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Ibrahim Anderson and Shah Jahan Khan guilty of 'promoting IS' outside Topshop - BBC News

Ibrahim Anderson and Shah Jahan Khan guilty of 'promoting IS' outside Topshop - BBC News | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Two men from Luton have been found guilty of promoting the so-called Islamic State outside Topshop in London's Oxford Street.
Ibrahim Anderson, 38, and Shah Jahan Khan, 63, had denied inviting support for a proscribed organisation.
The Old Bailey heard they were in a group that set up a stall near the store on 9 August 2014.
The pair have been remanded in custody and will be sentenced later this month.
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Prosecutor Mark Seymour had told jurors Khan, of St Catherine's Avenue, and Anderson, of Dallow Road, spent two and a half hours speaking to passers-by and distributing a leaflet.
He said both "would have been well aware that this is what they were doing".
Anderson's home was later searched and a notebook computer was seized which contained three images that "formed part of a set of instructions for travel to Syria to support jihad", the prosecutor said.
The Muslim convert, who represented himself in court, appealed to jurors to "see who I really am - a devoted father to my family", saying he only wanted to practise his religion and exercise his freedom of speech.
He had denied knowing the other people who had gone to Oxford Street that day for dawah (call to Islam) - and said he only glanced at a leaflet he was given.
Anderson was also found guilty by majority of possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist, in December 2014.
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Pastor McConnell: I will meet with Muslim leader who reported me to police - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Pastor McConnell: I will meet with Muslim leader who reported me to police - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

Pastor James McConnell has said he is willing to meet the Muslim leader who reported him to police over his controversial comments about Islam.

The firebrand preacher said that if he received a private invitation he would visit the Belfast Islamic Centre to talk to Dr Raied Al-Wazzan.

"Even though his actions led to my prosecution, I am prepared to do the Christian thing and meet him. I am not a man for holding grudges and I wish Dr Al-Wazzan well," Pastor McConnell said.

"But I would tell him that there was no call for him to report me to the PSNI and that he needed to start respecting the right to freedom of speech and freedom of worship."

A fortnight ago, Belfast Magistrates Court found the 78-year-old preacher not guilty of making "grossly offensive" remarks about Islam.

He had branded the religion as "heathen" and "Satanic" in a sermon in his Belfast Metropolitan Tabernacle church in May 2014.

Dr Al-Wazzan, who was later himself to make controversial comments praising the rule of Islamic State in Iraq, lodged a complaint about the pastor's "offensive and disgusting" remarks with the PSNI four days after the sermon.

Following Pastor McConnell's acquittal, the Muslim leader said he had no regrets about his involvement in the case.

He told the BBC that he "would do it again if somebody was stereotyping the Muslim community".

Dr Al-Wazzan said he hoped the Christian preacher had learned from his experience and "would choose his words carefully" in future.

He added that he would be prepared to meet the pastor to discuss the issues involved.

Pastor McConnell last night told the Belfast Telegraph: "If Dr Al-Wazzan privately asks me to meet him, rather than making such an invitation through the media, I would agree without a moment's hesitation.

"I'd be prepared to visit the Belfast Islamic Centre and to shake his hand. There are many things I'd like to say to him face-to-face but I wouldn't want our meeting to be a media gimmick. If it takes place, it should happen in private, away from the cameras."

The pastor said he would tell the Muslim leader that he had to respect freedom of speech: "I would tell him he never should have gone running to the police over what I said and that he shouldn't be so touchy in future.

"I would say to him that he has to learn to take criticism of his religion.

"He has to acknowledge that I am as free to condemn Islam as Muslim clerics are to condemn Christianity." Pastor McConnell expressed disappointment that Dr Al-Wazzan had not been present in court for the case.

"His actions started the whole prosecution process. I had to appear in court seven times and I think that Dr Al-Wazzan was a coward for not going to court once," he said. "I know the prosecution didn't call him as a witness but he was free to attend the trial as a member of the public and to listen to proceedings. Given how important the case was to him, you'd think he would at least have done that."

Last year Dr Al-Wazzan was embroiled in controversy when he said that Islamic State had made his home city of Mosul in Iraq "the most peaceful city in the world".

Pastor McConnell said that had he wanted to retaliate, he could have called for Dr Al-Wazzan's prosecution for those comments.

"But I didn't lodge a complaint with the police or anybody else because everybody has a right to freedom of speech," he said.

"As strongly as I disagreed with what he said, I acknowledged his right to say it. I bear no ill-will to Dr Al-Wazzan. I have no bad feeling or hate in my heart for him."

Pastor McConnell was charged under the 2003 Communications Act with "sending, or causing to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter that was grossly offensive".

Finding him not guilty, Judge Liam McNally said: "The courts need to be very careful not to criminalise speech which, however contemptible, is no more than offensive.

"It is not the task of the criminal law to censor offensive utterances."

The pastor said that while he still remained strongly opposed to Sharia law, he regretted if his words had hurt Muslims.

"I didn't mean to do that. I wouldn't hurt a hair on their head. I am against their theology, not them as individuals," he said.

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Switzerland Seizes Valuables From Refugees To Pay For Upkeep

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ZURICH, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Refugees arriving in Switzerland have to turn over to the state any assets worth more than 1,000 Swiss francs ($994.53) to help pay for their upkeep, broadcaster SRF reported on Thursday, revealing a practice that has drawn sharp rebukes for Denmark.

SRF's 10 vor 10 news program showed a receipt a refugee from Syria said he got from authorities when he had to turn over more than half of the cash his family had left after paying traffickers to help them get to the neutral Alpine country.

It also showed an information sheet for refugees that states: "If you have property worth more than 1,000 Swiss francs when you arrive at a reception center you are required to give up these financial assets in return for a receipt."

"This is undignified," it cited Stefan Frey from refugee aid group Schweizerische Fluechtlingshilfe as saying. "This has to change."

SRF cited the state migration authority SEM as justifying the measure, noting the law calls for asylum seekers and refugees to contribute where possible to the cost of processing their applications and providing social assistance.

"If someone leaves voluntarily within seven months this person can get the money back and take it with them. Otherwise the money covers costs they generate," an SEM spokeswoman told SRF.

In addition, refugees who win the right to stay and work in Switzerland have to surrender 10 percent of their pay for up to 10 years until they repay 15,000 francs in costs, according to the report.

Denmark is amending a proposal to confiscate refugees' possessions to pay for their stay by raising the amount they will be allowed to keep after coming under fire from the United Nations refugee agency.

Several organizations, including the UN High Commission for Refugees, have censured the Nordic country for the proposal, as well as for others that will delay family reunification and make acquiring refugee and residence status more difficult.
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Ex-Muslim Professor: Rape Gangs Inevitable, Muslim Men Live In Britain As If It Was Pakistan - Breitbart

Ex-Muslim Professor: Rape Gangs Inevitable, Muslim Men Live In Britain As If It Was Pakistan - Breitbart | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Years of permissive multiculturalism is to blame for the rise of Sharia courts and the Rotherham rape scandal, an academic claimed yesterday.

Dr Rumy Hasan, a senior lecturer at the University of Sussex’s Centre for Migration Research, said “do-what-you-want” and “laissez-faire” policies had let immigrant communities live as if they were still in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

This has led to a “psychiatric detachment” from mainstream British culture, he added, which in turn leads to a “social detachment” where minority communities do not mix with wider society.

Dr Hasan – who is a former Muslim – also said that Muslim rape gangs in towns such as Rochdale and Rotherham were an “inevitable consequence” of this.

The Sun quotes him as saying: “The authorities in towns and cities — Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford, Oldham, Birmingham — kept quiet because they were embarrassed.

“It’s time we woke up and smelled the coffee.”

Dr Hasan made his comments at a meeting of the Henry Jackson Society in the UK Parliament discussing the rise of Sharia law in the UK.

Also on the panel was Machteld Zee who has recently written a report on Sharia courts in the UK. She said how 95 per cent of all cases heard in these courts are women seeking divorces after being caught in “martial captivity” where they are unable to get a religious divorce.

She disagreed that these courts were necessary to free women, and even said that “martial captivity” should be a criminal offence in the UK and that Muslim women should seek arbitration from a civil judge.

In July last year, a poll found that more British people think multiculturalism makes Britain a worse place to live than those who thinks it makes Britain better.

The YouGov poll found 38 per cent thought it had been bad for the country, compared to 37 per cent who thought it was good. The rest either thought it made no difference or had no opinion.

The poll also found growing antipathy towards Islam. More than half of Britons thought Islam posed a threat to the West, and 79 per cent though Britain would be the victim of a large-scale terror attack in the future.

When asked in 2001, just a month after the 9/11 attacks, whether Islam posed a threat, just 33 per cent said it posed ‘some’ or ‘a major’ threat.
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Merkel seeks easier expulsion of refugees after sexual assaults

Merkel seeks easier expulsion of refugees after sexual assaults | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Cologne police chief removed for failing to prevent assaults Merkel s party would consider whether such violations would result in forfeiting refugees right to hospitality

Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will push to ease barriers for expelling refugees who commit crimes, responding to what she called “outrageous” acts of sexual assault against women on New Year’s Eve.

A week after scores of women celebrating in Cologne reported being sexually assaulted as they passed through a group of 1,000 men in front of the city’s main train station, Merkel said her Christian Democratic Union would consider whether such violations would result in “forfeiting” refugees’ “right to hospitality.”

“We’re doing this for us, for our convictions, for cohesion in our country,” Merkel told a CDU gathering in the western German city of Mainz. “But just as much for the many, many refugees who were not there for these incidents in Cologne and in other places.”

The CDU proposal underscores the political risks Merkel faces as she seeks to uphold her open-door policy toward refugees while avoiding a breakdown of passport-free travel in Europe. Last week’s assaults in Cologne are inflaming Germany’s debate about how to integrate more than 1 million asylum seekers who arrived in Europe’s biggest economy last year.

Germany should “lower the hurdles for the expulsion and deportation of foreigners who commit crimes,” according to the draft resolution obtained by Bloomberg, which the CDU’s national executive board plans to discuss at a two-day meeting starting later Friday in Mainz.

“The CDU is the party of homeland security,” according to the draft. At the same time, it says, “no country in the European Union benefits as strongly” from open borders within the EU as Germany.

More than 120 women filed sexual-assault complaints with police, including two cases of rape, after passing through the melee of men at the foot of Cologne’s iconic Gothic cathedral. Police in Hamburg received sexual harassment complaints from 70 women. Federal police have identified 18 asylum seekers in the Cologne crowd, German Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate said in Berlin on Friday.

With Cologne police describing the crowd as mostly men of “North African or Arabic” origin, the incident has compounded the refugee crisis that Merkel has called the most complex challenge of her 10-year chancellorship.

Cologne’s police chief, Wolfgang Albers, was removed from duty Friday for failing to prevent the New Year’s Eve assaults, according to a statement on the city police department’s website.

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Robinson support for McConnell sparked widespread outrage

Robinson support for McConnell sparked widespread outrage | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
It was support for Pastor James McConnell's inflammatory comments that plunged First Minister Peter Robinson into a controversy that proved as newsworthy as the sermon itself.

In an interview with the former DUP leader in the aftermath of the 2013 European elections, Mr Robinson told The Irish News that he supported the firebrand preacher's comments.

The East Belfast MLA said Pastor McConnell had been demonised because of his remarks and that he did not have "an ounce of hatred in his bones".

Mr Robinson said that it was a duty of any preacher to denounce what he described as "false prophesy", before going on to say that he would not trust Muslims either, particularly those who had been involved in violence, or those "fully devoted to Sharia law".

He did, however, say that he would trust Muslims to "go down to the shops" for him or to deal with a number of other "day to day issues".

The remarks sparked outrage, international headlines and led to the cancellation of a trade mission to the Middle East.

Mr Robinson was forced to make a public apology to representatives of the Muslim community at Belfast Islamic Centre.

"I apologised face to face, personally, man to man, the way it should be done," he said afterwards.

Subsequent to the remarks, Mr Robinson declined all further requests for an interview with The Irish News.
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Belfast Islamic Centre unhappy at McConnell verdict

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BELFAST Islamic Centre said last night it disagreed with the not guilty verdict against Pastor James McConnell.

In a statement, the centre said: "We Muslims believe in the freedom of expression. However freedom of expression doesn't justify offending and insulting others’ faith and beliefs that in its turn leads to unhealthy atmosphere of disunity and mistrust.

"We Muslims, as part of the NI wider society, are looking forward to achieving and maintaining the values of coexistence and diversity. In doing so we are mindful of some voices trying to push towards disintegration and isolation of some religious and ethnic minorities.

"Although we disagree with the verdict description of Pastor McConnell remarks as 'not grossly offensive', nevertheless we have always been ready to implement the values of forgiveness and pardon as a way forward to continue building our relations with different communities based on mutual love and respect."
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McConnell warns of ‘uprising’ if Islam sermon leads to jail term

McConnell warns of ‘uprising’ if Islam sermon leads to jail term | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
The Belfast preacher due back in court next week over a controversial sermon on Islam, has said a guilty verdict would spark an “uprising”.

Pastor James McConnell was charged following the broadcasting of remarks he made from the pulpit of the Whitewell Tabernacle last May.

When a video of the sermon was uploaded to the Newtownabbey church’s website, it showed the 78-year-old describing the Islamic faith as “heathen” and “satanic”.

Mr McConnell was subsequently prosecuted with the three-day trial held at Belfast Magistrates’ Court last month.

Judgment has been reserved and will be delivered on Tuesday.

Speaking to the News Letter on Friday, Mr McConnell said he shared his legal team’s optimism that the verdict will go in his favour, but warned of widespread anger if he is jailed.

“I am willing to go to jail and I am going to stand for what I believe in. If the verdict goes against me – and they do put me in jail – there will be such an uprising in this country.”

However, Mr McConnell said imprisonment was a price he was willing to pay rather than renounce his beliefs.

“I can honestly say I haven’t had one sleepless night over this court case.

“It’s not that I’m an iron man or anything like that, I just have other concerns in my heart,” he said.

“I am concerned about this country and about the way it is going politically, spiritually, every way I am really concerned about it.

“The country is a bigger issue than me – I am just praying for the Lord to guide me at this particular time.

“I have had thousands of emails, over 20,000 of them, plus cards, letters and phone calls. It has been amazing.”

The controversial preacher faced two charges – improper use of a public electronic communications network and causing a grossly offensive message to be sent by means of a public electronic communications network – after the sermon was streamed online. He denied both charges.

During the three-day hearing, Mr McConnell’s barrister said his client was was “not stereotyping a whole religion” but was “talking about cells of people”.

Phillip Mateer QC said: “If the pastor was more astute to the watery words to be used to weave our way through difficult areas ... it would have put it beyond doubt if he had said there are ‘cells’ of jihadists.

“It would have put it beyond doubt if he said ‘cells’ of Islamists.”

On day one of the trial, the court was shown an hour-long DVD recording of the service during which the controversial sermon was made. The judge also heard television and radio broadcasts in which Mr McConnell defended his comments.

The veteran preacher has received backing from First Minister Peter Robinson and a number of other prominent Executive ministers and political leaders.

Mr McConnell said he was prepared for whatever judgment is handed down, and that he felt sorry for District Judge Liam McNally who is hearing the case.

“The judge is in such a difficult situation here and has got to please so many people.

“We will just see what happens on Tuesday. I am on a level keel and I will just take what comes to me.

“My family will be there with me to hear what is going to take place. We are in the 100-seater court and the Whitewellers filled it every day.”
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UK Cardinal Decries Lack of Support for Christian Refugees

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Cdl. Vincent Nichols: "[T]here will be few, if any, Christians coming to this country"
WESTMINSTER (ChurchMilitant.com) - The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales is publicly decrying the lack of concern shown to Christians involved in the Syrian refugee crisis. 

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster and president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, claims that while Christians are facing the most persecution in Syria, they are receiving the least amount of assistance. 

In an interview last week with BBC Radio, the cardinal pointed out that around 20,000 refugees are scheduled to be shipped into Britain straight from refugee camps in Syria, but the camps they will be drawn from do not hold any Christians.

Nichols said that he can "see the point in going directly to the refugee camps" to bring in refugees — but "because for the most part Christian refugees do not go into the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) camps" and are instead sent to Christian organizations, there will be "few, if any, Christians" coming into Britain. 

Cardinal Nichols said if Britain is going to "deal purely with UNHCR, according to their rules, there can be no preference given to anybody on behalf of their faith and we will simply bypass the Christian refugees, not intentionally, but in fact."

The cardinal is not alone in voicing this concern. The Anglican bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, notes in an editorial that "Christians represent the most persecuted people on earth in the 21st century."

"[W]e are not talking here of a bit of ridicule or silly marginalization," wrote Baines. "We are talking about men, women and children being singled out because of their Christian faith or identity and put to an unimaginably cruel death. Or being driven out of home, away from livelihood, deprived of identity and dignity."

Baines highlighted growing hostility toward Christians around the world, including bans on Christmas celebrations in both Somalia and Brunei — both Muslim-majority countries — as Muslim leaders have said the festivities run "contrary to Islamic culture, which could damage the faith of the Muslim community." 

Britain's foremost rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, also said the bans are emblematic of "an intolerance that, as Jews, we simply cannot countenance." 

In his annual Christmas message, British prime minister David Cameron claimed that as a Christian country Britain should "reflect on the fact that it is because of these important religious roots and Christian values that Britain has been such a successful home to people of all faiths and none." 

He also noted that "Christians from Africa to Asia will go to church on Christmas morning full of joy, but many in fear of persecution."

Cardinal Nichols has previously berated the U.K. government for its slow reaction toward the refugee crisis, stating in November that "so much more needs to be done." He has also supported the use of force in combating the growing threat of ISIS. 

Despite his strong stance on the refugee crisis and ISIS, Cdl. Nichols has previously come under fire for his controversial actions in expanding the Church's ministry toward the LGBT community, including presiding over a Mass specifically geared toward "LGBT Catholics." He has also presented controversial views on extending Communion to the divorced and civilly remarried. 

To date, Britain has resettled 1,000 Syrian refugees, anticipating up to 20,000 over the next five years. 

To learn more on Christian persecution in the Middle East, please see our Special Report "Cold as ISIS."
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Two arrested in Belgium over suspected New Year's Eve attack plot

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Two people were arrested in Belgium on Sunday and Monday, both suspected of plotting an attack in Brussels on New Year's Eve, federal prosecutors said.

Police found military clothing and Islamic State propaganda material but no weapons or explosives, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

"Our investigation revealed serious threats of an attack on symbolic places in Brussels during the celebrations for New Year's Eve," the prosecutors said in a statement.

A total of six people had been taken in for questioning during house searches in Brussels, a neighboring province and Liege, but four of them had since been released, the prosecutors added.

Belgium has been at the heart of investigations into the Paris attacks on Nov. 13 that left 130 people dead after links with Brussels emerged. Two of the Paris suicide bombers, Brahim Abdeslam and Bilal Hadfi, had been living in Belgium.

Belgian police have arrested nine people in connection with the Paris attacks. But the prosecutors said Tuesday's announcement was not linked to that investigation.

(Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
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House Democrats Move to Criminalize Criticism of Islam

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December 17, 2015 ought henceforth to be a date which will live in infamy, as that was the day that some of the leading Democrats in the House of Representatives came out in favor of the destruction of the First Amendment. Sponsored by among others, Muslim Congressmen Keith Ellison and Andre Carson, as well as Eleanor Holmes Norton, Loretta Sanchez, Charles Rangel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Joe Kennedy, Al Green, Judy Chu, Debbie Dingell, Niki Tsongas, John Conyers, José Serrano, Hank Johnson, and many others, House Resolution 569 condemns “violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.” The Resolution has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

That’s right: “violence, bigotry and hateful rhetoric.” The implications of those five words will fly by most people who read them, and the mainstream media, of course, will do nothing to elucidate them. But what H. Res. 569 does is conflate violence -- attacks on innocent civilians, which have no justification under any circumstances – with “bigotry” and “hateful rhetoric,” which are identified on the basis of subjective judgments. The inclusion of condemnations of “bigotry” and “hateful rhetoric” in this Resolution, while appearing to be high-minded, take on an ominous character when one recalls the fact that for years, Ellison, Carson, and his allies (including groups such as the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR) have been smearing any and all honest examination of how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to incite hatred and violence as “bigotry” and “hateful rhetoric.” This Resolution is using the specter of violence against Muslims to try to quash legitimate research into the motives and goals of those who have vowed to destroy us, which will have the effect of allowing the jihad to advance unimpeded and unopposed.

That’s not what this H. Res. 569 would do, you say? It’s just about condemning “hate speech,” not free speech? That kind of sloppy reasoning may pass for thought on most campuses today, but there is really no excuse for it. Take, for example, the wife of Paris jihad murderer Samy Amimour – please. It was recently revealed that she happily boasted about his role in the murder of 130 Paris infidels: “I encouraged my husband to leave in order to terrorize the people of France who have so much blood on their hands […] I’m so proud of my husband and to boast about his virtue, ah la la, I am so happy.” Proud wifey added: “As long as you continue to offend Islam and Muslims, you will be potential targets, and not just cops and Jews but everyone.”

Now Samy Amimour’s wife sounds as if she would be very happy with H. Res. 569, and its sponsors would no doubt gladly avow that we should stop offending Islam and Muslims – that is, cut out the “bigotry” and “hateful rhetoric.” If we are going to be “potential targets” even if we’re not “cops” or “Jews,” as long as we “continue to offend Islam and Muslims,” then the obvious solution, according to the Western intelligentsia, is to stop doing anything that might offend Islam and Muslims – oh, and stop being cops and Jews. Barack “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” says it. Hillary “We’re going to have that filmmaker arrested” Clinton says it. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, certain that anyone who speaks honestly about Islam and jihad is a continuing danger to the Church, says it.

And it should be easy. What offends Islam and Muslims? It ought to be a simple matter to cross those things off our list, right? Making a few sacrifices for the sake of our future of glorious diversity should be a no-brainer for every millennial, and everyone of every age who is concerned about “hate,” right? So let’s see. Drawing Muhammad – that’s right out. And of course, Christmas celebrations, officially banned this year in three Muslim countries and frowned upon (at best) in many others, will have to go as well. Alcohol and pork? Not in public, at least. Conversion from Islam to Christianity? No more of that. Building churches? Come on, you’ve got to be more multicultural!

Everyone agrees. The leaders of free societies are eagerly lining up to relinquish those freedoms. The glorious diversity of our multicultural future demands it. And that future will be grand indeed, a gorgeous mosaic, as everyone assures us, once those horrible “Islamophobes” are forcibly silenced. Everyone will applaud that. Most won’t even remember, once the jihad agenda becomes clear and undeniable to everyone in the U.S. on a daily basis and no one is able to say a single thing about it, that there used to be some people around who tried to warn them.
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Islamic State’s Department of ‘War Spoils’ revealed

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Islamic State has set up departments to handle “war spoils,” including slaves, and the exploitation of natural resources such as oil, creating the trappings of government that enable it to manage large swaths of Syria and Iraq and other areas.

The hierarchical bureaucracy, including petty rivalries between officials, and legal codes in the form of religious fatwas are detailed in a cache of documents seized by U.S. Special Operations Forces in a May raid in Syria that killed top IS financial official Abu Sayyaf. Reuters has reviewed some of the documents.

U.S. officials say the documents have helped deepen their understanding of a militant group whose skill in controlling the territory it has seized has surprised many. They provide insight into how a once small insurgent group has developed a complex bureaucracy to manage revenue streams – from pillaged oil to stolen antiquities – and oversee subjugated populations.

“This really kind of brings it out. The level of bureaucratization, organization, the diwans, the committees,” Brett McGurk, President Barack Obama’s special envoy for the anti-IS coalition, told Reuters.

For example, one diwan, roughly equivalent to a government ministry, handles natural resources, including the exploitation of antiquities from ancient empires. Another processes “war spoils,” including slaves.

“Islamic State is invested in the statehood and Caliphate image more so than any other jihadist enterprise. So a formal organization, besides being practical when you control so much contiguous territory and major cities, also reinforces the statehood image,” said Aymenn al-Tamimi, a fellow at the Middle East Forum think tank and an expert on IS’s structure.

The documents also show how “meticulous and data-oriented” IS is in managing the oil and gas sector, although it is not a sophisticated operation, said Amos Hochstein, the State Department’s top official for energy affairs.

U.S. officials said the documents have helped the anti-IS coalition to pinpoint vulnerabilities. The United States and its allies have been using air strikes to degrade the group’s oil infrastructure and target key officials.

The documents show the Islamic State is not immune to the rivalries and personality clashes that typify bureaucracies everywhere. A Nov. 21, 2014 letter from the Diwan of Natural Resources emphasizes that Abu Sayyaf is in charge of handling antiquities.

“The reason being is that he is very knowledgeable in this field and that Abu Jihad al-Tunisi is a simpleton who can’t manage the division,” it says.

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Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the documents it obtained, which represent a fraction of the material seized in the Syria raid. U.S. forces captured a huge amount of data in the form of computer hard drives, thumb drives, CDs, DVDs and papers.

Many of the seized documents are fatwas, or religious rulings, covering issues from rape of female prisoners and the treatment of slaves with minor children to when it is permissible for a son to steal from his father to fund travel to fight jihad, or holy war.

Reuters reported last week on a previously undisclosed ruling by the Islamic State’s Research and Fatwa Committee that sanctions the harvesting of human organs. The fatwa raises concerns that the violent extremist group may be trafficking in body parts.

A booklet entitled “From Creator’s Rulings on Capturing Prisoners and Enslavement,” lays out rules on enslaving women seized from vanquished “infidels.” The October 2014 document, reviewed by Reuters, attempts to ground the rules in Islamic law.

Citing sayings of the Prophet Mohammad, the booklet calls for both kindness and cruelty to captives by Islamic State fighters.

Enslaved women should not be separated from their children, it says, but elsewhere the rules allow Islamic State fighters to have sex with female slaves.

Middle East Forum’s Tamimi said the fatwas are intended to bolster Islamic State’s claim that it is a legitimate state.

The rules not only apply to captured territory in Iraq and Syria but also its self-declared provinces in Africa, the Sinai and South Asia. They cover even mundane issues.

In the documents, there is a ruling on proper procedure for filling out the personal details of prospective fighters: name, gender, and communications method – telephone, telegram, Skype or the mobile messaging service WhatsApp. (Reuters)
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THE APOLOGIST FOR ISLAM BETTER START APOLOGISING

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Today the Sydney Morning Herald published yet another article by their Islamic poster boy Waleed Aly. The comment preceding the post on facebook said, “This isn’t really a conversation about Islam. It’s too transparent politically, and theologically illiterate – for that. The more interesting story here is one of a collapsing brand of politics.”
The irony is, that quote came from Waleed Aly himself in an attempt to criticise Tony Abbott and Donald Trump. Yet it far more accurately describes Waleed and every other Islamic apologist given air time in the media.
So come on Waleed, let's talk about Islam. You rarely do. 
Here are some conversation starters.
1. Is Mohamed the supreme example of a human being? 
2. Does the Qur'an command muslims to 'obey Allah and the messenger?' 
3. Do you follow the example of Mohamed? 
4. Are you a true muslim if you reject the example of Mohamed and disobey the Qur'an? 
5. Was Mohamed right to sexually abuse children, remember he married a six year old and the marriage was consummated when she was just nine? Please don't insult our intelligence by saying it was culturally appropriate. Was your prophet right or wrong? 
6. Do you reject the example of your prophet or condone/excuse it? 
7. Let's compare Jesus and Mohamed. Jesus was peaceful, Mohamed became increasingly violent. 
8. Let's discuss how the violence in the Bible was descriptive, it was limited to a time and place, describing historic events. Whereas the violence in the Qur'an is prescriptive - open commands to all muslims, not limited to time or place. Does this make you, or ISIS, the true muslims? 
9. Was Mohamed correct about gays being stoned, thrown off buildings or beheaded - or was he wrong? 
10. Do you reject the verses in the Qur'an that explicitly call for muslims to strike at the necks of unbelievers and cut off their fingertips? Did Allah get that wrong? 
11. Is a true muslim meant to take the Qur'an literally? Are they able to pick and choose the bits they like? Can a muslim actually determine what Allah or Mohamed got right or wrong? 
12. Is Allah ever wrong? 
13. Was Mohamed ever wrong?
Then we could talk about beheading 800 Jews, taking slaves, punishing apostates, dhimmitude, stoning adulterers, the inferiority of women and so much more….What about the OIC nations? Have they all misinterpreted the Qur’an and example of Mohamed too? Will you Waleed, condemn the Sharia Law practices of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq?
It would be a fascinating conversation no doubt. However, I won’t hold my breath, I think Waleed will be ‘busy’ that day.
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Denmark: Local governmant rules that kindergartens must serve pork to Muslim children

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The employees of day care centers in Randers can not in the future choose to not buy pork in the supermarket when shopping for the children’s dinner.

This is what a majority in Randers City Council Monday night decided by a vote of 16 against 15th.

Local politicians have voted for a proposal from the Danish People’s Party and Venstre (Liberals) that it is a requirement of all municipal institutions that pork should be part of the meal plan. …

The proposal to serve pork for both Muslim and non-Muslim children were put forth after several of the city’s institutions had decided to stop serving pork for the children.”
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Bill banning child marriage in Pakistan falls at first hurdle after Sharia council rules it 'un-Islamic'

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A proposed bill in Pakistan banning child marriages has fallen at the first hurdle. The bill was blocked by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), which declared it un-Islamic.

The bill proposed by ruling PML-N party MP Marvi Memon was withdrawn Thursday, 14 January, after the influential council, which advises the legislature on whether bills comply with Sharia law, declared it "un-Islamic" and "blasphemous", Express Tribune reported.

The bill proposed harsher punishments for those entering marriage with minors, including prison terms of up to two years, and raising the minimum age of marriage to 18. Under Pakistan's constitution, the council's advice is not legally binding, but should be taken into consideration when considering new bills.

In May, 2014, the CII ruled that Pakistan's current laws stipulating 16 as the minimum age for marriage were un-Islamic, and girls as young as nine could be married "if signs of puberty are visible".

Pakistan is one of a number of states to have pledged to end child marriage by 2030, under the UN's Sustainable Development goals. The charity Girls not Brides estimates that about 20% of girls in Pakistan are married before the age of 18.
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French Jews' fears 'intolerable' - Francois Hollande - BBC News

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Francois Hollande has called the idea French Jews would hide their religion out of fear "intolerable", after an anti-Semitic attack in Marseille.
The French president's comments come after a Jewish leader in the city urged men to stop wearing their skullcaps or other religious symbols.
The victim of the attack, a Jewish teacher, was stabbed by a boy who pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
Jews were targeted in January last year during the Charlie Hebdo Paris attacks.
Mr Hollande said: "It is intolerable that in our country citizens should feel so upset and under assault because of their religious choice that they would conclude that they have to hide."
But Zvi Ammar, head of Marseille's Israelite Consistory, said the "exceptional measure" was needed.
Speaking to La Provence newspaper (in French), Mr Ammar called on Jews "not to wear the kippa [skullcap] in the street to avoid being identified as Jewish".
"It is sad to find ourselves in this position in 2016, in a great democratic country like France," he said.
France's Jewish community fears further attacks
French Jews question their future
Monday's machete attack left the teacher, Benjamin Amsellem, 35, who was wearing a skullcap at the time, with an injured shoulder and hand.
The teenage assailant was charged on Wednesday evening with "attempted assassination linked to a terrorist organization", authorities said.
The youth, described as a self-radicalised ethnic Kurd from Turkey, reportedly told police he was "ashamed" he did not manage to kill Mr Amsellem.
It was the third such attack on Jews in recent months in Marseille, which has the third-largest urban population of Jews in Europe after Paris and London
In November, a teacher at a Jewish school in Marseille was stabbed by three people who shouted anti-Semitic insults at him
Three Jews were assaulted in the city in October, one with a knife near a synagogue, by a drunken assailant, AFP news agency reports
A 15-year-old Turkish Kurd was arrested after attacking Mr Amsellem, 35, in a Marseille street in broad daylight.
Jewish men often wear a skullcap, also known in Hebrew as a kippa or in Yiddish as a yarmulke, as an outward sign of their religion.
The latest stabbing in Marseille came just days after France held memorial events for those killed in the Paris attacks last January.
Four Jewish shoppers were killed by an IS supporter at a kosher supermarket, shortly after the deadly assault on the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine.
Since then, more than 700 synagogues, Jewish schools and community centres have been protected by police or soldiers.
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Security experts fear 'European 9/11' in 2016

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PARIS: Just a week into the year, France has already been rattled by an attempted attack on a police station, but counter-terrorism officials have far graver fears for Europe in 2016.

November's attacks in Paris, in which 130 people were killed by Daesh group terroists, showed the trauma that could be caused by a group of men with Kalashnikov rifles, but experts fear it could be just the start.

"Unfortunately, I think 2015 was nothing," a counter-terrorism official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"We are moving towards a European 9/11: simultaneous attacks on the same day in several countries, several places. A very coordinated thing. We know the terrorists are working on this," he added.

He said the Daesh was recruiting and training Europeans "with the goal of sending them back to hit their countries of origin".

"They have the necessary false documents, the mastery of the language, the sites, the weapons. We stop a lot of them, but it must be recognised that we are overwhelmed. Some will get through - some already have."

Recent arrests of terrorists returning from Syria and Iraq have added to concerns, he said.

"The profiles are changing. We are seeing ultra-radical guys return, very battle-hardened, who should have stayed over there.
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"Before we mostly had guys returning who had made a mistake, who didn't realise that war can be painful. But now, we are seeing guys return who are sticking to their chosen path."

Rapid response needed

Faced with an enemy that is happy to die and maximise civilian casualties, the challenge for France's security forces is to massively speed up response times.

"There will always be a delay for intervention forces that we have to reduce as much as possible," Colonel Hubert Bonneau, head of the elite GIGN police, told AFP.

"In the Bataclan, the killing of 90 people took 20 minutes. It stops when there is the opposition of security forces," he said, referring to the attack on a Paris concert hall on November 13.
It took two-and-a-half hours for police to storm the concert hall as they tried to gather information on the layout of the building and position of the Islamist terrorists.

Bonneau said this new type of threat meant there were no classic hostage situations such as in the past.

"Hostages are just a buffer to slow the progress of security forces. If we don't intervene as quickly as possible there will be more victims. That's the lesson to draw from the attacks of November 13, that will change our mode of intervention.

"We need to have surgical action, as forceful as possible and as quickly as possible," he said.

'Just a rehearsal' 

Multiple, pan-European plots are not new and have been disrupted on several occasions, including one in late August 2010, said Yves Trotignon, a former analyst for France's DGSE intelligence service.

"At that time, it was still Al Qieda," he said.

"The teams were due to arrive in western Europe, recover pre-placed material - handguns and assault rifles. It was disrupted by the Americans, who carried out a series of preventative drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan against the guys thought to be mounting the operation.

"This type of multiple attack is part of the worst-case scenarios for 2016," said Trotignon.

"I know that in European capitals, particularly London, specialised services are working on this theory."

Police, military and intelligence services are constantly adapting to the shape-shifting threat, but so are the other side and often more quickly and effectively, the specialists said.

"It's not just us that learn the lessons, it's the Daesh as well," said the counter-terrorism official.

He said a key lesson was to stay away from telephones, which have often been a key way to monitor potential attackers.
"They take lessons from the press investigations, read everything on the subject. They saw that it took two-and-a-half hours to launch the police raid at the Bataclan," said Trotignon.

They also saw that "the explosives weren't good, that they must be changed, that the guys left too many traces. They learn fast."

"If the quality of the attackers improves, we will have a problem," he said, adding that there was a "terrible pessimism" among security service professionals for 2016.

"Maybe we will say that 2015 was just a rehearsal," he added.
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Pastor's remarks offensive but not criminal

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When Pastor James McConnell made his offensive, sweeping and ill-judged comments about Muslims in a sermon delivered at the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in north Belfast in May 2014, he could not have known the far-reaching repercussions of his remarks.

If he had confined his sermon to within the walls of his church it is unlikely it would have come to wider public attention.

As it was, his remarks were streamed online to a potentially global audience and sparked widespread outrage.

The pastor's reputation was severely damaged and his subsequent television appearances suggested an elderly man struggling to deal with the enormity of the situation.

It was an issue which reached the highest levels of government with Peter Robinson speaking out in defence of the pastor and managing to create an even bigger storm when he told the Irish News he would trust a Muslim to go the shops for him.

After several days of pressure, which included headlines around the world, the First Minister was eventually forced to apologise to Muslims.

But that was not the end of the matter.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) decided to prosecute Pastor McConnell under the 2003 Communications Act in relation to the sermon which had been broadcast online.

The subsequent court case became something of a cause celebre with supporters of the preacher turning out in numbers and presenting the issue as one of free speech.

Judge Liam McNally agreed, up to a point, concluding that while the words used by Mr McConnell were offensive they did not meet the high threshold of being ``grossly offensive.''

It is perhaps a fine distinction but it meant the pastor was found not guilty.

The judge pointed out that if the preacher had qualified his remarks, as he did in subsequent media interviews, he could have been spared the legal battle.

For his part, the 78-year-old pastor said if he was to give the sermon again he would word it differently, so perhaps some lesson has been learned in what has been a bruising experience.

Judge McNally also issued a firm endorsement of the right to express opinions which may cause shock or outrage.

``The courts need to be very careful not to criminalise speech which, however contemptible, is no more than offensive. It is not the task of the criminal law to censor offensive utterances,'' he said.

There is, of course, a clear distinction between the criminal court and the court of public opinion.

People are entitled to hold a particular view but those in positions of influence need to take care in choosing their words to ensure their meaning is not open to misinterpretation.

Pastor McConnell has been cleared of a criminal offence but that does not make his insulting and hurtful comments about the followers of an entire religion any more acceptable.
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Fr Patrick McCafferty: McConnell case 'waste of money'

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A priest has criticised the case against Pastor James McConnell as a "waste of public resources".

Fr Patrick McCafferty, who is based in Crossgar, Co Down, acted as a character witness for the preacher during his trial.

He said while he strongly disagreed with Mr McConnell's remarks, the case should never have been brought to court, particularly given the pastor's age.

"I am glad that it's over for him. It was a waste of time and a waste of public resources that it went as far as it did," he told The Irish News.

"When it comes to religion, often there are polemics used. They have been part of inter-religious debates for centuries. Things do get heated."

Fr McCafferty said he first met Mr McConnell when he challenged him about offensive comments he made about the Catholic Church several years ago.

"I took him on, I didn't take him to court," he said. "Engagement and dialogue with people is a much more mature approach.

"I am just glad it ended successfully in his favour."

He said Mr McConnell had not expressed himself well during his contentious sermon in May 2014, but it was a case of freedom of expression and freedom of speech.

"He did qualify during the case that he was thinking of extremists and radicalised people within Islam, who are a threat, those who have no qualms about walking into a public place and setting off a bomb or firing a gun and killing people.

"But he didn't particularly put it well at the time."
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British MP Goading UK Govt Into Banning Donald Trump Is Muslim Socialist Who Campaigned For Obama

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Tulip Siddiq – the Labour Party MP who is at the forefront of goading the British government into banning U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump from the United Kingdom – is one of her party’s members who helped the hard-left, anti-Israel Jeremy Corbyn become its leader. She also claims in a 2014 biography to have campaigned for U.S. President Barack Obama in 2008.

Ms. Siddiq, whose job is to represent the interests of her constituents, has called Mr. Trump “corrosive” in a statement to the Telegraph newspaper, following the news that Mr. Trump would pull over £700m in investment in Scotland if UK MPs recommended to ban him from the country.

She said yesterday: “The United Kingdom should not be held to ransom by corrosive billionaire politicians. In our country, money doesn’t buy the right to sew discord and hatred in our communities.

“Donald Trump’s threats about withholding investment from the UK is another desperate attempt to get in the headlines and anyone seeing his comments should reject his bigotry.”

She hasn’t yet commented on how much foreign funding is ploughed into UK academic institutions, mosques, and communities by the likes of Saudi Arabia – with the express intent to “sew discord and hatred” in Britain.

Ms. Siddiq was elected to Parliament to represent the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in May 2015. She beat her Liberal Democrat opponent, and radical Islam critic Maajid Nawaz, who has spent the better part of his life campaigning against Islamic extremism.

The ‘British Bangladeshi Who’s Who’ magazine listed Ms. Siddiq on page 110 of 120, stating: “She has campaigned for political parties internationally and in 2008, she campaigned for Barack Obama in the United States.”

The magazine also notes her involvement with Labour politicians Oona King and Sadiq Khan – the latter of whom is running for Mayor of London, and has been the lawyer for Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, and former Guantanamo Bay detainees.

She was one of five out of nine Muslim, Labour Members of Parliament who helped elect Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party by sponsoring his initial candidacy within the party.

She is the niece of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
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UK Iraq veterans 'may face prosecution' - BBC News

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UK soldiers who fought in the Iraq War may face prosecution for war crimes, according to the head of a unit investigating alleged abuses.
Mark Warwick said there were "lots of significant cases" and that discussions would be held over whether they met a war crimes threshold.
Lawyers are continuing to refer alleged abuse cases by soldiers to the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat).
The Ministry of Defence said it took such allegations "extremely seriously".
Two public inquiries have already looked at claims against UK troops in Iraq.
Mr Warwick, the former police detective in charge of Ihat, told the Independent the allegations being investigated included ones of murder.
He added: "Over the next 12 to 18 months, we will review all the caseload to better understand the picture and then I think we can say whether 2019 seems realistic."
The inquiry has considered at least 1,515 possible victims, of whom 280 are alleged to have been unlawfully killed.
He said: "We would look at the credibility of the allegation in the first instance and, when we've looked at a lot of these extra cases coming to us, some of them are duplicates of cases, some of them we've already identified as part of our own investigation process, and some are multiple allegations, where we would investigate as a single allegation."
'Slow pace'
Ihat's budget of £57.2m runs until the end of 2019 - 16 years after the invasion of Iraq began in 2003.
Carla Ferstman, director of the human rights charity Redress, also told the newspaper that the "incredibly slow pace" of Ihat's investigations was "wholly unacceptable".
He added: "Things seem to still be moving at a snail's pace. We call upon the government to ensure Ihat can, and does, do what it was set up to do, and to do it now. This cannot be a whitewash."
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence said most members of the armed forces behaved correctly.
She added: "The vast majority of UK service personnel deployed on military operations conduct themselves professionally and in accordance with the law.
"Where there is sufficient evidence, members of HM Forces can be prosecuted. It is estimated that the Ihat's work will take until the end of 2019."
An inquiry into claims of abuse by UK troops in Iraq highlighted the death of 26-year-old hotel worker Baha Mousa, who died in UK military custody in September 2003.
It concluded in September 2011, with inquiry chairman Sir William Gage blaming "corporate failure" at the Ministry of Defence for the use of banned interrogation methods in Iraq.
The Al-Sweady Inquiry, set up in 2009, followed allegations made in judicial review proceedings at the High Court that the human rights of several Iraqis were abused by British troops in the aftermath of a firefight with insurgents near the town of Majar al Kabir.
Inquiry chairman Sir Thayne Forbes said allegations that troops murdered and mutilated Iraqis in custody were "wholly without foundation". But he did conclude that some of the detention techniques had amounted to mistreatment.
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Iraq, Syria, France deadliest places for reporters in 2015

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The Islamist attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo made France the third deadliest country for journalists in 2015, just behind Syria and Iraq, media freedom organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Tuesday.

Sixty-seven journalists were killed globally this year, either targeted because of their work or dying while reporting, Paris-based RSF said in its annual report. Some 27 citizen (amateur)journalists and seven media workers were also killed.

"The majority aren't journalists in the wrong place at the wrong time during a bombing raid, they're journalists who are murdered to stop them from doing their jobs," RSF Secretary General Christophe Deloire told Reuters.

"Today if you're a journalist, even if your audience is just readers in your country... you're exposing yourself to nutcases on the other side of the world, groups of religious extremists, that could put you on a blacklist, and then other people take action and come and kill you."

Eight journalists died in Paris on Jan. 7 when Islamist gunmen attacked Charlie Hebdo's offices, the first such assault in a Western country. It meant that this year two-thirds of the reporters who died while working were killed in a country at peace, RSF said - the exact opposite of 2014.

Eleven journalists were killed in Iraq and 10 in Syria this year, the two most lethal countries for journalists. The fourth most deadly country was Yemen, followed by South Sudan, India, Mexico, the Philippines and Honduras.

The 2015 death toll is one more than in 2014 and slightly below the average of the past 10 years. Separately, RSF also compiled for the first time the number of journalists who died for unclear reasons - 43 in 2015.

The full report can be read online: here

(Reporting by Ingrid Melander and Johnny Cotton; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
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Exclusive: Islamic State ruling aims to settle who can have sex with female slaves

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Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when "owners" of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females.

The ruling or fatwa has the force of law and appears to go beyond the Islamic State's previous known utterances on slavery, a leading Islamic State scholar said. It sheds new light on how the group is trying to reinterpret centuries-old teachings to justify the rape of women in the swaths of Syria and Iraq it controls.

For a U.S. government translation of the fatwa click here.

The fatwa was among a huge trove of documents captured by U.S. Special Operations Forces during a raid targeting a top Islamic State official in Syria in May. Reuters has reviewed the document, which has not been previously published, but couldn't independently confirm its authenticity.

Among the fatwa's injunctions are bans on a father and son having sex with the same female slave; and the owner of a mother and daughter having sex with both. Joint owners of a female captive are similarly enjoined from intercourse because she is viewed as "part of a joint ownership."

The United Nations and human rights groups have accused the Islamic State of the systematic abduction and rape of thousands of women and girls as young as 12, especially members of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq. Many have been given to fighters as a reward or sold as sex slaves.

Far from trying to conceal the practice, Islamic State has boasted about it and established a department of "war spoils" to manage slavery. Reuters reported on the existence of the department on Monday.

In an April report, Human Rights Watch interviewed 20 female escapees who recounted how Islamic State fighters separated young women and girls from men and boys and older women. They were moved "in an organized and methodical fashion to various places in Iraq and Syria." They were then sold or given as gifts and repeatedly raped or subjected to sexual violence.

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Fatwa No. 64, dated Jan. 29, 2015, and issued by Islamic State's Committee of Research and Fatwas, appears to codify sexual relations between IS fighters and their female captives for the first time, going further than a pamphlet issued by the group in 2014 on how to treat slaves.

The fatwa starts with a question: "Some of the brothers have committed violations in the matter of the treatment of the female slaves. These violations are not permitted by Sharia law because these rules have not been dealt with in ages. Are there any warnings pertaining to this matter?"

It then lists 15 injunctions, which in some instances go into explicit detail. For example:

"If the owner of a female captive, who has a daughter suitable for intercourse, has sexual relations with the latter, he is not permitted to have intercourse with her mother and she is permanently off limits to him. Should he have intercourse with her mother then he is not permitted to have intercourse with her daughter and she is to be off limits to him."

Islamic State's rape of female captives has been well documented, but a leading IS expert at Princeton University, Cole Bunzel, who has reviewed many of the group's writings, said the fatwa went beyond what has previously been published by the militants on how to treat female slaves.

"It reveals the actual concerns of IS slave owners," he said in an email.

Still, he cautioned that not "everything dealt with in the fatwa is indicative of a relevant violation. It doesn't mean father and son were necessarily sharing a girl. They're at least being 'warned' not to. But I bet some of these violations were being committed."

The fatwa also instructs owners of female slaves to "show compassion toward her, be kind to her, not humiliate her, and not assign her work she is unable to perform." An owner should also not sell her to an individual whom he knows will mistreat her.

Professor Abdel Fattah Alawari, dean of Islamic Theology at Al-Azhar University, a 1,000-year-old Egyptian center for Islamic learning, said Islamic State "has nothing to do with Islam" and was deliberately misreading centuries-old verses and sayings that were originally designed to end, rather than encourage, slavery.

"Islam preaches freedom to slaves, not slavery. Slavery was the status quo when Islam came around," he said. "Judaism, Christianity, Greek, Roman, and Persian civilizations all practiced it and took the females of their enemies as sex slaves. So Islam found this abhorrent practice and worked to gradually remove it.”

In September 2014 more than 120 Islamic scholars from around the world issued an open letter to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi refuting the group's religious arguments to justify many of its actions. The scholars noted that the "reintroduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam."

(Additional reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein in Cairo and William Maclean in Dubai, editing by Ross Colvin)
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Iraqi flag raised above Ramadi govt complex - Kuwait Times

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RAMADI: Iraq declared the city of Ramadi liberated from the Islamic State group yesterday and raised the national flag over its government complex after clinching a landmark victory against the jihadists. Fighters brandishing rifles danced in the Anbar provincial capital as top commanders paraded through the streets after recapturing the city they lost to IS in May. Pockets of jihadists may remain but the army said it no longer faced any resistance and that its main task was to defuse the countless bombs and traps IS left behind.

“Ramadi has been liberated and the armed forces of the counter-terrorism service have raised the Iraqi flag above the government complex,” Brigadier General Yahya Rasool announced on state television. The former government headquarters in Ramadi was the epicentre of the fighting but Iraqi forces did not rush in when IS pulled out because the entire area was rigged. “Daesh has planted more than 300 explosive devices on the roads and in the buildings of the government complex,” said Brigadier General Majid al-Fatlawi of the army’s 8th division.

Several local officials said IS used civilians as human shields to escape the battle when it became clear their last stand in Ramadi was doomed. A senior army commander told AFP that his forces were still sweeping the outskirts of the city for potential pockets of jihadists. IS had an estimated force of around 400 fighters to defend central Ramadi a week ago. It is not clear how many were killed and how many were able to pull back to positions outside the city.

The Iraqi authorities did not divulge any casualty figures for federal forces but medics told AFP that close to 100 wounded government fighters were brought to Baghdad hospitals on Sunday alone. “The dead bodies are taken directly to the main military hospital” near the airport, said one hospital source, explaining why he could not provide a death toll. The US-led anti-IS coalition praised the performance of the Iraqi forces in retaking Ramadi, an operation in which it played a significant role, training local forces, arming them and carrying out what it said were 600 air strikes since July.

French President Francois Hollande called the liberation of Ramadi the “most important victory yet” in the fight against the jihadists. Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said “it shows once again that IS is not unbeatable”. The jihadists’ loss of Ramadi came on the heels of the recapture in neighboring Syria of a key dam on the Euphrates by an alliance of Kurdish and Arab rebels. The speaker parliament was one of the first top Iraqi officials to congratulate the security forces on their victory.

“This great victory has broken the back of Daesh and represents a launchpad for the liberation of Nineveh,” Salim Al-Juburi said in a statement. Nineveh is home to Iraq’s second city of Mosul, from which IS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi proclaimed his “caliphate” straddling Iraq and Syria more than a year and a half ago.

Anbar residents account for more than a third of the 3.2 million Iraqis who have been displaced by conflict since the start of 2014. Ramadi is devastated and a return to normalcy is some way away. Sohaib Ali, 27, fled with his three children and the rest of his family to the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region Arbil nearly two years ago when violence first hit Ramadi. “We do not intend to return for now, although this liberation makes us very happy. We can see that huge damage was caused in the city and I don’t think that basic services will return for a while, nor will security,” he said.

Iraq’s defence minister, Khaled Al-Obaidi, said a week ago that Iraqi forces had reconquered more than half of the territory lost to IS in June and August 2014. The victory in Ramadi follows others in Baiji, north of Baghdad, and Sinjar, the hub of the Yazidi minority in the northeast of the country. Ramadi was recaptured by federal forces, with the Popular Mobilisation – a paramilitary force dominated by Tehran-backed Shiite militia groups – remaining on the fringes.

Many of Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s political rivals had questioned his strategy of excluding those groups and relying on the US-led coalition’s air power. “The prestige goes to the Iraqi military,” said political analyst Ihsan Al-Shammari. “As an institution, it’s the first time since the Daesh invasion (in June 2014) it has achieved a victory without the support of the Popular Mobilisation force,” he said. The Iraq army collapsed when IS attacked Mosul in June 2014 and sw
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Migrants paid $1000 each to get from Cyprus to Turkey

Migrants paid $1000 each to get from Cyprus to Turkey | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
The 18 migrants that were arrested near Larnaca on Saturday night have claimed that they had paid a trafficker 1000 dollars each to travel from Cyprus to Turkey by boat.

Police said that the 18 migrants arrested for illegally entering Cyprus on Saturday night have stated they had paid 1000 dollars each to two traffickers who were to pick them up in a boat near Pervolia in Larnaca and take them to Turkey.

According to immigration authorities the 16 Africans and two Asians had paid 1000 dollars each to be taken illegally to Turkey; from there they would travel to main land Europe.

The group claims they had been living in the North of Cyprus and were all students.

They further allege that a trafficker had taken them illegally from the North of Cyprus to the South of the island about a week ago. They have yet to give details of where they were staying.

The traffickers are believed to have arranged for a boat to pick the group up from Pervolia in Larnaca late on Saturday night. However having spent several hours on the beach waiting for the boat, which did not appear, they abandoned the place and started walking the streets.

It was at this point that they were spotted by residences and the authorities were alerted of their presence.

The 18 migrants were arrested for entering Cyprus illegally and are currently in police custody.
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