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Salim Mansur, courageous Canadian Muslim professor

Posted by Judy K. Warner on October 31, 2009

Since we often draw attention to the damage various Muslims are doing to our society, I’d like to give some space to Salim Mansur, someone I just heard about thanks to a friend who sent me this column by Rory Leishman in the London (Ontario) Free Press. It begins:

Among post-modern multiculturalists, it’s commonplace to suppose that all cultures are of equal moral worth. Salim Mansur, professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario, emphatically disagrees.

In an illuminating collection of essays entitled Islam’s Predicament: Perspectives of a Dissident Muslim, he maintains Islam is afflicted with “a terrible malady,” which “reflects the irreparable breakdown of the civilization’s centre . . . which at one time in history was co-equal, if not briefly superior, to Christendom.”

Paraphrasing William Butler Yeats, Mansur contends that Islam is in the grips of a “rough beast” that has let loose anarchy upon the world. He traces the problem back to the earliest days of Islam, when perverse Muslim rulers renounced the peaceful teachings of the Qu’ran by slaughtering each other in a bloody struggle for political power following the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632.

Leishman then relates Mansur’s damning accounts of two major current figures in Islam, and concludes:

In the face of Islamist terrorism, Mansur deplores the “appeasement mentality” of liberal-left multiculturalists in the West as well as the “deafening silence of Muslims, except for lonely voices of feeble opposition.”

He likewise denounces the “double-speak” of Muslim intellectuals and religious leaders in mosques who say “contrary things in English or French and then in Arabic, or Farsi or Urdu.”

Mansur, of course, is a courageous exception: No Muslim has been more outspoken than he in unequivocally denouncing the Islamist terrorists who defame Islam.

As a Muslim, Mansur laments, “We keep assuring ourselves and others that Muslims who violate Islam are a minuscule minority, yet we fail to hold this minority accountable in public. We regularly quote from the Qu’ran, but do not make repentance for our failings as the Qu’ran instructs, by seeking forgiveness of those whom we have harmed.”

He concludes, “We Muslims are the source of our own misery, and we are not misunderstood by others who see in our conduct a threat to their peace.”

I checked around a bit to see what others say about Mansur. Last April he appeared at an event about which Mark Steyn had this to say:

Did you hear about the Catholic, the Jew and the Muslim who walked into a theatre in London, Ontario? It’s a stellar bill – Kathy Shaidle, Ezra Levant and Salim Mansur, three staunch friends of real human rights taking on Canada’s pseudo-”human rights” racket – live this Monday evening. If you’re in the neighborhood, make sure you’re there.

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch took issue with Mansur over his interpretation of Islam (I think) in a 2006 FrontPage symposium titled Death for Apostasy? and doesn’t seem to think much of him. However, it seems like an insider quarrel, based on Robert’s belief that Islam is so defective at its root that it cannot be redeemed. I don’t know enough to take sides on that, and I remain impressed. Mansur makes statements that could easily bring a fatwa down on him and probably has; I’m sure he’s received death threats. He seems perfectly open about the atrocities Muslims and Islam have committed and are committing today, so more power to him.

Posted in Canada, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Obama starving Somalis

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 31, 2009

I’ve purposefully titled this post ‘Obama starving Somalis’ to make my point that if the Bush Administration were still in control in Washington, this article in Foreign Policy would surely have blamed Bush.  Instead the article about a new policy position that cuts humanitarian aid and warns that a humanitarian crisis is at hand, blames the “United States,” the  “US Treasury Department,” “Washington,” and the “US government”—-but no mention of the fact that the Obama Administration is responsible now!

You can read the article yourself, it begins:

The United States is willfully letting millions of Somalis go hungry in its drive to hunt down terrorists.

A year ago this article would have begun with the sentence:  “The Bush Administration is willfully letting……”

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Chicago again! Angry Africans demand more money for refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 31, 2009

There is no doubt in my mind that these recent articles in the Chicago Tribune are orchestrated and meant to create a crisis in order to push Congress to “reform” the Refugee Resettlement program by allocating it more money.  Afterall, this is Chicago and Ed Silverman has been around long enough to know the basics of Alinsky-style “community organizing.”   Read all about Silverman and Iraqi refugees, here.

Five days ago I told you about the unhappy Iraqis in Chicago and now it’s the Africans.

From the Chicago Tribune today:

The crowd was angry inside the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago — a stark contrast to the cheery African murals that have greeted one refugee community after another since the Uptown nonprofit organization formed 25 years ago.

The reason: more evidence that the federal system set up to welcome roughly 2,500 refugees to Illinois per year is nearly broken.

On the heels of two critical national studies highlighting worries over homelessness and other problems faced by Iraqi refugees, a new report released in Chicago [what report, where is it?] shows the frustrations of Africans arriving from such war-torn areas as Burundi, Sudan and Somalia.

Among the findings is that the system created in 1980 no longer meets the needs of an increasingly diverse refugee population of former human trafficking victims, child soldiers and victims of torture.

“I arrived here full of hope to start a new life,” fumed Idriss Shariff, a refugee from Darfur, Sudan, who said he nevertheless was frustrated about a lack of job training and decent housing.

White House officials have acknowledged the need to reform the system, which provides a one-time grant of $425 per adult refugee and leaves much of the burden for housing, job searches and other needs to overwhelmed local aid groups.

Roughly 4,800 African refugees have arrived in the Chicago area since 1999, most of them settling on the North Side as they contribute to African communities’ rapid growth in the last decade to nearly 30,000 people.

And, what do you know!  It’s Mr. Ed again saying that boo hoo we have no money for all these refugees!

Ed Silverman, who has directed state refugee services since the late 1970s, said stability has become increasingly elusive for new refugees.

“We are facing the worst crisis in the refugee program that I have ever experienced,” he told the crowd at the Ethiopian center.

Many clapped in agreement.

NO ONE EVER SUGGESTS THAT MAYBE THE NUMBER OF REFUGEES GOING TO CHICAGO IS NOT SUSTAINABLE, AND NO ONE EVER SAYS LET’S SLOW THE FLOW OF REFUGEES TO THE US WHILE WE ARE IN A RECESSION!   INDEED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS PROPOSED THE CEILING FOR FY2010 REMAIN AS HIGH AS THE PREVIOUS YEAR!

So, let’s have a look at the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago.   Note that on their home page they are purchasing a building, so that tells us right there that they have some money.   Check out their Form990 for the FY ending June 2008, here.

I am not an accountant, so I’m not sure why these numbers don’t exactly match up, but here they are.   They reported that they received $311,317 from government grants (taxpayers) and $611,101 from fees and government contracts (taxpayers) and that is the sum of their income for the year.*

However, scrolling down to near the end of the Form 990 there is this list of government grants and the total amount of money is higher.  Keep in mind some of this might be expended in another fiscal year, but I thought it interesting to note the agencies from which funds are received.

There is an Office of Refugee Resettlement grant of $424,453 that is a pass through grant from its parent organization, Ethiopian Community Development Council, one of the Top Ten volags (ECDC does not have a Better Business Bureau Report on file).

$66,297 from the US Dept. of Labor, $20,970 from HUD, and $25,270 from the US Dept. of Education.

That brings the total for June 2008 to $536,990 and that is up from $256,148 the previous June.  So, they have doubled their income from the feds (you) in one year.  They do have more money.

By the way, that $424,453 is for “reception and placement” which means that if they don’t bring in the refugees they don’t get that money.

That Los Angeles grant scam, any connection?

Now, one more thing.  Back to the website for the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago, note that they had a visit from Dr. Tsehaye Teferra of ECDC.   We wrote 2 years ago about a scam involving an African resettlement agency in Los Angeles, another subcontractor of ECDC, here, where the director, Nikki Tesfai (a friend of Oprah!), was indicted in a huge grant scam.   I recall reading that she is somehow related to Dr Teferra, but  I could be wrong and I couldn’t find the reference just now.  I don’t know what happened to Nikki Tesfai, whether she was ever found guilty.

* A little while later:   It just occurred to me that there might be readers new to the refugee program who don’t know that this whole thing was set up as a public-private partnership.  That means that the private part, the non-profit group, is supposed to put up some of the funding.  It was not meant to be strictly a pass through of  your tax dollars to unaccountable NGOs,  now largely run by the immigrants they originally helped.   This is how the left has effectively expanded the reach of the federal government (and redistributes your wealth!)—it happens in all leftwing causes from immigration to environment, and if Obama has his way, before you know it, it will be expanded to newspapers as well!

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Obama Administration to lift ban on immigrants/travelers with HIV/AIDS

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 31, 2009

President Obama, while signing legislation yesterday that extends taxpayer funding of medical care and treatment to people with HIV, announced the final steps to lifting a ban on those entering the US with HIV/AIDS.  Guess we will be taking care of more of the world’s HIV population right here.*   From the Boston Globe:

WASHINGTON – President Obama said yesterday that the United States will overturn a 22-year-old travel and immigration ban against people with HIV early next year.

The order will be finalized on Monday, Obama said, completing a process begun during the Bush administration. The United States has been among a dozen countries that bar entry to travelers with visas or anyone seeking a green card based on their HIV status.

This next section of the article is inaccurate because refugees with HIV have been allowed entry.  The reporter should have used the word ‘immigrants’ instead of ‘refugees.’

The law effectively has kept out thousands of students, tourists, and refugees and has complicated the adoption of children with HIV.

Those countries still banning people with HIV/AIDS are as follows.  I wonder at the accuracy of the list.   Do Iran and Syria, for example, let in people with the disease? 

The 11 other countries that ban HIV-positive travelers and immigrants are Armenia, Brunei, Iraq, Libya, Moldova, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Sudan, according to the advocacy group Immigration Equality.

I don’t have the time, but if you are interested you might want to visit Immigration Equality and see if you can find any mention of the list.

* The Bush Administration is credited with spending a lot of money in Africa to fight HIV/AIDS, but I just talked with a young man in my town who spent 2 years in Africa recently with the Peace Corps.  He said the Africans in his area of Africa refused the condoms because they believed they were contaminated with the AIDS virus and that it was a US plot to infect them.   Consequently, his Peace Corps compatriots who were assigned to work on HIV/AIDS had nothing to do.

Posted in health issues, Obama, Other Immigration, Refugee Resettlement Program | 2 Comments »

Iraqi suspect in Arizona ‘honor killing’ attempt arrested in Atlanta

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 30, 2009

The Iraqi Muslim immigrant who ten days ago ran over his daughter and a friend in Arizona in what is being described as an ‘honor killing’ attempt was arrested in Atlanta Thursday after being returned from the UK where he had tried to gain entry.  Here is the whole story tonight from News Runner:

An Iraqi immigrant accused of running down his daughter in Arizona with his car because she was becoming ‘too Westernised’ has been arrested in Georgia, authorities say.

Jim Joyner, a spokesman for the US Marshals Service in Atlanta, said on Friday Faleh Almaleki was arrested on Thursday when he arrived at Atlanta’s airport. He had been sent from the United Kingdom after authorities denied him entrance.

Almaleki, 48, awaits extradition to Arizona and will face two counts of aggravated assault, according to Peoria police.

He is accused of striking and then running over his 20-year-old daughter and a family friend with his Jeep on October 20 as the women were walking across a Peoria parking lot.

Noor Almaleki remains hospitalised in serious condition after undergoing spinal surgery. The friend, Amal Khalaf, is in serious but stable condition, according to family members.

Khalaf, 43, is the mother of Noor Almaleki’s boyfriend.

Police said the Almalekis moved to Peoria from Iraq in the mid-1990s.

Family members said Noor Almaleki had been living with her boyfriend and Khalaf, and Faleh Almaleki was upset that his daughter had become too ‘Westernised,’ had failed to live by traditional Muslim values and had disrespected the family.

After the incident, authorities said Almaleki drove his vehicle to Mexico and abandoned it in Nogales, where Mexican officials later located and seized it.

Almaleki made his way to Mexico City, where he boarded a plane to London, but United Kingdom authorities denied him entry into the country.

They contacted US authorities and Almaleki was put on a flight back to Atlanta, where he was arrested upon arrival.

One more example of how diversity strengthens America, right!  It’s my opinion that someone just made this up—that ‘diversity strengthens communities’—and people who are pushing more immigration just keep repeating it until the public thinks its true.  See our diversity link at the top of this page and consider the article entitled, “Bowling with our own.”

We’ve posted on a number of honor killings in the US in recent years, just use our search function to see some of those horrible stories.

Posted in Crimes, diversity's dark side, Iraqi refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, women's issues | 3 Comments »

Sri Lankan official warns Australia not to let Tamils in

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 30, 2009

Update November 5th:  If you object to letting in the boat people you are “xenophobic” so says Australian immigration activist Julian Burnside, here.

The headline to this story is all about a fear that the Australian government might put “chillis” in the food of illegal aliens (aka asylum seekers) occupying an Australian ship in a standoff now 3 weeks old.   Titled, “Chilli weapon ruled out in asylum seeker boat standoff,”  I thought the story should more appropriately be titled as I have it above.   Incidentally I came across this story after reporting on the “boat people” that Indonesia is sick of,  here.

CHILLIS and water rationing will not be used to force 78 Sri Lankan asylum seekers off an Australian Customs ship stuck in a standoff in Indonesia.

Officials denied they would tamper with the asylum seekers’ food to help break their resolve, despite claims by refugee advocates the chilli solution had been used before.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Australia was prepared to play a waiting game as the saga entered its 12th day.

The Oceanic Viking remains anchored 10 nautical miles off Indonesia’s Bintan Island as the Federal Government attempts to navigate around a diplomatic stumble that saw local officials refusing to allow the Sri Lankans to land, and a vow by the asylum seekers to remain on the ship.

Many have started a hunger strike.

Mr Rudd has not ruled out using force to get them off the ship, but suggested the patience of Indonesia and Australia would win out.

“Indonesia has an abundance of patience in handling these matters. Australia also has great patience in handling these complex matters,” he told Parliament.

Mr Rudd also ruled out cash incentives to persuade the Sri Lankans to end their protest and disembark.

In my view the above is your typical leftwing reporting.  The charge that the government would fool with the food of the illegal aliens puts the government on the defensive right off the bat making the illegals more sympathetic characters.  In the meantime, the part of this story that should have been highlighted is that a high level Sri Lankan official is telling the Australian government not to set a precedent, let these Tamils in and possibly open a floodgate to more.  He also says they pose a threat to Australia.   The UK and the US have both designated the Tamil Tigers a terrorist group, although it isn’t clear from this report whether it has been confirmed that Tamil Tigers are on board.

With no end in sight to the standoff, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia warned the group represented a security threat.

“They pose a threat to peace and security of Australia,” Mr Senaka Walgampaya said.

There are more than 250,000 people in camps in Sri Lanka as a result of a 20-year civil war that ended this year.

Mr Walgampaya rejects claims Tamils in Sri Lanka are being persecuted.

I first mentioned this story here, but I had no idea this has been going on for 3 weeks.

Wasn’t it only a few days ago that I reported that the EU wanted to emulate Australian immigration policies and practices, here.

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‘Progressives’ badger Japan on the Rohingya issue

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 30, 2009

Poor Japan, one of the few countries* left in the world that wants to maintain its unique culture and strictly control immigration and its borders, is now constantly under attack by groups supposedly motivated by pure humanitarian concerns.   I say supposed because I believe these are really far left ‘progressives’  and elitists who ultimately seek a borderless world.   Here is the latest assault, posted on the Rohingya Info Corner:

(Tokyo) – Japan’s new administration should protect Burmese Rohingya asylum seekers in Japan and press Burma to end abuses against the minority group, eight Japanese and international organizations said today. The groups sent a joint letter to the newly inaugurated justice minister, Keiko Chiba, and foreign minister, Katsuya Okada.

“Tokyo’s silence sends a message to Burma’s generals that their horrendous persecution of the Rohingya can continue,” said Kanae Doi, Tokyo director at Human Rights Watch. “Japan’s new government should urgently review its policies to protect the Rohingya both in Japan and in Burma.”

Apparently there are 110 Rohingya asylum seekers in Japan wanting refugee status.  This letter says they arrived in Japan by air.  Now, how on earth did abjectly poor Rohingya Muslims get the airfare money to get to Japan?  And, don’t you just love the phrase “made their way!”  Could this have been a set-up?   I don’t doubt that for a minute.

The organizations urged Chiba to rescind deportation orders that would return asylum seekers to Burma and to grant Special Residential Permits to Rohingya in Japan. Over the past decade, more than 110 Rohingya have made their way to Japan, mainly by air, and petitioned the Japanese government for asylum. While there have been no reports of forcible repatriation of Rohingya asylum seekers to Burma, many Rohingya in Japan have been denied refugee status, detained, and issued deportation orders.

Here are the ‘progressive’ groups planning action in Tokyo today:

The letter was signed by Amnesty International Japan, Arakan Rohingya Organization-Japan (JARO), and the Lawyers’ Group for Burmese Refugee Applicants, the Burmese Rohingya Association in Japan, the Christian Coalition for Refugee and Migrant Workers (CCRMW), the People’s Forum on Burma, BurmaInfo, and Human Rights Watch.

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The eight organizations will hold a public event today in Tokyo around the report and the treatment of Rohingya asylum seekers in Japan.

Progressives use buzz words like ‘social justice’ which we are learning is code for far left political organizing.  I wanted to find out more about this group Christian Coalition for Refugee and Migrant Workers (CCRMW) and couldn’t find much except a tiny mention of them as a ‘progressive’ Christian group.  I then did come across the wikipedia definition of  Progressive Christianity which I found interesting, and I believe you will too when you think about the ranting of Obama’s Marxist pastor, Rev. Wright.  Liberation theology, according to this article, is one of the streams of religious thought that led to Progressive Christianity.

If you would like to see more posts on how Japan is being badgered, just use our search function for ‘Japan.’

* I reported yesterday that France is now belatedly trying to recover its French culture after being swamped by immigrant Muslim cultures for decades.

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Indonesia: We’ve had it with all these asylum seekers

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 30, 2009

The Indonesian government is making it very clear they cannot afford to keep all the illegal aliens (aka asylum seekers) landing on their shores or being apprehended in their waters.   They want the UN and Australia to do something about it. 

Meanwhile, remember all those Muslim Rohingya boatmen that brought worldwide attention when the Thai government was accused of towing their boats back to sea, those who landed in Indonesia have been given refugee status by the UNHCR and are ready for resettlement in the West.

From the Jakarta Post:

The government said Thursday it would demand a time line of how long the 78 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, on board an Australian vessel in Riau province, would stay in Indonesia once their statuses have been finalized.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said Indonesia could not afford to let the boat people, who wish to go to Australia, stay in its territory for an indefinite period of time, as has been the case in the past.

“What would we do to them if they are not classified as refugees? And what would we do if they are? This has to be clear.”

Indonesia is struggling to cope with the rising number of illegal immigrants intercepted in its waters while making the perilous journey to its more prosperous southern neighbor.

The 78 Sri Lankans are only one group of people currently seeking asylum in Australia.

Another 255 Sri Lankans are refusing to get off a wooden boat at Merak Port, Banten, and their status remains unclear.

Reports in Australia have cited 66 incidents of interception in Indonesian waters this year, resulting in arrests of 1,642 illegal immigrants bound for Australia.

Many have become stateless, living in immigration detention facilities or shelters run by the UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar who were found adrift off the coast of Aceh early this year were granted refugee status by the UNHCR, but have not yet been sent to any third countries willing to accept them. Dozens have reportedly escaped from their facilities.

Sounds like a few have other motives than a chance at a good life in the West.

By the way, Indonesia is a Muslim country.  I thought the UN High Commissioner for Refugees told us that Muslims welcome the stranger!

Posted in Asylum seekers, Australia, Refugee Resettlement Program, Rohingya Reports | 2 Comments »

Got guts? France certainly does as it launches national pride campaign

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 29, 2009

To combat Islamic fundamentalism, the French government has announced a campaign to remind citizens that they are French!  I love it!  When are we going to be as gutsy as the French?    From the Mail  thanks to Islam in Action:

France is to adopt a series of measures to ‘reaffirm pride’ in the country and combat Islamic fundamentalism.

They include everybody receiving lessons in the nation’s Christian history and children singing the national anthem.

Using words which infuriated ethnic minority groups and Socialist opponents, immigration minister Eric Besson also said he wanted ‘foreigners to speak better French’.

He called for all recent arrivals to be monitored by ‘Republican godfathers’, charged with helping immigrants to integrate better.

His proposed measures contrast sharply with the situation in Britain where ‘citizenship education’ centres on multicultural diversity.

M Besson, who was born in the former French protectorate of Morocco, suggested a debate on national identity’ entitled ‘What does it mean to be French?’

He also reignited the debate about face and body-covering Muslim veils, saying they should definitely be banned.

As well as providing civic lessons for adults – including classes about the country’s Christian history and liberal political institutions – the government will encourage school children to sing the national anthem at least once a year.

They are deporting Muslims too!

Mr Besson defended a decision to send illegal Afghan immigrants – all of them Muslim – back to Kabul on charter flights organised in conjunction with the British government last week, saying there would be many more.

More than 21,000 people have been deported from France this year – with 27,000 the ultimate target, said Mr Besson.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Europe, Muslim refugees | 2 Comments »

Muslim terror plots abound, other blogs have it covered

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 29, 2009

Thanks to readers who have been sending us information on the recent foiled terror plots by Islamists in the US.  I have to say they are getting difficult to keep up with!

Other bloggers are doing a good job following the stories so let me direct you to those.  Jihad Watch has lots of information on the Detroit shooting yesterday, here.   Update:  Atlas Shrugs has more, here.

The Jawa Report has done a lot of research on the Halal slaughter house raid and its connection to terrorism, here.

CAIR has its nose in both those cases, so you should see Frank Gaffney’s “Why you should care about CAIR,” here.

Just to save the link (I’m not saying its terrorism related), I also direct you to the murder of the UConn football player story where a man who looks to be East African named, Hakim Muhammad, is implicated, here.

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