October 1. So-called “cutters” are being flown into Britain to perform female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls, according to The Independent. “The practicing community talk together, saying, ‘My girl needs to be cut,’ and pay the cutters to come into the UK and cut the girls here,” said Hoda Ali, an FGM activist who works in West London. She added: “The reality is we need to open our eyes. We don’t need to think just about faraway countries because right now we have girls who are in their late teens or even early twenties who were cut in this country. They are British girls who were born here and they were cut here.”
October 2. Women and girls who are coerced into marriage by their families will be allowed to give evidence in secret so they can object to their foreign spouses’ visas without fear of repercussions, according to legal changes announced by Home Secretary Sajid Javid. The changes come two months after The Times revealed that the Home Office was issuing visas to known abusers in forced marriage cases.
October 3. Zakaria Mohammed, a 21-year-old drug dealer from Aston, Birmingham, was sentenced to 14 years in prison after admitting to charges of modern slavery. Mohammed groomed his victims — a 14-year-old girl and two runaway 15-year-old boys — before making them sell class-A drugs from squalid flats a hundred miles from their homes. The teens, who were transported from Birmingham to Lincoln to work as “expendable workhorses” in drug dens, were found by police in a drug-infested apartment in Lincoln. The Telegraph reported it was the first time in British legal history that a drug-dealer has been convicted for breaching the Modern Slavery Act by trafficking children.
October 4. Rahman Ullah, a 38-year-old father of two from Croydon, was sentenced to 14 months in prison for beating his estranged wife and live-streaming the battering to relatives in Pakistan. Ullah, wielding a kitchen knife, made stabbing motions at his wife and boasted to his relatives: “I’m going to kill her today.” Ullah initially told police that his wife was the aggressor.
As to Israel, Mahathir Mohamed blames its existence for all the subsequent trouble in the Middle East. He says that before Israel was founded, there were no problems in the Middle East. Let’s just begin to examine that remark by looking at the Middle East today. The Sunni-Shia enmity, which dates back to the first century is Islam, is now on violent display in Yemen, in Iraq, in Syria, and in Lebanon. In Yemen, the Shi’a Houthis, supported by Iran, are fighting the Yemeni government, which is Sunni and supported by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. That conflict has been going on for several years. It has nothing to do with Israel.
In Iraq, the Sunnis who had been favored under the rule of Saddam Hussein, have been forced to acquiesce, most unwillingly, in the loss of their political and economic power to the Shi’a Arabs, who outnumber the Sunni Arabs by 60% to 20%, with the rest of the population being Kurds and a few Christians. The continued political maneuverings in Iraq, between Sunni and Shi’a Arabs, and between Arabs and Kurds, have nothing to do with Israel.
It is the same in Syria, where the civil war that began in 2011 as a revolt against the cruel despotism of Bashar Al-Assad, and the corruption epitomized by his uncle Rami Makhlouf, inevitably took on a sectarian cast, for the Assads and Makhloufs are Alawites, a sect considered to be a branch of Shi’a Islam. The opposition to the regime was Sunni, and both Iran and the terrorists of Hezbollah aided Assad militarily, which made the war into one of Alawites and more orthodox Shia against Sunnis. Again, this war had nothing to do with Israel.
Ice cream now is controversial. Welcome to America in 2018.
Ben & Jerry’s, which has supported liberal causes throughout its history, likely did not anticipate the criticism and talk of boycotts that followed its Oct. 31 announcement of a new, limited time flavor to be sold in its “scoop shops.”
People aren’t upset about the ingredient mix in “Pecan Resist.” They are disappointed that the Women’s March is one of four activist groups which will receive the proceeds from its sales.
Ben & Jerry’s says it selected the groups because they are “working on the front lines of the peaceful resistance, building a world that supports their values.” But the values of Women’s March leaders, especially anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour – who was photographed with founders Ben Cohen, Jerry Greenfield and others for the Pecan Resist announcement – don’t fit Ben & Jerry’s own ideals.
“We may not agree on everything,” Ben & Jerry’s Twitter feed responded to an immediate wave of criticism following the announcement, “but the work that Linda has done to promote women’s rights is undeniably important and we are proud to join her in that effort.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on October 29, 2018, announced her resignation, a day after her party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), suffered yet another crushing election defeat. Merkel said she would step down as leader of her party in December and would not seek re-election in 2021.
In the state election in Hesse, Germany’s two biggest parties received their worst results in more than half a century. The CDU dropped from 38% to 27%, the Social-Democrats (SPD) from 30% to less than 20%. Both parties continue a losing streak that shows no sign of reversal. Rather, the downturn seems to be accelerating. In last year’s general elections, Merkel’s party and its ally, the Social Democrats, recorded their worst results up to then in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. Throughout much of Germany’s postwar history, the CDU and SPD each used to achieve about 40% of the votes. In last autumn’s general elections, the CDU and SPD combined barely managed to surpass the 50% threshold to form a government. Recent polls see them combined at barely 40% (24% for the CDU and 15% for the SPD).
“The time has come to open a new chapter,” Merkel said. In a letter to the party, Merkel admitted mistakes that her government may have made “in recent weeks and months”. According to Merkel, the voters did not acknowledge the current government’s “decent” achievements due to the latter’s wrong “work culture” that “doesn’t meet” Merkel’s “personal standards” — apparently referring to the public feud between her and the CDU’s Bavarian sister-party CSU over immigration policy.
A Palestinian police chief has been suspended after he was photographed helping Israeli soldiers fix a flat tire in the West Bank.
The intense hatred Palestinians feel for Israelis is once again expressed in the punishment of Palestinian police chief Colonel Ahmad Abu al-Rub, merely for helping Israeli soldiers fix a flat tire in the West Bank. The biggest outrage online was over “the image of him kneeling down in front of an Israeli soldier.” After all, as they fight the ongoing defensive war against the jihad since 1948, Israeli soldiers are falsely portrayed as “racist occupiers” who abuse Palestinians daily.
Al-Rub was accused of assisting the Israeli ‘occupation’ by helping the soldiers.
The Palestinian Authority routinely teaches hate toward Israelis to its people, even to children in school curricula and on children’s TV programs. Palestinians are also sentenced to hard labor for life for renting or selling land to Jews.
Meanwhile, 180,000 Palestinians were treated in Israeli hospitals this year; an Israeli doctor (the lead doctor for Save a Child’s Heart program) who saved thousands of Palestinian children was honored even by the Israel-bashing UN. Palestinian Arabs have the same rights as Israelis — and more so, as it is not mandatory that they join the IDF, but they are free to do so if they wish.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, also known as Armistice Day, French President Emmanuel Macron addressed leaders from over 60 countries who were gathered at the Arc de Triomphe, the famous Paris landmark. The 2018 gathering commemorated the “war to end all wars,” which ended at precisely the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. Macron lit the eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and spoke of the sacrifices made a century ago during four years (1914-1918) of human carnage in Europe. Yet, with President Donald Trump in the audience, Macron, in what appeared to be a direct jab at the U.S. president, said: “Patriotism is the exact opposite of Nationalism, and Nationalism is a betrayal of Patriotism.” He then added, “Old demons are reawakening, ready to sow chaos and death…History sometimes threatens to repeat its tragic patterns and undermine the legacy of peace we thought we had sealed with the blood of our ancestors.”
Macron was apparently alluding to a recent Trump speech in which the U.S. President called himself “a nationalist.” Some people might consider Macron’s remarks as sheer “Chutzpah,” others might call it “insensitive.” The truth however is that Trump’s nationalism is not of the European variety that was indeed the cause of two total wars known as WWI and WWII. The first was brought about by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II, seeking an empire to rival and undermine the British and French Empires, while the Second World War had to do with the weakness of the European democracies, namely Britain and France, and the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, seeking a 1,000-year Reich, and Nazi domination of Europe.
True, European pacifism today stems directly from the loss of a whole generation of young men in WWI. That pacifism however, enabled Hitler’s Germany to extract concessions from the democracies, and the sacrifice of Czechoslovakia on the altar of “peace in our time,” as announced by the appeaser Neville Chamberlain, following the Munich accords with Hitler. Ironically, the same pacifism gripping Europe in the 1930’s is present today among the leading members of the European Union (EU): France and Germany. This may be why they are underfunding their militaries, and why they continue to appease a radical and dangerous Islamic Republic of Iran in the name of “peace.” They are also maintaining the nuclear deal in spite of clear indications that Iran is not keeping its part of the “spirit of the deal.”