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  1. Muslim Tory MEP ‘sent abusive messages on social media calling him a f****** immigrant’ (express, June 21, 2016)

    “A MUSLIM MEP has allegedly been sent abusive threats on social media, calling him a “f****** immigrant” and “muslim p****”.

    A 55-year-old man has been arrested following the alleged abuse sent to Tory MEP Sajjad Karim who fears for the safety of his wife and 13-year-old daughter.

    The Lancashire-born MEP of 12 years will now no longer take part on EU referendum debates because of the alleged claims…”

  2. Outrage as judge rules refugees who cannot prove their age should NOT be detained (express, June 21, 2016)

    “IMMIGRATION officials who cannot prove the age of asylum seekers will not be able to detain them, a judge has outrageously ruled.

    The Home Office reacted with fury at the landmark ruling, which comes when a Sudanese teenager detained after being found in the back of a lorry won the right to damages yesterday.

    Lawyers for the Home Secretary Theresa May branded the decision “absurd”, saying it is difficult to assess the age of an asylum seeker with no documentation.

    The High Court heard the case of “AA”, a Sudanese teenager who was detained because an officer said he “reasonably believed” he was an adult…”

  3. Navy warship will be sent to Med to crush ISIS gun-running routes (express, June 21, 2016)

    “A ROYAL Navy warship will be sent to the Libyan coast in a new blitz on the Islamic State’s weapons supply chain.

    The current EU naval mission aims to rescue migrants stranded in the Mediterranean Sea in anti people-smuggling operations.

    But Ministers yesterday agreed to expand the mission to combat gun smugglers who provide weapons to evil jihadis in Libya.

    The destroyer will seek out suspected vessels and obliterate their cargo…”

  4. The Twitter Trolls Terrorizing Muslim Girls (thedailybeast, June 21, 2016)

    “In Kuwait, the penalty for blasphemy can be as severe as death. That’s why a new campaign to dox young Kuwaiti women with independent minds is so dangerous.

    A band of Twitter trolls alleging to be from the Middle East spent Sunday and Monday repeatedly reporting “atheist” and pro-LGBT girls and women to the local authorities in places where blasphemy laws allow for punishments as severe as death.

    Stories of social media harassment have become increasingly common in recent years, but the consequences of this trolling campaign could be far more serious than most. Twitter users in Kuwait have already spent years in jail for tweets similar to the ones trolls unearthed on Sunday and Monday, as repeated requests to Twitter to ban those doxing young women have so far fallen on deaf ears…”

  5. Chilling details behind Trump assassination plot

    He was a foreign national that was in the United States illegally. He plotted for months, practiced and had a back-up plan prepared.

    Then, he traveled across the country to make his move Saturday. His goal: murder Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    A British man arrested at a weekend Trump rally in Las Vegas tried to grab a police officer’s gun so he could kill the presidential candidate after planning an assassination for about a year, according to authorities.

    U.S. Secret Service agents said Michael Steven Sandford approached a Las Vegas police officer at the campaign stop to say he wanted Trump’s autograph, but that he then tried to take the weapon.

    The arrest happened relatively quietly at a campaign stop seen as peaceful compared to the mayhem at the presumptive Republican nominee’s recent events in San Jose, California, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    But the implications are serious.

    Agents said Sandford told them he had been in the U.S. for about a year and a half, and complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nevada shows he was living as an illegal alien in New Jersey.

    Sandford drove to the San Bernardino, California, area before coming to Las Vegas on June 16, where he told officers he was convinced he would die in the assassination attempt. He said he also reserved a ticket for a Trump rally in Phoenix, scheduled for later Saturday, as a backup plan.

    • Philadelphia Muslims assault restaurant patrons: “We belong to ISIS”

      Police seeking information in assault at Geno’s Steaks,” by Mari A. Schaefer, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 20, 2016:

      Philadelphia police are looking for five men in connection with an assault outside Geno’s Steaks on June 11.

      The men, all caught on surveillance video, fled in two cars – a dark colored pickup truck and an SUV – both with New Jersey license plates.

      Police are also looking for one woman described as a getaway driver.

      Police did not provide information about the assault, but said the video of it was “too graphic” to release.

      Patrick Kane, a victim of the attack, provided this account.

      He said he and his wife, Brooke Kane, had spent the night at a friend’s wedding and then at an after hours club with another couple, when they all decided to grab a bite to eat at Geno’s.

      They were just finishing up their cheese steaks when Brooke Kane’s girlfriend asked another group of patrons if she could bum a cigarette, Patrick Kane said.

      “That is when the guys just lost their minds,” said Patrick Kane, 31 and a mai

  6. Turkish Professor: “Those Who Do Not Do Islamic Daily Prayers Are Animals”

    Many Muslims claim that the Islamic month of Ramadan is not simply an exercise in fasting during the day. It is, they say, a chance for “a spiritual boost,” “mental peace” or “a moral awakening.”

    During Ramadan, however, it often seems as if hate speech and intolerance are as rampant as ever, possibly even more — especially with the “Ramadan TV programs,” which are popular.

    With the advent of Ramadan, Turkey has not opened only the season of fasting; it has also opened the season of “Ramadan Intolerance.”

    This frequently consists of statements which threaten or dehumanize those who do not fast. During this season, many national television channels and social media users in Turkey disgorge hatred against those who do not carry out the strictest Islamic requirements.

    Turkish professor Mustafa Askar, at Ankara University’s School of Divinity, said on the “Joy of Ramadan” program, aired on the state-funded TRT channel: “Those who do not do Islamic daily prayers are animals.”

    Askar proclaimed, on June 12, that “no beings other than humans touch the ground with their foreheads [to do sujud, the position of worship in which the forehead, nose, both hands, knees and all toes touch the ground together]. Human beings, he said, were created in a “salah [worship] ergonomic” way, and that is why “humans do sujud.”

    “Let me put it straight,” the professor said. “Salah is not done by animals. Those who do not do salah are animals.”

  7. EXCLUSIVE – ‘Kings’ of the most dangerous city on Earth: Boss of brutal kidnap gang boasts of murdering HUNDREDS – and police admit they’re powerless to stop him as massive crime wave sweeps Venezuela

    Kidnappings are a daily occurrence in Caracas, which has the highest murder rate in the world

    The gangs, which have members as young as 10, demand ransoms of £12,000 when average salary is £14 a month

    Families who don’t pay doom their loved ones to being shot in the face and dumped in unmarked grave

    • Nigel needs to ask the reporter why he is so racist that he can’t accept that there are other motives then racism?

      • we need to stop playing defense and go on offense, if the questioners are incapable of ascribing any motive besides racism to actions then they must be very racist and ruled by their own hatred and fears.

  8. Shaffer: 15% of refugees are ISIS

    Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer was a member of the military intelligence operations in the early days of the war in Afghanistan and chronicled his early efforts against the Taliban and Al Qaeda following the terror attacks of 9/11 in his book, Operation Dark Heart. He is a frequent guest on cable news and has an enormous wealth of sources in the US intelligence community.

    Friday morning, he joined me and co-host Brian Wilson on our morning radio program on WMAL in Washington DC to comment on CIA Director John Brennan’s remarkable testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill detailing how ISIS is targeting the refugee and open borders to infiltrate our country.

    “It’s gotten so bad they can’t cover it up anymore,” Shaffer said of Brennan’s testimony which reinforces the opinions of many critics of Obama’s failed policies in the Middle East. “I think some of these guys recognize that tying their future to the White House and the complete – I’ll just say it – lies that come out of the White House is going to be detrimental to their political future,” Shaffer added.

    “Brennan is finally telling the truth,” he adde

    • Add this together with the arsenel of heavy weapons discovered in Germany, then consider tht this may be a conservative estimate.

  9. QUEBEC – Pig’s head left outside Quebec City mosque with ‘bon appétit’ note

    Islamic cultural centre of Quebec City was also target of xenophobic messages, vandalism in 2014

    In the middle of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a regular at a Quebec City mosque finished a prayer in the early hours of Sunday only to find a pig’s head at the doorstep as he was leaving.

    The package, found in front of one of the doors of the Islamic cultural centre of Quebec City around 2:30 a.m., was accompanied by a note: “Bon appétit.”

    A well-known restriction in the Islamic faith, the consumption of pork is prohibited in the Qur’an.

    “It is a waste of time, money and energy. We have high-definition cameras. We will certainly find the person who did this,” said the president of the centre, Mohamed Yangui.

    “We love everyone. We have no problem with anyone and we respect people. We hope it’s mutual. And we are always here to give the image of the good Muslim to all Quebecers,” he said.

    Yangui believes the act, while unfortunate, was isolated.

    But though the centre has a good relationship with its neighbours, Yangui said the four mosques in the Quebec City area are vandalized once a year on average.

    In November 2014, three of those mosques, including the one Yangui presides over, became the targets of xenophobic messages when a group plastered posters on their front doors that read “Islam hors de chez moi,” or in English, “Islam out of my country.”

    On Sunday, Jean-Yves Duclos, the federal minister responsible for the Quebec City region, condemned the act.

    At an open house at the multiethnic centre of Quebec City (CMQ), Duclos said there was work to do.

    “Any form of intolerance, hatred and unjustified incomprehension has to be condemned. We must continue to promote inclusion and integration,” he said.

    Representatives of the four Quebec City mosques plan to meet soon to discuss the incident.

    Quebec City police have opened an investigation into the matter

  10. JUNE 21 2016 – US Senate Homeland Security Hearing on the Ideology of ISIS
    The Ideology of ISIS

    Witnesses :

    Nadia Murad
    Human Rights Activist

    Subhi Nahas
    Chairman of the Board
    Spectra Project

    Hassan Hassan
    Resident Fellow, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
    and Co-Author, ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

    Tarek Elgawhary, Ph.D.
    Director, Religious Studies Programs
    World Organization for Resource Development and Education

    links on the page :

    • Iran: Bahrain’s leadership could fall over cleric’s treatment (CNN, June 21, 2016)

      “One of Iran’s most senior military commanders has warned that the decision to strip Bahrain’s top Shiite cleric of his citizenship could result in the overthrow of the Gulf kingdom’s leadership.

      Qassem Solemani, head of the Quds Forces unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, said that, in the case of any insult or disrespect for Sheikh Isa Qassim, “the toppling of the regime will only be a small part of the repercussions that will also include armed resistance,” according to the semi-official FARS news agency.

      Bahrain’s Ministry of the Interior revoked Qassim’s citizenship, the Bahrain News Agency reported Monday, citing his “major role in creating an extremist sectarian environment and worked on dividing the society.”…”

  11. Iran says ‘terrorists’ planned 50 bombings in capital

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s intelligence minister says Sunni extremists arrested last week were planning 50 bombings in the capital.

    Mahmoud Alavi was quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency Tuesday as saying that 10 “terrorists” were arrested in Tehran and three border provinces. He did not specify which border.

    He says the suspects planned to carry out suicide attacks and other bombings in heavily-populated parts of Tehran. He says authorities confiscated 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives and thwarted the delivery of another 1,000 kilograms.

    Iran said Monday it had broken up one of the “biggest terrorist plots” ever on its soil.

    Alavi says investigations into the plot are still being carried out inside and outside Iran, without elaborating.

    CBC – Iran thwarts attacks planned for Tehran, other cities, state media reports

    Bombings were set for last Thursday, officials say; could be linked to ISIS

    Iranian intelligence officials have broken up one of the “biggest terrorist” plots ever planned to target Tehran and other provinces in the Islamic Republic, the country’s state media reported on Monday.

    The reports quote the country’s Intelligence Ministry as saying that it has arrested several suspects in the plot to bomb the capital and other provinces, seizing bombs and ammunition during the operation.

    The Intelligence Ministry statement, read live on Iranian state television and carried across the country’s news agencies, had little detail. The announcement comes as Iran finds itself battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) while also supporting Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s long, bloody civil war.

    Several suspects have been arrested and are under interrogation over the plot after agents seized ammunition and bombs, state media said.

    The semi-official Fars and ISNA news agencies quoted Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, as saying the attack was timed to hit during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency, citing the Intelligence Ministry, said the attack was supposed to come on the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s wife, Khadija, which was commemorated in small ceremonies across Iran on Thursday.

    The report didn’t identify those arrested, though it called them “takfiris,” a derogatory term in both Arabic and Farsi referring to Muslims who accuse others of being “nonbelievers.”

  12. French cement maker Lafarge struck deals with Daesh in Syria

    French cement maker Lafarge entered into deals with armed groups in Syria, including Daesh, to protect its business interests in the country, the daily Le Monde reported Tuesday.

    The company did not respond to queries from AFP over the allegations, saying only that “Lafarge’s absolute priority has always been ensuring the safety and security of its staff.”

    At the heart of the “worrying deals” alleged by Le Monde is a cement works that Lafarge bought in 2007 some 150 kilometres (95 miles) northeast of Aleppo.

    The Jalabiya cement works went into operation in 2011.

    “Until 2013, production kept up despite the growing instability in the region due to the Syrian crisis which began in 2011,” the French daily wrote.

    In 2013, Daesh began taking control of towns and roads around the factory.

    Le Monde reported it had seen letters sent by Lafarge managers in Syria “revealing arrangements that Lafarge made with the terrorist group to continue production until September 19, 2014.”

    It was on this date that Daesh took over the site and Lafarge halted all activity.

    In one case Lafarge — seeking access to its factory for workers and supplies — sent a man named Ahmad Jaloudi on a mission “to get permission from Daesh to let employees past checkpoints”.

    According to Le Monde, the letters show that Lafarge’s Paris headquarters was aware of the arrangements.

    In another case a “pass stamped with an Daesh stamp and endorsed by the (group’s) finance chief in the Aleppo region” proves the company had struck a deal with Daesh to allow for free circulation of its goods, the newspaper reported.

    In order to keep making cement Lafarge bought licences from and paid taxes to Daesh middle-men and oil traders, the newspaper alleged.

    Lafarge — which in 2015 merged with Swiss cement maker Holcim — confirmed to AFP it had owned the Jalabiyeh cement works “between 2010 and 2014”, but did not directly address the allegations.

    “When fighting came closer to the factory, Lafarge’s absolute priority was ensuring the safety and security of its staff while the closure of the factory was being studied,” the company said.


    French industrial giant Lafarge paid taxes to ISIS

    The world’s leading building materials company Lafarge paid taxes to the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in 2013-2014 to continue operations in northern Syria, reports Le Monde.

    The newspaper claims Lafarge’s plant was located in Jalabiya in northern Syria, controlled by IS militants. The company had sought to continue the work as long as possible despite dangerous and unstable environment. Lafarge started working in Syria in 2010, a year before the civil war broke out.

    Le Monde says Lafarge made a deal with IS and the terrorists allowed the French to operate on their territory. The company’s trucks could pass through the checkpoints set by the IS, for example, the paper reports.

    Lafarge is the world leader in building materials and one of the biggest players in cement, aggregates and concrete businesses.

    The French cement producer was indirectly funding the jihadists for over a year before IS seized the site on September 19, 2014.

    In February 2015, the area was taken by Kurdish YPG militia and is now used as a base for US, French and British special forces that support the Kurds in their fight against the jihadists, according to the media.

  13. Jordanian troops killed in bomb attack at Syria border (BBC, June 21, 2016)

    “Six Jordanian security personnel have been killed in a suicide truck bomb attack near a makeshift refugee camp on the border with Syria, officials say.

    The attack took place at about 05:30 (02:30 GMT) in the remote Rukban area.

    Hours later, Jordan declared its northern and north-eastern borders would become closed military zones.

    It is not yet clear who carried out the attack, but the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) has threatened in the past to “break down” Jordan’s borders…”

  14. Brussels terror alert: Fake suicide belt found (BBC, June 21, 2016)

    “A man arrested amid an anti-terror operation at a shopping centre in Brussels was wearing a fake suicide belt containing salt and biscuits, the city’s prosecutor’s office says.

    The man called police earlier in the morning claiming to have been abducted and made to wear an explosive belt.

    Streets around the City 2 shopping centre were closed off and a bomb disposal unit deployed.
    The man later said he had invented the whole story, according to prosecutors.

    Authorities say the suspect, who was born in 1990 and has been identified only as JB, has a history of psychiatric problems.

    Pictures obtained by Belgian newspaper Le Soir appeared to show him wearing an improvised belt, including wires and a phone…”

  15. Turkey charges press freedom activists with ‘terrorist propaganda’ (BBC, June 21, 2016)

    “A court in Turkey has charged three people with “terrorist propaganda”, including a representative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

    It ordered the arrest of RSF representative Erol Onderoglu, journalist Ahmet Nesin and academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci.

    RSF said it was “an unbelievable low for press freedom in Turkey”.

    The arrests come despite the EU pressuring Ankara to stop prosecuting academics and journalists.

    The three had reportedly participated in a solidarity campaign in support of Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish newspaper…”

  16. Islam has ‘no place’ in my country, says next EU president (tribune, June 21, 2016)

    “Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico is one of the most outspoken European leaders on the subject of Muslim immigration and is also known to hold the Islamic faith in barefaced contempt.

    “Islam has no place in Slovakia,” Fico told reporters in May. Warning that “migrants change the character of our country,” Fico declared he wouldn’t allow such change to affect his nation, implying an adverse, “Islam-driven” change.

    On the subject of immigration, which is also said to be a significant factor driving the Brexit campaign, Fico has argued that his country has no obligation to house Muslim refugees and that, unlike the United States and leading Western European nations, Slovakia had little experience of Muslim immigration.

    “Since Slovakia is a Christian country, we cannot tolerate an influx of 300,000 to 400,000 Muslim immigrants who would like to start building mosques all over our land and trying to change the nature, culture and values of the state,” he said in January 2015.

    Fico declared in January that he would “never make a voluntary decision that would lead to the formation of a unified Muslim community in Slovakia.”

    “Multiculturalism is a fiction. Once you let migrants [Muslims] in, you can face such problems,” referring to the spate of attacks on women in public spaces in the German city of Cologne around New Year’s Eve by Muslim migrants.

    Next week, Slovakia will be replacing the Netherlands for EU presidency.

    This article originally appeared on Washington Post.”

    • All of western civilization is built on a foundation of Christian ideals, Western Europe has allowed the socialist to indoctrinate them to the extent that they no longer know this and are critical of all who still believe in Christ.

      Now Western Europe is in grave danger of falling to Islamic invaders while Eastern Europe fights to maintain its history and culture. Remember the leftist atheists that insist that we believe the same way they do are as evil and the Moslems who insist that we covert to their religion of die.

      • These countries should start thinking how much a nice ethnic European should have to invest before applying for citizenship. Countries like New Zealand have such requirements, why not?

        • The US lets you immigrate anyway but if you invest 1 million dollars and hire 6 people full time you get an instant Green Card. I don’t know how my Europeans have taken advantage of this but a lot from the Orient have.

          • Chinese bought a sizable chunk of one of my favorite cities: Vancouver => Hongcouver. Priced out many Canadians, but the city got even better. That’s a few years ago; things change fast these days.

            • Talk to a white Canadian that lives in Vancouver for a while. Maybe after you give him a few drinks.

              If the study of sociology ever escapes the clutches of cultural Marxism, you may find that there are entire new sociological patterns in that city which are distinctly unhealthy.

  17. Senators call for separate women jails (tribune, June 21, 2016)

    “ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Interior Chairperson Abdul Rehman Malik on Monday demanded that there should be separate prisons for women in the country in view of the growing incidents of their maltreatment and the deteriorating conditions of jails.

    He also proposed that women prisons should be set up far apart from male prison cells, in addition to deputing women personnel as jail staff. Malik said it is his personal experience that the condition of jails is literally worsening. He said there is also a recommendation of setting up a prison in Islamabad as well. Senator Jamaldini said that separate prisons for women should be set up in all provinces…”

  18. British Airways ‘indefinitely’ suspends flights to Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh (ahram, June 21, 2016)

    “British Airways has “indefinitely” extended its suspension of flights to the Egyptian Red Sea Resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, the major British airline announced on Tuesday.

    A number of European airlines and governments banned flights to Sharm El-Sheikh over security concerns after a Russian passenger jet crashed in Sinai in October 2015, killing all the 224 people on board.

    The announcement by the airline on Tuesday came despite earlier statements by a regional BA official that flights would resume in September.

    “The safety and security of our customers will always be our top priorities and we have suspended our flights from Gatwick to Sharm El-Sheikh indefinitely,” the British Airways Tuesday statement read….”

  19. Migrants: EU summit draft, reduce flows in central Med (ansamed, June 21, 2016)

    “”The flow of migrants in the central Mediterranean, the majority of whom don’t need international protection, remains at the same level as last year, and must be reduced” while “lives are saved and the business model of the traffickers is hit”. So reads an excerpt of the draft of conclusions of the EU leader summit on June 28 and 29.

    “To reach rapid results in the prevention of illegal immigration and repatriations, the European Council calls for a new framework for cooperation with countries of origin and transit, in line with the Valletta Action Plan”. This through the “Development of the Communication of the Commission”.

    The EU “will quickly implement a new Partnership Framework based on efficient incentives and adequate conditions, starting from a limited number of priority countries of origin and transit”.

    The draft conclusions for the EU Council summit said that “the EU Commission will present a proposal for an investment plan with third countries by September, that must be examined as a priority by the European Parliament and European Council”.

    In addition, the European Council “reaffirms that it is ready to support the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), and asks all groups in Libya to work with the GNA as the only legitimate government to restore stability, fight against terrorism and face migration in the central Mediterranean…”

  20. WFP says Yemen faces serious and widespread food insecurity (ansamed, June 21, 2016)

    “Vast areas of Yemen – 19 of the 22 governorates – are facing serious food insecurity, according to the United Nations and its partners. The assessment raises new concerns over a probable deterioration of the situation in affected areas if the conflict should worsen, the World Food Programme (WFP) said.

    The most recent analysis by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) confirms that more than half of the population of the country is facing a food security situation that has reached the “crisis” or “emergency” level.

    In some governorates, about 70% of the population has difficulty feeding themselves. At least seven million people – a quarter of the population – are experiencing “emergency” levels of food insecurity. That represents an increase of 15% compared to June 2015.

    Another 7.1 million people are experiencing “crisis” levels. About three million children under five years of age and pregnant or breastfeeding women need services to treat or prevent acute malnutrition, the report underlines, citing UNICEF sources.

    “The results of the analysis clearly show the scale and seriousness of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” said Jamie McGoldrick, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.

    “This is one of the worst crises of the world and the situation keeps getting worse. The conflict has hit the country and the population severely and exacerbated widespread vulnerability and has virtually destroyed the defence strategies of families, with the consequence that food insecurity remains unacceptably high.” The main motives for food insecurity include a lack of fuel and restrictions on imports which have reduced the availability of staple foods in the country, about 90% of which are imported…”

  21. American Groups Receive $206 Million to Incite Hatred Against Muslims (moroccoworldnews, June 21, 2016)

    “A report released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and University of California Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender names 74 groups that they found contribute in some way to Islamophobia in the United States.

    The report, titled “Confronting Fear,” which was released Monday, also found that a core group—including the Abstraction Fund, Clarion Project, David Horowitz Freedom Center, Middle East Forum, American Freedom Law Center, Center for Security Policy, Investigative Project on Terrorism, Jihad Watch and Act! for America—had access to $206 million in funding between 2008 and 2013, as reported by the Guardian.

    The Guardian also reported that of the 74 groups, 33 had the primary purpose of “promot[ing] prejudice against, or hatred of, Islam and Muslims.”

    The report was intended to “represent a four-point strategy designed to achieve a shared American understanding of Islam… in which Islam has an equal place among the many faiths that together constitute America’s pluralistic society.”

    Corey Saylor, director of CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, said “Confronting Fear” presents an opportunity to move anti-Muslim bias “back to the fringes of society where it belongs,” especially after a disruptive presidential election.

    “The 2016 presidential elections has mainstreamed Islamophobia and resulted in a number of un-constitutional proposals targeting Muslims,” said Saylor.

    On Monday, the headline on the David Horowitz Freedom Center website was “Muslim privilege killed 49 people in Orlando,” a reference to the mass shooting by a Muslim American in an Orlando LGBT nightclub.

    The same group along with another on the list—the Center for Security Policy—have given awards of recognition to Jeff Sessions, a US senator from Alabama who chairs Donald Trump’s national security advisory committee and is a possible vice-presidential pick, according to the Guardian.

    The CAIR-UCB report also documented the negative impact of Islamophobia in America, including 10 Anti-Islam bills that became law in 10 states. In addition, there were 78 recorded incidents in 2015 in which mosques were targeted.

    Saylor said this was the highest yearly number of attacks on mosques since CAIR started tracking in 2009, according to The Guardian.”

  22. Angelina Jolie, John Kerry Visit Sterling Mosque to Urge Refugee Acceptance

    U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry and actress Angelina Jolie were in Loudoun on Monday to encourage interfaith leaders to continue to do all they can to welcome refugees displaced from war-torn countries.

    Kerry and Jolie, joined by several area religious leaders, spoke at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, the second largest mosque in the country. They took part in an iftar, the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan, and highlighted World Refugee Day.

    Just hours before their visit, the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees had reported that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people around the world had topped 65 million, the highest on record.

    Kerry said the world is looking to the west for leadership and compassion toward refugees. He noted that the U.S. will accept 80,000 refugees this year and 100,000 next year, and that each of them would have to undergo stringent screening before they can resettle here.

    “There is absolutely zero evidence that refugees that make it through our process pose more of a threat than members of any other group,” he said, prompting loud applause. “Let me be clear: There is nothing ideological about coming to the aid to someone in need. … Americans say here we are what can we do to help. That’s who we are.”

    Jolie, who is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy, has dedicated much of her time the past 15 years to the world’s refugee crisis. In her comments, she stressed that those who are accepting of people of different religions, cultures and backgrounds do not do away with their own identity.

    “When we are at our strongest is when we draw on our diversity as people, to find unity based on our common values and our identity,” she said. “We are not strong despite our diversity, we’re strong because of it.”

    ADAMS Chairman Rizwan Jaka and Rev. Bob Roberts Jr., pastor of NorthWood Church in Texas, commended those in Northern Virginia, especially the faith community, for accepting refugees with open arms.

    “We appreciate that,” Jaka said, looking to the congregation.

    The world looks to the two largest religions, Islam and Christianity, to lead the way in that effort, Roberts added. “It’s time for the two largest religions of the world to start acting what we believe what the Quran and the Bible says we believe,” he said, that means opening up homes and hearts to those in need.

    Syed Hossain, a 21-year-old student at John Hopkins University, attended the event to better understand the refugee crisis, which he said he and his friends often debate.

    “I wanted to hear what those who are most knowledgeable about the topic have to say,” he said. Asked his opinion on whether the U.S. should welcome those who have fled war zones, he responded, “I always think, if my country was being bombed and I had to flee to another country, how would I want them to treat me? And the answer becomes clear.”

    An estimated 375 people attended the event, representing Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Bahai faith communities.

    FNN: Interfaith Iftar in VA for World Refugee Day – John Kerry & Angelina Jolie Speak – FULL EVENT

  23. AG Lynch Admits the FBI Has Lost Track of Omar Mateen’s Wife

    ‘I believe she was going to travel but I do not know exactly her location now’
    Jun 20, 2016

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted today that the FBI is unaware of the whereabouts of Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman.

    Salman has indicated she suspected Mateen was about to commit a terrorist attack, and even accompanied him to buy the weaponry he used to carry out the massacre. She insists, however, that as he left she tried to hold onto his arm so he wouldn’t leave.

    If the FBI believes she was aware of the impending attack, she could be prosecuted.

    “Has the shooter’s wife left the state of Florida?” a reporter asked Lynch during her press conference Tuesday.

    “Right now, I don’t know exactly the answer to that,” Lynch candidly replied. “I believe she was going to travel but I do not know exactly her location now.”

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  24. Islamic State in Philippines Releases First Video, Features Filipino, Indonesian, and Malaysian Inciting for Jihad ( beheading at 19:00 )

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      • I recall about a year or two back a bunch of “Palestinian” protestors showed up at the intersection of Clinton & Madison in Chicago. Lots of women with big mouths; but what went through my mind seeing them was: “How in the F*** did all these ragheads come to live in Chicago?” I’ve read that we have 600,000 Mexicans in the Chicago area, I’m sure almost all illegals and anchor babies, but didn’t realize that we imported so many Islamics as well.

        • A large percentage of the people coming in over the southern border are from the middle east. Some are Christians taking the only route avaible w hile Obama is in office but most are Islamic and are usually part of some group that we don’t want.

          • Talking with a friend who’s brother-in-law lives in Texas and has good contacts the people down there are worried about what kind and amount of weapons the Moslems have smuggled in over the border.

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