November 19, 2006

Nov. 19, 2006: 9

Netanyahu: Iran Preparing Another Holocaust , Nov. 14, 2006

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran’s nuclear goals, and the fanaticism of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, pose a threat not only to Israel, but to the entire Western world.

The former prime minister compared the growing threat of Iran to the rise of Nazism before World War II, and he wonders why no one seems to be taking the threat seriously.

"It’s 1938, and Iran is Germany,” Netanyahu said, "and Iran is racing to arm itself with atomic bombs.” Haaretz newspaper reports that Netanyahu repeated that line as a chorus during an address Monday to the United Jewish Communities General Assembly. [....]

Prize fools: , Wednesday, 26 April 2006

Prize fools: re: Claudia Rosset who assiduously investigated and reported on the UN , Wednesday, 26 April 2006

with a link to:

At war with radical Islam , Lorne Gunter, Oct. 30, 06

Social housing must be counted as one of the greatest failures -- and there are many -- of the "progressive" thinking of the 1960s and 1970s.

Nearly everywhere large public housing projects have been built, they have become incubators for crime, drug dependence, fatherless families, unemployment and welfare. Rather than lifting minorities out of poverty, social housing has herded them together where they are easier prey for bad people and bad ideas.

So, at least some of the troubles in the Paris banlieues (suburbs) in recent years can be attributed to France's version of mass public accommodation.

[....] Large-scale social housing projects were simply a terrible idea. [....]

Last October, French police counted 9,193 car burnings and 2,921 arrests in 21 nights of clashes with Muslim rioters. That unrest was widely reported.

Almost entirely unreported, though, has been the violence since October, 2005.

In the past 12 months, for instance, 2,500 French policemen have been injured during run-ins with Muslim criminals or protesters in Paris's projects. [....]

Human Smuggling via and from Mexico

Frost Hits the Rhubarb: July 23-29, 2006 -- July 25, 2006: Various -- re human smuggling: excerpts of testimony during questioning by assistant U.S. attorney Lisa Jennis Settel, Phoenix, Arizona

Included are other items worth checking, as well. Search:

The UN humanitarian chief, Jan Egeland, accused Hezbollah on Monday of "cowardly blending" in among Lebanese civilians

the only way to get rid of (Hezbollah)
Ahmed Al-Jarallah

John Updike's "Terrorist"

Theodore Dalrymple: The Terrorists Among Us
-- "[Updike] understands the deeply human, but also deeply destructive, desire for a simple solution to all existential and practical problems at once."

Angel Rascon-Rubio
the basics of alien smuggling
Julieta Franco-Beltran
the hub of alien smuggling
The vast majority are Mexican citizens.

The Chinese Communist Party
China's massive trade surplus

infrastructure differences
the rise of China and India

Vinod Khosla
next-generation ethanol
flex-fuel cars that run on gasoline or ethanol
Maglev Research Center


'Lady in charge' nabbed in human-smuggling sting -- "She was the head honcho. She's been a smuggler for years. She's made hundreds of thousands of ...

Prosecutor Lisa Jennis Settel asked for a stiff sentence -- Expert offers a glimpse into world of human smuggling -- drop house

International trafficking in sex slaves

Toronto Sun: Rosie Dimanno, Nov. 13, 2006, link on puntedposters

[....] Prostitutes are just about the last breed of people who can be publicly excoriated for what they are, in a language of loathing that would be intolerable if applied to anyone else. It's the argot of shaming. [....]

In the antiquated semantics of policing and criminal code legislation, sex is still a vice. Merchandising it is a crime, soliciting it is a crime, purchasing it is a crime, in all but the most narrowly defined circumstances. But using sex to sell product — that's advertising. Using sex to titillate — that's entertainment. Using sex to snare a partner — that's courtship.

[....] "The existing legislation sees what we do as a vice. It doesn't see it as a legitimate business.''

Bawdy house rules make it illegal to work from their homes. [....]

This is what happens in most jurisdictions, such as Amsterdam, where prostitution has been legalized: The house gets 50 per cent, the government takes 25 per cent, the women work 10-hour shifts, they're not permitted to decline a client, and the brothel operator commonly extorts sex for himself into the bargain. Dutch women on the game won't accept those conditions so they work illegally. "Those women in the windows? All foreigners, from Eastern European countries,'' says Scott. "They're the only ones willing to put up with that level of extortion.''

The international trafficking in sex slaves, that's an entirely different problem and should not be conflated with prostitution as a legitimate career choice.
"If there's extortion, charge their handlers,'' says Scott. "Assault, intimidation, coercion, forcible confinement — charge them. If prostitution is decriminalized, it will make it a lot easier for those girls to get away. Deal with it as an immigration matter. As it is, we can't get to her. She's terrified of the police, of being deported." [....]

[US] sexually transmitted diseases are far less common among prostitutes than the general population.

Map worth checking , NY Post, Nov. 6, 06, via newsbeat1

Note that this was published before the US elections in November; however, it is still relevant.

Just Afghanistan? Look where Al Qaeda & Co. have struck since 9/11, Nov. 6, 06, NY Post

November 5, 2006 -- THE woman [Nancy Pelosi] who [was expected to] become Speaker of the House, should Democrats pick up sufficient seats on Tuesday, believes passionately that the War on Terror is only the war in Afghanistan.

Reality check: The map above shows a selection of the major, memorable terrorist attacks world-wide since Jan. 1, 2002, as well as indicating nations which the Rand Corp. Terrorism Database lists as hosting a significant al Qaeda presence.

(Just a selection, of course - a map of attacks in Israel or Iraq could fill the whole page.)

Only Afghanistan? It is staggering to think that anyone of such naivete could soon leading one house of Congress. [....]


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