September 19, 2012
(Islam Versus Europe)Where does this extraordinary presumption come from that sees so many western leaders promote themselves to Islamic theologians and promptly begin to lecture Muslims on the true nature of their religion?
French President François Hollande said that extremism “destroys the principles and values of Islam” as he opened a new wing at the Louvre museum that will house a vast collection of Islamic art.
At the inauguration of a new 100-million-euro Islamic art wing at the world-renowned Louvre museum in Paris Tuesday, French President François Hollande slammed the destruction of UNESCO world heritage sites in Mali by extremists and warned that fanaticism is contrary to the principles of Islam.
Hollande stated: “The honour of Islamic civilisations is to be older, more alive, more tolerant than some of those who claim today to abusively speak on their behalf. It is the exact opposite of obscurantism, which destroys the principles and destroys the values of Islam, bringing violence and hatred.”
‘Aggression against all civilisations’
The French president went on to say that the destruction of an ancient mausoleum in northern Mali over the weekend was evidence of extremists’ “unfathomable stupidity.” He continued: “Throughout the world – because it amounts to an aggression against all civilizations – when heritage is ransacked, we will be there to fight against these groups.”
Since Islamic militants overran northern Mali in March, radical militants have destroyed the centuries-old tombs of Muslim saints in the region. On Saturday, witnesses said Islamists destroyed the mausoleum of Cheik El-Kebir, 330 kilometres from the city of Gao. Two months ago, the al Qaeda-linked fighters took picks and hammers to the ancient Djingareyber mud mosque in Timbuktu.
Islamic art at the Louvre
The Department of Islamic Art was opened at the Louvre in 2003, but has been closed since 2008 for a state-of-the-art refurbishment. The collection groups 18,000 treasures and many of the pieces are being exhibited for the first time.
The new section will boast a prominent location inside France’s most famous museum, and is funded by the French government and by generous endowments from the governments of Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Kuwait, Oman and Azerbaijan.
Sad. Destroying the Muslims heritage for Islam. Would be better to leave Islam so they can respect what little this way of life has given them. Perhaps this ideal within Islam that Hollande is talking about is a debauchery in the past that Islam wants to forget? Don’t worry ya Frenchies. Muslims are liars. There will be plenty of opportunities to be whores.
July 3, 2012
(YNet)(For centuries Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has lived in France. Napoleon had her in his bedroom, Louis XIV brought her to Versailles, and eventually she graced the walls of the Louvre. An Italian Louvre employee was resentful of the fact that this painting wasn’t in its homeland. To restore the Mona Lisa to Italy, Vincenzo Peruggia hid her under his coat when the museum closed for the day and took her to Florence. Two years later, Peruggia was caught and the Mona Lisa was returned to Paris. Peruggia, unlike most robbers, was hailed as a patriotic hero and given a mere 7 months in jail.)
An Israeli project, which is set to boost the museum’s security, will further entail the installation of Synel’s time and attendance management hardware, as well as the use of fingerprint verification, keypad entry, magnetic card, barcode card, proximity card, contactless smart card and facial recognition. According to Erez Buganim, Synel’s Vice President of marketing, the Louvre is continuously exposed to burglary attempts, even by employees. “Therefore, the security system is needed. It will prevent unauthorized personnel from entering areas in the museum where priceless art is held in,” he said. “There are art pieces that aren’t always on display for the public and even the museum’s employees can’t reach certain exhibition spaces at all times,” he said. “Synel offers a technological solution which will monitor unauthorized entries into the museum and within the museum’s exhibition spaces,” Buganim added. The Israeli technology will allow for the museum’s security team to track the Louvre’s 700 employees. Synel France and England CEO Danny Farber expects that by the end of 2012, over 200 French organizations will be using the new technology. “The project at the Louvre is one of several new projects, Synel has recently started in France and England.”
I’m skeptical that the French public won’t freak out when they realize that the system used in a museum could also be used by street cameras and could track terrorists. They of course will point out that it is an Israeli technology that is obviously using art as a sidetrack. No doubt this would create the ultimate Panopticon. Already most cities have cameras installed all over the place. With facial recognition technology it’d be impossible to hide from the government. It is an interesting technology however. The same article had a link to another Israeli facial recognition company that facebook just bought. That is quite frightening to think in the future you will have to go in front of a camera and have Artificial Intel judge to see if you are you.