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British EU candidate arrested for “racial harassment” for quoting Winston Churchill’s anti-Islamic views

Election candidate arrested over Churchill speech – Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10792895/Election-candidate-arrested-over-Churchill-speech.html

Paul Weston a member of Great Britain’s Liberty Party was arrested both for delivering a speech in public and on charges of “suspicion of racial harassment”.
The former charge apparently derives from a requirement to have some kind of permit before speaking with a blow horn.
The latter charge was apparently because Weston dared to quote Winston Churchill’s book The River War in which Churchill made derogatory remarks about Islam :

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property — either as a child, a wife, or a concubine — must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.

Where is the incitement racial or otherwise? Certainly Churchill overstates since there are many Muslims to whom these charges are inapplicable ( indeed there are those among Muslims who fight against these evils.) But is this passage so wildly inaccurate when leveled at the governments of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan or Iran? Do we not witness rampant misogyny ,backwardness, & fanaticism in the Islamic World on a daily basis? Have we not seen mobs of BRITISH Muslims (literally) screaming for Danish blood with chants of “die die Denmark” in response to the cartoons ridiculing Mohammed? I myself have posted numerous examples of these evils on my blog.
In any event the word incitement has an actual legal meaning in the U.S.: speech whose purpose can be objectively shown to be to persuade people to commit violent criminal acts in the here & NOW –denouncing a religion is not incitement . Calling on your audience to commit murder IS. (whether or not the call was motivated by racism or religion).
If you use your right of free speech to condemn Islam ( or Judaism or Christianity) you are not guilty of “incitement” because some fanatic decides to murder you .
It is the fanatic who must be stopped, not appeased.
But this grasp of free speech has been thrown out the window in Europe ,where instead of protecting the free speech rights of Weston ,they do the work of his critics by seeking to silence him by force.

Author’s note: Nothing I say should be taken of as even a semi- endorsement of Weston ‘s beliefs beyond what I have stated,(which concern the Churchill quote) I do not know of ,nor do I endorse his other statements & for all I know they may be loathsome to me . But nothing in the Churchill quote justifies imprisonment & if Weston made some other comment that is a genuine incitement to mob violence it is not mentioned in the article.

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Don’t Let it go Unheard podcast on Obama’s supposed “turning point” re: the #NSA, #Jihaddenial @ the 9/11 memorial & the “peace process” fantasy #tcot #Aynrand #Objectivist

Wishing Won’t Make It So, Today at 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET) | Don’t Let It Go

http://dontletitgo.com/2014/04/25/wishing-wont-make-it-so-today-at-12-p-m-pt-3-p-m-et/

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Facebook Page of PA Negotiator Headed to Washington Shows Entire Israel Under Banner of ‘Palestine’ #ccot #jcot

http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/07/29/facebook-page-of-pa-negotiator-headed-to-washington-shows-entire-israel-under-banner-of-palestine/

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Today in 1401 30 Swiss Jews of burned at the stake because of fantasies of #antisemites

…….”JEWS OF SCHAFFHAUSEN (SWITZERLAND) BURNED AT THE STAKE (1401) After the postilion (coach driver) of the governor killed the four-year-old son of a councilor, charges were lodged against a Jew named Michael Vinelmann, a former resident of Basel, alleging that he had promised the murderer three gulden for the blood of the child. The murderer was broken on the wheel, and the Jew burned alive without trial.Shortly before, a similar accusation had been brought against the Jews of Schaffhausen and been successfully refuted. When news of Michael Vinelmann’s fate was brought to Schaffhausen, several of the Jews of the city fled and were soon captured. They were taken back to Schaffhausen, where they were thrown into a dungeon and terribly tortured. Unable to endure the pain, they “confessed” to the crime of which they had been accused, whereupon all the Jews living in Schaffhausen were condemned to death. Thirty Jews were burned alive. Four weeks later, eighteen men and women died at the stake in Winterthur in a similar context.“……

http://www.chabad.org/calendar/view/day.asp?tdate=6/22/2013

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#antisemite Roseanne Barr defends fellow #antisemite Gilad Atzmon #antisemitism #jcot #tjot #tcot #ccot

RRD: First a note to any anti-semitic trolls out there who are reading this : I am not Alan Dershowitz nor am I like the well intentioned (but naive ) souls who have argued with this creature Barr. I don’t debate with scum. I won’t respond to those who spit on me & curse me by asking them “Why do you say these hateful things” . I am not “polite” & I am certainly not naive enough to give you “the benefit of the doubt”. You are scum: I know it,& you know it in your pus -filled little souls & I will not waste one minute of my life “arguing” with you. If you comment your comment will never show up. If you Tweet me your Tweet will be ignored & you will be blocked. Threats will be reported to the police. Now to the article. Roseanne: It’s ‘bullsh*t’ that Gilad Atzmon is a Holocaust denier; Atzmon lashes out at ‘Zio-trolls’ | Twitchy http://twitchy.com/2013/05/09/roseanne-its-bullsht-that-gilad-atzmon-is-a-holocaust-denier-atzmon-lashes-out-at-zio-trolls/ Barr herself has previously warned us of something called “Jewish Mind Control” Vile: Roseanne Barr warns against the horrors of ‘Jewish mind control’ | Twitchy http://twitchy.com/2012/08/23/vile-roseanne-barr-warns-against-the-horrors-of-jewish-mind-control/ Barr need not worry, after all one cannot control that which does not exist . I have written about this putrid scum Atzmon before(fn1) . Gilad Atzmon is a rabidly anti-semitic cretin whose vile “The Wandering Who” was applauded by his fellow travelers in Jew Hatred Richard Falk & John Mearsheimer (fn2) . So repellent are Atzmon’s ravings that many anti-zionists have denounced him(fn3) This has not stopped the anti-semites at the BBC from welcoming him on to one of their anti-semitic shows.(fn4) ( You may note that I am using the word “anti-semite” frequently,lest these anti-semites be able to say that they have intimidated me from calling them out as the scum that they are). Barr is not intelligent enough to create this pose of feigned innocence & feigned outrage which ANTI-SEMITES (such as the anti-semites Falk,Gilad,Mearsheimer & Barr) have adopted as their latest tactic,she is merely emulating her more cunning associates. As for the poor martyred Atzmon here is a sampling of his bile: Gilad Atzmon: “It is not fair for the sea to have Jews thrown in to it” – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?client=mv-google&hl=en≷=US&v=0RS1MaQ1d_Q&nomobile=1 The protocols of Gilad Atzmon – Israel Culture, Ynetnews http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4147243,00.html ……… ”

This process institutionalizes the Jewish suffering and doesn’t impress me. I heard about Holocaust deniers who were forced to sit in jail just because they wouldn’t fall for the Holocaust narrative as described by the Zionists. Holocaust denial laws are the worst – they prevent Jews from understanding their own history. “Take the death marches issue, for example. It’s clear to everyone that at the beginning of the war the Nazis wanted to clear the Reich of Jews. If that’s the case, why did the lead the Jews at the end of the war into the Reich in what people refer to as ‘the death marches’? If the Nazis wanted. to destroy the Jews, the last thing they should have done was lead them to Germany.” “Jews were no longer a labor force. They were too weak and therefore died in the marches. Jews say the Nazis wanted to conceal evidence, but that’s an idiotic response because the Nazis left Jews behind in the camps.” “According to one interesting answer, the Jews preferred to stay with the Germans than fall into the hands of the Russians. There was a typhus outbreak and the assumption was that if the Jews were taken to Germany, the Americans and Britons could deal with the disease. “So the death marches were actually humane. This is a very consistent ruling.”……….. …………..”Both Nazi Germany and Israel are driven by ethnocentrism. They are both racist countries with a tendency to expand. Israel and the Nazi movement are similar in many categories. But since Israel is a democratic country, each of its citizens is responsible for its crimes, while in Nazi Germany only the Führer and his party members were responsible for the war crimes. “Moreover, the Zionist movement was born before the Nazi movement. The Nazis disappeared, but the Zionists remain – and today they are even stronger than America.

” ………… Global March to Jerusalem fundraiser Gilad Atzmon’s odious conspiracy theory on Toulouse murders | Global March to Jerusalem http://gm2j.co/2012/03/26/global-march-to-jerusalem-fundraiser-gilad-atzmons-odious-conspiracy-theory-on-toulouse-murders/ …. “

Israeli press reported this evening that French gunman Mohamed Merah had been on a trip to Israel in the past. According to the report, Merah’s passport had Israeli stamps in it. The purpose of his visit is unknown. Israeli analysts suspect he was either trying to visit the Palestinian territories or preparing for a terror attack. However, I won’t rule out the possibility that Merah was actually trained by Israeli forces. Marah may have conducted a false flag operation. By way of deception is, after all, the Mossad’s motto.

” ….. BBC World Service hosts antisemite Gilad Atzmon | BBC Watch http://bbcwatch.org/2012/10/14/bbc-world-service-hosts-antisemite-gilad-atzmon/ …..”

Here is a recent article from 972 Magazine referring to Atzmon’s book ‘The Wandering Jew’: “Atzmon is a Holocaust denier; he has previously asked “if the Nazis ran a death factory in Auschwitz-Birkenau, why would the Jewish prisoners join them at the end of the war?” In this book […..] Atzmon writes on page 179 “we, for instance, can envisage a horrific situation in which an Israeli so-called ‘pre- emptive’ nuclear attack on Iran that escalates into a disastrous nuclear war, in which tens of millions of people perish. I guess that amongst the survivors of such a nightmare scenario, some may be bold enough to argue that ‘Hitler might have been right after all.’ On page 27 he argues “Throughout the centuries, some Jewish bankers have gathered the reputation of backers and financers of wars and even one communist revolution.

”………… RRD: Note that Dershowitz links to the sources of some of the quotes at anti-semitic blogs. I will not drive traffic to the blog of this creature Atzmon or to others of his ilk so I will not link to them myself. The numbers in parentheses are the page numbers from the book “The Wandering Who. Why are John Mearsheimer and Richard Falk Endorsing a Blatantly Anti-Semitic Book? by Alan Dershowitz | November 4, 2011 http://www.newrepublic.com/node/97030/print ……”

Lest there be any doubt about Atzmon’s anti-Semitic credentials, listen to his self -description in the book itself. He boasts about “drawing many of my insights from a man who … was an anti-Semite as well as a radical misogynist” and a hater of “almost everything that fails to be Aryan masculinity” (89 -90). He declares himself a “proud, self -hating Jew” (54), writes with “contempt” of “the Jew in me” (94), and describes himself as “a strong opponent of … Jewish-ness” (186). “……….. ·….“[W]e must begin to take the accusation that the Jewish people are trying to control the world very seriously.”….. From On Anti-Semitism http://web.archive.org/web/20040114024643/http:/www.gilad.co.uk/Anti%20Semi.html ….“American Jewry makes any debate on whether the ‘Protocols of the elder of Zion’ [sic] are an authentic document or rather a forgery irrelevant. American Jews do try to control the world, by proxy.”… Atzmon in The Wandering Who ?: …..”He calls the recent credit crunch “the Zio-punch” (22) and says it was not “a Jewish conspiracy” because “it was all in the open” (30).”…. ….”Paul Wolfowitz, Rahm Emmanuel, and other members of “the Jewish elite” remain abroad instead of moving to “Zion” because they “have proved far more effective for the Zionist cause by staying where they are” (19).”…. …..”The American media “failed to warn the American people of the enemy within” because of money (27).”…. ….“With Fagin and Shylock in mind Israeli barbarism and organ trafficking seem to be just other events in an endless hellish continuum.”…. …..“The Homo Zionicus quickly became a mass murderer, detached from any recognised form of ethical thinking and engaged in a colossal crime against humanity.”….. …..“[T]o be a Jew is a deep commitment that goes far beyond any legal or moral order” (20) and this commitment “pulls more and more Jews into an obscure, dangerous and unethical fellowship” (21).”….. ….”If Iran and Israel fight a nuclear war that kills tens of millions of people, “some may be bold enough to argue that ‘Hitler might have been right after all’” (179).”…. ·….“It took me years to accept that the Holocaust narrative, in its current form, doesn’t make any historical sense. … If, for instance, the Nazis wanted the Jews out of their Reich (Judenrein—free of Jews), or even dead, as the Zionist narrative insists, how come they marched hundreds of thousands of them back into the Reich at the end of the war?”… ….“[E]ven if we accept the Holocaust as the new Anglo -American liberal-democratic religion, we must allow people to be atheists.”… ….” Children should be allowed to question, as he did, “how the teacher could know that these accusations of Jews making Matza out of young Goyim’s blood were indeed empty or groundless” (185).”…. …. “The Holocaust religion is probably as old as the Jews themselves” (153).”….. ….”The history of Jewish persecution is a myth, and if there was any persecution the Jews brought it on themselves (175, 182).”…. ….. “[I]n order to promote Zionist interests, Israel must generate significant anti-Jewish sentiment. Cruelty against Palestinian civilians is a favourite Israeli means of achieving this aim.”…. From On Anti-Semitism http://web.archive.org/web/20040114024643/http:/www.gilad.co.uk/Anti%20Semi.html ….. “Jews may have managed to drop their God, but they have maintained goy -hating and racist ideologies at the heart of their newly emerging secular political identity. This explains why some Talmudic goy -hating elements have been transformed within the Zionist discourse into genocidal practices.”…. The Wandering Who ?: ….”The “Judaic God” described in Deuteronomy 6:10 -12 “is an evil deity, who leads his people to plunder, robbery and theft” (120). Atzmon explains that “Israel and Zionism … have instituted the plunder promised by the Hebrew God in the Judaic holy scriptures” (121).”… ….” The moral of the Book of Esther is that Jews “had better infiltrate the corridors of power” if they wish to survive (158).”…. …. “Many of us including me tend to equate Israel to Nazi Germany . Rather often I myself join others and argue that Israelis are the Nazis of our time. I want to take this opportunity to amend my statement. Israelis are not the Nazis of our time and the Nazis were not the Israelis of their time. Israel, is in fact far worse than Nazi Germany and the above equation is simply meaningless and misleading.”…. …..”He claims that “robbery and hatred is imbued in Jewish modern political ideology on both the left and the right” (123). And like other anti-Semites, Atzmon is obsessed in the book with Jewish names. It was Jews, such as Wolfowitz and Libby, who pushed the United States into war against Iraq in the “interests” of “their beloved Jewish state” (26). “How is it that America failed to restrain its Wolfowitzes ?” Atzmon asks (27). Likewise, according to Atzmon’s book, it was “Jewish bankers,” financiers, economists, writers, and politicians such as Greenspan, Levy, Aaronovitch, Saban, Friedman, Schiff, and Rothschild who have caused the economic and political problems of the world, ranging from the Bolshevik revolution to the wars of the 20th century to the current economic troubles (27,194). And like other classic anti-Semites, Atzmon doesn’t simply fault the individual Jews he names; he concocts a worldwide Jewish conspiracy motivated by a “ruthless Zio-driven” (27) “Jewish ideology” (69) that finds its source in “the lethal spirit” (122) of the Hebrew Bible. “…………. …” Leiter [RRD: An Atzmon apologist who defends Atzmon from those critics who have read the book despite his having not read the book himself] should read the book, especially pages 175 -176, before leaping to Atzmon’s defense. There Atzmon reflects “that 65 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, we must be entitled to start asking questions. We should ask for historical evidence and arguments rather than follow a religious narrative that is sustained by political pressure and laws.

”… RRD: John Mearsheimer co-author of “The Israel Lobby” — has praised Atzmon for being a “Universalist” & for being a foe of racism & for being a friend of hunanity. (fn5). In a sane society Atzmon would be regarded as a crank. Since our world is insane he will probably be awarded the Noble Peace Prize. Footnotes: fn1. Dershowitz: Why Are John Mearsheimer And Richard Falk Endorsing A Blatantly Anti-Semitic Book? RRD:They’re anti-semites | Gl… https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/dershowitz-why-are-john-mearsheimer-and-richard-falk-endorsing-a-blatantly-anti-semitic-book-rrdtheyre-anti-semites/ Anti-Semite & 9/11 Conspiracy Theorist Richard Falk will not debate Dershowitz #jcot #supportisrael | Glory to man in the hi… https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/anti-semite-911-conspiracy-theorist-richard-falk-will-not-debate-dershowitz-jcot-supportisrael/ fn2. Why are John Mearsheimer and Richard Falk Endorsing a Blatantly Anti-Semitic Book? by Alan Dershowitz | November 4, 2011 http://www.newrepublic.com/node/97030/print fn3. No place for Atzmon at SW.org | SocialistWorker.org http://socialistworker.org/2010/07/15/no-place-for-atzmon-at-sw Lauren Booth’s attack points up new split in PSC | The Jewish Chronicle http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/59320/lauren-booths-attack-points-new-split-psc Gilad Atzmon, antisemitism and the left | Andy Newman http://m.guardiannews.com/commentisfree/2011/sep/25/gilad-atzmon-antisemitism-the-left HOPE not hate blog: GILAD ATZMON: Supporting Holocaust Deniers and spreading hatred of Jews http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/article/1493/gilad-atzmon-supporting-holocaust-deniers-and-spreading-hatr fn4. BBC World Service hosts antisemite Gilad Atzmon | BBC Watch http://bbcwatch.org/2012/10/14/bbc-world-service-hosts-antisemite-gilad-atzmon/ ….” Here is Tony Greenstein – not exactly a “Lover of Zion” – congratulating the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (also not known for their Zionism) for dissociating itself from Gilad Atzmon in 2011 after , as Greenstein puts it, “Atzmon himself [h]as openly embraced the politics of holocaust denial question the existence of Auschwitz as a death camp”………….. fn5. Why Jeff Goldberg is Wrong about Mearsheimer–Again | Stephen M. Walt http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/09/25/mearsheimer_responds_to_goldbergs_latest_smear

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Palestinian ”peace protesters” in NYC call for second holocaust #tcot #jcot #tjot #ccot

Israel Matzav: ‘Peace partners’ protest in New York City http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2013/05/peace-partners-protest-in-new-york-city.html?m=1

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What is the motive of a FAU’s professor’s demand that students “stomp on Jesus” ? Nihilism #tcot #tlot #jcot

Ayn Rand ‘s: The Fountainhead Toohey …..”One does not reverence with a giggle”…. Envy/Hatred of the Good for Being the Good — Ayn Rand Lexicon http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/envy-hatred_of_the_good_for_being_the_good.html …..”

Today, we live in the Age of Envy. “Envy” is not the emotion I have in mind, but it is the clearest manifestation of an emotion that has remained nameless; it is the only element of a complex emotional sum that men have permitted themselves to identify. Envy is regarded by most people as a petty, superficial emotion and, therefore, it serves as a semihuman cover for so inhuman an emotion that those who feel it seldom dare admit it even to themselves. . . . That emotion is: hatred of the good for being the good. This hatred is not resentment against some prescribed view of the good with which one does not agree. . . . Hatred of the good for being the good means hatred of that which one regards as good by one’s own (conscious or subconscious) judgment. It means hatred of a person for possessing a value or virtue one regards as desirable. If a child wants to get good grades in school, but is unable or unwilling to achieve them and begins to hate the children who do, that is hatred of the good. If a man regards intelligence as a value, but is troubled by self-doubt and begins to hate the men he judges to be intelligent, that is hatred of the good. The nature of the particular values a man chooses to hold is not the primary factor in this issue (although irrational values may contribute a great deal to the formation of that emotion). The primary factor and distinguishing characteristic is an emotional mechanism set in reverse: a response of hatred, not toward human vices, but toward human virtues. To be exact, the emotional mechanism is not set in reverse, but is set one way: its exponents do not experience love for evil men; their emotional range is limited to hatred or indifference. It is impossible to experience love, which is a response to values, when one’s automatized response to values is hatred

”…… “The Age of Envy,” Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, 152 What’s Wrong with Stomping on “Jesus”? http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/blog/index.php/2013/03/whats-wrong-with-stomping-on-jesus/ ….. ”

We all recognize that intentionally stepping on something in such a context, or spitting on it, or burning it, is a sign of disrespect of the person or thing symbolized. There is of course nothing wrong with showing disrespect toward a person (or institution) who deserves it and for whom one legitimately holds contempt. For example, Hitler, Stalin, and comparably evil figures are worthy of nothing but contempt. And TOS published images of Mohammed that Muslims find offensive; but this was in response to Muslims assaulting and murdering people for exercising the right to freedom of speech ”….. ….” The problem with the exercise at Florida Atlantic University is that it asked students to show disrespect toward a figure they likely personally admire. The assignment did not argue that Jesus was a bad person or that Christianity is a bad religion; nor was the assignment a response to something horrific or irrational that Christians had done in the name of Jesus. Rather, this assignment asked students to personally stomp on a symbol representing a religious figure for whom they likely hold great reverence. The purpose of the assignment was to make them assault their own values. It was an exercise in moral nihilism. This —not the mere fact that it offended some Christians—is what was reprehensibly wrong with it.

“…. RRD: Exactly. I have encountered this before,it is not a attack on Christianity per se. It is an attack on that which someone values because they value it. It’s purpose is not to tear down a false standard & replace it with a true one,its purpose is to to tear down standards for the sake of tearing down standards. It is destruction for its own sake ,it is pure nihilism. Unlike Voltaire with his Satires this is not about ridiculing or rebutting Christianity so as to replace it with some belief system that the satirist thinks is superior,it is about making people attack their own values,precisely because they are sacred to them. This type of “teacher” would probably do the same to an Atheist. It is an act of impotent rage,it is the kind of spite for its own sake that one encounters in a Dostoevsky villian.

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Fikra Forum interviews Anti-islamist Egyptians;they call for changes to U.S. policy

Egyptians Question U.S. Policy, Call for Change | Fikra Forum http://fikraforum.org/?p=2914 ….”At this critical time in Egypt’s transition, Fikra Forum felt it important to gauge the reaction of the non -Islamist Egyptian opposition to current U.S. policy. We are happy to present the opinions of well-established democracy and human rights activists on the ground, in addition to expert analysts and observers. We offer gratitude to our contributors, Hafez Abu Saeda, Basil El-Dabh, Dina Guirguis, Hany Nasr, Bassem Samir, Josh Shahryar, and Dalia Ziada, for their valuable insight. “….. More at the link.

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Jailed #Iranian dissident Pastor Behnam Irani faces death from ill health & prison conditions #iranelections #jcot

BosNewsLife – Christian News Agency » Blog Archive » NEWS ALERT: Jailed Iran Pastor Facing Death In Prison, Christians Warn http://www.bosnewslife.com/25052-news-alert-jailed-iran-pastor-facing-death-in-prison-christians-warn ….”

Pastor Behnam Irani, 41, reportedly lost about five kilograms as he fights a blood infection.Iranian Christians have told BosNewsLife that he was previously beaten by fellow inmates and guards of the Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj city, one of the toughest jails in the country, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the nation’s capital Tehran. Rights activists with close knowledge about the pastor’s situation said he was in “Ward 2 of Salon 7” where each of the 15 square-meter cells hold up to 40 prisoners. “There are only six bathrooms for 600 inmates,” added advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

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How Katibat Ansar al-Sharia in #Benghazi (ASB) & Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST) use charity to promote their Jihad

Maqdisi’s Disciples in Libya and Tunisia – By Aaron Y. Zelin | The Middle East Channel http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/14/maqdisi_s_disciples_in_libya_and_tunisia ” Since the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and U.S. Embassy in Tunis in September, there has been a large spotlight on the Islamist groups viewed as the main culprits — Katibat Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi (ASB) and Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST). While much of the understandable focus has been on the violent actions of individuals in these organizations, much of the scope of their activities lies outside violence. A large-portion of the activities of these groups is local social service provision under their particular dawa (missionary) offices. This broader picture is crucial to better understanding emerging trends in societies transitioning from authoritarian to democratic rule. ASB and AST can broadly be considered jihadi organizations based on their ideological outlook. However, these jihadis are different than past incarnations. Jihadis have a good track record in fighting and less so in governing or providing social services. The only example of jihadi governance has occurred when the Somali-based Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahidin and Yemeni-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) held actual territory. What sets ASB and AST apart is that they are providing aid to local communities in a non-state actor capacity, which has been unheard of previously.”….

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