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America’s Confusion Deadly for Syria

Tarek Fatah

If Syria is in America’s crosshairs, then why isn’t Saudi Arabia? After all, isn’t Riyadh the international sponsor of jihadi terror and home to the men who attacked America on 9/11?

The United States is about to trample all over international law and very soon we can expect cruise missiles to rain on Syria, a country that has done America no harm.

It’s true, the barbaric dictator of Damascus has massacred his own people, but which Arab king or dictator has not?

If Syria is in America’s crosshairs, then why isn’t Saudi Arabia? After all, isn’t Riyadh the international sponsor of jihadi terror and home to the men who attacked America on 9/11?

But it’s Damascus that will be hit. Damascus, the city of jasmine that has survived many a slaughter in its history, has sunk to level of barbarity few of us can reconcile.

A few years before he died in 1998, Syria’s greatest poet of modern times, Nizar Qabbani penned a provocative poem titled, “When will they announce the death of the Arabs?”

He wailed:

If someday they announced the death of the Arabs … Then where would they be buried?

And who would cry over them?

They have no daughters … They have no sons … And there is no grief, And there is no one to grieve!!

On Aug. 21, very close to where Qabbani is buried in the ancient cemetery of Bab al-Saghir in Damascus, hundreds of boys and girls gave testimony to the truth of Qabbani who wrote in his epic poem, “The nations who call themselves Arabs are all dead, but no one has yet dared to sign the death certificate.”

Gasping for breath, the children of Damascus saw their lives being sucked out of them in a gas attack, not by their sworn enemies the Jews or America, but by their fellow Arabs.

Impotent fools of the Arab League and their servants running the OIC (Organization of Islamic Countries) have been sitting around huge conference tables twiddling prayer beads in one hand and sipping Turkish coffee with the other, overseeing Arab-over-Arab atrocity, fuelling Shia vs. Sunni Muslim conflict while denouncing the Jew and the West for the crimes they themselves commission.

Having said that, U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration cannot escape responsibility for the crimes against humanity that have unfolded before our eyes.

In Iraq we were lied to, while in Syria the supposed truth coming out of Washington is so lame even the British Parliament couldn’t stomach the facts offered to MPs. Across the world people not only doubt and distrust the words of Obama, they laugh at his lack of resolve and his failure in resolving any conflict anywhere in the world.

After sabre-rattling for a week and invoking his imaginary “red line,” Obama took an eraser and wiped the line clean.

Lt. Cmdr. (retd) Zuhdi Jasser of the U.S. Navy is a Syrian-American physician whose family fled the Baath Regime in Syria to settle in the U.S. in the early 1960s. He, too, is highly critical of his president.

“President Obama has not had a strategy in Syria. Three months into the revolution we were calling for decisive action to support the opposition and enact a no-fly zone which would have given the opposition room to defeat the Assad regime long before it became a full client state of Iran and unleashed the hell of al-Qaida and Hezbollah,” he said in e-mail.

Jasser, who heads the American Islamic Forum for Democracy said: “There was no Al-Nusra Front before 2012 in Syria. Now that the atrocity has turned to nerve gas the Obama administration is finally, finally waking up. However, instead of doing something they take the case to the U.S. Congress? We are turning into a laughing stock.”


Tarek Fatah, is a Canadian writer, broadcaster and anti-Islamist Muslim activist. He is the author of Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State and the founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress.

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On the Difference Between a Clock and a Bomb

Elliot Friedland

No-one takes tackling terrorism more seriously than Clarion Project. When a 14-year-old boy is arrested for bringing a homemade digital clock to school, that goes way beyond national security needs. 

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, built a digital clock himself, and brought it to his Texas school to show his teacher. Instead, he was interrogated first by staff and then arrested and questioned by police, who thought it was a bomb. 

There is every reason to be careful and cautious regarding Islamist extremism and terrorism. So far this year many Islamic State-related plots have been foiled in the U.S. and there is no doubt there are those who would relish the opportunity to set off a bomb in an American high school.

It is here that we must balance caution with prudence and common sense. Just because some children are at risk of radicalization, does not mean all Muslim children are radicalized. Just because a small minority of Islamist Muslims are terrorists, doesn't mean one should treat every Muslim as a potential threat. Doing so will only further the growing rift between Muslim communities and other faith groups in America.

A 14-year-old would-be suicide bomber acts very differently to a 14-year old proudly showing off his science project. Any science teacher worth their salt should have been able to tell very rapidly that a clock and a bomb are very different things. 

A Texan pastor has just shown how an adult lone wolf jihadist can be talked down without firing a shot. An innocent 14-year old could and should have been treated far more humanely.

Since the story broke thousands of people around the world have showed their support for Ahmed Mohamed using #IStandWithAhmed.

Human-rights activists on the forefront of the fight against Islamism including Faisal Saeed al-Mutar, Maajid Nawaz and Ali A. Rizvi have stood behind Ahmed on their Facebook pages. 

They have all suffered personally from Islamism first hand and know all too well the necessity of defeating that toxic ideology.

What happened to Ahmed was not defence against terrorism. It was racist.

We have to know how far is too far. 


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Christian Refugees Left Out in Cold by Western Countries Welcoming Muslims

Raymond Ibrahim

Not only does the West facilitate the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, but it does so in the West as well.

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Not only does the West facilitate the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, but it does so in the West as well.

According to a recent NPR report, the U.S.-supported "moderate" coalition fighting both Bashar Assad and the Islamic State in Syria "has extremists in its own ranks who have mistreated Christians and forced them out of their homes" -- just as the Islamic State (ISIS) has done.

Christian minorities forced out of their homes who manage to reach Western nations -- including the United States -- sometimes encounter more trouble.

Despite having family members to sponsor them, a group of 20 Christians who fled the Islamic State in Iraq have been imprisoned indefinitely, some since February, at the Otay Detention Facility in San Diego, even though they have local family members and Christian leaders who vouch for them (a primary way that the majority of detained foreign nationals are released is to the supervision of American citizens who vouch for them).

Activists say that the men and women in detention have been held for too long, including by the U.S. government's own standards. Some have been imprisoned for over seven months with no hearing date for release even set.

"They are being held without a real reason.... They've escaped hell. Let's allow them to reunite with their families," said Mark Arabo, a spokesman for the Chaldean community in San Diego.

The detainees include a woman who had escaped the clutches of the Islamic State, and who had pleaded to see her sickly mother. Her mother died before she could see her. "She had been begging to be let out to see her dying mother," said a priest familiar with the case.

Discussing the ongoing plight of these Iraqi Christians, San Diego's East County Magazine concluded: "Why the federal government has failed to take steps to expedite such reunification in cases where family and religious leaders are willing to vouch for and help those seeking asylum here, then, remains an unfathomable mystery."

Such "unfathomable mysteries" are reminiscent of the U.S. State Department's habit of inviting Muslim representatives but denying visas to Christian representatives.

Since the start of 2015, 4,205 Muslims have been admitted into the U.S. from Iraq, but only 727 Christians. For every one Christian the U.S. grants asylum, it grants asylum to five or six Muslims -- even though Christians, as persecuted "infidel" minorities, are in much greater need of sanctuary, not to mention more suited to assimilating to American culture than Muslims.

Faith McDonnell, of the Institute on Religion & Democracy, said regarding the detainment of Iraqi Christians in San Diego:

This follows the disturbing pattern that we have seen from the State Department of ignoring the particular targeting of Christians by ISIS while giving preferential treatment for asylum to other groups with expedited processing -- like Somalis, Iraqis, and Syrians, some of whom could very well be members of jihadist movements.

The same is happening in the United Kingdom. Church leaders accuse David Cameron of "turning his back" on Christians facing genocide in Syria and Iraq by failing to grant them refuge in the UK -- even though thousands of Muslims have been allowed entry.

Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, signed a petition calling on the UK government to "welcome Christian refugees and give them priority as asylum seekers," emphasizing that "Syrian and Iraqi Christians are being butchered, tortured and enslaved."

Similarly, Lord Weidenfeld, 95, who fled Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938 with the help of British Quakers, said:

Why is it that the Poles and the Czechs are taking in Christian families and yet the British government stands idly by?

This mood of indifference is reminiscent of the worst phases of appeasement, and may have catastrophic consequences. Europe must awake and the Conservative British Government should be leading from the front.

Most European governments, especially those that are Christian explicitly or implicitly, are failing in their duty to look after their fellow Christians in their hour of need.

This is not necessarily true of east European nations. Along with countries like Poland and Czechoslovakia, Slovakia recently went so far as to say it will only accept Christians when it takes in Syrian refugees under an EU relocation scheme. The Slavic nation argues that "Muslims would not be accepted because they would not feel at home," including the reason that there are no mosques in Slovakia.

Meanwhile, many of those Christians who are granted asylum in Western countries arrive there only to be further persecuted by Muslim asylum seekers -- indicating, once again, who does and who does not really need asylum; who does and who does not assimilate in Western culture.

Most recently in Sweden, two small families of Christian asylum seekers from Syria were recently harassed and abused by approximately 80 Muslim asylum seekers, also from Syria.

The Christians and Muslims -- described by one Swedish newspaper as "fundamentalist Islamists" -- resided in the same asylum house. Among other humiliations, the Muslims ordered the Christians not to wear their crosses around their necks and not to use the communal areas when in use by Muslims.

After continuous harassment and threats, these Christian refugees, who had managed to escape the Islamic State, left the Swedish asylum house "fearing for their own safety." A spokesman for the government migration agency responsible for the center they had been staying in said:

"They dared not stay. The atmosphere became too intimidating. And they got no help... They chose themselves to organize new address and moved away without our participation because they felt a discomfort."

Western nations are not merely ignoring Muslim persecution of Christians in the Middle East, they are actively supporting it by sponsoring "moderate" rebels who in reality are as "radical" and anti-Western as the Islamic State. And when these persecuted Christian minorities manage to flee the Islamic State and come to the West for asylum, they are imprisoned again. All the while, Muslims -- in the Mideast and in the West -- are being empowered and welcomed in the West with open arms.


Raymond Ibrahim is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War in Christians. Follow Raymond Ibrahim on Twitter and Facebook.

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Getting Away With Murder – Assad, Iran and the Refugee Crisis

Raheel Raza

The photo of three-year old Aylan Kurdi's dead body lying on a Turkish beach is seared on the hearts and minds of the world. But who's directly to blame for the Syrian crisis that made the Kurdi family flee for their lives along with thousands of others? 

The photo of three-year old Aylan Kurdi's dead body lying on a Turkish beach is seared on the hearts and minds of the world. There is nothing more tragic than children becoming victims of a massive refugee crisis.

It reminds us never to take our secure lifestyles for granted. It also brings home the fact that we are looking at a global humanitarian crisis.

It's easy to put blame on the West for everything that happens in the Middle East – this has become the norm. In Canada Aylan Kurdi's death is being used a political ploy for upcoming elections and personal agendas. 

Meantime International leaders like Erdogan and Putin are using it as a tool to bash “the West” which is a way of deflecting from their own responsibilities.

This is not the first global humanitarian crisis we are facing. In my lifetime at least there have been many.

  • In 1971West Pakistan began a military crackdown on what was then called East Pakistan to suppress the Bengalis calls for self-determination. During the war for Bangladesh's independence, members of the Pakistani military and supporting militias killed approximately 3,000,000 people and raped between 200,000 to 400,000 Bangladeshi women in a systematic campaign.  To date no one has blamed the Pakistan army or brought them to trial. Refugees from that massacre (the Beharis) have not been settled till today. The world was silent.
  • From April to July 1994, members of the Hutu ethnic majority in the east-central African nation of Rwanda murdered as many as 800,000 people, mostly of the Tutsi minority. The world was silent because this was Africa – not the politically charged Middle East.
  • It is estimated that Saddam Hussein murdered as many as a million of his people (mainly Shias) - many with poison gas. He tortured, maimed and imprisoned countless more. The world was silent.

But who's directly to blame for the Syrian crisis that made the Kurdi family flee for their lives along with thousands of others? Lets put the blame where it belongs.

When the Syrian Revolution started, President Bashar al-Assad unleashed his military forces in violent crackdowns that forced 3.2 million people to flee the country and internally displaced 6.5 million others.  Assad ordered chemical weapon attacks on his own people while the world watched.

Assad undoubtedly is a mass murderer bolstered by the Iranian Regime (which ironically is being handsomely rewarded for their own human rights abuses and for assisting murderous thugs.) These two entities are directly responsible not only for the death of Aylan Kurdi but thousands of others.

Why is the world not accusing them instead of pointing their fingers at Canada? And what is the UN doing about the global humanitarian crisis caused by Assad supported by the Iranian Regime that makes a mockery of human rights?

With regards to the Islamic State (ISIS), who is also creating a massive refugee crisis, Canadian Liberal leader Justin Trudeau suggested that victims of the terror organization just need warm cocoa and woolen toques (knitted hats), while Mr. Mulcair of the NDP said “this is simply not Canada’s war to fight.”

It’s abundantly clear that while Mr. Mulcair may not wish to engage with the Islamic State, they will make it a point to engage with him.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE and Qatar who have taken in no refugees, are some of the countries that need to take a deep hard look at the roles they have played in creating a global crisis and how little they have done to absorb their fellow-Arabs.

We know who the real perpetrators are. We know they are implicit in the murder of Aylan Kurdi.

Let the world wake up and instead of playing a blame-game, bring the real culprits to justice.


Raheel Raza is an award-winning author, journalist, and filmmaker on the topics of jihad and sharia. She is president of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, and an activist for human rights, gender equality, and diversity. She is one of nine women's rights activists who took part in Clarion Project's film "Honor Diaries" which breaks the silence on honor violence against women.

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Islamists: Wanting to have their (Halal) Cake and Eat It Too

Tarek Fatah

A proposed law in Quebec supported by Islamists makes criticism of Islam or Islamism an offesnse. What about their weekly prayers denigrating Jews, Christians and Hindus?

While the rest of Canada is being force-fed the Duffy Senate “scandal,” in Quebec a proposed law that will label any criticism of Islam or Islamism as “hate speech” is being quietly pushed through the National Assembly.

Bill 59 will permit Muslims to make complaints to the Quebec Human Rights Commission (QHRC) against anyone critiquing Islam or Islamism, triggering lawsuits for hate speech.

As if that wasn’t enough of an attempt to silence Muslims like me, who have struggled all of our adult lives to expose the perils of Islamism, Article 6 of Bill 59 would, “give the QHRC the power to initiate legal proceedings before the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal without having to wait for complaints from the public.”

While this serious encroachment on freedom of expression and speech is being pushed through the legislative process in Quebec, none of the leaders of Canada’s political parties have uttered a word on the issue.

Not Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who still has not disclosed what he discussed in his recent closed-door meeting with Islamic leaders in Regina.

Not NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, whose party has a strong base in Quebec and who has acted as if the implications of Bill 59 are of no concern to him.

Even Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has identified Islamism as a threat to Canada, has so far kept mum on the proposed law.

Muslims in Quebec are divided on its merits, with some in favour and some against.

But ironically, some Islamist-promoting organizations and mosques have welcomed Bill 59, notwithstanding the fact they violate it every week when they start their Friday prayers with a ritual invocation that asks, “Allah to give Muslims victory over the ‘kufaar’ (Christians, Jews and Hindus).”

The hypocrisy of Islamists invoking victimhood when it comes to hate speech is laughable.

Multiple times every day, Islamists have no problem depicting Jews as “those who have earned Allah’s anger,” and Christians as “those who have gone astray” in their prayers, both at home and in the mosque.

Then they cry foul when their man-made sharia laws written in the eighth and ninth centuries are critiqued, sometimes by their fellow Muslims.

Here is how the online Islamic site “SunnahOnLine” explains the opening verse of the Qur’an that is part of the mandatory Islamic prayers in mosques across Quebec and Canada, and which define the characteristics of Christians and Jews as essentially untrustworthy.

Sunnah OnLine (The practice of the Prophet) quotes the 14th century Islamic scholar At-Tirmidhi explaining the opening verse of the Qur’an this way:

“The Jews and the Christians even though both of them are misguided and both of them have Allah's Anger on them -- the Anger is specified to the Jews, even though the Christians share this with them, because the Jews knew the truth and rejected it and deliberately came with falsehood ...”

It seems the Islamists want to have their halal cake and eat it too.

The trouble for them is that Canada still has Muslims who have the courage to expose their double standards.

Let me assure them, we will do everything we can to make sure Quebec’s Bill 59 does not pass.

But if it does become law, the first complaint to the QHRC will be against Islamist mosques for spreading hatred against Jews and Christians.

That is a promise.


Tarek Fatah, is a Canadian writer, broadcaster and anti-Islamist Muslim activist. He is the author of Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State and the founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress.

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Karachi: Former 'City of Lights' Blacked by Islamists

Tarek Fatah

Karachi today is a time bomb waiting to explode, the consequences of which will spell disaster in the region and beyond.

If you haven’t heard of Karachi, the world’s second-most populated city, ask your grandparents.

They may have heard of it referred to as the “City of Lights.”

At the time of the British Raj (Empire), it was the most cosmopolitan metropolis in India, a place that boasted of being the stopover city of choice for multi-day flights from Britain to Australia.

Today it is shunned by European and American airline companies.

Even after the end of the Raj, when Karachi became the capital of the new, artificially-created Islamic state of Pakistan, its majesty remained undiminished.

Catholic churches, Baha’i Temples and Zoroastrian places of worship were part of the city’s religious infrastructure, despite its overwhelming Muslim population.

Then came the 1980s, Arab petro-dollars, Islamism, jihad, the Afghan war and the rest is history.

Karachi today is a time bomb waiting to explode, the consequences of which will spell disaster in the region and beyond.

Today, 20,000 Pakistan army troops from the dominant northern province of Punjab are patrolling the city, arresting people in an attempt to liquidate the most popular political party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

MQM followers - representing the Urdu-speaking community that migrated to Pakistan from India in 1947 - are no angels.

But in the land that nurtured the likes of Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar, they form the only party that is openly secular and has stood up to the Islamists.

So far the Pakistan military, operating under the innocuous and harmless-sounding label of “Rangers” has abducted 4,000 young men, according to the MQM and are also alleged to have conducted extra-judicial killings.

Last month, the Washington Post covered the troubles of Karachi and interviewed a number of MQM activists, who claimed the Army tortured them.

One victim told the Post, he and his brother were held for a week, never charged, but tortured and threatened with castration.

“(T)hey beat us without any reason ... They said, ‘If you are married, we will make you impotent.'"

The military versus MQM clash in Karachi has now spilled into the international arena.

Party leader Altaf Hussain, living in exile in Britain, has called for intervention by the United Nations, NATO and India to stop the persecution of Pakistan’s Urdu-speaking minority.

On July 30, the MQM sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, asking him to intervene.

The Pakistan government in Islamabad denies the allegations.

It claims the actions by its military in Karachi do not target any single political party or ethnic group, that the objective is simply to establish law and order.

However, while the military rounds up MQM workers, a Wall Street Journal report from Karachi suggests it is also facilitating the establishment of an Islamist militia in the city.

Radicals from the Islamist Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) are moving into strongholds of the secular MQM. Far from facing any obstacles, the Islamists’ leader, Ahmed Ludhianvi, has police protection, as do other senior ASWJ officials.

For those who were born in Karachi, developments back home are deeply worrying.

Sohail Raza who heads “Muslims Facing Tomorrow” in Canada told me: “Its very worrying that no one seems bothered with the Islamist threats.”

He cited in particular the nonchalant attitude adopted by Canada's New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair and worries that a man who says the fight against Islamism is not Canada’s fight, could end up as Canada’s next prime minister.


Tarek Fatah, is a Canadian writer, broadcaster and anti-Islamist Muslim activist. He is the author of Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State and the founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress.

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A Dissident Ayatollah Speaks From an Iranian Jail

Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi

Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi has been jailed and tortured for the last nine years for advocating a separation of religion and state in Iran. Here is a personal letter from him written from the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.

Editor's note: The following is a letter written from prison from Ayatollah Hossein-Kazamani Boroujerdi, who was a senior (Shiite) member of the clergy in Iran.

Boroujerdi is currently in the ninth year of an 11-year sentence for advocating for the "radical" position of separation of state and religion in Iran as well as speaking against Islamism and the country's leaders.

He has been held in solitary confinement, malnurished, tortured, beaten and exposed to chemical agents. His wife has been raped in fron of other family members. He now suffers permanent neurological damage and medical help has been denied to him.

The following is his letter written to his attorney's:  


To the Attention of my Dear Representatives and Wonderful Attorneys

With greetings and respect and wishes of increasing success,


As you are aware, I have been at the service of religion, minus politics, since twenty years now, at the beginning of which, due to my independent religious thoughts and opinions, I was imprisoned at the secret prison of Towhid, which is located next to the central post office, and was tortured with hideous devices, destined for a physical and mental breakdown; and fourteen years before that, following a non-political monotheistic publication, I was also imprisoned for a few months in ward 209 of the Ministry of Intelligence, and was subjected to harassment and persecution. Also, during these nine years, as a defender of human rights, I have experienced all kinds of torment to the point that I have lost all of my health, and have no hope to continue my life – my legs are becoming paralyzed, my eyes are becoming blind, my lungs are in danger of failing, my heart is on a path to a heart attack, and my brain is bringing me closer to death. Nine years - every second of which has been accompanied by a mountain of excruciating pressures.

It is a pity that despite my fame and my out-spread insights and diversity of thought, no doctor from international institutions, or an attorney from legal and judicial organizations have yet came to visit me.  I sometimes think that if in my place, an animal was subjected to the brutality of the Islamic regime in Iran, the animal protection organizations would have cried out a thousand times.  But alas! Defending a religious leader who does not wish to sell himself to the rulers of the brutal regime in Iran is ignored and no effective and appropriate action is taken for him.

Since two decades my family have been distressed and upset – my children are deprived from continuing their education and suffer from lack of livelihood. Ten years ago, before the aggression of the rulers of the regime started against me, I had a unique private library that contained antique books and rare to find manuscripts, which during those days were evaluated to be worth ten billion toomans; and one of the directors of the Astan Quds Razavi (charitable foundation in Mashhad) had announced his interest in buying them and had started negotiations in view of transferring them to the relative library, which coincided with the regime’s reaction and as a result was plundered by the security forces.

 Now that the subject of the human rights in our country has turned into a new and serious chapter for the United Nations, and has become the first subject of interest for the Security Council observers after the end of nuclear negotiations, please follow up on my pending case in an open and suitable manner, and please do not delay, as my slogans are directed towards saving the Middle East, and my divine insight for reviewing the basis or the infrastructure of the Quran, which will be a means of putting a damper on the terrorist actions of extremist Islamists.  This oppressed, alienated and helpless prisoner is expecting credit, economic and media assistance from all protectors of Justice and the heralds and preachers of peace and those advocating freedom of speech and expression.

 This humble servant of religion and humanity shakes the hands of all my supporters, friends and companions and those in agreement with my humanitarian line of thought, and in this regard I bow and prostrate in front of them. I hope that the vital issue of freedom, in all its aspects, will be brought to the attention of Iranians residing abroad, and our nostalgic compatriots may understand my daily life, and will not forget this victim of political Islam, and in turn will become the echo of my cries.


Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi

August 2015

Iran- Tehran- Evin Prison


Clarion has interviewed Taybeh Hosseini, President of the Boroujerdi Civil Rights Group, who graciously allowed us to publish the letter. Read the interview here to learn more about this organization and its work. 

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Are We Living on the Same Planet?

Raymond Ibrahim

Saudi Arabia recently preached to the international community about the need to confront 'intolerance, extremism and human rights violations.'

Saudi Arabia recently preached to the international community about the need to confront “intolerance, extremism and human rights violations.”

If this sounds surreal, consider the following excerpts from a July 26 report in the Saudi Gazette(emphasis added):

Saudi Arabia has reiterated its call on the international community to criminalize any actvilifying religious beliefs and symbols of faith as well as all kinds of discrimination based on religion.

Saudi Arabia wants Western cartoonists, comedians, and others—people who represent only their individual selves—to stop mocking the religious beliefs and symbols of Islam, even as the Arabian kingdom’s owninstitutionalized policy is to vilify and discriminate against the religious beliefs and symbols of all other faiths.

Not a single non-Muslim worship building is allowed there; the highest Islamic authority decreed that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.”  Whenever Christians are suspected of meeting in a house for worship—or as one Saudi official once complained, “plotting to celebrate Christmas”—they arearrested and punished.

Any cross or other non-Muslim symbol found is confiscated and destroyed. Anyone caught trying to smuggle Bibles or any other “publications that have prejudice to any other religious belief other than Islam” can be executed.

In 2011, a Colombian soccer-player “was arrested by the Saudi moral police after customers in a Riyadh shopping mall expressed outrage over the sports player’s religious tattoos, which included the face of Jesus of Nazareth on his arm.”  In 2010 a Romanian player kissed the tattoo of a cross he had on his arm after scoring a goal, causing public outrage.

And yet, Saudi Arabia has the unmitigated gall to ask the West—where Islam is freely practiced, where mosques and Korans proliferate, and where Muslims are granted full equality—to cease “discrimination based on religion.”

Continues the Saudi Gazette:

Addressing an international symposium on media coverage of religious symbols based on international law, which started in this French city on Saturday, a senior Saudi official said the Kingdom emphasized years ago that the international community must act urgently to confront ethnic, religious and cultural intolerance, which has become widespread in all communities and peoples of the world.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, few countries exhibit as much “ethnic, religious and cultural intolerance” as does the Arabian kingdom.  Along with the aforementioned discrimination and intolerance against all other religions, Saudi Arabia is notoriously clannish and racist.

Ten percent of the population is denied equal rights because of their race; black men are barred from holding many government positions; black women are often put on trial for “witchcraft”; castrated African slaves are sold on Facebook in the birthplace of Islam, and its princes are known to beat their black slaves to death. Human Rights Watch has described conditions for foreign workers in Saudi Arabia as resembling slavery.

Worse of all is if you’re black and Christian.  After 35 Christian Ethiopians were arrested and abused in prison for almost a year, simply for holding a private house prayer, one of them said after being released: “They [Saudis] are full of hatred towards non-Muslims.”

This is unsurprising considering that the Saudi education system makes it a point to indoctrinate Muslim children with hatred, teaching that “the Apes are the people of the Sabbath, the Jews; and the Swine are the infidels of the communion of Jesus, the Christians.”

According to Saudi novelist Hani Naqshabandi, “Our religious institutions do not give us room to exercise free thought….  They [Saudi institutions] said that the Christian is an infidel, a denizen of hell, an enemy to Allah and Islam.  So we said, ‘Allah’s curse on them.’”

Again, bear in mind that all this is official Saudi policy—not the “free expressions” of individuals, which the Saudis are condemning as creating “ethnic, religious and cultural intolerance” around the world.

The Saudi Gazette goes on to quote one Abdulmajeed Al-Omari, “a senior Saudi official.” Speaking at the recent international symposium in France which hosted representatives from 16 European nations, he said that Western “freedom of expression without limits or restrictions” are “abuses [that] bred intolerance, extremism and human rights violations…”

Again, it bears reemphasizing that in the West individuals are free to express themselves.  And it’s just that—expression, not action (as in murder, terrorism, rape, enslavement, church bombings, or the slaughter of “apostates”).

As for Western governments, thanks to political correctness, not only do they discourage freedom of expression but honest, objective talk concerning Islam is suppressed (hence every Western leader maintains that ISIS “has nothing to do with Islam,” AKA, “the religion of peace”).

Meanwhile, it is precisely Islamic teachings that breed “intolerance, extremism and human rights violations,” and not just in Saudi Arabia but all throughout the Muslim world.  And it is precisely these teachings that prompt Western peoples to criticize Islam, including through cartoons.

None of this is enough to embarrass the Saudis from their farce:

Al-Omari said the Saudi participation in the symposium falls in line with its efforts to support the principles of justice, humanity, promotion of values and the principles of tolerance in the world as well as to emphasize the importance of respecting religions and religious symbols.

Actually, because of Saudi Arabia’s absolute lack of “justice, humanity, promotion of values and the principles of tolerance,” even the U.S. State Department lists the home of Islam and Muhammad as one of eight “Countries of Particular Concern.”

Thus in ultra-hypocritical manner, Saudi Arabia asks the international community to stop exercising freedom of expression—even as it openly and unapologetically persecutes non-Muslims, discriminates against non-Saudis, and violates the most basic human rights on a daily basis.

It still remains to determine which is more surreal, more unbelievable: that Saudi Arabia, which tops the charts of state-enforced religious intolerance and ethnic discrimination, is calling on the West “to confront ethnic, religious and cultural intolerance,” or that the West deigns to participate in such disgracefully hypocritical forums.


Raymond Ibrahim is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War in Christians. Follow Raymond Ibrahim on Twitter and Facebook.

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Rescued Sex Slaves Need Asylum from Islamic State

Elliot Friedland

Rev. Majed el-Shafie helps rescue Yazidi sex slaves from the Islamic State. He is fighting to persuade politicians to grant them asylum so they can start new lives in the US and Canada, free from stigma and danger.  

Rev Majed el-Shafie is a human rights advocate and the founder of One Free World International, which campaigns for the rights of persecuted religious minorities worldwide. He spoke with Clarion about his recent trip to Iraq and what he saw there. 

Tortured and sentenced to death in his native Egypt for his conversion to Christianity, Rev Majed knows first-hand the suffering caused by religious persecution. One Free World holds that “The ability to believe (or to choose not to believe) in something beyond our material existence, in accordance with our individual conscience, and to manifest that belief in practices and observances is one of the most essential distinguishing characteristics of the human race.”

He recently travelled to Iraq on a mission to interview and rescue Yazidi girls who had been captured by the Islamic State and sold into sex-slavery. He met with many girls who had suffered all kinds of trauma. One 9 year old girl related how she had been raped 20 times a day.

Rev Majed and One World International rescued many girls through back channels, buying them out of captivity. Once rescued, they are moved to a safe house run with a local partner organization where they can rest and begin to heal. Different girls all suffer different levels of trauma and require delicate and different approaches to healing.

In addition to those he rescued some 400 Yazidi girls have escaped, out of an estimated 7,000.

Many are rejected by their communities once they return. This is because of concepts of honor – a girl who has been raped is regarded as tainted or damaged. The attack is not just on her, but is also perceived to be on the honor of male members of the community. This is worse if the girls return pregnant.

Although the abuses of the Islamic State are horrific, he highlighted that the Iranian sponsored shiite-militias can be just as badd. He said "the shiite militias and ISIS are two sides of the same coin."

Rev Majed told Clarion that it is a top priority that girls be allowed asylum into countries like the US and Canada, so that they can start a new life away from community stigma and from physical danger.

Immigration lawyers and those with political connections are needed to raise awareness of the plight of these girls. In democracies governments are obliged to listen to the concerns of their citizens. Therefore, he said, it is incumbent upon citizens of democracies to demand that their governments provide refuge for Yazidi girls traumatized by ISIS.

Once safely in their new country, these young girls will have an opportunity to heal and to start their lives afresh.

He is a leading voice in the fight to gain asylum for survivors of Islamic State sex slavery and he will be tireless in that struggle.

But he needs your help.

Find out more about One Free World International

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Canadian Elections and the West’s Flaccid Response to Islamism

Tarek Fatah

When  Canadian Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was asked, “If you don’t want to bomb a group as ghastly as ISIS, when would you ever support real military action?”, Trudeau’s response was shocking. 

The Western world’s flaccid response to threats posed by the forces of Islamism is best described by the British author Theodore Dalrymple in his book, The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism.

Referring to the Danish cartoon controversy of 2005, Dalrymple writes, we are “virtually giving in to demands that certain important subjects (like Islamism) henceforth be placed, de facto, off limits for discussion.”

Dalrymple writes it was obvious that for the West, “the quiet life was clearly preferred to the costs of securing a free one; if only we appeased enough, there would be peace in our time.”

This political cowardice within the Left, camouflaged in a burka of anti-war rhetoric, is visible right here in Canada as well.

Both NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have demonstrated the symptoms of appeasement

In an interview with Maclean’s on June 29, Mulcair criticized Canada’s role in the coalition now fighting Islamic State (ISIS), claiming, “This is not our fight.”

That may be true for Mulcair, but other Canadians have a more global view of our tiny planet.

We feel for the families of bloggers beheaded in Bangladesh and the Kurds slaughtered in Kobani.

Imagine telling the parents of the girls kidnapped by Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadis that their fight “is not our fight.”

For someone like myself who has been on the Left all my life, spent time in prison as a socialist, fought for gay rights in hostile Islamic communities and who lives under death threats, Mulcair’s words were a betrayal.

At one time, internationalism was the hallmark of democratic socialists. Today many on the Left have become Sharia Bolsheviks.

It wasn’t just Mulcair’s Maclean’s remark that was offensive to many of us who have suffered the indignities of Islamism.

During the leaders’ debate, the NDP leader quipped:

“(W)e know that a lot of the horrors that we are seeing are the direct result of the last misguided war (U.S invasion of Iraq) …”

I was stunned. Here was a man vying to be Prime Minister of Canada reading a script whose logic could have been taken straight out of the Muslim Brotherhood hymnbook.

In effect, Mulcair was saying it was the fault of America that ISIS was beheading fellow Muslims, pushing homosexuals off the roofs of buildings and making sex slaves out of captured, non-Muslim female prisoners.

Nonsense. Jihadis have been doing this since the dawn of Islam.

I doubt Mulcair knows the recent bloodbath by ISIS in an Iraqi city was not the first such action by jihadis.

On April 21, 1802, 200 years before the United States invaded Iraq, jihadis from the first Saudi state ravaged the Iraqi city of Karbala, killing 5,000 fellow Muslims, plundering the city and destroying the 1,000-year-old tomb of the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

As for that other man seeking to replace Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s positions on Canada’s and the West’s national security reflect his fear of offending Islamofacists.

When CBC’s Terry Milewski asked Trudeau, “If you don’t want to bomb a group as ghastly as ISIS, when would you ever support real military action?”, Trudeau’s response was shocking. “That’s a nonsensical question,” he retorted.

In 1988, I put up my federal NDP sign, “This time it’s Ed” on my front lawn and voted for Ed Broadbent and his party.

This time, I will not vote NDP.


Tarek Fatah, is a Canadian writer, broadcaster and anti-Islamist Muslim activist. He is the author of Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State and the founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress.

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