There have been far too many public figures drinking so much of the Islamic propaganda Kool-Aid that there are those who have come to honestly believe that Islam is peace and compatible with representative democratic republic governance. They honestly believe that the world’s majority of the one and one-third Billion Muslims want to coexist with everybody else working to better the world through mutual respect and tranquility without any threats to our way of life. Even a cursory examination of the realities of the Quran, the two faces, the strange manner in which it is compiled with the shortest verse first and with them slowly ascending in size with the largest verse last so that the youth can work at their own pace learning by rote the shortest leaving the really long verses last and not compiled by date or subject. We wrote a short and concise description of the…
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Following the forced resignations of the President and Provost of the University of Missouri, demonstrations against campus administrators has spread across the country. Students — many of whom are Black, gay, transgender and Muslim — claim that they feel “unsafe” as the result of what they call “white privilege” or sometimes simply privilege. “Check your privilege” has become the put-down du jour. Students insist on being protected by campus administrators from “micro-aggressions,” meaning unintended statements inside and outside the classroom that demonstrate subtle insensitivities towards minority students. They insist on being safe from hostile or politically incorrect ideas. They demand “trigger warnings” before sensitive issues are discussed or assigned. They want to own the narrative and keep other points of view from upsetting them or making them feel unsafe.
These current manifestations of a widespread culture of victimization and grievance are only the most recent iterations of a dangerous long-term trend on campuses both in the United States and in Europe. The ultimate victims are freedom of expression, academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. Many faculty members, administrators and students are fearful of the consequences if they express politically incorrect or dissident views that may upset some students. So they engage in self-censorship. They have seen what had happened to those who have expressed unpopular views, and it is not a pretty picture.
Labour still has to make up its mind about what it thinks about bombing Isil in Syria, as neither shadow ministers nor Jeremy Corbyn are looking ready to back down. The Labour leader, we report this morning, is on the brink of demanding that his MPs oppose military action in Syria, in a move that would force shadow ministers to resign, as most of his top team back military action. Tom Watson, his deputy, urged Corbyn over the weekend to defuse tensions by offering a “free vote”, an idea also backed by his close ally John McDonnell. However, he seems to be giving it short shrift, judging by his performance on the Andrew Marr show, insisting “it is the leader who decides”. Senior party figures have reason to be sceptical of this though, as they point to Parliamentary Labour Party rules which indicate that the shadow cabinet, not the leader, decide whipping arrangements MPs. One shadow cabinet member said: “The Labour Party stands on the brink. I think it’s possible he would lose half his shadow cabinet if he forced them to vote against air strikes.”
Talk of resignations and coups is in the air, with Corbyn having to insist over the weekend that he is “not going anywhere” (not something you expect to hear a party leader say three months into their leadership). Corbyn supporters aren’t taking the threat of resignations quietly, with Len McCluskey, leader of the powerful Unite union, warning them that they are “playing with fire”. McCluskey warned dissenters on the Huffington Post that they will be “resisted” and are “writing their own political obituaries”. This escalating civil war comes as MPs expect to vote on bombing Syria later this week. One of the UK’s most senior military figures, General Sir Richard Shirreff has warned that Britain will have to put soldiers on the ground in Syria if it wants to defeat Isil, even if the Prime Minister wins his vote for strikes. Germany is now planning to send 1,200 soldiers to Syria to help the fight, pending parliamentary approval. Boris Johnson writes in today’s paper that “bombing alone will not solve the problem”, but writes that Britain must “join our allies in taking the fight to the enemy”.
But as Britain considers military action, the main question is how Labour MPs decide to vote – as they could be decisive. Jeremy Corbyn has been telling allies that he thinks he has enough support to try and “stop the war”, with any move to whip against action potentially scuppering Downing Street’s plans for a vote. One of Corbyn’s few shadow cabinet supporters, Diane Abbott, issued a warning to her colleagues on the Today programme this morning, saying that “the party and the public will be disappointed if we don’t oppose air strikes”. Other shadow ministers will have their chance to make their continued disagreement known this morning, with Corbyn having to share their decision – assuming they come to one – with the rest of his party tonight at their regular parliamentary meeting. The stakes are very high in this game of whipping chicken, as Corbyn – previously a serial rebel – fights to impose party discipline. Who will blink first: the leader, or his shadow ministers? You can follow all the developments on our liveblog.
“It is the leader who decides. I will make up my mind in due course.”
Feldman To Be Questioned
Lord Feldman, the Conservative chairman and close ally of David Cameron, will be interviewed as part of the investigation into the bullying scandal that has engulfed the Tory Party, it emerged last night as he came under growing pressure to resign. “It was Lord Feldman, not Mr Shapps, who oversaw CCHQ’s workings, signed off all important financial decisions, and chaired the party’s board – as he still does,” writes Paul Goodman in today’s paper. “If his position was untenable, it follows that Lord Feldman’s is, too.”
McDonnell’s Ukip Swipe
The UK Independence Party is an “evil force” in British society, John McDonnell has claimed as he indicated Labour’s majority in Oldham West and Royton could collapse to below 1,000 this week. Meanwhile, it has emerged that an activist organisation which has Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as patron has had its accounts closed down over fears that it may be inadvertently funding terrorism.
Doctors Set To Strike
Strike action by junior doctors is now “almost inevitable”, the British Medical Association has said. The declaration came in a letter sent to the union’s members, ahead of the last day of talks with health officials, before strike action is due to start at 8am on Tuesday, when striking junior doctors will only provide emergency care.
Douglas Will Follow Bono
Douglas Alexander has a new job after losing his seat in May, working for Bono on tackling global poverty. The former shadow foreign secretary has registered a new consultancy at Companies House called Consequitur Limited (Consequitur is Latin for “he follows”), the FT reports. Meanwhile, U2’s first music video was for the song “I will follow”.
Renegotiation Crunch Time
Britain’s renegotiation will be discussed at a crunch summit in just over a fortnight’s time, the government revealed last night, dismissing mounting speculation that the timetable had slipped. It comes after diplomats suggested that the meeting would be little more than a brief stock-taking exercise because the Paris attacks, and an impasse over welfare reform, meant no deal was in sight.
Aid For The Environment
David Cameron is demanding wealthy countries give more foreign aid to halt climate change as he calls for world leaders to back a legally binding agreements at the Paris talks. However, Charles Moore writes in today’s paper that many developing countries will not sacrifice their new-found prosperity “on the altar of eco-virtue”.
Abbott Wades In
Diane Abbott, the left wing Labour MP who once had a fling with Jeremy Corbyn, has angered her neighbours by giving her influential backing to a traffic scheme that could see the value of her house rocket above £1m.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, is under mounting pressure to halt a “cowardly” investigation into claims that one of Britain’s most decorated soldiers, Lord Bramall, was involved in a VIP paedophile abuse ring.
Osborne’s £470 Saving
George Osborne will today vow to protect British consumers from big business rip offs as he pledges to save families £470 a year on water, energy, internet and phone bills.
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LHASA, China (Reuters) – Once the site of violent clashes between Tibetans and Chinese security forces, the ancient area of Barkhor in the Tibetan capital has become one of the safest places in China, officials say, thanks in part to an on-the-ground surveillance network.
Guard posts erected among shops and in courtyards around the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa watch the comings and goings of residents. The posts are manned by locals who are selected by the residents’ management committee, though some appeared to be unstaffed. At night, the doors to the courtyards are locked, residents say.
Managing the remote Himalayan region of Tibet remains a difficult issue for China, which has struggled with decades of often violent unrest in protest at Chinese rule, which started when Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950.
The government’s strategy, which was formally rolled out across the region in November 2014, is…
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