Muslim Brotherhood ‘Buying’ Votes at Polls

The Muslim Brotherhood was today accused of attempting to rig Egypt’s election by handing out gifts and food at polling stations in a desperate attempt to win power.

High turnout: voters queue to cast their votes at a Cairo polling station today. The election is staggered over six weeks

Witnesses told the Evening Standard that the Islamist party, which is expected to secure a large share of the votes, had a strong presence both inside and outside polling stations. Onlookers claimed some Brotherhood groups were allowed to set up tables with laptop computers in order to show “people how to vote”.

Voting laws passed after the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime in February outlaw bribes or campaigning inside or near polling stations. Bel Trew, a film-maker working in Tahrir Square, said: “We have seen people offering gifts to people outside polling stations. This is against the law and would certainly not be allowed in other democratic countries.”

Today voting continued with turnout again reported to be high. Student Mariam, who would not give her full name for fear of reprisals said: “I wanted to boycott the elections, as the parliament will have no power and because of what happened in Tahrir, but if we don’t vote the Muslim Brotherhood will win the majority.” But there is growing support for the Muslim Brotherhood with many claiming the party is the best option to bring order to Egypt.

“The Freedom and Justice Party (Muslim Brotherhood) are the most organised party right now,” said Hossam, 39, an insurance broker who went to a Catholic school in Cairo.

“They have a religious view but they are the only ones who have a good plan for the country.” The outcome of the election will indicate whether Egypt will remain secular or move down an Islamic path as have other countries swept up in the Arab Spring.

Zeinab Saad, 50, said: “I am voting for this country’s sake. We want a new beginning. Its a great thing to feel like your vote matters.” The complicated voting process is staggered over the next six weeks across 27 provinces, divided into thirds with run-offs held a week after the first round in each location.

Voters have to pick two individuals and one alliance or party slate – a system that has left many of the 50 million eligible voters puzzled and apparently undecided.

Since the uprising that toppled Mubarak, Egyptians had looked forward to the election but instead there has been disappointment with the military rulers who replaced the old regime, and the legitimacy of the elections has been questioned.

At least 41 demonstrators have been killed and more than 2,000 wounded in protests in the past 10 days. But the markets reacted positively to Egypt’s election and its benchmark index was up by five per cent within minutes of the start of trading today.

Source : London Evening Standard


United Nations: The Devil’s Jury

“Forget genocide, terrorism, imprisonment and torture – the U.N. is now taking up a case of hurt feelings.

In Stephen Vincent Benét’s story “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” Satan called a jury of the damned composed of turncoats, traitors, and Blackbeard the Pirate, “with the stench of hell still upon them.” At the United Nations Human Rights Council, accusations against the Dutch political leader Geert Wilders will be heard by Chinese and Russian lawyers who spent the 1970s and 1980s running the “human rights” entities of their respective countries, an Egyptian-educated diplomat from Morocco, and a “human rights” specialist from Cuba, according to the UNHRC website. The Cuban died last year, but in the spirit of Benét’s story, he still might be serving on the UN working group hearing Mr. Wilders’s case.

Last week, three Dutch Moroccans filed a complaint against their country’s government with the UNHRC, an entity that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in 2007 accused of a “pathological obsession with Israel,” echoing similar complaints by the United States, Canada and the European Union. Under the Bush administration the United States boycotted the Council, but President Obama sent American diplomats back to it. On Oct. 1, the State Department released a statement claiming that “U.S. engagement thus far has resulted in significant improvements to the Human Rights Council as a multilateral forum for promoting and protecting human rights. Accomplishments include groundbreaking resolutions on freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, preventing discrimination against women, LGBT human rights, (and) religious tolerance.”

As leader of the Party for Freedom, Holland’s third-largest political party, Wilders has fought to limit Muslim immigration to his country, and demanded a hard line against “street terror” by Muslims in European cities. The former parliamentary assistant to the leading Dutch conservative politician Fritz Bolkestein, Wilders is a traditional liberal and a strong supporter of Israel. In January 2009, Dutch prosecutors accused him of “hate speech” against Islam; he was acquitted of all charges in March 2011. Wilders lives under continuous threat of murder by Islamists; he is guarded at all times and sleeps in a different location every night.

The Dutch-Moroccan complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Council claims that the Netherlands violated their human rights by failing to convict Wilders. Their complaint states:

Systematic incitement to hatred and discrimination against Muslims and other migrants has been committed over years – in different forms – by the Member of Parliament Geert Wilders. The complainants – who are Muslims and belong to the Dutch-Moroccan community in the Netherlands – feel discriminated against, humiliated and threatened by Mr. Wilders and the members and adherents of his party, resulting in discrimination and an increasingly negative attitude by considerable parts of the population. They are of the opinion that Mr. Wilders by his continued hate speech has poisoned the social climate in the Netherlands, that has become more and more anti-migrant and anti-Muslim.

The document contains no allegations about murder, torture, massacres, or imprisonment, the sort of human rights violations that routinely occur in countries that the Human Rights Council has specifically declined to consider, for example, Cuba and Belarus. The complainants state that their feelings were hurt.

Because “the District Court of Amsterdam acquitted Mr. Wilders…and subsequently dismissed the claims of the complainants,” that is, followed due process, “no appeal is open to them” except to haul the Netherlands before the United Nations Human Rights Council.

This is made possible by a complaints procedure established by the U.N. General Assembly, which allows individuals to bring alleged human rights violations before the Council. Such complaints are referred to a “Working Group on Communications” composed of “independent experts.” The members of the Working Group are listed on the UNHRC web site, and prove that a lifetime of promoting human rights abuses is no obstacle to a new career passing judgment on the human rights violations of others.

The Working Group members include one Vladimir Kartashkin, who was employed by the Moscow Institute of State and Law with brief interruptions between 1961 and 1992, that is, during a period when the KGB routine committed dissidents to psychiatric hospitals, and tortured and murdered political prisoners. Another member is Chen Shiqiu, the Vice-Chairman of the People’s Republic of China Society for Human Rights Studies. His other affiliations show a special sort of attachment to human rights issues, including the China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture, and the China Family Planning Association — that is, the entities responsible for erasing Tibetan culture and forcing Chinese mothers to abort prospective second children. Stephen Vincent Benét could not have made this sort of thing up.

Also listed on the Working Group for Communications is Alfonso Martinez, a Cuban diplomat who served as the spokesman for his Foreign Ministry between 1994 and 1997. “As an expert in Human Rights he represented the Government of Cuba in numerous meetings and conferences, mainly within the UN system,” according to a Taino News dispatch last year. Dr. Martinez helped persuade the United Nations Human Rights Council to take Cuba off its agenda, to the consternation of Secretary General Moon. Dr. Martinez died in 2010, but under the circumstances, that may not disqualify him from serving on the Working Group that will decide whether the Netherlands violated human rights by acquitting Geert Wilders.

Messrs. Kartashkin and Shiqiu (and perhaps the late Dr. Martine) are joined in the Working Group by Halima Warzazi, a Moroccan diplomat educated at the University of Cairo. To her credit, Warzazi has directed United Nations studies on female genital mutilation. How she will respond to the hurt feelings of the Dutch-Moroccan complainants remains to be seen. Americans became aware of Morocco’s pattern of human rights abuse when Malika Oufkir’s book Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail became a best-seller in 2001.

If the complaint is taken seriously, the Obama administration will have to explain more clearly why it praises American participation in a forum which hires thugs with decades of service to some of the world’s worst human rights violators, and empowers them to judge anyone who makes Muslims “feel discriminated against,” as the complaint maintains. In theory, the UNHRC might refer the Netherlands for prosecution by the International Criminal Court, although it seems unlikely that matters might go that far. The Netherlands defending itself before Russian, Chinese, Cuban and Moroccan hacks is offensive enough.

Source : Hudson New York

CAIR Director Led ‘Nuke Israel’ Rally

The recent executive director of the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations’ South Florida chapter is a founder and spokesman of Occupy Miami, WND has learned.

Mohammad Malik currently is as an activist with several other Islamic groups.

He has led hate-filled anti-Israel protests in which participants were filmed wearing Hamas paraphernalia while chanting “Nuke Israel” and “Go back to the oven” – a reference to Jews being killed in the Holocaust.

Malik has been widely quoted in the Florida news media in recent weeks speaking for Occupy Miami.

The Miami Herald identified Malik as one of the organizers of Occupy’s Miami’s downtown campsite headquarters.

“Red Army: The Radical Network that must be defeated to save America” exposes the extremists behind Occupy Wall Street along with the radical socialist network that seized political power in Washington over decades, shaped Obama’s presidential agenda and threatens the very future of the U.S.

“We’ve established that we can be here,” Malik told the Herald, speaking as one of the first Occupy Miami organizers. “People said we were stupid amateurs who don’t know what we’re doing. … But we did it. We’ve survived and we’re growing.”

Last week, the Florida Independent reported Miami police had asked Occupy activists to temporarily leave their camp digs.

The Independent quoted Malik, identified as protesting with the group since the beginning, as stating there were “a lot of cops” in the area, but protesters were “trying to figure out the situation so that it doesn’t escalate.”

The Independent previously quoted Malik as an “unemployed Miami native who has worked with the ACLU and is the current spokesperson for Occupy Miami.”

In September 2010, Malik was appointed as the director of CAIR’s South Florida chapter, covering the region of Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

Source : World Net Daily

Iran: Allah Protects Our Nukes

Despite the IAEA’s recent report on Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the country’s leadership couldn’t care less. They remain unconcerned about the West’s denunciations and threats of further sanctions even after the international nuclear watchdog reported last week that the Islamic regime is building nuclear weapons.

There will be no comprise with the United States and its allies, Iran insists, because the regime’s critics fail to understand the nature of what Tehran’s radicals call the “true Islam.”

Days after the report by the IAEA, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, pointedly warned America and what he called its “guard dog,” the Zionist regime of Israel, that any attack on Iran will result in the destruction of both.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran will not retreat “one iota” from its nuclear program, and Revolutionary Guard commanders promised a response that will “shock the enemy,” boasting that with only four missiles Israel will be annihilated and America can expect the same fate.

Iranian officials have long believed that their commitment to Islam has earned them the protection of Allah, thus ensuring their success in confronting the West, engaging America in Iraq and Afghanistan, strengthening terrorist proxies against Israel, and progressing with their missile and nuclear programs.

This commitment could best be described by an analysis reflected on Gerdab.Ir, the media outlet of the Revolutionary Guards. It claims that it has been more than a decade since Americans began to fear the true soldiers of Islam; this fear has been manifested in several ways, specifically since the U.S. sent military forces into the region after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, eventually occupying both Afghanistan and Iraq.

That is when they got a firsthand, serious taste of what it means to come face to face with the Quds Force, the analysis says, and that is when the U.S. recognized the eminence of the power of Islamic Iran in the region.

The analysis shows why sanctions and diplomatic initiatives won’t work with this very dangerous regime. Here, loosely translated and summarized from Gerdab.Ir are the key points the Revolutionary Guards make in their analysis:

* Approximately 10 years ago, when the United States and its allies established an expansive military presence in the region, they could not imagine what power they would come up against and who the real competing authority would be. The Americans viewed the Middle East as a wide-open space in which they would have no resistance.

Now, after 10 years, they have finally realized what operational, communication, intelligence and political limitations they face, and that has left them no viable option but to pack up and leave. And the Quds Force played the most vital of roles in exhausting the hubris of the American war machinery in the Middle East.

* The problem facing Americans regarding the Quds Force is but a small example of the core of their problem with the entire Islamic Revolution. The most important fact that America and the West have continuously missed is the ideology behind Iran’s destiny. Its doctrine knows no boundaries and stands in diametric opposition to and defiance of the most basic principles and fundamental forms taken by Western civilization.

* Fear of the Quds Force is fear of the conquering and uncompromising force of the Islamic Revolutionaries. The Quds Force’s main thrust is to remind Muslims that the faction that considers moderation in the name of the struggle is not Islam. Actually, the real Islam combats fake polarity, and today the dominant polarizing forces are the Americans and the Zionists.

* Combating Israel and staying on top of all that has the stench of America on it are the fuels that feed the vital engine of revolutionary Islam in the Middle East.

* Americans know that their biggest and most aggressive problem in the future is the way they grapple with the return of political Islam in that part of the world. The factor that makes this issue much more formidable is that America has finally figured out that the return of political Islam, the combination of religion and government, follows the Iranian model; Iran is the only country in the world that has been successful in commingling religion and government.

* Fear of the Quds Force is a fear of the blurring of borders. Quds teaches the devout that rather than staying in one’s own element, they should combat the enemy from inside the enemy’s element. Fear of the Quds Force is to fear the greatest and bravest of Iranian men who in total anonymity, and in the most dangerous security zones, fight on without hesitation and selflessly in order to expand the focus of Islam.

The United States must not give in to the irrational philosophy articulated above. The safety of the world is at stake.

The recent IAEA report indicated that not only is Iran on the threshold of acquiring nuclear weapons but also that today Iran has produced 4,922 kilograms of enriched uranium, enough for seven nuclear warheads once further enriched. The IAEA alarmingly revealed that nearly 20 kilograms (about 45 pounds) of a component used to arm nuclear warheads was unaccounted for in Iran. That amount would be enough to arm a nuclear bomb.

As Iran’s leaders move ahead with arming their missiles with nuclear warheads, we must realize that the policy of mutually assured destruction will be proven as wrong as our current approach of negotiation and sanctions.

The key to understanding this enemy is to understand its ideology. As Sun Tzu said in “The Art of War,” “know your enemy.”

Source : Fox News

13-Year-Old Jewish Schoolgirl Beaten by Muslim Classmates, called “Dirty Jew”

Five Muslim Moroccan girls in Belgium beat a 13-year-old classmate, called her a “dirty Jew” and told her to “return to your country.”

Anti-Semitic graffiti in Europe

The girl, Oceane Sluijzer, has filed a complaint with police after the anti-Semitic attack at a sports training center. The attackers were identified and questioned by police.

Jewish legislator Viviane Teitelbaum of Brussels denounced the “silence” of political leaders and most of media after this attack.

Coordinating Committee of Jewish Organizations of Belgium (CCOJB), the umbrella group of Jewish organizations in Belgium, expressed “shock” at the attack and asked that the investigation be conducted without delay. The Jewish group added it is considering filing a civil suit and said the Jewish community is “exasperated” by repeated attacks on Jews in Belgium, whose Jewish population is 40,000.

It also told the Belgian French community’s Education Minister he should “introduce appropriate educational programs in schools to prevent unjustified tensions between communities,” the European Jewish Press reported.

The Jewish Consistory, the representative body of Jewish religious congregations in the country, also appealed to authorities to take action.

Syria Elected to UN Human Rights Committee (Death Toll at 3500)

UNESCO’s executive board, which includes the US, France, the UK and other Western democracies, unanimously elected Syria to a pair of committees – one dealing directly with human rights issues – even as the Bashar al-Assad regime maintains its campaign of violence against its own citizens.

The Arab group at UNESCO nominated Syria for the spots, and though the 58-member board approved the pick by consensus on Nov. 11, the agency has not yet posted the results on its website.

Syria’s election came just a day before the League of Arab States moved to suspend Syrian membership of that body.

“The Arab League’s suspension of Syria is stripped of any meaning when its member states elevate Syria to UN human rights committes,” says Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based monitoring group UN Watch.

“It’s shameful for the UN’s prime agency on science, culture and education to take a country that is shooting its own people and empower it to decide human rights issues on a global scale. Regrettably, the pressure to bow to consensus –  part of the go-along-to-get-along tradition at the UN – can drag everyone down to the will of the lowest common denominator.”

Neuer highlights that the executive board’s decision should not be all that surprising, given the body “recently welcomed serial human rights abusers as new members, like Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Pakistan and Russia.” Syria was already on the executive board, noted Neuer, “as were other countries with poor human rights records, including Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Belarus, China, Vietnam and Algeria.”

The UN says Syria’s crackdown on opposition protests has left more than 3,500 people dead over the past eight months.

“By rewarding the murderous Syrian regime with badges of international legitimacy, UNESCO has endangered core interests of the U.S. and its allies, undermining national security, regional stability and democratic values.”

Syria will serve a second two-year term on the 30-member Committee on Conventions and Recommendations, which examines “communications … relating to the exercise of human rights,” according to UNESCO’s Web site. Syria also joins the 23-member Committee on International Non-Governmental Organizations, which is mandated to encourage approved activist groups to help further UNESCO’s overall goals.

In a bid to insulate UNESCO’s administration from criticism, the agency’s executive director, Irina Bokova, insists her hands were tied. She has even broken with protocol in commenting that the executive board’s choice was not a good one.

“The director-general and secretariat are bound by the decisions of member states and are not supposed to comment on them,” said Sue Williams, UNESCO chief spokesperson.

“Yet given the developments in Syria, the director-general does not see how this country can contribute to the work of the committees.”

The criticism of the member states’ move comes as Bokova, on behalf of UNESCO, is struggling to overcome a sudden cut in U.S. funding to the agency after another controversial decision – namely the vote late last month by a majority of UNESCO’s 194 member states to admit Palestine as a full member.

The United States pays 22 per cent of the budgets of all UN agencies, and cut its payments to UNESCO because of longstanding U.S. legislation that prohibits funding any part of the UN that admits Palestine, which is not recognized by the UN as an independent country.

Still, Bokova herself provoked headlines earlier this month when she had one of her senior communications directors summon the Israeli ambassador at UNESCO to complain about a cartoon the Israeli newspaper Haaretz had printed.

Haaretz said the cartoon was an obvious dig at the Israeli government’s anger over the decision to admit Palestine.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, comments on the developments at UNESCO by saying the agency “continues to outdo itself with stunning and dangerous behavior.”

While the United States and some key allies, including Britain and France, are members of the UNESCO board, Western democracies are in a minority on the body. Canada, which joined the United States in opposing Palestinian membership of UNESCO, but is not a member of the executive board, told UN Watch it regrets the move to elevate Syria.

“While Canada was not involved in this decision, we find it deeply
 disturbing that Syria was designated by the Arab regional group at 
UNESCO as a member of the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations, given the Assad regime’s continual and repeated violation of human
rights,” said Joe Lavoie , a spokesman for Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. “Canada strongly and firmly continues to call on Assad to step aside.”

UN Watch pointed out Tuesday that a resolution supported by an overwhelming majority in the UN General Assembly’s “third” committee – which deals with human rights – defers to Syrian demands for respect of its “territorial integrity” and “political independence” – even as it strongly condemed Syria for its violent crackdown.

Read more @ UN Watch

Hindu Rape Victims Speak to War Crimes Tribunal

Delawar Hossain Sayedee along with other collaborators kept a Hindu girl confined to her father’s house at Parerhat in Pirojpur and raped her day after day during the Liberation War, the International Crimes Tribunal was told yesterday.

The victim, Bhanu Shaha, daughter of Bipod Shaha, left the country after liberation out of fear of public humiliation. She still lives in India, said Syed Rezaur Rahman, a senior prosecutor, while placing the opening statement against Sayedee.

In the tribunal’s first trial since its formation on March 25 last year, the prosecution on Sunday got through 61 pages of the statement in court.

Yesterday, Rezaur read out the remaining 27 pages before the three-member panel of judges headed by Nizamul Huq.

On October 3, Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Sayedee, one of the seven Jamaat-BNP leaders detained over war crimes links, was charged with 20 counts of crimes. The charges include genocide, murder, rape, arson, abduction and torture of civilians.

The tribunal will start taking depositions of witnesses on December 7.

Rezaur described the crimes against humanity allegedly committed by Sayedee in 1971 and also the background of the case.

He told the tribunal that Sayedee had led a 50-member team of the Razakar Bahini, an anti-liberation force, in attacking Hindu Para of Hoglabunia under Pirojpur.

Sensing the presence of the miscreants, members of the Hindu community had managed to flee.

The razakars, however, got hold of Shefali Gharami, wife of Madhusudan Gharami, and raped her.

Shefali gave birth to a baby girl after the war but, like Bhanu Shaha, she had to leave for India.

On May 5, 1971, Saif Mizanur Rahman, deputy magistrate of then Pirojpur Sub-Division; Foyezur Rahman Ahmed, sub-divisional police officer and father of famed writer Humayun Ahmed and noted educationalist-writer Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, and Abdur Razzak, SDO in charge of Pirojpur, were taken to the Baleshwar river bank and shot to death.

Sayedee as a member of the killing squad was present there.

Under his pressure, some 100-150 Hindus of Parerhat and other villages converted to Islam and had to go to a mosque, said the prosecutor.

He oversaw the creation of a fund with cash and other property looted by the razakars from the locals, mainly Hindu families. He also issued a Fatwa (religious edict) legalising war booty, said the prosecutor.

He also succeeded in allying himself with the Pakistan army, as he had a good command of Arabic and Urdu.

Sayedee went into hiding after the war but returned to his home district of Pirojpur in 1986. In the guise of an Islamic scholar, he began addressing waz mahfils or religious gatherings to hide his past, Rezaur said.