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Monday, July 25, 2005

"Anti-Zionists, not Anti-Semites"...

Shamelessly stolen from Stephen Plaut , professor at the University of Haifa.


Say What? Anti-Semites? Who, us anti-Zionists? Us?
We have nothing against Jews as such. We just hate Zionism and Zionists. We think Israel does not have a right to exist.
But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.
Heavens to Mergatroyd. Marx Forbid. We are humanists. Progressives. Peace lovers.

  • Anti-Semitism is the hatred of Jews.
    Anti-Zionism is opposition to Zionism and Israeli policies.
    The two have nothing to do with one another. Venus and Mars. Night and Day. Trust us.

  • Sure, we think the only country on the earth that must be annihilated is Israel.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • Sure, we think that the only children on earth whose being blown up is OK if it serves a good cause are Jewish children.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • Sure we think that if Palestinians have legitimate grievances this entitles them to mass murder Jews.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • Naturally, we think that the only people on earth who should never be allowed to exercise the right of self-defense are the Jews.
    Jews should only resolve the aggression against them through capitulation, never through self-defense.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We only denounce racist apartheid in the one country in the Middle East that is NOT a racist apartheid country.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We refuse to acknowledge the Jews as a people, and think they are only a religion. We do not have an answer to how people who do NOT practice the Jewish religion can still be regarded as Jews.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We think that all peoples have the right to self-determination, except Jews, and including even the make-pretend Palestinian ''people.''
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We hate it when people blame the victims, except of course when people blame the Jews for the jihads and terrorist campaigns against them.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We think the only country in the Middle East that is a fascist anti-democratic one is the one that has free elections.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We demand that the only country in the Middle East with free speech, free press, or free courts be destroyed.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We oppose military aggression, except when it is directed at Israel.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We really understand suicide bombers who murder bus loads of Jewish children and we insist that their demands be met in full.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We think the only conflict on earth that must be solved through dismembering one of the parties to that conflict is the one involving Israel.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We do not think that Jews have any human rights that need to be respected and especially not the right to ride a bus without being murdered.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • There are Jewish leftist anti-Zionists and we consider this proof that anti-Zionists could not possibly be anti-Semitic.
    Not even the ones who cheer when Jews are mass murdered.
    These are the only Jews we think need be acknowledged or respected.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We do not think murder proves how righteous and just the cause of the murderer is, except when it comes to murderers of Jews.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We do not think the Jews are entitled to their own state and must submit to being a minority in a Rwanda-style ''bi-national state,'' although no other state on earth, including the 22 Arab countries, should be similarly expected to be deprived of its sovereignty.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We think that Israel's having a Jewish majority and a star on its flag makes it a racist apartheid state.
    We do not think any other country having an ethnic-religious majority or having crosses or crescents or ''Allah Akbar'' on its flag is racist or needs dismemberment.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We condemn the ''mistreatment'' of women in the only country of the Middle East in which they are not mistreated.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We condemn the ''mistreatment'' of minorities in the only country in the Middle East in which minorities are NOT brutally suppressed and mass murdered.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We demand equal citizen rights, which is why the only country in the Middle East in need of extermination is the only one in which they exist.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

  • We have no trouble with the fact that there is no freedom of religion in any Arab countries.
    But we are mad at hell at Israel for violating religious freedom, and never mind that we are never quite sure where or when it does so.
    But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

So how can you possibly say we are anti-Semites? We are simply anti-Zionists.
We seek peace and justice, that's all.
And surely that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Awkward Suicide Bomber Accidentally Drops Bomb Before Reaching Target, Wounds Himself

A man detonated a bomb several kilometers from the Pyramids of Giza on Sunday, police said.

The man was critically wounded, but the blast caused no other casualties.

Investigators were trying to determine whether the man was heading for the nearby tourist area of Kerdassa, a bazaar of souvenir shops near the Pyramids, a senior security official involved in the investigation said.

The device, which the man was carrying in a sack, apparently went off accidentally in the neighborhood of Kufr Tuhurmus, several kilometers (miles) from Kerdassa

There's a Tuscan proverb that says, more or less: there's no heaven for jerks (per i bischeri non c'e' paradiso). And no 72 virgins too.

A Break from the Political Stuff..

In this day and age of divorce, I have compiled a list of phrases that will keep the love alive. Maybe.


  1. I don't think you really fit the terrorist profile dear.

  2. You don't smell that bad honey.

  3. You should take a shower now.

  4. Honey, you are not a jerk.

  5. You look OK with short hair.

  6. You are not as fat as a pregnant whale.

  7. You aren't that stupid.

  8. It's your birthday? Cheer up. You don't look that old.

  9. Maybe you should go back to sleep.

    And finally,

  10. Honey, I love you even though you are fat.

Profiling, a weapon against terrorism

Alex Alves Pereira, cousin of Jean Charles de Menezes, the guy who was mistakenly shot to death in the London tube, said he was angry over the police, and that's understandable.

What's less understandable is that he also complained because London police shouldn't have mistakenly thought he was a terrorist, because he didn't look as Arab or Pakistani or Bangladeshi (Hat tip: Chrenkoff).

How could they have confused and killed a light-skinned person who had no resemblance at all to an Asian?


His cousin should not have been bothered by the police because he was Caucasian.

Everyone should be searched or questioned by police, regardless of ethnicity, nobody should be exempt from police checks, as de Menezes's cousin implies.

But racial/religious profiling to search for terrorists is a powerful tool in the fight against terrorism.

I suggest you to check this article on the profiling subject:


A good profiling system would take into account the fact you're Arab or Arab-looking, that you have a Muslim name (100 percent of al-Qaida members are Muslims, by the way), you're the right age and gender, and if you've been to Pakistan or Saudi Arabia in the last year or so, in which case you probably deserve some extra attention.

(...)

when the FBI revised its Most Wanted list after Sept. 11, everyone on the roster was Arabic.


Obviously racial/religious profiling is not the "silver bullet": there have been Al-Qaeda terrorists that did not fit into these profiles:
John Walker Lindh, Caucasian American, Richard Reid, British citizen of Jamaican heritage, Jose Padilla, Hispanic.

The clearest proof that profiling works is that al-Qaida is using agents who don't fit the standard profile.
When your enemy has to abandon its most plentiful weapons -in this case, suicidal Arab murderers -because you've learned to defend against them, that's good news.
Obviously, al-Qaida has a lot more Arabs than Hispanics.
But, they've rightly concluded that Hispanics would have an easier time making it through our defenses.
They're right, of course, which is why profiling alone isn't an all-purpose tool.
But since when do you abandon a tool because it can't do everything? I can't use my hammer as a screwdriver, but my hammer is still pretty useful.


Profiling is what NYC police is not doing and should do after blasts happened in London a few days ago, as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced:


People who do not submit to a search will be allowed to leave, but will not be permitted into the subway station. The police commissioner said officers would take pains to avoid singling people out for searches based on race or ethnicity.

"No racial profiling will be allowed," Mr. Kelly said. "It's against our policies. But it will be a systematized approach."


"Systematized approach" means "PC approach", that is, elders and toddlers, men and women, whoever will be searched, intentionally with NO method at all.

And those who refuse to undergo bag searches will be absurdly allowed to leave.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Who is to blame for Sharm el- Sheikh today's blasts ?

Who is to blame ?

WHO is to blame ?

Naturally, the J-O-O-S !

Anti-Semites are ridiculous, their behavior literally makes me laugh bitterly.

Anti-Semites, you are SO sick !

Who writes this stuff up ???

1 UK muslim out of 4 sympathizes with terrorists

Only 1 out of 4 ? I thought it would be worse.

By the way: they probably are 4 muslims:



Statistically speaking, one among them is likely to be a bad guy.
Who it might be ?

The answer is: all of them.

Jihad Today, 23/7

(Note: post repeatedly updated)

Attentato a Sharm-el-Sheikh, all'apice della stagione turistica. Il conteggio dei morti e' arrivato al momento a 83 vittime.

Notare la tempistica: domani e' previsto, in Egitto, l'inizio del processo agli attentatori che lo scorso ottobre 2004 uccisero 28 persone all'hotel Hilton di Taba.

La Jihad anche a Beirut: Un morto e diversi feriti, un attentato in un quartiere cristiano.

Anche qui notare la tempistica: poche ore prima dell'attentato, Condoleezza Rice aveva terminato la sua visita a sorpresa a Beirut.

Notare inoltre come i terroristi sono in grado di allestire un attentato in poche ore.

Da Time leggo che la prima ambulanza ci ha messo mezz'ora per arrivare. Perche' ????
Perche' sarebbero dovuti andare a recare soccorso a molti "infedeli" ??

Intanto un musulmano su 4 simpatizza con i terroristi, in Gran Bretagna.

Solo uno su 4 ? Pensavo peggio.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Ottimo lavoro della polizia inglese


Almeno le notizie principali le saprete, altre continuano ad arrivare di ora in ora.

Stamattina a Londra una ventina di agenti in borghese hanno inseguito un islamista, sparandogli e uccidendolo.

Questo tizio indossava un soprabito pesante -- in estate. Gli agenti gli hanno ordinato di fermarsi e lui niente, e' scappato via, ha saltato delle barriere, e' stato inseguito, braccato, infine ucciso con cinque colpisparati da distanza ravvicinata all'interno di un vagone della metropolitana.
Bang bang bang.
Alla scena hanno assistito, atterriti, i pendolari e tutti coloro che erano presenti nel vagone.
Un testimone, Anthony Larkin, ha riferito alla BBC che il sospettato indossava quella che sembrava una cintura esplosiva,e dei fili elettici uscivano dai suoi vestiti.

Sono contento che la polizia inglese abbia sventato un'altra carneficina. Inoltre, sono contento perche' a un islamista e' stato dato modo di realizzare il suo sogno: andare dalle sue 72 vergini.
A quanto riferisce la televisione inglese Sky, la polizia ha ricevuto ordini precisi: in caso di necessita', sparate.

Anch'io dico: sparate, mirate alla testa, evitando di sparare all'esplosivo indossato dall'islamista di turno.

UPDATE: incredbile, Ken Livingstone e' d'accordo con Buzzurro.

UPDATE (23/7): la polizia dichiara che l'uomo ucciso non era un terrorista. Oops !
Ma se la polizia ti intima di fermarti, fermati, non correre, senno' sei proprio un coglione.

Una cosa da fare contro il terrorismo: deportazione


Il ministro dell'interno inglese Charles Clarke ne ha parlato due giorni fa. L'idea consiste nell'espulsione di quegli imam che incitino alla jihad.

La deportazione e' possibile a patto che tra lo stato che espelle e lo stato destinazione vi sia uno specifico accordo.
Un accordo tra Regno Unito e Giordania e' stato annunciato da Clarke -- puo' rendersi utile per il rimpatrio di Abu Qatada, un cittadino giordano, descritto dal ministero dell'interno britannico come il piu' importante fondamentalista islamico in Gran Bretagna, e un importante ispiratore per il terrorismo di matrice islamista in Gran Bretagna e all'estero.
Non esiste invece con paesi come Siria e Arabia Saudita, da cui provengono Omar Bakri Mohammed,
mister "gli-attentati-di-Londra-sono-colpa-del-governo-inglese", e Yussuf al-Qaradawi.

Accanto alla deportazione, bisogna lavorare anche sul fronte dell'immigrazione: negare visti d'ingresso, anche a scopo di asilo,
quando vi siano fondati motivi per credere che si stia per dare ospitalita' a un islamista.

Diverso e' il caso, ovviamente, di quegli islamisti figli o nipoti di immigrati, quindi cittadini dei paesi occidentali a tutti gli effetti.

Da noi in Italia abbiamo avuto un caso di espulsione per islamismo: l'imam di Carmagnola, al secolo Dhakar Mamour Fall, sedicente amico di Osama,
pubblicamente soddisfatto per la strage di Nassyria, espulso nel 2003 per decreto del ministro Pisanu per motivi di salvaguardia della sicurezza nazionale, poi riammesso dal mitico Tar del Lazio (??). Da ultimo, ci ha fatto gentilmente sapere che a noi italiani tocchera' un attacco chimico entro 6 mesi.

Vedere il Telegraph

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Photo Album From Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Antisemitismo oggi, 21/7

Il leader iraniano Ali Khamenei, conversando amabilmente col premier iracheno Jafari, gli ha espresso un suo parere sulle bombe del 7/7 a Londra: sono state messe dai sionisti.

Dello stesso avviso sono anche gli opinionisti della televisione libanese Al-Manar, controllata da Hezbollah: gli attentati del 9/11 a New York e Washington e del 7/7 a Londra sono opera dei sionisti, e' chiaro.
Padre nostro, dacci oggi la nostra follia quotidiana. Accontentàti.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Lexi is back


Great news for Lexi's fans. Lexi changed her nickname. Lexi is not Lexi anymore. Her new nick is Suzelamb, her new blog is ImpossibleDreamer,
and she already joined TocqueVille community. Did you know that already ??

London bomber’s uncle defends nephew’s action


The uncle of Shahzad Tanweer, one of the four London bomb suspects, has defended his nephew’s actions as a desperate ‘sacrifice’ in an interview with the The News of the World.

“These suicide bombers are desperate people,” Bashir Ahmed told the paper. “They are not getting their rights. They can see that their brothers are not getting their rights, so they take extreme action.

Here are the victims of 7/7 extreme action.

(Thanks to 2twins, Herakleitos)

3 sentences and 3 morons

Anjem Choudary
This is a quiz. A bunch of sentences and a bunch of morons. Who said what ?

The sentences:

1. "British ministers are the real terrorists"
2. "British voters were to blame for the attacks because they returned Tony Blair to power"
3. "This particular strand of extremism was funded by the West (...) Osama bin Laden was just another businessman until he was recruited by the CIA".

Ken Livingstone

The morons:

A. Ken Livingstone, mayor of London.
B. Anjem Choudary, UK leader of Islamist group al-Muhajiroun.
C. Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed.

Omar Bakri Mohammed

Try to match the sentences with the morons.

The answers to this test are here.

(Hat tip to LGF).

Mohamed Atta's father praises London bombs



...said he would like to see more attacks like the July 7 bombings.

And:

He passionately vowed that he would do anything within his power to encourage more attacks.

When asked if he would allow a CNN crew to videotape another interview with him, el-Amir said he would give his permission -- for a price of $5,000.

That money, he said, would not be kept for himself, but would be donated to someone to carry out another terror attack.

El-Amir said that $5,000 was about how much it would cost to finance another attack in London.

CNN's crew refused to pay for the interview and left after el-Amir's request.

What a screwed up family.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Germany says terror arrest illegal



Germany's high court has ordered the release of a Syrian-born German man whom Spain wanted extradited in connection with the 2003 Madrid bombings.


And it's not finished yet.


The Federal Constitutional Court ruled Monday it would be illegal to extradite Mamoun Darkazanli, a Hamburg-based businessman, because the country's constitution bars Germans from being extradited against their will.

WHAT ??? WHAT ??? So, if I go to Egypt and blow up 200 people, I might go to Germany and say, "Yes, I did it, and I don't want to be extradited, so I wouldn't be, because I didn't give my permission".
Is this anti-terrorism ?

Germany, Germany...
After all, who had been living in Germany for 7 years ?

British journalist reporting London bombings found to be an Islamofascist



Dilpazier Aslam, who has been allowed to report on the London bombings from Leeds and was also given space to write a column in last Wednesday’s edition of The Guardian, is a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a radical world organisation which seeks to form a global Islamic state regulated by sharia law.

Aslam's Islamist views were discovered by Scott Burgess, editor of the blog "The Daily Ablution".
Burgess found out that Aslam, in 2003, wrote an article in which he praised world caliphate:

"... we will have to run an Islamic state which must lead the world, economically, militarily and politically".

Later:

The Guardian released a statement to The Independent on Sunday saying: “Dilpazier Aslam is a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organisation which is legal in this country. We are keeping the matter under review.

(Hat tip: LGF)

UPDATE (7/22): he was fired today.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Jew baptized deceitfully in Florence

I missed this piece of news that happened last June.
A priest deceitfully baptized a 90 year old Jewish man, a guest in a Florence retirement house managed by the local Jewish community.
He not only was elderly, but also suffered from a stroke that reduced his understanding capabilities.
The priest secretly entered his retirement house and baptized him.

The elderly man's relatives officially protested in a letter to the Florence archbishop that he hasn't answered yet.

I wonder if that priest knows about these documents.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

British bombers recruited at government-funded centre

Quando ho letto questa notizia sono rimasto sconcertato: lo stato inglese ha indirettamente e finanziariamente supportato gli shahid che hanno ucciso piu' di 50 persone a Londra il 7/7.

Ho trovato questa notizia sul blog di Wellington.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

La valorosa resistenza irachena ha ucciso 18 bambini



Tuesday, July 12, 2005

When


Stolen from Grouchy Old Cripple.

The Scumbag Who Killed Theo Van Gogh


Mohammed Bouyeri also turned to Van Gogh's mother, Anneke, in court and told her: "I don't feel your pain."

"I can't feel for you because I think you're a nonbeliever," he said.

Britons are Weak, French are Tough on the War on Terror


Article by Daniel Pipes.

Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak publicly denounced Britain for "protecting killers." One American security group has called for Britain to be listed as a terrorism-sponsoring state.

Counterterrorism specialists disdain the British. Roger Cressey calls London "easily the most important jihadist hub in Western Europe." Steven Simon dismisses the British capital as "the Star Wars bar scene" of Islamic radicals.
(...)


While London hosts terrorists, Paris hosts a top-secret counterterrorism center, code-named Alliance Base, the existence of which was recently reported by the Washington Post. At Alliance Base, six major Western governments have since 2002 shared intelligence and run counterterrorism operations - the latter makes the operation unique.
(...)


France accords terrorist suspects fewer rights than any other Western state, permitting interrogation without a lawyer, lengthy pre-trial incarcerations, and evidence acquired under dubious circumstances.
(...)


In 2004, the French government outlawed the hijab, the Muslim headscarf, from public educational institutions, disregarding ferocious opposition both within France and among Islamists worldwide. In Tehran, protesters shouted "Death to France!" and "Death to Chirac the Zionist!" The Palestinian Authority mufti, Ikrima Sa'id Sabri, declared, "French laws banning the hijab constitute a war against Islam as a religion."
The Saudi grand mufti, Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, called them a human rights infringement.
When the "Islamic Army in Iraq" kidnapped two French journalists, it threatened their execution unless the hijab ban was revoked.
Paris stood firm.

59 Connections between Al Qaeda and Saddam


From Pink Flamingo Bar & Grill:

This list started for me as basically an area to drop links that I found interesting.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Indymedia: who was responsible for London attack ?


The J-O-O-S !
Of course !
Another example of left wing anti-semitic ravings.






(Hat tip: Jawa)

40 terrorists attempted to infiltrate U.S. intelligence agencies


From L.A. Times:


As many as 40 possible terrorists may have attempted to infiltrate U.S. intelligence agencies in recent months, CIA expert Barry Royden reported at a national counterintelligence conference
(...)

Since Al Qaeda's attacks on New York and Washington four years ago, the Sept. 11 commission and other investigative bodies have criticized intelligence agencies for failing to hire enough qualified personnel. President Bush ordered the CIA to increase analytic and operational personnel by 50%.

In response, intelligence agencies have launched ambitious campaigns to attract new recruits.
(...)

Job seekers with the native language skills and overseas experience that much intelligence work requires are among the most difficult to screen for security.

This conundrum comes to light as intelligence agencies have finally recognized that Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups operate like traditional intelligence services. Terrorists spy before they terrorize.

(...)

Now, however, our nation is at war. Imagine the damage Al Qaeda could do with the help of an infiltrator such as FBI spy Robert Hanssen or CIA traitor Aldrich Ames, each of whom passed a wealth of classified material to the Russians.

(Hat tip: Jihad Watch).

Quagmire


From Fishkite.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

16,000 British Muslims, 1% of Muslim Population, Are Engaged in Terrorist Activity, Leaked UK Gov't Report Says


From Sunday Times (hat tip: Drudge Report).
The leaked documents are here, here, here and here.

A joint Home Office and Foreign Office dossier — Young Muslims and Extremism — prepared for the prime minister last year, said Britain might now be harbouring thousands of Al-Qaeda sympathisers.

Lord Stevens, the former Metropolitan police chief, revealed separately last night that up to 3,000 British-born or British-based people had passed through Osama Bin Laden’s training camps.
The Whitehall dossier, ordered by Tony Blair following last year’s train bombings in Madrid, says: “Extremists are known to target schools and colleges where young people may be very inquisitive but less challenging and more susceptible to extremist reasoning/ arguments.”
(...)

“Intelligence indicates that the number of British Muslims actively engaged in terrorist activity, whether at home or abroad or supporting such activity, is extremely small and estimated at less than 1%.”

This equates to fewer than 16,000 potential terrorists and supporters out of a Muslim population of almost 1.6m.

The dossier also estimates that 10,000 have attended extremist conferences. The security services believe that the number who are prepared to commit terrorist attacks may run into hundreds.

Most of the Al-Qaeda recruits tend to be loners “attracted to university clubs based on ethnicity or religion” because of “disillusionment with their current existence”. British-based terrorists are made up of different ethnic groups, according to the documents.

“They range from foreign nationals now naturalised and resident in the UK, arriving mainly from north Africa and the Middle East, to second and third generation British citizens whose forebears mainly originate from Pakistan or Kashmir.
“In addition . . . a significant number come from liberal, non-religious Muslim backgrounds or (are) only converted to Islam in adulthood. These converts include white British nationals and those of West Indian extraction.”

The Iraq war is identified by the dossier as a key cause of young Britons turning to terrorism. The analysis says: “It seems that a particularly strong cause of disillusionment among Muslims, including young Muslims, is a perceived ‘double standard’ in the foreign policy of western governments, in particular Britain and the US.

“The perception is that passive ‘oppression’, as demonstrated in British foreign policy, eg non-action on Kashmir and Chechnya, has given way to ‘active oppression’. The war on terror, and in Iraq and Afghanistan, are all seen by a section of British Muslims as having been acts against Islam.”
(...)

However, the analysis prepared for Blair identified Iraq as a “recruiting sergeant” for extremism.
(...)

“There’s a sufficient number of people in this country willing to be Islamic terrorists that they don’t have to be drafted in from abroad,” he said.

Anti-Semitic Europe (AND ITALY)

ADL Survey in 12 European Countries Finds Anti-Semitic Attitudes Still Strongly Held

I have to say I'm not surprised at all by the result of this survey, especially after reading "I soliti ebrei. Viaggio nel pregiudizio antiebraico nell'Italia di oggi" by Daniele Scalise.

In responding "probably true" to the statement, "Jews are more loyal to Israel than their own country," the 2005 survey found:

Austria - 38%, down from 46%
Belgium – 41%, down from 46%
Denmark - 43% up from 37%
France – 29%, up from 28%
Germany – 50%, no change
Italy – 55%, down from 57% <----------
The Netherlands – 36%, down from 44%
Spain - 51%, up from 48%
Switzerland - 38%, down from 46%
The United Kingdom – 38% down from 40%
Hungary – 38%
Poland – 52%

In responding "probably true" to the statement, "Jews have too much power in the business world," the 2005 survey found:

Austria – 24%, down from 25% in 2004
Belgium – 33%, down from 37%
Denmark - 11% up from 9%
France – 25%, down from 33%
Germany – 20%, down from 24%
Italy – 33%, up from 29% <----------
The Netherlands – 18% no change
Spain – 45%, down from 47%
Switzerland – 26%, down from 35%
The United Kingdom – 14% down from 20%
Hungary – 55%
Poland – 43%

In responding "probably true" to the statement "Jews have too much power in international financial markets," the 2005 survey found:

Austria – 33%, down from 36% in 2004
Belgium – 33%, down from 36%
Denmark - 21% up from 18%
France – 24%, down from 29%
Germany – 24%, down from 27%
Italy – 32%, up from 31% <----------
The Netherlands – 19% no change
Spain – 54%, up from 53%
Switzerland – 30%, down from 38%
The United Kingdom – 16% down from 18%
Hungary – 55%
Poland – 43%

In responding "probably true" to the statement "Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust," the 2005 survey found:

Austria – 46%, down from 54% in 2004
Belgium – 41%, up from 40%
Denmark - 35% up from 29%
France – 34%, down from 35%
Germany – 48%, down from 56%
Italy – 49%, up from 44% <----------
The Netherlands – 34%, down from 39%
Spain – 46%, up from 41%
Switzerland – 48%, down from 49%
The United Kingdom – 28% down from 31%
Hungary – 46%
Poland – 52%


And:


A plurality of those surveyed across Europe, 43 percent, believe that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country, with a majority of respondents in Italy, Germany, Poland and Spain saying they believe that this statement is "probably true."

• Alarmingly high levels of those surveyed across Europe still believe in the traditional anti-Jewish canard that "Jews have too much power in the business world." Overall, nearly 30 percent of all respondents believe this stereotype to be true.

• Similarly, European respondents still adhere to the notion that "Jews have too much power in international financial markets." Overall, 32 percent of those surveyed cling to the traditional stereotype.

• Large portions of the European public continue to believe that Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust. Overall, 42 percent of those surveyed believe it is "probably true." In fact, a plurality of respondents in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and Switzerland believe this notion to be true.

• Overall, 20 percent of those surveyed across Europe continue to blame Jews for the death of Jesus.
• Overall, 29 percent of those surveyed across Europe say that their opinion of Jews is influenced by the actions taken by the State of Israel.
• Of those respondents whose opinions are influenced, a majority, 53 percent, say that their opinion of Jews is worse as a result of the actions taken by Israel.

Non siamo mica l'Inghilterra !


Titolo: "Cossiga, piu' che a leggi speciali Pisanu pensi a soccorsi efficaci".

''Credo che Pisanu, piu' che cercare di forzare la mano introducendo norme contenenti disposizioni particolari contro il terrorismo islamico, dovrebbe pensare, magari con innovazioni legislative, a preparare, insieme alla Protezione Civile, piani per efficaci soccorsi e la gestione delle conseguenze che nell'opinione pubblica avrebbero devastanti attentati o uno stillicidio contro singole personalita' della politica dell'economia e delle istituzioni nel nostro paese. Non siamo mica l'Inghilterra''. Lo ha detto all'ADNKRONOS il presidente emerito della Repubblica, Francesco Cossiga.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: Birmingham district evacuated fearing imminent terrorist threat

Police ordered the evacuation of the entertainment district in central Birmingham after intelligence suggesting a security threat.

Under the Tuscan Sun

'Under the Tuscan Sun' was a book written in 1997 by Frances Mayes. I have read the book, and to be honest I find it a little bit boring. The plot if there even is one, is that she and a man named Ed buy a falling-apart villa and fix it up. In the meantime she and Ed have the time and money to travel throughout Italy and go to speciality shops and buy the freshest ingredients to make the best recipes. Again, I found the book a little slow, not exactly to my taste, but it is not what I would call a bad book either. The book is more like her personal journal. She wrote about her life and her travels. If this is what happened to her. Fine.

My problem is not with this book, Mayes sequel book, 'Bella Tuscany' or the film which I have heard is not true to the book although I have not seen it. My problem, and the reason for this post is with the many Americans who have seen it and idolized life in Italy. To them it is a perfect place without problems. Idyll, serence and dreamlike. For them it is simply the best. When I tell them that I live in Tuscany they ooh and aah and think of the book and it's wonderful lifestyle and envy me. They can't understand how I would even complain about anything in Tuscany.

Frances Mayes and her husband/boyfriend/whoever he is, Ed , have tons of money. Enough to buy an old run-down house knowingly in need of repair and also own a place in San Francisco at the same time. Not only does she have the money for that, but also she has the money for traveling around Italy and buying the fruits and vegetables from the local fruttivendolo, which may be fresh, but are also usually the most costly one can find too. I, on the other hand, rent a small apartment. I can't afford to own even one little place let alone two. I work with time limited (temporary) contracts to get enough money to pay the rent on my apartment and any free time I have in between contracts is not spent going to Sicily for the fish, but in search for new contracts and new jobs so I can keep renting my one little apartment and not have to live in the streets. I do not have the money to buy the freshest produce at the local fruttivendolo, but buy whatever is on sale at the big (for Italy) Supermarket by my house. I do not sip my espresso while seated in a restaurant because I know that ordering an espresso while sitting at a table costs more than standing up by the bar and guzzling it, nor do I even go to many restaurants in the first place. For me it is a struggle to live. Life is not ideal or serene for me. Don't get me wrong, I do not hate Italy, but life is not always wonderful here. It is certainly not something to ohh and ahh about.

Italy is beautiful if you do have lots of money to spend like Ms. Mayes does. It definitely can be the 'bel paese' (beautiful country) and serene, but if you are not rolling around in money and time for leisurely activities, life is hard. As Erma Bombeck once said 'If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, then What am I doing in the Pits?' I just wish that the mass majority of people who have romanticized the book/film understand that.

Arab Media Reactions to the London Bombing

Here is a report from MEMRI about reactions from arab media to the 7/7 London bombing, from which you can get that most voices condemned the attack, as, among other things, contrary to principles of Islam.
Maybe bringing this terrorist attack to London was a major strategic mistake, maybe the sympathy for the victims of this and other attacks will cancel the sympathy towards Al Qaeda and islamist terrorism in general.
Maybe, maybe.

Friday, July 08, 2005

WE'RE NOT AFRAID

The Britons, and people from all over the world, show they are not afraid of islamist terrorism, through all the pics posted on this web site. Definitely worth a look. (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin).





















Sometimes Terrorism WORKS

After London Attack, Italy will Start Iraq Pullout

Italy plans to begin withdrawing some of its troops from Iraq in September

Un tempismo eccezionale. Subito dopo l'attentato di Londra, il nostro premier disvela la sua "exit strategy". E' ufficiale: siamo dei cagasotto.

G8 leaders will finance Palestinian Authority with $3 billion

World leaders (...) agreed Friday on an "alternative to the hatred" — aid packages for the Palestinian Authority

Thursday, July 07, 2005

BAD NEWS



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Unexploded Devices Discovered in London:
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When Muslims celebrated 9/11 in London:
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Islamic hatred in London:
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London Mayor Defended 'Theologian of Terror':
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Controversial Mayor of London:
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Tony Blair:
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It is important that those engaged in terrorism realise that our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people in a desire to impose extremism on the world.

George W. Bush:
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The war on terror goes on. I was most impressed by the resolve of all the leaders in the room. Their resolve is as strong as my resolve. And that is we will not yield to these people, will not yield to the terrorists. We will find them, we will bring them to justice, and at the same time, we will spread an ideology of hope and compassion that will overwhelm their ideology of hate.

Hamas:
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"Targeting civilians in their transport means and lives is denounced and rejected" , Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy chief of the group's political bureau told Reuters.
That's IRONIC. They've killed so many people on buses, they should just shut the fuck up.

Silvan Shalom, Israeli Minister:
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This attack shows us once again that terrorism is not Israel's problem only

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Hamas on London terrorist attacks: "Targeting civilians in their transport means and lives is denounced and rejected"

Unless they're JOOS.
That's IRONIC. They've killed so many people on buses, they should just shut the f*** up.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Palestinian Dream

Stolen from Sacred Cow Burgers.

Burning flag

American flag: $25
Gasoline: $2
Cigarette lighter: $2.50

Catching yourself on fire because you are a terrorist asshole: PRICELESS

(Hat tip: Grouchy Old Cripple)

7 Things You Can't Say in Canada

L'Africa non vuole soldi

Da Il Giornale di oggi, articolo di Moeletsi Mbeki.

L'Africa resta un Paese stremato dalla povertà e dalle malattie, mentre altri avamposti di ex colonie come alcuni Paesi dell'Asia orientale stanno invece crescendo.
Alla base dei problemi africani ci sono élite politiche, che negli ultimi 40 anni hanno dilapidato le ricchezze del continente e soffocato la sua produttività.
L'elenco degli abusi è lungo e impressionante.
Le élite politiche africane hanno sistematicamente sfruttato la loro posizione allo scopo di riempire le proprie tasche.
Hanno elargito favori e guadagnato in prestigio, finanziando enormi progetti di industrializzazione in perdita.
Hanno sfruttato le risorse naturali dei loro Paesi e ne hanno trasferito i guadagni, le tasse e i fondi stanziati per gli aiuti, nei loro personali conti bancari all'estero, creando nello stesso tempo enormi debiti per finanziare le operazioni dei loro governi.
Quali sono i risultati di queste politiche predatorie?
Secondo la Banca Mondiale e il Fmi, che sono diventati i benefattori dell'Africa, gli africani sono poveri e lo stanno diventando sempre di più.
Osservava la Banca Mondiale: «Malgrado i miglioramenti avvenuti nella seconda metà degli anni Novanta, l'Africa sub-sahariana... entra nel XXI secolo insieme a molti fra i Paesi più poveri del mondo.
Il reddito medio pro capite è più basso di quanto fosse alla fine degli anni Sessanta.
Il reddito, il patrimonio e l'accesso ai servizi essenziali sono distribuiti in modo diseguale.
E nella regione vi è una parte sempre più alta di poveri assoluti, che hanno pochissima autorità per poter influire sullo stanziamento delle risorse».
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Lo sviluppo positivo dell'Africa non si potrà raggiungere dando nuova esca al fuoco.
Dare semplicemente più soldi ai governi africani non fa che rafforzare la pratica dell'abuso.
La chiave dello sviluppo sta nella creazione di un dinamico settore privato.
Perché un Paese produca di più, i singoli individui devono generare guadagni e reinvestirli nel processo di produzione sotto forma di nuove tecniche, processi e prodotti.
Il settore privato in Africa è formato prevalentemente da contadini e, in misura minore, da affiliate di società multinazionali con capitale straniero.
Ma questi gruppi sono sfruttati e intimoriti da élite politiche improduttive che esercitano il loro controllo sullo Stato.
Il settore privato in Africa è privo di potere, in quanto non è libero di decidere sulla destinazione dei suoi guadagni.
Caso tipico: le élite politiche africane usano il loro controllo sullo Stato per sfruttare l'eccedenza dei prodotti agricoli a loro vantaggio.
Se i contadini fossero liberi di tenere per sé questa eccedenza, potrebbero investirla migliorando le tecniche di produzione o diversificando le loro attività economiche.
Invece, le élite politiche usano il controllo dei prezzi e lo strumento fiscale per dirottare quei guadagni e finanziare i loro consumi personali, nonché per rafforzare gli strumenti repressivi dello Stato.
Più le élite politiche africane consolideranno il loro potere stringendo la morsa sulle redini dello Stato, più i contadini diventeranno poveri e l'economia dei Paesi africani regredirà o stagnerà.
Il caso più eloquente di questo fenomeno è la Nigeria.
Secondo uno studio sulla Nigeria, condotto dal Centro per lo Studio dell'Economia dei Paesi africani, di Oxford, fra il 1980 e il 2000 il Pil pro capite, in dollari del 1996, corretto in base al potere di acquisto, è sceso da $ 1.215 a $ 706 - un crollo del 40%.
Il numero di nigeriani che vivono sotto il livello minimo di povertà è cresciuto da 19 milioni nel 1970 a 90 milioni nel 2000.
Tutto ciò accompagnato da un massiccio incremento della disuguaglianza.
Nel 1970, il 2% della popolazione più ricca aveva lo stesso reddito del 17% della popolazione più povera.
Nel 2000, il reddito del 2% di ricchi era pari a quello del 55% di poveri.
Il futuro sviluppo dell'Africa richiede un nuovo tipo di democrazia - una democrazia che garantisca la gestione dell'economia non soltanto alla élite politica, ma anche ai produttori del settore privato.
È necessario che i contadini, che costituiscono l'anima del settore privato, diventino i veri proprietari del loro bene primario, che è la terra.
La proprietà privata della terra non genererebbe soltanto ricchezza, ma contribuirebbe a controllare la deforestazione dilagante e la desertificazione in continuo aumento.
Il cosiddetto sistema di proprietà fondiaria comune, che in realtà è proprietà dello Stato, dovrebbe essere abolita.
Inoltre, i contadini hanno bisogno di avere accesso diretto ai mercati mondiali.
I produttori devono essere in grado di offrire i loro raccolti invece che essere costretti a vendere i prodotti della coltura agricola agli enti controllati dallo Stato.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Palestine is a nice place to live

Hamas found a summer music and dance festival in Kalkilya was "immoral" and banned it, while PA arrested an academic because he criticized Palestinian security forces on TV.
(Hat tip: LGF.)

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Monday, July 04, 2005

Al-Zarkawi's 4th of July Message


Hat tip: Jawa.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Happy 4th of July from Italy

Multimillionaire Loser at Live 8

Hat tip: Fishkite.

I came to Italy 3 years ago

I came to Italy 3 years ago. At first I was enchanted. I was a like tourist visiting foreign places. Everything I saw was so beautiful, from the landscape to the wonderful Renaissance art in the old churches and museums. It didn't seem a part of my reality! It was like a wonderful dream. Then, as they say, I woke up.

I quit my job in the US before coming to Italy, and since I wasn't the heiress to some multi-million euro company, I had to find a job to get some fresh euros in my slowly disappearing bank account fast.

'I'll get a job, any type of job- how simple it will be' I thought. Then I started my search. It was not simple at all. Finally I found a job. It wasn't what I wanted, but it sounded OK.

They asked that I do a '16 hour prova' first before offering me a contract.'What is a prova?', I asked the prospective employer. The response was that it sort of like a trial period before working, to see both if the employer likes the employee and visa versa. My first job in the US had a 'prova' period. I earned a lower salary in my first month and then after a review I received a lot more.
'How much will I earn during the 'prova'? I asked'. Their response was 'Nothing'. 'Nothing?' I nearly yelled. In Italian perhaps working for nothing is called 'prova' but in English it is called 'slavery' and I didn't want any part of it, but after several discussions with friends I did finally agree to work for 4 hours a day for 4 days without pay.

The job I did during the prova period turned out to be mildly interesting and pleasant (although being paid for it would have made it a lot more interesting and pleasant), so I signed a 30 day contract to work for this company, but when I actually showed up for my paying job, it was completely different from what I did in my 'prova' I don't know what my 'prova' was for.

All I know was that I hated the job. At the end of the month I decided to quit it and find another job. 'Don't quit it.' Several people told me. 'Jobs are hard to find.' I did anyway, but after a lengthy search in which my money was running out, I accepted a part-time job that was also not what I wanted to do but had a slight promise of advancement.

After a temporary contract of one month, this place of employment gave me one for 6 months. It was at a school, and like most schools, June came around. The students had the summer off, and I was out of a job. 'You can apply for unemployment insurance' people told me. So I went to my local INPS (Unemployment Insurance and Social Security) office and picked up an application to apply for unemployment insurance.

It was 7 pages long. 6 for me and 1 for the employer to fill out. I am used to the US where it is one page and they contact the employers, although this may differ from state to state since each US state control their Unemployment Insurance practices. To make a long story short, I filled out my forms, got my employer to fill out theirs and then when back to the INPS office with all forms filled out. They told me that I couldn't collect anything.

That day found out that there was a new law passed a few months prior to my application. According to this law, a person has to have 3 years of work contributions in order to collect anything. Why they couldn't tell me this before when they handed me the stack of papers I'll never know.

I was in Italy for less than 2 years at this point. Obviously I didn't have 3 years of contributions.

Officials in Italy don't seem to like giving out information. They like to keep people guessing about everything, especially benefits.

They also told me that I only have 7 months of contributions. I then said 'No, you are wrong, you have 8 months of contributions. 7 months at the school and one month at another company. ' They had no record of my first job. It seems that I was working 'in the black'. Illegally. Not that I knew it. This job gave no contributions to the State of Italy for me, so it is like that month didn't exist.

My third job is the one I have now. I am not an employee though, even though I received a temporary work contract from them.

I know this because I called them after 2 months and asked when I was going to get my first paycheck. 'Never' was their response 'You are not an employee. You are a free-lancer. We will transfer the funds directly to your account without a paystub or anything written sent to you.' Just like in the US, as a free-lancer I have no employee rights, such as sick days or vacation time or anything, but unlike a free-lancer in the US my salary is not higher to compensate for this.

Companies pay once a month in Italy and according to the contract I signed with them my payday was on the 15th of each month. On the 15th 2 months ago I checked my account. I wasn't paid. On the 16th it was the same. On the 17th when I still wasn't paid I called my employer. 'Oh, we are really busy in the office and haven't gotten around to it.' Was their response. What do you mean 'haven't gotten around to it?' Did they not sign the same contract I did?

I live up to my end of the deal, why can't they live up to theirs? Some people told me I shouldn't stress about the fact that I wasn't paid on time. They told me that eventually I will get paid. To them getting paid on the 18th was just as good as getting paid on the 15th, but that is not the point. I have bills that are due. The Gas company won't wait a few days for their payment. Neither will the landlord.
(Afternote: I was paid on the 21st of the month.)

The next month it was the same hassle getting paid. This time though instead of saying 'We are busy' my employers said 'We paid all the salaries of everyone. It must be your bank that is causing you to not have the funds in your account' Well, I don't think I have the greatest bank in the world, but considering that they only took one day the previous month to process the money transfer, I knew they were lying. I especially knew they were lying after seeing the bank forms that said that this money transfer was INITIATED on the 21st. (Afternote: I was paid on the 22.)

What is going to happen next month?

I am so tired of hearing the CentroSinistra and Sinistra (Italian left wing) blame the Multinational Companies (American ones at least) of exploiting their workers. I worked at McDonald's (one of their Most Hated employers) while I was going to school. I not only had paid sick days and vacation days, I also NEVER had to worry that I wouldn't get paid, or I wouldn't get paid on a certain day, and compared to the peanuts that the Italians call salaries, I didn't earn what would be considered an exploited persons pay.

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