daily archive: 05/05/2005
Hatewatch Briefing 05/06/05
Over at Winds of Change.NET
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While the Allies were getting ready to invade Normandy, the Germans systematically continued to round up and deport the Jewish communities throughout Greece.
In the town of Kastoria, the Jewish community numbered about 900 people at the beginning of World War II. On March 25, 1944, 763 Jews were rounded up for deportation to Auschwitz. In the days before they were deported, they were imprisoned in an abandoned school with no food or water and the young girls were raped by German soldiers. Thirty-five Jews from Kastoria survived the Holocaust. Only one Jewish family remains after 500 years of a Jewish presence in the town.
In the town of Volos, Rabbi Pessah, through his contact with the resistance, obtained shelter for more than 752 people from his community. One hundred and thirty who could not flee, were deported to Auschwitz.
In Trikala, 470 Jews found refuge with Greek villagers in the mountains. Fifty were captured and deported.
In Patra, the German consul wrote to his superiors that "after the newspapers announced the obligatory registration of all Jews, they disappeared."
In the town of Ioannina the Jewish community was one of the oldest Romaniote communities in Greece, already settled in the city before the influx of Sephardim in the 15th and 16th centuries. In the beginning of the war, Ioannina was occupied by the Italians and Jews did not experience any discrimination until Italy surrendered.
After the Germans took over, they told the community leaders that there was no need to worry about deportations. The Germans promoted the idea that since the Ioannina Jews were Greek-speakers they were in no danger at all.
In March 1944, however, they arrested the president of the Jewish community in Ioannina. While he was detained, he learned of the German plans to deport the Jewish community and he managed to smuggle a note out to a community leader, advising everyone to flee. Unfortunately, this warning was not relayed to the people and on March 1944, the entire Jewish community of 1,860 people was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Note to long-timers: if this sounds familiar, it's because it's a rerun! Since we're using zorkie's Terra Nostra posts as our weekly feature over at Winds of Change.NET we decided to start the series over from the beginning because it makes more sense that way. We don't really have to rerun it here in order to post it there, but we decided to anyway, because our traffic then was about 200 unique visitors a day and is now about 2000, so, um, that's a lot of people, and this deserves their attention.
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'Looking for slim man, round about 30, to be roasted.'
After the notorious case of Armin Meiwes
, another cannibal in Germany has confessed to killing a teacher and slicing and salting parts of the body, planning to eat them later. Here's what even creepier: based on internet exchanges, police estimate that there are 204 Germans ready to be slaughtered to feed a cannibal, 13 are ready to watch the slaughter and 29 would like to eat a person. Cannibalism copycat who kept a man in his fridge
Via Eric the Unread
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Anti-Semitism in the Turkish Media
MEMRI is featuring a series of reports about rising anti-Semitism in the Turkish media.
The rising antisemitism in the Turkish media is a complex phenomenon that manifests itself in several forms:
1. Animosity towards Jews, Judaism and 'Jewish lobbies.' Jews are targeted as individuals, a community, people and "race," and as a sinister political entity seeking Jewish dominance on world affairs, businesses and media. Jews are demonized in many conspiracy theories including causing earthquakes, globalization, and the creation of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia.
2. A hostile approach towards the Jewish citizens of Turkey, questioning their loyalty; blaming them of treason and for the fall of the Ottoman Empire; characterizing them with derogatory adjectives; inciting the public by citing Koran verses hostile to them; and creating an atmosphere conducive to violence.  This type of antisemitism also targets Masonic lodges and freemasons for their alleged connections with Judaism.
3. Antisemitism that in recent years has turned into a harsh campaign, which some Turkish intellectuals have called "a witch hunt" against the 'Dönme'  who are regarded as 'hidden Jews' posing as Muslims. They are blamed for helping to found the modern Republic of Turkey as a 'spare' Jewish state, for holding all key positions' in Turkey and for ruling the country.
4. Antisemitism directed at Israel and Zionism. The word 'Zionists' often replaces the word 'Jews' in the press.
That was just the introduction. Read the whole thing: Antisemitism in the Turkish Media: Part 1
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The Pope of Alexandria
Read this very interesting interview with Theodoros II, the Archbishop of Alexandria and all Africa. He talks about the theological differences between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Coptic Church, differences centered around the nature of Jesus Christ.
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If Chirac's referendum fails, Blair wins big in Europe
Interesting op-ed at the Age: Blair's next task - the EU dream
. The argument is essentially that Blair will win a reelection and escape electoral punishment for the Iraq war, as did Bush and Howard. Meanwhile, Chirac's dream of the EU as a counterweight to the US is in tatters, and his stock is lower than ever. The French voters are about to repudiate his EU vision, and the pro-US, pro-reformist Blair will be left in the ascendancy. 'Nother nice tidbit: the EU's presidency belongs to Britain as of July. Won't a July with a reelected and invigorated Blair, a British EU presidency, and a repudiated Chirac be a blast?
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Zarqawi sick or injured?
RAMADI, Iraq -- The U.S. military is investigating whether the most-wanted terror leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is sick or injured, based on a hospital visit.
The Jordanian leader of the Iraqi insurgency was reportedly at a hospital last Thursday in Ramadi, but his followers said in a written statement U.S. forces were too late in arriving and missed him, the Washington Post reported.
The statement did not say why Zarqawi would have been at the hospital. He has not been known to have health problems or to have been injured.
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Steven Boylan confirmed Wednesday officials had "received a tip that there were terrorists in and around the hospital in Ramadi."
Zarqawi is the most-wanted man in Iraq, and the United States has offered a $25 million reward for information leading to his death or capture.
World Peace Herald
His organization has its own doctors. If he had to go to a hospital, either he's too isolated to use these, or his ailment is too serious for their skills and facilities. Either way, it's great news.
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The British are voting today
Voters have been deciding the fate of thousands of would-be MPs as they cast their votes in the general election.
Tony Blair was among a steady trickle of people casting their votes in the Durham village of Trimdon Colliery.
Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy and Michael Howard voted in their respective constituencies, after the punishing 30-day election campaign.
Polls close at 2200 BST, with the first results due about 2300. The winner will not be clear until early on Friday.
Electors will choose MPs in 645 constituencies.
The election has been postponed in the 646th constituency, Staffordshire South, because one of the candidates died.
Local elections are also taking place in 34 county councils and three unitary authorities in England. There are also four mayoral contests.
There are also elections in all 26 councils in Northern Ireland.
To gain a majority at this election, when boundary changes mean there are fewer seats available, one party needs to win 324 seats.
BBC NEWS | Election 2005 | Election 2005 | Voters decide on next government
Because of postal voting, we won't know for sure who won the election till 01:00 BST Friday. That's British summer time, an hour off GMT. So as I write this, it's 21:21 BST on Thursday. In three hours and forty minutes, we'll know if Tony Blair won re-election. Pulling for you, Tony!
Here's a nice photoessay
from the Beeb. I'd never seen a picture of the Howards before, they look like lovely people as well. I could take the Kennedys or leave them, and I admit that my loathing for their politics is a large part of that.
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Irineos on his way out?
Greek Orthodox Church leaders in Jerusalem have ostracized Patriarch Irineos and say they regard him as dismissed: Jerusalem clergy dump patriarch
In a two-page letter to a news agency in Jerusalem, church leaders said they had decided to "strip Irineos I of his duties as patriarch in the Holy Land, no longer work with him and considered him persona non grata in the Church".
They said he was "incorrigibly caught up in a syndrome of lying, religious distortion, degradation of the patriarchate's role, and irresponsible mishandling of patriarchate property".
The reason for his ousting is that under his leadership the Church sold land in East Jerusalem to Jewish investors.
And here's how Orthodox Easter was celebrated in Jerusalem this year: Fire Ceremony brings groups to boiling point
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Little Girls in Pakistan
Little girl married to 50-year-old
A ten-year-old girl was forced into marrying a 50-year-old man in the village of Kheru Bozdar on Wednesday. The 10-year old girl, Surhi, was married off by her brother who according to sources received a large amount of money from 50-year-old Mubarak Bozdar for his sister’s hand in marriage. Surhi resisted the marriage at the time of Nikah. A few years earlier, an eight-year old girl was married to a 70-year old man in same area, however, area notables postponed the Rukhsati till the girl reached the age of 18.
Let's hope he's dead by then.
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Euthanasia kits in Belgium: welcome to the world of tomorrow
papijoe at Marlowe's Shade
has a disturbing report:
Euthanasia deaths are being committed at the rate of one a day in Belgium. Now pharmacies will make it even easier:
Two hundred and fifty pharmacies across Belgium began offering euthanasia kits last week, reports LifeSiteNews.com.
The kits cost 60 Euros ($77 U.S.) and are proposed as a means to make the jobs of doctors, who commit euthanasia in homes easier.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition in Ontario laments the fact that the legislators in Belgium have followed the lead of their Dutch neighbour. Says spokesman Alex Schadenberg: "We are concerned that vulnerable people (disabled, elderly, chronically ill and the poor) in Belgium will now find themselves forced into "choosing" an earlier death or be killed against their consent. Dutch courts have already allowed euthanasia for the depressed, we fear that Belgium will soon follow their lead."
Will this still from Futurama seem outlandishly dated by the end of the decade?
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Schlafly on the impending demise of European democracy
The European ruling elite is having a collective nervous breakdown for fear the French will vote on May 29 and to reject the European Union constitution. Eleven opinion polls indicate it is likely that democracy could upset the power-seeking politicians' undemocratic plans.
Politicians and bureaucrats who dream of world government - or at least continental government to be run by a commission of technocrats who think they are wiser than ordinary people - have progressed a long way toward their goal, starting with the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952, then the European Economic Community in 1958 and then morphing it into the current European Union in 1993. The sovereignty and self-government of nation-states were bypassed in a series of very undemocratic, deceptive maneuvers, and the new EU constitution is expected to lock the system into place.
Some leaders in the British Conservative Party are trying to alert their countrymen to the folly of what Britain has already accepted by joining the EU. The British have given up their basic right to elect and dismiss those who make their laws, principles for which millions of Englishmen have fought and many have died.
And to whom did the British give these hard-won rights of a free people? To bureaucrats former Prime Minister of England Margaret Thatcher labeled as the paper-pushers in Brussels.
The EU Council of Ministers in Brussels now has effective control of all areas of commerce, industry, social and labor policy, the environment, agriculture, fish and foreign trade. Since Britain has only 11 1/2 percent of the votes, and it takes 30 percent to block a new law, the British Parliament must obey the Brussels bureaucrats or face unlimited fines imposed by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
The world court is not a court of law as we understand it. It is an agency of EU bureaucrats who are free to indulge in imaginative judicial activism to implement "the ever closer union of the peoples of Europe."
The British government admits that more than half its major laws, and 80 percent of all its laws, now originate in Brussels. No law passed in Brussels has been successfully overturned by Parliament.
The EU makes laws in the labyrinths of the unelected bureaucracy. The commission has the monopoly to propose all new laws, which are then negotiated in secret by the shadowy Committee of Permanent Representatives, and the Council of Ministers makes final decisions by secret vote.
The parliaments of the member states are excluded from the process except to rubber-stamp EU decisions after they are made, and national parliaments are prohibited from knowing how their country's representatives voted in Brussels. Ask yourself: Wouldn't you think we had lost our right of self-government if Congress took its votes in secret and we couldn't find out how our representatives voted?
Great point, Phyllis. She continues by linking the Euromonster with the free trade agreements that have been negotiated in this hemisphere, and trying to convince us that free trade will cost us our sovereignty. The European elites may have used the common market as a lever to usurp Europe's sovereignty, but we don't have to make the same mistake. Protectionism is not the answer, vigilance is. Meanwhile, comparative advantage still means that stifling free trade would seriously harm our economy, Paul Samuelson's delusions notwithstanding.
It's true that NAFTA has unexpectedly usurped some sovereignty from the US with its secretive Chapter 11 tribunals. The key is not to discard trade, but to discard secrecy and opaqueness in what are essentially private arbitration panels that are empowered to punish governments for enforcing their own laws. There should be a mechanism for electoral consent to decisions taken by these arbiters, who should not be appointed arbitrarily.
The European nations' loss of sovereignty to the EU should be a warning to Americans. The EU is a model for how global-governance advocates in the United States plan to morph trade agreements into one government for the Western Hemisphere.
NAFTA came first, under which a foreign tribunal was able to override U.S. laws and give Mexican trucks access to all U.S. highways. Congress will soon vote on the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the plan to integrate our prosperous economy with the poverty of Central America.
Then will come Free Trade Agreement of the Americas which, according to the Quebec Declaration signed by Bush in 2001, will bring about economic and political "hemispheric integration." Americans who want to retain American sovereignty should speak up now.
Phyllis Schlafly: European Union a model for the demise of democracy
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'Jimmy Carter - A Godly Man With No Clue About the United States security'
Jimmy Carter would have the United State tell the world we will not to be a first strike country, what message does that give to a world under the fangs of such countries like Libya, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, China and Russia? who would like to eat the world up, save for the fact, they cannot. I am not impressed with his philosophy of “Wait and see". I do think Mr. Carter is a kind and gracious man, even a Godly man, but when it comes to world security, or even the United States security, I am always puzzled with his pacifism.Nonproliferation And Jimmy Carter
He would have NATO also do away with their nuclear potential, and wait for the Russians to do the same. Has it been that long, that we have all forgot about the Cold War? And let us not forget the stockpile they have. And should we do away ours, and Russia theirs, do you not think someone else will not have their little secret arsenal undergoing waiting for such a happening: like Iran, and Syria for instance? Think again, we would be prey for their enjoyment. His scenario is a happy one, but we live a an unhappy world. We are not playing tic-tac-toe here, we are playing chess, and the if we are not a main player, we are the pawns; be that as it may, we will be kicked off the board if we fail to follow such a deadly and fruitless path. Or so I believe. North Korea now has missiles that can reach the United States west coast, why? Because we have been farting around trying to pacify them; soon they will be like India and Pakistan, who once said their voyage into the nuclear field was for peaceful reasons, and now they threaten one another with their nuclear capability. God help us all should, Egypt, Syria, Iraq , Iran—or alike, get them.
We have been talking nuclear proliferation for 35-years, and the world has not become any safer today than during the Cold War. Carter like Kofi Annan would have the United States lay down like a pancake, for the rest of the world, while they throw honey over us and eat us alive. Why? With all the good intentions I can muster up, I cannot—for the life of me—think of one worthy writing down.
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