Every regular reader of this blog knows very well about Marcus’ article from May 2013, Jihadi Mein Kampf, where she informs of a shift in al-Qaida’s hierarchical structure, as well as a move towards ”individual terrorism”. Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, also known as abu Musab al Suri, is the mastermind behind the shift, ”lone wolves” are now the preferred method of attack .
US Govt Increases Security as ‘Lone Wolves’ Come Home to Roost
US DHS Secretary ramps up security at government buildings in response to Islamists’ call for western supporters to attack coalition governments.
Secretary of U.S. Homeland Security Jeh Johnson Photo Credit: YouTube
The United States Department of Homeland Security has ordered enhanced security at U.S. government buildings in the nation’s capital and elsewhere around the country.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Tuesday, Oct. 28, that the increased security is a “precautionary step” in response to the continued public calls on supporters in western countries by ISIS and other Islamist terrorist organizations to attack soldiers, police and other official representatives of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS.
“Given world events, prudence dictates a heightened vigilance in the protection of U.S. government installations and our personnel,” Johnson announced.
This latest step-up in security is an admission that the public effort to minimize recent terrorist assaults on government representatives in both Canada and the U.S. as the act of “lone wolves” who have “self-radicalized” is simply an effort to soothe citizens, but is neither realistic nor is it believed by those issuing the verbal balm.
Even the statement announcing this directive continued to downplay the seriousness with which the government should be taking the lone wolf threat, “guarding against potential small-scale attacks by a lone offender or a small group of individuals.”
Mr Juncker, as you present this morning your new Commission, you tell us that they’re all in the Last-Chance Saloon. Well, I’ll tell you what, I’ll come and see you there. But you’re going to have to introduce me to them, because this is pretty much a bunch of non-entities, unknown. I spoke to MEPs this morning who will be voting later, and most of them couldn’t even name half of them.
And the one from Britian is so obscure, his name, Lord Hill should be Lord Who, because the British public couldn’t pick the bloke out of a line-up and he’s never been elected to anything in his life, which means he’s perfect for the job – because I don’t think that the European public or commentators understand what the European Commission really is.
The Commission is the Executive, it is the Government of Europe, and it has the sole rights to propose legislation; it does so in consultation with 3000 secret committees, staffed mainly by big business and big capital, and all the legislation is proposed in secret.
And once something becomes a European law, it is the European Commission themselves who have the sole right to propose repeal or change of that legislation.
The Community Method which you championed this morning, the means by which the European Commission makes law and holds law, is actually the very enemy of the concept of democracy itself. Because it means in any member state there is nothing the electorate can do to change a single piece of European law.
So we’ll be voting against the Commission today, not on the basis of the individuals, but on the basis of the fact that it is a fundamentally un-, in fact, anti-democratic form of government.
I suspect you’re in for a tough time with this Commission. You are going to have the euro crisis, which has not gone away and is going to get worse.
And you are also going to have the UK debate, when now it hs become unacceptable to the vast majority of British citizens for there to be total free movement of people extended to half a billion people to come to Britain.
Mr Cameron masquerades as being an EU opponent, though I note this morning that the Conservatives are so brave that they are even going to abstain.
I think this will be the last European Commission that governs Britain, because within the end of these five years we will be out of here.
Video source: EbS (European Parliament)
Just after last week’s terrorist attacks in Ottawa, the city’s police chief Charles Bordeleau reached out to various Muslim leaders and organizations with questionable ties to radical organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, according to a report produced by the Canadian website Point De Bascule.
Sikhander Hashmi, the imam at the Kanata Muslim Association (KMA), acknowledged that Bordeleau contacted him to reassure the Muslim community in case of “backlash” from the terrorist attack. This perceived “backlash” remains to be seen. More significantly, the Ottawa Police Service overlooks connections between Hahsmi’s organization and the Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure in Ottawa. That includes money it transferred to the Hamas-linked IRFAN-Canada in 2010, according to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
IRFAN-Canada lost its charity status in 2011 following a CRA audit that exposed the organization as an “integral part” in Hamas’ international fundraising infrastructure. The donations in question were sent between 2005 and 2009. Canadian authoritiesdesignated IRFAN-Canada as a terrorist organization earlier this year after determining the charity served as a front for Hamas, transferring close to $15 million to the terrorist organization.
The KMA also transferred money to the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), an organization linked to the Pakistani Jammat-e-Islami.
Well there ”Eki”, will they camp out in your expensive neighborhood in Helsinki?
Tuomioja: Finland could accept more Syrian refugees
The violent conflict in Syria has displaced more than six million people within the country and has forced over 3.2 million to seek refuge abroad. Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja now says that Finland is examining a move to accept more of these refugees.
Tuomioja was in Berlin on Tuesday as one of 20 foreign ministers joined by 10 international organisations at an conference on the Syrian refugee situation.
“According to aid organizations and the UNHCR response is badly lagging behind target,” Tuomioja told Yle.
He added that in international comparisons of assistance to Syrian refugees, Finland is “honourably involved”. More, he said will be forthcoming.
“The need to accept more refugees will also be examined in Finland,” the Foreign Minister pledged, adding that there is agreement on the issue at least between the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The number of refugees who have fled the Syrian conflict now in Finland is counted in the hundreds, whereas in neighbouring Sweden, the figure is already in the tens of thousands.
By insinuating that Israel is to blame for IS’s rise to power, Kerry was not simply blaming the victim. He was empowering the aggressor.
It would be interesting to know which Arab leaders are telling US Secretary of State John Kerry that the absence of peace between Israel and the Palestinians is “a cause of recruitment” to Islamic State.
Is that something he is hearing from Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani? The Qatari leader, whose kingdom has been cited by the US Treasury Department as a major funder of Islamic State (IS), is certainly one of Kerry’s favorite regional leaders.
If Thani did blame Israel for the rise of IS, then his statement would constitute yet another instance of the double game Qatar has been playing with the Americans. On the one hand, the regime is financing jihad, and other the other hand, it pretends to side with the West against the jihad that it is funding.
This is certainly the case in Jerusalem.
According to an investigative report published Friday in Yisrael Hayom , Qatar is financing the violence in the capital. Veteran Jerusalem affairs reporter Nadav Shragai wrote that the Islamic rioters who daily attack Jewish visitors and police forces on the Temple Mount are paid by Qatar through the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement.
The Qatari government and other Islamic funds are transferring vast sums of money to the Islamic Movement’s radical northern branch headed by Sheikh Ra’ed Salah. The Islamic Movement in turn is paying thousands of shekels every month to hundreds of women and men, mainly Muslim Israeli citizens, who call themselves the Murbitat.
The Murbitat presents itself as an Islamic prayer group, but according to Shragai, the group’s job is to harass Jews and police on the Temple Mount. They scream and curse at Jewish visitors and in recent months have escalated their violence against them, and their police escorts. These violent attacks include assaults with rocks, firebombs and firecrackers.
To prevent the police from blocking their entry to the Mount, members of the Murbitat enter the mosques in times of relative calm and then remain there for weeks at a time. The women are used as well to smuggle firecrackers and other weaponry onto the Temple Mount by hiding them in their burkas.
In a report published Sunday by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Palestinian affairs researcher Pinchas Inbari explained the goals of the violence.
The riots and assaults on the Temple Mount have two goals. First, they aim to incite the Islamic world against Israel and return attention to the Palestinians. And second, they seek to destabilize the regimes in Egypt and Jordan.
And if Obama was president during the Cold War period, the Soviets would still be in power today.
I reported earlier that Obama had made assurances to Iran prior to assuming office in his first presidential term that relations between the two states would change. What other proof do we need that Democrats do not have Israel’s back, except for the knife pointed at it.
US-Iran ties ‘move into state of detente,’ officials tell Wall Street Journal
As tensions with Israel escalate over its policies on the Palestinian front, the United States appears to be growing closer to its longstanding rival Iran.
Protesters mock Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama
Members of international advocacy group Avaaz take part in a protest wearing masks of Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani (R) and US president Barack Obama, outside the UN headquarters in New York. (photo credit:REUTERS)
As tensions with Israel escalate over its policies on the Palestinian front, the United States appears to be growing closer to its longstanding rival Iran.
The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday quoted senior US and Arab officials as saying that Washington and Tehran have “moved into an effective state of détente over the past year.”
The warming ties have the potential to dramatically shift the geopolitical balance in the region, as America’s traditional Sunni Arab allies as well as Israel have always been suspicious of Iran’s intentions.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the shift in relations is a byproduct of the converging of interests in the region on a number of fronts. Both the Americans and Iran share common goals, like overseeing a smooth transition of power in Baghdad as well as the defeat of Islamic State.
Interestingly enough, the report also stated that the shift in tone is also manifest in the US’s softened approach toward Hamas and Hezbollah. During Operation Protective Edge, US Secretary of State John Kerry engaged Hamas’ chief sponsor, Qatar, in cease-fire negotiations.
— Security forces arrested Al Qaeda spiritual guide Abu Mohammad Al Maqdisi on Monday on suspicion of inciting terrorism on the Internet, security sources said.
They said Maqdisi was ordered detained for 15 days after he was called in for questioning by the State Security Court prosecutor, and was initially charged with “using the Internet to promote and incite views of jihadist terrorist organisations”.
The problem with allowing any form of Islamic jurisprudence (sharia law) to deliberate cases with actual verdicts, couldn’t be clearer.
State agencies, including the police, are loathe to get involved in issues of inter-Bedouin law; it’s a sensitive, and potentially explosive issue. The traditional Bedouin legal system has no recourse for appeal. Most Bedouins are committed to the system and are afraid to go against it, fearing that opposition would hurt the Bedouin tradition, and they themselves could be targeted for non-payment of damages or fines.
A source in the Bedouin sector said of the issue that, “It’s time that the state intervenes and stops this joke called ‘Haq Al-Arab.’ There are courts in Israel, and they alone are supposed to be the only jurisdiction in the State of Israel.”
NOTE: His ”dignity” was hurt, because he was filmed dancing with ”the Joooos”. Instead of standing up for his supposed friendship with Jews, he chooses to side with those who would murder them. This is a big wake up call for Jews who befriend Muslims, thinking that when the chips are down they’ll have their back, when in reality, there will be a knife in the hand.
Court Slaps $300K Fine on Israeli Bedouin Over Viral Facebook Video of Sheikh Dancing at Jewish Wedding
OCTOBER 28, 2014
Author: Dave Bender
Israeli Bedouin story 2. Photo Screenshot.
A new desert storm is brewing up in the online Arab world, this time over a viral video of an Israeli Bedouin sheikh filmed celebrating at an orthodox Jewish wedding, Israel’s Ch. 2 News said Tuesday.
A Bedouin university student from the Negev village of Hurah shared a video on his Facebook pages showing his clan’s sheikh dancing and celebrating with other family and guests at the affair. Following criticism of the video, however, the sheikh turned to traditional religious authorities, who sentenced the young man to a 1.2 million shekel ($319,000) fine.
“They handed down a penalty as if I’d murdered five people!” the flabbergasted nursing student said. “The video had been online for ages,” he said, “so, all in all, all I did was share it,” the youth said, astonished at the uproar, and added that he was fearful for his safety.
After sharing the clip, and adding a hearty “Blessings and success!” hundreds of others watched the festive event, although many – including the sheikh – were less than amused at the perceived disrespect, not to mention sharing in a joyous Jewish occasion.
Wikipedia: The Hebron massacre refers to the killing of sixty-seven Jews (including 23 college students) on 24 August 1929 in Hebron, then part of Mandatory Palestine, by Arabs incited to violence by false rumors that Jews were massacring Arabs in Jerusalem and seizing control of Muslim holy places. The event also left scores seriously wounded or maimed. Jewish homes were pillaged and synagogues were ransacked. Many of the 435 Jews who survived were hidden by local Arab families. Soon after, all Hebron’s Jews were evacuated by the British authorities. Many returned in 1931, but almost all were evacuated at the outbreak of the 1936–39 Arab revolt in Palestine. The massacre formed part of the 1929 Palestine riots, in which a total of 133 Jews and 110 Arabs were killed, and brought the centuries-old Jewish presence in Hebron to an end.
The instigator of these Arab riots/pogroms against the Jews, was none other than Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem.
One of the Youngest Survivors of Hebron Massacre Dies at 86
The 18-month-old survived the Hebron massacre because he was covered by the corpses of his parents.
Published: October 27th, 2014 Latest update: October 28th, 2014
Shlomo Slonim (L), at 18 -months-old when he survived the Hebron Massacre, died today at 80. Photo Credit: Wikipedia
In 1929, after years of relatively peaceful existence, the Arabs of Hebron responded to the call of the Mufti of Jerusalem and slaughtered the Jews in their midst.
A Jewish child, Shlomo Slonim, 18-months-old at the time of the massacre, survived the brutality.
The Slonim baby lived because after being struck in the head with an axe, he lost consciousness and was covered by the dead bodies of his slain parents. His four-year old brother and grandparents were also slaughtered.
In all, 24 of the 67 Jews butchered in Hebron that day died in the Slonim house. People hid there because it was thought to be the safest place, given the close relations Shlomo’s father had with the Arab neighbors who had promised him protection.
Another young American man has given his life while fighting in the ranks of Islamist terrorists abroad. But this time, instead of being met with universal condemnations and scorn, the young terrorist is being greeted with sympathetic news accounts and “even-handed” statements from the State Department – all because he joined a politically correct terror group affiliated with the Palestinians.
Just think. When Eric Harroun of Arizona joined an Al Qaeda group fighting in Syria last year, he was arrested as soon as he tried to re-enter the United States.
When Douglas McCain of Minnesota was killed in August while taking part in an ISIS attack in Syria, a senior Obama Administration official told NBC that “the threat we are most concerned about to the homeland is that of fighters like this returning to the U.S. and committing acts of terrorism.”
When three young Muslim women from Colorado were caught on their way to try to join ISIS, the Obama Administration strongly condemned them.
But when U.S. citizen Orwa Abdel Hammad, a former resident of New Orleans, took part in an Islamist terrorist attack in the Middle East last week, the response from the Obama Administration was oh so different.
Isn’t interesting that you never hear the charge of ”racism” from anyone on the Left (or Right fro that matter) when comedians, devout atheists and a whole smorgasbord of other anti-Christian voices rip Christianity and its leaders on a regular basis? It’s because they know that the charge of ‘racism’ is a highly charged word, meant to instil fear in the person targeted, the word ”bigot” just doesn’t have the same shock and awe power.
NOTE: It’s no more racist to criticize Islam, and its adherents, than it is to do the same to Republicanism, its voters, and the flag waving grandma down the street. What’s also of interest to me, is to see how Bill Maher handles all the single line bromides tossed his way by his mindless comrades. ”Bill lied and people died”.
UC Berkeley students seek to block Bill Maher speech
Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has called on President Barack Obama to “name, apologize for, and repudiate” the anonymous official who was quoted, in an Atlantic Magazine article by Jeffrey Goldberg, describing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “chickenshit.”
In a telephone call with The Algemeiner from his Los Angeles office, an incensed Rabbi Hier declared: “It is rather ironic that a senior American official is prepared to curse his friends, yet when it comes to the mortal enemies of the United States – as the Iranians discovered during the recent nuclear negotiation – praise is heaped on them.”
Goldberg’s piece extensively quoted an anonymous “senior Obama administration official” who showered Netanyahu with invective, saying, “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit.” Goldberg then observed: “Over the years, Obama administration officials have described Netanyahu to me as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and ‘Aspergery.’ (These are verbatim descriptions; I keep a running list.)”
The word “Aspergery” is a derogatory term for individuals with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism that affects the part of the brain that processes emotions.
Going back to the day Mohamed left Mecca on his ”hijra” to Medina (the former Jewish town of Yathrib).
I’ve been using that theme for years, it’s an accurate depiction of what Muslims with muscle (position and means) do to their political opposition and to minorities that live among them in Islamic societies.
Islam and the Mafia: ‘Making An Offer You Can’t Refuse’
Editor’s note: The following is Part Three a three-part series examining the many parallels between Islam and the mafia following Bill Maher’s recent exclamation that Islam is “the only religion that acts like the mafia, that will f***ing kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, or write the wrong book.” Click for Part One and for Part Two.
Coercion and Death Threats
Although the novel turned movie, The Godfather, is fictitious, it also captures much of the mafia’s modus operandi. Consider, for example, that most famous of lines—“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse”—spoken by the Godfather to one of his “godsons,” an aspiring actor and singer, who, after being turned down by a studio director for a role that he desperately wanted, turns to his Godfather for aid.
As the movie progresses, we discover that the offer that the director can’t refuse is nothing less than violence and the threat of death: after the Godfather’s messenger to the director asking that the actor be given the role is again rejected, the studio head awakes to find the bloodied and decapitated head of his favorite stallion in bed with him. The godson subsequently gets the movie role.
Throughout the context of the entire Godfather trilogy—and indeed, in the context of the mafia—making someone “an offer they can’t refuse”—comes to mean “do as I say or suffer the consequences,” possibly death.
Compare this to Islam’s threefold choice. On Muhammad’s orders, whenever Islamic jihadis conquer a territory, they are to give the non-Muslim inhabitants three choices: 1) convert to Islam, 2) maintain your own religion (an option technically only available to Christians and Jews) but pay tribute and live as a subdued third-class citizen, a “dhimmi,” or 3) die.
Once the mafia gains a “territory,” one of the primary ways it profits is by collecting “protection money” from the inhabitants. While the protection racket has several faces, one in particular is akin to an Islamic institution: the idea of coercing people in the mafia’s territory to pay money for “protection,” ostensibly from outside forces, when in fact the protection bought is from the mafia itself—that is, extortion money, or pizzo. Potential “clients” who refuse the mafia’s “protection” often have their property vandalized and are routinely threatened and harassed.
The reason why many feminists refuse to address the issue, as well as their championing of the burka as a ”freedom bag”, is because Muslims know how to intimidate. So they stick to protesting ”men only” associations, and championing ”same pay for same work” and think that they’re really doing something for the women of the world.
What must we understand about such surreal and barbaric misogyny?
First, that to be born a woman in certain parts of the world is to be born guilty; being female is a capital offense. Girls and women must keep proving that they will not shame their families by a level of obedience and subordination that Westerners cannot truly comprehend. Memoirs by women– Somali Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Punjabi Aruna Papp, Iranian Marina Nemat, to name only a few– share details of daily, sometimes hourly terrorization and punishment within the family and at the hands of the state and religious authorities.
PUNISHED FOR BEING RAPED AND FOR ACCUSING RAPISTS: WOMEN’S BURDEN UNDER SHARIA
ISIS has just be-headed a woman in Baquba because she dared to resist being raped. In the process of struggling to defend herself, she actually killed her would-be rapist, an ISIS warrior. The woman was at home recovering from a medical illness.
This is precisely the crime that led to Reyhaneh Jabbari’s execution in Iran at dawn this past Saturday—except that the Iranian regime first jailed and tortured her for five years. Her life might have been spared if her victim’s family had forgiven her, but that did not happen. Her would-be rapist was a former member of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry.
And thus we learn that under Sharia law the penalty for resisting rape is torture and death for women.
What happens when a woman does not or cannot resist being raped?
In 2008, in Somalia, 13-year old Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow was accused of adultery (“zina”—in her case, sex outside of marriage). She had reported being gang-raped to the controlling jihadist group there, al-Shabab. The very act of accusing her rapists condemned her– but not her rapists– to a brutal death-by-stoning at the hands of fifty men. She begged for mercy, crying out up until the moment of her death.
Sharia courts in Pakistan have punished thousands of raped women who dared accuse their attacker of the crime with long term imprisonment. Bangladesh has flogged, beaten, and imprisoned raped women.
At what point does one begin to consider this man as a complete traitor?
In bizarre new video, Islamic State hostage gives tour of Kobane
By Adam Taylor October 27 at 5:06 PM
A propaganda video shows John Cantlie, a British journalist captured by Islamic State in 2012, walking around the Syrian city of Kobane, while disputing Western media accounts of the fighting there between Islamic State and Kurdish forces. (Via YouTube)
In a remarkable new video released by the Islamic State militants, British hostage John Cantlie gives a tour of the Syrian city of Kobane and denounces Western coverage of the fighting in the city.
(Note: Our video team believes the first segment of may have been doctored.)
Cantlie, a photographer and journalist who was taken hostage in late 2012, has appeared in a number of propaganda videos for the Islamic State in recent months, usually in an orange jumpsuit in front of a plain black screen. However, the new video, released Monday via social media accounts linked to the Islamic State, appears markedly more professional than the previous ones. Notably, it appears to show Cantlie walking outside and animatedly discussing recent events.
If his work can’t be protected under free speech laws, then no one’s work can be.
‘Racist’ Swedish art opens to protests in CPH
A protester expresses thoughts on both Dan Park and the Danish Free Press Society’s Katrine Winkel Holm. Photo: Christian Liliendahl/Scanpix
Published: 28 Oct 2014 10:02 GMT+01:00
The display of artwork by Swedish provocateur Dan Park has been under heavy discussion for nearly a month. On Monday, nine of Park’s banned works were shown in a basement in Østerbro despite protests.
A group of activists claimed credit for an alternative exhibition of Park’s work in Copenhagen. Photo: Submitted
Park’s artwork was also given a more upscale reception on Thursday with a showing at Denmark’s parliament building, Christiansborg. Park himself also attended that event but was not at the Monday opening in Østerbro.
Park was convicted by a Malmö court in August on charges of inciting racial agitation and defamation and was sentenced to six months in jail. However, he was recently released from jail on appeal.
Park’s works include an image that depicts three Swedish residents with African backgrounds portrayed with nooses around their necks, a Catholic bishop receiving fellatio from a young boy and Jesus having sex with Muhammad.
Egypt declares curfew in North Sinai after 33 soldiers killed
By Egyptian Streets |
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has declared a state of emergency in the North Sinai hours after at least 33 soldiers were killed and 30 injured in two separate attacks.
The state of emergency will last three months and include a curfew between 5PM and 7AM.
According to state media, at least 30 soldiers were killed and 30 injured after a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into a military checkpoint, killing the soldiers, primarily in their twenties, that had been stationed at the Karm Al-Qawadees checkpoint.
Hours later, three security officials were killed when militants opened fire on at a security checkpoint near Al-Arish.
Chaos continues in Libya as 21 killed in tribal clashes
BY PRESSTV.COM | LAST UPDATED: OCT 27, 2014 – 12:40:43 PM
At least 21 people have been killed and many others wounded after tribal clashes broke out in the western region of Libya’s capital city, Tripoli.
The clashes erupted on Oct. 12 between militias from Zintan and Kekla towns.
The clashes began when militiamen from the Zintan, located southwest of the capital, attacked the town of Kekla, which supports their rival Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) armed group.
According to local hospital sources, more than 60 people were also wounded in the clashes.
The deadly clashes come a day after United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made a surprise visit to the North African nation, calling for an end to the violence in the country.
On Oct. 10, the United Nations Refugee Agency said tribal fighting over the past three weeks has displaced nearly 100,000 Libyans, adding that 287,000 people were currently displaced throughout the country.
Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled the longtime ruler, Muammar Gadhafi. The ouster of Gadhafi gave rise to a patchwork of heavily-armed militants and deep political divisions.
Ten civilians killed as Yemeni Houthis advance into Qaeda stronghold
BY MOHAMMED GHOBARI
SANAASun Oct 26, 2014 4:24pm EDT
Shi’ite Houthi rebels man a checkpoint in Yareem town of Yemen’s central province of Ibb October 22, 2014.
CREDIT: REUTERS/KHALED ABDULLAH
(Reuters) – Shi’ite Muslim Houthi fighters backed by government fire thrust into strongholds of al Qaeda and its Sunni tribal allies in the center of Yemen on Sunday, killing around 10 civilians, local tribesmen said.
They said the Yemeni army pounded local tribes and fighters of al Qaeda’s local wing, Ansar al-Sharia, with air strikes, artillery and Katuysha rockets in al-Baydah province, about 160 km (100 miles) southeast of the capital Sanaa.
“Around 10 civilians were killed and a number were injured, including women and children,” one tribal source said. “But because it is dark and due to the continuing clashes, we were unable to retrieve all the victims,” he told Reuters, adding that dozens of families had fled the fighting.
One killed, 8 injured as S. Sudanese refugees clash in Kenya
TUESDAY 28 OCTOBER 2014
October 27, 2014 (NAIROBI) – At least one person was reportedly killed and more than eight other seriously injured when South Sudanese rival communities clashed on Sunday at Kakuma refugee in western Kenya.
South Sudanese refugees at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, February 17, 2014 (ST)
Sources said the clashes between Nuer and Dinka communities, the largest and belligerent ethnic groups in South Sudan, occurred when a 9-year old Nuer girl-child was allegedly raped by a Dinka man, leaving her in critical condition.
“The clashes happened on Sunday evening when a Dinka adult raped a 9-year old girl-child, ripping her genitals and leaving her in coma,” Gai Dup Wur, one of the Nuer community leaders told Sudan Tribune.
He said the child was rushed to the medical center in critical condition while her father initially calmed down the situation, asking the Nuer youth not to take the law into their own hands as the police arrested the criminal.
Wur, however, said the community was surprised when Kenyan police authorities set free the accused on Sunday evening.
A complaint, he said, was then launched to the Kenyan police by the community leaders to re-arrest the criminal, but the police officer on duty tore the complaint paper, stirring anger among the Nuer youth who went to forcefully capture the freed Dinka man.
Syrian authorities say Abbas Khan killed himself, but London inquest says he was ‘unlawfully killed’ by Syrian regime.
Last updated: 28 Oct 2014 09:40
Abbas Khan, the British doctor who died in a Syrian jail last year, was unlawfully killed, an inquest jury in London has ruled.
Syrian authorities claimed that Khan, who was arrested last year after travelling to Aleppo to treat wounded civilians, killed himself and was found hanging in a prison cell in the capital, Damascus, on December 16.
But the jury at the Royal Courts of Justice ruled that the 32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon had been killed.
In Finland, public money is used to fund political youth organizations that parent parties have set up over the years. I have my own personal opinions on them, political parties should fund themselves, with their political messages resonating funding, not the public purse.
That said, the Finnish government is playing political football with its funding, only those who march to the tune of ”multiculturalism” is deemed eligible for public funding, those who hold opposing views to it, well they’re to be penalized until they ”get their minds right”.
Ministry denies Finns Party juniors increased funding, cites anti-multicultural stance
The Ministry of Education and Culture has decided against increasing funding to the Finns Party youth arm because of the group’s opposition to multiculturalism. The peer group of the National Coalition Party has received 650,000 euros to the Finns Party’s 30,000 – although the NCP youth arm has called for government to roll back laws against inciting ethnic hatred.
On Monday the Ministry of Education and Culture found itself against a wall trying to explain why it rejected an application for additional funding filed by the Finns Party youth wing. The Ministry said that the division’s views on multiculturalism were at odds with the principles of youth legislation.
Education Minister Pia Viitanen claimed to be too busy to respond – that responsibility fell to the ministry’s permanent secretary.
“The political decision makers relied on the statements of the evaluation and grants board, and they have always done a tremendous amount of work evaluating different variables and looking at whether or not there is any rational basis for granting assistance. They then make a proposal which forms the basis for the decision,” explained permanent secretary Kari Anttila.
NCP Youth position on de-criminalising ethnic incitement overlooked
The Finns Party’s youth activists say that distributing funding on the basis of support for multiculturalism is at odds with how the financial assistance has actually been allocated to the groups.
One of the major beneficiaries of the ministerial funding pool has been the youth division of the National Coalition party, which has received close to 650,000 euros. Their Finns Party peers meanwhile have been granted a paltry 30,000 euros in comparison.
In September last year the National Coalition Party’s youth arm caused a stir when it advocated striking the crime of incitement against an ethnic group off the law books, adding that there should be “no such thing as a victimless thought crime”.
In its 2014 political manifesto, the young NCP members also called on government to immediately stop welcoming quota refugees, and eliminate the office of the Ombudsman for Minorities, which advances the status and legal protection of ethnic minorities in Finland.
The Ministry has defended the hefty allocations paid out to the NCP youth wing by pointing to the broad scope of the group.
Supreme Administrative Court to rule
The Finns Party youth wing has described the ministry’s decision to deny the group additional funding as discriminatory. They say they will appeal the decision at the Supreme Administrative Court.
The ministry has stressed that the values underlying the decision are just one factor among many weighing in the final solution and that the intention is not to snub any group’s political views.
“We should certainly look into what this is all about, because I think it’s very important that the government doesn’t dictate the activities of any organisation. That’s an essential feature of civil society,” Anttila added.
There’s no utopian solution for guiding human communities.
Daniel Greenfield explains Islam 101:
"Every devout Muslim is an "Islamist". Islam is not a personal religion. It is a religion of the public space. A "moderate" Muslim would have to reject Islam as a religion of the public space, as theocracy, and that secularism would be a rejection of Islam.
Nothing in Islam exists apart from anything else. While liberals view culture and religion as a buffet that they can pick and choose from, it is a single integrated system. If you accept one part, you must accept the whole. Once you accept any aspect of Islam, you must accept its legal system and once you accept that, you must accept its governance and once you accept that, you lose your rights.''
BLOGGING FROM FINLAND
The UN, ''a crooked court with jury hanging judges'' It's the international Jim Crow of our times. Israel can expect the same kind of ‘justice” from the UN, that a Black African American could expect in the formerly segregated southern states of the US.