1. Graphic video by the Islamic State showing execution of around a dozen people.
2. Mosque set ablaze in Swedish town [UPDATE 2]
A few hours ago a mosque was set on fire in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna. Who committed the arson is unclear at this time. What we do know is that the congregation supposedly belongs to the Dawa-movement, which is actively recruiting for ISIS.
There have been confrontation between the muslims and Kurds demonstrating against ISIS at this mosque before, and anyone familiar with the middle east knows the bad blood between opposing factions of islam.
But as previously stated, at this point nobody knows who threw the molotov cocktail. It is possible that a lone white supremacist made it into the immigrant-dominated neighborhood and out again unseen, unlikely as it may seem. We just don’t know.
This doesn’t stop the Swedish mainstream media from jumping to conclusions.
(Read the whole story at source. It is an excellent microcosm for all reporting today on most matters muslim)
3. Australia: Muslims planned to “turn Blue Mountains into killing ground”
“Terror arrests revealed ‘vision to turn Blue Mountains into killing ground’: reports,” 9 News, December 26, 2014:
Two men have been arrested on terrorism charges and refused bail, with one of the men allegedly possessing a list of targets in Sydney.
On Christmas Eve, Sulayman Khalid, 20, and another man aged 21, were arrested as part of an ongoing counterterrorism investigation.
4. Man who tried to shoot the pope 34 years ago lays wreath, claims its the end of the world. Article here at the Daily Mail
Thank you M. Richard and all. Much more to come. Still have several in translation now.
At least the wind was pretty strong. lol
Calais migrant fence blown down by wind in French port (BBC, Dec 27, 2014)
“High winds have toppled part of a new metal fence erected in the French port of Calais to prevent migrants from slipping on to UK-bound ferries.
Sections of the fence, which was only put up last month, were flattened by winds of up to 160km/h (100mph), French media report.
Britain pledged £12m (15.3m euros; $18.7m) in September to improve fencing and other security in Calais.
The two countries have struggled to contain illegal migration.”
Al-Shabab militant Zakariya Ahmed Ismail Hersi ‘surrenders’ (BBC, Dec 27, 2014)
“A top al-Shabab militant, Zakariya Ahmed Ismail Hersi, has given himself up, Somali officials say.
Mr Hersi, a leading figure in the militant group’s intelligence wing, surrendered to police in the Gedo region, they add.
In June 2012, the US state department offered $3m (£1.9m, 2.5m euros) for information leading to his capture.
It comes three months after al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a US air strike.
A Somali intelligence officer, quoted by the Associated Press news agency, suggested Mr Hersi may have surrendered because of a dispute with al-Shabab members loyal to the former leader.
Mr Hersi fell out with Godane last year and has been on the run ever since but he is still a powerful figure, says BBC Africa editor Mary Harper….”
More than 1000 migrants rescued off Italian coast on Christmas Day
Italian naval vessels picked up a total of 2,300 people from troubled boats over the Christmas period, lifting to almost 170,000 the number of migrants from north Africa registered as having landed on Italian soil this year.
Italian authorities have identified a 32-year-old Egyptian man as a lynchpin in the large-scale people smuggling that has been instrumental in sending asylum seekers and economic migrants across the Mediterranean in unprecedented numbers this year.
Described as a trafficking “superboss” and named as Ahmed Mohamed Farrag Hanafi, the alleged trafficking overlord is now being pursued by the Egyptian authorities at Italy’s request, Corriere della Sera reported.
The broadsheet daily said he was based in the Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate in northern Egypt and had been identified as a result of intercepted mobile calls to traffickers working for him on boats leaving Libya.
More than 80 percent of the migrants leave from Libya, where traffickers are able to operate with impunity because of the chaos engulfing a country that has disintegrated into warring fiefdoms.
Typically, refugees boarding boats in Libya have paid traffickers several thousand dollars each for what is sold as a ticket to Europe.
Increasingly however it appears that the people smugglers simply aim to get the boats into open water and rely on the human cargo being picked up by either the Italian navy or by passing merchant ships which are obliged, under the law of the sea, to respond to distress calls.
Hopes the advent of winter would stem the flow of boat people have been dashed although there have been signs that the traffickers are switching to bigger cargo boats, having previously relied largely on converted fishing vessels or inflatable dinghies.
The cargo boats may be less vulnerable to inclement weather but are frequently in a poor condition, making them potential death traps, according to aid organisations.
Tommy Robinson speech at Oxford Union.
AUSTRIA – Pig’s head hung on Mosque door in Vienna
The imam of the Kocatepe mosque spoke to the Andadolu press agency about the incident, condemning the vandalism as an “unacceptable” act.
The head of the Turkish-Islamist Union in Vienna (ATIB), Fatih Karada?, condemned the attack saying that “this is not an attack against Muslims but the whole of humanity. We, as Muslims, will preserve our calm and collective attitude.”
This is not the first incident of its type, as Austria’s Muslim community has been attacked several times this year in similar hate crimes. An Imam Hatip school in Vienna that concentrates on religious education was also vandalized. A pig’s head was left in front of the school’s door during Ramadan in early October.
And in August, a pig’s head was impaled on a fence at a construction site for a new islamic school. It’s not known who left the pig’s head at the centre, but even if someone confesses there is little the police can do as nothing was damaged and therefore there are no criminal charges.
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DEC 27 2014 – Libya asks Italy to help extinguish fire at biggest oil port
Libya has called on Italy to send firefighters to prevent a fire spreading out of control at Es Sider, the country’s biggest oil port, officials said on Saturday.
A rocket hit an oil storage tank last week at the port in the east of the country during clashes between forces allied to Libya’s competing governments.
Ali al-Hassi, spokesman for a security force allied to the internationally-recognized government, said the fire had spread to a total of five oil tanks.
“We are trying to extinguish it but our capacities are limited,” he said.
The North African country is struggling with fighting on several fronts as brigades of former rebels who battled side by side to oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 now compete for political power and a share of oil revenues.
Libya has had two parallel governments since August when a group called Libya Dawn seized Tripoli, forcing the internationally recognized administration headed by Abdullah al-Thinni out of the capital.
Es Sider and its adjacent Ras Lanuf oil terminal have been closed since a force allied to a rival government in Tripoli tried to take them two weeks ago. This has affected exports of an estimated 300,000 barrels of oil a day.
Issa al-Oraiby, chairman of the energy committee in the Thinni government’s House of Representatives, said lawmakers had asked Italy to help with firefighters.
“Italy expressed its willingness to assist in extinguishing the fire at the Es Sider oil tanks but only under the condition that fighting stopped,” he said. Italy is one of the few European countries which still has an embassy in Libya.
The fighting between rival groups in the country has reduced Libya’s crude output to 352,000 barrels a day, Libya’s National Oil Company said on Thursday. Es Sider and Ras Lanuf ports had been processing an estimated 300,000 bpd until their closure.
Es Sider is fed from fields run by Waha Oil Co, a joint-venture of NOC with U.S. companies Hess, Marathon and ConocoPhillips.
AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore missing
An AirAsia flight travelling from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control, the company has said.
Indonesian media say more than 160 people were on the Airbus A320-200.
Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (23:24 GMT), Malaysia-based AirAsia tweeted.
Search and rescue operations are under way for the missing aircraft.
The flight had been due to arrive in Singapore at 08:30 (00:30GMT).
There were six foreigners on board the flight, reports say, three from South Korea and one each from the UK Malaysia and Singapore. The rest of the passengers were Indonesian.
An official with the transport ministry, Hadi Mustofa, told local media the plane lost contact over the Java Sea, between the islands of Kalimantan and Java.
He said the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact and that the weather had been cloudy.
AirAsia have given few other details.
“At the present time we unfortunately have no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board, but we will keep all parties informed as more information becomes available,” a company statement said.
AirAsia has set up an emergency line for family or friends of those who may be on board. The number is +622 129 850 801.
The company’s chief executive, Tony Fernandes, tweeted: “Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. We must stay strong.”
I wonder if it is bad maintenance or deliberate action? Three planes in one year are way too many.
Is it too late to short sell their stock?
I don’t know I haven’t been following their stock pricces.
Yes their stock is down 20% and still falling.
Hello there…..its me again……..Don Laird
Its called “Mosque Deconstruction” and I am hoping it will sweep across Europe, North America and the remainder of the civilized world.
Wouldn’t that be breathtaking?….every last shred of Islam, every vulgar Muslim, gone from the civilized world?
I can imagine there are a few nervous, slightly fidgety Muslims pacing their livingroom floors all across North America and Europe tonight…..how delightful, what a warming thought!
One step closer my friends, just one step closer to my dream.
Regards, Don Laird