You’d have to be a completely heartless bastard to laugh.
The BBC has spent the last 5 years chastising the Coalition for its welfare reforms and in the run up to the election loudly demanded to know the details of the proposed £12 billion in savings from the welfare budget…and now we know, at least one bit….the BBC is going to pay a huge chunk of it itself!
Chancellor George Osborne plans to launch a 650 million pound raid on the BBC to help cover the country’s benefits bill, forcing the corporation to meet the cost of free television licences for the over-75s, the Sunday Times said.
It quoted senior government sources as saying a deal is close that will force the BBC to take on the cost of the 4.5 million licences — worth 145.50 pounds each — from the Department for Work and Pensions.
The move, it said, is part of a package of 12 billion pounds of welfare cuts, widely expected to be unveiled in a budget bill on Wednesday.
In return, the paper said, the BBC will be allowed to make up some of the lost revenue by charging for use of its iPlayer and other online catch-up services to try to stem the loss of licence fee revenue caused by people turning to the Internet and abandoning their televisions.
That will return at least 150 million pounds to BBC coffers, the paper added, but the 650 million pounds benefits bill represents the loss of around a fifth of the corporation’s annual 3.7 billion pounds licence fee income.
The details, including the timing of the change, are still under negotiation but it is likely to be phased in after 2017, when the number of over-75s claiming a free licence will have risen further, the paper said.
This was also proposed back in 2010 and presumably shelved under pressure from the LibDems or because, despite the amusement I greet it with, it is a bizarre concept….the BBC is after all supposed to be raising money from the licence fee not handing it out….it is the government that has decided that pensioners should get a free licence and not the BBC…I’m sure the BBC would be more than happy to lock up non-paying pensioners as well as the poverty stricken single mothers that it normally targets.
After the attack in Tunisia I looked at Donnison’s Twitter feed to see his reaction…nothing. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and thought he must be sleeping off his socialising with the Muslim victims of rampant Australian Islamophobia and would start the same sort of tweeting we are used to when he is constantly telling us of his sympathies for Hamas and the victims of Israeli ‘terrorism and war crimes’.
But no, he has all but ignored the murders in Tunisia…this being his sole tweet…or retweet, he couldn’t even be bothered to write his own…..
‘Frightening? It was unbelievable’. So powerful to hear a child, Bronwen Midgley, talking to John about the Tunisia attacks #r4today
It is noticeable that he has succumbed to government pressure and is calling Islamic State ‘Daesh’…never mind that Daesh means Islamic State…..and of course it is in relation to his old mates in Hamas…
John Humphrys was in the Sunday Times last week giving us a great example of how the BBC thinks….the Greek tragedy? It’s the fault of the Bankers, Big Business and Government…investment bankers and politicians on the make who green lighted Greece’s entry into the Euro…anything to do with the Greek people themselves? No. No. No. says Humphrys as he ‘slays the big fat Greek myth’.
Oh, hang on, what’s this he goes on to tell us…a woman who refuses to get married as she will lose the pension she has inherited from her father…pensions that provided a very comfortable old age….the electorate who were bribed by the political parties…and, yes, they took what was offered no questions asked….the price of that acquiescence? Appalling corruption on just about every level. Don’t want to pay taxes…slip the tax man a few Drachma.
Despite the budget cuts, euro membership is hugely popular in Greece, with polls suggesting that nearly two-thirds of the population are in favour of the move.
Humphrys started his piece by saying that Greeks would have no truck with debt before they joined the EU….this all changed with the advent of the Euro and ‘all hell broke loose’.…which is a subject I’m sure for another discussion about that other BBC bias…Europe.
This could only lead to an inescapable conclusion as noted by the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations):
“Even if Greece had remained outside the euro zone, its dependence on euro borrowing would only have increased. A falling drachma would merely have brought the current crisis to a head earlier by accelerating the rise in Greece’s debt-to-GDP ratio (think Iceland)….the problem is excessive foreign borrowing, a problem with which Greece has struggled since the early 19th century.”
The problem for Greece, and other countries in the eurozone, is that a single interest rate and exchange rate do not allow easy adjustment to external crises, and leave domestic devaluation through cuts in wages and prices as the only other option. The lack of institutional support for weaker members from the centre when the euro was created placed the entire burden at times of need on individual Euro governments. That came at huge cost to their economies.
Greece is at the heart of the ongoing eurozone crisis, but is past sleight of hand by Greek statisticians to blame for the country’s current financial meltdown?
“We used to call him the magician, because he could make everything disappear.
“He made inflation disappear. And then he made the deficit disappear,” recalls Greek economist Miranda Xafa.
Greece fulfilled the Maastricht criteria and was admitted to the eurozone on January 1, 2001 – but by 2004 the deception was becoming transparent.
The difference between the published deficit and the real one was huge.
“[The gap] was about 7% of GDP,” Mr Doukas says.
“The budget said the deficit was 1.5%. The real shortfall was 8.3%.”
Certainly the politicians and bankers who signed off entry into the Euro can take much of the blame but to try and say Greeks themselves are completely innocent is false……Much of that debt was to pay for the massive public sector employment, there were more employees on the rail service than customers, and extremely generous pensions allowed Greeks to retire at 50 and live well, whilst a failure to collect taxes meant that paying for all this largesse was clearly going to be a problem…eventually…..but entering the Euro meant that Greece had sudden access to cheap money and could borrow even more…..an irony perhaps that the EU, part of the problem with cheap money and yet an economic policy straitjacket on Greece, should now be so hard on Greece.
Greece was always heading for a fall but joining the EU speeded that up and whilst forcing some reality upon the Greeks actually stopped them from doing the one thing that would have helped the most….currency devaluation.
The Greek people signed up to all of this and the structure of the Greek economy with its welfare dependency on government spending paid for by borrowing…and they of course signed up to the Euro and still want to be in the club.
Humphrys, who has a house in Greece and is a frequent visitor, with a son who lives and works there, is clearly twisting the facts to suit his own personal agenda…be nice to the Greek people in their moment of tragedy. A sentiment that pervades the BBC’s own reporting on many subjects not least Islam with the BBC’s stubborn refusal to make any link to the violence around the world and the religion of Islam in cas eit upsest a few people.
News being manipulated to hide uncomfortable truths. It always turns out bad in the end.
The BBC is being very economical with the truth….the government’s, em that’ll be Ed Miliband’s, renewable energy policies are driving coal mines out of existence….but you’d hardly know that if you relied upon the BBC to tell you what is going on.
Hatfield Colliery is to close and the Prospect Union tells us that…
Prospect has blamed shortsighted government policy for the decision by employee-owned Hatfield Colliery, near Doncaster in South Yorkshire to stop producing coal with immediate effect.
Despite agreeing staff reductions with the three unions and being on the verge of starting its last coalface, the colliery was unable to agree contracts for selling its coal.The colliery will close 14 months earlier than scheduled, with the loss of 420 high-skilled jobs and further job losses in the supply chain.
Prospect union represents 19 management team members at the colliery, which has been run by an employee-owned trust since 2013.
Prospect negotiator Mike Macdonald said: “Hatfield has been unable to sell its coal because of the government’s refusal to sponsor coal contracts with generators and the doubling of the UK’s carbon tax.
“Despite the continued demand for coal in electricity generation, Hatfield will start to close this week and the UK will have to rely on coal imports.
“Unlike other European countries that have a managed transition plan for closing their mines, the UK has decided to accelerate closures so all large deep mines will shut this year.
Britain’s Hatfield Colliery will stop producing coal with immediate effect after being unable to sell its coal following the sharp rise in the UK’s carbon tax, Prospect union said on Tuesday.
In April, Britain’s carbon tax, which charges power producers for each tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) they emit, almost doubled to 18.08 pounds per tonne to encourage utilities to switch fuels, as coal-fired power generation produces almost double the amount of CO2 as gas-fired plants.
Hatfield Colliery, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was due to shut in the summer of 2016 but the move has been brought forward unexpectedly.
Micheal O’Sullivan, spokesman for the colliery, said: “We can’t find a market for the coal, so there is no point in producing it.”
The report says that O’Sullivan said…
External factors such as low coal prices, a switch to renewable energy and large coal stocks have made a set of “almost unprecedented circumstances”, he added.
‘A switch to renewables’ gives the impression that it is the building of wind turbines and other renewables that is out competing coal and resulting in the closure when that isn’t true…the real cause is the artificially imposed carbon tax that makes coal uncompetitive whilst the renewables get subisidised to the max.
What the BBC doesn’t tell us is that the reason they can’t find a market for the coal, despite there actually still being a market for it as the Union tells us, is that British coal mines are being priced out of the market by the green taxes…..introduced by Miliband, which makes the next BBC report even more disengenuous with its continued failure to mention the role the carbon tax plays in the closure….
George Osborne to abolish coalition’s green tax target as customers face paying £1.5billion more through their bills to subsidise wind farms, solar panels and biomass plants.
The cost of subsidising new wind farms is spiralling out of control, government sources have privately warned.
Officials admitted that so-called “green” energy schemes will require a staggering £9 billion a year in subsidies – paid for by customers – by 2020. This is £1.5 billion more than the maximum limit the coalition had originally planned.
‘The fear that religious terror brings, the lies it makes people tell and concessions it forces them to make are as familiar here as on the subcontinent.’ Nick Cohen
Mishal Husain was in Bangladesh this week….she was curious as to why there is a rise in fanaticism in Bangladesh as liberal/atheist bloggers get murdered for their ‘blasphemous’ sins. Could it be the Bangladeshis’ foreign policy, their invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, their ‘carving up of the Middle East’, their support for evil dictators? Or is it just some people with an ideology that they want to impose upon all others and do so at the point of a gun inspired as they are by an ancient, dusty and dangerous old book?
We release this statement to confirm that, indeed we are in the Islamic State. A land that is free from the corruption and oppression of man made law and is governed by the shariah, the perfect and just laws of Allah subhanAllah wa Ta’la.
Yes, all 12 of us and why should this number be shocking, when there are thousands and thousands of Muslims from all corners of the world that are crossing over land and sea everyday to come to the Islamic State? That are willingly leaving the so called freedom and democracy that was forced down our throat in the attempt to brainwash Muslims to forget about their powerful and glorious past and now present.
Or is it shocking that those attempts have clearly failed? That regardless of being born and bred in the west, the epitome of democracy, our Islam was not washed away? And despite the totalitarian rules that are in place, Muslims are still awaking to their obligations?
Why use a title that gives even a chance of an ‘edge’ to the Islamists in the propaganda war?
And note that the BBC doesn’t quote all the disparaging remarks about the West….just a few words that give a passsing idea of what they might be thinking….can’t have you knowing that they hate the West and it has nothing to do with foreign policy and all to do with our society, culture and democracy…
The statement, passed to the BBC by a Briton fighting with IS, said the family had arrived in a land that was “free from corruption and oppression” and had not been “commanded” to join by a single person but by the “Khalifah of the Muslims”.
Oh hang on…the BBC does quote in full a ‘friend’ who says that it’s all definitely rubbish anyway…
Nazrull Ali, a school friend of 19-year-old Mohammed Toufique Hussain, who is said to be among the 12, said he did not believe the statement.
“That doesn’t seem right to be honest. I don’t think they would say stuff like that,” he said.
“I don’t know but I heard they [IS] could make you say whatever they want, obviously if someone puts a gun to your head what would you say?” he said.
“He would have said bye to all of us properly and I’m telling you, he did not know that he was going to Syria. I know it wasn’t him, I think he’s got tricked into it. It wasn’t his idea, definitely.”
‘The fear that religious terror brings, the lies it makes people tell and concessions it forces them to make are as familiar here as on the subcontinent.’ Nick Cohen
“Compare the bravery of Bangladeshi intellectuals with the attitude of the bulk of the western intelligentsia. Whole books could be written on why it failed to argue against the fascism of our age – indeed I’ve written a couple myself – but the decisive reason is a fear that dare not speak its name. They are frightened of accusations of racism, frightened of breaking with the consensus, frightened most of all of violence. They dare not admit they are afraid. So they struggle to produce justifications to excuse their dereliction of duty. They turn militant religion into a rational reaction to poverty or western foreign policy. They maintain there is a moral equivalence between militant religion and militant atheism.”
Gotta laugh….the BBC is now insisting that Islam, the infamously peaceful religion, is in fact the religion of terrorists and has recruited historian Tom Holland, he of the C4 film about the origins of Islam ‘The Untold Story’, to tell us that although Cameron was acting ‘for the best and most principled reasons’ [Really? Is appeasement due to fear of a bomb attack the best reason to suppress the truth?] ‘it is indisputable that the Islamic state believes it is inspired by Islam’….and does indeed follow the example of the Muslim prophet Muhammed.
The BBC has got itself in a right pickle, as have the politicians as they blatantly try not only to manipulate a ‘free press’ but also attempt to hide the uncomfortable truth about Islamic terrorism.
The Politicians keep referencing World War II but the BBC always called the Germans ‘the Germans’ and not those ‘nasty, murdering bastards’….though they are quite happy labelling the Tories as the ‘nasty party’.
However the BBC also called the Germans ‘the enemy’. So are these politicians suggesting that the BBC calls the Islamic State ‘the enemy’…and if so also all those who subscribe to its religious ideology…..or is it just the violence the politicians don’t like…..or is it that ideology…you know the ‘evil ideology’ that Cameron keeps mentioning? The ‘evil ideology’ that Tom Holland tells us is indisputably Islamic?
So are ‘conservative’ Muslims in the UK with the same ideology, but not the violent inclinations, also the ‘enemy’?
By trying to ring fence Islam they have in fact done the opposite and drawn attention to the similarity between those ‘conservative’ Muslim ideals and those held by the Islamic State.
Seems the politicians and the BBC have both got themselves in that pickle….that’s what happens when you try to twist and manipulate the news for your own political and ideological beliefs.
The BBC has always sought to suppress any link between Islam and Islamically inspired violence but is now doing a rapid u-turn to save its embarrassment….Muslims cast rapidly aside to save Tony Hall’s bacon.
It seems the BBC’s main concern is the BBC and not the truth….it’s explanation of why it is sticking with the name ‘Islamic State’ is unusual in that it says it does not want to be unfair to the Islamic State by appearing to support its enemies. Which, as the UK is amongst its enemies, you might think a bit strange.
During WWII as said, the BBC declared the Germans ‘the enemy’ and so should make a similar call with the Islamic State what ever the likes of Baroness Warsi, Yasmin Qureshi and the various legions of ‘angry, marginalised, disenfranchised Muslims’ say.
It would be the correct ‘compromise’…both accurate and fitting for the political and social context….’Islamic State’ is the group’s name, it is the enemy and if some people complain of that description then they too must come under suspicion….they would after all have been interned during WWII…..let’s see if the politicians are so brave when it comes to making that decision in their ‘full spectrum response’!
The politicians have been pressuring the BBC to use any name other than ‘Islamic State’ to describe the Islamic State in yet more appeasement of the Muslim pressure groups who wish to suppress all news and information that might shed light on why Muslims wish to join the Islamic State.
Here’s Cameron & Co’s equation….
If you use the term ‘Islamic State’ this will anger Muslims, these angry Muslims will be radicalised, and once radicalised they will join the Islamic State in order to defend the honour of the Muslim Community besieged as it is by the Kufaar….but it’s nothing to do with Islam.
This of course is similar to that other equation that means that Cameron & Co won’t put boots on the ground to fight the Islamic State….
If we put boots on the ground Muslims will get angry because we, the Kufaar, are killing Muslims…the angry Muslims will become radicalised and go on a Holy War to defend Muslims…by killing as many Muslims as possible and then claiming it is all the West’s fault….but it’s nothing to do with Islam….oh and when it suits, they will demand we put boots on the ground to defend Muslims and then become ‘radicalised’ when we don’t…ala Syria.
The BBC will then ask how it is that young British Muslims, disenfranchised, marginalised and demonised, become radicalised? What they never ask is why it is only Muslims?
The BBC has of course staunchly defended itself from the Politicians’ pressure and has declared that it is only fair that it calls the Islamic State by its name…..‘giving “the impression of support” for the group’s opponents and “would not preserve the BBC’s impartiality”. ‘
Curiously the BBC is more than happy to redact the words ‘Muslim’ and ‘Islamic’ when reporting terrorist offences or crimes by Muslims….all too often limiting their report to the names of the arrested.
The BBC is of course not so keen to call a terrorist a terrorist…unless he is an Israeli ‘terrorist’ or ‘war criminal’…then it’s quite fair to apply such labels.
The BBC is facing a bias row over its new Europe editor, Katya Adler, who is replacing the veteran Gavin Hewitt but has yet to start the job because she is on maternity leave.
Eurosceptic Tory MPs are exercised by an entry in her LinkedIn work profile stating that from 1996 “to the present day” she has been “chairing debates, moderating and public speaking – hosting public, corporate and private events including for the EU Commission, the European Space Agency, CERN, London’s Frontline Club and the Austrian government during its EU Presidency”.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen tells People: “This apparent cosy relationship between the BBC’s new Europe editor and the European Commission is a big cause for concern and calls into question the BBC’s impartiality on the issue of Europe.”
Regardless of bias she certainly has a unique view of the world.
Yesterday on the Today programme (08:20) she was giving us a Russell Brand lite view of that political world….there is a clash between the old political order and the ‘People’…..
On the one hand, you have the traditional powers that be – bankers, big business and traditional political parties, imposing their will from above.
And on the other are grassroots movements, populist and people-driven, saying a loud NO to the status quo.
So what’s new? Has she never heard of Communists, Marxists, Tony Benn and Arthur Scargill? Funny how the parties she mentions and gives credence to are all left wing…..how different the BBC’s attitude towards right wing movements such as UK or the Tea party in the US….no ‘warnings from history’ about hard left socialists from the BBC….After all it is the socialists like Hitler, Stalin and Mao who killed millions upon millions of their own citizens…not sure Nigel Farage is in the same league (though some American on 5Live yesterday tried to suggest he was the starting point for the conveyor belt whose end product is the Nazis.)
On the Today programme Adler says that ‘the people feel it emotionally across the Continent….’ and she then makes a remarkable claim….’ this marries in with what is happening in the UK as well where we have high unemployment, a sluggish economy and a deteriorating quality of life for the majority’.
Acute EU dissatisfaction is a syndrome now affecting and infecting the whole continent.
High unemployment, sluggish growth, if any, a deteriorating quality of life for the majority, while the super-affluent minority continues to profit – the call for change, for a new Europe, is widespread.
Pardon me but that ‘Acute EU dissatisfaction syndrome’ in the UK is to do with sovereignty and mass immigration….trying to categorize the anti-EU protests in the UK as about the economy is to miss the pont completely.
She went on to say on ‘Today’ that ‘Pretty much everyone across Europe is calling for change’. We’re all ‘Occupy’ now!
Who needs Russell Brand, now that he’s totally discredited, when you have the BBC’s Katya Adler cheerleading ‘Occupy’?
Well yes….and that is precisely what the BBC has ignored for many years as it reported favourably on the grand political project without the slightest regard for what people thought or what the actual effect of the lofty EU project was having on them., their lives and their jobs.
And on the subject of Farage I was amused to see this….the trouble with Farage is that he is all too often right about Europe’s problems…and it makes the EU bureaucrats terribly annoyed…yep must be terribly annoying to have to deal with such inconveniences as credible complaints…..sounds familiar…..
Nigel Farage is “right too often” about the failings of the European Union, the vice president of the commission has said.
Frans Timmermans, the second most powerful man in Brussels, said he is “terribly annoyed” by how frequently the leader of the UK Independence Party appeared to correctly diagnose the bloc’s failings – particularly its handling of the migration crisis – even when he strongly disagrees with his proposed solutions.
“What I really like about the man is his incredible sense of humour,” he said. “The problem is, I don’t get annoyed when he talks rubbish.
“I get terribly annoyed when he’s right. And on some issues he is right too often. If he criticises the EU for not having a migration policy that is effective he is right. He is absolutely, completely wrong with his solutions. But to start criticising the EU for not dealing in the right way with the migration crisis is right.
Hence of course what the BBC tells us is the large number of ‘Muslims’ killed by ISIS, which of course doesn’t consider them Muslim…and this recent event which seems to be mostly ignored by the BBC on the news at present in favour of events in Tunisia….
It might seem a world away from the fighting in Syria, but a new mosque near the Buckinghamshire town reflects the rise in Britain of tensions between the two factions of Islam.
With its busy pub, carefully tended floral borders and farm shop selling eggs and hay, Fulmer is an unlikely epicentre for concerns that Britain’s Shia and Sunni Muslim populations are increasingly plagued by sectarian strife.
The BBC is at present very eager to get the stories of those caught up in the terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France and to sympathise with the victims but we’ve already heard numerous declarations that Islam is the religion of peace, a French liberal politician attacking the Front National, so how long before a BBC ‘Tim Wilcox’ is pointing the finger of blame….not at the terrorists but suggesting that ‘many critics of British policy would suggest that many Muslims suffer hugely at British hands as well…you understand that everything is seen at different perspectives…’?
We keep being told by the likes of Warsi and Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi, both with close links to islamist organisations, that we must ‘engage’ with the Muslim community to defeat radicalism…what they of course mean is that we implement the radical’s demands for the imposition of Islamic culture and values in the UK….more Islam is the answer to extremist’s calls …for more Islam! Whilst calling for that engagement they at the same time feign shocked outrage at Camerons’s call fro Muslims to engage in the battle against the extremsists with suggestions that some Muslims should take responsibility and stop quietly condoning what is happening……so not that keen on engagement then.
But just how legitimate are their claims that the Muslim ‘communtiy’ has no responsibility? Is it not that same Muslim community, and it is practically every Muslim that gets a chance to vent his views, that insists day in, day out, that British foreign policy is to blame for radicalising Muslims?
A narrative about our foreign policy, that it is anti-Islam, that is demonstrably false and yet one also supported, indeed some might say kick-started, by the BBC’s opposition to the Iraq war….Muslims pass the blame…
“We would like to state we are working to counter the extremist views within our community but the government must acknowledge that the actions it supports in foreign countries is the main fuel these violent extremist use to drive their campaign.”
Time to stop excusing the terrorists and to stop feeding Muslims the dangerous and false narrative about Western foreign policy….and yet only yesterday we had a BBC journalist ’empathising’ with the anger generated by that false narrative that a Jihadi claimed as justifcation for his murderous stance….
Taubah had “signed a contract in blood” to help the Syrian people. It was their plight and that of other suffering Muslims, he said, which motivated him to join the group.
“Look at China – men aren’t allowed to grow beards and Muslims aren’t allowed to fast. Look at France – women can’t wear niqab. Look at the USA and UK – you can’t even talk about jihad.” While I privately dismissed the links to propaganda he began to send me, which simplistically divided the world into good and evil, I could certainly empathise with grievances about Muslims having their freedoms curbed. I could agree too, that many innocent Muslims were paying the price in conflicts abroad. But why had Taubah (Arabic for “repentance”) chosen the path of jihad as a response to injustice?
We need to be open and honest about the driving factors of radicalisation from the violent foreign policies, the impact of the war on terror, family and psychological problems, discrimination and ideologies of hatred. This way we can try to avoid the tragic loss of more of our children; who believe themselves to be opening a new morning for humanity while stumbling in the night, over the bones of the dead.
She was forced to hire bodyguards. She was spat at in the street and warned that she would be cut into pieces. Deeyah could not take it. She and her liberal parents were living in fear. She announced that she was giving up on her dream of being a star, and fleeing the horrors of Europe in 2007 to find sanctuary in America.
No one came to Deeyah’s defence. Not liberal-left or compassionate conservative politicians. Not the BBC or liberal press. Not Amnesty International or the “concerned” artists who take up so many leftish causes. No one cared. To defend an Asian woman from unprovoked attacks by Asian men was to their warped minds a racist or Islamophobic act. Unprotected and unnoticed, Deeyah slunk off to live in an anonymous suburb of Atlanta, and begin the long task of pulling herself together.
You have to ask what was it that drove her enemies to attack her? Was it Western foreign policy?
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. –1Martin Luther King, Jr.
Only last week the BBC on Newsnight had a member of MPACUK on...not to challenge his views, MPACUK being extremist, but to ask his views on extremism!…the BBC claimed MPACUK was a peaceful organisation…so let’s have a look at what they urge their readers to do…or rather did urge…as the message has been removed…for obvious reasons…it’s a bit too clear what its intent is……
The Obligation of Jihad
“Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) hath Allah promised good. But those who strive and fight hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,” Quran Chapter 4: The Women, verse 95.
A high rank, forgiveness and mercy are gifted from our beloved for those who are the Mujahideen. Those that struggle and strive to protect the religion, that protect the honour of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), that protect our brothers and sisters in Islam and humanity are gifted with these amazing favours!
Abu Sa’id al-Khudri said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah, (peace be upon him) say, ‘Whoever of you sees something wrong should change it with his hand; if he cannot, then with his tongue; if he cannot, then with his heart, and that is the weakest form of belief.“
Those who do not observe Jihad are indeed committing a grave sin because there is much harm that emanates into society when it is abandoned. Those that neglect Jihad will be disobeying something God has commanded us all to partake in; they have not aided in protecting the Religion of God, they have not defended the Book of God, its messages and His law, they have not helped the Ummah against the enemy who wants to destroy them.
“He who dies without having fought in the way of Allah or without having felt it to be his duty, will die having a trait of hypocrisy”
Let’s be clear…those Jihadis who go out to ‘defend’ Muslims and Muslim lands are killing more Muslims than any Western foreign policy, and doing it deliberately as well as causing massive amounts of misery and destruction around the world….that you might say is the Muslim communities’ ‘foreign policy’ as they, in Cameron’s words, ‘quietly condone’ what is going on by continually agreeing with the narrative of the terrorists whilst, not surprisingly, saying they abhor the violent methods used to express that anger.
Can a Pakistani heritage Msulim living in Bradford tell me why he thinks he can go to Iraq and start killing Iraqis just because he is a Muslim? He’s not Iraqi, the Iraqis don’t want him there. He’s invading Iraq and murdering Iraqis.
Not sure how that is somehow ‘ethical’ whilst an invasion to depose and free those whom a brutal dictator brutally oppressed, who suppressed religion and massacred his people, is unethical…..a dictator that Osama Bin Laden wanted to rout as well.
As for that other BBC narrative, that Islam has nothing to do with ISIS and radicalisation try asking Tom Holland, an historian with a deep knowledge of Islamic history…
Salafism today is probably the fastest-growing Islamic movement in the world. The interpretation that Isis applies to Muslim scripture may be exceptional for its savagery – but not for its literalism. Islamic State, in its conceit that it has trampled down the weeds and briars of tradition and penetrated to the truth of God’s dictates, is recognisably Salafist. When Islamic State fighters smash the statues of pagan gods, they are following the example of the Prophet; when they proclaim themselves the shock troops of a would-be global empire, they are following the example of the warriors of the original caliphate; when they execute enemy combatants, and impose discriminatory taxes on Christians, and take the women of defeated opponents as slaves, they are doing nothing that the first Muslims did not glory in.
Such behaviour is certainly not synonymous with Islam; but if not Islamic, then it is hard to know what else it is.
Until the truth about what is really going on and the reasons for it are openly discussed you will never solve this situation.
The reality is we need to erase ISIS from the face of the earth and quickly….they will never be open to ‘moderation’ by a friendly little chat with Western diplomats…such a notion is incredibly stupid and naive.
They are a terrorist State and are quite prepared, as we see, to spread the terror, and their influence, with very easy, very effective and very deadly attacks that cost little but have far reaching implications for those on the receiving end….deadly in terms of human life but also in economic terms.
I have no doubt the BBC will be giving Warsi, Qureshi and others like them free reign to tells us how shocked they are ‘but…….’
Time to stop pandering to them and start challenging their dangerous rhetoric.
David Cameron’s attack on Islamic extremism at this month’s Slovakia security conference included the charge that groups such as Islamic State believe “religious doctrine trumps the rule of law”.
The phrase is revealing in a way the prime minister probably did not intend: it underlines how far the role of religion has been eroded in British life.
For most of our history, most people in this country would have taken it for granted that God’s laws should trump those made by man – indeed they would have assumed that “religious doctrine” provided the proper basis for “the rule of law”.
Take Magna Carta, which we have heard so much about recently.
This cornerstone of law and liberty was explicitly laid on religious foundations.
The idea of an inherent conflict between law and religion is a very modern one.
But then Mr Cameron leads a country where religious faith, in particular as expressed through the established Church, is in precipitous decline.
The Magna Carta was created eight hundred years ago and was not created by the Church but forced upon a reluctant King by the Barons, the Aristocracy, in the interests of a fairer society ….giving people far more rights than the Church ever would have.
It is curious that a BBC man should be trying to justify Islamic beliefs and the creation of the Caliphate by comparison to Christianity when the BBC normally tries to deny any link between Islamic radicalism, fiundamentalism really, and Islam.
He might also have mentioned that all this denounced by Cameron..‘The cause is ideological. It is an Islamist extremist ideology one that says the West is bad and democracy is wrong that women are inferior, that homosexuality is evil.’ is also from the Koran.
But…if you’d read this from Stourton last year you might understand why he admits that there is a religious basis to ISIS……
BBC journalist Edward Stourton has said Britain’s lack of appreciation for the importance of religion across the world damages its news coverage.
Stourton, presenter on Radio 4’s religious programme Sunday, believes British journalists have a “blind spot” when it comes to religion, meaning coverage can be “skewed”.
He highlighted coverage of the Ukraine crisis, the Middle East and Boko Haram in Nigeria as examples of stories which would be covered better with more understanding of religion.
“I do think that there is a problem with British culture… in the way that we treat religion as a sort of curious ‘ghetto’-like thing,” he told Press Gazette.
“And I don’t say that from the point of view of arguing that religion is a good thing – because very often it’s not.
“But it does damage our understanding and our ability to perceive stories accurately.”
He suggested that British news organisations have not considered the importance of the growth of churches in Russia and what Russian nationalism means in coverage of Ukraine. And on Middle East stories, he said “we continually misread the story because we don’t think what a powerful force religion is”.
He goes on…
“But it’s been perhaps made more apparent than ever by events since 9/11, because a whole area of quite complex religion has become very essential to the understanding of mainstream news.”
So understanding Islam is essential to understanding what is going on in the world.
Who’d have thought.
And just a curious coincidence…as Stourton pushes ‘Religion über alles’….so does Giles Fraser on Thought for the Day…….telling us that Christians should run their own ‘Caliphate’ and ignore the democratic, political, national, patriotic government….instead adopt the ‘revolutionary spirit’….and ignore the established Church….it’s not the job of Christians to be patriotic, their identification is with a god that supercedes all national boundaries.
Giles worships the Prince of Peace not the Duke of Wellington apparently.
Good old Giles, getting more like George Galloway every day.
Negotiations towards the renewal of the BBC Charter have not begun formally, but a source close to the Government’s plans said “you can put your mortgage on it”, referring to abolition of the BBC Trust and expansion of Ofcom’s remit.
If true it’s not before time….how can the BBC regulate itself? Clearly it can’t judging by performance.
The other issue is the Charter…at present it requires the BBC to ‘sustain citizenship and civil society’ but fails to set out what that means, what is a ‘civil society’?, what do you have to do to be a good citizen?, which allows the BBC to interpret that obligation how it likes….in other words if it thinks mass immigration is good for Britain, and it does, it can broadcast pro-immigration propaganda, similarly for climate change or Europe or indeed any subject it likes.
Either that requirement needs to be removed from the charter or there needs to be a body that is from a far broader spectrum of society than is employed by the BBC which can give a much more balanced idea of what that Society actually thinks and wants and sets out guidelines for the BBC to ‘push’ as propaganda….propaganda that is at least more representative than what we get at present….obviously that is fraught with difficulties and would be almost impossible therefore the simplest and preferred method would just to remove the obligation from the BBC and let it simply be a broadcaster rather than an organisation that is sanctioned and legally obliged to engineer social change and which sets out to manipulate its audience with propaganda based upon its own left-leaning values in order to do that.
It’s true that around 13 per cent of Americans are black, according to the latest estimates from the US Census Bureau.
And yes, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, black offenders committed 52 per cent of homicides recorded in the data between 1980 and 2008. Only 45 per cent of the offenders were white. Homicide is a broader category than “murder” but let’s not split hairs.
As we found yesterday, 93 per cent of black victims were killed by blacks and 84 per cent of white victims were killed by whites.
Alternative statistics from the FBI are more up to date but include many crimes where the killer’s race is not recorded. These numbers tell a similar story.
In 2013, the FBI has black criminals carrying out 38 per cent of murders, compared to 31.1 per cent for whites. The offender’s race was “unknown” in 29.1 per cent of cases.
There is evidence in the official police-recorded figures that black Americans are more likely to commit certain types of crime than people of other races.
While it would be naïve to suggest that there is no racism in the US criminal justice system, victim reports don’t support the idea that this is because of mass discrimination.
Higher poverty rates among various urban black communities might explain the difference in crime rates, although the evidence is mixed.
Thanks to David Brims for linking to this video which illustrates how there is more to the Dylann Roof story than the BBC cares to mention, preferring instead to blame the ‘usual suspects’…..as it did for the Boston bombings when they blamed white supremacists….the videos show how Roof was influenced by Media lies about the Trayvon Martin case…why is the BBC concentrating on Rogers rather than the Media’s protrayal of the Trayvon Martin case?
‘The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case. I kept hearing and seeing his name, and eventually I decided to look him up. I read the Wikipedia article and right away I was unable to understand what the big deal was. It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right. But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders. I was in disbelief. At this moment I realized that something was very wrong. How could the news be blowing up the Trayvon Martin case while hundreds of these black on White murders got ignored?’
The media have relentlessly fanned the flames of racial hatred, while engaging in a systematic pattern of misinformation and blatant suppression of facts surrounding the perpetrators and victims of crime.
The figures come quickly but are never subjected to the necessary scrutiny. Last fall, for example, the George Soros-funded ProPublica published a claim that black youths are killed by the police at a rate 21 times higher than white youths. Mass media parroted that claim, but the data are incomplete and biased. They represent just 1.2 percent of police departments nationwide, and most reports come from urban areas, where the population is disproportionately black.
More reliable data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest that in 2012, 123 blacks were killed by police using firearms while 326 whites, including 227 non-Hispanic whites, were killed. These data, however are also not entirely reliable, but represent a larger data set than the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR).
CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill, a racial agitator fired by Fox News for defending cop-killers, spread another misleading statistic about police shootings, claiming that “Every 28 hours, an unarmed black person is killed by police.” This too was trumpeted in the media. It became a twitter hashtag, “#every28hours,” and another mantra like “hands up, don’t shoot.” But it is demonstrably false. There were 313 blacks killed by police, security guards and other “vigilantes” in 2012. Dividing 313 into the number of hours in a year (8,760) yields 28. However, 177 of these “unarmed black persons” were actually armed with firearms. That leaves 136. Others may have been technically “unarmed” but were threatening the officer’s life, for example with their car—or as in Michael Brown’s case, attempting to take the officer’s gun. Many more were not the result of shootings, but accidents, e.g., during vehicular chases. Finally, some of the shooters were not police. When the hyperbole is removed, the facts present a much more reasonable explanation. Barring a small number of tragic mishaps, police shootings are usually justified.