FP: If you want to know the fate of Egypt left to its own Islamist devices, David Goldman’s The horror and the pita is a must read. But the Obama administration overrode Congressional law by declaring that billions in aid is in the national security interest of the US. Yet is there is one thing secular and religious Egyptians agree on it’s anti-American (and anti-Israel) Jihad.
Let’s re-elect him.
UN at its best: damning Israel for a law which has already been blocked!
A senior UN official in Geneva last week listed Israel among the countries that she says are restricting the activities of human rights groups.
The statement, issued on Wednesday by UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, lists Israel along with countries such as Belarus, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Ethiopia and Venezuela.
Although the law never reached the Knesset, Pillay said in her statement: "In Israel, the recently adopted Foreign Funding Law could have a major impact on human rights organizations, subjecting them to rigorous reporting requirements, forcing them to declare foreign financial support in all public communications, and threatening heavy penalties for non-compliance."
FP: I wonder if the UN has given any thought to the consequence of killing the golden goose: Israel, the gift that keep on giving. If all its demonization and undermining of Israel ends up facilitating its destruction, the UN could be disbanded, because it would have nothing left to do.
It goes without saying that all Western countries have laws of that very kind and that even if it had been legislated, it would not have had anywhere near the effects mentioned. It looks like the pre-requisite to be a UN bureaucrat are ignorance and stupidity.
Incidentally, the same properties are indispensable to European left-wing “intellectuals”
In several anti-Semitic remarks, Norwegian sociologist Johan Galtung also defends 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion' and says Jewish influence was one of the factors leading to Auschwitz.
Johan Galtung, Norwegian sociologist nicknamed the 'father of peace studies,' made anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli remarks while lecturing at the University of Oslo, in an article published afterward in the Norwegian press and in an interview with Haaretz that followed.
Among other statements, Galtung claimed that a possible connection exists between the terrorist responsible for the massacre of children in Norway last summer, and the Mossad. 'The Jews control U.S. media, and divert for the sake of Israel,' wrote Galtung in an article published in Norway.
He pointed out that one of the factors behind the anti-Semitic sentiment that led to Auschwitz was the fact that Jews held influential positions in German society.
Galtung also recommended reading 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,' – one of the most popular anti-Semitic texts in the world.
Professor Galtung, 82-years-old, is one of the founders of the discipline called 'Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution,' as well as a founder of the international Peace Research Institute in Oslo. He is considered well-respected sociological researcher, has been awarded many prizes, and is the author of over a thousand articles and over a hundred books. Some of his work has also been translated into Hebrew.
Galtung's repeated anti-Semitic remarks were exposed by the website of the Norwegian periodical, 'Humanist.' ([Link: humanist.no)...] Some of the comments were made during a lecture at the University of Oslo last summer, and others were written by Galtung in response to an article critical of him that was published in the periodical.
Among other claims, Galtung stated that there is a possible link between Anders Behring Breivik, responsible for massacring dozens of children in Norway last summer, and Jewish and Israeli factions. The connection is supposedly based on the fact that the murderer has ties to the 'Freemasons' organization, 'which has Jewish origins,' according to Galtung. The supposed connection to Israel is through the Mossad – which Galtung believes might have given Breivik his orders.
Only the left’s Haaretz could give the idiot a platform. Instead of me commenting any further, read Bruce Bawer: The European Anti-Semitism Sweepstakes. Devastating.
A far-right group in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia is running a 'Muslim cartoon contest' and plans to display the works outside mosques. The move has alarmed authorities which fear it could incite violence and hurt German interests abroad, similar to the backlash that followed the 2005 publication of cartoons in Danish newspapers.
The German government has voiced concern that far-right activists in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia may incite violence with plans to hold a so-called "Muhammad cartoon contest" and to stage demonstrations outside mosques in the run-up to a regional election there on May 13.
SPIEGEL has learned that Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich warned of a confrontation between Salafists and right-wing extremists which he said could have unforeseeable consequences for public safety.
Pro-NRW, which has been categorized as an extremist right-wing group by the domestic intelligence agency, has said it plans to display the cartoons outside 25 mosques in the state.
Friedrich told lawmakers that this deliberate provocation would inflame tensions and lead to violent clashes, and that German embassies and companies operating abroad may also be affected, similar to the protests in Muslim countries following the publication in 2005 of Muhammad cartoons in Danish newspapers.
Friedrich's state secretary, Klaus-Dieter Fritsche, has telephoned the North Rhine-Westphalia government several times in recent days to discuss the problem. The state's interior minister, Ralf Jäger, said: "The so-called cartoon contest is deliberately aimed at provoking Muslims." He said he had instructed police to prevent demonstrators from protesting in the immediate proximity of mosques.
FP: The far right group made a mistake. It would have had a much better chance of success and popularity had it taken on the Jews rather than the Muslims, like Grass and Galtung above (see Victor Davis Hanson: The New Anti-Semitism)
Now they’re gonna be accused of Islamophobia. Anyway, you’re witnessing the future of Europe and it’s disastruous whoever wins (if you had to bet, who would you say will win, given that the government is scared shitless of Jihad?)
Some banks, namely U.S. Bank, Regions Financial and Wells Fargo, are luring low-income consumers to sign up for things such as prepaid debit cards and payday loans–products that typically come with all sorts of fees and charges, the Times reports. Why are banks courting these customers with pricey products? Well, besides the obvious (fees) the products themselves weren’t subject to all the regulatory overhaul brought by the Dodd-Frank reform act. That leaves more room for banks to make money in an environment where doing so has become more difficult.
The Times story features David Wegner. He makes about $1,200 a month and is looking for a checking account. He ends up with U.S. Bank where he is offered all sorts of financial products geared toward low-income consumers. The branch offered him prepaid cards, check cashing and short-term loan options. He tells the Times that he felt like he was being treated like a second-tier consumer.
The truth is that when it comes to profitability Wegner is indeed a second-tier customer compared with other customers with higher checking balances. And you know what? There are higher tier consumers than them too like the ones with bigger checking balances. Consumers with multiple mortgages, checking accounts, savings, brokerage accounts and loans are valued more.
The bigger problem here is that low-income consumers don’t have much of an alternative when it comes to banking. There’s a growing population of people who don’t have a bank accounts because they feel they can’t afford it. They are called the un-banked and under-banked; people who don’t have enough funds and/or mostly deal in cash transactions and who say they can’t afford bank fees. They turn to things like pre-paid debit cards which according to the Federal Reserve is the fastest growing non-cash method of payment.
FP: This one of the consequences of the destruction of the middle-class accompanying the societal decline of the corporate welfare state: only the rich and poor classes are left, with the former exploiting the latter with the help of a corrupt and incompetent government.