Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan writes letter to ISIS asking to join their terror group

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Nidal Hasan, the former army psychiatrist convicted of killing 13 fellow soldiers in an attack on Fort Hood, has written a letter to the leader of Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), asking whether he may to join the terrorist group.

U.S. Government Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

U.S. Government Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

“I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State,” Hasan wrote in a handwritten letter addressed to “Ameer, Mujahid Dr. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” which was obtained by Fox News.

“It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers,” he says in the undated two-page letter.

Fox News does not indicate how they received the letter or when it was intercepted.

Hasan was convicted last year for the November 2009 mass shooting…

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The Messianic Melody

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If I could write

If I could sing

If my heart could sense the pain and suffering

If I could feel

If I could bond

If my heart knew the song

I am sure it would say

What all hearts cry

I am sure it would feel

What all hearts feel

I am sure it would compose an ode

To the one thing, from young to old

It is the eternal longing

To belong

But as we seek unity

We seek individuality

As we seek compassion

We seek assertiveness

And to understand how to be me and we

Where can I meld without melt

Where can I be, together with we

Where can I shine, with other stars

For this my friend, is the Messianic-Dream

For in the knowledge of our mission

In the unity of our purpose

In our joint command

In our unified front

In our all-encompassing raison…

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After a serious heart-to-heart, the Parti Québécois declares it’s pushing forward with the sovereignty dream

Meir Weiss:

and the incompetent enemy marches on

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QUEBEC — The Parti Québécois is calling on the government to negotiate with municipal workers in the name of maintaining social peace and to come up urgently with a jobs plan.

And after a serious heart-to-heart behind closed doors, PQ MNAs decided they want to keep the sovereignty dream alive despite the negative message voters sent them in the April election.

“Our objective is not to be the flavour of the month,” interim PQ leader Stéphane Bédard said at a news conference where he reported on the work of a two-day party caucus meeting.

“We think Quebec should become a country. That will never leave me.

“The PQ is an agent of change. That means you have to convince people. Is the task more difficult? Maybe. Are we ready to take it on? Certainly.”

Clement Allard / Canadian Press

Clement Allard / Canadian Press

Bédard then announced the party, even without its new leader, will…

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Palestinian Leader Says Hamas Caused Prolonged War

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(RAMALLAH, West Bank) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of needlessly extending fighting in the Gaza Strip, causing a high death toll.

Abbas told Palestine TV in remarks broadcast Friday that “it was possible for us to avoid all of that, 2,000 martyrs, 10,000 injured, 50,000 houses (damaged or destroyed).”

Israel and Hamas militants fought for 50 days before reaching a truce on Tuesday.

More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians. Seventy one people on the Israeli side, including six civilians, were killed.

Several Egyptian mediated cease-fire attempts failed. Hamas eventually accepted almost the same truce offered at the beginning.

Abbas, whose Palestinian Authority runs the West Bank, formed a unity government backed by Hamas earlier this year. Abbas questioned the future of that arrangement in the interview.

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If you integrate nothing but this, your life will be well lived

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Like most of the components of Iggeret HaKodesh, this pastoral letter too was addressed to the chassidic community as a whole. Why, then, echoing the words first addressed to Daniel (“To enlighten you with understanding”),1 does the Alter Rebbe open it in the singular?

In this letter the Alter Rebbe demands spiritual service of a caliber so seemingly formidable as to be attainable only by a chosen few. For in it he calls upon the reader not to desire physical things, even those things that are essential for his wellbeing and utilized in his service of G‑d.

Even such essentials, states the Alter Rebbe, should not be desired for their physicality but for their spirituality, for the spark of G‑dliness found within them. So much so, that even if a person finds that he is lacking (G‑d forbid) life’s essentials, he should not be pained by their absence…

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Today’s letters: Roger Waters — the face of modern-day anti-Semitism

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Re: Dark Side of Roger Waters, Avi Benlolo, Aug. 27.
I agree with Avi Benlolo that the use of the Star of David at Roger Waters’ concerts is offensive, but I feel his critique doesn’t go far enough and omits a couple of pieces of essential information.

Sticking a Star of David on an inflatable pig is offensive enough, but Mr. Benlolo didn’t mention that at a 2013 concert in Belgium, Mr. Waters juxtaposed the Jewish symbol alongside symbols of communism, fascism and corporate greed, and that at a 2010 concert, images of falling bombs shaped as Stars of David were projected onto the stage.

Most modern day anti-Semites hide behind the cloak of anti-Zionism. But what could be more explicitly anti-Semitic? The media and arts community have a double standard regarding expressions of anti-Semitism vs other form of bigotry. Mr. Waters will soon be given the red carpet…

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Why did the BBC downplay years of Hamas extrajudicial killings?

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On August 22nd Quentin Sommerville produced a filmed report for BBC television news which also appeared on the BBC News website under the headline “Suspected informants killed in Gaza“.Sommerville 22 8 executions

The appearance of this filmed report and an accompanying written one on the BBC News website was particularly interesting because previous announcements in the local media with regard to the execution of four people on July 17th and the execution of thirty more people on or around July 28th had been completely ignored by the BBC despite its plethora of correspondents on the ground at the time. The reason for the anomaly appears to be that this time the information came from Hamas itself, as Sommerville noted in his report.

“On a Gaza City street just after Friday prayers a group of men are led to their deaths. Bound and hooded, they’re made to kneel. As…

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Daniel Tragerman OBM: A Commander in Hashem’s Army

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There are two things that typically result from reading recent news from Israel. The first is the response that yes this headline is upsetting, and yes the situation needs to improve … not just for 3, 24, or 72 hours, but that the threat—both the immediate and long-term threat—needs to be taken care of. The second are the personal stories that come from these headlines—the micro of the aforementioned macro—the individual lives that have been saved and lost. The faces behind the conflict

One such face that is still very much ingrained in our thoughts is that of a sweet four-year-old boy named Daniel Tragerman.
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What can be said? What should be said? If you don’t know what happened … how this holy boy was taken from us, you can read this. But now is the time to reflect and learn. To learn some Torah in the merit of…

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BBC’s WHYS promotes Gaza interviewee with a penchant for antisemitic imagery

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The BBC – its funding public is told – “aspires to remain the standard-setter for international journalism” and to ensure that its audiences “remain informed about world events”.WHYS main

Recently it has become apparent that BBC editors are of the opinion that those aspirations are served by providing audiences with commentary on current affairs from a teenager qualified with nothing more than a Twitter account.

Whilst it may be difficult to imagine that the BBC would deem commentary from such a source likely make any serious contribution to meeting its public purpose remit of informing audiences about British defence policy, in a certain part of the Middle East anything goes.

The August 26th edition of the BBC World Service radio programme ‘World Have Your Say’ purported to discuss what it described as the “Gaza Truce” as though nothing at all has happened in neighbouring Israel during the past 50 days…

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