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  • The Coded Message Obama Delivers When He Says ISIL instead of ISIS

    09/17/2014 7:51:27 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 48 replies
    Now The End Begins Magazine ^ | September 1, 2014 | NREB News Desk
    In one press conference after another, when referring to the Muslim terror super-group ISIS, United States President Barack Obama will use the term ISIL instead of their former name ISIS or current name Islamic State. Have you ever wondered about that? We have. ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Now, to us Westerners we don’t really make much of a distinction, do we? No, honestly from our perspective its all about the same. But how would a Muslim living in the Middle East view it? Just what is the Levant anyway? Let’s take a look. The...
  • 14 Million Refugees Make the Levant Unmanageable

    09/09/2014 11:02:02 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | David P. Goldman
    There are always lunatics lurking in the crevices of Muslim politics prepared to proclaim a new caliphate; there isn’t always a recruiting pool in the form of nearly 14 million displaced people (11 million Syrians, or half the country’s population, and 2.8 million Iraqis, or a tenth of the country’s population). When I wrote about the region’s refugee disaster at Tablet in July (“Between the Settlers and Unsettlers, the One State Solution is On Our Doorstep“) the going estimate was only 10 million. A new UN study, though, claims that half of Syrians are displaced. Many of them will have...
  • There’s No Difference Between ISIS and ISIL

    09/12/2014 10:36:29 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 35 replies
    National Review Online ^ | SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 12:53 PM | Daniel Pipes
    Some conservatives have tried to make something of the fact that President Barack Obama routinely refers to the organization that seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and declared a caliphate not as the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” or ISIS, but as the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” or ISIL. In his televised address about the group on September 10, for example, he used the acronym ISIL twenty times. The ISIS vs. ISIL controversy first emerged, as far as I can tell, when published “Obama’s Use of ISIL, not ISIS, Tells Another Story” on August 24,...
  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 7:27:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/20/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed.Any human life lost is tragic, but a moral individual would have much more empathy for the Syrian Christians who suffered at the hands of Foley’s favorite Jihadists than one of their pet propagandists. Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government.He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict...
  • Indonesia president says Islamic State 'embarrassing' Muslims

    08/20/2014 8:23:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/21/2014
    The president of the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, has called the actions of Islamic State militants "embarrassing" to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the scale of the slaughter wrought by the extremists in overrunning large swathes of Iraq and Syria and the level of violence being used was appalling. "It is shocking. It is becoming out of control," he said in an interview with The Australian, a day after IS released a video showing a masked militant beheading US reporter James Foley, provoking worldwide revulsion. "We do not...
  • ISIS Declares an Islamic Caliphate

    06/29/2014 4:01:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 42 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/6/14 | Elad Benari
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), the jihadist group which has seized territory in Iraq and Syria, on Sunday declared itself an Islamic "caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, Reuters reported, citing a statement posted on Islamist websites and Twitter. According to the report, the group has shortened its name to "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state. "He is the imam and khalifah (Caliph) for the Muslims everywhere," the group's spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said in the statement, which was translated into...

    09/22/2013 7:22:31 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 151 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | Sept. 18,2013 | LiveLeak
    A young Christian girl beheaded in Syria. The sign of extremism and fanatics, the long beards, is present in each and everyone of these subhuman Muslims who killed this small child, in their jihad to Allah – inspired by the Quran. This is Obama, Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey funded and supported handiwork. Don’t put your support behind any of these people, whether for military action in Syria, asylum, immigration, another hate preaching mosque. This is what is moving into your town, your country, your society, your neighborhood: video... This video is written with false propaganda claiming...
  • Syria deal shines light on suspected Israeli chemical weapons program

    09/17/2013 9:01:14 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/16/2013 | Staff
    The U.S-Russia plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is drawing attention to Israel's own suspected chemical stockpile and could raise pressure on the Jewish state to come clean about its capabilities. Israel signed the landmark international treaty banning the production or use of chemical weapons two decades ago, but it is among a handful if nations that have never ratified the deal. ...
  • Half of Syrian rebels are hardline Islamists: British study

    09/15/2013 9:58:45 PM PDT · by DTA · 10 replies
    France24 ^ | 2013-09-16 | AFP
    Half of Syrian rebels are hardline Islamists: British study AFP - Jihadists and members of hardline Islamist groups make up almost half of forces fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to extracts from a British defence study published in Monday's Daily Telegraph. The analysis by defence consultancy IHS Jane's, due to be published in full later this week, puts the number of rebel forces at around 100,000, the Telegraph reported. But these fighters have split into as many as 1,000 bands since violence flared two years ago, the study concluded. Of the rebel forces, IHS Jane's estimates that around...
  • Syrian Rebels Attack Chinese Diplomats, Embassy

    09/12/2013 8:33:15 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 9/13/13 | Staff
    Chinese diplomats in Syria as well as Beijing's embassy are under regular threat from rebel attacks, China's ambassador to Syria has confided to local media outlets. In an interview with the Global Times [ link at site], Zhang Xun, China's ambassador to Syria said that Beijing's embassy has increasingly been caught in the cross-hairs of fighting between rebel and government forces in recent months... Zhang said that in another attack last month, Syrian rebels fired mortar shells at President Bashar al-Assad's motorcade. They missed the Syrian leader but hit a building that was located just 10 meters from the Chinese...
  • Could Syria ignite World War 3? two Muslim ideologies suck in the world's superpowers

    06/13/2013 10:43:00 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 61 replies
    DailyMail ^ | June 13, 2013 | Micheal Burleigh
    The crisis in Syria ...a deadly power struggle between two bitterly opposed Muslim ideologies, Sunni and Shia. Already, the war inside Syria has resulted in 93,000 dead and 1.6 million refugees, with millions more displaced internally SNIP On one side are those who follow President Assad, who belongs to the Alawites — a splinter sect from Shia Islam. On the other are ...insurgents drawn from the majority Sunni population, some of whom have close links to the Sunni jihadists of Al Qaeda. SNIP The main pillars of the current Assad regime are the army, the intelligence services and the Ba’athists,...
  • Al Qaeda in Iraq, Al Nusrah Front ( Syria) emerge as rebranded single entity

    04/10/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | April 9, 2013 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Image that accompanied Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's audiotape announcing the creation of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The flag was originally al Qaeda in Iraq's banner, but has been adopted by other al Qaeda affiliated and associated groups. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group. The emir of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), Abu Bakr al Baghdadi (also known as Abu Dua), has announced a new brand for his organization's efforts: the "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant." The new name replaces all previous brands used by al Qaeda's affiliates in Iraq and Syria, including the...
  • Al Nusrah front spearheads capture of Syrian dam, claims suicide assault

    02/11/2013 8:56:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | February 11, 2013 | BILL ROGGIO
    The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda in Iraq's affiliate in Syria, led an assault today that resulted in the takeover of a major dam on the Euphrates River in northern Syria. Additionally, the terror group claimed credit for a suicide assault on an intelligence headquarters in the city of Palmyra. The Al Nusrah Front spearheaded today's assault on the "strategic" dam in Thawra in Raqqa province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Nusrah Front led "other factions" of the insurgency to take control of Thawra, which "is considered one of the...
  • Ezra Levant & Pamela Geller: The Boston Globe leads the jihad against Robert Spencer

    02/08/2013 1:16:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/7/13 | SunNews
    Things have certainly changed at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. From the renowned Catholic writer G. K. Chesterton getting a hearty laugh in the video above by saying, "I may not be much of a crusader, but at least I am not a Mohammedan," to the execrable, supremely arrogant Islamic supremacist pseudo-academic Caner K. Dagli, it is a steep descent indeed. (Thanks to Michael Coren for sending me the Chesterton video.) However, we are keeping the pressure on for the truth in Worcester. The Bishop of Worcester, Robert McManus, canceled my appearance at a Catholic Men's Conference in Worcester...
  • Social Media, Terrorism Connect Too Well

    12/05/2012 12:51:07 AM PST · by Cindy · 28 replies ^ | Published 1:16 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2012 | Janine Zacharia
    SNIPPET: "Social media is no longer simply a fun way to share updates on the harmless idiosyncrasies of our lives. It can undermine national security, and there ought to be a more robust discussion between the Bay Area technology world and Washington on what to do about it. Cyber-terrorism, especially the potential for electronic tampering with U.S. industrial or military installations, is a paramount national security threat that Washington is working to forestall. We're all working to protect our accounts from hackers. But the cyber-threat getting far less public attention involves the social media networks we use every day and the...
  • Keystone Must Watch from Canada

    01/22/2012 11:06:29 AM PST · by BillM · 2 replies
    Sun TV ^ | Jan 20, 2012 | Ezra Levant
    Keystone must watch
  • Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum of Jordan's Tahrir Party Discusses Jihad Against Germany...'Jizya'

    12/13/2011 9:27:56 AM PST · by bayouranger · 7 replies ^ | 12-12-11 | memri
    Bookmark and Share Text Size A | A | A December 12, 2011 Special Dispatch No.4354 Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum of Jordan's Tahrir Party Discusses Jihad Against Germany, Pledges to Impose 'Jizya' Poll Tax on Non-Muslims, and Vows to Annihilate Israel Following are excerpts from an interview with Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum of the Tahrir Party in Jordan, which aired on JoSat TV on December 8, 2011. JoSat, a private Jordanian channel, is owned by businessman Riyadh Al-Huroub. His wife, Rula Al-Huroub, is the moderator on this show. Sheikh Ahmad Abu Al-Quddum is a leader of the Tahrir party in...
  • Ezra Celebrates Earth Day In His Own Way (Ezra Levant Nails It! Must See Video)

    04/22/2011 5:08:46 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 23 replies
    Sun Network News ^ | April 22, 2011 | Ezra Levant
    Ezra Levant, the King of Canadian conservatism, celebrates Earth Day...with a chain saw.Ezra Performs Tree Surgery
  • Libel filings show battle between hate-hunter and conservative blogger

    02/09/2010 4:43:46 PM PST · by fanfan · 20 replies · 503+ views
    The National Post ^ | February 08, 2010 | Joseph Brean
    TORONTO • Richard Warman, Canada's top online hate-hunter and scourge of free speech advocates, offered his first public response on Monday to the online campaign against him led by conservative blogger and lawyer Ezra Levant. In court filings for a libel suit, Mr. Warman calls Mr. Levant's conduct toward him "obsessive," states he "has no respect for authority," and says it is "surprising" he is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Alberta. "Mr. Levant is in the habit of fabricating extremely serious allegations of misconduct against others," Mr. Warman states in an affidavit filed in Ontario...
  • Hate laws backfire on Jews, author says

    10/31/2009 2:17:37 AM PDT · by Clive · 20 replies · 1,087+ views
    Canadian Jewish News ^ | 2009-10-29 | David Lazarus
    MONTREAL — The federal anti-hate law that “official Jews” lobbied for and got passed has, 32 years later, backfired, sowing the seeds for political correctness, media chill and censorship that have undermined the values that define the Jewish People, says Alberta lawyer, author and activist Ezra Levant. Levant, who is Jewish, made the assertion in an Oct. 21 talk to a small audience at Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation about his 900-day saga of being prosecuted by the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission for reprinting controversial Danish cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in his now defunct magazine, the...
  • Price of freedom is eternal vigilance

    05/05/2009 9:14:54 AM PDT · by Clive · 13 replies · 924+ views
    Metro Canada via Metro News Ottawa ^ | 2009-05-01 | Ezra Levant
    Three years ago I was the publisher of a magazine that printed pictures of some Danish cartoons of Muhammad. They were newsworthy because those cartoons sparked riots in the Muslim world that killed more than 100 people. We wanted to show our readers what all the fuss was about. But by doing so, I was charged by the government of Alberta with “hate speech,” and prosecuted for 900 days by 15 government lawyers and bureaucrats at Alberta’s human rights commission (HRC). I was finally acquitted, but not before spending $100,000 in legal fees. Funny: I thought freedom of speech, freedom...
  • Human rights commission mocked in the Globe and Mail

    12/26/2008 7:44:26 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 6 replies · 416+ views
    Ezra Levant ^ | 12-24-2008 | Ezra Levant
    You know the mission to denormalize Canada's corrupt and abusive human rights commissions has reached a certain level of success when the HRCs are the punchline in popular jokes -- or, in this humour column in the Globe and Mail, the basis for a whole satirical "human rights" trial: Rudolph vs. Santa. Some excerpts: In December of 2006, this rights commission was asked to investigate claims of discrimination based on physical disability with regards to a reindeer, Rudolph. ...Rudolph suffers from a facial disfigurement. ...The commission finds this case to be troubling from start to finish. Its members note with...
  • (Ezra Levant) Michael Ignatieff's aide tries to silence me with a lawsuit

    12/11/2008 3:10:48 AM PST · by Clive · 7 replies · 482+ views
    Ezra Levant ^ | 2008-12-11 | Ezra Levant
    Michael Ignatieff’s campaign aide, Warren Kinsella, is threatening to sue me for writing about his involvement in Adscam. You can see a copy of his libel notice here. Justice John Gomery, who chaired the Judicial Inquiry into that scandal, named Kinsella more than a dozen times in his report. You can read the whole thing here – or just search for the word “Kinsella” to get to the point. On page 160 of the report, in a chapter called “Who is responsible?” Justice Gomery noted that Kinsella, then chief of staff to Public Works Minister David Dingwall, tried to steer...
  • Magazine publisher Levant wins Danish cartoon dispute [a Pyrrhic victory]

    08/07/2008 4:01:55 AM PDT · by Clive · 8 replies · 248+ views
    National Pos ^ | 2008-08-07 | Joseph Brean
    After a year-long investigation, the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission has rejected a complaint by the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities against former Western Standard publisher Ezra Levant over his republication of the Danish Muhammad cartoons. The allegation that the February 14, 2006, issue of the now defunct magazine was likely to expose Muslims to hatred helped to spark a national debate about human rights law and free speech, and its rejection comes after similar complaints of Islamophobia against Maclean's magazine also failed. ... "I was let go because I'm in the media every day. I've been down to...
  • Punished first, acquitted late (Alberta Human Rights Commission and Ezra Levant)

    08/06/2008 2:34:51 PM PDT · by Clive · 9 replies · 188+ views
    Ezra Levant ^ | 2008-08-06 | Ezra Levant
    My lawyers have just received a copy of a letter from the Alberta Human Rights Commission dismissing the complaint of “discrimination” filed against me by the radical Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities. They had complained that by publishing the Danish cartoons of Mohammed in the Western Standard in February 2006, I had engaged in an illegal act. Their complaint was identical to the one filed earlier by an anti-Semitic imam named a href=>Syed Soharwardy. Soharwardy abandoned his complaint this spring. You can see Soharwardy’s complaint here; it named both me and the magazine. The Edmonton complaint named just the...
  • Mohammed, PBUH, TM (I think another lawsuit is coming my way....Ezra Levant)

    06/12/2008 5:17:08 PM PDT · by fanfan · 9 replies · 122+ views
    Ezra Levant . Com ^ | June 12, 2008 1:23 PM | Ezra Levant
    I think another lawsuit is coming my way. Today, my lawyer received this letter from a radical Muslim activist in Toronto. It's a Certificate of Registration of Copyright. He claims to have copyrighted the image of Mohammed, PBUH. In other words, it's now Mohammed, PBUH, TM. I checked it out on Industry Canada's copyright database and, sure enough, there it is: two weeks ago, Akhtar "Hector" Agha has indeed registered a "Restriction on Depiction of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)". It's right there on the government website. I'm not sure, but I think "Hector" might be looking for a royalties payment for...
  • Government to launch inquiry into CHRC "investigative techniques", section 13 (Steyn and Levant)

    05/30/2008 7:58:42 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 11 replies · 71+ views
    Ezra Levant ^ | 5/30/08 | Ezra Levant
    The Conservative government has introduced a motion to Parliament's Justice Committee proposing an investigation into the abusive, corrupt practises of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The motion specifically refers to public "concerns" about the CHRC's "investigative techniques" and their "interpretation and application" of the section 13 thought crimes provision. The resolution, which you can read here in both official languages, was put forward by Rick Dykstra (pictured at left), the Conservative MP from St. Catherines, Ontario, with the knowledge and approval of the Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson. Here is an e-mail from Nicholson, sent to a voter just today, in...
  • Jonathan Kay: The Canadian Islamic Congress tries for a ceasefire — but they've already lost the war

    04/29/2008 1:16:30 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 7 replies · 141+ views
    National Post ^ | 4/29/08 | Johnathon Kay
    The following press release (see below) just landed in my inbox: Apparently, the Canadian Islamic Congress is going to announce that it's seeking some kind of plea bargain with Maclean's magazine in regard to the human-rights complaint against Mark Steyn's famous 2006 article. One imagines it will be some variation on the CIC's previous demand that Maclean's publish a lengthy rebuttal by Muslim activists. Given that Maclean's editor Ken Whyte responded to that previous overture by stating that he would rather go bankrupt than publish an anti-Steyn manifesto, I would estimate the chances that the magazine accept this offer at...
  • Canada is a lucky nation to have men like this (email from a soldier)

    02/26/2008 8:46:37 PM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 250+ views
    EzraLevant ^ | February 26, 2008 | EzraLevant
    Canada is a lucky nation to have men like this By Ezra Levant February 26, 2008 I sometimes get e-mails from Canadian Forces troops in Afghanistan, who are always thoughtful about the larger purpose of their mission. It's clear to me that they think and talk a lot about the moral importance of their mission. I believe they are true idealists. Of course they are: in a time of war, with a near-certainty of deployment to the front lines, it takes a very special and selfless person to volunteer to join the army. If my correspondents are any indication, our...
  • Why I'm withdrawing my human rights complaint against Ezra Levant

    02/15/2008 5:14:03 AM PST · by Rb ver. 2.0 · 31 replies · 92+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 2/15/08 | SYED SOHARWARDY
    SYED SOHARWARDY Special to Globe and Mail Update February 15, 2008 at 12:50 AM EST Recognize my name? Lately, Ezra Levant of the now-defunct Western Standard has been doing his best to demonize me in interviews and blogs. Mr. Levant probably had never heard of me until I filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission against his decision to reprint the Danish cartoons that sparked a wave of violent and destructive protests across Europe and the Muslim world in 2005. The reprinting of the cartoons wasn’t about free speech. The originals are readily available on the Internet for...
  • Big Bubby Rampaging in Canada

    01/29/2008 9:49:48 AM PST · by Jefferson Paine · 3 replies · 84+ views
    No Compromises ^ | Jan. 28, 2008 | ThoughtRogue
    As you probably already know Canada has instituted Thought Crimes legislation because the Canadian gub’ment has knuckled under the pressure of heterophobe and Islamo-nazi terrorists in their country. It is no longer acceptable to question another’s sexual behavior which has now spread to the crime of questioning, disagreeing, or flat out speaking out against one’s religion–oh! Except for Christianity! That’s a fair target. Anyway, an underground Canadian sent me the following for your reading horror! Is this coming to America soon? A so called Human Rights Commission? Who gets to haul your butt into their office, and interrogate and question...
  • Repeat, offender (Islamic fanatics, freedom of speech and Canadian Human Rights Rommissions)

    01/19/2008 3:46:24 PM PST · by Clive · 8 replies · 529+ views
    Toronto Sun via Sun Media ^ | 2008-01-19 | Michael Coren
    Much has now been written about Ezra Levant, the former publisher of the now defunct Western Standard, and his decision two years ago to publish a set of cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad. For those who prefer to forget, they were the Danish caricatures of the founder of Islam, implying a connection between Muslim fanaticism and terrorist violence. In response to the appearance of the said pictures and their claim that Islamic extremism led to violence, Islamic extremists killed people, promised to decapitate their opponents and firebombed churches and embassies. Not all Muslims behaved or thought thus. But anyone...
  • Putting [Canadian] tribunals on trial [Freep sister-site mentioned]

    01/16/2008 9:40:30 PM PST · by GratianGasparri · 12 replies · 98+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Jan 17, 2007 | Pete Vere
    Putting tribunals on trial By Pete Vere January 17, 2008 SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario Canada's human rights commissions are a threat to freedom of speech in America, says Ezra Levant, the latest in a long string of conservative writers to be brought before Canada's quasi-judicial panels for speech about Islam. But Mr. Levant is not taking it lying down and is using the Internet and his own legal savvy and flair for publicity to put the tribunals themselves on trial before the public, in Canada and elsewhere. "Although the United States has a very robust First Amendment, Canada and Britain...
  • The limits of free speech, and the power to order me to apologize

    01/13/2008 1:34:44 PM PST · by abb · 27 replies · 174+ views ^ | January 13, 2008 | Ezra Levant
    Officer McGovern asked if I thought there should be any limits to free speech under our constitution. Of course there should be, and I listed a half-dozen examples. But I drew a distinction between criminal or tortious speech and political speech. I also pointed out that free political speech isn't just protected in a liberal democracy -- it protects a liberal democracy. That's because it acts as a "safety valve" for people who want to change society. They don't have to resort to arms. We also discussed the absurd -- and illegal -- power of the commission to "order" me...
  • I don't answer to the state [Canada "Human Rights" Commission in action]

    01/12/2008 10:50:23 PM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 19 replies · 164+ views
    Click on link for youtube videos of Canadian "Human Rights" Commission interrogating publisher for publishing the Danish Mohammed cartoons. A sickening display of how freedom of speech is being eliminated in the West.
  • Conservative who published Prophet cartoons faces rights commission

    01/12/2008 2:58:55 PM PST · by fanfan · 42 replies · 280+ views ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2008 | Staff
    CALGARY - Thursday, Jan. 10/08. Outspoken conservative commentator Ezra Levant will be before the Alberta Human Rights Commission Friday defending his former magazine's 2006 publication of a series of Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Members of Calgary's Muslim community were outraged when Levant's now-defunct publication, the Western Standard, published the cartoons in February 2006, shortly after their initial appearance in a Danish newspaper led to rioting and protests around the world. Syed Soharwardy, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, later filed a complaint against the Western Standard to the Alberta Human Rights Commission. Ezra Levant was publisher...
  • US military aid lands in Beirut

    05/25/2007 4:53:47 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 4 replies · 526+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, May 24, 2007
    Thousands of Palestinian refugees are still trapped inside the camp Several transport planes carrying military aid for the Lebanese army from the US and its Arab allies have arrived at Beirut airport.The move follows an appeal for such aid by the Lebanese government. Its forces are battling Islamist militants who have taken over the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has reiterated Washington's support for the Lebanese government. She said gunmen in Nahr al-Bared were trying to destabilise a democratic government. A Red Cross food convoy from the Jordanian capital, Amman,...
  • Qaeda vows "seas of blood" over Lebanon Palestinians

    05/25/2007 12:05:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies · 2,056+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 25, 2007
    DUBAI (Reuters) - A group calling itself al Qaeda's wing in the Levant vowed to carry out bombings in Lebanon and attacks on Christians unless Beirut pulled its army away from Palestinian refugee camps."We warn you for the last time, after which there will be nothing apart from seas of blood," said a speaker identified as the military leader of the group in a video posted on Friday by a media arm used by Islamist groups including Qaeda in Iraq."What we want is that you order the Christian Lebanese army to pull its men from around all Palestinian camps and...
  • King Abdullah of Jordan Address to a Joint Session of Congress

    03/07/2007 8:16:32 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 12 replies · 942+ views
    CSPAN ^ | 3/7/2007 | n/a
    Jordan's King Abdullah is addressing a joint session of Congress.
  • Plastered Syrian Skulls From The Dawn Of Civilisation 9,500 YO)

    12/29/2006 11:34:38 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 884+ views
    Minerva Magazine ^ | 12-29-2006 | Dr Mark Merrony
    Plastered Syrian Skulls from the Dawn of Civilisation In the Neolithic period the Levantine Fertile Crescent ushered in one of the most profound cultural revolutions in the history of the Mediterranean basin. This environmentally blessed cradle of civilisation played host to modern humans as they made the crucial transition from hunter-gatherers to sedentary farmers to emerge as proto-urban societies. A conspicuous enigma of the world’s first ‘city dwellers’ was the most extraordinary ritual practice of plastering human skulls, which is attested at several major Neolithic sites, such as Jericho in the Palestinian Territories, Çatalhöyük in Turkey, and ‘Ain Ghazal in...
  • Viva Steyn! Wear the T-shirt!

    12/08/2006 11:55:53 AM PST · by GMMAC · 9 replies · 1,404+ views
    Western Standard ^ | December 8, 2006 | Ezra Levant
    Mark Steyn T-shirtViva Steyn! Wear the T-shirt that shows you're a true intellectual revolutionary – the Mark Steyn Che Guevara-style T-shirt. Created especially for the Western Standard by Rob Kelly (the same artist who drew the famous Libranos poster). Viva Steyn is not only an expression of your good fashion sense, it's a sign of your good political sense, too. Order this true collector's item today! Made of 100% pre-shrunk cotton. Available in Black only. More info or to order:Ezra Levant, Publisher and Conservative Fashionista, The Western Standard
  • Ethics of War - Judaism

    07/31/2006 10:17:59 AM PDT · by mjp · 15 replies · 661+ views
    Judaism does not regard violence and war to promote justice as always wrong. It accepts that certain kinds of war will be ethically justified, and that it is sometimes morally acceptable to kill people. Before declaring war or starting a battle there must be a genuine attempt to make peace and avoid the conflict. Jewish law only permits combatants to be deliberately killed in war. Innocent civilians must be given every opportunity to leave the field of combat before a battle starts. Old Testament In much of the Old Testament God gives his clear approval to war. He is identified...
  • Iran leader's warning to Israel

    07/24/2006 4:38:22 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 19 replies · 735+ views
    BBC ^ | July 23, 2006
    Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned Israel that it has "pushed the button of its own destruction" because of its actions in Lebanon. He also said Israel should "pack up" and move elsewhere, repeating comments made last year. Israel has accused Iran of involvement in the capture of the two Israeli soldiers, which sparked the current crisis, claims Iran denies. Iran has also been accused of supplying Hezbollah with money and arms. "Israel pushed the button of its own destruction by attacking Lebanon," Mr Ahmadinejad said while addressing an education conference. I advise them to pack up and move...
  • Canada's Western Standard magazine charged for publishing Danish cartoons

    03/30/2006 6:22:35 AM PST · by GMMAC · 41 replies · 1,094+ views
    Western Standard via e-mail ^ | March 30, 2006 | Ezra Levant
    Dear Western Standard reader, Our magazine has been sued for publishing the Danish cartoons, and I need your help to fight back! As you know, the Western Standard was the only mainstream media organ in Canada to publish the Danish cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammed. We did so for a simple reason: the cartoons were the central fact in one of the largest news stories of the year, and we're a news magazine. We publish the facts and we let our readers make up their minds. Advertisers stood with us. Readers loved the fact that we treated them...
  • Even in Canada, not-so-veiled threats (msm whistling past Islamofascist graveyard)

    02/22/2006 6:54:07 AM PST · by GMMAC · 4 replies · 444+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Wednesday, February 22, 2006 | Barbara Kay
    Even in Canada, not-so-veiled threats Barbara Kay National Post Wednesday, February 22, 2006 Far from the riots, vandalism, church burnings and murders by Muslim mobs in the wake of the Danish cartoons, Canada has so far played the role of concerned onlooker. Like the proverbial country mouse, we peacefully nibble a secure crust in our rural granary, watching with wide-eyed incredulity as the city mice of Europe, the Middle East and Africa snatch bites of Camembert between anxious dashes to safety behind their barricaded mouse holes. That's to say, while real churches burn and real people die abroad in...
  • Harper regrets publication of cartoons (With comments by Ezra Levant)

    02/14/2006 5:58:36 PM PST · by fanfan · 26 replies · 500+ views
    The Toronto (RED) Star ^ | Feb. 14, 2006. 07:09 PM | CANADIAN PRESS
    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he regrets the publication of controversial editorial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad by some media outlets. In his first public statement on the controversy since it broke wide open last week, Harper noted Tuesday that Canadians have a right to free speech. But he added that they "also have the right to voice their opinion on the free speech of others." "I regret the publication of this material in several media outlets," Harper said in a news release. "While we understand this issue is divisive, our government wishes that people be respectful of...
  • It’s "Their Land" RE: Palestinian Claims to Israel

    11/14/2005 1:39:45 AM PST · by forty_years · 9 replies · 818+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | November 14, 2005 | Andrew L. Jaffee
    Note: This article may seem pedantic, but it is aimed at those who are not “insiders” on the history of the Middle East.I keep hearing the phrase, “It’s their land,” regarding Palestinian claims to Israel. Terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad publicly assert that their aims are to reclaim every inch of Israel as part of a proposed Palestinian homeland. Unfortunately, these ownership claims are echoed by “activist” groups like the International Solidarity Movement and the Palestine Solidarity Movement, both with throngs of naďve followers on U.S. and European college campuses. The followers are too eager to take these...
  • Photo Series: Persepolis, Iran - Capital of Persian Empire [History]

    08/27/2004 9:42:57 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 34 replies · 3,251+ views
    Iranian ^ | 8/27/04 | Iranian
    Cyrus the Great Cylinder, The First Charter of Human Rights By 546 BCE, Cyrus had defeated Croesus, the Lydian king of fabled wealth, and had secured control of the Aegean coast of Asia Minor, Armenia, and the Greek colonies along the Levant. Moving east, he took Parthia (land of the Arsacids, not to be confused with Parsa, which was to the southwest), Chorasmis, and Bactria. He besieged and captured Babylon in 539 and released the Jews who had been held captive there, thus earning his immortalization in the Book of Isaiah. When he died in 529, Cyrus's kingdom extended as...
  • Columnist Pat Buchanan Asks, "Will We Stay the Course in Iraq?"

    07/23/2003 8:36:55 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 58 replies · 297+ views | 07-23-03 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Will we stay the course in Iraq? Posted: July 23, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc. After the suicide bombing of the Marine barracks, Ronald Reagan made a cold-blooded decision. Concluding America had no vital interest in Lebanon, he cut his losses and withdrew the Marines. It was a rare failure of Reagan foreign policy. Neoconservatives condemn him for not sending an army back into Beirut to deliver street justice and show Islamic radicals that the American Superpower could not be assaulted with impunity. Reagan's decision, say the neocons, convinced radicals that America lacked the courage and...