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Featured image Without further comment, I urge readers to check out the following intensely reported pieces on the spread of Islamist terrorism. Here they are, in reverse chronological order: Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times (August 3), “How a secretive branch of ISIS built a global network of killers.” Excerpt: “Believing he was answering a holy call, Harry Sarfo left his home in the working-class city of Bremen last year and drove for »

All My Exes Live in . . . Where?

Featured image Remy Munasifi is now rolling out new videos on the first Tuesday or every month, which happens to be today, lucky us. The first in his new series is “All My Exes (Saudi Version).” You can subscribe to Remy’s videos and other news on his website, GoRemy.com, or browse the archive for past hits such as “Teardrops on my Kabob.” We can use some comic relief just now, I think. »

Palestinian Father Tries to Get Son Killed

Featured image In this video of a weekly demonstration near Modiin Illit, shot yesterday, you see a Palestinian father urging his young son toward a group of IDF soldiers, yelling at them to shoot him, as explained here. What greater honor for a four-year-old boy than to be on the evening news as a “martyr”? The soldiers don’t take the bait; I interpret their reaction as one of disbelief. One of them »

Yes We Khan

Featured image Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention has turned him into an overnight celebrity a la Barack Obama, or Wendy Davis. (Surely you haven’t forgotten Wendy Davis.) The mainstream media have gone into a frenzy about the speech, and Trump’s response helps the media keep it going. Here, the beat goes on in the New York Times. I think Trump’s instincts on this are all wrong, and I mean »

Key coalition partner rejects Merkel’s stance on refugees

Featured image Undeterred by recent murders committed by Muslim refugees, Angela Merkel stands fully behind her decision to admit more than 1 million Syrian refugees. She made this clear in a recent press conference the theme of which was “we can still do this.” But Merkel’s key coalition partner, Horst Seehofer the premier of Bavaria, today rejected this view. “‘We can do this’ – I cannot, with the best will, adopt this »

In the Immortal Words of Daniel Pipes…

Featured image Daniel Pipes recently gave an interview to Germany’s Global Review. His observations are pithy as always; here are some highlights: GR: Many people say that Islam is not a religion but a reactionary, totalitarian and repressive ideology comparable to fascism and communism; and that Islam cannot be reformed. Other people say that Islamism had nothing to do with religion and Islam. What do you say about relations between Islam and »

Another Day, Another Allahu Akbar

Featured image This is the kind of headline you couldn’t make up: “Gang of Muslims storm nudist pool in Germany yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ and threatening to ‘exterminate’ women for being ‘sluts.'” Nudists were told they would be ‘exterminated’ by a gang of Muslims who stormed into a German swimming pool yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’. The six men, described as being in their 20s and with beards, spat at women and children because they »

Another Day, Another Allahu Akbar

Featured image In southern Germany, a 17-year-old Afghan refugee pulled out a hatchet and a knife on a train and attacked his fellow passengers, wounding 19, three grievously. A teenage Afghan refugee shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ before hacking at passengers during an axe and knife rampage on a train in Germany. … As many as 19 passengers needed hospital treatment while three victims are fighting for their lives after being attacked with ‘cutting »

Bouhlel Had Help?

Featured image French police have arrested seven people in connection with Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel’s terrorist attack in Nice, six of whom are reportedly still in custody. It has emerged that Bouhlel sent a series of texts to accomplices, or at a minimum to people who knew what he intended to do. The texts said things like “Bring more weapons. Bringing in 5,” and “It’s good. I have the equipment,” according to French »

Why We Must Elect Donald Trump

Featured image Some people think that Hillary Clinton, for all her corruption, is at least smarter than Barack Obama. Others observe her ruthlessness toward political opponents and infer that, unlike Obama, she will be a tough defender of American interests. No: for goodness’ sake, the woman has a four-year history as Secretary of State! If there is one thing we know for certain about Hillary, it is that as president she would »

Terrorist Attack In Nice

Featured image At least 77 people were killed tonight in Nice, France, and many more injured when a large truck drove into a crowd of pedestrians along the Promenade des Anglais, reportedly sending bodies flying for a considerable distance (reportedly more than a mile, is that possible?). The driver finally jumped out of the truck, fired into the crowd and exchanged fire with police officers. He was killed by police at the »

A Feminist Goes the Extra Mile

Featured image Breitbart News reports on a leftist who took ideology to a remarkable degree: Selin Gören, who is a spokeswoman for the left-wing youth movement Solid, was attacked in the city of Mannheim in January while working as a refugee activist. She was ambushed in a play area late at night and forced to perform a sex act on her attackers. So she wants the bastards caught and punished, right? Apparently »

German social science on the case

Featured image Last week’s Star Tribune reports that Two Minneapolis men convicted on ISIL charges seek ‘deradicalization’ review.” Those “Minneapolis men”? They are Guled Omar and Abdirahman Daud, found guilty of terrorism charges by the jury in Minneapolis on June 3. What is a “‘deradicalization’ review”? That is a tricker question. On March 2, Judge Davis ordered the federal probation office tasked with the standard presentence investigation to contract with Daniel Koehler, »

From Bangladesh, a Profile In Courage

Featured image Details about the terrorist attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, continue to emerge. The New York Times has this story about three friends from Atlanta’s Emory University who were in the cafe when the terrorists struck: Early in the morning, the gunmen released a group of women wearing hijabs and offered a young Bangladeshi man, Faraz Hossain, the opportunity to leave, too, said Hishaam Hossain, Mr. Hossain’s »

Bangladesh Terror Attack Was ISIS Operation

Featured image More details have come out about the terrorist attack on the Holey Artisan bakery and cafe in Dacca, Bangladesh. They are grim: Jihadist extremists hacked 20 people to death in a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka – sparing only those who could recite from the Koran – before they were gunned down by commandos. Army Brigadier General Naim Asraf Chowdhury said: “Most of (the hostages) were killed mercilessly by »

“Minnesota men” at play

Featured image This has become a familiar story out of Europe, but it is something new under the sun in Minneapolis. Although it is big news, I can’t find any evidence of the story in the Star Tribune (please let me know if I missed it) — another element that gives the story a European dimension. Brett Hoffland warily reports for (KSTP TV) 5 Eyewitness News: Minneapolis police are investigating a series »

Terrorist Attack In Bangladesh

Featured image No doubt you are aware of the terrorist attack on a restaurant in Dacca, Bangladesh. Fox News reports: Up to nine attackers shouting “Allahu Akbar” stormed a popular restaurant in Dacca, Bangladesh Friday, taking hostages and setting off bombs in a siege claimed by ISIS. No word yet on any possible religious affiliation of the terrorists. Bangladesh TV stations reported that the attackers entered the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s »