Martin Rubin Reviews: ‘Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters’ by Philip Eade

With her husband, Sylvia presided over a small realm in Borneo, returning at times to London society and writing candid memoirs of her life.

One of the stranger corners of the British Empire was Sarawak, a stretch of land on the island of Borneo in southeast Asia. In 1841, the Sultan of Brunei had handed Sarawak over to Sir James Brooke, a British adventurer who had helped the sultan put down an insurrection. Brooke declared himself and his ruling descendants rajahs, the only Europeans thus titled; hence their sobriquet, the “White Rajahs of Sarawak.” By 1911, when Brooke’s grandson Charles Vyner Brooke, the latest ruler of Sarawak, married the aristocratic Englishwoman Sylvia Brett, these potentates and their wives possessed the title of “Highness.” It had been bestowed by the British crown, which looked after Sarawak as a protectorate.

Sylvia was officially the royal consort—the “ranee” (or rajah’s wife)—but she became the most notable figure in the dynasty thanks to the life she lived and the books she wrote about it. When the critic Anatole Broyard reviewed “Queen of the Headhunters” (1970), the final volume of her florid and candid autobiography, published a year before her death, he compared it to the novels of Evelyn Waugh, adding: “Even Mr. Waugh could not have imagined a life like hers, which resembled an antique fairy tale in a modern translation.”


Intelligence failures” – fundamental mistakes in evaluating a geopolitical situation – are not rare among state intelligence organizations. They are unfortunately common enough and have cost the lives of millions.

They are a reflection of what after all is a human endeavor with all its frailties. A technician’s intercept of a Japanese naval signal, in the infancy of radar, is ignored with disastrous consequences on Dec. 7. Failing to check a driver’s license more carefully when he is stopped for speeding fails to nab a 9/11 plotter. Placing the briefcase loaded with a bomb a few feet too far fails to kill Hitler costing more thousands of lives.

Such failures are only marginally reduced by the introduction of all the new techniques of the digital revolution since the opportunity for error is so great in these complex situations involving individual peculiarities as well as the presumed overriding political considerations.

Yet there are larger intelligence “failures”, those that result from a fundamental misunderstanding of a much larger cultural environment, whether it be the whole frame of reference of an opponent or constructing a seemingly logical scenario without all the facts. A case of the latter, for example: in 1937 Washington almost went to war with Japan over “The Panay Incident”, sinking of an American ship of the Yangtze Patrol thought to be an expression of Tokyo’s militarist aggression but actually the result of the smuggling activities of a corrupt Japanese admiral. That, of course, did not preclude the outbreak of that war a few years later.

Washington’s surprise and shock at the most recent events in Iraq are the quintessential example of the former, in this instance an inability to judge events in the context of the Muslim world.

For whatever reason, Pres. Barrack Obama and his national security team – despite the extraordinary credentials in Arabic studies of CIA Director John O. Brennan – are bent on misinterpreting the Islamic world. On that basis, Obama’s attempt to reach out for a new relationship with Arab and Islamic countries, expressed in his 2009 Istanbul and Cairo speeches, has come to naught. Instead, that simplistic outreach has further confused issues.

Obama’s Children’s Crusade By James Lewis

The Children’s Crusade that has invaded our southern borders has an amazing number of well-fed gangster types, grabbing their crotches and giving the finger to the news cameras. These adult-sized gangsters are not children, and they don’t act like children. They are doing sex, dope, and almost certainly work in criminal collusion with the biggest Mexican drug cartel, Sinaloa.

They certainly look more like drug smugglers and mules for the youngsters who have apparently been abandoned by their real parents and by governments south of the border, to go wandering north under conditions that simply invite abuse.

Would you send your own kids in wild mobs to a strange land? Do Hispanics love and protect their children less than we do? No. This is another Obama agit-prop stunt, like the Tahrir Square “spontaneous demonstration” that brought Muslim Bro Mohammed Morsi to power in Egypt. Bill Ayers was involved in those demonstrations at Egypt’s borders with Gaza, where he agitated for the barriers to come down and let Hamas into Egypt. Then the Egyptians came to their senses, and overthrew Morsi for El Sisi, a man in the mold of Anwar Sadat.

Mob agitation is a standard operating tactic of these people, in close collusion with leftist media and agitator groups like the Ruckus Society, and of course our Rotten Media.

So now we have a U.S. president assaulting our southern borders. Think about that.

Isn’t it always the same in this administration?

Three power centers had to come together to fake this refugee crisis — with the healthiest-looking refugees in history.

Our “Tend and Befriend” Response to Jihad — on The Glazov Gang

Our “Tend and Befriend” Response to Jihad — on The Glazov Gang
Dr. Mark Durie explores how Islamic terror has traumatized the West into psychological slavery.

Witness Intimidation: New London Mega-Mosque by Douglas Murray

xtremists like to give off the pretense that they are speaking for all Muslims, so when other Muslims identify and call out the extremists, they cause damage to the extremists’ most treasured arguments. The kind of society Tablighi Jamaat will bring with them will be a problem for local Muslims long before it is a problem any of the rest of us. We all know what happens when the good people remain silent.

“The Tablighi Jemaat discourages integration into British society, especially of female members, since essentially they do not communicate with non-Muslims. … Instead, female members… are kept secluded, and the values surrounding this seclusion are transmitted to their children.” — Tehmina Kazi testifying against the London mega-mosque in 2011.

According to Alan Craig, Kazi withdrew from testifying against the mega-mosque again in 2014] because she was “harried and pressured” by “misogynist mega-mosque supporters” while on holiday abroad. The person who allegedly persuaded Kazi not to testify was one Mudasser Ahmed.

The “Trojan Horse” scandal, in which extremist Muslims were trying to take over taxpayer-funded schools in Birmingham and other English cities, has shocked the British public who were unaware that there were schools in the UK where, for instance, all white women were described as “prostitutes” and anti-Christian chants were encouraged in morning assemblies. But whenever a story like this breaks, it should always remind us of the other stories as well: the Trojan Horse scandals that we do not hear about.

Just such a case is going on in East London at this moment. There, a campaign by locals has been ongoing for many years to try to prevent a “mega-mosque” from being created by the Tablighi Jamaat sect. Locals — including many Muslims — in Newham, East London, realize not only that the construction of this vast mosque (intended to house around 9,000 worshippers) is meant to be a statement of dominance, but that it is a statement from a group that is highly sectarian and divisive in its outlook towards other Muslims as well as non-Muslims. The progress of the building project has been stalled many times before and it appears to be stalled again — not least thanks to the effort of a principled former councillor of the area, Alan Craig.


Today is Father’s Day….I wish you all a happy day. My own late father was truly special and I thank his wisdom and courage and vision every day. That’s not to say he was perfect, or, even easy. But, he was amazing. He was born in Poland where he was a member of Betar, a militant Zionist group whose ideology was formed by Vladimir Jabotinsky. He left Poland after high school to study abroad. He had a PhD in Zoology from the University of Brussels in Belgium and subsequently went to medical school in Geneva. On one of his sojourns to Poland to visit his family he wooed and wed my lovely mother who went to Geneva with him. When he graduated from medical school he saw an ad for a physician to join the Bolivian Army in the Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay. Following Vladimir Jabotinsky’s advice he immediately signed on, much to the surprise of his bride and the horror of his family. Within weeks he departed for Bolivia. He knew no Spanish and he had never carried a weapon, nonetheless he was quickly deployed to the jungle and became proficient in both. My mother followed within months. They lived in a tent, slept on hammocks to avoid spiders and snakes. He rode patrols on rivers with piranhas and surubis which could devour an injured cow within minutes. Nonetheless, my mother always spoke happily of those years.

When the war was over, the Bolivian government granted him citizenship and the title of “Surgeon General” and my parents moved to Cochabamba, then to Oruro and subsequently to La Paz where he practiced medicine until we left for America. He was forty years old, spoke no English, and had the equivalent of $2,000.00. We first went to Portland, Oregon via California where he obtained a job in an Army hospital. After a year he decided that we had to see America before settling down permanently. We crossed the United States by Greyhound buses, ricocheting from city to city. He loved E lPaso Texas, my mother did not. She liked Las Cruzes, New Mexico a commuter distance from ElPaso, but there was no Synagogue. Then it was Colorado (too high), New Orleans (too low), Chicago (too windy and cold), Cleveland (too something or other), Boston (obnoxious relatives who called us greenhorns) and so it went. I will never understand how we settled on the Bronx. He studied English, passed the Medical Equivalence test which enabled him to get a license and he became a general practitioner on Bryant Avenue.

I went on house calls with him, and during the rides I learned classical music, German poetry, geography, Spanish grammar and declensions, history, Zionism, the poems of John Milton, Yeats, and Walt Whitman, and other then boring subjects which have stuck to me until this day.

If he was a demanding , strict and didactic father, he was a perfect grandfather to his seven grandchildren and considered them perfection. Although he derided popular culture, he drove one of my daughters to Tupelo, Mississippi so she could visit the home and birthplace of Elvis Presley. He walked with her enthusiastically, visiting the museum and reading every detail of his life. She has since traveled all over the globe but remembers that trip above all.

He was felled by a stroke in 1979 and died in 1984. As I said- he was amazing….Mardoqueo Isaac Salomon remembered with love and gratitude…..rsk



ALS patients improve after stem cell treatment. Israel’s BrainStorm reported positive interim results of Phase IIa ALS trials of its “NurOwn” stem cell therapy. 71% of patients were in decline before treatment but after treatment 63% were either stabilized or had improved neurological function.

MobileOCT wins prize for cancer screening program. Israeli start-up MobileOCT has won the 2014 Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project for its program to help residents of the US-Mexican border area detect cervical cancer. MobileOCT’s technology uses mobile phones with added lenses.

Merck to work with Israeli life science companies. US giant Merck is to collaborate with Israeli companies on technological projects. Israel’s Chief Scientist’s Office will grant financial support for joint projects researching into life-saving medicines, which Merck will match.

Six Israeli start-ups in Forbes top 10 world-changing health tech companies. (Thanks to I don’t normally include “lists” of Israeli companies, but this is exceptional. ReWalk, uMoove, Telesofia, Surgical Theater, TotallyPregnant and HelpAround all are Israeli and classified by Forbes as “world-changers”.


Build your house with Israeli SmartBricks. Within 2 years you may be able to build a new house using Israeli SmartBricks – Lego-like bricks costing 50% less than conventional materials. The modular bricks have removable sides to accommodate wiring and inner supports.

Israel has been using driverless cars for five years. The Israeli Army has been using unmanned vehicles for at least five years to protect Israelis. The IDF is to upgrade its driverless fleet, to include vehicles that will safely and autonomously transport weapons and equipment to soldiers already in the field.

24me – the app for the busy person. Israeli businesswoman and mother-of-three Liat Mordechay Hertanu developed the personal assistant app 24me in 2012 to manage her hectic daily life. 24me now has hundreds of thousands of users worldwide, including students, parents and business people.

$7m robotics center for the Technion. US based software company PTC Inc. is investing $7 million in a new robotics center at Israel’s Technion. PTC will build the center and finance the first 3 years operating costs. PTC specializes in 3D design software and has had an Israeli development center since 1991.

Phinergy’s Aluminum battery – the future is in the air. An electric car equipped with an Israeli-designed aluminum-air battery system made its track debut at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Israel’s Phinergy has partnered with global metals engineering company Alcoa, to bring long-distance electric cars closer to a reality.

72 projects displayed at Technology Fair. Israel’s high-tech and venture capital executives examined the innovative new technologies in the seventy-two projects on display at the recent Technology Fair at the Computer Science School at The College of Management-Academic Studies (COMAS) in Rishon Lezion.

Israel and EU sign 80 billion Euros scientific research agreement. (Thanks to Israel and the European Union have signed a key agreement, Horizon 2020, marking the beginning of an unprecedented partnership agreement for the funding of scientific research and innovation.

CNN features Israeli start-ups. (Thanks to David F) Samuel Burke at CNN took a trip through Israel’s tech scene. He spoke to CEOs and to Israel’s Chief Scientist. (Stop the CNN playlist when the video finishes.)

IDF deploys “Wind Shield” – a mobile Iron Dome. The IDF took delivery of the Green Rock mobile missile defense system from developers ELTA – a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries. Nicknamed “Wind Shield”, the system detects the launch of rockets and mortars and intercepts them before they reach their targets.


Israel has NIS 1.9 billion budget surplus in May. The government’s budget surplus of NIS 1.9 billion in May 2014 reduced the deficit to 2.4% of GDP for the 12 months through May 2014 compared to 2.5% in April.

Australia seeks Israeli innovation. Australia’s July trade mission to Israel is specifically designed for senior leaders from businesses, government policy and academia. It will focus on Technology Innovation and Israel’s entrepreneurial environment and explore Israel’s excellence in cyber security, big data and R&D.

Mapal Green signs up its third UK water utility. United Utilities – the UK’s largest water company – has selected Israel’s Mapal Green Energy to treat the wastewater of its customers. Thames Water and Anglian Water have already chosen Mapal’s system. The three companies serve nearly half of English households.

Polish oil terminal installs Israeli security solutions. Security at the Naftoport oil transshipment terminal in Poland has been enhanced with the integration of detection and analysis products from NICE Systems of Israel. Naftoport transships crude oil and refined oil products in the Port of Gdansk.

Israeli company buys Jamaica Private Power Company. Israel Corporation Power has increased its stake in Jamaica Private Power Company (JPPC) to 100%. JPPC generates and sells its entire capacity to the Jamaica Public Service. IC Power already owns power stations in Nicaragua, Colombia, Chile and Peru.

If happiness has a price – in Israel it costs the least. A new Bloomberg scale uses living standards data, per capita GDP, and the Gallup happiness poll to “price” happiness. It shows that Israelis “pay” $4,491 to be happy, less than people anywhere else in the world. It “costs” $7,051 in the USA and $14,609 in Qatar.


7,863 books were published in Israel in 2013. According to statistics from the National Library, Israel published 7,863 books in 2013 – 235 more books than in 2012. Israel’s annual Hebrew Book Week began on Jun 11.

“A cultural beacon (of light) for the nation and the world.” Tens of thousands of visitors (including this newsletter editor) will converge on Jerusalem’s Old City for the capital’s 6th annual International Festival of Light. Featuring 17 acclaimed international light artists, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 17-19 – all free of charge.

Mick Jagger tweeted a farewell message – in Hebrew. Last Friday as the Rolling Stones were leaving Israel for their next gig in the Netherlands, Mick Jagger wrote goodbye to his Israeli fans “Thanks to everyone in Israel for a wonderful reception. It was an amazing show and I’ll always remember it.” Plus some more videos.

The Hives at Tel Aviv’s RockandRoller Festival. Swedish retro-rockers The Hives perform on June 17 at Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa, along with the Pixies, as part of the two-day RockandRoller Festival.

Yossi Benayoun comes home. Israel’s long-time soccer hero Yossi Benayoun has signed a two-year deal with Maccabi Haifa worth $1 million. The 34-year-old Israeli midfielder left Haifa in 2002 for Racing Santander in Spain and then nine years in England from 2005 with West Ham, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and QPR.

Israel reaches U19 Euro soccer finals. Whilst Israeli soccer legend Yossi Benayoun was returning to his roots, Israel’s next generation of soccer stars was proving its worth. Israel qualified for next month’s Uefa European under-19 Championships finals in Hungary with a 1-0 victory over Georgia.

Israel is represented at the World Cup – in a security capacity. Israeli companies NICE and RISCO are supplying Brazil with key security and management technology that officials are counting on to keep the peace during the World Cup soccer tournament.


Israel’s first “Gypsy” police officer. (Thanks to After spending her childhood in a roaming Gypsy (Roma) tribe on the frozen plains of Siberia, Tania Leontieff discovered that her mother had Jewish roots. She immigrated to Israel alone and converted, and is about to become a policewoman in Jerusalem.

UN exhibition of art by autistic Israelis. The Speaking Colors exhibition at the United Nations in New York features 25 paintings by Israeli children with autism. The exhibition, attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, coincided with a conference on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

What happens to disabled Israelis during a rocket attack? (Thanks to Uri) Lt. Col. Keren Maimon works with disabled Israelis at assisted-living homes, teaching them how to respond when a siren sounds and to find their way into bomb shelters. Every person counts in Israel’s diverse community, and no one is left behind.

Temech Conference 2014: Religious women who want to start a business. (Thanks to Janglo) 23 Jun sees the flagship event for thousands of Israeli Torah-observant businesswomen – entrepreneurs and self-employees. The 2014 Jerusalem Conference is themed “The Next Level” and 500 delegates are expected to attend.

Publicizing Israeli innovations to hundreds of millions. The first Chinese Media Center in the Middle East has opened in Israel at the College of Management-Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion. It will publicize Israel’s strengths in agri-tech, high-tech and clean energy to many of China’s 618 million Internet users.

Israeli drone and camera help Brazil capture gang leader. A Heron UAV made by Israel Aerospace Industries, fitted with a heat-sensing camera developed by Israel’s Elbit Systems helped Brazilian police nab the criminal gang leader “Little P”. Brazil is trying to prevent violence in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup.

Israeli satellites to help rescuers in disaster areas. The Israel Space Agency has volunteered to provide satellite images to the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (SPIDER), which serves as a data transfer hub in the event of international catastrophes.


Elusive Papers of Law Firm Are Found at White House Jan. 1996

After nearly two years of searches and subpoenas, the White House said this evening that it had unexpectedly discovered copies of missing documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s law firm that describe her work for a failing savings and loan association in the 1980′s.
Federal and Congressional investigators have issued subpoenas for the documents since 1994, and the White House has said it did not have them. The originals disappeared from the Rose Law Firm, in which Mrs. Clinton was a partner, shortly before Mr. Clinton took office.
Senator Alfonse M. D’Amato, Republican of New York, tonight called the discovery of the copies of the records “the second miraculous discovery within the past 24 hours.”
Mr. D’Amato, who is chairman of the Senate Whitewater committee, was referring to the disclosure on Thursday of a two-year-old memorandum written by a former Presidential aide. The memorandum said that Mrs. Clinton had played a far greater role in the dismissal of employees of the White House travel office than the Administration has acknowledged.

State Dept. misplaced $6B under Hillary Clinton: IG report: Adam Kredo (April 2014)

Read more:
The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report.
The $6 billion in unaccounted funds poses a “significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions,” according to the report.
The alert, originally sent on March 20 and just released this week, warns that the missing contracting funds “could expose the department to substantial financial losses.”
The report centered on State Department contracts worth “more than $6 billion in which contract files were incomplete or could not be located at all,” according to the alert.
“The failure to maintain contract files adequately creates significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions,” the alert states.
The situation “creates conditions conducive to fraud, as corrupt individuals may attempt to conceal evidence of illicit behavior by omitting key documents from the contract file,” the report concluded.
The State Department’s inability to properly file its paperwork is causing most of the losses, according to the report.


In a recent, hard-hitting article [1] for American Thinker, Ed Lasky anatomizes the “pack of lies” that Obama and his party have “peddled to the American people” with respect to the Affordable Care Act. This is no longer news, obviously, though many of the electorate still remain in the dark, to awaken in the course of time to an unwelcome revelation. Lasky goes on to focus on “previous revelations that periodically cloud the luxurious fantasy world where Obama dwells,” such as, to take one example, his admission that there are “no such things as shovel-ready projects,” and concludes: “For a man who went to a swank private high school in Hawaii, then Occidental, Columbia and Harvard Law School, [Obama] is the most clueless president to occupy the Oval Office.”

Lasky’s assessment, which a plethora of writers and analysts has come to share, seems indisputable. Indeed, Obama’s regulatory, stimulus-oriented and redistributive economic program is perhaps the most damaging “legacy” he will have left the American people. “The economy continues to strengthen and recover,” touts [2] the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, and Obama opines [3] that the nation’s financial system is “safer” now than it was in the recent past, and that his administration has laid a “new foundation” for a healthier economy. The facts tell an entirely different story.

For America is simultaneously trapped in a vertiginous debt spiral while relying on the binge printing of fiat money — a process known by the euphemism of “quantitative easing” — brewing a perfect storm of decline and eventual collapse. Of course, as Milton Friedman observes in Money Mischief [4], since Nixon “broke the final tenuous link between the dollar and gold in 1971, no major currency…has any connection to a commodity,” and therefore, “Every currency is now a fiat currency.” The problem, however, is one of fiscal promiscuity or the absence of discretionary oversight of the quantity of money swamping the fiscal marketplace, that is, the unstinted printing of the money supply backed by nothing but the happy accident that the American dollar is the world’s reserve currency. Such intemperate printing of American dollars to service debt load, prop up a bloated entitlement apparatus, and generate “stimulus” projects — those “shovel ready” jobs but only in the sense that the shovel is the gravedigger’s implement — dilutes the value of the country’s legal tender and is viable only so long as the dollar does in fact remain the world’s reserve currency.


Writing yesterday about the IRS’s amazing loss of more than two years of Lois Lerner’s emails (“Where’d they go? They were here just a minute ago!”), I wondered [1] in passing how the Extended White House Public Relations Office, e.g., the New York Times, MSNBC, et al. would handle the news. The Nixon White House, you’ll recall, found quite a lot of the morning’s scrambled on its collective countenance when 18 and 1/2 minutes of audio tape [2] somehow—somehow!—went missing as the Watergate scandal unfolded around the president.

What a godsend to the guardians of our “Right to Know” Watergate was! Day after day, week after week, month after month, the front pages and editorial pages of our former Paper of Record were full of stern admonitions about that egregious abuse of executive power. You could not look at the paper without a synesthetic shudder: Reading it, you could almost hear them licking their chops as their prey—the dastardly Richard Nixon—came ever closer to his doom.

So how does the New York Times handle this extraordinary loss of two years’ worth of Lois Lerner’s emails? (“Really, they were here just a minute ago. We were just about to hand them over to Congress when, gosh darn, they just vanished. Damndest thing.”)

This will amaze you, I know, but it is true: the New York Times today devotes zero words to the story. Take a look at the front page here [3]: Nothing. There are a couple of articles about Iraq’s descent into chaos—Iraq, the country whose transformation Joe Biden, in 2010, called one of the “greatest achievements” of the Obama administration. “I’ve been there 17 times now,” the vice president told Larry King [4]. “I know every one of the major players in all of the segments of that society. It’s impressed me. I’ve been impressed how they have been deciding to use the political process rather than guns to settle their differences.” But I digress . . .

What else do we have on the front page? Warnings about a connection between obesity and liver disease. Something about the tea party in the aftermath of David Brat’s upset victory in Virginia and a story about restauranteurs upset by apps bypassing maitre d’s in securing good tables at posh eateries. The public has a right to know these things. There is also advance word about a coming article about the entertainer “Beyoncé the Boundless” (they teach alliteration in J school), the soccer games in Brazil, and sundry other topics.