Saturday, February 24, 2018

Switzerland: Muslim body justifies FGM

(Bern)  I wrote the other week about how the spokesman for the Islamic Cultural Centre in Ireland not only justified female genital mutilation (FGM)  but explained a way around the First world ban on this barbaric practice on Prime time TV by saying:
“There is no difference between FGM and female circumcision: “They are the experts. If they say there is no difference, there is no difference. Thus the latter should be allowed but only in instances where this was recommended and allowed by doctors.”
As you can imagine this went down like a lead balloon in Ireland and Dr Ali Selim (Dr as in academic) was forced to apologise by..playing the victim by blaming the  media, which he said, behaved like “a lynch mob” The above just goes to show how Muslims living in the West when they feel strong enough, try to subvert the way of the land in which to accommodate intolerant practices which have no place in any civilised society.

And so it is, in Switzerland where a local paper has found the Islamic Central Council Switzerland actually mirrors the Islamic Cultural Centre in Ireland in its views on FGM on its web site. Where it explains the difference between FGM and Sunna circumcision. (Sunna been, the traditional portion of Muslim law based on Muhammad's words or acts, accepted (together with the Koran) as authoritative by Muslims and followed particularly by Sunni Muslims.) So in otherwords  Lawful as deemed under Islamic law. This it explains by the following chapter on the above web site:
Translated using Google

III. The opinions of scholars
Scholars agree in the vast majority that the woman's Sunnah circumcision is legitimate in Islam and that she is attested by the normative sources. Rather, the question is how they classed . The practice of female circumcision : the majority of scholars among the Hanafites and Malikites see female circumcision as a Sunna and noble act. The circumcision of the woman is not classified as an obligation. An overwhelming majority of Shafiite and Hanbalitic scholars, as well as creams among the Malikites, consider circumcision to be a binding sunna / wadjib for women as well.

Which it concludes with

IV. Conclusion
In this summary on circumcision of women, it could be shown beyond doubt that besides the "sanctuary" circumcision, which is not sanctioned by Islamic normativity, there is a clear indication of a much more moderate Sunnah practice in the relevant sources of law (Ahaddith) the clitoral prepuce). Even the jurists did not argue about the validity of the practice, but only about the question of classification, as wâdjib or sunna (mustahabb). Accordingly, there is no law school that would not have at least categorized female circumcision as sunna.
However as they know FGM is illegal across the civilised world (Including Switzerland) they add a disclaimer.
* Disclaimer: Due to FGM's legal prohibitions in some countries, including Switzerland,  and uncertainty about the legal status of Sunna circumcision, it is advisable to seek advice from a specialist before considering such an intervention .

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Isn't it funny how Muslims living in the West try to excuse and get around practices not only banned by the host country, but by the UN, by playing the medical card.

Holland: Palestinian rioter sues company for selling police dogs to Israel

(Amsterdam)  19 year old Palestinian   Hamze Abu Hashem is suing   a Dutch dog breeder who sold a dog to the Israeli army that he claims bit him during a riot in the West Bank in 2014. The incident caught on film shows Hashem been apprehended after taking part in stone throwing which he stated in his paperwork  as h thought it necessary to throw stones at soldiers. For which he was sentenced to six months imprisonment and fined 4,000 shekels ($1000)

Anyway Hamzes is demanding ten thousand euros for immaterial damage and a thousand euros for psychological help. He also wants the company to get a ban on ever delivering dogs to Israel. His lawyer stated:
“My client has severe scars that he will have to wear the rest of his life. In addition, he is heavily traumatized by the attack. He shakes when he hears dogs barking, is nervous and afraid to go to bed and sleepwalking”

Somalia: Bomb attacks on presidential palace., kills 18, injures 20

(Mogadishu) At least 18 people have been killed after two car bomb attacks in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

Police said the first car bomb went off after militants breached a checkpoint near the president's residence by shooting at security personnel. The second blast was in a car parked in front of a hotel away from the palace. Security forces shot dead five gunmen suspected of trying to attack the building.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Belgium: Muslims win right to wear Hijab in School.

(Tongeren) A law banning the full-face veil came into effect in Belgium in July 2011. The law bans any clothing that obscures the identity of the wearer in places like parks and on the street. In December 2012, Belgium's Constitutional Court rejected appeals for the ban to be annulled, ruling that it did not violate human rights. Before the law was passed, the burka was already banned in several districts under old local laws originally designed to stop people masking their faces completely at carnival time.

The above didn't go down well with the local Islamic population who took Belgium to court on a number of occasions in which to win the right to cover up. That last was last year when the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Belgium's ban on face veils does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

Not ones to give up, the Muslims then took the government to court in the Belgique municipality of Maasmechelen and today a judge in Tongeren decided that 11 school girls have a right to cover up as the school regulations go against the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees freedom of religion.

I wonder when we will see the reverse in Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and parts of Pakistan?

Holland: Votes to recognise Armenian 'genocide', Ankara not happy.

(The Hague. )The Dutch parliament voted Thursday overwhelmingly voted in favour of recognising the mass killing of Armenians in the early 1900s under the Ottoman Empire as "genocide", in a move that has pissed off the Turks which replied in a statement:
"We strongly condemn the decision of the Netherlands' House of Representatives today to recognize the 1915 events as 'genocide' The decision has no place in either history or justice. Therefore, it has no legal binding or validity. “
Turkey's position on the events of 1915 is that deaths of over 1.5 million Armenian's in eastern Anatolia in 1915 occurred after some sided with invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous casualties. Ankara does not recognise the claim of genocide but acknowledges there were casualties on both sides during World War I. In fact so strong is this inability to accept the truth, that people have been murdered in Turkey for mentioning the Armenian 'genocide'.

The irony here, is Turkey has no problem playing the genocide card against Israel (where the Arab population is growing faster than the Jewish one) of finger pointing at the US, Germany, France and the Greeks regards past indiscretions , yet the fact remains when the shoe is on the other foot, the Turks scream and stamp their tiny little feet in which to scream foul play. Which kind of explains another dig the Turks made at the Dutch:
"The unfounded decisions taken by the parliament of a country which closed its eyes to the Srebrenica massacre... have no place in history,"
This isn't the first time the Turks have thrown a hissy fit:

In 2006, Turkey condemned a French parliamentary vote which would make it a crime to deny that Armenians had suffered genocide. The bill did not become law - but Turkey suspended military ties.

In March 2007, Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Washington after a US congressional committee narrowly approved a resolution branding the killings as "genocide.

In 2015 Turkey recalled its Vatican ambassador and accused the Pope of having "discriminated about people's suffering" after Pope Francis called it "the first genocide of the 20th Century"

In June 2016 Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Berlin and denounced the vote as “null and void after the German Parliament recognised the Armenian genocide.

It appears that Turkey subscribes to the notion, do as I say and not as I do. on that note here's a message from me to Turkey:

India: Takes out Pakistani bunker with a targeted missile strike.

(Kashmir)  After weeks of belligerence by Pakistan against India  in the form of terrorists attacks against the Indian military, be it artillery strikes, sniper attacks across the border, attacks on Military establishments, India took action today with a guided rocket attack on a Pakistani Military bunker which I am led to believe killed 22 Pakistani soldiers.

As this is a tit for tat conflict (And tomorrow is Friday) expect Pakistan to respond.

Germany: Food bank bars new migrant clients

(Essen)  German food bank ‘Essener Tafel" has temporarily stopped accepting new non-German clients, citing a huge influx of migrants that was displacing locals in need.  Joerg Sartor, chairman of the Food bank  stated:

"Since the number of foreign citizens among our clients has risen to 75 percent in recent years ... we are forced to only accept customers with German identity cards in order to facilitate proper integration, we want the German granny to be able to keep coming to us,"
He said German elderly people and single mothers had been gradually displaced over the past two years as the share of migrants had risen to three-quarters of recipients.

The website of the "Essener Tafel" charity said it had taken the step in order to avoid frictions between needy locals and foreigners that could harm acceptance of the newcomers.

Somalia: US Airstrike takes out 4 Al-Shabab terrorists

(Jamaame) The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) reported on Thursday that they had taken out 4 Al-Shabab terrorists in an air-strike in the south of Somalia, 24 hours after taking out 3 terrorists in another UAV -strike.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Jordan: Restructures its armoured formations

(Amman) The Royal Jordanian Army (RJA) is restructuring its armoured forces. Currently the RJA fields eight battalions of Main Battle Tanks, four of which are equipped with a total of 182 M60A3s. The other four battalions are equipped with Challenger 1 tanks, which are known locally as Al Hussein MBTs.  Around 400 of these had been delivered by 2004, although it is unlikely that many are still in service.

 Al Hussein in British service as the Challenger 1
The new line up sees the Al Hussein MBT phased out of service, pushing the M60 tanks into the premier Jordanian MBT position 

and the inclusion of ex-Italian Army Centauros, which is a wheeled armoured fighting vehicle fitted with the same gun as the M60 (105mm) both will be backed up by Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicles.

It seems that with a peace treaty in place with Israel, Jordan has moved away from heavy armour which requires transport to be moved any considerable distance for vehicles which have greater strategic mobility. Which in today climate of pop up rebellions and insurgencies across the region, means that troops can be rapidly deployed not only across the country, but to the neighbours as well, if the need is there. (Iraq/Syria/Saudi Arabia) 

The strange thing is a few years back, the Jordanians developed 2 very interesting vehicles using the Challenger 1 body and the Centurion tank
1)The Jordanian Falcon , a unmanned streamline turret fitted with a 120mm smooth-bore gun. Remote operation of the turret enables full under amour protection for the crew members. Overall protection level is improved by reduced vehicle profile. Front of the turret is reinforced with composite armour.

2) The al-Dawsar heavy armoured personnel carrier (APC) is a heavy armoured personnel carrier which is a conversion of the Centurion main battle tank it has a crew of two and provides accommodation for 7 troops.

Whilst I fully understand the concept of rapid reaction forces, sometimes, you require a little something bigger and heavier hitting than a 105mm gun, which can also take a punch or two or even three.

Syria: Russian Stealth fighter deployed to Khmeimim

(Damascus)  The war in Syria has allowed the Russian military to test its equipment in a real time combat situation, which has allowed the designers to test and adjust. Well the latest piece of Russian equipment to be spotted in Syria is the Sukhoi Su-57 aka the Russian Stealth fighter.

The Russia media has been singing the praises of the SU-57 since its first flight in 2010, yet dispite all the rhetoric, the SU-57 still hasn't got past the testing stage , due to a number of issues such as using engines built for the SU-35 until its own engines come on line around 2025. This hold up has resulted in India (which has funded a lot of the work) which was intending to purchase 200, lowering that figure to 144 then to 108, now looking at ditching the plane and going with the F-35 instead.

To that end in order to speeding up the test phase , Moscow has deployed 2 SU-57s to Khmeimim Airbase in Syria, in gain some actual combat experience in which to allow the builders to stamp combat proven onto the plane thus improving its chances of a sale to all those Arab despots who like shiny new toys.

A number of commentators in the media have expressed that this deployment is to allow the SU-57 to be tested against the F-22 Stealth fighter as used by the USAF. The thing is the F22 has been in service for 15 years and it is pure stealth, the Russian planes (and the Chinese) are not fully stealth and would be stupid to go up against the F-22. But as I mention above, this is all about getting the SU_57 into service.

Montenegro; Grenade attack on U.S. embassy

(Podgorica)  Dalibor Jaukovic a former Serbian soldier who fought in the Kosovo war,  last night attacked the American Embassy in Montenegro, first of all he threw a  Yugoslav-made M75 "Kashikara" grenade over the compound wall, that detonated causing no injuries , but that was due to the fact it was midnight, then, possibly by accident a second device he was holding decided to blow up, killing him.

Police in Montenegro are saying  that Jaukovic had no criminal record and that the attack was not an act of terrorism. There you go.

UK: Muslim dating website couple jailed for Islamic State-inspired Christmas attack plot

(London)  A couple who met on an Islamic dating website, and who tried to go out with a bang by killing as many people as possible in the country they found safety and freedom in have been jailed in the UK. Somalian Rowaida El-Hassan and Sudanese Munir Mohammed who decided on biting the hand that fed them were sentenced at the Old Bailey today. 36 year old Sudanese asylum seeker (who sneeked into the uk in 2014) Munir Mohammed had volunteered for a "lone wolf" UK mission to kill people with a bomb or Ricin was jailed for 14 years.

33 year old Rowaida El-Hassan who used her experience as a pharmacist in which to help Mohammed  to source the correct materials for a bomb was sentenced  to 12 years. Both were arrested in December 2016, in the process of making homemade explosives and Ricin.

Passing sentence Judge Michael Topolski QC said:
 'You decided to plan an attack on the country in which you were seeking asylum.

What I cannot understand is why these two aren't deported after their sentences. 

Indian ocean: China sends 13 ship fleet into India's front yard in which to send message during Maldives crisis

(New Delhi) Currently there is a political crisis in the Maldives. The President Abdulla Yameen, has taken on an air of a policy of connecting Islam with anti-Western rhetoric and as India the big neighbour across the way is Hindu has made his bed with China, which just happens to be India’s nemesis .

Anyway early in February, the Maldives Supreme Court dropped charges against opposition leader and pro-Indian former President Mohammed Nasheed, and ordered that 12 opposition parliamentarians who had been stripped of their seats be reinstated. President Abdulla Yameen was having none of that and overruled the court’s decision and declared a state of emergency. Two Supreme Court judges and another former pro-Indian president, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, were arrested on charges of attempting to overthrow the government. In the chaos that ensued, both Yameen and Nasheed appealed to regional powerhouses for their support. Yameen sent envoys to China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in a bid to strengthen his position. Nasheed, who is currently outside the Maldives, took to Twitter to request a military-backed envoy from India. The EU  sent in a delegation and held a meeting with the opposition, but was denied talks with the ruling government, which it has accused of cracking down on democracy.

Whilst India has remained silent on sending forces to restore law and order, China firmly told New Delhi not to send in any forces (As it did in 1998 after a coup)

Well, the situation has become much more complicated as it has been reported that China has sent in a task force of 13 ships into the Eastern Indian ocean for some very strange reason, of which they are remaining tight lipped about.  The task forces consists of two 052D destroyers, a 054A frigate, and a 071 dock landing ship. A supply ship is also part of the flotilla. This has been beefed up by the 27th escort convoy comprising a destroyer, frigate and a replenishment ship  and the 28th convoy escort formation in the western Indian Ocean. 13 ships in total.

The 7500 tonnes Type 052D guided missile destroyer (Luyang-III class) is among the world's biggest and most capable destroyers. Equipped with advanced radar and two 32-cell Vertical Launch Systems (VLS) for various missiles. It is presumed that the Type 052D  has capabilities similar to those of the US Arleigh Burke class general-purpose destroyers.
Type 052D 
The 4000 tonne Type 054A frigate (Jiangkai II) is a class of Chinese multi-role frigates, the first of which entered service with the People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force in 2007. It has a hard-to-pick stealthy design and good anti-ship and counter-submarine capability.

Type 054A
The 25000 tonne Type 071 amphibious transport ship is geared for beach landing troops. An array of amphibious landing craft, assault vehicles and two back-up helicopters are used for sea-to-land deployment of around 800 troops, equivalent of an army battalion.

 “Overall, the Chinese Navy is sending out an amphibious convoy fleet with strong regional air defence, anti-ship and anti-submarine capabilities and the ability to deliver rather large-scale amphibious troops quickly,”
It appears that things may become very complicated 

Malaysia 10 suspect ISIS terrorists arrested.

(Kuala Lumpur) Police in Malaysia have reported that between January and February this year they arrested 10 suspected Islamic terrorists who were part of ISIS communication pipeline set up to channel  ISIS fighters to the Philippines.

The first series of arrests were made on Jan 25 and Jan 26 against five men — two Malaysians and three Philippine nationals aged between 33 and 50 — in Sandakan, Sabah. The group includes a 27-year-old man from the Philippines who is believed to be a senior leader of the notorious Abu Sayyaf, a Philippine terrorist group known for kidnapping and beheading foreign tourists. The next series of arrests was against four individuals — two male Filipinos and a Malaysia woman aged between 27 and 32 — in Penampang, Sabah on Feb 4.

Follow-up operations led to the arrest of a 48-year-old Filipino man, who has Malaysian permanent-resident status, on Feb 6 in Sandakan.

Based on the arrests in Sabah, the Police reported it was learned that the Abu Sayyaf group was attempting to form a terror cell in Sabah so that they could successfully arrange for the safe passage of IS militants in the region to the southern Philippines.