If I honestly thought that cocaine had the power to gift me as much quick-wittedness and high courage as Nigella Lawson exuded in court this week, I’d have taken it myself whenever I had the opportunity. Of course, I often did have the opportunity, working on glossy magazines, in London offices. There was always someone on the art desk who’d come in whey-faced and dead tired of a morning and not get a grip on tasks until he’d nipped out “for a coffee”, after which he’d cheer up like billy-o.
The bold brilliance Nigella displayed is astonishing even to read in a newspaper; it must have clanged in court like a peal of Stedman Caters on cathedral bells. She tells Karin Arden, defending one of the Grillo sisters, that she, Nigella, is not the one who is on trial here, but a witness for the Crown. Also, referring to her own voluptuousness, “You know as well as I do that regular cocaine users don’t look like this.”
The law [banning the veil] also liberates women because the wearing of veils \”is totally incompatible with the very idea of equality,\” according to Annie Sugier, head of the International League for Women\’s Rights.
\”[H]er aim is not to annoy others but to feel at inner peace with herself.\” — Part of Court\’s summary of the case.
The court has deemed the case to so important that it has taken the unusual step of referring it to the Grand Chamber, the Court\’s highest chamber.
Palestinian businessmen planning to invest in the West Bank economy have once again been reminded of the challenges facing anyone who wants to do business with the Palestinian Authority.
One of the businessmen, Mohamed Al Sabawi, a Canadian investor of Palestinian origin, was this week arrested by Palestinian Authority policemen in Ramallah after publicly criticizing Mahmoud Abbas.
Al Sabawi, 68, is Director-General of the Ahlia Insurance Group, a firm that employs hundreds of Palestinians in the West Bank. His arrest is seen as part of a campaign by the Palestinian Authority to intimidate and extort money from prominent and wealthy businessmen who seek to help strengthen the Palestinian economy.
Palestinian Authority policemen raided Al Sabawi\’s office and arrested him on suspicion that he had called on Palestinians to topple Abbas.
UK will classify \”Islamist extremism\” as distinct ideology Reuters (thanks to Jihadwatch)
They\’re emphasizing that it has nothing to do with genuine Islam. How they will explain why \”Islamist extremists\” move freely among authentic Muslims without being rebuked, repudiated, rejected or reported remains to be seen. And how far they will get in tackling this ideology while maintaining the falsehood that there is no justification in Islam for it is unclear. It would be more truthful for them to be honest about its Islamic derivation and challenge the Muslim community in the UK to reform and to work with law enforcement, but truth is at a premium in the UK these days.
The administration\’s position is that the nuclear deal is separate from any other conversation with Iran including the fate of the Americans imprisoned there: retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, and Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is currently housed in a \”violent offenders\” prison.
We get, essentially, nothing. But it is worse than that. Whatever the P5+1 believes it achieved pales in comparison to what the deal cost.
The British government tried to cover its tracks. But a new cache of documents Robert Spencer and I have received in our battle to overturn our being banned from Britain reveal that a chief reason why we were banned from the country was because we strongly support Israel. As part of our lawsuit against the Queen of England and the Home Secretary et al, we have received numerous documents between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Office of Security and Counterterrorism, and the Home Secretary. In one of them, an official in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office whose name was redacted wrote this letter on May 7 to a recipient whose name was also redacted:
\”Documents Reveal British Banned Geller and Spencer Because of Their \’Ardent Support for Israel\’\” Pamela Geller, The Daily Caller, November 2, 2013
The British government tried to cover its tracks. But a new cache of documents that Robert Spencer and I have received in our battle to overturn our being banned from Britain reveal that a chief reason why we were banned from the country was because we strongly support Israel. As part of our lawsuit against the Queen of England and the Home Secretary et al, we are in receipt of numerous documents between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Office of Security and Counterterrorism, and the Home Secretary. In one of them, an official in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office who name was redacted wrote this letter on May 7 to a recipient whose name was also redacted:
The Geneva agreement between Iran and the six big powers appears to have had a negative impact on the current US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
The Palestinians see the agreement as an opportunity to achieve their demands through international pressure, and not direct negotiations with Israel. They are also very happy to see growing tensions between the U.S. Administration and the Israeli government over a series of issues, including the Geneva deal.
Thirty days and counting until the influx that the Government dreads either does or does not materialise. The massed Romanians and Bulgarians, who may or may not be waiting for the magic date, present a terrifying political prospect not just to the Conservatives but to Labour as well, who tend to be blamed retrospectively for unlimited immigration even when they are out of office. The only party leader who can benefit from another wave of Eastern European migrants is Nigel Farage. If I were to suggest that he might be relishing this prospect I would probably hear from Mr Farage’s lawyers, but it is hard to believe that a few hundred thousand Romanians arriving on New Year would not be seen by Ukip as a belated Christmas gift.
In enforcing sharia law, Sudanese authorities flog hundreds of Christian and Muslim women each year for “indecent or immoral dress,” said Robert George, chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom
“Because the law fails to define ‘indecent’ dress, arresting officers and prosecuting judges are free to impose their own views arbitrarily on others,” George wrote in an article published in the Washington Times. In one recent case, “authorities deemed it ‘indecent’ to refuse to wear the hijab or Muslim head scarf.”