Last track on the album L.A. Woman (1971).
Kula Shaker with Tattva.
From their debut album K (1996).
"Some news, which passed almost completely unnoticed this Tuesday, 26 April: Islamic State has blown up the clock tower of a church in Mosul which was offered to the Christians of the Middle East by Queen Eugénie, the wife of Napoleon III, in 1860. Information of this kind does not seem to have stirred the media, the political world and the intellectuals, having become indifferent, as the massacres, destruction, and atrocities committed and/or wrought by ISIS for over two years have by now become routine..."
"...A few days ago I posted an article by Guy Rouvrais on the Islamization of certain French Catholic schools where the teaching of the Koran has eclipsed catechism instruction. Novopress has published this follow-up by the same author on the French government's concern over problems in Muslim schools. Apparently the situation in these schools has become noticeable even to a Socialist government usually indulgent with immigrant students:
The Ministry of National Education, alerted by the mayors, has recently become alarmed by the expansion of Muslim schools, some under contract with the State, but more often not.
Note: Under contract means government subsidies and a requirement to follow government educational policy, even if the Koran is taught. A school not under contract would be free to teach primarily an Islamic-based curriculum. The same is true for Catholic schools.
Most of these establishments are under salafist influence. How can anyone be surprised since the prime minister has admitted that salafism "is winning the ideological and cultural battle". Moreover, aren't the schools the privileged place to wage this assault on children from an early age? It isn't the so-called "moderate" Muslims who choose those schools, but the partisans of a strict Islam, affiliated with the UOIF, the French branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. The others settle for public schools or… Catholic schools. It is no longer rare, in certain suburbs, to find Catholic schools where half the pupils, even 80% of the pupils in some cases, are Muslim. The French bishops finally expressed concern about this at their recent meeting in Lourdes.
While the government had for years neglected to examine this phenomenon, it decided, after the November 13 attacks, to send into the Islamic schools a battalion of education inspectors. These civil servants, until then, were not Arabic-speaking. They've just begun to realize that. It was about time! But even without understanding Arabic, the inspectors observed "pedagogical insufficiencies", according to the ministry. The essential thing was to live Islam rather than learn the French literature of the infidels. A former teacher at the Averroès high school in Lille, under contract, explained: "On the pretext of a republican educational program, one plays a double game and spreads, surreptitiously, a concept of Islam that derives from the Muslim Brotherhood."
In France, fifty Muslim schools serving five thousand pupils are currently functioning. Often they are small schools with only one or two classes and about fifteen pupils.
If they were, at the outset, financed to a great extent by foreign countries, this has changed over time. The hold of the Muslim Brotherhood, via the French-based UOIF, on Muslim education, is real. (…)
Not many schools and not many pupils. But there are millions of Muslims in France. Many of the children attend public schools, which is one reason why the public schools have deteriorated. But in addition to that there are the 2500 mosques that provide some education, though it's mostly in the form of indoctrination.
For me, the worst thing is not Muslim schools, but the infiltration of Muslims into Catholic schools. That is still a potential threat to the already struggling Catholic community of France..."
"On Saturday evening a bomb attack on a Sikh temple in Essen took place. The night before Thursday police took into custody two suspects, who partly confessed to the act. They are two 16-year olds with clear sympathies vis-à-vis the terror scene, as Essen's police chief Frank Richter said at a press conference. The two teenage jihadists were no unknowns to police. The attack resulted in three wounded and significant damage to the building the temple was in.
The 70-strong Special Police Committee is counting on more arrests. Essen's burgomaster Thomas Kufen wonders naively, "how those two got on the wrong track?" One of the perpetrators, Yusuf T., would on his Facebook page have shown sympathy for Berlin ex-rapper and IS-fighter Denis Cuspert ("Deso Dogg"). Moreover, he would have had strong ties to the Salafist undertaking "Lies!". And there is Thomas Kufen, asking himself how such a thing could happen? We ask ourselves how someone so badly informed can be a burgomaster."
"But by integrating the police zones in Brussels [19 - MFBB], we will not immediately avoid a terrorist attack", says Jambon. The REAL problem, he says, is the failed immigration policy. "For years we have not acknowledged the warning signs suggesting that our policy led to misery, that in certain neighborhoods things went totally wrong. As a result the danger materialized far too serious. Therefore the necessary measures we are taking now, won't have an effect right away".
A significant part of the muslim community was dancing after the attacks. That is the real problem. That third of fourth generation migrants are openly turning against our society and is prepared to use violence or condoning it, has to do with our policy."
"One has deliberately chose to allow only parties with a responsibility in the massacres, with blood on their hands", states Barbara Pas, MP for Vlaams Belang, after learning of the political exclusion of the VB from the commission of Enquiry which must now investigate the terror attacks of March 22.
With a red scarf tied before their mouths Vlaams Belang MP's symbolically protested against the political omerta imposed upon us by the other parties. Last week it was decided that Vlaams Belang would not be a part of the terror commission. It is not difficult to find out the reason why: to stifle every voice critical of immigration, asylum and islam. Under the motto "You do not see what you see and you do not hear what you hear", this commission has, even before it has begun, lost all credibility. "Where political correctness rules, the lie triumphs", reacted Barbara Pas.
"Skelte Willems (21), who last year was crowned Mr Gay Flanders, was attacked over the previous weekend by four youths in Antwerp, the young man himself recounted on Facebook. Around 2:30am on Saturday night, Willems was heading home after his (side)job in a restaurant when the group of youths started harassing him. "They called me names I did not understand and there was some pushing and pulling", says the 20-year old in Het Nieuwsblad. The attackers threw a glass bottle to the young man, which luckily for him missed him and fell to the ground. The man from Aarschot did receive a heavy flow from a blunt object to the head. Two boys intervened after Willems started calling for help, whereupon the attackers fled. "I don't want to think what would have happened if those two boys had not come to the rescue", says the twenty-one year old on Facebook.
According to Willems this was no case of gay bashing. "I did not wear clothes hinting at the fact that I'm gay. Besides, I never had problems with that", says the young man. "It's a pity to have to be treated this way in the city where I definitely wanted to live", he concluded. The incident left Willems with a head wound. He reported it to the police."
"Outcry as Muslim students are exempted from Swiss tradition of shaking female teachers' hands at school after 'refusing to adopt their way of life'
- Muslim students will no longer need to shake their female teachers' hands
- Male students complained the custom is counter to their religious beliefs
- The decision provoked outrage in the tiny Swiss municipality of Therwil
Muslim students in Switzerland will no longer need to shake hands with their female teachers, in a ruling that has caused an uproar and consternation in the country.
Education authorities in the northern Swiss municipality of Therwil, in the canton of Basel-Country, reached the controversial decision after two male students complained about the Swiss custom.
They claimed shaking hands with the teacher is counter to their religious beliefs if the teacher is a woman.
They argued that Islam does not permit physical contact with a person of the opposite sex, with the exception of certain immediate family members.
The decision triggered an outcry across Switzerland with Felix Mueri, who heads the parliamentary commission on science, education and culture, insisting that 'shaking hands is part of our culture'.
'This is a gesture of respect and good manners,' he told the 20Minuten news site.
Christoph Eymann, who heads the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education, meanwhile said that 'such exceptions to the rules are not the solution'.
'We cannot tolerate that women in the public service are treated differently from men,' he told Swiss television.
Christine Akeret, in charge of the Therwil school system, told media she was not satisfied with the decision, but had not seen any other option.
'It is difficult when someone refuses to adopt our way of life,' she said, complaining that she had not received any support from the surrounding canton when she had raised the problem with the authorities there.
Basel-Country canton authorities, who have the power to overturn the Therwil decision, did not immediately respond to requests for comment."
"Rising tensions in France, especially in Paris following a series of Islamist terrorist attacks in 2015, have spurred an exodus of its super-wealthy citizens, a new report on migration trends of millionaires and high-net worth individuals across the world reveals. The report warns that other European countries, including the UK, Belgium, Germany and Sweden "where religious tensions are starting to emerge", will also see similar trends.
Regarding a Brexit, the report suggests millionaires would want to stay in Britain even if it leaves the single currency bloc.
The report was compiled by New World Wealth, an agency that gives information on the global wealth sector. The report was based on data collected from investor visa programme statistics of each country; annual interviews with around 800 global high net worth individuals and with intermediaries like migration experts, second citizenship platforms, wealth managers and property agents; data from property registers and property sales statistics in each country; and by tracking millionaire movements in the media.
According to the report, Millionaire migration in 2015, France topped the list of countries with maximum millionaire outflows as it lost 10,000 millionaires, or 3% of its millionaire population. Among the cities that saw maximum millionaire outflow, Paris, was at the top – losing about 6% of its millionaire population or 7,000 millionaires in 2015 to the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and Israel.
"The large outflow of millionaires from France is notable – France is being heavily impacted by rising religious tensions between Christians and Muslims, especially in urban areas. We expect that millionaire migration away from France will accelerate over the next decade as these tensions escalate," the report warns.
After France, the list of countries ranked by millionaire outflows includes China ranked second, followed by Italy, India, Greece, the Russian Federation, Spain and Brazil in descending order.
Millionaires' 8 favourite places: Australia is top destination for the super-wealthy
As for inflows, Australia was the favourite destination with maximum inflows in 2015 – a total of 8,000 new millionaires. The US was ranked second with 7,000 inflows, followed by Canada, Israel, the UAE and New Zealand.
Australian cities Sydney, Melbourne and Perth saw a significant millionaire inflow in 2015 from China, Europe, the UK, the US and South Africa, with Sydney topping the chart with 4,000 new millionaires or 4% added to its existing millionaire population, according to the report. Melbourne and Perth had 3,000 and 1,000 new millionaires in 2015, respectively. Tel Aviv, Dubai, San Francisco, Vancouver and Seattle also featured among the top eight cities with millionaire inflows."