.

Abu Hamza was led away to begin his sentence at Belmarsh high-security jail in southeast London.

Mudassar Arani, Abu Hamza’s solicitor, said that her client was “a prisoner of faith” who believed that he had been subjected to “a slow martyrdom”.

The charges against Abu Hamza, a father of seven, were based on hours of videotapes of his sermons. He urged training for holy war, told congregations that the Holocaust and Hitler were sent from God to punish the Jews and repeatedly urged the killing of kuffars (non-believers). “There is no drop of liquid that is loved by Allah more than the liquid of blood,” he preached.

Abu Hamza, whose appearance made him a hero to his followers - he lost his hands and an eye to a landmine in Afghanistan - also taught that suicide bombing was legitimate and that “martyrs” would be rewarded in paradise. Among the hundreds of potential terrorists who passed through Finsbury Park was Khan, 30, the ringleader of the 7/7 bombers, who first went to the mosque in in 2002. He returned several times with Tanweer and the pair slept the night in the building.

Lindsay, 19, first heard the cleric speak during his street sermons which became a rallying point for young Muslim radicals from around the country.

Detectives are still examining surveillance footage to establish if Hasib Hussain, the fourth 7/7 bomber, was ever in the crowds at Finsbury Park.

Abu Hamza’s lawyers made a last-ditch attempt to have the trial stopped yesterday because of the row over newspaper cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Within minutes of the judge rejecting that application the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on six charges of soliciting murder and three of inciting race hate.

The jury also convicted the preacher of possessing offensive tapes with the intention of distributing them. More than 3,000 recordings were found in his home in West London. He was also found guilty of a charge under the Terrorism Act of possessing an item of use to terrorists, the Encyclopaedia of Afghani Jihad.

But he was acquitted on three charges of soliciting murder and one of stirring up racial hatred.

Abu Hamza. (Foto: EPA)

Los cargos por los que se le han condenado en inglés, aquí. (la noticia en español, de EL MUNDO, aquí) Antecedentes: no habrá una investigación pública sobre el 7/J, Sheshad Tanweer tenía unos ahorros de 212,460 dólares (con 22 años y habiendo sólo servido en la tienda de fish & chips de su padre…).

UPDATE/ACTUALIZACIÓN: Los ingleses sabían desde hace mucho de las “lecciones” que impartía Abu Hamza pero no actuaron porque Temieron que pudiera producir una crisis racial (Times on Line):

AMERICA will use phone tap evidence gathered by Britain seven years ago to try to jail Abu Hamza al-Masri for life on terrorist offences.

Bugged conversations between the radical imam and the leader of a gang that kidnapped 16 Western tourists in Yemen are banned in the British courts. Yet the same wiretap material, amassed by British Intelligence, will be central to the case against Abu Hamza if he is extradited to America, The Times has been told.

Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service faced mounting criticism yesterday for delaying action against Abu Hamza, who was jailed for seven years on Tuesday for soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred.

Last night David Blunkett, the former Home Secretary, suggested that the police, MI5 and the CPS could have acted earlier to seize the cleric. He claimed that they rejected his warnings because they feared it would trigger a race crisis.

Writing in The Sun, Mr Blunkett said: “So much for those in the security services who told me when I was Home Secretary that I was exaggerating the threat and the closure of the Finsbury Park mosque where he preached his evil message would be a ‘massive overreaction’.

There was a deep reluctance to act on the information coming out of Abu Hamza’s own mouth. And some in the police and security services did not want to believe how serious it all was.”

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,09:28
La UE estudia redactar un código de prensa para evitar conflictos como el de las caricaturas

Se me ponen los pelos de picospardos… al leer la nueva “idea” del Comisario “uropeo” Franco Frattini:

La Unión Europea estudia la posibilidad de crear un código de conducta para los medios de comunicación europeos. El objetivo es evitar que se repitan episodios similares al que ha desencadenado la ola de violencia en los países musulmanes por la publicación de las viñetas de Mahoma.

En una entrevista concedida al periódico británico ’The Daily Telegraph’, el comisario europeo de Seguridad, Libertad y Justicia, Franco Frattini, aseguró que la medida fomentaría la “prudencia” de los medios de comunicación a la hora de tratar temas que tienen que ver con las religiones.

“La prensa enviaría al mundo musulmán el siguiente mensaje: ’somos conscientes de las consecuencias de ejercer el derecho a la libertad de expresión’”, afirmó el comisario, añadiendo que la Unión Europea “está preparada para autorregular ese derecho”.

Frattini se dijo convencido de que los millones de musulmanes presentes en Europa se sintieron “humillados” por las viñetas publicadas en varios diarios europeos. Por eso, su propuesta de crear un código de autorregulación tiene el objetivo de hacer que en los medios se respeten todas las sensibilidades religiosas sin otorgar ningún privilegio a ninguna confesión en particular.

Este hombre, que presume de ser católico pero que ocupa el sitio de Rocco Buttiglione al que echaron por católico, debería leer los periódicos y darse cuenta de que la ola de violencia no tiene nada que ver con las caricaturas como ya hemos señalado en anteriores posts. Y sí mucho que ver con a) Irán, b) Dinamarca como país europeo más avanzado en la sustitución del petróleo por otras energías y c) con la propia situación catastrófica de muchos países árabes. Además, esto que persigue no es si no una limitación de la libertad de expresión para que no se critique una religión -la única que preocupa, por las demás no se hubiera hecho- que, como poco, es hipócrita en cuando a las cosas por las que protesta. Y estaremos además haciendo un flaco servicio a aquellas personas musulmanes razonables que piensan que sí es posible una modernización del Islam.

Ahora bien, así como para que nadie se preocupe, dice que no tendrá valor jurídico. Y entonces, ¿quién sancionará y cómo a quién lo incumpla? ¿Cómo se medirá la “sensibilidad religiosa” legalmente? En ese concepto puede caber cualquier cosa: inclusive que yo diga que para mí Mahoma es un ser histórico pero NO un profeta y que NO creo en Alá. ¿Realmente se dan cuenta de los problemas que ello acarreará a la libertad de expresión? ¿Realmente no se dan cuenta de que precisamente las Revoluciones Liberales de los siglos XVIII y XIX, lo que hicieron fue separar al Estado de la Religión -se dice normalmente Iglesia, porque los países en los que se dieron eran confesionalmente cristianos…- y que esto lo que impondrá será la policía religiosa otra vez?

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,09:26
Ratzinger y las Cruzadas

Cuando sucede una crisis internacional, como la acontecida con las dichosas caricaturas danesas del profeta, se emiten opiniones para todos los gustos y sabores. Revisando algún que otro periódico me entero de que un ministro italiano pide al Papa Benedicto XVI que lidere unas cruzadas contra el mundo islámico.

El ministro italiano para la Reforma Institucional, Roberto Calderoli, ha afirmado que Benedicto XVI debería enfrentarse al Islam como lo hicieron sus predecesores Pío V e Inocencio XI, quienes, aseguró, llamaron a las cruzadas.

El tal Roberto, miembro de la liga Norte y según dicen por ahí un poco racista el tío, se ha puesto a recordar los tiempos de Lepanto y le pide al Papa que hable con el mundo islámico para garantizar una reprocidad de derechos.

Tal vez su Santidad no se ponga a hacer cruzadas, ni mande a los ejércitos a tomar Jerusalén, pero sí se ha propuesto iniciar un diálogo con esta religión. Aunque, si nos fijamos en las palabras del propio Ratzinger, vemos que no tiene muchas esperanzas de llegar a algo fructífero.

El Papa manifiesta en un encuentro privado con expertos las dificultades para conciliar esta religión con la democracia. La Santa Sede invita a los musulmanes a participar en sus conversaciones habituales con los representantes judíos.

Eso sí, algunos no le han sentado muy bien estas declaraciones donde se pone en duda la imposibilidad de compatibilizar islam y democracia. Ya saben, es más fácil vivir en una mentira que abrir los ojos ante la verdad, y la verdad está ahí delante nuestra, dando gritos y haciéndonos señales de humo. Sólo es cuestión de no desviar la mirada.

 
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,09:26
Primera amenaza en España por las caricaturas. El MInisterio del Interior intenta ocultarlo

Es una exclusiva de Elsemanaldigital.com.:

“Alguien colocó una bomba simulada en Novelda (Alicante) en la que se podía leer, en árabe y en castellano, lo siguiente: “Periodistas, dejadnos en paz”…”

Pese a la apertura de la investigación oficial, Andreu [subdelegada del Gobierno en Alicante] ordenó a los agentes que restaran importancia al suceso y ordenó que se transmitiese la versión oficial que se trataba de “una simple gamberrada”.

Opinión que –según las mismas fuentes- no coincide en absoluto con la opinión de los agentes responsables de la investigación. De hecho –y según aseguran a este diario fuentes cercanas al caso-, la subdelegada del Gobierno realizó una llamada al único medio de comunicación presente durante la operación para informarles de la “conveniencia” de no dar trascendencia al hecho. Entre tanto, la investigación de la Guardia Civil continúa abierta.

Vaya. Mientras los imanes daneses hicieron una gira por Oriente medio enseñando caricaturas falsas, aquí damos instrucciones a la prensa para que no den transcendencia al hecho. Los dibujos son asuntos serios que requieren condenas de Zapatero, las amenazas son chiquilladas que hay que ocultar…

 
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,09:25
¿Qué pasa con Gran Bretaña?
De Relapsed Catholic nos llega esta noticia que no puede decirse que diga mucho de la BBC::

“I was watching Boris Johnson’s BBC2 TV programme The Dream of Rome this evening, marvelling at his re-invention in yet another new guise as telly presenter, when I nearly fell out of my armchair having heard him say that the Christians who martyred themselves for their faith under the Romans were the equivalent of modern Islamic suicide bombers. What astounding moral illiteracy. The Christians were real martyrs; that is, they were killed, or sometimes actively sought their own killing, for their faith. The Islamic suicide bombers are mass murderers; they kill others for their faith. The Islamic suicide bombers use their bodies as lethal weapons to do mass murder. That is not martyrdom but homicide.
“Shouldn’t the Tories’ higher education spokesman know the difference?”
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That this same fellow used to edit The Spectator of all things makes this particularly disheartening… If we can’t count self-proclaimed conservatives to know a little something about history, and about the dangers of glib cultural relativsm, where are we to look?

Pero es lo que bueno es que Boris Johnson (en la imagen) es una de las principales bazas de los conservadores ingleses. Aquí podeis encontrar su curriculum.

Informábamos hace poco de la manifestación que había tenido lugar en Londres en las que se llamaba a la matanza y el exterminio de los que “insultaran” o “calumniaran” al Islam y amenazando con el 11-S. Relacionado con la manifestación, A Western Heart tiene un post al respecto (noticia de The Telegraph):

Scotland Yard said a decision not to arrest protesters was taken because of public order fears. It confirmed that police had received more than 100 complaints from the public about the protesters’ behaviour.

On Friday 500 demonstrators marched from Regent’s Park Mosque to the Danish embassy in Knightsbridge to protest at the publication of “blasphemous” cartoons in a Danish newspaper, and subsequently in other countries and on the BBC. Yesterday, more than 1,000 demonstrators staged a second protest outside the embassy. The only arrests made were of two men found carrying cartoons of Mohammed. Police said they had been detained “to prevent a breach of the peace”. On Friday police provided a motorcycle and helicopter escort for the protesters. Video cameras recorded the events.

The Tory call for action is in stark contrast to the response from Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, who blamed foreign newspapers for stirring up the row by publishing the cartoons. He said: “Re-publication of the cartoons has been unnecessary, it has been insensitive, it has been disrespectful and it has been wrong.” But the Tories defended the right of editors to publish them. Dominic Grieve, the shadow attorney general, said: “From what we know about the cartoons it is understandable that they have caused offence. “However, the decision as to whether to publish or not is one of taste and decency that should rightly be taken by newspaper editors, broadcasters and their owners and is not one for government….

As the clamour for action grew, police sources said there were no arrests on Friday because of fears of a riot. A senior Scotland Yard officer said: “We have to take the overall nature of the protesters into account. If they are overheated and emotional we don’t go in…..

¡¡¡No se detuvo a los manifestantes pero sí a dos que llevaban unas caricaturas de Mahoma, porque podía haber una “ruptura de la paz”!!! Y no detuvieron a los de la manifestación, ¡¡¡porque tenían miedo de que se produjera un disturbio!!! Me quedo anonadada…

Este mismo blog también habla de distintas opiniones sobre las caricaturas:

Denmark’s role in pioneering and promoting “alternative” energy technology would for conspiracy theorists be an additional motive for Saudi bullying (lots of Danish electricity demand is supplied by wind energy).

Así que además de la razón de Irán puede haber algo más. Puede ser que se hayan dado cuenta de que en poco tiempo puede ser historia la energía procedente del petróleo (hasta Francia se ha dado cuenta… -al final de este enlace)

Note that South Park has portrayed Mohammed in it’s episode Super Best Friends recently. South Park has been accused of defiling the “virgin” Mary as recently as December 2005 but there have been no burnings of US embassies by outraged Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans.

South Park ha catalogado a Mahoma en su episodio Super Best Friends y, sin embargo, profana a la Viergen María. Otros como El Jueves.

British police need political authorization to act against Muslim lawbreakers: “Protesters who carried placards at the weekend demonstrations in London calling for the beheading of people who insulted Islam, and who shouted terrorist slogans, could be prosecuted for incitement to murder, government sources said yesterday. Charles Clarke, Downing Street and other ministers sent out strong signals to the police and prosecuting authorities to take appropriate action against the demonstrators. Ministers and opposition politicians refrained from joining criticism of the police for failing to arrest people on the spot in the protests at the Danish cartoons. But, while insisting that they would not interfere with the operational independence of the police, they left the authorities in no doubt that they expected action to be taken”.

Y aquí se nos dice que la policía británica, no sólo arresta a pacíficos viandantes, si no que además necesita autorización política para actuar contra los infractores musulmanes…

Keith Burgess Jackson comments on Childish Leftists : “I got to wondering what leftist intellectuals think about the violence being perpetrated by Muslims in various parts of the world. After all, leftists profess to care about people. Won’t they condemn it in no uncertain terms? Brian Leiter has five guest-bloggers, any one of whom could post something about the violence. Alas, nobody has. William Edmundson, Ph.D., J.D., has a really neat post about the Super Bowl and beer. I went to Crooked Timber. I found only one post, and I don’t know what to make of it. I read the hundred or so comments. Perhaps I’m not getting it, but most of the commenters seem to think the violence is funny. Either that or they’re using humor to evade responsibility. Many leftists don’t know what to make of the Muslim violence. To condemn it would be to take a stand, and that seems so, well, grown-up and old-fashioned. The violence can’t be blamed on President Bush, or you can be sure the Left would be all over this issue. Leftists hate Christianity, since they view it as an oppressor religion, but they refuse to say anything even remotely critical about Islam or Muslims, perhaps because that would make them (the critics) seem imperialistic. Better to joke about the violence. Better to retreat into irony and sarcasm. To take a stand would require careful thought and moral backbone, neither of which is conspicuous by its presence among leftists.[…]

Como veis, los “progres” son iguales en todos los sitios. Los bloggers progres prácticamente no han posteado nada sobre el tema y los comentarios que la gente deja parecen calificar a la violencia como “divertida”. No se le puede echarle la culpa a Bush y los progres odian al Cristianismo, porque lo ven como una religión opresora, pero no quieren decir nada que sea remotamente crítico con el Islam o los muuslmanes porque eso les parece imperialista.

Newslinker asks: Why isn’t anyone talking about what Islamists did to images of Budda back in 2001? No Buddhists firebombed or beheaded people in retaliation of the desecration of images of their guru? FLASHBACK from March 2001: “Ignoring an international outcry, Afghanistan’s puritanical Taliban Islamic militia began demolishing statues across the country on Thursday, including two towering ancient stone Buddhas”.

Y se pregunta por qué nadie se acuerda de la destrucción de los Budas de Afganistán por los talibanes. Ningún budista puso bombas o cortó la cabeza en venganza por su destrucción.

Chris Brand hace referencia a otra noticia aparecida en The Guardian:

{An imam at the Omari Mosque in Gaza City told 9,000 worshippers that the people behind the drawings should have their heads cut off. ‘If they want a war of religions, we are ready,’ Hassan Sharaf, an imam in Nablus, said in his sermon. In Ramallah, protesters burnt a Danish flag, chanting: ‘Bin Laden our beloved, Denmark must be blown up.’ 6th February brought Muslim-on-Muslim killing as Afghan police fired on crowds of thousands of enraged religionists, of whom four died.}

{The Muslim protests were highly ironical, partly in using so much violence to contest their religion being portrayed as violent, and partly because Islam is a clear world leader in violence against other faiths – having from 1998 to 2003 killed 10,000 Christians in Indonesia alone and destroyed ancient Buddhist monuments in Afghanistan.}

Recomiendo leer un artículo de ABC sobre la cuestión.

Un periódico australiano también ha publicado las caricaturas (via Australian Politics):

Premier Peter Beattie has strongly supported freedom of speech after a second Queensland newspaper published a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin today joined Brisbane’s Courier-Mail in publishing one of 12 cartoons first printed in Denmark and which have sparked a violent backlash across the Muslim world. Any depiction of Mohammed is considered blasphemous and banned in Arab countries, although not in some non-Arab Islamic countries. But Mr Beattie said he felt strongly about freedom of the press in Australia. “I strongly support their right to publish these cartoons,” Mr Beattie said. “For someone who is committed to multiculturalism, I just say to our Muslim community with whom I have a good relationship, that our way, the Australian way is the right to freedom of expression and the right to be critical in a cynical way and that is the strength of our democracy. “Nobody is off limits. I am not off limits. Jesus Christ is not off limits. No one’s off limits and we all know that.” Mr Beattie, himself the subject of many a cartoonist’s barbed hand, said he had often seen anti-Christian depictions printed in the press.

Y el Premier Peter Beattie ha apoyado la libertad de expresión después de que un segundo periódico de Queensland publicara las caricaturas del Profeta Mahoma. “Apoyo fuertemente su derecho a publicar las caricaturas. Para alguien que está comprometido con el multiculturalismo, digo a nuestra comunidad musulmana con la que tengo muy buena relación que nuestra forma, la forma australiana es que el derecho a la libertad de expresión y el derecho a ser crítico de una manera cínica es la fortaleza de la democracia”.

Y lo dice un defensor del multiculturalismo. Las vueltas que da la vida. ¡Qué diferencia con Moratinos!

El ministro de Exteriores, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, ha afirmado lo “necesaria y urgente” que es la aplicación de la Alianza de Civilizaciones durante la sesión de control al Gobierno en el pleno del Senado, en respuesta a una pregunta del senador socialista José Castro Rabadán, sobre la valoración del Ejecutivo de la reunión del grupo de alto nivel de la denominada “Alianza de las Civilizaciones” celebrada en Mallorca el pasado mes de noviembre.
El titular de Asuntos Exteriores ha comentado que “estos días estamos viviendo una crisis importante de entendimiento y comprensión entre el mundo occidental y el mundo árabe musulmán”, y por ello “hoy más que nunca se hace necesaria y urgente la aplicación de la Alianza de Civilizaciones” propuesta por el presidente del Gobierno, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, ante la Asamblea General de la ONU. Ha señalado que este año se producirán tres nuevas reuniones formales de alto nivel –la próxima, en Qatar entre el 26 y el 28 de febrero– y habrá otros encuentros “sectoriales”, incluida una propuesta de la Presidencia austriaca de la UE para que se celebre en Viena una reunión sobre la situación del diálogo de civilizaciones en Europa.

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