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'Man decapitated' in French attack - BBC News

'Man decapitated' in French attack - BBC News | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
A man has been beheaded and at least one other person injured in a suspected Islamist attack on a factory near the French city of Lyon.
Several small explosive devices were also set off at the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, sources said.
The alleged attacker is said to have been carrying an Islamist flag, which was found nearby.
A man has been arrested, officials say.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is said to be on his way to the scene.
The attack occurred around 10:00 local time (08:00 GMT), according to local media.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has ordered that security be stepped up at sensitive sites around Lyon.
The attack comes nearly six months after Islamist attacks in and around Paris that killed 17 people.
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Pope told to read Scriptures on self-defense

Pope told to read Scriptures on self-defense | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Pope Francis “put his foot in his mouth” by stating that weapons manufacturers cannot call themselves Christian, according to Carl Gallups, a pastor, talk-radio host and author.

Because, he says, the Bible itself offers a foundation for owning weapons.

Gallups, a former law-enforcement officer, too, who wrote “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation,” told WND, “Pope Francis is not thinking his declaration through considering what is said in the Bible, the same word of God the pope claims to represent to the world. The people of God have always had to possess weapons when they could do so.”

In what has been described as a “rambling” address, Francis recently told an audience in Turin, Italy, not to put their faith in men in order to avoid war.

He then claimed: “It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it?”

Gallups says the pope was being careless in his remarks, especially when it comes to challenging the faith of those who carry weapons as part of their job.

“So, if a manufacturer of a weapon is not a Christian, what about the person who owns a weapon that a manufacturer produced? What about the person who carries a weapon, or the person who has to use a weapon in an act of defense or self-protection? Are they then deemed not to be Christians as well?

“Surely we would not suggest that police and military do not need weapons? Where will they get them if someone does not manufacture them? And if we limit the manufacture of weapons only for government officers, does that scenario then make the manufacturer ‘Christian enough?’ I really don’t think the pope thought this statement through.”

Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, also challenged the pope’s claims.

“Is the pope prepared to have the Swiss Guard that protects the Vatican send back their guns to the manufacturers? Are the manufacturers who supplied the arms to liberate Europe from the Nazis also not Christians?”

Pratt said the pope is forgetting explicit references in Scripture instructing Christians to utilize weapons if necessary.

“We hope the pope will consider the mountain of Scripture referenced to show that the Bible teaches that it is justifiable to use lethal force in self-defense. The pope’s thinking ends up with good guys standing by (unless they have a badge) while dirt bags rape, murder and steal.”

Gallups, who has an upcoming book titled “Be Thou Prepared: Equipping the Church for Persecution and Times of Trouble,” which specifically addresses this issue, cited passages from both the Old and New Testament to support his case Christians should arm themselves if necessary.

Gallups stated, “At times, the children of Israel were commanded to make weapons and to use them when necessary. Nehemiah armed his people when they were rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem: ‘Each man with a sword upon his side.’

“Furthermore, Jesus spoke in a positive light about the possession and use of weapons on at least two occasions. In Luke 22, verse 36, Jesus instructed his disciples, ‘But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.’ A sword was the ‘personal handgun’ of Jesus’ day. He actually, and contextually, told his disciples to arm themselves for the tough times that were headed their way. The disciples informed Jesus that they had two such weapons among them and Jesus approved of the fact.

“Additionally, in Luke 11, verse 21, Jesus uses the arming of oneself and their home as a positive example. He uses the illustration in a parable he is telling in the context of spiritual matters. ‘When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.’ Of course, he could use such a parable in a positive manner like this because it was a common sense statement that the people would understand. Jesus actually bolstered the idea of a person being ‘fully armed.’”

Peter Hammond of Frontline Fellowship, a missionary who has worked extensively in areas where Christians are actively persecuted for their faith, says Christians are not just allowed, but required to defend their communities and loved ones.

“Fathers and husbands are required by Almighty God to provide for their families. This includes not only providing food, housing, clothing, education, medical care, love, discipleship and spiritual guidance, but also protection. Of what worth is all the other provision if one does not provide protection as well? In fact, those who refuse to protect their young are worse than an animal. What animal will not fight to protect its offspring?”

Hammond, author of “Slavery, Terrorism, & Islam,” cited 1 Timothy 5:8 to support his opinion. This passage reads, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

Gallups charges persecuted communities such as Jews and contemporary Christians in certain areas require weapons in order to defend their own lives.

“I cannot imagine where the Jews, the nation of Israel, and Christians down through the ages would be now if they had not had the ability to take up arms and defend themselves, and/or throw off tyrannical oppression. More than likely, they would all be extinct by now.”

Gallups also challenges Christians who are uncomfortable with the idea of self-defense to examine their own actions.

“Of course there are always those who will say, ‘But I’m a Christian, I’m just trusting in the Lord – I don’t need to have a weapon to protect myself and my family.’ Really? Does that same person make their children wear a seat belt? Do they lock the doors in their homes when they go to sleep at night? Do they have alarm systems? Of course! They do these and so much more – everyday – to protect themselves and their families. I might ask them, ‘Are you less of a Christian for doing these things? Do you lack ‘faith?””

Gallups observes the pope recently created headlines because of the pontiff’s call for a global authority in order to combat “global warming. And Gallups says the pope’s recent speech against weapons may have more to do with politics than faith.

“This is the same pope who is calling for a one-world government operation to save us all from the mythical man-made global warming ‘crisis.’ Perhaps in this latest verbal twisting of biblical truth, there is yet another agenda afoot.”
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Islamic State 'hang children from pole' for eating during Ramadan

Islamic State 'hang children from pole' for eating during Ramadan | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

Two boys were reportedly strung up outside the offices of the religious police in Syria

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Islamic State militants left two boys hanging from a crossbar in a Syrian village as punishment for not fasting during Ramadan, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.

"The children have been suspended by ropes from a pole since noon, and they were still there in the late evening," the organisation's Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. "Apparently, they were caught eating."

It is reported they were left strung up by the wrists near the headquarters of the jihadi police. They also had placard around their necks which read: "They broke the fast with no religious justification." 

The boys are not believed to have died as a result of the punishment, which was likely to have been carried out as a warning to others. 

Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn until sunset as a sign of religious devotion.

However, the requirement does not apply to children who have not reached puberty, pregnant women, the ill, elderly or people who are travelling. 

The attack on the boys took place in place Mayadin, a city in the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor which fell to IS last year.

The militants are in control of swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria and enforce a strict interpretation of Sharia law, with limbs of thieves amputated and adulterers thrown off high buildings or stoned to death.

Last year the UN reported that IS militants were taking abducted Iraqi children to markets and selling them as sex slaves. Young boys are increasingly being targeted by the group as suicide bombers, human shields and bomb makers, according to Reuters.

"We have had reports of children, especially children who are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding," said Renate Winter from the UN Committee of the Rights of a Child.

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Taliban attack Afghan parliament building as lawmakers flee

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Taliban attackers struck the Afghan parliament building in Kabul on Monday, forcing government officials to evacuate as explosions and gunfire sounded.

Witnesses said several gunmen attempted to storm the building after the initial explosion, which came as Sarwar Danesh, second vice president, was entering the building to introduce a nominee for minister of defense, Masoom Stanekzai, for a vote of confidence by lawmakers.

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Residents near the parliament said they heard at least five large explosions, blasts from 20 grenades and gunfire. Video broadcast on local media showed lawmakers evacuating.

Abdul Rahman Rahimi, Kabul police chief, confirmed the first explosion was a car bomb outside the parliament building. He said seven assailants were killed by security forces but that all lawmakers were safe.

A woman and a child were killed in the attack, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said.

At least 40 people were reportedly injured and being treated at Kabul hospitals.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attackers as "criminals who fail to obey the [country's] laws or Islam."

@tommythek501, Good job blaming the black dude, but I recall that terrorism was bad long before that. Ever hear of IED attacks that killed thousands of our troops? What was 9/11? The Cole? Kenya bombings? Remember the marine barrack bombings in Lebanon?
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Sediq Sediqqi, the Interior Ministry spokesman, said gunmen attempting to storm the compound following the car bombing were pushed back by security forces.

The surviving Taliban fighters were forced to take refuge in a nearby building that was under construction, officials said, and police surrounded the structure.

Officials said the attack was over about two hours after it began, and the area was cordoned off by members of the Afghan National Security Forces. 

Previously, the parliament was attacked in April 2012, when the Taliban claimed responsibility for assaults on seven sites across three cities.

The attack on Monday, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility in a statement, came as the insurgent group continued an offensive in the northern provinces of Kunduz. Two districts in the province have reportedly fallen into Taliban hands in the last two days.

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Charleston shootings: Dylann Roof photos found online - BBC News

Charleston shootings: Dylann Roof photos found online - BBC News | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Images have surfaced online that appear to show the gunman that killed nine people at an African-American church in South Carolina posing with a gun.
The collection of photographs discovered on a website also show 21-year-old Dylann Roof burning the US flag and visiting a slave plantation.
In one image he is shown staring down the camera while sitting on a chair in camouflage trousers holding a gun.
It is unclear who posted the images on the site, which was found on Saturday.
The website was taken offline on Saturday shortly after it was discovered. Internet records suggest its domain was registered in February but it is unclear who was behind it.
Data from the images show many of them were taken in April and May this year.
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Pakistan reverses decision to close Save the Children charity - BBC News

Pakistan reverses decision to close Save the Children charity - BBC News | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Pakistan has suspended moves to close the national branch of the charity Save the Children.
The move by the interior ministry comes days after the charity's main office in the capital Islamabad was shut down by police.
No formal reason was given for the action and there has been no official comment on the reversal.
Officials have previously accused the charity of involvement in "anti-state activities".
Pakistan had linked the charity to a fake vaccination programme used by the CIA to track down Osama Bin Laden.
Save the Children has always denied being involved with the CIA or Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, who carried out the programme.
'Foreign funding'
A Save the Children spokesperson told the BBC on Sunday that the charity welcomed the government's decision.
About 1,200 Pakistanis work for Save the Children, but no foreign staff have been in the country for the past 18 months.
Speaking after the charity's offices were shut last Thursday, Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan said NGOs were operating beyond their remit with backing from US, Israel and India.
He said local NGOs that used foreign funding to implement a foreign agenda in Pakistan "should be scared".
Save the Children said at the time it "strongly objected" to the closure and it was "raising serious concerns at the highest levels".
The US State Department also expressed concern over the closure.
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Could California Ban Anti-Israel Campus Protests as 'Anti-Semitic' Hate? - National

Could California Ban Anti-Israel Campus Protests as 'Anti-Semitic' Hate? - National | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

A 2010 State Department document provides the U.S. government’s only official definition of anti-Semitism. It is a detailed document that adds elements of anti-Israeli bias to the traditional definition of Jew hatred.

This definition — developed to help the State Department monitor anti-Semitic trends in foreign countries — is now at the center of a debate raging about its use at the University of California. Moreover, both critics and supporters of the State Department’s take on this age-old phenomenon agree that its modern-day interpretation could have implications for the way that Israel-related issues are discussed on all college campuses.

Several pro-Israel activists supported by Jewish groups and with the blessing of UC’s president, Janet Napolitano, would like to see California’s public university system adopt the State Department definition, potentially deeming many of the anti-Israel protests and actions carried out on campus anti-Semitic.

“What we are saying is that our government, in one of its agencies, already has a good way of addressing anti-Semitism and of identifying the contemporary version of anti-Semitism,” said Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, co-founder and director of AMCHA Initiative, which has been leading the UC drive. “Then why shouldn’t we use it?”

On the other side, Palestinian groups, backed by civil libertarians, argue that adopting this definition would chill protected free speech by students and faculty members, and intimidate critics of Israel.

Pro-Palestinian activists, in a letter to the State Department, argued that its definition includes “prohibitions that are so vague that they could be, and have been, construed to silence any criticism of Israeli policies.”

Behind the debate over the language used to describe modern anti-Semitism stands a decade-long discussion on the boundaries of legitimate criticism of Israel — and whether and when it can be construed as Jew hatred. The debate has taken on added urgency with the widespread emergence, especially on college campuses, of campaigns to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel — or BDS — by activists opposed to the state or its policies.

The current drive to define anti-Semitism at UC is focused on changing the multi-campus system’s rules to adopt the broader definition used by the State Department. This definition includes what Jewish groups refer to as the “3 Ds”: demonizing Israel, delegitimizing Israel and employing double standards toward Israel.

A nonbinding resolution urging the UC system to adopt this definition passed the California State Senate on May 14. Student bodies on the university’s Berkeley, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles campuses have also approved measures adopting the State Department language. Interestingly, the student bodies at Berkeley and UCLA also approved anti-Israel divestment resolutions in previous years.

This could raise questions for Jewish groups about just how much adopting the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism would actually stop student bodies from embracing BDS.

Nevertheless, the AMCHA drive is now aiming at the UC Board of Regents, the only governing body with authority to set policy on the issue. In a March 19 letter to UC regents and to Napolitano, AMCHA and 23 other groups wrote of “a well-documented relationship between BDS and acts of anti-Semitism, particularly on college campuses,” and urged the university system to formally adopt the State Department definition “in order to identify all forms of anti-Semitic expression on UC campuses.” Another letter, written in May and signed by 700 faculty members, students and rabbis, pushed for the same request.

Advocates for the case registered a major victory when Napolitano announced, in a radio interview, that she supported the move.

In framing its request to adopt the State Department definition, AMCHA is careful to stress that it does not seek to stifle free speech on campus. The group does not urge any action against students or faculty deemed to be demonizing, delegitimizing or using double standards against Israel. It only urges school administrators to sensitize staff about the issue and to acknowledge that this speech is a form of anti-Semitism.

“We are absolutely not calling for a speech code,” Rossman-Benjamin said. “But just as there is common understanding about homophobia or sexism, we want there to be the same sensitivity to this kind of discrimination.” Adopting the definition would in no way require any action beyond identifying certain actions as being anti-Semitic, she said, adding, “We are not calling for any particular measure, just for having awareness and sensitivity.”

Asked by the Forward about specific types of pro-Palestinian protest actions on campus, Rossman-Benjamin said that BDS would, in principle, be seen as anti-Semitic with the adoption of the State Department definition. So would protests in which activists erect a wall to symbolize Israel’s separation barrier, which is used to block Palestinians in the occupied West Bank from entering Israel and parts of the West Bank itself. Demonstrations in which activists distribute mock eviction notices — meant to mimic notices distributed by the Israeli army to Palestinian West Bank residents whose homes are slated for demolition — would also be deemed anti-Semitic, Rossman-Benjamin said.

Some pro-Israel groups opposed to the Israeli government’s policies in the occupied territories have called for boycotting products manufactured on exclusively Jewish West Bank settlements. But this too would, under certain circumstances, be seen as anti-Semitic, according to Rossman-Benjamin. So would campus events in which former Israeli soldiers from the group Breaking the Silence speak about wrongdoings they claim to have witnessed by fellow soldiers during their military service, she said.

The move to adopt the State Department definition is opposed not only by pro-Palestinian campus activists, but also by civil libertarians. Some are unsatisfied with assurances that the new definition will not be used to take action against students speaking out against Israel.

“I worry that it could be the beginning of a slippery slope,” said Will Creeley, vice president of legal and public advocacy at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. “I fear that it will quickly become not only a tool for assessing speech, but also a tool for investigating and taking measures.”

Creeley also warned that if the new language is adopted, it could be countered by calls to limit some types of pro-Israel speech, creating a “race to the bottom” on what discourse about Israel is allowed on campus. This could be the reason some Jewish groups are keeping a distance from the debate. While AMCHA has gotten 23 groups to join its call, some of the Jewish world’s major players are notably absent from the petition. Hillel International, the leading Jewish campus network, has not taken part in the process at UC, though its spokesman, Matthew Berger, said the group supports “efforts by university leaders to codify this definition of anti-Semitism in their work to eliminate hate speech from t heir campuses.”

The Anti-Defamation League also did not sign on, though its national director, Abraham Foxman, expressed support for “any efforts to bring greater clarity to understanding the elements of anti-Jewish expressions and behavior [that] will help students, administrators and faculty on campuses, and the American public in general, to better counteract the scourge of anti-Semitism.”

The roots of the State Department definition can be found in a 2005 decision by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, an agency of the European Union, to include certain types of anti-Israel expressions as anti-Semitic. But the group later abandoned this definition, leaving the U.S. State Department alone in formally arguing that use of the “3 Ds” is a form of anti-Semitism.

The State Department definition does include, however, a disclaimer, making clear that “criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic.”

Jewish Voice for Peace, a pro-BDS Jewish organization, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry; his envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, Ira Forman, and to Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein, asking the department to revise its definition of anti-Semitism “to reflect its commitment to opposing hate and discrimination without curtailing constitutionally protected freedom of speech.”

A spokesman for the State Department did not respond to repeated inquiries by the Forward regarding use of its definition for domestic purposes.

Simona Sharoni, professor of gender and women’s studies at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and one of the 250 academics who signed the JVP letter, contended that the State Department definition “came as a direct response to the Israeli government’s pressure.” Pro-Israel students are adequately protected against harassment, she said, adding: “I have spent my career as a college professor focused on making sure that our campuses are safe for all students and no harassment and discrimination are tolerated… The problem is that pro-Israeli groups equate the discomfort felt by some Jewish students when confronted with Apartheid Week activities on their campus with harassment or discrimination.”

The UC Board of Regents could take up the issue as early as its next meeting, on July 22. Pro-Israel activists throughout the country will closely watch its decision, seeking to implement similar rules on other college campuses.

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Paris sued over minor joining Takfiris

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A woman in France has taken legal action against the French government for failing to stop her teenage son from joining the Takfiri groups operating in Syria.

A lawyer of the woman, whose identity has not been publicized, said Tuesday that the French security forces acted negligently by failing to stop the woman’s 16-year-old son when he left the country for Turkey in 2013 to join the ranks of the Takfiri militants.

Samia Maktouf said Turkey was “notorious as the route to enter Syria,” adding, “The police have committed a grave error... concerning this unaccompanied minor, who had a one-way ticket to Turkey with no baggage.”
The boy, identified only as “B,” left the southern French town of Nice on December 27, 2013 without informing his family. The boy took a plane for Turkey before reportedly heading for Syria on land.

The mother of the teen now seeks reparations worth EUR 110,000 (USD 120,000) for herself and her three other children. However, Maktouf said what matters to the mother the most is putting an end to the departure of French minors to countries where Takfiri terrorists are active.

“It’s not the money that we are interested in, but we want it known that an error was made. The departure of minors… must stop,” the lawyer said.

The French Interior Ministry has rejected claims that the government was responsible for the boy’s departure, saying authorities would have had no legal basis to stop him at the airport.

Officials in Paris estimate that at least 500 French nationals are currently engaged in the armed militancy against the Syrian government. The French government reportedly only stops those about whom it receives prior information from the families.
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Muslim Hacks His Wife To Death With Axe in Leicester, England

Muslim Hacks His Wife To Death With Axe in Leicester, England | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
A man accused of killing his wife in an axe and knife attack told a jury he heard voices in his head saying "Kill her! Kill her!"

Mohammed Zaman said he could not remember his frenzied assault on 34 year old Sameena Zaman.

But he said his mental state was so bad he could not deal with the voices that grew louder in his head.

He said he heard "my dead mother and brother saying Kill her! Kill her!."

Zaman (45) told the Leicester Crown Court hearing he was mentally ill when he killed his wife.

He said he was suffering from depression and afraid Sameena, who came from Pakistan, would leave him after having obtained a British passport."

Mrs Zaman died at their home in Down Street, off Melton Road, Leicester early on January 8, last year.

She had suffered extensive head wounds and a fatal stab wound in her neck.

Zaman has admitted manslaughter but denied murder.

He said the day before the incident he had a row with his wife.

It lasted most of the day and had stemmed from him lying to her over a move to a smaller council property.

He said: "Sameena was very angry and called me a liar.

"She said she now had a British passport and was leaving. I was very anxious, depressed and afraid of what would happen to me if she left. I pleaded with her. I felt cheated.

He said he remembered getting the axe and the knife from the box room but did not recall what happened next.

He said he remembered drinking antifreeze

During the previous year Zaman admitting accessing internet sites on how to kill a wife

He said "I was in a dark, dark place. Suffering from depression."

Asked by his counsel Anesta Weekes QC if he intended to kill his wife, Zaman said: "Definitely not, no."

Detective Constable Duncan Brown said in a statement that he had retrieved a text message from Zaman's phone which read "Hope God gives me the strength to squeeze her f****ing neck."

Zaman denied writing the text saying other people including his brother in law Tariq Hussain had access to it.

Detective Constable Dawn Watts said Zaman was interviewed by police five times but declined to give any comment to questions.

The trial continues
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Dudley far right protest: We're not thugs, Nazis or racists, say organisers ahead of march against 'islamisation'

Dudley far right protest: We're not thugs, Nazis or racists, say organisers ahead of march against 'islamisation' | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Far right protestors planning on marching in Dudley say traders have nothing to fear, insisting they should keep their businesses open on the day.

Members of the All Football Fans/Firms Against Islamisation (AFFFAI) group will descend on Dudley on June 13 in protest over plans for a new mosque to be built.

It will be the third such protest to come to the Black Country town since February – following demonstrations by the English Defence League (EDL) and Britain First.

But traders are divided over whether they are going to keep their businesses open on the day - with some fearing they will not be covered by their insurance if there were any problems.

And Tony Swannie, owner of indoor market Plaza Mall, said many were 'scared' to open.

An open letter titled - to the Dudley town locals, traders and all whom it may concern - has been published on the website by AFFFAI event host Kevin Smith.

He has dismissed traders concerns saying they shouldn't fear the group.

The letter says: "As the organiser of All Football Firms/Fans March Against Islamisation that will take place in your town on June 13, I would like to ensure you that I understand any concerns you may have regarding our event and the number of people attending.

"However we cannot stand back and watch the changes that are happening in our country and do nothing about it.

"We are not coming to Dudley to cause trouble or distress, we are coming to have our say against the slow but steady Islamisation of the country that’s happening in front of our very eyes.

"We are not a bunch of thugs, Nazis or racists."

It adds: "I would strongly stress to the local traders that they need not close up while the march takes place. "Remain open because we could even increase their custom for the day. It's not them we have a problem with so should not fear us.

"They should take the opportunity to further complain to the local council for the reason we are coming in the first place.

"We appreciate some of you may have different point of view and opinion but as we are still living in a democratic country we have the right to speak up against what we find wrong and offensive towards our culture and traditions.

"We welcome your presence at the march and hope you understand the reason we are doing it."

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Muslim Dad Who Launched Racist Tirade Against Catholic School Staff Jailed - Breitbart

Muslim Dad Who Launched Racist Tirade Against Catholic School Staff Jailed - Breitbart | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
A Muslim father has been jailed for more than two years after he indulged in racist tirades at two schools, and physically assaulted a headteacher.

Mohammed Liaqat, 34, was branded a “bully” and banned from going near four schools in the Accrington and Burnley areas in the North of England.

According to the Daily Mail, the first tirade took place at Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School in Lancashire. Angered by the school’s decision to bar two teenage pupils from lessons unless they shaved off their facial hair, Mr Liaqat launched into a racist rant at teachers, despite having no personal connection to the teenagers, repeatedly referring to the school as “racist”.

His outburst was witnessed by shocked parents who were picking up their children, and he was ordered to stay away from the school after being arrested for the incident.

Instead he went on to launch a similar invective at a nearby school: St Oswald’s RC Primary School where another of his children was a pupil. Approaching headteacher Jeff Brown, Mr Liaqat launched into another racist rant. When Mr Brown asked him to leave, Mr Liaqat assaulted him by “shoulder barging” him.

During his trial in Burnley, Mr Liaqat’s defence council Denise Fitzpatrick said her client faced a number of difficulties in his personal life, including the care of his seriously ill daughter, who attended a special school nearby.

Nonetheless, he was found guilty of guilty of racially-aggravated threatening behaviour and an assault charge. The presiding judge branded him a “bully”, and issued a restraining order against him which prevents him from having any contact with staff at four schools in the area: Mount Carmel and St Oswald’s, as well as Accrington St Peter’s Primary, and Rosehill Special School in Burnley.

He also received a 27 month jail sentence.

The teenagers at the heart of the row at Mount Carmel school later had their exclusions rescinded, after it emerged that they were studying a “Hafiz course” at their local mosque in which young Muslim men learn the Koran by heart.

The headteacher of Mount Carmel, Xavier Bowers, said his school worked hard to maintain community cohesion. “My staff were simply doing their job at the time, supervising our children leaving school and making sure they were safe,” he added. “Without provocation, they were verbally assaulted an abused in front of the children and parents.”

Following the conviction, St Oswald’s head, Mr Brown, said: “I’m looking forward to being able to move on from this unfortunate incident and getting back to normal school life.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman said that the force was satisfied with the sentence imposed for the offence, adding: “We are committed to tackling all crime motivated by hostility and prejudice and we would urge anyone who has been a victim of a hate crime to have the confidence to come forward and report it to police.”

And PC Dave Hall, of the force’s hate crime and community cohesion unit, said: “What he did was completely unacceptable. Whatever his motives, we cannot accept this kind of behaviour.”
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'In Gaza, you can't run from house to house, Hamas has booby trapped them'

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The outgoing commander of Nahal's 931 battalion tells The Jerusalem Post about preparations for future combat.


A year after Operation Protective Edge, the Nahal infantry brigade's 931 battalion, which fought intensive, complex battles, in Gaza, is preparing itself for new challenges, and using some of its lessons combat with Hamas as a basis for new urban warfare training.

Lt.-Col Sharon Asman, Battalion Commander has headed the unit for two years, and is completing his term next month.

Following the Gaza conflict, the battalion moved to the Tzelim Ground Forces training base in the Negev, thereby keeping its training area close to the border regions Gaza, an area that was still on high alert in the months following Operation Protective Edge.

The battalion spent six months on border patrol missions in the southern Gaza sector, protecting Israeli communities in the region. In April, it moved to the Nevi Musa training base, south of Jericho, for further training.

"The more you train, the better instinct becomes," said Asman. "One of the things that disturbed me a lot before Operation Protective Edge is that we came from a lengthy operational period [and trained less]. Now we have the ability to train a lot, and this improves our readiness for war." Currently, a third of the battalion is made up of members who joined it after the Gaza conflict, and did not experience the intense Gazan battles. "Hence, training is so important," Asman said.

"The level of training is higher. Confidence is higher. Our training is combined. If in the past, an infantry brigade conquered a target separately from tanks, now, we do this together, in close proximity.

It amplifies all of our power," he added.

The fact that the battalion spent two years prior to the Gaza war training for combat in confined spaces enabled it to successfully meet its missions last summer, Asman said, paying tribute to the Nahal brigade's outgoing commander, Col. Uri Gurdin, and his predecessor, Brig.-Gen. Yehuda Fuchs, for enabling this training.

Still, "there are many things we did less well, and that we improved upon while in motion in combat. Like fighting in built up areas. When you're in the West Bank, you can go from house to house as fast as possible... in Gaza, Hamas studied us fairly well, and prepared many booby trapped homes. We can't run from house to house," Asman stated.

"We have adapted accordingly," he added, without going into details.

During the 2014 war, the battalion engaged Hamas cells in northern Gaza. Its missions were to locate and destroy tunnels, decrease rocket fire, and take on a local Hamas battalion.

The battalion lost four members who fell in battle: Oded Ben Sira, Eitan Barak, Avi Grintzvaig, who received a posthumous citation, and elite Yahalom unit member Gal Bason, who fought with the battalion.

"Avi Grintzvaig evacuated the wounded during one of the battles, under heavy fire. He went in to evacuate another wounded soldier and was killed. There is no better example of comradeship," said Asman. "Oded Ben Sira was supposed to complete his military service before the operation. He could have been a civilian, but we said we expected him to come and fight. He and his platoon came and fought," the battalion commander said.

Fourty five members of the battalion were injured in the fighting, including a large number of commanders. "We fought with armored, engineering, Yahalom, and K9 units. This was one of our sources of power. It allowed us almost full flexibility," Asman recalled.

The battalion is now holding platoon and company-wide drills at Nebi Musa base, before getting ready for battalion-wide and brigade-wide war drills. It will then head up north.

Asman acknowledged the unpredictable nature of events, saying, "We are also preparing for being suddenly activated. Last year, we were supposed to spend three months training in the Golan Heights, but found ourselves fighting in Gaza." Last week, the battalion split up into companies and walked along the Israel National Trail, from central Israel to Eilat.

"It strengthens the bond between the soldiers and among us, the commanders. It also strengthens our love of the land," Amsan said.

"Only if I march on foot do I learn about the land and its history. It amazes me every time that there are soldiers doing this for the first time in their lives," he said.

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Zakariya Ashiq trial: Jury out in Syria terror case - BBC News

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The jury has gone out in the trial of a British man accused of trying to join Islamic State in Syria.


Zakariya Ashiq, 20, from Coventry, denies two counts of preparing acts of terrorism.


The Old Bailey heard he was arrested at Heathrow in November after failing to cross the border from Jordan.


He has admitted trying to get to Syria but said he had been forced to leave the UK because he was being "harassed" by MI5.


Mr Ashiq said he had also been "tortured" by unidentified "shadowy figures".

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ISIS could get hacked info on millions of Americans

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The massive breach of government databases storing sensitive information on millions of current and former federal employees is growing more worrisome, with China having access to files that include Social Security Numbers, personal financial data and other sensitive information.

China could decide to use the data for its own purposes, sell it to the highest bidder purely for profit, or to sell it to a foreign enemy of the United States, national security experts told WND.

The breach at the Office of Personnel Management is considered the largest cyber attack ever to successfully reach inside of a U.S. government computer network.

Some 4.2 million federal employees had their personal information compromised and possibly stolen by the Chinese government, the OPM reported earlier this month.

And now a second breach is being disclosed, which could be even more devastating.

At a hearing Tuesday before the Senate subcommittee on financial services and general government, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said she was not yet prepared to say how many people were compromised in the second breach. Some media outlets reported that as many as another 10 million Americans could have had their IDs stolen.

“This separate breach continues to be investigated by OPM and our investigative partners,” Archuleta said at Tuesday’s hearing. “There was a high degree of compromise related to current, former and prospective government employees and any of those for whom a federal background investigation may have been conducted.”

Terrorist enemies could purchase the data

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Jerry” Boykin, now serving as executive director of the Family Research Council, said the prospect of military or civilian leaders having their personal information sold to terrorists is a very real threat that must be taken seriously.

“First of all you have to ask yourself what could an individual citizen in America do with your personally identifiable information?” Boykin told WND. “Stolen identities are big business and very problematic and the Chinese could use that for the same thing a criminal would, don’t kid yourself.”

He said China could steal the IDs from the OPM database and then sell them to Iran, ISIS or some other foreign enemy.

“I think that’s a very real possibility, particularly given that they have been major supporters of Iran,” he said. “Now, the other thing is, keep in mind that many of these government officials who’ve had their identities stolen are high-profile people that have enemies. And those enemies may be ISIS or Hezbollah or al-Qaida. But the fact their identity has been compromised would not take even a teenager very long to look up tax records and determine where these people live and that could put them in physical danger.

“You can’t downplay that or underestimate it in today’s world where we know the terrorists are motivated to go after high-profile people,” he added. “Once they compromise your identity it doesn’t take them very long to find out where you live. OPM probably has the largest database of civilian government employees. Also military, and possibly some contractors.”

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., chairman of the subcommittee on financial services and general government, said Tuesday’s hearing on the breach was “one of the most important hearings we’ve had this year, and we will be following up to make sure the recommendations are being followed.”

The hearing continued behind closed doors Tuesday afternoon as the talks moved to classified information.

Archuleta refused to take “personal responsibility” for the breach, saying she inherited decades-old problems of aging computer networks and mismanagement at OPM. She said the agency is now in the middle of a massive systems upgrade, converting data in old “legacy” networks over to modern systems. This is a process that will take another 18 to 24 months to complete.

She said the blame should be shifted to the attackers.

“Government and non-government entities are under constant threats,” from criminals and from other governments, she said. But the Chinese government was never named in Tuesday’s hearing as the culprit.

“Unfortunately these attacks will not stop. They will increase,” Archuleta said, adding that her goal is to modernize and better confront emerging cyber threats.

In June 2014 OPM began to completely redesign its current network.

“We implemented new firewalls and limited privileged access,” she said. “We are also working on further encryption.”

She said the attack was detected by new cyber security tools placed on the older networks, but it was not detected until months after it had occurred. She also conceded that this particular attack could not have been prevented by encryption.

In fact, even a couple of the agency’s newer systems got hacked.

“OPM immediately contacted DHS and the FBI and initiated an investigation to determine the scope of the intrusion,” she said. “In early June OPM informed Congress and the public that notification would be sent to affected individuals June 8 through June 19. We are continuing to learn more about the compromised data.”

About 4.2 million federal employee across all branches of government whose records were submitted to OPM were compromised and possibly stolen, she said. Later in May the inner agency response team concluded additional systems were likely compromised.

“But for the fact that OPM implemented more stringent security tools we would never have known that the breach occurred,” Archuleta said.

OPM “clearly has a great deal of work to do to secure its modernization project,” said Michael Esser, assistant inspector general for audits with OPM.

Other federal agencies just as vulnerable

In a chilling warning, Esser told the congressional committee that “most” other agencies in the federal government are facing the same issues of having to upgrade to more modern systems while at the same time learning to use protective tools against hackers who are able to penetrate even the newest systems.

Michele Bachmann, a former Republican congresswoman from Minnesota who served on the intelligence committee, said China’s breach of the system could yield a windfall of sensitive data that could have multiple uses.

“Any opportunist could use sensitive, potentially embarrassing information to blackmail, extort or steal from an individual or commit any manner of abuses,” Bachmann told WND.

“Repeatedly during the Obamacare debate, many of us warned loudly and often that healthcare.gov could be the portal for misuse of the most personal information any American has,” she said. “We learn from experts that sites have links, meaning one government site may allow entry into another.”

Poison pills lurking?

The Chinese are far and away the most prolific global hackers, Bachmann said.

“They use the information to advance their economy, national defenses and military, but they also may sell it, and they are capable of leaving cyber poison pills behind in the database they’ve hacked,” she said. “As much as electronic record keeping is a blessing, unfortunately it can also prove to be a tragic undoing.”

Bachmann, like Boykin, said one of the most frightening scenarios would be if China decided to sell its bag full of personal data on military and law enforcement personnel to a terrorist organization such as ISIS.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on CBS Face the Nation Sunday and said America is dealing with “the highest threat level we have ever faced in this country.” He was referring to the unknown numbers of Americans who have left the country to fight for ISIS. They will return at some point as hardened terrorists looking to carry out attacks.

ISIS is also the richest terrorist organization in the world, with access to much of Iraq’s oil wealth. It could easily afford to pay a handsome price for stolen data.

Jack Langer, press secretary for Nunes, said the intelligence chairman was speaking strictly of the young people who get radicalized and leave the country to fight for ISIS and the threat that they pose to Western countries on their return.

“Obviously the OPM hack has engendered widespread concern across the U.S. government but I don’t think that was what he was expressing in his comments on the show,” Langer told WND. “That (OPM hack) is a separate, major concern of the congressman at this time.”

Warnings given

Esser said his office issued a special “flash alert audit” on June 17, warning of OPM’s vulnerabilities to hackers. The urgency was meant “to bring to your immediate attention serious concerns we have” that require “immediate action.”

“There is a high risk that this project will fail to meet the objectives of providing a secure operating environment for OPM systems and applications,” the audit said.

Discovery in April of the first breach that happened a year ago, gave China 12 months to sift through the data and decide what was most valuable and worthy of stealing.

The second breach penetrated a computer system that stores background data for security clearances on millions more federal workers and prospective federal employees.

OPM has a long history of systemic failures to protect its own network, Esser said. Three primary areas of concern were identified in audits over the last three years.

1. Information security governance. OPM has managed its security clearances for years in decentralized manner and this has had a negative impact on security, Esser said. By 2014 steps taken to centralize resulted in many improvements. However it is still impacted by the many years of decentralized control over who enters the system, he said.

2. Assessment, to ensure it meets security needs, is lacking, and problems with system authorizations reappeared. OPM recently put new authorizations on hold while it implements its modernization.

3. Use of technical security controls. OPM has implemented a variety of them to make system more secure. “While this is a positive step we found they weren’t all being used properly. And without a comprehensive list of (computer) assets, they can’t be adequately protected. Many are old legacy systems that are very vulnerable. But some are modern and could be better secured,” Esser said.
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France 'jails 100 Britons' for Calais people smuggling

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Up to 100 British nationals have been jailed in France for attempting to smuggle people into the UK from the port of Calais, local prosecutors say.

Julie Colaert, the deputy prosecutor for the Calais region's main court, said she has seen "more and more English smugglers" in the last two years.  She said the figure is only an estimate, as it is illegal to record crimes by nationality in France.

"Trafficking gangs are employing them to take people across in their own cars," she told the BBC. "The migrants pay a lot of money because it's sold as guaranteed passage to the UK."

Most recently, a man from Lancashire was sentenced to 12 months in prison for concealing two Iraqi men in the boot of his car. Basir Haji was caught at the Calais ferry terminal and admitted agreeing to smuggle them into Britain for £500. "I'm in debt. That's why I did it. I've been playing a lot of money in the casino," he said.

Mafia-run trafficking gangs are changing the way they operate, increasingly targeting students with financial difficulties, and bar owners and shopkeepers whose businesses are struggling, says the BBC.

Drivers taking people across the Channel can earn up to £2,800 per trip, but are often caught despite being told that the risks are minimal. Smugglers can face anywhere from six months to two years in prison.

News of the arrests comes as aid agencies warn of "catastrophic conditions" at the camps in Calais, where migrants lack basic sanitation, food and water. The crisis is expected to worsen in the summer months.

"It is much worse than it was before," said Martine Devries, from Médecins du Monde, told the Daily Telegraph. "There are more people and they are becoming more desperate and are taking more risks.
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Queries on ‘different’ treatment of ‘hate’ cases

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Unionists have queried why provocative comments made by Gerry Adams, The Druids band and the leader of Belfast‘s Muslim community appear to have been dealt with much more leniently than the case of Pastor McConnell.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said recently of unionists that “The point is to actually break these b*****ds” while the Druids said during a concert that it was time British troops and Orangemen “all f****d off back to England”. The leader of Belfast Islamic Centre Dr Raied Al-Wazzan said recently of ISIS in Mosul: “Since the Islamic State took over, it has become the most peaceful city in the world”.

The DUP wrote to the Chief Constable and the Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday asking both to explain their “differential” treatment of James McConnell when compared to the decision on comments made by The Druids. The party said that the police “did not even question the band about the matter”.

TUV leader Jim Allister added: “The treatment of Pastor McConnell stands in sharp contrast with the inaction and failure to prosecute over The Druids’ sectarian and hate-filled outburst at the Ardoyne Fleadh, Gerry Adams’ foul-mouthed outburst against unionists in Enniskillen and the by-ball given to the head if the Belfast Islamic Centre over his inflammatory comments on Islamic State.”

NI Conservatives representative and lawyer Trevor Ringland also expressed concern about the four cases. “Certainly we have to look at everyone who speaks in public that they do not promote hatred, because as a society we know what that has led to in our past,” he said. “We have to maintain a consistent approach to challenging such comments.”

The PSNI responded that they do not comment on individuals. “In any situation where there are grounds to suspect an offence has been committed, PSNI will conduct an investigation and submit a file to the PPS,” it said. “Direction on prosecution is a matter for the PPS.”

It is understood the Public Prosecution Service did not receive any files from the PSNI on Gerry Adams or Dr Al-Wazzan, but a PPS spokeswoman dismissed any Druids-McConnell comparison. Stating that the PPS cannot comment in detail on a live case for legal reasons, she added that the PPS takes all of its prosecutorial decisions “based on the available evidence and independently of any political influence”. She added: “The assumption that these cases are directly comparable is wrong”. The only similarity is that a decision was made in both cases that the test for prosecution for “stirring up hatred or arousing fear” was not met. The PPS believes Pastor McConnell was behind a “grossly offensive” message contrary to the Communications Act, while there was “no evidence” to support such a charge against the Druids, she added.
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Hundreds of new female genital mutilation cases in West Midlands - BBC News

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More than 600 new victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) have been identified in seven months in the West Midlands.
Hospital statistics revealed there were 632 new cases between September 2014 and March 2015, a report from the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel said.
Between January and November last year 118 cases were referred to the West Midlands force.
A new task force to tackle mutilation was being launched, the panel said.
Further work could be carried out to consider "how to achieve best outcomes in tackling FGM", it said.
'Life-endangering crime'
The panel said there was "inconsistency across the region" and "different areas and organisations are at different places to deal with this form of child abuse".
Muslim Women's Network UK said flashbacks at least twice a week were common in the women it had been talking to, the report stated.
A regional task force would ensure "better co-ordination of agencies" to eradicate the practice, which has been illegal in Britain for 30 years, the panel said.
The report said: "We call upon all relevant authorities, including those involved in law enforcement, the justice system and public health, to do everything in their power to protect young girls from this life-endangering, health-threatening crime."
There had been no reports to West Midlands Police of mutilation in the area but there had been some intelligence to suggest girls "are brought to Birmingham to be cut", the panel said.
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Two girls murdered in Texas taxi: Were they honor killings?

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WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The last words from Sarah were “Oh my God, I’m dying.” Then the 911 emergency operator heard a barrage of gunshots. Sarah, 17, and her sister Amina, 18, were found shot 11 times in the back of their father’s taxi, abandoned in a hotel parking lot.

Their father Yaser Said has not been found since that New Year’s Day seven years ago when he told his daughters to climb into his cab, he was taking them out to dinner.

The chilling emergency call opens the documentary "The Price of Honor", which recounts the lives of two vivacious American teenagers growing up in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas, and their attempts to escape the grip of an Egyptian father who planned Muslim marriages.

Their deaths were honor killings, said Ruth Trotter, using a phrase little heard in the United States for a hidden horror of murder by a close relative to protect the family name, but rarely recognized by public safety officials.

Amina was secretly dating Trotter's son, Joseph, and Sarah had a boyfriend too, facts they tried to hide from their father,

"Amina always knew that Yaser was going to murder her, it was just a question of when and where. She made Joseph promise that he would not harm himself, that when she dies he would live," Trotter said in an interview.

He beat the girls and took them to Egypt to find husbands when Amina was 15 and picked one man who was almost 50. She begged and pleaded with her mother to come back home, she said.

Honor violence is a crime without a name in the United States. No data is collected on its prevalence, many people think it happens in countries far, far away from the United States, experts on gender-based violence said.

Its forms range from domestic violence for defying parental authority or behaving "too Westernized," to extreme sexual control including female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and ultimately killings to protect the family's reputation in a conservative community.

A recent study by the U.S. Justice Department quoted research that estimates between 23 and 27 honor killings occur each year in the United States and there are 1,500 forced marriages. But there are no official statistics.

A separate study by the Population Reference Bureau estimates that 507,000 women and girls in the United States are at risk or have already undergone FGM, where her genitalia are partially or totally removed to control sexuality and ensure virginity until marriage, more than twice the number estimated 15 years.

"When you consider that we have many, many immigrant communities in the United States who did not leave their culture behind, the scale is huge," said Amy Logan, co-president of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women in San Francisco who was a consultant for the documentary.

European countries are much further ahead in training police and social workers to identify those at risk of honor violence and teaching how its contours differ from domestic abuse, and how to intervene safely before it escalates toward death.

Amina and Sarah had nowhere to turn in Texas. No one understood that a teenager saying "My Dad is going to kill me" is a serious cry for help, not adolescent drama, said Trotter.

James McLelland, Irving Police Department spokesman, said police do not view the case through a cultural lens, and investigated it no differently than any other homicide.

"We are not giving any credence to honor, but approach it as capital murder. Whatever the motivation was, is for him to explain. The end result is the same," McLelland said.


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When Xoel Pamos began researching the documentary, which premiered in September and had its first showing in Washington last week, he set out to tell stories from women around the world. But the tragedy of Amina and Sarah captivated him.

Authorities had ignored signs of family turmoil, he said. The maternal grandmother recounts in the documentary how she alerted the police when the girls confided that their father was sexually touching them. But she said Amina and Sarah recanted, urged on by their American mother to keep daddy out of jail.

After their deaths, police did not interview all family members and potential leads turned cold, Pamos and Trotter said.

Pamos and his co-director, Iranian-born Neena Nejad, hired a team of private investigators. They uncovered a video showing the father spying on his daughter as she worked in a convenience store and his anger when she smiled at a customer.

They uncovered cellphone records that showed Yaser Said making multiple calls to family members immediately before and after his daughters' deaths. Then he disappeared.

Irving police said they followed up on every credible lead.

Almost seven years later, after the movie premiered, the FBI placed Yaser Abdel Said, 58, on its Ten Most Wanted list. He remains at large.

Pamos said Amina and Sarah's story is a horrific tale about what happens when honor violence is ignored.

"We need to be aware this a real issue in the U.S.," he said.

"We need more men, more Muslim men to fight, to sign up and protest that you cannot move to the United States and marry a white lady and say to your daughters you cannot date an American guy. You cannot come and violate basic human rights."
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Nigeria Bans Female Genital Mutilation: African Powerhouse Sends ‘Powerful Signal’ About FGM With New Bill

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill this week that criminalizes female genital mutilation or cutting, a practice that a staggering 19.9 million Nigerian women are thought to have undergone. The landmark legislation is being hailed as an important step for Africa’s most populous country but also one that experts hope will have a potential ripple effect on the 26 other African nations that have significant populations of women who undergo the practice.

Nigeria’s decision to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM) sends “a powerful signal not only within Nigeria but across Africa,” according to J. Peter Pham, the director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. “Nigeria, just because of the sheer size of its population, has one of the highest absolute number of cases of FGM in the world,” he said, adding that the bill now effectively criminalizes a significant percentage of FGM on the African continent. “One cannot overestimate the impact of any decision by Nigeria [on the continent].”

More than 125 million girls and women around the world are estimated to have undergone some form of FGM, with the majority concentrated in 29 countries, all but two in Africa, according to a 2013 study by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef). FGM, also known as female genital cutting or female circumcision, is a procedure in which all or most of the external female genitalia is either removed or otherwise surgically altered for nonmedical reasons. The procedure has no documented health benefits and is considered a violation of the human rights of girls and women by international bodies like the World Health Organization.

Despite international efforts to rout the practice, FGM has prevalence rates of as high as over 95 percent in countries like Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti and Egypt. In Nigeria, which has a population of 175 million, the national prevalence is estimated at around 27 percent, with considerable variation across regions, the highest of which is represented in the southern portion of the country. The continued prevalence of the procedure is a result of deeply ingrained cultural and social factors. This has posed a challenge both for international health and rights advocates as well as national and local players who have sought to end FGM.

In this regard, the timing of Nigeria’s decision to outlaw the procedure is no coincidence. While advocates have campaigned for this legislation for over a decade, it was only passed this week, in the final days of the Jonathan presidency. “There's a price to be paid by bucking norms that are widely observed,” said Pham. “It took a lame duck president and lame duck legislators who don't have to face voters to undertake something that goes that much against the cultural norms or practices.”

Indeed, Pham argued that Jonathan has even done a favor for his successor, President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, who will now not have to face future voter backlash by legislating the controversial issue. “It's already signed and Buhari can say he's simply enforcing the laws,” he said.

As momentous as this step is, activists have warned that it will not change the high prevalence rates of the procedure in Nigeria -- or the rest of the continent -- overnight. As much as the legislation sends a clear message about impunity and provides activists with the legal framework to hold the government to account, criminalization of the entrenched practice still has its limitations, according to Stella Mukasa, the director of gender, violence and rights at the International Center for Research on Women.

“While legal safeguards are an important step towards ending FGM, they are not enough to eliminate it,” she wrote in a commentary for the Guardian. “Ending violence against women and girls requires investment, not just laws written in statute books. This is why we must emphasize community engagement, with a view towards shifting social norms, as a critical component of the eradication of FGM.”

The challenge of shifting social norms has been underscored in the case of other African countries like Egypt, where the prevalence of FGM was recently revealed to be at roughly 92 percent among married women despite the practice being outlawed in 2008. More than half of women surveyed by the government said they continued to be in favor of FGM because they viewed it as being in accordance with their cultural and religious traditions.
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Indian immigrant who arranged sham marriage is jailed for six months

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GURWINDER WAIRACH was unable to provide even basic details about his prospective bride when he was quizzed by immigration officials.

immigrant who arranged a sham marriage in a bid to stay in

the country was jailed for six months today.

Indian Gurwinder Wairach, 25, was stopped at the altar as he tried to wed Scots teenager Sheryl Kyle.

The marriage only didn't go ahead when 19-year-old Sheryl's mum, Joan McCreadie, turned up at Ayr registry office as her daughter was about to tie the knot, and alerted authorities.

Immigration officers quizzed the pair, and found that Wairach knew practically nothing about his bride-to-be, and couldn't tell them even basic details about her including her parents' names, or what school she went to.

Sheryl told his trial last month that she only agreed after being constantly pestered by Wairach for months.

The 25-year-old had entered the UK on a student visa, but then overstayed his welcome by failing to leave when his visa expired.

Instead of returning to his native India, he moved to Ayr where he tried to force the teen into marrying him - which would allow him to stay legally in the country.

Today, at Ayr Sheriff Court, defence agent Ian Gillies pleaded for leniency, claiming that Wairach was only still here because the Crown Office had confiscated his client's passport, preventing him from returning to his homeland.

Gillies said: "He is a young man who wants to put this behind him. He has been unable to claim benefits while in Scotland, and has had to rely on family here and in India.

"His position is that he can't wait to put this nightmare behind him. Immigration will act after receiving a report from the Crown, and he will be deported.

"I would ask your Lordship to deal with this in a way that would allow Mr Wairach to return home."

Gillies also asked the Sheriff to defer sentence for a month, and claimed his client would leave the country within two weeks of being given his passport back from the Crown Office.

But Sheriff Montgomery branded the case a "serious offence", and jailed him.

He added: "Mr Wairach has been convicted after trial of trying to enter a sham marriage.

"I accept he was not the prime mover behind this failed attempt, but at the very least he was compliant.

"This is a serious offence. Such behavior undermines this country's immigration laws, and has an effect on the institution of marriage.

"In my view there is no alternative to a custodial sentence, and I sentence you to six months imprisonment."

Wairach, who was dressed casually in jeans and a navy sports top, was then led from the dock to begin his sentence.

He will now be deported after he serves his sentence.

His co-accused, Kamal Kapil, who is also charged with kidnapping a woman at an Ayr hotel, is on the run, and a warrant has been previously issued for his arrest.

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Isis plan to bomb Britain

The weapons have been developed in Syria by Isis electronics experts trained in Britain and the US, intelligence sources say.

And the lethal improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have already killed hundreds of people in Syria.

One intelligence source said: “It is probably only a matter of time before we see an attack here.”

An Army insider added: “The bombs are very sophisticated. They are very powerful and are undetectable and we have no way of preventing a detonation.

“If Isis managed to build one of these bombs in the UK we would have real problems.”

MI5 believes the bomb makers were employed by leading technology firms such as Sony before they became ­terrorists.

Isis bomb factories have been a ­major target for British and US ­special forces as well as drone and air-strikes.

Although several experts have been killed, dozens of IEDs are still churned out every week.

One bomb uses an infra-red light beam as a trigger. It sets off the device when a vehicle drives through the beam.

Unlike remote-controlled bombs, the IEDs are very difficult to detect. They also contain powerful military-grade explosives. Online videos show how Isis fighters destroyed hundreds of US-made Iraqi armoured vehicles.

“The bombs are very sophisticated. They are very powerful and are undetectable and we have no way of preventing a detonation”
Army insider
Unlike remote-controlled bombs, the IEDs are very difficult to detect. They also contain powerful military-grade explosives. Online videos show how Isis fighters destroyed hundreds of US-made Iraqi armoured vehicles.

The sophisticated electronics inside the bombs allow them to be detonated with split-second timing to destroy fast-moving targets.

The IEDs have also been used in car bombs and suicide vests, causing massive casualties, according to one source.

They can be detonated by a new type of remote control signal which ­defence sources said Britain and the US were unable to block.

It is understood the bombs were used in attacks which killed 18 Iraqi soldiers last week.

MI6 agents operating in Iraq told the British Army’s teams about the new devices but an intact bomb has not yet been found.

British bomb disposal teams have spent recent months training the Iraqi Army on how to defuse IS ­devices. But the latest generation of IEDs has left the experts baffled.

They fear they will end up on our streets in the next few months as ­British citizens who joined ­Islamic State return to the UK.

Neither MI5 or MI6 have any real idea how many have joined the terror group but it is estimated up to 1,000 could be fighting with Isis.

The last major bomb attack in ­Britain was the 7/7 outrage in London which killed 52 people in 2005.
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CRIME - Turkish woman ordered to pay for abusive husband’s swollen hand

CRIME - Turkish woman ordered to pay for abusive husband’s swollen hand | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
A woman in Ankara has been ordered to pay compensation to her husband after his hand became swollen while beating her, Turkish media has reported.

According to daily Milliyet, police saved the woman and her child after they took refuge from beating with their neighbor. After the court case began, the woman and the child were moved to a shelter home, but the man continued to beat her during times when he used his visitation rights to see their child.

The Ankara Prosecutor’s Office later charged both spouses with injuring each other, citing a forensics report that detected the man’s swollen hand and a scratch on his chest. During the hearings, the woman said she would not file a complaint either for being beaten or for the threats that her husband was still making. 

The 13th Criminal Court of First Instance in Ankara recently issued its ruling about the alleged threats without any further investigation, the report added. Stressing that there was no evidence regarding the threat, the court fined both spouses equally 3,000 Turkish Liras and suspended the execution of the verdict. 

Milliyet reported that the man continued beating his wife even after the ruling, and the woman was recently transfered to a shelter in another city.
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Two charged with terror offences after West Midlands police joint operation

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A 24-year-old man from Reading and a 23-year-old woman from Earley have been charged with terrorism offences after a joint operation between the West Midlands and South East Counter Terrorism Units.

Mohammed Rehman, from Radstock Road, Reading and Sana Ahmed Khan, from Hutton Close, Earley, Wokingham, have both been charged this evening with preparing for acts of terrorism in the UK.

Rehman has further been charged with possession of articles for terrorist purposes.

Both will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday 5 June.

They were detained on Thursday 28 May. Their homes were searched and a number of items were removed for forensic examination.
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Belgian police circulated selfies of men popping champagne over jihadist corpses in autopsy room

Belgian police circulated selfies of men popping champagne over jihadist corpses in autopsy room | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
On January 15, two men were killed in Verviers, Belgium, in an anti-terrorism raid.

Local police had put the men under investigation, on suspicion of planning a Charlie Hebdo-style terrorist attack.

Six months later, pictures have surfaced of two men in the autopsy room, partying and popping champagne over their corpses.

The pictures, said to be selfies, were found this week following an internal investigation within Belgian police.

They had been circulating for weeks on the intranet of the ‘radical Islam’ counterterrorist faction of the force.

Liège attorney general Christian De Valkeneer told Belgian Newspaper DH that the identity of the men in the pictures was unknown, and did not rule out the possibility that they could be police officers.

Though they are wearing surgical masks in the snaps, De Valkenner said that the men weren’t the medical examiners in charge of the bodies, and that it would not be hard to identify them.

It has, however, been confirmed that the two dead bodies pictures definitely are of Soufiane Amghar and Khalid Ben Larbi.

Belgian police will hold a press conference later today to discuss the issue.
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Study: 149,000 Afghan, Pakistan war deaths

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(CNN) —Tuesday's militant attack on a group of aid workers in Afghanistan, resulting in nine deaths, is yet another instance of the enormous toll of the ongoing violence in the region.

A new study from the Costs of War project at Brown University estimates 149,000 war-related deaths, with an additional 162,000 serious injuries, in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2001. And even these numbers don't tell the whole story, which includes significant destruction of infrastructure, displacement of people, and indirect deaths from malnutrition and disease.

Civilian casualties have been particularly high, according to the report, totaling around 26,270 deaths in Afghanistan and 21,500 in Pakistan. The study says that most of the civilian casualties in Afghanistan are caused by militant groups, but the number caused by Afghan and international forces has been increasing since 2012.

The current conflict in Afghanistan dates from 2001. The ruling power at the time, the Taliban, were toppled by a U.S.-led coalition in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Even though the extremist regime was formally overthrown, it never stopped its insurgency in an effort to regain control.

The turmoil in Pakistan, which has its own Taliban and al Qaeda factions, has become more closely related to that of Afghanistan, with refugees and anti-government militants crossing borders. "It is important for policy makers and others to view the effects and implications of these wars together, because they are so interconnected," said Neta Crawford, the author of the Brown study.

The international community has worked with local organizations to address the crisis in both countries. One notable example was the start of the Basic Package of Health Services in Afghanistan in 2003, which substantially increased access to health care. But Crawford says that such efforts will need to be long-term: "The indirect health effects of war persist beyond the end of fighting. Both Afghanistan and Pakistan will continue to need an infusion of aid for public health after these wars end."

The Costs of War project at Brown's Watson Institute is interdisciplinary, drawing from the resources of economics, law, political science and other fields. Its report uses data from international agencies such as the United Nations and the Red Cross.

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