Hodjanernes Blog

16 august 2010

Genudsendelse i anledning af DDR’s serie om Hvide Slaver

From the bestselling author of Nathaniel’s Nutmeg comes White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa’s One Million European Slaves. Giles Milton’s latest book is a valuable work simply because the story of slavery belongs to us all. Furthermore, this spine-tingler is also important in that it has managed to find a publisher, and therefore an audience. (In Europe, some politically sensitive history books don’t always see the light of day.)

Much is written about the slave trade, but rarely does one read a book about the likes of  Thomas Pellow. Barbary corsairs captured the Cornish cabin boy and his shipmates in 1716. Sadly, such kidnappings were commonplace. Between the years 1550-1730, Algiers alone was home to around 25,000 European slaves. At times, there were around 50,000 captives. Slave markets also flourished in Tunis and Morocco where little Thomas was sent. The lad was only 11 years old.

There are many ways to read White Gold. I’ve long tried, albeit clumsily, to put my empathy cap on and think about how it would feel to struggle as a slave. This book was a great help and worked a treat. Mile’s vivid descriptions backed with thorough research make the task easier. When Thomas Pellow was entering a life of servitude, my heart sunk into my boots. Miles describes the scene:

As the sun rose spectacularly over the city’s eastern ramparts and the men were led through the principal gate, they were tormented by jeering, hostile Moors. “We were met and surrounded by vast crowds of them,” wrote Pellow, “offering us the most vile insults.” As word of their arrival spread through the souks, more and more people flocked to the city in order to mock the hated Christians. They surged towards the frightened captives and tried to beat them with sticks and batons.

Readers will be tempted to ask, “Were Pellow’s capturers tyrannical and bloodthirsty barbarians?” The politically incorrect answer to that is, “Yes”.

Whatever you do, don’t read this book before meal times. Milton, unlike some historians, doesn’t shy away from awful truths.

The book’s most disturbing figure is Moulay Ismail, the sultan of Morocco. It is he who buys the young Thomas and routinely executes people whom rub him up the wrong way.

Not content with hijacking ships, the Islamic slave traders would make “home visits” to Europe’s coastal villages and kidnap family members. So popular was the demand for Christian slave labour that some rich Barbary pirates, funded by even richer Sultans, pillaged Reykjavik and returned with 400 very frightened Icelanders. Distance was obviously no barrier. Later, travelling Americans also became sitting ducks.

Does this sound uncomfortably familiar? Like some Islamic extremists of today, the Sultans laughed about holding Europe to ransom. They were rarely met with force.

Obviously, Thomas Pellow’s experience takes place within a wider context, and Giles Milton gives us this. As a learned writer, he provides his audience with sufficient primary resources and solid secondary ones. Of particular interest, are the graphic illustrations of torture techniques and photographs of the now crumbling Meknes palace built by Christian slaves. This is not for the faint hearted.

Whereas, the tireless work of feisty born-again Christians led to the abolition of slavery in America, this was not the case in North Africa and other Islamic strongholds. Ironically, years after Pellow’s death, a descendant of his took to the seas to fight against the barbaric slave masters. Without revealing too much, the book’s amazing epilogue reads like a tribute to the actions over words principle. Giles Milton’s White Gold is a treasure, and we owe it to North Africa’s one million European white slaves to never forget. They were a stolen generation.

But this book is not just about victims. Many brave English souls who advocated for the abolition of black slavery turned their attention to the plight of European captives. Groups like the Society of Knights Liberators of the White Slaves of Africa (pdf file 684KB) were instrumental in creating awareness. So too were some Church of England churches. Yet, after marathon “talkfests” with barbarian traders, the abolitionists only made significant gains after adopting hawkish strategies. Arguably, this lesson has been lost to some of us. As a wise man once said, “If you want peace, prepare for war”. And, if you want a good read, consider getting your hands on a copy of White Gold.


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The Barbary Wars

12 august 2010

DanMarx Radio opper sig – måske?

Hvide slaver 1-3

Historisk dokumentar 15. august 2010 kl. 21:50 på DR2

De europæiske slaver
Hark Olufs er en ud af den million europæere, der fra år 1500 til ca.1830 var slaver i Nordafrika. Det var sømænd, passager på skibe og landsbybeboere i fjerne kystområder, der blev kapret af muslimske pirater både i Middelhavet og Atlanterhavet.

Serien i tre afsnit handler om de slaver, der var noget for sig selv.

Hodjas blog har gennem flere år skrevet om den muslimske slavehandel, der i størrelse langt overgik den transatlantiske, og som foregår den dag i dag. Lad os se, hvordan DDR behandler sagen.

Uriasposten har også en aktuel post om slaveri.

9 august 2010

Så ruller samarbejdet

Kulturel udveksling, integration og kvinders rettigheder er hovedpunkterne i den treårige samarbejdsaftale, som Høje-Taastrup og Marokko har indgået.

Det indebærer blandt andet, at unge danskere og marokkanere fra kommunen kan sendes på kulturelle ophold i Marokko for på den måde at styrke samvær og indblik i hinandens kultur.

Tip: Lightmann

29 maj 2010

Den enes rørende lokalkolorit er den andens racisme

Filed under: Afrika, Citater, Danmark, Hodja, Journalister, Muslim World, Racisme — Tags: , , — Hodja @ 08:59

I metroXpress kan man læse “Outlandish har optrådt for første gang i Isam B’s moderland Marokko.

Den rørende oplevelse har fået sangeren til at huske, hvor meget af hans inspiration kommer fra.”

“De lokale anser mig for at være en af deres, men dog ikke helt, for jeg betaler mere i basaren og i taxien, dog ikke så meget som den hvide mand selvfølgelig.”

metroXpress fredag 28. maj 2010

Som vi alle ved, er det jo kun hvide (mænd), der kan være racister.

8 januar 2010

Islamister raser mot norsk filmregissør

Nour-Eddine Lakhmaris film «Casanegra» har skapt bruduljer blant islamister i Marokko som vil ha filmen stanset.

Vanlige folk i det nordafrikanske landet svarer med å strømme til kinoene.

29 december 2009

Det moderne og moderate Marokko udviser 4 kristne missionærer

Hvornår er en muslimsk prædikant blevet udvist fra et vestligt land?

For ikke at tale om 4 på en gang?

10 september 2009

Den marokkanske kulturberigelse af Europa

Emerson Vermaat – en undersøgende journalist som har specialiseret sig i kriminalitet og terrorisme – beskriver marokkanske immigranters bidrag til kulturen i Holland, Belgien og Spanien.

Mere om marokkanere:

Moroccan youths in prison are better integrated with Dutch society than other Moroccan youngsters. The conclusion comes from two young researchers at the University of Utrecht.

4 juni 2009

Gouda – kendt for ost? Nej nu er det skole-terrorisme.

Filed under: Demografi, Evidens, Holland, Immigration, Kriminalitet, Labaner — Tags: , — Hodja @ 23:04

After nine years a former teacher has disclosed that his school in the troubled town of Gouda was closed because of terror.

GoudaEven now the teacher has requested to remain anonymous. Students of Delta College, on the way to school, had been forced by other students to give up money and other belongings, there was drug trade during breaks and the home of the school director was marked with graffiti of swastikas and Stars of David. Within the school wallets were stolen, students returned to class after breaks with goods which had probably been stolen from shops in the neighborhood. As a result, neighborhood shops refused to allow students into the stores.

 The social services always protected these criminal students who were mainly of Moroccan descent. Retired teachers left the town. There was no one willing to report on these crimes at the time. The school was finally closed in the year 2000.

Har vi nogen marokkanere i Danmark? Det lyder som om, det er personer, der skal holdes et godt øje med.

5 april 2009

Marokkansk lovgivning håndhæves i Holland

Dutch local governments are enforcing a new Moroccan law.

As a result, every Dutch person ever born to a Moroccan mother is henceforth compelled to accept Moroccan nationality, De Telegraaf yesterday reported.

For many years, Moroccan law has stipulated that children born to a Moroccan father are automatically Moroccan nationals. According to De Telegraaf, Moroccan legislation has now been tightened further. In addition to children born to Moroccan fathers, the new situation is that children of a Moroccan mother – and a father of a different nationality – also automatically obtain Moroccan citizenship.

Although the children are born in the Netherlands, Moroccan passports are issued to them. This happens even if the parents themselves were also both born in the Netherlands from Moroccan ancestors. In recent years, the Netherlands has been trying to change this situation through diplomatic negotiations, but it is applying little pressure.

Local authorities in the Netherlands are dutifully obeying Rabat, De Telegraaf concludes.

25 marts 2009


Filed under: Islam, Muslim World — Tags: , — Hodja @ 08:47

Morocco announces the end of tolerance with regard to homosexuality, is the title of the full page article in today’s El Pais, referring to the initiative which the Ministry for the interior in Morocco is using to ‘confront all actions which go against religious and moral values, within the framework of the law”.

2 november 2008

Et skridt nærmere slagtebænken.

Filed under: Blogs Foreign English, Dhimmi, EU, Immigration, Islam, Jihad, Muslim World, Politisk korrekte — Tags: — Skjoldungen @ 22:23

Marokko har nu samme status i EUSSR som Norge.

foræddere(ANSAmed) – BRUSSELS, OCTOBER 13 – The two shores of the Mediterranean are even closer, thanks to a political step taken today by the European Union which granted an “advanced association status” to Morocco, a recognition from Brussels for the reforms carried out in the past years by the north-African kingdom.

The agreement, the first special association status granted by the EU to a third country, was ratified today by the EU Foreign Affairs Council of Ministers, with the presence of French Foreign Minister Bernerd Kouchner, and the Moroccan plenipotentiary, Taieb Fassi Fihri. What will be the concrete changes for Morocco after this important step forward, which Rabat has been waiting for since 2004? First of all, from a political perspective, EU-Morocco summits will be organized and the two sides will put together an agreement in which the Moroccan government will be able to collaborate in European crisis management operations.

Morocco will be admitted to participate in some of the meetings of EU institutions (for example, the EU Foreign Affairs Council of Ministers) and various European agencies: Europol, Eurojust, the European agency for air safety and the observatory on drugs and drug addicts. From the EU’s perspective, it will be able to increase its economic aid to Rabat, which is already the top beneficiary of European funds for neighbouring countries with 657 million euro in the period of 2007-2010. The special association establishes the objective of creating a common economic space between Europe and Morocco that respects the same rules as the common European space (EU plus, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein), in order to arrive – in the long term – to the progressive integration of Morocco in the internal market of the EU. Relations between Europe and Morocco have been regulated up until now by the association agreement signed in 1996 and enacted since 2000.

Pleased with the strengthening of the partnership was the European Commissioner of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner. “Morocco is committed in a vast series of reforms in all sectors – the Commissioner stated in a message – and has asked for stronger ties to Europe to consolidate the progress made and to give impulse to the process of modernization and democratic transition”. Israel is also a candidate to obtain a special association status.

18 september 2008

Fatwa legaliserer pædofili

Filed under: Afrika, Imamer, Islam, Muslim World — Tags: , , , , — Hodja @ 10:23

Scandal in Morocco : Legalising paedophilia through a fatwa.

Cheikh Mohamed ben Abderrahmane Al-Maghraoui recently published a religious decree on an internet site calling for girls as young as nine years of age to become wives. A lawyer as well as human rights activists have joined the ever swelling number of critics to denounce this call to legalise paedophilia.

Mere på Afrik

Fatwaen mangler central godkendelse. Artiklen slutter med:

“A pretext because Cheikh Mohamed ben Abderrahmane Al-Maghraoui ommitted an important detail while describing the Prophet’s union with Aïsha in order to further soil the image of Islam with his “extremist” ideologies. The Prophet did not consummate his marriage with Aïcha at her age when her father gave her into marriage. That came much later”, confirms Mohammed Graigaa”

Så vidt det vides blev Aisha gift med Muhammed, da hun var 6 år – og ægteskabet blev fuldbyrdet, da hun blev 9.

Læs også: Nigeria – Mand med 86 koner står eventuelt til dødsdom.

17 januar 2008

Statsstøttet glæde i Holland over 2 døde hollandske soldater

A number of reactions to the death of two Dutch soldiers in Uruzgan (Afghanistan) on the forum of website marokko.nl had been removed.

  An unknown number of users were banned, said one of the forum founders.

Messages such as “Allahu akbar! two violent criminals gotten rid of that have so many rapes on their names and civilian murders” or “thanks to this topic I can sleep better. Allahu Akbar!  Wonderful news!”.  Various users on the forum opposed the senders of these messages.

Marokko.nl gets a 135,000 euro subsidy for encouraging the press. 

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