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Archive for December, 2014

This Is Why It’s Time to Abandon Nuclear Power

‘Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear and Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear (In Vermont) both join Thom Hartman. There are 61 nuclear power plants operating across America – which means that millions and millions of Americans are within striking distance of a nuclear disaster. Isn’t it time to abandon nuclear power altogether? (30 Dec 2014)’.

‘Beyond Nuclear aims to educate and activate the public about the connections between nuclear power and nuclear weapons and the need to abandon both to safeguard our future. Beyond Nuclear advocates for an energy future that is sustainable, benign and democratic. The Beyond Nuclear team works with diverse partners and allies to provide the public, government officials, and the media with the critical information necessary to move humanity toward a world beyond nuclear’.[1]

[1] “About Beyond Nuclear” Beyond Nuclear. http://www.beyondnuclear.org/about/.

Islamist Militants on Israel’s Doorstep: The War Next Door (Full Length)

‘In August, al Nusra Front jihadists took control of Syria’s side of the border crossing with Israel and kidnapped over 40 United Nations peacekeepers — who have since been released. But al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-affiliate, isn’t Israel’s only threat from Syria. President Bashar al-Assad’s military, in a possible effort to bait Israel into its civil war to shore up Arab sympathies, has been lobbing mortars across the border. Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli military shot down a Syrian plane flying over the Golan Heights — the first time it has done so since the 1980s (24 Dec 2014)’

Islamic State Sex Manual or Su’al wa-Jawab fi al-Sabi wa-Riqab

The Zionist Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has a specific Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM), which scrutinizes ‘Islamist terrorism and violent extremism worldwide, with special focus on activity within and emanating from the Arab world, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran’. And at the beginning of the month, the JTTM published an English language translation of the Islamic State’s Pamphlet On Female Slaves or rather Su’al wa-Jawab fi al-Sabi wa-Riqab (“Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves”) dated Muharram 1436 (October/November 2014).[i]  This translation was culled from excerpts from the pamphlet, posted on a pro-ISIS Twitter account (Umar Khatab, @U112842). The question-and-answer format corresponds to the compositional makeup of fatwas, and therefore, the documents pronouncements have to be regarded as incumbent upon believers or rather members of the Islamic State.

Here follows the translation:

“Question 1: What is al-sabi?

“Al-Sabi is a woman from among ahl al-harb [the people of war] who has been captured by Muslims.

“Question 2: What makes al-sabi permissible?

“What makes al-sabi permissible [i.e., what makes it permissible to take such a woman captive] is [her] unbelief. Unbelieving [women] who were captured and brought into the abode of Islam are permissible to us, after the imam distributes them [among us].”

“Question 3: Can all unbelieving women be taken captive?

“There is no dispute among the scholars that it is permissible to capture unbelieving women [who are characterized by] original unbelief [kufr asli], such as the kitabiyat [women from among the People of the Book, i.e. Jews and Christians] and polytheists. However, [the scholars] are disputed over [the issue of] capturing apostate women. The consensus leans towards forbidding it, though some people of knowledge think it permissible. We [the Islamic State] lean towards accepting the consensus”

“Question 4: Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female captive?

“It is permissible to have sexual intercourse with the female captive. Allah the almighty said: ‘[Successful are the believers] who guard their chastity, except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their right hands possess, for then they are free from blame [Koran 23:5-6]'”

“Question 5: Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female captive immediately after taking possession [of her]?

“If she is a virgin, he [her master] can have intercourse with her immediately after taking possession of her. However, is she isn’t, her uterus must be purified [first]”

“Question 6: Is it permissible to sell a female captive?

“It is permissible to buy, sell, or give as a gift female captives and slaves, for they are merely property, which can be disposed of [as long as that doesn’t cause [the Muslim ummah] any harm or damage.”

“Question 7: Is it permissible to separate a mother from her children through [the act of] buying and selling?

“It is not permissible to separate a mother from her prepubescent children through buying, selling or giving away [a captive or slave]. [But] it is permissible to separate them if the children are grown and mature.”

“Question 8: If two or more [men] buy a female captive together, does she then become [sexually] permissible to each of them?

“It is forbidden to have intercourse with a female captive if [the master] does not own her exclusively. One who owns [a captive] in partnership [with others] may not have sexual intercourse with her until the other [owners] sell or give him [their share].”

“Question 9: If the female captive was impregnated by her owner, can he then sell her?

“He can’t sell her if she becomes the mother of a child”

“Question 10: If a man dies, what is the law regarding the female captive he owned?

“Female captives are distributed as part of his estate, just as all [other parts] of his estate [are distributed]. However, they may only provide services, not intercourse, if a father or [one of the] sons has already had intercourse with them, or if several [people] inherit them in partnership.”

“Question 11: May a man have intercourse with the female slave of his wife?

“A man may not have intercourse with the female slave of his wife, because [the slave] is owned by someone else.”

“Question 12: May a man kiss the female slave of another, with the owner’s permission?

“A man may not kiss the female slave of another, for kissing [involves] pleasure, and pleasure is prohibited unless [the man] owns [the slave] exclusively.”

“Question 13: Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female slave who has not reached puberty?

“It is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse; however if she is not fit for intercourse, then it is enough to enjoy her without intercourse.”

“Question 14: What private parts of the female slave’s body must be concealed during prayer?

“Her private body parts [that must be concealed] during prayer are the same as those [that must be concealed] outside [prayer], and they [include] everything besides the head, neck, hands and feet.”

“Question 15: May a female slave meet foreign men without wearing a hijab?

“A female slave is allowed to expose her head, neck, hands, and feet in front of foreign men if fitna [enticement] can be avoided. However, if fitna is present, or of there is fear that it will occur, then it [i.e. exposing these body parts becomes] forbidden.”

“Question 16: Can two sisters be taken together while taking slaves?

“It is permissible to have two sisters, a female slave and her aunt [her father’s sister], or a female slave and her aunt [from her mother’s side]. But they cannot be together during intercourse, [and] whoever has intercourse with one of them cannot have intercourse with the other, due to the general [consensus] over the prohibition of this.”

“Question 17: What is al-‘azl?

Al-‘azl is refraining from ejaculating on a woman’s pudendum [i.e. coitus interruptus].”

“Question 18: May a man use the al-‘azl [technique] with his female slave?

“A man is allowed [to use] al-‘azl during intercourse with his female slave with or without her consent.”

“Question 19: Is it permissible to beat a female slave?

“It is permissible to beat the female slave as a [form of] darb ta’deeb [disciplinary beating], [but] it is forbidden to [use] darb al-takseer [literally, breaking beating], [darb] al-tashaffi [beating for the purpose of achieving gratification], or [darb] al-ta’dheeb [torture beating]. Further, it is forbidden to hit the face.”

Question 20: What is the ruling regarding a female slave who runs away from her master?

“A male or female slave’s running away [from their master] is among the gravest of sins”

“Question 21: What is the earthly punishment of a female slave who runs away from her master?

“She [i.e. the female slave who runs away from her master] has no punishment according to the shari’a of Allah; however, she is [to be] reprimanded [in such a way that] deters others like her from escaping.”

“Question 22: Is it permissible to marry a Muslim [slave] or a kitabiyya [i.e. Jewish or Christian] female slave?

“It is impermissible for a free [man] to marry Muslim or kitabiyat female slaves, except for those [men] who feared to [commit] a sin, that is, the sin of fornication”

“Question 24: If a man marries a female slave who is owned by someone else, who is allowed to have intercourse with her?

“A master is prohibited from having intercourse with his female slave who is married to someone else; instead, the master receives her service, [while] the husband [gets to] enjoy her [sexually].”

“Question 25: Are the huddud [Koranic punishments] applied to female slaves?

“If a female slave committed what necessitated the enforcement of a hadd [on her], a hadd [is then] enforced on her – however, the hadd is reduced by half within the hudud that accepts reduction by half”

“Question 27: What is the reward for freeing a slave girl?

“Allah the exalted said [in the Koran]: ‘And what can make you know what is [breaking through] the difficult pass [hell]? It is the freeing of a slave.’ And [the prophet Muhammad] said: ‘Whoever frees a believer Allah frees every organ of his body from hellfire.'”

[1] “Islamic State (ISIS) Releases Pamphlet On Female Slaves” MEMRI (04 December 2014). http://www.memrijttm.org/islamic-state-isis-releases-pamphlet-on-female-slaves.html.

The Emir of Qatar: Destroy Assad!!!

Published on 25 Sep 2014: In his first interview as Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani speaks with the global brand that is Christiane Amanpour.

On 11 November 2014, the Emir addressed his country’s legislative advisory council, the so-called Shura Council, saying that “[a]ny counterterrorism policies in Syria and Iraq that do not take this [i.e. Bashar Assad’s government and Iran as sponsors of terrorism] into account are just crisis management”.[1]  The Associated Press, in turn, add that the ‘country has provided substantial arms and other aid to Syrian rebels, and along with other Arab states has pushed for tougher action against Assad’s government. It has come under fire from critics for its support of Islamist groups, but it denies supporting militants and says it has never provided backing for Islamic State fighters. However, Qatar’s support for Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and its perceived meddling in regional politics rankle its Gulf neighbors. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Doha earlier this year, straining relations in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, which also includes Kuwait and Oman’.[2]

[1] “Qatar emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani: Airstrikes against IS group not enough” AP (11 Nov. 2014). http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-11-11/news/55990599_1_sheikh-tamim-hamad-al-thani-qatar.

[2] “Qatar emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani: Airstrikes against IS group not enough”.

“Thank God for ISIS”

‘Speaking on a panel about “Obama’s assault on the military” at David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend on 13-16 November 2014, Family Research Council executive vice president Jerry Boykin lamented that “people are not paying enough attention” to “the destruction of our military” under President Obama, adding, “thank God for ISIS” for bringing attention to it’.

The Restoration Weekend included the following speakers: Governor Rick Perry, David Horowitz, Senator Jeff Sessions, Senator Ron Johnson, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Geert Wilders, Kimberly Strassel, Jim Bridenstine, Dennis Prager, Ben Shapiro, Ann Coulter, Stephen Moore, Andrew McCarthy, Michael Reagan, Bruce Thornton, Andrew Klavan, General David Fridovich, Larry Kawa, General William Boykin, James Carafano, Bill Whittle, Joel Gilbert, Cleta Mitchell, Daniel Greenfield, Thomas Lifson, Tom Fitton, Richard Baehr, Matt Kibbe, Edwin Black, Robert Spencer and Caroline Glick.[1]

[1] http://restorationweekend.org/.

On a Course Leading to Tragedy: John Kerry in Lima

‘The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, has entered its final day of scheduled talks. Deep divisions remain between wealthy and developing nations on emission cuts and over how much the world’s largest polluters should help poorer nations address climate change. On Thursday [, 11 December], Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Lima and made an impassioned plea for all nations to work for an ambitious U.N. climate deal next year in Paris. Kerry said time is running out to reverse “a course leading to tragedy.” (12 Dec 2014)’.

Meanwhile the further expansion of Pipelineistan into the new world appears to continue unabated, as pointed out by Amy Goodman at the end of the report. The news agency Reuters reported some time ago that “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on [28 October 2014] during a visit to Canada that he would like to make a decision soon on TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL crude oil pipeline. TransCanada has waited more than six years for the Obama administration to make a decision on the line, which would take as much as 830,000 barrels per day of Alberta tar sands crude to refineries on Texas’ Gulf Coast. The State Department is now awaiting the results of a court challenge on the line’s routing through Nebraska and completing its own study on the need for the line before it makes a final recommendation to President Barack Obama on whether to grant the project a presidential permit. The permit would allow the line, which faces criticism from environmentalists, to cross from Canada into the United States”.[1]

[1] “Kerry wants Keystone pipeline decision ‘sooner rather than later'” Reuters (28 October 2014). http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/29/us-canada-keystone-kerry-idUSKBN0IH1YP20141029.

Mosul is the Key: Retreating Caliph???

‘Iraq’s Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari says ISIL is now on the defensive, although they are still in control of Mosul. Al Jazeera’s Jane Arraf reports from Baghdad (12 Dec 2014)’.

In USA TODAY Jim Michaels writes that “Iraqi security forces are speeding up plans to retake territory seized by the Islamic State, and could launch a major offensive against the militants this winter, according to a senior U.S. defense official. Iraq’s military had been so disorganized that initial preparations called for a counterattack no earlier than next spring. The new plans reflect recent battlefield successes that have forced militant retreats, boosting the confidence of Iraq’s government and armed forces, according to the U.S. Central Command official, who is involved in the planning. He asked that he not to be named because he is not authorized to discuss the campaign plans publicly . . . [and a] centerpiece of the ground offensive against the Islamic State will be a push to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, which is expected to be a complex battle that could take months and involve bloody street fighting “.[1]

[1] Jim Michaels, “Iraq speeds up planned ISIL counteroffensive” USA TODAY (04 Dec 2014). http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/12/04/iraq-counteroffensive-against-islamic-state/19858843/.

CIA Torture Report: Coercive Interrogation Techniques

‘The US Senate has released a long-delayed report about torture techniques by the CIA, triggering widespread international anger. The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights has called for the prosecution of the US officials who ordered the crimes including torture against detainees. Ben Emmerson said the CIA and senior Bush administration officials who planned and authorized crimes must be prosecuted. Emmerson said under international law, the US is legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice. Meanwhile, Amnesty International says the US Senate report makes it clear that the CIA was acting unlawfully from day one. The rights body said the torture program gave the green light for crimes. And Human Rights Watch said the report shows the repeated claims that harsh measures were needed to protect Americans are fiction (10 Dec 2014)’.

Some time ago, President Obama did famously say “We tortured some folks”,[1]  and his predecessor, Bush Junior, sure did.

(8 December 2014)

CIA Director Brennan had this to say on the SSCI Study regarding the Bush Era practices involving coercion and torture: “Over the past several decades, and especially since the terrible tragedy of 9/11, the CIA has been at the forefront of our Nation’s campaign against al-Qa’ida and other terrorist organizations worldwide. The women and men of the CIA have operated around the globe, 24-hours-a-day, working with their U.S. colleagues as well as with foreign partners to prevent terrorist attacks. As a result of these efforts, including the many sacrifices made by CIA officers and their families, countless lives have been saved and our Homeland is more secure. As part of the CIA’s global effort to dismantle al-Qa’ida and to prevent future terrorist attacks, the Agency was directed by President Bush six days after 9/11 to carry out a program to detain terrorist suspects around the world. Certain detainees were subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs), which the Department of Justice determined at the time to be lawful and which were duly authorized by the Bush Administration. These techniques, which were last used by the CIA in December 2007, subsequently were prohibited by an Executive Order issued by President Obama when he took office in January 2009”.[2]  The report itself, the Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, states that this “updated conclusion asserts that the ‘CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees. ‘The Study attempts to validate this conclusion by relying upon four faulty premises. The first faulty premiseis that ‘seven of the 39 CIA detainees known to have been subjected to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques produced no intelligence while in CIA custody’. If true, that means that 82 percent of detainees subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques produced some intelligence while in CIA custody, which is better than the 57.5 percent effectiveness rate of detainees not subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques”.[3]  Following this somewhat blanket assessment, the report asserts that “[r]egardless, these statistics do not provide any real insight on the qualitative value of the intelligence information obtained. The true test of effectiveness is the value of what was obtained—not how much or how little was obtained”.[4]

[1] “Obama and Torture: Yes, We Can and Oh Yes, We Did!!!” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (13 August 2014). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/obama-and-torture-yes-we-can-and-oh-yes-we-did/ https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/obama-and-torture-yes-we-can-and-oh-yes-we-did/.

[2] “Statement from Director Brennan on the SSCI Study on the Former Detention and Interrogation Program” CIA (09 Dec 2014). https://www.cia.gov/news-information/press-releases-statements/2014-press-releases-statements/statement-from-director-brennan-on-ssci-study-on-detention-interrogation-program.html.

[3] “Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program” Senate Select Committee on Intelligence http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/study2014/sscistudy3.pdf.

[4] “Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program”.

Seymour Hersh Going Underground

‘Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the war against ISIS. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh says there is a fatal flaw in democracies that leaves them pushing for war, and says the US and its allies have for years funded the extremist groups which became ISIS, and fed us a narrative that is very hard to change. Sculptor Davide Dormino talks about his project to create bronze sculptures in tribute to Assange, Manning, and Snowden, men that ‘break the system’ and change everything. We take a look at some of the more questionable views of David Cameron’s poverty tsar, co-author of a paper soon to be released on hunger and food poverty. And we look at the headlines in breaking views, with flags, bombs, torture and whiskey hitting the headlines (8 Dec 2014)’.

Middle East Institute: 2014 Turkey Conference


The Fifth Annual Conference on Turkey, hosted by MEI’s Center for Turkish Studies on Monday, June 16, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.