Spanish Pundit (II)

abril 18, 2007

Hermann Tertsch: "The people should be more afraid of President Zapatero"

I wrote about this journalist some weeks ago when he was expelled from Spanish newspaper El Pais because he did not had the same ideas as the directors. He has spoken about Spanish situation with Spanish political platform Bastaya.org, dedicated to fight against ETA. Translation below:

Miedosos e insensatos a un tiempo, sectarios, incultos y por ello perfectamente inmunes a la autocrítica, son gente por talante mucho más cercana a los aparatchiks de los regímenes autoritarios o totalitarios que al político humanista de una sociedad abierta democrática“. Así define Hermann Tertsch a la generación de políticos socialistas agrupados bajo la figura de José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. El experimentado periodista recientemente despedido de El País ha concedido una entrevista al diario digital http://www.bastaya.org en la que asegura que “Zapatero es un autista moral y político que no tiene cura” por lo que “la gente debería tenerle más miedo“.

Lo mejor que puede sucederle a la historia de España es que Zapatero quede en trágica y grotesca anécdota. Por autoestima“. asegura el periodista y analista internacional Hermann Tertsch quien cree que “quien es consciente de que su vida política depende ya del capricho o conveniencia de los asesinos de ETA, no está capacitado para gobernar a los españoles“. “Zapatero se ha convertido en un peligro él mismo“, asegura.

Tertsch considera que “la nueva generación que llegó al poder bajo Rodríguez Zapatero y sólo gracias a toda una concatenación increíble de accidentes insólitos es la peor cosecha de los fracasos de la sociedad española tras el franquismo“. Considera que “los denominadores comunes de la misma son la mediocridad y un relativismo tan profundo que hace que sus miembros sean perfectamente inmunes a cualquier discurso que no sea su propia letanía sectaria.

Source: La Nación – Hermann Tertsch: “La gente debería tenerle más miedo al presidente Zapatero

Fearful and foolish at the same time, sectarians, uncultivated and just because of that, insensitive to any critic, this people are nearer the aparatchiks of the totalitarian regimes than to the humanist politic of an open democratic society“. That’s how Hermann Tertsch defines the generation of Socialist politicians grouped under the figure of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

The experienced journalist, recently expelled from El País has been interviewed by the digital diary www.bastaya.org, describing Zapatero as a “moral and politician autist that has no healing” reason why he considers that he “should be much more feared“.”The best thing that could happen to Spain’s history is that Zapatero is no more than a tradical and grotesque anecdote. Just by self-esteem“, he states.

Hermann Tertsch, international journalist and analyst, believes that Zapatero knows that his political life depends only of the caprice or convenience of the ETA terrorists and is not able to govern the Spanish citizens“. “Zapatero has evolved into a danger in itself.

Tertsch considers that “the new generation that comes to power under Zapatero and only thanks to an unbelievable sum of surprising accidents, can be safely considered as the worst of the Spanish society since the end of Franco’s regime“. He also considers that “their common characteristics are the mediocrity and a relativism so deep that their members are perfectly immune to any reasons that are not in their sectarian lethany“.

I can see why he was expelled…

This comes as The Economist and the Financial Times have also critisized Zapatero:

Las advertencias de la prensa extranjera sobre la política económica de José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero son cada vez más numerosas. The Financial Times, ya ha advertido de que España tiene un “débil status” como cobijo de inversiones extranjeras, en lo que también incide The Economist. Y ha acusado a Zapatero de esconder su fracaso antiterrorista tras los datos económicos. Este miércoles le advierte además de que la economía española es “muy vulnerable” y que él no ha hecho nada para mantener un boom que se debe a las reformas del Gobierno de Aznar. Acusa a Zapatero de “lindar con la arrogancia”, y de hacer muy poco para atender los desequilibrios de nuestra economía.

[…] “Los tres elementos principales que están sosteniendo la expansión económica de España son: bajos tipos de interés europeos, poner a trabajar a un enorme stock de trabajo inempleado y un boom de la construcción desaforado”. Un cócktail que es “muy vulnerable”, especialmente “cuando se combina con: un bajo crecimiento de la productividad, una débil base tecnológica y un sistema educativo obsoleto”. Y no sólo eso: “el segundo déficit por cuenta corriente más grande del mundo, después de los Estados Unidos, de al menos 107.000 millones el año pasado, o el 8,8 por ciento del Producto Interior Bruto”.

Source: Financial Times critica la “arrogancia” de Zapatero y le advierte que la situación económica es “muy vulnerable” – Libertad Digital

The foreign press is critisizing more frequently the economic policy of Zapatero. The Financial Times considers that Spain has a “vulnerable status“, something in which it agrees with The Economist. It has accused Zapatero of hiding his lack of success in antiterrorist policy by pointing the public’s attention on the economical data and of doing nothing to continue the expansion of Spanish economy, expansion which was made possible only by Aznar’s Government’s reforms. It considers that the acts of Zapatero are “very near arrogance” and of doing very little to reduce the economy’s problems.

The three main elements that are maintaining the Spanish economic boom are: the European low interest rates, the employment of a large stock of non-working people and an out-of-order building boom. A very vulnerable cocktail […] specially when it is combined with a low growth of productivity, a very frail technological base and an obsolete education system. […] And all of that is worsened by the 2nd biggest deficit in commerical trade in the world, after USA, raising to, at least 107,000 millions last year, the equivalent to 8.8% GDP“.

 

HazteOir.org – For Father Nguyen Van Ly and all Vietnam’s prisoners for political and/or religious causes

 

El Padre Nguyen Van Ly, sacerdote vietnamita activista pro derechos fundamentales y defensor de la dignidad de toda persona, que ya ha pasado 14 años de su vida en prisión, pasará otros ocho años encarcelado, junto a otros cuatro compañeros, por el delito de “propaganda contra el régimen comunista”. Pide a la embajada de Vietnam en España su liberación inmediata. Según han informado diferentes fuentes, el pasado 30 de marzo, el sacerdote Nguyen Van Ly, junto a otros cuatro imputados, fueron condenados por un tribunal de Hue, en Vietnam central, por el delito de “propaganda contra el régimen comunista”, lo que, a juicio de los analistas, es el primer peldaño de una inminente escalada de la opresión política y religiosa en ese país.

Source: HazteOir.org – Exige la libertad del Padre Nguyen Van Ly y de todos los presos vietnamitas por motivos políticos y/o religiosos

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The Spanish Catholic platform HazteOir.Org is today asking for your signature to help Catholic Priest Father Nguyen Van Ly, a Vietnamese activist pro-Human Rights who has already spent 14 years of his life in prison and who has been condemned to another 8 years, with another 4 companions, because of “preaching against the Socialist regime“. They are collecting the signatures to send them to the Vietnamese Embassy in Spain to ask for his immediate liberation.

Some analysts have said that this resolution is the first step to an inminent escalation in the political and religious opression in that country.

 If you want to help, click on the link and sign the letter.

Poligamy Recognised in Great Britain!

Filed under: noticias increíbles,UK — Nora @ 2:34 pm

Well, at least they are paying the various wifes of polygamous husbands, without even knowing how many of these marriages there are in Britain.  

O Reino Unido reconhece e recompensa famílias polígamas, revelou o Daily Mail.

Depois de vários anos de acusações e boatos o governo britânico finalmente admitiu que a poligamia existe e é compensada. Imigrantes muçulmanos com famílias polígamas não só podem entrar e ficar legalmente no Reino Unido, mas também recebem assistência social.

Source: POLIGAMIA RECONHECIDA NO REINO UNIDO

Polygamous husbands settling in Britain with multiple wives can claim extra benefits for their “harems” even though bigamy is a crime in the UK, it has emerged. Opposition MPs are demanding an urgent change in the law, claiming that the Government is recognising and rewarding a custom which has no legal status and which is “alien” to this country’s cultural traditions.

Officials said yesterday a review was now under way into whether the state should continue to pay out income support, jobseeker’s allowance and housing and council tax benefits to ‘extra’ spouses.

Islamic law allows a man to take up to four wives, providing he can provide for them fairly and equally. But British law only ever recognises one spouse, while bigamy is punishable by up to seven years in jail. However, if a husband and his wives arrive and settle in Britain having wed in a country where polygamy is legal, then the UK benefits system recognises his extra wives as dependents and pays them accordingly.

The Department of Work and Pensions admitted yesterday it had no figures on how many families are claiming for multiple wives. Official DWP guidelines on housing and council tax benefit states: “If you were legally married to more than one partner under the laws of a country that permits this, then your relationship is called a polygamous marriage. “In this case your household consists of you and any partners who live with you and to whom you are married.”

Officials were unable to say when the rules were brought in, claiming they had “evolved over decades“.

Tory MP for Monmouth David Davies condemned the arrangements as “appalling“, and called for an immediate halt to the payments. He said: “People who come to this country must be prepared to abide by our laws and rules. Polygamy is completely alien to our cultural and legal tradition, and it’s disgraceful that our benefits system is recognising and rewarding it. “Why are some people in Government falling over themselves to undermine every tradition that has made this country what it is?

Source: Polygamous husbands can claim cash for their harems | News | This is London

Are you shocked to discover that if a husband and his wives arrive and settle in Britain having wed in a country whe<re polygamy is legal, which includes most Islamic countries oddly enough, then the UK benefits system recognises his extra wives as dependents and pays them accordingly? Nope, me neither. Indeed when I then read that the Department of Work and Pensions has admitted it had “no figures” on how many families are claiming for multiple wives, I felt the same sense of despair as when I read that the Home Office has no figures as to how many illegal immigrants are in our country. Polygamy is illegal in the UK Yet the State funds those who practise it!

Source: A Tangled Web.

Well, this is another example of discrimination: why Muslims can be polygamous and the rest of the population is punished for that same reason? I think polygamy is hurtful for the women, as our dignity is totally crushed down. But, in case, we admit the polygamy for Muslims, why the rest of the population can’t be polygamous also?

But there is another one: if Islamic tradition lets Muslims be polygamous IF (and only IF) they can provide for their wifes fairly and equally, why on earth the women should have social subsidies? Aren’t the husbands obliged to treat them fairly? I just cannot understand the logic… beyond the fact that they are only buying a temporal peace from Muslims. You feel you are discriminated, honorable Muslim? Don’t worry, the taxpayers will pay…

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Un artículo del periódico inglés Daily Mail, escrito por Melanie Phillips, ha descubierto que en Inglaterra no sólo se admite de hecho la poligamia, sino que se paga a las varias mujeres de los polígamos una sueldo de ayuda, otro beneficio mientras buscan trabajo y casa y otros beneficios fiscales.

La oposición se pregunta cómo se ha llegado a esto si la ley inglesa prohíbe la bigamia. Incluso un diputado ha acusado al Gobierno de estar “haciendo todo lo posible por dinamitar la tradición que ha hecho a este país lo que es“. Y la verdad es que la tradición islámica y la británica no son muy compatibles que digamos: mientras que Inglaterra castiga la bigamia con 7 años de cárcel, el Islam permite que se tengan hasta 4 esposas si se tiene medios para alimentarlas bien.

Luego, si el marido tiene dinero para mantenerlas, ¿por qué hay que pagarles subsidios?

Lo peor es que no hay números sobre cuántas personas se están beneficiando de estas ayudas, porque tampoco las hay sobre cuántos matrimonios polígamos hay en Inglaterra.

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Jihad Online: Islamists recruiting in Spain, supporters rising in Cataluña

Filed under: internet,Islamismo,Spain,terrorismo,USA,violencia — Nora @ 10:20 am

[Translated below] 

Fuente: El Confidencial digital.com

Según las informaciones recabadas por El Confidencial Digital, los Mossos d’Esquadra investigan a una organización islamista sunní denominada Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (HuT) –o Partido de la Liberación Islámica-. Grupos islamistas de este perfil están proliferando en Internet para ganar seguidores, que incluso puedan ser reclutados por el yihadismo radical.

HuT nace en Jerusalén en 1953 de la mano del palestino Taqiuddin al-Nabhani. Promulga la reinstauración de un macroestado islámico o califato formado por todos los países de mayoría musulmana. Sus adeptos rechazan la democracia occidental y pretenden en último lugar que el mundo se convierta al Islam. La organización no ha condenado explícitamente los atentados de origen yihadista.

En España, este grupo islamista comenzó su actividad durante el período 2004-2005 y, en febrero de 2006, coincidiendo con la crisis de las viñetas de Mahoma, HuT incrementa su actividad y presencia tanto física como a través de Internet.

Según los expertos islamistas Javier Jordán y Sol Tarrés, que han trazado para jihadmonitor.org un perfil sobre estos movimientos, las principales características de este colectivo son las siguientes:

Suelen residir o proceder en su mayoría de las Comunidad Autónomas situadas al norte de España.

–Se trata de personas con un nivel de instrucción medio, medio-alto, con cualificación profesional y con un elevado conocimiento del Islam, así como una práctica rigurosa del mismo.

–Hasta mediados de marzo de 2007 el contacto principal entre estos adeptos que se alojan principalmente en Barcelona se mantenía por correo electrónico privado a través de un foro islamista en español. El sitio web estaba alojado en Kuwait. Simpatizaban con HuT entre treinta y cuarenta participantes del foro. Más de la mitad, mujeres. Tras su puesta en marcha, la Guardia Civil montó una operación contra dos jóvenes que mantenían sitios web de contenido islamista radical. Inmediatamente, el foro citado dejó de operar.

Según los mismos expertos, las líneas de actuación en Internet de este grupo se concretan de la siguiente manera:

Participación activa en los foros, listas de distribución y grupos de Internet (incluidos las chiitas de habla hispana), tanto los de temática principalmente religiosa como social o política. Los foros y grupos son seleccionados en virtud a la cantidad de personas inscritas en ellos y la actividad del grupo; asimismo se presta especial atención a los grupos de mujeres conversas al Islam en los que predomina la orientación salafí.

Enviar periódicamente y de manera simultánea noticias relativas al mundo islámico a los foros y grupos donde participan. Los miembros de HuT hacen especial hincapié en aquellas noticias relativas a Irak y Afganistán, a la actuación de las tropas occidentales sobre la población civil, imágenes cruentas de los atentados terroristas (personas mutiladas, niños muertos…), etc. Se trata, en definitiva, de estimular el rechazo al ‘imperialismo occidental’ (más concretamente de Israel y Estados Unidos).

Introducir recurrentemente en los foros y grupos la temática del Califato, y la obligación islámica de luchar por la consecución del mismo. Esto se realiza bien abriendo un hilo de conversación directamente sobre el tema, o bien insertándolo sistemáticamente en otros hilos.

–Aprovechar los momentos de tensión entre musulmanes y no-musulmanes en Europa para concienciar y adoctrinar en la teoría del Califato. Cuando la tensión se relaja, la pauta es publicar famas relativas a la situación de los musulmanes en sociedades no islámicas. Reproducen dichas famas en inglés o traducidas al castellano, y se extraen tanto de las páginas de web asociadas a HuT, como de las consideradas fiables, en su mayoría de orientación salafí.

 According to the reports gathered by El Confidencial Digital, the Mossos d’Esquadra are investigating the Sunni Islamist organization named Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (HuT) –or Party for the Islamic Liberation-. The number of Islamist groups of this kind is rising on the Internet, and using the WWW to gain supporters, that could be even recruited by the radical Islamism.

HuT was born in Jerusalem in 1953 founded by the Palestinian Taqiuddin al-Nabhani. They are supporters of an Islamic macroState or Caliphate formed by all the countries whose citizens are, mostly, Muslims. Its supporters reject  Western democracy and pretend as a final goal, that the whole world is converted to Islam. The organization has never condemned explicitly any of the terrorist attacks of a Jihadist origin.

In Spain, this Islamist group began its activity during the period 2004-2005 and, in Feb. 2006, when the Mohammen cartoon crisis was happenning, HuT raises its activity and presence both physical and in Internet.

Accrding to the Islamism expert Javier Jordán y Sol Tarrés, who had described for  jihadmonitor.org these movements, the main characteristics of this gruop are:

  1. they normally live in the Autonomous Communities situated in the north of Spain.
  2. they are people with a middle, middle-high, grade of education, with professional qualification and with a high knowledge of Islam, and very strict following of its rules.
  3. Till March 2007, the main way of contacting these supporters is the private e-mail through an Islamist forum in Internet (www[dot]islamenlinea[dot]com/foro]. This web page is based on Kuwait. There were more between 30 and 40 sympathisers of HuT in that forum. Más de la mitad, mujeres. The Civil Guard conducted an opertation against other 2 youths, which maintained web sites with a radical Islamist content. Inmediately, the mentioned forum was closed.

According to the same experts, there are also common characteristics of the way this supporters act in Internet:

  1. Active participation in forums, e-mailing lists and Internet groups (including the Spanish-speaking Shiites), both in religious and social or political subjects. The forums and groups are selected considering the number of people registered and how active they are; they are also considering specially the groups of women converted to Islam the majority of which have a Salafist orientation.
  2. They also sent periodically and simultaneously news related to Islamic world to forums and groups where they take part. The members of HuT insist especially on the news related to Irak y Afganistán, to the Western troops behaviour against the civil population, very hard photos of the terrorist attacks (maimed people, dead children, etc.). They are just stimulating the reject against the “Western imperialism” (specially against Israel and USA).
  3. They also introduce once and again in forums and groups the Caliphate subject and the Islamic obligation to fight for that objective.
  4. They normally use the moments of tension betwen Muslim and non-Muslim communities to raise a concience and to indoctrinate people in the Caliphate theory. When the situation relaxes a bit, they normally publish news related to the situation of Muslims in non-Muslim societies. They reproduce them both in English or in Spanish, and they normally copy them from webpages associated with HuT, or with the ones considered truthful, the majority of which are Salafist.

You can find the original document here [in Spanish].

Also in Minuto Digital, which adds:

HuT promueve a través de su discurso el reclutamiento de muyahidines para combatir en defensa del Islam en escenarios como Chechenia, Palestina, Irak y Cachemira. Concretamente, desde sus sitios web en Estados Unidos, Gran Bretaña, Holanda, Alemania y Pakistán ha animado a sus visitantes a unirse a la yihad en Irak”
El estudio finaliza afirmando que “Afortunadamente la presencia de HuT en España es de momento escasa, con la excepción de Cataluña. Sin embargo, el análisis de este tipo de movimientos debe ser prospectivo. El alcance de las actividades de HuT podría ser mucho mayor en el periodo temporal 2010-2020, con al menos dos o tres millones de musulmanes en España, y con ciertos sectores receptivos a su mensaje tras la labor que ya vienen realizando en las comunidades españolas grupos como la Yama’a al-Tabligh o Justicia y Espiritualidad, y que para entonces será previsiblemente más amplia.”

HuT promots the recruiting of mujahidinesto defend Islam in Chechenia, Palestine, Iraq or Cachemira. From their webpages in USA, UK, Holland, Germany or Pakistan, they have called to a sus visitantes a unirse a la yihad en Irak”
The study ends saying that “Fortunately, the presence of HuT in Spain is very little, except in Cataluña. But […] range of their activities in the period 2010-2020, with 2 or 3 millions of Muslims in Spain, and with some sectors of them very receptive to their message, after the work which are doing in Spanish communities, groups like Yama’a al-Tabligh o Justicia y Espiritualidad, work which presumably will have a broader range in that period“.

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And after yesterday, I blogged about the possible conversion to Islam of the general coordinator of Izquierda Unida, Gaspar Llamazares, we have known today that his party is denouncing Popular Party because of the defense this party makes of the “values from the Christian humanism from the Western tradition”, asking how on earth this party can defend Muslims.

They also point out: “according to Aznar (PP), who Juan Vivas (PP) wants to name as Honorable Son of Ceuta, Muslims should ask for forgiveness for the 8 centuries of Al-Andalus“. [in fact the Spanish grammar is not very correct in the panflet…].

Related posts: Online Jihad.

Related posts in other webs:

As reported by MEMRI, the Al-Mohajroon website instructs media jihad as follows: “There is no doubt, my brothers, that raiding American forums is among the most important means of obtaining victory in the fierce media war . and of influencing the views of the weak-minded American who pays his taxes so they will go to the infidel American army. This American is an idiot and does not [even] know where Iraq is . [It is therefore] mandatory for every electronic mujad [to engage in this raiding].”

And again: “Obviously, you should post your contribution . as an American . You should correspond with visitors to this forum, [bringing to their attention] the frustrating situation of their troops in Iraq . You should invent stories about American soldiers you have [allegedly] personally known (as classmates . or members in a club who played baseball and tennis with you) who were drafted to Iraq and then committed suicide while in service by hanging or shooting themselves.

Source: Jihadi Du Jour: Terrorists use Web against ‘idiot’ Americans

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En el Blog Jihadi du Jour hacen referencia a los consejos recogidos en el foro Al Mohajroon. En él se dice: “No hay ninguna duda, mis hermanos, que poner muchos mensajes en los foros americanos es uno de los más importantes medios de obtener [la] victoria en la muy fiera guerra de medios y de influir en los puntos de vista de los mentecatos americanos que pagan sus impuestos para que vayan al Ejército americano infiel. Este americano es un idiota que ni siquiera sabe dónde está Irak. Es por tanto obligatorio que todos los muyaidines electrónicos se pogan a trabajar en esta guerra.

[…] Debeis inventar historias que [presuntamente] conoceis casos personalmente de personas que se han ido a Iraq y se han suicidado mientras estaban sirviendo en el ejército ya sea colgándose o disparándose“.

Hmmm, maravilloso, ¿eh? Alianzador, pacífico, etc. Y sobre todo, en busca de la verdad… Un ejemplo más de taquiyya.

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