A Message from Brussels…

 

A Message from Brussels one week before the terrorist attacks (VIDEO)

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth…

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2016 NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE: Little Alan Kurdi did not have to die

Who is responsible for his death?

Source: 2016 NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE: Little Alan Kurdi did not have to die

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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Why are the Boko Haram terrorist attacks in Nigeria underreported?

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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One expects that the mainstream media would show basic human concern and give the same degree of attention to terrorist attacks, regardless of where they take place. This does not appear to be the case.

During the last two days there have been terrorist attacks carried out by Boko Haram in #Nigeria, which have brought the death toll to over 80. Most of the victims are women and children– but this massacre does not appear to be newsworthy, given the anemic coverage that it is receiving– compared to the intense round-the-clock news coverage of the attacks in #Paris and San Bernardino.

Here’s a New York Daily News report (excerpt). Bold added for emphasis:

“A nurse at Maiduguri Specialist Hospital said dozens of critically wounded, mainly children and women, may not survive. The nurse, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she is not authorized to speak to reporters, said the hospital was so overflowing with patients that some had to be cared for in the maternity ward. About 60 people had wounds from bullets and shrapnel from explosive devices, she said. Other wounded people had to be sent to other hospitals in the city.

Among them was a baby found dead, still tied to the back of her mother, who survived after being hit by shrapnel, the nurse said.

It was hard to do a body count because so many had been blown into pieces, she said, describing torsos and dismembered arms and legs.”

 While the world mourned the deaths in Paris, approximately 2,000 people died in Nigeria as victims of Boko Haram #terrorism. In spite of the enormity of the Nigerian massacre, it was underreported compared to Paris.

I understand that the territory controlled by Boko Haram is dangerous for journalists– and innocent local citizens have limited access to the internet. However, information is coming out with enough details to provide coverage, albeit with limited visuals. But of course, visuals are everything in today’s news business, which is more worried about ratings and the bottom line.

There is also doubt about the degree of transparency and assessment from the Nigerian government regarding these attacks, which followed last week’s statement by the very socialist Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, that his government had “technically won the war” against Boko Haram. This scenario makes the Boko Haram Islamic extremist threat in Nigeria even more critical and newsworthy– for the sake of Nigerians, their surrounding countries–and the world!

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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REFERENCE:

New York Daily News, “Boko Haram extremists strike Nigerian cities with coordinated RPG, suicide bomber attacks; death toll climbing” (Updated: Monday, December 28, 2015, 10:57 AM).

President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari speaks about Boko Haram (BBC World-Africa, “Nigeria Boko Haram: Militants ‘technically defeated’ – Buhari.” 24 Dec. 2015.

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Violence and destruction are all around us– and humanity has a short attention span. Stay strong and alert! Speak the truth!

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Espresso with Marielena… (quick reflections while I sip my cup of coffee)

ESPRESSO WITH MARIELENA... Copyright © Marielena Montesino de Stuart. All rights reserved.Don’t give in to political correctness! Moderates and wimps are not found in the great pages of history. Speak the truth– with decency, dignity and facts!

Must read… EVIL BEGETS EVIL: Terrorism seen through the eyes of a Cuban

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September 11, 2015

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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THE MIDDLE EAST SECTARIAN WAR: Modern-day Shia-Sunni conflict, twelve years and counting

Once Moslems arrive– they tend to stay. In Spain they stayed for more than 700 years… something to think about as we examine modern-day sectarian violence in the Middle East– vis-à-vis the election of the next president of the United States.

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Detail of the Alhambra, Spain-- where Moslems ruled for over 700 years
Detail of the Alhambra, Spain– where Moslems ruled for over 700 years

Sectarian violence among Moslems began in the 7th Century AD. But twelve years ago an event took place which marked the beginning of modern-day Middle Eastern sectarian violence: a bomb was set off in the perimeter of the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq, a holy site for followers of Shia Islam and the place where their first Imam,  Ali ibn Abi Talib, is buried.

The blast took the life of Ayatollah Muhammad Bakr al-Hakim, one of the leaders of the Shiite Moslems in Iraq. He opposed Saddam Hussein (a Sunni)– but his approach to opposing the former dictator was considered moderate by observers of Islamic sectarian tensions.

What the world did not realize, as bodies were being pulled out from the rubble at the shrine in Najaf, is that this violent event set off the Shia-Sunni sectarian war in the Middle East. Shia Moslems are the majority in Iran and southeastern Iraq, while the Sunnis have lived predominantly in the northern and western region of Iraq.

Ten days earlier, a bomb was set off at the United Nations location in the Canal Hotel in Baghdad. While some consider that the UN blast was the beginning of the current sectarian war, it really was not. That blast was aimed at Americans and Europeans– while the blast at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf was aimed at Iraqis.

The terrorist activities of Hamas (Iran’s terrorist group) and the Houthi Shia rebellion in Yemen are an extension of what began that bloody Friday in Najaf, twelve years ago.  The birth and rise of ISIS, a Salafi jihadist group made up mainly of extremist Sunnis from Syria and Iraq, is another violent ramification of what took place in Najaf.

So, what are we to make of this ongoing nightmare in the Middle East, vis-à-vis the election of the next president of the United States?

Are Americans prepared to ask tough questions of the presidential candidates, regarding the Middle East nightmare?

What solutions do these presidential candidates bring to the table– considering the violent Islamic theater that includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia– and the world at large, through jihadist internet recruitment?

Wars, protracted conflicts, and dictatorships begin with a single act of violence. As a Cuban who suffered the ravages of communism I must remind my readers that Fidel Castro’s “revolution” began with his brutal assault of the Moncada Barracks on July 26, 1953.  His Marxist terrorist activities continued until he took control of Cuba on January 1, 1959. Nearly 57 years later Cuba remains a communist island prison– in spite of Obama’s recent cowardly diplomacy with Cuba’s communist thugs. But there’s no denying that for over half a century the United States and the world have taken a passive and collaborative stance– which has allowed Castro to internationalize his Marxist agenda.

The exact same thing that happened in Cuba is happening in the Middle East– or has the world forgotten that history repeats itself?

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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UNESCO fails to protect Palmyra as a World Heritage Site

Does UNESCO have a pro-Islamic agenda?  Let’s examine the events in Palmyra and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain.

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Palmyra, the Grande Colonnade. Photo by Jerzy Strzelecki - Wikipedia.
Palmyra, the Grande Colonnade

 

Who needs UNESCO? — which stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The recent beheading of Khaled al-Asaad, a renowned antiquities scholar in Syria is yet another heartbreaking loss of an innocent life taken by ISIS. Khaled al-Asaad had devoted his life to the preservation of Palmyra, in Syria. His brutal execution, while trying to protect precious antiquities, was followed by the news of the destruction of this ancient archeological site, at the hands of ISIS jihadists.

What is also disturbing is that archeological locations like Palmyra, known as the ‘Venice of the Sands’– have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO– one of the many international organizations that are part of the United Nations. But where are the folks at UNESCO when you need them?

UNESCO is supposed to help operate and oversee the protection of its World Heritage Sites, pursuant to a document titled, Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention. This document outlines all the steps required for the operational status and protection of these sites. But UNESCO,  like most socialist programs run by the United Nations, failed to protect Palmyra, one of its most treasured sites.  So much for its “World Heritage Convention.”

The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba

Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba
Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba

This brings me to another site, which is in danger of being turned into a “shared space” for Islamic prayer: the Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain. This treasure of Christianity is another World Heritage Site which is struggling to retain its Roman Catholic authenticity and sacred value.

The protection of the Roman Catholic heritage of this cathedral depends on the measures taken by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Córdoba — and not on UNESCO’s so-called “protection”– since UNESCO is more interested in the “world”– than it is in the authentic Roman Catholic identity of the cathedral.

In fact, in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Cathedral of Córdoba is listed as the “Mosque of Córdoba.”  See item 22 under Spain (Historic Center of Córdoba) and in “Notes.”  This is because UNESCO refuses to acknowledge that the original site was a Roman Catholic Church which was desecrated and usurped by the Moors, and turned into a Mosque during their occupation of Spain.

Which brings us to the main question: does UNESCO have a pro-Islamic agenda? Hmm…

I am also including below an article about the history of the Cathedral of Córdoba, for the benefit of my readers.

Personally, I don’t see the purpose of  turning a nation’s historic site into a UNESCO “World Heritage” site– when UNESCO and the United Nations are unable to protect them with their “peacekeeping” forces– nor through any measures taken by the farcical United Nations Security Council– which currently includes non-permanent members such as Venezuela— and in the past even Cuba! There isn’t a rogue state in this world that the United Nations and its minions haven’t embraced.

While ISIS plowed through the Syrian desert– brutally murdering innocent people and destroying everything in sight, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee was holding a session in Bonn in July of this year, where they issued the following charming Bonn Declaration— which I’m sure ISIS jihadists are respectfully perusing! 

It is my opinion that UNESCO is speaking out of both sides of its mouth. On one hand it is issuing “declarations” condemning what ISIS is doing in the name of Islam— but on the other hand they are refusing to acknowledge the true Roman Catholic identity of the Cathedral of Córdoba, by calling it the “Mosque of Córdoba.”

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “if we don’t change our direction, we’re likely to end up where we’re headed.” We are heading straight into hell, and without strong moral leadership in Washington not only will more innocent people die– but the world’s cultural patrimony will disappear along with Western Civilization— while politically correct / socialist entities like the United Nations UNESCO gather in their well-appointed boardrooms issuing declarations.

Khaled al-Asaad died alone, beheaded. His body was hung upside down from a column. He died in Palmyra protecting the antiquities that he loved– but where was UNESCO?

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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Please read my commentary  (published during Holy Week 2014) about the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Córdoba– and the danger it faces of becoming a “shared space” for Islamic prayer.

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