Sunday, September 21, 2014

The N. Korean TV Star Standing Up To Kim Jong-Un

How Qatar Is Funding the Rise of Islamist Extremists

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: The fabulously wealthy Gulf state, which owns an array of London landmarks and claims to be one of our best friends in the Middle East, is a prime sponsor of violent Islamists

Few outsiders have noticed, but radical Islamists now control Libya's capital. These militias stormed Tripoli last month, forcing the official government to flee and hastening the country's collapse into a failed state.

Moreover, the new overlords of Tripoli are allies of Ansar al-Sharia, a brutal jihadist movement suspected of killing America's then ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and of trying to murder his British counterpart, Sir Dominic Asquith.

Barely three years after Britain helped to free Libya from Col Gaddafi's tyranny, anti-Western radicals hold sway. How could Britain's goal of a stable and friendly Libya have been thwarted so completely?

Step forward a fabulously wealthy Gulf state that owns an array of London landmarks and claims to be one of our best friends in the Middle East.

Qatar, the owner of Harrods, has dispatched cargo planes laden with weapons to the victorious Islamist coalition, styling itself "Libya Dawn".

Western officials have tracked the Qatari arms flights as they land in the city of Misrata, about 100 miles east of Tripoli, where the Islamist militias have their stronghold. Even after the fall of the capital and the removal of Libya's government, Qatar is "still flying in weapons straight to Misrata airport", said a senior Western official.

So it is that Qatar buys London property while working against British interests in Libya and arming friends of the jihadists who tried to kill one of our ambassadors. A state that partly owns 1 Hyde Park, London's most expensive apartment block, and the Shard, the city's tallest building, is working with people who would gladly destroy Western society. » | David Blair and Richard Spencer | Saturday, September 20, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Australia Terror Plot a Warning to US?

Sep. 18, 2014 - 6:27 - Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer on how ISIS is trying to build a network in Western countries

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Australia Raids Foil Reported ISIS Beheading Plots

FOX NEWS: Australian counterterrorism forces detained 15 people Thursday in a series of suburban raids after receiving intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning public beheadings in two Australian cities to demonstrate its reach.

About 800 federal and state police officers raided more than a dozen properties across 12 Sydney suburbs as part of the operation -- the largest in Australian history, Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin told the Associated Press. Separate raids in the eastern cities of Brisbane and Logan were also conducted.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the plan involved kidnapping randomly selected members of the public off the streets in Sydney and Brisbane, beheading them on camera, and releasing the recordings through Islamic State's propaganda arm in the Middle East. » | | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Texas Sheriff Issues Warning to Terrorists

Sep. 15, 2014 - 2:49 - Texas law enforcement on high alert amid new warnings that ISIS militants may have formed a terrorist cell across the border in Mexico

What to Expect from Obama's Coalition of 'the Unwilling'?

Sep. 15, 2014 - 5:47 - Aaron David Miller, former adviser to six secretaries of state, offers pessimistic assessment on the international effort to defeat ISIS

Dozens of Christians 'Including Women and Children' Are Arrested in Saudi Arabia after Tip-off to State's Islamist Police Force

DAILY MAIL: 28 people were arrested at home of Indian man in the eastern city of Khafji / Reports claim women and children were among the congregation / Human rights activists have appealed to the U.S. to help secure release / In Saudi Arabia it is against the law for Muslims to abandon their faith

Islamist police in Saudi Arabia have stormed a Christian prayer meeting and arrested its entire congregation, including women and children, and confiscated their bibles, it has been reported.

The raid was the latest incident of a swingeing crackdown on religious minorities in Saudi Arabia by the country's hard-line Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

The 28 Christians were said to be worshipping at the home of an Indian national in the eastern city of Khafji, when the police entered the building and took them into custody. They have not been seen or heard from since, raising concerns among human rights groups as to their whereabouts.

Nina Shea, director of the Washington-based Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, told 'Saudi Arabia is continuing the religious cleansing that has always been its official policy.

'It is the only nation state in the world with the official policy of banning all churches.

'This is enforced even though there are over two million Christian foreign workers in that country. Those victimized are typically poor, from Asian and African countries with weak governments.'

Activists are now calling on the U.S. to use its considerable influence in the region to help secure the release of the incarcerated Christians. Read on and comment » | Matthew Blake for MailOnline | Monday, September 15, 2014

Saudi anti-Christian sweep prompts calls for US involvement » | Benjamin Weinthal | Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Pat Condell: Sweden Goes Insane

Pat Condell: The Real Enemy Within

Vivienne Westwood Reveals Support for a Yes Vote in Scottish Independence Referendum at London Fashion Week

Britain's grand dame of fashion Vivienne Westwood urges Scotland to vote for independence ahead of the historic referendum on Thursday

Read the short Telegraph article here | Olivia Bolton, and agencies, video source APTN | Monday, September 15, 2014

Bill Maher Battles Charlie Rose On Why Islam Is More Dangerous Than Other Religions

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Salafists Form 'Sharia Police' In Order To Enforce Sharia Law in Germany

RIA NOVOSTI: MOSCOW, Ekaterina Blinova - Eleven members of the self-proclaimed "Sharia Police," which were allegedly trying to "influence and recruit" German youths, were stopped by local police on Wednesday, September 3, in Wuppertal, a city of 350,000.

"These people's intention is to provoke and intimidate and force their ideology (upon others)," claimed Peter Jung, Wuppertal's mayor, adding that Wuppertal has always been an "open and tolerant city, which is proud of the fact that people of different religions and convictions live together in peace," as cited by Deutsche Welle.

The followers of Salafism, a fundamentalist form of Islam were seen on Wednesday, September 3, dressed in orange traffic safety vests with the words 'Sharia Police' on their backs, 'patrolling' the streets of Wuppertal. The Salafi volunteers have declared the nightlife areas of Wuppertal to be a 'Sharia Controlled Zone,' and persuaded young people "to refrain from alcohol, drugs, gambling, attending concerts, watching pornography or visiting prostitutes," the media source notes. » | Saturday, September 06, 2014

Does Moderate Islam Exist?

THE JERUSALEM POST: Until the leading Islamic scholars provide a peaceful theology that clearly contradicts the violent views of the IS, the existence of a “moderate Islam” must be questioned.

The guiding principle of the Islamic State (IS) is that Muslims must fight non-Muslims all over the world and offer them the following choices: Convert to Islam, pay a humiliating tax called “Jijya,” or be killed. This violent doctrine was the primary justification for the Islamic conquests by the early Muslims.

Following the latest in a long string of inhumane and barbaric attacks by the IS, who only offer these three options to non-Muslims, it becomes mandatory to ask whether this principle IS uses is Islamic or Un-Islamic.

In other words, can a young Muslim become more religious—and more obedient to Allah—without subscribing to this ancient brutality? Will he be able to find an approved Islamic theological source or interpretation that clearly contradicts this principle, or at least teaches it in a different way (i.e., contextualizing it in time and place)?

The sad answer is: No, he cannot.

Traditionally there are five sources for Islamic Law: the Koran, the Hadith of Prophet Mohamed (such as Sahih Al-Buchakry [sic]), the actions of the disciples of Mohamed (Sahaba), the four schools of Islamic jurisprudence, and the Tafseer (or Interpretations) of the Koran.

If a young Muslim were to do some research to examine whether what the IS is doing is in fact Islamic or Un-Islamic, he would find some shocking results. » | Tawfik Hamid | Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dutch Politician Geert Wilders: 'If You're Waving an Isis Flag You're Waving an Exit Ticket. Leave!'

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES: Controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders has called for Dutch Muslims who support radical Islamic groups such as Isis (now known as the Islamic State) to be removed from the country and banned from re-entry.

"Anyone who expresses support for terror as a means to overthrow our constitutional democracy, as far as I'm concerned, should leave the country at once," the Party for Freedom (PVV) leader told parliament in The Hague.

"If you are waving an Isis flag, you are waving an exit ticket. Leave!" he added. » | Jack Moore | Friday, September 05, 2014

Monday, September 08, 2014

President Barack Obama's Full Interview With NBC's Chuck Todd

Anjem Choudary: The British Extremist Who Backs the Caliphate

Anjem Choudary in a café in Walthamstow.
THE OBSERVER: Anjem Choudary, the radical Muslim linked to many Britons who have fought in Syria, talks about stoning women, rejecting democracy and freedom, and why executions are OK

Anjem Choudary is well practised in the art of making contentious or provocative statements. An acolyte of the extremist cleric Omar Bakri Muhammed, who fled the UK for Lebanon, the 47-year-old former lawyer was a founding member of Al-Muhajiroun, which celebrated the 9/11 attacks, and was proscribed along with several other groups that Choudary has fronted, including Islam4UK.

So it's no surprise that when I spoke to him last week he dismissed all allegations of Islamic State (Isis) atrocities, defended the use of crucifixion, and acknowledged Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as "the caliph of all Muslims and the prince of the believers".

Because of his large claims and small following, Choudary has often been derided, not least by fellow Muslims, as a joke figure of no significance. Yet he is known to have had links with a number of people convicted under anti-terrorism laws, as well as the killer of Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo.

His views may be unpalatable but, with as many as several hundred British-born Muslims thought to be fighting in Syria and Iraq with Isis and other jihadi groups, they cannot be ignored. Some reports suggest that many of the British jihadis want to return home, having grown disillusioned with the internecine warfare between rebel forces – which prompts the question of what or who inspired them to go in the first place.

Last year a report by the anti-racist organisation Hope Not Hate said that the network of groups run by Choudary has become "the single biggest gateway to terrorism in recent British history" and had "facilitated or encouraged" hundreds of young Muslims across Europe to join the more extreme militants fighting the Assad regime in Syria. While the report noted that there was no evidence that Choudary had instigated any terrorist plots, he was, it said, "a serious player on the international Islamist scene".

In reply, Choudary points out that the security services are well aware of him, and he has never been convicted or charged with a terrorism-related crime.

Whatever people may think of Choudary, it is now clear that a motivated minority of young Muslims share his views. Never was this more chillingly illustrated than in the videos of the beheadings of American journalist James Foley and his fellow hostage, US-Israeli journalist Steven Sotloff, in which a masked young man speaking with a distinct British accent wields a knife and seems to revel in a theatre of sadism. » | Andrew Anthony | Sunday, September 07, 2014

Friday, September 05, 2014

Expert: No-one Knows How to Stop ISIS

CNN talks to Prof. Rami Khouri about ISIS' latest beheading video and how people in the Middle East are reacting to it.

«Fehler der USA haben IS zum Aufstieg verholfen»

Hohe US-Militärs kritisieren die Irak-Politik der USA: Der Truppenrückzug und falsche Versprechen der US-Regierung seien mit verantwortlich für den Erfolg der Terrormiliz.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Political Class Has Created This Terror in Our Midst

Muslim women demonstrate in favour of Sharia law
DAILY EXPRESS: THE cold-blooded murder of American journalist James Foley has once more exposed the pitiless barbarity of Islamic extremism.

What makes this atrocity all the more shocking is that it was apparently perpetrated by one of our own citizens, probably a fanatic from London.

For all its cruelty this killing is just part of a pattern of butchery and violence carried out by British-born jihadists. It has been estimated that about 1,000 British Muslims have fought for the Islamist groups in Syria and Iraq, while more than 4,000 joined the cause of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

In a chilling statistic that reflects the murderous disdain for patriotism among followers of radical Islam, there are thought to be more British Muslims in the Islamic State terror network than in our Armed Forces.

Politicians from all sides have fiercely condemned the murder of James Foley, attacking the ideology of extremism that fuels such lethal savagery. Yet our political and civic leaders also bear a terrible responsibility for the phenomenon of British jihadism. Their dangerously misguided, destructive policies have helped create this monster.

The fact is that extremism has flourished in a climate formed by the twin strategies of mass immigration and multiculturalism. Open borders have led to a phenomenal expansion in Britain's Muslim population to almost three million, many of the new arrivals hailing from parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia where Islamic sectarianism is rife.

At the same time the dogma of cultural diversity has become one of the central obsessions of the state. We are constantly told that we must celebrate the vibrant enrichment of our society. But, by its emphasis on cultural differences and its loathing for traditional British values the doctrine of diversity has been a catastrophe for Britain.

In place of integration it has promoted division and separatism. We are a land increasingly without a mutual sense of belonging or shared national identity. It is little wonder that, according to one recent survey, 26 per cent of Muslims here said they feel no loyalty to Britain. Read on and comment » | Leo McKinstry | Fridaay, Augusts 22, 2014

American Extremist Reveals His Quest to Join ISIS

Read the NBC article here » | Richard Engel, James Novogrod and Michele Neubert | Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Islamic State Says Vladimir Putin's Throne Is 'Under Threat and Will Fall When We Come to You'

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD: Moscow: Islamic State militants have issued a threat to Russian President Vladimir Putin, vowing to oust him and "liberate" the volatile North Caucasus over his support of the Syrian regime.

The General Prosecutor's Office of Russia demanded that access to the address, which was posted on YouTube on Tuesday and features what jihadists say is a Russian-supplied fighter jet, be blocked.

"This is a message to you, oh Vladimir Putin, these are the jets that you have sent to Bashar, we will send them to you, God willing, remember that," said one fighter in Arabic, according to Russian-language captions provided in the video.

"And we will liberate Chechnya and the entire Caucasus, God willing," the militant said.

"The Islamic State is and will be and it is expanding, God willing.

"Your throne has already teetered, it is under threat and will fall when we come to you because Allah is truly on our side.

"We are already on our way, God willing." (+ video) » | AFP | Thursday, September 04, 2014