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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TWO AUSTRALIA AND U.S. BASED MUSLIM PREACHERS USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO GUIDE,INSPIRE AND BE ONLINE CHEERLEADERS FOR FOREIGN JIHADIS IN SYRIA



Two radical Muslim clerics have been identified as influential online cheerleaders for fighters seeking to topple the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, in a pioneering academic study published on Wednesday.
Researchers based at King's College London reveal how social media is being harnessed by a network of radical preachers to inspire and guide British and other western Muslims waging jihad in Syria.
By examining tweets and Facebook postings used by certain rebels, people who follow the conflict from abroad and the two clerics, the academics say they have been able to provide a "unique and unfiltered window into the minds" of western and European foreign fighters in Syria.
The information allowed the analysts to identify a "set of new spiritual authorities" who have the largest followings. The report says they are the American-based cleric Ahmad Musa Jibril and the Australian preacher Musa Cerantonio. Both speak English and are based in the west.
Although there is no evidence to suggest these individuals are physically involved in facilitating the flow of foreign fighters to Syria, or that they are co-ordinating their activity with jihadist organisations, they are playing the role of cheerleaders. "It is clear that they are important figures whose political, moral and spiritual messages are considered attractive to a number of foreign fighters," the researchers conclude.
"Syria may be the first conflict in which a large number of western fighters have been documenting their involvement in conflict in real-time, and where – in turn – social media represents an essential source of information and inspiration to them," the report, a product of a year-long study, concludes.
A total of 12,000 people have "liked" and receive updates from Cerantonio on Facebook and he is "more explicit in his endorsement of violent jihad" than Jibril, according to the researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College.
In one post from last December seen by the Guardian Cerantonio called for assassinations and war against the US. "If we see that Muslims are being killed by the tyrant leaders of the USA then we must first stop them with our hands (ie by force). This means that we should stop them by fighting them, by assassinating their oppressive leaders, by weakening their offensive capabilities etc … This is not something that is beyond us at all," he wrote.
Referencing the work of terrorist cells, he said: "A small group of believers was able to bomb their warship (the USS Cole), destroy their embassies, attack their military and financial headquarters, they were able to fight their soldiers and to significantly weaken them and bring them closer to defeat … What then if the entire Ummah [Muslim community] stood up to do so?!"
Though sporadically critical of them, Cerantonio describes the Isis group, which is closely affiliated to al-Qaida, "as the best forces on the ground in Syria".
Australian Federal Police ​(AFP) said they were aware of Cerantonio's Facebook page but would not confirm whether they were investigating him or not.
Michigan-born Jibril, 42, is a convicted fraudster who spent eight years in a high security US prison and has previous associations with radical preaching. When he was sentenced in 2005, the FBI said in court documents that he was running a radical Salafi website, which carried "a library of fanatically anti-American sermons by militant Islamic clerics".
Though he does not openly incite his followers to violence, Jibril, the King's College report says, started tweeting support for the Syrian rebels 13 days after he was released from prison.
In one Youtube sermon he says: "When your brothers in Syria speak, everyone today needs to shut their mouth and listen, because they're proving themselves to be real men."
He is popular on Facebook, where his personal page boasts more than 145,000 subscribers to his posts.
The study says Jibril is now the most "liked" personality on Facebook among the foreign fighters they tracked and is followed by 60% of foreign jihadists in Syria on Twitter.
Within hours of the death in Syria last December of Ifthekar Jaman, from Portsmouth, Jibril sent a message of condolence via a series of direct messages on Twitter to a member of his family.
Uploaded to the family member's public timeline, the messages read: "I didn't know him [Ifthekar] but when I read of him today it made me weep, may Allah be with you and may Allah grant him ferdous [the highest level of paradise]!
"Give my salam, love and respect to all the family. If I was there it would be a great honor to visit you all." The message was retweeted 97 times and favourited 141 times.
A second tweet of Jibril's in February praised another dead British Syrian jihadist known as Abu Layth.
Jibril described the 20-year-old Manchester man, Anil Khalil Raoudi, as a "great brother" and also wished him entry into paradise. According to the academics' report, the two clerics complement rather than compete with each other. When asked by the Guardian if he incited others to violence and possible acts of terrorism Cerantonio replied: "I do not doubt that I have called upon all believers, whether young or old, to respond to the commands of God."
In answers to questions from other media outlets Cerantonio said: "Our aim must be to unite the ranks of all Muslims … as one nation under the leadership of a Khalifah [spiritual and political head] who rules by Allah's Law."
Jibril did not respond to questions put by the Guardian or requests for an interview.

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/preachers-spiritual-cheerleaders-social-media-syria-london-university

NYPD DISBANDS MUSLIM SURVEILLANCE UNIT



A controversial New York Police Department surveillance unit that cataloged information on Muslim communities has been disbanded, according to the department.

The NYPD's Demographics Unit -- or Zone Assessment Unit -- was developed with the CIA's help after the September 11, 2001, attacks. The unit has acknowledged that it engaged in monitoring that included Muslim-owned business and mosques across the New York region and has been the target of controversy and civil lawsuits.


"The Zone Assessment Unit, previously referred to as the demographics unit, has been largely inactive since January," the department said in a statement Tuesday. "Recently, as part of an ongoing assessment of Intelligence Bureau operations, personnel assigned to the Zone Assessment Unit were reassigned to other duties within the Intelligence Bureau."

The statement continued: "Understanding certain local demographics can be a useful factor when assessing information regarding potential threats coming to the attention of the New York City Police Department, it has been determined that much of the same information previously gathered by the Zone Assessment Unit may be obtained through direct outreach by the NYPD to the communities concerned."

Two advocacy groups that filed a lawsuit challenging the unit and its activities said they were pleased it had been disbanded but want to ensure the surveillance stops.

"While we welcome the dismantling of the Demographics Unit as a long overdue step towards reining in the unconstitutional excesses of the NYPD, what has to stop is the practice of suspicion-less surveillance of Muslim communities, not just the unit assigned to do it," said a joint statement by Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which filed the lawsuit in 2012. "We will continue to work, through litigation and advocacy, to ensure the NYPD is fully and finally respecting the rights of the Muslim community."

That suit, Hassan v. City of New York, was dismissed in February and is currently under appeal.

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations echoed those sentiments.

"This is an important first step. However, the damage of unconstitutional mass spying on people solely on the basis of their religion has already been carried out and must be addressed," said Board President Ryan Mahoney.


NOW MOSQUES,MSA AND ISLAMIC CENTERS WILL BE ABLE TO FREELY PREACH MESSAGE OF HATE AND JIHAD.

"AN ATTEMPT TO HUMILIATE MUSLIMS" AL SHABAB SPOKESMAN URGES SOMALIS TO "REACT" AGAINST POLICE CRACKDOWN ON SOMALIS IN KENYA


A spokesman for the militant group in Somalia of Al Shabab, Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage [Ali Dhere] said the latest crackdown on the Somali population in Kenya by the Kenyan police was a bare attempt to humiliate Muslims in Kenya.
Speaking to pro-Al Shabab radio in Barawe, Mr Rage said he would call the Muslims in Kenya to react on the brutal operation against Muslim communities in Kenya.
“The people arrested have nothing to do with Al Shabab. How can a young toddler who is only one year old, an elder woman be an Al Shabab member.” Al Shabab spokesman questioned.
He said Kenya started the operation against Somalis in Nairobi to extort their money and deport them after it invaded their Somalia and took its land.
“I call all Muslims in Somalia to work together and stand to fight against invaders in Somalia.” he added.
His comments came as Kenya police continued irs swoop against Somalis in Nairobi and Mombasa in the past three weeks.  On Monday Kenya police announced it will target more than 20 Somali businessmen in Nairobi for financing Al Shabab fighters in Somalia.

SOURCE 
http://www.raxanreeb.com/2014/04/somalia-al-shabab-spokesman-speaks-on-kenyas-crackdown-on-somalis/

"IT SOUNDS LIKE A BONUS,IT SOUNDS LIKE A SLUSH FUND" USAID BRIBING FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TO PASS POLICIES FAVORED BY OBAMA ADMINISTRATION


A U.S. agency whose mission is to foster democracy by providing financial aid to foreign governments is under fire for what some lawmakers charge is blatant political bribery to get foreign officials to pass policies favored by the Obama administration. 
The payment programs, administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), are described as "incentive" funds. The U.S. government offers multimillion-dollar payments to foreign governments -- including in Afghanistan, as well as North Africa and elsewhere -- in exchange for approving policies that are a priority in Washington, but not necessarily in those countries. 
The money effectively greases the palms of foreign government officials, but watchdogs and lawmakers are questioning how that money is being spent. 
"It sounds like a bonus, it sounds like a slush fund, it sounds like a lot of very negative things," Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said during a recent House hearing on Capitol Hill. 
Last year, the U.S. government gave $15 million to Afghanistan in exchange for its parliament passing a law on violence against women. The United States Agency for International Development has defended that payment, arguing before a House Oversight subcommittee that the vital law would have been "unpalatable" for Afghanistan without the monetary incentive. 
But that was just a chunk of a larger, two-year $175 million "incentive fund" through USAID to nudge Afghanistan toward "progress" on human rights, budget and election reforms. Another $15 million was given last month for budget changes. 
The programs are run through USAID, a federal agency established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy that manages how much money is given to other countries to advance the political and economic interests of the United States. So far, the U.S. has committed $100 billion to reconstructing war-torn Afghanistan, with a good chunk of the cash coming from USAID. The money has funded hospitals, power plants and other initiatives.
In recent years, though, the agency has come under criticism for the way it divvies up that money and the programs it chooses to fund, including for its "incentive" payments. 
The money is supposed to go toward initiatives involving election laws, human rights, public and commercial finance, state budgets and economic development. 
USAID defends its methods and policies and tells FoxNews.com there has been “dramatic development progress.” Among the successes, the agency says, are “a 20-year increase in life expectancy and getting 8 million Afghan boys and girls enrolled in school up from 900,000 boys a decade ago.”
“The purpose of the incentive fund for Afghanistan is to leverage the Afghan government to make reforms that will help sustain the dramatic development gains from the past decade,” Kathleen Campbell, deputy assistant to the administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, said. “This will contribute to their long-term stability and U.S. national security.”
But Chaffetz, the chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, criticized Donald Sampler, assistant to the administrator of the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs for USAID, during a heated hearing in Washington earlier this month over the way the money is spent. He claimed the funds essentially were used to pay off politicians. 
“That is the very essence of corruption, and we’re funding that?” Chaffetz said. 
Sampler said he didn’t agree with terms like “slush fund” to describe the millions of dollars in payments the U.S. was sending Afghanistan to get policies and programs passed.
One problem for the programs is widespread corruption in the countries where the funds are spent.
THE MONEY WILL END UP IN THE POCKETS OF CORRUPT POLITICIANS AND LAWS WILL NEVER BE IMPLEMENTED AND REMAIN ON PAPER.

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/14/usaid-under-fire-for-spending-billions-on-questionable-foreign-programs/

USAID $ 165 MILLION PROGRAM TO FUND EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN 
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014/04/14/national/usaid-awards-100-fully-funded-scholarships-to-kp-fata-students/

"SO ONLY 13 YEARS AFTER 9/11,YOU HAVE A MOVIE WHERE A 9/11 VICTIM FAMILY MEMBER IS NOW A TERRORIST" GUTFELD BLASTS LIAM NEESON MOVIE "NON STOP"


GREG GUTFELD, 'THE FIVE' CO-HOST: In a new movie that I won't see called "Nonstop", Liam Neeson plays an air marshal try to catch terrorists killing people on a plane. It sounds like fun, billed as an action film, it's really a salute to Hollywood's cowardice in the face of real evil, a propaganda victory for those who hate us.

My nephew just saw it and his eyeballs threw up. See? The terrorist turns out to be a 9/11 victim family member aided by a military man, while the dude helping Neeson is a doctor in full Muslim dress.

The motive for the bad guys' attack to help increase security to prevent further attacks. So only 13 years after 9/11, you have a film where a 9/11 victim family member is now a terrorist.

So what's next? A moving about a Boston bombing victim blowing up other races? And a Muslim doctor stops her? Or maybe a Fort Hood shooting survivor who kills soldiers to help protection on bases and a Muslim doctor stops him? How about a man who beats women who increase awareness of domestic abuse and a Muslim man stops him?

This flick is sponsored by Islamophobia-phobia, the fear of accused bigotry driven by liberal guilt and anti-West hate, bolstered by the media fun house, where the mirrors reverse good and evil.


Anyway, at the end of movie, Liam lives and the bad guys die. You can call that a spoiler, but how do you spoil something that's already rotten?

I'm surprised CAIR is not out saying, hey, everyone should go see this. This is a great movie, everyone should go and see. CAIR is the PR wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. 


THERE IS NOT A SINGLE PERSON AMONG THE BLEEDING HEART HOLLYWOOD LIBERALS WITH GUTS TO EXPOSE EVILS OF ISLAM.

READ MORE OR WATCH VIDEO
http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/04/15/gutfeld-goes-911-movie

THANKS TO INFLUX OF SOMALI MUSLIMS HISTORIC NUMBER OF UNINSURED SIGN UP FOR SUBSIDIZED MEDICAL COVERAGE(MINNESOTA)


On a recent weekday evening, Ibrahim Hassan was pacing the narrow corridor outside a Somali mosque in south Minneapolis, buoyantly shaking hands and waving like a politician at a campaign stop.

His mission: To sign up every eligible uninsured person he met for public health coverage through the state’s MNsure website. His mobile “office” consisted of a foldout table, a laptop and a small sign that read, “We can help you” in Somali and “Obama Care.”


Though much attention has focused on the March 31 deadline to buy private health insurance — and the consumer frenzy that resulted — federal health reform and the debut of MNsure have also led to a historic surge in the number of Minnesotans enrolling in public programs.

All told, nearly 99,000 Minnesotans have signed up for subsidized coverage through Medical Assistance, the state’s version of Medicaid, since MNsure’s launch six months ago. Average monthly enrollment in the program is projected to reach 835,000 this fiscal year, up 13 percent from 2013 — the largest year-over-year surge in at least 15 years and, percentage-wise, one of the largest in the nation.

And the numbers almost certainly will climb higher. While open enrollment has closed for private coverage, eligible Minnesotans can still apply for public programs such as Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare, and the strenuous push to reach poor and uninsured Minnesotans is still forging ahead. Most of MNsure’s 800 trained helpers, known as “navigators,” continue to fan out to libraries, shopping malls, barber shops and other locations in a sustained effort to reach the estimated 440,000 Minnesotans who lack insurance.

“There was a perception that we were going to fold up our tents and go home” after April 1, Hassan said. “But we’re still here.”

The resulting expansion of public coverage is unprecedented in scope. Supporters of President Obama’s 2010 health law cite it as a victory, noting that it has cut the number of uninsured Minnesotans and arguing that it will improve the health of vulnerable families and children.

“I am celebrating that we have so many people signing up for public programs,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “We made it easier for people to enroll, and now we’re staying on them as long as they are eligible.”

Skeptics warn it could pose a long-term threat to the state’s fiscal health. Although the federal government will pick up more than 90 percent of the cost of expanding Medicaid coverage in the first nine years, state spending on the program is forecast to reach $4.57 billion this year, double the amount spent a decade ago.

MNsure does not track the percentage of new enrollees who previously lacked insurance. But state officials say the surge of enrollments almost certainly is driving down the state’s rate of uninsureds. After rising sharply during the Great Recession, from 7.2 percent in 2007 to 9.1 percent in 2011, Minnesota’s uninsured rate fell to 8.2 percent in 2013.


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http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/255109871.html

SOMALI MUSLIMS SENDING THEIR CHILDREN TO STUDY ABROAD BECAUSE THEY DON'T SPEAK NORWEGIAN AND TO TEACH THEM ISLAMIC CULTURE AND VALUES

Several hundred Somali-Norwegian children are sent to schools in Somalia, Kenya, Egypt and the UK, according to a recent report. The main reason is that their parents are unhappy with the Norwegian school system. 
"Parents often experience that their children are regarded as weak students, mostly because they do not speak Norwegian as well as other kids their age. It worries these parents that their children are not challenged enough in Norway," says Hilde Lidén at the Norwegian Institute for Social Research (ISF).
Lidén is one of several researchers that have looked at the phenomenon that many children with a minority backgorund are sent abroad to attend school. It is most common among children with a background from Pakistan and Iraq, she reports. 
Bashe Musse, Head of the Somali Network in Oslo, says that the school system in Somalia is not better than the Norwegian school system. However, several Somali parents probably feel quite distant from the Norwegian school. They are used to handing the children off to a school with strict discipline that takes full responsibility for the children's learning.
"Their understanding of Norwegian pedagogy and the way our system of education works is quite limited for many of these parents," Musse explains.
Just under 1900 children, or 13 percent of all children with a Somali background, emigrated in 2012. Around 60 percent of these children are likely to have moved out of Norway alone. However, this is only an indication of how many that may have moved abroad to attend to school, as there are no exact figures available.
Lidén points out that there may also be other reasons for why a family chooses to send their children abroad temporarily. To ensure that the children receive a strong cultural and religious foundation from their home country is one of them. 
Aftenposten writes that several parents have reported that if there was a Muslim school option in Norway they would be more likely to let their children stay at home. Their mothers, however, are worried that the children do not learn enough about Islamic culture and values in Norway without attending an Islamic school. 

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http://www.norwaypost.no/index.php/news/latest-news/29716-immigrants-send-their-children-abroad-to-attend-school

"WE DON'T LIKE THEM" RESIDENTS OF TURKISH BORDER TOWN ANGERED BY PRESENCE OF LARGE NUMBER OF SYRIAN REFUGEES AND JIHADIS


On a bustling Antakya street in southern Turkey, a young man in replica seventh-century Islamic dress, complete with western backpack, gets disapproving stares from people getting out of a Syrian-registered car. In the eyes of both Turks and Syrians he is out of place, a potential menace.
Antakya, a town of 220,000 residents, 40km from the Syrian border and the brutal conflict that lies behind it, has been a melting pot of religions for millenniums. Today, foreign jihadis stopping off en route to the war in Syria and refugees streaming in the opposite direction have stretched the town’s age-old social fabric.
That most residents of Reyhanli speak Arabic makes it more attractive to refugees fleeing Syria than other towns further north. The welcome is sometimes strained. Streets are unable to cope with the explosion of Syrian cars and soldier-carrying Turkish military trucks.
Residents say up to half the town’s population is now Syrian and tensions between Turks and their guests reached boiling point following a double car bomb in May that killed 51. It was Turkey’s worst terrorist attack and no one has been charged for the massacre.
With opposition-controlled Syria so close as to be visible, rebels use the town as a depot to treat injured fighters and move food and weapons inside. “You see that car there,” says Ghazwan Mahmoud, a Syrian humanitarian worker, pointing to a nearby hill. “That’s Syrian land the government in Damascus hasn’t controlled for years.”
Of Hatay’s 1.5 million residents, about one-third are Alawite Turks who sympathise with the Syrian government, and are angered by Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s support for opposition rebel groups. Many live in the coastal town of Samandag, Turkey’s most southerly town, divided from Syria by the imposing Kilic Dagi mountain. Three weeks ago on the mountain’s southern foothill, Syrian rebels stormed a Syrian government border post, securing them a route to the Mediterranean Sea for the first time.
Though Arabic is the undisputed language of the street in Samandag and many identify themselves as Arab, there are scant signs that Syrian refugees live here. The reason is largely sectarian: those fleeing Syria’s northern towns and cities are predominantly Sunni, and prefer not to seek shelter in Hatay’s Alawite-inhabited areas.
“Two hundred men went into [the Syrian border town of] Kassab from Turkey a couple of weeks ago – Afghanis, Saudis, foreigners,” says Mohamed Kamaci, a provincial delegate of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP). “The government has done nothing to stop them.” In Samandag, the AK Party can call on little support. A CHP representative won 81 per cent of the popular vote in recent local elections. 
“Sometimes they [Syrians] steal; they are not used to seeing our women dressed so liberally and harass them on the streets,” said a 30-year-old waiter. “We don’t like them.”
READ MORE 
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/tempers-fray-in-turkish-border-town-over-refugees-1.1761878

FATWA DECLARES JAMMING OF SATELLITE SIGNALS UN-ISLAMIC,EVEN IF USED AS A TOOL TO PROTECT ISLAMIC VALUES (IRAN)



Even if satellite jamming is a useful tool in protecting Islamic values, it is not permissible under Islamic law if it poses a health threat.

That's according to an Iranian grand ayatollah who recently made a ruling on the issue following an inquiry by a Shi'ite news agency.

Shafaqna, whose Persian-language material is produced in Tehran, recently posed the question:

"Given the enemy's exploitation of satellite channels in order to [push forward] its goals against Islam, [and considering] the interests of the Islamic world and Islamic culture one the one hand, and on the other the jamming of these channels, which increases the risk of neurological disorders, heart arrhythmias and cardiac arrest, death of children and newborns, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, and incurable diseases and the silent death of Muslims and other citizens of Muslim countries -- are the transmissions of these permissible under Islamic laws or not and what is the verdict?"

Grand Ayatollah Musavi Ardebili, in a written response to Shafaqna, wrote, "If it is proven that jamming signals cause significant problems such as those mentioned in the question, then their transmission is not permissible."
The ruling, which was described as a "fatwa" by several popular news sites that reposted it, comes amid a long-running debate in the Islamic republic about the possible health effects of satellite jamming.

Iran is known to use jamming technology to prevent satellite transmissions of foreign-based television and radio channels in Iran. After Iran claimed to have downed a U.S. drone in 2011 after disrupting its communications system, the question arose whether Tehran had acquired or developed sophisticated jamming equipment, possibly including laser-burst technology that could target satellites.

But while little is known about the precise technology Iran employs to scramble satellite transmissions, Iranian newspaper reports and also some officials -- including Massoumeh Ebtekar, a former member of Tehran's city council and currently vice president -- have suggested that the practice could cause health problems for citizens.

"What we know is that these signals have an impact on people's health and the body's cells," Ebtekarwas quoted as saying in 2012. "As an immunologist and researcher, I'd say that these signals could be the source of many illnesses."


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http://www.payvand.com/news/14/apr/1098.html

MOSQUE PROTESTS AIRING OF DOCUMENTARY ON TERRORISM CALLING IT "TOXIC" (KENYA)



Kenya has been the scene of various attacks attributed to terrorist elements. The country has been under high threat from terrorism with the main threat coming from extremists linked to Al Shabaab.

The National Police Service has prepared a documentary highlighting how terrorists operate and the challenges faced by terrorism.

After a long wait, the documentary on terrorism, On The Heels of Terror, will finally air on all major TV stations; KBC, KTN, Citizen TV, K24 and NTV tonight and tomorrow (16th April) and just watching its promo is very disturbing.


An Al-Shabaab member is heard saying, “Lazima shingo za makafiri zishughulikiwe…”

However, Jamia Mosque (Nairobi) has protested the airing of the documentary arguing that it’s only intended to solidify (among Kenyans) the ongoing extra-judicial police actions. In a protest letter to media editors, the mosque warns that the documentary is ‘toxic’.


SOURCE
http://www.ghafla.co.ke/news/tv/item/18264-disturbing-documentary-on-terrorism-airs-tonight

BOKO HARAM JIHADIS KIDNAP MORE THAN HUNDRED FEMALE STUDENTS FROM SECONDARY SCHOOL(NIGERIA)


SaharaReporters has just learned that suspected members of the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, have abducted 103 students in a daring raid at the Girls Secondary School in Chibok, a town on the border between Borno and Adamawa States. 

The group’s assault on the all-female high school took place on Monday night. A security source disclosed that members of the extremist Islamist group killed a soldier guarding the school and inflicted injuries on several villagers before abducting the students.


The police commissioner in Borno State, Lawan Tanko, confirmed the kidnapping of the students to reporters in the state.

A source who lives near the school told a correspondent of SaharaReporters that there was complete chaos during the attack, adding that the students could put up no resistance to the heavily armed attackers.
The mass abduction lasted between 9PM -3 AM as sect members made several trips picking and choosing their victims out of the 250 students enrolled in the school.

Residents of the area also told Saharareporters that the militants razed 100 homes because some of the residents initially resisted the militants.

SOURCE
http://saharareporters.com/news-page/boko-haram-abducts-103-girls-high-school-chibok-borno-state



Monday, April 14, 2014

"SOMALIS ARE NOT TERRORISTS" MUSLIMS GATHER IN FRONT OF STATE CAPITOL DEMANDING U.S. GOVERNMENT INTERVENE IN KENYA'S COUNTER TERRORISM CRACKDOWN WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS ABUSE OF SOMALIS (MINNESOTA)


After members of the Twin Cities’ Somali-American community said their afternoon prayers Friday, they gathered at the state Capitol to express solidarity and demand justice for relatives in Kenya.
Reports from human rights groups, news stories and communications with relatives describe abuses against Somalis in Eastleigh, a suburb of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi that is known for its large Somali population.
As part of an ongoing counter-terrorism crackdown, Kenyan security forces launched house-to-house searches in Eastleigh last Monday. They forcefully snatched people from their bedrooms in the middle of the night, put them in trucks and took them to jails and detention centers.
Thousands have been arrested and scores expatriated to war-ravaged Somalia, according to news reports. 
Jibril Afyare, an activist who organized the demonstration, said the event was meant to raise awareness and ask the U.S. government to intervene and stand with Somalis in Kenya.
“The Somali refugees and Somali-Kenyans are under siege,” Afyare said. “They’re detained illegally in mass numbers. We demand the Kenyan government to stop the human rights violations and crimes against humanity.”

AMERICA HAS ALREADY DONE ENOUGH INTERVENING TO HELP SOMALIS BY ALLOWING THEM TO COME LIVE HERE AND SPENDING MILLIONS IN WELFARE PAYMENTS  AND TRYING TO FIGHT JIHAD THEY BROUGHT WITH THEM.

READ MORE
http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/04/14/twin-cities-somali-community-demands-justice-families-under-siege-kenya

KENYA VS SOMALIS 
http://halalporkshop.blogspot.com/2014/03/any-refugee-found-flouting-this.html

http://halalporkshop.blogspot.com/2014/04/we-are-asking-government-to-stop-this.html

http://halalporkshop.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-process-will-continue-until-we-do.html

"ISLAM IS A PEACEFUL RELIGION WHOSE TEACHINGS NEED TO BE RESPECTED" MUSLIMS RALLY PRESENT PETITION TO THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER DEMANDING IMMEDIATE STOP TO THE USE OF MUSLIMS WOMEN IN HIJABS DANCING AT POLITICAL RALLIES (MALAWI)

Muslims in Mangochi on Friday marched and presented a petition to the district commissioner (DC), demanding an immediate stop to the use of Muslim women as dancers at political rallies. Muslim women have been dancing at rallies conducted by President Joyce Banda, an issue that has earned the anger of some Muslims who argue that the practice is violating the tenets of Islam.
Presenting the petition, secretary of the concerned Muslims, Kassim Kasinde, said Islam is a peaceful religion whose teachings need to be respected.
Kasinde cited the dress code for women as one of the core principles of Islam that should not be tampered with. “The Mangochi Islamic Movement is concerned by the tendency of some political parties, particularly the People’s Party, who are taking Muslim women dressed in Islamic attire (hijab) to dance at political rallies using songs and other Islamic holy words such as Taqbeer(proclaiming greatness of Allah),” he said.

Kasinde said Muslim women can attend political rallies while wearing non-religious clothing and avoid using Islamic songs and holy words. “Muslims have been complaining since last year, but the practice has not stopped because PP is taking advantage of our poverty to continue using Muslim women as dancers at political rallies,” he said.

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http://www.faceofmalawi.com/2014/04/muslims-march-petition-dc-over-women-dancers-at-political-rallies/#sthash.3SJOj1KO.dpbs

"WE HAVE GONE TO SYRIA TO FIGHT FOR ISLAM. WE WILL MEET IN PARADISE" POLICE LAUNCH INTERNATIONAL SEARCH FOR TWO 15 AND 16 YEAR OLD MUSLIM GIRLS (AUSTRIA)


Austrian police say they are conducting an international search for two teenage girls who left farewell letters announcing plans to “fight for Islam” in Syria.

Police say two identical letters left by the 15- and 16-year olds say “we have gone to Syria to fight for Islam. We will meet in Paradise.”

Both girls come from families who immigrated from Bosnia. Police determined the two flew to the Turkish city of Adana, about 125 km northwest of Aleppo, Syria, before losing track of them. Their parents reported them missing last week.

Police said Monday that Austrian authorities are taking the letters “very seriously.” Police did not identify the two in keeping with Austrian confidentiality rules.

SOURCE
http://www.arabnews.com/news/555801

"FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS" MUSLIM CAB DRIVERS REFUSE TO DRIVE CABS WITH SIGNS PROMOTING "GAY GAMES" (OHIO)


Some local cabbies are taking a stand and refusing to promote a major event in the area.
The protest centers around signs promoting the Gay Games that are on top of airport cabs.
Some drivers, for religious reasons, are refusing to drive the cabs. And we're told these are predominantly drivers of the Muslim faith.
19 Action News reporter Brian Duffy spoke with about 20 cabbies at the airport who are still driving and all of them confirmed there are drivers who have walked off the job on protest. Representatives of AmeriCab, one of the three cab companies on the job at the airport, also confirmed the protest but say only one of their drivers has been reassigned.
We're told at least 16-17 drivers who work for Ace Taxi, another company working out of the airport, are no longer driving.
We went to Ace but were told they were too busy to talk to us.
Yellow Cab, a third cab company at the airport, never returned our calls.
Tom Nobbe, the executive director of the games, says he's a bit disappointed.
"When you look at what's going on around the world it's not a huge surprise. In some parts of the world LGBT folks are not very welcome," said Tom Nobbe of the Gay Games.
Disappointed yes but Tom Nobbe still believes the games will be a huge success.
"Even though there will be a handful of folks who are not comfortable the vast majority and we're seeing it now are totally enthusiastic and ready to welcome all these folks into town," added Nobbe.
 Today, two of the three taxi cab companies (Ace and Yellow Taxi Cab) operating from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) were informed by several of their drivers they will no longer participate in the airport's (CLE) dedicated taxi cab program. The drivers informed their respective companies their decision was based on religious reasons. The airport is committed to providing this necessary customer service to our arriving passengers seeking transportation from the airport to their final destination. An agreement has been brokered by the airport between the taxi cab stand operator, Standard Parking, and the affected taxi cab companies that will allow for the replacement of those drivers who no longer wish to participate in CLE's taxi cab program. The affected taxi cab companies will backfill the airport's dedicated fleet with metered taxi cabs until each company can hire permanent drivers for the airport's taxi cab program. It is expected to take approximately two to three weeks to repopulate the airport's Taxi fleet.

MAYBE ONE DAY AN AMERICAN COMPANY WILL TAKE A STAND AND NOT BE SCARED OF CAIR AND INSTEAD OF APPEASING THEM WILL FIRE EVERY MUSLIM WHO REFUSES TO FOLLOW OUR LAWS.

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http://www.19actionnews.com/story/25217664/cab-controversy-some-cleveland-cabbies-refusing-to-promote-a-major-event

"AHMED AND ALI ARE PROBABLY VERY GOOD PEOPLE BUT I DON'T WANT THEM WORKING FOR ME" BUSINESS OWNER UNDER FIRE FOR POSTING "WHITES ONLY" HELP WANTED AD (NETHERLANDS)


"Only whites need apply." It's a phrase that would bring any American back to the memories of the segregated south.
Except this is a sentiment that was recently expressed in present-dayNetherlands, and it was not meant to stir debate about the past. It was a job advertisement.
The owner of a Dutch cleaning company has been splashed across front pages this week after admitting on the company's Facebook account that he only wants white workers and calling other employers who think likewise, but say nothing, hypocrites.
Wesley de Laat, owner of Budget Cleaning Brabant, has been lambasted for his "whites only" stance and his later defense. "White workers are better than non-white workers," he told the media this week. "I don't discriminate," he went on. "I just don't invite them for interview. Poles, Moroccans, any non-whites are not going to be hired to work for this company. Ahmed and Ali are probably very good people, but I don't want them working for me."
Mr. de Laat's job announcement, which has since been removed from Facebook (though it is still viewable in Google's cache), is just the latest of several episodes to have shaken the Dutch sense of tolerance and cast a critical eye on growing xenophobia across Europe.
HE FOUND A WAY TO AVOID POSTING MUSLIMS NEED NOT APPLY AND DEATH THREATS THAT WOULD HAVE FOLLOWED. 

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TURKEY'S JUSTICE MINISTER ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BUILD EXCLUSIVE PRISONS FOR GAYS


Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has announced that a project to build exclusive prisons for gays is underway, sparking concern that such a measure will lead to profiling and expose LGBT individuals to more discrimination.

Responding to a parliamentary question from Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Veli Ağbaba, Bozdağ said the new measure was intended at “protecting convicts” by separating them according to their sexual orientation.

He said convicts who stated that they are gay will not mix with other convicts in the communal area or during social activities in the new prison facilities. 

CHP Malatya deputy Ağbaba, who submitted the question after visiting LGBT inmates, said their point of view must be taken into consideration before any new practice was enforced. 

“What is most urgent for LGBT individuals is to improve current prison conditions and end their ‘isolation within isolation,’” Ağbaba said, warning against the new proposals.

“Such a measure will also mean revealing inmates’ sexual orientation. That’s why a thorough work is needed prior to this,” he added.


PART OF SULTAN ERDOGAN'S EFFORTS TO ISLAMIZE  TURKEY.

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UK MEDIA CONTINUES TO PORTRAY JIHADIS AS CHARITY WORKERS

The British media continues to label British Islamist volunteers who support jihadist movements in Syria as "charity workers."
In December, the BBC aired a documentary about aid convoys to Syria, but – as reported by Gatestone Institute – neglected to inform viewers of the convoy volunteers' support for jihadi "martyrs," Al Qaeda operatives and extremist preachers.
Although the UK Charity Commission subsequently started an investigation into these charities, the failure of the media to research their interviewees continues to impair efforts to tackle the abuse of British taxpayers' charitable initiatives.
On April 1, Britain's Channel 4 aired an interview with two "charity workers" in Syria – Tauqir Sharif and his wife, Racquell Hayden-Best. Sharif and his wife work with a number of different charities involved with "aid convoys" to Syria, including One Nation, which is also presently funding a Hamas-run charity in Gaza.
Channel 4 did provide a little bit of background, noting that Sharif has:
...a long history of activism – he was one of those aboard the Gaza aid flotilla which was raided by Israeli forces in 2010. He has campaigned to raise awareness about Syria and met the former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg when Mr Begg visited Syria last year. They were due to speak at a live online "webinar" event about the conflict, but it was cancelled after Mr Begg was arrested and charged with Syria-related offences.
The full truth is a bit more chilling: Sharif and his wife are supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham(ISIS), the leading Al Qaeda-aligned group in Syria. ISIS evolved from a group called Al Qaeda in Iraq, which was known for "its butchery and oppression, which included killing Sunni and Shiite civilians with spectacular suicide attacks, bombing Shiite mosques, uploading videos of beheadings on jihadist forums, and forcing local Sunnis to abide by its interpretation of Islamic law."
ISIS is at least as violent as its predecessor. Al Jazeera reports that in areas under ISIS control, "men [have]...been beheaded, their heads mounted on spikes. Children...slaughtered."
Unlike its predecessor, however, ISIS has supplemented its violence with dawa'h programs – a system of social provision, or "soft-power outreach" – in areas under its control. A key component of this dawa'h, the Hudson Institute reports, is providing educational outreach initiatives "as part of its wider strategy to foster a new generation of Syrians in support of its ideological agenda. ... ISIS runs a number of schools in areas where it has consolidated its presence... [and] offers other services to complement their educational outreach, such as their school-bus services in the Aleppo town of al-Bab."
Sharif and his wife appear to be part of this dawa'h effort. As Channel 4 reported, the couple "work with a number of different charities, including a project to build an Islamic school for women and children." Channel 4 failed to report, however, that the logo of the school project, named the Akhwaat Ash Shaam [Sisters of Syria], is the flag of ISIS.
Other Facebook pages established and managed by the couple also prominently display ISIS flags.
Posts found on the couple's Facebook pages include: videos glorifying jihadi fighters; praise for late Al Qaeda leaders such as Abdullah Azzam and Anwar Al-Awlaki; a number of statements denouncing "Yahoodi" [Jewish] oppression of Muslims; openly anti-Semitic posters; and calls for an Islamic state.
Although Channel 4 broadcast the footage of Sharif and his wife, it was Bilal Abdul-Kareem, an "American Muslim activist living in Syria," who filmed the interview itself. In 2009, it was reported that Abdul-Kareem defended the killing spree carried out by Major Nidal Malik Hasan, at Fort Hood in Texas, as an act against an enemy in a state of war.
The British Charity Commission is already struggling to keep track of charities that are moving money and people into Syria. Tackling the possible misuse of charitable initiatives for anti-democratic ideological purposes is made harder if the media continues to portray extremists as champions fighting against all odds.
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http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/uk-media-continues-portray-jihadis-charity-workers

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http://www.channel4.com/news/syria-british-charity-workers-tauqir-sharif-racquell-hayden

"HE USED HIS HAND TO COVER HER MOUTH AND RAPED HER" ISLAMIC SCHOLAR VISITING MOSQUE TO PRAY RAPES THREE YEAR OLD GIRL (NIGERIA)


“The accused called the girl to a corner inside the mosque, removed her pants, used his hand to cover her mouth and raped her.”
An Abule Egba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday remanded a 35-year-old Islamic scholar, also called alfa, Muideen Bilau, at Kirikiri Minimum Prisons for allegedly defiling a minor inside a mosque.
The Magistrate, Tajudeen Elias, who gave the order, adjourned the case to April 22 for the bail application of the accused.
The accused, who lives at 10, Folarinwa St., Egan, Lagos, pleaded not guilty to the twin- charge of sexual assault by penetration and engaging in sexual activity without consent.
The prosecutor, Racheal Williams had told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 7 at a mosque at 59, Obajimi St., Egan, Lagos.
According to her, the accused went to the mosque to pray where he saw a three-year-old girl, who came in company of her mother for prayers.
“The accused called the girl to a corner inside the mosque, removed her pants, used his hand to cover her mouth and raped her.
“The girl ran to her mother and told her … she saw some semen on her body.
“The accused was immediately apprehended,’’ Ms. Williams, a police inspector, said.
The offence, she noted, contravened Sections 259 and 263(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

NO BETTER PLACE THAN MOSQUE TO PRACTICE WHAT MOHAMMAD PREACHED.

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EGYPTIAN POLICE ACCUSED OF USING RAPE AS A WEAPON


Two male political dissidents claim they were raped in Egyptian police custody in separate assaults that campaigners suspect are indicative of a wider strategy as the brutal crackdown on opposition continues.
Plainclothes officers allegedly assaulted Mr Omar el-Shouekh, 19, inside an east Cairo police station on March 24, minutes after he was arrested following a student protest. In written testimony provided to the Observer by his lawyer, Mr Shouekh also alleged that he was beaten and given electric shocks.
A second man, Mr Fadi Samir, said he was sexually assaulted in similar fashion in a different police station on Jan 8. Mr Samir also alleged that throughout his subsequent 42-day detention, he was frequently beaten and at one point groped by a policeman while at a urinal. Like many detainees, Mr Samir alleged that prosecutors interrogated him on police property rather than neutral territory — failing to maintain an adequate separation of powers between Egypt’s judicial system and the police force.
NOT SURPRISING KNOWING THAT THEY DID THE SAME DURING THE SO CALLED ARAB SPRING UPRISING.

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"WE WILL SACK ANYONE WHO CHANGES THE RELIGIOUS CONTENT OF HIS FRIDAY SERMON"SAUDI ARABIA WARNS IMAMS NOT TO REFER TO POLITICS IN FRIDAY SERMONS


Saudi Arabia has warned that it would dismiss any preacher who refers to politics in his mosque sermon on Friday.
“We will sack anyone who changes the religious content of his Friday sermon and turns into a political speech,” Shaikh Abdul Mohsin Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shaikh, the assistant undersecretary for mosque affairs, said.
“The Ministry of Islamic Affairs will assume its responsibilities and have a discussion with the preacher through a religious committee. If the preacher rectifies his sermons to avoid political issues, then he is forgiven and he is allowed to continue delivering them. However, if he refuses to change his orientations or pretends to have changed to avoid action, he will be dismissed,” the official said, quoted by local daily Okaz on Monday.
Mosques should be used to promote positive religious and social values and to remind worshippers of the significance of good deeds and words, he said.
“The ministry has often told preachers to keep away from political issues that are of no benefit to worshippers and are most likely to divide them,” he said.
“Mosques are meant to bring Muslims together and to unite their ranks so that society can benefit from their cohesion, not to divide them,” he said.
Gulf countries have put a greater focus on preachers’ sermons following the political developments in several Arab countries, particularly Egypt where the Muslim Brotherhood reached the pinnacle of political power following the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak.
However, the religious movement was in July removed from power and the Egyptian society has been sharply divided over the events.
Gulf countries, where large communities of Egyptians live and work, have been wary of a possible spillover of the divisions and standoffs at home and asked all mosque preachers to avoid referring to political issues in their sermons.

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http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/saudi-arabia-says-no-political-sermons-inside-mosques-1.1319193