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Queen Sofia in Saudi Arabia

You can read about her in Barcepundit here and here. I am going to quote him when he says:

No headscarf, a bright red dress with -though you can’t see it in this picture- a skirt at half her royal calves. A message of solidarity with the oppresed Arabic women.

I wonder if she asked for a glass of wine with her meals… that’d have been cool.

 
Oh, yeah, that would have been cool.

And the contrast is evident between the Spanish Queen and the women that appear with her in the photo. I am not very monarchist but I admire her for long: I think she is a wonderful Queen, what I cannot say about the rest of the Spanish monarchy.

Cross-posted at TAJP in Blogger.
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The religious policeman’s fan mail

Just go and read this excellent post by Alhamedi. The best thing of it, is the end.

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The Social Characterisation of Jihadist terrorism in Spain

I quoted several months ago an article by Real Instituto Elcano about the Social characterisation of Global Jihadist-Salafist terrorism. Well, the same Institue now presents another article about the Social Characterisation of Jihadist terrorism in Spain. I quote only the conclusion, although it’s important to read it completely.

A pattern of characteristics emerges in regard to persons in some way suspected of involvement in Jihadist terrorism in Spain. They are predominantly men, born between 1966 and 1975, aged between 26 and 40 when arrested, basically North African immigrants and mostly without residence permits. They tend to settle in Madrid or Barcelona and other coastal locations. Despite some notable exceptions, they are generally individuals with low levels of education and generally low standards of professional skills.

This sociological profile provides certain guidelines for the prevention and containment of international terrorism in Spain, in addition to intergovernmental initiatives developed inside and outside Europe. First, material and human resources available for policing must be provided urgently, although not exclusively, for certain niches in the social structure in certain areas of Spain. It is also necessary to continue to strengthen antiterrorist cooperation with a series of Arab or Islamic countries, as is the case with Western nations who hold significant operating intelligence.

Secondly, since the Jihadists in Spain present themselves as Muslims and exercise proselytism, it is absolutely vital to promote further dialogue between government authorities and leaders of Islamic communities, who in turn must continue to be committed to delegitimising the terrorism which is practiced in the name of Islam. Just as it is important to develop effective social integration programmes which contribute to satisfying the expectations of North African immigrants with low education levels and scant professional qualifications, to lay the foundations for making their time in Spain more gratifying at a personal level, and to decrease the likelihood of their feeling individually frustrated and collectively slighted, and therefore turning to excluding Islamic subcultures and Jihadist movements.

Finally, the fact that most persons imprisoned in Spain for links with Jihadist terrorism come from North Africa and the Middle East suggests we define and coordinate public diplomacy that is focused, interministerial in dimension and includes the relevant players from civilian society. This public diplomacy must be part of a national strategy on international terrorism and be complementary to other collective programmes to which the Spanish government must either contribute or promote. Its purpose would be to convey not only to the political classes but also to public opinion in the Arab and Islamic world the meaning of the measures implemented to prevent this kind of terrorism in Spain, as well as less well-known or widespread aspects of Spanish immigration policy, religious matters, international cooperation and foreign intervention.

A public policy of this kind has nothing to do with appeasement towards Jihadists, but is action aimed at offsetting processes of nurturing hate and terrorist recruitment, such as those observed in Spain among Arab or Central Asian minorities in which global Jihadists see potential for mobilising militants. This is, let us face it, of undeniable importance when the al-Qaeda ideologues, such as Ayman al Zawahiri himself, insist again and again that followers of Islam are systematically offended and discriminated against in Western countries such as Spain simply because of their religion. This is how they try to make their Jihadist propaganda into a reference framework for those Muslims who perhaps feel slighted, frustrated or alienated, and how they turn a few of them to terrorism

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Polygamy in France

From Deustche Welle:

Between 150,000 and 400,000 people live in polygamous households in France, in which a man is married to more than one woman. The French state is trying to change the situation — with mixed results.

The government argues that living in polygamy prevents immigrants from becoming integrated into French society and that it goes against the principles of gender equality enshrined in the constitution. Polygamy was made illegal in France in 1993. Those who still live in polygamy have either been doing so since before the law was passed or they married abroad.


Though polygamy isn’t very common in the northern Paris suburb of Cergy, most people in the African community there seem to know at least one polygamous family, usually with roots in Mali.

 

“I’m against polygamy, even though I’m African,” explained Kofi Jumeau, who, along with his 43 brothers and sisters, could speak from first-hand experience. “My father had between nine and 11 wives. And unfortunately it really hurt us kids, because there was no family cohesion. It was really bad for us.”

 

The French authorities employ a strategy they call “de-cohabitation” to reduce the numbers of polygamous households. It involves social workers helping second and third wives move into separate apartments with their children, breaking up the polygamous arrangement.

[…] Parliamentarian Chantal Brunel has taken up the issue and would like the government to be more aggressive in dealing with it. “I think we have to send a strong message to other countries and to foreigners who live here and don’t respect the laws on our soil. Polygamy is completely illegal in France, and yet it exists.”

 

Brunel sponsored legislation last year calling for state tutors to manage the welfare benefits of polygamous families. Though the bill didn’t pass, she did manage to draw attention to the issue of polygamy and continued to lobby her colleagues for more action in tackling it. There’s now a growing sense that France’s current policy isn’t working, and that the country needs to take a tougher stance if it wants polygamy to become a thing of the past.

HT: Eurabian News.

If we study the consequences of the polygamous weddings in France, we can distinguish between the ones which are made in France -not recognised but for some very limited effects- and the ones who are made outside France, who in general are recognised as valid, except when the man is married to a French woman. So the inmediate consequence is that they are promoting the polygamous weddings with foreign women who are not aware of their rights and normally do not even speak French.

It’s not very strange then the system is not working,

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Europe’s Islamic future is now

The result of an extensive research and five months of field interviews in numerous schools in 20 French provinces by a distinguished group of educators, the Obin report documents the extensive Islamization of French schools in the vicinity of Moslem ghettoes and the imposition of strict conformity with Islamist dictates through violence and intimidation.

Having by and large completed their takeover of the Moslem ghettoes, often by “targeted violence” against non-Moslems and moderate Moslems alike, the Islamist fanatics are making great progress towards achieving control of the educational system as well.

As usual, girls are the first victims of religious extremism. The “big brothers,” as the Islamists are known in school, enforce a strict Islamic dress code which prohibits make-up, dresses and skirts, forbid any co-educational activities and make going to the movies, the swimming pool or the gym all but impossible for Moslem girls.

The punishment for refusal to conform is often physical violence and beatings. And this, says the report, is a relatively protected environment compared to “what girls experience outside of school.” Such as forced marriages at 14 or 15.

You can read the entire article at France-Echos.

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Zapatero: in favor of the Iranian nuclear energy

The United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero here Thursday stressed Iran’s right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Addressing a joint press conference, Annan and Zapatero said negotiation is the best solution to Iran’s nuclear case.

It is quite right that Iran reminds the world of its right to access to peaceful nuclear energy, said Annan adding Tehran should fulfill its commitments within the regulations of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He praised efforts made by Iran and the European states to resume talks and settle Tehran’s nuclear case, encouraging the sides to boost the move.

HT: Elder of Ziyon.

Well, the good thing here, is that Zapatero’s party, the Socialists are totally oppposed to Spain using nuclear plants to produce electricity. What is more, the Socialists’ program included a proposition to “dispense with nuclear energy”:

The substitution of the 9 nuclear reactors for renewable energies (7.900 W) that are functioning just now would cost between € 15.000 and 20.000 millions, depending on the chosen alternative. To this quantity, we should add the consequences in jobs, because the definitive shut will forze the sacking of 20.000 wordkers; the economic impact in zones where the nuclear plants are sited; and the lose of fiscal benefits for the municipalities. And lastly, the high cost of the dimantlement of the nuclear plants that would be shut.
So, he thinks it’s appropriate to deprive Spain of the only energy that it’s really ours, that reduces our dependence from foreigners. But yet he thinks that Iran, the forth producer of oil in the worls, and one of the first in gas, should have nuclear energy.

In fact, the link in which the Socialists said that they were going to subsitute nuclear energy for others, cheaper and environmental-friendly, has disappeared from its web page. But the Bitacora de Yok, has a very good comment about this:

If they have a better and cheaper energy, don’t they believe the greedy businessmen that are only searching for increasing their benefits would have begun to use it, without any need to force them?

A disaster very coherent. As everything our President is doing.

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The vote, the Communist and the apostates (UPDATED)

Drinking From Home: Italy: Muslims told to vote Communist

Rome, 5 April (AKI) – The secretary general of Italy’s largest Muslim organisation, the Union of Islamic communities in Italy (UCOII), has called on Italian Muslims to vote for the Party of Italian Communists at the general election… The leader of UCOII said that [the Communist leader] Diliberto’s willingness to accommodate the needs of the Muslim community was a good reason to vote for his party…

This reminds me of something I read the other day at NUEVO DIGITAL, an Spanish on-line newspaper about the United Left (Izquierda Unida in Spanish):

The Andalusian MP from Cordoba, José Manuel Mariscal, has joined the petition of the Islamic Council to open the Cordoba’s Cathedral to Muslim rites and has presented a proposition to let the controlled prayer of all religions in that Cathedral.
[…] His proposition also includes the consitutition of an adress to study, inside the Culture’s Commission, to promote the meeting of civilizations, According to Mariscal, this address will serve to “listen the worries of the different cultures that live in Andalusia or are part of its history, and those of the UNESCO and its homologue in the Arab countries, the ISESCO, and to propose measures to the Analusian Governement to promote the meeting of civilizations”.
Mariscal accused several MSM of promoting “a long-term campaign of islamophobia, that are rejecting the presence of Muslims in several cities and in protests against the opening of mosques, with the risk to push a great sector of inhabitants into marginality”-

Well, those protests against the opening of Mosques, are held mainly in Seville. A city where they are going to buid a magnificent mosque in a public soil with swimming pool, library, etc., inside it … in a community where they were demanding those services for long. Some time ago, they had a web page, titled, “Mezquita, no gracias” (Mosque, no thanks), but now it has dissappeared.

Afterwards they denied they were going to ask it:

Mariscal said that his intention, when he spoke about his initiative that was going to adopt IU (United Left), “was to throw an idea, that, as facts have shown, gives rise to a public debate, having as objective the promotion of understanding and the solidarity between religions, the mixture and the cooperation, and this goal is mantained in the proposition that we will take to the Andalusian Parliament”.
So it is not going to include the petition to the managing council of the Cathedral (Cabildo Catedralicio de Córdoba, which depends from the Archbishop) to study the possibility to let in a controlled manner all kind of prayers in that space”.

This last thing is very grave. The next news are hilarious. This same political party is intending to regulate the apostasy from the Catholic Church with all guaratees. BUT they have said NOTHING abouth Abdul Rahman, and of course, no one has critisized Afghanistan for his process (or Spanish Muslim for not commenting on this issue).

By the way, as I am not blogging very much these days, I have to say that Adbul Rahman is peacefully installed in Italy and that he has been given asylum in Italy. The Italians should be very proud of their Governement for this action. Liberale per Israele, Melone.org . As a result the Talibans have threatened with carrying Jihad attacks, the President Hamid Karzai, as culprit for not having put obstacles to the foreing meddling in the country politics. According to the fundamentalistic movement, the case of the Afghan convert to Christianity has proved that Karzai is a puppet in the hands of foreigners. (via No-Way).

UPDATE: Reading A New Dark Age is Dawning, I find this piece of news:

An Afghan man who could have faced the death penalty for becoming a
Christian has said he would probably have been killed had he remained
in Afghanistan.

Speaking to journalists in Italy, where he has
been given asylum, Abdul Rahman, 41, thanked Pope Benedict XVI for
leading the campaign to have him freed.

He said he never wanted to return to Afghanistan and was concerned for the safety of his family there.

Afghan MPs have condemned his release and said he should have not have left

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