1. British Muslim family stopped from flying to U.S.
A British Muslim father whose planned Disneyland trip was ruined when he and his family were barred from boarding a flight to the U.S. has now been forced to distance himself from a Facebook account claiming links to Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Mohammad Tariq Mahmood, 41, his brother and their children, aged between eight and 19, said they were stopped at the departure gate at Gatwick airport and told their visas to the US had been revoked.
He claimed the family were barred from flying ‘because they are Muslim’.
However, it has since emerged that a Facebook page claiming links to radical Islamist groups was set up by someone who has lived at the family’s postal address, according to ITV News.
The account, which includes information suggesting it may have been published as a joke, was in the name of Hamza Hussain – a first name shared by Mr Mahmood’s 18-year-old son. It reportedly lists the job titles ‘supervisor at Taliban and leader at al-Qaeda’.
When asked about the account, Mr Mahmood believed hackers may have been to blame, adding: ‘That could be anything, maybe a mistake.’
He said: ‘It is not my son’s Facebook page. It has a similar name, but not the same as my son’s.
‘The page is also linked to our home address and that could be coincidence. I don’t know why it is linked there. The name is not even the same. The authorities must have linked it simply because of the name Hamza.’
(Same name and same address. Thats quite a coincidence)
A Victorian woman has been charged with serious religious vilification after posting comments about Islam on Facebook.
The Swan Hill woman, 38, was charged on 15 December for a post on 27 November which police alleged would encourage others to commit harm to Muslims.
The woman used Facebook to defend herself saying she had made the comment on the Stop the Mosque in Bendigo page and said “all mosques should be burnt down with the doors locked at prayer time”.
“Probably not the best thing to write but that’s my opinion, others commented after my post agreeing with it and unbeknown to myself it got a lot of likes, that is where their incitement charge is coming from,” she wrote.
(I would advise making all comments about the ideology, dogma, scripture, history and actions which the former encourage or demand such as jihad and sharia law and avoid suggestions like the woman made above no matter how one feels about it. Going to court to defend oneself on a charge of criticizing ideas and their sponsored actions is far more defensible than advocating pulling a full Martin Luther on a Synagogue, as a historical example)
The murder of prosecutor Alberto Nisman temporarily reawakened interest in Iran’s bombing of a Jewish community center which killed 85 people. The most explosive part of the murder lay in Nisman’s allegations against his own government.
President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner immediately declared that Nisman committed suicide but reversed herself Thursday, in the face of evidence to the contrary, as well as nationwide anger at Nisman’s death.
Nisman’s investigation focused on the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AIMA).
His report accused President Kirchner of “deciding, negotiating and arranging the impunity of the Iranian fugitives in the AMIA case.” She and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman allegedly “took the criminal decision of inventing Iran’s innocence to satisfy commercial, political and geopolitical interests of the Argentine republic.”
The agency revealed on Wednesday that a passenger ship owned by Gothenburg firm Accumul8or Invest AB has agreed to make available beds and cabins for up to 1,260 people.
“It’s a bit unusual,” Migrationsverket press spokesperson Willis Åberg told regional tabloid GT.
“It’s nothing we’re used to. It’s new for Sweden and it’s also new for the shipping industry.”
It has not yet been announced in which port the vessel will be moored, although large harbours previously mentioned are Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Oskarshamn, Uddevalla and Gävle.
(I wonder what the Swedish taxpayer is unknowingly paying for that)
(Whadaya know! Rioting works for our side too!)
Plans to build a temporary refugee centre for 1,500 people on an industrial estate in Geldermalsen have been dropped, mayor Miranda de Vries said on Wednesday. At least 14 people were arrested earlier this month when a mob of anti-refugee protestors tried to storm the town hall where the plans were being discussed. Nevertheless, Geldermalsen will still do its duty, De Vries told broadcaster Nos, without giving further details. This will be done in dialogue with locals, she said. The speed and scale of the previous plan was an error of judgement and did not deal properly with the concerns of the town’s population, the mayor said She also thanked the police and security guards for the way they ‘protected local democracy’. The riots, which led police to fire warning shots into the air, ‘wounded both society and democracy’, she said.
(I would have thought that destroying your own culture and replacing the population with foreign hostiles and betraying the wishes of those who elected you and pay you was more damaging to democracy than howling at a city council forcing you to pay to support for a regiment of enemies. I guess i’m just an idiot i suppose.
Well, Putin was right.
On Monday the Armenian news site Asbarez reported:
A commander of the Iraqi volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) revealed that a mobile phone found with one of the killed ISIL ringleaders proved the Turkish spy agency’s support for the terrorist group.
“The mobile phone was found with one of the killed ISIL leaders in the Northern parts of Salahuddin province two days ago,” Jabbar al-Ma’mouri told Soumeriya news on Monday.
He said that the mobile set and history files contain messages from the Turkish intelligence agency which show that Ankara supports the ISIL terrorist group through providing security at the points of entry used by ISIL militants from Turkey to Iraq.
“The mobile phone also contains other important information which cannot be disclosed now, and it has been delivered to the specialized security groups for further scrutiny,” Ma’mouri said.
7. Syria: Russian air forces annihilate ISIS oil tankers in Aleppo province
(going where I wonder? Google translate Arabic title for clue)
A radical Islamic convert has been arrested in France on suspicion of plotting a suicide bomb attack amid claims she bought a fake pregnancy belly to hide explosives.
The unnamed 23-year-old was detained by officers in Montpellier, southern France, on Monday and is in custody with her partner, 35.
Police searched her home and found a fake belly covered in silver foil and investigators believe she may have wanted to use it to conceal an explosive device. […]
But detectives are said to have found ISIS propaganda documents at her home.
According to Le Parisien officers said there was evidence the pair had watched videos of atrocities carried out by ISIS while sources said some of the material was ‘extremely disturbing’.
France remains on high alert more than a month after ISIS terrorists went on the rampage around Paris, carrying out a gun massacre in the Bataclan theatre, shooting revellers in bars and restaurants and targeting the Stade de France with suicide bombers.
(Quite a twist on the tin foil hat)
This lovely big British family aren’t exactly conventional. They are two brothers – and 9 children… between 8 and 19 years old.
I’m sorry? Two brothers and nine children. All called Mahmood.
When was the last time two grown men, took nine ‘kids’ abroad on their own?
And since when was a 19 year old a child?
I was stopped on the way back the UK with my husband and three kids because we have the wrong surnames. And needed two marriage certificates and three birth certificates to make it through.
If I had been playing my usual game of ‘spot the terrorist’ at the airport, (beard -5 points, rucksack – 10 points, sandals – 5 points – be honest, you’ve all done it) I’d have been feeling a little anxious.
Without any way of knowing the truth, this is what I’d have been asking myself; where were the mothers of these 9 children? Was it just that the women’s place was in the home? Were they too female to fly? Or were they not needed for this family’s final destination?
So if Homeland Security were suspicious about the fact there were no mothers in the group, who can entirely blame them?
And then there’s their address in Waltham Forest, a known hotbed of extremism
Anjem Choudary –
Britain’s loudest extremist hate speaker – came from Waltham Forest.
Following an intensive 18-month governmental study, the United Kingdom issued a startling indictment of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). It described the organization as fiercely anti-democratic, openly supportive of terrorism, dedicated to establishing an Islamist government, and opposed to the rule of law, individual liberty, and equality. We use the word “startling” not because this is news but because, in such a politically correct world, it took guts for a world leader to acknowledge the obvious about a movement that purports to represent more than a billion people. If anyone at all — in particular our own president, former secretary of state, and high priesthood of political correctness, the New York Times — had simply bothered to read the Brotherhood’s own words, they would have inescapably reached the same conclusion.
Russia has stepped up rearming the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan amid concerns that the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan could affect the Central Asian countries.
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu the step by Moscow has been taken in a bid to counter the threats posed by the emergent Islamic State terror group in Afghanistan.
“From our side, we are doing everything possible in order to complete the plan for rearming the Kyrgyz Armed Forces so that they can counter threats that are coming [out of Afghanistan],” Shoigu quoted by the State-run RIA news agency said.
Russia is also having a military airbase in Kant near the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek.
The remarks by Shoigu comes as the security situation in Afghanistan has rapidly deteriorated during the recent months as the Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant.
There are also concerns that the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has stepped up efforts to further expand the group’s foothold in country.
In latest efforts to recruit more loyalists, the terror group launched an FM radio which can be heard in parts of eastern Nangarhar province, including the provincial capital city of Jalalabad.
Thank you M., Richard, Maria J., Yucki, Wrath of Khan, and all.
To all who visit this site, it is always worth reading the comments under the daily links post. There is always a lot more information than what makes it to the posts.