A Jewish politician who was found dead in his home in the suburbs of Paris on Tuesday was stabbed and beaten, his relatives have reportedly said.
Alain Ghozland, a city councilor in Créteil, a suburb of Paris, was found dead at home on Tuesday morning.His brother found the body after Ghozland had not showed up to the synagogue the day before, according to reports in the Metro newspaper.Police in France are yet to comment on how the 73-year-old, a prominent member of the local Jewish community, had died, but relatives of Ghozland told Metro that there were signs he had been stabbed and beaten.A police source told Metro newspaper that it was simply too early to tell how he died. Early investigations report that the man’s apartment had been searched and a car belonging to the victim had disappeared.An autopsy is expected to yield further information and a judicial source told Metro that every lead is being investigated.
By Ahmed Rasheed
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – At least seven Sunni mosques and dozens of shops in eastern Iraq were firebombed on Tuesday, security sources and local officials said, a day after 23 people were killed there in two blasts claimed by Islamic State.
Ten people were also shot and killed in Muqdadiya, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad, security and hospital sources said.
The rise of the Islamist militant group Islamic State, which follows a Sunni jihadist ideology, has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict in the country, mostly between the Shi’ite majority and minority Sunnis.
A surge in such violence could undermine efforts by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a moderate Shi’ite Islamist, to dislodge the militants from large swaths of the north and west that they seized in 2014
(Funny you didn’t hear stories like that under Colonialism and Sykes Picot did you?)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran was holding 10 U.S. Navy sailors and their two small Navy boats after the boats had mechanical problems and drifted into Iranian waters, but American officials have received assurances from Tehran that they will be returned safely and promptly.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told The Associated Press that the riverine boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the U.S. lost contact with them.
U.S. officials said that the incident happened near Farsi Island, situated in the Persian Gulf. They said that some type of mechanical trouble with one of the boats caused them to run aground and they were picked up by Iran. The sailors were in Iranian custody on Farsi Island at least for some time, but it’s not certain where they are now.
4. Meanwhile, through the looking glass:
STOCKHOLM – Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom called on Tuesday for an investigation to determine if Israel was guilty of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians during the recent wave of violence there, local media reported.
The comments were the latest in a series of statements by Wallstrom that have irked Israeli authorities. Ties between Sweden and Israel nose-dived after Sweden announced its recognition of a Palestinian state shortly after Wallstrom’s center-left Social Democrats won general elections in 2014.
She deepened the rift last year by describing Palestinians’ plight as a factor leading to Islamist radicalization.
(Yes Jews are responsible for muslims believing in islam. And I think comet Hale-Bopp as well)
A POLICE officer is in a “critical but stable” condition after being shot with his own gun during a confrontation with a man at a Sydney hospital last night.
The shooting occurred inside Nepean Hospital’s emergency room in Penrith about 10.40pm. A security guard was also shot, and is in a stable condition with a gunshot wound to his calf.
The police officer has been identified as Senior Constable Luke Warburton, of the Dog Squad.
Police were called to the hospital after the 39-year-old man allegedly confronted a doctor with a pair of scissors.
** UPDATE: Police are saying the perp is a known ICE addict. This does not write him off as a suspect as the drug the Islamic State gives its fighters is a precursor to ICE addiction, according to a comment on the LL page, but it reduces the chance that this was an act of jihad.
(The Taliban, Al Qaeda and the Islamic State must be preparing a nice welcome home party for them)
The transfer would be the largest group of detainees to be shipped out of the prison in Cuba since Defense Secretary Ash Carter informed Congress in December that his department would transfer a wave of detainees at the beginning of 2016, Fox News said.
A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment on the bulk transfer plan, Fox said.
But Pentagon officials have said more Guantanamo transfers were expected soon and were likely to bring the population of the prison for foreign fighters below 100. Four detainees have been transferred so far this year, leaving the camp population at 103.
Cyprus no longer sees Israel as an aggressive country imposing its will by force on the Palestinians, but rather as a small nation fighting for survival in the face of much greater odds, Averof Neophytou, head of the country’s center-right ruling party said on Monday.
[…] “It is a country of eight million fighting a struggle for survival and having to face hundreds of millions of Muslims and Arabs, part of whom don’t even recognize the right of the existence of a Jewish state,” he said. “So which side is strong, and which side is weak? Which side is fighting for survival?” Neophytou, in the country for three days meeting senior officials including President Reuven Rivlin and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, said Cypriots now identify with Israel, since it too is a small country of 800,000 people struggling for its survival. Turkey, its massive neighbor to the north, has a population of about 75 million.
(So this should take the fear out of carrying a false police badge, FBI wallet ID etc. You can always claim its your right under the first amendment. Why should degradation of an office of public service be limited to the military?)
An ISIS terror manual is circulating in Europe that instructs jihadists on how to blend in with the West to avoid being detected before carrying out terrorist attacks. Instructions include avoiding mosques, shaving beards, and wearing Christian crosses as to not appear Muslim.
The how-to guide, Safety and Security Guidelines for Lone Wolf Mujahideen, relies heavily on the “importance of surprise when launching an attack to cause maximum impact,” as reported by UK’s Express.
Police notes taken by officers at the New Year’s Eve Cologne sex attacks reveal the full, horrific detail of how women were groped, sexually assaulted, robbed and raped at the hands of a vicious sex mob.
Over 500 women were attacked by baying groups of immigrant men in a free-for-all of humiliation and degradation which overwhelmed officers and at a stroke undermined Germany’s vaunted role as protector of refugees from war and terror.
Disturbing reports are recorded in the terse argot of police officers – but leave no room for misinterpretation.
Danish women have become the latest to report being groped by migrant men who ‘simply can’t handle’ the sight of a girl.
Officials in one town say they have experienced a harassment problem since a camp hosting 365 asylum seekers opened in November.
Victims have also been targeted in nightclubs in two other towns where one local says Syrian migrants ‘go nuts’ if they see a woman.
The reports come days after similar warnings were issued across Europe about the rising number of sex attacks by gangs of migrants. […]
Rafi Ibrahim, a Syrian who has lived in Denmark for years, said new migrants don’t know how to behave around women in Western society.
He said: ‘If they see a girl, they go nuts. They simply can’t handle it.
‘In Syria and many other countries, it is not normal for a strange woman to smile at you.
‘Those girls who are harassed aren’t necessarily scantily-dressed or drunk. Sometimes it is enough just to be a girl.’
Eurotunnel has quite literally opened the floodgates in the area surrounding their tunnel entrance in northern France.
“The tunnel itself is built on a marshy piece of reclaimed land and it was very waterlogged,” Eurotunnel spokesman John Keefe told The Local.”“We have let the water level rise and used this to form a network of barriers to stop people from getting to the fences – a way of using the natural environment as a layer of protection.”
Thank you Yucki, M., Maria J., Gates of Vienna, @MrsBeardsley1, TL., Richard, PePi, and a long list of others. More to come shortly. Watch for the European launch of PEGIDA. That looks like the masthead for the pushback for reason and rule of law.
A word of advice for governments like the German, and all sympathizers with governments like the German leadership. Examples might be the UK and other Western leaders, more afraid of Islam and the radical left than they have love for classical civilization.
If you succeed at disenfranchising organizations of nice people using false flags and selective enforcement or harassment of leaders like Tommy Robinson, which even the most unobservant can now see is motivated by politics and not breach of the criminal-justice system, then the hard working and the cooperative, the men and women who love rule of law and cooperative civilization, the people who want to go back to jobs and family and enjoy safe streets and parks, the general public will do what it always has done for all of time. They will ask a strong man to solve their problems.And this will go badly for everyone. Especially you. So join in with the middle and working classes ‘dear leaders’. We may yet pull the poker out of the fire before it glows red.
A quick parsing of the extreme left wing which basically has used capitalism to become the dominant set of ideas in universities and social media
And there is something mighty wrong with TWO American ships going 40 miles off course. I mean did not of the sailors on board have a cell phone with GPS? On either craft? Something stinks.
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