New York Daily Sun - The Trusted New York Daily Broadsheet » News New York’s Daily Newspaper Reporting News, Sport, Politics, Finance, Fashion, Features and Scandal. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:39:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bynes’ Blue Wig Court Appearance Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:23:07 +0000 admin 27-year-old Jewish actress and fashion designer Amanda Bynes, arrived at a Manhattan Court today to face charges of possessing narcotics, reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with physical evidence dressed in what appeared to be a shocking blue wig, basketball vest, black leggings and Air Jordan runners.

Written by Chris White

Bynes was arrested in May after allegedly throwing a marijuana bong 36 stories out of her Times Square apartment window after a doorman reported strange smells to the New York Police Department. On the scene she denied the charges and reportedly accused one of the arresting police officers of sexual harassment.

The arresting police officers claim that when they went to her apartment they saw heavy smoke and a cannabis bong resting in the kitchen sink. Since he arrest other allegations of Bynes seen rolling pot and smoking pot in the apartment lobby have arisen.

Bynes, a former teenage superstar and winner of numerous Nickelodeon and Young “Artist” awards, has had run-ins with law enforcement in the past including numerous incidents dating from last year, which included driving under the influence of alcohol, two separate hit-and-run accidents and driving with a suspended licence.

She is well known for her sensitivity to bad looks, at one point posting a photo of her father on Twitter and commenting: “Haha, look how ugly my dad’s face is”.

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Lohan in Long Island After Rehab Fri, 05 Jul 2013 15:40:20 +0000 admin Lindsay Lohan is set to celebrate turning 27 and exiting rehab on the same day with a belated pool party at her mother’s mansion on Long Island, New York.

Written by Chris White

According to Lohan’s mother 50-year-old ‘Dina Lohan’, the former drug addict who turned 27 last Tuesday is then scheduled to continue her court ordered community service sentence at an undisclosed location, away from the prying eyes of the media.

Once her community service is complete she intends to continue her career as a fashion model.

Speaking to reporters on the phone her mother insisted “she’s not going to live in Los Angeles. She will definitely start back home with all of us.

It was a very calm, low-key birthday. We couldn’t visit because it fell during the week, but we mailed her cards and gifts. We’re going to work it out to all go visit her again, and then we’re planning the pool party.”

Lohan was ordered to a rehab clinic, 30 days of community service and 18 months of compulsory psychological therapy last March, after she pleaded ‘no contest’ to reckless driving on a Santa Monica highway almost one year ago and subverting the course of justice.

Lindsay Lohan is currently serving the last few weeks of a mandatory 90 day rehab sentence at the ultra-luxury rehab centre Cliffside Malibu, which is perched on a hill overlooking scenic views of the Pacific Ocean.

The rehab centre is fitted with a heated lap pool, state of the art gymnasium, plasma TVs and private sun decks.

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Shabbat Elevator Causes Raucus in West Side Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:30:02 +0000 admin The Jewish Touro College which occupies 42 out of 82 units in a 6 storied West Side apartment block, have requested a special “Shabbat elevator”, in order to facilitate the movement of its Jewish Orthodox college students on the Jewish Sabbath.

Written by Chris White

The proposed elevator would run automatically, stopping at every single floor in the building so that college students observing the Jewish sabbatical law wouldn’t have to press elevator buttons, which is considered to be a type of “work”, thus break the Sabbath.

However, in a move which the college has branded “discriminatory” and “Anti-Semitic” the State planning board has rejected the proposal, sparking widespread outrage and unrest within the college and its supporters, but solid backing from most non-college affiliated tenants.

As a consequence what originally started out as a planning application has now exploded into a hard fought civil rights campaign, pitting Jewish students against local tenants.

In response to the ruling the college filed papers last Tuesday with Manhattan Supreme Court to overturn the decision taken by the Division of Housing and Community Renewal that the application for a “Shabbat elevator” be denied.

James Berry president of the local Tenant’s Association has said: “This is not about civil rights. The problem is that Touro has made this building into a dormitory in violation of the building’s certificate of occupancy.”

The tenants argue that the extra time the apartment block’s non-Jewish residents will have to wait longer for an elevator on days when most of the residents will be doing shopping and other chores.

- But the college has dismissed the Tenant’s Association’s arguments as bearing an “Anti-Semitic tone” by suggesting that Jewish students should be expected to climb the building’s stairs on the Sabbath.

The College has insisted that other residents will only have to face a maximum of 1:23 of delay at most and that therefore, the only reason for so much opposition is so called “Anti-Semitism”.

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Abuse Fiend on The Loose Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:31:49 +0000 admin On Tuesday a 12-year-old boy was allegedly sexually assaulted in a public lavatory at South Street Seaport, while shopping with his grandmother.

Written by Chris White</>

According to a police spokesperson the boy having entered a men’s room at around 7:30pm, was lured into one of the cubicles by a suspect with black hair, dressed in a white T-shirt with grey jogging trousers, who then proceeded to try to solicit him committed unnatural acts of oral sexual intercourse. However, the sex freak bolted for safety once the young man had made clear that he intended to resist the obscene advances.

Apparently the victim did not inform his grandmother of the grotesque ordeal until about an hour after it had occurred.
The New York Police Department are asking anyone has any information on the incident to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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Left & Right in A Divided Europe Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:31:08 +0000 admin Even as West European countries seemed to have edged to the right of the political map – all three polities of central Europe lurched to the left. Socialists were elected to replace economically successful right wing governments in Poland, Hungary and, recently, in the Czech Republic.

Written by Sam Vaknin

This apparent schism is, indeed, merely an apparition. The differences between reformed left and new right in both parts of the continent have blurred to the point of indistinguishability. French socialists have privatized more than their conservative predecessors. The Tories still complain bitterly that Tony Blair, with his nondescript “Third Way”, has stolen their thunder.

Nor are the “left” and “right” ideologically monolithic and socially homogeneous continental movements. The central European left is more preoccupied with a social – dare I say socialist – agenda than any of its Western coreligionists. Equally, the central European right is less individualistic, libertarian, religious, and conservative than any of its Western parallels – and much more nationalistic and xenophobic. It sometimes echoes the far right in Western Europe – rather than the center-right, mainstream, middle-class orientated parties in power.

Moreover, the right’s victories in Western Europe – in Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy – are not without a few important exceptions – notably Britain and, perhaps, come September, Germany. Nor is the left’s clean sweep of the central European electoral slate either complete or irreversible. With the exception of the outgoing Czech government, not one party in this volatile region has ever remained in power for more than one term. Murmurs of discontent are already audible in Poland and Hungary.

Left and right are imported labels with little explanatory power or relevance to central Europe. To fathom the political dynamics of this region, one must realize that the core countries of central Europe (the Czech Republic, Hungary and, to a lesser extent, Poland) experienced industrial capitalism in the inter-war period. Thus, a political taxonomy based on urbanization and industrialization may prove to be more powerful than the classic left-right dichotomy.


The enmity between the urban and the bucolic has deep historical roots. When the teetering Roman Empire fell to the Barbarians (410-476 AD), five centuries of existential insecurity and mayhem ensued. Vassals pledged allegiance and subservience to local lords in return for protection against nomads and marauders. Trading was confined to fortified medieval cities.

Even as it petered out in the west, feudalism remained entrenched in the prolix codices and patents of the Habsburg Austro-Hungarian empire which encompassed central Europe and collapsed only in 1918. Well into the twentieth century, the majority of the denizens of these moribund swathes of the continent worked the land. This feudal legacy of a brobdignagian agricultural sector in, for instance, Poland – now hampers the EU accession talks.

Vassals were little freer than slaves. In comparison, burghers, the inhabitants of the city, were liberated from the bondage of the feudal labour contract. As a result, they were able to acquire private possessions and the city acted as supreme guarantor of their property rights. Urban centers relied on trading and economic might to obtain and secure political autonomy.

John of Paris, arguably one of the first capitalist cities (at least according to Braudel), wrote: “(The individual) had a right to property which was not with impunity to be interfered with by superior authority – because it was acquired by (his) own efforts” (in Georges Duby, “The age of the Cathedrals: Art and Society, 980-1420, Chicago, Chicago University Press, 1981). Max Weber, in his opus, “The City” (New York, MacMillan, 1958) wrote optimistically about urbanization: “The medieval citizen was on the way towards becoming an economic man … the ancient citizen was a political man.”

But communism halted this process. It froze the early feudal frame of mind of disdain and derision towards “non-productive”, “city-based” vocations. Agricultural and industrial occupations were romantically extolled by communist parties everywhere. The cities were berated as hubs of moral turpitude, decadence and greed. Ironically, avowed anti-communist right wing populists, like Hungary’s former prime minister, Orban, sought to propagate these sentiments, to their electoral detriment.

Communism was an urban phenomenon – but it abnegated its “bourgeoisie” pedigree. Private property was replaced by communal ownership. Servitude to the state replaced individualism. Personal mobility was severely curtailed. In communism, feudalism was restored.

Very like the Church in the Middle Ages, communism sought to monopolize and permeate all discourse, all thinking, and all intellectual pursuits. Communism was characterized by tensions between party, state and the economy – exactly as the medieval polity was plagued by conflicts between church, king and merchants-bankers.

In communism, political activism was a precondition for advancement and, too often, for personal survival. John of Salisbury might as well have been writing for a communist agitprop department when he penned this in “Policraticus” (1159 AD): “…if (rich people, people with private property) have been stuffed through excessive greed and if they hold in their contents too obstinately, (they) give rise to countless and incurable illnesses and, through their vices, can bring about the ruin of the body as a whole”. The body in the text being the body politic.

Workers, both industrial and agricultural, were lionized and idolized in communist times. With the implosion of communism, these frustrated and angry rejects of a failed ideology spawned many grassroots political movements, lately in Poland, in the form of “Self Defence”. Their envied and despised enemies are the well-educated, the intellectuals, the self-proclaimed new elite, the foreigner, the minority, the rich, and the remote bureaucrat in Brussels.

Like in the West, the hinterland tends to support the right. Orban’s Fidesz lost in Budapest in the recent elections – but scored big in villages and farms throughout Hungary. Agrarian and peasant parties abound in all three central European countries and often hold the balance of power in coalition governments.


The cult of youth in central Europe was an inevitable outcome of the utter failure of older generations. The allure of the new and the untried often prevailed over the certainty of the tried and failed. Many senior politicians, managers, entrepreneurs and journalists across this region are in their 20′s or 30′s.

Yet, the inexperienced temerity of the young has often led to voter disillusionment and disenchantment. Many among the young are too identified with the pratfalls of “reform”. Age and experience reassert themselves through the ballot boxes – and with them the disingenuous habits of the past. Many of the “old, safe hands” are former communists disingenuously turned socialists turned democrats turned capitalists. As even revolutionaries age, they become territorial and hidebound. Turf wars are likely to intensify rather then recede.


Communist managers – always the quintessential rent-seekers – were trained to wheedle politicians, lobby the state and  cadge for subsidies and bailouts, rather than respond to market signals. As communism imploded, the involvement of the state in the economy – and the resources it commanded – contracted. Multilateral funds are tightly supervised. Communist-era “directors” – their skills made redundant by these developments – were shockingly and abruptly confronted with merciless market realities.

Predictably they flopped and were supplanted by expert managers and technocrats, more attuned to markets and to profits, and committed to competition and other capitalistic tenets. The decrepit, “privatized” assets of the dying system expropriated by the nomenclature were soon acquired by foreign investors, or shut down. The old guard has decisively lost its capital – both pecuniary and political.

Political parties which relied on these cronies for contributions and influence-peddling – are in decline. Those that had the foresight to detach themselves from the venality and dissipation of “the system” are on the ascendance. From Haiderism to Fortuynism and from Lepper to Medgyessy – being an outsider is a distinct political advantage in both west and east alike.


The notion of an a-political civil service and its political – though transient – masters is alien to post communist societies. Every appointment in the public sector, down to the most insignificant sinecure, is still politicized. Yet, the economic decline precipitated by the transition to free markets, forced even the most backward political classes to appoint a cadre of young, foreign educated, well-traveled, dynamic, and open minded bureaucrats.

These are no longer a negligible minority. Nor are they bereft of political assets. Their power and ubiquity increase with every jerky change of government. Their public stature, expertise, and contacts with their foreign counterparts threaten the lugubrious and supernumerary class of professional politicians – many of whom are ashen remnants of the communist conflagration. Hence the recent politically-tainted attempts to curb the powers of central bankers in Poland and the Czech Republic.


The malignant fringe of far-right nationalism and far left populism in central Europe is more virulent and less sophisticated than its counterparts in Austria, Denmark, Italy, France, or the Netherlands. With the exception of Poland, though, it is on the wane.

Populists of all stripes combine calls for a thinly disguised “strong man” dictatorship with exclusionary racist xenophobia, strong anti-EU sentiments, conspiracy theory streaks of paranoia, the revival of an imaginary rustic and family-centered utopia, fears of unemployment and economic destitution, regionalism and local patriotism.

Though far from the mainstream and often derided and ignored – they succeeded to radicalize both the right and the left in central Europe, as they have done in the west. Thus, mainstream parties were forced to adopt a more assertive foreign policy tinged with ominous nationalism (Hungary) and anti-Europeanism (Poland, Hungary). There has been a measurable shift in public opinion as well – towards disenchantment with EU enlargement and overtly exclusionary nationalism. This was aided by Brussels’ lukewarm welcome, discriminatory and protectionist practices, and bureaucratic indecisiveness.

These worrisome tendencies are balanced by the inertia of the process. Politicians of all colors are committed to the European project. Carping aside, the countries of central Europe stand to reap significant economic benefits from their EU membership. Still, the outcome of this clash between parochial nationalism and Europeanism is far from certain and, contrary to received wisdom, the process is reversible.


The recent bickering about the Benes decrees proves that the vision of a “Europe of regions” is ephemeral. True, the  century old nation state has weakened greatly and the centripetal energy of regions has increased. But this applies only to homogeneous states.

Minorities tend to disrupt this continuity and majorities do their damnedest to eradicate these discontinuities by various means – from assimilation (central Europe) to extermination (the Balkan). Hungary’s policies – its status law and the economic benefits it bestowed upon expatriate Hungarians – is the epitome of such tendencies.

These axes of tension delineate and form central Europe’s political landscape. The Procrustean categories of “left” and “right” do injustice to these subtleties. As central Europe matures into fully functioning capitalistic liberal democracies, proper leftwing parties and their rightwing adversaries are bound to emerge. But this is still in the future.

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Proto-Civil War in Paris? Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:05:06 +0000 admin 19-year-old Left wing extremist Clément Méric, was brutally attacked and killed by French Nationalists at a train station in the midst of Paris’ busiest shopping district yesterday, after being left severely brain damaged in an horrific sustained assault perpetrated by 2 males and 1 female aged in their teens or early 20’s.

Written by Chris White

The attack which happened in the context of a pitched street battle between Nationalist and Marxist youths, in which the mainly upper middle class and inexperienced Marxist youths, having initiated the conflict fled in terror leaving the crippled Méric behind to be killed.

The corpse of the pro-immigration activist who was a student at Paris’ ‘Science Po’ University, was rushed to hospital yesterday only to be officially declared brain-dead by doctors hours later and was submitted for autopsy today in order to establish the exact cause of death, according to Paris Prosecutor spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre.

The spokeswoman added that 4 French youths all aged between 17 and 20 were arrested in connection with the incident.

She said that French investigators were attempting to establish whether or not the suspects arrested were in any way connected with the French organization ‘Revolutionary Nationalist Youth’, which politicians have condemned as an “extremist organization”.

France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls confirmed that fighting between Nationalist and Marxist youths had broken out on Wednesday only yards away from Paris’ World-famous, upmarket department store ‘Printemps’.

Méric, who was one of France’s most prominent Marxist youth organizers, well known for his views on mass immigration and gay civil rights, was savagely beaten to a bloody, unconscious pulp at a busy Paris train station however, because Méric was ethnically French/Breton and targeted due to political orientation rather than ethnicity, the attack constitutes as a White-on-White act of violence and therefore cannot be charged as a “hate crime”.

The incident comes against the backdrop of a recent upsurge in Right wing popularity and increasing Nationalist violence, which culminated in a mass demonstration consisting of 10,000’s of demonstrators last month, in which France’s White Nationalist youth took to the streets in protest against the French Republic’s new law formally recognising homosexual marriage and legally requiring all of French institutions (including schools), to accept the declared changes in France’s national culture.

France’s establishment politicians have been very quick to condemn the violence, with Interior Minister Valls singling out France’s Nationalist youth for particularly harsh condemnation.

Speaking to reporters Valls spoke for France’s values, saying:

“There is no place for small neo-Nazi groups whose enemy is the nation. A group of the extreme right is at the heart of this. There is a discourse of hate and a climate that favours this discourse. We need to pay attention to this, because they threaten our values.”

Today dozens of mainly middle aged Marxists and Leftist university students came out to attend a demonstration on the steps Notre Dame Cathedral in solidarity with Méric’s friends and family, ironically the very location at which the French Nationalist author and philosopher committed suicide in protest at France’s new gay marriage law on May 21st, with a single gunshot wound to the head.

Below is the letter Venner placed on the altar before his act of self-sacrifice:

“I am healthy in body and mind, and I am filled with love for my wife and children. I love life and expect nothing beyond, if not the perpetuation of my race and my mind. However, in the evening of my life, facing immense dangers to my French and European homeland, I feel the duty to act as long as I still have strength. I believe it necessary to sacrifice myself to break the lethargy that plagues us. I give up what life remains to me in order to protest and to found. I chose a highly symbolic place, the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, which I respect and admire: she was built by the genius of my ancestors on the site of cults still more ancient, recalling our immemorial origins.

While many men are slaves of their lives, my gesture embodies an ethic of will. I give myself over to death to awaken slumbering consciences. I rebel against fate. I protest against poisons of the soul and the desires of invasive individuals to destroy the anchors of our identity, including the family, the intimate basis of our multi-millennial civilization. While I defend the identity of all peoples in their homes, I also rebel against the crime of the replacement of our people.

The dominant discourse cannot leave behind its toxic ambiguities, and Europeans must bear the consequences. Lacking an identitarian religion to moor us, we share a common memory going back to Homer, a repository of all the values on which our future rebirth will be founded once we break with the metaphysics of the unlimited, the baleful source of all modern excesses.

I apologize in advance to anyone who will suffer due to my death, first and foremost to my wife, my children, and my grandchildren, as well as my friends and followers. But once the pain and shock fade, I do not doubt that they will understand the meaning of my gesture and transcend their sorrow with pride. I hope that they shall endure together. They will find in my recent writings intimations and explanations of my actions.”

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Five Strategies for The U.S. in Syria Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:59:50 +0000 admin WASHINGTON  In the western media’s telling, the civil war in Syria began and continues as a morality play, good versus evil, and for good reason.  The regime headed for nearly a decade and a half by Bashar al-Assad has pursued policies of extreme brutality, including large-scale executions of rebellious groups’ women and children.  But could this tale end in a tragedy of unintended consequences?  What should America do?

Written By Stanley A. Weiss

The West has focused on why the regime should fall.  In addition to its record of human rights abuse, the Assad alliance with Iran gives ample motivation for Europe and the United States to want Syria under new management.  So after a seemingly interminable period of vacillation, the Obama administration has joined other western powers in supplying selected Syrian rebel groups.

Rebels now control parts of the capital, Damascus, itself.  Pitched but inconclusive battles have been fought for other cities.  Media coverage all but assumes that the armed opposition will eventually win, perhaps by year’s end.  But will it, and if it does, what then?

The “will it” question is not a small one.  On one hand the Assad-Iranian partnership has given the dictator and his supporters a vital source for its own supplies.  Troops loyal to Mr. Assad will not run out of guns, ammunition, fuel, food or other essentials of war fighting anytime soon, despite global embargoes.

Equally critical, a number of groups within the country remain fiercely loyal to the government.  The list extends far beyond members of Assad’s Shi’ite-related Alawite sect and his Ba’ath Party, first cousins to Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi Ba’athists.

For in a country that is seventy percent Sunni Muslim, the backers of the regime that Mr. Assad’s father – Hafez al-Assad – put in place in 1970 can best be described as the coalition of everyone else: Alawites, yes, but also other Shi’ites, Christians, Druze and any other sect not part of the Sunni majority.  In the eyes of these groups, Assad is a protector, having long maintained order, respected property, permitted diversity and protected religious freedom.

Further, as one Alawite man told a reporter recently, if only because of Assad’s bloody record, “I am sure there will be massacres [of Alawites]; the regime made us [everyone else’s] enemies over the past two years.”  He had good reason to worry.  Syria’s vast displaced population – now estimated at fifteen percent of the country – gives a good measure of the extent of the regime’s assaults on its own people.

If the fear of score settling were not enough, the increasing radicalism of the rebels is a galvanizing worry, too.  As the same Alawite man also said, he was determined “to fight Wahhai radicals who will force my wife and daughters to wear the veil and will close all the wine shops.”

Much has been written regarding western worries about the al-Qaeda and other jihadists’ role within the ever-shifting ranks of the insurrection.  The rebel umbrella group formed last November, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, now recognized in the West as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people, has announced a goal that the global democracies embrace, formation of a “democratic, civil, pluralistic, strong and stable state.”  But will the secularists behind that goal prevail in the power struggles that will inevitably follow victory?  One astute British observer recently wrote that many have long regarded it as “evident that Saudi money and influence would dominate the secular opposition, and that the Salafists and al-Qaeda would fight more brutally and emerge on top.”

With all the talk in Washington of what we do now in Syria, there is much too little talk of what we do next.  How many times will we wade into one of these imbroglios without asking, what about the Second Act?

In Iraq we overthrew Saddam Hussein.  Now the regime we installed is more or less aligned with Iran.

In Afghanistan we are still fighting, a decade after we defeated the Taliban.  Will the Karzai government be our ally after we leave?  Is it even now?  Will the Taliban return to power as soon as we are gone?

There is nothing complicated about our goal in Syria: a friendly or neutral country, neither allied with Iran nor a haven for jihadists, where minorities and the majority enjoy the same rights and security.  Here are five strategies for getting there:

Strategy #1: Harbor no illusions about which players serve our interests.  Give them significant support, with this unambiguous proviso, that they work with us in fighting both the jihadist and all allies of Iran, not just the regime.

Strategy #2: Remember in the Middle East betrayal is a sport.  Be ready to reward and punish.   In that part of the world, making clear that actions have consequences is respected – even more, letting bad actions have no consequences is despised.  So when the friend moves back to us, welcome him into the fold, but let him know he is on probation.

Strategy #3: Also remember that friends will be defined by tribal as well as religious affiliations. Tribal loyalties can cross sectarian lines, with some tribes split between Shi’ites and Sunnis.  Long-standing rivalries and vendettas will play a role in who our allies are – with “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” rule more than political or religious ideology often determining who cooperates with us.  We need to pay much more attention to alliance building with tribes.

Strategy #4: Exert maximum pressure on the Saudis to stop the flow of aid to radicals in the rebel movement.  If the Saudis want to help bring down Assad, tell them to use their agents and funds to disrupt Iranian support for the regime.

Strategy #5: Listen to our non-Syrian allies in the region: Israelis, Turks and non-Hezbollah Lebanese. Determine in particular whom in Syria they trust and how to best engage with those elements.

Does this sound familiar?  It is Chicago politics writ large, something the president and his team well understand.  It has won Team Obama two elections at home.  Now it can make America a winner in this critical contest overseas.

Author Bio

Stanley Weiss is founding chairman of Business Executives for National Security (a non-partisan organization of senior executives who contribute their expertise in the best practices of business to strengthening national security).

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Chechnya – Headscarves, Not Babushkas. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:34:38 +0000 admin This is not your grandmothers Russia, Islamist Chechen soldiers are joining with Al Qaeda all over the Middle East and can be found across vast areas; from civil wars in Northern African to rebel camps in Syria, and now Boston, Massachusetts.

A slender bronze statue of Medea, the Greek goddess of rage, holding up Jason’s Golden Fleece was unveiled in the Black Sea city of Batumi. Medea is a fitting patron for the Caucasus region which has been raging war for centuries.  This seaport allowed fighters and supplies to transit into Chechnya; rejecting Russian demands to stop.

Written by Darlene Casella

Chechnya lies between the Black and the Caspian Seas. Russian Tzar Nicholas I led a successful invasion into the Caucasus regions. Citizens speak Kakh, not Russian. The clan society is 95% Salafi/Shafi Muslim. The national anthem is Death or Freedom.  During WWII they were Nazi Collaborators. In the 1980’s thousands joined the Mujahedeen with Osama Bin Laden.  When Russia left Afghanistan the Chechen rebels took all weapons, bombs, and chemicals.

Rebellions and two brutal wars for independence, claimed thousands of lives.  Massacre in the town of Samashki, which the United Nations claims ended in the death of more than 100 civililians, did not remove the Russian rule which Chechens resent. Shamil Salmanovich Basayev was a militant Islamist leader of the Chechen rebel movement. Basayev launched mass hostage takings of civilians, the assault on the Beslan elementary school which killed 300 people, mostly children; and was responsible for numerous attacks including the 2002 Moscow theater hostage crisis, and was one of the most wanted terrorists in the world until 2006 when he was killed by an accidental explosion.

Many rebel fighters in Syria and in the Al Qaeda wars in Africa are Chechens.  Tarek Mehanna, a Sudbury Massachusetts pharmacist and US citizen, was convicted of conspiring to kill American soldiers and to radicalize others.  He cited Chechnya first in his list reasons that made him a jihadi.  Jose Padilla, a New York US citizen was convicted of aiding terrorists in plotting to detonate a dirty bomb in the United States.  His co conspirator Mohammed Elzahabi was a Boston cab driver who had fought in Chechnya.

Grozny is the capital of Chechnya.  President Ramzan Kadyrov imposes a “virtue campaign” of Islamic law.  Women appearing to be out of compliance with the strict dress code are physically attacked and harassed by the Sufi tarikats, religious brotherhood.    One young girl lost an eye, paint ball guns are shot at non compliant women from moving cars.   While most Chechens live in deep poverty, the extravagant lifestyle of President Kadyrov is made possible from the largess of Vladimir Putin. Unemployment is 55% – 85% in some areas.

The beautiful island of Cyprus has the Greek Goddess patron Aphrodite, goddess of love.  The Caucasus has the Greek patron Medea, goddess of rage. The misogynist Euripides, wrote the Greek Tragedy Medea about irreconcilable differences, and the inability to compromise. It is a dark play filled with death and destruction, where everyone loses everything. This could be eerily true of Chechnya today.

Author Bio

Darlene Casella is a freelance writer, former English teacher, stockbroker, owner/President of a small corporation.  She and her husband live in La Quinta, California.  She can be reached at

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Bombings To Rev Up Islamophobic Domestic Terrorists? Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:00:49 +0000 admin

The Tsarnaev brothers—Tamerlan and Dzhokhar—of Cambridge, MA are, at present, the sole alleged perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar are of Chechen descent and are also Muslim. Please, God don’t let it be a Muslim.” This was Arsalan Iftikhar’s immediate thought upon hearing of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Written by Reverend Irene Monroe

In fact, since 9/11, Iftikhar has had that thought about every bombing and mass shooting in every corner of the world, but particularly in his home country, the U.S. The April 2007 Virginia Tech shooting; the November 2009 Fort Hood shooting; the 2012 Colorado movie theater massacre; the December 2012 Newton school shooting all had him hoping the perpetrator wasn’t Muslim. Iftikhar, senior editor with Islamic Monthly, and popular blogger of “The Muslim Guy,” worried (like so many peace loving and law-abiding Muslims did) that an onslaught of Islamophobic vitriol and violence would follow violence committed by a Muslim.

His fear is, sadly, rooted in fact. Just hours after news spread globally about the Boston tragedy, anti-Muslim vigilantes surfaced. NPR reported that just outside of Boston a woman wearing a hijab (traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women) was attacked while strolling with her baby. In New York, a Bangladeshi man was accosted resulting in having his shoulder dislocated by someone yelled Islamophobic epithets.

Ruslan Tsarni, the Tsarnaev brothers’ uncle, expressed thoughts about collective guilt when he told news reporters that his nephews brought shame upon all Chechens.

“They’ve never been in Chechnya. This has nothing to do with Chechnya. Chechens are different. Chechens are peaceful people…. He put a shame on our family,” Tsarni told the reporters. “He put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity.

But the weight of the brothers’ action bares not only a collective guilt placed on Chechens as Tsarni expressed, but their actions also places a collective shame and backlash on Muslims as Iftikhar worries.

“The term terrorism in post-9/11 America has sort of been co-opted to really only apply when it’s brown, Muslim men…. Already today, I have received several pieces of hate mail in my email inbox and I think many brown people in America are feeling very nervous right now,” Iftikhar told NPR.

Salon magazine writer David Sirota’s  expressed similar concerns. In his article “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American” he stated “There is a double standard: White terrorists are dealt with as lone wolves, Islamists are existential threats.”

Tim Wise, one of the most prominent white American anti-racist writers and educators in the United States, wrote a similar article soon after the bombing titled, “Terrorism and Privilege: Understanding the Power of Whiteness.”

“White privilege is knowing that even if the bomber turns out to be white, no one will call for your group to be profiled as terrorists as a result, subjected to special screening or threatened with deportation,” Wise wrote. “White privilege is knowing that if this bomber turns out to be white, the United States government will not bomb whatever corn field or mountain town or stale suburb from which said bomber came, just to ensure that others like him or her don’t get any ideas. And if he turns out to be a member of the Irish Republican Army we won’t bomb Dublin. And if he’s an Italian-American Catholic we won’t bomb the Vatican.”

In August 2012, Wade Michael Page, an American white supremacist, Neo-Nazi and U.S. army veteran, murdered six Sihks and wounded several others at a Sihk temple in Wisconsin. Sihk males wear turbans and are often mistaken as Muslim terrorists. Page’s act was aptly depicted by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as “an act of terrorism, an act of hatred, a hate crime.”

Immediately following the Boston bombing several “Muslim-looking” suspects were apprehended to the chagrin of law enforcement that later released them and offered an apology.

Not much has changed since September 11, 2001.

I’m reminded of a 2002 incident when Ayman Gheith, Kambiz Butt and Omar Chaudhary were then our recent poster boys of what it means to be “traveling while Muslim.”  At a Shoney’s restaurant in Calhoun, Georgia, just two days after the one-year anniversary of 9/11, patron Eunice Stone heard the three men unabashedly discuss their supposedly conspiratorial plot to detonate a bomb in Miami. And Gheith, who had a long beard and wore a Muslim skullcap, cemented Stone’s suspicion.

In an interview on CNN that year , Ayman Gheith said, “I learned that injustice, regardless against whom, is wrong. It is against us today, tomorrow it could be against you.”

As I ask myself the question Gheith poses about who will be America’s next suspect I am reminded of the pink triangle, a symbol known to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer community worldwide. The pink triangle dates back to the Nazi Holocaust when gay men were prisoners and confined to death camps because of their sexuality. Relegated to the lowest rung in the death camps’ hierarchy, gay prisoners were forced to wear the symbol which signified their rank; thus, making them among the first to die.

Suspicion of the “other” has always abounded in the psyche and soul of this country. And oddly, the suspicion of the “other‚” does not have to be a person who is an alien to this country or a person who is stranger to this country’s morals or mores. Suspicion of the “other” is simply predicated on just being different.

And being different, these days, exacts a particular toll not just on Muslims, or African Americans or LGBTQ people, but it exacts a toll on us all.

Author Bio

A native of Brooklyn, Irene is a graduate from Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and served as a pastor at an African-American church before coming to Harvard Divinity School for her doctorate as Ford Fellow. She writes The Religion Thang, for In Newsweekly, now called New England Blade, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender newspaper in the New England, Faith Matters for The Advocate Magazine, The Bilerico Project, Black Commentator, and Queer Take, for The Witness, a progressive Episcopalian journal, and Black Commentator.

As a nationally renowned African-American lesbian activist, scholar and public theologian, her writings have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Bay State BannerCambridge Chronicle, and Metro News. Her award-winning essay “Louis Farrakhan’s Ministry of Misogyny and Homophobia” was greeted with critical acclaim. She has also been profiled in OOprah Magazine, and recently CNNs Paula Zahn Now, and “CNN Headline News.”

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Time For Obama To Go Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:14:49 +0000 admin The tenant in the White House leads a dishonest and lawless cabal of anti-American ideologues, who engage in activities and foster policies that risk the survival of the American republic, undermine the security of its citizens and abrogate their unalienable rights.

In addition to an exhaustive list of violations of the Constitution and the corrupt practices committed within his administration, let’s examine some of the most egregious national disasters that occurred under Obama’s stewardship.

Written By Lawrence Sellin

The totally irresponsible rate of Obama spending projected over the next twenty-five years will drive federal debt to unsustainable levels. The country is heading for a financial meltdown and economic ruin.

During Obama’s Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking” scheme, about 2,000 firearms were allowed to be illegally smuggled into Mexico and, among others, eventually found their way into the home of Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, a prominent Mexican Sinaloa Cartel member. Obama’s contribution to the Mexican drug gangs included a .50 caliber rifle, an anti-aircraft machine gun and grenade launcher. It was reported that Fast and Furious weapons were found at the murder scenes of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata and Mexican beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez. According to Humberto Benítez Treviño, former Mexican Attorney General and chair of the justice committee in the Chamber of Deputies, related firearms have been found where at least 150 Mexican civilians were maimed and killed.

The Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist assault targeting the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi and the Central Intelligence Agency annex, claimed the lives of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans. According to a House Republican report, the Obama Administration failed to provide adequate security for US personnel and perpetuated a deliberately misleading and incomplete narrative that the attacks evolved from a political demonstration by minimizing the role played by al Qaeda-affiliated entities and other groups.

There is mounting evidence suggesting widespread voter fraud facilitated by both the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns and he may be the nation’s first openly illegal President and unindicted felon.

Since his usurpation of the Oval Office in 2009, five Islamic jihadists have reached their targets in the United States: the Boston Marathon bomber, the underwear bomber, the Times Square Bomber, the Fort Hood shooter, and the killing and wounding of two military recruiters in Little Rock, Arkansas.

And now America is learning the astonishing tale of a Saudi national with family connections to al-Qaeda, identified as Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, who, after the Boston Marathon bombings, rapidly went from a person of interest, to witness, to victim, to nobody.

Initially, Alharbi was set to be deported under section 212, 3B — “Security and related grounds” — “Terrorist activities” immediately after the April 15, 2013 bombings.

The original event file created for Alharbi indicated he was “armed and dangerous.”

It was some time after preliminary suspicions about Alharbi’s possible involvement in the Marathon bombings that Secretary of State John Kerry met with Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal on April 16th. The next day Obama met with the foreign minister and Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.

On April 17th, Alharbi’s security file was allegedly altered to disassociate him from the initial charges.

According to a report by a Saudi newspaper, on April 18th, Michelle Obama visited Alharbi in a Boston hospital.

On April 23rd, US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano confirmed that Alharbi was briefly placed on a terror “watchlist.”

At the very least, the entire situation epitomizes an alarming lack of transparency, or worse, an abuse of power and a cover-up.

At the very worst, it could represent collusion by our highest officials with sworn enemies of the United States. That is the definition of treason.

The prominent conservative blogger and United Nations correspondent Joseph Klein, author of “Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, The United Nations & Radical Islam,” asks important questions that every patriotic American should also be asking.

Are you tired of Islamists and their liberal elite supporters calling well-meaning American citizens ‘bigots’ or ‘racists’ for simply questioning what is behind the radical Islamic agenda and how President Obama is facilitating it?

And why does Obama seem to foster the Islamists’ stealth strategy to undermine American laws, financial systems and democratic values that get in the way of radical Islamic priorities. This strategy includes manipulating our own laws and institutions against us?

Enough is enough.

Author Bio

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of “Afghanistan and the Culture of Military Leadership“. He receives email at

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