Saturday, 28 February 2015

Muslim Extremists: Terrorists or Idealists?

We have spent a very long time talking about Terrorists and, suddenly, in the early hours, the thought came to me: Terrorists or Idealists?

Aware of the fact that many people will disagree with me when I use the term Idealist to describe an Islamic Extremist, I go back to historical records when the duality Freedom Fighter/Terrorist appeared.

From the point of view of Establishments any challenge to their authority has been seen as Rebellion, Mutiny, and ultimately Terrorism.

We can talk about the Crusades or the American Revolution of 1776, World Wars or present events in Ukraine, there is always a duality in which one side will be vilified by the other side.

Ideas of perfection in terms of social developments and values have evolved and even at this moment in time there are marked differences between countries, cultures, religions, etc. Within what we call Western Societies there are subcultures very often at odds with each other.

Terrorists are Idealists even if we don't agree with their aims or the kind of social realities they promote. What we call Radicalization is for many the process of implementation of a different set of values.

Animal Rights Activists, Gay Rights Activists, Pro-Abortion and Anti-Abortion Activists can be examples of radicalization, they are both liked and disliked and in some cases they also end up getting involved in violence.

What we call Terrorism is no different. It is attitudes and behaviour linked to a specific set of values and beliefs combined with individual needs.

Monday, 23 February 2015

List of Corrupt Members of Parliament keeps growing

The list of Corrupt Members of Parliament keeps growing by Karl Hohenstauffen

Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind stand accused of selling themselves as Foreign Secretaries and Members of Parliament, adding their names to a long list of Members of Parliament and Members of Cabinet involved in fraudulent and potentially treasonable offenses.

The British National Party has played an honourable role in unmasking representatives of the so called mainstream political parties to the point that one of them – Dennis McShane (that I renamed Dennis My Shame) – publicly acknowledge has he had lost his seat in the House of Commons after the British National Party brought his fraudulent activities into the open.

Revelations about what in 2005 ended up being called the Rotten Parliament did not stop with the expenses scandal that led to the burning of files that could other present and past Members of Parliament on the spot, and the said burning of files was complemented by attempts to prevent the implementation of Freedom of Information requests to reveal the names of those involved in fraud. 
The House of Commons went as far as challenging legal decisions to disclose financial details saying that those legal decisions were ‘intrusive’.

Following the expenses scandal, a few heads were chopped. A large number of resignations, sackings, de­selections and retirement announcements followed, together with public apologies and the repayment of expenses. Several members or former members of the House of Commons, and members of the House of Lords, were prosecuted and sentenced to terms of imprisonment. But who were held accountable were merely sacrifice victims because in real terms fraudulent activities did not go away.

Much of the information that should have been made public was omitted and put under the carpet by Parliamentary authorities and I suspect that this happened because the very authorities in charge of investigating fraud were themselves involved in fraud.

The names Elliot Morley, David Chaytor, Jim Devine, Lord Hanninfield, Eric Illsley, Lord Taylor of Warwick, Margaret Moran, Dennis McShane, Lord Bhatia, Lord Paul, Baroness Uddin, and you must add Harriet Harman that as Leader of the House of Commons tabled a motion which would exempt Members of Parliament Expenses from being disclosed under a Freedom of Information of Information and prevented any further disclosure of information.

Records of expenses were simply deleted. Apparently details of Tony Blair’s expenses were shredded ‘by mistake’ when they were challenged by a legal bid to have them published. So were details about expenses of Derek Conway and it was reported ‘that there was no records available’.

When Caroline Spelman, then Chairman of the Conservative Party, was accused in June 2008 of improper use of Parliamentary funds the explanation was that she ‘by mistake misapplied part of her Parliamentary allowances and that she might not have been aware of the rules governing parliamentary allowances.

Sir Nicholas and Lady Winterton were found at fault after being accused of claiming back mortgage interest on a mortgage they had fully repaid and it was said there was a clear breach of the rules. What is not clear at all is why they not even told to repay what they had unduly taken.
Porno Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was accused of expenses unduly manipulation but no investigation took place and you wonder why. Another Labour Minister, Tony McNulty, got away with an apology for expenses abuses.

The claims involving Conservative MP Eric Pickles accused of fraud involving claims for a second home 37 miles from his main home reveal even more troubling details about the way Parliament and Police protect each other’s backs. The Metropolitan Police refuse to investigate saying that ‘it would not be in the public interest.

Even Michael Martin, the Speaker of the House of Commons, was forced to resign after it was revealed that he had been involved allowing the manipulation of the allowances system that Members of Parliament had used to commit fraud.

Jacqui Smith was forced to resign her post as Home Secretary after the European Election and despite the scandal stood for election and lost her seat. She worked for LBC radio during the 2012 Mayoral Election interviewing British National Party Mayoral Candidate Carlos Cortiglia. I must say that having Jacqui Smith as interviews was low even by LBC standards.

Hazel Blears was forced to step down as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Tony McNulty resigned from his position as Minister for Employment. Geoff Hoon lost his post as Secretary of State for Transport ‘in order for him to spend more time on European and International Issues with him being considered a possible candidate as next British Member of the European Commission.

Another list of less notable political players include Kitty Ussher who resigned as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and David Laws that after being appointed to the position of Chief Secretary to the Treasury was forced to leave his post 16 days after he had been appointed and all to do with tax avoidance and false expenses claims.

Ben Chapman, David Chaytor, Harry Cohen, Jim Devine, Ian Gibson, Eric Illsley, Anne Moffat, Margaret Moran, Andrew MacKay, Julie Kirkbride, Douglas Hogg, Anthony Steen, Sir Peter Viggers, Christopher Fraser, Ian Taylor, Amir Bhatia, Anthony Clarke (Baron Clarke), Lord Hanningfeld, Swraj Paul (Baron Paul), John Taylor (Baron Taylor of Warwick) and Baroness Uddin are all names linked to infamy.

But the present list is not comprehensive and it merely relates to financial crimes. I don’t assume the list of those involved in sexual crimes included rape, abuse of minors and even murder associated with sexual activities will be any shorter.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

If UK had listened to Russia, more than 50 people would not have been killed in London in 2005

If British Security Services had listened to what the Russian Security Services were telling them, more than 50 people would not have died in July 2005.

Despite all the warmongering and lies against the Russian Federation, Russian Security Services have continued their cooperation with US and UK in the fight against Islamic Terrorism.

We transcribe what was said by Alexandr Bornitkov, head of FSB.

The professional cooperation between special services must continue despite the strained relations between nations, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service said during his visit to the United States.
Aleksandr Bortnikov told reporters in Washington DC that it was impossible to solve political contradictions without using all the special services’ capabilities. “This is a very important aspect that acts as a foundation of everything that can have further positive impact on the situation.”
The FSB director emphasized he hopes the current period of complicated relations between Russia and the United States will eventually end.
Our primary task is prevention. There is full understanding of our position on the part of our partners with whom we have met and communicated. And there is also the will to continue and deepen the fruitful cooperation,” the Russian official told reporters.
Bortnikov praised US special services for their knowledge of the real situation in hot spots around the world and for their ability to affect this situation. He added that Russia was interested not only in information exchange, but also in joint operations. The FSB chief explained that recent examples of such useful and effective cooperation included the joint work at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, during which special services prevented several terrorist attacks against Russian citizens in foreign countries.
The top security official said that Russia was also interested in cooperation with the United States in the common fight against the Islamic State (IS, previously known as ISIS and ISIL). He added that the existing exchange of intelligence data was already helping to achieve a positive result in this direction.
He noted that counter-terrorist forces around the world are equally concerned by the fact that many extremists get training and combat experience in the IS ranks, and can later infiltrate Western countries and Russia. “We must plan our work to prevent their trips and also do everything to prevent terrorist attacks after these citizens return to their home countries,” Bortnikov said.
At the current moment about 100 nations are involved in the conflict taking place in Iraq. The number of foreign mercenaries fighting for ISIL has risen from 13,000 to 20,000 according to our rough estimations,” the FSB director said. The number of Russian citizens fighting in Iraq is about 1700, twice as many as a year ago, he added.
Bortnikov also told the press that the current anti-Russian sanctions campaign didn’t have a big impact on the work of special services. “As we have met, we have repeatedly discussed the issues that could affect our cooperation and we always came to the conclusion that our interaction should not be politicized in any way.”
At the same time, the FSB director pointed out that “the constant press of sanctions” was harming mutual security.
The international conference on extremism in Washington DC lasted three days and united officials from 65 countries and 10 international organizations. The participants agreed to continue their work at the UN General Assembly session in September.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Conservatives talk about cutting benefits for children and young unemployed

With Ed Miliband talking about making Britain 'more like France' and David Cameron talking about cutting benefits for children and unemployed youths, both present and future look grim for millions of people.

France is being destroyed by unemployment and a rising tide of terrorist attacks and Britain call sub-employment that does not pay for pensions nor allows people to have decent living standards 'employment'.

The so-called buoyant economy is nothing of the sort. You don't even need to scratch the surface to see that millions of so-called jobs are a recipe for disaster.

Politicians have even stopped talking about the 'pensions gap' because the gap has become a gigantic hole when more and more people don't save for pensions because they simply don't have enough to pay for their daily expenses.

The mass media focus public attention on what is happening in Greece and this is a well-planned premeditated approach not to see what is happening in Britain.

Labour allowed in more than 10 million people and both Conservatives and Labour promoted flood immigration for different reasons. For the Conservative Party, flood immigration was the recipe to lower salaries and for Labour it was a means to get more Labour voters.

In the end, Conservative greed and Labour's stupidity have created an unsolvable problem and with every passing day things are getting worse. Firstly, people could not afford to pay for mortgages. Now, people cannot even afford to rent.

Working on 'zero hour contracts' or on commission, with unstable and badly paid pseudo jobs, the young are going to lose that last bit of help they had left.

A typical family gets about 20 Pound a week for the first child and about 13 Pound a week for a second child. Given prices in the economy and given what people get as income, it is less than peanuts.

When the Conservative Party talks about 'saving', you know that the most vulnerable are going to suffer and the worst bit of all is that there is not going to be any savings at all. The monies taken away from those in need are going to be squandered somewhere else.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Why do people join IS?

Why do people join Islamic State? The question can be answered by posing another question: why did people join the Crusades?

There is obviously something missing in so called modern society. As religions in the Western World are eroded by changing customs and ways of life, there is a thirst for certainty, whatever that certainty might be.

It does not surprise me the fact that converts to Islam seem to be more fanatical that those who have grown up in Islam from birth. They seem to be more desperate to seek something they can strongly identify with, something that provides them a sense of purpose, a life mission and a distinct identity, something to fall on to face the uncertainties of modern life.

Looking at Christian churches we see that less and less people profess the faith. They either don't have the time or the inclination to go the church on a regular basis and most churches not even bother to go out in search of followers. Nuclear families are disappearing and the number of people living on their own is growing and growing.

The usual question is: do you know your neighbours? How often do you have any kind of social interaction with your neighbours? How much of a community is out there? We are much too busy, we are much too worried, or we are simply not interested. Islam capitalizes on our lack of sense of community, on our selfishness and our lack of interests and those who are desperate for the sense of community that we have lost flock towards Islam.

There are two factors involved: 1) Islamic families tend to have more children because they have closer families that can support the younger generations that have children. 2) People from outside Islam are joining Islam because it provides that Christianity used to offer.

Unfortunately, there are strings attached. Unlike Christianity, Islam has stricter codes of conduct that can also lead to abuses and the search for certainty and the need to belong can be used for purposes that are less than altruistic. People who are naturally vulnerable can therefore be indoctrinated and reach a point of no return when reason is replaced by unconditional obedience and fanatical attitudes.

Such unconditional obedience and fanatical attitudes are not the monopoly of Islam. Certain sects and Christian cults share this attributes of unconditional obedience and fanaticism. The common element is the existence of emotionally vulnerable individuals willing to sacrifice their individuality in search of certainties that they desperately need.

In order to belong they are even ready to lose their lives and this is not knew either. The Japanese Kamikaze and the suicide bomber share the commitment to pay the ultimate price. There is a clearly defined enemy, a mission and the will to end the lives to accomplish the said mission. The Kamikaze sacrificed himself driven by love to his country. The suicide bomber sacrifices himself or herself driven by the strength of religious beliefs. The Templar knights went as far as becoming warriors that put aside their carnal instincts in their quest to achieve what was perceived as their sacred mission.

Instead of demonizing our enemies we should strive to understand what motivates them to act, what are the driving forces that lead them to commit what we consider to be atrocities against mankind. Beheading and massacres are not merely atrocities. There is a strong sense of Idealism behind the most cruel acts. There is a message that needs to be decoded.  

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Boris Johnson: terrorists are sexually frustrated individuals.

From the mass media
Young British jihadis are pornography-obsessed, inadequate, and only turn to radical Islam when they fail to “make it with girls”, Boris Johnson has claimed.
The Mayor of London said an Mi5 probe had found that terrorists who joined Islamic State were sexually frustrated, describing them as “literally w***ers”.
I will add that those Muslims who engage in terrorism and pedophilia have homosexual tendencies. Unsure about their manhood, they prey on boys and girls and events in Rotherham where more than 1,400 youngsters were abused by predominantly Pakistani gangs is a typical example.
I suspect that the reason behind gangs of sexual predators is that individual members fail to get an erection without seeing other naked men around them. Therefore the fundamental motivation is seeing other naked men and abuses committed against boys and girls are just the excuse to be surrounded by naked men.
When they are alone, their feelings of inferiority and inadequacy are so unbearable that any kind of violence acts as a release mechanism and this is why they try to engage in activities that make them feel like something that they are not: real men.
The act of running around with guns committing atrocities and/or engaging in sexual abuses makes them feel superior. Their ideas about segregation of women and their defense of female genital mutilation are very much part of the same picture: anything that degrades others or makes somebody else suffer is the antidote against their own feelings of inferiority.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Cathy Newman: When playing by the rules does not make a difference

Despite her impeccable credentials, Cathy Newman, a journalist that read English at Oxford University, was not allowed to enter a mosque in Streatham, London.

Dressed for the occasion in what would have been an ordinary visit by a newscaster to a religious temple as a part of a campaign organised by the Muslim Council of Britain to show openness.

In spite of Cathy Newman's explanations, those controlling access to the temple were not aware of the false image of openness being promoted by the mass media.

Reality on the ground is quite different and the actions of the followers of a religion that promotes gender segregation - many of whom accept female genital mutilation - are at odds with the 'religious marketing tools' of the so called Religion of Peace.

For the most part, conversions to the so called Religion of Peace leave a bitter taste in the mouth if you take into account that many so-called converts have carried out the most atrocious and barbaric acts of violence.

Those who killed Lee Rigby in a savage attack in East London were actually converts. One of the most famous - or should I say infamous - characters involved in terrorist attacks was also a convert. Samantha Louise Lewthwaite - the White Widow - born in Britain - is considered to be one of the Western world's most wanted terrorism suspects. She was married to Germaine Lindsay who, by the way, was also a convert.

To engage in a more detailed description of the acts of other so-called converts would be beyond the scope of the present article. Enough has been made public to show that there is something intrinsically wrong with a religion that more often than not is seen as murderous ideology.