Antifa beareth not the sword in vaine


1 Let euery soule bee subiect vnto the higher powers: For there is no power but of God. The powers that be, are ordeined of God.

2 Whosoeuer therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist, shall receiue to themselues damnation.

3 For rulers are not a terrour to good works, but to the euill. Wilt thou then not bee afraide of the power? doe that which is good, and thou shalt haue praise of the same.

4 For hee is the minister of God to thee for good: but if thou do that which is euill, be afraid: for he beareth not the sword in vaine: for he is the minister of God, a reuenger to execute wrath vpon him that doeth euill.

5 Wherfore ye must needs be subiect, not onely for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

6 For, for this cause pay you tribute also: for they are Gods ministers, attending continually vpon this very thing.

7 Render therfore to all their dues, tribute to whom tribute is due, custome to whome custome, feare to whome feare, honour to whom honour.

Comment: There is no serious reason why the Antifa couldn’t be the higher power to which Christians should be subject. They wield far more real power than the police, and the police is ordered not to arrest them for wearing masks. So to distinguish the black hoodies from the thin blue line is foolish. Christians know that hell is eternal.

Muslims Fight Anti-Semitism

Sometimes, metal bullets create the most noise. The violent actions of a few can remind us of a history of hatred. When two Jewish centers were systematically attacked in Kansas City this past Sunday, we all were reminded of the history of anti-Semitism in our society. But a murderer’s actions have no foundation when we all realize our common ground. It is our common history that should etch away any differences and bring us together.

Osaama Saifi

Muslims in particular need to fight anti-Semitism wherever it may be found. For one, Israelite prophets are revered by both Jews and Muslims, and early Muslims did at first pray toward Jerusalem before praying toward the Ka’ba in Mecca. The Qur’an itself speaks about Prophet Moses a total of 136 times. No other prophet in the Qur’an is given as much attention as Moses is given. Growing up as a child, I often would hear stories from my mother about Moses’ nearness to God. I was told the story of when God split the Red Sea for him and the early Jews when escaping Pharaoh’s torment. Even now, before giving a speech, I am reminded of Moses’ prayer to God before he confronted Pharaoh, when he asked God to “loose the knot of my tongue, that they may understand my speech.” (20:26-28) Over 2,000 years later, Muslims recite these same words that Moses recited, attempting to walk in his esteemed footsteps.

Muslims also have a particular duty to stop terrorists that attack synagogues. The Qur’an clearly states that synagogues need to be protected: “If Allah did not repel some men by means of others, there would surely have been pulled down cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques … ” (22:41). Here, God requires Muslims to step up to the plate and stop those who destroy or disrupt synagogues and other houses of worship. Indeed, the Qur’an recognizes the protection of synagogues alongside mosques. The Qur’an, in fact, places more importance in the protection of synagogues than mosques by recognizing the protection of synagogues before recognizing the protection of mosques. In the eyes of God, Muslims need to protect the rights of their Jewish brethren and freedom of religion as a whole.

The suspect who opened fire at the Jewish Centers unfortunately took three lives, one being a 14-year-old boy. While the suspect’s motivations were based in anti-Semitism, the individuals he killed were actually Christian. Ideologies that are based on hatred only beget hatred — a blunt tool that only injures oneself. Just as the Prophet Muhammad would celebrate Yom Kippur with his Jewish brothers by fasting along with them, society, too, needs to embrace the diversity of other beliefs. By opening our minds and seeking to understand other beliefs, we can quell the violent noise of a violent few, and remind ourselves of our commonality.

Osaama Saifi an award-winning member of the Muslim Writers Guild of America and a Santa Maria native. He received his bachelors of arts in Economics and Rhetoric, with honors, at the University of California, Berkeley. Saifi is currently pursuing aJD in order to combat blasphemy laws in countries such as Pakistan, ultimately to protect religious minorities throughout the world.

Europa moet Engels spreken

BERLIJN - De Duitse president Joachim Gauck heeft in een rede over Europa voorgesteld dat er één taal voor de hele unie komt en het beste lijkt dan het Engels. Gauck sprak vrijdagavond een langverwachte rede uit over Duitsland en Europa. De zaterdageditie van Die Welt vond net als andere Duitse media Gaucks enthousiasme voor het Engels het opmerkelijkst.

Om het idee te bevorderen stelde hij ook voor één Europees televisiekanaal te maken voor alle lidstaten, „een soort ARTE voor heel Europa”, aldus Gauck die verwees naar de Frans-Duitse tv-zender ARTE.

Double Standard: Fur Farms and Fascists


Repression against animal liberation comrades in Skövde (Sweden)

Late 14th and early 15th of October 2013, five comrades were arrested and imprisoned in Skövde, Sweden, suspected for over twenty different attacks on furfarmers and the fur industry as well as liberations of minks. Three of the comrades were later considered to be main suspects and the two others were released, however still being suspects. Close upon the trial startup end of January, yet another person was detained for involvement in some of the suspected attacks but this person was also released, still being a suspect.

During their interrogations the three main suspects kept their mouths shut, besides one comrade who took the responsibility for a suspected arson against a garage belonging to a fur farmer.

Seeing the media potential, the disgusting ex-minister of justice Thomas Bodström, nowadays a populistic lawyer, took it on himself to represent all the fur farmers in the court process.

As the trial began in the end of January, two of the comrades remained quiet and didn’t answer any questions in court. Just letting the assembled people know their position of denial to the accusations through the voice of their defenders. The third person did however choose another approach, claiming his innocence, his aversion towards violence, as well as calling his close ones as witnesses to his advantage in the court process.

During the first day the prosecutor scum used an interview from UpprorsBladet no. 3 as evidence against one of the comrades, claiming that he was the one being interviewed. His legal defense stated that there is no evidence-based connection between his client and the person being interviewed.

During the planned ten-days long trial the State posed an allegation that one or more of the accused were suffering from mental illnesses. This, in the end, resulted in a six week long psychiatric evaluation for the three of them, before any convictions could be made. The 27th of March the main scum doctor of the State institution for (captive) psychiatric care declared all of them “healthy enough to be sentenced to prison.”

Yesterday, the 31st of March, the last day of trial before conviction took place and two of the comrades were released on bail. The remaining comrade, being the one who took the responsibility for the alleged arson, was to be kept in captivity as there was some aggravating circumstances concerning evidence around the arson and her involvement therein. The accusations against the two released comrades was, according to the court, not enough to motivate the continuation of an already six months long isolation in captivity. Although this being stated, the authorities considered possible the high likeliness of them evading the long arm of the law, continuing their criminal activities or both.

If the prosecutor gets her will done, the more talkative of the three would get 3-3.5 years in prison and the other two at least 6 years in prison.

Besides showing our comrades the greatest of support for their ideas, their actions and their commitment to the liberation of animals, we find it important to comment on the use of our idea-based weapon against us and our comrades. For us, the enemy using our magazine against a comrade like this, is equal to us taking the service pistol of the State lackeys and pointing the gun’s barrel right back at them… This is not the first incident as such, but this time we won’t let it go unanswered…

Stay updated with the development of the case and remember that there are always ways to communicate without addresses, names and letters!

Solidarity with our comrades in the struggle for Animal Liberation, for an inter-sectional struggle and most importantly – FOR ANARCHY!

Comment: Did it occur to Anarchists why attacks on fur farms are prosecuted and punished far more severely than attacks on “fascists”? Double standard, dual morality?


Community Accountability

Some activists are interested in Community Accountability processes primarily as a rejection of the criminal legal system. “Not calling the cops” becomes a litmus test for radical realness. Community Accountability processes are rarely convened to address late rent payments, someone driving drunk, stealing or other such harms. Instead, these processes have been applied almost exclusively to “gendered” violence: sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence. The mix of Community Accountability as a rejection of the criminal legal system and as a test of realness has at least two significant consequences: it creates the false idea that we can eliminate the harms of the criminal legal system through Community Accountability, and it requires women to bear the brunt of the Community Accountability learning curve.

Connie Burk, Think. Re-think: Accountable Communities. From The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence within Activist Communities (2011), ed. by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.

Kenya legalises polygamy

Nairobi – The adoption by Kenya’s parliament of a controversial bill that legalises polygamy has provoked a fierce national debate pitting modern secular values and Christianity against local traditions.

Opponents are already lobbying President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign off on the legislation, saying it threatens family values in a Christian-majority country, with female deputies also arguing that it also undermines women’s rights.

Supporters, however, argue that the bill merely recognises multiple customary unions which are still common in many Kenyan communities.

“The bill is a threat to our family values, considering that the majority of our people are Christians,” fumed Wanjiku Muhia, a female MP and one of many women deputies who stormed out of parliament last week in protest.

“Women of today have been empowered and they know their rights,” she said, accusing male MPs of blatant sexism.

“I’d urge the president not to sign the bill into law, but to consider sending it back to parliament.”

The bill, passed last week, is designed to formalise customary law on marrying more than one person.

Traditional tribal ceremonies

The proposed bill had initially given a wife the right to veto her husband’s choice, but male members of parliament pushed through a text that dropped this clause.

Polygamy is common in Kenya, especially for those who can afford to maintain multiple wives. Nationwide, an estimated 1.8 million women and 700 000 men are classed as living in polygamous relationships, according to the Standard newspaper.

In many cases a man will have one legal wife, married in a lavish church ceremony and registered with the state, while subsequent wives are married in traditional tribal ceremonies.

“When you marry an African woman, she must know the second one is on the way, and a third wife… this is Africa,” one MP, Junet Mohammed, told the house.

According to Muhia, “this kind of language is… unacceptable because it amounts to abusing Kenyan women”.

“We walked out of the chamber because we felt that the language some of the male MPs were using was disrespectful to women, and was in bad taste,” she said.                

The National Council of Churches in Kenya (NCCK), which groups more than 40 churches and Christian organisations from across the East African nation, has also spoken out against the bill.

“The debate in the National Assembly was extremely demeaning to the women of our country and the bill itself does not respect the principle of equality of spouses in marriage, especially with regard to polygamy,” it said in a statement issued this week.

The Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has also vowed to mount a legal challenge if the president signs the bill into law.

Traditional practices

Kenyatta has so far refused to publicly declare what his position is on the issue, but it could present him with a difficult dilemma in which he has to reconcile his Christian faith and his espousal of African values.

“As president Kenyatta makes up his mind on what to do with the bill, we would want to urge him to put a premium on the place of family in national stability,” the influential Standard newspaper also wrote in an editorial that argued Kenya’s social fabric could be undone.

But Sam Chepkonga, chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs and a supporter of the bill, said the legislation merely acknowledges something that is already widespread.

“The bill consolidates all marriage types. It’s intended to bring civil law, where a man is only allowed one wife, into line with customary law, where some cultures allow multiple partners,” he said.

Judy Thongori, a prominent family lawyer, agreed that Kenya need to provide a modern legal framework for traditional practices – whether among Kenya’s many tribes or its Muslim community, which make up 20% of the population.

“One big difference is that the new bill provides recognition and registration of customary unions, and we cannot wish away these customary marriages,” she said. – See more at: