Daily Archives: February 6, 2016
Nothing at all, when it comes to choosing what’s best for their own child.
How many politicians send their children to public school? Not many (and none in the District of Columbia, where 83% of all black students test out as illiterate – that’s with spending of $29,000 per pupil).
Clinton to young Sanders supporters: “You want old? I’ll GIVE your old -I’ll see your hero’s 74 and raise it five”
A couple of aged twats toddling around the snows of New Hampshire, claiming the loyalty of kids their grandchildren’s age not because of anything they’ve accomplished, but because of what Madeleine, at least, lacks.
Sub-Saharan Africa was long seen as relatively immune to the call of Islamist militancy because of its unorthodox religious practices—rooted in Sufism, a more mystical mode of Islam that focuses on individual spirituality—and its traditional cultures, which are far removed from strict Middle Eastern ways. Today the area has become the fastest-growing front of global jihad—and perhaps its deadliest.
Driving this change is a crucial transformation of the way that Islam is being practiced by the 250 million Muslims living south of the Sahara—a population that is projected to grow by 60% over the next three decades. “The Islam that is spreading through society in Africa today is the new active Islam, not the dormant, Sufi, private-life only [version]. It’s going into policy, into economy, into culture, into education. It’s going into public life,” said Hassan al-Turabi, the leading ideologue of political Islam in Africa, who hosted Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders as Sudan’s de facto ruler in the 1990s.
Though Shiite Iran has made some inroads, particularly in Nigeria, with conversions to its minority sect of Islam, the charge in Africa has been led by Saudi Arabia’s ultraconservative Sunni religious establishment. Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, the puritanical 18th-century preacher whose teachings remain the foundation of the Saudi state, deemed Sufis heretics and ordered the razing of their graves and shrines. For Saudi clerics, eliminating such heretical “innovations” and returning to the pure, strict Islam practiced by the Prophet Muhammad became the focus of world-wide religious outreach.
Proselytizing efforts by Saudi charities—and, to a lesser extent, by institutions from Qatar and Turkey—also have flooded Africa with money. Thousands of African theology students have been trained in the Middle East in recent decades, particularly at Saudi Arabia’s Islamic University of Medina, often to return as teachers or imams at the lavish new mosques that the Saudi kingdom has built across the continent.
“What they brought back is an Islam that doesn’t take into account the realities of our countries,” said Ali Abdel-Rhamane Haggar, the rector of the University of N’Djamena in Chad and a former adviser to the country’s president. “But it’s easy to recruit amid the poverty, and the Wahhabis are very rich.”
But wait, there’s more! “Tsunami of Saudi money funding Pakistani madrassas” Too bad for us, that observation comes from Connecticut’s (other) village idiot, Chris Murphy, and of course he draws the same erroneous conclusions his peers do:
“In 1956, there were 244 madrassas in Pakistan. Today, there are 24,000. These schools are multiplying all over the globe. These schools, by and large, don’t teach violence. They aren’t the minor leagues for al-Qaeda or ISIS. But they do teach a version of Islam that leads very nicely into an anti-Shia, anti-Western militancy.
“Those 24,000 religious schools in Pakistan – thousands of them are funded with money that originates in Saudi Arabia,” Murphy said in an address yesterday to the Council on Foreign Relations, a top American think-tank.
According to some estimates, since the 1960s, the Saudis have funnelled over USD 100 billion into fundingschools and mosques all over the world with the mission of spreading puritanical Wahhabi Islam.
As a point of comparison, researchers estimate that the former Soviet Union spent about USD 7 billion exporting its communist ideology from 1920-1991.
“The United States should suspend supporting Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, at the very least until we get assurances that this campaign does not distract from the fight against IS and al-Qaeda, and until we make some progress on the Saudi export of Wahhabism,” he said.
Murphy demanded that Congress should not sign off on any more US military sales to Saudi Arabia until similar assurances are granted.
He said that the political alliance between the House of Saud – Saudi Arabia’s ruling royal family – and orthodox Wahhabi clerics is as old as the nation, resulting in billions funnelled to and through the Wahhabi movement.
The vicious terrorist groups that Americans know by name are Sunni in derivation, and greatly influenced by Wahhabi and Salafist teachings, Murphy said adding that leaders of both Democratic and Republican parties should avoid the extremes of this debate, and enter into a real conversation about how America can help the moderate voices within Islam win out over those who sow seeds of extremism.
The way you stop this crap is you cut off the funding for it, and you do that by driving down the cost of oil and keeping it there until the rats turn on each other and eat their young. The islamists Saudi Arabia is sending into Africa, and the world, are the face of Islam, and they sure as hell aren’t interested in listening to “moderate voices”. I assume that even a blockhead like Chris Murphy knows that, so what’s his game?
Greenwich’s own, Jos. Beninati, skulked off to NYC after his development company Antares blew up, and now his latest real estate coup is in trouble.
Joseph Beninati’s Bauhouse Group is seeking an $80 million mezzanine loan to fund his troubled residential skyscraper project at 3 Sutton Place, according to investor documents reviewed by The Real Deal.
The upcoming tower at 426-432 East 58th Street, which is facing fierce resistance from area residents, is now slated to be 68 stories tall — down from 80 stories in August. The total project size is slated to be 286,000 square feet, with condos slated to be priced between $5 million and $6 million. That’s according to a letter sent to potential lenders by the Carlton Group, which is trying to arrange financing for Bauhouse.
Sources said that Beninati has approached developers such as Michael Stern of JDS Development Group to partner up with him on the project. A source familiar with JDS said that though Stern had a preliminary discussion about the project, talks did not progress past that point. Reached for comment Friday, a JDS spokesperson said the firm was “definitively not involved” with the project.
Bauhouse assembled the site and the necessary air rights for about $70 million, city records show. According to the letter, the project’s total pre-development costs will be $231 million, which includes a $71 million first mortgage, the $80 million mezzanine loan, and $80 million of equity. Total construction costs are slated to be $526 million, which includes $120 million in EB-5 funds.
Bauhouse has struggled to secure financing for the tower. In August, he told the New York Times that he had been searching for a joint-venture partner for months, and if one “doesn’t show up, I’ll have no choice but to sell.” Adding to his woes are area residents, who have formed an alliance against the project and accused Beninati of misleading them about the project’s size.
The Real Deal reported Thursday that local lenders are becoming far more wary of financing high-end condo projects, given what they see as a double-whammy of oversupply and a slowdown in luxury sales.
Greenwich being the town that it is, there are probably a few other people here as arrogant, deceitful and just plain dumb as Beninati, but he’s in select company.
- That would be “The Lake Carrington Estate” – hahahahaha!
Nick Paumgarten’s article, “A Greenwich of the Mind”, 2008, remains the most definitive picture of this time in our town, and the Cabrerra/Beninati duo that so desperately wanted to dominate it.
I’d say, judging from the longevity and influence of the Clinton machine over the past decades, one dick shared between three is plenty to make them very much part of “the Establishment”.
She also claims that, unlike every filthy Republican she knows, she never changes her vote just because someone gives her hundreds of thousands of dollars. *
“I don’t know why they give me this money, they just do. They just like me, I guess.”
Iraqi refugee rapes 10-year-old boy because, he tells Austrian police, he hadn’t had sex in four months.. I blame the government for not seeing to his needs – that’s probably a violation of his EU Commission human rights, or something.
A 10-year-old boy was so brutally raped by an Iraqi migrant in a swimming pool cubicle that he had to be hospitalised for his injuries.
A lifeguard immediately called an ambulance after the boy went to him in floods of tears, while the Iraqi was entertaining himself by repeatedly jumping off the three-metre diving board.
Police arrested him on the spot at the pool in Vienna, and during an interrogation, he told police that it was a ‘sexual emergency’ as he had not had sex in four months.
But wait, there’s more!
Austrian media have also been following another case of a 13-year-old girl who is allegedly repeatedly being raped by her 26-year-old husband, who she married in Syria.
However, the teenager has not spoken against her husband, who is claiming that he has the right to have sex with her after their marriage was consummated, under Islamic law.