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Live Music in Bamako — Live for How Much Longer?

Timbuktu was Islamic art, not Buddhist!  In Mali they destroyed Islamic things that they disagreed with! Mali touches the western Sahara, very far from Buddhists.

Art and architechture with carvings depicting Islamic scenes they said is disallowed. Also destroyed I think only some of the vast collections of ancient manuscripts, 12th-15th century. Its reported they are on all subjects of the time from a giant library that was at the crossroads then. Islam once was less primitive than now it seems. very strange.

It was different than Afghanistan Jordan. Afghanistan on the Pakistani side is where Buddhist and Hindus once lived. None were or are Arab.

The Pakis are like Indians, were mixed all through much of India and still are, but made the two additional all Muslim countries in ’48-50.

The Brits lost Palestine, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and more, in ’48-’50.

There is a flood of musicians, traditional, and electric guitar players, singers, drummers, horn players, Sam from the piano. At first they were killing people who kept playing, but they have started to jail most people, or beat them.

All secular music is outlawed. Clothing is proscribed, including mens. No haircuts, alcohol, or radio, theater; it’s suddenly a giant economic terrified dead zone.

The group said to be the prompters and enablers of architecture destruction are the Egyptian Salafists (salafis). They are more intelligent and manipulative than the rural Afghanis or Malians. It’s said they pushed the Afghani or Paki Taliban to blow up the Buddha giant ancient statues.

And- the nutjobs called for the destruction of the sphinx and pyramids after the brotherhood got in. It seems that wasn’t going to fly, so they shut up about it.

The Salafi jihadi started the new fight in Syria against the Kurds in the Kurds’ home county, by breaking up their liquor stores, legal for them under Assad. These Kurds are said to be “feminists” recently by Arab reporter.

I think that inter-rebel fighting stopped. Actually the kurds were trying to stay neutral, but they don’t want “islamists”, all kurds seem to be kinder and more modern than whoever has them surrounded in all those countries. The world would be better if we had a Kurdistan. They seem to be too decent to hold their own, and got screwed by pappy bush. Saddam gassed them, the Turks torture them, Assad protected them.

The musicians are all collected in Bamako. That must be a hot place to play now. There all packed in there sharing housing.

Bamako is protected from Islamists by normal Mali govt. troops, which still hold the southern third of country.

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Were you wondering why Obama visited a Buddhist Temple and received a berachah (lehavdil) from a Buddhist monk?

Obama at Buddist Temple.

Were you wondering why Obama visited a Buddhist Temple on his current trip to Thailand and Myanmar?  And why he lightheartedly accepted a berachah (lehavdil) from the Buddhist monk?  Read on and find out the real reason!

Even while on a strategically important visit to Asia, Obama must simultaneously deal with tactical matters in the Middle East, and the Buddhist Temple visit is part of that.

Here is a “scorecard,” recently sent us by Intemperate Correspondent, who blogs at JihadBrief, so you can sort out all the “players” and know who’s team they’re on.  He writes:

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Iran and “Lebanon” (overrun by Hezbollah) are supporters of Assad.

Hamas backs the rebels in Syria, because the rebels are infiltrated by Islamist ideologues.

Today the Lebanese PM repeats:  He will do nothing to support Hamas, denying he ever even thought of calling on parliament to make any such statement of support.  He is under pressure from Hezbollah, funded by Iran, to be an enemy of Hamas.

Our “ally” Qatar, where we have a huge military base, openly backs Hamas, because it is a way of being against Assad, Iran/Imadinnerjacket, and Hezbollah.]

The trip the Lebanese PM made to Gaza must have been okay with US;   it showed the Hamas willing to shoot rockets under cover of the visit.  They also took shots during the Egyptian PM visit.

Both Qatar and Egypt then gave the green light, unspoken, to Israel and the US.  They made clear they would give nothing but lip service.  Both continue to get billions a year from the US.

Hezbollah is being very quiet.  So is the West Bank.

The Syrian rebels are infiltrated by Islamist ideologues.  The Libyan rebels had less of these Islamists, but enough.  Libya had more black African mercenaries working for Gadaffi, who have mostly gone to northern Mali.  They are a crazed and evil group that has joined with the Boka Haram [Learning Forbidden], and are destroying Mali.  Other nuts driven recently out of Nigeria are also heading to Mali.

We need a more controllable and visible force in Mali, beyond the special forces now there.  They have killed and maimed many people already —  for things like card playing, hair cutting, dancing, or wearing wrong clothing.

They have leveled ancient art and architecture through Timbuktu and the north.

Salafists, now emboldened in Egypt, are stating they were behind prompting the Taliban to destroy the ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan, and they are now calling for the leveling of the Sphinx and pyramids of Egypt!

While to us the Brotherhood might be nuts, I think to Morsi’s Brotherhood, the Salafists appear nuts.  At least since Morsi found out he actually has to govern a huge nation, a nation that has not yet taught it’s school bus drivers to stop at rail crossings, and that has come to need the American subsidy to survive economically.

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Well, that’s the analysis recently arrived from “Intemperate Correspondent,” which leads me to see Obama’s Buddhist Berachah in a new light:

At a Buddhist Temple, Obama can kill three birds with one stone:  He can cement relations with strategic allies in the Far East;  send a clear stick-signal to the crazies like the Egyptian Salafists and their brutish heroes in Mali;  and send a carrot-signal to their oppositional Morsi, whom Obama would like to put in orbit around the USA. Read the rest of this entry »

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Egypt Going Down

Sheikh Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.

Sheikh Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.

As Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Ali Gomaa, continues to draw condemnation over his visit last week to Jerusalem, Egypt’s newly democratic Parliament is now using language that effectively denies Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, and even denies recognition of Israel’s existence.

The Egyptian Parliament’s committee responsible for religious affairs, in its statements condemning Gomaa, referred to Israel only as “the Zionist entity”, and “the brutal enemy.”  Apparently, the Egyptian Parliament is no longer comfortable using the word Israel to describe its neighbor.  Parliament then voted, as per its committee’s recommendation, to call on Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa to step down.

Even Gomaa’s defenders would repudiate the peace treaty.  Writing in the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat, Lebanese columnist Elias Harfoush warned against blowing Gomaa’s visit out of proportion.  He wrote that Gomaa’s visit, while lamentable, did not represent a betrayal of Egypt on the scale of President Anwar Sadat’s.

Sadat was the leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating with Israel and ending the state of war.  He was assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood.  Most other Arab countries are still in a cold cease-fire, on-again-off-again since 1948.

Yussuf al- Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Qatar-based chief ideologue, has issued a fatwa (legal ruling) determining Gomaa’s visit to be haram, forbidden by Islam.  Hamas, on its FaceBook page, has also condemned Gomaa’s visit.  “We reaffirm that this visit…meant the normalization of relations with the enemy.”

For decades Egypt’s Muslim and Christian religious establishments have forbidden followers from visiting Jerusalem’s Islamic holy sites.  But in February, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Arabs and Muslims worldwide to visit Jerusalem in a show of solidarity with Palestinians.   Several hundred Coptic pilgrims seized the opportunity to fly to Jerusalem for Easter.   Two members of the Jordanian royal family made pilgrimages, and one of them accompanied Gomaa on his visit.

According to Gomaa himself, he “remains adamantly opposed to normalization with the Jewish state.”

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The Baby Wants to Hold its Head Underwater Until it Turns Blue

The al-Aksa Mosque, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel.The Grand Mufti of Egypt, Sheikh Ali Gomaa,  just came back from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, where he prayed in the Al-Aksa mosque on the Temple Mount.   He entered Israel from the Jordanian side, by arrangement with the Jordanians, at the invitation and welcome of the Palestinian Authority, and he did not meet a single Israeli.

The newly democratic Egyptian Parliament has responded by condemning him and voting to ask him to submit his resignation and to apologize to Arabs and Muslims everywhere.  What is most entertaining are some of the direct quotes coming out of the incident:

“There is a mutual agreement among Muslims and Christians that visiting Jerusalem shall remain prohibited as long as Israel continues to occupy it, ” said Qaradawi, who is president of the International Union for Muslim Scholars and who is also a popular regular contributor to the Al Jazeera satellite network.  Qaradawi told the AFP news agency, “We must feel as though we are banned from Jerusalem and fight for it until it is ours.”

So in one breath he admits that they are in fact not banned, but wish to maintain a fiction that they are!   The baby wants to blame the water for holding its head under.   And the Egyptian Parliament will condemn any realist who points out that the emperor has no clothes.  Even their own Grand Mufti.

Jerusalem, by the way, is the capital of Israel.  And it is open to everyone of any faith and from any country.  (Except that Israel still bars Jews from their own Temple Mount, in deference to Arab sensibilities.)  This openness has been only under Israeli sovereignty; it was not true during the period of Jordanian rule.

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Stationed on the Egyptian Border

Aron Adler, IDF ReservistJust received at Jewish Jihad, and reprinted verbatim:

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Shalom,

The letter below was sent to us by our son Aron who is doing IDF reserve duty on the Egyptian border. I would humbly comment that it would be a Kiddush Hashem for the world to see this. Please feel free to pass it on to whomever you please, including to the editors of newspapers.

Thank you,
Marilyn & Josh Adler

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My name is Aron Adler. I am 25 years old, was born in Brooklyn NY, and raised in Efrat Israel. Though very busy, I don’t view my life as unusual. Most of the time, I am just another Israeli citizen. During the day I work as a paramedic in Magen David Adom, Israel’s national EMS service. At night, I’m in my first year of law school. I got married this October and am starting a new chapter of life together with my wonderful wife Shulamit.

15-20 days out of every year, I’m called up to the Israeli army to do my reserve duty. I serve as a paramedic in an IDF paratrooper unit. My squad is made up of others like me; people living normal lives who step up to serve whenever responsibility calls. The oldest in my squad is 58, a father of four girls and grandfather of two; there are two bankers, one engineer, a holistic healer, and my 24 year old commander who is still trying to figure out what to do with his life. Most of the year we are just normal people living our lives, but for 15-20 days each year we are soldiers on the front lines preparing for a war that we hope we never have to fight.

This year, our reserve unit was stationed on the border between Israel, Egypt and the Gaza Strip in an area called “Kerem Shalom.” Above and beyond the “typical” things for which we train – war, terrorism, border infiltration, etc., this year we were confronted by a new challenge. Several years ago, a trend started of African refugees crossing the Egyptian border from Sinai into Israel to seek asylum from the atrocities in Darfur. What started out as a small number of men, women and children fleeing from the machetes of the Janjaweed and violent fundamentalists to seek a better life elsewhere, turned into an organized industry of human trafficking. In return for huge sums of money, sometimes entire life savings paid to Bedouin “guides,” these refugees are promised to be transported from Sudan, Eritrea, and other African countries through Egypt and the Sinai desert, into the safe haven of Israel.

We increasingly hear horror stories of the atrocities these refugees suffer on their way to freedom. They are subject to, and victims of extortion, rape, murder, and even organ theft, their bodies left to rot in the desert. Then, if lucky, after surviving this gruesome experience whose prize is freedom, when only a barbed wire fence separates them from Israel and their goal, they must go through the final death run and try to evade the bullets of the Egyptian soldiers stationed along the border. Egypt’s soldiers are ordered to shoot to kill anyone trying to cross the border OUT of Egypt and into Israel. It’s an almost nightly event. Read the rest of this entry »

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Circumcision Ballot Question Makes the Cut

parents and eight day old son at the brisA proposal to ban circumcision in San Francisco will appear on the November ballot in that city.  This will be the nation’s  first public vote on what has long been considered a private religious matter.  If passed, it would undoubtedly be challenged in the courts as a blatant violation of the constitutional rights of Jews and Muslims, yet this ballot initiative received more than 7,700 signatures.

If the measure passes, circumcision would be prohibited, with no religious exemptions.  The bris — the sacred rite that launches the partnership between Jews and God —  would become a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000; or up to one year in jail.  In a city that’s renowned for being open-minded, such an intolerant proposition seems bizaare.

Muslims are similarly affected, for circumcision also is widely practiced by Muslims (but at age thirteen);  and while circumcision does not appear in the Koran, it is mentioned in the Sunnah, the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad.

This attack upon Judaism and Islam is even more striking when one considers that international health organizations have promoted circumcision as an important strategy for reducing the spread of the AIDS virus, based on studies that showed it can prevent AIDS among heterosexual men in Africa.  Circumcision also reduces the incidence of other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as penile cancer and urinary tract infections. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Egyptian Revolt: Is it good for the Jews?

Egyptian Protests: Mubarek poster; is it good for the Jews?The Egyptian government, faced with widespread citizen protest against the dictatorship of Mubarek, has followed a standard textbook play: It released prisoners from jails, and sent police out on looting sprees, in an attempt to justify repressing the disorder with deadly military force. It could then claim that the disorder is worse than Mubarak. Make no mistake: There is looting, but most looting is being done by the police.

Al Jezeera has been shut down, also all Egyptian Internet routers and cell phones shut down. But despite the government’s best efforts, they’ve not succeeded in hiding Egypt from view; so they don’t have the free hand they’d like. News and videos are easily coming out. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Good Laugh?

Hi.  I hope you get a kick out of this video:  The Bethlehem 2010 version of ‘Jingle Bells’. Read the rest of this entry »

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The USA-Egypt-Israel Arms Embargo of Gaza is Now a Music Video!

The USA-Egypt-Israel agreement regarding the weapons embargo of Gaza specifies a fifty-mile limit on naval inspections.  Israel’s recent enforcement of the weapons embargo is being portrayed as human rights abuse by The Usual Suspects, who pretend that this is an aid embargo or a travel embargo.

When the navy inspection personnel boarded one of the nine “human aid” ships from Turkey, “Peace activists” and “observers” on board the ship attacked with knives and metal pipes .  Much of the press attacked Israel for (eventually) defending themselves.   Fortunately, a video (included below) preserves what really happened.

But first, here is a music video offered as a refreshing corrective, which has the added benefit of being entertaining. Read the rest of this entry »

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UNESCO Narrowly Avoids Anti-Semite as Leader

Farouk Hosny: Egypt, UNESCO, antisemite

Farouk Hosny

Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosny, who last year said that he would burn all Hebrew books in Egyptian libraries, only narrowly lost the election to become head of the U.N. culture-and-education body.   Hosny blamed a “group of the world’s Jews” for the defeat.   Read the rest of this entry »

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