Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Thanks to the French Association for 911 Information http://reopen911.info which bought the rights
for France: ZERO, the 911 film (with French subtitles) is to be projected in
major cities in France. BELOW PLEASE FIND
LIST OF CITIES AND DATES. For those of you who do not know about the film,
here is the eight minute trailor:
Yes we are raging - against a Government that spies on its citizens while ignoring the crimes of greedy bankers
Today one of Britain's most senior police officers with responsibility for
public order raises the spectre of a 'summer of rage', with victims of the
increasingly bitter recession taking to the streets in possibly violent
Superintendent David Hartshorn, who heads the Metropolitan police's
public order branch, warned that law-abiding middle-class individuals who would
never have considered joining demonstrations may now seek to vent their anger
through protests this year.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monkeys and apes have a sense of morality and fairness, new research has
Scientists have discovered that the furry swingers can tell right
from wrong, offer selfless help and empathise with fellow animals in times of
They even appear to have consciences and the ability to feel a sense
Sunday, February 15, 2009
The 'Islam or Liberalism' debate was held on 23rd January 2009 at the London
School of Economics. Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, international lecturer, public
speaker and researcher for the Hittin Institute was arguing for Islam's cohesive
political values. Hamza argued that the liberalisms premise of atomism or
individualism - is ontologically false and liberalisms political values have
directly caused social breakdown, financial crisis and foreign policy disasters.
Dr Alan Sked, reader in modern history and international author, argued that
religion has no role to play in politics and that liberalism guarantees
individual rights and promotes tolerance. This video includes a questions and
answers session.This debate must be seen by all those interested in political
philosophy, Islam, and liberalism.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Amnon Cohen on Sharia Law, Jews & Justice
Amnon Cohen, an American Jewish historian, studied the 16th century documents stored in the archives of the Shari’ah religious court of Jerusalem (commonly known as sijill), whereby he found 1000 Jewish cases filed from the year 1530 to 1601 CE. Cohen published his research in 1994 during which he made some astonishing discoveries, as he himself states:
‘Cases concerning Jews cover a very wide spectrum of topics. If we bear in mind that the Jews of Jerusalem had their own separate courts, the number of cases brought to Muslim court (which actually meant putting themselves at the mercy of a judge outside the pale of their communal and religious identity) is quite impressive…The Jews went to the Muslim court for a variety of reasons, but the overwhelming fact was their ongoing and almost permanent presence there. This indicates that they went there not only in search of justice, but did so hoping, or rather knowing, that more often than not they would attain redress when wronged…The Jews went to court to resolve much more than their conflicts with Muslim or Christian neighbours. They turned to Shari’a authorities to seek redress with respect to internal differences, and even in matters within their immediate family (intimate relations between husband and wife, nafaqa maintenance payments to divorcees, support of infants etc.).’
Cohen further elaborates upon the Jewish condition in the 16th century Ottoman Jerusalem:
‘Their possessions were protected, although they might have had to pay for extra protection at night for their houses and commercial properties. Their title deeds and other official documents indicating their rights were honoured when presented to the court, being treated like those of their Muslim neighbours…The picture emerging from the sijill documents is baffling. On the one hand we encounter recurring Sultanic decrees sent to Jerusalem – in response to pleas of the Jews – to the effect that “nothing should be done to stop them from applying their own law” regarding a variety of matters. There are also many explicit references to the overriding importance of applying Shari’a law to them only if they so choose. On the other hand, if we look closely at some of the inheritance lists, we see that the local court allocated to female members of Jewish families half the share given to male members, exactly as in Islamic law. This meant, ipso facto, a significant improvement in the status of Jewish women with respect to legacies over that accorded them by Jewish tradition, although it actually meant the application of Islamic law in an internal Jewish context …he [the Muslim Judge] defended Jewish causes jeopardized by high-handed behaviour of local governors; he enabled Jewish business people and craftsmen to lease properties from Muslim endowments on an equal footing with Muslim bidders; more generally, he respected their rituals and places of worship and guarded them against encroachment even when the perpetrators were other Muslim dignitaries.’
And finally Amnon Cohen describes the effectiveness of Islamic law for Jewish interests:
‘No one interfered with their internal organisation or their external cultural and economic activities…In a world where civil and political equality, or positive social change affecting the group or even the individual were not the norms, the Sultan’s Jewish subjects had no reason to mourn their status or begrudge their conditions of life. The Jews of Ottoman Jerusalem enjoyed religious and administrative autonomy within an Islamic state, and as a constructive, dynamic element of the local economy and society they could – and actually did – contribute to its functioning.’
 Amnon Cohen, A World Within: Jewish Life as Reflected in Muslim Court Documents from the Sijill of Jerusalem (XVIth Century). Part One, 1994, Pennsylvania, p. 8.
 Ibid, p. 17.
 Ibid, p. 18.
 Ibid, p. 20-21.
 Ibid, p. 22.
 Ibid, p. 22-23.