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Honour killing: Woman killed outside Lahore High Court – The Express Tribune

Honour killing: Woman killed outside Lahore High Court – The Express Tribune | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

LAHORE: A 25-year-old woman was stoned to death by her family outside the Lahore High Court on Tuesday for marrying the man she loved, police said.

Farzana Iqbal was waiting for the court to open when a group of around dozen men began attacking her with bricks, senior police officer Umer Cheema said.

Her father, two brothers and former fiancé were among the attackers, he said. Iqbal suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital, police said.

All the suspects except her father escaped. He admitted killing his daughter, Cheema said, and explained it was a matter of ‘honour’.

Iqbal had been engaged to her cousin but married another man, Cheema said. Her family registered a kidnapping case against him but Iqbal had come to court to argue that she had married of her own free will, he said.

Around 1,000 women are killed in Pakistan every year by their families in honour killings, according to the Aurat Foundation.

The true figure is probably many times higher since the Aurat Foundation only compiles figures from newspaper reports. The government does not compile national statistics.

Campaigners say few cases come to court, and those that do can take years to be heard. No one tracks how many cases are successfully prosecuted.

Even those that do result in a conviction may end with the killers walking free. The law allows a victim’s family to forgive their killer.

But in honour killings, most of the time the women’s killers are her family, said Wasim Wagha of the Aurat Foundation. The law allows them to nominate someone to do the murder, then forgive him.

“This is a huge flaw in the law,” he said. “We are really struggling on this issue.”

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Not for the squeamish!!..... but to illustrate what horrors have been endured by both sides in Iraq.....as we sit cocooned and protected with our laptops and computers,whilst others to do our dirty work ....

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Austria to get tough on people smugglers - The Local

Austria to get tough on people smugglers - The Local | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

New figures from the Federal Criminal Police Office show that the number of people smugglers arrested this year has risen by 25 percent compared to last year. Between January and the end of June almost 350 suspected smugglers were charged. A total of 500 were charged during 2014.

The interior and justice ministries have pledged to step up the fight against people smuggling, and have presented a “five point plan”. This includes an increase in the number of specialized investigative teams, stricter punishments for smugglers, more specialized prosecutors and increased enforcement along Austria’s borders.

Both Austrian and Hungarian officials will be involved in border checks, and controls are already taking place on trains leaving Budapest for Austria, Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner told Ö1 radio.

She added that she is talking to her Hungarian counterpart about how to facilitate a complete control of all incoming trains from Hungary, and how to monitor Hungarian railway stations.

The Ministry of Justice is planning to establish a team of specialized public prosecutors to deal with people smuggling cases.

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Full Veil Banned in Key Niger Region over Boko Haram Fears

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Authorities in Niger's Diffa area, on the border with Nigeria, have banned the full Islamic veil following suicide attacks in countries in the region by women wearing the religious garment, an official said Wednesday.

"Women in the region are forbidden from wearing the full veil until further notice, in order to prevent suicide attacks by Boko Haram," Diffa mayor Hankouraou Biri-Kassoum told AFP.

The full veil has been banned in several regions of Cameroon after a string of bombings by women and girls, including attackers wearing the garment.

"It's better to prevent danger," a security source told AFP, adding that "a growing number of women and young girls are wearing the full veil in Diffa."

A night-time curfew has been imposed, while February's ban on motorcycles -- the jihadists' vehicle of choice -- has been extended, the mayor said.

Niger has joined a regional campaign alongside Chad, Niger and Nigeria to battle Boko Haram, whose insurgency has killed at least 15,000 people since 2009 in the name of founding an Islamic caliphate.

While regional efforts have scored a number of victories in recent months, the militants have unleashed a massive wave of violence since Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in in May.

Dozens have been killed in a string of bombings and raids across the region.

On July 12, the Islamists raided Diffa prison in a likely bid to free detained members, killing a guard, according to local authorities.

Six days later, Boko Haram militants killed 16 civilians in an attack on a southeastern Niger village.

In June, 38 civilians were killed -- including 10 children -- in a Boko Haram attack targeting two villages close to Diffa.
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UK court convicts man of revenge killing in Pakistan

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Tariq Rana of Wolverhampton shot mother-in-law Ghulam Asia at her Lahore home after his wife Ayesha Riaz left him

An abusive husband has been convicted of gunning down his mother-in-law on her doorstep in Pakistan in a revenge killing after his wife left him.

Tariq Rana, 31, shot Ghulam Asia at her house in Pakistan in retaliation after 28-year-old Ayesha Riaz split up with him. Rana travelled from his Wolverhamptonhome to track down and murder her relatives. He went to Asia’s home in Lahore with an unnamed accomplice, dressed as a delivery man.

The pair rang the doorbell and when Asia, 49, went to the gate to sign for the delivery, Rana shot her. She died hours later from internal injuries caused by two gunshot wounds.

Rana then made a series of telephone calls to Riaz’s brothers, threatening to kill them all unless she came back to him, according to police.

Rana will be sentenced on 31 July at the Old Bailey after he was convicted at Woolwich crown court of murder.

He claimed during the trial that he had nothing to do with the shooting and was at Asia’s home with a bodyguard to try to reconcile with his wife.

An argument ensued, during which two gunshots were fired by either the bodyguard or a member of Asia’s own family, he told the jury.

Rana was prosecuted in the UK under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 for the attack on 27 July 2013. The act gives authority for a UK national to stand trial for a murder committed overseas.

DCI Tim Duffield of the Metropolitan police’s homicide and major crime command, described Rana as a violent and controlling man who murdered his mother-in-law “in the most callous and brutal way”.

“This was not a spontaneous event, but rather a revenge-driven premeditated attack aimed at causing the maximum distress and suffering to his estranged wife and her family,” he said.

“It is also important to recognise the considerable assistance we received from the Pakistani authorities, without which justice for Mrs Asia’s family would not have been possible.

“My deepest sympathies go out to Mrs Asia’s family who have shown great dignity and courage throughout.”

Rana’s sister Nargus Ahmed, 33, and brother-in-law Muhammed Adeel, 35, were both acquitted of assisting an offender following the four-week trial.

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London child aged THREE in terror alert over radicalisation

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A three-year-old child is among hundreds of young Londoners who have been identified as potential future extremists or at risk of radicalisation.

The disturbing tally, revealed today by the Evening Standard, is contained in new statistics which paint the most detailed picture so far of the scale of the security challenge facing police and intelligence agencies in the capital.

They show that a total of 1,069 Londoners have been referred to the government’s “Channel” counter-extremism programme since the start of 2012.

That means that the capital accounts for about a quarter of the 4,000 referrals to the programme nationwide since then. The Standard, which obtained the figures from the London Assembly, can also reveal that:

Since September last year, 400 Channel referrals were made for teenagers and children under 18.

450 Londoners, including 300 under-18s, are part of the Met’s “Prevent Case Management” process, linked to Channel.

The three-year-old is from Tower Hamlets and was referred as “part of a wider family group” that had been displaying alarming behaviour.

Experts warned that the spike in young people being identified will continue and is being fuelled by an explosion of online Islamic State propaganda and the sight of British fighters taking part in the conflict in Syria.
A new statutory duty on public bodies, such as schools, hospitals and councils, to prevent people being drawn into extremism is also thought to have contributed to the surge in referrals.

Scotland Yard today welcomed the figures, saying it shows Londoners “understand the dangers of extremism and the need to speak out”. But MPs and campaigners called for more resources to face the surge.

London Assembly member Murad Qureshi, who obtained the figures from Mayor Boris Johnson, said the capital’s fight against extremism should be led by schools in a community, rather than police-led, approach.

He said: “The figures certainly show the extent of it and this now needs to move into the educational arena.

“It’s useful for the Met to be on top of the issue. But we need to see a community approach, with schools and education at the forefront of that.

“Simple history lessons about Islamic states which have failed in the past could be useful, as opposed to some of the propaganda from other sources.”

Hannah Stuart, a researcher on extremism from the Henry Jackson Society think tank, said: “These figures confirm the fact that London is, and has always been, the centre of Islamist inspired terrorism, radicalisation and extremism in this country. That pattern will remain.”

Channel involves social workers, police, medical staff and  others working with adults and young people who are judged to be  either vulnerable to or engaged in extremism.

The aim is to divert them away from potential violence through early intervention as part of the Government’s wider “Prevent” programme.

Commander Richard Walton, the head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “The earlier we can intervene to prevent radicalisation the better.

“It is good that we are receiving more referrals as it shows that the people of London understand the dangers of extremism and the need to speak out. Everyone can play a part in keeping London safe.”

Security minister John Hayes added: “As a country, we have a duty to challenge, at every turn, the twisted narrative that has corrupted some of our vulnerable young people.

“Referrals to Channel have increased since 2014 but we have dedicated sufficient resources to the programme to cope with demand. We will keep this position under close review.”

Although most counter-extremism schemes focus on older children and adults, primary or nursery age youngsters can also be referred under the Prevent scheme because of concerns about the conduct of their families. Police have used the family courts 30 times to bring care proceedings to protect young children. Measures include removing the children’s passports.

London has several “priority” boroughs which receive extra government funding for providing such counter-extremism programmes.

A planned initiative is set to see them “buddy-up” with non-priority ones to share information.

But shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper claimed that support had been cut too far. She said: “The Government has substantially cut support for community-led action to counter extremists’ lies. The police can’t do this alone. Countering extremism is much more effective if it involves local community groups.

“We know young people are particularly at risk of radicalisation, yet the Channel programme is not sufficiently resourced or prepared to manage the referrals being made.”

Haras Rafiq, managing director of counter-extremism think tank Quilliam, said: “Generally, across London, Channel alone is already bursting at the seams. It is a particular London problem when we know that about half the people who have gone to Iraq and Syria are from London and there are parts of London where this ideology needs to be challenged.”

The programme’s effectiveness came under fire last week as it emerged Britain’s youngest terrorist, a 15-year-old schoolboy who admitted inciting Australian teenagers to carry out a beheading, was placed on Channel two years ago. He was the second convicted terrorist this year in which counter-extremism programmes failed.

Nearly half of the 4,000 Channel referrals across the country relate to under-18s and referrals had increased 58 per cent at the beginning of this year.

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DC: Muslim accused of fundraising and recruiting for jihad terror group

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He faces charges that he “raised money and recruited fighters for a foreign terrorist organization battling the Afghan government and its allies, including U.S. troops.” So many misunderstanders of Islam!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Dutch-Turkish national accused of raising funds and recruiting in Europe for an Islamist militant group active in Afghanistan has been extradited to the United States and charged with terrorism offenses, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.

Irfan Demirtas, 56, accused of providing support for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, appeared in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia on Monday, the Justice Department said in a statement.

He faces charges that he “raised money and recruited fighters for a foreign terrorist organization battling the Afghan government and its allies, including U.S. troops,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen Jr.

Demirtas, also known as Nasrullah, was arrested in Germany in January on a warrant and extradited to the United States on Friday, the statement said….

Demirtas’ activities allegedly took place in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Jordan, the Netherlands, France and elsewhere outside the United States, it said.

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Explosions hit Hamas, Islamic Jihad cars in Gaza

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GAZA (Reuters) - Explosions destroyed six cars belonging to members of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups in Gaza City on Sunday, witnesses said, injuring no one but drawing threats of a response.
The blasts hit a district dominated by supporters of Hamas and disrupted celebrations for the Muslim Eid el Fitr holiday.
The targeted groups issued a joint statement condemning the attackers as "traitors" - suggesting they thought the perpetrators were fellow Palestinians - and promising that they would be "found and punished".
No one claimed responsibility, but Hamas, which dominates the coastal enclave, has in recent months faced violent challenges from Palestinians sympathetic to Islamic State or al Qaeda, and who seek stringent religious rule in Gaza and open war with Israel.
Palestinian sources said security officials suspected the attacks were triggered by timers placed near explosives planted in and near the vehicles.
Salafists claiming allegiance to Islamic State have begun launching rockets at Israel in defiance of Hamas' truce with the Jewish state since a war a year ago in which 2,100 Palestinians and 73 Israelis were killed.
Last month Islamic State militants fighting Egyptian forces in neighboring Sinai released a video threatening to turn Gaza into another "fiefdom" as in parts of Iraq and Syria.
Palestinians seek a state in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
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Iraq launches military assault on Islamic State in Anbar

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Iraqi troops and Shi'ite Muslim militia forces attacked Islamic State fighters on several fronts in the country's largest province on Monday, saying the battle to drive the hardline militants out of Anbar was under way.

A spokesman for the joint operations command said the offensive, which began at dawn, brought together the army, mainly Shi'ite Hashid Shaabi militias, special forces, police and local Sunni Muslim tribal fighters.

Military sources in Anbar said they met fierce resistance from the insurgents, who deployed five suicide car bombs and fired rockets to repel their advance on the city of Falluja, about 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad.

There were also reports of fighting around the provincial capital Ramadi, captured by Islamic State two months ago.

"At 5 o'clock this morning operations to liberate Anbar were launched," the military spokesman said.

Islamic State's capture of Ramadi two months ago marked the biggest defeat for the Baghdad government since the militants swept through the north of the country last June and declared a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq straddling the border.

Until Ramadi's fall, Iraqi troops and Hashid Shaabi forces, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, had been pushing Islamic State back, recapturing the eastern province of Diyala and former leader Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, with the ultimate target of retaking the northern city of Mosul.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, angered at the army's withdrawal from Ramadi in mid-May, initially promised a swift counter-attack.

Although Ramadi remains the strategic target, military sources and Shi'ite militia leaders have said the initial focus will be on Falluja, which was the first city in Iraq to fall under militant control 18 months ago.


A U.S.-led coalition of Western and Arab air forces has been bombing Islamic State positions across Iraq, supporting Baghdad's ground forces and its poorly equipped air force.

Iraq has sought to redress its own lack of air power by purchasing F-16 fighter jets from the United States, but deliveries of the 36 aircraft were delayed because of security concerns after the Islamic State offensive last summer.

On Monday, a first batch of four F-16s landed at Balad air base north of Baghdad, an Iraqi air force officer said.

It was not clear whether the planes would take an immediate role in the operations in Anbar.

Hadi al-Ameri, commander of the largest Shi'ite force, the Badr Organisation, told Iraqi television on Sunday he expected the main assault on Falluja to take place after the Eid holiday which starts later this week.

Residents in Falluja and Ramadi reported heavy bombardment of both cities early on Monday.

Falluja saw the fiercest fighting of the U.S. occupation which followed Washington's 2003 invasion to topple Saddam, and has also been a centre of Sunni hostility to the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad.

Abadi initially sought to keep Shi'ite militias on the sidelines in Anbar for fear of inflaming sectarian sensitivities, but the fall of Ramadi in May undermined his position.

In Baghdad on Sunday at least 35 people were killed in a series of car bombs and suicide attacks in mainly Shi'ite districts. A statement in the name of Islamic State, issued on Monday, claimed responsibility for some of the blasts.
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Baghdad car bombs and suicide attacks kill 35 - sources

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Car bombs and suicide attacks targeting mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad killed 35 people on Sunday, one of the heaviest recent tolls in the Iraqi capital, which has faced a wave of bombings by Islamic State militants.

The deadliest attack hit the northern Shaab neighbourhood, where a car bomb followed by a suicide blast killed 19 people, security and medical sources said. The car exploded near a crowded market and, as police and bystanders gathered, an attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body.

In Bunouk district in the capital's northeast, a bomb in a car killed nine people, the sources said. Security forces were sweeping areas nearby, some with sniffer dogs, after receiving information about two further possible bombs, they said.

More than 100 people were wounded in the three explosions.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic State militants who control much of northern Iraq and the province of Anbar west of Baghdad regularly send bombers into the capital.

Earlier on Sunday, a suicide bomber killed five people in Kadhimiya neighbourhood, home to one of Shi'ite Islam's holiest shrines, shortly before dusk and the end of the daily Ramadan fast. Another bomb in the Iskan district of western Baghdad killed two people, medical sources said.
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Yemeni Police Arrest Members of Terrorist Band in Female Dress

Yemeni Police Arrest Members of Terrorist Band in Female Dress | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Informed sources in Marib province confirmed on Friday that the province's police forces alongside the popular forces have arrested a terrorist group, whose members tried to go through the police checkpoint in female clothing.

The sources disclosed that the detained terrorists planned to enter the capital Sana'a and carry out terrorist actions against government and residential areas.

The sources said that the detained terrorists have been handed over to the relevant authorities for further investigations and interrogation.

On June 20, the same story happened in another police checkpoint in the outskirts of Marib province.

Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen in the last 107 days to bring its ally, fugitive president Mansour Hadi, back to power.

The airstrikes have so far claimed the lives of more than 5,024 civilians, mostly women and children.

In addition to the Saudi-lad aggressions against the country, Riyadh officials have forwarded scores of al-Qaeda terrorists to Yemen in a bid to destabilize the Muslim nation's security and face it further internal problems.
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The Latest Rage in Rachel's Tomb Terror: Slingshot Explosives

The Latest Rage in Rachel's Tomb Terror: Slingshot Explosives | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

Rachel's Tomb located adjacent to Bethlehem in Judea, which is the site where the Jewish Biblical matriarch Rachel is buried, has turned into a key terror target - now a new trend has flared up with Arab assailants firing explosive charges into the compound.

A., a member of the compound staff, spoke to Arutz Sheva on Friday about the new scourge, noting that there have long been rock attack attempts and riots given the proximity to the hostile Arab population in Bethlehem.

"Thank G-d the Border Patrol warriors in the area know how to deal with it strongly and effectively," said A. of the status quo until now. 

But recently to the rock throwing and protests has been added a new attack which hasn't garnered attention in the media, apparently because up until now no one has been wounded by even though the danger is life-threatening to the extreme.

"Recently explosives have started falling. That's new," said A., explaining that the explosives were fired in by a sort of catapult slingshot that has been used in a smaller form to launch rocks.

The terrorists fire the explosives at a distance of roughly 100 meters (around 330 feet) from the protective walls of the compound, and aim at a section of the wall that is slightly lower - the point is where students of the compound's yeshiva go outside to get some fresh air, and is also a parking area for visitors to the site.

The last attack took place on Thursday at 11:05 p.m. A. relates that he sat adjacent to the yeshiva when he heard the explosion, and immediately he and his companions ran to the site of the attack only to be told to return and take cover for fear of follow up explosives.

Saturday was the last explosive attack before that; in that attack likewise no one was wounded, although shrapnel from the explosive hit the door of the dormitories of students at the yeshiva and embedded deeply in it. The students who were standing nearby were unharmed.

A. emphasized that the earnest work of the Border Patrol warriors is preventing the daily attacks from inflicting a toll in human life. He expressed his hopes that the forces will be able to provide a response to the new and dangerous phenomenon before anyone is wounded.

Terror at the tomb

Just last Monday a female Border Patrol guard was stabbed in the neckat Rachel's Tomb by a female Arab terrorist. She was seriously wounded but miraculously survived the attempt on her life and her condition has stabilized.

Rachel's Tomb has been a target for terror attacks since the outbreak of the Second Intifada or Oslo War in 2000, and as a result the compound has been heavily fortified.

While the recent slingshot-explosive trend may be a newly deployed tactic in recent days, there is in fact a history of explosive attacks at the compound from several years ago.

The IDF told Knesset Members in mid-2013 that about 200 firebombs and 90 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) had been thrown at the compound since November 2012's Pillar of Defense counter-terror operation in Gaza, indicating an average of almost two bombs a day.

The military said that the nine-meter (almost 30-feet) high walls that have been constructed around the Tomb compound have not sufficed to provide security, with suggestions raised at the time to build a roof to protect the site from attacks from all angles.

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Argentine president rapped for ‘Merchant of Venice’ link to nation’s money woes

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League criticized Argentina’s president for evoking classic anti-Semitic stereotypes linking Jews to the cause of Argentina’s financial challenges.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner recommended in a visit last week to an elementary school in the shanty town of Lugano that the students read “The Merchant of Venice,” with its anti-Semitic portrayal of a vengeful Jewish moneylender, to understand Argentina’s economic troubles. Following the visit, the president continued to tweet the recommendation, appearing to try to soften her stance by confirming in a tweet that Shakespeare is performed by Israeli theater companies.

Kirchner called on the students to read the play to understand vulture funds, which are seeking to collect on Argentina’s national debt, in arrears since 2001.

She repeated the recommendation on Twitter to her more than 3.8 million followers and added in another tweet: “No, don’t laugh. Usury and the bloodsuckers were immortalized by the best literature for centuries.”

Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director, in a statement this week repudiated Kirshner’s statements.

“‘The Merchant of Venice’ — with its nefarious character Shylock — reinforces stereotypes of Jews and presents them as money-hungry, conniving and cruel, and by suggesting students to study this play, she is sending a message to Argentina’s youth that Jews are somehow connected to the economic woes of her country,” Foxman said. “We stand with the Jewish community of Argentina in repudiation of the President’s statements and her repeated implications of Jewish involvement in this issue,” Foxman said.

The Argentine Jewish political umbrella DAIA also decried the president’s recommendation in a statement issued the day after her July 2 school visit.

On Monday, Kirchner posted on Twitter that Israel’s national theater company, Habima, performs “The Merchant of Venice,” citing an invitation to one of its performances of the play in Spain in 2013.

“The piece? “The Merchant of Venice.” The company producing? Habima, Israel’s national theater,” she tweeted.

And in another tweet, Kirshner wrote: “Who’s inviting? The Israeli Embassy in Spain. Notably, in Israel they like good literature and the best theater.” Finally, she wrote: “Goodness. Someone deserves the donkey’s head, as Shakespeare did in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Kirchner has not apologized for her remarks.

It is not the first time that the Argentine president has linked the country’s national debt to global Jewish leaders.

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Who, What, Why: Is it illegal to display an IS flag?

Who, What, Why: Is it illegal to display an IS flag? | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Police have been criticised for not arresting a man who walked through Westminster displaying the black flag associated with the Islamic State group. Is such an act against the law, asks Finlo Rohrer.
The man, with a small child on his shoulders also holding a flag, walked near the Houses of Parliament while draped in the black flag, apparently similar to that used by the Islamist militant group.
The Metropolitan Police said they stopped him but then let him go on his way. "This man was spoken to by officers, with consideration given to relevant legislation, particularly the Public Order Act, and the decision was taken by officers at the time that the man was acting within the law. He was not arrested.
"Wearing, carrying or displaying of an emblem or flag, by itself, is not an offence unless the way in which, or the circumstance in which, the emblem is worn, carried or displayed is such as to cause reasonable suspicion that the person is a supporter or member of a proscribed organisation. While support of and membership of [IS] is unlawful it is not a criminal offence to advocate the creation of an independent state."
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Police decided it was not an offence under Public Order Act 1986 or Terrorism Act 2000
But the latter does ban display of clothing showing someone is a supporter of a banned group
The black flag with a white shahada [Islamic creed] has been used by other militant groups before Islamic State.
One relevant passage from the Public Order Act 1986, which covers England and Wales, says someone is guilty of causing "harassment, alarm or distress" if they "display any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening or abusive within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby".
The pan-UK Terrorism Act 2000 is also relevant. "A person in a public place commits an offence if he (a) wears an item of clothing, or (b) wears, carries or displays an article, in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse reasonable suspicion that he is a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation."
The Islamic State grouping has been proscribed in the UK since last year. This offence carries a prison sentence of up to six months and a fine.
"I'm surprised the police didn't at least arrest him," says Edward Elwyn Jones, senior associate solicitor at Hodge, Jones & Allen. "I've seen people legitimately protesting arrested for less than this."
Jones cited the Rankin v Murray case from 2004 where it was established that a ring inscribed with "UVF" (Ulster Volunteer Force) was sufficient for a conviction.
"But having spoken to the [flag wearer] they might have taken a view that he was genuinely not supporting IS," Jones adds.
Gary Watt, professor of law at Warwick University, says: "The police might have been justified in concluding that it didn't breach any strict statutory wording."
But regardless of the Terrorism Act and Public Order Act, Watt says it is interesting that the police didn't think the flag constituted a "breach of the peace" under common law.
"Had this been a naked person walking down the street would the police have intervened? They probably would have intervened even though there is no strict letter of the law against being naked in public."
The key issue is where the offence was felt, Watt says. In this instance there was apparently little reaction from the crowds of tourists passing the man, possibly with some or many unaware of the significance of the flag.
"The real outrage has been a social media outrage," says Watt. And there is currently no suggestion from anyone that the police should be taking into account the global reaction to an event when trying to maintain the peace locally.
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PM Visits Injured Relatives of Child Killed in Terror Attack

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the family of the Palestinian child Ali Dawabsha, who was murdered in an attack on his home in the Arab village of Duma early this morning.

The PM spent time with relatives injured in the firebomb attack, believed to be the work of Jewish extremists, at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.

Speaking following the visit, Netanyahu strongly denounced the "brutal" attack and said he had called Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to vow Israel would track down the killers.

"I just came from the bedside of four-year old Ahmed Sa'ed. Sixty percent of his body is burned. We're doing everything we can to save this young boy, give him a life," Netanyahu said. "His two parents are in other parts of the Israeli health system. We're trying to give them the best treatment to save their lives."

"When you stand next to the bed of this small child, and his infant brother had been so brutally murdered, we're shocked, we're outraged. We condemn this. There is zero tolerance for terrorism wherever it comes from, whatever side of the fence it comes from, we have to fight it and fight it together."

"I spoke to President Abu Mazen right before I entered the hospital. I told him of this visit and of Israel's absolute commitment to find the perpetrators, bring them to justice," Netanyahu continued, while calling for calm.

"We have to calm the spirits and recommit ourselves to our joint battle against terrorism and extremism. It's something that all parts of the Israeli government and all parts of Israeli society agree on. It's important that we make a common cause with our Palestinian neighbors to give ourselves a better future - a future free of violence, free of terror, a future of peace."
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It's Official: US Terror Threat not Islamist, Only 'Extremist'

It's Official: US Terror Threat not Islamist, Only 'Extremist' | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

No longer a private Obama initiative, but rather official US gov't policy: Muslim terrorism is simply 'violent extremism.'

Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson announced the policy this past Friday at Aspen Institute's annual security forum in Washington, D.C.  

He explained that though it was a Muslim terrorist who shot to death four unarmed Marines in Tennessee two weeks ago, the government will call the attack, and other similar ones, "violent extremism" and not "Islamic terrorism" - out of respect for the Muslim community.

Johnson said it is "critical" to refrain from the "Islamic" label in order to "build trust" among Muslims.


The Tennessee murderer, Mohammad Abdulazeez, is officially a "homegrown violent extremist," according to the government – even though he blogged about his Islamic religious motivations for the attack. He and his family also attended a local mosque controlled by a terror-tied Islamic trust.


Johnson explained that if officials called Islamic terrorism "Islamic," they'd "get nowhere" in gaining the "cooperation" of the Muslim community.

The moderator of the panel tried to protest: "Isn't [the] government denying the fundamental religious component of this kind of extremism by not using the word Islamic?"

"I could not disagree more," Johnson responded, and explained that Islam "is about peace."

Responses to Johnson's remarks were fast and furious. The Clarion Project advanced two quick objections: "Putting aside the argument that to be able to fight the phenomenon of Islamic terror, one has to be able to name it," wrote Meira Svirsky, editor of ClarionProject.org, "it is plainly a strategy that has failed - primarily because the Muslims whom the government is trying to appease are the very ones supporting the same extremist ideology – Islamism -- that drives the terrorists."

In addition, an op-ed by Investor's Business Daily accused Johnson of failing to understand that the strategy is simply not working. The article notes that the FBI has warned that it can't keep up with all the homegrown Muslim terrorism cases cropping up now in every single one of the 50 states. The article states that "pandering to local Muslim leaders" has failed to deliver where it is most needed: "U.S. Attorney Bill Killian helped dedicate [the Tennessee terrorist's] mosque at its grand opening in 2012, [and] even befriended its leader. Did [that leader] tip him off about Abdulazeez's radicalization? Did he stop him from driving down the street and opening fire on two military sites?"

Not only that, but in Minneapolis, the local Muslim leaders are "cooperating" by demanding that the FBI release jailed ISIS terrorist suspects. In Boston, congregants of a mosque attended by the Boston marathon bombers are "cooperating" by holding fundraisers and rallies for convicted al-Qaida- and ISIS-tied terrorists.

Investor's Business Daily urges the passage of a law that will allow local authorities to press legal action not just against terrorists but also any of their supporters in the Muslim community.

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Congressman Chaka Fattah Indicted on Corruption Charges

Congressman Chaka Fattah Indicted on Corruption Charges | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

A long-serving Democratic member of Congress and four associates were indicted for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy to further their political and financial interests, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah Sr., 58, of Philadelphia, was charged in a 29-count indictment, along with his district chief of staff, Bonnie Bowser, his former congressional staffer Karen Nicholas, lobbyist Herbert Vederman and Philadelphia-based technology company founder Robert Brand, for allegedly participating in several schemes.


The crimes include bribery, conspiracy to commit wire, bank, mail and honest services fraud, falsification of records and money laundering.

The charges stemmed from Fattah's unsuccessful 2007 run for mayor of Philadelphia. The DOJ alleges that Fattah and his associates borrowed $1 million from a wealthy supporter and used his educational foundation and charitable and federal grant funds to help repay the campaign loan, said Zane Memeger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Fattah also is accused of using campaign funds to repay his son's $23,000 student loan debt.

"The conduct that Congressman Fattah engaged in undermines public faith in government, undermines confidence in government," Memeger told reporters Wednesday at a press conference. "The behavior is something that our public does not expect their public officials to engage in."

The FBI had been investigating the alleged fraudulent activity since March 2013, Memeger said.

A court date for the individuals has not yet been scheduled.

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Planned Parenthood, Not Confederate Flag, Killed 90,000 Black Babies in 2014

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Sarah Palin pulled no punches when calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood on Sunday, pointing out that it was Planned Parenthood, not the Confederate flag, which killed 90,000 black babies in 2014.

In a Facebook status update, Palin posted a picture of the Confederate flag next to the Planned Parenthood logo, then asked, “Which symbol killed 90,000 black babies last year? #Defund Planned Parenthood.” By Monday, the post had garnered almost 111,000 likes and 59,000 shares.

Palin has consistently updated her Facebook page following the revelation that Planned Parenthood executives allegedly confessed selling fetal body parts.

Planned Parenthood receives roughly $500 million in government funding every year, although federal funding is barred from paying for abortions. Planned Parenthood performed 327,000 abortions in 2014.

Palin has been a consistent and ardent foe of abortion. In her 2009 book, Going Rogue, she outlined her uncompromising position:

But the debate moderator decided to personalize his hypotheticals with a series of “what if…” questions:

Q: If a woman were, say, raped…

A: I would choose life.

Q: If your daughter were pregnant…

A: Again, I would choose life.”

Q: If your teenage daughter got pregnant…

A: I’d counsel a young parent to choose life & consider adoption.

GOP leaders are acting to remove funding for Planned Parenthood; on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)52%
(R-Ky.) completed a fast-track process for legislation removing the funding; Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)66%
has brought the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 before the House. House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)45%
wants the funding for Planned Parenthood stopped until an investigation of the alleged sale of fetal body parts has been completed.
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Sylvie Beghal, wife of terrorist, loses human rights court battle - BBC News

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The wife of a convicted terrorist, who was prosecuted after refusing to submit to a police interrogation, has lost her human rights case in the Supreme Court.
Sylvie Beghal claimed her rights were violated when she was questioned by police under anti-terrorism legislation while at East Midlands Airport in 2011.
Her husband Djamel Beghal was jailed in France for terrorism offences in 2005.
Five Supreme Court justices first analysed her case in November and have now ruled against her.
They concluded the police action was "proportionate" and necessary for the investigation of terrorism.
Mrs Beghal, who is French, had been detained for no longer than was necessary, they added.
She had already lost a case in the High Court, when three judges ruled against her in August 2013.
They ruled that schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 did not breach human rights. This law allows police to hold someone for up to nine hours and question them about whether they are involved in terrorism.
But they had suggested there might be "room for improvement" to anti-terror legislation which gave police the power to "stop, question and detain" those entering or leaving the country.
Questions unanswered
Mrs Beghal's husband is an Algerian man who was convicted and jailed in France on charges of leading a plot to blow up the US embassy in Paris.
He claims he was tortured and that his conviction is unfair.
The Supreme Court heard how Mrs Beghal had arrived back in England after visiting her husband with her three children when she was stopped.
Although not suspected of being a terrorist, police said they wanted to talk to her regarding "possible involvement" in terrorism.
Following the stop, Mrs Beghal refused to answer police questions without the presence of a solicitor.
She was allowed to speak to a lawyer on the phone before police asked her about her movements. When she refused to answer the questions, she was charged and later convicted of failing to comply with the order.
Mrs Beghal argued that the process of stopping and questioning "without reasonable suspicion" breached the European Convention on Human Rights.
Supreme Court justices also heard that Mrs Beghal appeared before magistrates in Leicester, where she was convicted of failing to comply with a duty to answer questions.
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Briton jailed in U.S. for supporting Taliban is released

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LONDON (Reuters) - A British man who was last year sentenced by a U.S. court to 12-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to running a website that supported the Taliban, has been released, his family said on Sunday.
Babar Ahmad's sentence included 10 years he had already served. U.S. prosecutors had said his crimes included recruiting fighters for the Taliban and al Qaeda in the run-up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York City and Washington.
But the judge who sentenced Ahmad said she had not given him the maximum penalty of 25 years as she did not believe he had been directly involved with al Qaeda and was not at risk of being involved in future crimes.
"We, the family of Babar Ahmad, are delighted to announce that ... Babar has returned home to us after 11 years in prison," his family said in a statement.
Ahmad was extradited from Britain in 2012 along with a second man, Syed Talha Ahsan. Both were charged in Connecticut as authorities argued they used an Internet service provider in the state to run at least one of their websites.
Ahmad's lawyers had argued that while he tried to help Muslims under attack in Bosnia and Chechnya through his publications in the 1990s, he regretted supporting the Taliban and condemned the Sept. 11 attacks.
"Eleven years of solitary confinement and isolation in ten different prisons has been an experience too profound to sum up in a few words here and now," Ahmad said. "In time, I look forward to sharing reflections on my experience to help inform others."
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Islamic State claims kidnapping of three African Christians in Libya

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BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Islamic State has kidnapped three African Christians in eastern Libya, the group said, publishing their passport pictures.
The men come from Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana, Islamic State said in a statement on social media, without elaborating.
The kidnapping took place in Noufliyah, an Islamic State stronghold southeast of the city of Sirte, said a resident, asking not to be named.
Mohamed El Hejazi, a military spokesman loyal to the internationally recognized government based in the east, also said the abduction happened in the small town.
The militant group has expanded in the North African country by exploiting chaos and a security vacuum like it did in Iraq and Syria.
Islamic State militants have beheaded dozens and attacked foreign missions in Tripoli, while also fighting forces loyal to Libya's two government.
The official government has been based in the east since losing control of the capital Tripoli a year ago when a rival group called Libya Dawn seized it, setting up its own parliament and government.
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Islamic State says Afghanistan leader still alive

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Islamic State on Monday released an audio tape it said was of the movement's leader for Afghanistan, contradicting reports that he was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

The message purportedly from Hafez Saeed was posted to an IS website two days after the Afghan intelligence agency said he had been killed.

The audio could not be independently verified.

Saeed, a Pakistani, was reportedly killed in the Achin district of Nangarhar province late on Friday, the intelligence agency said.

Saeed switched allegiance last year from the Taliban to Islamic State in Afghanistan.

Islamic State figures have been targets for U.S drone strikes, which killed three other IS commanders in the same area in a week, including Shahidullah Shahid and Gul Zaman.

After pushing out the Taliban insurgents, Islamic State fighters have in the past two months gained ground in several districts of Nangarhar province, which shares a long and porous border with lawless areas inside Pakistan.

Achin fell to the IS militants last month after heavy clashes with the Taliban.
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CatholicHerald.co.uk » Nigerian bishop condemns suicide bombing by mother with a baby

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Bishop George Dodo condemns attack that killed at least 24 government workers

A Nigerian bishop has condemned a suicide bombing by a suspected Boko Haram insurgent in the town of Zaria that killed at least 24 government workers.

Bishop George Dodo of Zaria spoke to the US Catholic News Service by phone, the day after a woman with a baby strapped to her back detonated an improvised explosive device inside a local government building in Zaria.

Civil servants were undergoing staff verification, and Bishop Dodo said the bomber capitalised on lax security.

The bishop said he was at a loss as to why people would want to serve as suicide bombers, destroying their own lives and those of other innocent people.

“This is because of the wrong religious indoctrination such people have been exposed to by some disgruntled leaders hiding under religion,” the bishop told CNS.

Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency campaign in north-eastern Nigeria, is a Muslim militant group.

“It is not about unemployment or poverty that we attributed the insurgency to when it initially reared its ugly head in 2009 but, rather, it is due to wrong religious indoctrination,” Bishop Dodo said.

“Our youths must, therefore, be careful and guard against being used by such leaders to achieve their diabolical intentions,” he said.

He added that young people must realise that no religion preaches destruction of lives. Rather, religions preach peace, tolerance and value for lives.

He also advised the government to provide employment opportunities for young people so that they would not fall prey into the hands of those he described as predators.

“Unemployed youths will always fall prey to little money dangled at them by those who wish to use them to perpetrate evil,” he said.
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ISIS Releases UK-Specific Jihadi Guide

Islamic State (ISIS) has released another guide for inspiring jihadists - this time, one aimed specifically at the United Kingdom (UK). 

The terror group's previous guides have included instructions on how to defraud Westerners through online scams to build funds for attacks and on how to build homemade weapons.

However, while those guides have been more universal, this one reveals how to skirt gun laws in the UK, according to the Daily Mail, and contains numerous references to UK terror attacks. 

The guidebook, which remains unnamed, uses the cover of an Islamic charity organization, the daily added. 

Other instructions include how to build a bomb out of a soda can, how to build pressure cooker bombs, and how to build car bombs - as well as how to skirt anti-terror tactics from the British police. 

Terror activity in Britain has skyrocketed over the past several years, and ISIS has particularly used popular British cities as a prime recruiting ground. 

Just two weeks ago, British Prime Minister David Cameron warned that the group was planning "terrible attacks" in the UK and that it posed an existential threat to the West. 
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At least 20 dead in Bangladesh stampede - CNN.com

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Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN)A rush to receive donated clothes resulted in a stampede in central Bangladesh that killed at least 20 people Friday, police said.

The stampede, which took place in Mymensingh district, injured dozens more, District Police Chief Moinul Haque told reporters.

Authorities fear the death toll may rise.

According to local reports, more than 1,500 gathered outside the gates of the tobacco factory before dawn after receiving word the owners would be handing out free clothes. The stampede occurred when many tried to force their way in, the reoprts said.

As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan draws to an end, the faithful perform 'Zakat,' or an act of charity. Often, it comes in the form of providing clothing or money to the needy.

In the past, such well-meaning acts have also sometimes resulted in stampedes.
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45 ISIS Soldiers Sat Down for Dinner — But Probably Should've Checked Who Was Cooking Their Meal

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ISIS militants are known for their extreme brutality across the globe, but recently they got a taste of their own medicine.

Iraqi state media is reporting that 45 ISIS militants died after eating poisoned food during an Iftar dinner, which is celebrated during the annual Ramadan fasting.

Haaretz reports:

“According to the Kurdish party spokesman, 145 ISIS fighters participated in the iftar meal, and 45 of them died a short time later.”
Haaretz also noted the attack took place in Mosul, Iraq, which was been controlled by ISIS for more than a year.

Whether the poisonings were intended or by accident has yet to be confirmed. However, The Mirror reported last November an attack involved members of the Syrian Free Army infiltrating ISIS with poison.

Rebel soldiers posed as chefs and poisoned dozens of ISIS militants at the Fath El-Sahel camp in Syria. Though, multiple outlets have since attempted to dispute the legitimacy of the original report.

Meanwhile, President Obama has finally outlined what his administration believes is the proper strategy to defeat ISIS, saying:

“The strong consensus is that in order for us to succeed long-term in this fight against [ISIS], we have to develop local security forces that can sustain progress. It is not enough for us to simply send in American troops to temporarily set back organizations like [ISIS], but then as soon as we leave see that void filled again by extremists.”
The President also added that U.S.-led coalition forces will “ultimately prevail” in the fight against ISIS.

The President’s remarks came after he met with more than 30 top defense officials, spanning multiple branches of the military as well as intelligence agencies.
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Pakistani commentator Zaid Hamid sentenced to prison, lashing in Saudi Arabia

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Islamabad/ Pakistan: A controversial Pakistani commentator has been jailed in Saudi Arabia and reportedly sentenced to receive 1,000 lashes for allegedly criticizing the Saudi government and its military campaign in Yemen while on a religious pilgrimage.

Saudi authorities have so far denied consular access to Zaid Hamid, who was arrested last month in the holy city of Madinah while traveling with his wife.

A spokesman for Pakistan’s foreign ministry, Qazi Khalilullah, confirmed Hamid’s arrest but said Saudi officials had not disclosed his sentence. Pakistani diplomats in Riyadh were in touch with Hamid’s family, including his wife, who was able to visit him in the prison at Madinah, Khalilullah said.

This year, a Saudi blogger who ran a website that was seen to be ridiculing the kingdom’s religious police was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes spread over 20 weeks. Hamid is believed to be close to Pakistan’s military establishment and despises the country’s civilian leadership. He has also been openly critical of US policies in the region, accusing the CIA of trying to “demolish Pakistan.”

About one-third of the kingdom’s population of 30 million are foreign nationals, according to government statistics. Saudi press reports estimate that more than 1.5 million Pakistanis live in the country.
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