Samoa’s council of churches has welcomed the prime minister’s call to review the religious freedom provisions of the constitution.
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi recently said the country’s supreme law may be changed to recognise Christian principles and teachings, not just in the preamble.
However the Secretary General of the Samoa Council of Churches, Reverend Ma’auga Motu, said he would go a step further and ban the religion of Islam.
He said even though most Samoans are Christian, Islam poses a future threat to the country.
Thanks to Caroline B. Glick for her article Obama’s Money and Israel’s Sovereignty and her careful and complete dissecting of the Defense Spending Offer from the White House and flushing out the implications. To sum up briefly what Caroline B. Glick related, one should still go read her article as it offers more than stated here, please. The offer is large and fully sufficient presumably providing that nothing too unforeseen might arise. The difficulties stem largely if Israel was in a delicate position where secrecy was required to do a mission for which some tactical backup might become necessary and prudence would require that arrangements be made to procure additional military purchase. Israel would be required to work through the White House and should the White House refuse then there would be no going to Congress and no recourse. Congress would also be prevented from overstepping White House decision nor…
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Ambitious Tories have until midday to get their campaigns off the ground if they want to be the next leader (and Prime Minister). Stephen Crabb made his pitch yesterday, and now the spotlight falls onto the bigger names, with Theresa May attempting to burnish her Eurosceptic credentials by announcing that she will set up a “ministry for Brexit” if she becomes Prime Minister. “The job now is about uniting the Party, uniting the country and negotiating the best possible deal for Britain,” the Home Secretary will say.
Mrs May will seek to depict herself as the ideal candidate to unify the party, although her campaign is already preparing for a fierce contest against Boris Johnson for the top job. One friend of the Home Secretary told the Telegraph that he was the “most divisive person in British politics” and is not “credible” enough to run the country after Brexit. Mrs May develops that theme in the Times, writing that “what the government does isn’t a game; it’s a serious business that has real consequences for people’s lives”. May won’t try to fight Johnson in the charisma stakes, so she is setting out a stall for competence instead. May also ruled out doing any “deals” with Johnson in order to pave the way for a quick coronation. A spokesman explained she would “rather lose” than compromise with him. Michael Gove seems to be more amenable towards Boris Johnson, although a leaked email his wife sent to him suggests that there is an element of pragmatism behind his support. Sarah Vine insisted that her husband obtained “specific” guarantees on immigration controls before throwing his weight behind the former Mayor. We’ll be liveblogging today’s developments in the Tory leadership race here.
Liam Fox is also entering the leadership race, and has written in the Telegraph a stirring case for why Britain should seize the opportunity of Brexit. “We are right to take control of our own destiny,” he says. “We should never forget that we are a special country. It is time to feel special again.” Brexiteers will be encouraged by France’s finance minister Michael Sapin, who appeared to break ranks with EU leaders by suggesting the country was prepared to reach a deal to allow Britain to limit free movement of EU migrants while retaining access to the Single Market.
Nigel Farage must be torn over who he would want most to win, writing in today’s paper that the next Prime Minister should be “someone who intends to help fulfil this country’s potential as a self-governing nation” and doesn’t indulge in “backsliding” on Brexit. Allister Heath agrees, writing: “We need determination, discipline, cool under extreme pressure, grit and seriousness; we also need a national leader who can inspire the country and hopefully reunite the centre‑Right political family.”
Unity looks much harder to aspire for in the Labour party right now, as Angela Eagle is preparing to fight Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership after he defied calls from Tom Watson and Ed Miliband to stand down. 50 Labour MPs are now set to back Eagle, while Owen Smith is also said to be contemplating a challenge.David Cameron even weighed in, telling Corbyn to go “for heaven’s sake”, which may ensure he becomes harder to dislodge, as Corbynite activists would loathe to help a Tory Prime Minister.
Much of the moderates’ anger stems from Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to get enough Labour voters out to back Remain. Alan Johnson derided his “risible” efforts, while Vice News has released new video showing how Corbyn’s aides were struggling to get him to fight a “high-energy” campaign. Sadiq Khan told Al Jazeera yesterday that “Labour supporters weren’t aware of what our position was” when he went campaigning in areas like Manchester, Leeds, Oldham and Bradford. So they are preparing to exploit the party’s pro-EU campaign machine to target pro-Remain members, but can they defeat the tidal wave of £3 temporary members Corbyn plans to recruit? As Eagle prepares to lead the charge against Corbyn over the next 24 hours, you can stay up to date with all this on our liveblog.
Malmö, Sweden’s third-largest city, is an important, visible part of Sweden. If you read the Municipality of Malmö’s political objectives, which the Municipal Council of Malmö has endorsed, you will see that “racism, discrimination and hate crimes do not belong in open Malmö.” The reality, however, is different. Anti-Semitism there has reached bizarre levels — with politicians and other policymakers in Sweden doing nothing about it.7
On April 30, 2016, the Islamic imam and preacher Salman Al-Ouda, who has been described in the Swedish media as a “Salafist megastar,” visited Malmö. Al-Ouda apparently inspired Osama bin Laden, has claimed that the Holocaust was a myth, and is known for making anti-Semitic statements.
The first question anyone should ask is: Who invited such a person to visit Malmö?
It turned out that it was a politician from the Green Party, currently part of the Swedish government’s ruling coalition, and which also governs in Malmö locally, together with the Social Democrats.
The second question that anyone should ask is: What kind of reception did Al-Ouda receive in such a large Swedish city?
Former CIA officer D. W. Wilber noted in The Hill Monday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s actions leading up to the Benghazi attack, and the Obama administration’s foreign policy in Libya as a whole were “lunacy on a grand scale”: “Additional security was denied even though intelligence reports clearly indicated the presence in Libya of Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups hostile to the United States.” Hillary’s “trust in the various militia factions to set aside their longstanding differences and establish a governing body in the war torn country illustrates another amateur mistake.” But it wasn’t. It was a professional mistake.
In reality, Hillary’s actions in Libya were an implementation of the policy called for by foreign policy professionals for years: to ignore whatever a study of Islamic doctrine and law might reveal about the thought processes and motivations of Islamic jihadis, and to assume that they’re motivated by the same mix of pragmatism and self-interest that motivates secular Western urban cosmopolites, i.e., people just like themselves.
This is the kind of disastrous miscalculation preached by establishment foreign policy wonks including the likes of the puerile and silly Will McCants (and the Qatar-funded Brookings Institution in general), Max Abrahms (and the Council on Foreign Relations in general), and a host of others that the State Department and other foreign policy entities hire by the pound.
David Cameron must be feeling rather demob-happy, as he used his final meeting with EU leaders yesterday before standing down as Prime Minister to tell them they must change the bloc’s fundamental free movement rules if they are to keep close economic ties with Britain after Brexit and to avoid any other nations following them out the exit door. He admitted at a press conference later that night that talking about Brexit had been a “sad night” for him as he “didn’t’ want to be in this position”, but his successor will be no doubt grateful to him for laying the groundwork. Boris Johnson, currently considered the frontrunner in this race, has stressed that he wants Britain to have continued access to the single market and a controlled immigration system, with a source close to him saying: “He would end free movement, what we need is to take back control.”
Back in Westminster, Conservatives are jockeying for position as nominations for the leadership of the Conservative party open from 6pm today. Boris Johnson’s private polling suggests he is the only candidate who can win enough support from ordinary votes to ensure the Conservatives win the next election, we report, with the former Mayor believing he is best-placed to build a strong party machine thanks to the support of crucial donors. He has been given by a boost by Environment Secretary Liz Truss, who has used an article in today’s Telegraph to become the first Cabinet minister to declare for a candidate, saying that Johnson and Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary, can “bring the country together“. Johnson also stands to be helped by Sir Lynton Crosby, the election mastermind who helped him twice become Mayor, once he declares his candidacy. However, a poll of Tory activists by Conservative Home found that he’ll be in fierce competition with Theresa May, who is narrowly ahead of him in their poll of who should be the next leader (29 per cent to 28).
The Home Secretary has meanwhile been accused by Johnson’s supporters of using the Government machine to strong arm Conservative MPs into voting for her to become Prime Minister. One Conservative MP said he had been collared by his whip earlier this week while he was voting to ask if he was voting for Mrs May, who will position herself as a leader for “difficult times” when she sets out her case to replace David Cameron on Thursday.
As May and Johnson supporters fight, other Tories are offering their own views on what the Conservatives need to do in the future. Stephen Crabb has set out his case for becoming the next Prime Minister in today’s paper, offering a path of “optimism and pragmatism” towards “better days”. Crabb, who was brought up in a council house, boasts the support of Sajid Javid, son of a bus driver, so can fly the flag for blue-collar Conservatism. Meanwhile Nicky Morgan, who is “actively considering” whether to throw her hat in, has tld james Kirkup that the Tories need to do more to make the “positive case” for immigration and must not be “pushed aroud” by Nigel Farage.
The Tories will have to be confident that David Cameron’s successor can win the next election, as Jeremy Corbyn’s increasingly perilous position means they could face a different Labour leader in 2020. In the meantime, Corbyn is expected to continue his battle for control of the Labour Party after losing a vote of no confidence in his leadership (172 votes to 40 among his MPs). “It’s not the Tories who will be destroyed, but the Labour Party itself if Jeremy refuses to stand aside,” warns Chris Bryant, the former Shadow leader of the Commons in today’s paper. “If he does so, history will look kindly on him. If not, he will be remembered as the man who broke the back of the party.” Angela Eagle is emeriging as a likely challenger to Corbyn, with Tom Watson considered another contender, although the devotion Corbyn still inspires from his activists should help him survive any leadership contest that arises.
For now, he has a session of PMQs to face (which you can follow on our liveblog), and David Cameron has quite a few resignation letters he can merrily quote if he needs material. The Prime Minister may of course be tempted to spare his blushes, knowing his party wants Corbyn to remain in place for as long as possible.
Two years ago, after visiting the Malaysia, Obama expressed his vision of fostering and deepening bilateral relations with the famously moderate country. Part of that vision was to allow Malaysians to travel visa-free to the U.S.
That may not be a good idea now, given the South China Morning Post report that “Malaysia risks turning into a hardline religious state, where adulterers are stoned to death and thieves have their hands chopped off” — that is, a hardline Islamic state.
The warning came from former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as current premier Nijib Razak reportedly “courts Islamists to shore up support for his scandal-tainted United Malays National Organisation (Umno) party.”
Political expediency is a global peccadillo that seems to turn up any and everywhere in various forms, as politicians vie for the support of Muslim lobbyist groups and funding. What Mohamad warns about in principle is reminiscent of what the Obama administration and other Western leftists have been doing for votes, i.e. courting stealth jihadists and building partnerships with “unindicted co-conspirators”.