24-hours later a video of the appearance surpassed 1million views on YouTube and this is the point. There is a huge audience for Alex Jones and alternative media in general. Is this just a stunt or is there something more at play here? In two words: Nigel Farage. Nigel is one of the most radical populists in British politics in years and thanks to shock jocks like Alex Jones, he’s somewhat under a radar while he accumulates – what some now estimate – 15% of the British popular vote; and trending higher. When compared to what Alex Jones is blaring at the top of his lungs to, a huge British audience of millions who tune into his show regularly, an upstart politician like Farage – with a radical agenda – appear highly reasonable. It’s the old ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine played for votes (Ron and Rand Paul have appeared on Alex Jones’ show in the US increasing their political fortunes enormously using the same technique). Two years ago Nigel Farage of UKIP was destined to be a fringe MEP of a fringe party but then videos of Nigel making impassioned speeches on Youtube attracted a worldwide audience of dissatisfied and disaffected voters and supports around the world. Then Nigel started appearing on major, albeit alternative media outlets like Eric King’s influential “King World News” (with a global base of very educated, very wealthy HNWI (High Net Worth Individuals). Then the Drudge Report picked up the scent, and other influential sites like Peter Schiff’s “Schiff Report.” As a result Nigel Farage is more famous globally than any other UK politician. RT too started playing videos of Nigel as well as interviewing him, and RT is the first broadcaster to cross 1 billion videos on YouTube for a global TV network; with a global reach approaching 700 million viewers. It’s a reciprocal relationship. Their audience is hungry for honesty and a new wave of journalist, politicians and shock jocks are giving it to them. Nobody in the Mainstream Media reports on these trends in Britain or in the U.S. and in the case of Alex Jones there is no chance Alex will lead a majority party in the UK but in Farage’s case there is a real possibility that he’ll supplant the Liberal Democrats as Britain’s third biggest party and could very well be on his way to becoming part of the UK’s political duopoly. And this was accomplished under the noses of the BBC and every major outlet in the UK who is playing catch up to other global broadcasters and alternative media who are pushing candidates of Alex Jones into the ‘superstar’ category and possibly the front benches. Addendum: I sent an email to BBC producer Robbie Gibb who asked me to email him regarding the phenomenon that is Alex Jones and how the BBC might be able to tap into this huge, under served, and politically aware audience – and in typical BBC fashion – the response so far is that they’ll ‘think about it.’ Meanwhile, the media and political landscape beneath Britain’s feat is shifting and those who ignore the significance of Alex Jones’ ranting on “Sunday Politics” will have to take early retirement. But in a country of media laggards and layabouts I’m sure that’s the best possible news they could hope for. …
When Gerald Celente branded the American media “presstitutes,” he got it right. The US print and TV media (and NPR) whore for Washington and the corporations. Reporting the real news is their last concern. …
The beheading of a UK soldier near the Woolwich army barracks in southeast London on Wednesday has shocked the country, and was condemned as “horrific” and “sickening” by UK officials. “Strong indications” the murder was connected to terrorism and Islamic extremism were also noted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron.But the Muslim community in the UK had never known such brutal terrorist attacks until the UK’s previous government drew Britain into overseas conflicts in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, and started “slavishly following” US policies, Dr. Hargey explained.RT: Do you agree with the allegations that the attackers’ actions were inspired by radical Islam?Dr. Taj Hargey: We need firstly to condemn this murder in the strongest possible terms, and to send condolences to the victim’s family and the loved ones. Yes, I think there is an element of that… But it’s not just Islamic fundamentalism, there is also a linkage, I believe, between what Tony Blair did with his illegal war in Iraq and subsequent slavish following of US policy. I mean, there was no Muslim terrorism in the United Kingdom until Blair went illegally into Iraq. And I think we need to admit and to acknowledge that fact… not just to blame it on Islamic fundamentalism.RT: One witness report is saying one of the meat cleaver killers was seen in the local community days before “preaching hatred.” From what you see and hear around you – how widespread are radical sentiments among Muslims in Britain?TH: I think, they are most probably recent, or new Muslim converts, they are fundamentalists, this brand of Islam is attractive to them. I don’t think they were born Muslims, these two people, I would be very surprised if they were. But what is important to remember is that they are being breast-fed on this… Islamic extremism and radicalism – that the only way to deal with the situation is by violence. All integrated British Muslims know that, although we are against British foreign policy, we can protest legitimately and through democratic means – you do not have to slaughter someone in the streets of London.RT: When it comes to the Muslim community in the United Kingdom, some refer to an ‘outspoken minority but a silent majority.’ Isn’t there a responsibility for the majority to step up and do something about this?TH: Absolutely, and I think it’s high time that the majority came out of the woodwork, so to speak. They have to put their heads above the parapet, we need to confront these radicals and extremists. Now, where is this extremism coming from? It is coming from the philosophies, like the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia, and the Taliban in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and the Salafis in Syria.We need to tackle this – this type of imported virus is coming from the Muslim heartland, it’s got no place in a Western society, or in the United Kingdom. So yes, it is up to the majority to take on this minority. The minority is very few – I wouldn’t put them more than 1 or 2 percent of the population, and their ideology and philosophy must be totally demolished. It must be shown not have anything to do with Islam.RT: What can the UK authorities do to protect the people and to prevent such attacks from happening in the future?TH: The United Kingdom must look at the causes of this. I think that for us just to deal with the aftereffects of this slaughter in Woolwich is nonsense – we need to look at what is causing this. It is clearly UK forces in places like Afghanistan, and the UK’s blind support for US policy with the Somalia, or Yemen, or Syria, or wherever else. We need to take stock of that, we can’t just expect that we are blameless. And I think once the United Kingdom takes stock of this and sees how to be an impartial actor on the world’s stage, that would be a big step forward.RT: We’ve already seen anti-Muslim protests in London in the aftermath of the attack, do you think there’s a danger of a significant growth in anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment?TH: Absolutely. Last week, as you know, we had this issue of Muslim pedophile gangs… in Oxford – they were convicted, thankfully. So, last week it’s pedophilia, this week it’s terrorism – so there is an escalating tendency to label all Muslims either as terrorists or pedophiles. So the right-wing British national party, and English Defence League, and other fascist groups are obviously taking advantage of this.So it’s incumbent on the mainstream majority Muslims to tackle this, and say, firstly, we disassociate ourselves totally from all forms of pedophilia, and, secondly, terrorism is not part of Islam. And whatever is engaging in violent bloodshed and terrorist activities – we disown you, and you can’t do that in our name… You don’t kill someone in the name of God, Islam condemns that… it’s pure blasphemy. …
Judicial Watch, a conservative-leaning organization dedicated to uncovering abuse and corruption in the legal system, petitioned Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency to publish 59 images of bin Laden’s corpse after the terrorist leader was killed during a May 2011 raid in Pakistan. The US Court of Appeals in Washington DC found that releasing the pictures could cause “exceptionally grave harm” to American citizens. The three judges wrote, in a 14-page opinion, that the portrayal of the bullet that killed bin Laden were “quite graphic” and “gruesome,” but the real motivation could have been to quell the possibility of terrorism.“It is undisputed that the government is withholding the images not to shield wrongdoing or avoid embarrassment, but rather to prevent the killing of Americans,” read the opinion from Judges Merrick Garland, Judith Rogers and Harry Edwards. The decision made references to violent outbursts from radical Islamists after US media wrongfully reported that troops stationed in the Middle East desecrated the Koran. Cartoon depictions of the Muslim prophet Muhammad have prompted similar outrage. Lawyers from Judicial Watch, promising to file an appeal, told the Washington Post that the judicial system “needs to stop rubber-stamping this administration’s secrecy.” …
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Tunisia’s Islamist government has spoken out against hardliners calling the radical group Ansar al-Sharia, terrorists.
The move follows Sunday’s clashes in the city of Kairouan where members of the movement who were due to hold their annual conference, defied a ban on demonstrating.
One protester died and scores were injured in the violence.
“The organisation Ansar al-Sharia is an illegal organisation….which exercises violence against individuals and shrines. It insults and challenges the state. It doesn’t recognise citizenship or the grounds on which the state is based. It is linked to terror and is an expert in it,” said Prime Minister Ali Larayedh.
Following the clashes the group has postponed its conference until next Sunday which could prolong tensions in the city.
Ansar al-Sharia is the most radical Islamist group to emerge in Tunisia since the Arab Spring. Its leader is a former al Qaeda fighter.
In a separate development in Kairouan, the activist named Amina was arrested for placing a feminist banner on a mosque.
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One protester has died and several others have been injured in Tunisia after radical Islamists defied a ban on their demonstration and clashed with police.
The 27-year-old man was killed in the capital; there was also trouble in the central city of Kairouan.
In Tunis police arrested dozens of people in one district. In the midst of the clashes some of the protesters reportedly lowered the Tunisian flag and replaced it with an al Qaeda banner.
The Salafist group Ansar al-Sharia is the most radical to emerge since the revolution two years ago.
It had wanted to demonstrate in Kairouan where but was forbidden from doing so. The ban did not stop the protesters: they threw stones at police who responded with tear gas.
The demonstrators’ cause gained no sympathy among one group of Kairouan residents. “Why would we want an Islamist state? Earning a living, security and stability, that’s what the Arab world needs!” exclaimed one man.
In Tunis a police union official said: “We’re here to stop their behaviour. We’ll stay for a month if need be. The law must be respected.”
Ansar al-Sharia presents a clear challenge to Tunisia’s government, led by the more moderate Islamists from Ennahda. The Prime Minister Ali Larayedh claimed on Saturday that the group is linked to terrorism.
Al Qaeda’s regional wing has urged it to defy the crackdown.
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