Andrew G. Bostom:
My colleague Al-Mutarjim has translated comments made this week to the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat (via the Gazan publication Donia al-Watan) by a female candidate for the Egyptian Parliament, Muna Salah. The Islamically-enlightened Ms. Salah maintains,
…that women are deficient in intelligence and religion, and it is not permissible for them to be in authority or to occupy the office of the presidency.
by Judith Greblya:
On Thursday November 10, 2011, approximately sixty people gathered for a lecture hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles’s Center for Near Eastern Studies. The event was titled, “Taking Stock: The Arab Uprising on the Eve of Their First Anniversary” and it featured two history professors, James Gelvin of ULCA and Juan Cole of the University of Michigan.
Though the two-hour event promised to illuminate the various particulars and multi-layered realities of the Arab uprisings, it quickly dwindled into a platform for the type of postcolonial, anti-American, and anti-Israel rhetoric typical to the field of Middle East studies, and certainly to the notoriously biased Gelvin and Cole.
By Macer Hall:
BRITAIN will soon be forced to scrap the pound and join the euro, one of Germany’s most senior figures said yesterday.
In a chilling threat to UK sovereignty, German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble predicted that all Europe would one day use the single currency. “It will happen perhaps faster than some in the British Isles currently believe,” he said.
His sinister warning followed the emergence of a secret German plan to build a powerful new economic government for the eurozone and block an EU referendum in Britain.
A leaked German foreign ministry memo detailed plans for a new European Monetary Fund. It also claimed the EU’s treaty could be altered to centralise more power without triggering a vote.
A mind-boggling video has just appeared on YouTube, showing passionate Euro-sceptic Nigel Farrage in the European Parliament in Strasbourg denouncing the “German take-over of Europe” — which is now happening, as the Germans are telling the Brits that they (as the EU rulers) are in charge of British domestic affairs — and soon, foreign affairs as well. Funny thing is, Farrage is directly talking to the four Euro-Crats, sitting right in front of him, who are now ruling the European Union without all the fuss and bother of getting elected.
by The Right Scoop:
Glenn Beck had Peter Schweizer this morning on his radio show to discuss his book that documents paramount cronyism in not only Congress, but in the Obama administration as well. In fact, he goes into some detail about how the Obama administration is paying back his fundraisers with green taxpayer money:
by Anna Mahjar-Barducci:
The Syrian regime is not even sparing the lives of innocent children. T the Saudi-owned newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, reported in October that 186 children have been killed since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution on March 15. The youngest Syrian child killed by the Army was only two months old. The Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram reported in its English edition that “there are dozens of video footage of bodies of children from Deraa, Homs, Latakia and other Syrian areas showing severe signs of torture, pulled-out nails, gorged eyes and severed limbs.”[sic] Despite international pressure, the Syrian regime does not hesitate to describe these young and innocent victims as “terrorist infiltrators.”.
By James Lewis:
A public fight is breaking out in Europe, where the welfare model is breaking down along the southern rim — Greece, Italy, Spain, maybe France — as well as in the former Celtic Tiger of Ireland. Those countries are the equivalent of welfare frauds, with centuries of experience in beating taxes, laws, and regulations. The Italians figured out how to beat imperial decrees back in Roman times, and they never stopped honing their skills. Cheating on taxes is a high art form in Italy.
The harder-working Northern European countries, like Germany and Britain, are furious at the welfare cheats, as if they haven’t always subsidized their own cheating classes to keep their socialist parties in power. With Arab countries from Egypt to Tunisia close to keeling over and running out of money for food imports, the whole Mediterranean basin is in crisis with the sole exception of Israel, which is becoming a new Silicon Valley.
By Michael Filozof:
Does anyone remember the landslide Republican victory in the House in 1994, breaking forty straight years of Democratic control — a massive rebuke of the Clinton administration?
And yet…Clinton got re-elected in 1996. He didn’t just squeak by, either — he won a crushing 379-159 victory in the Electoral College and beat the Republican ticket by eight and a half percent in the popular vote.
Conservatives were in shock. How could this happen? Answer: after the 1994 conservative revolution in the midterm elections, the Republican 1996 presidential campaign turned into the Revenge of the Flaming Moderates. The Republican primaries featured banal, milquetoast candidates like Lamar Alexander (whose campaign strategy was to don a flannel shirt and stand in front of a sign proclaiming, appropriately enough, “Lamar!”), Steve Forbes, Richard Lugar, and the doddering Washington insider Bob Dole. Pat Buchanan fought an insurgent battle against the GOP moderates, finishing second in the primaries just to keep it interesting, but he quit the party soon thereafter.
The 2012 crop of GOP candidates is no better; quite arguably, they are a good deal worse.
This is why we need Sarah Palin to run.
by Ed Morrissey:
The Occupy Movement succeeded early in seizing a media narrative, a feat that public-relations experts know is hardly easy to achieve. These professionals should be impressed by the ability of the movement to get its message across, right? Well, that’s the real problem, according to PR Daily. They don’t have one — and the media coverage is exposing the ugliness in the vacuum of a message (via Instapundit):
by Ron Radosh:
In the day’s OWS protest, the motley crew of old New Left veterans, younger self-proclaimed socialists, Communists, and anarchists, as well as a bunch of New York University students protesting their private university’s tuition hikes, were to be joined by the SIEU and other AFL-CIO affiliates, who have decided to link their dwindling power to the OWS bandwagon — a move that will eventually backfire and lead to further erosion of trade union strength. After all, a movement that seeks to prevent working people from getting to their jobs is not likely to be popular with the union rank-and-file.
This week, even the usually hesitant Anti-Defamation League released a report that showed how much of the OWS included supporters of Hamas, opponents of Israel’s right to exist, and old fashioned anti-Semites. “History demonstrates,” Abe Foxman of the ADL said, how “time and again… economic downturns can embolden anti-Semites to spread malicious conspiracy theories and promote stereotypes about Jews and money. As a consequence, these statements must not be left unchallenged.” To date, no official representatives of OWS have addressed this issue.
By Brian Lilley:
So did you hear Elections Canada got those guys at the top of a federal political party to admit they broke the law?
Nope, I’m not talking about the Conservatives and their “in-and-out” case.
I’m talking about the NDP.
See, back in the summer when Jack Layton died, the NDP solicited donations in Jack’s memory for the Broadbent Institute, a yet-to-be-established, left-wing think-tank.
The party also promised donors would get the 75% tax break they would expect if the donation was for a political party.
That is against the law.
The party collected thousands of dollars before it was pointed out it was breaking the Canada Elections Act.
The party stopped collecting money, but then a funny thing happened — Elections Canada did not immediately begin investigating.
It waited for a complaint.
What if the EU chose our cabinet too? As a Brussels power grab leaves Italy run by officials… imagine if it happened here
By Quentin Letts:
With most of Europe in hock to its Franco-German masters, democracy, my dears, is wildly out of fashion. The political changes on the Continent this month make the House of Lords look positively egalitarian.
The new Greek prime minister, Lucas Papademos, is a wealthy economist and former vice-president of the European Central Bank. He holds nothing so sweaty as an elected position. Not a single member of the new Italian Cabinet has been elected. Mandates? Who needs ’em. This is the age of ‘technocrats’, not politicians.
So who might be in our unelected Government if the dreaded day should come — in the not-too-distant future — when Paris and Berlin decided that Britain had to be governed by Brussels-leaning technocrats, too?
Jonathan S. Tobin:
Last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta did Iran a favor by publicly pouring cold water on the possibility of the United States using force to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. In doing so, the Pentagon chief removed whatever lingering doubts the ayatollahs may have had about America’s long-term intentions. This piece of mind will, no doubt, spur them to redouble their efforts to go nuclear. But in case they missed that message, the secretary doubled down on it yesterday. According to Reuters, Panetta told reporters (who had accompanied him on a trip to Halifax, Canada, where he will attend a security forum and meet with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak), the same points he mentioned last week about the unintended consequences of an attack on Iran and how it would only delay their nuclear program. He added that such hostilities would also hurt the world economy.