ISIL will find no safe haven

The world may face an upcoming big counter-terrorism campaign to safeguard the democratic values of all our Western nations.

In my previous post Not true or True Catholicism and True Islam I replied to those Americans who consider that IS, ISIS and/or ISIL are real true followers of the Islam and that most if not all Muslims agree with them and are hoping to find themselves living in such an Islamic State. the article was a reaction on ‘s “If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic There is no such thing as ‘true’ religion where he also mention the words of the president of the United States of America, which you can find in full here below.

Lots of eyes are turned on the great nation which has already taken on lots of battles in the East. No wonder that several Europeans expect that the United States shall offer itself to lead a “broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat” with a clear objective, to “degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.”

On the 11th of September the U.S.A. president spoke:

I just addressed the nation about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

Let’s be clear: While this group may call itself the “Islamic State,” it is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. Nor is it a “state.” It is not recognized by any government, nor by the people it subjugates.

This is nothing but a terrorist organization with no vision or goal other than to slaughter all who stand in its way. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, these terrorists have threatened America and our allies. And the United States will meet this threat with strength and resolve.

Already, our military has conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes over the past month against ISIL targets in Iraq — strikes that have protected American personnel and facilities, killed hundreds of ISIL fighters, and helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

Going forward, our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.

Here is what that strategy looks like.

First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working alongside the Iraqi government, we’ll expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people to hit ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. And we will continue to hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, whether in Iraq or Syria. They will learn what leaders of other terrorist organizations have already learned: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

Second, we will increase our support to the forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. We will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq to support Iraqi and Kurdish security forces. These American forces will not have a combat mission. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence, and equipment — and tonight, I again called on Congress to give our military the additional authorities and resources it needs to train and equip the Syrian opposition fighters.

Third, working with our partners, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding, counter its warped ideology, improve our intelligence, strengthen our defenses, and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East.

And fourth, we will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the innocent civilians displaced by this terrorism organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who have borne the brunt of this terror, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities.

I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional action to support this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.

This mission will not be like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This effort will be a steady and relentless approach to take out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting our partners on the front lines.

This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom. And we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.

When American forces helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on Mt. Sinjar, here is what one of them said:

“We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”

That is what the United States of America does. That is the difference we make in the world. And moving forward, our own safety and security depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since September 22, the US and its allies, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan, have been conducting airstrikes against the ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

On the 22 of September 2014 U.S.A. President Barack Obama ordered American armed forces to begin targeted airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria. Speaking from the White House South Lawn the 23° before heading to the United Nations General Assembly, the President made it clear that these strikes are part of the U.S. campaign to deliver one message on ISIL: They will find no safe haven.

The U.S. military actions also included strikes to disrupt plotting against the U.S. and their allies by the Khorasan Group — a cell of seasoned al Qaeda operatives in Syria.

Watch President Obama speak from the South Lawn that morning.

In his statement, the President made clear that the fight against these terrorists “is not America’s fight alone”:

“The people and governments of the Middle East are rejecting ISIL, and standing up for the peace and security that the people of the world deserve. Not since the Gulf War has the United States been joined in direct military action by such a broad coalition of Arab partners. Meanwhile, we will move forward with our plan — supported by bipartisan majorities in Congress — to ramp up our effort to train and equip the Syrian opposition, who are the best counter-weight to ISIL and the Assad regime.”

President Obama also previewed his trip to the U.N. General Assembly, where the world’s leaders gathered in New York the 24th where he was going to continue building support for the effort against ISIL:

“Over the next several days, I will be meeting Prime Minister Abadi of Iraq and with friends and allies at the United Nations to continue building support for the coalition that is confronting this profound threat to peace security. This overall effort will take time. There are challenges ahead. But we’re going to do what is necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group — for the security of our country, the region, and the entire world.”

President Obama spoke to them directly in an address that warrants the attention not only of those leaders, but of all Americans. It was clear, candid, and compelling. The President talked about the world as it is, and the world as we all hope it can be.

The President said that, for all the hard-won progress we see in the world, there is also what he today called a “pervasive unease.”

A deadly Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa, Russian aggression in Ukraine, and the group of medieval murdering terrorists known as ISIL, which, left unchecked, could pose a growing threat beyond the region — including the American homeland.

So when President Obama addressed the leaders of more than 140 nations on the 24th of September, he posed two fundamental questions that will help define both the world’s future and our own:

  • Can the major powers set aside their differences and meet their responsibilities as leaders?
  • And can the world reject the cancer of violent extremism?

The President knows the answer is yes — if we make it so. The way he answers these questions is an important illustration of the principles we stand for as Americans, and a window into the future we look to help build. See what he had to say.

He described the compelling need for a global response to global issues. For fighting violent extremism requires a broad coalition of nations willing to stand up for their citizens, and unite against those who seek to “divide us among fault lines of tribe or sect, race or religion.”

Defeating this extremism means defeating its false promise, instead embracing the real promise we see in the Middle East: investing in civil society and in the groups and people who are rejecting hate and division in favour of peace and tolerance.

In the past 20 months, I’ve traveled more than 550,000 miles through 55 countries. I have touched down in Iraq and Jeddah to focus on defeating the threat that ISIL poses. I’ve flown to Kiev and stood in the Maidan to reaffirm our commitment to supporting Ukraine’s efforts to shape their own future and make their democracy a success. I’ve worked with the leaders of Afghanistan to help secure the gains for which so many Americans have sacrificed so much over the past 13 years.

From Kabul to Cairo and Beijing to Juba, here’s what I can tell you: The world’s nations have more in common than sometimes we realize — particularly at a time when every turn seems to present a new danger. Everywhere I’ve gone, no matter how precarious the society or volatile the situation, I have seen the “longing for positive change” that our President spoke of today.

The United States, he said, “will never shy away from the promise of this institution, and its Universal Declaration of Human Rights — the notion that peace is not merely the absence of war, but the presence of a better life.”

Nearly six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is as committed as ever to the potential of that promise to light the world. And he’s right. And that is precisely why the United States are taking action against immediate threats wherever they threaten the American security at the same time they work towards a world in which those threats will one day be replaced by opportunity.

This is a speech you need to hear from the President himself. Watch the whole thing below, and please make sure you pass it along to someone else who needs to see it.

Whenever challenges face the world, one fact is clear: The world looks to the United States.

On the 29th of September, in an interview with 60 Minutes, President Obama explained why the United States is “the indispensable nation” when trouble arises in the world. From responding to humanitarian crises to confronting terrorism, America leads.

Because — as the President said — ” That’s how we roll.

President Obama also spoke to service men and women at MacDill Air Force Base about the U.S. strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL — a terrorist organization that is killing innocent, unarmed civilians in both Iraq and Syria. ISIL, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State, is also responsible for the brutal murders of American journalists Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Here are the key points the President made regarding ISIL and our strategy to defeat their forces:

1. ISIL is threatening America and our allies.

Our intelligence community has not yet detected specific plots from ISIL against our homeland, but they have repeatedly threatened our core interests, including our personnel, our embassies, our consulates, and our facilities in Iraq, Syria, and in the broader Middle East. “If left unchecked, they could pose a growing threat to the United States,” he said.

2. The U.S. continues to conduct targeted airstrikes against ISIL.

The U.S. Air Force has conducted more than 160 airstrikes against ISIL, successfully protecting our personnel and facilities, killing ISIL fighters, and giving space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory.

“They’ve helped our partners on the ground break ISIL sieges; helped rescue civilians cornered on a mountain; helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children,” the President said.

3. American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission.

“As your Commander-in-Chief, I will not commit you, and the rest of our Armed Forces, to fighting another ground war in Iraq,”

the President told servicemembers.

Along with our airstrikes, U.S. forces will train, equip, advise, and assist local partners on the ground “so that they can secure their own countries’ futures.”

4. This is not and will not be America’s fight alone.

The U.S. will lead a broad coalition of countries who have a stake in this fight. France and the UK are already flying with us over Iraq, and other countries have committed to join this effort. Saudi Arabia has agreed to host American efforts to train and equip Syrian opposition forces. Australia and Canada are going to send military advisors to Iraq, while Germany is sending paratroopers to help offer training. Arab nations have agreed to strengthen their support for Iraq’s new government, a key ally in our strategy to defeat ISIL.

International partners will help us cut off ISIL funding, gather intelligence, and prevent foreign fighters from entering — or leaving — the Middle East. And nearly 30 nations have joined American humanitarian relief to help civilians, including Sunni, Shia, Christian, Yezidi, or other religious minorities, that ISIL has driven from their homes.

5. Congress should provide the authorities and resources the U.S. military needs to succeed.

The President has called on Congress to support our military with the necessary resources to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters. As he has said, America’s leadership position is strongest when the President and Congress work together and show a united front.

“Sending our servicemembers into harm’s way is not a decision I ever take lightly,” the President said. “It is the hardest decision I make as President. Nothing else comes close.”

But this strategy will require the best military force in the world:

Frankly, there just aren’t a lot of other folks who can perform in the same ways — in fact, there are none. And there are some things only we can do. There are some capabilities only we have. That’s because of you — your dedication, your skill, your work, your families supporting you, your training, your command structure. Our Armed Forces are unparalleled and unique. And so when we’ve got a big problem somewhere around the world, it falls on our shoulders. And sometimes that’s tough. But that’s what sets us apart. That’s why we’re America. That’s what the stars and stripes are all about.

“In an uncertain world full of breathtaking change, the one constant is American leadership.”

And, because of the strength and dedication of America’s military, the President made clear that we will send an unmistakable message to ISIL:

Whether in Iraq or in Syria, these terrorists will learn the same thing that the leaders of al Qaeda already know: We mean what we say; our reach is long; if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven. We will find you eventually.

May we believe that the allied forces shall be able to destroy what many of us consider “evil?” Europeans and North Americans do expect their governments will do everything to secure our safety. The only problem is how they shall handle the whole situation to defend our nations but even more important our values that we want to stand for –

“timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.”





  • Obama speech to detail anti-ISIL efforts, coalition (
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined a U.S.-led coalition’s plans to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant through airstrikes and support for Syria’s opposition, stressing to a weary nation that he is not leading the nation into another war.
  • Army chief: don’t rush into war against Isil (

    In an interview with The Telegraph, Gen Sir Peter Wall says the mistakes made in Iraq and Afghanistan cannot be repeated.

    He indicates that the Government must be cautious because it has little idea of the capabilities and strengths of the terrorist organisation.

    In his valedictory interview he urges David Cameron to be cautious after the Prime Minister indicated that Britain could join military strikes as soon as next week.

    “We have to be very careful that we do not get sucked into an international conflict without having a proper understanding of the situation on the ground and providing sufficient military firepower to execute a decisive plan,” Sir Peter says.

  • For Republicans ISIL is Only an Excuse to Attack Our President (

    According to Republicans, ISIL’s Abu is about to land like Cortez on the shores of the New World and start burning our cities to the ground. But there is only so much room to hide under Lindsey Graham’s bed.

    Consequently, there has been much pressure put on President Barack Obama to do something about ISIL. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), when he is not hiding under his bed, says the president is AWOL and calls his foreign policy “delusional.”

    Nothing short of full-scale war will satisfy the chickenhawks of course, who do not plan to do any fighting themselves when the little guy is so much more expendable. And they have no intention of spending money on bodies broken by bullets when they can just spend it on more bullets, the profit-margin on bullets being so much better for their stock portfolios.

  • US joined by its allies in strikes against ISIL; did not take Syria’s permission for air-strikes: Barack Obama (
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the participation of a group of Arab states in US-led airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria shows that America is not alone in combating the dreaded extremist group.
    The US said it did not inform or took permission of the Syrian regime before carrying out the strikes. “The President made clear in his speech to the nation on September 10 that the United States would not hesitate to take direct action against ISIL and terrorists inside Syria who were threatening the United States,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said.
  • Chambliss Statement on President’s Speech Announcing Plans to Counter ISIL (
    U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement this evening reacting to President Obama’s address outlining plans for U.S. efforts against ISIL:

    “After calling on the president to take additional actions against ISIL, I am encouraged by his statement this evening and his willingness to take strong action to defeat ISIL.  Tonight, the president has announced the United States’ willingness to lead a coalition to destroy ISIL, and I support these efforts.  Now is the time for our allies in the Middle East to step up and help us rid the region and the world of the threat this group poses. We cannot afford to rule out military options or allow ISIL to make any further progress. Our unequivocal and unrelenting goal must be to pursue these terrorists wherever they go and destroy them.”

  • Erdogan Says to Take on ISIL, Other Terrorists (
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to fight the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and “other terrorist organizations”, in his clearest remarks yet that Turkish forces could join a US-led coalition battling the group in Iraq and Syria.
    Turkey is not a part of the US-led coalition, but has sent tanks to border areas threatened by ISIL advances towards Kobane, a Kurdish-majority Syrian border town known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic.Ankara has not yet indicated what form its assistance could take although Erdogan has repeatedly called for a buffer zone on the Turkish border inside Syria, backed by a no-fly zone, to ensure security.

    However, Erdogan said “tons of air bombs will only delay the threat and danger,” adding that the safe return of Syrian refugees in Turkey was also a priority.

    “We are open and ready for any cooperation in the fight against terrorism. However, it should be understood by everybody that Turkey is not a country in pursuit of temporary solutions nor will Turkey allow others to take advantage of it.”

    “We will continue to prioritize our aim to remove the Syrian regime, to help protect the territorial integrity of Syria and to encourage a constitutional, parliamentary government system which embraces all citizens,” he said.

  • Netanyahu says Iran greater threat than ISIL (
    Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, Benjamin Netanyahu described Iran, ISIL and Hamas as part of a single team, and compared them all to Germany’s Nazis in World War II.“The Nazis believed in a master race, the militant Islamists believe in a master faith,” Netanyahu said. “They just disagree who among them will be the master of the master faith.”

    “Make no mistake, [ISIL] must be defeated,” Netanyahu added. “But to defeat [ISIL] and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.”

  • ‘ISIL executing US policies in Syria’ (
    “This terrorist group (ISIL) is implementing the US policies,” said Commander of the Basij Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, adding that the ISIL is the handiwork of the US and the West.The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.
  • Anti-ISIL strikes meant to destroy Syria infrastructure: Iran official (
    Iran’s Majlis speaker has criticized the US-led aerial military campaign in Syria, saying the strikes are meant to destroy the infrastructure of the Arab country.“The US president (Barack Obama) has declared that he will obliterate ISIL. However, this served as an excuse to assemble a coalition and destroy Syria’s infrastructure,” Ali Larijani said in Tehran on Wednesday.

    He also warned the leaders of the countries that have participated in the US-led strikes of Washington’s plans to further its military dominance in Iraq and bring its puppets to power in Syria.

  • ‘Anti-ISIL raid targets Syria infrastructure’ (
    On September 29, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, “The illegal and insane US attacks on Syria will only lead to further strengthening of extremism in the region.”He noted that the US is actually destroying the Syrian infrastructure in its so-called campaign against ISIL Takfiris, arguing that that Washington must prove its honesty by blocking the Takfiri group’s financial transactions.
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Not true or True Catholicism and True Islam

The Inquisition was not Catholic

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Pope Innocentius III excommunicating the Albigensians (left), Massacre against the Albigensians by the crusaders (right) (British Library, Royal 16 G VI f. 374v) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Inquisition with its censorship was in itself not Catholic, like ISIS is not in fact “true Islam.” When Pope Innocent III (1160 or 1161–1216) considered  the dualistic religious movement of the Cathars, descended from Gnosticism and Manichaeism and echoing many of the ideas of Marcion a greater menace to Christianity, a greater menace to Christianity than the Islamic warriors who pummeled the crusaders and who threatened all of Europe he took up the weapons against believers of the same God and followers of the same teacher Jeshua (Jesus). To satisfy his outrage, he ordered the only Crusade ever launched by Christians against fellow Christians, declaring as heretics the Albigensians, as the Cathars of southern France were known. It would be totally wrong to say that the Catholics all were in favour of the killing and murdering which took place at the catholic wars like the Inquisition and the military campaigns sanctioned by the Latin Roman Catholic Church during the High Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages, such as the Albigensian Crusade, the Aragonese Crusade, the Reconquista, and the Northern Crusades. They all were papal-led expansion attempts by Western Christendom but that does not make it that Christendom nor Christianity were in favour of those so called defensive wars against Islamic conquest.

English: Burning_of_the_Waldensians

Burning_of_the_Waldensians (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Also when Protestantism got more followers throughout Europe and Pope Paul III (1468–1549) established the Congregation of the Inquisition (also known as the Roman Inquisition and the Holy Office) in 1542, it where not all Catholics who hated those different thinking Christians. It also where not all Catholics who wanted to kill those other Christians. The Holy Office was less concerned about heresies and false beliefs of church members than they were with misstatements of orthodoxy in the academic writings of its theologians. When Carafa became Pope Paul IV in 1555, he approved the first Index of Forbidden Books (1559) and vigorously sought out any academics who were prompted any thought that offended church doctrine or favoured Protestantism.

True or not true Islam

is annoyed that there are apologists who claim that ISIS is not in fact “true Islam.” In his article: “If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic There is no such thing as ‘true’ religion” he argues:

if ISIS is not Islamic, then the Inquisition was not Catholic. The fact is that there are no defensible criteria for whether a faith is “true,” since all faiths are man-made and accrete doctrinesaid to come from God, but itself man-madethat becomes integral to those faiths. Whatever “true faith” means, it doesn’t mean “the right religion: the one whose God exists and whose doctrines are correct.” If that were so, we wouldn’t see Westerners trying to tell us what “true Islam” is.

As far as he can see, there are only two such principles:

true to scripture or true to some code of conduct that the writer approves. But these definitions often contradict each other, so no “true” religion can be specified.

You also can question what is a true religion and what is the right religion, if they ever exist. But when we have certain faith groups we can compare the findings in those groups or see how they keep to their own religious way of thinking and their rules of faith.

According to the author of the article truest religion could be that which sticks the closest to scripture, which I would consider as the main element for a ‘true faith of God”. For in that case the “truest” Christianity and Judaism would be “literalist and fundamentalist”. But to stay true to the Holy Scriptures does not have to mean we have to be taking every word literally for what people do understand for that word today. In the Old Times people did have an other way of speaking and used much more ‘a way of speaking.’ The I & II world war and boom generations are also brought up with a lot of ideomatics whilst the children of today do not know many ideomatics any more. So if they literally would believe we take old cows out of the river when we argue with somebody, they are totally mislead. And if they would go really scratching my back in the expectation I would literally scratch theirs as well, they like me are not getting to get what we both would like to receive, and I would clear out bag and baggage.

Religions of all sorts of kinds and menace to the world

To have a true religion is also not the same as keeping to their true religion. Some heathen or pagan believer will normally consider himself worshipping his ‘true’ gods, whilst for me he will be a pagan worshipping false gods. There are many gods in this world and many different faith groups which consider certain followers in that faith group good or right followers whilst others false teachers and schisms or even sects.

Sam Harris, the author of the bestselling books, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, and Waking Up and cofounder and the CEO of Project Reason, as an atheist cannot help it wondering when what he calls the scrim of pretense and delusion will be finally burned away.

He writes:

It may be true that no faith teaches people to massacre innocents exactly — but innocence, as the President surely knows, is in the eye of the beholder. Are apostates “innocent”? Blasphemers? Polytheists? Islam has the answer, and the answer is “no.”

Harris over exaggerates by writing:

More British Muslims have joined the ranks of ISIS than have volunteered to serve in the British armed forces.

this is totally absurd. Then ISIS would have a huge army by now. True it might be to say that this group has managed to attract thousands of recruits from free societies throughout the world. Belgium may have even presented the highest percentage pro mile citizens of the country.  We shall not deny that this group calling for an Islamic State tries to convince the others that they alone are the way to the paradise, but are doing this with repression and sectarian slaughter in Syria and Iraq and even try to bring havoc in Western countries which they threaten with terrorism. And the menace we should not take light.

This is an astonishing phenomenon, and it reveals some very uncomfortable truths about the failures of multiculturalism, the inherent vulnerability of open societies, and the terrifying power of bad ideas. Many people consider it to be religions being the cause of civilian and holy wars, but even when people would not have had their own ideas about gods and worshipping they would have looked for making and enlarging borders and found causes to threaten others, willing to bring them under their power.

Having regard for a culture or faith

When people choose to belong to a group of people or to a faith group, it are normally several things which attracts them and enough matters that pleases them to join. when feeling part of a culture or religion one expects that those persons do have respect for that culture and for the signs of that religion.

With ISIS we do see that those Jihad fighters do not at all have any respect for their previous Muslim constructions.  Igor Volsky and Jack Jenkins of ThinkProgress are right in claiming ISIS is not, in fact, Islamic because

ISIS clearly has little regard for this or other fundamental tenets of Islam. They have sparked the rage of Iraqi Muslims by carelessly blowing up copies of the Qur’an, and they have killed their fellow Muslims, be they Sunni or Shia. Even extremist Muslims who engage in warfare have strict rules of engagement and prohibitions against harming women and children, but ISIS has opted to ignore even this by slaughtering innocent youth and using rape and sexual slavery as a weapon.

No matter which Quran, belonging to a Sunni, Shiite, Christian or Jew, that book always be a Quran and by Muslims to be considered holy and not allowed to be damaged or to be disacrated or dishonoured. Burning, bombing or tearing up a Quran is blasphemy because the Holy Quran belongs to the sacrilege writings.

“No matter how many people they kill to gain power, how many fellow Muslims they terrorize into submission, or how loudly they scream their self-righteous blasphemy to the heavens, ISIS is notnor will ever beIslamic.”

Volsky and Jenkins write.

Original Holy Scripture and additional human writings


there is a case to be made that a fundamentalist Southern Baptist is a “truer Christian” than a liberal Unitarian, and a misogynist Orthodox Jew a truer believer than a modern reform Jew.

And questions why shouldn’t adherents to a far greater number of verses than in the Bible, calling for violence, characterizing Jews as “apes and swine,” dictating the killing of infidels and apostates, and dooming nonbelievers to hell, be considered “true” Muslims?

He continues:

Many beliefs of some Muslim sectslike female genital mutilation and devaluating a woman’s testimony in court (according to sharia law, it’s worth only half of a man’s) are not explicitly given in the Qur’an, the word of Allah supposedly dictated to Muhammad. Rather, they have become associated with Islam through the hadith and the sunnah (reported sayings, practices, and beliefs of Muhammad), or through simple tradition. ISIS has an extreme and fundamentalist interpretation of Muslim doctrine. But in exactly the same way, dogma about the immorality of abortion, homosexuality, premarital sex, and divorce have become part of Catholicism. They are theological interpretations of scripture that appeal to some people’s sense of morality. Others disagree. Whose faith is “truer”?


Front cover of Musnad Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal Urdu translation, published by Maktabae Rehmania, Lahore, Pakistan.

With this saying he himself points to the danger of all religions, where human traditions are preferred to the words written in the original or main book of faith. The hadith or hadis which is a report of the sayings or actions of Muhammad (qawli) or his companions (qudsi), together with the tradition of its chain of transmission. As in Christianity it is a human writing which became in Islamic law (shariʿa) a source of legislation second only to its basic Holy Writing, the Qurʾan. We should take the Ḥadīth (Arab., ‘narrative’) for what it really is: a Muslim tradition — accounts of the ‘words, deeds or silent approval’ of Muḥammad, from whose proclamation of Qurʾān Islam derives, during the period of his preaching, but especially after the beginning of the Qurʾān revelations. [Although the plural is ahādith, Hadith is used in English as a collective for ‘traditions’, as well as the word for a single tradition. {Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions}]
As in Christendom we may find several different traditions by the many faith-groups of that religion, it is no different by the Muhammadans. Like in Christendom those human writings creating division, they also created schisms in the Islam world. As such the  Sunnis are accused by the Shīʿa have their own collections of ḥadīth, and have many sects, of which the following are or have been important: Ithnā-ʿAsharīya (Twelvers), Zaydis (Seveners, see ISMA-ʿĪLĪS), Bātinites, Nizāris (now called Aga Khanids), and the Druzes. Shīʿa communities are found as majorities in Iran and parts of Iraq, and as sizeable minorities in India, Pakistan, Lebanon, SW Syria, and Hawran district of Israel/N. Palestine.

As in the Bible the Quran refers to certain elements, like prayer, in general terms only. According Muslims it is the Sunna/Sunnah* which supplies the detailed explanation.’ (“L’tibar” by al Hamdani).  Sunnah (or Sunnat) and Hadis are technically synonymous terms, but sunnah

    “implies the doings and practices of Muhammad.” (Sahih Muslim Introduction, page IX of Volume I). ‘It is thus a concrete implementation, a tangible form and the actual embodiment of the Will of Allah….”(ibid.). Literally it means a “path”, “way”, “a manner of life”.
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If Mohammed is reputed to have done something it is “sunnah” to his followers. This obviously applies also in the negative sense: if Mohammed rejected or condemned something, it is forbidden to all Muslims.

In the Islam one expects the Muslim to seek guidance for his actions in every aspect of daily life in the Hadith. To copy the sayings and doings of Mohammed, is (to the Muslim) the safest way to live a life pleasing to Allah. Therefore salvation is sought by copying as closely as possible the life of the Prophet, who is considered to be the greatest of all human beings for a Muslim. Most Muslims believe that Mohammed’s life and everyday talk were as inspired as the Quran itself. Sober scrutiny will cast doubt on the reliability of the Hadith, however. To give an example: Abu Da’ud, one of the collectors of Hadith, accepted only 4 800 traditions out of 500 000 and even in his careful selection, he states that he had written down only “those which seem to be authentic and those which are nearly so.” {Ibn-Khallikan Volume I, page 590}.

The Sunnah is thought off to regulate all aspects of the life of Muslims but some Muslims deny that the Sunna may abrogate the Quran and there is disagreement concerning this point.

In fact, it cannot be imagined that one reject the entire probativeness of the Sunna and remain a Muslim. For the foundation of Islam is the Qur’an, which cannot be described as Allah’s word when one unconditionally rejects the probativeness of the Sunna since the fact that the Qur’an is Allah’s word was not established by other than the Prophet’s — Allah bless and greet him — explicit statement that this was Allah’s Word and His Book. That statement is obviously part of the Sunna. Therefore, to say that the Sunna is no proof is no different than a denial of an integral part of the Religion and an attempt to undermine the basis of the Religion. {The Probativeness of the Sunna, part 1 Introduction}

To be a true Muslim demands than at least to hold onto some Sunnah rules or writings. But it would also mean somebody going totally against those writings would not really to be considered a Muslim and as such we do find those ISIS fighters going against to many traditional Islam writings and therefore I would not consider them true Islamists or not real Muhammadans.

No “true” religion in the factual sense

agrees that in the end, there is no “true” religion in the factual sense. He probably knows very well that any religion is made up by human beings and has its human imperfections and shortcomings. Several religious organisations want to define marks and grow in power. It is that urge to growth and power that often kills the purity of the religious group, church or denomination. For the many denominations or churches or mosques or masjids or Madrasas, the Islamic schools, for children, and for adult studies there is in a certain way no good evidence supporting their claims to truth.

Every faith justifies itself and its practices by appeal to authority, revelation, and dogma. There are just some religions we like better than others because of their practical consequences. If that’s what we mean by “true,” we should just admit it. There’s no shame in that, for it’s certainly the case that societies based on some religions are more dysfunctional than others. Morality itself is neither objectively true nor false, but at bottom rests on subjective preferences: the “oughts” that come from what we see as the consequences of behaving one way versus another.

No concern with traditional law rules

Throughout history the way of thinking how to behave changed and continuously new rules about morality became considered the right way to behave in the future and often became part of a new law. Also by the followers of Muhammad there were “regulations of God‘s law” or Shariʿa as transmitted through their prophet. Also by them, like in many Christian societies their ‘Law’ also depends on theology brought forward by the human beings who considered themselves as allowed to discuss and to present (new) laws.

When we look at IS we do not seem to see that they do give validation of law by resting on textual sources, “whose divine origins and truth are known”.

Furthermore, all sciences that are used to attain a knowledge of law and theology are considered Shariʿa sciences, even if their subject matter is not legal or theological. Therefore, the Arabic language, hadith (verbal statements of Prophetic traditions), exegesis (interpretations), and even logic are deemed Shariʿa —even if designating logic this way has always been controversial. {Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa}

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Sunni Islam mosque

For ISIS none of the numerous schools of jurisprudence which emerged in the course of Islamic history seem to belong to the ‘true Islam’. though four coexist today within Sunni Islam, with one or more dominant in particular areas — Maliki or madhhab (N and W Africa), Hanafi (Turkic Asia), Shafii (Egypt, E Africa, SE Asia), and Hanbali (Saudi Arabia; see Ibn Hanbal, Ahmad). While these schools of jurisprudence vary on certain rituals and practices, they are often perceived as complementary rather than mutually exclusive. Twelve-Imam Shiite jurisprudence is often referred to as Jafari.

We do know that the Muhammadans give great importance to Islamic law. In nearly all nations with a Muslim majority population we see that the extension of sharīʿa is made particularly by ijmaʿ, qiyās and ijtihād, and in practice through fatwā made by a.o. a  muftī according to a particular madhhab (‘school of law’) and often being modified by local custom (adat). But here by this group of Jihad fighters we do see that they follow mainly one leader, Mohammad Al-Areefi, who has made up his own rules and has no concern with traditional law rules. sam Harris writes:

The man has 9.5 million followers on Twitter (twice as many as Pope Francis has). If you can find an important distinction between the faith he preaches and that which motivates the savagery of ISIS, you should probably consult a neurologist.

In his speech responding to the horrific murder of journalist James Foley by a British jihadist, President Obama said:

ISIL speaks for no religion… and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt…. we will do everything that we can to protect our people and the timeless values that we stand for.

I could agree with the saying that ISIS is “a strain of Islam that is barbaric and dysfunctional”, but can not agree by calling it “a nonsense that it’s a “false religion.”” I do not think we might say ISIS is really a religious movement based on the faith in Allah. They use the title of the Most High Allah, but only to cover up their aim to create an own rich empire. Their supposed faith, “which is belief in the absence of convincing evidence” (according Jerry A. Coyne, professor of Ecology and Evolution at The University of Chicago and author of Why Evolution is True), “isn’t true or false, but simply irrational”.

Devout Muslims merely want what everyone wants—political and economic security, a piece of land to call home, good schools for their children, a little leisure to enjoy the company of friends. Unfortunately, most of my fellow liberals appear to believe this. In fact, to not accept this obscurantism as a deep insight into human nature and immediately avert one’s eyes from the teachings of Islam is considered a form of bigotry.

writes Harris. While he also reminds his readers that many Muslims happily ignore the apostasy and blasphemy of their neighbours, view women as the moral equals of men, and consider anti-Semitism contemptible.

But there are also Muslims who drink alcohol and eat bacon. All of these persuasions run counter to the explicit teachings of Islam to one or another degree. And just like moderates in every other religion, most moderate Muslims become obscurantists when defending their faith from criticism. They rely on modern, secular values — for instance, tolerance of diversity and respect for human rights — as a basis for reinterpreting and ignoring the most despicable parts of their holy books. But they nevertheless demand that we respect the idea of revelation, and this leaves us perpetually vulnerable to more literal readings of scripture.***

Religion shall always have impact on one’s behaviour

When people come to a certain faith, this will influence them. We can not deny that religion has an impact on one’s behaviour. As in Christianity we would say Faith without works is death. Without any difference between a person of a faith and another person who does not keep to that faith, that religion would not contribute much to that person nor the society.

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Kansas City Chiefs Husain Abdullah after he kneeled for a post-touchdown prayer was penalized 15-yards and may be fined by the NFL for doing what many NFL

Today we can see many cases of genuine Islamophobia, like penalizing someone who shows their Islamic belief in public while letting off others who do the same thing in the name of the Christian God, which the main-group in the U.S.A. considers the right God. ** First of all it is totally wrong to claim god for one self or for only one faith group. The Divine Creator who created all human beings in His image belongs to everybody and wants people to live peacefully together, not hating one each-other, believer or non-believer.

The ones who really seriously live by faith should not be afraid to show it and should live according to that faith, being a good example for that faith. This can not be said of the people behind the “war for an Islamic State” (IS).

The way people behave should others give the right impression or make them to believe those people live according to their ideas of faith, regulations, laws and their faith- or holy books. Too many expressions, too many actions ISIS undertook were contrary to basic Quran teaching. Therefore we can not take them to be people of the ‘True Islam”.



° This is a reaction on: If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic There is no such thing as ‘true’ religion & WhyEvolutionIsTrue.

* According to some scholars, Sunnah predates both the Quran as well as Muhammad, and is actually the tradition of the Prophets of God, specifically the tradition of Abraham. A broad form of Sunnah was already being practised by the Christians, Jews and the Arab descendants of Ismail, when Muhammad reinstituted this practice as an integral part of Islam. Both Sunnah and Quran are equally authentic and the former includes worship rituals like salat, Zakah, Hajj, fasting in Ramadan as well as customs like circumcision. {Ghamidi, Javed Ahmad (1990 (tr:2009)). Mizan (translated as: Islam – A Comprehensive Introduction) (in Urdu). Lahore: Al-Mawrid. Retrieved 1 June 2011.}

** Addictinng Info reports that a Muslim football player, Husain Abdullah, the safety for the Kansas City Chiefs, prostrated himself before Allah after scoring a touchdown in a 31-14 win over the New England Patriots. For his religious display he was penalized, his team losing 15 yards.

*** One of the reasons, you could say, not bad to have a look at the Quran and compare it to the Bible: Quran versus older Holy Writings of Divine Creator


Please do find as well:

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  2. Does He exists?
  3. People Seeking for God 2 Human interpretations
  4. People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
  5. True faith
  6. The Immeasurable Grace bestowed on humanity
  7. Being Religious and Spiritual 1 Immateriality and Spiritual experience
  8. Being Religious and Spiritual 2 Religiosity and spiritual life
  9. Being Religious and Spiritual 3 Philosophers, Avicennism and the spiritual
  10. Being Religious and Spiritual 4 Philosophical, religious and spiritual people
  11. Being Religious and Spiritual 5 Gnostic influences
  12. Being Religious and Spiritual 6 Romantici, utopists and transcendentalists
  13. Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
  14. Being Religious and Spiritual 8 Spiritual, Mystic and not or well religious
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  16. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #18 Fulfilment
  17. Creator and Blogger God 4 Expounding voice
  18. Creator and Blogger God 6 For His people
  19. Words in the world
  20. Digging in words, theories and artefacts
  21. Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
  22. All things written aforetime for our instruction
  23. Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:1-7 – A Firstborn’s Birth In Bethlehem
  24. Christianity to be enshrined
  25. Religious Practices around the world
  26. Kill the messenger
  27. Religion, fundamentalism and murder
  28. Christian fundamentalism as dangerous as Muslim fundamentalism
  29. Public not informed enough about Jihad terrorism in Belgium
  30. Something Most False Christians Have In Common
  31. Are you religious, spiritual, or do you belong to a religion, having a faith or interfaith
  32. Looking to the East and the West for Truth
  33. Looking for True Spirituality 1 Intro
  34. Looking for True Spirituality 2 Not restricted to an elite
  35. Science and the Bible—Do They Really Contradict Each Other?
  36. Science, belief, denial and visibility 1
  37. The mythical conflict of science and Scripture (2)
  38. Reconciling Science and Religion
  39. A dialogue about the earth moving and spinning around the sun
  40. Anti-church movements and Humanism
  41. A disciple of Christ “hating” the world
  42. Faith because of the questions
  43. Migrants to the West #1
  44. Migrants to the West #2
  45. Migrants to the West #3
  46. Migrants to the West #4
  47. Migrants to the West #6
  48. Migrants to the West #8 Welbeing
  49. Migrants to the West #10 Religious freedom
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  51. Jew refering to be religious or to be a people
  52. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #4 Mozaic and Noachide laws
  53. Representatives of the “Slave Class” or the Real “faithful and discreet slave”
  54. Belonging to or being judged by
  55. Mormons, just an other faith
  56. Hello America and atheists
  57. American atheists most religiously literate Americans
  58. Religious Beliefs Founding Fathers U.SA.
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  61. Being religious has benefits even in this life
  62. Depression, Anxiety, Pressure and megachurches
  63. Quit griping about your church
  64. Manifests for believers #5 Christian Union
  65. Misleading world, stress, technique, superficiality, past, future and positivism
  66. Good or bad preacher
  67. Tongues a sign of authenticity or divine backing
  68. Hamas the modern Philistines
  69. ISIS, Mosul Dam and threatening lives of those who want to live in freedom
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  71. Iraqi Underclass and animosities
  72. Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan
  73. The Way To Life
  74. Some one or something to fear #2 Attitude and Reactions
  75. Victims and Seekers of Peace
  76. A risk taking society
  77. Juncker warns for possible new war
  78. All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting… George Orwell
  79. Subcutaneous power for humanity 1 1940-1960 Influenced by horrors of the century
  80. Resting and depending for its continuance on the free consent and will of the sovereign people of each region
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  82. If Peace Should Be Peaceful
  83. Running the battle
  84. Subcutaneous power for humanity 3 Facing changing attitudes
  85. Do we have to be an anarchist to react
  86. Spring in sight
  87. Moving forward
  88. If we, in our prosperity, neglect religious instruction and authority
  89. Living in faith
  90. Count your blessings
  91. Quran versus older Holy Writings of Divine Creator


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  1. Rabbinic, Heterodoxy, sectarianism and Modern Judaism
  2. Judaism and Jewish tradition
  3. Jewish conceptions of childhood
  4. The Canon Episcopi and Inquisition
  5. Albigenses. A branch of the Cathars of S. France
  6. Reminders of Extinct Sect Live on in ‘Cathar Land’
  7. The Cathars: Dualist Heretics in Laguedoc in the High Middle Ages
  8. The Song of the Cathar Wars: A History of the Albigensian Crusade
  9. Power & Purity: Cathar Heresy in Medieval Italy
  10. Catholic Identity: The Heart of Catholic Education
  11. Protestantism -Ologies and -Isms
  12. Essay on War
  13. How does one define a war?
  14. Culture, War, and the Military
  15. Border a boundary/especially the Border, the boundary and adjoining districts between Scotland and England
  16. Sunnis
  17. The Hadis and Sunnah
  18. Mosque: anglicized French cognate for the Arabic word masjid, which literally means “place of prostration.”
  19. Mosque or Masjid (Arab., masjid, from sajada, ‘he bowed down’, Egypt. dial., masgid > Fr., mosquée). The Muslim place of assembly (jumʿa) for ṣalāt.
  20. Madrasa, Islamic college and, more specifically, a center for religious and legal studies
  21. Sharia, the religious law of Islam
  22. Fatwa, an opinion made by a judicial/religious scholar (a mufti) on a legal, civil, or religious matter, often issued to raise awareness and provide clarification regarding a specific issue for Muslims, who then may or may not follow them
  23. Adat, Land, and Popular Democracy: Dayak Politics in East Kalimantan
  24. The Roots of Law in Malay Muslim Society
  25. Reform of Sharīʿah law
  26. Ḥanafīyah (Islamic law)
  27. Ikhtilāf (Islamic concept)


  • The War on the Cathars (
    The “Cathar heresy” that struck Southern France in the 13th century, and was viciously persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church, remains a pool of interest and intrigue. What really happened, and what did the Cathars actually believe?
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    Rome had fought to establish its primacy as the centre of the church – with the pope, as the successor of Saint Peter, as its leader. This was not a given in the early days of Christianity and there were still some who baulked at the idea of Rome telling them what they should be thinking and how to pray. One such group were the Cathars and their beliefs were complete anathema to Rome.
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15 jaar cel geëist voor leider Sharia4Belgium

Het Openbaar Ministerie (OM) heeft 15 jaar cel geëist voor Fouad Belkacem (32), de leider van de inmiddels opgedoekte radicale moslimbeweging Sharia4Belgium, in het terrorismeproces voor de rechtbank in Antwerpen.
Tegen Syriëganger Jejoen Bontinck is 4 jaar gevangenis en 6000 euro boete geëist voor zijn deelname aan terroristische activiteiten.

In het grootste terrorismeproces ooit gehouden in België staan in totaal 46 verdachten terecht voor onder meer deelname aan een terroristische beweging en het ronselen van jongeren voor de gewapende strijd in Syrië. Opvallend is wel dat voorlopig nog veel van de verdachten zich in Syrië blijken te bevinden. Van enkelen wordt zelfs vermoed dat ze zijn omgekomen tijdens gevechten.


Belkacem is volgens het OM de grote schuldige en zou daarom dan ook de maximumstraf moeten krijgen. Men kan niet naast hem en de andere leiders van de organisatie kijken die een ,,verpletterende verantwoordelijkheid” dragen aldus het OM.
Naast een celstraf eiste het OM ook een boete van 30.000 euro voor Belkacem.

Voor andere 15 kopstukken van Sharia4Belgium eiste Federaal aanklager Ann Fransen celstraffen van 8 tot 15 jaar en boetes tot maximaal 30.000 euro. Ze hadden jongeren geïndoctrineerd met hun salafistisch jihadistische ideologie en gerecruteerd voor de gewapende strijd in Syrië. Dat jihadistische strijdgebied was de gedroomde opportuniteit voor het realiseren van hun doelstelling: het oprichten van een islamitische staat met shariarecht. Tegen andere leden, lager in de hiërarchie, werden celstraffen tot 10 jaar gevorderd.

Nood tot bescherming van democratie en rechtstaat

Federaal aanklager Ann Fransen vindt dat onze democratie en rechtstaat beschermd moet worden tegen groeperingen als Sharia4Belgium en dat ze op alle vlakken bestreden moeten worden. Onze maatschappij moet bovendien maatregelen nemen om te voorkomen dat ze meer aanhang krijgen en hun ideologie van geweld en haat verder kunnen verspreiden.

Wij moeten ons er ook bewust van zijn welke schade de oproertaal van Fouad Belkacem voor onze aanrichtte. Er is niet enkel de verscheuring in de gezinnen en het verdriet van de ouders en familieleden voor de jongeren die zo ‘gehersenspoeld’ waren geworden dat zij bereid waren hun leven te geven voor ‘het geloof’. Veel van de jongeren die naar Syrië gingen, verwerden er volgens Fransen tot “onmenselijke personen” die afschuwelijke daden stelden tegenover mensen die een ander geloof aanhangig zijn, omwille van een “verwerpelijke interpretatie van de islam”.


Brian De Mulder (21), ooit talentvolle voetballer in de jeugdreeksen van Beerschot

Brian De Mulder (21), die zich nog steeds in Syrië bevindt, kreeg 15 jaar. Eerder zat hij reeds  enkele weken in de gevangenis met Fouad Belkacem. Hij is de man die als straatprediker (streetdawa) kon opgemerkt worden en niet bang was om dreigementen te uiten. Op zijn You Tube-kanaal verschenen videoboodschappen die Azeddine K.B. gemaakt had en waarin uittredend defensieminister Pieter De Crem, de Nederlandse PVV-politicus Geert Wilders en ook de Belgische bevolking bedreigd werden.

Die predikers die wij ook op You Tube kanalen kunnen terug vinden blijken zeer bewust te zijn van hun  zaak, maar ook uit getapte telefoongesprekken blijkt dat er van die ‘hervormden’ werkelijk trainingen zijn gaan volgen (o.a;. in de Ardennen) en ook deelnemen aan de gewapende strijd.


Bij het voorlezen van de strafeisen was er nogal wat rumoer in de rechtbank. Zo riep de ex-militair en vader van Jejoen Bontinck, Dimitri, ,,schandalig”, toen hij hoorde dat zijn zoon 4 jaar de cel in zou moeten.

De vader van Syriëstrijder Jejoen (19), die in juni ook al veroordeeld was omdat rechter vond dat het bewezen was dat hij zijn vroegere vriendin had vastgehouden op een hotelkamer en dat hij haar geslagen had, is niet in onbesproken figuur.

© photo news. Jejoen Bontinck (links) met zijn advocaat. Fouad Belkacem was vandaag niet aanwezig.

Volgens hem is Jejoen, die eind vorig jaar met veel publicitair vertoon uit Syrië werd teruggehaald door zijn vader,  Dimitri Bontinck. Vader en zoon verbleven korte tijd in het Nederlandse Zierikzee, waarna Jejoen zich aangaf bij de Belgische autoriteiten. Hij zou nog wel moslim, maar niet meer radicaal zijn.vooral slachtoffer, mede omdat hij gevangen zat in Syrië.

Jejoen die zijn studies publiciteit verder ging afwerken na zijn Syrië avontuur is volgens zijn vader nog wel moslim, maar gematigder.

“Hij draagt geen djellaba meer en hij kust nu ook zijn tantes weer, dat deed hij voordien niet.”

Jejoen werkte mee met justitie en legde belastende verklaringen af over andere leden van Sharia4Belgium waardoor hij i n dit proces geen onbelangrijke dubbelrol kreeg van zowel verdachte als kroongetuige. Hij legde ondermeer belastende verklaringen af over zijn voormalige ‘broeders’ – ook over vermeende Nederlandse strijders, zo bleek eind augustus in de zaak tegen de Somalisch-Nederlandse terreurverdachte Mohamed Abdiuwahab A. (19). Deze ex-Syriëstrijder uit Delft was volgens het Openbaar Ministerie van plan een overval te plegen en met de buit de jihad te financieren.

Jejoen Bontinck houdt tijdens zijn verhoren vol nooit aan de gewapende strijd te hebben deelgenomen, maar volgens het OM zou hij toch in Syrië hebben gevochten en daarvoor een stevige straf verdienen.

Nora Verhoeven (21) uit Schaarbeek, de vrouw van Tarik Taketloun

Ook de moeder van Nora Verhoeven (21) vond het niet eerlijk.

“Ze heeft niets gedaan, ze is een slachtoffer”

riep ze door de zaal nadat de federale aanklager de straf voor haar dochter gevorderd had. De vrouw werd daarop door de politie naar buiten begeleid.

Het proces, dat met zware veiligheidsmaatregelen omkleed is, werd geschorst om op 8 oktober weer verder te gaan. Dan komen eerst de zogeheten burgerlijke partijen, personen die beweren schade te hebben opgelopen en een schadevergoeding eisen, aan het woord en daarna de verdediging.


English readers may find: Demand of 15 years for leader Sharia4Belgium


Vindt ook:

Houssien Elouassaki © kos.

Dimitri Bontinck: “Jejoen wordt behandeld als een hond”
Ook zijn getrouwen van het eerste uur – zoals Feisal Y., Hicham C., Said M., Nabil K. en Brahim B. – riskeren de maximumstraf, net zoals de vermoedelijk overleden Houssien E. Voor Elias T. werd 10 jaar cel gevraagd en voor de overige acht leidinggevende figuren celstraffen van 8 tot 15 jaar.
Dimitri Bontinck, de vader van Syriëstrijder Jejoen die vier jaar cel riskeert, wijst in een reactie met een beschuldigende vinger naar de Staatsveiligheid. “In 2012 beschikte de Staatsveiligheid met de telfoontaps al over erg duidelijke elementen, maar toen heeft men nooit opgetreden. Dit is schuldig verzuim, nalatigheid, dit is een schande.  Het is een bewijs dat deze diensten prutsers zijn die de feiten achterna lopen (…)
Elouassaki was diegene die zijn fiat moest geven voor hun vertrek vanuit België, hij organiseerde de reis, regelde contactpersonen voor onderweg en liet hen oppikken aan de Syrische grens. Hij had ook Jejoen Bontinck gevangengezet. In april 2013 stapte hij over naar Jabhat Al-Nusra, een andere terreurorganisatie. Er loopt ook nog een onderzoek naar hem wegens terroristische moord en gijzeling in Syrië.


  • The attack on Jewish museum in Brussels proven to be a hoax part 3 (
    In my previous two articles on the False Flag attack on the Jewish museum in Brussels I pulled out several arguments why this attack is a hoax.
    Well, the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, said in the video on VTM Nieuws that he called 112 and that he immediately saw two people lying [ quote ] “… but uh, I’ve seen two people on the field immediately.” With the word “field” , he probably refers to the battlefield. Why is this interesting. Well, it seems clear that one person is lying in the hall. Inside the Israeli couple has been shot, so there is still should be a victim outside or they have failed to photograph one person inside.
    The fact that we are really witnessing a hoax (False Flag as you want), becomes very clear when we compare all media reports with the camera footage (see above) and the press release of the Jewish museum itself, as today still is displayed at their website: [ quote ] “Between 15:30 and 16:00 an armed individual entered the museum and opened fire on a couple of tourists who were at the entrance of the building. Then the gunman went to the desk where he shot the receptionist and our volunteer. There are currently three dead and one seriously injured.”
  • PVV-leider Geert Wilders prijst boek aan waarin gesteld wordt dat Obama geen Amerikaan is (
    Atlas reader R writes, “OMG you are on the dutch leftist (tax funded!!) website

    De Amerikaanse weblogger Pamela Geller is een fervent fan van
    Geert Wilders. Daarnaast is ze moslim-hater. Die haat gaat zo ver dat ze
    beweert dat Obama een gevaar is voor de VS omdat hij als kind in een
    moslimland heeft gewoond.

    Het gaat om haar vorige week verschenen boek The
    Post-American Presidency; The Obama Administration’s War on America dat
    op de omslag door Wilders wordt aangeprezen. Geller beschouwt Obama als
    een gevaar voor de staat Israël en beschuldigt hem van ‘etnische
    zuivering’ omdat hij  – net als zijn voorgangers – tegen
    uitbreidingspolitiek van de Joodse nederzettingen is.

  • Analysis: Blowback from the Syrian jihad has begun (
    As the Obama administration seeks to invest more heavily in training and arming ‘vetted, moderate’ rebels in Syria’s three-year civil war, a conflict that has already claimed over 150,000 lives and drawn the largest-ever concentration of foreign jihadists, the wisdom of this course becomes increasingly questionable. The US’ efforts so far have brought neither loyalty to the US, nor victory or even battlefield dominance for the truly moderate rebels, who are outnumbered and outweighed by al Qaeda-linked and other Islamist groups.Syria has become a de rigeur training ground for jihadists worldwide. Over 2,000 European jihadists alone have gone to Syria to fight, according to a recent European Union estimate. The US’ weak attempts to vet, arm, and train purportedly moderate fighting groups have merely fueled an ongoing conflict that shows no signs of abating and is producing a new generation of well-connected foreign fighters who leave the Syrian killing fields to extend the Islamist fight into new battle zones. The result of the continued stalemate between the Assad regime and the rebels is the spawning of a new breed of jihadist cells carrying out a widening array of terrorist activity outside Syria.
  • Members Of Belgian Islamist Group Arrested, Accused Of Torturing And Beheading Non-Muslims
    “Two Muslim politicians, who just won municipal elections in Belgium’s capital, Brussels, on October 14, have vowed to implement Islamic Sharia law in Belgium. The two candidates, Lhoucine Aït Jeddig and Redouane Ahrouch, both from the fledgling Islam Party, won seats in two heavily Islamized municipalities of Brussels, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean and Anderlecht, respectively.”
  • ‘My son was radicalized, recruited to join jihad in Syria’ – Belgian father
    Bontinck claims that his son underwent an Islamic radicalization process which took approximately two years. Prior to Jejoen’s conversion to Islam, his father said he was raised Catholic. Jejoen lived with his Belgian father and Nigerian mother in Antwerp, Belgium’s second largest city.

“Two years ago he was a western child, who had the best education you can ever imagine. He was a Jesuit. He went to elite schools in Belgium. He had a Catholic education. I’m an atheist, his mother is Catholic,” Bontinck told RT.

Bontinck believes that his teenage son embarked on the path of Islam after a failed teenage love affair, after which Jejoen became involved with a “Moroccan girlfriend who changed his mind to become Muslim.”

  • Father who searched Syria for his son says he met 18-year-old Canadian Al Qaeda member in Aleppo
    Although dozens of Canadians are believed to have left for Syria to join extremist factions, the teen encountered by the Belgian father is the youngest known to be fighting in the conflict. He was a member of the Al-Nusrah Front, a terrorist group under Canadian law.

    He said authorities were doing little to prevent youths from leaving for Syria but deterred them from returning by threatening arrest. As a result, Western jihadists who are ready to give up fighting do not want to leave Syria, he said.

    “It’s totally the wrong way because with this attitude, more youngsters move up, more youngsters will join jihad in Syria,” said Mr. Bontinck, who wants governments to instead support families. “Our children need to be treated like victims.”


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Demand of 15 years for leader Sharia4Belgium

Only eight of the 46 suspects of the Sharia4Belgium group were present for the trial’s opening in Antwerp. Many others are believed to be fighting in Syria or to have died in the country’s civil war.

In June 2013 Fouad Belkacem (32), the former spokesman Sharia4Belgium, was already sentenced to eighteen months in prison and fined 550 euros for inciting hatred and violence against non-Muslims in several YouTube videos by the Court of Appeal in Antwerp. Yesterday prosecutor Ann Fransen cited parents of some of the young Belgian jihadists as saying their children would never have thought of fighting overseas if they had not been brainwashed by Sharia4Belgium. as she said that leading a terror organization carries a maximum sentence of 15 to 20 years and 30 000€ fine.

Federal prosecutor Ann Fransen does find that our democracy and rule of law must be protected against such groups like Sharia4Belgium. Such groups must be fought against. Our society must also take measures to prevent them to gain more followers and to spread further their ideology of violence and hatred.

We must also be aware of the damage the riot language and havoc Fouad Belkacem caused for our society. There is not only the mauling in families and the grief of the parents and relatives of the young people who are so “brainwashed” that they were willing to give up their live for ‘faith’. Many of the young people who went to Syria, according to Fransen degenerated to “inhuman peoplethat presented horrible deeds to people of other faiths because of a reprehensible interpretation of Islam.”

While he did not fight in Syria, unlike most other defendants, the leader of the now disbanded Salafist organisation that wanted sharia law adopted in Belgium, is considered the main driver behind the organisation and the one who is responsible for many Belgians going to fight in Syria.

“Belkacem’s words can only be interpreted as a call to violence and jihad,”

said public prosecutor Ann Fransen, listing a long line of speeches and videos in which he equalled military jihad to praying and fasting.

The prosecutor cited parents of some of the young Belgian jihadists as saying their children would never have thought of fighting overseas if they had not been brainwashed by Sharia4Belgium.

Fransen said the Belgians were deeply entwined with the al Qaeda-inspired Sunni Muslim groups fighting in Syria, including the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) and the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, both of which are now being targeted by U.S.-led airstrikes.

Authorities fear those travelling to Syria to fight will return home battle-hardened and trained to carry out attacks.

Similar fears are held across Europe, and Fransen said Sharia4Belgium had links with like-minded groups in Britain, the Netherlands, France and Germany.


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Public not informed enough about Jihad terrorism in Belgium

Not informing the public

You may wonder if it had good use not to inform the general public about certain movements in the country. For some months I also tried to get some Islamic preachers to write on one of my platforms: Stepping Toes and From Guestwriters, because I did find several Belgians get a wrong idea about Islam because of the media attention to the fundamentalist groups in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and other countries. The presentation in the media of the Belgians preaching in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq did not help to get a good understanding between Christians and Muslims. In Syria, the father and child from Sint-Pieters Woluwe preaching hate against the Western World, presented on several news channels, also abroad, could give also a wrong picture of Muslims in Belgium and have the neighbour countries as well as the United States getting a wrong pictures about the Belgians their feeling about our world. I, therefore could understand some reactions on certain American sites, but think their impression and reaction is much exaggerated.

On the other hand, having the Belgian information service not being open, it could also well be, those people living in Belgium are too much at ease.

Planned attacks

The Belgian Justice Department in recent months could intervene and take care that several Jihad attacks could not occur. The Belgian daily De Tijd (The Time)announces that several former Flemish Syria combatants and sympathizers of IS were arrested. The paper based its writings on information from judicial circles.

Those planned attacks would be similar to attacks on the Jewish Museum in Brussels at the end of May, writes De Tijd. But what goals the terrorists had in mind, does the Time not tell. From other sources we may understand that the European Commission offices in Brussel were on the list of a man and woman of Turkish origin who were picked up at Zaventem airport on their return from Turkey.

Several sources have also told the Flemish National Radio and television station VRT News that a jihadist group was detained in Antwerp during the summer. Their preparations for an attack were well advanced and they had, for example already bought weapons.

It is not clear what their target was to be or whether they had links to jihadi fighting in Syria. They are however reported to have drawn the inspiration for their planned attack for IS.

In June, a court ordered that 46 suspected members of Sharia4Belgium, a radical Islamist group believed to be involved in sending young fighters to Syria, should stand trial on various charges, including involvement in a terrorist organisation.

Hold secret to prevent unrest

The Belgian government has deliberately kept the information secret to prevent unrest. It is the first time that something comes out in the open about concrete plans for jihad attacks in Belgium. We do know about 750 Belgians who went to fight in Syria. Certainly 325 Belgians left recently to Syria to fight on the Muslim fundamentalist site. 90 of them have returned to Belgium. The police and the intelligence and security can not follow all those returned Jihad fighters. And it is not clear how their intentions are for the situation in Belgium. I also could not find a clear image from the several Muslims I spoke with the recent months. Some of them had in my eyes a too fundamentalist idea to be healthy in a democratic country. Some their non-outspokenness did even frighten me for the safety of the free mind where we should stand for.

Fundamentalist preachers giving a twisted picture of local citizens

Belgium, Holland and England have taken too much tolerance for certain fundamentalist preachers, not controlling enough those imams which spoke against our way of life and who wanted to destroy the common western attitude of living. There was not sufficient guidance nor enough support for unemployed Muslim youth, making them an easy target to recruit for the Jihad in the Middle East.

Belgium’s Nieuwsblad wrote:

 “The recent increase is striking, and is according to our information partly explainable by the enormous amount of propaganda that ISIS produces on social media. The spread of shocking images, such as the mass execution of 250 Syrian soldiers, and the execution of American journalist James Foley, seem only to send Muslim youth towards radicalization.”

Also in the Netherlands certain imams are giving wrong ideas of the inhabitants of the Low Countries. Several families find their “brothers and sisters” in the different active groups of non-controled Islam groups (outside the Islamic Confederation or Islamic Raad/Islamic Council)


Dutch–Moroccan Islamist and convicted murderer Mohammed Bouyeri

The Hofstadgroep or het Hofstadnetwerk “Hofstad Network” is the name given by the Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst (AIVD) to a group of radical Islamic youths of mostly young Dutch Muslims of mainly North African ancestry. 14 of them were suspected of terrorist activities. The members of the group regularly came together in de Hofstad, the nickname of the city of The Hague, where some of the terrorists live. Abdeladim Akoudad, also known as Naoufel is one of the suspects of the Casablanca Attacks. They also regularly met in the house of  Dutch–Moroccan Islamist  Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of Dutch film director Theo van Gogh. Samir Azzouz, suspected of planning terrorist attacks on the Dutch parliament and several strategic targets such as the national airport and a nuclear reactor also belongs to this group which has connection with Belgian activists The group is also suspected of planning to kill several members of government and parliament.

Muslims versus other faith-groups

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Syrian Islamic Scholar, Shaykh al-Yaqoubi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A big problem with a lot of Muslims (Mahommedan, Mohammedan, Moslem, Musulman) is also that they do not see any difference between Christians and mostly think they ‘all’ are worshippers of more than one God, whilst there are enough Christians in Belgium who only believe in One God, Jehovah and only worship this One Allah. Those Unitarian Christians do take Jesus to be a prophet and man of flesh and blood who really died. Those Christians who only worship Allah but follow the teachings of the master teacher Jeshua (Jesus Christ) and not of the prophet Muhammad, are mostly very open minded to other faith groups and do not want to harm any other believer or non-believer, respecting the freedom of speech.

When the Muslim World wants to impose their doctrinal teachings on to the habitants of the West we naturally would pose questions about that. The same as we warn for the dangers of the fundamentalist evangelicals and pentecostals, we should warn for the danger of fundamentalist Islamic groups.

Freedom of faith

I would agree with some sources who find we should keep an eye onto such fundamentalist teachers, be it Muslims or Christians or people against believers. We should leave everybody to believe what they want to believe and in what they want to believe. In case they would think ‘the cow can help to heal their diseases’ let them think it can do it, by a matter of speak. In our contemporary industrialist society we should allow the modern media play their role and let people be able to use modern technology how they want to use it, as long as they do not hinder other people with it.

Returning Syria-fighters and oppression

To shadow those youngsters who came back from Syria 24 hours a day, seven days a week, may require a lot of men, but because it are young people who had their brains twisted in a certain way, I do think it would be better to use enough energy to protect the other civilians. A few rotten apples can do a lot of damage in the basket.

Today it is still, as in the old times, having politics and power having first priority and groups willing to oppress those who do not like to think the same way as they. Danger is that we can find a new crusade period, this time the other way round again, having Islamic people trying to convert the heathen, Jews and Christians. For some of those Muslims the methods of the 12th and 13th century are still very much liked. Some of them also seem to live more than 100 yeas ago, or want to go back to the middle ages.

Decadence stumbling block

Dēcadentia part of turning-point in cultures, like we have seen by the Romans. – An orgy in Imperial Rome, by Henryk Siemiradzki

I do understand that many Muslims may be very angry when they look at the “modern world”, seeing the decadence of our western society. I can agree with them we may have returned to a decadent time, like we have seen at other periods in history. Those clashes of of deterioration or decline, as in morals or art; decay, moral  degeneration of a group of people, has come more than once in human history, always at the end of some ‘High culture’. But this does not allow their anger to be put into aggression against the western public. Using terror, torture and rape as a means to convert people to their religion is totally unacceptable and would not bring anything good to Islam either. We have seen that in Christendom, where in the past centuries many tried to bring the heathen populations to Christ but by forcing conversion on them allowed them to bring heathen uses or traditions into the Christian religion, making it less pure and bringing lots of umbilical doctrines to the Christian faith.

By wanting to push their faith onto others by force, the Islamic community is undergoing more damage than receiving good. It is also no help to the Islamic community that most Muslim teachers stay quiet or do not react openly against those false teachers in the Islamic world. Because of their silence, lots of people in the west start believing that those words and acts of those fundamentalists are really funded in the Koran (Quran). Lots of people start believing that what those fighters claim to be for the good cause of faith and based on the Quran, is really based on what is written in the Quran. But that is not so. Lots of things they do are forbidden by the Quran.

Quran, Jewish and Christian Holy Writings

Noble QuranLots of Christians do not want  to see the relationship of major narratives recounted in the Jewish and Christian scriptures. Therefore it would not be bad to compare the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims believe to be a revelation from God (Arabic: الله‎, Allah) with the Book of books of Christianity. For that reason I wanted also to give some Islamic teacher the freedom to explain how the Muslims are interpreting the Quranic chapters (called suras) and its verses or ayahs. Though after months of patience nobody was willing to do that; which only gives me the choice to do it myself. To show Christians as well as Muslims where the Bible and Koran say the same or something different. I soon will start on Stepping Toes the comparison of both writings and what the Divine Creator, Allah the Most High God of gods wanted to have His creatures to hear, understand and to follow.

You shall be able to follow the comparison of the Islam Quranic verses with the Bible verses in the category Quran Quotes and in the category Bible Quotes.
I do hope more people shall be able to see where certain groups misuse the texts or give a totally different interpretation than the Holy Scriptures.


Additional reading:

  1. Politics and power first priority #2
  2. The Advent of the saviour to Roman oppression
  3. Egypt in the picture
  4. Has the Bible’s Garden of Eden been found — and restored
  5. Ember and light the ransomed of Jehovah
  6. Prophets making excuses
  7. Temperatures rising
  8. WWW Updates Oct 2011
  9. November 2011 Articles to read
  10. This Week’s Developments in Weekly World Watch 15-21 July 2012
  11. Mocking, Agitation and Religious Persecution
  12. Syrian capital facing total destruction in the coming months
  13. Mocking, Agitation and Religious Persecution
  14. Migrants to the West #6
  15. Weekly World Watch Dec 13th – 19th 09‏
  16. Weekly World Watch 6th – 12th June 2010‏
  17. Weekly World Watch 26th Sept – 9th Oct 2010‏
  18. Russia supplying weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime
  19. Humanitarian crisis in Syria
  20. Continues Syrian conflict needing not only dialogue
  21. Angry at the greedy state
  22. Turkey and Pictures for the times coming
  23. Relieve the current humanitarian crisis in Syria
  24. Reluctance to act in Syrian civil war
  25. Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack
  26. NATO Convinced that the Syrian regime is responsible
  27. How far does America wants to go to being a pessimist
  28. Syria peace talks in doubt over ‘credible partners’
  29. 2013 Lifestyle, religiously and spiritualy
  30. Syria peace talks in doubt over ‘credible partners’
  31. Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan
  32. Chemical warsite and Pushing king of the South
  33. Serving those who served
  34. Women their education and chances to become a parliamentary
  35. UK forces EU to lift embargo on Syria rebel arms
  36. Iraqi Underclass and animosities
  37. Iraqi Christians flee homes amid Islamic militant rampage
  38. ISIS, Mosul Dam and threatening lives of those who want to live in freedom
  39. Abu Hamza is gone, but Britain is still a hotbed of radical hatred
  40. Sharing a common security and a common set of values
  41. Philosophy hand in hand with spirituality
  42. Being Religious and Spiritual 1 Immateriality and Spiritual experience
  43. How long to wait before bringing religiousness and spirituality in practice
  44. Internet absurdities
  45. Faith related boycotts
  46. Attackers silenced freedom of speech
  47. Certain people trying to stem freedom of speech
  48. Turkey a wolf in the sheep house of the European Union
  49. Not many coming out with their community name
  50. Different writers joined together
  51. Christadelphian Samaritan Fund and donation to appeals by UNICEF
  52. Anti-Semitic incidents in Australia in 2012 highest ever on record
  53. Anti-Semitism ‘on the rise’ in Europe
  54. Zionism occupier
  55. American atheists most religiously literate Americans
  56. Christian clergyman defiling book which did not belong to him
  57. Christianity without the Trinity
  58. The imaginational war against Christmas
  59. The Immeasurable Grace bestowed on humanity
  60. Not following the tradition of man
  61. Christian fundamentalism as dangerous as Muslim fundamentalism


Further articles of interest:

  1. Iraq War: Prelude to War (The International Debate Over the Use and Effectiveness of Weapons Inspections)
  2. Iraq War (Immediate Aftermath)
  3. Persian Gulf Wars
  4. Republic of Iraq
  5. Republic of Iraq Al-Jumhuriyah al-‘Iraqiyah
  6. Iraqi Americans
  7. Fourth largest group of immigrants from the Arab world in the United States
  8. Islamic Republic of Iran Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Iran
  9. Syrian Arab Republic
  10. Syrian Arab Republic, commonly known as Syria, is a Middle Eastern country located at the east end of the Mediterranean Sea
  11. Islamic Republic of Pakistan Islami Jamhooria Pakistan
  12. Education in Pakistan
  13. Muslims: Beliefs and practices; Islamic civilisations, Sects of Islam; Muslims after September 11, 2001
  14. Muslim: Ethnonyms: Mahommedan, Mohammedan, Moslem, Musulman
  15. The Islamic conquest
  16. Muslim a follower of the religion of Islam
  17. Crusades, a species of holy war
  18. Crusades: military campaigns sanctioned by the Latin Roman Catholic Church during the High Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages.
  19. Decay in standards, morals, dignity, religious faith
  20. Torture: integral part of medieval and early modern criminal procedure.
  21. Definitions, Types, Psychological and Physical Effects of Torture
  22. Torture, the intentional infliction of severe physical or mental pain or suffering in order to intimidate, coerce, obtain information or a confession, or punish


  • Jihadi attacks foiled (
    Over the past few months the security services have succeeded in foiling a number of Islamist terror attacks planned for Belgium. The attacks had been planned by former jihadi fighters that had returned from Syria and sympathiser of the fundamentalist terror group IS. News of that the attacks had been thwarted appears in Saturday’s edition of the financial daily ‘De Tijd’.
  • Where Did the Islamic State Come From? (
    The simple answer – and the one you’ll hear most often – is that IS, or Islamic State (formerly ISIS) emerged out of al-Qaeda, gathering strength through the ongoing civil war in Syria and unrest in Iraq.But that’s only part of the story: the rest is based in Europe (and even in America), where governments have continually – if unwittingly – financed programs that breed radicalization in Muslim communities there. Now, more and more of those radical Muslims, most born and bred in the West, are joining IS and its jihad; and in their efforts to prevent it, Europe’s leaders in particular may in fact be strengthening the threat.
    +Last week, Dutch officials arrested two families from the town of Huizen as they prepared to join the jihad in Syria, confiscating the passports of all parents and their six children, aged eight months to nine years old. Around the same time, the Dutch-American radical known as Jermaine W successfully departed for Syria with his wife and children. Jermaine, whose father was American, is well known in the Netherlands as a member of Holland’s extremist Hofstadgroep, and as a friend of Hofstadgroep leader Mohammed Bouyeri, the terrorist killer of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Jermaine was arrested in 2004 for a letter in which he outlined plans to murder activist and then-Parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but was released in 2006 on the basis of “insufficient evidence.”Many of these European jihadists, like Jermaine, travel with their children, whom they then place in jihadist training camps in the hopes of producing a new, stronger generation of Islamic warriors for the Islamic State. Recent reporting from VICE shows a Belgian father coaching his very young son to kill “unbelievers,” while other children play and train with rifles.
  • Why So Many Jihadists Come From Belgium (
    More than a thousand fighters from Western countries have joined the conflict in Iraq and Syria, with the most per-capita coming from Belgium, according to an analysis by Business Insider.Between 250 and 400 jihadists in the area are thought to have come from the small European nation, which has a population of 11 million.Although the trend may seem surprising from a highly developed state known for waffles and EU bureaucracy, a closer look at Belgium’s fractured society shows this may have been a long time coming.
  • Members Of Belgian Islamist Group Arrested, Accused Of Torturing And Beheading Non-Muslims (
    Sharia4Belgium-leader Fouad Belkacem (also named Abu Imran) from Boom is back behind bars. In addition; two brothers from Vilvoorde and a man from Berchem are locked. ‘The group was supposed to be dissolved, but that’s not true,’ said Eric Van Der Sypt, spokesman for the federal prosecutor. ‘They actively recruit street youth, indoctrinate them, give them combat training and organizing violent actions in Syria and in our country. ‘Sharia4Belgium’ sent the youngest 33 radicalized Muslims from Vilvoorde and Antwerp to Syria.’ From overheard stories of warriors who have returned, that they were incorporated into fighters groups linked to Al Qaeda. ‘They took part in jihadist and Salafist terrorist activities.
  • ‘I’d Like to Join ISIS and Kill with Them': Children Volunteer for Jihad (
    VICE has taken another look at the inner workings of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), this time focusing on the effective and disturbing way that the radical Islamists recruit one particular group: children.

    An ISIS preacher known as Abdullah the Belgian brought his son to the territory controlled by ISIS from Belgium; he quizzed the boy about why ISIS fights.
    “Why do we kill the infidels?” he asks the boy. “What have the infidels done?”
    “They kill Muslims,” his young son responds. “The infidels of Europe, all the infidels.”

    Update: The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq. Towards the Creation of a US Sponsored Islamist Caliphate

    We are dealing with a diabolical military agenda whereby the United States is targeting a rebel army which is directly funded by the US and its allies. The incursion into Iraq of the Islamic State rebels in late June was part of a carefully planned intelligence operation.
    The rebels of the Islamic state, formerly known as the ISIS, were covertly supported by US-NATO-Israel  to wage a terrorist insurgency against the Syrian government of Bashar Al Assad.  The atrocities committed in Iraq are similar to those committed in Syria. The sponsors of IS including Barack Obama have blood on their hands.
    The killings of innocent civilians by the Islamic state terrorists create a pretext and the justification for US military intervention on humanitarian grounds. Lest we forget, the rebels who committed these atrocities and who are a target of US military action are supported by the United States.
    The bombing raids ordered by Obama are not intended to eliminate the terrorists. Quite the opposite, the US is targeting the civilian population as well as the Iraqi resistance movement.
  • Jihadis planned attack on the European Commission (
    The Dutch public broadcaster NOS reports that two people were detained early last month on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack on the European Commission in Brussels. The Belgian Judicial Authorities are now looking for a number of other jihadi that were also involved in the terrorist attack plot.
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Live Streaming ‘World Ballet Day’

wrote for the New York Times, Arts Beat:ArtsBeat - New York Times Blog

In an unprecedented bout of internationalism, five of the world’s major ballet companies will participate in a 20-hour-long live streaming event that will give ballet fans worldwide an intensive behind-the-scenes look at company classes, rehearsals and coaching.

The event, called “World Ballet Day,” will take place on Oct. 1, and features the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet in successive four-hour slots, beginning at 12 p.m. local time in Melbourne, and moving across continents and time zones to Moscow, London, Toronto and San Francisco. The live stream will be available on YouTube and on each ballet company’s website.

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The Bolshoi Ballet troupe after the reopening gala of the Bolshoi Theatre in 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Viewers will be able to ask questions and interact with each company via a live forum throughout the day, and are invited to film themselves doing a pirouette and submit it for later inclusion in a short film. And in case anyone can’t stay awake to fully compare and contrast, the full streaming will be available afterward on YouTube.

The project is an extension of Royal Ballet Live, a nine-hour streaming event in 2012 that garnered the Royal Ballet about 200,000 viewers and 2.5 million subsequent views of edited material on YouTube. A Royal Ballet spokesman said that the company had initiated the event as part of its audience engagement activity; each company taking part is responsible for the funding for its own stream.


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Genée International Ballet Competition in Antwerp for the first time

English: Photo by unknown of Adeline Genee in ...

Photo by unknown of Adeline Genee in “Camargo”. London, 1897. Sydney, 1912 cf. Photo comes from my collection and was scanned by me. Mrlopez2681 05:01, 25 December 2006 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1886, Anina Jensen, a farmer’s daughter, was adopted at age eight by her uncle, Alexander Genée, director of a modest touring ballet company. Her uncle and his wife, Antonia Zimmermann, tained the girl in the mastery of movement and brought her on stage to be admired by the public when she revealed a precocious talent and made her first stage appearance in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway, at age 10 under the name Adeline Genée. Already in 1895, she became the principal dancer of the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen. Subsequently, in 1896, she danced with the Berlin Royal Opera Ballet and the Munich Opera Ballet.

Thanks to the opportunities she got from her uncle and the teaching of need for reviving earlier productions and creating an audience for more elaborate works, Adeline Genée opened the way for ballet-productions which could survive time. Her aim of improving the standard of dance and the teaching of dance in the United Kingdom was welcomed by Philip Richardson of the Dancing Time magazine, for long time the best linking magazine for teachers in the U.K. and abroad.

She became invited to take on the first presidency of the Association of Operatic Dancing of Great Britain which was later to become the Royal Academy of Dancing, which still holds a high position in the world of amateur and professional dancing. Today the R.A.D. offers a wide range of exams and assessments to motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities. From the early years onwards they tried to bring live in the child, giving also freedom, creativity and musicality, though provided a very good build up system with their graded system providing opportunities to progress and achieve and giving a variety of variations and a graded examination system so that several classes and schools could be compared at the same level.

Genée International Ballet Competition

Genée International Ballet Competition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After RAD’s first president Dame Adeline Genée DBE, the R.A.D. flagship annual event “The Genée International Ballet Competition” was created and grew out to an international renowned competition. First of all it attracts the finest young dancers trained in the RAD syllabus, from around the globe. But what is very important to this competition is that candidates receive a unique opportunity to work with renowned choreographers and teachers for five days before performing at the semi-finals, and then the final, where they compete for a range of medals.

You could say there is a high tradition of R.A.D. teaching in the Common Wealth countries, so evidently the Anglo-Saxon countries would be attracted very much to get the competition over into their country as well. It took until 2002 before the RAD took the decision to hold the competition outside London for the first time, taking it to Australia where Sydney Opera House played host to a record number of candidates. Following that success, the Genée has now been hosted around the world. As part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2004 the Genée competition got hosted by Athens and found itself two years later in Hong Kong. 2008 saw its North American début in Toronto. After Singapore in 2009, it returned to London the year after.

South Africa in 2011 hosted the event in Cape Town, adding a community legacy project, Sizodanisa – ‘Let’s Dance!’. Next on the list was New Zealand where Wellington hosted the competition in 2012.

After the Genée was hosted for the first time in Scotland (Glasgow) it has found its way oversee in the tiny country Belgium. When you know that past Genée medalists have gone on to work for some of the best ballet companies around the world, of which the Ballet of Flanders is one of them, it is no surprise that the Brazilian dancer Ricardo Amarante, ex-Genée and now  a soloist with the reduced Ballet Vlaanderen was willing to bring this competition also to Antwerp.

An examination board that oversees the teaching of classical ballet in 79 countries, to strict standards of excellence may be looking forward to get 59 candidates from 10 countries to present themselves in Antwerp.

Ricardo Amarante shall not easily forget 1 January, 1998. As a young Brazilian dancer he then embarked on an intense two-week regimen of practice and rehearsals with other young talents from around the world. Being thrown before the lions he had to prove himself on this training and on the Genée International Ballet Competition.

“I didn’t win a medal, but the competition still kick-started my career. I learned so much during the contact with teachers and other dancers. I became a different – more mature – dancer.”

For the first time in its 83-year-history this competition will be in Antwerp, but for Amarante it shall be a return looking at it from the other site. This time he will be the choreographer who has to provide two solos for this year’s batch of young hopefuls, who will vie for one of the top medals.

For Amarante, 34, who is contemplating a conversion from dance to choreography, it is a chance to turn over an exciting new leaf.

“I have come full circle,” he says. “For the second time in my life, the Genée is offering me a new beginning.”

From his days Amarante remembers the excellent teachers and pianists. He reached the semi-finals and reaped enormous benefits from the Genée. For sure in Antwerp again there will be very good pianists and Amarante’s solos will be studied under his guidance by all competitors. Though only semi-finalists will get to perform them for the public. There are two versions, one for girls, and one for boys, with both set to music by up-and-coming Japanese composer Sayo Kosugi.

The most interesting bit in viewing the competitors is that all get the same base, but then mostly the choreographer give them also the change to build in their personal accents, which makes no performance the same.

Because every dancer is different the best ones will be those who achieve the most clarity and intensity and get with their personality the spectators moved.

Foto: Last night, RAD's CEO Luke Rittner welcomed the 58 Genee International Ballet Competition candidates to Antwerp, aboard the cruise ship Marjorie.Coaching starts today. Good luck candidates!

Last night, RAD’s CEO Luke Rittner welcomed the 58 Genee International Ballet Competition candidates to Antwerp, aboard the cruise ship Marjorie.

“Of course, technique is important,” says RAD artistic director and teacher Lynn Wallis. “It underpins everything. But what I try to bring out in them is their own interpretations. I try to encourage them to really respond to the music, to really let their bodies sing the music.”

Last night, RAD’s CEO Luke Rittner welcomed the 58 Genee International Ballet Competition candidates to Antwerp, aboard the cruise ship Marjorie.
Coaching started today.

Foto: And more candidates enjoying themselves at our welcome reception yesterday!

Candidates enjoying themselves at our welcome reception yesterday!

It is a shame, in Belgium is not much more done to inform the possible public. I noticed the performance of the Royal Ballet of Flanders is already sold out, which is very good. But people who do not live in Antwerp did not come to hear about this important event in time.
If I would have known earlier in the year I also would have taken care to be able to see the competition. Now I am more than 1700km away from Antwerp and do not see an opportunity to be there.

I wish the R.A.D. organisation a marvellous experience in Antwerp and do hope the candidates and their supervisors, monitors and companions shall have a nice time never to forget in Antwerp.


  • Antwerp ballet student makes final of Youth America Grand Prix (
    Mikiya Kakehashi, a student of the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, has won the European semi-finals of the Youth America Grand Prix, a prestigious international competition for dancers in training. He will go to New York next April to take part in the final. Mikiya impressed the judges at the Brussels semi-final with a mix of classical and modern dance.
  • Crewe dancers to appear with English Youth Ballet (
    Two South Cheshire schoolgirls will be appearing in the English Youth Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty at the weekend.
    Nine-year-old Madison Pickersgill, from Haslington and 14-year-old Rebecca Elsmore, who lives in Church Lawton, were both selected at an audition in June this year from over 250 young hopefuls.They will appear in a lavish adaptation of The Sleeping Beauty at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton for three performances over the weekend of September 19 and 20 with the English Youth Ballet (EYB).
    An EYB spokesman said: “All the young dancers in the cast will dance alongside EYB’s stunning international principal artists in a professional production. They will gain an insight into what life is like as a professional ballet dancer.”
  • Mariinsky ballet returns to the Royal Opera House (
    The unrivalled Mariinsky ballet returns to the Royal Opera House with an eagerly awaited three-week season presented by Victor Hochhauser. The season opens with the return of one of the most cherished and admired Russian ballets of the 20th century, Mikhail Lavrovsky’s celebrated realisation of Romeo and Juliet to Prokofiev’s music, created at the Mariinsky Theatre in January 1940.
  • Historic theater presents 21st Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival (
    The southern province of Antalya’s historic Aspendos Theater will host the 21st International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival between Aug. 30-Sept. 24. The festival has been organized with the collaboration of the Culture and Tourism Ministry and the State Opera and Ballet General Directorate since 1994. It gained international status in 1998, being one of the most important organizations in the international art scene.

    So far, the festival has brought together many Turkish and foreign artists and groups in the extraordinary acoustics of the 2,000-year-old Aspendos Theater.
    This year, the festival will host İzmir, Mersin, Antalya, Ankara and Antalya opera and ballet directorates, as well as foreign guests including the Budapest Operetta and Musical Theater and Italian Taormina Festival Opera.

  • National Ballet of Canada returns to New York (

    “New York, New York, a helluva town,” wrote the Tony Award-winning team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green for the 1944 Broadway hit On the Town. It remains a rallying call for performers and artists of all stripes because, as Liza Minnelli so famously sang more than 30 years later, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.”

    Success in the Big Apple offers international credibility. It places you in the major leagues. And it explains why the National Ballet of Canada, which returns to perform in New York City this week after a nine-year absence, is eager once again to test itself before some of the world’s most demanding critics and discerning dance audiences.

    On Tuesday, at Lincoln Center’s 2,600-seat David H. Koch Theater, where it last performed 35 years ago, the Toronto-based company opens a six-day, seven-performance run of one of its most successful productions ever, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, based on the beloved Lewis Carroll tale.

  • San Diego teen off to Royal Ballet School in London (

    Sunday Martín-Gullans is leaving his South Park home for the next three years to study at the Royal Ballet School in London.

    The 16-year-old, who trains for two to three hours each day with former Bolshoi dancer Maxim Tchernychev, tells us about a life on his toes.

  • Local Ballet dancers excel (
    Out of 13 Examination entries, excluding Assessments, the Studio received 8 Distinctions.
    The students range in ages from 4 years up to 16 Years of age.
  • PNB principal Carla Körbes announces retirement (
    A very sad surprise today for fans of Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes, who announced today that she is retiring at the end of the 2014-2015 season.  Körbes, who is in her early 30s, explained her decision in a statement to this morning:

“I have had unforgettable moments with Pacific Northwest Ballet,” said Ms. Körbes regarding her decision. “I am thankful and honored to have shared the stage with all the dancers at PNB and have had the opportunity to work with such a generous staff. At this moment I am ready to start a new phase in my life. My body is ready to move on, so I need to respect that. Ballet has been my life, so I hope to continue to explore the art form in new ways and try new artistic endeavors.”

Körbes, a native of Brazil, joined PNB in 2005 after nine years in New York, as a student at the School of American Ballet and a New York City Ballet company member.

  • Dancing toward perfection (
    Three young women walk to the pale pink wall in a studio at June Taylor’s School of Dance in Tualatin. They line up along the barre a few feet apart, and perfectly synchronized, they begin dancing to the tune of live piano music. Calculated, practiced, memorized. When one plies, they all do. When one switches sides, they all do. When one gets off tempo, it’s as though the rest focus their energies to make her realign. They dance for a few minutes, and then stop at the end of a set.
    “If you never get a chance to actually show people what you do, then I don’t know, it’s not really worth it if you’re just stuck in a room practicing by yourself,” says Taylor. “But (with) performances, you actually get to show people that you can dance.”
    And soon, dancers from around the world will see what these three Oregon girls can do.
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850 Calorie Challenge




On the internet you may find a challenge which thousands of people have to face every day, day in day out.

The number of crises around the world is far outpacing the level of funding for humanitarian operations, and vulnerable refugees in critical operations are falling through the cracks. It is unacceptable in today’s world of plenty for refugees to face chronic hunger or that their children drop out of school to help families survive.

English: Logo of the UN World Food Programme i...The World Food Programme’s dramatic cuts to refugee rations in Africa has received almost no coverage in Western media.

Logo of United Nations Refugee Agency.Version ...Two UN agencies put out a joint press release, one or two papers picked it up, and then nothing happened.

So nobody’s even heard about it.

Severely malnourished refugee children from the Central African Republic at a feeding centre in Batouri hospital, Cameroon.

As the World Food Programme ruefully concludes,African refugee camps no longer attract global awareness.”

That makes it easy for politicians to ignore the UN’s urgent appeal.

African refugees are some of the most invisible people in the world. So invisible, people don’t even react when the UN announces it has no money to keep them from starving.

But you can change that!

Speak Out for Refugees in Africa

  • Darfur Chart 2.005Link to on your social media.
  • Share this UNHCR video on Facebook.
  • Tweet about it with the hashtag #850Cal
  • Talk to your friends about it.
  • Tell your teachers about it.
  • Tell your students about it
  • Make the kind of noise that leads to results.

And when you’re ready

Take the Challenge!

Join us in finding out what it’s like to live on 850 calories a day for just one day. 850 calories is not just not enough for a day…if you’re an active adolescent, it’s not enough for a meal.  What’s shocking is that this is probably more nutritious than what refugees in Chad get in their rations.

Chronicle your experience.

Blog about it. Tweet about it.

Tell all your friends. Let the world know.

Make it count!

  1. Live on the kinds and amounts of food a refugee at a UN Camp in Eastern Chad lives on for just one day.
  2. See rule 1.

Then tell everyone about it.

How much food are we talking about, really?

In Chad, the daily ration work out to:

  • 3/4ths of a cup of grain sorghum or millet (depending on what’s available locally)
  • Two tablespoons of mature seeed lentils,
  • Just under two tablespoons of cooking oil
  • One teaspoon sugar
  • One teaspoon salt

RationsAfter cooking, it comes to about three small bowls of food.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner – yum!

(You can also add more water to bulk it up and fool yourself into thinking it’s more food – not that it really helps.)


Please do find: Central African Republic Revised Regional Refugee Response Plan July 2014


  • #850calories (
    an estimated 800,000 – in a lot of countries, living on less than half their recommended daily calorie intake (for reference, average recommended calorie intakes are 1,000-1,400 for children under 5, 2,000 for adult women, and 2,500 for adult men).
    As has been well documented in the UNHCR’S three-part Tracks blog series, lack of food availability has devastating consequences for refugees, who respond to such crises by utilising ‘negative coping strategies’. These strategies may include turning to forms of dangerous and exploitative labour such as prostitution, selling off of assets such as livestock, unsustainably over-exploiting natural resources such as firewood, and removing children from education in order to generate more income.
  • Food rations slashed for 800,000 African refugees: UN (
    Nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa have had their food rations slashed due to a lack of global aid funding, threatening to push many to the brink of starvation, the UN warned on Tuesday.The cuts of up to 60 percent are “threatening to worsen already unacceptable levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anaemia, particularly in children,” the United Nations’ World Food Programme and refugee agency UNHCR said in a joint statement.

    The situation was not much better for some 150,000 refugees in Central Africa or in South Sudan, where supplies had also been cut by at least half, while another 338,000 refugees in Liberia, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Ghana, Mauritania and Uganda had seen their rations dwindle up to 43 percent, the UN agencies said.

    In addition, a series of unexpected, temporary ration reductions, sometimes due to insecurity, had hit camps in several countries since early 2013, including Kenya, Ethiopia, the Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon.

    “The number of crises around the world is far outpacing the level of funding for humanitarian operations, and vulnerable refugees in critical operations are falling through the cracks,” said Guterres.

  • UNHCR seeks $210m in revised appeal for refugees from Central African Republic (
    On Tuesday UNHCR together with 16 other humanitarian agencies revised the Regional Refugee Response Plan for the CAR situation, seeking US$210 million to assist the growing refugee numbers in four asylum countries Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Republic of Congo until the end of the year.The new appeal figure is lower than the initial $274 million sought in April due to fewer-than-projected refugee arrivals in the DRC and the exclusion of returnees in Chad covered in the first appeal. However the needs have grown in Cameroon, where the majority of refugees are arriving, with $111 million requested in the revised plan almost double what was initially requested. Less than one-third of the revised plan has been funded so far.

    More than 357,000 people have fled CAR for the four host countries since the crisis started in December 2012. This number includes some 160,000 people who left after clashes intensified between the Seleka alliance and anti-Balaka militia in December 2013. Of those who fled in the last seven months the majority of them Muslims over 118,000 are in Cameroon, 17,500 in Chad, over 15,000 in the DRC and 9,000 in the Republic of Congo.

  • Recent Attacks in Nigeria prompt new refugees to Cameroon, more continue to arrive (
    Recent attacks from insurgent groups in the north east of Nigeria has prompted thousands of Nigerians to find refuge in Cameroon in the past 10 days, with some newly arrived refugees sleeping on the ground in schools and churches and children suffering poor health. UNHCR is very concerned that even once they have crossed into Cameroon, they are still being pursued by insurgents and we have already started to relocate some of the refugees to a refugee camp where they can enjoy safer conditions.According to authorities, in the last ten days at least 9,000 people have arrived in Cameroon’s Far North Region, more than 2,000 sought refuge in Niger, and more people continue to arrive. The new arrivals fled recurrent attacks in the past three weeks in the Gwoza area in Nigeria’s Borno State, before reaching safety in Cameroon. Authorities report that 5,500 refugees have arrived in Kolofata, 3,000 in Kerawa and 370 in Mora, in the Mayo Sava and Logone-et-Chari districts. However, even upon arrival in Cameroon, they are not necessarily out of harm’s way. On Sunday, insurgents attacked Kerawa town inside Cameroon, forcing refugees and some local residents to flee further inland.
  • The Food Crisis in South Chad (
    Although the estimates of the food rations that the refugees receive do not all jibe, it is clear that there are serious shortages with serious consequences and no miracle that will set things straight in sight. Moreover, the nearly 100,000 returnees are generally in worse shape than the refugees and are dependent on many of the same resources. And the large numbers of new refugees place additional strain on the limited supply of land, tools, and seeds. Hunger eats away at all activities, including work and school.We were told several versions of the current food ration, the consensus being that the refugees are receiving somewhere between 21 percent and 40 percent of the international standard set by the UN (2,100 calories per person per day). The deprivations were said to be worse for the nomadic refugees and for girls. Whatever the version, unless substantial improvement takes place by September 2014, our contacts agree widespread malnutrition and death are likely to occur.

    In several returnee camps, vouchers rather than food are distributed. The vouchers, equivalent to 4000 CFA (or $8) per person per month, can be traded for food at local markets at prices fixed by the government. Merchants can cash the vouchers with the government. Everyone agrees that the amount of food that can be purchased with 4000 CFA/month is totally inadequate.

  • African refugees face cuts in rations as funding runs low – UN (
    The U.N. refugee agency needs $39 million for its nutrition support to refugees across the continent reeling from conflicts.”The appeal today is a very concrete appeal for the most dramatic of the situations, the African situation, because it is the most forgotten,” said Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

    “As you have seen, 450,000 refugees in Africa today are living with less than 50 percent of the normal ration. And this is something that is not acceptable,” he said.

    Desperate families fleeing South Sudan are still crossing into Ethiopia and Sudan, and people escaping Central African Republic arrive in Cameroon in a “desperate state”, he said.

  • New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa (
    The funding shortfall is not the result of shrinking budgets for either WFP or UNHCR, but a substantial increase in the need for food assistance generated by an unprecedented number of refugee emergencies in 2014. “The amount of large-scale, simultaneous emergencies has never been so high to the best of my memory,” said Paul Spiegel, UNHCR’s deputy director of programme support and management, speaking to IRIN from Geneva.Out of a global figure of 11.7 million refugees under UNHCR’s protection at the end of 2013, the highest number since 2001, 3.3 million live in Africa.

    “There has also been a lot of earmarking [by donors] for certain situations, particularly the Syrian situation,” he added. “Some situations, particularly CAR, have been severely under-funded so there is an equity issue here that needs to be dealt with. Protracted refugee situations have also not had the same level of funding.”

  • Starvation Real Threat in Central African Republic (
    Starvation is a looming reality for many people in the Central African Republic. The call is out from the United Nations for immediate aid.
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Americans honouring Labour Day when Wages are still putting someone below poverty level

English: This is a history of minimum wage inc...

This is a history of minimum wage increases under the 1938 act. This is current as of September 2009, with the inflation adjustment going to August 2009, the latest data. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Barack Obama last Saturday in honour of Labour Day reminded workers across the country to not take hard-won labour rights for granted while again calling on republicans in Congress to join with democrats to raise the federal minimum wage for millions of hard-working Americans.

In this week’s address, the President wished Americans a Happy Labour Day weekend, highlighted the important economic progress the Americans have made, and reaffirmed his commitment to accelerate their progress and ensure that their growing economy fuels a strong middle class. To do this, the President reiterated that Congress should do right by hard-working Americans across the country and raise the minimum wage and he praised the 13 states and Washington, DC as well as employers large and small who have heeded his call and taken action to provide their citizens and employees a fair wage. The President underscored that America built the world’s greatest middle class by making sure that everyone who’s willing to work hard and play by the rules can get ahead – an economic patriotism worth remembering this Labour Day, and every day.


Minwage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the past 53 months, the United States businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs.  Last month, for the first time since 1997, they created more than 200,000 jobs for six straight months.  And for the first time in over a decade, business leaders worldwide have declared, two years running, that the number one place to invest isn’t China – it’s America.

So there are reasons to be optimistic about where the North Americans are headed.  And the decisions they make now will determine whether or not they accelerate this progress – whether economic gains flow to a few at the top, or whether a growing economy fuels rising incomes and a thriving middle class.

Though those American citizens , like the people in West Europe may not be too positive and think they are out of the crisis. There is still a lot of work to be done and we do have to be very careful that the gap between the rich and poor does not become bigger, what we see which is happening at the moment. The last few years the middle class came closer to the borders of poverty. There is a very need to build a stronger middle class in today’s changing economy. The American president warns the people they still have got to keep fighting.

We’ve got to fight for the right to affordable health insurance for everybody.  The right to fair pay, family leave, and workplace flexibility.  The right to a fair living wage.

The president focused on that last one for a minute.

In America, no one who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty.  A hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.  And raising the minimum wage would be one of the best ways to give a boost to working families.  It would help around 28 million Americans from all walks of life pay the bills, provide for their kids, and spend that money at local businesses.  And that grows the economy for everyone.

We as industrialised and economically thriving countries should not allow it that families should need two people to work full-time be able to survive just in the ‘marge’ of what we should consider poverty. Those countries which consider themselves civilized should give their citizens a reasonable income and should give everybody fair enough equal chances.

The American president is doing his best.

The bottom line is, America deserves a raise.  But until we’ve got a Congress that cares about raising working folks’ wages, it’s up to the rest of us to make it happen.  And in the year and a half since I first asked Congress to raise the minimum wage, Americans of all walks of life are doing just that.

Thirteen states and D.C. have done their part by raising their minimum wages.  Four more states have minimum wage initiatives on the ballot this November.  And the states where the minimum wage has gone up this year have experienced higher job growth than the states that haven’t.

It also looks like the men or women in charge of big companies in the States are also willing to do their part.  There are some, but I would say not enough, which are raising base wages for tens of thousands of workers because they know it’s good for business. also cities are willing to show their good intentions and like mayor Emanuel in Chicago and mayor Garcetti in L.A. are working to lift their cities’ wages over time to at least thirteen dollars an hour.

I’ve tried to do my part by requiring companies that get contracts with the federal government to pay their workers a fair wage of ten dollars and ten cents an hour.

continued the president in his speech.

That there are people with good sense and ethics in the United States showed earlier this month, the president of Kentucky State University who set a great example by giving himself a $90,000 pay cut, so that he could give raises to his lowest-paid employees.

His sacrifice will give more of his workers and their families a little extra money to help make ends meet.

confirmed Barack Obama.

That’s how America built the greatest middle class the world has ever known.  Not by making sure a fortunate few at the top are doing well, but by making sure that everyone who’s willing to work hard and play by the rules can get ahead.  That’s the bedrock this country is built on.  Hard work.  Responsibility.  Sacrifice.  And looking out for one another as one united American family.

Leading up to the American Labour Day 2014, Secretary Tom Perez is traveling across the country to talk with Americans about how the American Government can help more people succeed in the workplace and at home.

Secretary Tom Perez​ of the U.S.A. Department of Labor writes:

This Labor Day, I’m thinking about Austraberta.

I had breakfast at Austraberta Rodriguez’s home in Houston two weeks ago. She’s worked as a janitor for more than 30 years, and for most of that time, her wages put her below the poverty level. Every cent she’s earned has gone toward providing the basics for her children and grandchildren. Today, she’s still earning the minimum wage — which, in Texas, is just $7.25 an hour.

Austraberta Rodriguez with her grandchildren

Minimum wages nationwide.

Minimum wages nationwide. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Austraberta told me over breakfast that a national minimum wage increase would mean more bread for her family. She said a few more dollars an hour would be “incredible.” That raise wouldn’t just go toward making Austraberta’s life a little better. It would improve the odds for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren too.

Austraberta’s struggle is our struggle. On Labor Day, we celebrate all workers nationwide who contribute to our strength and prosperity. Because whether you made the burger or someone served it to you, whether you’re driving the bus or riding on it, whether you’re sweeping the floor or working in the clean office, you have a part to pla​y.

So today, if you’re ready for a country that does right by Austraberta and the nearly 28 million Americans who stand to benefit from a $10.10 minimum wage,then honor them by adding your name here.

A higher minimum wage doesn’t just help workers like Austraberta. It helps the businesses they work for too. It improves employee morale, productivity, and customer service. It reduces turnover, absenteeism, and training costs.

And besides, when working families have more money in their pockets, they pump it right back into their local economies. They spend it on goods and services where they live. And that helps the businesses providing those goods and services to grow. And that creates more jobs.

But it all starts with making good on that basic bargain: If you work hard and play by the rules, you shouldn’t have to raise your family in poverty.

The President is doing his part, with an Executive Order that would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 for private-sector workers on federal contracts.

You can do your part, too — and there’s no action too small to show your support for folks likeAustraberta. Folks like LeDaya. Like Holley. Like Aaron.

Today, more than a century after its inception, we still haven’t identified the true “founder” of Labor Day, and maybe that’s fitting. Because today isn’t about one person. It’s about every American who’s working hard to get ahead — and it’s about the progress we can make when we work together.

You can do that right now by standing up and saying you’re ready to reward hard work with a fair wage for everyone.

Happy Labor Day. Let’s continue standing with our workers not just on the first Monday in September, but every day of the year.

- Tom

Secretary Tom Perez​
Department of Labor

Follow him along the way with live updates at


  • Obama’s Labor secretary embarks on cross-country junket to promote Labor Day (
    Perez’s “On the Road” initiative started in Los Angeles, where he met with LeDaya Epps, a construction worker. Epps got an apprenticeship in construction work, and is now a full-time apprentice working on a rail project.Labor employee Laura Miller blogged about the visit on Monday, and said the administration is already working to increase the number of registered apprenticeships over the next few years.Miller also wrote that Labor is working with the Department of Transportation to create transportation-related construction jobs, and is focused on creating “good jobs.”
  • Obama Labor Day message urges Congress to raise minimum wage (
    Attempting to work with Congress to pass a minimum wage increase has been a primary goal of the President in his second term in office. Across the country and in poll after poll, a large majority of Americans have indicated their support of a minimum wage increase. According to CNN in a June poll, even a majority of republicans support an increase in the minimum wage. However, in their strategy to deny the passage of any legislation supported by President Obama, the vast majority of republicans in Congress have blocked every attempt for such an increase to occur.
  • Jim Sinclair: Labour movement helps all British Columbians (

    It’s hard to remember a time when workers experienced little protection on the job and had few rights. That’s because today millions of workers in Canada — both those with a union and those without — reap the benefits of the battles won by the labour movement.

    The 40-hour week was first won at the bargaining table and then the government, under political pressure from the trade union movement, was forced to make it a law that covered all employees.

  • Gov’t sets wage increase for many of its workers (
    Many states have increased the minimum wage for state workers. As of June 1, 22 states and the District of Columbia have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.”I meet with employers all the time who have raised wages for their workers because they know it reduces turnover, improves moral and boosts productivity,” Perez said. “In other words, paying a fair wage is the right thing to do and it’s the smart thing to do.”
  • Michigan hourly minimum wage rises to $8.15 on Labor Day (
    Michigan’s minimum wage rises 75 cents an hour to $8.15 on Labor Day.It’s scheduled to increase regularly over the next few years before topping out Jan. 1, 2018 at $9.25.That’s a little short of the $10.10 hourly national minimum wage Democratic President Barack Obama proposed earlier this year.

    But some question whether the increasing minimum wage is enough to lift people out of poverty or pay for basic costs of living.

    “For $8.15 a hour you can get a loaf of bread & a gallon of gas,” posted Ellen Reagor from Swartz Creek on the social media site Facebook. “So forget about paying your rent, mortgage or insurance if you want groceries.”

    some say higher minimum wages will increase unemployment and prices.

    “It means more at the bottom of the employment ladder will stay there or be kicked off,” said David Mortellaro from Grand Blanc, a vice president at Industrial Coatings. “Markets set wages not governments.”

  • Franchises could be next union battleground (
    Business groups say they’re gearing up to defend against what they believe to be the next front in the battle with organized labor: the franchise model used by McDonald’s and other iconic brands.The International Franchise Association says Labor Day demonstrations scheduled this week at restaurant chains in North Carolina — a Wendy’s in Greensboro and a Bojangles in Raleigh among them — are proof that labor unions see franchise workers as a key new target to expand their own membership.
  • Alaska is a model for job training says DOL leader (
    Holly Morales is director of the Employment and Training Services department there. She says CITC staff outlined to Perez the comprehensive range of services the agency offers to Alaska Native and American Indian people, helping with everything from bus passes and vouchers for clothing, to training for nurses and iron workers:“We have a system here where we’re able to consolidate certain funding from federal agencies that allow us to serve that participant with wraparound. Basically they walk in our door and we provide them with almost all the services they need within our capabilities. We may have to refer them out, but we try to provide they with everything they need to get the job that they want.”Morales says she welcomes a slight increase in job training funding at the start of the federal fiscal year in October:

    “There’s always room for opportunity for us to provide more training if we had more dollars. Only so much you can do when there’s such high demand. There’s always room for us to provide additional training.”

  • On Labor Day Weekend, Fox Host Says Minimum Wage Workers ‘Don’t Deserve’ A Raise (

    The Cavuto on Business show “honored” Labor Day weekend by smearing minimum wager workers and their efforts to raise the minimum wage. The segment began with footage of feisty (think: angry and scary) African American demonstrators. Host Neil Cavuto drove the point home in his introduction: “You think these guys are loud. Wait until Labor Day. The unions will be kicking up rage over the minimum wage.”

    Most of the panelists argued against raising the minimum wage, of course. Charles Gasparino argued it would hurt small businesses and lead to “less job creation.” Gerri Willis argued that the number of people earning minimum wage is so small, it’s not worth worrying about; the focus should be on job growth, instead. Panelist Ben Stein was the only one who said unequivocally the minimum wage should be raised.

  • Fox Continues Their Tradition Of Smearing Minimum Wage Workers On Labor Day Weekend (

    panelist and Fox Business host Charles Payne didn’t just argue against a minimum age raise, he smeared minimum wage workers as undeserving:

    This is another form of this classic welfare utopia, running out of money. And the only source that’s left is the corporate balance sheet. That’s the only place they can go to keep this ruse going, this “fair society” where you don’t have to improve your skills, you don’t have to become a better person, we’ll give you the money. We’ll make sure you get paid something that you don’t deserve.

    So says one of the prime examples and over-paid recipients of wingnut welfare over at Fox. Ben Stein made sure he chimed in with Payne and double downed on his assertion that anyone earning minimum wage is personally responsible for the company they work for being unwilling to pay them a higher wage.

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1 September 2014 naar geïntegreerd leren

Er is nog steeds geen nieuwe regering voor het land maar de schoolplichtigen moesten zich vandaag weer aanmelden om dit jaar te gaan bewijzen wat zij waard zijn in schoolgebouwen die regelmatig getuigen zijn van de non-interest om in de scholen te investeren.

Ook vinden niet alle ouders een plekje dicht bij de kinderen hun thuis om makkelijk regelmatig veilig heen en weer naar de studieplek te gaan. In sommige regio’s vinden niet alle kinderen een school in de buurt. In tegenstelling tot Brussel is er in Antwerpen voor elk kind een plek. Voor acht op de tien in de school van hun eerste, tweede en derde keuze. Twee op de tien moeten het stellen met een plaats verder van huis. Een tweede grote uitdaging is de lamentabele toestand van de schoolinfrastructuur.

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Hilde Crevits (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blijmoedigheid en optimisme mochten dan al wel afstralen van kersvers Vlaams onderwijsminister Hilde Crevits haar interviews, zij bracht voor de schoolgemeenschappen toch nog veel te lage cijfers voor hulp mee. Als vroegere minister van Verkeer, en notoir puttenvuller van onze wegen, wacht deze nieuwe onderwijsminister ook de taak om de zeer grote putten te delven die er in Belgisch onderwijsland door het lange jaren verzuim ontstaan zijn.

Maar dit schooljaar zal niet enkel de vele valkuilen vertonen. Die zijn er nu voor haar met hopen. Tijdens de voorgaande verkiezingsdebatten is er heel wat gediscussieerd over de nodige onderwijshervormingen. die ‘praat voor de vaak’ en ‘vele verkiezingsslogans’ hebben nu heel wat politieke slangenkuilen voorgelegd.

De leden die naar een nieuwe regering willen werken hebben duidelijk hun besparingsknuppel aan de massa laten zien en voor hen is onderwijs en gezondheidszorg een sector die niet enkel te veel opslokt maar ook flink zal moeten gaan bezuinigen.

Vanochtend werd ik vroeg wakker door het drukke verkeer. Nochtans zou het voor deze eerste september toch nog een ‘Een klassieke ochtendspits’ geweest zijn.

De leraren van de dagscholen beginnen op de eerste schooldag meestal met een leuk moment voor alle kinderen van de verschillende leerjaren samen. Voor de avondscholen wordt er dan weer een poging gedaan om de leerlingen beter te leren kennen en hun verwachtingen te polsen, en afspraken worden gemaakt zodat iedereen weet waarop en waaraan.

Maar voor de leerkrachten, schooldirecties is het duidelijk dat de regering nog steeds niet klaar is en dat er naar de toekomst toe nog steeds geen duidelijke wijn geschonken wordt door geen enkele partij die zich in België als een ernstige partij uitgeeft. Ook de kiezers kunnen nog niet duidelijk zien hoe hun stem verzilverd zal worden, maar dit lijkt voor vele politici ‘een worst te wezen’ wat die kiezer mag denken. De laatste jaren hebben die kiezers al kunnen opmerken dat er weinig met hun stem rekening wordt gehouden. Maar hoe kan men aan de toekomstige generatie vertrouwen geven voor die politici?

De kinderen van diegene die nu doorgaat als staatshoofd mochten vandaag ook door hun ouders onder begeleiding van een veiligheidsagent hun eerste schooldag tegemoet gaan. Op de commerciële Vlaamse televisiezender VTM melde men gisteren dat die veiligheidsagent vanaf nu een hele dag ook op die school zou gaan verblijven. Ik vraag mij af wat zij daar de hele dag gaan doen. Koningin Mathilde maakte er in  ieder geval een erezaak van om haar oogappels eigenhandig af te zetten aan de schoolpoort.  Ook Koning Filip bracht zoonlief tot op de speelplaats.

Zowat 130.000 leerlingen beginnen voor het eerst op de lagere of op de middelbare schoolbanken. Zij worden geconfronteerd met een aantal wijzigingen, onder meer op het vlak van taal. Zo wordt er ingezet op immersie-onderwijs en is er een plaats voor Frans vanaf het derde leerjaar.

Het nieuwe gewijzigde onderwijsdecreet voorziet ook in het geven taalonderwijs onder bepaalde voorwaarden onder de vorm van immersie-onderwijs (CLIL, wat zoveel betekent als Content and Language Integrated Learning). Dat betekent dat scholen andere vakken dan taalvakken, zoals wiskunde of fysica, mogen voorzien in een andere taal dan het Nederlands. Zulk immersie-onderwijs bestaatin Wallonië al enkele jaren en blijkt wel succcesvol te zijn.

In Vlaanderen zullen een 25 scholen mee op de kar springen, wat neerkomt op ‘slechts’ 1.780 leerlingen die onder andere aardrijkskunde in het Frans of Engels kunnen volgen. Hierbij moet men wel de vraag stellen of die scholen een leerkracht kunnen voorzien die wel degelijk voldoende taalvaardig onderlegd is in die andere taal. Best zou het iemand zijn die de andere taal als moedertaal heeft. Maar met de huidige besparingswoede zie ik dat niet voor haalbaar. Ook moet men beseffen dat in een gemengd taalbad, het niet zo evident is om de vakgerichte eindtermen en het geven van het vak in een andere taal met elkaar te verzoenen.

Bij het departement Onderwijs en Vorming ziet men de toekomst in elk geval hoopvol in. Het nieuwe systeem is nodig om onze achterstand op het vlak van talenkennis weg te werken, zeker als het internationale plaatje in acht genomen wordt. De verwachting is dan ook dat steeds meer scholen in deze onderwijsvorm zullen stappen, zegt Nathalie De Bleeckere van het departement Onderwijs en Vorming.

‘Als CLIL-vakken op een goede manier gegeven worden, zijn ze voor de leerlingen zeker een meerwaarde.’

Daar ben ik ook ten volle van overtuigd en hoop dat naar de toekomst toe ook meerdere scholen voor het geven van vakken in meerdere talen akkoord zullen gaan en deze laten uitvoeren in hun school zonder de belangrijkheid van de eigen moedertaal te verliezen.


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Foto: Koningskinderen zijn klaar voor eerste schooldag

Een nieuw seizoen voor de deur


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