Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wikileaks to Faruque Ahmed and Boat People

Wikileaks to Faruque Ahmed and Boat People

Further to The Influence of the neo-cons, Specifically Prejudice and Bigotry in the Climate Change Debate Australia houses more than 100 000 illegal immigrants at any given time. Most of these overstays will be from UK, Ireland, USA, … !

Above mentioned ‘illegal migrants’ and ‘refugees’ generally enter in Australia via big airports, planes and with the assistance of many big corporations! The complaisant government of Australia neither excluded these airports as “immigration exclusion zone” nor prosecuted big corporations as ‘people smugglers’!

However, a few little islands close to Indonesia were removed from Australian Immigration Zone and poor people who ferry these desperate boat people are condemned as ‘people smugglers’!

Would you believe, despite harsh and unjust conditions more than 90% ‘boat peoples’ are found to be genuine refugees. Yet, the corporate media outlets and government instruments cunningly orchestrated a national anxiety and paranoia over these ‘boat people’.

Ironically most of these boat peoples are from war torn Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Sri Lanka and countries like them. Sadly with USA, countries like Australia going around other peoples’ countries, destroying their life and livelihoods, nature and environment, villages and crops mercilessly! Yet, they are very intolerant towards their victims who drift in Australia’s shore.

We knew them before. We got direct evidence due to Wikileaks that:

1. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan got nothing to do with Australia’s defense and safety.

2. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are not winnable.

Yet the rude and arrogant, heartless and thoughtless leaders of Australia are sending their children to die for Israel and they have been playing cruel politics with defenseless refugees!

I made a few attempts to talk about The Influence of the neo-cons, Specifically Prejudice and Bigotry in the Climate Change Debate and What Do You Know About The Northern Territory Intervention?. Would you believe, the corporate media outlets do not allow me to talk about any of these issues including Israeli HOLOCAUST in Palestine and Israeli Holocaust in the Occupied Palestine Was Conspired before Hitler’s Holocaust!

-- In, "Biplobi Faruque" wrote:

Gutless Mark Kennedy and More

When are we going to persecute Bush, Blair, Howard and their warmonger partners for war crimes and genocide?


Greens demand Murdoch hack get a clue and fired

Published on 16 December 2010 in General. 0 Comments Tags: Australia, Iraq, Julia Gillard, Murdoch.

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The following letter by Greens leader Bob Brown was sent to Murdoch’s Herald Sun newspaper:

Dear Editor,

Andrew Bolt has blood on his hands. He stridently insisted on the invasion and killings in Iraq which led to millions fleeing. Some of those millions ended up in the ocean off Christmas Island on Wednesday.

Andrew Bolt’s call, while bodies were still in the ocean, for Julia Gillard’s resignation (but the Labor Party opposed the war in Iraq) lacked human decency. He should resign.

Senator Bob Brown

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Gutless Mark Kennedy and More

For more: Gutless Mark Kennedy and More

Further to Gutless Mark Kennedy below The Telelcrap is a tabloid trash. I haven't seen any fair article in that source of moral and environmental pollution. The other day, The Telelcrap launched a "trial by media" against a Middle Eastern taxi driver.

Gutless Mark Kennedy and another shock jock are running the midnight to dawn segment of "radio 2UE disgrace". This station's prejudice and bigotry, lies and distortions calculated to incite hate against the Muslims and Arabs are well-known! Despite the hate-a-thon of 2UE more than 70% midnight to dawn segment are full of recycle materials from other programs as they failed to attract callers.

Would you believe, the other day, Mark Kennedy read out The Telelcrap initiated "trial by media" five times to settle his score with Faruque Ahmed. However, no one took his bite and no one joined in taxi drivers bashing as Mark was expecting.

Politicians, public servants and media outlets supposed to serving public interests and state good. However, they have been;

1. Serving corporate interests,

2. Compromising public good and state interests,

3. Manufacturing consent and opinion,

4. Preventing free and fair discussions,

5. Encouraging us to send our children to die for other peoples' wars,

6. Encouraging us to send our children to die in unwinnable wars,

7. Encouraging us to send our children to die in Israel centric wars!

Sadly, they are not concerned about reporting truthfully and accurately as the Australian Communication Media Authority allows them to get away with murder!!

Gutless Mark Kennedy?

Further to Brave Mark Kennedy below, radio 2UE has resorted in lies, prejudice, racism and sectarianism in order to manufacture consent and opinion.

Lately I have noticed that many callers have deserted this blatantly racist and fascist radio station. Most of the night time shock jocks are forced to recycle boring and old items from other shows! 70% of the time they are lacking of online callers.

This morning I rang up the station and found, this racist and fascist radio station has not altered their vitriolic policy and the producer used two dirty tricks to avoid me!

Therefore, I would like to ask Mark, "are you a party to this conspiracy or the management is"?

Brave Mark Kennedy

Last night Dr. Keith Suter was talking to Brian Wilshire and they made some joke about 72 virgins. 15 minutes later he changed his tune and said, "…. According to Quran it says, 72 raisins (sultanas) and it does not make any sense why some one would commit suicide for something you can buy from your supermarket"! Therefore Faruque was right! The 72 virgin myth was carefully created and nurtured by the Zionists to demonise Muslims.

Last night also Mark read out the following two items. He also asked Faruque to call him but we have not heard from him. Do we know why? Mark appears to be a brave fellow as many broadcasters would be scared to red out some of the materials like two items below!

A. "Many politicians and media personalities of Australia, USA and UK would sell their mother for Israel! I think it is a sickness. Generally speaking, they condemn Nazism while they embrace Zionism. They know the Zionism is older and worse than Nazism. They cry for sixty year old "European sickness" as holocaust while they are aiding and abetting Israeli holocaust in Palestine without any compunction whatsoever!" and

B. "Idiot News readers, columnists and shock jocks of Australia and USA should be reading these articles first before dancing with Zio-Nazis. I feel sorry for them.

1. Rocket count is rubbery, and so is the goal

2. Solution needs true leadership

3. `We are all Palestinians'

4. Bin Laden's ex-driver set free (One must wonder which court of law, judge or jury found Osama bin Laden guilty of anything, let alone terrorism?! How the hell Israeli and American terrorism is going unnoticed to News readers, columnists and shock jocks of Australia and USA?)."

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Jewdified and Captive

Jewdified and Captive

Australian, USA, UK media outlets are silent! Why is it so? Are they crap too? Or Jewdified Europe, USA, Australia?!

"We Jews have spoiled the blood of all the races of Europe. Taken as a whole, everything is Jewdified. Our ideas animate everything. Our spirit reigns over the world. We are the Lords." - Dr. Kurt Munzer, The Way to Zion.

This is how Israel controls your media and this is happening because 96 % of Worlds media is controlled by just six Zionist companies.

"Nations will gather together to bring their homage to the people of God; the whole fortune of nations will pass into the hands of the Jewish people, they will march behind the Jewish people, in chains as captives, and will prostrate before it." - Isador Loeb, Le Probleme Juif.

--- In, "Biplobi Faruque" wrote:

Re: Gentiles Need To Die (Big Rabbi)

No one cares or may be scared to upset masters of the universe?

--- In, "Biplobi Faruque" wrote:

Gentiles Need To Die (Big Rabbi)

For more: Gentiles Need To Die (Big Rabbi)

The complete guide to killing non-Jews, Jewish women are allowed to seduce men for Israel, Woman beaten on J'lem bus for refusing to move to rear seat, Rabbis Teachings on sex with infants and animals, Jewish Shariah ("hadith") and Stone to Death, Jewish Women Must not Vote, Gentiles Need To Die are supported by Pre-Contemporary Jewish Quotes About non-Jews and Contemporary Jewish Quotes About non-Jews.

Anna Baltzer, Faruque Ahmed and Rabid Zionist and Tariq Ali and Paul McGeough are further evidence in support of previous postings.



October 20, 2010 posted by Gordon Duff · 50 Comments



By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

"Gentiles need to die….goyim have no place in the world." This was part of a rambling diatribe of racist slurs heard of Israel's Channel 10 this weekend, The perpetrator? Leader of the Israeli Sephardic community, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, founder of the Shas Party, part of the Likud coalition headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

This isn't the first time Rabbi Yosef has said these things. The immensely popular Likudist Rabbi, when not calling for the slaughter of Palestinians or advocating the destruction of Christianity, offers recipes, marriage tips and lots of advice on how Jews can rule the world as the new "master race." Rabbi Yosef is a combination of Jon Stewart, Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson with more than a touch of Adolf Hitler thrown in for moderation.

Nearly every day now, the world is subjected to one claim or another by a "spiritual" leader in Israel. One day it's "G-d created the planet ONLY for Jews" or the continual diatribes against Christianity, "Jesus was a criminal and liar,


spending eternity in excrement and his mother, Mary, was a whore." This one is repeated so often it is tiring. A couple of years ago, "The Naked Archeologist," a relatively entertaining cable television show hosted by a former IDF commando, "debunked" the entire Christian religion. A family tomb, reputedly that of the family of Jesus, was unearthed in Jerusalem. Removed from this tomb were the inscribed coffins, reputedly with the skeletal remains of, not only Jesus himself, but Mary Magdalene and the Apostle Peter, and any number of other biblical figures believed elsewhere.

Most significant is the claim of finding the remains of St. Peter. The Catholic Church is founded on the belief that Peter is entombed in Rome, his burial spot being the spiritual and geographical center of the Catholic religion.


When the National Endowment of the Arts paid $15,000 of taxpayer funds to an artist who photographed a plastic crucifix in a glass of his own urine, the message wasn't an accident. This was an expression of, not only blasphemous contempt, but of power and control. The message was clear, Christianity is the religion of the cattle and the state is empowered to "endow" any message it wishes reminding, fund anything, any effort, no matter now inane, how barbaric, how wasteful or absurd.


Saturday's broadcast by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was punctuated with continual laughter, riotous at times, from an audience clearly enjoying his message:

"Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world, only to serve the people of Israel…Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap.

We will sit like effendi and eat!"


Rabbi Yosef wasn't clear if he was referring to the United States and the billions of dollars in aid given to Israel, the world's third largest arms exporter or making reference to a conspiratorial financial entity bent on enslaving the world. The more the Rabbi talked, the smaller the gulf became between mankind, his "master race" and the "g-d" he seems to act as both exclusive agent and negotiator for.

The Rabbi, called by some "Madman Yosef" went on:

"With gentiles it will be like any person, they need to die but G-d will give them longevity.


Imagine that one's donkey would die. They would lose profit. Their donkey is their servant

The goyim is like a donkey to the Jews, they exist only to serve and are only allowed by G'd to live a long life because they are the beast of burden the Jews. Were the goyim to stop serving Jews, g-d would end their lives"

Rabbi Yosef is the spiritual head of the Shas Party, a member of the Likud coalition, which won 11 seats in the recent election and supports Prime Minister Netanyahu. Oddly, however, the Shas Party claims that the Ashkenazi Jews, those of European dissent, wrongly control Israel and are not genuinely members of "g-d's chosen." Things have been rocky for the Shas Party as their former leader, Areh Dari, onetime Minister of the Interior, was jailed in 2000 for allegedly accepting bribes. Since that time, Shas has joined with the extremist Likud Party of Netanyahu.

Yosef is said to despise Netanyahu, an American born Ashkenazi, but accepts Likud rule based on similar views of the role of goyim in the world.

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Re: The Caged Virgin is NOT a Virgin

Bruce, I agree. Ignorance is the real culprit !!! It is the greatest enemy of mankind and the most difficult to overcome and eradicate.



--- In, "bruce" wrote:

Correct Possum!! But the Jews have actually moved into the 21st century!! the moslem knuckleheads still live in the 6th century!!!!

Cheers Bruce

--- In, "Jodie" jodie_usa2000@ wrote:

You are ALL full of crap. Ancient Shariah and Jewish laws are ugly and are pure CRAP.


--- In, "Rahat" wrote:
Ian Hirshi Ali Lies and Hypocrisy

For more: Ian Hirshi Ali Lies and Hypocrisy

Further to Sydney Writers Festival Organisers, Sydney Writers Festival's Response, The New Weapons of Mass Destruction, THE POLITICS OF MUSLIM AND ARAB BASHING, Who really needs "protection" – Ali or her critics? and Nazi Zionists – The Hypocrites Zio-Nazi pied piper Ian Hirshi Ali never spoke about the brutal, violent and ugly Jewish Shariah!

The Caged Virgin (Holland's shameful treatment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali) By Christopher Hitchens was rejected by the ordinary Dutch people as Ian Hirshi Ali lied all the way!

"Rabbi Joseph said, 'Come and hear. A maiden aged 3 years and a day may be acquired in marriage by coition"

Mishnah: A girl of the age of 3 years and a day may be betrothed, subject to her father's approval, by sexual intercourse.

"Harlot" (prostitute)?

A "Harlot" (prostitute) is designated in the Torah as any women who is not "a daughter of Israel" or who has sex with a man she is forbidden to marry. According to this interpretation, all non-Jewish women are considered "harlots" under the Jewish religious law.

Rabbis Teachings on sex with infants and animals

Rabbis Teachings on sex with infants and animals: Jewish Teachings on sex with infants:

"A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However, he should not penetrate. If he penetrates and the child is harmed then he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl however would not count as one of his four permanent wives. The man will not be eligible to marry the girl's sister.

"The complete Hebrew text of this saying can be found in "Rabbi Joseph in Talmud: Bammidber raba and Jalkut"

What do you think about Jewish Shariah ("hadith") and Stone to Death?

Jewish Shariah ("hadith") and Stone to Death

...[in the event of sex between a Jewish man and a Gentile woman] the main punishment is inflicted on the Gentile woman ; she must be executed , even if she was raped by the Jew ." (from: Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years by Israel Shahak, p87)

--- In, "Biplobi Faruque" wrote:

Re: The Caged Virgin is NOT a Virgin

The Caged Virgin is NOT a Virgin

For more: The Caged Virgin is NOT a Virgin

The Caged Virgin (Holland's shameful treatment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali) By Christopher Hitchens is NOT virgin in the first place!

Viseslava Rasajski-Sasic

we all very well know why she lied - she had to, otherwise she would have never made it ...However, she confessed shortly afterwards, as soon as the "danger" was at least a tiny bit over. Anyway, she paid big price for her lies and she never complained about it. For me, she is someone everyone can look up to - a strong personality who was destined to succeed. Viska

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Mr. Hitchens, Would you care to also mention that Ayaan Hirsi Ali lied in her political asylum application in Holland and that she never ever resided in any refugee camps of the 3 countries her family lived before she stopped over in Holland. Her affluent family had ways to get her into a westren country but she chose to lie in her asylum application to gain resiedency in Holland. Would you care to mention that Mr. Hitchens?

Saturday, June 19, 2010, 11:38:12 AM

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Don Liston

Please, Ms Ayaan Hirsi Ali tell everyone about the cleric who introduced the oxymoron, "holy war" into Islam. His name was Mohammed Ibn al Wahab and he led his followers to murder other Muslims, descrated the Prophet's Tomb in Madinah, tried to destroy the shrine in Makkah. He was a dangerously insane man who established all of the hatefilled theology is now taking over Islam.

I am neither Muslim nor an Islamic scholar but I know the writing of a madman when I see it. His progeny still have a lot of influence in KSA.

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 9:11:16 AM

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Ayaan Hirshi Ali

Muslim and Arab bashings are the most spectacular sports in the town! That's why the professional liar became an overnight super star and eventually she was elected at the Dutch Parliament. Her main allies were and still are the Zionists and other zionised forces around the world.

Her lies were exposed. Good Dutch peoples are ashamed of her. She was kicked out of the Dutch Parliament and the people would have been happy to get rid of her.

Surprise! Surprise!! The Zionised Americans made her their new goddess and re-starting their anti-Muslim and anti-Arab crusades based on her usual nitrogenous wastes!!!

Probably, that's why Faruque Ahmed of Free America Now said, "Generally speaking, Muslims and Arabs used to protect the `Christ Killer Jews' and nowadays they are paying back to Muslims and Arabs very nicely in accordance with the Zionist culture and tradition mentioned in many ancient literatures!"

Source: Ayaan Hirshi Ali

The infidel

· Greg Callaghan

· From: The Australian

· May 21, 2010 1:30PM

Hirsi Ali

Author and former Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, in Australia to address the Sydney Writers' Festival. Photo: Kristi Miller

SOMALIA-born author, feminist and former Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks about Western apologists, why moderate Muslims don't speak out and the spread of Saudi-style Islam.

Greg Callaghan: You were a pious Muslim in your teens. You even once supported the fatwa on writer Salman Rushdie. What, more than anything, was the catalyst for your dramatic change of opinion on Islam?
Ayaan Hirsi Ali:
For years I met Muslim women in very difficult circumstances, victims of terrible domestic violence, forced into miserable marriages, but I sought to avoid connecting the dots, blinding myself to the link between the indoctrination of the religion and the oppression of women and lack of individual, free choice. My five years at the University of Leiden [in the Netherlands], enjoying a democratic culture, walking around in a society where men and women are equal, started to change my perspective. The events of September 11 cemented it. I later became the face of Muslim women who had sought freedom in Holland. Unlike white commentators, hamstrung by the fear of being labelled racists, I could voice my criticisms of the feudal and religious mechanisms that were holding Muslim women back.

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It's been six years since you wrote the script for the controversial film Submission and film-maker Theo van Gogh was murdered by an Islamic extremist. Are you still living under heavy security?
I'm sorry, but I really can't talk about my security arrangements.

In your new book, Nomad, you say that liberals in the West are far more uncomfortable condemning the ill treatment of women under Islam than conservatives. Why do you think this is so?

Liberals tend to think collectively about ethnicities, cultural groups and religion. Freedom of the individual tends to be a lesser notion. Thus a liberal might be more reluctant to interfere in the case of a Muslim father physically abusing his daughter out of some misplaced respect for cultural difference. A conservative, being more concerned with individual rights – and perhaps less subject to political correctness – would be more inclined to speak out against the wrongdoing. Liberals too often fall back on the notion that governments can solve all problems and "rescue" people who have been told they are victims of the system. Rather than speak out against totalitarian practices under Islam, they shuffle their feet.

Isn't it also the case that journalists, usually to the left of politics, happily criticise Christianity for its abuses while letting Islam off the hook?
The term "Islamophobic" has been invented to slam anyone who dares to criticise the religion. It's nonsense, a convenient way of avoiding honest, critical scrutiny. If I criticise George Washington, I am not defaming Americans, for example. This non-critical, morally empty attitude towards Islam helps no-one, least of all its own believers. Those who insist on a black-and-white view of Islam conveniently overlook the variations within the faith itself, between Sunni and Shia, for example. The Saudis spend over $2 billion annually on their public relations machine, hiring some of the best PR firms and lawyers to protect their ideology. People in the US and Europe are taken to court for criticising Islam, and this makes the media more cautious. It is a process of muzzling free speech.

Why don't moderate Muslims in the West speak out more often? We don't see them forming mass demonstrations against terror attacks in their own homelands – the US or the UK – when they occur.

Most Muslims are instinctively appalled by the violence committed in the name of Islam. But as to why they don't demonstrate in the streets when a terrorist strike in their home country – the US, Britain, Spain – occurs, this isn't an easy question to answer. Whenever a terrorist strike happens, the local Muslim communities suffer a backlash. Radicals like to present this as Islam under threat, of course, when it is no such thing. It's not always easy for young Muslims to speak out. People who do this face a lot of rejection from their families and their communities. But yes, one of the best things they could do to defend the image of Islam would be to demonstrate against terrorist attacks. This would be a big shock to al-Qa'ida.

Following the republication of the Danish cartoons of Mohammed, a group of demonstrators in London recently held up signs saying "F… Democracy" and "Save Islam"…

It is a fallacy that Islam is under siege. The zealots and extremists love instilling this in the minds of young Muslims to unite them in anger, to make them feel victims of discrimination, to be more aggressive in their demands. Most of their parents fled to Europe, the US or Australia to escape hardship and discrimination in their homeland, often sacrificing everything to carve out a better life for their children. In the West they have been offered free health care, programs to learn English, get jobs, and a culture that encourages tolerance, and allows them to express their viewpoints. Most of these young Muslims in the West have no idea what it is to live under an Islamic dictatorship. Zealots tell them to "fight" but they have no real idea what they're fighting for.

Islam seems to be rising in Europe, while Christianity appears to be in serious decline. What implications for Europe, if any, do you see this having over the longer term?

The decline of Christianity in Europe has created a vacuum. Christian missionary work missed a historic opportunity among the immigrant populations across the Continent in the postwar period. But what Europeans should take enormous pride in now is their great secular traditions. The European Enlightenment of the 18th century gave birth to schools and universities run on principles of critical thinking. The Enlightenment emancipated Europe from the terrible dogmas of the past and opened the way for a public education system geared towards outward-looking citizens, not those driven by the separateness of tribe. Today, however, many schools and campuses in the West have opted to be more respectful of the faith, customs, and habits of other cultures. This would be fine except it has been used to gloss over fundamentally unjust practices or belief systems. When well-meaning Westerners ignore things like forced marriage or domestic violence in order to "stop society from stigmatising" Muslims they are denying the rights of Muslim girls. They should cast off these self-imposed blinkers.

In Nomad you write of being disappointed by educated young Muslim women in the West. "If they lived in Saudi Arabia," you write, "these college girls in their pretty scarves wouldn't be free to study, to work, to drive, to walk around." Why aren't they more conscious of their oppressed sisters?

I think more young Muslim women in the West are waking up to practices like enforced marriage, honour killings and genital mutilations simply because so much publicity has been given to these things. But there are schools across the US, Europe and no doubt Australia where girls are taught all day to believe in male superiority, to lower their eyes, to veil themselves and walk softly into the mosque by a back door. It's important to remember that Muslim schools are different from so-called regular Christian or Jewish schools. By "regular" I mean schools that are Christian or Jewish in identity but have secular curricula. Muslim schools, by contrast, emphasise religion more than anything else. Veiled schoolgirls are one very evident marker of the rise of revivalist, purist Islam, and their numbers are visibly growing. The subjection of women within Islam is the biggest obstacle to the progress of Muslim communities in the West.

So the West needs to be less apologist?

Absolutely. A culture that considers women to be masters of their own lives is better than one that mutilates girls' genitals and confines them behind walls and veils them or flogs them for falling in love with the wrong person. A culture that appoints a woman to the Supreme Court is better than a culture that declares that the testimony of a women is worth half that of a man. The West should not fall into the trap of tolerating intolerance.

It's been reported that Saudi-funded mosques and religious schools are spreading a more conservative brand of Islam through the West, and in Muslim-dominated countries in Africa and Asia, including Indonesia. Is this accurate?
Probably half the mosques in America have received Saudi money, and many – perhaps most – teachers and preachers of Islam have been supported by Saudi charities such as the Muslim World League. Saudi Arabia sees Indonesia – the world's most populous Muslim nation – as fertile ground for a far stricter version of Islam. The Muslim Brotherhood was established there back in the 1950s but the country is moving towards a much more conservative interpretation of Islam. Many more women are now wearing a veil and the spread of Shari'a-based laws is also very worrisome. What happens in Indonesia could herald what happens in other moderate Muslim countries. You see a similar trend in Turkey, in which the Islam-inspired government recently arrested 30 members of the military, fervent supporters of a secular state, as well as professors and editors. More and more Turks are looking and behaving like Saudis.

What do you think of the recent French move to ban the type of Islamic veil that covers the entire face – burqas and niqabs?

The face-covering is like a mask. What's the point of having CCTV cameras for security if your face can't be recognised? People say that it will cause a backlash but the argument is weak. Remember, it's only a ban on the face-covering veil, not the veil itself.

Do you feel any optimism about the fledgling democracies of Iraq and Afghanistan surviving after Western troops withdraw?

I passionately hope their democracies survive. Iran and al-Qa'ida are doing mischief in Iraq and there are powerful groups who want to turn the country into an Islamic state. After the surge in troop numbers there was a stabilisation in law and order but once the troops withdraw the secular forces might be more vulnerable. Regardless of all the bad news streaming out of Afghanistan, girls are going back to school and health care for women has improved. Anything is an improvement after the Taliban. I am actually most optimistic about Iran – despite having a leader who believes the 12th imam is about to return to Earth, young people are tired of living under an Islamic dictatorship and the country has a tradition of vigorous debate and healthy criticism of the government.

Is that what Islam needs, too?

Yes. The Muslim mind needs to be opened. And the first way to do that is to encourage and reward those who ask questions. People need to be free to speak their minds and stand up against abuses.

Nomad: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilisations by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Fourth Estate, $35) is published in Australia on June 1. She will have speaking engagements in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne from July 22.