Saturday, October 25, 2014
David Cameron is under intense pressure to hold face-to-face talks with the Emir of Qatar this week to demand that the Gulf state cuts off the flow of funding to terrorists.
The Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, will arrive in Britain amid a growing furore over his country’s alleged links to the financing of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and al-Qaeda.
The Prime Minister will host the Qatari ruler and his entourage for lunch in No 10 as part of talks to attract billions of pounds of investment.
However, Mr Cameron is facing demands to press Sheikh al-Thani to take stronger action against jihadi financiers in Qatar. » | Robert Mendick, Tim Ross and Mark Hollingsworth | Saturday, October 25, 2014
British jihadi fighters desperate to return home from Syria and Iraq are being issued with death threats by the leadership of Islamic State (Isis), the Observer has learned.
A source with extensive contacts among Syrian rebel groups said senior Isis figures were threatening Britons who were attempting to travel home. He said: “There are Britons who upon wanting to leave have been threatened with death, either directly or indirectly.”
The news comes after it was revealed that another young Muslim from Portsmouth had been killed on the frontline in Syria, the fourth to die from a group of six men known as the “Pompey lads” who travelled together to fight for Isis. » | Mark Townsend | Saturday, October 25, 2014
Iran has ignored an international campaign to spare the life of a 26-year-old woman convicted of murder by hanging her at dawn on Saturday.
Reyhaneh Jabbari had spent five years on death row for stabbing a 47-year-old surgeon who had previously worked for the intelligence ministry, the official IRNA news agency reported.
The UN and bodies including the European Union and Amnesty International had said that the interior designer’s confession for killing Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi in 2007 was obtained under intense pressure and threats from Iranian prosecutors, and she should have had a retrial.
Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s human rights rapporteur on Iran, said in April that the killing was an act of self defence. Sarbandi had offered to hire Jabbari to redesign his office and took her to an apartment where he tried to sexually abuse her.
Iranian actors and other prominent figures had also appealed for a stay of execution.
Efforts for clemency had intensified in recent weeks. Jabbari’s mother was allowed to visit her for one hour on Friday, Amnesty said - a custom that tends to precede executions in Iran.
However, Sarbandi’s family insisted the murder was premeditated and that Jabbari had confessed to buying a knife two days before the killing.
According to Jalal Sarbandi, the victim’s eldest son, Jabbari testified that a man was present in the apartment where his father was killed but she had refused to reveal his identity.
He said in April that his family “would not even contemplate mercy until truth is unearthed”.
“Only when her true intentions are exposed and she tells the truth about her accomplice and what really went down will we be prepared to grant mercy,” he said at the time.
Jabbari’s plea of self-defence failed to persuade judges at various stages of the appeal process up to Iran’s Supreme Court and she remained in prison throughout.
Her last chance of reprieve lay with the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, but he failed to intervene. » | Chris Johnston and agencies | Saturday, October 25, 2014
Grisly photos and video of severed heads and mutilated bodies tweeted out and posted on the Internet, combined with explicit calls to kill, have allowed Islamic State to turn American citizens into weapons, say experts. The new technique requires no infiltration by sleeper cells and no planning, coordination or logistics. Yet, it is proving extremely effective at spreading fear, they say.
“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European, especially the spiteful and filthy French, or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever, then rely upon Allah and kill him in any manner or way however it may be,” urged a speaker on a video Islamic State released last month. » | Perry Chiaramonte | Saturday, October 25, 2014
A Front National local councillor has embarrassed France's far-Right party by announcing his recent conversion to Islam – and urging fellow members to join him.
Maxence Buttey, 22, offended officials of the anti-immigration party by sending them a video in which he praised the "visionary" virtues of the Koran and urged them to become Muslims.
Mr Buttey, a councillor in the eastern Paris suburb of Noisy-le-Grand, said the Front National and Islam had much in common.
"Both are demonised and very far from the image portrayed in the media," he told Le Parisien newspaper. "Like Islam, the FN defends the weakest. The party denounces exorbitant interest rates charged on the debt of our country, and Islam is against the practice of usury."
Jordan Bardella, a local party secretary, said Mr Buttey had been suspended from a regional FN committee. » | David Chazan, Paris | Saturday, October 25, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the US of undermining global stability, and warned that the world will face new wars if Washington does not respect the interests of other nations.
During a speech in the Russian city of Sochi, the President argued that while Moscow does not see Washington as a threat US foreign policy has created chaos. Citing the wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria, he went on to accuse the US and its allies of “fighting against the results of its own policy”.
“They are throwing their might to remove the risks they have created themselves, and they are paying an increasing price,” Putin told political experts at the Black Sea resort.
“I think that the policies of the ruling elite are erroneous. I am convinced that they go against our interests, undermine trust in the United States,” he said without offering specific examples. » | Kashmira Gander | Friday, October 24, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
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Parliament was guilty of “encouraging terrorist attacks” and “giving up” on peace when MPs cast a “miserable” vote in favour of Palestinian statehood, according to an Israeli cabinet minister.
Yuval Steinitz, the intelligence and strategic affairs minister, told the Telegraph that he was “surprised” and “frustrated” by the passage of a resolution through the Commons last Monday urging the Government to “recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel”.
This vote came soon after the summer war between Israel and Hamas, the radical Islamist movement, which claimed the lives of 71 Israelis and 2,189 Palestinians.
“It was a reward for this terrorist attack on Israel to make such a vote only two months after Israel was attacked with 4,000 rockets,” said Mr Steinitz. “Of course Israel responded and retaliated, but Israel came under attack for 50 days of fire of hundreds of rockets every day.”
Mr Steinitz pointed out that Hamas had been condemned by Arab leaders including Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, who promised to fight for a state with “politics and wisdom” instead of rockets. » | David Blair, Chief Foreign Correspondent | Friday, October 24, 2014
The Twitter profiles of Martin 'Ahmad' Couture-Rouleau, a 25-year-old Muslim convert who was shot dead by police after he killed a Canadian soldier and injured a second near Montreal, and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who gunned down a soldier in Ottawa, showed they followed several Islamist preachers, including Choudary.
The preacher, who was recently arrested in London on suspicion of being member of British-based Islamic terrorist group Al-Muhajiroun, rejected any links with the Canadian assailants. » | Gianluca Mezzofiore | Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
But the similarities don't end there.
They are both parliamentary democracies whose leaders have vocally and materially backed international action against the Islamic State, with small but devoted extremist networks at home and some dozens of citizens currently fighting with jihadist groups in the Middle East. They both have tight gun laws and have ramped up security at their parliaments and government buildings in response to the current heightened threat.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's response to the assault overnight on Canada's war memorial and parliament in Ottawa highlighted the likenesses.
"For quite some time, these murderous, brutal terrorist organisations have been speaking about attacks on those sorts of institutions and in those sorts of countries, including Canada, Australia, the United States, any country that opposes their ideology, any country that embraces freedom and tolerance," she told the ABC. (+ video) » | David Wroe | National security correspondent | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Das Weisse Haus in Washington hat 55'000 Quadratmeter, samt Kino und Kegelbahn. Im Buckingham-Palast in London verfügt die Queen über 78'000 Quadratmeter. Alles lächerlich wenig. Der türkische Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan kann nun in einem Palais repräsentieren, das 210'000 Quadratmeter und 1000 Zimmer umfasst. Es könnte den Amtssitz seines französischen Amtskollegen, den Elysée-Palast, fast 20-mal aufnehmen, wie türkische Medien vorrechnen. Nur die Wiener Hofburg ist noch ein wenig voluminöser. Abhörsichere Bunker, Tunnel, geschützt gegen Cyberangriffe und Chemiewaffen – das ist Erdogans Serail der Superlative. » | Von Christiane Schlötzer Tagesanzeiger.ch/Newsnet | Mittwoch, 22. Oktober 2014
Die Bedingungen des Islamisten sind streng: Kein Foto, keine Tonaufnahmen, seinen richtigen Namen verrät er sowieso nicht. Ebenso wenig, aus welchem Land er stammt, nur dass er Araber sei. Sein Englisch ist geschliffen, mit britischem Akzent.
Abu Sattar nennt er sich, ein etwa 30-jähriger Mann mit dichtem, schwarzem Vollbart, der ihm bis zur Brust reicht, die Haare über der Oberlippe wegrasiert, den Kopf kahlgeschoren. Er trägt ein schwarzes, bodenlanges Gewand. In einer ledernen schwarzen Aktentasche transportiert er einen in ein Tuch gewickelten Koran.
Abu Sattar rekrutiert in der Türkei Kämpfer für die Terrormiliz "Islamischer Staat" (IS). Er prüft die Gesinnung der Interessenten, die aus vielen Ländern der Welt in die Türkei reisen und von hier in den "Heiligen Krieg" in den Irak oder nach Syrien ziehen wollen. Mehrere IS-Anhänger haben ihn unabhängig voneinander als Gesprächspartner empfohlen. Als jemanden, der am besten erklären könne, wofür der IS stehe. Für viele sei er so etwas wie ein ideologisches Vorbild.
Nach einigem Zögern willigt Abu Sattar in ein Treffen ein. Er vereinbart einen Termin und verspricht, rechtzeitig einen Ort zu nennen. Aber dann lässt er die Verabredung platzen, nur um einen Tag später abermals ein Treffen auszumachen, am Morgen, an einem öffentlichen Platz. Diesmal taucht er tatsächlich auf: ein Mann mit braunen Augen hinter einer rahmenlosen Brille. Er wirkt selbstsicher und streitlustig, bestellt Tee und lässt während des Gesprächs eine Gebetskette mit Holzperlen durch seine Hände gleiten. zum Interview » | Hasnain Kazim | Donnerstag, 23. Oktober 2014
Terror came to the heart of the Canadian capital Ottawa on Wednesday as a suspected jihadist gunman shot dead a soldier at the national war memorial and then rampaged through the halls of the federal parliament.
The attacker, who was killed in a gun battle inside parliament, was named as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian-born 32-year-old.
He was a recent convert to Islam from Quebec with a history of drug abuse and whose passport had been seized by authorities after he was designated a "high-risk traveller", Canadian media reported. » | Philip Sherwell, New York | Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of stay-at-home mothers will be encouraged to go to work under Government plans to reform childcare in the UK.
George Osborne, the Chancellor, wants to see nearly 500,000 more women in the workplace by the beginning of 2016, which would allow the UK to match the female employment rate in Germany.
The Treasury said it will achieve the target by increasing access to childcare across the country, giving Britain one of the highest rates of female employment in the world.
However, campaigners warned that the Government risks unnecessarily “stigmatising” stay-at-home mothers.
Mr Osborne said that the Government will “support women who want to work” and said that the figures show they “are playing an ever larger role in the economy”. » | Peter Dominiczak, and Steven Swinford | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
This Chancellor must be stupid! This is exactly the opposite of what the Chancellor should be encouraging. Children need their mothers to be at home; they don’t need them to be absent, in the workplace. Can’t this Chancellor observe all around him the result of increasing numbers of mothers going out to work?
Clearly, it is high time to kick this shower out of office. They have proved beyond a shadow of doubt that they are unworthy of the trust that the voters have placed in them. – © Mark
Il avait quitté sa mère en prétextant une simple partie de pêche. Aujourd'hui, ce jeune Australien de 17 ans se retrouve au cœur de l'appareil de propagande de l'État islamique. Abdullah Elmir est apparu en début de semaine dans une vidéo mise en scène par l'organisation terroriste. Entouré d'une cinquantaine de combattants, celui qui se fait à présent appeler Abu Khaled al-Australia dénote du reste de l'assemblée par le teint pâle de sa peau, bien que sa chevelure rousse soit partiellement camouflée sous un keffieh. Le jeune homme, au centre de l'image, prêche le djihad en anglais et menace les États-Unis, la Grande-Bretagne et «spécialement» son pays d'origine, l'Australie. «Nous continuerons à nous battre jusqu'à ce que le drapeau noir flotte dans tous les pays, jusqu'à ce que le drapeau noir flotte sur Buckingham Palace, jusqu'à ce que le drapeau noir flotte sur la Maison-Blanche», scande-t-il avec arrogance. » | Par Roland Gauron | mercredi 22 octobre 2014
A senior al-Qaeda jihadist has spoken out in defence of a Western hostage slated as the next to be beheaded by the rival extremists Isil in Syria.
Abdul-Rahman Kassig, the American Muslim convert and aid worker formerly known as Peter, has been named by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as the next victim in their series of videoed murders of British and American captives.
Isil members warned on Twitter that Mr Kassig was to be killed on Wednesday, as a "deadline" passed for meeting their demands – that America call off its bombing campaign.
But the Isil threat to Mr Kassig has caused dissent from within the ranks of the jihadists' own community, with a number of Islamists speaking out in support of him, particularly because of his conversion.
Abu Omar Aqidi, a prominent member of al-Qaeda faction Jabhat al-Nusra, said in a public statement that he had been told Mr Kassig was the medic who treated him and other fellow jihadists. » | Ruth Sherlock in Istanbul and Richard Spencer | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Le premier ministre français Manuel Valls n'exclut pas un changement de nom du Parti socialiste (PS). Il propose en outre un «nouveau compromis» avec toutes les forces progressistes du pays pour bâtir une «maison commune», dans le cadre d'une fédération ou d'une seule formation.
Dans une interview au magazine L'Obs, il refuse de se dire socialiste. Il dénonce par ailleurs une gauche «qui se recroqueville sur le passé», alors que les écologistes ont quitté le gouvernement et que la grogne monte au Parti socialiste.
Répétant que la «gauche peut mourir», Manuel Valls estime qu'elle ne s'en sortira pas «si nous restons tous dans nos chapelles et nos boutiques à défendre nos prés carrés.» » | ats/Newsnet | mercredi 22 octobre 2014
Eigentlich hätte das nicht passieren dürfen: Eine Migros-Tochter vertrieb Kaffeerahmportionen an Gastrobetriebe, deren Deckel unter anderem Porträts von Adolf Hitler und Benito Mussolini zeigten. » | Mittwoch, 22. Oktober 2014
The owner of company Car 2000, Stephen Campbell defended himself from accusations of racism when speaking to the Guardian, reflecting that he was merely reacting to the demands of the market place. He said: “We have had quite a lot of customers requesting what they call a ‘local’ [White] driver. A bit insane if you consider that most of the [Asian] lads were born in Rochdale.
“But its a business and we have got a duty to do what the customer asks us to. I don’t think we can discriminate against the customer in the same way. It is a business at the end of the day. We have a large bank loan to pay back”.
Heywood, an area of Rochdale in Manchester was at the heart of the 2011 child sex-ring case, a scandal which brought nationwide attention to the phenomenon of predominantly Pakistani, Muslim men engaging in criminal abuse of young, white girls. During the proceedings of the court case against the men it was revealed on one occasion one under-age girl from Heywood was raped by twenty men in one night who ‘lined up’ outside her room, another was so drunk she threw up as she was raped by two men. » | Oliver Lane | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Isis Releases First Video Showing Stoning of Woman Accused of Committing Adultery as Her Father Shouts 'Don't Call Me Dad'
Isis have released a video appearing to show a young woman being stoned to death in the presence of her father, who refuses to forgive her alleged crimes.
The execution, which was released in the early hours of Tuesday night by Isis, who also call themselves the Islamic State, took place in Hama, Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, but the date of the stoning cannot be confirmed.
In the video the militants press the father to forgive his daughter, accused of committing adultery, before she is stoned to death - in order to set an example.
“This punishment right now, is a result of your action you chose. No one forced you, therefore you need to accept God’s law, and to accept and submit to God. Islam is submitting to the will God,” one of the militants says to the girl. » | Rose Buchanan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Austria on Thursday called for standardized German-language translations of the Koran and moved to prohibit foreign funding of Muslim organizations on its soil in a draft law aimed in part at tackling Islamic extremism, Reuters reports.
The bill will overhaul a 1912 law governing the status of Austrian Muslims, prompting concern from a major local Islamic body, which saw it mirroring widespread mistrust of Muslims.
"The clear message should be that there is no contradiction between being a faithful Muslim and a proud Austrian," said Foreign Affairs and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz, a member of the conservative People's Party, according to Reuters.
"If you don't have orderly legal regulation ... this can always bring dangers (of extremism). In this sense, if you like this is maybe a part of prevention," he told reporters.
He added that Sharia, or Islamic law, had "no place here". » | Arutz Sheva Staff | Friday, October 03, 2014
The proposed revisions would, among other changes, regulate the training and hiring of Muslim clerics, prohibit the foreign funding of mosques, and establish an official German-language version of the Koran to prevent its "misinterpretation" by Islamic extremists.
Muslims would be prohibited from citing Islamic sharia law as legal justification for ignoring or disobeying Austrian civil laws.
Leaders of Austria's Muslim community counter that the contemplated new law amounts to "institutionalized Islamophobia."
Official statistics show that nearly 60% of the inhabitants of Vienna are immigrants or foreigners. The massive demographic and religious shift underway in Austria, traditionally a Roman Catholic country, appears irreversible.
The Austrian government has unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the country's century-old "Islam Law" that governs the legal status of Austria's Muslim community.
The proposed revisions—which are aimed at cracking down on Islamic extremism in Austria—would regulate the training and hiring of Muslim clerics, prohibit the foreign funding of mosques, and establish an official German-language version of the Koran, among other changes.
The government says the modifications would give Muslims legal parity with other religious groups in Austria. But the leaders of Austria's Muslim community counter that the contemplated new law amounts to "institutionalized Islamophobia."
The updated Islam Law (Islamgesetz) was presented as a draft bill to parliament on October 2 and overhauls the current law, which dates back to 1912. » | Soeren Kern | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
A Christian in the Muslim-dominated and increasingly intolerant nation, the mother of five was quickly assailed by the other women working the field in a tiny village in the Punjab province. First they said they would not drink from the same water bucket as a Christian. Later, they told police Bibi had insulted the Muslim Prophet Mohammad. The crime, blasphemy, is punishable by death.
Bibi, who denies insulting Mohammad and maintains her co-workers falsely accused her, was convicted in 2010. Last week, despite an international outcry, a court in Lahore upheld the verdict and affirmed the sentence that Bibi be hanged. The 50-year-old has 30 days to appeal to the nation's highest court.
“This is a grave injustice,” said David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s deputy Asia Pacific director. “Asia Bibi should never have been convicted in the first place – still less sentenced to death – and the fact that she could pay with her life for an argument is sickening.” » | Lisa Daftari | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
According to the organization whyIslam.org, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino.
And according to Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), a group that promotes Latino conversions, a little more than half of new converts are female.
Greisa Torres arrived in Miami four years ago from Cuba.
While she felt at home in the Florida city, where two out of the three residents are Hispanic, Torres says she lost her identity in the move and found it in the Prophet Muhammad. » | Carolyn Presutti | Saturday, October 18, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
A woman wearing an full-face Islamic veil was told to leave a Paris opera house after members of the cast refused to perform if she remained in the audience, officials said.
The woman, described as “a tourist from a Gulf state”, was sitting on the front row during a performance of La Traviata at the Opéra Bastille, the deputy director, Jean-Philippe Thiellay, said.
France banned the wearing of the full-face veil, or niqab, in public in 2011. The ban was upheld by the European Court of Human Rights earlier this year.
Mr Thiellay said performers told him during the second act that they would only continue if the woman left. During the interval, an attendant told her that she could stay if she removed her veil.
"He told her that in France there is a ban of this nature, asked her to either uncover her face or leave the room,” Mr Thiellay said. “The man asked the woman to get up, they left." » | David Chazan, Paris | Monday, October 20, 2014
Paris - Eine vollverschleierte Zuschauerin ist während einer Vorführung von "La Traviata" aus der Pariser Oper geschickt worden. Die Frau habe in der ersten Reihe direkt hinter dem Dirigenten gesessen und sei bis auf die Augen verschleiert gewesen, sagte der stellvertretende Direktor der Oper an der Bastille, Jean-Philippe Thiellay, der Nachrichtenagentur AFP. Einige Chorsänger hätten erklärt, sie würden nicht singen, solange die Frau mit dem Nikab dort sitze. » | Montag, 20. Oktober 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
If You Smoke or Play Music, I'll Have You Whipped, Says 'Supermarket Jihadi' Who Left Britain to Join ISIS in Syria
The 'Supermarket Jihadi' who left Britain to become a fighter in Syria is now a policeman for Islamic State, cracking down on such 'crimes' as smoking or listening to music.
Omar Hussain, 27, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, who was a former security guard for Morrisons, said on social media that he is now a member of the hisbah, the IS all-male police force.
The fanatic, who this month appeared in an IS video online in which he calls David Cameron a 'despicable swine', lives in Raqqa, where he arrests residents on the street or in their houses. Those found guilty of offences are lashed in public.
Last week, Hussain posted a picture on Facebook of cartons of cigarettes, which he boasted he had seized from a house.
Smoking or playing music is punishable with up to 30 lashes in IS-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria. Read on and comment » | Abul Taher for the Mail On Sunday | Sunday, October 19, 2014
One of the world’s most prolific terrorist financiers has finally been banned from doing business in Britain — 10 months after he was hit with sanctions by the United States.
Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi, a Qatari who is accused of sending more than £1 million a month to al-Qaeda jihadists in Iraq, has been added to a list of terrorist suspects and groups targeted with financial sanctions in Britain.
The move by the Treasury will freeze any assets he has in the UK and prevent any banks with British offices from dealing with him.
It follows The Sunday Telegraph’s Stop the Funding of Terror campaign, which has highlighted how Gulf states — including Qatar — have turned a blind eye to terror financiers operating within their midst.
The decision to subject al-Nuaymi to sanctions will inevitably intensify pressure on ministers to tighten restrictions against Qatar and other Gulf states accused of harbouring terrorist financiers. » | Tim Ross, Robert Mendick and Edward Malnick | Saturday, October 18, 2014