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  • Teenage girls kidnapped in Nigeria, rapes rise in Sweden: Guess whodunit?

    04/30/2014 7:48:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Allen West ^ | April 26, 2014 | Allen West
    Hate to keep reminding you all of the charming deeds of those who follow the “religion of peace,” but someone has to sound the clarion call. Here are some more examples of how “coexist” is working out. According to a report by Pamela Engel writing for Business Insider, “Earlier this month, late at night, insurgents (aka Islamic terrorists) captured more than 200 teenage girls from a school in northern Nigeria, an area of the country that has been infiltrated by the terror group (aka Islamic terrorists) Boko Haram. Its aim is to stop Westernization and create an Islamic state ruled...
  • Academic Dishonors

    04/17/2014 11:41:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Cliff May
    Remember when colleges prided themselves on the diligence and depth of their research? Frederick Lawrence, president of Brandeis University, apparently does not. He offered an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Then, at the last minute, he rescinded the offer because, he claims, he became aware of “past statements” by her “inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.” Hey Scholar-in-Chief, ever hear of Google? Ms. Hirsi Ali, of course, is an intrepid women’s rights advocate who has focused on Muslim women, raising questions, as she has phrased it, on “the role of Islam in legitimizing” female genital mutilation, “honor killings,” forced...
  • What Was Brandeis Thinking When It Invited Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Speak?

    04/15/2014 2:12:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/15 | Benjamin Wallace-Wells
    Last week, Brandeis revoked an invitation it had offered to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born feminist and political essayist, to attend the university's commencement ceremonies, where she had been scheduled to speak and receive an honorary degree. Hirsi Ali has spent much of the last decade denouncing not just Islamist fundamentalism but Islam generally (she has described the religion as a "destructive, nihilistic cult of death"), and once Brandeis's Muslim Students Association and many others objected to her appearance, the university pretty hastily revoked her invitation. Conservatives have since denounced Brandeis for suppressing free speech, and liberals have, somewhat more...
  • Response by Ayaan Hirsi Ali to the Statement from Brandeis University

    04/15/2014 12:09:13 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 6 replies
    Worldwide Speaker's Group ^ | 4/15/14 | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Yesterday Brandeis University decided to withdraw an honorary degree they were to confer upon me next month during their Commencement exercises. I wish to dissociate myself from the university’s statement, which implies that I was in any way consulted about this decision. On the contrary, I was completely shocked when President Frederick Lawrence called me—just a few hours before issuing a public statement—to say that such a decision had been made. When Brandeis approached me with the offer of an honorary degree, I accepted partly because of the institution’s distinguished history; it was founded in 1948, in the wake of...
  • Michael Graham: Brandeis Embraced Bill Ayers, Has Bred Terrorists

    04/14/2014 5:48:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 14, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    the cowardice and hypocrisy of Brandeis University's decision to revoke its commencement invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. ... Brandeis’ relationship with terrorism isn’t just theoretical: "… around 1970 ... Brandeis saw three of its women students posted to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List (Angela Davis, Susan Saxe and Katherine Power), no small feat since only seven women were ever put on that FBI list in all of its history.” ... Katherine Ann Power ... started at the Brandeis University SDS chapter, then migrated to Weather Underground terror and murder. She killed a local Waltham cop, then went into hiding...
  • Where is the feminist anger at Brandeis?: The silence on the Ayaan Hirsi Ali snub is deafening

    04/14/2014 7:30:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 04/14/2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    <p>‘HONOR DIARIES” might not be coming to a theater near you, at least not if CAIR gets its way. The award-winning documentary about “honor” violence against girls and women in much of the Muslim world was released last month in honor of International Women’s Day, and it didn’t take long for the Council on American Islamic Relations to slap its all-purpose “Islamophobic” label on it. The film has been shown in dozens of venues, but CAIR has raised enough of a stink to get screenings cancelled on several college campuses, including the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois.</p>
  • Brandeis University Bows to CAIR Islamists

    04/13/2014 7:47:14 AM PDT · by WXRGina · 16 replies
    American Clarion ^ | April 13, 2014 | Gina Miller
    The Islamists have a lot in common with the militant homosexual activists in their aggressive efforts to silence critics who tell the truth about their bad behavior and sinister agenda. Yet another glaring example has emerged. On Thursday, the Thomas More Law Center reported on the shameful capitulation of Boston-area Brandeis University to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR demanded that Brandeis withdraw the offer of an honorary degree to a prominent critic of Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In a slanderous, bullying open letter to Brandeis University, CAIR launched a personal attack...
  • Here's What I Would Have Said at Brandeis [Opinion by AYAAN HIRSI ALI]

    04/11/2014 9:17:56 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    Wall St J ^ | April 10, 2104 | AYAAN HIRSI ALI
    OPINION Here's What I Would Have Said at Brandeis We need to make our universities temples not of dogmatic orthodoxy, but of truly critical thinking. By AYAAN HIRSI ALI April 10, 2014 On Tuesday, after protests by students, faculty and outside groups, Brandeis University revoked its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree at its commencement ceremonies in May. The protesters accused Ms. Hirsi Ali, an advocate for the rights of women and girls, of being "Islamophobic." Here is an abridged version of the remarks she planned to deliver. One year ago, the city and suburbs of...
  • Brandeis Bows to Islamic Censorship

    04/11/2014 4:10:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    It's graduation time. Many college students are preparing for their commencement ceremonies. On some campuses, some students are playing a game of what we might call "Dump the Speaker." Conservative speakers chosen to deliver commencement addresses are being howled off campus by leftist student organizations and faculty as well. It's either a left-wing speaker -- or none. Rutgers University recently faced this by inviting Condoleezza Rice and refused to budge. But Brandeis University has just knuckled under to student and faculty protests over its announced speaker, author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She was disinvited. You'd think a human rights advocate would...
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali responds to Brandeis snub

    04/10/2014 7:38:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/10/2014 | Rick Moran
    Former Muslim and human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali has issued a statement in response to the action by Brandeis University in withdrawing an honorary degree they were going to present to her at the 2014 commencement ceremony. Ali called out the school's administration who would "so deeply betray its own founding principles."
  • Degrees of separation ... Mark Steyn

    04/10/2014 1:10:46 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 10 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 9 Apr 2014 | Mark steyn
    Today, Brandeis University announced that it was reversing its decision to award an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, following complaints from faculty, an online petition, and pressure from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which represents nobody but is flush with Saudi cash. The biases of the academy are well known: Robert Spencer is in no danger of getting an honorary degree any time soon, nor Douglas Murray. Nevertheless, in this instance, Brandeis University is stiffing someone who's black, feminist and from Somalia. Which makes their decision the most explicit recognition yet that, in the hierarchy of identity-group politics, Islam...
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali Speaks

    04/09/2014 11:02:07 PM PDT · by saywhatagain · 7 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    “Not content with a public disavowal, Brandeis has invited me 'to join us on campus in the future to engage in a dialogue about these important issues.' Sadly, in words and deeds, the university has already spoken its piece. I have no wish to 'engage' in such one-sided dialogue. I can only wish the Class of 2014 the best of luck—and hope that they will go forth to be better advocates for free expression and free thought than their alma mater.
  • Brandeis University withdraws planned honorary degree for Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    04/08/2014 10:45:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    ap ^ | April 09, 2014
    Ali was raised in a strict Muslim family, but after surviving a civil war, genital mutilation, beatings and an arranged marriage, she renounced the faith in her 30s. ... Thomas Doherty, chairman of American studies, refused to sign the faculty letter. He said it would have been great for the university to honor "such a courageous fighter for human freedom and women's rights, who has put her life at risk for those values."
  • Swearing In the Enemy

    05/20/2013 8:21:57 AM PDT · by OddLane · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    On April 25, 2013, I took the oath to become a citizen of the United States. Perhaps only those who have taken this oath can fully understand how I felt that afternoon in Boston. I felt a strong sense of belonging, and tears welled up in my eyes more than a few times during the hourlong ceremony. I have no reason to doubt that the 1,834 other men and women who took the oath with me also felt that special sense of homecoming. On that sunny afternoon, it seemed unreal that just 10 days earlier, another new citizen of this...
  • Newsweek's 'Muslim Rage' cover sparks controversy

    09/18/2012 3:55:53 PM PDT · by bronxville · 25 replies
    http://english.ahram.org.eg ^ | 09-18-2012 | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    The cover story is written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a well-known Somali-born rights activist and former Dutch lawmaker whose criticism of Islam has earned her death threats. In it, she describes her own experience of renouncing Islam as well as making a short film with Theo van Gogh about Muslim women that saw the Dutch filmmaker shot and stabbed to death. The article comes as Muslims in at least 20 countries have staged angry demonstrations outside US embassies and other American symbols in protest against an anti-Islam film called "Innocence of Muslims."
  • SAINT GEORGE AND THE FLAGGIN' ... Mark Steyn

    11/16/2011 4:13:52 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 2 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 15 Nov 2011 | Mark Steyn
    When it's not explicitly hostile, Western liberals' attitude to Ayaan Hirsi Ali is deeply condescending. One thinks of Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times, pondering the author's estrangement from her Somali relatives: I couldn't help thinking that perhaps Hirsi Ali's family is dysfunctional simply because its members never learned to bite their tongues and just say to one another: "I love you." In Somalia, they don't bite their tongues but they do puncture your clitoris. Miss Hirsi Ali was the victim of what Western hospitals already abbreviate to "FGM" ("female genital mutilation") or, ever more fashionably, "FGC" (the less...
  • Georgetown Professor Debates Self

    03/22/2011 7:22:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 22, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A Georgetown professor debates himself and both sides of the debate lose. “The Arab world’s unrest has brought forth gushing, rather adolescent analysis about what the region will look like a year or more hence,” Michael Scheuer writes. “Americans have decided that these upheavals have everything to do with the advent of liberalism, secularism, and Westernization in the region and that Islamist militant groups like al-Queada have been sidelined by the historically inevitable triumph of democracy—a belief that sounds a bit like the old Marxist-Leninist claptrap about iron laws of history and communism’s inexorable triumph.” Scheuer, the author of a...
  • AAP Rejects Genital Mutilation--Sort Of

    06/06/2010 9:38:09 AM PDT · by jazminerose · 15 replies · 372+ views
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 6/6/10 | Joy Tiz
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has taken the bold step of retiring it’s earlier statement in support of female genital mutilation in the name of multiculturalism. The diversity driven blowhards at the Academy had previously proposed that giving little girls a “ritual nick” to appease parents prone to barbaric misogyny might be a reasonable compromise. The sages at AAP point out that such a harmless little “nick” would be preferable to the traditional genital mutilation done by mere dilettantes with household implements as described by Ayaan Hirsi Ali: "Female circumcision is a custom in many African and Asian countries...
  • The Gadfly (review of Hirsi Ali's new book "Nomad")

    05/30/2010 5:14:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 431+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 20, 2010 | Nicholas D. Kristof
    If there were a “Ms. Globalization” title, it might well go to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali woman who wrote the best-­selling memoir “Infidel.” She has managed to outrage more people — in some cases to the point that they want to assassinate her — in more languages in more countries on more continents than almost any writer in the world today. Now Hirsi Ali is working on antagonizing even more people in yet another memoir. “Nomad” argues that Islam creates dysfunctional families — like her own — and adds that these distorted families constitute “a real threat to the...
  • Tavis Smiley on PBS: Many More Examples Of Christians Killing Americans Than Muslims

    05/28/2010 8:48:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies · 976+ views
    Mediaite ^ | 05/28/2010 | Colby Hall
    Tavis Smiley: Many More Examples Of Christians Killing Americans Than Muslims» 83 commentsby Colby Hall | 7:39 am, May 28th, 2010 video Earlier this week Ayaan Hirsi Ali was on Tavis Smiley’s PBS show to discuss her new book, Nomad: From Islam To America, A Personal Journey Through The Clash Of Civilizations. In a back and forth about Islamic extremists, Hirsi Ali mentioned how some Muslims believe that “killing other people is a great thing to do,” to which Smiley shot back that Christians are more violent, saying “Oh, Christians, every day, people walk into post offices, they walk into...
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali Interview

    06/15/2008 1:36:08 PM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 2 replies · 103+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | June 14, 2008 | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali is among the bravest people on the planet, hands down. The Washington Post sat down for an interview with her and as always, she's worth pausing and listening to...
  • Muslim Rebel Sisters: At Odds With Islam and Each Other

    04/27/2008 12:30:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 109+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 27, 2008 | BARRY GEWEN
    AYAAN HIRSI ALI and Irshad Manji are two of the most prominent and outspoken critics of what they and others see as “mainstream Islam.” Brilliant, dynamic women — the overused word “charismatic” is not inappropriate for either one — they have each rebelled against a Muslim upbringing to become public figures with large and devoted followings. Both are successful authors: Ms. Hirsi Ali’s autobiography, “Infidel,” was a New York Times best seller; Ms. Manji’s combination memoir-polemic, “The Trouble With Islam Today,” has been published in almost 30 countries. They are firm and unyielding in their support for the West, feminism,...
  • Threatened Islam critic forced to leave U.S. (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

    10/02/2007 6:10:16 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 24 replies · 147+ views
    WND ^ | October 2, 2007
    Threatened Islam critic forced to leave U.S. Ayaan Hirsi Ali loses Dutch-financed personal security, Americans won't pick up Posted: October 2, 2007 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2007 WorldNetDaily.com A leading critic of Islam reportedly has been forced to leave the U.S. because American authorities will not finance her personal security. Ayaan Hirsi Ali – who wrote the script of a controversial film about repression of women in Muslim culture – has returned to the Netherlands, said the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. The Dutch government says that since Ali has been in the States for more than a year, it no...
  • Blind Faiths

    01/05/2008 9:14:20 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies · 186+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 6, 2008 | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Several authors have published books on radical Islam’s threat to the West since that shocking morning in September six years ago. With “The Suicide of Reason,” Lee Harris joins their ranks. But he distinguishes himself by going further than most of his counterparts: he considers the very worst possibility — the destruction of the West by radical Islam. There is a sense of urgency in his writing, a desire to shake awake the leaders of the West, to confront them with their failure to understand that they are engaged in a war with an adversary who fights by the law...
  • AYAAN HIRSI ALI: Islam’s Silent Moderates

    12/08/2007 7:53:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 90+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 7, 2007 | AYAAN HIRSI ALI
    The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication, flog each of them with 100 stripes: Let no compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day. (Koran 24:2) IN the last few weeks, in three widely publicized episodes, we have seen Islamic justice enacted in ways that should make Muslim moderates rise up in horror. A 20-year-old woman from Qatif, Saudi Arabia, reported that she had been abducted by several men and repeatedly raped. But judges found the victim herself to be guilty. Her crime is...
  • Islam's Silent Moderates

    12/07/2007 5:31:27 AM PST · by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast · 23 replies · 85+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/07/07 | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    "Let no compassion move you in their case..."
  • ‘We Are At War With All Islam’ [An interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali]

    11/29/2007 11:10:56 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 41 replies · 45+ views
    Spectator (UK) ^ | November 28, 2007 | Mary Wakefield
    ‘We are not at war with “terror”, that would make no sense.’ ‘Hear, hear,’ said a voice at the back. ‘Terror is just a tactic used by Islam,’ she continued. ‘We are actually at war, not just with Islamism, but with Islam itself.’ But there is such a thing as moderate Islam, I say. Muslims aren’t all terrorists. There are some like Ed Husain (author of The Islamist) who argue that there are many peaceful traditions of Koranic scholarship to choose from. Isn’t it a mistake to dismiss this gentler, acceptable branch of Islam? ‘I find the word “moderate” very...
  • 'The Trouble Is the West' Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Islam (must read)

    10/10/2007 9:16:05 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 31 replies · 1,226+ views
    Reason: George Bush, not the most conciliatory person in the world, has said on plenty of occasions that we are not at war with Islam. Hirsi Ali: If the most powerful man in the West talks like that, then, without intending to, he’s making radical Muslims think they’ve already won. There is no moderate Islam. There are Muslims who are passive, who don’t all follow the rules of Islam, but there’s really only one Islam, defined as submission to the will of God. There’s nothing moderate about it. Reason: So when even a hard-line critic of Islam such as Daniel...
  • AYAAN HIRSI ALI -- EUROPE'S FIRST REFUGEE SINCE THE HOLOCAUST

    10/10/2007 6:07:15 AM PDT · by Argentine-Firecracker · 9 replies · 653+ views
    New Perspectives Quarterly ^ | 10/09/2007 | Sam Harris and Salman Rushdie
    As you read this, Ayaan Hirsi Ali sits in a safe house with armed men guarding her door. She is one of the most poised, intelligent and compassionate advocates of freedom of speech and conscience alive today, and for this she is despised in Muslim communities throughout the world. The details of her story have been widely reported, but bear repeating, as they illustrate how poorly equipped we are to deal with the threat of Muslim extremism in the West. Hirsi Ali first fled to the Netherlands as a refugee from Somalia in 1992 after declining to submit to a...
  • What happens to Ayaan matters to us all

    10/06/2007 10:19:27 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 483+ views
    National Post ^ | October 06 2007 | David Frum
    Last week, the Dutch government announced it would remove the security protection it has provided to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The Somali-born Ayaan is perhaps the world's best-known living critic of the maltreatment of women in Islamic culture. First as a parliamentarian, then as a writer and filmmaker, she has spoken out against honour killings, genital mutilation and the degradation of women in traditional Islam. Her close collaborator, Theo van Gogh, was murdered and mutilated on an Amsterdam street in 2004. She herself lives under constant threat of death -- so much so that last year, in order to have any...
  • 'We Are Making Fools of Ourselves in the Eyes of the World'

    10/04/2007 1:50:47 AM PDT · by Argentine-Firecracker · 12 replies · 1,090+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 10/03/2007 | Leon de Winter
    Fear of fanatical Islamists prompted Ayaan Hirsi Ali to leave the Netherlands, her adopted home, and now she has been forced to return. Paying for her bodyguards in the United States is too expensive for the Dutch government -- what a disgrace.Amsterdam - There are exactly five people that the Dutch government has to protect against death threats from radical Islamists. This sort of protection is expensive. Society bears the costs because freedom of opinion, a cornerstone of our culture, is on the line. The extremists, for their part, are prepared to risk their own lives to kill those under...
  • Suffering a Fool

    10/03/2007 8:17:18 PM PDT · by dmh191 · 3 replies · 375+ views
    contentions ^ | 10.3.2007 | James Kirchick
    Avi Lewis is a Canadian television host and the husband of Naomi Klein, author and columnist for the Nation and herald of the anti-American, proto-socialist, “anti-globalization” movement. (Klein is infamous for a 2004 column she wrote the week of the Republican National Convention in New York City entitled, “Bring Najaf to New York.”) Klein and Lewis make, as you might imagine, a politically pugnacious couple. Recently, for his show “On the Map,” Lewis interviewed the prominent ex-Muslim critic of fundamentalist Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who, next to Burmese democracy activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, qualifies as perhaps the most...
  • Barbarism in Bremen (German police save two infant girls from female genital mutilation)

    09/04/2007 7:10:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 771+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 9/4/2007 | Stephen Brown
    Barbarism in Bremen (German police save two infant girls from female genital mutilation) By Stephen Brown FrontPageMagazine.com | 9/4/2007 It was an anti-terrorism raid with a big difference. Police in Bremen, Germany, raided an apartment recently not to arrest any terrorists but rather to prevent two of its occupants from being terrorized by another form of barbarism: female genital mutilation. In what has been described as “a first” by a German women’s organization, authorities in the northern, port city were able to intervene and thwart a planned, female circumcision of two girls aged one and four. The infants, taken into...
  • Risking Her Life to Expose Islam

    06/29/2007 3:13:22 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 9 replies · 340+ views
    CBN ^ | June 27, 2007 | Melissa Charbonneau
    Risking Her Life to Expose Islam http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/184492.aspx By Melissa Charbonneau CBN News June 27, 2007 CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON - "Islamic dogma creates a cult of death, a cage for women, and a curse against knowledge," writes Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Her words incite outrage, make her the target of constant death threats, and force her to travel 'round-the-clock with armed bodyguards. "I am convinced that there is a threat from radical Islam, that it is threatening, that people here are really very complacent," Hirsi Ali said. To many in the West, 37-year-old Hirsi Ali is a defender of Muslim women's rights,...
  • Hirsi Ali's challenge to humanity-recognize dangers of Islam and Western cultural disintegration

    05/08/2007 5:44:53 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 481+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-8-07 | CAROLINE GLICK
    To recognize the dangers of Islam and Western cultural disintegration under the tyranny of multiculturalism. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is arguably the bravest and most remarkable woman of our times. To understand why this 37-year-old woman is extraordinary, she must be assessed in the context of the forces pitted against her in her twin struggles to force the Western world to take note of Islam's divinely ordained enslavement of women, and to force the Islamic world to account for it. A series of incidents this week placed the forces she battles in stark relief. Sunday Muslims shot up the Omariyah elementary...
  • Defiant Infidel-former Muslim woman describes transition from world of faith to the world of reason

    05/02/2007 3:53:48 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 1,211+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | May 2, 2007 | Bill Steigerwald
      Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was born and raised as a Muslim in Somalia and is now the New York Times best-selling author of “Infidel” (Free Press), is an outspoken defender of women's rights in Islamic societies. A former member of the Dutch Parliament who speaks six languages, she's a freedom-fighter whose criticism of conservative Islamic cultures and their traditional mistreatment of women and children have made her internationally famous and brought her death threats. Hirsi Ali, who calls herself a “classic liberal” who desires the state to be limited to guarantee as much individual freedom as possible, is currently...
  • A Dangerous Woman: Why Islamists want to kill Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    03/29/2007 7:12:28 AM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 6 replies · 194+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 3-29-07 | Cliff May
    Theo van Gogh was a modern Western man, a believer in reason, tolerance and multiculturalism. And so it is perhaps fitting that his last words were: ?Can?t we talk about this?? He asked that question of Muhammad Bouyeri, a Militant Islamist outraged over Submission, a film van Gogh had directed, a film which took an unsparing look at the oppression of women in Islamic lands. In broad daylight, on a street in van Gogh?s hometown of Amsterdam, Bouyeri responded to the filmmaker?s appeal for civil discourse by shooting him, sawing into his throat with a butcher knife and then stabbing...
  • Hirsi Ali under threat in US

    03/27/2007 11:02:07 AM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 5 replies · 541+ views
    Expatica.com ^ | 3/27/07
    AMSTERDAM – Former MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali is now in danger in the US as well. Her security has been stepped up for the past three weeks. Because of concrete threats, she is now receiving the same level of protection as she previously needed in the Netherlands, the Volkskrant reports. Hirsi Ali had more freedom of movement when she first arrived in the US last September. Her lack of freedom in the Netherlands was one of the reasons for her move.
  • [The Scream]: Sculpture Of Slain [Dutch] Filmmaker Unveiled

    03/18/2007 6:56:18 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 805+ views
    CBS News ^ | Mar. 18, 2007
    Sculpture For Slain Filmmaker Theo Van Gogh Unveiled In Amsterdam; Depicts Him Screaming ___ Friends and fans of the Dutch filmmaker found dead with a note pinned to his chest with a knife unveiled a memorial sculpture Sunday that depicts him screaming near the spot where he was murdered by an Islamic extremist. Mayor Job Cohen and a Dutch comedian praised the controversial Theo Van Gogh and his work as the sculpture by Jeroen Henneman was revealed to hundreds of people gathered at a park in eastern Amsterdam. Titled "The Scream," the memorial took the form of a series of...
  • True Unbeliever - Hirsi Ali

    03/07/2007 6:05:05 PM PST · by Galt2010 · 5 replies · 684+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 7, 2007 | By Neely Tucker
    So now, ladies and gentlemen, live from Somalia and the Netherlands! Give it up for new-to-Washington Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Muslim heretic, self-proclaimed "Infidel," whose memoir by that name is at No. 7 on the New York Times bestseller list! It's a popping good story, fascinating, with lots of forward lean to the narrative. She's got guts, brains, looks, talent. She's called the prophet Muhammad a pervert. She says, "Islam is a culture that has been outlived." She has lost her faith, ditched two husbands and been disowned by her family.
  • Newsweek's Lorraine Ali And The Ghost Of Walter Duranty (MSM Totalitarian Stooge Alert)

    03/06/2007 8:42:44 AM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 720+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 03/0672007 | Dennis Prager
    In 1932-33, New York Times reporter Walter Duranty reported from the Soviet Union that there was no Communist-induced famine in the Ukraine, indeed, that no one was dying of starvation there. In fact, between 4 and 7 million Ukrainians were starved to death by Stalin's regime. Though Duranty's name has since been synonymous with Westerners who hid the evil committed by enemies of the West and enemies of liberty, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his false reporting. An unwillingness to identify evil and a desire to hurt those who do confront it were not confined to Western fellow travelers...
  • Against Submission (review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's "INFIDEL")

    03/03/2007 5:20:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 1,281+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 4, 2007 | IAN BURUMA
    Skip to next paragraph INFIDEL By Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Illustrated. 353 pp. Free Press. $26. In the fall of 2002, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, then a junior researcher for the social democratic party in the Netherlands, was invited to stand for election by the rival conservative party. She thought about it, and decided that if she were to enter politics, she would embark on a “holy mission” to have the statistics of female victims of so-called honor killings around the world officially registered. Honor killings are common in (but not unique to) Muslim societies, where the shame of adultery, or...
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Bill Maher's HBO show: 'Islam is NOT a religion of peace!'

    03/02/2007 12:24:10 AM PST · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 1,028+ views
    On Bill Maher http://tv.yahoo.com/real-time-with-bill-maher/show/35187; Talking about IF "Islam is a religion of peace" Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali (author of the book "Infidel") said bluntly, no!Islam is NOT a religion of peace! Mr. Webber asked: "Isn't it just the radical Muslims"? Mrs. Ali: They are just following Islam, radicalism [Islamlofascism] IS Islam. Bin Laden quotes simple Koran. All his talk about dominating the world with/in [radical] Islam, has it's source IN Islam. Rep. D. Issa of California jumped in and said: "For Years, the Christians & Muslims have lived in peace side by side... even in the holy-land Israel, "palestine"... Ms....
  • Anne Applebaum: Critic of Islam has the gall to speak her mind

    02/28/2007 4:21:05 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 9 replies · 580+ views
    Star Tribune | Washington Post ^ | 3/1/07 | Anne Applebaum
    [...] Curiously, what seems to rankle Europeans most is the enthusiasm with which Hirsi Ali has adopted their own secularism and the fervor with which she has embraced their own Western values. Though this continent's intellectuals routinely disparage the pope as an irrelevant dinosaur, Hirsi Ali's rejection of religion in favor of reason, intellect and emancipation seems to make everyone nervous. Typical is the British feminist who complained that not only does Hirsi Ali paint "the whole of the Islamic world with one black brush," she also "paints the whole of the Western world with rosy tints," which is, of...
  • Will Muslim Women Rise to the Challenge?

    02/22/2007 3:39:43 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 122+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 2/22/07 | Purple Mountains
    Since a major difference between western culture and Islam is the position and rights of women, and this issue is a major cause of Muslim anger, in my view a very important key to overcoming Islamic terrorism and even to an eventual good outcome of the noble experiment in Iraq rests with Muslim women like Homa Arjomand, the courageous Canadian immigrant from Iran who was instrumental in defeating the imposition of the Sharia there. There is also Maryam Namazie*, who, despite her anti-American views, is to be commended for leading a fight to save Nazanin Fatehi from execution by the...
  • Infidel; Murder In Amsterdam; In The Name of Honour; Shame

    02/19/2007 10:52:04 PM PST · by Posting · 7 replies · 509+ views
    SMH ^ | 02, 16, 07
    Infidel; Murder In Amsterdam; In The Name of Honour; Shame EmailPrintNormal fontLarge font Paul SheehanFebruary 17, 2007 Three books by three women describe the violent suppression affecting the lives of hundreds of millions of women. Ayaan Hirsi Ali AuthorAyaan Hirsi Ali; Ian Buruma; Mukhtar Mai; Jasvinder SangheraGenreSociety/Politics, FictionPublisherFree Press; Atlantic Books; Virago; Hodder Stoughton WE ARE TOLD we are living through a clash of civilisations, a clash between militant Islam and the infidels.This is only the surface tension. There is a clash of civilisations, but the deeper cause is not religion. It is sex. A great cultural struggle is being...
  • Taking The Fight To Islam (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

    02/04/2007 7:54:30 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 714+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-4-2007 | Andrew Anthony
    Taking the fight to Islam In 1989, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali Muslim, supported the fatwa against Salman Rushdie. But on moving to Europe her views changed and she turned against Islam. Two years ago she fled Holland after the brutal murder of her artistic collaborator Theo van Gogh. Who is this fierce critic who lives under the constant threat of death? Andrew Anthony Sunday February 4, 2007 The Observer (UK) Ayaan Hirsi Ali is not the only critic of Islam who lives with round-the-clock protection. But surely none wears their endangered status with greater style. The Dutch Somali human-rights...
  • Why they deny the Holocaust

    12/16/2006 8:53:40 AM PST · by Enchante · 77 replies · 2,202+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/16/06 | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    With great conviction, my half-sister cried: "It's a lie! Jews have a way of blinding people. They were not killed, gassed or massacred. But I pray to Allah that one day all the Jews in the world will be destroyed." She was not saying anything new. As a child growing up in Saudi Arabia, I remember my teachers, my mom and our neighbors telling us practically on a daily basis that Jews are evil, the sworn enemies of Muslims, and that their only goal was to destroy Islam. We were never informed about the Holocaust. Later, as a teenager in...
  • An Ordinary Dutch Life

    11/18/2006 7:13:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 1,025+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 18, 2006 | Daniel Schwammenthal
    THE HAGUE -- When Geert Wilders rose from his desk, his head almost touched the narrow ceiling. The tiny corner office underneath the parliament's roof wasn't selected for space but security. Possible assassins can only come from one direction, making life easier for the two bodyguards outside. Mr. Wilders has been living under 24-hour police protection ever since the assassination of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh two years ago. The Dutch-Moroccan who stabbed and shot van Gogh in Amsterdam left death threats behind against him and the Netherlands' other, more famous critic of Islam: Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Like the Somali-born...
  • A Fatwa on the Truth (Like saying that Muhammad was a mass murderer...)

    10/31/2006 7:02:40 AM PST · by Posting · 10 replies · 809+ views
    The Spectator ^ | Oct 12 2006 | Christopher Orlet
    A Fatwa on the Truth http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=10481 It is one of those uniquely modern Western paradoxes, to wit, that the most courageous Europeans are those forced into hiding. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Salman Rushdie, the Danish editorial cartoonists -- all are paying the price for freely expressing their opinions and beliefs -- or lack thereof. Add to that exalted list one Robert Redeker. M. Redeker, a high school philosophy professor in suburban Toulouse, is in the bouillabaisse for a commentary he wrote last month for Le Figaro in which he accused Islam of "exalting violence," and christened the Muslim prophet Muhammad a...