University prof claims free speech advocates enable racists

Arwen~ Perfect example in this article of why the
rabid totalitarian left and Islamists are allies… they are the same.

Postmedia News

Published:April 30, 2019

University of New Brunswick Prof. Matthew Sears has stepped into a social media minefield.UNB

An uber-woke university professor ignited a Twitter cluster bomb claiming pro-free speech activists on Canadian campuses should be hounded into oblivion.

Matthew A. Sears — a social media frequent flier who often locks horns with anyone to the right of Chairman Mao — unleashed his latest manifesto Sunday.

The left-leaning University of New Brunswick humanities professor even slammed an Iranian-Canadian man’s criticisms as the “weaponizing of race.”

Sears’ scorched earth attack included white supremacists, bloggers, YouTubers and politicians who inspired them, the Post-Millennialreported.

He tweeted on Sunday: “We should name every white supremacist. Name every writer, blogger, YouTuber, and politician that inspires them. Plaster their faces in public. Fire them from their jobs. Hound them from restaurants. Expose them and those that fuel them for the hateful pathetic wretches they are.”

Matthew A. Sears@matthewasears

We should name every white supremacist. Name every writer, blogger, YouTuber, and politician that inspires them. Plaster their faces in public. Fire them from their jobs. Hound them from restaurants. Expose them and those that fuel them for the hateful pathetic wretches they are.Andray@andraydomiseThis might have made sense maybe 10 years ago, but now this advice is hopelessly out of date and I wish people would stop harping on it.

These shooters already get the notoriety they’re looking for on 8Chan and their Discord channels. …
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But Sears told Newsweek he isn’t against free speech but was referring to right-wing conservative groups like Turning Point USA (TPUSA.)

The academic told the magazine he should have been more specific in his meaning when he was talking about “free speech activists.”

In the tweet rant, Sears added that the media should be calling out any political party that creates “the environment in which Jews and Muslims are murdered.”

But the virtue-signalling hit a brick wall when Sears was taken to task by Kaveh Shahrooz who likened his comments to the censorious mullahs of Iran.

Shahrooz replied: “Everyone who goes on about free speech should be driven out of town?”

He added: “I come from a place where people literally die for free speech. The fact that you’d say this without understanding the value of that right just goes to show what an utterly arrogant dimwit you are.”

Sears said Shahrooz was “weaponizing” his race.

Sharooz then wrote: “Incredible how quickly the super-woke veer into racism when a non-white person challenges them. How dare I have an opinion on free speech *on North American campuses*? I guess non-whites should only have opinions on best ethnic restaurants.”

“I’m sorry to have to constantly remind you that non-white people don’t all think the same and many are sick of your patronizing bullshit.”

The University of New Brunswick told Newsweek that Sears’ views are his alone.

Year Zero

SteynPost #29
April 30, 2019

“In this brand new SteynPost, Mark considers the accelerating pace of cultural demolition, as exemplified by the Melbourne Comedy Festival, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Nazification of “Edelweiss”. Click below to watch:

Today is the last day of April and we remember the sacrifice that took place in April at Vimy Ridge 102 years ago. #LestWeForget

Arwen~ We will remember them.

They shall grow not old, 
as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, 
nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun 
and in the morning 
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Trump Pushes to Designate Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group

Arwen~ A no brainer, this needs to happen. Once Trudeau is ousted from power in October, the new PM needs to follow suit here. The Muslim Brotherhood is embedded in our government and political parties here as well as.

President Trump with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt on April 9 at the White House. Mr. el-Sisi asked Mr. Trump to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization when the two met privately.CreditCreditTom Brenner for The New York Times

By Charlie SavageEric Schmitt and Maggie Haberman

April 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is pushing to issue an order that would designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization, bringing the weight of American sanctions against a storied and influential Islamist political movement with millions of members across the Middle East, according to officials familiar with the matter.

The White House directed national security and diplomatic officials to find a way to place sanctions on the group after a White House visit on April 9 by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, for whom the Brotherhood represents a source of political opposition. In a private meeting without reporters and photographers, Mr. el-Sisi urged Mr. Trump to take that step and join Egypt in branding the movement a terrorist organization.

Such a designation imposes wide-ranging economic and travel sanctions on companies and individuals who interact with the targeted group. The president responded affirmatively to Mr. el-Sisi, saying it would make sense. Some of Mr. Trump’s advisers have interpreted that as a commitment, officials said.

But the proposal has prompted fierce debate within the administration, including at a senior-level meeting of policymakers from various departments convened last week by the White House’s National Security Council, the officials said.

In a statement, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, acknowledged that the administration was working on designating the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists.

“The president has consulted with his national security team and leaders in the region who share his concern, and this designation is working its way through the internal process,” Ms. Sanders said.

John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, support the idea, officials said. But the Pentagon, career national security staff, government lawyers and diplomatic officials have voiced legal and policy objections, and have been scrambling to find a more limited step that would satisfy the White House.

As a matter of law, officials have argued that the criteria for designating a terrorist organization are not a good fit for the Muslim Brotherhood, which is less a coherent body than a loose-knit movement with chapters in different countries that either use that moniker or have strong historical ties to it. Several political parties in places like Tunisia and Jordan consider themselves Muslim Brotherhood or have ties to it, but eschew violent extremism.

As a matter of policy, such a designation could have rippling consequences, including further stressing relations with Turkey, whose president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is a staunch Brotherhood supporter. It is also unclear what the consequences would be for Americans and American humanitarian organizations with links to the group, and human rights officials have worried that Mr. el-Sisi might use it to justify an even harsher crackdown against his opponents.

Among the alternative ideas raised at the meeting last week were trying to identify and target a terrorist-linked group with ties to the Brotherhood that has not yet been designated or limiting any designation’s scope to the Egyptian branch, officials said.

A former general, Mr. el-Sisi helped lead a coup in 2013 that deposed Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president and a former Brotherhood leader, and has reimposed strongman rule on Egypt. The Egyptian government deemed the Brotherhood a terrorist organization several years ago as part of a brutal crackdown on its supporters, and Mr. el-Sisi repeatedly pressed the Obama administration to follow suit. But the Obama team refused, for both legal and policy reasons.

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 in Egypt, and in the 1940s formed a secret, armed wing to fight against British colonial rule. It renounced violence in the 1960s and later embraced electoral democracy instead, although some offshoots and former members have engaged in terrorism.

The push for sanctions on the Brotherhood is the latest of several significant foreign policy decisions by Mr. Trump that appear to have been heavily influenced by talking to autocratic foreign leaders without first being fully vetted by career government professionals — such as his abrupt choice, since partly reversed, to swiftly pull American troops out of Syria.

The Trump administration had weighed whether to designate both the Muslim Brotherhood and an arm of Iran’s military, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, as terrorist organizations during its chaotic first weeks in 2017. But the ideas lapsed amid objections from career professionals and the fallout from other capricious early steps, like Mr. Trump’s ban on visitors from several predominantly Muslim countries.

But this spring, the administration abruptly pushed through the terrorist designation for the Revolutionary Guards. Mr. Pompeo, who has the most important voice in the debate besides Mr. Trump’s because the secretary of state controls the list of designated terrorist organizations, announced sanctions on the Iranian military arm on April 8, the day before Mr. el-Sisi visited the White House.

The move against the Iranian military was the first time the United States had interpreted its counterterrorism laws as permitting an entity of a nation-state government to count as terrorists.

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That novel use by the Trump administration of the power Congress has granted the executive branch to make such a determination prompted alarm among American military, intelligence and diplomatic professionals, who worried that the administration was moving forward without thinking through potential consequences and working out policy details to deal with them.

The potential problems included creating a need to grant huge numbers of visa waivers for Iraqi officials who interact with the Iranian military agency; raising the question of whether American officials should start denying visas to members of other countries’ intelligence services that use violence, including Israel, Pakistan and Russia; and risking retaliation against American troops and intelligence officials.

Don’t Mention the Jihad – by Mark Steyn

Topical Take
April 23, 2019

Arwen~ Excerpt from article. Recommend reading full below.

“This is the most sensitive war in history. The President has urged Americans to be especially solicitous and protective of what he calls ‘women of cover’. (If a woman of colour wears a hejab, will that make her a woman of colour of cover? A covered woman of colour? A coloured woman of cover?) He has recommended that each American schoolchild get a Middle Eastern pen-pal, although, with the current anthrax scare, I don’t suppose the US Postal Service is especially eager for a blizzard of envelopes with childlike handwriting from Mullah al-Jihad’s Fourth Grade class at the Sword of the Jew-Slayer Elementary School in Kandahar.

Should the US government be in the business of Ramadan PR? The Republic is founded on the principle of separation of church and state, but, to judge by the unnerving silence from the usually litigious American Civil Liberties Union, the separation of mosque and state is quite another matter. Last time round, FDR interned Japanese-Americans. Not only has Bush no plans to intern Muslim Americans; it wouldn’t surprise me if he interned himself, just to ‘send the right message’.

Do you find our language too insensitive? Fine. Let’s make sure that every time we type ‘Koran’ we spell it ‘Quran’, or, better yet, ‘Qu’ran’, or, if you prefer, ‘Qu’~*#ran’, whatever you want, the more the merrier, toss a couple of wingdings in the middle. ‘Afghani’: why not? It can’t be long before we start using the Arabic spelling of America (G-R-E-A-T-S-A-T-A-N).

Our enemy, of course, has no name – or at least, as with Harry Potter’s arch-enemy Voldemorte, no name one can safely mention. Bush gets much mocked by progressive opinion for persistently referring to our opponents as ‘the evildoers’, but if he used anything more precise, they’d be the first to complain. We’re at war with . . . Afghanistan? Heaven forfend! …militant Islam? Whoa, there’s that word again. …the Taleban? Well, hold on, Colin Powell wants ‘moderate Taleban elements’ to be part of a ‘broad-based government’. If Powell calls on ‘moderate evildoers’ to be included in any new government, Bush’s Enemy Nomenclature Team will really have its work cut out.

Meanwhile, our airports have been told to look out for . . . evildoers. How will we know who they are? When they do something evil, like running up an escalator to retrieve a forgotten Palm, as one poor boob did in Atlanta last week, causing a four-hour evacuation of the airport and the grounding of half the planes on the continent. The guy didn’t fit the profile of the suicide bombers, but neither does your 88-year-old granny, and that’s why we’re emptying out her knickers on the conveyor belt. Under our new high-alert procedures, security personnel demonstrate their sensitivity by looking for people who don’t look anything like the people they’re looking for. Never in the field of human conflict have so many been so inconvenienced to avoid offending so few.”