- A Terrorist Promoting Mosque In Washington DC
- New York Times’ Promoting Muslim Brotherhood; Hilary Clinton Promoting al-Jazira: It’s Beyond Satire!
- Iran: Regime Escalates Repression. Where’s The International Reaction?
- Turkey Bans Blogspot in Legal Dispute
Posted: 03 Mar 2011 07:21 PM PST
By Barry Rubin
Well, not exactly in Washington itself but just across the river in northern Virginia. And the mass media is largely ignoring the story, certainly as part of a pattern of how Jihad is being spread in America. Patrick Poole has the detailed, documented story.
Posted: 03 Mar 2011 08:25 PM PST
By Barry Rubin
I have pointed out several times how the New York Times has been whitewashing the Muslim Brotherhood, including the publication of a terrible set of lies by Tariq Ramadan. Now, without having to my knowledge published a single piece pointing to the Muslim Brotherhood’s radical Islamism, anti-Americanism, antisemitism, and terrorism, the Times published on February 10 still another op-ed by a Muslim Brotherhood leader in the newspaper. Once again we are told they are great, moderate guys.
Things have gone beyond anything I ever would have believed. With Secretary of State Hilary Clinton holding up al-Jazira as a role model for the American media, I think I’ve seen just about everything wrong being said and done. Is she aware of how al-Jazira slants the news? I still remember their reporting that the United States had used a nuclear weapon in Baghdad during the 2003 war.
Does she have any idea what goes on in the discussion shows, where a radical faces off against a moderate, the host sides with the radical, all the telephone callers side with the radical, and some make death threats against the moderate? When al-Jazira began it was staffed by radical Arab nationalists. At a certain point several years ago, as Qatar moved closer to Tehran, they were almost all replaced by Islamists.
In the “good old days” must of the American intellectual and sometimes governmental establishment sided with the Arab nationalists–including Yasir Arafat–against Israel. I at least could understand that. But now we see many of these people siding with revolutionary Islamists against both Israel and the Arab nationalists!
Nowadays the political line of the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times doesn’t seem all that different from al-Jazira on many issues.
We have gone beyond all satire. What’s next? Yusuf al-Qaradawi hosting Saturday Night Live? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad getting the Nobel Peace Prize?
Here’s an eight-minute film on the Muslim Brotherhood that has some good material.
Posted: 03 Mar 2011 08:20 PM PST
By Barry Rubin
It is now confirmed that the Iranian government–taking advantage of the world being distracted by events in Arab countries–has kidnapped the two leading opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. They are being held in an undisclosed location and, since their abduction has not been made official, could be facing torture or even death.
This is the most serious single act of repression there in recent times. The situation demands the strongest possible reaction from the U.S. president, the Western world, the media, and everything else in what is so often called the “international community.”
If the Iranian regime gets away with this and there’s no significant cost, no one in that country is safe from the most dire treatment. The Iranian government is denying the kidnapping but their families say they haven’t seen them in 18 days. Here’s a protest by an Iranian human rights group on the issue.
Incidentally, the president of the United States has called so far for the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Libyan ruler Muammar Qadhafi. When is he going to call for the ouster of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose fradulent election brought congratulations from the State Department, and Syrian President Bashar al-Asad, who backs terrorists in Iraq to kill Americans?
Posted: 03 Mar 2011 01:45 PM PST
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By Barry Rubin
Readers from Turkey reports that when they try to go to Rubin Reports the text is blocked and the following message appears:
Bu siteye erisim mahkeme karariyla engellenmistir.
Which means: “Access to this site has been denied by court order.” It’s frequently seen on sites with “objectionable political content.” In other words, none of my Turkish readers can see the article you are reading now.
I am now told this is due to a legal dispute between the Digiturk Company and Blogspot and that all Blogspot items are banned.