In this Tuesday episode of Lumen Student News, we take a look at the questions surrounding the Venezuelan presidential election; the possibility of traveling in cable cars; an eight-year-old alligator handler; prisoners with an opioid solution; and a Marine who raised thousands of dollars for a WWII veteran.
For decades, prominent Islamist figures would rarely criticize Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and when they did, it would be directed at his policies, rather than his personality. That trust seems beginning to change.
On March 26, for instance, Temel Karamollaoglu, the head of the tiny but increasingly influential Saadet (Felicity) party, railed against Erdogan and the members of the public “under his spell.” Karamollaoglu’s repeated reference to Erdogan as having performed “magic” on the Turkish people is significant. Accusing the leader of the ruling Islamist party of violating Islam, which bans sorcery and witchcraft, goes against the grain of the prevailing culture of unconditional loyalty and obedience. In fact, the 76-year-old Karamollaoglu has been a devoted follower of the political Islamic ideology of dawa (religious outreach) and a former supporter of both Erdogan and his Justice and Development (AKP) Party. Today, outspoken in his opposition, he says that his movement is the only one “that can stop the polarization in Turkey because we can sit down and speak with everyone, accepting our differences. Ours can be a platform of social democrats, nationalists, Kurdish voters and those who previously supported the AKP but are now disillusioned.”
When speaking out against Islam at Speakers’ Corner, one immediately finds oneself surrounded by Muslims in a circle formation. It’s akin to red Indians circling a cowboy wagon. It is intimidation tactics, and it ensures that there will be no escape for anyone who crosses the line. With this in mind, I’d like to pay homage to some of the fiercest critics of Islam who risk their physical well-being in order to speak out loud and proud most weekends in the face of Islamic intimidation at Speakers’ Corner in London. Oftentimes these men and women are unaccompanied and alone. The courage it takes for them to speak out on all of our behalf is immense.
Steve – has been going there for almost 2 decades. What drew him to Speakers’ Corner was the variety of speakers and topics, and that he liked that the debate and dialogue and conversations were unfettered. Today, with 80% of the Corner being dominated by aggressive Muslims, Steve continues to attend, because although the speech and ideas on offer have become more restricted, he feels it is imperative to continue to shout out against censorship and in spite of the threat of violence by Muslims in the park. I’ve watched Steve on YouTube. He is an atheist and has debated with Christians and every other denomination in the park. Only the Muslims have done violence to him, and only the Muslims cause him to look over his shoulder as he exits the park and heads for home. One of Steve’s best moments came during a call to prayer in the park by the Muslims. Steve stood next to them as they were ululating and he started singing, “Oompah, loompah, stick it up your joompah.” And he somehow lived to tell the tale.
New sanctions are around the corner that could help “crush” Iran’s ability to fund terrorism and its nuclear program, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday in a speech at The Heritage Foundation. Pompeo promised the “strongest sanctions in history.” He listed 12 demands that Iran would need to fulfill to have the sanctions lifted. These demands include an end to Iran’s support for terror; carte blanche inspection of Iranian nuclear sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); and ending ballistic missile proliferation.
“We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hizballah proxies operating around the world and we will crush them,” Pompeo said. “Iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East.”
On May 8, President Trump announced the end of U.S. participation in the Iran deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). European governments, however, say they plan to remain in the agreement.
Pompeo slammed the Obama administration, which negotiated and pushed for the deal, for failing to listen to critics who argued that releasing approximately $100 billion in frozen assets to Iran would increase its ability to support terrorism.
There are no new lies. Only old lies that the media hopes that everyone forgot about.
In the spring of ’02, Muslim terrorists had very special plans for Passover. In Israel, a Hamas suicide bomber blew up at a Passover seder in the Park Hotel killing 30 people and wounding 140 others. Many of the dead were in their seventies and eighties. Some were Holocaust survivors. The oldest was a 90-year-old woman. Four days later, another Hamas suicide bomber hit a restaurant killing 15 people and wounding another 40. In both attacks, entire families died together. Two were completely wiped out.
These were two of four terrorist attacks that hit Israeli cafes and restaurants in that month alone.
Israel fought back by launching Operation Defensive Shield. One of its targets was Jenin, an encampment that the terrorists behind some of the deadliest attacks had been using as their base. Israel warned the civilian population to evacuate and then its soldiers began the dangerous business of clearing a territory that had been heavily mined and filled with deadly traps by Islamic terrorists.
The fighting was hard and bloody. Israel lost 23 soldiers and there were 52 dead on the other side. Only 14 of them were civilians. The rest were terrorists. Of course that’s not the story that the media told.