Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Iran's holiday shopping spree

In the past few weeks, Iran has signed two major deals to purchase highly sophisticated military equipment:

- On Dec 2, Interfax reported that Iran signed contracts to buy more than $1 billion in Russian arms and military equipment, including surface-to-air missile systems. As part of the deal, and over the next 2 years, Iran will receive 30 Tor-M1 missile systems. The Tor-M1 systems are designed to bring down aircraft and guided missiles at a height of up to 20,000 feet. This is largest sale of Russian defense equipment to Iran in the past five years. I guess it's not enough for Russia to sell advanced nuclear technology to Iran...

- On Dec 16, citing a report from the German secret services, German newspaper Bild said that North Korea sold long-range missiles To Iran: 18 BM-25 missiles with a range of 2,500 kilometers, that could be equipped with nuclear warheads...

Are we going to wait until it's too late? If not, who will act to protect the world against the crazy dreams of fanatical dictators?

Monday, December 19, 2005

A merit-based French educational system?

It seems that the educational system in France is unfortunately starting to look like the US system, by moving away from the merit-based concepts on which it was originally built. According to an article published in the NYT on the elite French schools, “children of blue-collar workers, who made up as much as 20 percent of the student body of the top grandes écoles 30 years ago, make up, at best, 2 percent today. Few are minority students.”

Analysis of Wahhabism

While most people would now agree that we are at war with terrorism, few would acknowledge that this is a war against theocratic totalitarism. R. James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence, has no doubt about that and warns us in a must read article, that Wahhabism is "the most dangerous of the ideological enemies we face".

In case, you don't know much about Wahhabism, this article does a good job at explaining it and drawing striking parallelism with other forms of fascism. Here are some of the frightening facts that he mentions: "the BBC reported on July 18 of this year that a publication given to foreign workers in Saudi Arabia by the Islamic cultural center, which falls under the authority of the ministry of Islamic affairs, advocates the killing of "refusers" (Shia). The imam of Al-Haram in Mecca, (Islam's most holy mosque), Sheikh Abd Al-Rahman al-Sudayyis, was barred from Canada last year after the translation of his sermons calling Jews "the scum of the earth" and "monkeys and pigs" who should be "annihilated." Materials distributed by the Saudi government to the Al-Farouq Masjid mosque in Brooklyn call for the killing of homosexuals and converts from Islam to another religion." He then added: "Wahhabi ideology is also totalitarian to a unique degree in its repression of women. In 2002 the world press carried stories of an extreme example: Religious police in Saudi Arabia forced some young girls fleeing a burning school back inside to their deaths because they were not properly veiled. This is a fanaticism that knows no bounds.".

Armed with wealth created thanks to oil, and benefiting from the fact that they rule over the two holiest places in Islam, Wahhabists have been very active (and effective) at promoting their fanatical version of Islam, and are spending several billions of dollars a year to preach their murderous teachings abroad.

Click here the read the article.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Fighting against slavery

Experts estimate than more than 20 million people are currently enslaved in the world. A US-based human rights organization is doing an incredible job at fighting against slavery. Specifically, they have been very instrumental at raising the awareness related to the Sudan genocide and its slave raids. If modern slavery is an issue that matters to you, you should check their site out and contribute to their efforts.

Saudi Influence in the US

Over 80 percent of the mosques in the United States "have been radicalized by Saudi money and influence" according to an expert on terrorism. see article