Bangladesh is burning, but does anyone care?


A Muslim-majority country is in danger of falling into the hands of Jihadi Islamists.

No, I am not referring to Libya, Yemen, Iraq or Syria as we have become accustomed to reading about almost every day.

I am talking about Bangladesh, a tiny democracy of 150 million people, mostly Muslim, where the constitution itself bars any religious party from contesting elections.

For over a month the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP) and its Islamist ally the Jamaat-e-Islami have launched a countrywide strike and blockade of roads and railways, with the express aim of overthrowing the secular government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The violence and arson attacks by Islamist activists in the opposition alliance have severely disrupted public life.

So far, 82 people have died while hundreds have been injured.

Over 1,000 buses, trucks and vans have been firebombed, costing the economy nearly $10 billion, according to business leaders.

On Sunday the violence reached a new phase with opposition protestors derailing a train.

Earlier, two gasoline bomb attacks on buses killed 16 people forcing the government to ban all “night buses” — long-distance buses that operate at night.

However, other than a New York Times editorial, “Bangladesh on the Brink”, there has been little or no coverage in the world media of the jihadi onslaught in Bangladesh.

Not even in next-door India.

The Times editorial admonished both the government and the opposition, but also raised the issue of Islamists, noting: “The Bangladesh National Party (BNP) must rein in its violent base and sever ties with the Jamaat-e-Islami party and its street-power tactics.”

Jamaat-e-Islami has well-established links with international militant jihadist groups and has been accused of harbouring and training fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

It has also called for arming and training Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.

The chaos in Bangladesh is rooted in last year’s general elections that were boycotted by BNP, which is the major opposition party, and the Jamaat–e-Islami (an affiliate of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood) on the grounds they were not being held under a caretaker government, as required by an amendment to Bangladesh’s constitution.

This amendment called for the sitting government to resign and hand over power to a caretaker government, which was then given the responsibility of holding the general elections.

However in mid-2011, the country’s supreme court declared this amendment illegal. ​

As a result, the January, 2014 elections were held without the government of Prime Minister Hasina stepping aside.

Though she tried to persuade the opposition to participate in the elections, the BNP refused and the jihadi element within the opposition not only boycotted the polls, but also committed acts of violence in which many voters were killed.

A year later, the violence is still going on.

Should the current opposition movement succeed in destabilizing the government and the balance of power shifts in favour of the BNP-Jamaat alliance, one can expect a Syria-like situation with militants from different parts of the world exploiting the power vacuum in Bangladesh.

While the immediate impact of the Islamization of the country will be felt in Bangladesh, before long it will spread to Myanmar, Thailand, India, and the rest of the region.

Perhaps then, too late, the rest of the world will notice.

Now the gaming press is turning on developers

Games journalism just levelled up, from self-harm to suicide. Having unsuccessfully tried to convince a generation of hardcore gamers that their hobby is misogynistic and racist, the games press has stepped up its campaign against the video games industry and begun to target game developers themselves.

The development was inevitable, ever since high-profile developer Mark Kern this week announced a petition calling on the worst offenders in the games pressKotakuand Polygon–the outlets widely regarded as publishing the most divisive, hateful and hand-wringing coverage–to “lead the way in healing the rift in video games.” Kern’s petition followed an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit widely regarded as a public relations disaster for the gaming industry.

The episode took its cues from recent reporting on the GamerGate scandal, which has ignored the ethical concerns of ordinary gamers and focused exclusively on alleged threats and harassment feminist campaigners have claimed they received–some of which, GamerGate supporters allege, were fabricated by the supposed victims.

“On Feb. 11, Law and Order SVU aired an episode about video games called “Intimidation Game” that is being called the “Reefer Madness” of our times,” wrote Kern in his petition. “It was a relentless and histrionic parade of slander against video games and gamers. It has helped set back the public image of the video games by years if not decades. It made absolutely nobody happy in the gaming industry.

“This result, this episode, shown to millions of non-gamers worldwide is the inevitable result of months of gaming press coverage on the rift between gamers that currently plagues our hobby. A rift that the gaming press are accountable for conflagrating through a slew of articles that only served to fan the flames, celebrate the extremists on both sides, magnify the rift and sensationalize the issue.

“There is a term for this, called yellow journalism, and it has started wars before. It has no place in a gaming press that is supposed to support our industry and gamers in particular, of all walks.”

UCLA student told she could not serve because she is jewish

UCLA student this week declared in an op-ed in The Daily Bruin that members of the university’s student government should apologize for its recent discriminatory act.

Written by student Rachel Frenklak, it highlighted an Undergraduate Students Association meeting last week during which many of its council members opposed the confirmation of a student to a subcommittee – based on the fact that she is Jewish.

It was a clear and shocking example of anti-Semitism, and the incident has raced through social media outlets and prompted concern and outrage among many in the UCLA and Jewish communities.

At the Feb. 10 hearing, several members did not want to confirm Rachel Beyda to the association’s judicial board, the committee that determines if the student government’s actions comply with its bylaws. Essentially council members argued Beyda’s Jewish heritage is not compatible with the interests of the UCLA student government.

By Frenklak’s account, Beyda had been previously confirmed by the three-member council appointments review committee, and was thoroughly qualified for the position. However, after Beyda introduced herself and made the case for her confirmation, the subsequent question and deliberation period took a disturbing turn.

The Murder of Adele Biton and the Glorification of Terrorism at York University k

Adele Biton is dead. The toddler, who was critically injured in 2013, spent the last two years fighting for her life after being struck in the head by stone-throwing Palestinian terrorists. She died this Tuesday, following pneumonia complications, for the crime of being a Jew

As the fatal attacks against Adele Biton (2013), Asher and Yonatan Palmer ( 2011), and Yehudam Shoham (2001) have made perfectly clear, rocks are thrown with the intent to wound, maim, and kill.  In 2013 alone, there were more than 2400 rock throwing attacks in Israel, injuring over 100 civilians. No decent person can proffer an exculpatory explanation for the routine targeting of innocent civilians; to justify Palestinian stone throwing as a legitimate form of resistance is to incite and promote terror

However, a terrorist-glorifying mural at York University’s student center is doing exactly that.  In a topsy-turvy perversion of morality, not only is violent stone-throwing depicted as a valid form of protest against Israel, but this murderous act becomes the embodiment of “peace” and “justice”.

Every day, the tens of thousands of university students who pass by this painting – which is prominently displayed in one of the most populous areas of Toronto’s York University campus– are being taught that terrorism is the appropriate reaction to political grievances.

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Montreal Region – Another Event with a Controversial Imam Cancelled


After the Academy of North American Sharia was forced to change its plans this past weekend, it was the turn of Islamic Relief Canada, a charity, to cancel itsevent with an imam who has a disturbing past.

A decision that comes after J.E. (TVA’s investigative reporting) report on religious radicals invited to preach in the Montreal area.

This time it was a conference that was supposed to be held on Saturday at the mosque in Brossard, to be led by a controversial imam from the United States, Siraj Wahhaj.

The organizers confirmed to TVA News that the event is cancelled, mainly because of J.E.’s findings.

We learned that this imam has a disturbing past: he is deemed by the FBI a co-conspirator of the first World Trade Center attack in 1993. However, he was never charged.

Many of his speeches and sermons are about the U.S. government, which he considers to be the real terrorist that must be fought.

He also believes that Muslims should refuse to integrate into the host society, and instead impose their own customs.

The imam was supposed to appear in Brossard by invitation of Islamic Relief Canada, a charity that has received a grant of $1.5 million from the federal government.


Radical Toronto Imam Saed Rageah promotes conspiracy theories about Muslim terrorist attacks.

Moviepilot’s Alisha Grauso Falsely Accuses #GamerGate Of Flooding LGBT Suicide Hotlines

Alisha Grauso, the L.A. editor-in-chief of Moviepilot, recently published an article on #GamerGate titled “The War for the Soul of Geek Culture.” Her piece is largely a rehash of debunked or overblown arguments against #GamerGate, such as outlining the purported death threats that Revolution 60 developer Brianna Wu gets, the claim that Zoe Quinn slept with Nathan Grayson to get a positive review of Depression Questpublished on Kotaku, and whatnot.

However, Grauso’s piece introduces a new claim that #GamerGate supporters have been flooding LGBT suicide hotlines in an attempt to keep people who actually need them from using them:

Most recently, Gamergaters have turned to flooding gay and trans suicide hotlines, hoping to jam up the lines for someone at a low point, desperate to reach out. While the main origin of these threats have come from 8chan, there is more than enough overlap between the two to understand they are not mutually exclusive. Understanding the Gamergate hashtag has earned itself a negative connotation on Twitter, they’ve turned their attention to Tumblr with “Operation Firefly”, dropping the hashtag in an attempt to spread the word on other platforms. Of course, it has devolved into organized attacks targeted at Tumblr users who are gay, trans, and depressed, encouraging the user to commit suicide, piling on in the hopes that the person will snap and kill him- or herself.

Grauso’s source for this claim is an article from the blog We Hunted the Mammoth, run by feminist freelance writer David Futrelle, well known for his obsessive and factually challenged coverage of the “manosphere” and the men’s rights’ movement. Futrelle’s sole evidence for his article is a single thread from 8chan’s /gg/ board. Grauso also cites a post on the GamerGhazi subreddit that links to the same 8chan thread.

Not only is there zero evidence of this supposed brigading of suicide hotlines beyond the aforementioned 8chan thread, both that thread and Futrelle’s post were published lastNovember. Even if some supposed #GamerGate supporters wanted to jam LGBT suicide hotlines with bogus calls, calling it a “recent” endeavor is beyond dishonest. This kind of mendacity is par for the course for #GamerGate’s opponents, but Grauso’s next move was even more ridiculous.