Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Eurabia: archive

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P
oliteia: "The Silent Expansions of Europe: Eurabia
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The silent, post-democratic expansion of Europe into swathes of northern Africa (Maghreb) and whole chunks of the Middle East (Mashreq), continues unabated. Nobody's been asked and no one tells, except buried news items like this morning's Yahoo!News article "Syria's Assad to seal detente with Europe". (...) The Eurocrats' magic word for expanding the sphere of influence is 'interdependence,' the vehicle talking-shops and environmental projects pending reluctance to unleash overt cultural cooperation on the peoples of Europe. The excuse, Hegelian 'world historical events' leading to Kantian world government at any price. (...) >>>

Updated: 13th July 2008
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Fjordman on The Brussels Journal has an interesting commentary to preceding
posts: "European Leaders Agree to Create Eurabia"

(...) The EU involves the free movement of people across borders. If it expands to the Middle East, hundreds of millions of Muslims will have free access to Germany, Italy, France, Britain, Sweden and the Czech Republic. If Turkey becomes a member, it means that Greeks, Bulgarians and others who have fought against oppression by Ottoman Turks for centuries will now be flooded with Muslims from a rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey. The same goes for Poles, Hungarians, Romanians and others who fought against Muslims for centuries. Appeasement of Islam is so deeply immersed in the structural DNA of the EU that the only way to stop the Islamization of Europe is to dismantle the European Union. All of it. >>>
... committed to common growth, common values ...!
EUX: EU President Barroso Speech on EuroMed (link to video material)

Updated: 28th Mar 2008
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CNN: "Sarkozy touts Mediterranean plan"

(...) Sarkozy (...) won "unanimous" backing for his plan to forge closer political ties with Europe's North African and Mideast neighbors (...) two-day EU summit, but the specific details of the plan will still have to be worked out by June (...) The project would involve 39 partners -- the 27-nation EU plus a dozen on the Mediterranean's southern shores, from Mauritania to Algeria, Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Authority to Syria and Turkey. (...) his plan was watered down to appease opponents (...) Merkel had been the plan's biggest critic in recent months. (...) all leaders agreed to "give more volume" to EU ties with the Mediterranean region, including a name change that could blow new life into existing policies. (...) the bloc needs to do more to promote political and economic reforms (... they) did not agree on adding extra EU cash for the project. (...) "The objective is not solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (...) appealing to the EU to "initiate a new stage for cooperation" between Europe and its southern neighbors (...) the creation of a joint presidency, with one EU member and one non-EU member state assisted by a permanent staff of 20 bureaucrats. (...) launching the project at a July 13 EU summit in Paris, which would make it the highlight of France's turn at the helm of the six-month, rotating EU presidency. (...) the EU already has a 2-billion-euro-a-year (US$3 billion) aid program for its Mediterranean neighbors. (...) so watered down that they are basically the same as existing EU policies for the region like the so-called "Euromed" program, launched in 1995 in Barcelona, Spain, (... which) also aims to create a Euro-Mediterranean free trade area by 2010. But progress has been disappointing due to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the refusal of many Arab states to abide by international human rights standards. In the 10 years up to 2005, the EU has doled out 20 billion euros (US$30 billion) in grants and soft loans to the region (...) >>>

Updated: Mar 13th, 2008
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Politeia: "Europe's Speechless, Frantic Surrender"

(...) A conference on "Racism, Xenophobia and the Media" in Vienna in May 2006 was coordinated by the EU. By the end of 2006, the network of media practitioners involved in the Euro-Arab Dialogue had grown to over 500 (pdf). (...) Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy (read: Eurabian affairs), addressed the assembly of journalists. According to her (...) >>>

(Updated: 19th Jan. 2008)

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Politeia: "Chutzpah"

... It is only when physically confronted with one of the incubators, (...) the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, one of Euro-Arabian talking shops as brought in evidence by the author Bat Ye'or in "Eurabia". Its main task appears to be the production of a plethora of invective, directed at the state of Israel ...

If the United Nations Human Rights Commission c.q. Council is anything to go by, the campaign against Israel may in fact be the organization's main raison d'etre, advocacy to "delete the border" being a close second. But I'm sure that taking to task the proud nations of Europe over 'violations' under the mono-lateral redistribution of speech rights regime, as recently Saudi Arabia in Copenhagen had the pleasure of doing, constitutes an important platform to further push the Islamization card. >>>

Updated: 30th Oct. 2007
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Alarab Online: "Athens hosts the 2007 Summit of Euro-Mediterranean"

Greek President Karolos Papoulias will inaugurate the 2007 Summit of Euro-Mediterranean Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions in Athens on 15-16 October 2007. (...) >>>

Updated: 30th Oct. 2007
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Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network: "First Arab-European Dialogue on Human Rights and Terrorism"

For the first time, high-level politicians and human rights professionals from Europe and the Arab world gathered (...) >>>

Updated: 25th July 2007

Related:

- "The Unholy Alliance"
- "In Defense of Liberty"
- "The Jihad Project"
- "Stop Islamization of Europe"
- "Islamization=Apartheid"
- "Apostating Islam"
- "Muslims versus Sharia"

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Socialist Utopia Redux Take 20: archive

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World Challenges in the XXIst Century: "Iran courts Bolivia"

The government of Iran is following the lead of new ally Venezuela by taking its anti-American message to Bolivia, an impoverished but strategically positioned country in the heart of South America. A nemesis to U.S. interests in the Middle East for 30 years, Iran is now pouring millions of dollars of aid into Bolivia — including construction of a milk factory in Achacachi. Its real motive, however, is joining Bolivia and Venezuela to counter U.S. interests in Latin America, analysts said. ”Is Iran in Bolivia a nuisance to the United States? Of course it is,” said Abbas Milani, the co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. “Iran will try to shore up support for Bolivia’s president and help the anti-American message of its regime. And being in Bolivia will give Iran more pawns to play in its dealings with the Europeans and the United States.” (...) The timing is extremely important (...) >>>

Feb 10, 2009
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Nonsensible Shoes: "The Impending Doom of Hugo Chavez"

For those of us who have been following it, the recent problems that Hugo Chavez has been having with the church come as no surprise. (...) Hugo Chavez has stepped it up a notch against the church in advance of the referendum, calling the church a tumor. (...) in Latin America it would seem the advantage goes to the church. Particularly true in Venezuela where the church does not lean as left as it does in some other South American nations. (...) Chavez has been busy trying to consolidate and prolong his power, at the expense of popular support. His support while not yet gone, is increasingly on shaky ground. It may just be a matter of time (...) then there's the matter oil prices falling helping the slide of Venezuela, and by extension Chavez specifically. Venezuela's nationalized oil industry has relied on increased oil revenue since 2003 prices beganskyrocketing. It has supported the national programs, and covered up national structural shortcomings. With that bubble now burst, socialist programs are in need of another source of support. Don't look for the United States banks to bail out the tinpot - the banks have their own worries (...) The last 12 months have been unkind to Mr. Chavez. His humanitarian aid to Hamas may have to be scaled back. His subsidized domestic gas prices may have to disappear. He may end up losing yet again on the referendum to change the Constitution next month. Things look not yet bad, but definitely worsening for the socialist dictator. (...) >>>

Jan 24, 2009
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... as always, ready to erect Utopia on smoldering ashes ...

New Zeal: "Russian Communists Coming Back-Openly?"

Russia's Communists expect the global financial crisis will cause social unrest and help them challenge for power, the party's leader said on Saturday. Gennady Zyuganov told the party's annual congress the Communists should make maximum use of the growing public discontent caused by the economic downturn to try to restore their political strength. (...) >>>

Dec 2, 2008
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... here's the outcome of preceding entry ...

WSJ: "Hugo Chávez's Bag Man -Guess who's on the Argentinian government's campaign donor list?"

A federal jury in Miami yesterday convicted Venezuelan Franklin Duran of acting illegally on behalf of his government inside the U.S. If there were any lingering doubts about the danger that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez presents to democracy in the Western Hemisphere, this verdict puts them to rest. (...) >>>

4th Nov 2008
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CNN: "'Suitcase-gate' provides Latin American drama"

A trial in Miami involving a Venezuelan accused of being a secret agent is causing quite the stir in Argentina, with daily front-page stories and demands for a government investigation of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. (...)The Argentine media are calling it "suitcasegate," because the principal player was caught at a Buenos Aires airport in August last year with a bag containing $800,000 apparently meant for then-candidate Fernandez. Guido Alejandro Antonini Wilson, a businessman with dual U.S.-Venezuelan citizenship, was delivering the money on behalf of leftist Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, U.S. officials say.

This week Antonini testified that a larger suitcase containing $4.2 million and carried by somebody else in his eight-person entourage safely made it through Argentine customs that day. (...) Antonini returned to his Key Biscayne, Florida, condo shortly after his detention in Argentina last year. Within days, the United States alleges, the government of Venezuela sent five agents to pressure Antonini to keep his mouth shut about where he got the money and whom it was intended for. (...) The U.S. government indictment against them details a caper filled with clandestine meetings, code names and evasive driving meant to throw off anyone trying to tail them. (...)

Opposition members of the government are demanding a probe of Fernandez, who was elected in October to take over the post her husband, Nestor, held for four years. She denies any wrongdoing. She and Venezuela's Chavez have blamed the United States, saying the charges are an attempt to destabilize relations. Antonini has said a Fernandez ally asked him to bring the money, which came from the government-owned Venezuelan oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA. (...)

Two days after Antonini's detention last year, Chavez arrived in Argentina to sign an oil deal with the government. The timing was not a coincidence, some say. "It's in Chavez's interest not only to keep the Kirchners in power but to keep them strongly tied to him," said Hakim of the Inter-American Dialogue. "Argentina is a very important country, and Chavez wants to keep Argentina as close as possible." >>>

VHeadline Venezuela News has more >>>

26th Sep 2008
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... US Ambassador to Bolivia explains why he was thrown out by La Paz ... El Chavez in Venezuela acted his own irrational self and declared his US Ambassador persona non grata in an act of sheer solidarity ... and this is the latest on that country's human rights record

19th Sep 2008

Updated 20th Sep with the same Human Right Watch reporters being thrown out as well...

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... the subjectivist world order ...

Press TV of Iran: "Iran, Latin America construct new world system" - FEATURE

Revolutionary Bolivian President Evo Morales said his September visit to Tehran was "a symbol of the unity and solidarity between Iran and Bolivia." The visit cemented a close relationship between the two nations, which has been growing since 2006 when Morales was swept to power by popular vote as the first indigenous president of Bolivia. "The two revolutionary nations and the governments of Iran and Bolivia are natural allies and will remain supportive of one another under any circumstance," affirmed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (...) The natural friendship between the two countries has grown out of their shared stance against imperialism and their rejection of interference by foreign powers. (...) Morales also rejected the intervention of the United Nations Security Council in Iran's nuclear program, saying it "lacks any legal or technical justification". (...) Iran has established strong relations with Latin American countries, including Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador and Nicaragua. (...) >>>

Updated: 8th Sep 2008
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BBC: "Maoist leader becomes Nepalese PM"

Members of Nepal's parliament have overwhelmingly elected the Maoist leader Prachanda as the country's new prime minister. The 53-year-old won 80% of votes to defeat his only rival, the Congress Party candidate, Sher Bahadur Deuba. Maoists won a surprise victory in April elections, and two other key parties supported Prachanda in the vote. Last month, Nepal swore in a mainly ceremonial president, Ram Baran Yadav, after the monarchy was scrapped in May.It is only two years since Prachanda emerged from more than two decades underground as a militant communist leader. (...) >>>

Updated: 17th Aug. 2008
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CNN: "Bolivians support Morales in recall, early results show"

A bold gamble by President Evo Morales to break a political deadlock and re-energize his leftist revolution paid off as Bolivia's voters resoundingly endorsed him in a recall referendum. (...) >>>

Updated: 11th Aug. 2008
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BBC: "Venezuelans protest against ban "

Demonstrators have taken to the streets of the Venezuelan capital Caracas to oppose moves to bar nearly 300 politicians from standing for election. (...) Most of the candidates represent opposition parties. There are less than four months to go now until regional and local elections which could prove a key test for President Chavez and his socialist revolution, the BBC's James Ingham reports from Caracas. (...) >>>

Updated: 7th Aug. 2008
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Front Page: "Comrades In Arms," by Stephen Brown

It had the atmosphere of the Cold War. Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s trip to Russia this month brought back memories of the 40-year East-West confrontation when Fidel Castro was the Soviet Union’s favorite Latin American dictator. The warm greeting, the fact it was Chavez’s sixth visit to Russia (...) The anti-American Venezuelan leader, who once described himself as “very Maoist all of my life”, is always welcome in Moscow. In the past, the outspoken dictator has left behind billions of dollars in orders for the latest Russian weaponry (...) one analyst states they are meant to back up his ongoing quest to expand his influence in South America. Chavez’s end goal is the creation of an anti-American bloc with himself as leader(...) For its part, the Kremlin’s main emphasis during Chavez’s trip was not on the arms sales but rather the signing of energy exploration agreements. (...) Russia regards its support for Chavez as a countermove to the much disliked missile defence system the United States intends to set up (...) Moscow was also unhappy with the thousand American troops sent this month to Georgia, a country on its southern border, to conduct joint military exercises with Georgian forces. The Russian army immediately staged a counter exercise close by. And only last week Moscow announced as another countermeasure its intention to have long-range bombers refuel in Cuba, six years after it had closed its last base there. (...) But with this Russian “assistance” in the form of weapons, Chavez has only succeeded in fuelling a regional arms race. Chile is now spending colossal sums on arms, as are Brazil and Colombia. (...) These factors probably played a role in the decision to reactivate the U.S. Fourth Fleet last April after nearly 60 years. The fleet’s home port will be in Florida and it will patrol Caribbean and South American waters. Predictably, it was the three leftist, anti-American regimes in South America, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba, who were most vociferous in protesting the fleet’s return. (...) one Latin American newspaper reported that Mexican drug cartel criminals are being sent to Iran via Venezuela for advanced training in building car bombs. If one such terrorist vehicle should ever be detonated, with Venezuelan assistance, in the United States, then Chavez would suffer a worse fate than Castro ever did. The Fourth Fleet would see to that. (...) >>>

Updated: 31st July 2008
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BBC: "Cuba reforms turn to state land"

Cuba is to put more state-controlled farm land into private hands, in a move to increase the island's lagging food production. (...) President Castro, who took over from his ailing brother Fidel in February, considers reducing costly food imports as a matter of national security. President Castro, who took over from his ailing brother Fidel in February, considers reducing costly food imports as a matter of national security. (...) "For various reasons there is a considerable percentage of state land sitting vacant, so it must be handed over to individuals or groups as owners or users, in an effort to increase production of food and reduce imports (...) The decree also said that farmers would have to pay taxes on their production, but it did not say how much. (...) >>>

Updated: 19th July 2008
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... while the revolutionaries are making the most of it, VHeadline in passing
shows us the best dictatorships have to offer: inexplicable, random, reasonless,
freak, laws and regulations ... switch off reason, switch off thought ...

VHeadline Venezuela News: "US Offical: Navy Plane May Have Entered Venezulan Airpace"

VHeadline Venezuela very much regrets that we cannot possibly give official explanations of the vagaries of Venezuela's newly-declared ban on all open-pit mining within the country. We suggest that you address all enquiries to the embassy or consulate nearest to your location. Please see listing at: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/Venezuela
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Updated: 19th May 2008
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C
NN: "Exit polls: Bolivian state backs autonomy"


Thousands of people in Bolivia's largest state celebrated what they saw as the success of a referendum on autonomy Sunday night, but the country's president said the measure had failed. (...) The president said nearly 40 percent of eligible voters did not go to the polls -- and that their absence amounted to a rejection of autonomy effort, which pits an eastern state rich in oil and natural gas with a central government led by a leftist president. About 20 people were injured in clashes between the two sides Sunday, officials said. Pro-government peasant groups were blamed for burning dozens of ballot boxes in Santa Cruz, but the state's Provincial Governor Ruben Costas described the violence as isolated incidents. (...) >>>

Updated: 5th May 2008
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... closely following the template ...
CNN: "Colombia to accuse Chavez before international court"

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said Tuesday that he will seek Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's denunciation in court for financing a terrorist group. Camilo Ospina, Colombia's ambassador to the United Nations, will go before the International Criminal Court to accuse Chavez of "supporting and financing genocides," Uribe told reporters. The Colombian leader alleged Monday that correspondence taken from computers seized in last weekend's military raid into Ecuador showed Chavez had given $300 million to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. (...) >>>

Updated: 4th March 2008
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OMMAG: "Another Leftist Leader Comes In"

According to the way our home grown socialists talk ..... this should mean that ALL the problems of Central America should go away now!

".....GUATEMALA CITY - Alvaro Colom was sworn on Monday in as Guatemala's first leftist president in more than 50 years, promising to fight poverty in a country where half the people live on less than $1 a day. Colom took office along with his vice-president, former Houston Methodist Hospital heart surgeon Rafael Espada, in a ceremony attend by at least 10 world leaders, including Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez..........."
No word if Shaun Penn was there for a hug fest with his buddy Hugo....

Updated: 14th Jan. 2008
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BBC: "Mugabe looks to prolong his rule"

President Robert Mugabe has seen off his rivals within Zanu-PF and secured the party's nomination for the presidential elections scheduled for next March. (...) "There is a rude awakening that Mugabe will not step down voluntarily, and there is nothing that can be done, using party procedures, to deal with his succession." >>>

Updated: 14th December 2007
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Dr Sanity: "Bankrupt philosophy exposed, but malignant leader soldiers on"

The totally bankrupt ideology espoused by Hugo Chavez (and admired by his Hollywood fan club) was, sooner (...)

Updated: 10th Dec. 2007
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Bloomberg: "Venezuelans Reset Clocks With Chavez's New Time Zone"

Venezuelans began their work week at a new hour after >>>

... classical in every sense ...

Updated: 10th Dec. 2007
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BBC: "Chavez defeated over reform vote"

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has narrowly lost a referendum on controversial constitutional changes (...) >>>

Dated: 3rd Dec. 2007

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Finer Points of Warfare: archive

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CNN: "Secret killing program is key in Iraq, Woodward says"

The dramatic drop in violence in Iraq is due in large part to a secret program the U.S. military has used to kill terrorists, according to a new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward. (...) The program -- which Woodward compares to the World War II era Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb -- must remain secret for now or it would "get people killed (...) "It is a wonderful example of American ingenuity solving a problem in war, as we often have," Woodward said.

In "The War Within: Secret White House History 2006-2008," Woodward disclosed the existence of secret operational capabilities developed by the military to locate, target and kill leaders of al Qaeda in Iraq and other insurgent leaders. National security adviser Stephen Hadley, in a written statement reacting to Woodward's book, acknowledged the new strategy. Yet he disputed Woodward's conclusion that the "surge" of 30,000 U.S. troops into Iraq was not the primary reason for the decline in violent attacks. "It was the surge that provided more resources and a security context to support newly developed techniques and operations," Hadley wrote. (...) >>>

Updated: 10th Sep 2008
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Slate: "An Army of Ones and Zeroes - How I became a soldier in the Georgia-Russia cyberwar,"As Russian and Georgian troops fight on the ground, there's a parallel war happening in cyberspace. In recent weeks, Georgia's government Web sites have been besieged by denial-of-service attacks and acts of vandalism. Just like in traditional warfare, there's a lot of confusion about what's going on in this technological battle—nobody seems to know whether this is a centralized Russian attack, the work of a loose band of hackers, or something else. Having read so many contradicting accounts, I knew that the only reliable way to find out what was really happening was to enlist in the Russian digital army myself. (...) In less than an hour, I had become an Internet soldier. I didn't receive any calls from Kremlin operatives; nor did I have to buy a Web server or modify my computer in any significant way. (...) My experiment also might shed some light on why the recent cyberwar has been so hard to pin down and why no group in particular has claimed responsibility. Paranoid that the Kremlin's hand is everywhere, we risk underestimating the great patriotic rage of many ordinary Russians, who, having been fed too much government propaganda in the last few days, are convinced that they need to crash Georgian Web sites. Many Russians undoubtedly went online to learn how to make mischief, as I did. Within an hour, they, too, could become cyberwarriors. >>>
Times Online: "Russian fighting machine is showing its age, say military analysts"

Pictures of triumphant Russian soldiers sitting on armoured personnel carriers as they were driven through towns in Georgia (...) were so lightly armed and so uncomfortable and hot to sit in that the Russian soldiers felt safer perched on top. (...) For an invading force from what used to be a military superpower, Russia's 58th Army did not look like a modern fighting unit. Victory came as a result of overwhelming numerical superiority and a textbook Soviet-style strategy based on detailed planning that leaves little room for flexibility. It was shock and awe by force of numbers, rather than by precision-guided weapons. (...) >>>

Updated: 22nd Aug. 2008
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Black Five: "Inside Baseball: On Clausewitz"

One of the longstanding disputes among people who spend their lives thinking about war is the continuing utility of Von Clausewitz's On War. In Armed Forces Journal, Phillip S. Meilinger takes the anti-Clausewitz position. Our friend COL David Maxwell, US Special Forces, currently the G3 for USASOC, writes to defend Clausewitz's continued position at the head of the reading list. I have his permission to publish his comments. My own thoughts are that the AFJ article raises some excellent points as re: non-Western societies motivations towards warfare. Yet COL Maxwell is right: the answers aren't in Clausewitz, but in learning to think about war. In the learning to think about the issues Clausewitz raises, as with a few other classics, you develop skills that will serve you well. I have found him tremendously useful in the current conflict, tribal though much of it has been. But read the arguments for yourselves, in the extended entry (...) >>>

Updated: 6th Aug. 2008
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American Thinker: "Iran and the Lessons of Dunkirk," by Steve Feinstein

In early May 1940, less than a year after the outbreak of the Second World War in Europe, Germany turned its attention to Western Europe with a vengeance. German armed forces -- utilizing their newly-perfected Blitzkrieg tactics of tank attacks coordinated with tactical air support -- smashed through the "Low Countries" of Holland and Belgium, and completed an end-run into the heart of France around its defensive Maginot Line. The heavily-fortified Line had been constructed after World War I and was supposed to keep France safe from any future German attack. However, the Line failed miserably (...) Military history is rife with examples of air power alone not being able to achieve the ultimate victory. Several factors need to be in place before air power can be utilized to its greatest effect (...) Dunkirk proved that when the attacking force lacks two out of three success factors, the mission fails. The US and Israel proved in 1945 and 1981 that when all three conditions are satisfied, the mission succeeds. The lesson of being "3 for 3" is one that military planners-- and any new American administration-need to understand completely. (...) >>>

Updated: 27th July 2008
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Middle East Forum: "My Pentagon Years"

Douglas J. Feith was undersecretary of defense for policy in the Bush administration (2001-05), and is a professor of national security policy at Georgetown University. He previously served in several capacities in the Reagan administration. His articles on foreign and defense affairs have appeared in the Middle East Quarterly as well as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Commentary. He was educated at Georgetown University and Harvard College.

The Middle East Forum presented Douglas J. Feith in a discussion of his new book, War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism (HarperCollins), a chronicle of his experiences as undersecretary of defense for policy in the Bush administration between 2001 and 2005. In this position, he formulated policy through critical stages of the wars in Iraq and against radical Islam. Feith began by articulating some of the thoughts developed by policymakers in the immediate aftermath of the 9-11 attack. "In my book, I'm looking at the development of a strategy for the war on terrorism, and if one is going to understand that it is useful to go back and capture the frame of mind that we had as a country, and specifically that the policy makers had within the administration right after the attack."

Feith pointed out that President Bush's description of the situation right after 9-11 as a "war" was a significant break with previous U.S. policy. The standard response, for decades, was to have the FBI arrest the perpetrators, prosecute, and punish them. In his book, Feith chronicles how the administration crafted a strategy to fight a war against an amorphous enemy that was not only hard to locate, but hard to define. His thesis is that the U.S. "developed a proper apprehension of the threat and a good strategy," and that "the administration has done a better job of conceiving the strategy and executing it than talking about it." Indeed, the administration's failure was in explaining and justifying this strategy to the U.S. and the world, which is one of several major criticisms of the administration Feith makes in his book (...) >>>

Updated: 23rd July 2008
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The nuts and bolts of sniping in a "Military.com" slideshow ...

Updated: 14th Mar, 2008

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CNN: "U.S. deficient against Muslim insurgents, study says"

The U.S. military is seriously deficient in meeting "the threat of Islamist insurgencies," says a Pentagon-commissioned study released Monday. The Rand Corp. report characterizes "U.S. military intervention and occupation in the Muslim world" as "at best inadequate, at worst counter-productive, and, on the whole, infeasible." The Pentagon asked the nonprofit research organization to review strategies to thwart insurgents. (...) >>>

Updated: 11th Feb. 2008
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Politeia: "The Transatlantic Gulf of Soft and Hardware"

(...) Since Robert Kagan's book "Of Paradise and Power" we better understand the psychological mechanism that says that if you have a hammer, you happen see a whole lot of nails. (...) the missions' aims often overemphasize peace related activities: development aspects and civil engineering projects, rendering highly trained military personnel a sort of hybrids between boy scouts and development workers. Another problem is evidently, in order to have peace, the war first needs to be won, which - heaven forbid - might even involve killing some terrorists! Those that do fully engage in winning that war, are viewed upon as bloodthirsty cowboys. This attitude constitutes supporting the troops. (...) >>>

Updated: 16th Jan. 2008
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Politeia: "The Fable of the Water Buffalo and the Sparrow", by Dr Sam C. Holliday

While the 'Fable of the Knife' contains a useful lesson (...) we hope they will help others neutralize the global Islamic revisionist movement, known as the Third Jihad. >>>

Updated: 23rd Nov. 2007
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Politeia: "The Fable of the Knife", by Dr Sam C. Holliday

(...) we must not forget the ‘Fable of the Knife’. Future hirabahists (Islamic extremists who kill the innocent) will surely remember it. >>>

Updated: 3rd November 2007
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New York Post: "No Nightmare - Why 'Surge' is Working", by Pete Hegseth

... the new U.S. strategy has changed the facts on the grounds. ... what the critics failed to see was that >>>

Updated: 23rd Oct. 2007

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Dialectics: archive

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P
oliteia: "The Alinsky Legacy: the Subversion Handbook,"
by Dr Sam Holliday

'Rules for Radicals' by Saul D. Alinsky is an handbook for how 'Have-Nots' can take power away from the 'Haves.' In it he explains how to manipulate the political system through "community organization" using a mantra of "change". Obama is the embodiment of the Alinsky's Legacy. This has been known for many years, but even today very few people recognize it. (...) The ability of Obama to implement Alinsky's plan is due to his appealing image, to his skills, and to the transformation of American culture as a result of postmodern thought. It is not difficult to connect the dots. (...) Why does black pride and white guilt count for so much? Why does Obama's hypocrisy, financial indiscretions, anti-American past, and questionable associations count for so little? Could the answers be that the USA is now in the declining stages of its cycle? (See: Understanding Change) How far will the Legacy of Frank Davis and Saul Alinsky be taken? Can it be stopped? Can the cycle be reversed? (...) >>>

21st Oct 2008
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... VDH doesn't know about the Dialectics ... women's lib was the first ax at the root of the white, heterosexual male power structure ... but it was so successful that no one noticed and almost all co-opted the tactic ... the Left is right: they own feminism ...

Townhall: "What Was Feminism?", by Victor Davis Hanson

The media went hysterical over Sarah Palin (...) She may have appeared to the public as an independent, capable professional woman, but to a particular elite she couldn't possibly be a real feminist or even a serious candidate. And that raises questions about what is -- and what is not -- feminism. Feminism grew out of the 1960s to address sexual inequality. (...) A woman's worth was not to be necessarily judged by having either too many or too few children, given the privacy of such decisions and the co-responsibility of male partners. (...) women were not to be defined by their husband's or father's success or failure. The beauty of women's liberation was that it was not hierarchical but included the unmarried woman who drove a combine on her own farm, the corporate attorney and the homemaker who chose to home-school her children (...) did not look for special favors (...) surely did not wish to deny innately feminine differences. Instead, they asked only that men should not establish arbitrary rules of the game that favored their male gender. (...)

That old definition of feminism is now dead. It has been replaced by a new creed that is far more restrictive -- as the controversy over Sarah Palin attests. Out of the recent media frenzy, four general truths emerged about the new feminism: First, there is a particular class and professional bent to the practitioners of feminism. (...) Emancipated women who, like Palin, do not believe in abortion or are devout Christians are at best considered unsophisticated dupes. At worse, they are caricatured as conservative interlopers, piggybacking on the hard work of leftwing women whose progressive ideas alone have allowed the Palins of the world the choices that otherwise they would not now enjoy.(...) Joe Biden, said Palin’s election, given her politics, would be "a backward step for women." Third, hypocrisy abounds.(...) This past week we were supposed to learn about a liberated Gov. Sarah Palin. Instead the media taught us more than we ever wanted to know about what they now call feminism. >>>

Updated: 11th Sep 2008
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... at last, another definition, but it isn't reduced further down the roots: the KGB/Frankfurt School strategy against the West through self-restraint ... auto-subversion, might be another ...

Pajamas: "Obama’s punitive liberalism, or why treating success as a form of failure is wrong," by Roger Kimball

(...) Obama invokes “fairness,” he wants us to feel guilty about economic success. This is the secret of his appeal to the socialistically inclined. (...) liberalism and feelings of guilt go together as predictably as tea and crumpets. In the title essay of his remarkable book The Chatham House Version, Elie Kedourie criticizes the anti-Western bias of Arnold Toynbee’s multi-volume A Study of History. “In my eyes,” Toynbee wrote in his concluding volume, “the west is a perpetual aggressor.” Kedourie points out that behind Toynbee’s impressive erudition (”the far-fetched analogies, the obscure references, the succession of latinate, polysyllabic words”) one discerns “the shrill and clamant voice of English radicalism, thrilling with self-accusatory and joyful lamentation. (...) a conviction of superior virtue punctuated by declarations of unappeasable guilt. Whose guilt? Ours–or, to be more precise–yours: all you who have not yet fully acknowledged the miserable condition of Western society, especially the more affluent purlieus of Western society, and above all those parts of affluent Western society that happen to be white, male, and Christian.

This phenomenon, though long recognized, was without a proper name until James Piereson, writing in The Weekly Standard a few years ago, coined the perfect epithet: “punitive liberalism.” (...) Piereson writes, the Democratic party was gradually taken over by a bizarre doctrine that might be called Punitive Liberalism (...) It was, as Piereson notes, one of Ronald Reagan’s great achievements to overcome, at least temporarily, the emotional mandate of punitive liberalism. (...) Did Reagan really “vanquish” punitive liberalism, or did he merely rebuff it momentarily? The extraordinary, uncritical acclamation accorded to Obama by the Left suggests that “we have scotched the snake, not killed it.” (...) I hope that people will begin calling Obama’s “fairness doctrine” by its real name: it’s not fairness, but punitive liberalism. The first step towards freedom is calling things by their real names. With the phrase “Punitive Liberalism,” we at last have a truthful name for the toxic doctrine that would have us believe success is a form of failure. (...) >>>

Updated: 20th Aug. 2008
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Townhall: "Pacifism: The Last Refuge of Hypocrites," by Burt Prelutsky


(...) The left makes no secret of the fact that they hate war. But the truth of the matter is that their opposition to armed conflict is situational. It depends entirely on the party affiliation of the commander in chief and, of course, on the politics of the enemy. For example, the left was eager for the U.S. to enter the Spanish Civil War in order to fight Franco and his fascist allies because the Soviet Union and the Communists were lined up on the other side. However, as soon as Hitler and Stalin signed a mutual non-aggression pact, the American left decided we had no business getting involved in European affairs, even as Poland, France and Holland, were being swallowed up by the Nazis. Of course that changed just as soon as Germany invaded the Soviet Union. As that icon of the left, Lillian Hellman, was reputed to have announced to a group of fellow Communists on that fateful day, “We’ve been attacked!” During the Cold War, these were the same people, as devoted as ever to serving the interests of Joseph Stalin, who insisted that America unilaterally disarm itself and turn its atomic arsenal into plowshares. When Bill Clinton sent U.S. troops into Kosovo, a place where no American interests were involved, the left raised no objections. (...) And isn’t it odd that nobody, including the New York Times, John Murtha or Barack Obama, ever asked Bill Clinton if he actually had an exit strategy? These days, it must be apparent even to the goofiest liberal that victory in Iraq has been snatched from the jaws of defeat by the U.S. military. (...) >>>

Updated: 2nd Aug. 2008
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Politeia: "Global Warming, A Problem Not Supposed to be Solved"

These guys are spot on. Environmentalism is just another control mechanism in the fight against reality: the Postmodern dialectic. It goes from Rousseauian anti science and technology, to - increasingly - anti humanism. It's a particularly destructive set of crypto Fascist values. Wake up! >>>

Updated: 30th July 2008
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Townhall: "Kathleen Parker's Quest To Save The Males," by W. Thomas Smith, Jr

Years ago, my then-girlfriend urged me to read John Gray’s Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. (...) it was in a neat little one-volume package that we males could refer to whenever we screwed up (...) Enter author Kathleen Parker, a syndicated columnist who frequently champions both men and women, but never one-over-the-other because of gender. (...) her new book, Save the Males, explains “why men matter, and why women [and men] should care.” (...)

Save the Males covers everything from how we got to this point culturally, the unfortunately related “porning of America,” why boys need men, to the increasingly popular notion that men and masculinity are simply irrelevant. What is however relevant – particularly to active and former military guys like myself who clearly understand how the continued track of gender-norming in the armed forces could ultimately erode national defense – is that, as Parker writes, "As a rule, most women are physically weaker than most men" and “There’s a reason there are no women in the NFL.”

I know: We're not supposed to actually say those things. But it's critical when one considers the fact that in the infantry – even the modern infantry – physical strength (along with high-tech equipment and great leadership) is key to dominance on the battlefield. (...) As I previously said, the truth hurts: and this book is going to sting some, especially those who do not want to let men off the hook. For the rest of us – men and women – willing to take a good hard look at why men matter – looking at the issue as objectively as Parker has – it is a very important read. >>>

Updated: 25th July 2008
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Politeia: "Global Warming=Earth Lib"

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the House (Select) Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee, betrayed his credentials by using another popular rhetorical trick from the Postmodernist cupboard, the false equation: (he) "equated the drive for global warming legislation with the drive for women’s suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries."Either that, or a dialectical process from the Rousseau school of thought is taking place in the mind of the Representative, the liberation of planet Earth from the oppressions of the perceived 'white, male power structure' (another term for rational civilization). (...) >>>

Updated: 16th July 2008
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Pajamas: "Saving the Males From the NY Times," by Bernard Chapin

Members of the mainstream media not only cherish alternative lifestyles; they also wish to purge everything from our culture that prevents their realization. This was evident on Father’s Day when the New York Times Magazine commemorated the holiday by placing the misandric query, “Will Dad Ever Do His Share?,” on its cover. Inside is a lengthy expose by Lisa Belkin on this subject entitled “When Mom and Dad Share It All.” Those familiar with the contents of the Gray Lady will be unmoved by yet another attempt to denigrate fathers. After all, fulfilling the needs of politically correct oppression merchants practically has become the paper’s central purpose. (...) >>>

Updated: 2nd July 2008
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Introduction to the dossier
In reaction to ultra rational positions taken by the later thinkers of the Enlightenment, a brand of 18th century German intellectuals sought to save the old order by undertaking a cultural movement countering the rationalist influences. These reactionaries are known as the German Idealists, the Romanticists, the Counter-Enlightenment movement, or the anti-modernists.

In the effort, anti-modernist philosophers Kant (1724-1804) and Hegel (1770-1831) sought to square Judeo-Christian cosmology with reason.

Kant saw philosophy as a grey area between science and religion and made it the battleground in the war on reason. His rescue effort resulted in the corruption of all three fields. Philosophy - in Aristotelian and Thomist hands a precision instrument for the exploration of reality - has never recovered from Kant's speculative theories about the nature of thought.

Kant devised a dialectical mechanism which was later further developed by Hegel to reflect contradictions: the dialectic of contradictory elements, also known as 'new reason,' making contradictions part of reality. Thereby he inflicted on the world the self-perpetuating mechanism for progress through strife and conflict. A practical application we see around us every day is the adversarial approach to communication, common to the journalists, lawyers and politicians.

Hegel skewed Kant's proposition by replacing God with the State. Later followers posited further variations on such themes, creating in effect secular pseudo religions. This is the origin of mystical nationalism and of malignant racial and cultural theories, including Postmodern multiculturalism.

Hegel's followers divided into Right, and Left (or Young) Hegelians. Young Hegelian Karl Marx (1818-1883) further developed the dialectic, devising yet another skewed version (dialectical materialism) of Hegel's skewed version.

Marx' paranoid vision of society has divided the world into two species of humans: the oppressors and the oppressed, resulting in a perpetual struggle of minority groups against the 'power structure.' The latter should not be understood as 'those in power', but rather 'those in power, other than us'.

Contemporary Postmodernism in which Left and Right Hegelians re-united (yes! there are quite a few Fascists there too) have harnessed political correctness to today's version of Marx' class struggle. Rousseau's vista of a noble, primordial world destroyed by the logic of man's egoist drive for civilization, might well have sired the epidemic of Western self-loathing. But it is now part and parcel of the postmodern dialectic: political correctness, a mechanism for self-control along the lines of direct action or positive discrimination with the aim of establishing redistribution of power and rights.

This dossier aims to compile examples of the practical applications of the Postmodern dialectic. These often takes the shape of contemporary multicultural and social ideas concerning minority groups and often condense in 'moral' legislation and influencing public opinion through the manipulation of people's perceptions.

The overt, narrow objective is the liberation of the minority in question (women's lib, black power, gay rights, etc.) with the view of shifting power and rights from the ones in power ('white males') to minority victim groups (everyone else).

The ultimate aim however goes far beyond the narrow collective group interest: the deconstruction from within, of Western culture as it developed over the course of three millennia.

The next step on that path was set when the Left recently abandoned the patronage of the traditional historically oppressed groups in favour of their enemy, Islamism: its potentially deconstructive powers are simply too promising to pass up. The fact they have made this shift without any visible signs of cognitive dissonance, says much about the ruthlessness of the underlying ideology. Next stop: 'borders are immoral.'

Dated: 4th July 2008
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Thursday, January 8, 2009

China Chill: archive

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Time: "Failed Government Policies Sparked Tibet Riots: Report"

A new report from a group of Chinese scholars has for the first time challenged China's official explanation that the deadly riots that broke out across Tibet in March, 2008, were inspired by "overseas forces" - namely the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. (Read "One Year After Protests, an Enforced Silence on Tibet.") The report, which was recently published on a Chinese website, blames the riots not on outsiders but onBeijing's policy toward Tibet, claiming the central government has backed incompetent local officials, created an economy that provides few options for young people, and deprived Tibetans of access to equal justice under the law. (See pictures of last year's uprising in Tibet.) While international human rights groups have said the rioting, in which at least 19 died, was a predictable response to the repression many Tibetans experience under Chinese rule, domestic criticism of the government on the politically charged subject of Tibet is rare in China. (...) >>>

- Caption: by The People's Cube -

May 27, 2009
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FEATURE - packed with noteworthy details: read it all >>>

AIM: "Red Chinese Celebrate at New York Stock Exchange"

Henry Kissinger made headlines on January 5 by proclaiming Barack Obama to be the architect of a “New World Order.” He told CNBC that “His task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period when, really, a new world order can be created. It’s a great opportunity, it isn’t just a crisis.” But even more important than this eye-opening statement was where Kissinger made it―the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Kissinger, a former Secretary of State, was alongside Stephen Orlins, president of the U.S. National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and two Chinese officials, as Orlins rang the market bell and declared that the 45 Chinese companies with a market capitalization of $802 billion that are listed on the NYSE were “emblematic of the economic integration of the two countries.” (...)

The opening bell event, which is seen by 100 million viewers on CNBC and other media outlets around the world, illustrates a point in Bill Gertz’s new book, The Failure Factory, which declares that “Beijing’s influence on the U.S. Government is so pervasive that most Americans remain entirely ignorant of the danger.” Gertz, a defense and national security reporter for the Washington Times, describes Kissinger as a lobbyist who exerts “enormous influence on U.S. leaders” and a source of multiple “misguided policies” that benefit China and other U.S. adversaries. (...) >>>

Jan 8, 2009
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PJM: "China’s Bank of Terrorism", by Gordon G. Chang

Is Beijing the world’s banking capital for terrorists? (...) On August 21, they filed suit in Superior Court in Los Angeles, alleging that, beginning in July 2003, Bank of China transferred millions of dollars to help Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad. The moneys, originating in Iran and Syria as well as other places in the Middle East, were funneled through Bank of China branches located in the United States to a branch in Guangzhou, the capital of China’s Guangdong province. From there the funds were wired to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, where they were used “for the purpose of planning, preparing for and executing terrorist attacks” between May 2004 to January of last year. (...) Bank of China has long been suspected of involvement in unseemly activities outside Chinese borders. Before the recent terrorism allegations, the bank was caught up in several North Korean scandals. (...) any bank can be the unwitting depository and transmitter of dirty funds, but this particular institution has had a long involvement in illicit North Korean activities. In a wide ranging probe this decade of Pyongyang’s counterfeiting of American currency, its manufacture of methamphetamines, and its trade in fake cigarettes, Bank of China’s name came up at almost every turn. (...) >>>

Updated: 31st Aug. 2008
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Politeia: "Pragmatist Olympics in the Terror Hive"

While isolating sports from the political context is one thing, and respecting the internal affairs of a sovereign nation another, the tacit acceptance of state terror and brutal oppression - let alone legitimizing it by appointing the perpetrator as an Olympic host - is far more serious. Experts assure us that the Chinese leaders interpret the selection of Beijing as the world's acknowledgement that it accepts the Communist Party (CCP) as the legitimate ruler of China. It's what you get with the Pragmatist approach to evil ideologies. (...) The Epoch Times has published a series of nine columns, called the Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party, which represent the most detailed account yet of communist misrule in China (...) take note of the gruesome history on which the Chinese ideal of Rousseau's Agrarianism is built, a legacy legitimized by Western Postmodern Pragmatism. Here's a excerpt from Kathy Shaidle's"Beijing: Munich or Berlin" from Front Page Magazine(...) >>>

Updated: 8th Aug. 2008
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Front Page: "China’s Secret War," by Stephen Brown

Cyber warfare officially arrived on Capitol Hill last week. Two Republican congressmen, Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia and Rep. Christopher Smith of New Jersey, went public last Wednesday with the news that in 2006 and 2007 their office computer networks had been breached by Chinese hackers. The cyber raiders were not looking for sensitive military or economic data. Instead, they apparently tried to steal political information about Chinese dissidents. (...) >>>

Updated: 19th June 2008
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... on the day the BBC is reporting that the Dalai Lama has spotted a change in China (the best we could hope is 'a transparent attitude'), over at Chiesa Sandro Magister, from a Catholic perspective, registers the opposite:
Chiesa: "Olympics of the Faith: China Disqualifies the Virgin of Sheshan"

Pilgrimages banned to the most important Chinese Marian shrine – on the day of prayer established by the pope. A book by the sinologist Bernardo Cervellera lays bare the contradictions of the regime, on the eve of the Olympic Games in Beijing >>>

- Caption: "Our Lady of China" - Hat Tip: In Defense of the Cross -

Updated: 22nd May 2008
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Pajamas Media: "China’s Earthquake Gets Political," by Gordon G. Chang

The Communist Party, of course, did not cause China's recent devastating earthquake, but many angry citizens blame their government for post-quake deaths — and want their leaders held accountable. (...) >>>

Update: 18th May 2008
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Balkanalysis: "China’s Security Concerns Reach Europe, as Greece Prepares to Light Olympic Flame", by Ioannis Michaletos

The Chinese government recently announced that it has eliminated an Islamist terrorist cell composed of Uyghur Turks from Xinjiang Province in the west of the country. With security for the Olympics, which start in Beijing on August 8 at an all-time-high, China’s concerns have reverberated as far as southeastern Europe, where on March 24 the Greek government will conduct the traditional lighting of the Olympic flame. Greece’s security precautions for the event involve new techniques and technology in practice since Athens hosted the last Olympics, in 2004, and are being executed with an eye to possible threats from political opponents of the Chinese regime, including left-wing terrorist groups, the Uyghur Diaspora, Tibet activists and other potential troublemakers. (...)

Chinese Minister of Public Security Zhou Yongkang has stated that “we face the challenges of terrorism, separatism and extremism.” Attesting to this concern, Beijing recently announced that it had foiled a plot devised by terrorists seeking to take over a passenger plane and crash it in a major city. According to Wang Lequan, the top Communist Party official in the western region of Xinjiang, there were plans “to sabotage the staging of the Beijing Olympics.” CNN reported that “two people were killed and 15 captured in the raid, along with weapons and extremist religious literature.” (...) >>>

Updated: 18th Mar 2008
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NewsMax: "Chinese Navy Confronted USS Kitty Hawk"

A Chinese attack submarine and destroyer confronted the U.S. carrier Kitty Hawk and its battle group in the Taiwan Strait, sparking a tense 28-hour standoff that brought both sides to a battle-ready position. The American ships were heading to Japan following China’s sudden cancellation of a scheduled Thanksgiving port call in Hong Kong when they encountered the Chinese vessels, according to the Navy Times, which cited a report in a Chinese-language newspaper in Taiwan.

The Times reported that the encounter caused the carrier group “to halt and ready for battle, as the Chinese vessels also stopped amid the 28-hour confrontation.” The encounter ended without incident, however, and the U.S. ships continued on to Japan. The two Chinese vessels were also headed for a port call in Japan. (...)

Shortly before the Kitty Hawk battle group was denied entry to Hong Kong, China had refused safe harbor for two U.S. Navy minesweepers seeking refuge from a storm. As Newsmax has reported, some U.S. politicians have rung alarm bells about China's increased military spending and technological revamping of its armed forces.

China’s military budget had an average annual growth rate of nearly 16 percent from 1994 to 2004, and China's reported 2006 military budget is about $35 billion, according to Beijing. But Pentagon sources have said these numbers fail to demonstrate the true scope of the growth, and the real 2006 figure could be as much as $105 billion. (...)

In November, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda warned that China’s continuing military buildup could eventually pose a “major threat” if the Chinese government decides to exercise its power. (...) >>>

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Revisionism: archive

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Reverse morality in history: Dutch publication De Pers is reporting on a remarkable article posted by Russian military historian, Colonel Sergej Kovaljov on the website of the Russin DoD. In part:

De Pers: "Poland is to blame for World War II"

The article is part of the Russian wish to absolve Stalin, the Soviet Union and the Great Patriotic War". The famines that were willfully created by Stalin's polities aren't deemed genocide and the Russian Supreme Court has recently rejected an investigation into the massacre of Polish officers at Katyn.

Generally Poland is seen as the victim, not the agressor. German troops jackbooted into Poland in 1939, encouraged by the Socialist mutual appreciation treaty, the Molotov-Von Ribbentrop non-agression pact. In the article, entitled "Fictions and Falsifications in Evaluating the role of the Soviet Union on the brink of World War II", Kovaljov posits that Hitler demanded reunification with Danzig and a corridor from Germany to Kaliningrad. "Everyone knows that the war started when Poland refused to answer Germany's reasonable demands". (...) >>>

June 5, 2009
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WSJ: "Medvedev Creates History Commission"

President Dmitry Medvedev has created a special commission to counter what he says are increasingly aggressive attempts to rewrite history to Russia's disadvantage. Supporters said the commission is needed to tackle anti-Russian propaganda in the former Soviet Union, an area Moscow regards as its backyard, but liberal historians called the initiative a return to Soviet-era controls.In a signal that the Kremlin is continuing its assertive foreign policy despite Russia's weakening economy, Mr. Medvedev, in a decree made public Tuesday, ordered the commission to investigate and counter falsified versions of history that damage Russia's "international prestige." (...) >>>

May 20, 2009
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PJM: "The Blood Libels at National Geographic Magazine: The Planet-Friendly Purveyer of Anti-Christian, Anti-American, and Anti-Israeli Biases", by Phyllis Chesler

(...) What worries me more are the movies and plays that subtly and inexorably shift the civilian point of view, movies which glamorize Arab tyrants and terrorists and demonize Israeli soldiers, “settlers” and politicians. Gradually, almost imperceptibly, ordinary people have come to believe that the Muslim world is peaceful, friendly, safe; that its “rough edges” are due to it’s having formerly been oppressed by Europe; that Islamist terrorism has probably been caused by the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan; that much of this is Israel’s fault—or rather, that much of this may now be solved if only America sacrifices Israel for the sake of world peace, including its own survival.Take the pre-eminent, planet-friendly magazine, National Geographic. It boasts a readership of nearly eight million people. (...)

Here’s what the article does: It essentially blames the Christian Crusaders, American Christians, and Israel (!) for the persecution and disappearance of Arab Christians from the Middle East. I could not make this up. The lies, omissions, biases, both subtle and overt are mind-boggling. For example, the article, written by Don Belt, does not explain why the Crusades ever took place—namely, to protect the Christian Arabs from being slaughtered and forcibly converted by Muslims. In any event, Belt writes that “ironically, it was during the Crusades (1095-1291) that Arab Christians, slaughtered along with Muslims by the crusaders and caught in the cross fire between Islam and the Christian West, began a long, steady retreat into the minority.”Just a minute. How has Belt managed to bypass the Arab Muslim conquest of the Christian and Jewish Middle East? For example (...) >>>

May 19, 2009
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Republican Riot: "WorldNetDaily.com Falls Victim to Albanian Hoax; Gorin Response Published", by Julia Gorin

In case everyone on the planet missed my response to WND’s momentary lapse into suckerhood last week — and most likely you did miss it since it was buried in a Saturday commentary section — here is what I wrote: Another Look at ‘Muslims Save Jews’ Story. I’m normally a fan of Aaron Klein’s, so I was devastated to find that he had WND fall for the Albanian PR ploy regarding World War II that’s been making the rounds since 2005 ( “Forgotten history: Muslims who save Jews; Exhibition honors Albanians who risked lives during Holocaust” ). The Albanian Righteous of World War II are being used quite deliberately at this time to get American Jews to push Israel to recognize Kosovo. (...) >>>

Mar 5, 2009
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The Brussels Journal: "The West’s Cultural Continuity: Aristotle at Mont Saint-Michel" - Sylvain Gouguenheim’s "Aristote au Mont Saint-Michel: Les racines grecques de l’Europe Chrétienne" reviewed by Thomas F. Bertonneau

Long before the late Eduard Said invented “Orientalism” to exalt Arab culture and Islamic society at the expense of the West, bien-pensants like Voltaire inclined to express their rebellion against the dwindling vestiges of Christendom by representing Europeans as bigots or clowns and raising up exotic foreigners – Voltaire himself wrote about Turks and Persians of the Muslim fold – to be the fonts of wisdom and models of refined life in their tracts and stories. The sultan and dervish look with amused tolerance on the gaucheries of the European rubes. The rubes swing their elbows and knock over the pottery. It was the Eighteenth-Century philosophes and illuminati who coined the pejorative term Dark Ages to refer to the centuries immediately following the collapse of the Roman imperial administration in the West under pressure of the Gothic assertions of the Fifth Century. Liberal discourse often casually extends the same term to apply it to all of medieval European civilization up to the Renaissance. Specialist historians have, however, long since demonstrated that no such absolute discontinuity as the term Dark Agesinsinuates ever existed, which means that the Enlightenment version of history is at least partly wrong. And yet the usual story retains its currency, as an item in a kind of liberal folklore. (...)>>>

Jan 7, 2009
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Politeia: "Revising "the Logic of Hegemony"

(...) "It might be considered irrelevant today that Bertelsmann massively collaborated with the Nazi regime during World War II. (For more on this, see “Bill Clinton’s German Paymasters.”) But it is surely not irrelevant that when German researcher Hersch Fischler first brought this fact to light, the family proposed to have the matter further investigated by one Dirk Bavendamm. Bavendamm is the family’s “in-house” historian, having written no fewer than three commissioned histories of the Mohn family and the Bertelsmann Corporation. As so happens, he is also an open revisionist, who calls World War II “Roosevelt’s War” and suggests (...) >>>

Nov 22, 2008
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Elsevier: "Schoolbook: killer Fortuyn was unknown person" (free translation)

The Dutch Libertarian party is up in arms because a new schoolbook says Pim Fortuyn was murdered by an anonymous man. His identity, Volkert van der Graaff isn't mentioned at all. The book does state that Fortuyn was killed because of his criticism of the well-fare state and Islam. "Why doesn't it simply say that he was killed by a Left wing activist (ed. from the Ayers school of thought applied to environmental activivism)? The Party has earlier initiated a site which keeps tally of revisionism, Leftist propaganda in school books and in the curriculum. The chair of the association of history teachers doesn't think the sentence about the anonymous person is "false information: it is just insufficient." (...) >>>

24th Sep 2008
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Facebook Group: "Europe's Renaissance came from Byzantium, not Islamic Andalusia!"

This group aims to dispell the absurd myth that all Europe needed in order to develop the renaissance came from the Islamic world. Because in reality the vast majority of pre-renaissance mathematics and science came into medieval western Europe either from Byzantine origins or from the Byzantine Empire directly. (...) >>>

Updated: 22nd Aug. 2008
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... nakba, now improved...

Atlas Shrugs: "The Lies of Islam to Advance Islam: Nakba"

The Arabs who became refugees in 1948 were not expelled by Israel but left on their own to facilitate the destruction of Israel" -- so we have pointed out here many times, and yet the received mainstream media version of history, as we have seen again in stories marking Israel's 60th, is that the refugees were expelled by Israel. Now, however, here is a collection of statements from Palestinians, admitting that that isn't true. (...) >>>

Updated: 1st June 2008
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“We have had the crusades and now they are still trying to humiliate us.” ... that's rich as far as victimhood goes! Do Turks actually believe their own ' improved version of history', one wonders? The answer is probably yes. Here's the time-line ... and here's the Wiki ... Seljuks - Turkic peoples ... who also keep forgetting that it was Mohamed who did the conquesting, not the Norman Crusaders or the Byzantine Greeks! Give me strength ....! Update: "Celebrating the Conquest of Byzantium"

The Brussels Journal: "Police Protection for “Mohammed Pulpit”"

Belgian police is protecting a 17th century pulpit in the Flemish town of Dendermonde. (...) Two years ago, on April 16, 2006, during the height of the Danish cartoon affair, this website published a photo of the pulpit to show that there is a long tradition of depicting Mohammed in European iconography. Last Friday the Turkish newspaper Yeniçag reprinted our picture on its front page with the caption “Stop this hideous insult.” Yeniçag demands that Belgium remove the pulpit. The paper writes that “We have had the crusades and now they are still trying to humiliate us. This is as bad as the Danish cartoons and Geert Wilders’s Fitna movie in the Netherlands. Even Pope Benedict does nothing to stop these humiliations.” Since Friday, we have received threats (...) >>>

Updated: 14th May 2008
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Politeia: "Dutch now Officially Certifiable!"

Who thought that World War II was won by the Allies and that Europe was liberated by Americans, Canadians, Brits, Australians, Kiwis, Free French, Free Dutch and Free Poles, had better think again. Because this is the old historical version which stems from a time when Western hegemonism allowed such false, ethnocentric lies to flourish. But the blessings of postmodernism have lifted the imperialist fog from our blurred historical vision and now we see the light! The course of world historical events will be adjusted accordingly. (...) >>>

Updated: 10th May 2008
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Politeia: "Israel: Celebrating 60 Years!"

(...) The first is that, like so much journalism about Israel, this programme failed to acknowledge the true perfidy of the British in reneging on the terms of the Mandate they were given to (re-)establish a Jewish National Home in Palestine.(...) The other point is that Bowen’s view that the creation of Israel was (...) >>>

Updated: 8th May 2008
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Atlas Shrugs: "Atlas Exclusive Book Review: Fjordman Reviews Warraq"

I am so pleased that the most excellent Fjordman has written a brilliant review for Atlas readers of Ibn Warraq's groundbreaking tome, Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism. The poisonous fruit of Said's mendacious ideas yielded a pervasive reevaluation of the West's perceptions of Eastern cultures. Fjordman's well researched, seminal essay on Said's enormously destructive influence on Western culture, art, music goes a step further and reaches further back in history to provide empirical evidence of Islam's ruinous destruction of myriad cultures and peoples. (...) >>>

Updated: 10th Apr 2008
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Atlas Shrugs: "CAIR Rewrites American History: WWII"

On Veteran’s Day (November 11th), American Muslim service members will lay a wreath at the National WWII Memorial to honor Muslims and all those who served in that conflict. Additionally, three surviving American Muslim WWII veterans will be honored, including Army Sgt. Nazeem Abdul Hakeem who fought at Normandy.

"I am as close to an expert on the invasion of Normandy as you can get, my father and his 3 brothers were at the invasion of Normandy, my Father (Robert Warner) parachuted into St. Mere Eglise France at 2:30am on 6/06/1944, D-Day, with the 82nd Airborne, there were no Muslim parachuter's on 6/06/1944."

For CAIR to make such a out right lie and link WW II Muslims who worked for Hitler to Veterans Day is the most appalling, disgusting out right lie that I have ever heard in my whole life, if you want to file another Defamation/Injunction law suit against me (CAIR), bring it on!

There are NO Muslim heroes at D-Day the invasion of Normandy on 6/06/1944, you (CAIR) are not going to re-write history ! UPDATE: Bill has more >>>

4th Nov. 2007