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  • 1000 afghans on isle of lesbos attempt to ... Mayhem ensues. Greece s Coast Guard with the help of police on Friday morning made use of stun grenades to deal with the uprising of about a thousand refugees at the port of Mytilene 1 , on the island of Lesvos. Thousands of refugees are stuck at the port of Mytilene since the number of ferries that can carry them to the ports of Piraeus or Thessaloniki.

    On Friday morning, about a thousand of them, with most of them being Afghans, tried to take over a ferry. While shouting Athens-Athens, the refugees stormed Blue Star 1 ferry. The ship crew raised the passageway trapping hundreds of regular passengers who had already embarked, among the refugees 2 .

    This happens every day, said Mytilene Mayor Spyros Galanos on Greek television. I have requested ships and chartered planes to transfer them but they won t provide them I have asked to call the situation as a state of emergency. They won t do it.

    The situation is out of control, he added. Thousands of refugees and migrants 3 are temporarily trapped on the island and they are getting irate as their documents are not processed quickly enough so that they can move on to the destination of their choice. The number of refugees is lost, it s out of control.

    There is danger that a spark may start a big fire. I have tabled proposals, I even called on mayors in Turkey and Europe and tabled proposals, but no one is listening. They are trying to turn a national issue to a political issue, Galanos said.

    Migrants removed from Mytilene port Some 10,000 refugees and migrants were led from the area of the port of Mytilene to an open space near the beach Tsamakia.

    Men of the Coast Guard and the police forced the refugees and migrants to leave the area of the port and lead them into the open space of Fykiotrypas, located a few hundred meters from the port.

    References ^ Mytilene (greece.greekreporter.com) ^ refugees (eece.greekreporter.com) ^ migrants (greece.greekreporter.com)

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  • 2015 Newberry Jaycees Christmas Parade Line Up First Posted: 9:14 am - December 4th, 2015 Updated: 10:01 am - December 4th, 2015. - NEWBERRY The Jaycees will be at the Newberry Observer from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec.

    4, to hand out numbers for the 2015 Newberry Christmas Parade or to accept entries for the parade. Numbers will also be handed out the day of the parade.

    City of Newberry Fire Department Honor Guard 1: Grand Marshal: Chapin-Newberry American Legion Baseball Team 2: City of Newberry Police Chief Roy McClurkin 3-5: Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster 6-7: Newberry County Rescue Squad 8: Newberry County Treasurer Karen Lindler Smith 9: Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton 10: Senator Ronnie Cromer 11: Representative Walt McLeod 12: Solicitor David M: Stumbo 13: Rick Martin for SC House 14: Rick Martin for SC House + 24 Walking 15: Laura Kneece for Newberry Coroner 16: The 2016 Committee Run Ben Run 17: City of Newberry Fire Department 18: Newberry County 4-H 19-24: Amick Auto Electric 25: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc: 26: Newberry County Literacy 27: New Enoree Baptist Church 28: Newberry Middle School Cheerleaders 29: Miss 2015-16 NMS Britlyn Seno 30: St: Mark AME Church 31: Broncos Cheerleaders 32: Young Miss Newberry County Adriane Morris 33: Colts Rec: League Football 34: Colts Rec: League Football 35: The Newberry Museum 36: Bedenbaugh Liquors, Inc: 37: DC Danceworks School of Dance 38: Diamond Jade 39: Piedmont Tech 40: Mid-Carolina Middle School Cheerleaders 41: FBC Newberry 42: Newberry Elementary School 43: Anytime Fitness Newberry 44: Newberry High School JV Cheerleaders 45: Newberry High School Homecoming Queen 46: The Singing Bees Boundary Street Elem: School Chorus 47: Little Miss Capital City, Sarah Hicks 48: Prosperity Drug Co.

    49-58: Stang Club of SC 59: Metropolitan Baptist Church Sunbeam Choir 60: Miss Newberry High School 2015 Kennedi Jeter 61: Newberry High School Varsity Cheerleaders 62: Miss NHS 2015-2016 Lydia Nicolle Kinard 63-67: Muddigger Mafia 68: Cub Scout Pack & Troop 88 69: Knight Rider Truck 70: BSA Pack 1 Newberry Academy Cheerleaders, Newberry Academy Eagle Band and Santa will bring up the rear of the parade. This year walking groups will line-up in the same manner as other entries. The majority of entries will be lined up on Johnstone Street between Calhoun Street and Glenn Street.

    Groups should coordinate to meet at one central location. The Jaycees are making an effort to ease up on the amount of traffic on Johnstone Street. Downtown thru traffic will be blocked beginning at 3 p.m.

    The fee to enter is $20 for a walking group; $25 for trucks/cars/floats/ATVs/etc.; $45 for car/motorcycle club for the first five vehicles and $5 each vehicle thereafter.

    All entries received until the day of the parade will be added to the line-up at the committee s discretion.

    Contact Haley McBride-Stuhr at 864-430-8607 or haleybug2325@yahoo.com for more information or to enter.

  • 2015 Prosperity Christmas Parade Line-Up PROSPERITY Here is the lineup for the Prosperity Christmas Parade scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec.

    6: 1: Mid-Carolina High School JROTC Color Guard 2: Prosperity Police Department 3: Grand Marshals 2015 American Legion Baseball National Champions Post 193/24 4: Mayor Derek Underwood & Family 5: Prosperity Town Council 7: Barry Koon, Prosperity Municipal Judge 8: Sheriff James L. Foster & Family 9: Newberry County Sheriff Department 10: Newberry County Sheriff Department 11: Sen.

    Ronnie W. Cromer 12: Rep. Walt McLeod 13-14: Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton 15: Newberry County Auditor Donna Lominack 16: Newberry County Treasurer Karen Lindler Smith 17: Prosperity Hoppin 2015 Queens 18: Newberry High School Band 19: St.

    Mark s AME Church 20: New Covenant Church 21: Prosperity Rescue Squad 22: Shiloh AME Church 23: Earwood s Karate Dojo 24: Prosperity Rikard PTO 25: Hawg Heaven 26: Wightman Girl Scout Troop # 1270 27: Teen Miss Newberry County Madyson Murphy 28: Prosperity Rams 2015 Newberry PRT Peewee Super Bowl Football Champs 29: Prosperity Panther Junior Football Team 30: St. Paul Lutheran Church 31: Miss Mid-Carolina High School 2015 Erin Werts 32: Bucket Brigade 33: Miss Mid-Carolina Middle School 2015 Megan Grubbs 34: SC Highway Patrol 35: Pope Johnson Tractor and Wagon 36: Prosperity Drug Company 37-38: Bi-Lo 39: Pee Wee Colts Football Team 40: Muddigger Mafia 41: Wayne Bannister 1923 Ford T-Bucket 42: Colony Lutheran Church Children s Choir 43: Cooper Motor Company 44: Hannah AME Youth 45: Griffin School of Dance 46: Oak Grove Presbyterian Church 47: Prosperity Rikard Elementary School 48: Macedonia Lutheran Church 49: Wags and Purrs Pet Sitters 50: Mt: Pilgrim Lutheran Church 51: Girl Scout Troop #2624 52: Newberry Academy Marching Band 53: Green Acres Construction 54: Green Acres Farm 55: Mid-Carolina Varsity Competition Cheerleaders 56: Air Services 57: Mr. and Mrs.

    Mt.

    Hebron AME Church 58: Mt.

    Hebron AME Youth 59: Lovelace Family Medicine 60: Cub Scout Pack 111 61: Mid-Carolina Varsity Spirit Cheerleaders 62: Miss Newberry High School 2015-2016 Lydia Kinard 63: Red Hat Divas 64: Mid-Carolina Middle School Cheerleaders 65: Myesha Wicker-State Lay Organization Young Adult Madame Seven 66: Francis and Cowboy Rufus 68: DC Danceworks 69-70: Prosperity Church of God 71: Frog Level Plumbing LLC 72: Mid-Carolina Little League 73-74: Sea Hunt DeMarcus Davis 75: Little Miss Capital City Sarah Hicks 76: Laura Kneece for Coroner 77: Fairview Fire Department Fire Explorer 78: Girl Scout Troop 2707 79: Ascensions Ministries 80: Newberry High School Varsity Cheerleaders 81: 2016 Committee Ben Carson for President 82: Newberry County Fire Station #4 83: Pomaria Cub Scouts Pack 76 84: Pete the Handyman 85: Throw Back Diva Social Club 86: Full Blooded Ryders Flag Football Team 87-89: Full Blooded Ryders Motorcycle Club 90-92: Rick Martin for S:C: House 94: Men of Faith 95: 1976 Homelite Lawn Mower 96: 1969 Massey Ferguson Lawn Mower 97-102: Newberry Shrine Club 103: Cub Scout Pack 400 104: Mid Carolina High School Marching Band 105: Santa Claus 106: Newberry County Sheriff s Department

  • 23 More Marine Conservation Zones Great news. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says today s announcement by Defra that it s designating a further 23 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) in English seas, is a really positive step in achieving a genuine network of marine protection around the country s coast. Among the newly created MCZs are Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds the longest chalk reef known in Europe; Farnes East one of the deepest patches of the North Sea, reaching to between 30-100 metres in depth; Greater Haig Fras the only substantial area of rocky reef in the Celtic Sea and Mounts Bay covering St Michael s Mount and the Marazion area home to important species such as seagrass, stalked jellyfish and crayfish.

    The new sites bring the total number of MCZs in English sites to 50. Although it s still some way off the original number proposed by the Government s scientific advisors, sea users and conservation groups five years ago, MCS says it s pleased that the Government appears to be sticking to its commitment to develop a full network of sites, in addition to these 50, with a third and final consultation and designation process due during 2017/18. Melissa Moore, MCS Head of Policy, says the creation of these latest MCZs marks a step forward in stemming an alarming decline in England s rich marine biodiversity: Stunning habitats such as the chalk reefs near Cromer and deep water rocks at Farnes East will now be better protected for future generations as will iconic species such as the ocean quahog, pink sea fan and European eel.

    MCS says designation of sites is just the first step. It s vital that they are well managed and damaging activities are prevented. We re recommending that the final tranche in 2017 includes South Celtic Deep a site that supports short-beaked common dolphin -Norris to Ryde, which is rich in seagrass meadows, Mud Hole off the north west coast 35 metres deep and home to rare sea pens and Compass Rose off the Yorkshire coast, which is an important spawning and nursery ground for herring and lemon sole.

    Once the full network is finally designated in 2018, we look forward to English seas beginning to recover from decades of damage, says Melissa Moore.

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  • 5 Family Tickets East Anglian Game & Country Fair The 2015 East Anglian Game & Country Fair will take place on Saturday the 25 th & Sunday the 26 th April, at The Norfolk Showground, Norwich. Iceni Post has teamed up with the East Anglian Game & Country Fair to provide you with the chance to win one of five family tickets. The Five entries drawn out of the hat were from: Beccles x 2, Kings Lynn, Stowmarket, & Great Yarmouth Entry closing date was 31st March 2015 But you still have time to Save Money by Booking in Advance!

    Advance Discounted Ticket Prices Adult 13.00 Children 5-16 Years 5.00 Family (2 Adults & 3 Children 5-16yrs) 36.00 Under 5 s Free A 2 booking fee applies per transaction. (Closing date for advance discounted tickets 20/04/15) If you would like to speak to one of our team about tickets, camping or membership please feel free to call us on 01263 735 828 or email info@ukgamefair.co.uk 1 The East Anglian Game & Country Fair is an annual two day, family event set in glorious parkland at the Norfolk Showground, Norwich. We welcome world class events and attractions to the Norfolk Showground each year. Whether it s watching the main arena or countryside arena displays, seeing the forestry village with cutting and pole climbing competitions, joining in with your dog at the K9 Aqua Dog pool, shopping at the 300 tradestands or relaxing with a glass of bubbly at the members enclosure.

    We hope you will find something for the whole family to enjoy at the show, including your dog. Visit our show events and attractions pages online to view a selection of the fantastic displays on offer at the Game Fair. www.ukgamefair.co.uk 2 See more details about the fair here 3 advert We can promote your business 4 every week on the Iceni Post!

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  • 5 Reasons Jubilee Should Never Join the 'X-Men' Movies The X-Men universe is one of the most expansive ones Marvel has to offer. It features a wide range of characters with a whole mess of different and interesting abilities. We have the more well-known ones like Wolverine s healing/claws combo, Professor X s psychic powers, and Magneto s control over all metal.

    Behind them sit lesser characters with a smattering of powers that range from running through walls to super-strength. But there s one hero in the X-Men world that, despite her terrible combination of powers, seems to make her way into all too many main stories: Jubilee. Simply put, Jubilee is the worst.

    It s an unfortunate reality, but she was placed in a poor position from her very inception. Her origin story sounds like something out of a Boxcar Children novel, her powers are laughably ineffectual, and the comics insist on putting her at the forefront of major conflicts in spite of all this. And now she s been cast to appear in X-Men: Apocalypse .

    We can t really fathom the why of it all, but you can bet we take issue with that decision, and for good reason. Source: FOX 1. No really, she has the worst powers We should qualify, Jubilee has the worst powers of any primary character.

    There are tons of lame X-Men who exist on the periphery, but this particular one happens to live at the center of some major stories. What are her powers you ask? In a word, fireworks.

    Jubilee possesses the ability to produce small bursts of light akin to a series of really bright camera flashes, disorienting and temporarily annoying her enemies. She can also control these bursts to take the shape of streamers, spheres, and a variety of other shapes, making her better suited for a 6-year-old s birthday party than fighting evil. Source: FOX 2.

    Her powers were so useless that they written out of the comics and replaced with better ones. Twice. In the M-Day storyline, Jubilee lost her ability to be a slight nuisance to any enemy combatant.

    She later acquired technology that gifted her with more useful powers, including super-strength, invulnerability, and flight. This later went by the wayside when (and we kid you not), she was bitten by Dracula s son and turned into a vampire. Currently in the comics, she possesses all the classic strengths and weaknesses of a creature of the night, completing her transformation from circus performer to shameless pop culture icon.

    Source: FOX 3. Her other talents include in-line skating and gymnastics Heroes in the Marvel universe usually have a whole bunch of interesting other talents independent of their superpowers. Jubilee s though sit decidedly in the this lacks practical application territory.

    Imagine if Wolverine s thing outside of being an immortal healing warrior was to train and take care of sea monkeys. That s essentially what Jubilee s ability to in-line skate and be a low-level gymnast is. Sure, gymnastics can come in handy from time to time, but when they re paired with the ability make really bright lights, it almost seems like staying up on a pommel horse is the superior skill.

    Source: FOX 4. The discovery of her powers led to the glamorous life of mall performing? When Peter Parker acquired his powers, he immediately signed up for an underground cage match to win a whole pile of money.

    Wolverine went on a mission of vengeance and murder after his bones were coated in adamantium by the U.S. Military. Tony Stark made a point of privatizing world peace.

    Jubilee? She got super into mall performing after disorienting some security guards with her fireworks. In a Tom and Jerry- esque turn of events, mall security spent a large portion of their time and energy trying to shut down her unauthorized performances.

    Really compelling stuff. Source: FOX 5. There s a reason we ve gone seven X-Men movies so far without a Jubilee storyline We ve gotten so very far without Jubilee these last 15 years in the X-Men movie universe.

    In the comics, she acts as Wolverine s de facto sidekick of sorts, essentially the same role that Rogue played in the first movie of the series. Clearly the studio made a decision that a mutant with something that resembles a real set of interesting powers should make the cut, and so Jubilee was replaced. Now she ll be making her big debut in X-Men: Apocalypse , and our morbid curiosity is getting the better of us.

    Will we be getting vampire-Jubilee? Is there any possible way to dress up her powers on-screen as anything but terribly ineffectual? These are the questions that deserve answering.

    We just wish the answers weren t so imminent. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickNorthwest 1 More from Entertainment Cheat Sheet: Want more great content like this? Sign up here 2 to receive the best of Cheat Sheet delivered daily.

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  • 50 Christmas Trees in a Church, Dickleburgh โ€“ The Winners 2015 ... Annie Chapman with the Ladies Tractor Road Run tree The 12th annual 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at All Saints Dickleburgh, drew to a close on Sunday, December 6, with the prize-giving for the 23 most popular trees voted by visitors to the festival. Ladies Tractor Road Run (for Cancer Research UK s breast cancer appeal) was the winner in the adult category for their tree decorated with tiny pink bras. Susan Whymark Funeral Service came second with an amazing dress tree and Culrose Residential Care Home were third with their gingerbread themed tree.

    1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, with Harleston District Girl Guiding s plastic bottle tree.

    1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, who combined with Harleston District Girl Guiding, won the children s category with their fabulous plastic bottle tree, displaying Christmas messages of hope. Harleston CE VA Primary School came second with their Hands of Hope tree and Burston Community Primary School was third with their gingerbread house tree. The Nick Arnull Plate, for the most innovative tree, was shared by Susan Whymark Funeral Service and 1st Dickleburgh Rainbows with Harleston District Girl Guiding.

    The Christmas Tree festival has raised 2,000 for EACH (East Anglia s Children s Hospices) and a donation will also be made to Norfolk & Norwich Hospital Oncology Department, with residual funds being retained by the Benefice of Dickleburgh and the Pulhams. Rowena Roskelly, one of the festival s organisers, said: We have had an excellent week. I would particularly like to thank all the volunteers who helped set up the church and look after visitors throughout the Christmas Tree festival.

    Thanks also go the local organisations and businesses who contributed such a superb collection of decorated trees; many congratulations to all the winners. This has been the last 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at Dickleburgh, although some of the volunteers are thinking about running something different in the church during Advent 2016. For more information about 50 Christmas Trees in a Church , including the full list of winners, see www.50christmastrees.com 1 .

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  • 50 Good Deeds by Personality Type for Random Acts of Kindness ... It can seem like every time we turn on the TV or browse social media, negative stories overwhelm us. I don t know about you, but I would rather have the majority of what I see be about the good in the world. What a suggestive power it might have to remind us to be thankful, have integrity, and be kind if these were the types of stories we couldn t avoid.

    It s Random Acts of Kindness Week and for this reason, among many we will talk about in just a minute, I plan to partake! In order to remind not only myself, but others that this world is full of love and happiness if you are open to it, and are a part of spreading it. Random Acts of Kindness Week started February 14th and ends February 20th.

    Similar to the social holiday, Giving Tuesday 1 , the mission of Random Acts of Kindness Week is to fill your soul up with joy and remind people that good does exist in this amazing world. There are several ways that the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation recommends you get involved. We ve taken their super helpful 50 acts of kindness ideas 2 and broken them up into categories depending on your personality type.

    Some might appeal to you while others might make your skin crawl. While we aren t telling you not to get out of your comfort zone, we do want to help you plan something that is realistic for you. You can choose something that immediately appeals to you, or something totally atypical for you- either way you will make someone s day and your own in the process- trust me!

    Share your act of kindness on social media with the hashtag #RAKWEEK: The Shy Type: You would rather remain anonymous. Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc. Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.

    Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump. Leave quarters at the laundromat. Leave unused coupons next to corresponding products in the grocery store.

    Leave a note on someone s car telling them how awesome they parked. Place a positive body image notes in jean pockets at a department store. When you re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.

    Pay the toll for the person behind you. Leave a box of goodies in your mailbox for your mail carrier. Tape coins around a playground for kids to find.

    The Outgoing Type: Ham it up for the good of others! Compliment the first three people you talk to today. Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.

    Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats! Throw a party to celebrate someone just for being who they are, which is awesome. Encounter someone in customer service who is especially kind?

    Take an extra five minutes to tell their manager. Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included. Smile at five strangers.

    Hold up positive signs for traffic or in a park for people exercising outside! While you re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is. Everyone is important.

    Learn the name of your office security guard, the person at the front desk and other people you see every day. Greet them by name. Also say hello to strangers and smile.

    These acts of kindness are so easy, and they almost always make people smile. Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone s entire day.

    Don t just think it. Say it. The Giver: Do you shop more for others than for yourself?

    These ideas are perfect for you. Tell someone they dropped a dollar (even though they didn t). Then give them a dollar.

    Give away stuff for free on Craig s List. Buy a plant. Put it in a terracotta pot.

    Write positive words that describe a friend on the pot. Give it to that friend! Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.

    Purchase extra dog or cat food and bring it to an animal shelter. Take flowers or treats to the nurses station at your nearest hospital. Take muffins or cookies to your local librarians.

    The Sentimental: You write love notes, thank you cards, and thoughtful texts like its your job. Send a positive text message to five different people right now. Have a LinkedIn account?

    Write a recommendation for coworker or connection. Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.

    Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend s social media account. Write a gratitude list in the morning and again in the evening. Put 50 paper hearts in a box.

    On each cutout write something that is special about your partner or a friend. Give them the box and tell them to pull out a heart anytime they need a pick-me-up. Write your partner a list of things you love about them.

    Send a Thank you card or note to the officers at your local police or fire station. Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life. The Practical Type: You would rather meet a need than give a frivolous gift.

    Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains. Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items. Know parents who could use a night out?

    Offer to babysit for free. Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store. Have a clean up party at a beach or park.

    Run an errand for a family member who is busy. Put your phone away while in the company of others. Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day.

    In those moments, do something kind for someone else. Practice self-kindness and spend 30 minutes doing something you love today. Remember that even the smallest act of kindness can be powerful.

    Not to mention, performing a random act of kindness is good for you, like a boomerang 3 . Scientific studies have shown that an act of kindness improves your life satisfaction because your sense of belonging and self-wroth increase. In addition, your health improves since acts of kindness lower blood pressure, anxiety and depression.

    So get out there, join #RAKWEEK to help bring more positivity into this world and put a smile on those around you! What are you going to do to participate in #RAKWEEK? Let us know in the comments!

    References ^ Giving Tuesday (ingredientsofoutliers.com) ^ 50 acts of kindness ideas (www.randomactsofkindness.org) ^ boomerang (ingredientsofoutliers.com)

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  • A major news cycle | Colin Noble's Blog Sometimes you watch the news and the same less than significant stories repeat every 15 minutes as the 24 hour a day news channels struggle to capture the imagination. But not so towards the end of last week when we had the biggest storm surges to hit the East coast since 1954; the chancellor s autumn statement and the passing of Nelson Mandela in the space of some 48 hours. In my own family a more personal event happened on Friday with the very sad funeral of Lisa s cousin and close childhood friend who recently lost her long battle against cancer at age 50.

    It s often said family comes first and it certainly is true to say that even in a period of significant world events they just sort of fad into the background when set against family tragedy. Looking back at the storm surge, as a County Councillor I was party to a string of emails over the period from fellow Councillors who were out checking in on effected communities and from the emergency command centre set up at such times and whist it s commented on by the new reports its quite something when you know significant level of teamwork that goes on by a vast range of people and is to be commended. For me the thing I took away from the damage was just how well prepared the various agencies were and that flood defences whether enhanced natural or concrete broadly speaking held, the ferocity of the surge was demonstrated no worse than on Cromer s sea front where chucks of the concrete sea wall were simply smashed away and the pier where I have seen so many great summer shows was given a battering.

    Thankfully no one was killed, unlike in 1953, and the property damage was kept to a minimum, not that these facts will be of comfort for those who lost their home, or were flooded out, nor indeed the businesses who have to start again at this vital time of year for trade so close to Christmas.

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  • A most colonial strategy: Saving Muslim women, demonizing Muslim ... Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in 1 to keep stories like these coming.

    For those familiar with colonial history, the current Canadian government's niqab-stripping mania bears disturbing resemblance to the officially imperial past. French colonial administrators were obsessed with freeing Algerian women from their supposedly oppressive clothing, staging de-veiling ceremonies to initiate Muslim women into liberation. "One of the women later recalled how she had cried when she was forced to put on a red and blue robe for the mass spectacle," writes Susanne Kaiser 2 . Lord Cromer, who administered British colonialism in Egypt, cited the imperative of saving Egyptian women from their head scarves 3 to rationalize British rule.

    This commitment to Egyptian women's liberation was uneven and superficial, little more than hijab-deep, for he simultaneously opposed women's education projects in the territory. And his emancipatory impulses certainly did not extend to the women of his home country: Lord Cromer was a founder and President of the Men's League for Opposing Women's Suffrage in England. Colonialism sustained itself with the salvific mythology of " white men saving brown women from brown men. 4 " Brown men were the villains in this drama, tyrannical rulers of a cruel and barbaric patriarchy. (Unlike the more enlightened, benevolent modes of patriarchy prevalent in the colonial metropoles themselves.) The misogynistic Brown man and oppressed Brown woman were central figures in colonialism's morality play, necessitating the mission to civilize both characters.

    Lord Cromer's contemporary counterparts at 24 Sussex similarly instrumentalize Muslim women's rights in the service of projects of domination. What Professor Sherene Razack has dubbed 5 "the eternal triangle of the imperilled Muslim woman, the 'dangerous' Muslim man, and the civilized European" stabilizes the post-9/11 "clash of civilizations" narrative. The stereotype of Muslim men as abusers of women and children at home, and terrorists in the world at large, justifies domestic securitization and international militarization.

    The characterization of the niqab as a " medieval tribal custom 6 " demonizes the Muslim men thought to impose such a custom on women -- as does the legislative representation of Muslim men as practitioners of "barbaric cultural practices" such as "honour killing," forced marriage, and polygamy (soon to be reportable by tip-line by the non-barbaric segments of Canadian society). The furor over niqabs and barbarisms is not simply a "distraction" from "real problems," but a "real problem" in its own right: crude fuel for the Islamophobic fires powering the counterterrorism-industrial complex. Images of "honour killings" in Canada and sex slaves in ISIS-held territory fuse into a phantasmagoria of violent Muslim masculinity.

    Tail them, surveil them, harass them, entrap them, stigmatize them, denationalize them -- and bomb ISIS! After all, as our current prime minister recently informed us 7 , "The threat we face today is not CSIS, it is ISIS." (But why do we have to choose?) The Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act , Bill C-24, the Anti-Terrorism Act, Bill C-51, the Barbaric Cultural Practices Act and the recurrent federal and provincial efforts to ban niqabs -- all work together to buttress "the eternal triangle of the imperilled Muslim woman, the 'dangerous' Muslim man, and the civilized European." But the national security state is not an agent for women's liberation. Amar Wala's documentary The Secret Trial 5 8 , for instance, powerfully depicts the corrosive effects of security certificates on the families of men held under them.

    Sophie Harkat, the wife of security certificate detainee Mohamed Harkat, was denied her husband's companionship for four years while he was imprisoned, held without trial on the strength of secret evidence. She was subsequently required to act as her husband's virtual jailer when he was placed under extremely restrictive house arrest -- even forced to accompany him when he used public bathrooms. Mohamed Harkat now faces deportation 9 to Algeria, to the possibility of torture.

    In the words of Sophie Harkat 10 : "Imagine the constant sound of a walkie talkie following you. Imagine having no more personal space or private life. Imagine your home being raided by 16 CBSA officers and three sniffing dogs a few days before your hearing only to be left without explanation." Women suffer when men they love are vilified, dehumanized, hounded by security agents, indefinitely detained, tortured: hardly a strategy for ameliorating gendered oppression.

    Neither, for that matter, is denying women their citizenship. The resistance of women like Zunera Ishaq, Sophie Harkat, Monia Mazigh, and so many others reminds us that liberation does not lie in the neo-colonial gender politics of the "war on terror." History should teach us to be wary of Lord Cromers, whether clothed in the pith helmet 11 of a British colonialist or the helmet hair 12 of a purportedly democratic Canadian prime minister. Azeezah Kanji is a graduate of University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, and an LLM candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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  • A Murder is Announced at the Everyman, Cheltenham Miss Marple has very big boots. To fill them, in light of previous wearers, is no mean feat and one not without certain dangers. Only a few hours before attending the Everyman to see A Murder is Announced I happened to switch on the telly to be greeted by Julia McKenzie heading a star-studded cast in another of Agatha Christie s well-trodden tales about the amateur female sleuth.

    The Geraldine McEwan and Angela Lansbury versions are also frequently shown not to mention Joan Hickson and Margaret Rutherford from days of yore. Big boots indeed. Miss Marple is usually played as rather prim and proper or, in the case of Margaret Rutherford, as a battle axe.

    Judy Cornwell has found a new way of presenting her frumpy, dowdy even all cardigans, charity-shop tweeds and trilby hats. The play itself is typical Agatha Christie fare a group of mostly middle-aged, middle-class people standing or sitting around in an over-furnished large country house, waiting for one of their number to be murdered. There is also the obligatory pair a juves, a lugubrious police inspector and an ASM with a cough and a spit as his trusty sergeant.

    In fact, casting for these plays neatly matches the actors available in your typical provincial rep company in the fifties and sixties. And that s what these plays are essentially rep potboilers and as the curtain rose on A Murder is Announced I couldn t help but be transported back to the days of wobbly sets, over-stuffed sofas and a very familiar fireplace. Nothing wrong with that though.

    It s amazing to think that in these days of sophisticated or fast action plots and mesmerising special effects that these plays are still performed. I guess it is to do with nostalgia, nostalgia for a simpler way of life, for good manners, a structured society and yes, even rep. So, what of A Murder is Announced ?

    This group of mostly middle-aged, middle-class people waiting to be slain has the advantage of knowing precisely when and where the murder will take place it has been announced in the local paper. There is a very convoluted plot and back-story with enough red herrings to exceed the country s North Sea fishing quotas. Entertaining stuff, but you have to pay attention.

    All in all it was what it said on the tin, no more, no less and if you like a good Agatha Christie who-dunnit then you ll enjoy this one. The cast, on the whole was good. Diane Fletcher was convincing as the owner of the house and I liked Sarah Thomas as scatter-brained Bunny, her life-long friend.

    The trio of ladies of a certain age was completed by Cara Chase and Tom Craddock struck the right note as the inspector who called. Lydia Piechowiak came close to upstaging everyone as Mitzi the loud and assertive middle-European maid who feared that she might be the intended victim at the hands of agents from her distant communist homeland. Sadly Miss Cornwell was rather too lack-lustre, a bit too dowdy and much too quiet (one was straining to hear her at times) to really carry off this iconic character and I m afraid the Miss Marple boots turned out to be several sizes too big.

    Michael Hasted 15/09/15

  • A Music of Grief, Classical Music and The First World War ... - IceniPost This year s Wymondham Music Festival music lecture by Dr Kate Kennedy is A Music of Grief, Classical Music and The First World War .

    The lecture is free to attend and starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 June, at Fairland Church Centre.

    The event is supported by Rotary Club of Wymondham and Fairland United Reformed Church.

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  • A talk by textile artist Polly Binns 2nd Feb 2016 The Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society is pleased to announce another lecture celebrating the Francis Cheetham Legacy A talk by textile artist Polly Binns Personal Perspectives 7pm on Tuesday 2 nd February 2016 At Norwich and Norfolk Community Arts Martineau Memorial Hall, 21 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN www.norcaarts.co.uk/contact-us.html 1 Tickets on the door 5 3 to NCCS Members and Friends A glass of wine or soft drink included www.norfolkcraft.co.uk 2 Textile artist, Polly Binns, considers why and how we become the artists we are.

    Polly talks about her work inspired by the tidal landscape of North Norfolk in relation to her artist family background and career in HE education and arts advisory work.

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  • A tasty new addition at Wroxham Barns A husband and wife team have launched a new gourmet food and drink shop at Wroxham Barns. The Scrummy Pig Produce Shop was officially launched on December 2 as part of the Wroxham Barns Christmas Customer Evening. The Scrummy Pig Produce Shop is run by Mike and Samantha Fish, owners of The Norfolk Sausage Company and Crumberries and Old Spots.

    As well as stocking their own range of sausages, gourmet stuffings and Rubz in Tubz, the shop is has meats, dressings, oils, cheeses, preserves, ales, artisan breads and baked goods, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Scrummy Pig will be Every item is hand-selected from a wide range of trusted small-scale suppliers and Mike says: We run our business by doing what feels right. Nobody is more passionate about seasonal produce than us and whilst we use local whenever possible, we always source the best we can buy to offer the freshest, tastiest food.

    We instinctively know when food is first-rate and if we love it we ll support it till the cows come home.

    With Christmas in mind, they also offer bespoke gift boxes and hampers. .

  • A WEEKEND OF VARIED EMOTIONS A WEEKEND OF VARIED EMOTIONS Last weekend was a mixture of frustration (to put it mildly in one case), disappointment, encouragement and excitement for our teams as summarised below. Ladies 1sts . The team laboured to a deserved 4-1 win at a cold Weybread over bottom-placed Ipswich.

    Emma Lee-Smith put them ahead in the first half only for a lively Ipswich to equalise after the break. The game was then transformed when seemingly out of the blue Abby Gooderham fired home one of the goals of the season with a superb reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle. Susan Wessels then converted a penalty corner before Abby set up Susan for a simple tap-in after another piece of individual skill.

    With time running out Abby seemed destined for a deserved second goal only for the umpire to blow for the end of the game with the ball about to roll into the unguarded goal! The team remains in fourth place and this coming Saturday is away to Maidenhead (1.30). Ladies 2nds.

    There was further frustration for the team when they conceded two early goals away to St Albans 2nds following decisions which on another day might have gone in their favour. But they went on to battle hard combined with some excellent hockey and they got a deserved late goal when Kara Kilbourn deflected home at a penalty corner. With this 2-1 defeat the team need to win at least two of their last three games (starting at home this Saturday against Maidstone (2.00) to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

    Ladies 3rds . After their 6-0 away win over Pelicans 2nds (with goals by Sarah Legg 2, Millie Preece 2, Katie Ogden and Mia King) and the draw for the 4ths the team now lead their league by three points from the 4ths who have a game in hand. Katie Woollatt was MOTM.

    This Saturday Lucy Field and her team are at home after four successive away games when they host third-placed UEA 2nds (3.30). Ladies 4ths . After five wins on the trot the team had to be content with a 1-1 home draw against a gritty Norwich City 2nds.

    Laura Tibbenham put them ahead in the first half after considerable City pressure and City hit back with a scrappy goal after the break for a deserved equaliser. Despite these two dropped points Treacle Griffin and her team can still win the league but they have a tricky away game with fourth placed Norwich Dragons 3rds (11.30) this Saturday who drew last weekend after coming up against the resolute defence of lowly Evergreens. END OF SEASON SENIOR AWARDS EVENING including Buffet & Disco SATURDAY 19 MARCH, APOLLO CLUB, HARLESTON Arrive 7.30pm Awards 8.00pm Taxis 12.00am.

    Dress: Smart Tickets (which must be purchased in advance) are 20.00 and are available from clubhouse bar or from Jackie and Kevin Ridley 01379 854697 or 07815 199803. Please come to help make this evening both enjoyable and successful. Ladies 5ths .

    Two weeks ago in a re-arranged away game the team went down 6-3 to Watton 2nds but they were determined there would be no repeat at home and they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners. Imi Meynell-Anderson and Alice Evans-Hendrick put them 2-0 up at half time and skipper Jose Tibbenham made the game save with a couple later in the game. Fourth place is still attainable by the team but they will need to keep winning including at home to UEA 3rds on Saturday (10.15).

    Ladies 6ths . It was good to see the team earn a deserved point at home in a 2-2 draw with Evergreens 2nds. Ellie Fawkner gave them a first half lead and after Evergreens fought back to take the lead Ellie popped up with the equaliser with five minutes to go in an end to end match.

    This Saturday they are away to Norwich Dragons 6ths (3.15). Ladies 7ths . With a scheduled 5.30 start away to Norwich City 7ths the team knew they were in for a late finish.

    In the event with a delayed start they eventually came off the pitch at 7.20! After starting with ten players they lost Jane Collins through injury. Nevertheless they put up in a strong performance eventually losing 3-0.

    This week they are at home to Pelicans 3rds (12.15). Girls Development . Manager Sandra Elliner was obliged to select a very young side to play Pelicans with several players unavailable as they were playing the next day and with four playing for the 6ths.

    After a good game Pelicans came out on top winning 2-0. This Saturday the team is away to Yarmouth (10.00) whom they beat 5-0 in the middle of December. Men s 1sts.

    They just had to win their home match on Sunday with Teddington to keep alive their very slim national league survival hopes but it wasn t to be sadly as they went down 5-3. Myles King (with his first national league goal) and Ben Wright (with a penalty stroke conversion) had given the team the boost of a two-goal lead. Teddington hit back just before the interval and the game was transformed early in the second half with Teddington scoring three times in four minutes.

    Myles then scored again to give Magpies some hope but seeking an equaliser Magpies were caught on the break and the visitors, for whom it was good see out-on-loan Carl Sitch playing against his brother Leigh, scored again to win 5-3. This Sunday the team play their last home game of the season when they host Cambridge City at the changed time of 12 noon. Men s 2nds .

    Skipper Lawrence Baynes and his team were looking to build on their fine away win over Spalding when they took on fellow-strugglers Cambridge Univ 2nds at Weybread. It was soon clear they were in for a tough game and it was good to see Sam Moore and Richard Ling playing for Magpies for whom Thomas Ridley was in sparkling form. After a keen struggle the game seemed to be heading for a goalless draw but the students struck with five minutes to go.

    This spurred Magpies on even further and Thomas gave them a deserved equaliser. While now off the bottom of the league Magpies will need to win at least two of their last four games to avoid relegation starting hopefully away to Felixstowe on Saturday (2.00). Men s 3rds .

    The team knew they were in for a tough game against league leaders IES 2nds despite beating them at home 5-1 earlier in the season. They conceded two sloppy goals early in the game and after getting to half time without further damage they let in another soon after.

    3-0 down soon came 4-0 but third-placed Magpies hit back with late goals by Jake Sewell and skipper Matt Brand to lose 4-2. With three games left promotion is still a possibility for Magpies but they will need to beat Norwich City 4ths at home on Saturday (1.45) to have a realistic chance.

    END OF SEASON SENIOR AWARDS EVENING including Buffet & Disco please see above Men s 4ths . After their fine win over IES 3rds the previous week the team took a big step to avoiding relegation when they beat IES 4ths 1-0 away to move up to 5th place in their league. Their goal came in the last minute through Ali Williamson with his first for the club in thirteen years after he beat three players in the circle.

    What a goal! But they are still not completely safe although a win on Saturday at home to North Norfolk 2nds (12.00) would do the trick. Men s 5ths .

    They were up against league leaders Bury St Edmunds 4ths in the last game at Weybread by which time I have to confess I had sought the warmth of the clubhouse and with it an excellent meal thanks to the Ladies 1sts. Andy Caston twice brought his team level before Bury pulled away to lead 5-2. Lewis Belsey then scored to make the final score a respectable 5-3.

    On Saturday they are away to Thetford Town (2.30) who like them are in mid-table comfort. Men s 6ths . Eric Davy s team continues to amaze!

    Their 2-1 home win over Norwich Dragons 5ths was their seventh in their last eight games with the other ending in a draw. They were a goal down at half time before Eric got the equaliser (although this was incorrectly challenged in the clubhouse by jealous team-mates!) after Jon Wells had created the penalty corner. With seven minutes to go and with an appreciative roar from the spectators Richard Chopper Allcock fired home the winner after a shot from Roger Kent had come back off a post.

    The prospect of promotion for the team remains a concern (!) but they have three demanding games remaining including away to Norfolk Nomads on Saturday (2.30). Boys Development . While father Andy was scoring a brace for the 5ths sons Tom and Jake Caston were scoring the four goals by which the Dev team won 4-0 away to Pelicans.

    Tom went one better than his father scoring three times while Jake had to be content with one. The team, which does not have a game this week, is now back on the top of their league two points ahead of Norwich Dragons (having played a game more) who they play away on Saturday week. Mixed.

    The team is at home to Norwich City on Sunday (2.00) in the 3rd round of the EH Trophy. U18 Girls. The team had the frustration of their mini-bus breaking down on their long trip to play Neston South Wirral on Sunday in the quarter-finals of the EH Plate.

    They then had the further frustration of losing 1-0 through a late goal. But to their credit they honoured the fixture. U16 Girls.

    Frustration mixed with bewilderment (and something stronger) must have be the emotions of the team and their supporters when after beating Cambridge City 2-1 and drawing 1-1 with hosts Leicester in the regional finals their game against Worcester was called off with ten minutes to go when they were leading 8-0 (with Abby Gooderham scoring a remarkable seven goals). The reason being that it says in the rules no team may lose by more than eight goals. This meant our team lost out to Leicester on goal difference of two after Leicester had surprisingly beaten a strong looking Cambridge City 8-0.

    U16 Boys. They had drama of their own at the regional finals in Canterbury drawing 3-3 with Teddington after being three up with six minutes to play. They then came from two down to draw 2-2 with Old Loughtonians before losing 3-1 to Canterbury.

    U14 Girls. They missed out on reaching their regional final when they lost 3-2 away to Norwich City. They recovered from 3-0 down with goals by Grace Collison and Georgie Cantrell and were pressing for the equaliser at the final whistle.

    U14 Boys. The team is through to the Midlands regional final on goal difference after Norwich Dragons beat Bury St Edmunds 3-1 on Sunday. U10/U12 Boys and Girls.

    Congratulations to our four A teams who have qualified for the East Finals to be held at Weybread over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 16/17 April after their exciting successes in the Norfolk Championships at Pelicans HC on Sunday. The U10 Girls finished as champions while the other teams came second. This coming Sunday they will be joined by our B teams, who had their own event at Weybread, when they all compete in the Norwich Dragons Minis.

    Finally, a remarkable record at Weybread last Saturday when on the sand-based pitch there was a member of the Davy family playing in all four games for Magpies, namely Louise (10.45 for the 5ths), Katie (12.15 for the Development), father Eric (1.45 for the 6ths) and Louise and Julie and mother Marie (3.15 for the 6ths). Best of luck to all our teams this weekend. Please see the website for the full list of fixtures.

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  • Aangirfan: 'POLICE COVER-UP OF CHILD MURDERS' Lawrence McLean, one of the many children sexually abused while in the care of Suffolk County Council. One of Michael's abusers was the influential social worker Peter Righton. 'Darren' says that, as a child, he was taken to child abuse parties at London's Dolphin Square flats. He says that a girl apparently died at a VIP party.

    On 13 September 2015, it was reported that the police are to drop their investigation into this case. This could suggest that MI5 and MI6 have ordered the police to shut up. Dolphin Square flats, linked to MI5 and MI6.

    According to a report by James Gillespie of the Sunday Times 1 , detectives have referred Darren's son to social services. Darren says that the the teenage girl who died disappeared into what was known as the 'medical room' at a flat at Dolphin Square. Darren says the child abuse gang included a senior Conservative politician.

    Darren claims that the child abuser Peter Righton was involved in the death of a man in his 30s on the Thornham Magna estate in Suffolk. 'Murder at Thornham Magna': 'Darren' relives harrowing scene. 2 / Paedophile linchpin Peter Righton 'carried out sadistic murder' 3 . Peter Righton Darren says: 'My allegations are true, I have no reason to lie to anyone. "I've never made any money from speaking out and neither would I want to. I told the truth in the belief that there would be justice.' Police drop VIP sex murder ring inquiry | The Sunday Times / dailymail. 4 5 A TOP Conservative Member of Parliament apparently 'murdered the young girl at the orgy' according to 'Darren'.

    Westminster paedophile ring: Top Tory MP 'murdered girl 6 './ Westminster paedophile ring: Top Tory MP 'murdered girl 7 '. This is the fourth child reportedly murdered by the child abuse ring which included government ministers and a famous TV comedy actor. 'Darren' is the third witness to come forward. The girl was reportedly murdered at London's Dolphin Square flats, home to members of the UK security services and cabinet ministers.

    Dolphin Square flats in London Darren says: "I witnessed a senior Tory politician go into 'the medical room' with a girl who I know was 15. "This was a bedroom containing a hospital-type bed with shackles, gimp masks and a tiled, washable floor. "She was 15 and in care... "I never saw her leave that room; in fact I never saw her again." Peter Righton Darren says he was driven to the child-sex orgies by Peter Righton, a former government adviser. Darren says: "This Tory cabinet minister always insisted I should be presented to him with ladies' underwear on... "I was spanked with a bamboo cane that he brought with him, which was painful. I was then sexually abused. "He liked boys to dress up in lacy women's underwear..." ...

    SIMON GIPPS-KENT; PETER ARNE; SPOOKS 8 ... Darren says he was forced to give oral sex to a famous TV comedian. Darren refers to a young boy "dressed up in tight leather shorts" taken into "the medical room" by senior Conservative politician and some other men.

    Darren says: "I met him afterwards and he told me he had suffered humiliation too vile to describe and was then beaten up." The top politicians are usually child abusers, under the control of Mossad, the CIA and MI5, reportedly. Continued here: Westminster paedophile ring: Top Tory MP 'murdered girl 9 ' Peter Righton. During the investigation into the UK government adviser Peter Righton, correspondence was uncovered relating to a top pedophile ring in Gozo and Malta.

    Sweden and Norway were also mentioned in the letters. When Michael was first taken into care by Suffolk Council, he refused to perform a sex act on a visitor to the place where he was staying. As a punishment, he was locked in a cupboard for 32 hours.

    On finally being released, he was sexually assaulted. In the children's care home, a number of uniformed police officers abused the children. Children who refused to have sex were beaten.

    POLICEMAN CLEARED OF CHILD RAPE / PEDOPHILE RING IN PRIME MINISTER'S HOME? 10 11 'Michael' says he was abused around the country as a child while in the Suffolk care system. As a child, Michael lived for a time on a country estate in Suffolk where he was sexually abused by Peter Righton, a top adviser to a previous Conservative government. Suffolk: 'I was abused by paedophiles around the country 12 .. "One of Michael's abusers was the influential social worker Peter Righton, who is associated with Suffolk." Henniker ran the Islington /Suffolk Project - a scheme for disadvantaged children from Islington to have country holidays in rural Suffolk.

    Henniker has links to MI6 and the Royal family. At one time Michael was, reportedly, forced to live in "slave" conditions on Lord Henniker's estate. The Thornham Magna Estate was where sexual abuse by Peter Righton and Charles Napier 13 and child murder by Peter Righton, has been alleged to have taken place, under the cloak of an educational and recreational centre for disadvantaged children. 14 .

    Peter Righton is associated with Malta. Michael was trafficked around the country by his male foster carer. Michael was taken to north Wales where MI5 reportedly ran child brothels in children's homes such as Bryn Estyn.

    Michael was taken to London where MI5 reportedly ran child brothels. Suffolk Michael was sent to live with the male foster carer in mid-Suffolk for eight months. His foster carer "was a nasty man, violent man - certainly connected to Islington. "Under the guise of a children's holiday fund for deprived children, we would travel." Michael said they travelled together to Plymouth, Sussex, Islington , Wales, Birmingham, Leeds and Cromer.

    Michael says "I was taken to Wrexham ." Wrexham is associated with Lord McAlpine, former treasurer of the Conservative Party, the chief party of child abuse, reportedly. Michael says: "From a very young age they had been filming things." Child abuse videos, whether made in Hampstead or in Ukraine, reportedly make vast sums of money for the Powers-That-Be. A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said it was aware of Michael's case and was currently looking into various allegations he has made.

    However, there are attempts being made by the authorities to discredit 'Michael'. Michael says that Suffolk council "conspired" to have him "declared mentally ill, and consistently ignored his complaints of sexual abuse." Council documents refer to Michael having a "dissociative personality disorder". This is contradicted by a consultant psychiatrist who assessed Michael.

    This psychiatrist, who works for the Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Trust, said "no history of mental illness has been found" and that Michael "showed no features of mental illness". Darren Thornham @DarrenCSAS "I am just so so terrified of all police now after witnessing one kill a girl in an abuse ritual as a child." 15 St George's is the military boarding school in Suffolk where Derek Slade was headmaster. The Mail on Sunday ( The paedophile and the law chief. 16 ) told us about: 1.

    Derek Slade , who, on 6 September 2010, got a 21 year jail sentence for abusing 12 boys, aged eight to 13, between 1978 and 1983. The abuse took place at St George's a 'military' boarding school in Suffolk. Jeremy Corbyn with his former agent Derek Sawyer , who has been linked to child abuse rings.

    2. Derek Sawyer , who reportedly helped Slade set up a false identity, after Slade had received an earlier conviction for child abuse in the 1980s. Derek Sawyer is former leader of Islington Council.

    He is now chair of the London Region Courts Board. He has been chairman of numerous bodies involved in London's probation service and justice system. Derek Sawyer (Mail on Sunday - The paedophile and and law chief: It took 32 years to bring pervert headmaster ... 17 ) Sawyer and Slade set up International British Educational Projects.

    This allowed Slade, using a false passport, to work with children in India and Africa under the pseudonym Dr Edward Marsh. Sawyer was leader of Islington Council in 1992. At that time it was revealed that child abusing paedophiles had infiltrated all 12 of Islington's children s homes.

    Islington council barred an inquiry from naming names. There were no arrests in the UK. Sawyer says he was unaware Slade had given him false information.

    Reportedly, Sawyer helped set up Anglemoss, the company behind St George's School. The school took children from 'the lower ranks' in the Armed Forces. One pupil from the school reported that: "He was broken physically and mentally by the headmaster within 72 hours of arriving at the school.' "He was eventually made to take part in midnight feasts , dinner parties for Slade's male friends, where the boys were sexually abused." In 1983, someone blew the whistle.

    But, the Government inquiry was a whitewash. Slade remained a school governor. Aangirfan: PETER RIGHTON - MURDER 18 aanirfan.blogspot.com/2015/03/ peter - righton -murder.html 4 Mar 2015 - 'Murder at Thornham Magna': ' Darren ' relives harrowing scene Paedophile linchpin Peter Righton 'carried out sadistic murder'.

    Lawrence ... Aangirfan: 'YOUNG GIRL MURDERED' BY UK MP; MK ... 19 aanirfan.blogspot.com/.../young-girl-murdered-by-uk-mp-mk-ultra.html 11 Jan 2015 - Darren says: "I witnessed a senior Tory politician go into 'the medical room' ... Darren says he was driven to child-sex orgies by Peter Righton , ...

    Aangirfan: ELITE SEX; SUFFOLK - UPDATED 20 aanirfan.blogspot.com/2015/05/elite-sex-suffolk.html 22 May 2015 - https://twitter.com/ darrencsas ... Peter Righton and his partner lived at Lord Henniker's home in Eye in ... Darren Thornham @ DarrenCSAS aangirfan: PEDOPHILE RING IN PRIME MINISTER'S HOME? 21 aangirfan .blogspot.com/.../pedophile-ring-in-prime-ministers-home.html 24 Oct 2012 - In 1992, Peter Righton was convicted of importing child pornography from Holland. ...

    aangirfan .blogspot.com/2012/10/thatchers-people.html. You've visited this page 4 times. Last visit: 03/03/15 PETER RIGHTON - MURDER | Aangirfan 22 angirfana.blogspot.com/2015/04/ peter - righton -murder.html 5 Apr 2015 - 'Murder at Thornham Magna': ' Darren ' relives harrowing scene Paedophile linchpin Peter Righton 'carried out sadistic murder'.

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  • About one month to go for businesses to enter Spirit of Enterprise ... BUSINESSES have just over one month left to enter a prestigious annual awards scheme which aims to celebrate and raise the profile of successful businesses across the Great Yarmouth borough. The Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2015 is organised by enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council s business support service, and is a chance for top-performing businesses of all sizes, sectors and ages to step into the spotlight. Interest in the prestigious awards scheme has been growing since entries opened on Tuesday, June 23.

    Businesses have until 4pm on Friday, September 11 to put themselves forward in the various categories. It is free-of-charge to enter and finalists will be profiled in a supplement in the Great Yarmouth Mercury, with winners appearing in a further supplement. The winner of each category, plus the winner of the overall 2015 Business of the Year Award, will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony, at the Town Hall on Friday, November 20.

    For the first time, applications can be filled out and submitted online at www.soea.co.uk 1 via a new online entry system, which makes it quicker and easier for businesses to enter multiple categories. There is also a new category for 2015, Great Family Owned Business. Each award is backed by a local organisation.

    Sponsors choose the winner in their category from three finalists shortlisted by a local independent panel or the category sponsor themselves, and also benefit from publicity at the ceremony and in the newspaper supplements. The main sponsor is local chartered accountants, Lovewell Blake LLP, which will choose the 2015 Business of the Year from the winners of the other categories. The categories are: Business of the Year sponsored by Lovewell Blake LLP Great Manufacturing/Engineering Business sponsored by Great Yarmouth College Great New Business sponsored by Itron Great International Growth sponsored by GYB Services Ltd Great Investment in Young People sponsored by Subsea Technology and Rentals Great Business Growth sponsored by the Great Yarmouth Mercury Great Business Idea sponsor TBC Great Community Contribution sponsor TBC Great Customer Service sponsored by Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area Great Family Owned Business Birketts Cllr Graham Plant, the council leader, said: The awards scheme, now in its eighth year, has grown in stature year-on-year and is a fantastic showcase of businesses of all sizes, sectors and ages from across the borough, and of the strength of the local economy.

    There is now just over one month left for the many successful businesses across the borough to take up this fantastic opportunity to showcase themselves on a very public platform. Several entries have already come in and the new online application system makes it quicker and easier than ever before to enter multiple categories. We always have great feedback from both the entrants and sponsors, with last year s awards ceremony considered the best yet.

    So if you think you could win a category or even be crowned the 2015 Business of the Year, make sure you submit the entry form by Friday, September 11. Businesses and potential sponsors seeking more information can visit www.soea.co.uk 2 or call Sally Pearson, enterpriseGY programme development officer, on 01493 846632. Notes: The Spirit of Enterprise Awards is the centrepiece of a two-year programme of enhanced activities by enterpriseGY, supported by the Coastal Communities Fund, which aims to create and safeguard more than 260 jobs, address seasonality and raise the perception of Great Yarmouth to that of the Enterprise Town for Business Growth and Job Creation .

    enterpriseGY, based in the Novus Centre, at The Conge, Great Yarmouth, is a joint borough council- and CCF-funded programme for businesses in Great Yarmouth offering business support, business advice and training for start-up businesses and existing businesses. The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) aims to encourage the economic development of UK coastal communities by awarding funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs. Since the start of the CCF in 2012, grants have been awarded to 145 organisations across the UK to the value of 71million.

    This funding is forecast to deliver 9,184 jobs and help attract around 115million of additional funds to coastal areas.

    The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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  • Access to Music Norwich somewhereto workshops 22 October 2014 SYCO Entertainment in association with somewhereto_ invite local young people in Norwich to showcase their skills and be mentored by professional talent scouts somewhereto_ are co-hosting tailored workshops and open auditions to help develop artist evolution somewhereto.com 1 - 22 October 2014 | 4pm 9pm Access to Music Norwich, EPIC, 114 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JD - Working in association with regional delivery partners Creative Arts East, somewhereto_ will be co-hosting an evening of workshops and open auditions with SYCO Entertainment (Simons Cowell s TV and Music Production Company) , giving local undiscovered talent the opportunity to meet with industry professionals. somewhereto_ is a UK wide youth project delivered by Livity and funded by a 7m grant from the Big Lottery Fund to support its nationwide expansion to 2016. Helping 16-25 year olds access free spaces in their communities, to launch and develop creative and enterprising projects.

    Open to 16-25 year olds , on Wednesday 22 October 2014 from 4pm 9pm somewhereto_ in association with SYCO Entertainment will co-host workshops and auditions at Access to Music Norwich to help young people develop key industry skills. Top Talent Producers at SYCO Entertainment, are donating their free time and expertise to somewhereto_ as industry mentors (recently hosting workshops during summer of somewhereto_), offering advice and insight to young people pursuing careers in entertainment. Whether their talent is singing, dancing, playing instruments or juggling objects, the day is designed to help young people establish best practices, boost confidence and develop artist evolution.

    Local young people are invited to submit interest at elly@somewhereto.org 2 where they can sign up to the workshop and be given the incredible chance to perform in front of professional talent scouts.

    Speaking ahead of the event, Elly Wilson, regional delivery partner for somewhereto_ in the East of England, says: This is such an exciting event to take place locally in Norwich, giving young people from the Eastern Region a great opportunity to showcase their talents and gain confidence in the field they love. - www.creativeartseast.co.uk 3 MIKE DANIELS Trailer Sales 01986 893025 Related References ^ somewhereto.com (somewhereto.com) ^ elly@somewhereto.org (icenipost.com) ^ www.creativeartseast.co.uk (www.creativeartseast.co.uk)

  • Accused HQ Plaza gunman tells judge he was heading for shooting ... Video: What were you doing in there with a gun? By Kevin Coughlin The Somerset County man accused of bringing two semiautomatic handguns and hollow-point bullets into Morristown s Headquarters Plaza eventually was headed to a Randolph shooting range, he told a judge on Tuesday. Andrew Pfitzenmayer, left, with his attorney, Frank Pisano.

    Photo by Kevin Coughlin I was looking for office space, and I was going to the shooting range after, and I took my backpack with me instead of leaving it in the car, Andrew Pfitzenmayer, 27, said of his foray into HQ Plaza on the morning of July 29, 2015. Pfitzenmayer must serve at least one year of a three-year prison term if a plea deal submitted on Tuesday is approved by Superior Court Assignment Judge Stuart Minkowitz. Superior Court Judge Salem Ahto accepted Pfitzenmayer s guilty plea to one count of carrying a Glock handgun without a permit, a second-degree crime.

    A charge related to the illegal ammunition was dropped, as part of the agreement with the Morris County Prosecutor s Office. Pfitzenmayer could have faced a maximum of 10 years in jail and a $150,000 fine. The state s Graves Act for gun offenses mandated a minimum of five years, with no parole eligibility for 42 months.

    But a directive from the state Attorney General has told prosecutors to seek three years in cases such as this, Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Napurano told Judge Ahto. Pfitzenmayer, a Peapack-Gladstone resident who has described himself as CEO of an event planning business and a volunteer fireman in Far Hills-Bedminster, has no prior criminal record, according to authorities. Superior Court Judge Salem Ahto reads psychiatric evaluation of Andrew Pfitzenmayer, who pled guilty to carrying a semiautomatic pistol into Headquarters Plaza.

    Photo by Kevin Coughlin He was arrested wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying a backpack containing the Glock pistols, hollow-point bullets, handcuffs, an expandable baton and a fake badge. Headquarters Plaza has a daycare center, cineplex, hotel, restaurants and offices. Security cameras recorded Pfitzenmayer in one of the tower lobbies, and in a food area, Napurano said.

    An unnamed person at Headquarters Plaza observed the man acting suspiciously and called police, authorities have said. At Tuesday s hearing, Judge Ahto read a psychiatric evaluation of Pfitzenmayer. Its findings were not made public.

    The evaluation had been added to Pfitzenmayer s bail conditions after a public outcry 1 led by a Morristown mothers group. Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty vowed to press for legislation 2 requiring such reports in weapons incidents like this one. Ahto maintained Pfitzenmayer s bail at $100,000, and continued a ban on him venturing into Headquarters Plaza or having contact with anyone there.

    Sentencing is scheduled for Dec.

    3, 2015. On the day of his arrest, was Pfitzenmayer s ultimate destination was the RTSP training range in Randolph, he told Ahto. This prompted an incredulous response from the judge, who handles gun permit applications for the court.

    One of the things you had to know, because you have to be knowledgeable, you can only go directly to a range from your home, the judge said. You can t carry it and walk around with a gun. You understand that?

    I understand it now, sir, Pfitzenmayer responded.

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  • Action Plan 2015-2016 BEESTON REGIS COUNCIL ACTION PLAN At each Annual Meeting in May the Beeston Regis Parish Council will consider/review its action plan for the forthcoming year. This document outlines the actions for the 2015-16 year. Parish Council Objectives May 2015 May 2016 1.

    To interact with North Norfolk District Council on all relevant matters, in particular the formulation of the new Local Plan and any matters related to central Government s Localism Agenda.

    2. To continue to improve good governance through the identification of efficiencies and modern methods of working.

    3. To progress the proposed scheme for affordable housing within the parish and consider any future schemes.

    4a To maintain an overview of Highways, Bridleways and Footpath matters within and around Beeston Regis, working with other agencies to lobby on improvements, individual matters and to investigate improvements for example to possible crossing points in the Parish.

    4b To progress the installation of a vehicle activated speed sign to be used at various locations in Britons Lane and along the A149 Cromer Road.

    4c To engage with the owners of the Beeston Regis Parish Council s coastline.

    5a. To continue to improve the appearance and tidiness of the Beeston Regis parish. To enhance the status of parts of the parish as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty To consider improvements including the wider use of and improved access to open spaces such as Daisy Green, the Ancient Priory Ruins, All Saints Church Field, Beeston Common and the privately owned Beeston Hall Common.

    5b. To engage with the stakeholders of the Ancient Priory Ruins in celebrating the 800th anniversary of the founding of this Augustine Priory 6. To develop our Community Engagement Strategy through such channels as social media, parish council website, notice boards and newsletters.

    To continue to provide opportunities and encouragement for all parishioners to attend meetings and make contact with their parish council in as many ways as possible. To further enhance the Beeston Regis Parish Council s new website.

    7. To apply for the Local Council Award Scheme Foundation Award (minimum standards already achieved) and work towards the Quality Award (good practice) with a view to applying for that shortly once the Council qualifies.

    8. To continue our representation on the Sheringham and District Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNAP).

    9a. To maintain our involvement in the work of All Saint s church, local groups, charities and societies namely the West Runton Scout Group, the Sheringham and District Society and the Hooke and Unknown Donor Charities.

    9b.

    To work with the Hooke and Unknown Donor Charities for the provision of a defibrillator to be made available within the parish.

    10.

    To scrutinise planning applications and associated matters and comment accordingly.

  • Active Norfolk: Get in Gear The Tour of Britain is ComingActive Norfolk: Get in Gear The Tour of Britain is Coming Aug 13, 2015 Active Norfolk The Tour of Britain is Coming! & Other News Please click on preview image below to view newsletter in a new window: iceni post advert AAlways wanted to learn a martial art?

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  • Age UK Norwich Art Exhibition at largest Norfolk Hospital Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals will be featuring a new art exhibition from Age UK Norwich which aims to capture older people s history in words, pictures and sounds. The exhibition will be on show along the hospital street Level 1, and will feature important moments to promote a better sense of understanding and care. The exhibition showcases five Life Stories created by students from the Jane Austen College who have worked closely with local older people to produce Life Story Scrapbooks.

    BBC Voices trained the pupils in recording skills and alongside the photography and scrapbook display, the public will be able to hear the older people s memories come to life. Emma Jarvis, Hospital Arts Co-ordinator, said: People visit hospitals for a variety of reasons so we provide a wide variety of art for patients, visitors and staff. We are really pleased to be showcasing the work by Age UK Norwich especially as Age UK is of service to both the visitors and patients of our older people s medicines wards and the art is a way of displaying both services available and information.

    Age UK Norwich Chief Executive Susan Ringwood said: The life stories work we do is an important project helping to prevent older people from becoming invisible. If the time comes when their abilities do become impaired, there is a record of who this person once was, what they have done, where they have been. This intergenerational project lasted three months and is just one example of the work Age UK Norwich carries out in the city to help tackle loneliness and social isolation.

    The exhibition is open until the end of April 2016.

    Notes: The Hospital Arts Project at NNUH works on diverse projects with the community, interior design, site specific arts, performances, workshops, exhibitions, events and gardens Is hospital arts charitably funded as a whole? Many of its projects project are funded by grants from organisations and charitable donations.

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  • Agencies assess damage so far 6 December 2013 With the tides in some parts of Norfolk yesterday reaching higher than in 1953, agencies are continuing to assess the impact the flood waters have had on homes, businesses and flood defences as they prepare for the risk of further flooding today. The Environment Agency have confirmed that flood warnings have been reduced from Severe Flood Warnings to Flood Warnings, however the advice remains that people who have been evacuated should continue to stay away from their homes until they are told it is safe to return. Deputy Chief Constable Charlie Hall, who is leading the multi-agency response said: "This has been a serious incident which could have been far worse had it not been for the support and cooperation of the public and all the agencies working to keep people safe. "In places, water levels were higher than those experienced in the flooding of 1953, when many people lost their lives.

    Thankfully that has not been the case on this occasion, a combination of improved defences in place and the concerted efforts of the community, the emergency services and the agencies that have worked to support the evacuation and keep people informed. "The widespread evacuation was based on the high risk of severe flooding and was essential in ensuring the public s safety. A night time rescue operation would have placed both the public and emergency services at far greater risk. We are hugely grateful to the public for following the advice given and taking the steps needed to keep them and their neighbours safe.

    With two high tides still to come we would remind those who have been evacuated not to return home until they are told it is safe to do so. Public Health Advice Advice offered by Public Health Norfolk to those already affected by the flooding includes: If you re caught in a flood, do not consume food that has been contaminated by flood waters. Do not let young children play in flood water and try to avoid coming into contact with flood water.

    If you do come in contact with flood water, wash hands using clean water and soap and be aware of young children putting their hands in their mouth. Washing hands is the best way to get rid of bugs. Keep in touch with elderly and vulnerable friends, family and neighbours in affected areas, ask about their welfare and offer assistance when possible.

    Further health information and advice is available online from Public Health England. Facts and figures During yesterday and overnight: Norfolk Fire and Rescue service attended 116 incidents including nine flood rescues. More than 600 people have made use of the various rest centres around the county.

    10,000 properties were visited with residents advised to evacuate. Highways have assisted with 21 fallen trees, 11 road closures and are currently assessing bridges in the west of the county. A number of public services have been disrupted by last night s high tides.

    23 schools and colleges are closed as a result of localised flooding or the risk of further flooding Caister Recycling Centre is closed For more information on service disruptions visit www.norfolk.gov.uk. Road closures Some localised road closures remain in place and Highways advise that some roads may not remain open. West Norfolk - Bridge closures at Wiggenhall St Germans (due to cracking) and Purfleet Place (closed in both directions at the Customs House) King s Lynn - King Street is closed at the Tuesday Marketplace.

    North Norfolk - Mill Common Road, Walcott Road, Keswick Road, Bacton Road, at the Lighthouse Inn, Walcott, Beach Road, at Cley, up towards Salthouse We continue to advise people to stay away from the coast and coastal paths as these may be dangerous and Cromer Pier also remains closed. Previous releases 6 December 2013 I 7.05 Although the first day response to Norfolk s flood emergency has generally gone well, agencies are warning that the danger is not yet over with a risk of further flooding today. Both fire and police are grateful for the mutual aid provided by colleagues from other parts of the country, many of whom will be back on duty shortly, as the flood risk enters its second day.

    Further high tides are expected at 8am in King s Lynn, 8.30am at Cromer, 8.41am at Wells and 10.44am at Great Yarmouth. Tonight s predicted high tides are: 8.44am at King s Lynn, 8.36am at Cromer, 8.52am at Wells and 10.31am in Great Yarmouth. Local authorities are stressing that this event is not over yet and there is a risk of further flooding, with particular concern in the Hunstanton area where some of the shingle bank has been swept away.

    Emergency services and other agencies remain on the ground as they look to assess any damage caused as a result of last night s high tides while preparing for subsequent high tides. Some localised road closures remain in place. In West Norfolk , bridge closures at Wiggenhall St Germans (due to cracking) and Purfleet Place (closed in both directions at the Customs House).

    In King s Lynn , King Street is closed at the Tuesday Marketplace. In North Norfolk , Mill Common Road, Walcott Road, Keswick Road, Bacton Road, at the Lighthouse Inn, Walcott, and Beach Road, at Cley, up towards Salthouse are all closed. The Poacher s Pocket Pub, on the Bacton Road, caravans which were in the car parked have floated into the road, blocking the road all the way to Walcott Road.

    Reports have also been received that Mundesley Cliff Vale Road car park has been washed into the sea. In Wells-next-Sea, the road from Northfield Avenue to East Quay is also blocked. At the time of this press release being issued, there were no road closures in Great Yarmouth, but keep visiting this website for details or follow us on Twitter.

    The message from all agencies in Norfolk is that there is potential for further flood damage during today, until tomorrow morning, and that people who have been evacuated should stay away from home for the time being. More than 600 people have made use of the various rest centres around the county, and 10,000 properties have been visited with residents advised to evacuate. People have generally responded well to following advice - but one issue of concern has been people out 'sightseeing' along the river banks in Riverside Road in Great Yarmouth, who have put themselves at risk by standing too close to the breaking waves.

    Several Hemsby beach chalets have collapsed while in South Yarmouth, flood water has breached several terraced houses, despite sandbags being in place, with water coming through front doors and floorboards. The true extent of the damage is not yet known. With further tidal surges expected, the advice remains that people who have been evacuated should continue to stay away from their homes until they are advised it is safe to return.

    The emergency services, together with district councils and other government agencies, appreciate the good common sense shown by Norfolk residents at this difficult time and would wish to reassure people that all agencies are continuing to work together to keep services running as far as practically possible. > > Flooding: Day one messages

  • Ahmadiyya Times: Australia: Ahmadiyya Muslim Students ... An information session was also held to provide an introduction of the Holy Qur an focusing on the perspective of social, national and international peace. By the grace of Allah, the exhibition was a huge success. Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | AU Desk Source/Credit: AMJ Adelaide South, Australia By Fareed Bajawa | October 18, 2015 The Ahmadiyya Muslim Student Association, AMSA, held its first Qur an Exhibition at the Flinders University to educate the youth about the true teachings of the Holy Qur an on October 16, 2015.

    The event attracted interest from every aspect of the University with more than 200 guests attending, including the Vice Chancellor, Miss Nancy Cromer. Miss Cromer inaugurated the event at 10am with the following words: First of all I would like to acknowledge the Ahmadiyya Muslim Student Association for holding this exhibition. It offers an opportunity to understanding and engagement in the very diverse groups on our campus community.

    Universities like Flinders where students and staff from all parts of the world have a very important role to play in fostering this understanding and engagement. Universities are a place where we can explore together ways to build better understanding and respect for each other and this exhibition provides such an opportunity. The exhibition displayed the Holy Qur an in 35 different languages and handmade calligraphy.

    A variety of books were also available with a separate multimedia stall to provide access to the Holy Qur an database. An information session was also held to provide an introduction of the Holy Qur an focusing on the perspective of social, national and international peace. By the grace of Allah, the exhibition was a huge success.

    Some of the guests gave comments where they expressed their feelings regarding the event: "This is an excellent exhibition. Given the way the world is at the moment I think that what we need more of because learning is important, cultural exchange is important, religious tolerance is important. This exhibition today speaks for all those things to me.

    Maureen Holland "I feel as though what they are promoting here is more about truthfulness, justice and respect rather than invoking fear in other people. Adam I have come here and I see a message all around, a message of love not hate that is a very big promotion. I see a lot of writing of Qur an, which says men and women are equal, something I got told is not the case.

    I see so many things here, which are absolutely not what I am being told elsewhere which I am finding very interesting. -- Brenton Griffin With files from Muslehuddin Chandio -- Australia: Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association Organizes Qur an Exhibition at Flinders University This content-post is archived for backup and to keep archived records of any news Islam Ahmadiyya.

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  • Air Baltic will be the first commercial airline to operate Bombardier ... Published on: November 8, 2015 | Last Updated: November 8, 2015 7:42 PM EST The Latvian national airline has 13 firm orders for the CS300 and retains options for seven others, Bombardier says. Fran ois Mori / The Associated Press Latvian carrier Air Baltic will be the first client to operate the CS300 aircraft when it takes delivery in the latter part of 2016, aircraft maker Bombardier announced Sunday. The Latvian national airline has 13 firm orders for the CS300 and retains options for seven others, Bombardier said in a news release.

    In a separate announcement, the Quebec-based company also said the flight test program for the CS100 aircraft was close to 100 per cent complete. The company said only a few tests remain and it expects the aircraft to be certified with Transport Canada by the end of the year as previously announced. The testing is one of the last steps before the planes can be put into service.

    With our flight test program almost 100 per cent complete and all the high-risk CS100 aircraft s flight tests behind us, teams are now finalizing the last few certification activities, said CSeries program vice-president Rob Dewar. He said CSeries flight test vehicles took more than 1,000 flights during testing. Bombardier also began function and reliability (F&R) testing on the CSeries with a four-leg flight by the CS100 Saturday.

    The F&R testing uses typical flight routes and operational procedures to see how the planes will perform under usual conditions. Airfield performance, landings, airport turnarounds and on-ground operations are just some of the important characteristics that will be observed during the F&R testing, Dewar said. These test flights will be conducted in about 15 city pairs in Canada and 20 in the U.S.

    before taking place in Europe. Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Fred Cromer said the aircraft would be delivered to its client SWISS in the first half of 2016. Recently, the Quebec government announced it would inject US$1 billion into Bombardier 1 to help complete development of the CSeries and restore customer faith in the delayed and costly commercial jet program, which is about two years behind schedule.

    The deal included plans to transfer the CSeries program to a new partnership that s 50.5 per cent owned by the company and 49.5 per cent owned by the province.

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  • Air Canada to buy 45 CS300 valued at approximately $3.8 billion ... Saint-Laurent, Qu bec.

    17 February, 2016. Air Canada signed a firm order for 45 CS300 Bombardier aircraft.Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Canada, along with members of his leadership team comprised of Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines and Michael Rousseau, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer were hosted by Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. Alongside Bellemare to celebrate the signature, which opens a new chapter in the partnership between the two companies, were his colleagues from Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, Fred Cromer, President and Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program and members of their leadership teams.

    We ve been carefully assessing the capabilities of Bombardier s C Series aircraft and its progress for some time and today we are very pleased to announce an agreement to acquire the CS300 for our mainline fleet, said Rovinescu. The C Series will be a key element of our on-going fleet renewal, which will result in Air Canada operating one of the world s youngest and most fuel efficient airline fleets. With its optimal mainline performance range, superior economics, and greater seating capacity, the Canadian-built CS300 aircraft will allow us to compete more effectively, providing increased point-to-point service to domestic and transborder markets further afield, as well as feeding our network.

    We re thrilled to welcome Air Canada as our first mainline, international carrier located in North America. A landmark order from a marquee and iconic customer like Air Canada is a very significant strategic marker for the C Series aircraft program and we re looking forward to further strengthening a relationship that spans 30 years, said Mr. Cromer.

    The C Series aircraft has proven and exceeded its performance targets and can readily be used as a coast-to-coast mainline connector or to open direct flights to under-served destinations. Performance and exceptionally low operating costs are ultimately what make this plane a success and Air Canada is recognizing that the C Series aircraft was designed in line with evolving market requirements. Our recent focus has been to add a large North American international network carrier to complement our orders in both Europe and Asia, and with Air Canada we are achieving our goal of creating a strong global footprint for the C Series aircraft, said Mr.Bellemare.

    We are bolstered and energized by Air Canada s confidence in the C Series aircraft program and very assured that the carrier s commitment which is one of the largest to date for this aircraft will be the catalyst for future orders in North America and around the world.

    We have the best aircraft in the 100- to 150-seat class segment and the momentum continues to build as we introduce the C Series to potential customers.

  • airBaltic welcomes Bombardier CSeries aircraft in Riga On Thursday, 26 November, Latvia s national airBaltic airline welcomed Bombardier CSeries CS 100 aircraft at Riga International Airport as part of Bombardier demonstration tour in Northern Europe. We are very pleased to be working closely with airBaltic as it prepares to add the CS300 aircraft to its modern fleet of complementary Bombardier Q400 turboprops, said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. airBaltic s modern Bombardier fleet is an expression of its innovative strategy to provide state-of-the-art travel experiences to its passengers, and we wish the airline much success in the future.

    Following our recent confirmation that airBaltic will be the first airline in the world to take delivery and launch commercial operations of the CS300 aircraft, we are delighted to be in Riga to showcase the C Series family of aircraft, said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. As the main carrier in the Baltic region, and having chosen one of the optional extra capacity configurations for its CS300 aircraft, airBaltic is in an enviable position to illustrate and benefit from the C Series aircraft s outstanding economics, performance and passenger amenities. Andris Liepi , Chairman of the board of R ga International Airport: Today Bombardier CS100 writes history as the youngest aircraft to land in the airport of the Latvian capital of R ga.

    As announced previously, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft confirmed early November that Air Baltic Corporation AS will be the first customer to operate the CS300 aircraft when it takes delivery in the second half of 2016. airBaltic has 13 CS300 aircraft on firm order and retains options for seven CS300 aircraft. airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia.

    From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle East.

    In addition, airBaltic also offers new direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.

    Ref: 102.109.109.8972

  • Alabama Cop Recorded Saying He Wanted to Murder Black Man ... When Alexander City police officer Troy Middlebrooks arrived at the residence of 49-year-old V incent Bias ' brother-in-law in May of 2013, he likely didn't expect to be recorded when he outlined a meticulous plan 1 to kill Bias and promptly cover up the evidence. Middlebrooks also surely didn't expect the $35,000 payout , made to Bias as part of a settlement stemming from the lawsuit prompted by the recorded threats, to reemerge in the news cycle two years later. Sadly, the one thing Middlebrooks clearly did expect throughout this Alabama saga was the unshakeable tenure of his position with Alexander City 2 .

    In the portion of the recording above, recently obtained by The Guardian 3 , Middlebrooks is heard telling Bias' brother-in-law that Bias "needs a goddamn bullet" before offering an alternate murder method: "I'd fucking kill that motherfucker with whatever I had in that fucking house. And before the police got here, I d fucking put marks all over my shit and make it look like he was trying to fucking kill me. I goddamn guarantee you.

    What would it look like? Self fucking defense. Fuck that piece of shit.

    I m a lot different from a lot of these other folks. I ll fucking tell you what s on my fucking mind. Though it isn't heard in the excerpt above, Middlebrooks also reportedly revealed his desire to pull Bias aside on a routine traffic stop and Bias would get killed" and repeatedly referred to Bias as "that n*****." The recording, which took place when the officer responded to a call at Bias' brother-in-law's residence related to an unleashed dog, was presented to local police officials and the mayor.

    Upon hearing the recording, the decision was made to pay Bias $35,000 to avoid a lawsuit in which the recordings would be made available to the public. 4 Middlebrooks claims a state inquiry into the threats cleared him of any wrongdoing or potential charges, though the city's attorney Larkin Radney vehemently denies this. "We have no record of us investigating this case, Radney tells The Guardian . "I really don t know what he s talking about. The troubling incident is receiving renewed interest in the national spotlight due to its inclusion in a separate ongoing case against Alexander City. 5 Despite supposedly receiving (obviously minimal) "discipline" following the recorded death threats, Middlebrooks was not fired and ended up being the first officer on the scene of the 2014 killing of 21-year-old Emerson Crayton Jr. at a local Huddle House.

    Crayton had reportedly engaged in some sort of verbal dispute with staff members, before attempting to leave the premises when he was shot and killed by officer Tommy Maness . Maness was eventually cleared of any potential charges, due in large part to now questionable testimony from Middlebrooks. 6 7 The aforementioned case against the city, including multiple references to Middlebrooks' incident with Bias, alleges a clear pattern of egregious wrongdoing within the Alexander City Police Department . The federal suit was filed by Crayton's family against Maness and the department.

    h3ZTZ1dDotIHc4CZX6tgK5tfQZKE7o4j References ^ a meticulous plan (www.theguardian.com) ^ Alexander City (complex.com) ^ by The Guardian (www.theguardian.com) ^ Middlebrooks (www.alexcityoutlook.com) ^ state (www.complex.com) ^ Middlebrooks (www.alexcityoutlook.com) ^ killing (www.forevermissed.com)

  • Alice's Adventure in Wonderland Ashill Community Centre this ... at Ashill Community Centre on Sunday 20th December 2015 Award winning theatre company Box Tale Soup bring their own special flavour to Ashill Community Centre on Sunday 20 th December , supported by the arts and community development charity Creative Arts East. Alice s Adventures in Wonderland is a magical adventure featuring a cast of just two human performers, a dozen beautifully handmade puppets, and a set that unfolds from a vintage trunk. Join Alice on her journey down the rabbit hole and meet the well-loved characters of her storybook world.

    The show is suitable for ages 10+ and families.

    You can see Alice s Adventures in Wonderland at 2.00pm at Ashill Community Centre on Sunday 20 th December These events are organised in partnership with Creative Arts East with funding by Norfolk County Council and Breckland Council.

    For further information on this and other Creative Arts East events please go to: www.creativeartseast.co.uk/live/whatson.asp or contact Karen Kidman on 01953 713390 or karen@creativeartseast.co.uk 1 2 advert ASD Consultants, Engineering, Architecture, Surveying Related References ^ www.creativeartseast.co.uk/live/whatson.asp (www.creativeartseast.co.uk) ^ karen@creativeartseast.co.uk (icenipost.com)

  • All About London: Two-Course Meal with a Cocktail for Two or Four ... Choose Between Two Options 26 for a two-course meal for two (64% off) 52 for a two-course meal for four (64% off) The meal includes a house cocktail for each guest The restaurant hosts weekly live music See the full menu 1 Starters: seared yellow-fin tuna and west coast scallop ceviche, roast shallot, grapefruit and Ponzu dressing | pressed Gressingham duck, pickled damsons and English watercress | house-made Labneh cheese, confit tomatoes and harissa roast aubergine | smoked Finnan haddock gnocchi with wilted spinach and curry oil Mains: steamed Newlyn port Megrim sole fillet with Clovelly seaweed fritters and Cromer crab butter | slow-cooked breast of salt marsh lamb with silverbeet, rice and barley roll and apricot blatjang | red onion and beetroot tubi with crumbled Manouri, candied walnuts and apple balsamic jelly | roast black cod loin with beetroot, salted pickle and horseradish slaw, sour potato and Ossetra caviar | poached partridge breast and confit leg with parsnip puree and Trompette de la mort ravioli The Lucky Pig Fulham The Lucky Pig Fulham is a restaurant and cocktail bar that offers a wide range of cocktails and a varied lunch and dinner menu, with roast options available on Sundays.

    The old-fashioned decor, inspired by the roaring 20s, features a wood-panelled speakeasy private dining room, velvet chesterfields, exposed brickwork and marbled flooring.

    References ^ full menu (theluckypig.co.uk)

  • All at sea: five great UK coastal walks Tenby to Laugharne, South-west Wales This gently undulating 18 mile amble along the Wales Coast Path links Pembrokeshire s liveliest seaside resort with the small town where Dylan Thomas lived and which this year has been celebrating the centenary of his birth. Along the way are picnic-friendly clifftops as well as small resorts such as Amroth and Wiseman s Bridge, and the usually empty Marros Sands (where you might see petrified trees and the half-buried skeleton of a boat). Pendine, thanks to its wide, shallow tide, has some of the warmest waves in the UK.

    At weekends, the MoD allows walkers to do the final Pendine-Laugharne stretch via the beach; at other times you have to follow the WCP dragon shell signs into Laugharne and toast your arrival with a pint of Felinfoel Double Dragon Wales s oldest beer; the brewery owner is a local at Brown s Hotel. Laugharne hosts two Dylan Thomas-themed festivals on the last two weekends of September (details at thedylanweekends.com ). walescoastpath.gov.uk 1 2 Portree to the Storr, Isle of Skye The Old Man of Storr and the sea beyond.

    Photograph: Emmanuel Coupe/PA Some dramatic costal landscapes look best from the sea, but this six-mile walk gives you distant and close-up views of the impressive basalt needles found at the top of a rocky hill known as the Storr, used as a location in the 2012 movie Prometheus. The pinnacles rise like obelisks from the main outcrop, with the Old Man of Storr, at 60 metres, the tallest of the group. This walk starts at Portree, where there are lots of hotels and B&Bs, and follows the clifftops to Bearreraig Bay.

    The land can be soggy and boggy and there are steep sections, but this is essentially a linear walk. Once you arrive, have a picnic or do a loop around the formation (OS Explorer 408 map will help you navigate) and catch the 57A or 57C bus (or walk) back. The Scottish walkers who are campaigning for their own coast path following the English and Welsh projects have omitted to include Skye and most other Scottish islands, in their plans: nationalcoastalpath.co.uk/support.html .

    walkhighlands.co.uk 3 4 Cromer to Hunstanton, Norfolk The Norfolk seaside town of Cromer. Photograph: Fabio De Paola East Anglia has a reputation for flatness, but the dramatic north Norfolk coast is as imposing as any on these isles. Walk all 45 miles between these two popular seaside towns enjoying the local crab and good ales as you march or just choose a section and use the half-hourly Coasthopper buses to get back.

    Along the way are wide sandy beaches, fresh- and salt-water marshes, barrier islands, nature reserves and birdwatching opportunities look out for bitterns and marsh harriers in the reedbeds as well as avocets, terns and, in autumn, Brent geese. Wells-next-the-Sea, one of the prettiest towns along the way, has campsites and a good youth hostel. On August 30-31, nearby Holkham Hall hosts the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival .

    nationaltrail.co.uk/peddars-way-and-norfolk-coast-path 5 6 7 Southport to Crosby, Merseyside Another Place created by the artist Antony Gormley in Crosby. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images On the 12-mile Sefton Coastal Path between Southport a would-be posh resort that looks a bit more like Blackpool with each passing year and Crosby the last leafy suburb before you penetrate Liverpool s sprawl is the most extensive dune system in England. From Ainsdale beach, where Ginger McCain put Red Rum through his paces, you can explore the sandy slopes some fixed, others continually shifting, with around 450 plants and flowers protected inside the Ainsdale Sand Dunes national nature reserve .

    You might see red squirrels while strolling through the pinewoods of Formby nature reserve , and there are also natterjack toads but they are well-camouflaged and generally nocturnal. On arrival in Crosby you ll be met by the 100 static sea-gazers of Antony Gormley s Another Place . Dense conurbations, heaving traffic, pockets of poverty and footballer-fashioned villas lie minutes away from this path, a superb example of the value of public ownership of the coastline.

    Frequent trains operate along the Liverpool-Southport line should you wish to shorten your walk. visitseftonandwestlancs.co.uk 8 9 10 11 Eastbourne to Hastings, East Sussex Beachy Head. Photograph: Patrick Ingrand/Getty Images The recently launched 20-mile Coastal Culture Trail aims to get people to combine their breezy walks and bike rides to landmarks such as Beachy Head, Pevensey Castle and Battle, with visits to the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, and Towner Gallery in Eastbourne.

    There is plenty of accommodation available en route, from the Victorian opulence of the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne 12 the only five-star on the south coast to t he Laindons 13 , a luxury B&B in a former coaching inn in Hastings. There are food options for every palate and wallet, along with tips on family, luxury or more active trails. With some of the UK s mildest weather and a good chance of a westerly wind to push you on your way, this is a good option for late summer and autumn walking or cycling.

    coastalculturetrail.com 14 References ^ thedylanweekends.com (thedylanweekends.com) ^ walescoastpath.gov.uk (www.walescoastpath.gov.uk) ^ nationalcoastalpath.co.uk/support.html (www.nationalcoastalpath.co.uk) ^ walkhighlands.co.uk (www.walkhighlands.co.uk) ^ Coasthopper (coasthopper.co.uk) ^ Norfolk Food and Drink Festival (www.norfolkfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk) ^ nationaltrail.co.uk/peddars-way-and-norfolk-coast-path (nationaltrail.co.uk) ^ Ainsdale Sand Dunes national nature reserve (www.naturalengland.org.uk) ^ Formby nature reserve (www.nationaltrust.org.uk) ^ Antony Gormley s Another Place (www.theguardian.com) ^ visitseftonandwestlancs.co.uk (www.visitseftonandwestlancs.co.uk) ^ Grand Hotel in Eastbourne (www.grandeastbourne.com) ^ he Laindons (thelaindons.com) ^ coastalculturetrail.com (www.coastalculturetrail.com)

  • All State Football Teams The 2015 Associated Press all-state football teams as voted on by Nebraska sports writers and sportscasters: CLASS A Position_Name, School, Height, Weight, Grade Receiver_Trystn Ducker, Bellevue West, 5-9, 165, Sr. Receiver_Cade Johnson, Bellevue West, 6-0,175, Sr. Lineman_Tyler Ciurej, Bellevue West, 6-4, 287, Jr.

    Lineman_Jack Domandle, Millard West, 6-4, 280, Sr. Lineman_Gage Grinnell, Grand Island, 6-1, 235, Sr. Lineman_Daniel Jahn, Millard North, 6-2, 275, Sr.

    Lineman_Elijah Zoucha, Millard West, 6-3, 270, Sr. Quarterback_Jadyn Kowalski, Bellevue West, 6-4, 210, Sr. Back_Logan Anderjaska, Millard West, 6-1, 190, Sr.

    Back_Jaylin Bradley, Bellevue West, 6-0, 185, Jr. Back_Jake Matthew, Millard North, 6-2, 235, Sr. Placekicker_Lane McCallum, Norfolk, 6-2, 185, Jr.

    Defense Lineman_Nick Lenners, Lincoln Southwest, 6-4, 250 Sr. Lineman_Zack Sorich, Millard West, 6-2, 205, Sr. Lineman_Elijah Wilson, Omaha Central, 6-4, 250, Sr.

    Linebacker_Quinn Brummer, Millard West, 5-9, 190, Sr. Linebacker_Brody Buck, Millard North, 6-1, 210, Sr. Linebacker_Jack Connelly, Omaha Westside, 6-0, 210, Sr.

    Linebacker_Adrian Kellogg, Millard North, 6-0, 200, Sr. Linebacker_Barrett McDonald, Millard South, 6-2, 215, Sr. Back_Jack Begley, Millard North, 6-3, 210, Jr.

    Back_Chance Hall, Omaha Central, 6-0, 180, Sr. Back_Tate Moyer, Millard North, 6-1, 190, Sr. Punter_Brendan Barnes, Grand Island, 6-1, 195, Sr.

    Honorable mention: Austin Black, Chris Cornish, Jesse Farland, Dillon Hike, Bellevue East; Chris Finn, Diego Galvan, Chris Hahn, Sam Vanderslice, Bellevue West; Dallas Oberg, Miguel Velez, Colton Wolfe, Columbus; Cedric Lee, David Lindsay, Grant Matthies, John Richter, Drew Russell, Creighton Preparatory School; Kyle Bristol, Ethan Ferguson, Christian Harmon, Sean Lambert, Fremont; Chris Doty, Keenan Ketteler, Trey Kissack, Matt Lamb, Adan Redwine, Alec Redwine, Spencer Sidlyck, Grand Island; Alex Harris, Ty Roseberry, Noah Urbanek, Jake Waller, Kearney; Jack Cobb, Nate Netz, Chris Walker, Lincoln East; CorDarrius Bailey, Tyren Baker, Ruon Chuol, Aundra Gilvert, Terry Jones, Anthony Magor, Kobi Smith-Parrott, Lincoln High; Trevin Ball, Caleb Brown, Braden Dey, Tavlin Hunt, Brady Jones, Chase Lauver, Keanu Russell, Lincoln North Star; Caden Highsmith, Trevor Peterson, Tivon Phillips, Lincoln Northeast; Brady McDonald, Martiez Prather, Sterling Smith, Bryson Williams, Lincoln Southeast; Josh Delgado, Bo Els, Kyson Schnell, Lincoln Southwest; Nick Engle, Aaron Gerdes, Ethan Morrison, Dylan Price, Josh Reil, Matt Reid, Andrew Wine, Millard North; Alex Cloyd, Bryce Cooney, Jordan Williams, Millard South; Luke Lallman, Warren Punt, Josh Wallace, Shae Wyatt, Millard West; Devin Denker, Gunner Fuelberth, Bryce Sovereign, Josh Taylor, Alex Thompson, James Walton-Thoene, Aaron Wilken, Norfolk; Brendan Folk, Ki Jana Owens, Ricky Sandoval, Kort Steele, North Platte; Brian Muhia, Omaha Bryan; Jackson Abramo, Josh Baker, Cole Frahm, Arnijae Ponder, Omaha Burke; Jordan Flowers, Corbin Foster, Michael Galeski, Connor Pavlik, Nick Russell, Brandon Wegner, Omaha Central; Austin Heim, Andrew Jones, Grant Martin, Omar Parker, Milton Sargbah, Andrell Sherrod, Jordan Strong, Alex Williford, Omaha North; Michael Minor, Tajuan Phipps, Malik Warner, Omaha Northwest; Tristan Anderson, Noah Fant, Monte McGary, Jalen Tate, Omaha South; Braxton Anderson, Logan Duryee, Mitchell Hagan, Alex Lindquist, Anthony Meeks, Dante Sortino, Omaha Westside; Adam Atkinson, Michael Cargill, Jared Ertz, Chad Lechtenberg, Cal Mathison, Papillion-La Vista; Eathan Archer, Zach Bussard, Triston Fairchild, Cole Jones, Brian Lapke, Dominic Simpson, Papillion-La Vista South; Brian Fiedler, Mason Hetrick, South Sioux City. CLASS B Position_Name, School, Height, Weight, Grade Offense Receiver_Todd Honas, Aurora, 6-0, 200, Sr. Receiver_JJ Schulz, York, 6-0, 185, Sr.

    Lineman_Austin Clarkson, Scottsbluff, 6-6, 270, Sr. Lineman_Shane Henderson, Elkhorn South, 6-0, 290, Sr. Lineman_Logan Hoyt, Plattsmouth, 6-1, 265, Sr.

    Lineman_Christian Peters, Omaha Skutt Catholic, 6-2, 240, Sr. Lineman_Gavin Rush, Aurora, 6-2, 295, Sr. Quarterback_Christian Ellsworth, Northwest, 6-4, 210, Sr.

    Back_Moses Bryant, Elkhorn South, 6-0, 190, So. Back_Emmitt Knight, Gretna, 5-10, 180, Sr. Back_Gage Orton, Plattsmouth, 5-10, 185, Sr.

    Placekicker_Kohlton Bingham, Elkhorn South, 6-2, 180, Sr. Defense Lineman_Trent Hixson, Omaha Skutt Catholic, 6-4, 270, Jr. Lineman_Brad Johnston, Scottsbluff, 6-0, 200, Sr.

    Lineman_Marvin Lazo, York, 6-2, 240, Sr. Lineman_Matt McBride, McCook, 6-2, 220, Sr. Linebacker_Austin Allen, Aurora, 6-8, 220, Jr.

    Linebacker_Grant Bruner, Gretna, 5-11, 195, Jr. Linebacker_Cameron Jurgens, Beatrice, 6-3, 225, So. Linebacker_Tanner Meyo, Elkhorn South, 6-1, 200, Sr.

    Back_Brendan Brehmer, Alliance, 6-0, 180, Jr. Back_Joe Schlager, McCook, 5-9, 180, Sr. Back_Dawson Siemonsma, Plattsmouth, 5-10, 180, Sr.

    Punter_Alec Cromer, Beatrice, 6-5, 225, Sr. Honorable mention: Breckon Reed, Kendall Oberheide, Cole Spady, Kyler Wormstadt, Adams Central; Baden Shelmadine, Bryant Wilson, Alliance; Preston Dibbern, Grant Fox, Dalton Peters, Aurora; Jake Brod, Payton McCubbin, Austin West, Beatrice; Carter Anderson, Zane Boswell, Ethan Cox, Devon Mormuth, Dylan Rahlfs, Blair; Hunter Bradley, Rhett Harms, Ethan Sherman, Crete; Kyle Janvrin, Jack Rogers, Alex Schiefelbein, Adin Stiles, Elkhorn; Connor Ballard, Connor Childs, Connor Ebeling, Brayton Haley, Andrew Hamik, Jack Lyons, Garrett Streeks, Derrick VanderLinden, Braden Wright, Elkhorn South; Brent Barge, Nolan Nelson, Gering; Patrick Arnold, Logan Radik, Jared Samuelson, Chase Templeman, Gretna; Michael Collicott, Blayne Dreher, Sam Reimer, Hastings; Joe Bojorquez, Andy Manzo, Seth Soderlund, Lexington; Jacob Andreasen, Taylor Angele, Bailey Deterding, Alex Kerr, Spencer Scheer, Brock Wordekemper, Lincoln Pius X; Logan Bunger, Riley Loop, Jaret Matson, Zach Schlager, Caleb Sheets, McCook; Jeremiah Connealy, Caiden Groff, Alex Miklas, Mount Michael Benedictine; Jose Garcia, Noah Kasbohm, Darin Sornson, Nebraska City; Brooke Brown, Dylan Davis, Isaiah Daws, Brandon Gannon, Northwest; Hunter Bond, Louis Gray, Travis Reed, Brody Zabel, Norris; Javone Malone, Omaha Benson; Garrett Meyer, Eric Mixen, Austin Sidzyik, Michael Wilmes, Trevor Yanovich, Omaha Gross Catholic; Andrew Lamer, Pat Mucha, Noah Oswald, Gabe Puczulowski, Omaha Roncalli Catholic; Mojo Hagge, Joe LaMontia, Ryan Moritz, Ian Urban, Josh Zeplin, Omaha Skutt Catholic; Matt Rathman, Noah Sabatka, AJ Sharp, Plattsmouth; Kainan Bowyer, Justin Farley, Taylor Murph, Noe Rosas, Ralston; Arturo Chavez, Christian Venzor, Schuyler; Trevor Garcia, Traceton Halley, Ben Heggem, Scottsbluff; Josh Behlen, Brady Fitzke, Evan Fletcher, Bailey Hass, Corbin Ruth, Scott Wolverton, Seward; Seth Janssen, Justin Lawrence, Dillon Ruelas, Ben Warner, Waverly; Jackson Coffin, Alex Kowalski, Simon Otte, Nick Pettigrove, Evan Ronner, York. CLASS C1 Position_Name, School, Height, Weight, Grade Offense Receiver_Brady Bamesberger, Central City, 5-11, 160, Sr.

    Receiver_Rodney Rosier, Boys Town, 5-7, 160, Sr. Lineman_Aiden Burroughs, Norfolk Catholic, 6-4, 295, Sr. Lineman_Carson Fuscher, Columbus Scotus, 6-0, 195, Sr.

    Lineman_Riley Homolka, Wilber-Clatonia, 6-4, 270, Jr. Lineman_Jordan Paup, Central City, 6-3, 230, Jr. Lineman_Blake Schroeder, Holdrege, 6-3, 230, Sr.

    Quarterback_Mitch Carlson, Central City, 6-1, 160, Sr. Back_Trevor Nichelson, Ashland-Greenwood, 5-10, 195, Jr. Back_Baeley Pelster, Columbus Scotus, 5-9, 170, Sr.

    Back_Jared Bubak, Lincoln Christian, 6-4, 235, Sr. Placekicker_Dominic Long, Gothenburg, 5-11, 170, Jr. Defense Lineman_Brandon Breunig, Bishop Neumann, 6-6, 205, Jr Lineman_Aaron Hoff, Norfolk Catholic, 6-2, 240, Sr.

    Lineman_Ben Stille, Ashland-Greenwood, 6-5, 245, Sr. Linebacker_Theo Blum, Bishop Neumann, 6-1, 185, Jr. Linebacker_Jake Bos, Columbus Scotus, 6-0, 200, Sr.

    Linebacker_Marcus Dodson, Columbus Scotus, 6-0, 185, Sr. Linebacker_David Engelhaupt, Norfolk Catholic, 6-4, 230, Sr. Back_Austin Freeman, Pierce, 5-9, 165, Sr.

    Back_Cole Harrington, Columbus Scotus, 5-10, 165, Sr. Back_Zayne Heckenlively, Falls City, 5-8, 170, Jr. Back_Noah Vedral, Bishop Neumann, 6-2, 180, Jr.

    Punter_Connor O Toole, Wilber-Clatonia, 6-2, 205, Sr. Honorable mention: Garris Karr, Jacob Miller, Arlington; Trevor Busenitz, Keaelan Dea, Dawson Grell, Aric Kasuske, Rayce Riecken, Ashland-Greenwood; Joey Dunn, Tristan Unruh, Tyler Wredt, Dallas Yates, Auburn; Jordan Fujan, Reid Jurgensmeier, Nate Kmiecik, Wyatt Svara, Bishop Neumann; David Hansen, Keaton Henry, Blaine Kennedy, Scott Ketteler, Joe O Brien, Boone Central/Newman Grove; Bill Adusei, Orion Quesenberry, Boys Town; Scott Davis, Josey Evans, Tommy McCormick, Broken Bow; Taylor Beck, Kordell Hamer, Vincent Ohlman, Brad Schoch, Central City; Austin Folz, Dylan Johnson, Trent Roth, Trey Shanks, Columbus Lakeview; Evan Chohon, Jackson Kumpf, Sam Novicki, Nathan Tworek, Columbus Scotus; Jake Herz, Tracey Kozak, Sam Simpson, Conestoga; Jordan Henry, Cozad; Brandon Theewen, David City; Trevin Derr, Douglas County West; Jacob Johnson, Paul Mach, Patrick Ondrak, Justyn Franklin, Fairbury; Ben Bauman, Falls City; Dawson Graham, Gothenburg; Jackson Berney, Cooper Rogers, Holdrege; Andrew Harms, Brady Holtmeier, John Husmann, Bryce James, Matt Masker, Kearney Catholic; Jake Mohler, Nic Snodgrass, Dan Stohlmann, Louisville; Cam Carritt, TJ Havlat, Marty Schildt, Milford-Dorchester; Alexis Ciprian, Jonathan Miller, Justin Vollars, Minden; Drew Gilliland, Mitchell; Dylan Kautz, Drew Leise, Matt Miller, Ethan Piper, Justin Timmerman, Myles Vrbka, Norfolk Catholic; Nick Hines, Dawson Poessnecker, North Bend Central; Justin Appleby, Tyson Hostert, Jake Young, O Neill; Jake Estrada, Brittan Hoppens, Grant Packarg, Brandon Raffaeli, Ogallala; Cade Svoboda, Brady Volf, Ord; Derek Asmus, Taggart Bailey, Mason Buckendahl, Brady Starkel, Levi Sudbeck, Pierce; Justen Hall, Peter McNally, Jake Palensky, Mitch Russman, Raymond Central; Cole Fousek, David Gross, Hunter Kocian, St. Paul; Connor Cameron, Tanner Harsin, Mitch McWilliams, Tim Stilmock, Syracuse; Caden Billings, Wyatt Hitchcock, Valentine; Josh Abbott, Dylan Egr, Blake Kaiser, Jordan Ptacek, Nathan Spicka, Ethan Stratman, Wahoo; Brice Broz, Jalen Graham, Zack Keller, Matt Petracek, Derek Tachovsky, Jacob Ulman, Wilber-Clatonia.

    CLASS C2 Position_Name, School, Height, Weight, Grade Offense Receiver_Korbin Hynes, Gibbon, 5-9, 155, Sr. Receiver_Cody Mace, Oakland-Craig, 5-10, 185, Sr. Lineman_Garrett Clark, Sutton, 6-0, 260, Sr Lineman_Blake Huisman, Stanton, 6-4, 230, Sr.

    Lineman_Matt Kindler, Aquinas, 6-2, 195, Sr. Lineman_Ozzie Rodriguez, Gibbon, 5-11, 265, Sr. Lineman_Garrett Stone, Sutton, 6-0, 200, Sr.

    Quarterback_Cole Mitchell, Oakland-Craig, 5-11, 175, Sr. Back_Cody Feist, Yutan, 5-10, 185, Sr. Back_Hunter Fischer, Hastings St.

    Cecilia, 6-1, 195, Sr. Back_Derek Renner, Battle Creek, 6-0, 185, Sr. Placekicker_Grant Schmidt, Hastings St.

    Cecilia, 6-3, 190, Jr. Defense Lineman_Zach Heinke, Logan View, 6-2, 215, Sr. Lineman_ Blake Rainforth, Doniphan-Trumbull, 6-0, 220, Sr.

    Lineman_Hoss Smith, Oakland-Craig, 5-11, 190, Jr. Lineman_Mike Walz, Hastings St. Cecilia, 6-1, 205, Sr.

    Linebacker_Lane Napier, Aquinas, 5-10, 180, Jr. Linebacker_Conner Thiele, Oakland-Craig, 6-2, 215, Sr. Linebacker_Mitch White, Aquinas, 6-0, 195, Sr.

    Back_Conner Kranda, Aquinas, 5-9, 145, Sr. Back_Noah Pelan, Aquinas, 5-9, 160, Sr. Back_Kobe Lade, Battle Creek, 6-2, 185, Sr.

    Back_Bryce Bryn, North Platte St. Patrick s, 6-3, 165, Sr. Punter_Dayton Sealey, Hastings St.

    Cecilia, 6-2, 195, Sr. Honorable mention: Brendon Comte, Kenton Kobza, Spencer Maguire, Aquinas; Thomas Spilinik, Arcadia-Loup City; Lane DeGroff, Luke Kerkaert, Austin Ottis, Archbishop Bergan; Ryan Brauer, Jan-Louw deJager, Wyatt Hamer, Mason Mettler, Aaron Rudloff, Battle Creek; Jerrod Fedorchik, Will Frerichs, Wyatt Pankowski, John Pappas, Bridgeport; Jacub Nichelson, Brayden Obermier, Adrian Turrubiates, Centennial; Jose Guzman, Travis Holcomb, Centura; Braden Schuppan, Trey Sterner, Doniphan-Trumbull; Tyler Drueke, Zach Dwyer, Blake Lutz, Caleb Marlatt, Tyler Oehlerking, Elmwood-Murdock; Riley Chapman, Leyton Hopken, Aaron Poppert, Cody Whitehead, Fillmore Central; Jacobsen Podtburg, Joel Salazar, Holden Scott, Gabe VanEngen, Freeman; Coltin Brown, Tanner Gideon, Wyatt Kee, Bradyn Snell, Devin Stroh, Gibbon; Kendrik Goeden, Stephen Hillis, Sean Kathol, Grant Liese, Hartington Cedar Catholic; Seth Kirkegaard, Zach Kitten, Braden Poppe, Hastings St. Cecilia; Alex Czarnick, Jason Davis, Baylor Hellmuth, Hershey; Jesse Hickey, Nolan Schafer, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer; Trent Rutledge, Kimball; Garrett Knoell, Logan View; Ryan Brand, John Freudenburg, Lee Grebe, Lutheran High Northeast; Tim Dishman, Austin Glause, Mason Warrelmann, Malcolm; Zac Miller, North Platte St.

    Patrick s; Josh Dixon, Bob Gatewood, Tommy Nelson, Garrett Seagren, Oakland-Craig; Josh Bartz, Andrew Klinger, Krishn Rapoor, Harrison Runnels, Omaha Brownell-Talbot; Quinton Davis, Landon Hornby, Drew Huxol, Palmyra; Leo Markworth, Russell McLean, Corey Ryker, Ponca; Conagher Jonak, Ravenna; Brook Svoboda, Sandy Creek; Nate Grossnicklaus, Jake Hoatson, Carter Smith, Shelby-Rising City; Travis Munstermann, Ian Salts, Southern; Grant King, Mitchael Sieh, Corbin Warnke, Stanton; Zach McMillan, Bobby Muench, Trey Rongisch, Sutherland; Garrett Leach, Tanner Peterson, Tristan Sheridan, Sutton; Jadyn Dightman, Thayer Central; Colby Ensz, Carson Hicks, Alex Jantzen, Shane Jiskra, Cooper Smith, Tri County; Jayce Ellenwood, Matt Ense, Parker Koziol, Tanner Marker, Twin River; Riley Bilstein, Braydon Mlady, West Holt; Lucas Troyer, Wisner-Pilger; Keaton Husak, Wood River; Colton Feist, Levi Kult, Scott Wuster, Yutan. CLASS D1 Position_Name, School, Height, Weight, Grade Offense Receiver_Ty Chaffin, Burwell, 6-4, 200, Sr. Receiver_Breyden Eckhout, Amherst, 6-1, 175, Sr.

    Lineman_Tanner Benge, Hemingford, 6-2, 240, Sr. Lineman_Collin Brown, Blue Hill, 6-3, 330, Jr. Lineman_Sam Morrill, Creighton, 5-11, 225, Jr.

    Quarterback_Riley Tegtmeier, BDS, 6-0, 180, Sr. Back_Andrew Fangman, Elgin Public/Pope John, 5-11, 178, Sr. Back_Tanner Hass, Guardian Angels Central Catholic, 6-1, 205, Sr.

    Placekicker_Omar Ramirez, High Plains, 5-10, 180, Sr. Defense Lineman_Andy Kerkman, Clearwater/Orchard, 6-8, 235, Sr. Lineman_Stuart Rohr, BDS, 6-3, 220, Sr.

    Linebacker_Sam Christensen, BDS, 6-1, 200, Sr. Linebacker_Josh DeMers, High Plains, 6-2, 210, Sr. Linebacker_Ben Elznic, BDS, 6-2, 195, Sr.

    Linebacker_Lane Walton, Creighton, 6-1, 205, Sr. Back_Kale Kleinschmidt, BDS, 5-8, 160, Jr. Back_Victory Sikes, Burwell, 6-1, 190, Sr.

    Punter_Tyler Holz, Bloomfield, 5-11, 205, Sr. Honorable mention: Trevor Adelung, Colten Bergt, Jacob Klingelhoefer, Trey Taubenheim, Amherst; Landon Rohde, Taylor Shea, Michael Shoemaker, Ansley-Litchfield; Gentry Anderson, Robert Gardner, Kiley Jones, Zack Kerner, Arapahoe; August Fishell, Cody Nickel, Axtell; McGwire Mackeprang, Wilson Wagner, Bloomfield; Kody Mans, Blue Hill; Mitchell Atkinson, Jory Carson, Kendall Dickson, Riley Ellwanger, Boyd County; Noel Gines, Holden Stengel, BDS; Tyler Gideon, Jake Hansen, Lane Helgoth, Chase Hoffschneider, Tori Huffmam, Burwell; Maverick Sukstorf, Cedar Bluffs; Bradley Bunner, Kobe Paprocki, Tyrell Pokorney, Seth Thompson, Clarkson-Leigh; Blake Kester, Zach Martin, Alex Olivan, Clearwater-Orchard; Brook Baller, Brandon Borgmann, Ryan Neumann, Creighton; Alex Dubas, Tanner Lamoree, Cross County; Bladen Ahl, Trever Roberts, Tybor Smith, Diller-Odell; Paul Calvert, Dundy County-Stratton; Trevor Havlovic, Skyler Ratkovec, East Butler; Dylan Behnk, Chad Bode, Kyle Kallhoff, Seth Schumacher, Elgin/Pope John; Nate Bartling, Tyrone Hubbard, Chris Quintana, Elm Creek; Clay Dickinson, Jay Lawver, Jesse Wells, Friend; Trevor Conway, Will Meyer, Josh Wetovick, Fullerton; Sheldon Disher, Tanner Ortmeier, Guardian Angels Central Catholic; Ethan Marten, Hartington-Newcastle; Clay Bergen, Austin Stuhr, Heartland; Matthew Davis, Johnny Manning, Hemingford; Tyson Fate, Andrew Schuller, Payton Stevens, Kyler VanHousen, Thomas Young, High Plains; Zach Bayer, Mitchell Brester, Tyler Polacek, Mitchell Prusa, Luke Renter, Howells-Dodge; Carter Beller, Duncan Hanzel, Austin Preister, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family; Colton Davis, Kyle Francois, Hayden Miller, Dylan Pappa, Lourdes Central Catholic; Timothy Hughes, Alex Quinn, Mead; Logan Faeh, Benny Stevens, Andrew Winsterman, Nebraska Christian; Nathan Ewart, Jeffrey Keefe, Ben Riegsecker, Nebraska Lutheran; Garett Allemang, Chris Bentley, Grant White, Neligh-Oakdale; Bill Johnson, Cade Kalkowski, Niobrara/Verdigre; James Bensen, Kolton Lehmkuhl, Shay Messerlie, Devin Soll, Pender; Charles Johnson, Noah Kerchal, Derek Sis, Perkins County; Tyler Friedrich, Nic Jensen, Plainview; Michael Broussard, Kaleb Fischer, Scribner-Snyder; Jared Muhlbach, Shelton; Lafeyette Loper, South Loup; Levi Kamphaus, Twin Loup. CLASS D2 Position_Name, School, Height, Weight, Grade Offense Receiver_Henry Arnold, Falls City Sacred Heart, 6-1, 190, Sr.

    Receiver_Dakota Fitzgerald, Bertrand, 6-2, 180, Sr. Lineman_Reggie Johansen, Falls City Sacred Heart, 6-1, 265, Sr. Lineman_Cameron White, Exeter-Milligan, 6-5, 209, Jr.

    Lineman_Carson Woodman, Kenesaw, 6-4, 235, Sr. Quarterback_Brenden Pelster, CWC, 5-10, 185, Sr. Back_Luke Ericson, Osceola, 6-3, 215, Sr.

    Back_Kyle Wemhoff, Humphrey St. Francis, 5-10, 180, Sr. Placekicker_Jacey Nutter, Sandhills/Thedford, 6-1, 195, Jr.

    Defense Lineman_Cody Ramsey, CWC, 6-4, 225, Sr. Lineman_Cole Wemhoff, Humphrey St. Francis, 6-2, 210, Jr.

    Linebacker_Daniel Libolt, CWC, 5-10, 165, So. Linebacker_Sean Maxson, Exeter-Milligan, 6-1, 180, Sr. Linebacker_Preston Schnitzler, Kenesaw, 5-8, 183, Sr.

    Back_Damien Baumgart, Humphrey St. Francis, 5-10, 170, Sr. Back_Troy Gilligan, Anselmo-Merna, 5-10, 135, Sr.

    Back_Cody Stratman, Wynot, 5-7, 155, Sr. Punter_Austin Lange, Wynot, 6-2, 245, Sr. Honorable mention: Cody Thomas, Allen; Wyatt Gibson, Ashton Hammond, Parker Janicek, Alma; Tyler Chandler, Shaun Christen, Collin Safranek, Keenan Stupka, Cameron Downey, Anselmo-Merna; Grant Dahlgren, Creighton Peterson, Wyatt Wilken, Tyrell Younger, Bertrand; Matt Neiman, Dayne Porter, Levi Simmons, Nate Sitorius, Brady; Connor Croxen, Jacob Green, Zane Patrick, CWC; Tyler Rautenberg, Noah Rutjens, Elkhorn Valley; Tyler Haberman, Brice Morgan, Austin Ostrand, Emerson-Hubbard; Kaleb Gibbens, Eustis-Farnam; Jack Dineen, Trevor Luzum, Jonathon Mounce, Spencer Papik, Kirby Soukup, Sam Zeleny, Exeter-Milligan; Christian Harring, Bryant Jorn, Bailey Witt, Falls City Sacred Heart; Elliott Epp, Matt McCarthy, Garden County; Tucker Gartner, Brett Good, Corey Hoelck, Giltner; Caleb Dowling, Brady Klute, Devin Nissen, Jesse Rasmussen, Hampton; Devin Hueftle, Heartland Lutheran; Evan Classen, Jay Korth, Noah McPhillips, Humphrey St.

    Francis; Jaxson Balm, Austin Griggs, Trey Stutheit, Johnson-Brock; Jake Brunk, Tyson Burr, Daniel Duffy, Kenesaw; Gavin Buschkoetter, Bryce Buscher, Kevin Schroer, Lawrence-Nelson; Rhett Dye, Zach Hellie, Kordell Maestas, Leyton; Marcus Hegy, Montana Riecken, Lyons-Decatur Northeast; Houston Crane, Ryan McKeenan, Maxwell; John Klintworth, Medicine Valley; Brode McIntosh, Gideon Monette, Lance Moore, Samuel Vinton, Mullen; Kraton Gabel, Bennett Nelson, Austin Wieseman, Osceola; Max Frank, Brock Johnson, Caleb Krohn, Tyler Reikofski, Osmond; Ryan Busch, Pleasanton; Grant Brunssen, Denton Kuhl, Drew Loberg, Randolph; Lane Deisley, Justin Shipman, Red Cloud; Dylan Andersen, Riggin Anderson, Cole Hewett, Cade Pokorny, Tyler Swisher, Sandhills-Thedford; Rowan Ford, South Platte; Josh Cuddy, St.

    Mary s; Mason Gee, Thomas Tucker, Jordan Wenzl, Sterling; Tate Schmaderer, Stuart; Trace Claflin, Francisco Orozco, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller; Josh May, Wallace; Brice Barney, Luc Bloomquist, Gaige Hegge, John Rosberg, Wausa; Hayden King, Cory Shoff, Winside; Jalen Wieseler, Wynot.

  • All-American Sheikh | SomaliPage.com Religious scholar Hamza Yusuf discusses the arc of Islamic civilization, the causes of Middle East conflict, and running the first Muslim liberal arts college in the United States. Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, Washington, DC, Oct.

    5, 2015. Stephen Voss for the Cairo Review.

    As he tells it, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, born Mark Hanson in Walla Walla, Washington, hails from a family of seekers. His journey to Islam began at age 17, when a head-on automobile accident led him to serious reflection on the meaning of life. In a spiritual quest over the ensuing decades, he converted from Christianity to Islam and studied with Muslim scholars in Britain, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Morocco, and perhaps most notably, with Sheikh Murabit Al-Hajj and Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah of Mauritania.

    Today, Yusuf is widely regarded as one of the leading Western scholars of Islam and one of the most influential Muslims in the United States. In 1996, Yusuf, 55, co-founded the Zaytuna Institute, which in 2009 became Zaytuna College, located in Berkeley, California, America s first Muslim liberal arts college. As Zaytuna s president, and in the classroom as a professor, he is on a mission to upgrade the quality of Islamic education, revive the classical teachings and sciences of the faith, and prepare Muslims for the modern world.

    Zaytuna offers a rich curriculum designed to integrate Islam and Arabic with the Western canon. Mr. Yusuf dazzles his audiences, the New York Times wrote in 2006, by weaving into one of his typical half-hour talks quotations from St.

    Augustine, Patton, Eric Erikson, Jung, Solzhenitsyn, Auden, Robert Bly, Gen. William C. Westmoreland, and the Bible.

    Earlier this year, Zaytuna became the first accredited Muslim institution of higher education in the country. Yusuf has also been a passionate opponent of U.S. policies in the Middle East as well as a vocal critic of Muslim extremists condemning the September 11 attacks as an act of mass murder, pure and simple.

    Cairo Review Managing Editor Scott MacLeod interviewed Yusuf on August 27, 2015, in his office at Zaytuna College, located in Berkeley s tranquil Holy Hill neighborhood, known for its small theology schools and seminaries. CAIRO REVIEW : What does the Muslim faith mean to you? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I essentially see Islam as a culmination of the Abrahamic traditions.

    I came out of the Abrahamic traditions. I was an Orthodox Christian. My father was Roman Catholic, Irish Catholic, my mother was half-Greek and half-Irish, so her father, who was an Archon in the Greek Orthodox Church, raised us Greek Orthodox and my father didn t have a problem with that.

    My mother was very open-minded and she raised me to believe that religion, for most people, was largely an arbitrary phenomenon because they tend to take the religion they were born into. So, if we were in Sri Lanka we would be Hindus or Buddhists or in Poland we might be Jewish or Catholic. I really took that to heart.

    I did go through the various religions when I was 17, and Islam was the last on my list. There is something very troubling about Islam for a lot of Westerners because it s the similar that s not similar. We have about fourteen hundred years of conflict, with few bright spots: Sicily during Roger II, or Frederick II, the Peace and Friendship with Islam, Eternal Enmity to Rome.

    Then Spain, during a very brief, shining moment, the Convivencia, when there were Jews, Christians, and Muslims living together relatively harmoniously. But I think for most Western people there s just a lot of prejudice that s there. I was fortunate that I was raised in a household that my mother had antibodies towards racism, sexism, prejudice, so we were raised not to look at things with a prejudicial eye as much as anybody is capable of doing that.

    When I studied Islam, I felt this has my Abrahamic faith with a lot of the things missing that bothered me about the Abrahamic faith. It was, for me, a very good fit. CAIRO REVIEW : What does it mean that you re a Muslim and not a Christian?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Everything that I loved about Christianity I got to bring into Islam. I didn t see Islam as an abandonment of my Christian upbringing. I saw it as a fulfillment of it.

    I really didn t have any conflict there. The Ten Commandments, I got. Jesus is a prophet as opposed to an incarnation of the divine, but one of the highest honored prophets.

    Mary is still a virgin in the Islamic tradition. The love of Jesus is in the Quran, but also the justice of Moses. So the Quran, although it appeals to the better angels of ourselves and asks us to be more Jesuit in our attitude towards the neighbor, it also allows for the redressing of wrongs.

    Muslims get that choice between the Mosaic justice and the turn-the-other-cheek of Christianity. I really felt that Islam was a fulfillment of that Abrahamic trinity of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Final Testament. CAIRO REVIEW : In the sweep of this history of fourteen hundred years, how has Islam benefited individuals, societies, and humanity?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Most people are unaware of the incredible contribution that Islam has made to human civilization. We call our numerals Arabic numerals. Many of our stars have Arabic names because the great Muslim astronomers were the ones that wrote the most advanced books on astronomy.

    When I went to Turkey I was so struck by how much of European civilization came from the influence of the Ottomans. John Locke, who wrote the treatise on toleration, was a student of Edward Pococke, at Oxford, who happened to be the foremost authority on Islam at the time. Locke was very interested in Islam.

    I think there s a clear indication that Locke was influenced by the Ottoman way of dealing with multiple religions. The first Edict of Toleration in the West was in Transylvania, which had a heterodoxic Christian ruler working under the Ottomans who decided on tolerating other Christian sects. The Ottomans never persecuted the Protestants, so Protestants would flee to Ottoman Turkey from Catholic countries where they were being persecuted.

    The Jews, when they were being persecuted in Spain, went to Turkey, and Bernard Lewis highlights that in his book on Islam and the Jews. One of the most ironic things to me is that St. Thomas Aquinas, who really becomes the chief spokesperson and greatest theologian of the Catholic Church, Augustine notwithstanding, he was heavily influenced by Muslim theologians and he has them in his bibliography.

    He was influenced by Averroes, by Avicenna, by Al-Farabi, by Al-Ghazali. And you can see things in the Summa that are directly lifted from Muslim theological treatises. The Catholic Church itself has a debt to Islamic theology.

    A lot of people don t know these things and it s unfortunate, but there are many Western scholars who do know these things. California historical textbooks, because of Muslim advocacy, have actually begun to change that. And there s pushback, obviously, from some of the more either secularist or fundamentalist Christians that don t like the fact that Islam could be presented in any good light.

    CAIRO REVIEW : You have fantastic epochs in the Islamic civilization. What went wrong? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Well, that s the question that Bernard Lewis posed, What went wrong?

    In some ways, we could ask the same questions about the West. I find it ironic that the moral capital of our civilization is so low at a time when we re condemning Muslim civilization. ISIS the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, for instance, is a pure outgrowth of a war that even the Pope declared unjust, that was waged by our administration on the Iraqi government.

    Yet we don t take any responsibility for that. These are just crazy Muslims that arose out of a completely insane situation where a repressive regime was removed. But I would say that more things have gone right in the Muslim culture.

    You re living in Cairo, so you know the family is far more intact in the Muslim World than it is in the West. We are now witnessing the disintegration of the family in the West. One of the things that really strikes me I was just in Turkey, and people just look normal.

    And when I come back to my country, I feel like I m in a freak show. What I realized recently was I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that in the Muslim World children still grow up with two parents and the mother is actually home so they get all the attention they need when they re young and they don t need to do all these attention-grabbing antics when they get older. Whereas in the West so many people don t get that attention when they re young so they spend the rest of their life looking.

    Look at me, I have to tattoo my whole body to get people to look at me because I didn t get the gaze of the significant other when I was a child so now I need the gaze of the insignificant others as an adult. So I think a lot of what we re seeing in the West, to me, is profoundly troubling, and in the Muslim World there are a lot of things that are actually positive so I m not totally convinced that this whole question, What went wrong? is even a valid question.

    What s happening in the Muslim World, the media s magnifying glass has focused on one area that is definitely dysfunctional and having really severe crises, but there are many other areas of the Muslim World that are actually functioning quite well. CAIRO REVIEW : For example? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Every year I spend a month in Turkey and I feel so much safer, it s one of the cleanest countries I ve been to, it has all of the modern amenities that I find in my own country, and it has really nice people.

    Istanbul is rated almost every year as the number one spot to visit on the planet for tourists because of its beauty, because they have incredible cuisine, they have amazing history. Malaysia is an amazing country. Multicultural, multiethnic, multireligious.

    The Malay Muslims live with the Chinese, live with the Orang Asli, the aboriginal peoples. And then Africa, Morocco, with all the problems that it has, is another country that I love to visit. There s a lot of problems but it s not one of the Arab countries that imploded.

    A lot of the Arab countries have real problems. Some of them are economic. Some of them have to do with the fact that dictatorship and oppression have been part and parcel of those countries for a long time.

    Oppression is a horrible thing to live under. Unfortunately, if you ve ever read Albert Memmi s The Colonizer and the Colonized , those cycles are difficult to break. CAIRO REVIEW : This is what I m getting at.

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I think in some ways they are failed states, to lesser and greater degrees. Civilizations, like people, have ages. They have youth, they have middle age, and old age, and in many ways these are decrepit societies perhaps waiting for a reincarnation to be reborn because societies do get renovated.

    They are renewed. We re a relatively new civilization and yet we re, I think, looking pretty world-weary of late. But the American civilization has been a very dynamic civilization because it s a relatively new civilization.

    Europe is, I think, having a lot of troubles. The whole planet, in some ways, is going through this. There s a whole set of philosophical problems: the collapse of traditional societies, the collapse of traditional worldviews, the introduction of Western philosophical ideas, the Enlightenment, secularity.

    These have been introduced in the Muslim World that emerged in very different environments than they did in the Western world. The Western world had a gross reaction against religion because of a lot of the repressive tendencies of religion. In the Muslim World, knowledge was not the domain of religion itself.

    There was no priesthood to keep knowledge limited to a select group of people. For that reason, Muslims did not have this crisis of religion as a repressive force as it did in the West. Secularity, which is a reaction to that, laicism, which is the extreme reaction, did not occur to the Muslims.

    That s why the imposition of secularity on them has been very traumatic for these societies because they are deeply religious societies. They re still theocentric societies. That s shifting.

    I agree that there are shifts happening in the youth because of the Western culture that is incredibly pervasive because of all the new technology. People are now exposed to things. Thirty years ago in Cairo they were watching Bahibbak Lucy , I Love Lucy , reruns, or something.

    Now they re streaming from YouTube whatever they want to watch from the West. If you ve watched The Square it s very clear the incredible influences of these technologies even on the quote-unquote Arab Spring. These are complex questions.

    CAIRO REVIEW : If we look at countries with major Islamic heritages Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia many are very problematic places and societies today. SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Historically, to use Saudi Arabia as an example, in Saudi Arabia two hundred years ago, a movement emerged which was a puritanical movement which was a radical departure, it was more of a protestant movement against a kind of Catholic Islam. It was more of a protest movement against a traditional Islam.

    People say Islam needs a reformation; this is what we re witnessing. People that say Islam needs a reformation don t know how bloody the Western Reformation was and how horrible it was and how it fragmented Western culture, and because of it, secularism arose as a treatment. William Cavanaugh would argue against that in The Myth of Religious Violence , but generally secularism came as this so-called arbiter between these religious conflicts.

    The truth is that secularism has a history that actually outdoes religion in its severity and barbarity. I mean, nobody has been as bloody as the secular ideologues, Stalin and Hitler. CAIRO REVIEW : In these countries with Islamic heritage, why have things deteriorated so much?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : If you want to get to core reasons, one of them is that there was a collapse of the school systems in the Muslim World. Ibn Khaldun already in the fourteenth century is arguing that there was an ossification that had penetrated these school systems to where they were no longer thinking creatively but rather just simply rote memorization. There are many places outside of Western civilization where that is the norm, where you just regurgitate information and parrot it back to the teacher.

    So that is one aspect of this idea of what they call taqlid in the Islamic tradition, which is blind imitation. Toynbee argues that civilizations rise or fall based on how they respond to challenges and the response has to come from what he called a creative minority. Historically, the Muslims had these creative minorities and they were able to deal with their challenges, but these creative minorities diminished until they became just individuals that weren t able to really address the crises that were confronting them.

    In the West we still have a lot of creative thinkers. One of the things that really strikes me about the West that I don t see in the Muslim World is that when I go to the bookstores in the spring and in the fall when they release the new books, I m always amazed by the amount of serious literature and study. In the Muslim World, crises come and go and there are no books that analyze them.

    Most of what s published in the Arab World, the best stuff is just critical editions of books that were written a thousand years ago. CAIRO REVIEW : Why have these Islamic societies fallen into such states of decay? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : A couple of things.

    One is taqlid , and the ossification of the creative process in the traditional school systems. Another aspect is, if you re familiar with Eckstein s Congruence Theory. Eckstein said that whatever the ruling model of a society is, it s only successful to the degree with which the model is replicated in the other social institutions of the society.

    If you have a patriarchal society, or you have an authoritarian society, like a dictator, then you need teachers that behave like dictators. You need parents that behave like dictators. One of the things that strikes a lot of my Muslim friends as odd when they come to America is the idea of asking children what they want for dinner.

    They just think that that s really a weird thing to do because you just give children food. But part of asking the child is enfranchisement. It begins early and you enculturate them into the idea that they are a sovereign citizen of the household and they participate in decisions and choices.

    That type of enculturation of democracy that happens organically in our culture, it s so far from happening in the Muslim World. That s why if you get rid of the dictator but the models that enable the dictator to be successful are still replicated in all of your social institutions, you ve changed nothing. You re only going to wait for the next dictator to come and act it out.

    CAIRO REVIEW : How did this happen? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Cultures decline and fall. The decline and fall of Islam was the rise of Europe.

    Don t forget that Europe rose with the introduction of all the Islamic sciences that came into it with the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the fall of Granada in 1492. This is the transformation of the West. This is when all these great works were translated into Latin.

    The translation movement was amazing. It stimulated Europe and they took it and they ve been going for five hundred years now. But the truth is the Muslims were going for a thousand years before that.

    People forget, when you look in terms of the long-term vision of it, what happened in the Muslim World will happen here, it s only a matter of time. The Romans had their time. Civilizations have their time.

    They decline and fall. Does that mean that Islam declines and falls? No, this is where the conflation of Islam with the so-called Islamic civilization is a fallacy.

    For instance, I m here in California and we ve started a Muslim liberal arts college that is filled with people that were born in the United States of America. This might be the seed. It might be, I m not saying it is, but Islam has historically moved to different places.

    It left the Arab World a long time ago and it moved to different places. The Turks had it and they declined and they fell. They re trying to have their own renaissance in a way and it might happen because they have a lot of really interesting thinkers and they re very sharp and they have a very dynamic culture.

    CAIRO REVIEW : You mentioned The Colonizer and the Colonized . Is that part of what s at play? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : It s part of it.

    I think Muslims have a profound chip on their shoulder. I call it the post-colonial traumatic stress syndrome. The trauma of being colonized, especially when you were as great as the Muslim civilization was.

    They live in the ruins of greatness. If you re in Cairo, it s very hard to ignore the Mamluk majesty. It s very hard to ignore the incredible past that they had; even the pyramids and the Pharaonic history.

    They live in the ruins of greatness. And, when they were colonized, beginning with the Napoleonic invasion, and then with the coming of the English and Lord Cromer, I think they really grappled with the collapse. Unfortunately, they identified the crisis with a lack of know-how.

    Most of the Muslims really believed that the reason that we were colonized was because the West got ahead of us. Hence, they direct all of their young people to study things like engineering and medicine because if we could just get the know-how and learn how they do these magical things, we ll once again restore our greatness. The problem with that is that the real foundation of any civilization is morality.

    That s where the real crisis is in a lot of the Muslim World, public morality. I think in some ways the private morality and generally sexual morality and things like that, family, those things are more stable in the Muslim World. I m not na ve of all the hanky-panky that goes on everywhere, but generally you find that.

    Partly it s because of the segregation that occurs and the opportunities are not as available. CAIRO REVIEW : You re saying that this corrosion is not because of Islam, but because there s not enough Islam? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : That s my thesis.

    Western people think that religion is a scaffolding that we built our civilization with and now that it s built we can get rid of the scaffolding. I think there s a very strong argument that it is the civilization, and if you get rid of it you re left with buildings that are devoid of meaning. I think that s what a lot of Western people are struggling with.

    The Muslims don t have that crisis. Their crisis is that buildings are derelict but they still have meaning in them. And they don t have the wherewithal to renovate.

    Renovation is a beautiful word, because in the Islamic tradition people are called to renovate, to renew. CAIRO REVIEW : Are Islam and democracy compatible? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : There are a lot of people in the West that are asking, Are democracy and corporatism compatible?

    Democracy is a very fragile form of government and there are strong arguments now in the West that we ve lost our democracy. That we don t really have that much say, that we re more kind of happy farm animals. They take care of us and we provide income tax dollars and consume their corporate products.

    Democracy is a contested term and if you mean by that, can Muslims vote and participate in the government, I think Turkey is an example of where Muslims clearly have worked within democratic institutions successfully. Malaysia is another example. It s different; it s not Western democracy.

    One of the things about the West is that we love to create others in our own image. When we were Christians we went around proselytizing Christianity, trying to form people into a Christian version of ourselves. Hence Amazonians singing Latin psalms.

    But, now that we ve abandoned Christianity and we re liberal democrats and consumers, the idea is to go and proselytize liberalism and consumerism. Part of our egocentricity and ethnocentricity is that we want to create the world in our own image. For instance, the Gulf states, like the Emirates, or Qatar, or Kuwait, for example, are places where the people being ruled are actually quite content with their rulers, by and large.

    Al-Nahyan has a very, very high rating amongst their people. It s not a democratic environment, but it s a type of benevolence, a benevolent paternalism, that works for them setting aside labor problems of people coming from very impoverished areas. I m not convinced that democracy has to be this universal way of governing ourselves.

    I would be perfectly content to live in a constitutional monarchy. I d be perfectly content to live in a place like the Emirates. I could live in the United Arab Emirates and not have a problem with it.

    I spent four years in the Emirates so I m speaking from real experience. I think we have to be very careful in trying to recreate the world in our own image. I think other places have to determine what s right for them and if that s democratic, then fine.

    I m not an Islamist by any stretch of the word, but when an Islamist government was elected in Algeria, they were overthrown. One of the French commentators said sometimes we have to subvert democracy in order to save democracy. And this is the odd thing about it.

    If you give Muslims an election, very often they will actually vote in the Islamists because they actually believe that they represent God and that we should follow God and if they are going to apply Islamic law then we should vote for them. There s a lot of Muslims that believe that. CAIRO REVIEW : My definition of democracy would be more the values than institutions, like the right to individual liberty, the culture of tolerance, the culture of community decision-making rather than top-down decision-making, treatment of minorities, treatment of women.

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I think all the things you said, I think people would be shocked at how progressive Islam is in a really proper understanding of it. CAIRO REVIEW : Can you explain that? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : For instance, women s rights.

    One of the things that only recently they are acknowledging is the fact that women that work at home actually are contributing to the GDP. This is very recent. In the Islamic tradition, the jurists of Islam, thirteen hundred years ago, argued, and this is actually considered canon law in Islam, that women are entitled to be paid for their domestic service in their homes.

    They can actually charge their husbands for their domestic service if they choose. It s a choice for them. That was understood, that they don t have to serve a husband.

    That s only very recently even an idea in the West. A lot of divorce in our country is over domestic chores, because you have two-income families and then the husband comes home and expects the wife to do the laundry and make the dinner. That stuff was dealt with centuries ago in the Muslim World.

    I think, in terms of minorities, in some ways the West has surpassed the Muslim World. There is full enfranchisement. There s a lot to be desired undeniably, and there s still a lot of racism in our culture, but I think Europe and America and Canada have done amazing things in that area.

    Unprecedented. It s quite sad that there s so much racial tension in our country because for the first time America is a society that was really beginning to overcome some of this. There s a lot of historical baggage.

    In the Muslim World, minorities were always protected but they were seen definitely as subjects and second-class citizens, but they were protected. I think there is a reading of Islam, and that s certainly the one that my teacher, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, has he argues recently that the whole concept of jizya is only one among different possibilities. So the idea of a poll tax for non-Muslim minorities is one.

    The other model is what they call the Constitution of Medina, where the Prophet fully enfranchised the Jewish tribes and that was the first model. It was replaced by the jizya model. He argues that it was never abrogated and I think there s a solid argument for that.

    He does feel that that s the most appropriate way, that minorities should be fully enfranchised. CAIRO REVIEW : Would you argue that Islam has a space for these democratic values? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I think they are certainly compatible with Islam.

    I think there are definitely areas for instance, pornography, violence when we argue that freedom also means the freedom to corrupt people, this is where you re going to get into some entanglements amongst the Muslims. In the West, even though these are recent ideas, is the idea that the pornographer has the right to be a purveyor of smut in the society and that s his individual right. The Muslims would say that if harm overrides benefit, if the social harm is greater than the social benefit of something, then in Islamic law it s prohibited.

    And, certainly with pornography, the evidence of the social harm is immense. I ve read a lot in this area. Oddly enough, Muslim civilizations tended to be a lot more tolerant of what until recently was called sexual deviancies.

    Muslim cultures had a greater tolerance of these things, even though they are prohibited. The actual cultures tended to be tolerant. One of the interesting things that has always struck me as odd is that nobody has ever looked at the Muslim transvestites.

    They call them mukhannathoon ; we find them in India, in the Arab World, West Africa. They go to the weddings and they are men that behave like women. Muslims have always recognized that there is a spectrum of behavior amongst peoples and I think they ve been a lot more tolerant to human foibles and idiosyncrasies than a lot of Western cultures, which demand a type of conformity.

    But puritanism tries to stamp that out and a lot of what we re seeing today is the rise of this puritanical Islam that is very repressive and makes it very difficult for people that are not in that. CAIRO REVIEW : Is that legitimate? Is it Islam?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Arguably there are elements that are Islam. Undeniably. But the way that it is practiced and the cruelty with which it is practiced are very alien to Islam and to the Muslims.

    This Graeme Wood argument in the Atlantic magazine, that he made using Bernard Haykel and a few other people, that what ISIS is practicing is Islam, I think that argument is a very fallacious argument for anybody that knows the Islamic tradition. CAIRO REVIEW : The Arab Spring gave so much hope to the young generation. Part of the failure is that the Islamist movements have not been successful.

    How do you read that? Why hasn t the Islamic movement brought about a just society? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : First of all, I think it s akin to the Spring of Nations which happened in 1848 with the revolutions in Europe that were quickly squelched by the authoritarian regimes.

    But, over time, that gave rise to major changes that happened with World War I. That might be what it will take, a horrible World War III, and then from those ashes will emerge more equitable societies. I would hate to see that but I think it s very possible.

    The Hapsburgs, the Hohenzollern, the Romanovs, they all collapsed but they should have reformed in 1848 when people rose up against these ossified, petrified regimes, but they didn t. The same is true with the Ottomans, with Abdul Majid who made incredible reforms with the Tanzimat and then Sultan Abdul Hamid, for whatever reasons, suspended the constitution. I mean, he had his justifications for doing it but it was suspended, the parliament was shut down.

    So, those reforms were not fulfilled and then comes the Young Turks and the overthrow of the Ottoman caliphate. I think these things eventually are going to play out. I don t know how brutal it s going to be but people can t take tyranny, and they rise up.

    Aristotle, in his book of politics, has a section on revolutions, and I think his descriptions of why revolutions occur are as valid today as they were when he articulated them two thousand five hundred years ago. It s very clear that when you have diseased societies, the disease has to come to a head, like the boil that brings all the pus out of the body. So I think this was just the beginning, it s a kind of bloodletting and if they don t make the reforms that are necessary, it s going to happen again.

    This happened back in the 1950s. People forget because they don t read history, all this happened in the Arab World in the 50s. They had these great revolutions, Gamal Abdel Nasser came, everything was going to be different.

    It was going to be a great society. And that spread like wildfire. They overthrew the government in Iraq, the king.

    They tried to overthrow the monarchy in Morocco several times. It s not like this hasn t happened before. And it was squelched and those revolutionaries became the very same thing that they had overthrown.

    King Farouk was much better than Gamal Abdel Nasser. Egypt was better off during Farouk s rule. CAIRO REVIEW : Where is Islam in all this?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I think Islam is just enlisted as an impressed sailor on this mutinous ship. That s how I view it. CAIRO REVIEW : Is there a role for Islam in governance?

    Does the world need another caliphate? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : No. Well, let me qualify that.

    I would want that the rulers of the Muslim World, especially if you have very large populations of Muslims, that they recognize the authority of Islam in the state, especially for those things that directly affect people. The single most important aspect of the sharia after personal law of marriage and things like that are the commercial laws. If you look at all Islamic books on Islamic law, the vast majority of them relate to commercial law.

    And those commercial laws, if they were implemented today, we would have far more just societies, because much of it is the prohibition of these commercial transactions that exploit people. So, I think there is definitely a role for commercial law. In terms of the penal codes of Islam, most of them are at the discretion of the judge.

    The punishments of Islam, these ideas of cutting off the hand and stoning the adulterer and crucifying, what ISIS is doing, they say that in eight hundred years of Ottoman rule, they never stoned anybody. These were not applied because, like the Jewish tradition, to actually apply them would take basically a confession. It s almost impossible to determine.

    For instance, for fornication, you have to have four witnesses that actually see penetration, basically legal fiction. It s not going to happen. Pregnancy can be explained away if they do.

    According to the Shafi i madhab , repenting from the sin actually removes the hadd , punishment. So a person can actually be forgiven if they sincerely repent from the sin. So even the penal codes would not be a problem in most modern applications of them.

    CAIRO REVIEW : So ISIS has declared a caliphate. SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : It s bogus. It doesn t mean anything.

    CAIRO REVIEW : They ve taken territory. SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : No, no, it s completely bogus. First of all, the caliphate has to be agreed upon by Muslims and that s in the most authoritative text, in Al-Bukhari, which all Sunni Muslims accept.

    In Al-Bukhari, Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, the second caliph, says, If anyone claims to be caliph, do not accept his caliphate until all the Muslims agree on it. That s right in the text. I could declare California as the land of the caliph and I m the caliph, come and take bay ah with me.

    It s bogus, it doesn t mean anything. CAIRO REVIEW : But a lot of stuff is happening there. They re creating a lot of chaos.

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : You know what? A lot of stuff is happening with drug dealers just south of the American border. They re cutting off heads.

    They ve killed thirty thousand people. A lot of them were beheaded. They have a drug caliphate there.

    Why doesn t anybody talk about that? Americans don t know a lot about that. Every once in a while they read about people disappearing in Ju rez or something like that.

    There s bad things happening all over the planet. CAIRO REVIEW : True, but huge numbers of Muslims are being adversely affected by ISIS. SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Yes, it s horrible.

    Also, huge numbers of Muslims were being adversely affected by Shia militia which gave rise to ISIS. They were a response to these Shia militia that were totally out of control that were tyrannizing the Sunni villages. Initially, if you read the most accurate reporting on this, initially, a lot of these villages welcomed ISIS in.

    In fact, in The Week they have an article about this, that initially Iraqis wanted ISIS because they were bringing some semblance of order back to an anarchistic situation. Then ISIS revealed themselves to be the demons that they are and now people are turning against them. We created that vacuum.

    The United States of America, my country. We created that vacuum. Even Bush the First did not take out Saddam because, like Kissinger, he knew what political vacuums bring.

    They bring chaos and anarchy. Bush Senior wouldn t go in. They could have gone in and finished it but they didn t want to create that vacuum because they thought it was too volatile, especially in the region.

    But these neoconservatives were planning on taking out Saddam and Iraq in the 90s and writing about it. They got into power and they fulfilled their wish. They created and wreaked havoc.

    CAIRO REVIEW : What does the world do with ISIS now? Should the United States intervene? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I m a libertarian when it comes to that.

    I think America has done enough intervention. CAIRO REVIEW : We can t have a humanitarian intervention? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I don t think we re capable of it.

    CAIRO REVIEW : Who s going to stop ISIS then? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I think the Muslims have to deal with it. I think the Arab states do.

    It s embarrassing. They have armies. I think they should be intervening.

    I think they should send their own troops in there. But they would demand that they have more just governments and they treated their soldiers better. Because they re worried that they ll go in there and they ll join the opposition.

    That s a fact. But they re the ones who should be doing it. I don t think it should be left to the Turks.

    The Turks will probably have to get involved because it s threatening their borders and as the terrorism increases. And then they have the Kurdish problem as well. No, I think this whole idea of America being the global policeman, it s over.

    We re almost bankrupt, if we re not already bankrupt. We ve got trillions of dollars in debt. We can t afford these budgets anymore.

    Americans are living in a fantasy world. They really are. Look at the debt that China holds on us.

    If you want a security threat to this country, it s the trillions that are in Chinese coffers. They re buying up all the real estate in California because they have all these dollars and they re just dumping it on real estate because it s a hedge against inflation. So, I think we need to take care of our country.

    CAIRO REVIEW : How would you explain Muslim extremist violence? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : It can t be summed up in some short sound byte, unfortunately. It comes from a profound misreading of the Islamic tradition.

    Revelation is very dangerous. Historically, the Catholics developed a system to ensure that common people did not read the Bible on their own. Protestantism said no, common people should read the Bible on their own.

    This led to horrible religious wars and the fragmentation of Christianity, which led to the rise of secularism to be an arbiter so that people who were interpreting the Bible on their own were demilitarized. You could have your own church on the corner of the street, but don t get violent about it. Well, in the Muslim World, this is what has happened.

    You have people reading primary sources, the Quran and Hadith, without the requisite tools to read those sources, and they are very dangerous without those tools. I ll give you one example. In the Islamic tradition, the Prophet, may God s peace and blessings be upon him, prohibited burning people.

    He said only God can punish with fire. That s in Sahih Al-Bukhari, which is considered an absolutely sound hadith. In fact, the full hadith says, Burn this person and that person as a punishment for them burning some other people, but then he came back and said, No, don t do that, because he was given a revelation not to burn and he said, I told you to burn, but don t burn, because only God can punish with fire.

    That hadith stands but there are other traditions that say, for instance, that Ali burnt people for apostasy in Palestine. That hadith is also sound. But the narrator of that hadith, whose name is Ikrimah, was in a group that was against Ali.

    So even though the hadith has soundness, it has a problem. So ISIS takes that hadith and burns this Jordanian captured air force pilot, claiming that they have an authoritative source to do this. They don t.

    It s just ignorance. And then to top that, there s no application of lex talionis in war. That s agreed upon by Muslim scholars.

    Even their application of lex talionis was not correct because in war there s no qisaas , there s no killing people for killing people because war is war; the point is to stop the cycles of violence. It s a gross ignorance. Look at them, they re all kids.

    There s no old people there who have studied. I mean, I m almost 60, this tradition takes years to learn. I don t even feel that I m qualified or adept and I ve been studying it seriously for many, many years.

    Historically, you have what are called shuyukh , which literally means old men, like senators, from senatus , which is Latin for old. There s a reason why you can t be a senator until you are 30; you re hoping some wisdom will kick in. CAIRO REVIEW : Where are the scholars?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I ve been to so many conferences condemning this stuff. The media ignores us. There are books written on this.

    CAIRO REVIEW: But are Muslim populations listening to these scholars? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : A lot of the Muslim populations, particularly in the Arab World, they ve been poisoned against the scholars, largely from the Islamists. It s a competing narrative, because most of the scholars are against political Islam.

    So the Islamists have painted the scholars as lackeys and basically supporters of tyranny and as these traditionalists that just want to calm everybody down. Unfortunately, there is a war going on, a war of ideas, and the traditionalists have been losing it. CAIRO REVIEW : After 9/11, the idea of a clash of civilizations took hold and this became a narrative in the West.

    What did you make of that at the time? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Duncan MacDonald said that the three great civilizations on this planet are the Sinic, the Islamic, and the Christian. Until they find a way of living together harmoniously, we re always going to be faced with the threat of these civilizations clashing.

    He wrote that in 1906, I think. We ve been clashing for a long time. I think partly there are forces working on the world that don t mind those clashes because they make a lot of money out of them.

    We have a huge armaments industry, the military-industrial complex that Eisenhower warned this country about. I think they need bogeymen to scare people into having half their taxes going to military budgets. I m as cynical as believing that they really don t mind.

    I think they have some sociopathic tendencies that human suffering doesn t seem to bother them a whole lot. CAIRO REVIEW : What about on the Islam side? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : The Arabs are a very proud people.

    Palestinians have been humiliated for so long that they feel the one thing they can do, We can kill ourselves and we re not afraid of dying and you Jews have to build walls. I think there are issues that relate to the psychology of the people themselves. Osama Bin Laden said we ve been living in humiliation for eighty years.

    I think humiliation has a lot to do with the violent reactions. In the African American community, I learned this from personal experience. They have something called stepping on toes.

    It s an insult to step on toes. You will sometimes get a violent reaction if you do it, even inadvertently, because it was a way of dissing somebody. There s a lot of stepping on toes going on around the planet and people get violent.

    Even the pope said if somebody makes fun of his mother, he would get violent with them. Do you remember that quote? That s an Argentinian speaking, not an Italian.

    I think a lot of it is about that. It s just honor. It s not really a word that we use anymore.

    We forget that we used to have dueling. Dueling was outlawed in the 1840s. These were before libel suits, we demanded satisfaction.

    We had a vice president who killed a former secretary of the treasury in a duel. That s pretty amazing. It was over honor.

    People take these things very seriously even if we don t anymore. CAIRO REVIEW : What about your concern about Islamophobia in the West? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Phobia is an irrational fear.

    In some ways there s a valid and legitimate concern about terrorism because we ve seen a lot of examples of Muslims behaving badly. However, we do forget that one out every four people is Muslim and these terrorists represent an incredibly insignificant number of people in relation to the overall numbers of Muslims. The Ku Klux Klan, which was clearly a terrorist organization in the United States at one point, had about three to five million members.

    I would argue there s not anywhere near that number of terrorists in the Muslim World. You re dealing with tens of thousands, maybe. Even ISIS, they haven t reached huge numbers.

    I think people have to keep things in perspective. I m concerned with a rightwing element in this country that has a very clear agenda. Partly, there are elements that are very pro-Israel and Zionist, and are worried about Muslims having a greater voice in relation to Middle Eastern politics and the support of Israel because America has a really unconditional love affair with Israel since Truman.

    That s a concern and it s a legitimate concern from the Jewish community. But there are certain rightwing elements within that community that have used 9/11 as an opportunity to really paint the Muslims as this fifth column in the United States and to create a lot of fear about that. And they have allied with fundamentalist Christians that see Islam as a kind of competing corporation for consumers of their religious goods.

    CAIRO REVIEW : What does that mean for American Muslims? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I think it endangers us. It s interesting that ISIS has issued fatwas against scholars who have spoken against them publicly.

    I guess that came from the khutbas against them, which some of us have given. Then I ve got these rightwing people saying that I m a stealth jihadist. There have been several books where they ve put that in there.

    I think it threatens me personally; I don t feel like I did before. It s a serious concern with me. I think a lot of our mosques feel it now.

    A lot of Muslims feel that their mosques are no longer these safe havens. Which is really sad because, again, America is one of the few places that really was beginning to become an exemplar for a multireligious, multicultural civilization. That s very sad for me.

    CAIRO REVIEW : Why have you spoken out publicly against ISIS? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I gave a khutba that went viral, called The Crisis of ISIS. It was seen all over the Middle East.

    It was translated into Arabic. It was tweeted by even some of the heads of state. I guess they didn t like that too much.

    I drew blood first. CAIRO REVIEW : What was your message? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : That they have nothing to do with Islam.

    CAIRO REVIEW : We have ISIS saying that they represent Islam and we have you saying they have nothing to do with Islam. SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : There are insane Christians that say they represent Christianity. Did Rabbi Kahane represent Judaism?

    Baruch Goldstein, who killed all those people in the masjid : did he represent Judaism? There are a lot of people who claim to represent something. They don t represent anybody but themselves.

    CAIRO REVIEW : But the image of Islam SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Has been tainted greatly. Partly the media is to be blamed. The great antichristic media.

    They have been so egregiously derelict in their duty in the way that they ve portrayed Islam. CAIRO REVIEW : Talk about that a little more. What have the media done wrong, and what could they have done?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : One, they have to educate people about what s happening in the Middle East, and why these things are happening. For instance, Mark Twain visited Palestine a hundred years ago and wrote about it. Just read his memoirs.

    Palestine was not like it is today. So what changed? Somebody like Gertrude Bell lived in Iraq as an English woman and went into the governor s office without any protocol.

    What changed? The idea that this ISIS somehow represents Muslims and Islam is insane. We live in this temporal idolatry of now and there s no historical context given to these things.

    Nobody ever gets an idea of what s going on. Muslims and Jews weren t always fighting. It s a lie.

    It s a historical lie, but how many times have I heard that canard reiterated: Oh, it s always been like this. It s not true. It wasn t always like that.

    I recognize that we re dealing with a largely inattentive, relatively uneducated, and highly distracted population. So, it is hard to get in-depth. If you go to Great Britain for instance and look at the BBC coverage of some of these issues, it s just a lot more nuanced.

    That s a fact. Even Haaretz , even the Israeli media, is more nuanced. We just have a cartoon worldview here that really bothers me.

    CAIRO REVIEW : Is there a role in changing this imbalance for the Islamic scholars? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Definitely. That s not the main reason that we re doing what we re doing, but part of the reason is to educate Muslims here that can play that role.

    That s definitely one of the aims of Zaytuna College. Yes, I do think we need educated spokespeople. CAIRO REVIEW : Tell me a little more about Zaytuna College and the reasons why you founded the institution.

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I come out of a liberal arts tradition. My father was a humanities professor. When I went and studied overseas, it really struck me how similar traditional Islamic education was to what we call the liberal arts.

    I was really flabbergasted by the emphasis on literature, the emphasis on logic, the emphasis on rhetoric, grammar. I think the liberal arts has disappeared from the Muslim World to a large degree. I was fortunate to study with some truly great scholars, but the West African school is one of the few places where it s still there.

    There is some in Turkey as well. There is some at Al-Azhar, but it s lost. Part of it is to revive that tradition but also with contextualizing it in the modern world.

    Today in ethics class we re grappling with nominalism, and essentialism, and philosophical debates about ethics, command-theory ethics versus deontological, consequential ethics. Grappling with these things and where does Islam fit into all of this? Getting them to think about these things.

    Today I introduced to them their thesis they have to write and I told them they could write on any ethical problem. For or against, I don t care. If you want to write for gay marriage in the Islamic tradition, like Scott Kugle is arguing for, and you want to put forward that argument, and it s well written, I won t agree with you but you can write on that.

    So, it is trying to get them to think creatively and deeply about problems that we re facing as modern people with a religion that is fourteen hundred years old. CAIRO REVIEW : You were born Mark Hanson. How did you become Sheikh Hamza Yusuf?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I come from a family of seekers. There s a metaphysical bookstore in San Francisco, Fields Bookstore, which was opened in 1931, and that was my uncle who opened that. He had books on Sufism and Islam there back in the 30s.

    My grandmother left the south with that uncle, her brother, because they were interested in Buddhism in the 1920s and they didn t like the racism in the south so they actually moved to San Francisco which at that time was considered one of the most open-minded places. My mother was a seeker. My father was definitely a seeker, more in philosophy.

    Plato and Aristotle were his focus in his seeking, he really came out of that tradition. All my brothers and sisters were like that, too. The real catalyst was a car accident when I was 17, which was a head-on collision.

    That forced me to confront mortality in a way that I hadn t done before that. Everybody will confront mortality at a certain point in their life but sometimes it takes much longer than others. It happened to me very early on.

    CAIRO REVIEW : So it s really an American story? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Yeah, I thought that if I ever wrote an autobiography, I thought of calling it American in Mecca. Or Renegado.

    The Europeans who fled to the Muslim World and became Muslim they called them renegados .

  • All-American Sheikh: #HamzaYusuf Interview Religious scholar Hamza Yusuf discusses the arc of Islamic civilization, the causes of Middle East conflict, and running the first Muslim liberal arts college in the United States. Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, Washington, DC, Oct.

    5, 2015. Stephen Voss for the Cairo Revie w.

    As he tells it, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, born Mark Hanson in Walla Walla, Washington, hails from a family of seekers. His journey to Islam began at age 17, when a head-on automobile accident led him to serious reflection on the meaning of life. In a spiritual quest over the ensuing decades, he converted from Christianity to Islam and studied with Muslim scholars in Britain, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Morocco, and perhaps most notably, with Sheikh Murabit Al-Hajj and Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah of Mauritania.

    Today, Yusuf is widely regarded as one of the leading Western scholars of Islam and one of the most influential Muslims in the United States. In 1996, Yusuf, 55, co-founded the Zaytuna Institute, which in 2009 became Zaytuna College, located in Berkeley, California, America s first Muslim liberal arts college. As Zaytuna s president, and in the classroom as a professor, he is on a mission to upgrade the quality of Islamic education, revive the classical teachings and sciences of the faith, and prepare Muslims for the modern world.

    Zaytuna offers a rich curriculum designed to integrate Islam and Arabic with the Western canon. Mr. Yusuf dazzles his audiences, the New York Times wrote in 2006, by weaving into one of his typical half-hour talks quotations from St.

    Augustine, Patton, Eric Erikson, Jung, Solzhenitsyn, Auden, Robert Bly, Gen. William C. Westmoreland, and the Bible.

    Earlier this year, Zaytuna became the first accredited Muslim institution of higher education in the country. Yusuf has also been a passionate opponent of U.S. policies in the Middle East as well as a vocal critic of Muslim extremists condemning the September 11 attacks as an act of mass murder, pure and simple.

    Cairo Review Managing Editor Scott MacLeod interviewed Yusuf on August 27, 2015, in his office at Zaytuna College, located in Berkeley s tranquil Holy Hill neighborhood, known for its small theology schools and seminaries. CAIRO REVIEW : What does the Muslim faith mean to you? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I essentially see Islam as a culmination of the Abrahamic traditions.

    I came out of the Abrahamic traditions. I was an Orthodox Christian. My father was Roman Catholic, Irish Catholic, my mother was half-Greek and half-Irish, so her father, who was an Archon in the Greek Orthodox Church, raised us Greek Orthodox and my father didn t have a problem with that.

    My mother was very open-minded and she raised me to believe that religion, for most people, was largely an arbitrary phenomenon because they tend to take the religion they were born into. So, if we were in Sri Lanka we would be Hindus or Buddhists or in Poland we might be Jewish or Catholic. I really took that to heart.

    I did go through the various religions when I was 17, and Islam was the last on my list. There is something very troubling about Islam for a lot of Westerners because it s the similar that s not similar. We have about fourteen hundred years of conflict, with few bright spots: Sicily during Roger II, or Frederick II, the Peace and Friendship with Islam, Eternal Enmity to Rome.

    Then Spain, during a very brief, shining moment, the Convivencia, when there were Jews, Christians, and Muslims living together relatively harmoniously. But I think for most Western people there s just a lot of prejudice that s there. I was fortunate that I was raised in a household that my mother had antibodies towards racism, sexism, prejudice, so we were raised not to look at things with a prejudicial eye as much as anybody is capable of doing that.

    When I studied Islam, I felt this has my Abrahamic faith with a lot of the things missing that bothered me about the Abrahamic faith. It was, for me, a very good fit. CAIRO REVIEW : What does it mean that you re a Muslim and not a Christian?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Everything that I loved about Christianity I got to bring into Islam. I didn t see Islam as an abandonment of my Christian upbringing. I saw it as a fulfillment of it.

    I really didn t have any conflict there. The Ten Commandments, I got. Jesus is a prophet as opposed to an incarnation of the divine, but one of the highest honored prophets.

    Mary is still a virgin in the Islamic tradition. The love of Jesus is in the Quran, but also the justice of Moses. So the Quran, although it appeals to the better angels of ourselves and asks us to be more Jesuit in our attitude towards the neighbor, it also allows for the redressing of wrongs.

    Muslims get that choice between the Mosaic justice and the turn-the-other-cheek of Christianity. I really felt that Islam was a fulfillment of that Abrahamic trinity of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Final Testament. CAIRO REVIEW : In the sweep of this history of fourteen hundred years, how has Islam benefited individuals, societies, and humanity?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Most people are unaware of the incredible contribution that Islam has made to human civilization. We call our numerals Arabic numerals. Many of our stars have Arabic names because the great Muslim astronomers were the ones that wrote the most advanced books on astronomy.

    When I went to Turkey I was so struck by how much of European civilization came from the influence of the Ottomans. John Locke, who wrote the treatise on toleration, was a student of Edward Pococke, at Oxford, who happened to be the foremost authority on Islam at the time. Locke was very interested in Islam.

    I think there s a clear indication that Locke was influenced by the Ottoman way of dealing with multiple religions. The first Edict of Toleration in the West was in Transylvania, which had a heterodoxic Christian ruler working under the Ottomans who decided on tolerating other Christian sects. The Ottomans never persecuted the Protestants, so Protestants would flee to Ottoman Turkey from Catholic countries where they were being persecuted.

    The Jews, when they were being persecuted in Spain, went to Turkey, and Bernard Lewis highlights that in his book on Islam and the Jews. One of the most ironic things to me is that St. Thomas Aquinas, who really becomes the chief spokesperson and greatest theologian of the Catholic Church, Augustine notwithstanding, he was heavily influenced by Muslim theologians and he has them in his bibliography.

    He was influenced by Averroes, by Avicenna, by Al-Farabi, by Al-Ghazali. And you can see things in the Summa that are directly lifted from Muslim theological treatises. The Catholic Church itself has a debt to Islamic theology.

    A lot of people don t know these things and it s unfortunate, but there are many Western scholars who do know these things. California historical textbooks, because of Muslim advocacy, have actually begun to change that. And there s pushback, obviously, from some of the more either secularist or fundamentalist Christians that don t like the fact that Islam could be presented in any good light.

    CAIRO REVIEW : You have fantastic epochs in the Islamic civilization. What went wrong? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Well, that s the question that Bernard Lewis posed, What went wrong?

    In some ways, we could ask the same questions about the West. I find it ironic that the moral capital of our civilization is so low at a time when we re condemning Muslim civilization. ISIS the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, for instance, is a pure outgrowth of a war that even the Pope declared unjust, that was waged by our administration on the Iraqi government.

    Yet we don t take any responsibility for that. These are just crazy Muslims that arose out of a completely insane situation where a repressive regime was removed. But I would say that more things have gone right in the Muslim culture.

    You re living in Cairo, so you know the family is far more intact in the Muslim World than it is in the West. We are now witnessing the disintegration of the family in the West. One of the things that really strikes me I was just in Turkey, and people just look normal.

    And when I come back to my country, I feel like I m in a freak show. What I realized recently was I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that in the Muslim World children still grow up with two parents and the mother is actually home so they get all the attention they need when they re young and they don t need to do all these attention-grabbing antics when they get older. Whereas in the West so many people don t get that attention when they re young so they spend the rest of their life looking.

    Look at me, I have to tattoo my whole body to get people to look at me because I didn t get the gaze of the significant other when I was a child so now I need the gaze of the insignificant others as an adult. So I think a lot of what we re seeing in the West, to me, is profoundly troubling, and in the Muslim World there are a lot of things that are actually positive so I m not totally convinced that this whole question, What went wrong? is even a valid question.

    What s happening in the Muslim World, the media s magnifying glass has focused on one area that is definitely dysfunctional and having really severe crises, but there are many other areas of the Muslim World that are actually functioning quite well. CAIRO REVIEW : For example? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Every year I spend a month in Turkey and I feel so much safer, it s one of the cleanest countries I ve been to, it has all of the modern amenities that I find in my own country, and it has really nice people.

    Istanbul is rated almost every year as the number one spot to visit on the planet for tourists because of its beauty, because they have incredible cuisine, they have amazing history. Malaysia is an amazing country. Multicultural, multiethnic, multireligious.

    The Malay Muslims live with the Chinese, live with the Orang Asli, the aboriginal peoples. And then Africa, Morocco, with all the problems that it has, is another country that I love to visit. There s a lot of problems but it s not one of the Arab countries that imploded.

    A lot of the Arab countries have real problems. Some of them are economic. Some of them have to do with the fact that dictatorship and oppression have been part and parcel of those countries for a long time.

    Oppression is a horrible thing to live under. Unfortunately, if you ve ever read Albert Memmi s The Colonizer and the Colonized , those cycles are difficult to break. CAIRO REVIEW : This is what I m getting at.

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I think in some ways they are failed states, to lesser and greater degrees. Civilizations, like people, have ages. They have youth, they have middle age, and old age, and in many ways these are decrepit societies perhaps waiting for a reincarnation to be reborn because societies do get renovated.

    They are renewed. We re a relatively new civilization and yet we re, I think, looking pretty world-weary of late. But the American civilization has been a very dynamic civilization because it s a relatively new civilization.

    Europe is, I think, having a lot of troubles. The whole planet, in some ways, is going through this. There s a whole set of philosophical problems: the collapse of traditional societies, the collapse of traditional worldviews, the introduction of Western philosophical ideas, the Enlightenment, secularity.

    These have been introduced in the Muslim World that emerged in very different environments than they did in the Western world. The Western world had a gross reaction against religion because of a lot of the repressive tendencies of religion. In the Muslim World, knowledge was not the domain of religion itself.

    There was no priesthood to keep knowledge limited to a select group of people. For that reason, Muslims did not have this crisis of religion as a repressive force as it did in the West. Secularity, which is a reaction to that, laicism, which is the extreme reaction, did not occur to the Muslims.

    That s why the imposition of secularity on them has been very traumatic for these societies because they are deeply religious societies. They re still theocentric societies. That s shifting.

    I agree that there are shifts happening in the youth because of the Western culture that is incredibly pervasive because of all the new technology. People are now exposed to things. Thirty years ago in Cairo they were watching Bahibbak Lucy , I Love Lucy , reruns, or something.

    Now they re streaming from YouTube whatever they want to watch from the West. If you ve watched The Square it s very clear the incredible influences of these technologies even on the quote-unquote Arab Spring. These are complex questions.

    CAIRO REVIEW : If we look at countries with major Islamic heritages Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia many are very problematic places and societies today. SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Historically, to use Saudi Arabia as an example, in Saudi Arabia two hundred years ago, a movement emerged which was a puritanical movement which was a radical departure, it was more of a protestant movement against a kind of Catholic Islam. It was more of a protest movement against a traditional Islam.

    People say Islam needs a reformation; this is what we re witnessing. People that say Islam needs a reformation don t know how bloody the Western Reformation was and how horrible it was and how it fragmented Western culture, and because of it, secularism arose as a treatment. William Cavanaugh would argue against that in The Myth of Religious Violence , but generally secularism came as this so-called arbiter between these religious conflicts.

    The truth is that secularism has a history that actually outdoes religion in its severity and barbarity. I mean, nobody has been as bloody as the secular ideologues, Stalin and Hitler. CAIRO REVIEW : In these countries with Islamic heritage, why have things deteriorated so much?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : If you want to get to core reasons, one of them is that there was a collapse of the school systems in the Muslim World. Ibn Khaldun already in the fourteenth century is arguing that there was an ossification that had penetrated these school systems to where they were no longer thinking creatively but rather just simply rote memorization. There are many places outside of Western civilization where that is the norm, where you just regurgitate information and parrot it back to the teacher.

    So that is one aspect of this idea of what they call taqlid in the Islamic tradition, which is blind imitation. Toynbee argues that civilizations rise or fall based on how they respond to challenges and the response has to come from what he called a creative minority. Historically, the Muslims had these creative minorities and they were able to deal with their challenges, but these creative minorities diminished until they became just individuals that weren t able to really address the crises that were confronting them.

    In the West we still have a lot of creative thinkers. One of the things that really strikes me about the West that I don t see in the Muslim World is that when I go to the bookstores in the spring and in the fall when they release the new books, I m always amazed by the amount of serious literature and study. In the Muslim World, crises come and go and there are no books that analyze them.

    Most of what s published in the Arab World, the best stuff is just critical editions of books that were written a thousand years ago. CAIRO REVIEW : Why have these Islamic societies fallen into such states of decay? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : A couple of things.

    One is taqlid , and the ossification of the creative process in the traditional school systems. Another aspect is, if you re familiar with Eckstein s Congruence Theory. Eckstein said that whatever the ruling model of a society is, it s only successful to the degree with which the model is replicated in the other social institutions of the society.

    If you have a patriarchal society, or you have an authoritarian society, like a dictator, then you need teachers that behave like dictators. You need parents that behave like dictators. One of the things that strikes a lot of my Muslim friends as odd when they come to America is the idea of asking children what they want for dinner.

    They just think that that s really a weird thing to do because you just give children food. But part of asking the child is enfranchisement. It begins early and you enculturate them into the idea that they are a sovereign citizen of the household and they participate in decisions and choices.

    That type of enculturation of democracy that happens organically in our culture, it s so far from happening in the Muslim World. That s why if you get rid of the dictator but the models that enable the dictator to be successful are still replicated in all of your social institutions, you ve changed nothing. You re only going to wait for the next dictator to come and act it out.

    CAIRO REVIEW : How did this happen? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Cultures decline and fall. The decline and fall of Islam was the rise of Europe.

    Don t forget that Europe rose with the introduction of all the Islamic sciences that came into it with the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the fall of Granada in 1492. This is the transformation of the West. This is when all these great works were translated into Latin.

    The translation movement was amazing. It stimulated Europe and they took it and they ve been going for five hundred years now. But the truth is the Muslims were going for a thousand years before that.

    People forget, when you look in terms of the long-term vision of it, what happened in the Muslim World will happen here, it s only a matter of time. The Romans had their time. Civilizations have their time.

    They decline and fall. Does that mean that Islam declines and falls? No, this is where the conflation of Islam with the so-called Islamic civilization is a fallacy.

    For instance, I m here in California and we ve started a Muslim liberal arts college that is filled with people that were born in the United States of America. This might be the seed. It might be, I m not saying it is, but Islam has historically moved to different places.

    It left the Arab World a long time ago and it moved to different places. The Turks had it and they declined and they fell. They re trying to have their own renaissance in a way and it might happen because they have a lot of really interesting thinkers and they re very sharp and they have a very dynamic culture.

    CAIRO REVIEW : You mentioned The Colonizer and the Colonized . Is that part of what s at play? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : It s part of it.

    I think Muslims have a profound chip on their shoulder. I call it the post-colonial traumatic stress syndrome. The trauma of being colonized, especially when you were as great as the Muslim civilization was.

    They live in the ruins of greatness. If you re in Cairo, it s very hard to ignore the Mamluk majesty. It s very hard to ignore the incredible past that they had; even the pyramids and the Pharaonic history.

    They live in the ruins of greatness. And, when they were colonized, beginning with the Napoleonic invasion, and then with the coming of the English and Lord Cromer, I think they really grappled with the collapse. Unfortunately, they identified the crisis with a lack of know-how.

    Most of the Muslims really believed that the reason that we were colonized was because the West got ahead of us. Hence, they direct all of their young people to study things like engineering and medicine because if we could just get the know-how and learn how they do these magical things, we ll once again restore our greatness. The problem with that is that the real foundation of any civilization is morality.

    That s where the real crisis is in a lot of the Muslim World, public morality. I think in some ways the private morality and generally sexual morality and things like that, family, those things are more stable in the Muslim World. I m not na ve of all the hanky-panky that goes on everywhere, but generally you find that.

    Partly it s because of the segregation that occurs and the opportunities are not as available. CAIRO REVIEW : You re saying that this corrosion is not because of Islam, but because there s not enough Islam? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : That s my thesis.

    Western people think that religion is a scaffolding that we built our civilization with and now that it s built we can get rid of the scaffolding. I think there s a very strong argument that it is the civilization, and if you get rid of it you re left with buildings that are devoid of meaning. I think that s what a lot of Western people are struggling with.

    The Muslims don t have that crisis. Their crisis is that buildings are derelict but they still have meaning in them. And they don t have the wherewithal to renovate.

    Renovation is a beautiful word, because in the Islamic tradition people are called to renovate, to renew. CAIRO REVIEW : Are Islam and democracy compatible? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : There are a lot of people in the West that are asking, Are democracy and corporatism compatible?

    Democracy is a very fragile form of government and there are strong arguments now in the West that we ve lost our democracy. That we don t really have that much say, that we re more kind of happy farm animals. They take care of us and we provide income tax dollars and consume their corporate products.

    Democracy is a contested term and if you mean by that, can Muslims vote and participate in the government, I think Turkey is an example of where Muslims clearly have worked within democratic institutions successfully. Malaysia is another example. It s different; it s not Western democracy.

    One of the things about the West is that we love to create others in our own image. When we were Christians we went around proselytizing Christianity, trying to form people into a Christian version of ourselves. Hence Amazonians singing Latin psalms.

    But, now that we ve abandoned Christianity and we re liberal democrats and consumers, the idea is to go and proselytize liberalism and consumerism. Part of our egocentricity and ethnocentricity is that we want to create the world in our own image. For instance, the Gulf states, like the Emirates, or Qatar, or Kuwait, for example, are places where the people being ruled are actually quite content with their rulers, by and large.

    Al-Nahyan has a very, very high rating amongst their people. It s not a democratic environment, but it s a type of benevolence, a benevolent paternalism, that works for them setting aside labor problems of people coming from very impoverished areas. I m not convinced that democracy has to be this universal way of governing ourselves.

    I would be perfectly content to live in a constitutional monarchy. I d be perfectly content to live in a place like the Emirates. I could live in the United Arab Emirates and not have a problem with it.

    I spent four years in the Emirates so I m speaking from real experience. I think we have to be very careful in trying to recreate the world in our own image. I think other places have to determine what s right for them and if that s democratic, then fine.

    I m not an Islamist by any stretch of the word, but when an Islamist government was elected in Algeria, they were overthrown. One of the French commentators said sometimes we have to subvert democracy in order to save democracy. And this is the odd thing about it.

    If you give Muslims an election, very often they will actually vote in the Islamists because they actually believe that they represent God and that we should follow God and if they are going to apply Islamic law then we should vote for them. There s a lot of Muslims that believe that. CAIRO REVIEW : My definition of democracy would be more the values than institutions, like the right to individual liberty, the culture of tolerance, the culture of community decision-making rather than top-down decision-making, treatment of minorities, treatment of women.

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I think all the things you said, I think people would be shocked at how progressive Islam is in a really proper understanding of it. CAIRO REVIEW : Can you explain that? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : For instance, women s rights.

    One of the things that only recently they are acknowledging is the fact that women that work at home actually are contributing to the GDP. This is very recent. In the Islamic tradition, the jurists of Islam, thirteen hundred years ago, argued, and this is actually considered canon law in Islam, that women are entitled to be paid for their domestic service in their homes.

    They can actually charge their husbands for their domestic service if they choose. It s a choice for them. That was understood, that they don t have to serve a husband.

    That s only very recently even an idea in the West. A lot of divorce in our country is over domestic chores, because you have two-income families and then the husband comes home and expects the wife to do the laundry and make the dinner. That stuff was dealt with centuries ago in the Muslim World.

    I think, in terms of minorities, in some ways the West has surpassed the Muslim World. There is full enfranchisement. There s a lot to be desired undeniably, and there s still a lot of racism in our culture, but I think Europe and America and Canada have done amazing things in that area.

    Unprecedented. It s quite sad that there s so much racial tension in our country because for the first time America is a society that was really beginning to overcome some of this. There s a lot of historical baggage.

    In the Muslim World, minorities were always protected but they were seen definitely as subjects and second-class citizens, but they were protected. I think there is a reading of Islam, and that s certainly the one that my teacher, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, has he argues recently that the whole concept of jizya is only one among different possibilities. So the idea of a poll tax for non-Muslim minorities is one.

    The other model is what they call the Constitution of Medina, where the Prophet fully enfranchised the Jewish tribes and that was the first model. It was replaced by the jizya model. He argues that it was never abrogated and I think there s a solid argument for that.

    He does feel that that s the most appropriate way, that minorities should be fully enfranchised. CAIRO REVIEW : Would you argue that Islam has a space for these democratic values? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I think they are certainly compatible with Islam.

    I think there are definitely areas for instance, pornography, violence when we argue that freedom also means the freedom to corrupt people, this is where you re going to get into some entanglements amongst the Muslims. In the West, even though these are recent ideas, is the idea that the pornographer has the right to be a purveyor of smut in the society and that s his individual right. The Muslims would say that if harm overrides benefit, if the social harm is greater than the social benefit of something, then in Islamic law it s prohibited.

    And, certainly with pornography, the evidence of the social harm is immense. I ve read a lot in this area. Oddly enough, Muslim civilizations tended to be a lot more tolerant of what until recently was called sexual deviancies.

    Muslim cultures had a greater tolerance of these things, even though they are prohibited. The actual cultures tended to be tolerant. One of the interesting things that has always struck me as odd is that nobody has ever looked at the Muslim transvestites.

    They call them mukhannathoon ; we find them in India, in the Arab World, West Africa. They go to the weddings and they are men that behave like women. Muslims have always recognized that there is a spectrum of behavior amongst peoples and I think they ve been a lot more tolerant to human foibles and idiosyncrasies than a lot of Western cultures, which demand a type of conformity.

    But puritanism tries to stamp that out and a lot of what we re seeing today is the rise of this puritanical Islam that is very repressive and makes it very difficult for people that are not in that. CAIRO REVIEW : Is that legitimate? Is it Islam?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Arguably there are elements that are Islam. Undeniably. But the way that it is practiced and the cruelty with which it is practiced are very alien to Islam and to the Muslims.

    This Graeme Wood argument in the Atlantic magazine, that he made using Bernard Haykel and a few other people, that what ISIS is practicing is Islam, I think that argument is a very fallacious argument for anybody that knows the Islamic tradition. CAIRO REVIEW : The Arab Spring gave so much hope to the young generation. Part of the failure is that the Islamist movements have not been successful.

    How do you read that? Why hasn t the Islamic movement brought about a just society? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : First of all, I think it s akin to the Spring of Nations which happened in 1848 with the revolutions in Europe that were quickly squelched by the authoritarian regimes.

    But, over time, that gave rise to major changes that happened with World War I. That might be what it will take, a horrible World War III, and then from those ashes will emerge more equitable societies. I would hate to see that but I think it s very possible.

    The Hapsburgs, the Hohenzollern, the Romanovs, they all collapsed but they should have reformed in 1848 when people rose up against these ossified, petrified regimes, but they didn t. The same is true with the Ottomans, with Abdul Majid who made incredible reforms with the Tanzimat and then Sultan Abdul Hamid, for whatever reasons, suspended the constitution. I mean, he had his justifications for doing it but it was suspended, the parliament was shut down.

    So, those reforms were not fulfilled and then comes the Young Turks and the overthrow of the Ottoman caliphate. I think these things eventually are going to play out. I don t know how brutal it s going to be but people can t take tyranny, and they rise up.

    Aristotle, in his book of politics, has a section on revolutions, and I think his descriptions of why revolutions occur are as valid today as they were when he articulated them two thousand five hundred years ago. It s very clear that when you have diseased societies, the disease has to come to a head, like the boil that brings all the pus out of the body. So I think this was just the beginning, it s a kind of bloodletting and if they don t make the reforms that are necessary, it s going to happen again.

    This happened back in the 1950s. People forget because they don t read history, all this happened in the Arab World in the 50s. They had these great revolutions, Gamal Abdel Nasser came, everything was going to be different.

    It was going to be a great society. And that spread like wildfire. They overthrew the government in Iraq, the king.

    They tried to overthrow the monarchy in Morocco several times. It s not like this hasn t happened before. And it was squelched and those revolutionaries became the very same thing that they had overthrown.

    King Farouk was much better than Gamal Abdel Nasser. Egypt was better off during Farouk s rule. CAIRO REVIEW : Where is Islam in all this?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I think Islam is just enlisted as an impressed sailor on this mutinous ship. That s how I view it. CAIRO REVIEW : Is there a role for Islam in governance?

    Does the world need another caliphate? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : No. Well, let me qualify that.

    I would want that the rulers of the Muslim World, especially if you have very large populations of Muslims, that they recognize the authority of Islam in the state, especially for those things that directly affect people. The single most important aspect of the sharia after personal law of marriage and things like that are the commercial laws. If you look at all Islamic books on Islamic law, the vast majority of them relate to commercial law.

    And those commercial laws, if they were implemented today, we would have far more just societies, because much of it is the prohibition of these commercial transactions that exploit people. So, I think there is definitely a role for commercial law. In terms of the penal codes of Islam, most of them are at the discretion of the judge.

    The punishments of Islam, these ideas of cutting off the hand and stoning the adulterer and crucifying, what ISIS is doing, they say that in eight hundred years of Ottoman rule, they never stoned anybody. These were not applied because, like the Jewish tradition, to actually apply them would take basically a confession. It s almost impossible to determine.

    For instance, for fornication, you have to have four witnesses that actually see penetration, basically legal fiction. It s not going to happen. Pregnancy can be explained away if they do.

    According to the Shafi i madhab , repenting from the sin actually removes the hadd , punishment. So a person can actually be forgiven if they sincerely repent from the sin. So even the penal codes would not be a problem in most modern applications of them.

    CAIRO REVIEW : So ISIS has declared a caliphate. SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : It s bogus. It doesn t mean anything.

    CAIRO REVIEW : They ve taken territory. SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : No, no, it s completely bogus. First of all, the caliphate has to be agreed upon by Muslims and that s in the most authoritative text, in Al-Bukhari, which all Sunni Muslims accept.

    In Al-Bukhari, Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, the second caliph, says, If anyone claims to be caliph, do not accept his caliphate until all the Muslims agree on it. That s right in the text. I could declare California as the land of the caliph and I m the caliph, come and take bay ah with me.

    It s bogus, it doesn t mean anything. CAIRO REVIEW : But a lot of stuff is happening there. They re creating a lot of chaos.

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : You know what? A lot of stuff is happening with drug dealers just south of the American border. They re cutting off heads.

    They ve killed thirty thousand people. A lot of them were beheaded. They have a drug caliphate there.

    Why doesn t anybody talk about that? Americans don t know a lot about that. Every once in a while they read about people disappearing in Ju rez or something like that.

    There s bad things happening all over the planet. CAIRO REVIEW : True, but huge numbers of Muslims are being adversely affected by ISIS. SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Yes, it s horrible.

    Also, huge numbers of Muslims were being adversely affected by Shia militia which gave rise to ISIS. They were a response to these Shia militia that were totally out of control that were tyrannizing the Sunni villages. Initially, if you read the most accurate reporting on this, initially, a lot of these villages welcomed ISIS in.

    In fact, in The Week they have an article about this, that initially Iraqis wanted ISIS because they were bringing some semblance of order back to an anarchistic situation. Then ISIS revealed themselves to be the demons that they are and now people are turning against them. We created that vacuum.

    The United States of America, my country. We created that vacuum. Even Bush the First did not take out Saddam because, like Kissinger, he knew what political vacuums bring.

    They bring chaos and anarchy. Bush Senior wouldn t go in. They could have gone in and finished it but they didn t want to create that vacuum because they thought it was too volatile, especially in the region.

    But these neoconservatives were planning on taking out Saddam and Iraq in the 90s and writing about it. They got into power and they fulfilled their wish. They created and wreaked havoc.

    CAIRO REVIEW : What does the world do with ISIS now? Should the United States intervene? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I m a libertarian when it comes to that.

    I think America has done enough intervention. CAIRO REVIEW : We can t have a humanitarian intervention? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I don t think we re capable of it.

    CAIRO REVIEW : Who s going to stop ISIS then? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I think the Muslims have to deal with it. I think the Arab states do.

    It s embarrassing. They have armies. I think they should be intervening.

    I think they should send their own troops in there. But they would demand that they have more just governments and they treated their soldiers better. Because they re worried that they ll go in there and they ll join the opposition.

    That s a fact. But they re the ones who should be doing it. I don t think it should be left to the Turks.

    The Turks will probably have to get involved because it s threatening their borders and as the terrorism increases. And then they have the Kurdish problem as well. No, I think this whole idea of America being the global policeman, it s over.

    We re almost bankrupt, if we re not already bankrupt. We ve got trillions of dollars in debt. We can t afford these budgets anymore.

    Americans are living in a fantasy world. They really are. Look at the debt that China holds on us.

    If you want a security threat to this country, it s the trillions that are in Chinese coffers. They re buying up all the real estate in California because they have all these dollars and they re just dumping it on real estate because it s a hedge against inflation. So, I think we need to take care of our country.

    CAIRO REVIEW : How would you explain Muslim extremist violence? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : It can t be summed up in some short sound byte, unfortunately. It comes from a profound misreading of the Islamic tradition.

    Revelation is very dangerous. Historically, the Catholics developed a system to ensure that common people did not read the Bible on their own. Protestantism said no, common people should read the Bible on their own.

    This led to horrible religious wars and the fragmentation of Christianity, which led to the rise of secularism to be an arbiter so that people who were interpreting the Bible on their own were demilitarized. You could have your own church on the corner of the street, but don t get violent about it. Well, in the Muslim World, this is what has happened.

    You have people reading primary sources, the Quran and Hadith, without the requisite tools to read those sources, and they are very dangerous without those tools. I ll give you one example. In the Islamic tradition, the Prophet, may God s peace and blessings be upon him, prohibited burning people.

    He said only God can punish with fire. That s in Sahih Al-Bukhari, which is considered an absolutely sound hadith. In fact, the full hadith says, Burn this person and that person as a punishment for them burning some other people, but then he came back and said, No, don t do that, because he was given a revelation not to burn and he said, I told you to burn, but don t burn, because only God can punish with fire.

    That hadith stands but there are other traditions that say, for instance, that Ali burnt people for apostasy in Palestine. That hadith is also sound. But the narrator of that hadith, whose name is Ikrimah, was in a group that was against Ali.

    So even though the hadith has soundness, it has a problem. So ISIS takes that hadith and burns this Jordanian captured air force pilot, claiming that they have an authoritative source to do this. They don t.

    It s just ignorance. And then to top that, there s no application of lex talionis in war. That s agreed upon by Muslim scholars.

    Even their application of lex talionis was not correct because in war there s no qisaas , there s no killing people for killing people because war is war; the point is to stop the cycles of violence. It s a gross ignorance. Look at them, they re all kids.

    There s no old people there who have studied. I mean, I m almost 60, this tradition takes years to learn. I don t even feel that I m qualified or adept and I ve been studying it seriously for many, many years.

    Historically, you have what are called shuyukh , which literally means old men, like senators, from senatus , which is Latin for old. There s a reason why you can t be a senator until you are 30; you re hoping some wisdom will kick in. CAIRO REVIEW : Where are the scholars?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I ve been to so many conferences condemning this stuff. The media ignores us. There are books written on this.

    CAIRO REVIEW: But are Muslim populations listening to these scholars? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : A lot of the Muslim populations, particularly in the Arab World, they ve been poisoned against the scholars, largely from the Islamists. It s a competing narrative, because most of the scholars are against political Islam.

    So the Islamists have painted the scholars as lackeys and basically supporters of tyranny and as these traditionalists that just want to calm everybody down. Unfortunately, there is a war going on, a war of ideas, and the traditionalists have been losing it. CAIRO REVIEW : After 9/11, the idea of a clash of civilizations took hold and this became a narrative in the West.

    What did you make of that at the time? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Duncan MacDonald said that the three great civilizations on this planet are the Sinic, the Islamic, and the Christian. Until they find a way of living together harmoniously, we re always going to be faced with the threat of these civilizations clashing.

    He wrote that in 1906, I think. We ve been clashing for a long time. I think partly there are forces working on the world that don t mind those clashes because they make a lot of money out of them.

    We have a huge armaments industry, the military-industrial complex that Eisenhower warned this country about. I think they need bogeymen to scare people into having half their taxes going to military budgets. I m as cynical as believing that they really don t mind.

    I think they have some sociopathic tendencies that human suffering doesn t seem to bother them a whole lot. CAIRO REVIEW : What about on the Islam side? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : The Arabs are a very proud people.

    Palestinians have been humiliated for so long that they feel the one thing they can do, We can kill ourselves and we re not afraid of dying and you Jews have to build walls. I think there are issues that relate to the psychology of the people themselves. Osama Bin Laden said we ve been living in humiliation for eighty years.

    I think humiliation has a lot to do with the violent reactions. In the African American community, I learned this from personal experience. They have something called stepping on toes.

    It s an insult to step on toes. You will sometimes get a violent reaction if you do it, even inadvertently, because it was a way of dissing somebody. There s a lot of stepping on toes going on around the planet and people get violent.

    Even the pope said if somebody makes fun of his mother, he would get violent with them. Do you remember that quote? That s an Argentinian speaking, not an Italian.

    I think a lot of it is about that. It s just honor. It s not really a word that we use anymore.

    We forget that we used to have dueling. Dueling was outlawed in the 1840s. These were before libel suits, we demanded satisfaction.

    We had a vice president who killed a former secretary of the treasury in a duel. That s pretty amazing. It was over honor.

    People take these things very seriously even if we don t anymore. CAIRO REVIEW : What about your concern about Islamophobia in the West? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Phobia is an irrational fear.

    In some ways there s a valid and legitimate concern about terrorism because we ve seen a lot of examples of Muslims behaving badly. However, we do forget that one out every four people is Muslim and these terrorists represent an incredibly insignificant number of people in relation to the overall numbers of Muslims. The Ku Klux Klan, which was clearly a terrorist organization in the United States at one point, had about three to five million members.

    I would argue there s not anywhere near that number of terrorists in the Muslim World. You re dealing with tens of thousands, maybe. Even ISIS, they haven t reached huge numbers.

    I think people have to keep things in perspective. I m concerned with a rightwing element in this country that has a very clear agenda. Partly, there are elements that are very pro-Israel and Zionist, and are worried about Muslims having a greater voice in relation to Middle Eastern politics and the support of Israel because America has a really unconditional love affair with Israel since Truman.

    That s a concern and it s a legitimate concern from the Jewish community. But there are certain rightwing elements within that community that have used 9/11 as an opportunity to really paint the Muslims as this fifth column in the United States and to create a lot of fear about that. And they have allied with fundamentalist Christians that see Islam as a kind of competing corporation for consumers of their religious goods.

    CAIRO REVIEW : What does that mean for American Muslims? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I think it endangers us. It s interesting that ISIS has issued fatwas against scholars who have spoken against them publicly.

    I guess that came from the khutbas against them, which some of us have given. Then I ve got these rightwing people saying that I m a stealth jihadist. There have been several books where they ve put that in there.

    I think it threatens me personally; I don t feel like I did before. It s a serious concern with me. I think a lot of our mosques feel it now.

    A lot of Muslims feel that their mosques are no longer these safe havens. Which is really sad because, again, America is one of the few places that really was beginning to become an exemplar for a multireligious, multicultural civilization. That s very sad for me.

    CAIRO REVIEW : Why have you spoken out publicly against ISIS? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I gave a khutba that went viral, called The Crisis of ISIS. It was seen all over the Middle East.

    It was translated into Arabic. It was tweeted by even some of the heads of state. I guess they didn t like that too much.

    I drew blood first. CAIRO REVIEW : What was your message? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : That they have nothing to do with Islam.

    CAIRO REVIEW : We have ISIS saying that they represent Islam and we have you saying they have nothing to do with Islam. SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : There are insane Christians that say they represent Christianity. Did Rabbi Kahane represent Judaism?

    Baruch Goldstein, who killed all those people in the masjid : did he represent Judaism? There are a lot of people who claim to represent something. They don t represent anybody but themselves.

    CAIRO REVIEW : But the image of Islam SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Has been tainted greatly. Partly the media is to be blamed. The great antichristic media.

    They have been so egregiously derelict in their duty in the way that they ve portrayed Islam. CAIRO REVIEW : Talk about that a little more. What have the media done wrong, and what could they have done?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : One, they have to educate people about what s happening in the Middle East, and why these things are happening. For instance, Mark Twain visited Palestine a hundred years ago and wrote about it. Just read his memoirs.

    Palestine was not like it is today. So what changed? Somebody like Gertrude Bell lived in Iraq as an English woman and went into the governor s office without any protocol.

    What changed? The idea that this ISIS somehow represents Muslims and Islam is insane. We live in this temporal idolatry of now and there s no historical context given to these things.

    Nobody ever gets an idea of what s going on. Muslims and Jews weren t always fighting. It s a lie.

    It s a historical lie, but how many times have I heard that canard reiterated: Oh, it s always been like this. It s not true. It wasn t always like that.

    I recognize that we re dealing with a largely inattentive, relatively uneducated, and highly distracted population. So, it is hard to get in-depth. If you go to Great Britain for instance and look at the BBC coverage of some of these issues, it s just a lot more nuanced.

    That s a fact. Even Haaretz , even the Israeli media, is more nuanced. We just have a cartoon worldview here that really bothers me.

    CAIRO REVIEW : Is there a role in changing this imbalance for the Islamic scholars? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Definitely. That s not the main reason that we re doing what we re doing, but part of the reason is to educate Muslims here that can play that role.

    That s definitely one of the aims of Zaytuna College. Yes, I do think we need educated spokespeople. CAIRO REVIEW : Tell me a little more about Zaytuna College and the reasons why you founded the institution.

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I come out of a liberal arts tradition. My father was a humanities professor. When I went and studied overseas, it really struck me how similar traditional Islamic education was to what we call the liberal arts.

    I was really flabbergasted by the emphasis on literature, the emphasis on logic, the emphasis on rhetoric, grammar. I think the liberal arts has disappeared from the Muslim World to a large degree. I was fortunate to study with some truly great scholars, but the West African school is one of the few places where it s still there.

    There is some in Turkey as well. There is some at Al-Azhar, but it s lost. Part of it is to revive that tradition but also with contextualizing it in the modern world.

    Today in ethics class we re grappling with nominalism, and essentialism, and philosophical debates about ethics, command-theory ethics versus deontological, consequential ethics. Grappling with these things and where does Islam fit into all of this? Getting them to think about these things.

    Today I introduced to them their thesis they have to write and I told them they could write on any ethical problem. For or against, I don t care. If you want to write for gay marriage in the Islamic tradition, like Scott Kugle is arguing for, and you want to put forward that argument, and it s well written, I won t agree with you but you can write on that.

    So, it is trying to get them to think creatively and deeply about problems that we re facing as modern people with a religion that is fourteen hundred years old. CAIRO REVIEW : You were born Mark Hanson. How did you become Sheikh Hamza Yusuf?

    SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : I come from a family of seekers. There s a metaphysical bookstore in San Francisco, Fields Bookstore, which was opened in 1931, and that was my uncle who opened that. He had books on Sufism and Islam there back in the 30s.

    My grandmother left the south with that uncle, her brother, because they were interested in Buddhism in the 1920s and they didn t like the racism in the south so they actually moved to San Francisco which at that time was considered one of the most open-minded places. My mother was a seeker. My father was definitely a seeker, more in philosophy.

    Plato and Aristotle were his focus in his seeking, he really came out of that tradition. All my brothers and sisters were like that, too. The real catalyst was a car accident when I was 17, which was a head-on collision.

    That forced me to confront mortality in a way that I hadn t done before that. Everybody will confront mortality at a certain point in their life but sometimes it takes much longer than others. It happened to me very early on.

    CAIRO REVIEW : So it s really an American story? SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF : Yeah, I thought that if I ever wrote an autobiography, I thought of calling it American in Mecca. Or Renegado.

    The Europeans who fled to the Muslim World and became Muslim they called them renegados .

  • AllHipHop ยป Photo Of Bobbi Kristina Brown Dead Has Reportedly ... Bobbi Kristina Brown may be at peace but the drama in her family remains. According to reports 1 , a family member has sold a picture of the 22-year-old lying in her coffin to a tabloid for $100,000. The photo was reportedly taken at her viewing last Friday (Jul.

    31). The name of tabloid has not been revealed nor has which family member it was. Brown was laid to rest 2 on Aug.

    1st in Alpharetta, GA at the St. James United Methodist Church. In July, there were reports of an extended family member trying to sell a picture of Brown in her bed at the hospice facility 3 .

    The unidentified relative tried to sell the picture to TMZ, but they passed on it.

    That person was trying to sell the hospice photo for $100,000 as well.

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  • Alliance cricketers celebrate another summer of success Premier division champions Fakenham with Emma Conway from Dipple and Conway and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance. Picture Credit Newsmakers PR The big hitters of club cricket celebrated a season to remember when the Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance handed out its 2015 awards. Honours were spread right across the county with Fakenham taking pride of place during the awards night at Wensum Valley Hotel and Country Club after their exciting young team, led by Australian Keegan Monahan-Fairlie, won the Premier Division for the first time since 2011.

    Fakenham s subsequent frustration at missing out on promotion to the East Anglian Premier League, when they lost in the play-off semi-finals, was softened when they were named as Club of the Year. Among the individuals honoured was Vauxhall Mallards veteran Carl Amos, who at 42 continued to show the quality that has made him a legend of Norfolk cricket by finishing as the league s leading run scorer with a total of 1074. The bowling honours were shared by Norwich s Simon Key, whose 38 wickets helped his team to the Division Two title, and Marcus Bishop of Lowestoft, while Andy Dale took the wicket-keeping award with 30 dismissals for Swaffham.

    Neil McDonald, Dipple & Conway s Group Practice Manager, said the second year of sponsorship had been another fulfilling one, adding: It has been exciting to be involved in a competition which reflects all the positive things about sport in Norfolk. The quality of the cricket has been exceptional and the spirit even more so, often with different generations of the same families playing side by side. Company director Matthew Conway added: We are a family-run, community-orientated business, about to celebrate our centenary in 2016, so it was fitting to be supporting a league which represents not only tradition but friendly competition played out in the heart of the county s communities.

    Alliance chairman Peter Thomas, who helped present the trophies with Matthew Conway, Emma Conway and Neil McDonald, said: There s no doubt that the input of Dipple & Conway has made a big difference to the competition over the past two years with the introduction of the player of the month awards further adding to the level of interest. He added: We also pride ourselves on our youth section which is getting youngsters involved in cricket, gaining confidence and even playing in adult teams, which is good for the future of the sport. On the Club of the Year award to Fakenham, he added: They were good both off and on the field.

    It was just disappointing that they couldn t go on to get the reward they really deserved by getting in the EAPL. But they are a young team and I think with another year of experience they can only get better. The awards evening was compered by Anglia Television presenter and keen cricketer Jonathan Wills.

    Division One winners Garboldisham with Matthew Conway, from Dipple and Conway, and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance. Picture Credit Newsmakers PR Division Two winners Norwich A with Matthew Conway, from Dipple and Conway, and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance. Picture Credit Newsmakers PR Division Three winners Vauxhall Mallards A with Matthew Conway, from Dipple and Conway, and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance.

    Picture Credit Newsmakers PR Division Four winners Winterton with Emma Conway, from Dipple and Conway, and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance. Picture Credit Newsmakers PR Division Five winners Martham with Matthew Conway, from Dipple and Conway, and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance. Picture Credit Newsmakers PR Division Six winners Bircham with Emma Conway, from Dipple and Conway, and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance.

    Picture Credit Newsmakers PR Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance Award Winners: Premier Division Winners Fakenham Runner-Up -Sprowston Division One Winners Garboldisham Runner-Up North Runcton Division Two Winners Norwich A Runner-Up Thetford Division Three Winners Vauxhall Mallards A Runner-Up Brooke A Division Four Winners Winterton Runner-Up Mundford Division Five Winners Martham Runner-Up Hethersett & Tas Valley A Division Six Winners Bircham Runner-Up Bradenham A Junior Competitions Under-9s - John Dewing Trophy Winners Brooke Runner-Up Horsford Under-11s - Terry Moore Trophy Winners Vauxhall Mallards Runner-Up Southwold Under-13s - Allan Bridgewater Trophy Winners Acle Runner-Up Cromer Under-15s - Andy Seeley Trophy Winners Swardeston CEYMS Runner-Up Acle Merit awards Leading run scorer Carl Amos (Vauxhall Mallards) Leading wicket-takers Marcus Bishop (Lowestoft) and Simon Key (Norwich).

    Leading wicketkeeper Andy Dale (Swaffham) Dipple & Conway Players of the Month May Jasper Payne (Swaffham) June Robin Yates (Mundford) July Harrison Futter (Fakenham) August Ben Coote (North Runcton).

    Club of the Year Fakenham

  • An Annual Tradition: The Campus Ghost Tour And we're off! Soon begins the 2015 Countdown to Halloween. I hope you'll join me every day.

    If you have friends who might be interested in this countdown, please invite them to join us! Because this isn't exactly new content, I wanted to post this before my proper Halloween Countdown begins. I do hope it helps get you into the mood.

    I created the following virtual campus ghost tour for my countdown in 2008. Many of my readers are new, and I hope you will find this to be fun; for those of you who read my post previously, I hope you will enjoy revisiting the spooky haunts of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Ghost Tour: There is a Halloween tradition at Lenoir-Rhyne University 1 of a "campus ghost tour" during which the guides share local folklore, campus legends, and creepy stories.

    Thanks to the generosity of the good people at Lenoir-Rhyne, I now have all of those spooky tales to share with you. I have taken pictures around the campus to illustrate the stories, so that I may lead you through the tour virtually. Without further ado, I would like to invite you to join me for a virtual "campus ghost tour" of Lenoir-Rhyne.

    Ghost Tour Introduction: Most of the buildings on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus have acquired a ghost, gremlin, spirit, or legend that has lingered from year to year. Some of the legends have been exaggerated or miscommunicated through the years. The ghosts and spirits that you ll learn about now are as official, as documented, as close to recollection as possible.

    Most of the ghosts that you'll read about have been witnessed either by security officers, students, alumni, or others who visit the university. The older spirits, say from 1979 or before, have been included in the oral history of Lenoir-Rhyne College, Traces , which is available by special permission from the archives in the university library. Throughout the years, several articles in the college paper have accounted for the ghosts in our buildings, and the local newspapers have even run stories about them. (Click on any picture to see a larger version.) Morgan Hall 1.

    Morgan Hall - This is a ghost that is perhaps the closest to the student body. It is the spirit of David Moose. David, captain of the L-R football team, class officer, and one of the most popular members of the student body was tragically murdered at an off-campus function on March 20, 1985.

    David loved L-R and his family was - and still is - very involved in the life of the university. David was from Albermarle, N.C., but his love of the university keeps his spirit on campus. From time to time, a student may notice a cold chill on 3rd Long, or hear the door to the showers open a shower start, and look to find no one there.

    In the early 1990s, one of David's notebooks appeared on 3rd Long, placed just outside his old room: room 325. It also seems that his spirit is with us more during the fall, during football season, than the rest of the year. Recently, a young visitor to the Shuford Gym complex told of coming out into the hallway and seeing a person in a football uniform standing at the other end.

    although the visitor did not remember the number on the uniform. The player disappeared through the locked door of the football dressing room. Could it have been David?

    Shuford Memorial Gymnasium 2. The Mystery Of The Stadium Banner For the 1983 football season, a 20 X 20 banner was hung from the highest part of Shuford Gym, some fifty or more feet above the ground. The banner was made of the heaviest canvas, which made it impossible for one person to secure or remove it.

    When it was hung from the top of the building, more than eight large men had to assist. It was hung just before the first home football game of the season and remained in place for three home games. The banner ropes were checked weekly, and the access to the roof involved a series of unmarked doors and the use of two separate outside ladders.

    On the Friday before the fourth home game the banner was checked by college staff, and readied for the next afternoon s game. It was still in place at the close of the second shift of security, or 11:15 pm. Between 11:16 pm and 6:45am the banner and all of its ropes disappeared.

    The ladders were locked away in a room that was not accessible to anyone but a certain few staff persons and those certain few did not have access to the door that led to the first roof. The ropes were not cut - they were untied - and even the buckles that were used in the securing process were gone, as if they had never been there. There was a search of all campus areas, fraternity houses, and even a few off-campus apartments.

    Nothing ever showed up. The Cromer Center 3. The Cromer Center Jerry Shaw, Residence Director and Director Of Student Activities, died after a long battle with cancer in December 1989.

    Jerry was a very popular and charismatic member of the campus community and the first black member of the L-R football team. When Jerry passed away, there was a large memorial service on the campus in December 1989. More than 1,000 members of the L-R community, alumni, and family came to be a part of the service.

    That afternoon, as Jerry s secretary returned to the office for the first time after the memorial, she noticed the usual messages that every administrator gets on his/her door when he/she is away from their office. As she sorted through these messages, she came across one that stopped her in her work. It was a message from the switchboard operator about a phone call that came in that morning.

    It was addressed to the Student Activities Office. The message was "Arrived safe, everything is fine. Jerry." None of the L-R switchboard operators remember taking such a call.

    Schaeffer Hall 4. Schaeffer Hall For many years Mauney and Schaeffer Hall housed women. Since these are the oldest residence areas on campus, there are still many alumni who remember the old days.

    Some of the residents of Mauney and Schaeffer stayed at the college and worked on for several years. Others, like Mrs. Ona Peery, returned to the campus as Head Residents, the house mothers of old.

    Mrs. Peery, the Head Resident of the brand new Price Village complex in 1973, passed away of natural causes in 1975 in her apartment at Price. This was the same year that the decision to house men in Mauney Hall was made, something Mrs.

    Peery and most of the Head Residents at that time opposed because of tradition. Starting in 1976, reports of a rocking chair rocking, humming in the hall especially second floor Schaeffer and that room 206 Schaeffer was extremely cold all the time started to come to the staff s attention. In 1978, a student walking in from the breezeway encountered a matronly, transparent spirit checking the doors of the second floor.

    When the spirit turned and noticed the student, the student reported that she gave a stern look, placed her hands on her hips, and vanished. When the student described the spirit to the staff, the description most certainly fit that of Mrs. Peery, who lived in room 206 when she was a student at the College, and whose favorite piece of furniture while she was a Head Resident was a rocking chair.

    Reports of sounds and drastic temperature changes on second floor continue to this day. The Pine Tree on the Quad 5. The Vision At The Tree On the main quad of the campus, you can see a pine tree that was planted as a gift by the students of 1916.

    For years it has grown and flourished. Several alumni and students have given an account of a garden party that appears early on spring mornings just below the tree. The party usually contains 8-10 young ladies in dress reflective of the early twentieth century.

    They are talking, and sipping small cups, apparently enjoying the surroundings. As the sun rises, or if one were to get close to the tree, the vision disappears. The Rhyne Building, Former Site of Old Main 6.

    The Rhyne Building And The Bell Old Main was the central campus building for many of the early years of Lenoir-Rhyne College. It housed classrooms and offices, a dining hall, library, and most of the other necessary operations of the school. Old Main had a large tower at its center in which there was a school bell almost three feet in diameter.

    In 1920, the bell mysteriously disappeared from the tower. The President of the college stopped classes and conducted a full-scale investigation of the disappearance. For more than two weeks the campus was shrouded in the mysterious event.

    Then six seniors confessed to the President that they had taken the bell from the tower and buried it as a prank. The President, not seeing any humor in this prank, summarily expelled all six. When Old Main was destroyed by fire in 1927, the bell was one of the few salvaged items.

    When the new Rhyne Building was constructed, a plan was made to incorporate the bell in the design, so that it would never be subject to another prank. After much discussion, the bell was reshaped and coated in copper and brass and placed at the left corner of the main entrance. Rudisill Library 7.

    The Library Rudisill Library offers perhaps the most real ghost experience ever at L-R. There are two phenomena that have occurred in and around the library. The first occurred in July 1976, as security was making rounds on the campus.

    At about 9:00pm, security made the usually rounds through the library, checking doors and turning off all the lights. This was more difficult a process than it appeared, as the light switches were scattered throughout the building, not on one main panel. After checking all the doors, windows and turning off all the lights - something that had been done every night for many nights - security left by the front doors, and drove the security vehicle up the front of the Cromer Center, the next stop of rounds.

    Parking directly in front of the center, the officer had a good view of most of the central campus; he got out of the vehicle, locked the doors, and began to walk to the Center. Then a strange feeling came over him and he turned around and looked across campus. There was the library, a building that was secured and dark just 3-4 minutes before, with every light on!

    The officer stood there watching for a long time, and in a few minutes the relief officer came on duty. He came up to the front of the Center and asked what the lights were doing on in the library. The first officer told him that if he wanted to find out, could go on and go in, but he was not going back inside.

    On the report the next day, the relief officer stated that all lights were turned on: closets, hall, stairs, room lights. All of the lights were on, which meant than many individual switches had to have been turned on, not just one switchboard. Rudisill Library (Just Ahead and to the Right of the Drive) 8.

    The Little Child In 1980, while walking around the campus, strolling his one-year-old daughter, an employee of L-R came to the library. As he came down the sidewalk behind the library, he noticed some people looking over at the library as they walked. Turning the corner at the college sign, he caught a glimpse of a small child running and crying close to the library, just skirting the bushes.

    Continuing to walk the sidewalk, he turned up toward the library. The child, looking back occasionally, was visibly crying as it ran. He also noticed the child s clothes, which were torn and shredded.

    Walking faster, approaching the main doors of the library s old entrance, he saw the child run around the corner of the library and out of sight. He now walked as fast as he could with his daughter in arms and rounded the corner. He stopped.

    There was the child, 25 feet away with the saddest look ever seen on a human being, one that cuts right through him. Taking a few steps, he asked what was wrong. The child just ran around the corner, as he followed.

    As he turned the corner, the child was gone! Students and members of the community who use the library have reported a child s cries coming from various parts of the library. Also, students report books being knocked from shelves when no one is near them.

    Lights flicker and doors open with no one around. The library was destroyed by fire in 1927, but there was no record of anybody perishing in the fire. No one knows who or what the vision is.

    Belk Centrum, Former Site of The Yoder Building 9. The Yoder Building The Yoder Building stood where the Belk Centrum building now stands. It was an imposing structure, three stories tall, with a sharp angled roof.

    There were no bathrooms in the Yoder Building, just classes. For years it had housed the Business Department classrooms and other work areas, including the Art Department studios. One night as a security officer was crossing the campus on rounds, he looked up toward the Yoder Building.

    There on the edge of the roof was a man dressed like a painter or laborer, just sitting on the roof. Security walked over to the building and called up to him. There was no answer.

    After several attempts to talk with this person, the guard entered the Yoder Building and started climbing the stairs, thinking he d go up to the roof access and see what was going on. About halfway to the third floor he stopped as he realized that the Yoder Building had no access to the roof: no door, no panel, no ladder, no way to get to the roof from the inside. He went back outside and looked up: the figure was gone.

    As he walked around the building and stood farther away, there was nothing, no clue of who this person was or why he was on the roof. The other guard on duty did come rushing up to the first, and asked him, "Who was that guy up on the roof?" The Former Site of Highland Hall 10. Highland Hall This is the only specter that has been aggressive with anyone on campus.

    The experience here has been encountered by several staff and faculty members over the last twenty years. Working the graveyard shift, a security guard went into Highland Hall to check the doors and lights. First floor was offices and classrooms: no problems.

    Second floor was student offices and faculty offices: no problem. Third floor was used, at that time, for storage of college property: lamps, bookcases, bed frames, mattresses, etc. As he approached the door to the hall, he noticed all the lights were out, which is unusual for that floor.

    So, he turned to the switch panel, turned on the main hall lights, and walked on down the hall. Ten steps down the hall, the lights went out again. Turning on a flashlight, he turned around and went back to the switchboard.

    He again flipped the switch. Nothing happened. He tried this several times: still nothing.

    So he turned to go back down the hall, and the door to the switch panel slammed shut. He walked down the hall just a few feet farther than the first time, and encountered a lamp pushed toward him. Then a drawer came flying out of a room not far from him and the bed frames started to shake, then still more lamps and a chair.

    The guard quickly turned to go out the hall door, but on the first try the door would not open: more noise from behind him on the hall, a second push, leaning on the door, and it finally gave way. The next morning, the maintenance staff called security to report vandalism to third floor Highland Hall: lamps broken, mattresses ripped open, and wooden furniture smashed. That particular guard never went up to the third floor after dark, alone, again.

    Another staff member recounts the story about coming out of her office in Highland Hall, starting down the hallway, and looking up to see a man standing just feet from her, dressed in just pants: no shirt, no shoes. As she approached and attempted to talk with him, the vision turned and entered a room. When she got to that room there was no one there.

    Other staff members who have offices in the building have reported howls and moans, doors slamming, and banging on the walls. P.E. Monroe Auditorium 11.

    P.E. Monroe Auditorium For many years, students and faculty have reported strange lights appearing in the auditorium. Lights, like that of a small table lamp, moving throughout the auditorium and its offices and hallways.

    One day the lights stopped and there were no more reports. For a couple of years, no reports were made of the lights. Then they started again, just as suddenly as they had stopped.

    When they started again, a member of the faculty stayed in the building for several nights trying to observe the lights firsthand. The professor did witness the light - emerging from the portrait of Dr. Monroe and roaming the entire auditorium for most of the night.

    It was the next morning, as the faculty member examined the place where the light started and ended that he and others discovered that the portrait light above the picture of Dr. Monroe was missing. The light was replaced and the same surveillance was conducted the next night.

    Nothing. No sightings. The light was removed and the sure enough the mysterious lamp lights reappeared.

    Because of that discovery, every night the auditorium faculty check to make sure that the portrait of Dr. Monroe is lit with the accent light, so that Dr. Monroe can rest.

    And if that light over the portrait ever goes out, we will know, because Dr. Monroe will roam the auditorium until it is fixed. Another report from the auditorium relates the sighting of a large shadow floating through the office area and auditorium lobby, as well as the spinning of the Astrosoma, as if its being intentionally spun one way, then stopped and spun the other.

    The Mauney Music Building 12. The Mauney Music Building Students over the years report a great deal of spirit activity in the Music Building. One student reported an unauthorized person playing the large practice organ in the building.

    When the report was responded to by security, the organ was in operating mode, but there was no one in the room. Another student reports that while practicing in the building, she heard a large group of people moving up and down the hallway. When she opened the door to see what all the commotion was about, there was dead silence and not a soul in sight.

    View Across Campus I hope you have enjoyed reading these legends and tales of the Lenoir-Rhyne campus! Let's conclude with Emily Dickinson: One need not be a chamber to be haunted, One need not be a house; The brain has corridors surpassing Material place. Far safer, of a midnight meeting External ghost, Than an interior confronting That whiter host.

    Far safer through an Abbey gallop, The stones achase, Than, moonless, one's own self encounter In lonesome place. Ourself, behind ourself concealed, Should startle most; Assassin, hid in our apartment, Be horror's least. The prudent carries a revolver, He bolts the door, O'erlooking a superior spectre More near.

    References ^ Lenoir-Rhyne University (www.lr.edu)

  • An Audience with Lesley Garrett, AUDEN THEATRE Holt At the AUDEN THEATRE Gresham s School Holt Sunday November 22 nd 7.30pm All Seats 25 Box Office Tel 01263-713444 www.greshams.com/Auden-Theatre 1 Join Britain s most popular soprano for a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat. Her behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes will give audiences a unique insight into her life on the stage As well as performing with the English and Welsh National Operas, Lesley has recently starred in Carousel and The Sound of Music and appeared on television shows including Strictly Come Dancing and Loose Women. She has also performed with artists as diverse as Michael Ball, Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel and Lily Savage.

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  • and in more cultural enrichment news: 8 afghanis ... And none of this wouldn t have happened (at least in Germany) if they were never allowed inside its borders. The murder was the consequence of a brawl between a group of young Afghans and a Turkish man near Salzburg station on 21 September, reports 1 The Local . The father of the young Turk became a stabbing victim having asked the Afghans to meet him in the city s Lehener Park 2 the following day.

    A gang of at least ten Afghan men reportedly showed up, carrying knives and bottles. On the other side, according to deputy head of the State Criminal Investigation team Karl-Heinz Pracher, was an unarmed group of four Turkish men and one Austrian-Kosovan. Events degenerated quickly, resulting in a violent fight in which the Turkish men used wooden boards to shield themselves whilst chasing the Afghan men.

    After being stabbed several times the 50-year-old victim collapsed in the park he died in hospital having been driven there by his associates. The police, called by witnesses, arrived too late to arrest anyone at the scene. They later arrested a 17-year-old Afghan man found near Lehener Park with a fractured forearm and knife wound.

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  • Anglia Survey & Design ASD Consultants Engineering Architecture Surveying 16A Bridge Street, Halesworth, Suffolk. IP19 8AQ. Tel. (01986) 872250 Fax. (01986) 872228 Anglia Survey & Design (ASD) was formed in 1994 by partner Chris Ward with ASD Architecture Ltd.

    being created in 2006 by Chris and architect Vince Douglas. The ASD group consists of separate firms working together to offer a range of architectural, surveying and civil engineering services for a diverse range of clients from individual householders to large corporations, all based in Halesworth, Suffolk. Here at ASD we pride ourselves on being able to offer a friendly and personal service whilst maintaining the highest levels of technical expertise.

    All parts of the ASD group are free to act individually but our close partnering arrangement allows us to offer the efficiencies of an integrated service where required. www.asd-consultants.co.uk 1 ASD Engineering ASD Engineering is a trading name for the engineering arm of Anglia Survey & Design (ASD) based in Halesworth, Suffolk. ASD Engineering is able to offer a wide range of engineering services to suit any development, used individually or in combination.The engineering team are experienced in working closely to ensure that multi-disciplinary projects can be delivered efficiently.

    Whether you are looking for some initial advice on a project or need detailed engineering input, ASD can offer the solution you need to realise your aspirations. For more details click here: www.asd-engineering.co.uk 2 ASD Architecture ASD Architecture is an architectural practice that focuses on providing high quality design from inception through to completion with a particular focus on providing the right design solution for our clients needs and aspirations. ASD Architecture are experienced in a wide range of projects from single dwelling extensions to large scale residential development and from education to industry.

    For more details click here: www.asd-architecture.co.uk 3 ASD Surveys ASD Surveys is a trading name for the survey arm of Anglia Survey & Design (ASD). ASD surveys can be purchased individually or in conjunction with engineering and/or architectural services from ASD Engineering and ASD Architecture. Our strict confidentiality arrangements, however, allow us to operate independently of the other parts of the ASD group.

    Here at ASD surveys we appreciate the value of accurate base data as the foundation for subsequent design work and retain the personal level of service our domestic clients appreciate. Whatever your survey needs, ASD Surveys can provide you with a solution. For more details click here: www.asd-surveys.co.uk 4 ASD Consultants Engineering Architecture Surveying 16A Bridge Street, Halesworth, Suffolk.

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  • Anglian Potters Selected Members' Exhibition 2015 Anglian Potters Selected Members Exhibition 2nd October 1st November 2015 21 selected members of the Anglian Potters Association will be exhibiting their work at the Ferini ART Gallery during October this year. It is a particularly auspicious time of year to have chosen as the gallery will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. Anglian Potters are delighted to be showing work in this beautiful space as they have not exhibited in Suffolk for several years.

    Clay is a most versatile and durable medium, lending itself to the creation of thrown domestic ware, hand-built vessels, sculpture, and even jewellery. The potters and sculptors showing their work in this exhibition represent many disciplines within ceramics, as well as revealing the rich diversity of skills and creativity that exist within Anglian Potters. From Rosemarie Cooke s charming wildlife sculptures, through Susan Cupitt s elegant and spare thrown vessels and Angela Mellor s delicate, transulscent porcelain, to the smoke-fired work of Juliet Gorman, this exhibition has something to appeal to all collectors of ceramics.

    The organisation is long-established and widely respected nationally. It was originally formed in in 1983 to represent all that is best in East Anglian ceramics. It has a thriving membership of over 400, which includes amateur and professional potters, students and supporters.

    Those who choose to apply for selected membership must submit a body of work for inspection by a panel of their peers.

    It is a rigorous process with equal attention being paid to form, process, skill and execution.

    Contact: Ferini ART Gallery Pakefield T 01502 562222 E info@feriniartgallery.co.uk Anglian Potters Selected Members secretary Anja Penger -Onyett E anja.penger@gmx.de 1 2 Notes: The exhibiting potters are as follows: Ray Auker, Deborah Baynes, Harvey Bradley, Murray Cheesman, Rosemarie Cooke, Susan Cupitt, Catherine D Arcy, Peter Deans, Moira Goodall, Juliet Gorman, Helen Martino, John Masterton, Angela Mellor, Stephen Murfitt, Anja Penger-Onyett, Christine Pike, Colin Saunders, Pam Schomberg, Usch Spettigue, Peter Warren Open 11am 4pm Fri/Sat/Sun 27-29 All Saints Road Pakefield Lowestoft Suffolk NR33 0JL info@feriniartgallery.co.uk 3 01502-562222 Related References ^ info@feriniartgallery.co.uk (icenipost.com) ^ anja.penger@gmx.de (icenipost.com) ^ info@feriniartgallery.co.uk (icenipost.com)

  • Appeal after fight, Stalham 30 October 2014 Police in Stalham are appealing for witnesses following an incident of disorder outside a supermarket. It happened on Sunday afternoon between 3.15pm and 3.40pm when a number of people became involved in a fight outside Tesco, in Old Market Road. Prior to the incident, a verbal altercation had happened inside the store involving a man and a girl in her mid-teens.

    Once outside the store the man approached a teenage boy the girl was with and head-butted him. The boy s mother, a woman in her mid-40s, approached the man and was then herself assaulted by a woman who became involved, believed to be the attacker s partner. The woman was pushed to the ground and had her hair pulled out.

    Both victims suffered minor injuries.

    The suspects left the scene and police are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information concerning the incident.

    Anyone with information should contact PC Alex Barnes at Cromer Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 .

  • Appeal after fight, Stalham - Norfolk Constabulary 30 October 2014 Police in Stalham are appealing for witnesses following an incident of disorder outside a supermarket. It happened on Sunday afternoon between 3.15pm and 3.40pm when a number of people became involved in a fight outside Tesco, in Old Market Road. Prior to the incident, a verbal altercation had happened inside the store involving a man and a girl in her mid-teens.

    Once outside the store the man approached a teenage boy the girl was with and head-butted him. The boy s mother, a woman in her mid-40s, approached the man and was then herself assaulted by a woman who became involved, believed to be the attacker s partner. The woman was pushed to the ground and had her hair pulled out.

    Both victims suffered minor injuries.

    The suspects left the scene and police are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information concerning the incident.

    Anyone with information should contact PC Alex Barnes at Cromer Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 .

  • Appeal after woman assaulted, North Walsham Police are appealing for information after a woman was attacked as she walked home following a night out in North Walsham. It happened in the early hours on Saturday morning (8 November) between 2.05am and 2.15am when the victim, a woman in her 30s, walked on Pound Road. As she entered the alleyway linking Pound Road to Nelson Road the victim was grabbed by the hair from behind, causing her to fall forward and bang her head on fence.

    The victim, who was uninjured, elbowed the suspect who then fled the scene. Investigating officer, PC Kerron Tuttle, said: I would urge people to be mindful of their personal safety while out and about at night. I m keen to hear from anyone who may have information about this incident or noticed anything out of the ordinary in the area around the times stated.

    Witnesses contact PC Tuttle at North Walsham Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  • Appeal for car park collision Police are appealing for information following a collision in Cromer. An unknown vehicle has collided with a silver Peugeot 206 parked in the Meadow Road car park between 10.10am and 12.20pm on Thursday 19 September 2013. The Peugeot sustained considerable damage to its offside but the other vehicle s driver did not leave any details.

    Officers want to speak to anyone who witnessed or heard the collision, at the tourist information centre end of the car park.

    Contact PC Matt Pritty at Cromer Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  • Appeal for help in tracing missing woman 21 April 2015 Police are appealing for help in tracing a woman missing from Norwich. Diane Harvey, aged 47 and from Sale Road, was last seen at the Cliftonville Hotel in Cromer at around 11am on Saturday 18 April. She hasn t been seen or heard from since.

    Officers are concerned for the welfare of Diane who has been described as vulnerable.

    Diane is described as white, 5ft 5 tall, medium build, with short dark brown hair.

    Anyone who may have seen Diane or anyone who may know of her whereabouts should contact Norfolk Constabulary immediately on 101 .

  • APPEAL: Do you recognise these suspected thieves? We re appealing for the public s help to trace three women after a theft at a shop in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. The incident happened on Saturday 19 September when three women entered The Rhapsody Mill Shop in The Strand. One of the women concealed two rolls of material under her skirt while the other two distracted the shop keeper.

    PHOTO: CCTV Rhapsody Mill They also paid for goods and counted out the cash in such a way that they were able to under pay significantly without it coming to the cashiers attention until a later point. The women are described as Eastern European and it s believed that they may be responsible for other similar offences. We re urging businesses to be on their guard and asking for anyone with information on the womens identity to contact us on 101, quoting incident number 441 of September 20.

    Alternatively, they can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org 1 . No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Like this: Like Loading...

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