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Keith Ellison, Louis Farrakhan and Iran – WSJ

When Rep. Keith Ellison ran for Democratic National Committee chairman, he faced questions about past associations with the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan. On MSNBCs Morning Joe in December 2016, Mr. Ellison angrily accused his critics of a smear campaign for talking about something that happened in 1995, when Mr. Ellison was 32. It turns out Mr. Ellisonwho lost his bid but is now the DNCs deputy chairmanwasnt telling the full story.

In 2006, during his first run for Congress from Minnesota, Mr. Ellison conceded…

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Dem Rep: Louis Farrakhan Is an ‘Outstanding Human Being’

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BY: Alex GriswoldFebruary 7, 2018 10:26 am

A House Democrat on Tuesday defended having met with controversial activist and imam Louis Farrakhan, saying the Nation of Islam leader is an “outstanding human being.”

The Daily Caller askedRep. Danny Davis (D., Ill.) about the revelation that the black separatist leader met with the Congressional Black Caucus in 2005 and was photographed meeting future president Barack Obama during a 2006 CBC meeting.

“I personally know [Farrakhan]; Ive been to his home, done meetings, participated in events with him,” Davis responded.

“I dont regard Louis Farrakhan as an aberration or anything; I regard him as an outstanding human being who commands a following of individuals who are learned and articulate. And he plays a big role in the lives of thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of people,” he continued.

Farrakhan has been labeled a virulent anti-Semiteby organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center, which notes he “routinely accuses Jews of manipulating the U.S. government and controlling the levers of world power,” and has praised Adolf Hitler as a “very great man.”

Among other fringe beliefs, the black separatist believes 9/11 was a “false flag,” Jews were responsible for slavery, white people are subhumans created by the evil black scientist named Yakub, and that after the 2011 Japanese tsunami, “divine spaceships waiting to avenge black suffering would soon arrive.”

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Berkeley Unified School District: Fire Yvette Felarca

On June 26, 2016, Yvette Felarca was caught on video assaulting a man at a white nationalist rally in Sacramento. She punched the man in the stomach repeatedly, before throwing him to the ground. Felarca is a 7th and 8th grade Humanities teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley. Among her responsibilities is teaching the students under her tutelage about the Bill of Rights.

Someone who does not believe in free speech should not teach kids about their constitutional rights.

Felarca’s activity would get a student expelled at best, or jailed at worst. And yet she’s meant to be a role model for students.She has repeatedly advocated the use of militant, violent tactics to shut down opponents of her personal political pack, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). They claim that they’re “fighting the good fight,” trying to stop “fascism” from taking hold in Berkeley.

He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster.

I don’t care if they’re fascists. AsAmericans,they have a right to free speech. Assaulting people for their political views is undemocratic, un-American, and unacceptable.

In the United States of America, people who disagree argue with each other, or agree to disagree. They do not try to intimidate others into agreeing with them. They do notattackpeople for disagreeing with them. That’s the realm of third-world countries, not the oldest democracy on Earth.

By continuing to employ Yvette Felarca, and enable BAMN, the Berkeley Unified School District is subvertingdemocracy. Now, theyshelter her,refusing to publicly punish her for actions completely unbecoming of a teacher.

I am a Berkeley resident. Iwentto King. And I amhorrified that the BUSD tolerates this behavior.It’s common sense.Someone who does not believe in the right to free speechshould not teach children about the Bill of Rights.

As a supporter of free speech for all, I am petitioning Donald Evans, Superintendent of the Berkeley Unified School District, and Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, President of the Berkeley School Board, to fire Yvette Felarca.

To mis-quote Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

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Simon Wiesenthal – Activist – Biography

Simon Wiesenthal was a survivor of the Holocaust who worked as an author and Nazi hunter, wishing to ensure that what befell his community would be remembered.

Born in Buczacz, Galacia, on December 31, 1908, Simon Wiesenthal became an architect who was imprisoned in five different Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Wiesenthal devoted his life post-war to Holocaust memory and education, and founded the Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna. He also worked on investigations into locating Nazi criminals for prosecution. He died on September 20, 2005, in Vienna, Austria.

Simon Wiesenthal was born on December 31, 1908, in Buczacz, Galacia, once part of Austria-Hungary and now known as Buchach, Ukraine. During his childhood, Wiesenthal’s father died in World War I as part of the Austrian army. The family also faced persecution from occupying soldiers, who often singled out Jewish families. Wiesenthal was slashed and permanently scarred with a saber when running an errand for his mother.

Wiesenthal earned a degree in architectural engineering during the early 1930s, setting up a practice in the city of Lvov and, in 1936, marrying Cyla Muller, who’d been his girlfriend from high school. A few years later, the Soviet Union occupied the region, with Wiesenthal losing members of his stepfamily. He was made to work in a bedsprings factory and later reported that he was only able to save himself and his wife from being sent to Siberia through bribery.

After the German occupation in 1941, Wiesenthal and his wife were placed into forced labor at the German Eastern Railway plants. Cyla was able to pass as Polish and was transported out of the camp by an underground movement. Enduring a waking nightmare, Wiesenthal was imprisoned in several different camps, during which time he managed to escape, though recaptured, and attempted suicide twice. He was ultimately transported to the Janowska camp in 1944. Later, a large group of SS guards, fleeing the Red Army, also transported less than three dozen prisonersthe only people still alive out of an original camp population of more than 100,000.

Wiesenthal was released from his final camp in Mauthausen, Austria, in May 1945 by a U.S. Army unit. The severely malnourished Wiesenthal, at 6 feet tall, weighed less than 100 lbs by this time. He made his way back to health and was reunited with Cyla by the end of 1945. Dozens of members of his and his wife’s extended families had died in the camps, among the millions of Jews and other ethnic populations who were killed during the Nazi regime.

Simon Wiesenthal then dedicated his life to tracking down and prosecuting former Nazis who’d been in power. He directed the Jewish Documentation Center in Linz (1947-54) and Vienna (beginning in 1961), and founded the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles in 1977.

Wiesenthal has been credited with contributing to the capture of “final solution” coordinator Adolf Eichmann in 1961. He has also been credited with investigations that led to the capture of other war criminals, including death camp commander Franz Stangl and Gestapo worker Karl Silberbauer, who was responsible for the arrest of Anne Frank. Wiesenthal continued his efforts well into his later years, though his house was firebombed in 1982, with no one being injured.

Wiesenthal’s influence extended to the literary world, as well. In 1967, he published the book The Murderers Among Us: The Wiesenthal Memoirs, followed in 1969 by the exploratory work The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness.

Wiesenthal has run into his share of controversy, including allegations from prominent figures that a significant portion of his claims about his career and involvement in certain cases were untrue. He also had conflict with writer and Holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel.

Wiesenthal’s work is recognized for continuing to shed light on the injustices and horrors of the Holocaust, for calling on governmental intervention in the capture of war criminals and for being a driven, often times singular, investigative force. Among a legion of awards and accolades, he’s received the Dutch and Luxembourg Medals of Freedom and the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor. He was also the subject of the 1989 HBO biopic Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story, which starred Ben Kingsley in the lead role. Another memoir, Justice Not Vengeance: Recollections, was published that same year.

In 2003, at the age of 94, Wiesenthal announced his retirement. One year later, he was knighted. Wiesenthal died on September 20, 2005, in Vienna, Austria.

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Ethiopian Food Mesob Across America | A COMPANION SITE …

WELCOME TO THE PREMIER Ethiopian food website on the internet.

In this ARCHIVE, Ive arranged the many entries below by category. Be sure as well to check out the permanent pages listed above and on the right. The NEWS page reports items about whats new in Ethiopian food and drink.

For information on a particular topic, use the search function of this site (above right). You can also write to me to ask questions or make suggestions.

My website All About Tej is the internets most comprehensive site about the legendary Ethiopian honey wine, and it includes instructions on how to make tej at home.

And dont miss my Ethiopian food Instagram page, with lots of pictures, including many images of the food that I cook myself.

If youre looking for an Ethiopian restaurant, you can visit my guide to restaurants in the U.S. and even take video visits to some of them. The restaurant business is a risky one, and places open and close all the time, so its hard to keep the list up to date. I welcome additions and corrections.

Im a writer and a teacher at the University of Pittsburgh, and you can read much more about all of this in my book Mesob Across America: Ethiopian Food in the U.S.A., which you can buy at Amazon.com and other places on the internet. During the summer of 2014, I gave a talk on the history of Ethiopian cuisine at the Library of Congress (see poster, above left).

Here, now, are all the things you can read in this website about Ethiopian food.

Gursha: Hands Across the Table. At an Ethiopian meal, you dont just eat from the same plate you might find yourself eating from someone elses hand. With video.

FEATURED PAGE: Exploring Doro Wot. Learn about the national dish of Ethiopia, including how to make it and what it means to the culture. With video.

Getting a Rise Out of Ethiopian Bread. Injera isnt the only bread that finds its way to the table at an Ethiopian meal: There are a wide variety of traditional leavened breads baked across the culture. With video.

Berbere and Mitmita: Liking It Hot. Two red pepper powders give Ethiopian food its spice, and theyre essential to the cuisine, as are the peppers that produce them. With video.

In Ethiopian Cooking, Onions Rule. You cant cook Ethiopian food without onions lots of them but you may not even realize youre eating them. With video.

Ribs & Tibs: The Story of Ethiopian Beef. Traditional Ethiopian butchers partition a cow into 14 different cuts of beef each with its own name and some are especially good for eating raw. With video.

A Short Qurs on Ethiopian Breakfast. The morning meal in Ethiopia has some familiar elements, but also some dishes that you usually dont eat any other time of day. With video.

The Ethiopian Spice Rack. Lots of effervescent spices go into making Ethiopian food, and two red pepper blends give the food its heat. With video.

Whats For (Ethiopian) Dessert? What do restaurants serve for dessert when their culture doesnt have any? With video.

FEATURED PAGE: The Cuisine of the Ethiopian Jews. The Beta Israel the Jews of Ethiopia now live mostly in Israel, and their cuisine has a few unique touches along with many familiar Ethiopian elements. With video.

Qocho

Teff Talk. Without the unique and nutritious grain teff, which Ethiopians use to make injera, there would be no Ethiopian cuisine as we know it. With video.

FEATURED PAGE: Sure As Shiro: Heres everything youll ever want or need to know about one of the Ethiopian tables most popular dishes. With video.

Dishes with a Difference. Some Ethiopian restaurants offer unusual or unique variations on traditional dishes. With video.

FEATURED PAGE: Raw Meat: An Ethiopian Delight. Whether ground or in big thick chunks, raw meat has been an Ethiopian delicacy for centuries. With video.

FEATURED PAGE: Catching Up with Qocho. Not many Ethiopian restaurants in the U.S. serve qocho, but when they do, it comes straight from Ethiopia, making it the most authentic dish youll find here in America. With video.

Harari Heat in Toronto: Two Moslem-owned Ethiopian restaurants in Toronto serve the hard-to-find dish hulbat marahk.

FEATURED PAGE: Tej in the Raw. Learn how to make Ethiopian honey wine with step-by-step instructions and photos. With video.

Ethiopias Potent Potables. From tej and talla to homemade alcohol to Ethiopian commercial wines and beers, a lot of things in Ethiopia can give you a buzz. With video.

Tej in Toronto Is Hard To Find. After a long and inexplicable dry spell, tej has finally begun to appear in Torontos Ethiopian restaurants.

Begena Tedj: A Tale of Two Continents. Born and raised in Ethiopia, Wilhelmine Stordiau returned to her ancestral Europe as a young woman and now makes Ethiopian potent potables for sale all over Europe.

The Buzz on Ethiopian Beer & Wine. At Ethiopian restaurants in the U.S., you can usually find a selection of potent potables imported from back home. With two videos.

Coffee, Kaldi & Confessions. Ethiopia introduced coffee to the world in the eighth century. Unfortunately, its the one Ethiopian food that Ive never tasted because I dont drink coffee. With video.

Talla Tell-All. Ethiopians enjoy a raw hopsy homemade beer called talla. Ive tried making it at home once successfully, once not so much. With video.

Tej: The Ethiopian Honey Wine. This 2,000-year-old delight is sometimes called the national drink of Ethiopia, and you can make it at home in your kitchen. With video.

FEATURED PAGE: Ethiopian Cuisine with a European Flare. Wilma Stordiau of Frankfurt, Germany, makes and sells tej, but she also uses some ingredients of Ethiopian cooking to create unique fusion meals and desserts.

FEATURED PAGE: Cooking with a Shakla Dist. In Ethiopia, the most traditional cooking is done in a shakla dist an earthenware pot. Learn all about them how theyre made, how you cook in them and watch some videos of meals simmering in clay. With video.

FEATURED PAGE: Cooking Ethiopian Food. Youll find many good Ethiopian recipe books for sale out there, but here are recipes for some of my favorite dishes, complete with my own cooking tips.

Dining with Ato Daniel. Take a closer look at one of the biggest and most well-known English-language Ethiopian cookbooks, written by Daniel Mesfin.

Setting the Ethiopian Table. Ethiopians may not use cutlery to enjoy a meal, but the cuisine has plenty of other utensils related to cooking and eating.

Tales of Injera. With the help of a detailed and colorful little book, you can make this temperamental Ethiopian bread at home.

FEATURED PAGE: Eating Ethiopian Around the World. To complement my big guide to Ethiopian restaurants in the U.S.A., Ive rounded up some restaurants outside of the U.S. on the five continents that have them (there are none in Antarctica or South America). With video.

FEATURED PAGE: The Beyaynetu Factor. A simple mathematical calculation can tell you how many choices you have on the combination platter, or beyaynetu, at Ethiopian restaurants. One restaurant in California gives you 792 of them!

Singing for Your Supper: The Music of the Meal. Ethiopian musicians love their cultures cuisine, and some have composed songs about its biggest hit dishes, like injera, shiro and doro wot. With video.

Your Ethiopian Restaurant Experience: A Checklist. Dont let them know youre a ferenj when you order Ethiopian food: Heres a list of thing to do and not to do. With video.

The Funny Side of Ethiopian Food. Why did the doro cross the road? So he could check out this page of Ethiopian food jokes and puns and also to save himself from being turned into doro wot.

In Your Gebeyas Freezer. A Virginia company now markets a line of frozen Ethiopian food that you can have shipped to you by mail.

Ethiopian Food on Wheels. Some enterprising folks in Washington, D.C., serve their Ethiopian food from a truck that lands at a different location in the city every day.

Ethiopian Chefs Show You How. Move over, top chef: Some internet cooks want to show you how its done in the Ethiopian kitchen. With video.

The Melting Pot. What we know as Ethiopian cuisine is largely Amhari cuisine, but Ethiopias many other cultures have contributed some popular dishes to the menu.

Ethiopias Other Vegetarian Cuisine. For many Ethiopians who cant afford better, almost anything that grows becomes a meal. With video.

Tasting Ethiopia in a Market Near You. A young entrepreneur has launched a new line of freshly packaged Ethiopian foods available in New York City. With video.

Naming Right. Ethiopians often name their restaurants after historic figures or places from back home, but some restaurant names are more personal.

FEATURED PAGE: Ethiopian Restaurants Debut Across America. Heres a list of the first Ethiopian or Eritrean restaurants in American and Canadian cities. I welcome additions or corrections to the list for this ongoing project.

FEATURED PAGE: The First Supper. Beyene Guililat opened the first Ethiopian restaurant in America in Long Beach, Calif., in 1966. His brother, Tesfaye, reminisces about this historic achievement. With rare video of Beyene flying an airplane in 1963.

FEATURED PAGE: The Worlds Oldest Ethiopian Restaurant. Two restaurants, both in Ethiopia, lay claim to the title. Decide for yourself whos right.

FEATURED PAGE: Breaking the News About Ethiopian Food, Part 1: 1868-1966. Long before America had Ethiopian restaurants, newspaper accounts taught the nation about the cuisine. With video.

FEATURED PAGE: Breaking the News About Ethiopian Food, Part 2. Even after the nations first Ethiopian restaurant opened in 1966, many cities didnt get one for decades, so they counted on newspapers to teach them about what they were missing.

Feasting with the Ancients. Find out how the emperors of ancient Ethiopia enjoyed their meals in grand imperial style.

The Art of the Meal. Ethiopian artists sometimes memorialize their cultures food and mealtime traditions in paintings on parchment made of tanned animal hides.

FEATURED PAGE: Desta Bairu Restaurant Pioneer. Read the story of the woman who cooked the food at the eponymous restaurant that launched the spread of Ethiopian cuisine in America in 1978.

Culinary Milestones: An Appetizing History. What would Ethiopia be without Ethiopian cuisine? Heres how this delicious way of eating emerged.

The New World. Take a look at some advertisements for food and drink published in Ethiopian books and magazines of the 1960s.

First Foodsteps in Ethiopia. Europeans who explored Ethiopia in the 15th through 19th centuries didnt always like what their hosts presented them at the dinner table. This post includes photographs of what some of them saw.

FEATURED PAGE: Novel Cuisine: Food, Ferenj & Fiction: Novelists who write stories set in Ethiopia always find a way to describe a meal and the culture that surrounds it.

Making Injera the New-Fashioned Way. Most people still make injera one piece at a time, but technology now allows it to be made by automation. With video.

Making Cooking Easier in Ethiopia. Several enterprises, two at Stanford, have developed products that will make traditional cooking easier for poor Ethiopian women. With video.

FEATURED PAGE: The Scholarship of Ethiopian Cuisine: Many scholars have written many papers and books about Ethiopian food, and a lot of their work is available online.

Planning Your Ethiopian Menu. A 1963 Ethiopian book about nutrition, written in Amharic, has a week-long, day-by-day menu planner for all three of the daily meals, and in this translation, you can follow the authors meal plan.

Macro Megeb: The New Ethiopian? If you enjoy a macrobiotic diet, why not try the Ethiopian version, courtesy of one nutritionists week-long menu planner.

Healthy Eating the Ethiopian Way. A nutritionist has published a book that offers a 22-day menu planner for eating well in an Ethiopian context. With video.

Dining Out in Ethiopia. Where do Ethiopians eat if they dont want to cook a meal at home? Restaurant options become less abundant the farther you travel from Addis Ababa, the countrys capital city. With video.

A Visit to Wot-lanta. With its well-developed Ethiopian community, Atlanta is a great place to go for a meal or to shop for Ethiopian foods and spices.

Summer of 15: North & South. While traveling around this summer, I visited restaurants and markets in Indianapolis, Charlotte, Asheville, N.C., Greensboro, N.C., and Grand Rapids, Mich.

Montreal & Ottawa: A Road Trip. Two of Canadas largest eastern cities only have a few Ethiopian restaurants each, but they still offer residents and visitors good home cooking. Visit Rochester, N.Y., and Lancaster, Pa., in this post as well.

O Canada! Great Ethiopian! With its dozens of restaurants and markets, Toronto is the place to be if you want the greatest variety of Ethiopian food choices in Canada, although many other Canadian cities have anywhere from one to a few restaurants.

Hot & Cold. Honolulu, Hawaii, now has an Ethiopian restaurant, although only for one night a week. And for three months in 2007, Fairbanks, Alaska, had one as well.

Grand Ole Ethiopian: A Road Trip to Nashville. I spent a few days in Nashville last summer visiting Ethiopian restaurants and markets, and along the way, I stopped at places in Louisville and Cincinnati. With video.

Ethiohio Discovering Columbus. Its not the biggest city in Ohio, but Columbus has the biggest Ethiopian restaurant and market community by far.

Road Trip: Ann Arbor & Windsor. We lost a lovely little Ethiopian restaurant in eastern Michigan. I also visited three restaurants across the border in Windsor, Ontario.

The Deep Dish on Chicago Ethiopian. The Windy City has many fine Ethiopian restaurant options and even an Ethiopian market, something you wont find in New York.

Chicago 2011: An Update. Theres a new Ethiopian restaurant in Chicago, two new markets, and now a place to buy Ethiopian beer by the case.

Harry KlomanUniversity of Pittsburgh

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FEC Commissioner Who Blocked Regulation of Drudge, Internet Steps Down

The Federal Election Commission member who headed up the battle against the left to keep the Internet free and unfettered has just stepped down.

Lee Goodman was a key player in keeping sites like the Drudge Report free from political-based regulations.

And now he’s leaving his post.

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Lee E. Goodman, who led a battle to stop Democrats from imposing political regulations on the Internet and news sites like the Drudge Report and other media, is stepping down from the Federal Election Commission.

Goodman, an elections lawyer and adviser, plans to leave Feb. 16. He will join the political law group of Wiley Rein in Washington.

“Serving the American people as a commissioner of the Federal Election Commission has been a profound honor,” he said in a resignation letter to President Trump.

For years, Goodman has been a tireless voice for First Amendment rights on the internet. He has blocked several flagrant and subtle efforts by FEC Democrats to impose regulations on conservative media, the internet, and major websites like Fox, the Drudge Report, Facebook, and Twitter.

“Since the agency’s inception, the Federal Election Commission’s unique mandate to respect the core constitutional rights of citizens acting, speaking and associating for democratic purposes has provoked criticism from those who disagree with the balance drawn,” he wrote Trump.

“But protecting First Amendment rights is an inherent part of the Commission’s mission. Thus, I have endeavored throughout my service to preserve the Constitutional right of American citizens to speak, hear, and think freely about their democracy. It has been my duty and privilege to defend this fundamental human freedom,” penned Goodman.

He first warned of Democratic attacks on conservative voices during a 2014 interview with Secrets.

“I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” said Goodman, who was chairman of the FEC at the time.

“The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense that some on the left are starting to rethink the breadth of the media exemption and internet communications,” he added.

During his nearly five years, he revised FEC regulations to conform them to the Citizens United and McCutcheon court decisions, efforts that were stalled when he joined the agency. He also spearheaded the agency’s switch to new technologies which recently resulted in a better and easier to use website.

A key driving force during his term was limiting regulation of new technology that has come to dominate politics.

“We restrained unlawful efforts to regulate, and in some cases censor, American citizens’ political opinions on YouTube and Twitter, as well as the freedom of press outlets like Fox News and WCVB-TV of Boston to make editorial decisions concerning their political coverage,” he wrote.

Goodman is in his fifth year of what is typically a six-year appointment. He will be the second commissioner to retire in the last year, joining Democrat Ann Ravel. It will leave the commission split between two Republicans and two Democrats.

Goodman was chair of the commission in 2014 and vice chairman in 2013. He advised four presidential campaigns from 2007 to 2012 and was a policy advisor to former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore. And notably, he worked with former Republican National Committee Chairman Lee Atwater for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush in the 1980s.

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Minnesota: Teen Muslima is indicted, told students to “join the jihad in fighting” and to “join Al Qaeda, Taliban, or Al Shabaab”

Jihad recruitment and al-Qaeda support from a 19-year-old girl in Minnesota, and hardly any press coverage, of course. Nothing to see here, according to the enemedia. Just another Muslim trying to kill people, setting ablaze, among other things, a residential dormitory that also houses a day care center. Police said there were 33 children and eight adults in one the building. Nothing to see here, eh?

Tnuza Jamal Hassan wrote a letter to her roommates about “bringing back the Caliphate,” an Islamic state. The letter scared Hassan’s roommates, who turned it over to campus security. The St Catherine’s University student said she set the fires to avenge Muslims in Iraq or Afghanistan.

These indictments are a victory. On January 20 I wrote: “Tnuza Jamal Hassan set 8 fires and was only charged with a single case of arson. Why no terrorism charges?” Now she has been charged with “attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization,” as well as “arson, and making a false statement.” She should have been charged with terrorism based solely on what she did at St. Catherine University, aside from whatever support she tried to provide to al-Qaeda, but this is good enough.

This is a war. Our enemies are fighting and plotting every day. Our authorities need to wake up to the magnitude of what is going on.

“Minneapolis Woman Charged With Terrorism Offenses, Arson, And Making False Statements,” Department of Justice, February 7, 2018:

United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced a three-count indictment charging TNUZA JAMAL HASSAN, 19, with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, arson, and making a false statement. HASSAN will make her initial appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge at a later date.

According to the indictment, on September 19, 2017, HASSAN, a former student at St. Catherine University (SCU) in St. Paul, Minnesota, attempted to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely, al-Qa’ida. On September 22, 2017, in an interview with FBI Agents, HASSAN was asked whether she authored and delivered a letter to two fellow students at SCU in March 2017. The letter sought to encourage fellow students to “join the jihad in fighting” and to “[j]oin Al Qaeda, Taliban, or Al Shabaab.” HASSAN knowingly made a false statement to FBI Agents when she stated (1) she did not write the letter, (2) she did not know who wrote the letter, and (3) did not know how the letter came to be delivered to her fellow students.

According to the indictment, on January 17, 2018, HASSAN started several fires on the campus of SCU, including in St. Mary Hall, which she maliciously damaged. The fires set by HASSAN caused the St. Paul Fire Department to respond to SCU.

HASSAN was charged in Ramsey County District Court with one count of first-degree arson and is currently in custody at the Ramsey County Jail.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Winter is prosecuting the case.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force, St. Paul Police Department, and arson investigators from the St. Paul Fire Department.

“Minnesota woman, 19, who allegedly told students to ‘join the jihad,’ is indicted,” by Nicole Darrah, Fox News, February 7, 2018:

A Minnesota woman whom prosecutors said set fires at a Minnesota university out of anger because of U.S. military actions overseas was charged with terrorism Wednesday after she allegedly tried to assist a terrorist organization last year.

Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 19, was charged in federal court for attempting to provide material support to Al Qaeda, lying to the FBI and arson, Fox 9 reported. She was initially arrested Jan. 17 after she set eight fires in seven buildings on the St. Catherine University campus in St. Paul.

The Minneapolis woman admitted to investigators that she started the fires, which prosecutors said were sparked when she was “reading about the US military destroying schools in Iraq or Afghanistan and she felt that she should do exactly the same thing,” a criminal complaint read.

Hassan admitted to investigators that she intended to “hurt people” when she lit fires on the St. Catherine University campus in St. Paul. (Google Earth)

“Hassan said she wanted the school to burn to the ground and that her intent was to hurt people,” the complaint stated. “Hassan said this was that same thing that happened in ‘Muslim land’ and nobody cares if they get hurt, so why not do this?”

No one was injured in the campus fires.

Details about Hassan’s terrorism charge are unclear, but a federal indictment said she attempted to provide support to al Qaeda in September by trying to provide “personnel.”

The former English major is also accused of lying about writing a letter to her roommates in March, asking them “to join the jihad in fights,” and to “[j]oin al-Qaeda, Taliban, or Al Shabaab,” according to Fox 9.

Hassan also “told the police and fire investigators ‘You guys are lucky that I don’t know how to build a bomb because I would have done that,’” the complaint said….

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Macy’s to feature collection for Muslim women, including hijabs

Macy’s is designing clothing for an ideology that calls for warfare against and the subjugation of non-believers. Madness. Who else do they do this for? Hindus? Jews …..?

Muslim women are not known for their sense of fashion — at least outdoors. Hijabbed Muslim women throng to Rodeo Drive to buy the latest fashions, but they only wear them indoors for their husbands and female friends. So fashion among Muslim women is something entirely private and out of sight — just the opposite of the fashion ethos. Collections such as this one from Macy’s are designed to try to make Americans more comfortable with Islam’s oppression of women, its forcing women to wear cloth coffins in public.

This is a concerted, conscious, planned effort to normalize and make us comfortable with Islam and its oppression of women.

“Macy’s to feature collection for Muslim women, including hijabs,” by Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, February 7, 2018:

Retailing giant Macy’s will partner with clothing brand Verona Collection to feature a selection of modest, ready-to-wear pieces geared toward Muslim women.

The collection’s dresses, tops, cardigans, pants and hijabs will be available beginning Feb. 15 on Macys.com.

“Verona Collection is more than a clothing brand. It’s a platform for a community of women to express their personal identity and embrace fashion that makes them feel confident on the inside and outside,” Lisa Vogl, founder of Verona Collection, said in a news release.

Pieces will range from $12.95 to $84.95.

The Verona Collection is a product of The Workshop at Macy’s, the retailer’s minority- and women-owned business development program.

“Through The Workshop at Macy’s, Lisa shared her vision to create a collection that speaks to a community of women looking for a solution to their fashion needs,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s Fashion.

“Verona Collection offers a unique and understated elegance through everyday essentials designed for versatility and comfort, and through our partnership, we can better serve our customer looking for modest fashion.”

Vogl, a single mom, converted to Islam in 2011, according to an article on Verona’s website. She launched the collection after realizing modest and fashionable clothing was hard to find and difficult to afford.

“After doing a bit of research, she realized that many other women, both Muslim and non-Muslim, felt the same way,” the article said.

Among the items in the collection are maxi dresses and hand-dyed hijab….

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