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July 3, 2007

'Live Earth' Hamburg's Special Guest: Yusuf Islam

Formerly known as Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam will be the last to appear on stage at the Hamburg "Live Earth" concert.

Yusuf Islam, alias Cat Stevens, will appear Saturday at the Live Earth concert in Hamburg. He will be the last performer of the evening, singing around 11 p.m., a spokesman for Live Earth said Tuesday.
That's from a German news release.

And Katrina Witt, the ice-skating apologist for East German totalitarianism, is the TV mistress of ceremonies.

The mind boggles.

UPDATE (3:25 p.m.): Perhaps not everyone is familiar with Yusuf Islam's post "Peace Train" work. He is an anti-American defender of murderous terror, denied entry to the United States in 2004.

The gentlemen at Powerlineblog summarized Yusuf Islam's radicalism here and here.

And this is from The New York Times, 1989:

LONDON, May 22 -- The musician known as Cat Stevens said in a British television program to be broadcast next week that rather than go to a demonstration to burn an effigy of the author Salman Rushdie, ''I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing.''

The singer, who adopted the name Yusuf Islam when he converted to Islam, made the remark during a panel discussion of British reactions to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's call for Mr. Rushdie to be killed for allegedly blaspheming Islam in his best-selling novel ''The Satanic Verses.'' He also said that if Mr. Rushdie turned up at his doorstep looking for help, ''I might ring somebody who might do more damage to him than he would like.''

''I'd try to phone the Ayatollah Khomeini and tell him exactly where this man is,'' said Mr. Islam, who watched a preview of the program today and said in an interview that he stood by his comments.

How much you want to bet "Live Earth" in Hamburg turns into a rageathon directed at the United States?

UPDATE II (3:50 p.m.): Video of Yusuf Islam on British televison, wishing for the murder of Salman Rushdie. (Hat tip: Josh)

UPDATE III (3:55 p.m.): Michael Moore and Cat Stevens. Now the head just aches.

UPDATE IV (6 p.m.): In the extended entry. Just a news report from Hamburg.

UPDATE V (9:30 p.m.) Yusuf Islam was originally slated for the Istanbul concert, which was cancelled because of lack of interest. For more on his pro-Hamas activities, please read this post by Debbie Schlussel. And we're supposed to regard him as a moral guide on global warming?

UPDATE VI (10 p.m.): A reader points out that Yusuf Islam was allowed entry into the U.S. in 2006. Not clear why the change in policy. He was denied entry into Israel in 2000.

From the website, Hamburg Nachrichten (Hamburg News):

Yet another singer for Live Earth -- Yusuf is coming
For some of his fans, he'll always be Cat Stevens, and one recalls with fondness his hits like "Morning Has Broken." It's been announced that the now 58-year-old Cat Stevens -- who goes by Yusuf these days -- will take part in the Hamburg Live Earth show. It's only the concert on German soil. Yusuf finds himself in good company at the concert, where the stars will perform for free. They've already lined up Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Silbermond, Sasha, Cicero and more. In all, there will be eight concerts, 24 hours around the clock, inspired by an initiative from the former U.S. vice president, Al Gore. The first of the concerts will take place in Australia.

Tagged: Cat Stevens , Hamburg , Katarina Witt , Live Earth , Snoop Dogg , Stasi , Yusuf Islam

Posted by Carter Wood at July 3, 2007 3:03 PM

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fluffy bunny — Jul. 5, 07 at 07:00 AM

He should love Shakira's show.

Marie — Jul. 5, 07 at 10:03 PM

Please do a bit more research on Mr. Islam--look at recent news, for instance.

He was awarded the "Man for Peace" award by a committee of Nobel Laureates in 2004:

Mr. Islam's work for peace and charitable works are very highly regarded in Europe, but these actions receive very little notice in the US, for some reason.

He has received a number of other peace awards, as well. Your reporting is entirely one-sided and narrow.

(By the way, did you know that Mr. Islam has been removed from the no-fly list? It was done quietly, no doubt because the US government was embarrassed. He spent some time in the States recently giving interviews after the release of his CD "An Other Cup". I have listened to several of these interviews; I have no doubt that this man is not a terrorist. He has spoken publicly, repeatedly, that he is against terrorism, and has said that any monies that may have ultimately reached Hamas through his charitable work were routed that way without his knowledge.)

Never mind; I would be pleasantly surprised if you actually had an open mind about this.


Cheryl — Jul. 6, 07 at 02:42 AM

This is just Wonderful! I have to say I have Loved and Admired the man for the past 35 years and must say that he is an incredable human being. He has won many awards and has been recognized as a "Man of Peace" as many as other pretigious awards worldwide. I am very proud to be a great fan as well as a friend having met him Feb 2001 affectionally known as one of his "Mes Amis" Yusuf will always hold a Special Place in my heart! Always being Cat Stevens to me.

Ryan — Jul. 7, 07 at 06:41 PM

Not sure what the original writer of this blog is trying to say, but being anti-American when America is what it has become at this point is not really blaspheming.

Does being a manufacturer require you to be ignorant? If not, what does this entry have to do with anything?

Mark — Jul. 8, 07 at 11:15 AM

Ah, yes, Yusuf is such a tireless advocate for peace. Whether it be his anti-semitic bigotry, his calls for the murder of Salman Rushdie or his refusal to condemn, or outright association with, terrorist organizations like Hamas, he is always doing it for peace. We could use more men of peace like him to get rid of these damn pesky jews.

davod — Jul. 8, 07 at 11:45 AM


I am surprised that you can express yourself in such a bigotted manner. The man cannot be blamed for the words that come out of his mouth.

After all, a man recognized by the Nobel committee must be a man of peace.

Elle — Jul. 8, 07 at 05:13 PM

Even FOX news stood corrected the day prior
to Live earth in regards to Cat's remarks about "murder" which he NEVER EVER made. So you are worse than FOX, must make you so proud.

Steve — Jul. 9, 07 at 05:06 PM

The link provided above is from The New York Times, not Fox News.

Mim — Jul. 9, 07 at 06:26 PM

Carter-- we can all have our own opinions but not our own facts. You are spreading misinformation. Better for you to learn the truth and learn how to discern truth from false.

David — Jul. 10, 07 at 01:42 PM

I loved Cat Stevens and have no problem with Yusuf. He's no terrorist. Politics aside, how did he sound at the gig? What did he sing? I'll have to go elsewhere to find out, I guess.

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