President Obama made it so very clear, Omar Mateen was a ‘homegrown’ and a ‘lone-wolf’ from some unidentifiable deep well of violence which had ‘nothing to do with Islam, the religion of peace.’ The President was quite guarded of what we have come to identify as his precious ideological visions as to what exactly makes up Islam. Of course the President was far less coddling and defensive when it came to those who are not on his team. Here President Obama had pointed and viciously delivered vindictive over their audacity in criticizing his reluctance to tie Omar Mateen’s violent murderous spree naming it as ‘radical Islamist’ sharply attacking with precise words, President Obama shot forth, “For a while now the main contribution of some of my friends on the other side of the aisle have made in the fight against ISIL is to criticize the administration and me for not…
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On his last visit to Cairo, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi that he does not intend to run in any future election.
Palestinian officials who accompanied Abbas to Cairo quoted him as saying that he does not want to be a “president for life” and that he is eager to see new presidential elections take place in the Palestinian territories as soon as possible.
“My age and health don’t allow me to remain in power,” the 81-year-old Abbas explained. “My term in office expired several years ago and I’m still in power only because of the Hamas, which staged a coup and is controlling the Gaza Strip and refusing to allow new elections.”
Abbas’s remarks came amid increased talk about a “battle for succession” that has been raging for weeks among the top brass of the Palestinian Authority leadership in the West Bank.
For now, it seems that there is no shortage of Palestinians who consider themselves “natural” and “worthy” successors to Abbas, who recently celebrated the 11th year of his four-year-term in office.
The EU referendum continues to be a close contest, and polls open in 48 hours. Support among those certain to vote has surged for Remain, putting it 7 points ahead of Leave (53-46), but Sir Lynton Crosby warns in today’s paper that the race remains “uncertain” and will “come down to the wire”. Part of the pro-Remain shift has come down to turnout, with pro-EU voters becoming increasingly motivated (up 9 points to 69% since last week) and Brexit-minded ones falling back (down 4 points to 64 percent).
How can this be? Sir Lynton points out that Leave has been making steady improvements in a variety of areas, being seen increasingly well on issues like the economy and being credible, but has still “failed the quash the almost ubiquitous perception that it is the riskier of the two options”. William Hague touches on this weakness in his latest column, writing: “The truth about leaving Europe is not just that it is risky, but that it is not necessary to run those risks”. Treasury minister David Gauke has seized on a joint statement against Brexit from the IFS, LSE and NIESR to remark: “You can’t say you weren’t warned“. So Remainers show no signs of easing up on “Project Fear”, with the campaign today unveiling their final campaign poster from M&C Saatchi – a cheery poster depicting stairs leading up to an open door that leads into darkness with the line ‘Leave, and there’s no going back’. Brexiteers have taken against such rhetoric, with Dominic Raab framing the referendum in today’s paper as “a choice between optimism and pessimism”. We have gone further, declaring in this morning’s leader that the Telegraph supports a vote to leave as we choose “hope” over “fear”. “We are not harking back to a Britannic golden age lost in the mists of time but looking forward to a new beginning for our country,” we explain.
Immigration is still a running sore for Remainers, as David Cameron’s former adviser Steve Hilton has revealed that he had been warned four years ago that the Government would not be able to meet its immigration promises while Britain remained in the European Union. “You don’t need to sit in a ‘stock take’ meeting at No 10 Downing Street to see the obvious truth: our immigration system is completely broken and, as long as we’re in the EU, our elected governments are powerless to fix It,” he wrote in the Daily Mail. Pro-EU campaigners will be gratified to see the FTSE 100 rallying on the back of positive polling news for the Remain side, while George Soros has warned that a vote to leave the European Union will create a ‘Black Friday’ far more damaging than when he bet against sterling and forced the UK out of the European Exchange Mechanism in 1992. But, Tom Harris asks, should we really be letting bankers decide the EU referendum? Some business chiefs are optimistic about Brexit, with the head of Aston Martin saying it could make British exports “more competitive“.
Brexiteers have the chance to seize the agenda once again in tonight’s big BBC referendum debate, broadcast live from Wembley Arena. Boris Johnson will be leading fellow Brexiteers Andrea Leadsom and Gisela Stuart again, and they’re a battle-hardened trio after their ITV debate last week. The Remainers have put forward a new line-up, with Sadiq Khan, Frances O’Grady and Ruth Davidson set to take them on. Davidson seems to harbour concerns about Johnson, we report, with the Scottish Conservative leader indicating that she would have to break away from the UK party under a new name if he became Prime Minister. So this anxiety will provide a fascinating subtext to any Davidson/Johnson clashes we see tonight. You can follow today’s events on our liveblog.
Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, the Orlando gay nightclub jihad mass murderer, has gone missing, and with good reason: she explodes the idea that Mateen was a “lone wolf” terrorist. She should be arrested – but now she is gone.
Salman witnessed him selling his house to his brother-in-law for $10 – a clear indication that the couple knew jihad was in the offing. She has admitted to law enforcement authorities that she and her husband had recently been “scouting Downtown Disney and Pulse [the nightclub where the jihad massacre took place] for attacks.” Mateen texted her during his massacre, asking if she had seen the news; she responded that she loved him.
As authorities deliberated over whether or not to arrest her, Salman herself showed more dispatch. Last Wednesday, the killer’s father, Seddique Mir Mateen, told reporters that Salman was “no longer here.”
No one seems to have asked Seddique Mateen himself where she has gone, but he probably knows. There are, after all, numerous indications that he may not be as upset about his son’s jihad massacre as he has claimed: he is an open supporter of the Taliban, and the morning after the murders, he posted online a video in which he claims that he was “not aware what motivated” Omar to “go into a gay club and kill 50 people,” but then he adds: “God will punish those involved in homosexuality,” as it is “not an issue that humans should deal with.”
April was the month when the Islamist scandals in the Green Party (Miljöpartiet) came one after the other. The Green Party sits in Sweden’s government, along with its coalition partner, the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterna). They have made themselves known as a party favoring open borders, and with a passionate love for multiculturalism. These infatuations are precisely why the party has been a perfect candidate for Islamist infiltration. Within the Green Party, even to ask the question whether Muslims view Islam as a political force has been considered rude and “Islamophobic.”
On April 17: Housing Minister Mehmet Kaplan was forced to resign after it was reported that he not only socialized with Islamists and fascists, but also compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians with Nazi Germany’s treatment of Jews.
April 20: A would-be member of the Green Party executive, Yasri Khan, refused to shake hands with a female TV reporter, Ann Tiberg, causing much hoopla and eventually forcing Khan to resign.
April 22: The scholar Lars Nicander of the Swedish Defense University warned that the Green Party may have been infiltrated by Islamists: “It is obvious they are trying to get in and ascend to positions of trust,” Nicander told the daily Aftonbladet.
The young man was having sex with his dog. In fact, he’d lost his virginity to it. Their relationship was still very good; the dog didn’t seem to mind at all. But the man’s conscience was eating at him. Was he acting immorally?
In search of sage counsel, he sent an email to David Pizarro, who teaches a class on moral psychology at Cornell University in New York. ‘I thought he was just pulling my leg,’ said Pizarro. He sent the man a link to an article about bestiality, and thought that would be the end of it. But the man responded with more questions. ‘I realised this kid was pretty serious.’
Although Pizarro is a leader in his field, he struggled to craft an answer. ‘What I ended up responding was: “I might not say this is a moral violation. But in our society you’re going to have to deal with all manner of people believing that your behaviour is odd, because it is odd. It’s not something anybody likes to hear about.” And I said: “Would you want your daughter to date someone who has been having sex with their dog? And the answer is no. And this is critical: you don’t have animals writing essays about how they’ve been mistreated because of their love of human beings. I would get help for this.”’