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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

42 Replies to “Reader’s posted links for July 24 – 2015”

    • Sadly, you must be on your guard with people who see a little gift of kindness as weakness, and it becomes their right to take advantage. The bitch always looks for someone to become their bitch to regain a false belief they are men. This is islam: Muhammad’s bitches. Simply that.

      So they must be allowed to suffer to wake up. Don’t feed them. But the one-world socialist strategy does, and with forced Diversity into your country has made them the very neighbors from hell who won’t stop until you are dead.
      This is deliberate. Because now, Communism holds out her hand, and you won’t even know what gender you are, to care about human trafficking for body parts of dissenters.

      Ted explains to the ovary clan that their babies will be safer if we have a bigger guns against such crazies. But in their decadent fear, they can’t rationalize. They feel with all their emotion of surrender and symbols of submissive pacifism are safer. Maybe for them, but as a raped slave. But then, they are this generation who love life more than caring and protecting the nation that comes after them.

  1. DHS Secretary Won’t Describe ISIS As ‘Islamic’ Terrorists

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says that in order to keep ISIS from radicalizing Americans inside the United States, it is “critical” not to use the word “Islamic” when describing attacks or other actions tied to the terrorist group.

    “[ISIS] would like to be referred to as ‘Islamic extremism’ because it therefore concedes that what they are saying and what they are doing occupies legitimately some form of Islam,” Johnson said today at a national security forum in Aspen, Colorado.

    “The Muslims I know and that I’ve spent a lot of time with in this country believe just the opposite,” he added.

    Rebuffing any suggestion that he’s being “politically correct,” Johnson said “building trust” with Muslim community leaders across the United States is “fundamental” to the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism efforts.

    Johnson’s comments come days after 24-year-old Mohammod Abdulazeez launched a deadly rampage against Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Federal investigators say he was apparently inspired by Al Qaeda ideology, but they are still looking for any evidence indicating he may have been inspired by ISIS as well.

    Johnson has sat down with as many as 100 community members at a time – in meetings from Minneapolis to Maryland – to discuss how they can help identify and stop Americans like Abdulazeez from being radicalized by an onslaught of online ISIS propaganda in particular, the secretary said.

    In each of those meetings, according to Johnson, he “consistently” hears this: “[ISIS] is trying to hijack my religion.”

    “And so if you call it ‘Islamic anything,’ we are dignifying this terrorist organization with occupying a part of the Islamic faith which Muslims in this country I know push back very strongly on,” Johnson said. “If I went into these meetings calling it ‘Islamic extremism,’ I’d get nowhere.”

    “I think it’s critical that in order to build our relationships and build our level of cooperation with the Islamic communities here, we have to say to them :
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    ‘Look, we understand that what this depraved terrorist organization is doing is no part of your religion,’”
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    Johnson told those attending the Aspen Security Forum, which brings together some of the highest-ranking officials in counter-terrorism and intelligence from around the world.

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/dhs-secretary-describe-isis-islamic-terrorists/story?id=32641415

  2. My apologies to you Vlad for misleading you and your readers, but that vid where the “woman” counterattacks was part of a “social experiment”, and probably the best bit of an unconvincing whole.
    Sorry.

    • The video was a excellent demonstration where a crisis brings a person, albeit briefly, back to their senses and behave true to themselves, the mask was off, and the child now sees Ms Mary really is Mr Martin with a mental health problem. The writing in the candy rock does not go all the way through.

      Like those muslims who are calm under the greater insanity that is islam and become rageful in democracies.

      It highlighted two human beings, each claiming by force to hold the center-ground as “normal”.

      Now you have introduced a third.

      • I’ll labor the point a little further.

        Mr Martin has the complete right to dress as he wants. Why it was not as Frumpy Fran the librarian or Burhka Bharti the forth wife or even a Gorrilla Georgina of the endangered tribe, but Make-up Mary on a blind date. Is his sexual fantasy more worthy than a casual look up, “morning Mr Martin?” Not a concern for the English.

        But the Left are forcing us to address him as “Ms Mary,” with him having no way back from hell.

        This is the destruction induced by Socialism.

        The same for muslims. They can submit to anything they like, but us not to criticize them in their so-called superiority as “Allah’s Slaves,” when we can see them clearly as dhimmis under the shoe as “Muhammad’s Slaves.”

        Lying about this, is harmful to Mary and muslim’d alike. Yet legally, no one is allowed to utter one word of offence.

        And the Princes of Peace, the Communists who have planned this ruination of humanity, can walk unhindered.

        • Thanks PerfectChild.
          I was feeling pretty bad about accidentally misleading others as to its provenance.
          Though I still think that the savage reaction of the ‘transvestite’ is representative or a future metaphor of what will happen to musloids once they finally (stupidly) push the average person or Western Civilisation as a whole too far, or decide to finally ‘kick off’ with offensive jihad. Certainly for Australia. And I believe also for Europeans as a whole who have a generational fighting memory of WW1 and WW2 (let alone thousands of years of European history), no matter which side their relatives fought on. Musloids only have a recent generational memory of being parasitical locusts. And for that reason, I thoroughly enjoyed the comeuppance, and the metaphor.

          • There is a problem with that J.

            Islam and the organizations which are behind the current global jihad, are operating on a premise that the rest of us cannot seem to understand; and that is, ‘war is fought during the preparation state and not the kinetic stage’

            If you read the IIIT’s book, the Koranic view of War, you will see how they have been weakening any potential reaction we have or can have to their occasional kinetic attacks.

            http://strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/parameters/Articles/06winter/win-ess.pdf I think this is it

            • I agree with what you are saying Eeyore/Vlad.

              Sun Tzu said something very similar (and I am paraphrasing from memory), that the general who has all the strategic factors on his side prior to the battle, will (usually) win. I will read Meyer’s paper, “The Quranic View of War” (SSI), thanks for the tip.

              Your site, and others like BNI, Barnhardt, and Crombouke, made me familiar with the evil that is islam, and its concepts.

              I think you are right that we, the free people of the world, have been collectively betrayed by our political classes on islam, many of whom seem to be cowards and/or power-hungry sociopaths/socialists. But hopefully a political solution involving voluntary conversion or apostasy, or expulsion will be enacted soon in many countries. Constitutionally and theoretically, the Manchurian socialist Hussein Obama can’t “legally” be president forever, and continue his deliberate efforts to make the world more evil, violent, and unsafe. Hopefully things will start to turn our way.

              It looks darkest before the dawn, but like you, I believe there are many, many people out there like us (whether male or female, young or old, ‘straight’ or ‘gay’) who will fight to the literal, physical death if need be to stop mohammedanism once they fully wake up. I think many who aren’t yet involved in CJ subliminally realise that things are not right. Many who are awake are itching to fix this problem, especially if they have families, as it is better to sort this out soonest. In my opinion islam is ultimately doomed, they are just too cretinous to realise it, but unfortunately it is going to be expensive without enacting a political solution first.
              Now the IS Caliphate has been reestablished, Baghdadi can move on to declaring worldwide offensive jihad, and attack Europe, North America, Russia, China etc in earnest, and as soon as the musloids do that they ensure that they are toast. They have no idea of how much borrowed time they are on. If they delay, we have more time to prepare ourselves and the battlefield, and convert the supporting parasites or kick them out, and exterminate the active cells.

              My gut feeling from observation is that Europeans are starting to have more babies.

              You are doing very important work. Thank you.

              • I just take issue on one of J’s comments above: ” I believe there are many, many people out there like us (whether male or female, young or old, ‘straight’ or ‘gay’)”

                We are not dealing with principalities of flesh and blood – the muslim has only one good eye, so do not completely blind.

                Gays are not like us. They are individuals who like islam have surrendered. A schoolgirl crush fixation as much as a Jesus-saved-me adoration – but much more perverse.

                http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3167233/Dr-Christian-Jessen-defends-inviting-stranger-flat-drug-fuelled-romp.html
                Therefore, not to be trusted because they will be seduced by a higher priest who tells them to say one thing and do another. They have derogatory terms for the unbelievers.

                Trangender are normal people. A tiny minority do have the right brai in the wrong body. And guess what? They’re not sexsquirrels. They were hijacked by lesbians and so-called gays who brought their friends along to the party.

                Be wise as a serpant, gentle as a dove.

                So be careful what trojan horses you would bring with you who tell you islam is a race, and homosexuality is a race. You will end up being pushed out, not even wanted for your seed.

              • I don’t know about Europe but the conservatives in the US are starting to have 3 and 4 kids each so the demographic trend is towards more native born kids that will be raised by parents who believe in what the US is suppose to stand for.

            • This world is heading towards its endgame.
              You have every dictator sitting on an information goldmine. They will see everyone and read them like a book.
              Their mind-view shall be yours or you’re dead.

              Caligula and Muhammad will seem quaint.

              Getting rid of your demons is your only way to freedom before they play you to become their new creature to place on the chess-board and Gandolf betrays the winning side.

          • “…a future metaphor of what will happen to musloids once they finally (stupidly) push the average person or Western Civilisation as a whole too far,… ”

            This metophor of the wimp – as shown in the American 1960’s TV show “The Hulk” saying “you won’t like me when I’m angry” – impresses only musselmas among us.

            So yes, you have nailed it – that when the mother winds the father up so much with say, her allowing their 14 year old daughter sleep with the muslim upstairs, buys drugs for their son so she can make sure his supply is clean, and befriends a sexual-deviant to babysit their youngest child… he snaps… and in a rage attacks and tears down all those feminist institutions… But who wins after the fallout? Because the UN will deploy a coallition of states to hunt all these fathers down to be tried as war criminals and the mothers will smile and turn to her offspring, “see, I told you so,” and the era of Communism will follow. Communists are agitators and wind up merchants and the Soviets experimented using every form of psychology on their unwilling political prisoners.

            Socialism is used only to neutralize and control the male through the female. National or International Socialism are both highly female centric societies, one to guard the other to serve, and their angry males will clash at rallies. They live in a false dichotomy. The black widows championing one, the Christian priestesses the other.

            When Muslims murder they get hyper excited, dance and celebrate and their females offer them free sex. All the other times men get the cold sullen resentment from the musselma who cannot be pleased, and these highs are quickly forgotten. Then its back to normal and their husband can’t earn enough, he’s a dweeb, and look what mustapha brings his wives why can’t he? It’s not sunny for muslim men keeping up with appearances and serving a gangsta pirate and not Allah, that no one can admit to.

            Surely there’s something next to get upset about to rekindle giving out sweets again?

            Mankind no longer advances, its back to the paddy-fields.

            So one day “Ms Mary,” the effeminate Western male, after a Preferential Privilege too far, is going to loose it and find he has some balls left… or maybe not, being too embeded in her alter-ego. Fight or flight: two states we should never be in because we can’t think straight.

            So, all those millions of socialized tattooed males, old and young, addicted to porn, being
            lobster-boiled slowly to their deaths had better wake up, because if Nationalist Parties tap into their rage, it will be the future rejection of all masculinity, even to today’s permissible the life of a muslim stud reigned in by a tight script, or a homosexual interior designer donating sperm. The Kremlim will not amused.

            Communism tolerates neither. There are no pioneers. Men and women dress and act the same for the Motherland. The hive with workers and special permits to briefly be drones – with state funded brothels for both men and women. Children belong to the State.

            Khadija trained her married toyboy well, even convincing him the voices in his head were real, mmm…. Go get them tiger and bring me back their gold plate. Times were so free back then.

  3. Iran executions see ‘unprecedented spike’ – Amnesty (BBC, July 23, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33635260

    “There has been an “unprecedented spike” in the number of executions in Iran, Amnesty International has warned.

    The rights group said it believed 694 people were killed between 1 January and 15 July, almost three times the figure acknowledged by the authorities.

    It said credible reports suggested Iran executed at least 743 people in 2014.

    Amnesty said the surge was disturbing as the death sentences were invariably imposed by courts “completely lacking in independence and impartiality”.

    “They are imposed either for vaguely worded or overly broad offences, or acts that should not be criminalised at all, let alone attract the death penalty,” it added.

    “Trials in Iran are deeply flawed, detainees are often denied access to lawyers, and there are inadequate procedures for appeal, pardon and commutation.”

    As of 15 July 2015, the Iranian authorities had officially acknowledged 246 judicial executions this year but Amnesty International said it had received reports of a further 448 executions.

    If confirmed, that would be the equivalent to more than three a day.

    In 2014, 289 people were executed according to official sources but reports suggested that the real figure was at least 743, the group added.

    “Iran’s staggering execution toll for the first half of this year paints a sinister picture of the machinery of the state carrying out premeditated, judicially-sanctioned killings on a mass scale,” said Said Boumedouha, deputy director of Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa programme.

    He added: “The use of the death penalty is always abhorrent, but it raises additional concerns in a country like Iran where trials are blatantly unfair.”

    Amnesty said the reasons behind the surge in executions were unclear, but that the majority of those killed in 2015 were convicted of drug charges.

    “The [Iranian] authorities have confirmed that around 80% of executions are for these [drugs] offences,” Amnesty researcher Raha Bahreini told the BBC.

    Iran’s anti-narcotics law provides mandatory death sentences for a range of drug-related offences, including trafficking more than 5kg (11lbs) of narcotics derived from opium or more than 30g (1oz) of heroin, morphine, cocaine or their chemical derivatives.

    Amnesty said this was in direct breach of international law, which restricts the use of the death penalty to only the “most serious crimes” – those involving intentional killing.

    “For years, Iranian authorities have used the death penalty to spread a climate of fear in a misguided effort to combat drug trafficking, yet there is not a shred of evidence to show that this is an effective method of tackling crime,” Mr Boumedouha said.

    Among those executed are members of ethnic and religious minorities convicted of “enmity against God” and “corruption on earth”, including Kurdish political prisoners and Sunni Muslims.

    Amnesty said that several thousand people were believed to be on death row on Iran. In many cases, they are notified that they will be executed only a few hours beforehand. The families of those executed are sometimes informed days, if not weeks, later.”

  4. Turkey stages first airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria, rounds up Kurds

    Turkish warplanes pounded Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time on Friday, with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action against both the jihadists and Kurdish militants at home.

    The air strikes, which followed a phone conversation between Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday, were accompanied by a series of police raids across Turkey to detain hundreds of suspected militants, including from Kurdish groups.

    Turkey has long been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, emphasising instead the need to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and saying Syrian Kurdish forces also pose a grave security threat.

    But Friday’s attacks, which officials said were launched from Turkish airspace, signalled that Ankara would crack down against Islamic State across the Syrian border, while pursuing the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) – which Ankara describes as a separatist organisation – at home.

    “In our phone call with Obama, we reiterated our determination in the struggle against the separatist organisation and the Islamic State,” Erdogan told reporters. “We took the first step last night.”

    Ankara acted hours after officials in Washington said it had agreed to let U.S. jets launch air strikes from a base near the Syrian border, dropping an earlier refusal to allow manned American bombing raids.

    Turkey has faced increasing insecurity along its 900-km (560-mile) frontier with Syria. A cross-border firefight on Thursday between the army and Islamic State, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq, left one militant and one soldier dead.

    It has also suffered a wave of violence in largely Kurdish southeastern Turkey after a suspected Islamic State suicide bombing killed 32 people, many of them Kurds, in the town of Suruc on the Syrian border this week.

    But Erdogan’s critics say he is more concerned with keeping Syrian Kurdish fighters in check, afraid that gains they have made against Islamic State in the Syrian civil war will embolden Turkey’s own 14 million-strong Kurdish minority.

    “Even though Erdogan has so far failed to achieve his goals in Syria – the overthrow of Assad – and Islamic State has become a problem, it is nevertheless a convenient instrument for him,” said Halil Karaveli, managing editor of The Turkey Analyst, a policy journal.

    “Now he has all the excuses he needs to go after the Kurds and also it makes him look very good in the eyes of the U.S., which will be happy that Turkey is on board in the coalition.”

    “WITHOUT DISTINCTION”

    Three F-16 fighter jets took off from a base in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, early on Friday and hit two Islamic State bases and one “assembly point” before returning, the prime minister’s office said in a statement.

    “We can’t say this is the beginning of a military campaign, but certainly the policy will be more involved, active and more engaged,” a Turkish government official told Reuters. “But action won’t likely be taken unprompted.”

    Police also rounded up nearly 300 people in Friday’s raids against suspected Islamic State and Kurdish militants, Prime Minister Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said after vowing to fight all “terrorist groups” equally.

    Local media reported that helicopters and more than 5,000 officers, including special forces, were deployed in the operation. Anti-terror police raided more than 100 locations across Istanbul alone, broadcasters CNN Turk and NTV reported.

    One senior official told Reuters: “This morning’s air strike and operation against terrorist groups domestically are steps taken as preventive measures against a possible attack against Turkey from within or from outside … There has been a move to active defence from passive defence.”

    Turkey has repeatedly said it would take any “necessary measures” to protect itself from attack by both Islamic State and Kurdish militants.

    U.S. defence officials said on Thursday that Turkey has agreed to allow manned U.S. planes to stage air strikes against Islamic State militants from an air base at Incirlik, close to the Syrian border. U.S. drones are already launched from the base.

    Obama and Erdogan agreed in their call on Wednesday to work together to stem the flow of foreign fighters and secure Turkey’s border.

    The ability to fly manned bombing raids out of Incirlik against targets in nearby Syria could be a big advantage. Such flights have had to fly mainly from the Gulf.

    Turkey’s stance has frustrated some of its NATO allies, including the United States, whose priority is fighting Islamic State rather than Assad. The allies have urged Turkey to do more to prevent its border being used as a conduit to Syria by foreign jihadists.

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/24/uk-mideast-crisis-turkey-islamicstate-idUKKCN0PY0AQ20150724

    • Obama’s DOJ going to investigate Hillary!!! If you think this will be an honest investigation I have some ocean front property in Kansas I want to sell you.

  5. UK – Six members of child sex ring found guilty of abuse

    Six members of a child sex ring in Aylesbury have been found guilty at the Old Bailey of their part in the horrifying abuse of two schoolgirls which went on for years on a massive scale.

    A total of 11 men went on trial for 51 offences between 2006 and 2012 including multiple rape of a child under 13, child prostitution and administering a substance to “stupefy” a girl in order to engage in sexual activity.

    Four defendants were cleared, while the jury could not decide on one of them.

    http://www.itv.com/news/update/2015-07-24/four-men-cleared-in-aylesbury-child-sex-ring-trial/

    BBC – Aylesbury child sex abuse trial: Six men found guilty

    Six men involved in a child sex ring in Buckinghamshire have been found guilty of abusing two schoolgirls on a “massive scale”.

    The Old Bailey heard the abuse in Aylesbury went on for years and involved rape and child prostitution.

    Eleven defendants faced trial, accused of 47 sexual offences between 2006 and 2012.

    Four were cleared of any wrongdoing, while the jury could not reach a verdict on one of the men.

    The six who have been convicted will be sentenced in September.

    The alleged offences, which all the defendants denied any involvement in, took place in cars, vans, flats and sometimes the girls’ homes in Aylesbury, the court heard.

    The jury deliberated for more than 42 hours before finding six men guilty of a range of offences against the girls, including rape, child prostitution and administering a substance to “stupefy” a girl in order to engage in sexual activity.
    Charges and verdicts:

    Vikram Singh, 45, of Cannock Road, Aylesbury, was found guilty of four counts of rape and one of administering a substance with intent
    Asif Hussain, 33, of Hodge Lea, Milton Keynes, was convicted of three counts of rape
    Arshad Jani, 33, of Cousins Drive, Aylesbury, was found guilty of rape and conspiracy to rape
    Mohammed Imran, 38, of Springcliffe Street, Bradford, was convicted of three counts of rape, one count of conspiracy to rape and one count of child prostitution
    Akbari Khan, 36, of Mandeville Road, Aylesbury, was found guilty of two counts of rape, one of administering a substance with intent and conspiracy to rape
    Taimoor Khan, 29, of Highbridge Road, Aylesbury, was convicted of one count of sexual activity with a child
    Sajad Ali, 34, of Brockhurst Road, Chesham, was found not guilty of sexual activity with a child
    Sohail Qamar, 41, of St Anne’s Road, Aylesbury, was cleared of two counts of rape, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
    Faisal Iqbal, 32, of Pixie Road, Aylesbury, was cleared of rape and sexual activity with a child
    Harmohan Nangpal, 41, of Langdale Drive, Hayes, was cleared of one count of rape, and one count of sexual activity with a child
    The jury could not decide on charges against Jerome Joe, 35, of Pightle Crescent, Buckingham. He denies one count of rape and a single count of sexual activity with a child.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-33656802

  6. DIALY MAIL – Jihadi in his swimming trunks: The chilling photo of an ISIS terrorist posing on the beach at a holiday resort in TURKEY

    Pasaliasi Isde pictured on the beach at Amasra and Bartin resorts, Turkey
    Jihadi has been fighting in Syria, posed with severed heads and corpses
    Mingled in Black Sea resorts with beach goers unaware of his background
    Trip raises fears ISIS is planning another Tunisia beach-style massacre

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3173135/Jihadi-swimming-trunks-chilling-photo-ISIS-terrorist-posing-beach-holiday-resort-TURKEY.html

  7. CANADA –
    Sudden toddler death in Victoria hotel remains mystery

    Frantic ‘praying’ mother sparked calls to police from mosque, hours before child found

    Victoria Mosque-goers say they called police, disturbed by a frantic “praying” woman, the day before her toddler was found dead in a downtown hotel.

    Members of the Masjid Al-Iman mosque say they saw a woman who began a frantic, loud recitation of the Quran on Friday.

    The woman appeared to be praying with a toddler in her hands. She had a second child with her.

    Mosque chairperson Belkacem Chergui says the woman’s demeanour changed when police arrived.

    “I was shocked how she behaved …. She became a totally different person, very normal, very calm, very quiet.” said Chergui.

    Chergui says the woman was not a regular member of the Quadra Street mosque, where she was seen praying and chanting.

    Victoria police also spoke to the same woman earlier on Friday at Clover Point, on Victoria’s waterfront, according to statement released by police.

    The next day Victoria police were called to the 3100-block of Douglas Street to the Hotel ZED at 4 a.m. PT after reports of screaming.

    In the hotel police said they found a distraught woman, a young child and a toddler.

    Police said the 19-month-old was unresponsive when they arrived, and the woman and the child also needed medical care.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/sudden-toddler-death-in-victoria-hotel-remains-mystery-1.3162772

  8. USA – New Orleans- Former Yellow Cab driver sentenced to 5 years for 2013 kidnapping, rape of passenger

    A former Yellow Cab driver who admitted kidnapping and raping a young woman who passed out in his taxi two years ago was sentenced Tuesday (July 21) to serve five years in prison.

    Sohail Khan, a 42-year-old born in Lahore, Pakistan, pleaded guilty as charged to one count of second-degree kidnapping and one count of simple rape, avoiding a scheduled trial before Orleans Parish Criminal District Judge Ben Willard.

    Khan faced sentences of 5 to 40 years on the kidnapping count and up to 25 years on the rape charge. But his guilty plea, which spared the out-of-state victim from returning to testify in Louisiana, won a lighter sentence from the judge. Khan was sentenced to two years on the rape count, to run concurrently with a five-year sentence for second-degree kidnapping. The first two years of the sentence will be served without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence, Willard ordered.

    According to court documents, Khan’s victim – now 22 – was made aware of the plea and sentence and did not object.

    New Orleans police said the woman, then 20, hailed Khan’s taxi around 3 a.m. on May 2, 2013, after leaving a bar near Lyons and Tchoupitoulas streets in the Irish Channel. The woman told investigators she gave Khan her destination but passed out in the back seat of the taxi. She said she awoke at an unknown location to find Khan raping her in the cab’s back seat.

    The woman had difficulty recalling Khan’s name or even the cab company that had picked her up. But investigators said several other cab drivers contacted authorities in the days after the reported sexual assault, telling them that Khan had been “soliciting assistance from them over the last few days on how to delete camera footage from the in-car camera.”

    After developing Khan as a suspect, detectives worked with former New Orleans Taxicab Bureau Director Malachi Hull to bring Khan in for questioning and to view GPS data and footage from his in-car camera, devices only required in city taxis since 2012.

    Khan’s arrest warrant said the footage showed the woman as a passenger in his cab on the morning in question, shows the cab arriving at a location the woman did not request – the 7600 block of Plum Street – and caught Khan covering the lens of the in-car camera after he parked.

    Khan had previous run-ins with the law. In June 2010, he was booked with extortion and false imprisonment after authorities said he threatened a Texas tourist and refused to let her out of his taxi unless she paid a 10 percent tip for her ride from a downtown hotel to the Louis Armstrong International Airport. His taxi bureau permit was temporarily seized after that allegation.

    In 2011, Khan was arrested and pleaded guilty to fighting with a patron of his taxi in Jefferson Parish.

    And two days after raping the 20-year-old woman in May 2013, Khan found a wallet left in his cab, returned it to its owner (a Washington D.C. man visiting for Jazz Fest) and refused to accept a cash reward. Instead, Khan implored the visitor to publicize his good deed with a letter to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

    Khan will be credited with time served after his rape arrest, roughly three months between when he first was jailed in May 2013 and when he posted a $300,000 bond in August 2013. He was remanded back into custody on Tuesday.

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/07/former_yellow_cab_driver_sente.html

  9. Turkey police use tear gas, rubber bullets to disperse anti-IS protest

    Turkish police on Friday used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a protest by hundreds of people in Istanbul to denounce violence by Islamic State group jihadists, an AFP photographer reported.

    Some 500 people turned out for the protest in the Kadikoy district on the Asian side of Istanbul to condemn Monday’s suicide bombing in Suruc blamed on IS that killed 32 pro-Kurdish activists close to the Syrian border.

    The protesters also denounced the government, who they accuse of allowing IS jihadists inside Turkish territory.

    As with similar protests over the last days, police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protest, sending people fleeing into neighbouring streets to escape, the photographer said.

    The protest came as Turkey bombed IS targets in Syria and arrested hundreds of militants in its most significant actions yet against the group.

    Thousands are expected to respond to a call from Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party and turn out for a “march for peace” on Sunday in Istanbul which is set to be monitored by a heavy security presence.

    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/136119/World/Region/Turkey-police-use-tear-gas,-rubber-bullets-to-disp.aspx

    • Anti-Islam Activist Jon Ritzheimer Reported to FBI

      Ritzheimer

      The prominent Muslim civil liberties organization, the Council on American and Islamic Relations, has been keeping tabs on Islamophobia throughout the country for decades. But in the last few months, leaders tell New Times, it’s maintained an extra-close eye on Jon Ritzheimer, the local ex-Marine and face of the anti-Islam crusade in Arizona.

      “We’ve been monitoring him since the biker rally,” says Liban Yousuf, CAIR Arizona Civil Rights Director – referring the May 29 demonstration outside of the Phoenix Islamic Cultural Center that brought hundreds of protesters and counter-protesters to the streets to defame or defend Islam – “but in the recent videos [he’s posted on social media], he’s really ramped up the violent rhetoric.”

      It’s made many Muslims in Arizona feel unsafe and threatened, Yousuf adds. “All that screaming, yelling…we periodically send updates to the Phoenix Police Department and the FBI to let them know about [the things he says or does].”

      The PPD declined to comment on the subject, deferring instead to the FBI. Special Agent Anthony Farinacci from the Phoenix FBI office tells New Times that on principle, “the F.B.I. does not comment on on-going investigations,” and therefore cannot “confirm nor deny the existence of any ongoing investigation.”

      Ritzheimer has posted at least seven inflammatory videos of himself ranting about the “evils of Islam” and the “hateful teachings of the Quran,” since the May rally. Earlier this week, we wrote about what we thought was Ritzheimer’s latest video — in it, he films himself driving and ranting about how Islam was to blame for the most recent shooting incident that left five people dead in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (The video currently has 856,271 views, 30,947 shares on Facebook, and dozens of comments from readers showing their support for Ritzheimre’s statements.) […]

      http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/anti-islam-activist-jon-ritzheimer-reported-to-fbi-7511119

  10. Aircraft ‘bomb bag’ limits on board explosion impact (BBC, July 24, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33650713

    “A new system to resist terrorist bombs smuggled onto aircraft has been tested in dramatic experiments.

    A device called FlyBag is designed to absorb the shockwaves and shrapnel caused by explosions.

    If security fails and a bomb reaches the luggage hold, the idea is that the blast would be safely contained.

    The trials – using old jets at Cotswolds Airport in Gloucestershire – showed that explosions on board caused no damage.

    The bag involves a novel mix of four different layers of material including one based on Kevlar, which is used in bullet-proof jackets.

    The idea is that the bag is not only lightweight but also strong and flexible enough to handle the energetic effects of a blast without breaking.

    Current designs for hardened luggage containers are based on reinforced metal and many airlines have seen them as too heavy and costly.

    The FlyBag project is funded by the European Commission and is run by a consortium of institutes and specialist companies….”

  11. Morocco Arrests 2 Women Connected to Militant Cell (abcnews, July 24, 2015)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/morocco-arrests-women-connected-militant-cell-32672008

    “Moroccan authorities have arrested two women in connection with a recently dismantled militant cell planning attacks in the country.

    The Interior Ministry announcement carried by the state news agency said the women were arrested in the port city of Tangiers and they had previously spent time in Al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    The statement added that further research into the cell, whose dismantling was announced Tuesday, revealed that it had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and had planned to announce itself as that group’s affiliate in Morocco.

    The cell’s plan was to bring in fighters that had trained with the Islamic State as well as weapons and establish a brigade in the south of the country to carry out attacks on various targets, the ministry said.”

  12. Somalia’s al-Shabab loses Dinsor stronghold (BBC, July 24, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-33656129

    “Somali forces backed by African Union (AU) troops have retaken another key stronghold from Islamist militants al-Shabab as part of a renewed offensive.

    Residents told the BBC’s Somali service that militants withdrew on Thursday from south-east Dinsor town, which the group had held since 2008.

    Al-Shabab used Dinor as a hideout to launch attacks on other parts of Somalia, a BBC correspondent says.

    The group is battling Somalia’s government for control of the country.

    On Wednesday, al-Shabab admitted it had lost control of the strategic town of Bardere in the same area.

    It has not commented on the loss of Dinsor, which lies 270km (170 miles) west of the capital Mogadishu.

    The continuing loss of territory means al-Shabab is being cornered into a smaller area, surrounded by Somali and regional forces, BBC Somali analyst Abdinur Mohamed says.

    It is highly unlikely that the group will be able to retake any of the towns it has lost in the latest offensive, he adds…”

  13. Reports: Turkish Jets Hit IS Targets in Syria, Kurds in Iraq (abcnews, July 24, 2015)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/reports-turkish-jets-hit-targets-syria-kurds-iraq-32674033

    “Turkish jets flying from a base in Turkey’s southeast have struck Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria for the second straight night, Turkish news reports said Saturday. The fighter jets also hit camps of Kurdish PKK militants in northern Iraq, the reports said.

    There was no immediate official confirmation of the airstrikes reported by the state-run TRT television and other media. If confirmed, it would be the first time Turkey has struck Kurds in northern Iraq since a peace deal was announced in 2013 between Ankara and the rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

    The private Dogan news agency said the Turkish jets were targeting PKK training facilities, shelters and anti-aircraft batteries in northern Iraq.

    Tensions have flared with Kurds in recent days after an IS suicide bombing in the southeastern Turkish city of Suruc on Monday killed 32 people. Kurdish groups blame the Turkish government for not combatting IS.

    On Wednesday, the PKK claimed responsibility for the killing of two Turkish policemen near the Kurdish majority city of Sanliurfa, near the Syrian border.

    In other attacks, seven police officers were injured after suspected PKK militants hurled a small bomb at a police station in Bismil town, near the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, the Dogan news agency reported Friday. Assailants also hurled a small bomb at officers inside a police vehicle in the town of Semdinli, near the border with Iraq, the agency said.

    Turkey started attacking IS positions after the suicide bombing and an IS ambush that killed a Turkish soldier.

    On Friday, three F-16 jets struck IS targets that included two command centers and a gathering point near the Turkish border in Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nine IS militants were killed in the raids.

    In a related development, Turkey announced Friday that it was allowing its air bases to be used by the U.S.-led coalition forces for operations against IS extremists.”

    • Turkey vows to continue campaign against Islamic State militants (BBC, July 24, 2015)
      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33654021

      “Turkey has vowed to keep up a crackdown on Islamic State (IS) militants, after launching its first air strikes against their positions in Syria.

      Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the strikes were part of a broad “process”.
      Turkish jets are reported to have also carried out strikes against the bases of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.

      Turkey arrested hundreds of suspected IS supporters on Friday and has also said it will let the US use a key airbase to attack IS targets.

      A suspected IS bombing killed 32 people in the Turkish town of Suruc this week and IS fighters have since clashed with Turkish troops at the Syrian border.

      One Turkish soldier was killed in the exchange of fire at a border post near the Turkish town of Kilis on Thursday.

      On Friday, Turkish F-16 jets, based in Diyarbakir, bombed three IS targets in Syria, officials said.

      Turkish state TV said the jets had attacked the border village of Havar, next to the Turkish town of Kilis – and had not violated Syrian air space.

      However, a fresh attack on IS targets later on Friday did see Turkish jets entering Syrian air space, broadcasters CNN-Turk and NTV reported.

      Jets also carried out strikes against camps of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, according to media reports and a PKK spokesman.

      This is the first time Turkey has attacked Kurds in northern Iraq since a ceasefire was announced with the PKK in 2013…”

      • Tentative deal reached to increase U.S. access to Turkish air bases (CNN, July 24, 2015)
        http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/23/politics/turkey-airbases-syria-isis/index.html

        “The U.S. and Turkey have reached a “tentative handshake deal” to increase U.S. and coalition access to Turkish air bases, including the base at Incirlik, according to an administration official.

        A finalized deal would give the U.S. crucial access from Turkey into Syria and Iraq that it has long wanted. It could significantly shorten flight times on airstrikes against ISIS compared to flights from current bases in Iraq or aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf.

        “Access to Turkish bases such as Incirlik air base will increase the coalition’s operational efficiency,” said Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.

        The administration official emphasized strongly that the agreement, which has been a subject of discussion for months, is tentative and still needs to be established as a more formal military agreement. The official noted it’s possible either side could back out before that happens.

        It is expected that a final agreement could include provisions for the U.S. to conduct manned airstrikes from Incirlik. Until now, the Turks had not allowed such missions….”

  14. ISIS Makes Three Times as Much from Oil Smuggling as Previously Thought: Officials (nbcnews, July 24, 2015)
    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/isis-makes-three-times-much-oil-smuggling-previously-thought-officials-n397836

    “Two U.S. counter-terrorism officials tell NBC News that intelligence gathered from a U.S. raid in Syria details ISIS finances, revealing millions of dollars in oil wealth.

    “The more time on target, the better the estimate,” a senior U.S. official told NBC News. U.S. intelligence agencies have spent a lot of “time on target” since the target, ISIS, emerged just over a year ago. As a result, their understanding of the group’s workings is becoming more intimate.

    Oil smuggling, much of it to Turkey, is a key source of income for ISIS. The group uses the money in part to pay its fighters monthly salaries and provide stipends to their families. Foreign fighters tend to be the highest paid of the ISIS recruits, earning as much as a $1,000 a month, according to two Syrian sources.

    ISIS, unlike al-Qaeda, sees itself as a state, providing an education and welfare system, which means the group has high running costs. Two U.S. counter-terrorism officials now tell NBC News that the amount of money ISIS can earn from selling and smuggling oil and gas is roughly to $8 to $10 million a month. The officials said this is the most accurate information they have had so far, calling previous estimates speculation.

    “We have learned more about the internal market. ISIS sells oil and gas everywhere. It sells within Syria, and to the Syrian regime. It sells in Iraq. It is a more extensive and complex market than we assumed,” a senior counter-terrorism official said.

    Much of the new intelligence about ISIS finances was gathered during a U.S. commando raid into Syria two months ago. In the raid, Abu Sayyaf, considered by U.S. intelligence at the time to be the ISIS “money man,” was killed. His wife, known as Umm Sayyaf, was taken into U.S. custody. Computers were also seized from the compound during the raid.

    Previous estimates published in the media and quoting intelligence sources have said ISIS can raise between one to three million dollars a day selling oil. Today, a US official said those earlier figures were based largely on speculation.

    “Before the Abu Sayyaf raid, we had no real idea of how much money they were making from smuggling. There were a lot of figures circulating, but we just didn’t know,” he said

    Speaking at a security conference in Aspen on Thursday, Daniel Glaser, assistant secretary of treasury for terrorist financing, said oil smuggling has been extremely lucrative for ISIS.

    “There’s been a lot of numbers thrown out and all the numbers are soft,” Glaser said. “But I can say in a one-month period earlier this year, ISIL (ISIS) made about $40 million in one month off of the sale of oil. So if you want to extrapolate that out, you can get to about $500 million in the course a year, and this is all internally generated.”

    But a senior counter-terrorism official said coalition airstrikes have reduced ISIS’s income from that $40 million dollar monthly high point.

    “Yes, they made 40 million in a month when they were more or less unrestrained. Before the airstrikes, or in the early days of the airstrikes. In the early days, we were striking for humanitarian purposes, to save the Yazidi people (from ISIS) in the Sinjar mountains. After that, we started bombing the ISIS infrastructure, which put constraints on their ability to move, their ability to sell,” the official said.

    Oil is only one source of income for the so-called Islamic State. Glaser, the administration official, said seizing money from Iraqi banks was a huge windfall for ISIS….”

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