1. Atwan: ISIS Savagery – from Islamic History; West Likely to “Contain” ISIS Like It Contained Arafat
In a December 15 lecture about ISIS at the American University in Beirut, Abdel Bari Atwan, former editor-in-chief of “Al-Quds Al-Arabi” and the current editor-in-chief of “Al-Rai Al-Youm” rejected common claims that the savagery of ISIS is alien to Islam, presenting examples of similar conduct from Islamic history. Atwan said that the West faces two options: to contain ISIS or to destroy it. The former is more likely than the latter, he added. The West always starts by trying to destroy organizations that it considers to be terrorist and ends up negotiating with them, Atwan said, citing the Taliban, the PLO, and the IRA as prominent examples.
(This is just Ontario, not Canada, and this is in addition to the 7000 already ‘settled’ in Ontario since Dec. 10th 2015)
About 7,000 refugees have already settled in Ontario since Dec. 10.
By: Allison Jones The Canadian Press Published on Mon Feb 08 2016
TORONTO — Premier Kathleen Wynne says despite “challenges,” Ontario is on track to receive 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of this month.
The federal government is aiming to settle 25,000 refugees by the end of February, with about two-thirds expected to be government-assisted.
About 7,000 Syrian refugees have already settled in Ontario since Dec. 10 and on Monday the premier announced details of some of the funding committed to helping them.
The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is receiving about $343,000 for trauma and mental-health training for front-line workers as well as a public education campaign, and COSTI Immigrant Services is receiving $283,000 to deliver workshops and orientation resources to refugees.
In the latest of a series of raids, German police have searched two homes in a rural village after a television channel interviewed a suspected Islamic State commander living there as a refugee.
Sankt Johann is a small village in the south west German state, Rhineland-Palatinate. Something of a rural idyll, its 800 residents live between vineyards in the shadow of a 14th century Gothic church. And yet, as SPIEGEL TVreports, this weekend it was the scene of police raids on two Islamic State-linked suspects living in refugee housing.
Prosecutors’ office spokesman Michael Neuhaus said the two men targeted by the operation are “suspected of taking part in the Syrian civil war as members of a foreign terrorist organisation”. He said there were “no immediate indications that a concrete attack was planned” but declined to give any further details.
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By Jonathan Landay
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Islamic State is likely to step up “the pace and lethality” of its attacks in the months ahead as it seeks to fan the flames of international conflict, the director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Monday.
Speaking to a security conference, Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart linked his warning to the militant group’s establishment of “emerging branches” in Mali, Tunisia, Somalia, Bangladesh and Indonesia.
He also said he would not be surprised if Islamic State, which has created a self-proclaimed Caliphate across swaths of Syria and Iraq, extended its operations from the Sinai Peninsula deeper into Egypt.
“Last year, Daesh remained entrenched on Iraqi and Syrian battlefields and expanded globally to Libya, Sinai, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the Caucasus,” Stewart said, using a derisive Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
“Daesh is likely to increase the pace and lethality of its transnational attacks because it seeks to unleash violent actions and to provoke a harsh reaction from the West, thereby feeding its distorted narrative” of a Western war against Islam, he said.
(The thing is, if Islam wages war on everyone else to feed a narrative that everyone else is waging a war on islam, it does not change the fact that islam is waging a war on all of us and we need to act in our own interests. Not reacting to the provocation will not convince any muslim that they are being lied to, but does guarantee a victory to them. This is pretty basic math)
(“It doesn’t matter how good airport security is if the pilot is the terrorist” and it doesn’t matter how good your laws are if the police are the ones turning white British children into forced prostitutes and drug addicts)
A policeman with an obsessive interest in teenage girls ‘trawled’ Facebook for young victims to have sex with, a jury heard today.
Mohammad Arshad, 35, groomed numerous underage girls over the Internet, cruised around Luton with them in his black Mercedes and persuaded to have sexual activity with him, it was alleged.
He persistently pestered them for sex and raped one 14 year old one on the back seat of his car, St Albans Crown Court was told.
“At the time he was seeking sexual contact with under age teenage girls, he was also a Police Constable with Bedfordshire police. “
Thank you M., Pym Punell, Maria J., Wrath of Khan, Richard and many others. Much more to come today.