Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Latinos Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

VOICE OF AMERICA: MIAMI— Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion.

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

Paris Opera Cast Refuse to Perform for Veiled Woman

La Traviate at the Opéra Bastille
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: A woman wearing a full-face veil is told to leave a performance of La Traviata at the Opéra Bastille after the production refuse to go on stage

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

A Look at the Rise of ISIS

Burka-Verbot in Frankreich: Verschleierte Touristin aus Pariser Oper geworfen

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Weil eine Frau in der ersten Reihe einen Nikab anhatte, wollten die Sänger der Pariser Oper nicht singen. In Frankreich ist das Tragen eines Ganzkörperschleiers gesetzlich verboten. Die Touristin aus der Golfregion wurde des Theaters verwiesen.

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

Robert Spencer and Michael Coren on Jihad and the War on Free Speech

If You Smoke or Play Music, I'll Have You Whipped, Says 'Supermarket Jihadi' Who Left Britain to Join ISIS in Syria

MAIL ON SUNDAY: Omar Hussain worked as a security guard for Morrisons in High Wycombe / The 27-year-old fanatic left Britain to join Islamic State militants in Syria / Previously appeared in a video calling David Cameron a 'despicable swine' / Now revealed he is working for ISIS' police force in de facto capital Raqqa

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

Terrorist Paymaster Targeted by Britain

Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: One of the world’s most prolific terrorist financiers Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi has finally been banned from doing business in Britain — 10 months after he was hit with sanctions by the United States.

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saudisches Todesurteil löst Proteste aus

NEUE LUZERNER ZEITUNG: SAUDI-ARABIEN ⋅ Unbekannte haben sich im Osten Saudi-Arabiens ein Feuergefecht mit der Polizei geliefert und dabei eine Ölleitung in Brand gesetzt. Über mögliche Verletzte machte die Polizei keine Angaben. Schreiben Sie einen Kommentar » | sda/dpa | Samstag, 18. Oktober 2014

Ausweis-Entzug für Islamisten

Deutschland will die Ausreise von gewaltbereiten Islamisten in den Dschihad nach Syrien oder den Irak verhindern. Darum soll ihnen neben dem Pass nun auch der Personalausweis entzogen werden. Dies entschieden die Innenminister von Bund und Ländern.

Phyllis Chesler: Life Inside the Muslim World

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Former ISIS Hostage: French Journalist Nicolas Henin

Read the Mail Online article here | Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Living Next Door to ISIS

Deutschland kämpft mit radikalen Islamisten im eigenen Land

Vor allem in einem Bundesland werben salafistische Gruppen Jugendliche an – auch ganz gezielt für den IS. Rund 400 Deutsche sind bereits nach Syrien und in andere Länder gezogen, um mit IS-Milizen in den Kampf zu ziehen. SRF-Korrespondent Adrian Arnold hat sich umgesehen.

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Ray Cole: My Time in a Moroccan Jail for Being Gay Was 'Hell on Earth'

69-year-old Ray Cole was four weeks into a holiday in Morocco when he was charged with breaking the country's strict anti-gay laws. A local man, Jamal, with whom he'd struck up a relationship, was also arrested and both men were thrown in jail. Having spent 19 days in an overcrowded cell, Cole was eventually released following a high-profile campaign by his family, but he remains haunted by his ordeal. Now he has begun a campaign to be reunited with Jamal, who may be eligible to claim asylum in the UK

Watch the video here | Thursday, October 16, 2014

Queen Rania: Extremism Is Everyone’s Battle

Read the Telegraph article here | Thursday, October 16, 2014

John Cantlie: Lend Me Your Ears

Read the Telegraph article here | Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sam Harris Defends Assertion That ‘Islam Is the Motherlode of Bad Ideas’

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Now ISIS Boasts About Invading the Vatican: Propaganda Magazine Says Terrorists Will 'Conquer' Rome and 'Break Your Crosses'

MAIL ONLINE: ISIS publishes picture in Dabiq of their black flag flying above the Vatican / Militants' flag superimposed in magazine on obelisk in St Peter’s Square / Its article also urges Muslims to attack and kill 'every Crusader possible'

Islamic State jihadis today issued a clear threat to the heart of Christianity, as they published an image of their black flag flying above the Vatican.

In a picture on the cover of their official magazine showing a mock-up of Caliphate-controlled Rome, the militants’ flag is superimposed on the obelisk in St Peter’s Square.

It is the front cover of the fourth edition of the ISIS online propaganda magazine Dabiq, which calls in its latest issue for a war against the Catholic Church.

While the headline reads The Failed Crusade, the article threatens to ‘conquer’ Rome and ‘break your crosses’.

The article in Dabiq - named after a town in northern Syria where in 1516 the Ottomans defeated the Mamluks, establishing the last Islamic caliphate - also urged faithful Muslims to attack and kill ‘every Crusader possible’.

It added that ‘it is lawful to kidnap the women of the infidels and use them as sex slaves’. » | Hannah Roberts for MailOnline in Rome | Monday, October 13, 2014

John Cantlie's Sister Appeals to Isil to Communicate with His Family

Jessica Cantlie, the sister of British journalist John Cantlie who is being held hostage by the Islamic State (IS), has urged the terror group to "restart dialogue" with his family

Read the Telegraph article here | Telegraph Video, and PA, video source APTN | Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Inside an Isil Training Camp in 60 Seconds

With up to 500 British jihadis feared to have joined the ranks of the Islamic State in Syria, this video shows the brutal initiation many will have undergone

Read more here | Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In Britain, Islamist Extremist Anjem Choudary Proves Elusive

THE WASHINGTON POST: LONDON — As British war planes arc through Middle Eastern skies and security services race to unravel terrorist plots at home, the nation’s most prominent propagandist for the Islamic State sits in a London sweets shop, laying out his radical vision in between bites of dessert.

Iraq and Syria, Anjem Choudary says confidently, are only the beginning. The Islamic State’s signature black flag will fly over 10 Downing Street, not to mention the White House. And it won’t happen peacefully, but only after a great battle that is now underway.

“We believe there will be complete domination of the world by Islam,” says the 47-year-old, calmly sipping tea and looking none the worse for having been swept up in a police raid just days earlier. “That may sound like some kind of James Bond movie — you know, Dr. No and world domination and all that. But we believe it.”

With such grandiose proclamations, it is tempting to dismiss Choudary as a cartoonish hate preacher straight out of central casting. Many do. But harder to ignore is his record of inspiring impressionable young men to carry out violence in the name of Islam — both in Britain and overseas. » | Griff Witte | Saturday, October 11, 2014

Iraq Asks for US Ground Troops as Isil Threaten Baghdad

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Islamic State jihadists move within eight miles of the Iraqi capital, sparking calls for America to return to the country

Iraqi officials have issued a desperate plea for America to bring US ground troops back to the embattled country, as heavily armed Islamic State militants came within striking distance of Baghdad.

Amid reports that Isil forces have advanced as far as Abu Ghraib, a town that is effectively a suburb of Baghdad, a senior governor claimed up to 10,000 fighters from the movement were now poised to assault the capital. » | Alastair Beach | Saturday, October 11, 2014

Army Chiefs Tell Government: Stop Gulf States Funding Terrorism

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Government urged to put pressure on Gulf leaders into tackling extremism by strangling the funding of terrorist networks and the religious ideology that fuels them

Pressure is mounting on the Government to take action against wealthy Gulf states accused of funding Islamist terrorism after the beheading of Alan Henning, the British aid worker kidnapped in Syria.

Two retired generals and a former defence secretary claimed that nations such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia were helping the rise of violent extremism by channelling cash to terrorist groups such as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), which carried out Mr Henning’s murder.

The trio of senior military figures said air strikes against Isil were insufficient to defeat the terrorist threat. Instead, they called on the Government to pressure Gulf leaders into tackling extremism by strangling the funding of terrorist networks and the religious ideology that fuels them.

Investigations by The Telegraph suggest that tens of millions of pounds have been raised for Isil — and al-Qaeda — by wealthy individuals in the Gulf region while its leaders have “turned a blind eye” to the problem or been complicit in funding certain groups. » | Robert Mendick, Tim Ross and Patrick Sawer | Saturday, October 04, 2014 [?]