As the investigation into the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 continues, a review of data from the aircraft’s previous flight suggests co-pilot Andreas Lubitz rehearsed his murder-suicide plan.
Belief in a “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment is a perfect expression of power over principle, because the power to define and suppress “hate speech” would be enormous. We don’t have to imagine its dimensions, because every totalitarian regime in recent history claimed such powers.
Counter-terrorism authorities are naturally interested in whatever connections Garland shooters Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi might have had with international terrorist organizations – such as ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for the attack on Pamela Geller’s Mohammed Art Exhibit. Social-media activity by the slain terrorists is being carefully examined.
The mayor of Garland, Texas has attacked AFDI President Pamela Geller for hosting a free speech event in his town, arguing that the “Draw Muhammad” contest had “invited” violence and that Geller’s “ideology,” and not that of the jihadist attackers, had “put my police officers at risk.”
International Business Times reports that Abdul Basit Usman, said to be “one of the most wanted Islamist terrorists in the Philippines,” has been killed by one of his bodyguards for a million-dollar bounty from the U.S. State Department.
If China’s talk of rebuilding the legendary “Silk Road” trade route is a means of asserting dominance over Asian land and water, it is hardly the only muscle Beijing is flexing. Reuters reports that the Chinese are accusing the Philippines of violating a largely informal code governing the South China Sea by constructing military and civilian facilities on certain disputed islands. The Philippines Foreign Ministry levels the exact same charge against China.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry was critical of Governor Greg Abbott’s position on Jade Helm. Perry is considered to be a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate.
Look at the treatment of Pamela Geller, whose Mohammed Art Exhibit was attacked by heavily-armed jihadis intent on committing mass murder. The response from our Left-dominated culture is, at best, a grudging concession that Geller has some theoretical right to free speech, but she probably shouldn’t use it.
Those who knew slain Garland terrorist and jihadi aspirant Elton Simpson profess surprise that he tried to perpetrate a mass murder, including people who really ought to know better. Take his former lawyer, for example, in a passage quoted from Fox News affiliate KSAZ in Simpson’s hometown of Phoenix, Arizona.
According to the St. Lucia News Online, Islamic State hackers were able to seize control of the official website for the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (commonly abbreviated as “SVG”) in the Lesser Antilles.
Last week, six writers serving as table hosts for the PEN American Center gala withdrew to protest the Freedom of Expression Courage Award given to Charlie Hebdo magazine. Now six new writers, including graphic novel legends Neil Gaiman and Art Spiegelman, have stepped forward to take their places. Their gesture is more important and appreciated than ever, in light of the anti-free speech attack in Texas on Sunday night.
China is looking to rebuild the fabled “Silk Road” trade route through Asia and Europe, which is remembered – somewhat apocryphally – as one of the great commercial achievements of the previous millennium. (The last two millennia, in fact, give or take a century.)
The second shooter in the Garland, Texas terrorist attack has been identified as Nadir Soofi, 34. According to law enforcement officials quoted by the Washington Post, he was indeed Elton Simpson’s roommate, as some earlier reports indicated.
One of the slain Garland shooters has been identified as 30-year-old Elton Simpson of Phoenix, Arizona, a man who was already the subject of a terrorism investigation.
There are no qualifiers necessary here, no “nuance,” no shades of grey, no weak-kneed dissertations on whether drawing a cartoon of Mohammed is rude. The right of Americans to draw those pictures, and be protected from violent reprisals, is absolute. If you’re not ready to stand up and be counted, then America doesn’t need you right now. Sit quietly and await further instructions from those who demand your submission.
Last week, the mayor of Ankara – evidently inspired by Turkish media editorials, and soon joined by a large number of online supporters – referred to State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf as a “stupid blonde.” The insult was part of a sour-grapes taunt at the State Department for daring to criticize heavy-handed Turkish police tactics, without also denouncing the curfew imposed during recent riots in Baltimore.
The sudden death of Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Goldberg, SurveyMonkey CEO and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, rocked the tech world this weekend.
Reuters reports that a demonstration against alleged police brutality and racism by Ethiopian immigrants turned violent in Jerusalem on Thursday, leading to at least 13 injuries. Two police officers and five protesters were hurt seriously enough to require hospital attention.
It looks as if a jihad bombing attack has been thwarted in Germany, where CNN reports the authorities arrested a “radicalized” couple who were evidently planning to set off home-made explosives at a bicycle race near Frankfurt.
The Times of India relates an awkward mistake in Pakistan’s much-needed, and generally much-appreciated, relief assistance to survivors of the earthquake in Nepal: “According to media reports, the food items in relief aid sent by Pakistan to Nepal included beef content (beef masala) in the food packets. Eating beef is prohibited in Hindu religion. Nepal is a majority-Hindu nation.”
Malala Yousafzai was just 15 years old when a gang of thugs boarded her school bus and shot her in the head in 2012. Her “crime” involved crusading for the education of young girls living under Taliban oppression. After a trial shrouded in secrecy, it appears that a Pakistani court has dealt life sentences against ten men involved in the attack.
The repercussions from Peter Schweizer’s bombshell book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich are reaching far beyond the shores of the United States.
A spat between the Turkish government and the United States over police misconduct got personal when the mayor Ankara took to Twitter Wednesday and called State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf a “stupid blonde.”
Imagine of the level of coordinated social energy poured into marginalizing opponents of gay marriage could be diverted into encouraging marriage and fidelity! Obviously we all agree that social pressures are very powerful, and not inherently wrong – we just disagree on how they should be directed.
According to the World Tribune, the latest demand inflicted upon the captive population of Mosul by their ISIS overlords is a ban against shaving male beards. The terror state has decreed that beards are mandatory under sharia law.