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Daily Mail
Abhijit Pandya
4/13/12
 

In a show of sublime national unity, France this week has begun to deport Islamic militants and radical Muslim preachers.


Considering Britain’s dithering over the deporation of Abu Qatada (above), which had the Home Secretary on her knees to the Jordanian Government, this contrasting illustration of

national pride by strength the French President Sarkozy shows how weak British politicians are on similar matters.

In a fantastic coup, French police arrested suspected Islamic militants in raids last week in towns and cities all across France.

French Interior Minister Claude Gueant said:

"We do not accept Islamic extremism. This is not a new policy, however after what happened in Toulouse and Montauban we have to be more careful than ever"

This a sharp contrast to British politicians that dare not utter such words in case they lose some non-moderate Muslim votes in marginal seats.

The spineless Coalition’s weakness on this front puts all of our lives at risk, showing foreign Islamic hate-mongers that the system is too weak to really take them to task.

In France, a preacher of Malian origin was deported for promoting anti-semitism, (a popular theme amongst Islamic groups) and advocating women be secondary citizens by forcing them to wear the full face veil.

The preacher continued to affect social cohesion by telling his followers that democracy and the Western idea of toleration are evil.

Sarkozy, unlike our politicians, understands that you cannot preserve toleration by protecting the intolerance of radical Islam.

Amongst those who may be expelled are Imams from Saudi Arabia and Turkey and other preachers who call for death for those who deviate from Islam.

Sarkozy’s bold move is a triumph for the protection of Western values by excluding those who not just disagree with them, but are actively working to destroy them.

This is all the while Britain has swimming pools in East London that will expel non-Muslim women for wearing bikinis and not covering themselves up.

In contrast to France the proliferation of 'foreign rules on British soil' is surprising.

Cameron should learn. Sarkozy's ratings have inched up.

Sarkozy’s exemplary force of will to protect Western ideals, and his beloved France, show us how uninterested in protecting us from radical Islam our British politicians really are.

Link: http://pandyablog.dailymail.co.uk/2012/04/sarkozys-expulsion-of-radical-preachers-shows-us-how-weak-british-politicians-are.html

 
CBN News
4/13/2012
Erick Stakelbeck

It's the first rule of war; know your enemy. Yet the U.S. government refuses to use terms like "jihadists" or "radical Islamists" to describe the terrorists who attack us. 

According to some in the media, the war against Islamic jihadists doesn't even exist.

When agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Amine El Khalifi recently for plotting to blow up the U.S. Capitol, most media reports identified him as simply a "Moroccan man."

Entire news reports about El Khalifi's case made no mention of the fact that he was Muslim. Neither did a top U.S. Justice Department official who labeled the al Qaeda admirer as merely "homegrown violent extremist."

Again, no mention of Islam, even though El Khalifi had prayed at a Washington-area mosque just moments before driving a van he thought was packed with explosives to the Capitol.

"He was obviously affiliated with the Islamic jihad," Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said. "And what's very clear is that had he succeeded, the coverage would have been different."

"But wouldn't it be better if we had media coverage that talked about the potential of what could happen so we could prevent it?" she asked.

Bachmann told CBN News that political correctness takes over in mainstream reporting on Islamic terrorism.

"The world is being turned upside down because of radical Islam and our media is refusing to tell the story," Bachmann said.

"They come from a decidedly leftist world view and a secular--almost anti-secular, in a way, because they've embraced such a radical world view -- and they impose that filter through every subject they touch," she continued. "Unfortunately, this subject concerns our very survivability as a people."

Depending on who and what you read, the war against Islamic jihadists is already history.

The day after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden, CNN Terrorism Analyst Peter Bergen declared that the war on terror was over.

His CNN colleague, Fareed Zakaria, went further, writing that bin Laden's death meant radical Islam's "existential threat to the Western world" was now "gone."

"Terror is primarily a battle for the mind, and unfortunately, our best and our brightest have become our worst and dimmest," author Michael Widlanski said. 

'Islam-Myopia'

In his new book, Battle for our Minds, Widlanski argues that the American people are being misled about the Islamic terror threat.

"I'm talking about our public intellectuals, the people who are the gate keepers to our mind:  our media, our academics and our government intelligence people," Widlanski said.

He said these groups have created a climate where legitimate criticism of Islamist ideology is branded as "bigoted."

"Our problem isn't Islamophobia, it's not a phobia, it's not an unreasoning fear," Widlanski explained.

"It's Islamophilia: an unreasoning love of Islam and protection of Islam," he said. "And even worse, Islam-myopia: a near-sighted, willful ignorance when it comes to things Islamic."

The problem existed through the Clinton and Bush administrations, but has reached new heights under President Obama, Widlanski continued.

The Department of Homeland Security has replaced phrases like "radical Islam" and "Islamic terrorism" with vague terms like "violent extremism "and "man-made disasters."

After a Muslim terrorist shouting "Allahu Akhbar" gunned down 13 U.S. soldiers at the Texas Fort Hood military base in 2009, a Pentagon report described the massacre as "workplace violence."

Then there is the president's top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan. Brennan has referred to Jerusalem by its Arabic name, "al Quds" and has called jihad a spiritual struggle and "legitimate tenet of Islam."

"The basic meaning of jihad in Arabic, from the Arabic root, is 'war' - a physical war," Widlanski said.

Roots of Islamic Spin

So how did the politically correct slant on Islamic jihad take root among our leaders and opinion shapers? According to Widlanski, much of it can be traced back to Edward Said, a Palestinian professor whose reach extended far beyond the classroom.

Said was an adviser to former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

During a trip to southern Lebanon, Said was photographed throwing stones at Israeli soldiers stationed on the border.

Yet these radical activities didn't stop him from becoming a celebrity professor at Columbia University, thanks to his book,Orientalism.

"In 1978, Orientalism was produced, and Said's basic idea was that the West had raped the Islamic East," Widlanski explained.

"He wanted the West to get dumb, and he succeeded," Widlanski said. "The next two generations of American students, diplomats, and agents with the Central Intelligence Agency know little to no Arabic, and they know little or no Islamic culture."

Widlanski said Said's portrayal of the West as aggressor and the Muslim world as victim had huge influence on college campuses and the mainstream media.

It also became popular at the U.S. State Department and in the intelligence community.

President Obama, who was then a state senator, even shared a table with Said at a 1998 Arab community event in Chicago.

"You can see and feel the Said message in many of the things that Obama says," Widlanski said.

Widlanski added that the Said view has done great damage to American interests, but that it's not irreversible.

"The average American understands in his gut, in her gut, what's going on. They pick up the hints," Widlanski told CBN News. 

"Let's start educating our law enforcement, our security officials, the next generation of American students, to understand the Middle East, to understand terrorism, to study the languages, to study the cultures," he said. "Not with the hand-picked successors of Edward Said."

Link: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2012/April/Elites-Failing-America-in-Battle-against-Terrorism/

 
NEW YORK & LONDON, Mar 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Bloomberg Brief today announced the launch of its Islamic Finance weekly newsletter, which gives global investors and financial advisors critical data and analytics to stay ahead of the developments and trends in the world of Shariah-compliant finance.

Today, global financial institutions in the $1 trillion Islamic finance market gather expert insights and assets to serve a wide pool of investors as well as expand relevant products and services. Published every Monday, Islamic Finance publishes expert insight from the industry's most influential thought leaders, decision makers about an industry that is growing exponentially, especially in emerging markets. The Islamic Finance newsletter monitors Shariah-compliant bond and loan offerings in the pipeline, gathers underwriter rankings and covers the issuance of new sukuk assets, sales of which have reached $6.6 billion in 2012, up over 300% on the prior year according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“The Islamic finance market is dynamic and fast moving, which creates space for a service that both educates market participants and keeps them ahead of the game," commented Ted Merz, News Content Business Manager for Bloomberg Briefs. “We believe this mix of news, views, data and analysis will help give investors insight into market movements and thus a competitive edge."

Bloomberg adds the Islamic Finance Brief to other significant initiatives that have grown the Bloomberg library of information resources about the market. In February 2011, Bloomberg launched a dedicated Islamic Finance Platform (ISLM) along with a Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) sukuk index, providing a benchmark for MYR sovereign sukuk investments.

Then in June 2011, in collaboration with Bank Negara Malaysia, Bloomberg launched the Bloomberg Malaysian Foreign Currency Sukuk Index (BMSSUTR), a non-ringgit denominated index.

Islamic Finance joins 14 other Bloomberg Brief newsletters, which together now have more than 165,000 subscribers. Bloomberg Brief titles will now include: Economics, Economics Europe, Economics Asia, Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Mergers, Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Leveraged Finance, Municipal Market, Structured Notes, Risk, Financial Regulations, Climate & Carbon, Technical Strategies, and Islamic Finance.

Bloomberg Briefs are available for no additional fee to subscribers of the Bloomberg Professional® service at {BRIEF }. Non-Bloomberg subscribers can also purchase the newsletters at www.bloombergbriefs.com .

For more information about Bloomberg Brief Islamic Finance, please contact: Nick Ferris, Global Business Manager for Bloomberg Brief at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About Bloomberg Briefs

Bloomberg Brief is a newsletter publishing division of Bloomberg LP, the premier source of data and analytics in the financial world. The division publishes both daily and weekly electronic newsletters. Subscribers to the Bloomberg Professional service have full access to the Bloomberg Briefs. Bloomberg Brief also sells individual and enterprise licenses across departments and companies. Visit www.bloombergbriefs.com for more information.

SOURCE: Bloomberg LP

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bloomberg-brief-launches-islamic-finance-weekly-2012-03-21
 
Reuters
3/28/12
 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday set additional sanctions against Iranian engineering firms with ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC), which it said has continued to expand its control of the Iranian economy.

It also sanctioned individuals and shipping companies with ties to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL).

"By designating the individuals and entities today, Treasury is sending a clear signal to the international community that Iran's attempts to evade international sanctions will not go unnoticed," Adam Szubin, director of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in a statement.

The department imposed additional sanctions on Iran Maritime Industrial Company SADRA, which it said has offices in Iran and Venezuela. It said SADRA was owned by Khatam al-Anbiya, an engineering company used by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp to fund its operations.

It also sanctioned Deep Offshore Technology PJS, which it said was a subsidiary of SADRA.

The Revolutionary Guard is a primary focus of U.S. and international sanctions against Iran because of the central role it plays in Iran's missile and nuclear programs, its support for terrorism and its involvement in serious human rights abuses, the department said.

It also has expanded its control over the Iranian economy - particularly in defense production, construction and oil and gas industries - subsuming increasing numbers of Iranian businesses and pressing them into service in support of the Revolutionary Guard's "illicit conduct," the department said.

"We will continue to target the Iranian regime and specifically the IRGC as it attempts to continue its nefarious infiltration of the Iranian economy," Szubin said.

In addition to freezing assets of the companies, any foreign financial institution that does business with the firms risk losing its correspondent account access to the United States, the department said.

It also designated Malship Shipping Agency Ltd and Modality Limited, which it said were affiliates of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), and two individuals, Seyed Alaeddin Sadat Rasool and Ali Ezati, who it said worked for IRISL.

"IRISL has played a key role in Iran's efforts to advance its missile program and transport other military cargo," the department said.

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/28/us-usa-iran-sanctions-idUSBRE82R12820120328

 

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