Abdul Haji: Hero. Muslim. BAMF.

Westgate Screencap

“I don’t feel like a hero at all. That girl who ran towards me is brave. That’s bravery.”

‘Hero’ is indeed an extraordinarily over/misused word these days. But despite his insistence to the contrary, Westgate Mall rescuer Abdul Haji deserves — no, embodies — the title.


Not only because he risked his life to save countless innocent civilians (including the especially iconic moment portrayed above) caught up in al-Shabaab’s deadly 4 day assault that began on September 21st, leaving at least 72 dead and scores injured and/or traumatized. Haji’s willingness to put his safety in further jeopardy by taking a public stand as a Muslim and ethnic Somali for tolerance and unity, despite the attempt to drive a destabilizing wedge between Muslims and non in Kenya, is a whole ‘nother level of courageous.

That said, the little girl is still without a doubt the baddest of ’em all.


by matttbastard

You gotta know when to fold 'em.

In a move that surprised next-to-no one, SCOTUS declined to hear Jet Schizo’s emergency citizenship appeal against President-elect Obama:

The court did not comment on its order Monday rejecting the call by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, N.J., to intervene in the presidential election. Donofrio says that since Obama had dual nationality at birth — his mother was American and his Kenyan father at the time was a British subject — he cannot possibly be a “natural born citizen,” one of the requirements the Constitution lists for eligibility to be president.

But don’t get too comfortable just yet, kids:

There are two other cases at the Supreme Court, neither of which has been scheduled for consideration. The most celebrated is filed by Philip J. Berg of Lafayette Hill, Pa. There are others still at lower court levels.

Berg argues that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii as Obama has said and Hawaii officials confirm. Alternately, Berg argues that Obama may have renounced his citizenship as a boy in Indonesia, where he lived for a time with his mother and stepfather.

Dude, seriously. Give it up. You know that you’re beyond the fringe when even David fucking Horowitz thinks you’ve lost your crackers.

Horowitz link via Allahpundit

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Al Jazeera: Tribalism At Centre Of Kenya Election

by matttbastard

More on what is “predicted to be the closest contest in Kenya’s history and possibly the greatest test yet of this young, multiparty democracy” from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Dr. Wangui Wa Goro and allAfrica.com editor Brian Kennedy, who provides an extensive round up of US and British coverage of the election. [Update: Let me echo Kennedy’s recommendation of this lengthy, utterly compelling piece by Joshua Hammer, former Africa Bureau Chief for Newsweek Magazine.]

Related: Two must-read articles published by Pambazuka News on Kenyan women and the 2007 general elections:

  • Juliana Omale-Atemi and Rosemary Okello note that “the electoral landscape mirrors that of the Kenyan society at large, a reason therefore for the struggle of women empowerment to continue after the elections.”
  • Dr. Penninah Ogada examines “the social, political and economic factors…impeding the full participation of Kenyan women in this year’s general election,” including “physical beatings and rape, abductions, and even deliberate delay and hijacking of the nomination exercises”.

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