Beware The Enemy Within…

 

enemy-within1*Probe into allegations of Muslim extremists forcing out head-teachers and governors is widened to 15 schools. article-2603720-1C1D179A00000578-4_634x445An investigation into Muslim extremists forcing moderate head-teachers and governors to quit their jobs has been widened to include 15 schools. Ofsted inspectors have been sent into the schools, all of which are in Birmingham, to carry out snap inspections. Hardline Muslims have been forcing out uncooperative school leaders so they can promote their radical agendas to students, and last month a document outlining their methods was handed to a Sunday newspaper. More HereProbe into allegations of Muslim extremists forcing out head-teachers and governors… ENDarticle-2603629-11779CD0000005DC-912_306x423

*Downing Street probe into controversial London council ‘over suspected links to Islamic extremists.’ An embattled London council is being probed over its links to Muslim extremists, a report reveals. Tower Hamlets council is already under investigation for alleged fraud after mayor Lutfur Rahman (left) doubled recommended funding to Bengali-run charities in an apparent attempt to buy favour. But now a leaked government report suggests  the mayor and his finance minister, Alibor Choudhury, (below) have links to Islamic extremist groups, including one seeking to set up a Sharia state in Europe. 

A document handed to The Sunday Telegraph says that three community centres owned by the council, or by their housing authority, were used for meetings of radical groups including al-Muhajiroun, the banned Islamist terrorist organisation founded by Omar Bakri Mohammed and Anjem Choudary. article-2603629-1D13B2C700000578-918_306x423A third was used by political hate group Hizb ut-Tahrir and ‘may still be’ in use, according to the report which was prepared for David Cameron in 2013. Another cause for concern is the council’s £2million of funding given to the East London Mosque, which previously held a telephone Q&A with al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, and the Osmani Trust, a Muslim-only youth group. 

More HereDowning Street probe into controversial London council ‘over suspected links to Islamic extremists’ END

6a01156fb0b420970c01a73d85b11c970d-800wi2*Muslim Brotherhood moves headquarters from London to Austria after Prime Minister David Cameron announces terror investigation. Controversial Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood is moving its headquarters from London to Austria in an apparent attempt to avoid an inquiry into its activities set up by the Prime Minister. The alleged terrorist outfit was expelled from Egypt following last year’s coup there. It recently opened a new international office above a disused kebab shop in Cricklewood, northwest London. But this weekend, sources said it had decided to transfer its base to Graz, Austria’s second city, after David Cameron announced a joint MI5 and MI6 investigation into its membership. The group is regarded as a terrorist organisation by Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Last month, Mr Cameron said that it was important to establish what the group’s beliefs were in terms of ‘extremism and violent extremism’. END

article-0-1D13AC1D00000578-380_634x431*Tony Blair’s religious charity’s ‘links to extremism': Adviser is claimed to be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Tony Blair’s religious charity has links to an Islamic extremist group being investigated by MI5 and MI6, it has been alleged. It has been claimed that two Muslim leaders, who have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, are advising The Tony Blair Faith Foundation. The organisation has been declared a terrorist group in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and could be banned in Britain, despite insisting they do not have links to extremist factions. He is said to have told a crowd of Kuwaitis protesting over Palestine: ‘Israel is an evil, and we can never live with evil,’ according to a news agency report in 2000. In 1995, it was reported in America that a Palestinian terrorist group wrote to him requesting funds. Another Islamic adviser to Mr Blair is Mustafa Ceric, a Bosnian Muslim cleric (below) who has made controversial statements about Islam in the Balkan states. The former Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina has been linked to the the global Muslim Brotherhood through his membership of the European Council for Fatwa and Research.reisu-l-ulema-dr-mustafa-ceric 

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch says Mr Blair’s links to the Brotherhood through the men threatened to overshadow the charity’s work. Steven Merley, a US investigator of extremist movements, who runs Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, told The Sunday Telegraph: ‘Many groups don’t call themselves Muslim Brotherhood but they are linked to what I call the ‘Global Muslim Brotherhood’. ‘These individuals have fooled a lot of politicians, like Blair, who should know better. The very presence of people like Shatti and Ceric in the same room as him is a judgment on Blair.’ The Muslim Brotherhood denies being an extremist organisation, and has asked Lord Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, to help defend them. It has even threatened legal action against people who try to restrict their activities. David Cameron has asked the British intelligence agencies to investigate the Islamic group, after they opened an international office about a disused kebab shop in Cricklewood, London. After news of the inquiry into the activities emerged, it was revealed the group is moving its headquarters from London to Austria.  A spokesman for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation told the paper they were ‘grateful’ for the work done by the pair and described them as ‘great supporters of the foundation’. The oragnisation said they were not aware of the men’s alleged links. END2F0PJQL5FK3E6_21LBQD3U_PL_P_LS

Just a gentle insight as to how Islamic Extremism filters itself from the wild crazy’s (‘rush order of 72 vestal virgins’) to the mild and meek gentle islamic folk, whose wish is to ‘inherit the earth’ on behalf of their faith. The same problem lies on both sides of the ‘pond’ as well as around Europe. Come the next and final Crusade…            Yours Aye.

Muslim B’hood, Such Nice Fellas

If you have not read Aymann Ismail’s This Is What It Looks LIke Just Before the Muslim Brotherhood Jumps You, you should. It is quite harrowing:

As the recent death toll in Egypt surpasses 500, news of Muslim Brotherhood supporters being slaughtered in Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square has been an especially tragic manifestation of the powder-keg that is “post-revolutionary” Egypt. Just days before, our photographer found himself embroiled in an MB protest near to that now-tragic location. While this story does not in any way compare to the events that are currently transpiring there, it might shine a light on the varied make-up of the protesters and on just how tense, chaotic and unpredictable the situation in Cairo is.

All I smell is sweat and spray-paint. All I see are fists. I’m thinking of last year,watching protesters pull a riot cop out of Tahrir Square into an alley and telling Bucky, “That guy is dead.”

Now I’m thinking, “I’m that guy.”

That night, I was planning on going to my cousin’s wedding. I spent the last five days of Ramadan with my family in Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city, then went to my aunt’s in Cairo. At 4pm, near El-Hegaz Square, a Muslim Brotherhood-organized protest marches past her balcony.

The Muslim B’hood, such nice fellas. . .

“No more beards” raises eyebrows

The supreme leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has been arrested over the killing of eight protesters during the uprising which toppled President Mohamed Morsi, security officials revealed today. Mohammed Badie was detained late last night in the Mediterranean coastal city of Marsa Matrouh, near the Libyan border, where he has been staying in a villa owned by a businessman with Brotherhood links. The favourite chant from the crowds is “no more beards” referring to the Muslim Brotherhood. As seen in the old westerns, good guys always wore white, and the bad guys wore black; In Egypt it would appear that the good guys are clean shaven, the bad guys sport a beard. ‘No more beards!’ Egypt celebrates arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader as army hunts THREE HUNDRED followers of deposed president Morsi   Below. Good guys in ‘negative beard’ mode.article-2354953-1AA8885E000005DC-751_964x640 Over three hundred arrest warrants have been issued, each warrant applies to a bearded gentleman from the Brotherhood. Information gained through the freezing of assets, online bank accounts, and off shore accounts, will certainly raise some eyebrows these coming weeks. You smell that? Do you smell that? After shave, son! Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of after shave in the morning’. Yours Aye.

‘I’m So Ronery So ronery So ronery and sadry arone’

imagesPrime Minister Reccep Tayyip Erdogan, are you starting to feel a little lonely and isolated over there? Your mate Mohamed Morsi is! As are the Muslim Brotherhood now sat wondering how it all went so wrong. Tense Egypt awaits army statement “Mr Morsi’s opponents say he and the Muslim Brotherhood are pushing an Islamist agenda onto Egypt, and that he should stand down”.images-1  Mohamed mate, don’t sit feeling ronery lonely and sorry for your self, give your old friend a call, after all, thats what friends are forBreaking News Egypt’s Morsi Defiant As Army deadline has passed.

Yours Aye. 

Stealing the Hood from the Muslim Brotherhood

Unless you’re an ostrich, you’ve seen some of the protests in Cairo these last two days. Tens of millions of Egyptians have taken to the streets to demand Morsi’s ousting. Like this red-shirted dude:

A protester holds an Egyptian national flag as he and others attack the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the Muqattam district in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013. Protesters stormed and ransacked the headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group early Monday, in an attack that could spark more violence as demonstrators gear up for a second day of mass rallies aimed at forcing the Islamist leader from power.

A protester holds an Egyptian national flag as he and others attack the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the Muqattam district in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013. Protesters stormed and ransacked the headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group early Monday, in an attack that could spark more violence as demonstrators gear up for a second day of mass rallies aimed at forcing the Islamist leader from power.

Now watch as our hero climbs up to the Brotherhood’s sign:

Protesters ransack the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the Muqatam district in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013. Protesters stormed and ransacked the headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group early Monday, in an attack that could spark more violence as demonstrators gear up for a second day of mass rallies aimed at forcing the Islamist leader from power. Photo: Khalil Hamra

Protesters ransack the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the Muqatam district in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013. Protesters stormed and ransacked the headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group early Monday, in an attack that could spark more violence as demonstrators gear up for a second day of mass rallies aimed at forcing the Islamist leader from power. Photo: Khalil Hamra

And steals the letters!

Egyptian protesters ransack the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the Muqatam district in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013. Protesters stormed and ransacked the headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group early Monday, in an attack that could spark more violence as demonstrators gear up for a second day of mass rallies aimed at forcing the Islamist leader from power

Egyptian protesters ransack the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the Muqatam district in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013. Protesters stormed and ransacked the headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group early Monday, in an attack that could spark more violence as demonstrators gear up for a second day of mass rallies aimed at forcing the Islamist leader from power

Egyptian flag, 9 Egyptian pounds. Gasoline, 7 Egyptian pounds. Stealing the Ikhwan’s sign, priceless. There are some things money can’t buy…for everything else there’s Mastercard.

Samir Amin on Egypt and America

Marxist thinker Samir Amin theorized on the fate of the Egyptian Revolution. And he made an interesting point, one that implied more careful thought than I believe we applied:

The main goal of the US after the revolution is to protect its interests by maintaining economic neoliberal policies in the region, Amin says, explaining US support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Whether by a semi-democratic state, an Islamic state, a military dictatorship or a dictatorship … these are all tools [for the US] to reach the same goal, which is to guarantee the continuation of neoliberal policies in the region.” Hence, he explains, the US decided to bet on the Islamist group.

“The US bets on all parties, whether democratic, fascist, Islamist or secular, as long as it accepts neoliberal economic policies.”

However, the US decided to bet on the Brotherhood rather than on other groups because they are more capable of implementing neoliberal policies and they have a regionwide organisation that can protect US interests, Amin opined.

 We let things happen in a passive sense rather than hedging on any bets. I only wish we were as deliberate as Mr. Amin believes us to be.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Malala Yousafzai trails Bradley Manning, 22% to 70%, in the Guardian’s POY ’12?

You like to make your morning eggs with a Glock?

Al-Masry Al-Youm (via Al-Monitor) Reports on Muslim Brotherhood Torture Chambers?

The Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot & Trade Show (OFASTS) is full auto? (Hand Salute: ASM)

What big Texas eyes you have?

We have Pentagon Peacocks? (Hand Salute: Kris, thanks!)

That differing Chanukah stories are still argued? (Happy Chanukah to all who celebrate it!)

Someone defaced Quantico’s Iwo Jima Memorial?

Does Egypt Have Buyers’ Remorsi?

As much as there are heroes in Egypt at the moment, the National Salvation Front could be (perhaps) called that. The Front includes prominent democracy advocate Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi and former Arab League chief Amr Moussa. And let’s not forget the Coptic community. I’ve worked with many Egyptian Coptic folks over the years and they are certainly hardworking and proud:

An Egyptian protester holds a cross and a Quran as he chants anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans at an opposition rally in Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt.

Meanwhile the Muslim Brotherhood is ordering gangs to roam Cairo, raping women and beating men. Best comment at the above link: I’ll bet Egypt has buyers’ remorsi. I suppose I should not gloat. We just bagged a jihadi over here, named Abdullatif Aldosary.

The Cunning Muslim Bro’s Candidate

Do you speak Arabic? If so, you would recognize that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muhammad Khairat el-Shater’s last name (el-Shater) translates as “the sly” or “the cunning.” Khairat, his middle name*, could be a derivative of the word “good” (khiar.) And what is the good, cunning one up to? He possibly may be the Muslim Bro’s presidential candidate:

Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Khairat el-Shater, خيرت الشاطر‎

Egyptian military judges dropped convictions against Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Khairat el-Shater, clearing the nominee of the nation’s dominant political party to run in the election, the group’s lawyer said.

“We have taken administrative, legal and judicial measures before the military judiciary and based on this, all convictions have been dropped,” Abdel Monem Abdel Maqsoud said in a phone interview in Cairo yesterday.

The Brotherhood said March 31 that el-Shater was its candidate for the presidential election that begins May 23 and May 24, making him one of the favorites to win and potentially increasing tensions between the once-banned group and the generals who currently rule the nation.

Nice Reebok shirt there, Shater. It is smart of be pictured in that sort of garb, it gives the appearance of moderation. And a toothy smile and a wave? Wow, we hit the trifecta: a smile, a wave, and a Reebok shirt!

Facts that make me more nervous about Shater:

-Khairat El-Shater joined the youth wing of the Nasserist Arab Socialist Union at age 16.

-Having become an Islamist dissident, he went into exile in England in 1981. After returning in the mid-1980s, he became an active member of the Muslim Brotherhood. In 1995, he became head of the Brotherhood’s Greater Cairo branch.

Facts that make me less nervous about Shater:

-The Middle East researcher Avi Asher-Schapiro considers El-Shater to be a strong advocate of privatization and free market.

You and your boys have been the unofficial Egyptian opposition party for years, Shater. Now you may get your chance to rule. Good luck. I think you will find it a lot easier to make noise than to lead. . .

* Naming conventions differ between the Middle East and here. What we may consider a first, middle, and last name does not translate directly between cultures. Often a father takes his son’s name and adds Abu to it. As in Abu Ahmed or Father of Ahmed.