How Trudeau destroyed his political brand

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Until recently, Justin Trudeau’s government in Canada was providing one bright spot for a Western centre-left which is, at least in English-speaking countries, rather embattled.

So it’s not surprising that the scandal currently engulfing the Liberal leader has been compared by one Guardian writer to “watching a unicorn get flattened by a truck”.

Whether or not this is actually the end of Trudeau remains to be seen – at the time of writing his party appears to be rallying round him. But even if he survives it will have indelibly tarnished his reputation as the great progressive hope, for the scandal itself undermines his credentials on several fronts at once.

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Hamas’s Popularity: A Reality Check

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The photos and particularly the videos of Hamas’s 31st anniversary commemoration in Katiba Square in Gaza evoke the impression of a vibrant, extremely popular movement after 11 years of rule over Gaza. This impression is patently false.

Hamas did its best to create the impression that enormous, enthusiastic crowds attended its recent 31st anniversary commemoration in Katiba Square in Gaza. Its object was to stoke the image of a vibrant movement that remains extremely popular after 11 years of rule over Gaza.

No doubt, the event was impressive, not least because the Israeli air force knocked out the al-Aqsa broadcasting site in November during the largest flare-up since the 2014 confrontation. Hamas proved that it could broadcast live despite the site’s destruction, and the event itself showed no small measure of organizational efficiency.

Women and men were separated by a cordon of Hamas officials in military dress and yellow vests. Green flags were plentiful and the deep podium was impressively adorned. The speeches and the skits, one of which featured an Israeli soldier cowering before his guards, were well orchestrated. In short, the event proceeded like clockwork.

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Vetting Muslim Prison Chaplains a Global Problem

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Preventing or even minimizing prison radicalization is always a challenge. It’s more difficult, however, when we continually fail to vet the chaplains who minister to inmates.

Germany appears to have learned this lesson recently. Authorities there recently discovered that over 85 percent of their Muslim prison chaplains were actually agents of the Turkish government, the Gatestone Institute reports. Those clerics had to be terminated after the Turkish government refused to have them go through security checks, which are required by German law for all prison chaplains. And while the number of foreign-born inmates in German prisons has spiked to nearly 50 percent, the vast majority of those are from Poland, Tunisia, the Czech Republic, and Georgia, not Turkey.

One wonders why the need for the 97 Turkish prison chaplains who were let go.

Germany now has 25 Muslim chaplains. This reduction comes in the light of the increased number of Muslim inmates in their system and the fears of the increased threat of radicalization.

The Muslim chaplains are represented by the Turkish Islamic Union, or DİTİB, which has been under investigation by Germany’s Domestic Intelligence agency after it found a connection between Turkish military action in Syria and a rise in persecution of Turkish dissidents. It was also discovered that some DİTİB chaplains were providing names of dissidents to their embassy in Germany.

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Sweden: Town’s hijabi welcome sign vandalized amid threats

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“The Swedish town of Gävle’s decision to place a hijab-clad Muslim woman on its welcome sign in order to ‘celebrate diversity’ has triggered strong reactions…..The “Welcome to Gävle” digital sign featuring local Muslim woman Suzan Hindi wearing a hijab has been vandalised… many interpreted it as political correctness gone too far and as a dangerous sign of Sweden caving in to Islam and pandering to extremists. Others saw the hijab as a symbol of oppression that has no place in a democratic society.”

Vandalizing the sign is wrong. Those who seek to label truth-tellers as purveyors of “Islamophobia” will also claim in this case that “Islamophobia” was the cause of the vandalizing of the sign. They will try to obscure the fact that the hijab is a symbol of oppression that should not be celebrated in any society where men and women are equal under the law; it is a visible sign of a theological and legal system in which women are inferiors. Other problems with the sign were reported in Jihad Watch‘s earlier coverage:

“A Swedish municipality is facing backlash after selecting a local Muslim woman wearing a headscarf to be the ‘poster girl’ for its roadside ‘welcome’ sign. Her past ties to a controversial local imam were also discovered.”

The intent of featuring the hijabi “poster girl” is to flaunt diversity, no matter what that diversity represents. In this case, “diversity” is represented by Suzan Hindi — who once went by the name Nizam Hindi — wearing a hijab. She has ties to a jihad-preaching mosque. Hindi once “explained how having their own prayer house was good for the Swedish municipality’s Muslim community, how aid from Saudi Arabia and Qatar helped to buy and furnish the building, and how listening to the imam is important during the prayer.”

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