Friday, April 5, 2019



The women - some of whom have been held in solitary confinement for months - have told the court they were abused during interrogations, including being waterboarded, caned, electrocuted, sexually assaulted and threatened with rape and death.

Rep. Ilhan Omar: Where Are Her Real Loyalties?

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has questioned the loyalties of Jewish American supporters of Israel. That inevitably raises a question about her own loyalties. You can certainly take the Muslim refugee out of Sharia-controlled Somalia, but can you take Somalia out of the refugee?
In the wake of the 1991 Somali civil war, the Mogadishu-born Omar and her family fled the strife-torn country to neighboring Kenya where they languished for four years in a refugee camp near the border. She and her family finally were warmly embraced by America in 1995 when their application was approved, and the family moved to Minneapolis. Five years later at age 17, she became an American citizen. Finishing college at North Dakota State in political science and international studies, she eventually became involved in American politics culminating in her 2018 election to Congress at age 38. We call that living the American dream. Talk about opportunities in America for a Somali-born Muslim!
Certainly, she should be overwhelmingly thankful to the majority white, traditionally Christian country that welcomed her and her Sunni Muslim family with open arms and ultimately enabled her to become Representative Omar.  Well, not so fast.  Maybe it’s just me, but I keep waiting to hear from Omar something along the lines of, “I am so deeply grateful to America for taking me and my family in and saving us from a life of misery, poverty and danger. This is why I am totally committed to the core Constitutional values of America that have created such a wonderful and generous country giving me an opportunity I could not have dreamed of anywhere else in the world, particularly Somalia.”
Instead, listen to her blame “white nationalism” as Customs and Border Patrol agents, overwhelmed by massive illegal alien migration at the southern border, were forced to temporarily detain outdoors third world migrants anxious to get to America. “This is abhorrent and inhumane,” Omar ranted.  “It’s without a doubt a reflection of what white nationalism is doing to our country. As a country, we have to acknowledge that this is how people are being treated here and decide that we are better and we must do better.”
Excuse me. But I’m feeling a bit nauseous here. Her bitter animosity towards hee fellow Americans, particularly American Jews, is also quite obvious in her open support for CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations), the front group for the Muslim Brotherhood in America.  Hamas is the militant Palestinian offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood that broadcasts calls to murder Israelisincluding songs about putting on suicide belts and calls to “scatter the enemies’ body parts, make the skulls fly in the sky.”
In 2009, CAIR was listed as an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the largest terrorist fundraising operation in the history of the United States, known as the Holy Land Foundation. CAIR was listed by the U.S. government as being among “individuals/entities who are/were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organizations.” CAIR tries to pass itself off as a “Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization” and purports to speak for all Muslims. The real truth is CAIR speaks for Islamist supremacists – those Muslims who believe sharia law should be enacted as a worldwide system of government.
CAIR Co-founder Omar Ahmad is on record in 1998 saying Islam should dominate not just the U.S. but all countries. "If you choose to live here ... you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam," he said. Ahmad was paraphrased saying, "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Qur’an should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth." Ahmad also said, "Everything we need to know is in the Qur’an. We don't need to look somewhere else."
Any questions?  You won’t be surprised to learn that Omar gets “Benjamins” from CAIR. In 2018, the political action committee of CAIR in California donated the maximum of $5,000 to her campaign. Speaking at a recent CAIR fundraiser in California, Omar, once again displaying her ungracious if not cynical lack of gratitude to America, said that despite Muslims’ efforts to fit in in America, “no matter how much we have tried to be the best neighbors,” they still faced prejudice. As a result, she said, they had to “raise hell. Make people uncomfortable.”   As uncomfortable as Americans felt after 9/11.”
9/11?  Has Omar ever denounced the terrorists and backers of 9/11 and expressed sympathy or remorse for over 3,000 people murdered by Islamic Jihadists?
In Somalia, the government prohibits celebrations of Christian festivities.  How does Omar feel about that? Does she feel that is intolerant? Should she denounce that?
Her friend and fellow Muslim activist Linda Sarsour has called for jihad against President Donald Trump. I don’t recall Omar speaking up to defend the president of the country that so willingly has provided her with a marvelous new life.
How does Omar feel about the legal oppression of women under Sharia?  Has Omar ever spoken out against Sharia endorsed female genital mutilation?
Does Omar feel that the Qur’an gives her husband the right to hit her when he is displeased with her? The Qu’ran not only encourages husbands to strike their disobedient wives, Sharia law recommends punishing other forms of rebelliousness and disobedience of women with death.
How does she feel about the so-called honor killing of young women in Islamic societies? Would she condone that in America?
It would be interesting to know Omar’s position on Rahaf al-Qunun, the Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada who says she has renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. The UN's refugee agency says it considers her to be a legitimate refugee.  Does Omar agree with the UN Refugee Agency?   Will she speak out in behalf of this endangered young Saudi woman?
How does Omar feel about the case of Princess Latifa, seized by commandos on a yacht after seven years of planning her escape from the Gulf state she considered a gilded prison? The 32-year-old is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. Will Omar speak up and demand she be freed?
Or how about the daughters of Saudi King Abdullah? They say they are being held in captivity because they openly spoke in opposition to Saudi women being illegally detained and placed in mental wards. Reportedly, the king no longer considers them his daughters. I’m waiting for Omar to openly demand their release in the name of women’s rights. (But I’m not holding my breath.)
History shows that Muslims who follow Sharia law generally don‘t assimilate smoothly or well into non-Sharia societies with their own traditional forms of law. Apparently Omar has no intention of embracing her new country the way America embraced her. Her open disdain for the history, culture and values of her adopted country is readily apparent. So what is she?  Grateful refugee or Trojan horse?
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Frank Hawkins is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, Associated Press foreign correspondent, international businessman, senior newspaper company executive, founder and owner of several marketing companies, and published novelist.


“The Wahhabis finance thousands of madrassahs throughout the world where young boys are brainwashed into becoming fanatical foot-soldiers for the petrodollar-flush Saudis and other emirs of the Persian Gulf.” AMIL IMANI

Koran 2:191 "s lay the unbelievers wherever you find them"
Koran 3:21 "Muslims must not take the infidels as friends"
Koran 5:33 "Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam"
Koran 8:12 "Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Koran"
Koran 8:60 " Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels"
Koran 8:65 "The unbelievers are stupid, urge all Muslims to fight them"
Koran 9:5 "When the opportunity arises, k ill the infidels wherever you find them"
Koran 9:123 "Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood"
Koran 22:19 "Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water, melt their skin and bellies"
Koran 47:4 "Do not hanker for peace with the infidels, behead them when you catch them".

Teaching Muslim Values in Public Schools Rejected in California

The terrorism-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations recently suffered a rare defeat in its long-running push to mainstream Muslim values in U.S. schools, when a federal lawsuit was settled. The group agreed to end its program in San Diego schools, which critics say pressured students to accept Islam or risk being labeled “Islamophobic.”
CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in 2007 in an alleged criminal conspiracy to support both Hamas and the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. In 2014, the United Arab Emirates designated CAIR a terrorist organization.
CAIR, which touts itself as a Muslim civil-rights organization, claimed with scant proof that President Donald Trump’s election caused a wave of attacks on Muslim students in San Diego schools and throughout the country. The radical Southern Poverty Law Center, which made similar assertions, dubbed it “The Trump Effect.”
In May 2017, the Rancho Santa Fe, California-based Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) sued on behalf of five families. The legal complaint asserted that the San Diego Unified School District’s “anti-Islamophobia initiative,” launched to fight purported anti-Muslim bullying, was unconstitutional.
Attorney Charles LiMandri of FCDF said that, in reality, it was non-Muslims who ended up being the victims of discrimination in the school district.
“CAIR’s insinuation that there are hordes of MAGA hat-wearing students prowling the schools and terrorizing Muslim students is a study in mass deception,” LiMandri said.
“Under the guise of promoting inclusivity, CAIR had unfettered power to target conservative Christian students and smear them as ‘Islamophobic’ if they don’t accept Islam. More broadly, the liberal school board ran roughshod over the First Amendment by empowering CAIR to indoctrinate impressionable children. We applaud our clients for standing up and fighting back.”

Charles LiMandri. (courtesy Charles LiMandri)

The school district’s own data, presented at a court hearing in July 2018, showed only two incidents in 2016 in which Muslim students were bullied, compared to 11 incidents for Jewish students, KPBS reported at the time.
Despite the paucity of evidence, district lawyer Michael Sullivan said the schools nonetheless needed to take precautions to safeguard students.
“They don’t have to wait until a kid is run over by a bus to address issues with the crosswalk,” he said, adding problems could ensue if the district were to sever ties with CAIR. “It would be inappropriate for the district to exclude CAIR, or any other organization, based on its religious beliefs.”
CAIR and its allies have been remarkably successful in promoting Islam in schools.
In the overwhelmingly Christian state of Tennessee, CAIR has demanded that public school students be taught that the Islamic prophet Muhammad is the one and only true messenger of God. CAIR and similar groups are pushing public school systems across the United States to promote pro-Islamic messages in their lesson plans.
Much of the nation’s education establishment has already adopted the agenda of CAIR, providing resources to combat “Islamophobia.”
Examples of programs include the Bridge Initiative at the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University; the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the University of California–Berkeley; and the University of Pittsburgh-based three-state Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS). A teacher’s guide, “Islam in Asia: People, Practices, Tradition,” was put out jointly by the University of Washington and the Seattle Times.
CAIR remains very active in the Golden State, with its California branch sponsoring “Muslim Day at the Capitol” in Sacramento on April 22, which the organization describes as “the nation’s largest Muslim civic engagement event.” Participants are encouraged to urge state lawmakers to pass Assembly Bill 331, a bill that would require high schools, including charter schools, to be instructed in so-called ethnic studies, a radical discipline that looks at America through the eyes of supposedly oppressed minorities.

Two US citizens are among eight women's rights activists arrested in Saudi Arabia in fresh crackdown

  • Eight were arrested including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens percieved as activists
  • Those arrested have supported women's right to drive or have links to them
  • They are the first round of arrests of MbS critics since the death of Khashoggi
  • The outspoken journalist was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October 
Saudi Arabia has arrested eight people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in a new round of arrests targeting women's rights backers, witnesses say.
They are the first wave of arrests to go after perceived critics of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman since the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October. 
The arrested individuals, nearly all of whom were detained on Thursday, are not seen as front-line activists.
They are writers and advocates who quietly supported greater social reforms and most had ties to a group currently on trial for flouting the driving ban before it was lifted last year.
Aziza al-Yousef drives a car on a highway in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia's then ban on women driving
Aziza al-Yousef drives a car on a highway in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia's then ban on women driving
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month
Those detained include a pregnant woman and seven men, among them two U.S.-Saudi nationals: Badr al-Ibrahim, a writer and physician, and Salah al-Haidar, whose mother is prominent women's rights activist Aziza al-Yousef who was recently temporarily released from prison.
Al-Haidar has a family home in Vienna, Virginia, and lives with his wife and child in Saudi Arabia.
A third U.S.-Saudi national, Walid al-Fitaihi, remains imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since late 2017, when the crown prince detained more than 100 businessmen, princes and officials in a purported anti-corruption sweep.
Al-Fitaihi, whose family alleges that he's been tortured in prison, worked as a physician in the Boston area before he returned in 2006 to his native Saudi Arabia, where he helped found a hospital built by his family.
Nearly all of those detained Thursday were taken from their homes in the capital, Riyadh.
One individual was arrested in the eastern city of Dammam, according to the person with knowledge of the arrests, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.
The individuals were not active politically on Twitter and were not widely quoted in foreign media.
The group loosely had ties to one another, some as friends and others through intellectual circles, including with Saudi activists living abroad.
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October last year
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October last year
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Those arrested include: Khadijah al-Harbi, a feminist writer who is pregnant; her husband Thumar al-Marzouqi, also a writer; Mohammed al-Sadiq and Abdullah al-Dehailan, both writers; and Fahad Abalkhail, an activist who supported the right of women to drive.
Anas al-Mazroui, a lecturer at King Saud university was believed to have been detained last month.
He was not known to be actively involved in human rights work and appears to have been detained shortly after he merely mentioned the names of some of the detained women's rights activists during a panel discussion about human rights at a book fair in Saudi Arabia.
The person with knowledge of their arrests said the group is among 13 people placed under travel bans since February.
Meanwhile, the siblings of Loujain al-Hathloul, a female activist detained since May, stated on Twitter this week that they are being pressured to remain silent about her arrest and her claims of torture.
The siblings live outside Saudi Arabia, but their father who resides in Saudi Arabia was previously briefly detained after tweeting about his daughter's imprisonment.
Loujain al-Hathloul - who was arrested in 2014 - driving driving towards the United Arab Emirates
Loujain al-Hathloul - who was arrested in 2014 - driving driving towards the United Arab Emirates
Al-Hathloul and Aziza al-Yousef are among nearly a dozen women on trial for charges related to their activism.
These included campaigning for the right to drive before the ban was lifted last year and calling for an end to guardianship laws that give men final say over a woman's right to marry or travel abroad.
Al-Yousef, a grandmother and former university professor, was released from prison last week along with two other women.
Al-Hathloul and at least 10 other women activists remain imprisoned.
The women - some of whom have been held in solitary confinement for months - have told the court they were abused during interrogations, including being waterboarded, 
caned, electrocuted, sexually assaulted and threatened with rape and death.

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