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Shocking Irregularities in Screening Aliens for Terror Ties
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Shocking Irregularities in Screening Aliens for Terror Ties
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 18, 2018 
Illegal aliens on an ICE deportation flight to Guatemala
Illegal aliens on an ICE deportation flight to Guatemala (Illustrative photo: John Moore/Getty Images)
An audit on the screening practices of known or suspected terrorists made by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) showed non-compliance with proper protocol in every file that was checked, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
The audit was made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a follow-up to 2011 recommendations made by the department for screening aliens who maybe terrorists.
Of the 40 case files surveyed, DHS auditors found that all 40 cases had at least one instance of noncompliance with the Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounter Protocol (KSTEP). The cases sampled occurred during the Obama years, between 2013-2015.
However, ICE noted that the problems have continued into the Trump administration where they found 19 further documented cases since 2016 in which ICE workers in the field failed to send their reports to ICE headquarters as required.
In addition, as of July 2017, nine field offices and smaller offices did not have “the infrastructure necessary to communicate derogatory information about known or suspected terrorists.”
“The lack of real-time information sharing capabilities jeopardizes ICE’s ability to make decisions on known or suspected terrorists,” the DHS stated.
The audit also blasted sanctuary cities and their law enforcement agencies that refuse to cooperate with ICE, saying such practices prevent the government from identifying “possible terrorist connections” in illegal aliens.
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Accused NYC Terrorist Willing to Plead Guilty to Live
Home > Terrorism > Accused NYC Terrorist Willing to Plead Guilty to Live
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 18, 2018 
Aftermath of the truck attack which killed eight in Manhattan on Tuesday October 31, 2017
Aftermath of the truck attack which killed eight in Manhattan on Tuesday October 31, 2017 (Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Sayfullo Saipov, accused of mowing down eight people with a rented van on the Hudson River bike path last Halloween in an Islamist terror attack, says he is willing to plead guilty in exchange for not receiving the death penalty.

Saipov, a 29-year-old ISIS supporter, originally pleaded not guilty. He is currently being held without bail.

A guilty plea would mean that a lengthy trial would be avoided, saving both cost to the government and emotional turmoil to the victims.

“It is deeply traumatic for these bereaved, seriously injured, or otherwise traumatized victims and their families to endure reliving Saipov’s attack by recounting the details, and victims have already expressed to the government concern about delays in this process,” prosecutors wrote.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions would have to sign off on the deal.
The trial itself could not be held any earlier than September 2019 according to Saipov’s lawyers due to the large amount of evidence needed to build the defense. Quite a bit of the evidence is located overseas, they say.
The government requested a trial in April 2019 so that victims – some from as far away as Argentina, Belgium, and Germany — would be able to plan to travel to the U.S.
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Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
Home > World > Syria > Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 18, 2018 
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced U.S. troops will remain in Syria indefinitely, even after the defeat the Islamic State, The Washington Post reported. Tillerson unveiled the plan at a Syria policy speech hosted by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Tillerson argued that the U.S. presence was needed to secure five national security objectives:

Defeating al-Qaeda and ISIS completely
Pushing back Iran
Supporting an end to the Syrian Civil War that does not include regime President Bashar al Assad
Ensuring Syria is free of weapons of mass destruction
Helping refugees return after the war.
Tillerson also warned that a hasty U.S. withdrawal could precipitate an ISIS resurgence.

“We cannot repeat the mistake of 2011, where a premature departure from Iraq allowed al-Qaeda in Iraq to survive and eventually become ISIS,” he said.

“ISIS has one foot in the grave, and by maintaining an American military presence in Syria until the full and complete defeat of ISIS is achieved, it will soon have two,” he added.

Currently there are around 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, deployed in the Kurdish controlled areas in the North-East. They were originally deployed under the administration of President Barack Obama, who sent them to train Kurdish forces to fight against the Islamic State.

Tillerson did say the U.S. has no plans to intervene in the ongoing Syrian civil war. American forces may face a threat from Turkey, however, which has raised strong objections to American support for Kurdish forces. Turkish President Erdogan has threatened to attack Kurdish areas in Syria this week. American officials said they would not intervene if he did, since the Kurdish forces he may attack are separate from the ones allied with the United States.
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Terror in the Rocky Mountains: Fuqra in Colorado
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Terror in the Rocky Mountains: Fuqra in Colorado
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 18, 2018 
A local ABC affiliate in Colorado just backed up what Clarion has been saying for years – there’s an Islamist cult alive and well in the U.S. and in this case in the Rocky Mountains.
Jamaat ul-Fuqra runs some two-dozen villages around the country. In an attempt to change its image, Fuqra changed its name a number of years ago to Muslims of the Americas. The group is suspected of 13 firebombings and at least 13 murders in the U.S.
Clarion has evidence of many more illegal activities which we share with the authorities and share with you at our FuqraFiles website.
Fuqra’s “academic” arm, the Quranic Open University in Los Angles, has received more than $1.5 million for charter school funding.
News Channel 13 reports:
2018 Colorado News Report on Fuqra: Terror in the Rocky Mountains
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=HVZtvqF_vSM
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How Could Trump Thank Qatar for Fighting Terror?
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > How Could Trump Thank Qatar for Fighting Terror?
BY RYAN MAURO Thursday, January 18, 2018 
Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh (L) and then emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in Gaza in 2012. (Photo: Mohammed Salem / Pool /Getty Images)
Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh (L) and then emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in Gaza in 2012. (Photo: Mohammed Salem / Pool /Getty Images)
President Trump of January 2018 is at odds with President Trump of June 2017 over Qatar.
Trump just thanked Qatar for its “action to counter terrorism and extremism in all forms” and implied U.S. opposition to the Arab states’ blockade of the jihad-sponsoring country, something Trump previously praised and claimed credit for.
“President Trump reiterated his support for a strong, united Gulf Cooperation Council that is focused on countering regional threats,” the readout says.
The praise for Qatar is a major victory for Secretary of State Tillerson, who has long-standing ties to the Qatari regime from his days leading Exxon-Mobil. Tillerson’s company even had officials serving alongside officials from Al-Jazeera (a Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas mouthpiece) on the U.S.-Qatar Business Council.
When Qatar’s Arab neighbors (including Saudi Arabia and Egypt) took the country to task for its sponsorship of terrorism and close ties to Iran, Tillerson’s State Department sided with Qatar and contradicted the commander-in-chief’s publicly-stated support for the Arabs’ measures. Tillerson, of course, also opposes designating the Qatar-backed Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
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Why Would a Young Girl Make Up an Anti-Muslim Attack?
Home > World > Canada > Why Would a Young Girl Make Up an Anti-Muslim Attack?
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Wednesday, January 17, 2018
A press conference called immediately to announce the 'anti-Muslim attack'
A press conference called immediately to announce the ‘anti-Muslim attack’ (Photo: video screenshot)
What makes a young Canadian Muslim girl make up a hate crime against herself?
Last week in Toronto, 11-year old Khawlah Noman told police she was on her way to her (public) school when she felt a man trying to cut her hijab with scissors. She said she screamed and ran away, but the man returned 10 minutes later and attacked her again.
After an investigation, which we can assume was thorough (since it wasn’t challenged), the police concluded that the incident never happened.
But before the story was vetted, the girl and her mother were up in front of the media, which promptly decried its outrage and disgust over such an “Islamophobic” display of racism against Muslims.
First, we should be clear that we don’t know what prompted the girl to fabricate the story. The two most logical explanations are that she was being bullied at school for being a Muslim or wearing a hijab, or that Muslim grievances against the West were something she was used to hearing about from her family, community or mosque.
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What Does the Leader of ‘Muslims of the Americas’ Think?
Home > 101s > 101s > What Does the Leader of ‘Muslims of the Americas’ Think?
BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Jamaat ul-Fuqra is an Islamist group with about 25 “Islamic villages” across the country that have been historically used for guerrilla training and cult-like isolation. After being suspected of murders, fire bombings, and threats around the United States and Canada, the Fuqra cult changed its name to Muslims of America / Muslims of the Americas.
Lern more at fuqrafiles.com
The following infographic is an introduction to the ideology of Fuqra:
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Ryan Mauro and Zuhdi Jasser Kick Back
Home > World > Iran > Ryan Mauro and Zuhdi Jasser Kick Back
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Join Clarion advisory board member Zuhdi Jasser and our National Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow Ryan Mauro as they take to the airwaves to discuss the big picture on radical Islam, reform, Iran, Saudi Arabia and more.
LISTEN HERE https://clarionproject.org/ryan-mauro-zuhdi-jasser-kick-back/


Al Jazeera Accidentally Slams Itself
Home > World > Qatar > Al Jazeera Accidentally Slams Itself
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Tuesday, January 16, 2018
UK Defense Minister Gavin Williamson and Qatari Defense Minister Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Atiyah sign a deal for Qatar to purchase 24 Typhoon fighters from Britain for $8 billion. (Photo: AFP/Stringer/Getty Images)
UK Defense Minister Gavin Williamson and Qatari Defense Minister Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Atiyah sign a deal for Qatar to purchase 24 Typhoon fighters from Britain for $8 billion. (Photo: AFP/Stringer/Getty Images)
“In Search of the Merits of Colonialism” is a jaunty little article in Al Jazeera that revels in their typical fare: bashing the West. Like many think-pieces it slams the British Empire for shamelessly plundering the world to enrich itself at the expense of black and brown people.
Fair enough (although a little unimaginative). But look a little closer and the piece seems to have scored something of an own goal (a goal accidentally scored for the opposite side).
Just take a look at this little paragraph, in which author Laleh Khalili excoriates (quite rightly) post-colonial dictators for their continued commitment to brutality:
“The authoritarian rulers to whom the colonial masters handed the keys to the city pay lip service to democracy but stifle political participation by unruly publics; and in this they are supported by former colonial masters who value their ‘stability’ and loyalty.”
Although the article mentions Singapore before launching, in classic Al Jazeera style, into a lengthy diatribe against Israel, there is one country that is rather conspicuous by its absence, especially given how completely it fits the bill: Qatar.
Let’s see what Human Rights Watch has to say in their 2016 report on Qatar:
“Low-paid migrant workers continued to face abuse and exploitation, and reforms that took effect in 2016 leave the exploitative elements of the old kafala (sponsorship) system in place and do not cover domestic workers. Qatar-based journalists criticized the manner in which the authorities applied the provisions of a 2014 cybercrime law.”
This is not to mention that “Qatar’s penal code provides for a maximum of five years in jail for criticism of the emir.”
That covers the “authoritarian rulers” part, but what about “colonial masters?”
Take a look at these words written by the prime minister of Qatar in The Guardian during a trip by the emir of Qatar to London in 2014:
“For almost a century, the UK and Qatar have had strong bonds. It was in 1916 that we first bound together our two countries in a treaty of friendship. Those ties have become stronger, with increasingly important trade and political links. Today we regard the UK as among our most steadfast friends and allies.”
Ah yes, Qatar became a British protectorate in 1916.
But are they being praised for “stability?” Let’s have a quick look at what then British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani said in a joint statement during another visit to London in 2010:
“And so they committed to building a stronger and deeper relationship between the UK and the State of Qatar, based on a shared vision of new links and new relationships including on foreign policy, peace and regional stability, trade and investment, education, culture, sport and science.”
Some of you may be asking, all very interesting, but why is this an “own goal?” Well, open a new tab in your browser and quickly Google “who owns Al Jazeera?”
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3 Things You Learned In Elementary School
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > 3 Things You Learned In Elementary School
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Monday, January 15, 2018
Illustrative Picture. (Photo: Creative Commons/Johannes Thiel)
Illustrative Picture. (Photo: Creative Commons/Johannes Thiel)
Elementary school! Our memories include recess, minimal work and crayons. But there were some vital lessons you learned in that place. Yet, in all the hustle and bustle of adult life, you may have forgotten some of the most important lessons.
Here’s a reminder, and what those lessons mean for the struggle against radical Islam.
1.No Take-sie Back-sies
This is one of the most important life lessons of all. You can’t take anything back. No one can. For better or worse, Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, Osama Bin Laden ordered the terror attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11 and Hillary Clinton failed to reinforce the embassy in Benghazi.
The past cannot be changed just because we don’t like something that happened. We have to come to terms with the reality of the world and move forward proactively, not waste time arguing about whether or not the current instability in Pakistan is really the fault of British imperialists who have been dead for nearly a 100 years.
Accepting what has happened is the first step to deciding how you want to react to it.
2.Finders Keepers Losers Weepers
One of the more brutal facts of life, this one underscores the unfairness of the world. The Gulf States have the oil and therefore they have the money. They found it and they kept it. The fact they have used that money (in part) to fund extremism worldwide is what they chose to do with it.
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Court Overturns ‘Sharia Patrol’ Acquittal
Home > World > Germany > Court Overturns ‘Sharia Patrol’ Acquittal
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 15, 2018
Members of the ‘Sharia Patrol’ in Wuppertal, Germany (Photo: video screenshot)
A German federal court overturned the ruling of a regional court, which acquitted members of a controversial “Sharia Patrol” operating in Wuppertal.
The case dates back to September 2014 when a group of Salafist Muslims were caught patrolling the streets of Wuppertal in western Germany telling those walking by not to engage in activities forbidden by sharia (Islamic) law.
The group handed out notices to passersby announcing the area was a “Sharia Controlled Zone” which meant that alcohol, drugs, gambling, music and concerts, pornography and prostitution were prohibited.
Despite the fact that the group was dressed in in bright orange vests labelled “Sharia Patrol,” the regional court ruled the group had not violated Germany’s laws on wearing uniforms that are “suggestively militant or intimidating” – a law originally aimed at squelching any nascent Nazi-like street movements.
In turning over the lower court’s ruling, the federal court said that the regional court had been mistaken since the judges failed to consider the impact the men’s actions had on the public.
“These people’s intention is to provoke and intimidate and force their ideology [upon others],” said Peter Jung, the mayor of Wuppertal at the time of the acquittal.
Christian Democrat party whip Volker Kauder added, “Under absolutely no circumstances can we tolerate self-styled Sharia police officers patrolling our streets and dictating what people should or should not do.”
“Sharia law is not tolerated on German soil,” stated Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere.
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Poll Results: Should We Give Medical Treatment to Jihadis?
Home > World > Austria > Poll Results: Should We Give Medical Treatment to Jihadis?
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 15, 2018
A wounded soldier in Iraq awaits evacuation and treatment
A wounded soldier in Iraq awaits evacuation and treatment (Illustrative photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
Recently, we reported on the decision by Austria’s interior ministry to refuse entry to a suspected ISIS fighter from Georgia who required emergency surgery. The 19-year-old fighter, who was suspected to be connected to Chechen jihadi kingpin Akmad Chatayev, was shot in the head in a special forces operation and was in a coma.
Citing security concerns as the primary reason, the ministry also said the fighter’s entrance to Austria would increase the risk of a possible rescue or a blackmail attempt.
We then polled our readers about whether or not they agreed with Austria’s decision. Here are the results of the poll:
89.7 percent said, “Yes, why should resources go to people who want to kill us?”
10.3 percent said, “No, refusing treatment poses serious questions about medical ethics and opens the way to a slippery slope of government control over medical treatment.”
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Trump Sends Bad Signal by Waiving Iran Sanctions
https://clarionproject.org/trump-bad-signal-waiving-iran-sanctions/
Home > World > Iran > Trump Sends Bad Signal by Waiving Iran Sanctions
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 15, 2018
Clarion Project’s Shillman Fellow, National Security Analyst and Director of the Clarion Intelligence Network Professor Ryan Mauro discusses President Trump’s decision to waive sanctions on Iran and give a 120-day deadline for the deal to be fixed or abandoned.
Ryan Mauro: Trump Sends Bad Signal by Waiving Iran Sanctions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=430&v=vPnmdy1WVmI


‘Catholicism is the One True Faith’
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > ‘Catholicism is the One True Faith’
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Monday, January 15, 2018
The Creation of Adam, as depicted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, by Michelangelo. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The Creation of Adam, as depicted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, by Michelangelo. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Catholicism is the “one true faith.” You might think that’s a pretty odd thing for a Jew to say. But in a Western context, we treat it as if it’s true.

Everything in the West is oriented around the Catholic church. Sunday is the day of rest. Even if contemporary corporate culture has largely abandoned the idea of resting as a concept, government offices and banks and other such things are more often than not closed on Sundays. We even use the Catholic calendar, created by a pope and dating the years from the birth of the Catholic savior, Jesus Christ.

The other major western branch of Christianity (in all its myriad fractions) defines itself relationally to the Catholic Church. It’s called Protestantism – because they were protesting against the papacy.

Catholic terminology and ideas are embedded into our culture.We say talk about things being “sinful” or “pure” and mutter “Jesus Christ” when we swear. The way God is traditionally depicted, as an old, white man sitting on a throne with a long beard comes from Catholic iconography and art.

The history we learn centers the Catholic church, for a long time the most powerful religious institution in Europe, and then later on the planet. We talk about separation of church and state because the historical norm was the opposite (they were fused under Catholic rulers for hundreds of years).

The very way Western culture conceives religion makes Catholicism the default, with other systems defined as how they compare to Catholicism. This has been imprinted over a 2,000-year period of social conditioning. Why else would we talk about “the Old Testament” or “Eastern spirituality?” Both of those terms define their respective traditions in relation to a European Christian norm.

A lot of this has to do with the history of European colonialism, which very successfully exported Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular around the world. Extricating Catholicism from that context is all but impossible.

Which brings us to Islam. Muslims are aware that Western countries and people see Catholicism as the default. Contrary to what some people have argued, religions are actually quite different. The way Muslims conceive of and operate their faith is very different to how Catholics do so.

Many Westerners do not know this, and thus treat Muslims as if they relate to their faith as Catholics do. Many Westerners may not even realize they are doing this, as they may not have thought deeply about how they conceive of religion.

Treating Islam and Muslims in this way is insulting inherently. It also inevitably leads to misunderstandings. If we are serious about tackling radical Islam, we need to engage fully with Islam — as a faith, as the background context to a myriad of cultural norms, as a living tradition and as a variety of sects, factions and practices. This means treating it on its own terms and not seeing it relationally to a Christian default.

Once we start doing that on a societal level and understand each other better, we can make progress towards true intercultural harmony. Then we might be within a shot of defeating radical Islam for good.
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FGM ‘Bonanza’ Advertised on Facebook
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 14, 2018
From Alhaji Adebayo's post offering an 8-day 'special' on FGM services
From Alhaji Adebayo’s post offering an 8-day ‘special’ on FGM services (Photo: Facebook)
Graphic images of a young girl being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) were posted on Facebook by a Nigerian man advertising an eight-day “bonanza” of free cutting in his home, reported CNN.

Alhaji Adebayo, a building contractor from Ilorin, Kwara State in central Nigeria, has organized mass cuttings in the past and reportedly runs a charity for poor families that cannot afford to pay the normal fee for the brutal procedure, as do many wealthy people in the area.

FGM is illegal in Nigeria, but it is still a widespread practice. No one has been convicted for performing FGM in Nigeria to date.

The message, which was accompanied by pictures of a crowd gathered around the girl who was being being held down by men while she was mutilated, read: “Bonanza! Bonanza! Bonanza!!! Free of Charge 8 days, Yearly opportunity has come again.” Directions were provided to the house.

The day after he posted the now-deleted advertisement, Adebayo said he had been visited by anti-FGM activists. “They made me realize the disadvantages and implication in doing mutilation for (the) female child,” he stated. “I urge every parent to put an end to the female circumcision…because of (the) problems that might come out from there later in the future,” he added.
He also claimed he was unaware that the practice was illegal.
Female genital mutilation includes all procedures involving the partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
Short-term effects include hemorrhaging, pain, shock and death. Long-term effects include problems with sexual relations, complications giving birth, cysts, chronic pelvic infections and sterility.
The trauma of FGM lasts a lifetime and can cause depression and anxiety, among other psychological problems.




Raped & Murdered Girl, 8, Becomes Political Pawn
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Child Abuse > Raped & Murdered Girl, 8, Becomes Political Pawn
BY RAHEEL RAZA Sunday, January 14, 2018


Riots have erupted over the rape and murder of 8-year-old Zainab Ansara (inset)
Riots have erupted over the rape and murder of 8-year-old Zainab Ansara (inset) (Photo: Video screenshot)
The horrific tragedy of Zainab Ansari, an eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Kasur, Pakistan, has the attention of the whole world. It’s heartbreaking and gut-wrenching to read the news and see her parents sorrow.

Recently, 10 other girls have been sexually assaulted in a similar way in Kasur, while law enforcement have been impotent. These are only the reported cases because many go unreported for fear.

True, there are riots and protests all over Pakistan about Zainab’s brutal attack. Two have died and others wounded, but there are some key questions that have yet to be answered.

Why is it that law enforcement have not taken any action until now when there have been previous cases of sexual assault? The reason these cases were hushed up is because rich and powerful feudal landlords may have been involved, so the assaults were pushed under the table. In some cases, money was given to the family, or they were threatened to stay silent.

No one has been caught and convicted, because if that happens, it will start a chain reaction in which the so-called “gentry” will be stripped naked and dishonored. The lives and honor of the young victims are no match for the powerful and political.

Zainab’s murder is symptomatic of a much larger problem that is not being addressed. Children in Pakistan are vulnerable to religious schools and extremist organizations. Madrassas are mushrooming all over the country with little or no accountability about who is running them and what is being taught. There are no statistics about child molestation, rape, sodomy and battering – all of which are rampant.

There is no secular education, let alone sex education, which the religious clergy are deadly against. All mullahs have issued fatwas that sex education is “vulgar.” In a patriarchal and misogynist society, young men are not taught how to respect women, so they grow up with warped ideas.
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San Diego Man Gets 10 Years for Supporting Terror
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > San Diego Man Gets 10 Years for Supporting Terror
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 14, 2018
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Foreign Islamic State fighters preparing to execute captured Syrian pilots (Photo: video screenshot)
A San Diego man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegal possession of a firearms cache and body armor and making false statements to federal agents involving international terrorism.

Marchello Dsaun McCain, 35, a previously convicted felon (for assault with a firearm), provided assistance to others who had joined ISIS abroad, including his brother Douglas McCain.

Knowing that his brother intended to travel abroad to join ISIS, McCain deposited money in his wife’s bank account, then let his brother use his wife’s credit card to purchase plane tickets to Turkey, a known entry point to Syria for foreign fighters. He also let his brother make hotel reservations from the same credit card.

McCain regularly communicated with his brother and others regarding the financial and logistical needs of foreign fighters in Syria, at one point wiring $800 to an ISIS operative in Turkey to support his brother, among others. He also agreed to travel to Syria to join them.

In August of 2014, McCain’s brother became the first American known to have been killed fighting for ISIS in Syria.

The next January, McCain was arrested on the firearms charges. Eight months later, he pleaded guilty to lying to FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force agents about his assistance to and knowledge of individuals engaged in violent terrorist activities abroad.
“ISIS has brought the war on terror closer to home by directing and inspiring attacks in the U.S. and other countries, thereby putting Americans lives in danger,” said U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman at McCain’s sentencing. “By lying to federal agents, Marchello McCain delayed, frustrated and thwarted an investigation into a group that supplied U.S. and Canadian fighters to ISIS. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to protect American lives here and abroad.”
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Saudi Women Watch Soccer Games – At Last
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 14, 2018
Saudi Arabia will allow women to enter a football stadium for the first time to watch a match, as the ultra-conservative kingdom eases strict decades-old rules separating the sexes.
Female Saudi supporters of Al-Ahli queue at an entrance for families and women at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on January 12, 2018, ahead of their teams football match against Al-Batin in the Saudi Pro League. (Photo: STRINGER / AFP / Getty Images)
Dozens of women attended soccer games in Saudi Arabia this weekend. It’s the first time they have been allowed to watch live football with men also in attendance.

The new arrangement also means new job opportunities as security checks at the grounds must be performed by women. Some of those watching games got into the spirit, painting team emblems on the faces of their children, who do not need to wear the hijab.

It’s the latest in a series of measures launched in 2017 to give women greater participation in public life in a society dominated by men under Islamist codes.
In another change, the Saudi Education Ministry announced women could enter colleges with a cellphone and even make calls and surf the net. The decision, which was announced in October 2017, affects all university and higher education colleges. Any woman caught doing anything “inappropriate” with their phone faces punishment.



Supermarket Stabber Was Jihadi After All
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 14, 2018
Ahmad A., who killed one and injured six in a jihadi attack in a supermarket in Hamburg, Germany (Photo: Srdjan Suki-Pool/Getty Images)
An asylum seeker in Germany whose application was turned down admitted his deadly attack in a Hamburg supermarket was part of his radical Islamist ideology, Breitbart reported.

Ahmad A., as he is identified in the Germany court where his trial is ongoing, stabbed a 50-year-old man to death and injured six in July 2017 while yelling “Allahu Akbar [God is greatest]!” Even though the police had him under investigation for being an Islamist, they blamed his actions at the time on mental illness.

Yet Ahmad, who pleaded guilty to the all the charges against him, told the court the attack was part of his jihad and he was trying to kill as many Christians as possible. The German news outlet Hamburger Morgenpost reported his lawyer declared, “He made this decision as a contribution to the global jihad.”

At his trial, it was also revealed investigators found a homemade Islamic State flag in his room, a fact that had been previously withheld from the public.
Ahmad, a 26-year-old Palestinian who was born in the United Arab Emirates, claimed he came to Germany to study dentistry. He was not deported after his application was denied, even though the German government had the option to send him to Norway. However, since the relevant government agency did not file his paperwork in time, he was allowed to stay.
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5 Myths About Jihadi Radicalization
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 11, 2018
What are the myths and what is reality about the people who become radicalized? Read our infographic below for some surprising information.
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No Entry for ISIS Fighter for Emergency Surgery
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 11, 2018
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Austria’s interior ministry refused entry to a suspected ISIS fighter from Georgia who required emergency surgery, the Inquirer.net reported.
The 19-year-old fighter, identified only as Temirlan, was shot in the head in a special forces operation in Georgia and is in a coma. The fighter is thought to be connected to the Chechen jihadi kingpin Akmad Chatayev, who was wanted for the triple bombing and shooting attack on Ataturk Airport in Turkey.
Forty-six people were killed in the June attack in Istanbul with more than 230 injured. Chatayev himself was killed in November in a counter-terror operation in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital.
Citing security concerns as the primary reason, the ministry also said the fighter’s entrance would increase the risk of a possible rescue or a blackmail attempt.
Austria has a large Chechen community and has one of the highest numbers of foreign fighters per capita.
The interior ministry is run by the far-right Freedom Party which joined with the conservative People’s Party to make a coalition government late last year. The party vowed to concentrate on national security as well as stop illegal immigration.
What do you think of Austria’s decision? Take our poll below:
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End of Separate Sharia Law for Muslims
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, January 11, 2018
Mufti Ibrahim Serif in the Fillyra Mosque in Thrace. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Mufti Ibrahim Serif in the Fillyra Mosque in Thrace. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The Greek Parliament adopted a new law that enables members of the country’s Muslim community to have family and inheritance law judged before the Greek secular courts, rather than by Islamic sharia courts, reported The Guardian.
According to arrangements Greece made with Turkey in the Treaty of Sevres (1920) and Lausanne (1923), Muslims who became citiznes of Greece after World War I were obligated to adjudicate matters of child custody, divorce and inheritance according to Islamic law. The treaties concerned two million people transferred between Greece and Turkey; both countries put into place laws that covered their minority population that remained in the countries.
The Greek Muslim community in question is roughly 110,000-120,000 strong and mainly resides in Thrace, in the east of the country on the border with Turkey.
Islamic religious courts will still exist, but will only be able to apply their rulings with the consent of all parties. Greece is the only country in the European Union with Islamic religious courts.
Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras hailed the vote as an “historic step” which “extended equality before the law to all Greeks.” The bill was also supported by the opposition.
The timing of the case is political. A case was recently heard by the European Court of Human Rights ivolving this very same issue. The case was brought to the court by a 67-year-old Muslim widow, Hatijah Molla Salli from the city of Komotini in Western Thrace, who is involved in an inheritance dispute with her late husband’s sisters.
She initially won her case in a Greek secular court, but the Greek Supreme Court overturned the ruling, saying that only a mufti from the Islamic court can determine inheritance law.
Commenting on the new legislation, Salli’s lawyer Yannis Ktistakis said, “The government is only acting to prevent condemnation by the [European] court, which, as everyone knows, is inevitable.”
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Manhattan Bomber Indicted on Terror Charges
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 11, 2018
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A New York City Police Department officer stands watch at the entrance to the Times Square subway station during the evening rush hour. (Photo: Drew
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Manhattan bomber Akayed Ullah, who attempted a suicide attack at the busiest Manhattan subway station,


Akayed Ullah was indicted by a U.S. grand jury on terrorism charges.
Ullah, a 27-year-old citizen of Bangladesh living in New York, tried to detonate a pipe bomb strapped to his body in a tunnel between the Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
The station is the busiest station complex in the system, with 64,531,511 passengers passing through in 2016 alone.
The grand jury charged Ullah with supporting a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass transit system. He was previously charged with a criminal complaint after his arrest.
That complaint stated that Ullah told police officers he “did it for the Islamic State.” At his home, investigators located his passport in which they found a handwritten note that read, “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE.”
Ullah moved to the U.S. in 2011. It is believed that he became radicalized in 2014, when he began to watch ISIS material online.
The bomb he was carrying detonated only partially, injuring four people as well as Ullah.
https://clarionproject.org/manhattan-bomber-indicted-terror-charges/


Siavash Safavi: An Iranian Dissident Speaks Out
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, January 11, 2018
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Siavash Safavi on a CIvil Space video (Photo: Video screenshot)
Siavash Safavi is a dissident from Iran now living in Toronto, Canada. Born in Tehran he moved to the north of Iran with his family when he was very young. Seven years ago he fled Iran after being arrested for political protests against the regime and escaped to Canada via Turkey. Over Christmas, 2016 an Iranian newspaper listed him as one of their top 30 traitors to the country.
Safavi now runs the Civil Space Network alongside co-founder Daniel Bordman, which uses comedy to illustrate current affairs issues and promote classical liberal ideas. You can subscribe to the Civil Space Network YouTube channel and support them on Patreon.
He graciously agreed to speak with Clarion Project Dialogue Coordinator Elliot Friedland about the current protests in Iran and his own story of escape from the Islamic Republic.
Clarion Project: Where were you born and where did you grow up?
Siavash Safavi: I was born in Tehran but my family moved to the north of Iran near the Caspian Sea when I was little. It’s very temperate weather, between the mountains and the sea. I went to university there initially to study accounting. The second year I went to my dad and said either I can drop out or blow my brains out. So I switched to English literature.
Clarion: How did you go from studying English literature to fleeing the country as a political dissident?

Safavi: When I went to University for the second time, former President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been in power for about two years. When he came to power, the first thing he did was shut down all the student associations. They were the largest and strongest non-governmental organizations in Iran. Every university had one, which sent a representative to the national congress. They were very strong during the period of reformist President Mohammed Khatami (1997-2005).
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UK Soldier Out of Ammo Beheads Jihadi With a Spade
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 8, 2018
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British commandos prepare to board a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan (Photo: Royal Navy/Getty Images)
Ambushed by jihadis in Afghanistan, a British special forces soldier who had run out of ammunition used the only weapon he could find against a charging ISIS fighter: a spade, the Daily Star reported.

Using the long-handled shovel with its sharp, rectangular blade, the soldier cut off the jihadi’s head with one blow. He then grabbed the fighter’s weapon and managed to kill the rest of his attackers.

The veteran soldier, a sergeant who has seen action in many battles, was one of a group of SAS (Special Air Service) troops caught in a six-hour firefight with ISIS militants about six weeks ago on a patrol in eastern Afghanistan.

The troops had just finished meeting with former Taliban fighters who had since switched side to the Afghan government when they were ambushed by the ISIS jihadis.

The unit took refuge in a local farm and a six-hour firefight ensued.

“The SAS thought they had seen their last day,” said a source quoted by the Daily Star. “They made a pact that they wouldn’t be taken alive and vowed to fight to the death.

“Capture would mean torture and a filmed execution, and they weren’t prepared to let that happen.

“They made every bullet count, and when they ran low on ammo they waited for the jihadis to get close enough so they could be killed with grenades or using rifles as clubs – that was when one of the SAS managed to kill a man with a spade.”

The Star reported that some of the jihadis spoke English and threatened the Brits that they would decapitate them and send their heads back to their wives.

The soldiers, meanwhile, radioed for help, but they didn’t know if the message got through to their base.

At the last minute, with over half of the troops left with no ammunition, two U.S. Apache helicopter gunships showed up, the sight of which caused the jihadis to flee. The SAS men were then rescued by a U.S. Chinook helicopter.

British special forces have been involved in many daring feats fighting in the U.S. coalition. In one notable operation in Syria, eight SAS troops dressed in burqas to disguise their identity, crossed into enemy territory and took out a top ISIS commander. Traveling in an ISIS signature Toyota pickup truck and posing as the wives of top ISIS fighters, the troops finessed their way into the heart of Raqqa — ISIS’s former capital — and located the commander’s headquarters.

After confirming he was inside, they transmitted the coordinates of the house to a U.S. Air Force AWAC mission-control aircraft hovering thousands of feet above. The information was then relayed to a U.S. Reaper drone, which, moments later, sent a Hellfire missile to vaporize the commander and a number of his staff.



Iranian Man Sets Himself on Fire in Protest
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 8, 2018
An Iranian man set himself on fire Sunday in protest of the closing of his business by the government. The protest appears to have taken place in the middle of the on-going demonstrations against the Islamic regime. Shocked bystanders attempt to put out the flames.
WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC VIDEO (BEEN REMOVED)
In other news in Iran, the government banned the teaching of English and other foreign languages in grade schools, warning that the early learning of languages contributes to a “cultural invasion.”
https://clarionproject.org/iranian-man-sets-self-fire-protest/


Clarion Organizes Groundbreaking Egyptian Women’s Protests
Home > World > Egypt > Clarion Organizes Groundbreaking Egyptian Women’s Protests
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 8, 2018
Clarion Project, in conjunction with Egyptian human rights lawyer Reda Eldanbouki, organized two groundbreaking demonstrations for women’s rights in Egypt against early and forced marriage.
Watch this short video about the protests:
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ISIS’ Chief Mufti Captured; Freed in Minutes for $7.5K
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 8, 2018

ISIS mufti Abu Omar
In a remarkable failure of the Iraqi justice system, ISIS’ religious leader was arrested and released just minutes later after paying a $7,500 bribe (Arabic link).

The incident took place in a police station in Mosul, Iraq, according to local official Zuheir Hazzen el-Jaburi.

“I was in Mosul when a force from police intelligence arrested a man. After questioning they were told he was the mufti for the right bank of the [river in the] city – an ISIS member,” el-Jaburi said.

“We asked people who he was, and they proved he really was ISIS’ mufti. After he was arrested, he left a motorbike behind. An hour later we saw the motorbike was no longer there.

“We inquired about it. They said he was released 10 minutes earlier after he paid 75 notes [$7,500].”

Nineveh official official Zuheir Hazzen el-Jaburi (Video screenshot)
Famed for his long white beard, Abu Omar was not only the religious leader of Islamic State but also one of the organization’s executioners – reportedly joining in the stoning of homosexuals.

Apparently Abu Omer wasn’t the first terrorist to be freed in this way. El-Jaburi said this type of corruption is rife in Iraq.
https://clarionproject.org/isis-chief-mufti-captured-freed-in-minutes-for-7-5k/



UK Rehires Ex-Spies to Tackle Terror
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 7, 2018
The Union Jack flys at half-mast at the Palace of Westminster. (Photo: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The Union flag flies at half-mast at the Palace of Westminster. (Photo: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain’s spy agencies are rehiring former employees in order to tackle terrorism, The Telegraph reported.

GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 are all rehiring staff that were previously laid off in $1.6 billion worth of budget cuts. GCHQ monitors communications, MI5 covers internal intelligence while MI6 deals with foreign threats.

GCHQ has rehired 200 staff, MI5 has taken back seven former officers and MI6 is welcoming back 73 ex-spies.

However, MPs have criticized the hirings as “very poor value for money.”

“Whilst it may always be necessary to re-hire some former staff in exceptional circumstances,” members of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee said in last year’s report, “this should be kept to a minimum given the potentially significant costs involved.”

In October 2017 the head of MI5 warned that Britain faces its most severe terror threat ever.

“It’s at the highest tempo I have seen in my 34-year career,” Director General Andrew Parker told press. “Today there is more terrorist activity, coming at us more quickly, and it can be harder to detect.”

Meanwhile, the UK has admitted that they have lost track of hundreds of jihadis that left the UK to fight for terrorist groups across the Middle East. Of the estimated 850 Brits who left to fight, about half have returned to the UK. However, Security Minister Ben Wallace admitted that the government “doesn’t know where” the rest are that are.
The government assumes that some have been killed fighting while others (an estimated 300) have escaped to Turkey. The whereabouts of the rest are unknown.
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8 Ways Women Are Fighting Iran’s Ayatollahs
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 7, 2018 
Women of Iran are proving their courage by publicly protesting against the ayatollahs’ corruption, despite the regime’s tough regulations against females. Here are eight examples of this heroism:
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Pakistan to US: We Are No Longer Allies
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 7, 2018 
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif (Photo: video screenshot)
Pakistan is no longer an ally of the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported the Pakistani Foreign Minister as saying. He made the announcement in response to President Trump severing military aid to Pakistan. 
The U.S. announced Thursday that it was cutting off $900 million in military aid to Pakistan until it acts against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani terror network.
“We do not have any alliance,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said in an interview Friday. “This is not how allies behave.”
The U.S. had been set to give a total of  Pakistan $2 billion in aid. Trump said the suspension was until Pakistan clamps down on the terrorist groups operating within Pakistan.
“Today we can confirm that we are suspending national security assistance only, to Pakistan at this time until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told press.
Pakistan hit back, with the foreign minister saying America has turned Pakistan into a ““whipping boy” because of its own failures in Afghanistan. America has been at war in Afghanistan since 2001, which is now the longest war in American history.
Asif said Pakistani counter-terrorism operations have cleared the country of organized terrorist groups, but that some individuals remain among the refugee population.
“We have relative calm in Pakistan at the moment. But if we go against these people [Afghan insurgents], then the war will again be fought on our soil, which will suit the Americans,” he said.
U.S. President Donald Trump started the new year by hitting out against Pakistan and their support of terror. In his first tweet of 2018, Trump wrote:
“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
HERE https://clarionproject.org/pakistan-to-us-we-are-no-longer-allies/


What Do Arab States Think About the Iran Protests?
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 7, 2018 
Look at what the Arab states are saying about the demonstrations against the Iranian regime:
SEE PAGE FOR INFOGRAPH
HERE https://clarionproject.org/arab-states-think-iran-protests/


Clarion Previews 2018
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 7, 2018 
Join our team as they preview 2018 and the challenges radical Islam will pose:
https://clarionproject.org/clarion-previews-2018/


ISIS Declares War on Hamas
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 7, 2018 
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ISIS declared war on the terrorist group Hamas on Thursday. The Islamic State’s branch in the Sinai peninsula made the declaration in a 22-minute video in which they execute a man accused of smuggling weapons to Hamas in Gaza.
In the clip, a jihadi calls on ISIS supporters to kill Hamas operatives in Gaza.
“Never surrender to them. Use explosives, silenced pistols, and sticky bombs. Bomb their courts and their security locations, for these are the pillars of tyranny that prop up its throne,” the narrator says, according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group.
ISIS cited Hamas’ failure to stop Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its crackdown on rival Islamist militant groups as reasons for the war.
Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood’s affiliate in Gaza, which it has ruled since 2006. Since taking over it has fired thousands of rockets at Israel, but has largely failed to carry out successful major attacks against Israeli military or civilian targets.
Hamas spokesperson Salah Bardawil dismissed the ISIS clip as a “Zionist production.”
https://clarionproject.org/isis-war-hamas/
Why Clarion Project Ignores Theology
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, January 4, 2018 
The Blue Mosque, Istanbul
The Blue Mosque, Istanbul (Photo: Benh Lieu Song / Wiki Commons)
“Islamism is not Islam. Islamism is the politicization of Islam, the desire to impose a version of this ancient faith over society.” — Maajid Nawaz.

Why Clarion Project Ignores Theology
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, January 4, 2018 
The Blue Mosque, Istanbul
The Blue Mosque, Istanbul (Photo: Benh Lieu Song / Wiki Commons)
“Islamism is not Islam. Islamism is the politicization of Islam, the desire to impose a version of this ancient faith over society.” — Maajid Nawaz.
Religious freedom is a key principle that must not be abandoned in the fight against radical Islam. Some of those who seek to combat jihadism and political Islam do so by attacking what they see as the root of the problem: Islam itself. This view sees Al Qaeda and ISIS as truly representative of Islam and therefore holds that any approach which doesn’t tackle the religion directly as ultimately doomed.
Clarion disagrees. Our position is in alignment with one of the founding principles of western classical liberalism.
Freedom of religion in the West can be traced back to the aftermath of Europe’s brutal Protestant Reformation. English philosopher John Locke argued in his famous Letter Concerning Toleration (1689) for the then-revolutionary idea that different Christian sects ought to be tolerated by the state. Locke reasoned that government and religion have different roles. Whereas it is the government’s duty to promote “external” interests, like national security, religion exists to promote “internal” interests (i.e., the salvation of the soul).
Given that these functions are very different, there is no need for the one to interfere with the other. These ideas gradually evolved into the notion of freedom of religion, later enshrined in the First Amendment of the United States constitution.
This baseline tolerance of divergent philosophies is a bedrock precondition of a free society.
It is all the more important given the very low odds that the state will make the correct call on religious matters. It is extremely unlikely there will ever be universal agreement over which spiritual or religious tradition is true until/unless a divine entity of some sort reveals itself, proving one, several or even none of the existing faiths as true. Given the range of views on offer, it seems highly unlikely that the state will pick the right religious sects to curtail or allow.
Some have argued that religious freedom isn’t being damaged in the case of banning Islam, since Islam is a political ideology and not a religion. This argument is flawed since it misrepresents Islam. It is true that religious fundamentalists in Islam do see their faith as political. They seek to implement sharia as state law and create an Islamic State. Clarion Project opposes all of these things.
It is also true that Islam has historically blurred the lines between religion and state to a greater extent than Christianity. Islam does not have an equivalent of Matthew 22:21 which states, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”
What Islam does have is tremendous variety, i.e. not all Muslims are fundamentalists. Many Muslims today interpret jihad as a spiritual struggle and would never want to implement the violent hudud punishments you see in Saudi Arabia, such as beheading apostates.
While it’s true that Islam can be political, in the sense of a political ideology implemented as a system of government, it doesn’t have to be. 
Some argue that the political version is the “true” version of Islam and any non-political version is by definition un-Islamic. It is here that Clarion must again insist on toleration. It is not for us to say what counts as “true” Islam or not. We are assessing political and social ramifications of a large number of people. That means we are only interested in the outcomes, not whether or not a give practitioner is being authentic.
Our interest lies where a religious belief gives rise to a political outcome. This is true even where we might find the religious belief in question absurd, problematic or just flat out wrong.
Take the example of homosexuality. A religious belief that God demands the death of gay people through the infrastructure of an Islamic State is firmly in the political arena in Islamist regimes. This is dangerous to the lives of gay people and must be combated.  Yet, if a person believes that God hates gays and will burn them in hell, but simultaneously upholds the principle that this religious belief cannot be allowed to violate the rights of gay people, we have no political quarrel with that person.
Many people disagree that a person can hold both those views. Take the case of Britain’s Liberal Democrat party. They forced leader Tim Farron, a conservative Christian who refused to answer questions about whether he believed gay sex was a sin, to resign. That is their prerogative.
But at Clarion, we uphold the traditional liberal understanding that any private religious belief which does not cause a dangerous political outcome must be no concern of the state.
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Teenage Suicide Bomber Kills Father in Mosque Attack
Home > World > Nigeria > Teenage Suicide Bomber Kills Father in Mosque Attack
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 4, 2018
A previous attack by Boko Haram terrorists who burned down the homes of an entire village.
A previous attack by Boko Haram terrorists who burned down the homes of an entire village. (Photo: Reuters)
A teenage suicide bomber in Nigeria blew himself up in a mosque, killing his father among others who were praying at the time.
Reports of the death toll varied between five and 11 people in the explosion which the bomber set off during the 5 am service.
The attack occurred in Gamboru, a town in the Borno state in northeastern Nigeria located on the border with Cameroon.

It was not immediately known to which group the teenage attacker identified, but the attack had all the markings of the terror group Boko Haram, which is known for targeting crowded mosques and market places and using children to carry out their deeds.
Boko Haram (which literally means “secular education is forbidden”) opposes all groups – including Muslims – that do not adhere to their extreme beliefs.
See Clarion Project’s Special Report on Boko Haram
Boko Haram is also believed to be behind the recent disappearance of 30 loggers in the same area. Local sources feared the loggers – mostly men in their 20s –had been kidnapped after they left Gamboru early Tuesday morning, January 2, to gather firewood and failed to return.
Last month, 30 soldiers disappeared after a raid on a military base in the same region, known to be a Boko Haram stronghold.
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Islamic Republic of Iran for Dummies
Home > World > Iran > Islamic Republic of Iran for Dummies
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 4, 2018
With the world focused on the massive protests in Iran, here’s an incredibly well done (and funny) video that explains just how the Islamic regime is set up and why it will be difficult to overthrow it. Your appreciation for the incredibly brave protesters will skyrocket.
HERE https://clarionproject.org/islamic-republic-iran-dummies/
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Which Are the Richest Terror Groups in the World?
Home > Political Islam > Worldwide > Movements > Which Are the Richest Terror Groups in the World?
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Eight of the 10 richest terror groups in the world are radical Islamists. See below what their annual budgets are:
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Ban the Hijab…But Only in Hotels!
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Lack of Basic Freedoms > Ban the Hijab…But Only in Hotels!
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Wednesday, January 3, 2018
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A number of five-star hotels in Malaysia have banned their female front-desk workers from wearing hijabs, Forbes reported. The ban created a minor flap in Muslim organizations in the country after it came to light, but little else.
Indeed, as Forbes asks in its headline, why aren’t more Muslims upset about it?
The magazine points to a “quiet tolerance for the ban as well as to an overall approach to Islam.”
Hardly, considering the fact that Muslim-majority Malaysia is a country that:
Re-instituted public caning in its northern Kelatan state, where strict sharia law rules
Banned a book about Islam and democracy written by a prominent group of moderate, Muslim intellectuals
Has separate drinking cups for Muslims and non-Muslim students in a government-run school
Cracked down on ex-Muslims for joining an atheist get-together
Runs advertising for a shampoo featuring a woman soaping up her hijab (ostensibly because it is forbidden to take it off in public)
Runs the first sharia-compliant airline in the world
Sent a politician to jail for 16 months for insulting Islam in a Facebook posting (of course, we can’t tell you what he said because it wasn’t reported – that was forbidden as well).
So why is there no backlash against this hijab ban – and more to the point, why is there a hijab ban at all?
When Western countries ban more extreme (and less mandated) practices like full-face veiling, it can practically bring down governments, as when then Canadian PM Steven Harper clashed with Liberal party opposition leader (and now PM) Justin Trudeau on a proposed niqab ban during citizenship swearing-in ceremonies.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) recently filed a complaint against the retail store Dillards with the Texas Workforce Commission for reportedly declining to hire a Muslim woman who insisted on wearing her hijab on the sales floor (which is against store policy).
A similar case made it to the Supreme Court, which upheld that a young Muslim woman’s rights were violated when Abercombie & Fitch in Oklahoma refused to let her wear her hijab at work.
While the European Supreme Court ruled otherwise on a similar case, we see that even in non-Muslim countries, this is a contentious issue.
Yet in Muslim-majority Malaysia, which upholds sharia law in more instances than not, it’s business as usual. No protests on the streets, no public outcry to speak about.
The epitome of hypocrisy so often comes in the face of monetary loss, as in this case where it is assumed that front-desk workers in high-end, tourist-oriented hotels in Malaysia would be a turn-off for clientele.

Interestingly, what Malaysians do find time to protest about is the religious affront created by Trump’s decision to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (a fact for the last almost 70 years). At a recent rally, Malaysia’s defense minister declared that the country’s armed forces are “readily prepared to receive any order over Jerusalem.”
Not to be outdone, the prime minister said (and quite incoherently at that), “Even if it means cutting me up into pieces, leaving behind only one piece of ‘meat’, we will not budge.”

He, along with most of the rest of the Muslim world, conveniently forgot to read those verses in the Quran that say that Allah gave the land of Israel to the Jews and will restore it to them at the end of days.
We can only conclude that in Malaysia, religion is a convenient tool to be used when it serves the purposes of the ruling class. But make no mistake about it, business is business.
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Iran Protests Are ‘D-Day Landing’ in War on Radical Islam
Home > World > Iran > Iran Protests Are ‘D-Day Landing’ in War on Radical Islam
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Clarion’s National Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow lays out the steps that should be taken against the regime in Iran as regular Iranians continue their protests against the ayatollah’s and their corrupt practices.

In this video he talks about Trump’s tweets and mysterious explosions. There’s also a minute on Pakistan:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VH2lGBxfHw



US: We Won’t Abandon Iranian People
Home > World > Iran > US: We Won’t Abandon Iranian People
BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, January 2, 2018
According to a leaked report, Iran’s leaders are panicked about the burgeoning protest movement in the country. What started out as demonstrations against the dire economic situation has grown to full-out demonstrations against Islamist rule.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a major opposition group, provided Fox News with a document from a meeting between Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, political leaders and heads of the country’s security forces discussing the increasingly unwieldy situation.
Notes from the meeting read: “Religious leaders and the leadership must come to the scene as soon as possible and prevent the situation (from) deteriorating further. God help us, this is a very complex situation and is different from previous occasions.”
By day three of the protests — which started December 28 in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city — the regime was blaming the protests on American, British and Israeli spies.
At press time, 12 people have been killed in the demonstrations, the largest in Iran since the Green Revolution protests of 2009.
Social media has played a large part in the protests, even though the regime has tried to shut it down. The following infographic shows a sample of the happenings on Twitter under the hashtag #IranProtests, including tweets from world leaders supporting the demonstrators.
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Mosque Pays Fine of Man Who Vandalized It
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Anti-Muslim Bigotry > Mosque Pays Fine of Man Who Vandalized It
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, January 3, 2018




An Arkansas mosque has paid off the fine of a young man who vandalized their building so he would avoid a lengthy prison sentence, according to The New York Times.
Abraham Davis, along with two friends, spray painted a swastika along with the words “go home” over the front of the Masjid Al Salam mosque in Fort Smith while in a drunken stupor in October 2016. He was caught on camera by CCTV and arrested.
Davis, struck with remorse, sent two apology letters, one to his mother and another to the mosque. Incredibly, the mosque forgave him and even lobbied on his behalf at his trial. The court still sentenced him to community service, plus a fine of $3,200.
But without steady work, Davis struggled to make the monthly payments. If he failed to make them, he faced six years in prison.
That’s when the mosque stepped in. “It shouldn’t be hanging over him for the rest of his life,” President of Al Salam Louay Nassri said. “We knew this person did a bad thing and there has to be consequences for their actions. But we didn’t have any ill feelings towards anybody.”
The mosque wrote him a cheque for $1,700, the remainder of the fine.
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Warning Graphic: New ISIS Video Targets World Leaders
Home > Terrorism > Warning Graphic: New ISIS Video Targets World Leaders
BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, January 2, 2018
ISIS’ opening shot for the new year is a video called “O! Disbelievers of the World!.” The clip is the terror group’s way of letting the world know that the group is still alive and kicking. It warns everyone that they are targets — from Jews (first) to Christians (Crusaders), atheists, to Shiites (Rafidahs) and Muslims who ISIS deems have strayed from the “true path” of Islam (Murtaddin), along with world leaders including U.S. President Trump, Russian President Putin, French President Macron, Iranian President Rouhani, Turkish President Erdogan,Syrian President Assad, the Pope, the kings of Jordan and Saudi Arabia and Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Warning: graphic images:
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ISIS Video Too Horrific to Share
Home > Terrorism > ISIS Video Too Horrific to Share
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 1, 2018 
As you know at Clarion we share ISIS propaganda videos with you from time to time because we believe it’s vital we understand the true evil of radical, jihadi Islam. However, one video we found online is simply so graphic we decided under no circumstances could we share it with you in its entirety.

Below are just a few still photos from the video.

WARNING! The images below are extremely graphic in nature.
 
https://clarionproject.org/isis-video-horrific-share/

2018 New Year’s Resolution? Read the Quran
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > 2018 New Year’s Resolution? Read the Quran
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Monday, January 1, 2018 
The Quran. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The Quran. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
It is often said that the definition of a classic is a book that everyone has heard of and nobody has read. If that is so then for most people the Quran definitely fits the bill. Even many Muslims have not read it cover to cover.

This is a folly. The Quran is the foundational text of Islam, the fastest growing and second largest religion in the world, with over a billion and a half adherents. The Quran is traditionally regarded as the ultimate word of God by Muslims. Therefore, its dictates shape faith and culture in every country influenced by Islam.

If you do not think religion is important, that is your prerogative. But millions of people do think it is important, and those people have been tremendously influential in global history. The Quran is not the totality of Islam. There is the sunnah, the oral tradition of practices that accompanies the Quran. There are the hadiths, the collected sayings of Mohammed. And of course there are the countless books of commentary and exegesis written by scholars through the centuries, some good, some bad and some ugly.

The Quran, though, is the foundation. Without reading it, you can never hope to have a meaningful opinion on Islam nor on Islamism. It is also mercifully short. It is significantly shorter than the Bible and can be read in a weekend if you have a lot of free time and certainly within a month if you have a full schedule and/or are a slow reader. It is also available for free online or in libraries and very cheaply in bookshops.

The Quran is easily one of the most important books of all time. Not reading it, when it so strongly influences the lives of almost a third of the world’s population, is frankly negligent. This would be true under normal circumstances. It is doubly true in a reality in which a totalitarian political ideology based on a particular interpretation of Islam is wreaking such havoc worldwide.

Is Islam inherently violent? Is it a religion of peace? Is the poetry as beautiful as they say? Is it the one true faith?

Unless you read the Quran, you have no way of even beginning to answer these questions.

This year, stop putting it off and read the Quran. We recommend the Sahih International translation, because it is widely accepted worldwide. We’ll even give you the first surah (chapter) for free:

“In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent

In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds –

The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful,

Sovereign of the Day of Recompense.

It is You we worship and You we ask for help.

Guide us to the straight path –
The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray.”
You can finish the rest here.
https://quran.com/1


Virginia Man Suspected of Planning ISIS Attack Arrested
Home > Terrorism > Virginia Man Suspected of Planning ISIS Attack Arrested
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 31, 2017 
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FBI agents investigate a crime scene (lllustrative photo: SHAWN THEW/AFP/Getty Images)
A Virginia man was arrested for allegedly destroying evidence that linked him to ISIS.

Sean Andrew Duncan, a convert to Islam, was also suspected of planning a terror attack and providing information to an ISIS contact about building homemade bombs.

Duncan and his wife tried to travel to Turkey in 2016 but were denied entry and returned to the U.S. At that point, he was interviewed by the FBI. Two days later, he deleted his Facebook account and changed his phone number.

Duncan was named as a U.S. contact by an ISIS supporter in custody overseas. The FBI also said Duncan gave advice on vetting questions to an undercover FBI agent posing as an ISIS recruit.

When agents showed up at his house in Sterling with a search warrant, he is said to have run out the back door, throwing out a bag with broken pieces of a thumb drive soaked in an unidentified liquid.
A relative reported that after he converted to Islam, he suspected Duncan had become radicalized.
https://clarionproject.org/virginia-man-suspected-planning-isis-attack/


Ryan Mauro – Radio Host!!!
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Ryan Mauro – Radio Host!!!
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 1, 2018 
Clarion’s very own National Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow Ryan Mauro takes to the airwaves to present an hour show for America Out Loud:


Ryan Mauro – Radio Host!!!
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Ryan Mauro – Radio Host!!!
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 1, 2018 
Clarion’s very own National Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow Ryan Mauro takes to the airwaves to present an hour show for America Out Loud:
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Has Terror Wrecked New Year’s Eve?
Home > World > Australia > Has Terror Wrecked New Year’s Eve?
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 31, 2017 
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‘Security Pens’ for Screening at Times Square – New York City

Unprecedented security measures will be undertaken in New York City to protect the festivities on New Year’s Eve when close to a million revelers are expected to gather around Time Square to watch the iconic ball drop at midnight.
Over a 22-block area, streets and parking garages will be closed. The area will be sealed off with blocker cars and sand trucks. Trucks will also be banned from neighboring avenues.
Access to the area will only be through 12 checkpoints manned with security teams bearing heavy weapons and specially-bred and trained bomb-sniffing (vapor wake) dogs.
The checkpoints will lead to pens. Revelers will be screened a second time while proceeding to the pens. No backpacks, large bags or umbrellas will be allowed.
With these security measures, not to mention temperatures expected to be 13 degrees Fahrenheit (-10.5 Celsius) and even lower due to the wind chill, it remains to be seen if the expected crowds will brave such conditions.
https://clarionproject.org/has-terror-wrecked-new-years-eve/
 

What Trump Needs to Do to Secure Syria, Iraq
Home > World > Iran > What Trump Needs to Do to Secure Syria, Iraq
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, December 28, 2017 
Clarion Project’s Shillman Fellow and National Security Analyst Prof. Ryan Mauro responds to the evacuation of civilians from Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, the refugee crisis and how Russia is trying to embrace both the Sunni Turkey-Muslim Brotherhood Islamists and the Shiite Islamists led by Iran.
https://clarionproject.org/trump-needs-secure-syria-iraq/
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Has Terror Wrecked New Year’s Eve?
Home > World > Australia > Has Terror Wrecked New Year’s Eve?
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 31, 2017  
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‘Security Pens’ for Screening at Times Square – New York City
Unprecedented security measures will be undertaken in New York City to protect the festivities on New Year’s Eve when close to a million revelers are expected to gather around Time Square to watch the iconic ball drop at midnight.
Over a 22-block area, streets and parking garages will be closed. The area will be sealed off with blocker cars and sand trucks. Trucks will also be banned from neighboring avenues.
Access to the area will only be through 12 checkpoints manned with security teams bearing heavy weapons and specially-bred and trained bomb-sniffing (vapor wake) dogs.
The checkpoints will lead to pens. Revelers will be screened a second time while proceeding to the pens. No backpacks, large bags or umbrellas will be allowed.
With these security measures, not to mention temperatures expected to be 13 degrees Fahrenheit (-10.5 Celsius) and even lower due to the wind chill, it remains to be seen if the expected crowds will brave such conditions.
‘Safe Zone’ for Women in Berlin
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Are We Witnessing the Next Revolution in Iran?
Home > World > Iran > Are We Witnessing the Next Revolution in Iran?
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 31, 2017 
Protests in Iran that began with frustration over the economic situation have snowballed into calls for an end to Islamic rule. Is the beginning of the end for the ayatollahs? Tune in below to Clarion Project’s podcast where Clarion’s Editor Meira Svirsky and David Harris debate the issue:
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 Is Extra Security Worth the Hassle?
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Is Extra Security Worth the Hassle?
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 31, 2017 
Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow Prof. Ryan Mauro discusses Disney’s decision to replace its “Do Not Disturb” signs with “Occupied” and requiring daily inspection of its hotel rooms in order to enhance security. Mauro talks about the line between wise security and privacy invasions and hassles.
WATCH FOX NEWS https://clarionproject.org/extra-security-worth-hassle/
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 The Roots of Radical Islam in 2017
Home > World > Egypt > The Roots of Radical Islam in 2017
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 31, 2017 
The Clarion team discusses ISIS, Saudi Arabia, Iran and much, much more in this video reviewing 2017. It was originally broadcast live on Clarion’s Facebook page.
WATCH https://clarionproject.org/root-radical-islam-2017/
 

Manhattan Bomber Trying to Radicalize Inmates In Prison
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Manhattan Bomber Trying to Radicalize Inmates In Prison
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Wednesday, December 27, 2017 
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Illustrative picture. (Photo: Farrokhi/Creative Commons)
The terrorist who injured 30 people in a bombing in Manhattan’s Chelsea district last year has been accused of attempting to radicalize other prisoners while incarcerated. In a letter written to Judge Richard Berman, acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim alleged Ahmed Khan Rahimi had provided other inmates with access to speeches by Osama Bin Laden and the late al-Qaeda ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki.
Rahimi also reportedly gave them “books on jihad, bomb-making instructions and issues of Inspire, the online magazine published by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” according to The New York Times.
The materials were stored on Rahimi’s laptop. One of those he is accused of sharing the extremist materials with is Sajmir Alimehmeti, who is charged with providing material support for a terrorist organization.
Rahimi allegedly handed over the materials at the Metropolitan Correction Center during Friday prayers. Guards searched his personal effects and found a list of the names and inmate numbers of other prisoners in on terrorism charges.
Rahimi will be sentenced on January 18. The Afghanistan-born New Jersey resident faces a possible life sentence.
Radicalization has been a problem in prisons for some time. Part of the problem is inmates radicalizing each other. France began separating radical prisoners from the rest of the population in October 2014, to prevent them from radicalizing other prisoners. However, in 2015, the Controller-General Adeline Hazan warned the policy may be making matters worse. Isolating terror suspects in a specific area risks having creating “time bombs.”
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‘Would You Like Dinner Before I Kill You?’
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Honor Violence > ‘Would You Like Dinner Before I Kill You?’
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, December 28, 2017 
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A pair of grisly honor killings have shocked even the most hardened in Pakistan, after a teenage couple in Karachi was tied down and repeatedly electrocuted for the crime of wanting to marry one other, The Guardian reported.
Ghani Rehman, 17, repeatedly asked for permission to marry Bakhtaja, 15, but was refused. The couple had known each other since childhood. Ghani was described as a hard-working, well-mannered young man who held down two jobs. When reporters tried to find out details about Bakhtaja, they were told by one of the men in the neighborhood, “If I knew, I would be dead, too” – a testimony to the areas conservative norms.
Not unusual in Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan where middle-class, secular values are the norm, this neighborhood was run by tribal customs.
Police, neighbors and relatives related the events that led to the killings, the brutality of which shocked even the most hardened citizens used to the unfortunately common occurrence of honor killings as well as severe domestic violence.
After the last refusal for permission to marry, the couple decided to elope. Reaching Hyderabad, three hours away, Bakhtaja received a phone from her father saying the families had changed their minds and would allow the two to return safely and marry.
And that may have been true at one point. The fathers of the couple originally agreed to a secret settlement (Bakhtaja’s father agreed to give Ghani’s father two of his daughters, a cow and money for the wedding). However, an older relative of Ghani, Sirtaj Khan, found out about the deal and demanded the couple be killed to set an example.
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What Trump Needs to Do to Secure Syria, Iraq
Home > World > Iran > What Trump Needs to Do to Secure Syria, Iraq
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, December 28, 2017 
Clarion Project’s Shillman Fellow and National Security Analyst Prof. Ryan Mauro responds to the evacuation of civilians from Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, the refugee crisis and how Russia is trying to embrace both the Sunni Turkey-Muslim Brotherhood Islamists and the Shiite Islamists led by Iran.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=207&v=hImICoevgK4

How Progressives Are Responding to Fuqra Candidate
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > How Progressives Are Responding to Fuqra Candidate
BY RYAN MAURO Thursday, December 28, 2017 
Tahirah Amatul Wadud
Tahirah Amatul Wadud (Photo: Video screenshot)
When Clarion Project broke the story about a congressional run in Massachusetts by an official from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Jamaat ul-Fuqra (which now uses the name of Muslims of the Americas or MOA), we pointed out that she casts herself as “unapologetically progressive.”
It is fascinating to see how progressives respond to the “progressive” candidacy of Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is running in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District against Rep. Richard Neal.
An articulate, likable, African-American female attorney who styles herself as a civil rights activist would normally be a formidable challenger in today’s anti-establishment atmosphere.
However, she and the organizations she serves have repeatedly espoused views that progressives condemn as anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi.
Fuqra & CAIR
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German ‘FBI’ Fears Rising Influence of Muslim Brotherhood
Home > World > Germany > German ‘FBI’ Fears Rising Influence of Muslim Brotherhood
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, December 28, 2017 
Khadr Abd el-Moty runs the Islamic Council in Berlin. He is the main coordinator of the European council for imams and preachers.
Khadr Abd el-Moty runs the Islamic Council in Berlin. He is the main coordinator of a council of European imams and preachers. (Facebook)
There is growing concern in the German intelligence community about the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood. The UK is said to be seriously considering designating the organization as a terrorist entity.
With some 2,700 operations across Germany and 40,000 members in just one of those organizations, the heavyweight of the world of political Islam is drawing increased interest from the government.

Germany and the UK are concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood, It’s time we were too.
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The level of apprehension about Muslim Brotherhood activities in Germany was summed up by Gordian Meyer-Plath a leading figure in the BfV, the country’s equivalent of the FBI. Back in February 2017 he warned:

“The Muslim Brothers still want to establish Sharia law in Germany.”

He gave an interview in December to Albawabh News in which he said the Brotherhood does not accept notions such as a free, democratic regime, gender equality and freedom of worship (Arabic link).

The Brotherhood makes it clear its agenda is to spread political Islam and the caliphate far and wide.

The Saxony region of Germany appears to be a particular target for the Brothers, “intensively” so in Dresden, Berne, Meizen, Leipzig, Gorlitz, Bautsen, according to Meyer-Plath. The organization is purchasing properties to build mosques and community centers at a fast rate. Part of the problem is that state organizations failed to provide resources for the massive wave of migrants over the last few years and the Brotherhood stepped into the void.
Since its real entrée to Germany in the ’90s, Albawabh News says the Brotherhood has expanded to include:
30 active societies
511 mosques
1,091 meeting places
2,137 societies
Among the movement’s operations in Germany are:
Ruiyah, the largest Brotherhood organization in the country with 40,000 members
The Islamic Council in Berlin. It is run by Khadr Abd el-Moty, the main coordinator of a council of European imams and preachers. He is one of senior figures in the international Muslim Brotherhood
The Islamic Center of Munich
The Islamic Center of Munich (Google Maps)
The Islamic Center of Munich. This is the central organization of the Brotherhood in Germany. It runs mosques and community centers across Western Germany. The Center is managed by Ahmad Khalifa, an expert in dawa (proselytizing)

Arresalah, the center for teaching Arabic and the Quran, based in Berlin. Under the leadership of Jaafar Abd e-Sala, the center spreads Brotherhood activity around the country and attracts children of immigrants via Arabic-language centers
The main women’s organization run from Bonn by Rashida Anaqzi, the head of the women’s division of the European association of Islamic organizations
The High Council of Muslim youth, run from Munich, is totally controlled by the Brotherhood

Germany and the UK are concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood, it’s time we were too.
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British ISIS Fighters in Turkey Threaten Europe
Home > World > European Union > British ISIS Fighters in Turkey Threaten Europe
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, December 28, 2017 
Three-hundred British ISIS fighters are believed to have escaped Syria and Iraq and are holed-up in Turkey.

The jihadis pose a particular threat to Europe during the holiday season after ISIS called for attacks on New Year’s Eve.

In a chilling video, ISIS called for “lone-wolf” attacks on celebrations, particularly on the banks of the River Thames where 250,000 people traditionally gather to watch fireworks heralding the new year.

Watch a clip of the ISIS video calling for attacks on New Year’s celebrations
London police are planning on making fixed entry points along the Thames this year, where bags and IDs will be checked.

The video, made by the terror group’s affiliate in Somalia, shows trains derailing, bombs exploding and other images of carnage interspersed with Westerners drinking alcohol, a substance forbidden by Islam.

Authorities warned revelers to be vigilant across Europe.

“The exodus [of British jihadis] began after Mosul [in Iraq] fell and continued after [ISIS] lost Raqqa [their self-declared ‘capital’ in Syria],” said Ciwan Xhalil, a Kurdish intelligence officer who serves as a liaison to Western intelligence agencies keeping track of their fighters, in an interview with The Times. “We have lots of French in our jails and scores of other nationals but we think most of the British have escaped.”
Earlier this year, the European Centre for Counterterrorism and Intelligence Studies reported that ISIS was active in refugee camps in Turkey brainwashing women and children into becoming suicide bombers in Europe.
Other media reports told of how ISIS pays smugglers to bring child refugees out of the camps to be drafted into their fighting forces.
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Qatar – Coup in the Offing?
Home > World > Qatar > Qatar – Coup in the Offing?
BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, December 26, 2017 
There are signs from Qatar that a coup may be in the offing as princes meet in the face of growing anger at the country’s ruler from the U.S. and Arab states.

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Christmas Attack in San Francisco Thwarted by FBI
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Christmas Attack in San Francisco Thwarted by FBI
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Sunday, December 24, 2017 
Pier 39 in San Francisco
San Francisco’s Pier 39 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/jjron)
An ex-Marine and convert to Islam was arrested in California for plotting a large-scale terror attack on San Francisco’s Pier 39, a popular tourist attraction.
Everitt Aaron Jameson, a 26-year-old tow truck driver who now goes by the name of Abdallah abu Everitt ibn Gordon al-Amriki, was trained as a sharp shooter, before being discharged from the Marines for failure to disclose his asthma.
Authorities began watching Jameson after a tip from an informant who told them he liked and loved pro-ISIS and pro-terrorism Facebook posts.
Jameson was planning a suicide mission on Christmas day, as urged by Islamic State in its latest communiques to supporters in the West.
An FBI affidavit filed December 22, 2017 stated:
“He had been there [to Pier 39] before and knew that it was a heavily crowded area. Jameson explained that he also desired to use explosives, and described a plan in which explosives could ‘tunnel’ or ‘funnel’ people into a location where Jameson could inflict casualties.”
He planned to continue shooting victims until he was killed.
Jameson tried to procure from an undercover FBI agent (whom he thought was a senior ISIS figure) an assault rifle and ammunition as well as materials to make a pipe bomb — tubing, nails, timers and remote detonators.
From a search of Jameson’s home, FBI officials found guns and ammunitions and a signed note from him saying, “I Abdallah [abu] Everitt ibn Gordon have committed these acts upon the Kuffar[non-Muslims], in the name of Dar al Islam [the Muslim world], Allahu Akbar! You’ve Allowed Donald J Trump to give away Al Quds [Jerusalem] to the Jews. Both You and he are wrong, it belongs to the Muslemeen [Muslims]. Long Live Isil [ISIS], Long Live Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi [ISIS’ self-styled caliph].”
In an unrelated incident, authorities are investigating a shooting rampage in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as a terror attack. Ahmed El-Mofty, 51, was shot and killed after he opened fire on multiple police officers December 22, 2017.
One policewoman was hit but is expected to make a full recovery. The shooting took place during rush hour traffic and continued into a residential neighborhood as police pursued the shooter.
El-Mofty was originally from Egypt and had recently made a trip to the Middle East.
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Sex Robot Convention Relocated After Terror Tip-Off
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 24, 2017 
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A sex robot convention pulled out of their venue last week after a tip-off it may be target for jihadi terrorists. The Third International Congress in Love and Sex with Robots was scheduled to take place at Goldsmiths University in London on December 19, 2017 but was relocated to a secret location.
“There were some threats that police had found from Muslim extremists,” co-founder of the conference Adrian David Cheok told The Daily Star Online according to The Daily Mail. “We took precautions because those groups are international. Robot sex is against the Muslim religion, it’s equated to homosexuality.”
The threats were reportedly handed over by Malaysian police officers.
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Inquiry Launched: Did Obama Give Hezbollah a Pass?
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 24, 2017 
Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon (Photo: Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)
U.S. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions ordered an investigation of law enforcement agencies after the release of a shocking report last week said the Obama administration squelched U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigations and arrests of Hezbollah agents to pave the way for his legacy nuclear deal with Iran.
The report, “The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook” published in Politico, alleged:
“In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States.
“The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities …
“When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests.
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A Holiday Message From Raheel Raza
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BY RAHEEL RAZA Sunday, December 24, 2017 
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It was the fifth year of Mohammad’s prophet-hood and his followers were being ruthlessly persecuted by his enemies. Prophet Mohammad advised a small group of Muslims to leave Mecca and take refuge in Abyssinia, where he knew the Christian king, known as Negus, was just and fair.
The group of Muslims under the leadership of Jafar escaped in the dead of night and made their way to Abyssinia, but as soon as their departure was discovered, mercenaries were sent to find them and bring them back to face torture and imminent death.
When the Muslims reached the court of the Negus, he asked them who they were and what they knew of Christianity and Jesus. Jafar read from the Quran the chapter on the birth of Jesus and said that Muslims are told to revere Jesus. He said that Christians are referred to as “people of the book” in the Quran.
It is recorded in tradition that Negus stepped down from his throne, and with tears in his eyes, he drew a line in the sand with his staff. Then he addressed the court and said, “The difference between us is as fine as this line in the sand and we are the light of the same candle.”
He then gave protection to the Muslims and did not allow them to be persecuted. If it had not been for his compassion and mercy, the Muslims would have been killed and Islam would not have taken root.
Today, the line that the Negus drew in the sand has become a wide gulf of misunderstanding and violence on part of Muslims.
Is this how we revere Jesus and show compassion and brother/sisterhood?
Last week, a suicide bomb and gun attack on a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta killed at least eight innocent worshipers and wounded dozens of others. The attack targeted Bethel Memorial Methodist Church as worshipers gathered inside to attend a Sunday midday service.
This is not the first time Christians have been targeted and attacked in Pakistan. It’s an ongoing tragedy, more so because the Christian community of Pakistan has always been peace-loving and benign. Despite the fact that they are treated as second-class citizens and given menial lowly jobs, they are loyal and loving to the country in which they live.
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Texas Imam Calls on Muslims to Kill Jews
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, December 21, 2017 
Imam Al Rousan gives a thundering lecture about how Muslims need to kill the Jews. (Photo: Screenshot from video)
A Texan cleric has become the latest American imam to call for Muslims to kill Jews. Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan, founder of the Tajweed Institute of Houston gave the incendiary speech at his mosque on December 8 that has just emerged.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated the video, which was shared and reported on by Algemeiner. 

Al-Rousan was objecting to President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move America’s embassy there.
“Judgment day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews,” Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan thundered, quoting a famous hadith (saying of the Islamic prophet Mohammed.) “The Muslims will kill the Jews, and the Jews will hide behind the stones and the trees, and the stones and the trees will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him, except for the Gharqad tree, which is one of their trees.”
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‘Obama Sacrificed America on the Altar of the Iran Deal’
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BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, December 19, 2017 
Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow Prof. Ryan Mauro reacts to the explosive Politico story about how the Obama Administration’s impeded counter-terrorism investigations into Hezbollah in order to protect the nuclear deal with Iran.
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Clarion Project's national security analyst and Shillman Fellow, Prof. Ryan Mauro, reacts to the explosive Politico story about the Obama Administration's impeding of counter-terrorism investigations into Hezbollah in order to protect the nuclear deal with Iran.
Mauro calls for congressional investigations into the Obama Administration's impeding of counter-terrorism investigations and prosecutions, noting that the same happened with Muslim Brotherhood, Tablighi Jamaat and other Islamist extremists.
Ryan Mauro: Americans Were "Sacrificed Upon the Altar of the Iran Deal"
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Fuqra Member Announces Run for Congress
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BY RYAN MAURO Wednesday, December 20, 2017 
Tahirah Amatul Wadud
Tahirah Amatul Wadud (Photo: Video screenshot)
The newest Democratic congressional candidate in Massachusetts, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, is a prominent official of not one but two Islamist groups: Jamaat ul-Fuqra and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Jamaat Ul-Fuqra, which now goes by the name of Muslims of America (MOA), is a jihadi cult that is currently under federal investigation. Amatul-Wadud has long been an advocate for Fuqra and serves as the group’s “general counsel.”
To find out more about this jihadi group, you can go to the website FuqraFiles.com, Clarion Project’s central database of information about this extremist group.
CAIR has been identified by the Justice Department as a Hamas-linked entity of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Clarion Project was the first to report on Amatul-Wadud’s political aspirations when she expressed her intentions to eventually become the governor of Massachusetts.
Now, the 44-year old attorney just announced that she’s running in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District, challenging Rep. Richard Neal, who has held the seat since 1988. The media coverage has focused on her status as an attorney in Springfield and that she is a four-year member of the Commission on the Status of Women.
Her campaign website says she will improve national security by “combating terrorism and supremacy in all its forms.” She also mentions criminal justice as one of her top concerns.
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Iran Unveils Ballistic Missile Undetectable by Radar
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, December 20, 2017 
Iran unveils the Zulfiqar ballistic missile that reportedly is not detectable by radar (Photo: Fars News Agency)
Iran officially introduced a new ballistic missile the Islamic Republic says is not detectable by radar. Ballistic missiles can be used to deliver nuclear warheads.
The missile, dubbed the Zulfiqar, was unveiled December 17, at the Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency.
According to Shiite tradition, the Zulfiqar was the legendary sword of Ali ibn Abi Talib given to him by Islam’s prophet Mohammed, his cousin and son-in-law. Ali was also the fourth caliph of Islam and the first imam of Shiite Islam. According to tradition, the sword was given to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel.
The missile’s range is reportedly between 435-466 miles (700-750 kilometers) and uses solid, conventional fuels. It is 29 feet (8.86 meters) long with a two-foot diameter (61 centimeters) and weighs 992 pounds (450 kilograms).
The missile is part of the generation of Fateh missiles, which Iran claims are highly accurate and can negate electronic waves used to divert missiles from their targets.
The missile was used by the Revolutionary Guards to destroy ISIS sites in Deir ez-Zor  in Syria in June.
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New Terror Groups Poised to Take Over From ISIS
Home > World > Iraq > New Terror Groups Poised to Take Over From ISIS
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, December 20, 2017 


Political analysts commenting in Iraqi media have cautioned that at least four jihadi groups in the country are poised to take over from the defeated Islamic State.
The terror groups are mainly operating in the areas south of Kirkurk and the northern part of the Diyala region. Sources have also not negated the possibility that al-Qaeda is resurfacing in Iraq and that these new groups are part of al-Qaeda.
The foothold these groups are acquiring has been made possible mainly by the withdrawal of Kurdish forces in the Kurdistan region. Armed Kurdish units were forced to withdraw by the overpowering Iraqi army in the aftermath of the Kurdish vote for independence at the end of September 2017.
Fighting alongside the Iraqi army were the Popular Mobilization Forces, or Hashd al-Shaabi, Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite militias hostile to the Kurds. The militias entered areas where sizable parts of the population were Shiite and burned the houses of the Kurds, causing the Kurds to flee.
American experts, who are also aware of the situation on the ground, warn that these new terror groups are no less dangerous than ISIS. At present, these groups are conducting attacks almost daily at checkpoints and small army bases in the region in addition to perpetrating numerous kidnappings on the roads.
The groups are:
A-Rarat al-Bida (dubbed “The White Flags” by locals and the media)
The White Flags are recognizable as they travel by horse as well as motorcycles and four-by-four jeeps. They are reportedly led by a Salafi Kurd named Asi Kawali, who used to be part of ISIS. 
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Cleric: Men Without Beards Arouse ‘Improper Thoughts’
Home > World > Turkey > Cleric: Men Without Beards Arouse ‘Improper Thoughts’
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, December 20, 2017 
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A beard. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
A Turkish Islamic preacher warned that men without beards “cannot be distinguished from women” and therefore might provoke men to be attracted to them, according to Hurriyet Daily News.
Murat Bayaral made the remarks to the private religious TV station Fatih Medreseleri on Saturday, December 19, 2017.
“Men should grow beards. [Beards are] one of the two body parts that separate men from women,” he said.
“For example, if you see a man with long hair from afar, you may think he is a woman if he does not have a beard. Because nowadays, women and men dress similarly. God forbid! You could be possessed by indecent thoughts.”
Islam has a very negative view of homosexuality, which may explain why the cleric was so desperate to avoid having impure thoughts.
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Linda Sarsour Supervised My Sexual Assault’
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, December 18, 2017 

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Islamist apologist and self-styled “feminist” Linda Sarsour has been accused of “supervising” the sexual assault of another Muslim woman.

Asmi Fathelbab, a private contractor who worked under Sarsour for a year at the Arab American Association, provided a harrowing testimony of her experience for The Daily Caller.

Fathelabab recounts how she came to Sarsour after being repeatedly sexually assaulted by a Muslim man who lived in the same building as the Arab American Association. Sarsour called her a liar, saying that the Muslim man was God-fearing, told her to stop complaining and threatened to write her up for disciplinary action.

Sarsour further regularly body-shamed Fathelabab, saying that “something like this didn’t happen to women who looked like me” and threatened legal action against Fathelabab if she went public with the story.

A number of other women who worked with the Arab American Association corroborated the story and said it wasn’t the first time they had heard a complaint like this against Sarsour.

One woman, who worked for the Arab American Association for 12 years, said, “It’s always going to be the woman’s fault over there. And Sarsour was there to protect the men. She’s not for other women. The only women she’s for is for herself.”

“Sarsour is only a feminist outwardly,” another witness said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Her interactions toward women in that building were atrocious. She would protect the patriarchy and in return they would promote her.”
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Cleric Warned Clarion of Bangladeshi Extremists in NY
Home > World > Bangladesh > Cleric Warned Clarion of Bangladeshi Extremists in NY
BY RYAN MAURO Monday, December 18, 2017 
Police in NYC respond to the bombing of the Port Authority Bus Terminal
Police in NYC respond to the bombing of the Port Authority Bus Terminal (Photo: BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
The attempted suicide bombing at the Port Authority in New York by a Bangladeshi ISIS supporter dominated the media last week, but we can’t say we weren’t warned. All the way back in 2012, a cleric in New York from Bangladesh warned the Clarion Project about the emerging threat in New York from Bangladeshi Islamists.

Unsurprisingly, the Port Authority attacker and his family members attended radical mosques, the kind that the Bangladeshi imam warned us about.

Imam Qazi Qayyoom, a self-described “moderate and liberal Sufi-Sunni imam” who leads the Muhammadi Center in Jackson Heights of New York, first came to our attention when he joined a pro-NYPD rally to show the media that the Islamists bashing the police do not represent most Muslims.

He spoke of how Bangladeshis chose him to be the leader of the Elmhust Islamic Center in Queens, but radicals opposed his strong response to Islamism after the jihadist attacks of September 11, 2001. Social and financial pressure and then physical threats forced him to leave his post in 2004. He then formed the small Muhammadi Community Center.
The pressure didn’t stop. He explained:
“I’m still facing problems from radical-minded Muslims, imams and their supporters in different ways because, in my view, more than 80% of Muslims in the USA are directly or indirectly involved with the Masjids [mosques], centers or groups backed by Jamaat-e-Islami. They are taking advantage of the freedom of religion and non-profit benefits of this country. They collect money through their organizations in the name of helping people abroad, but nobody knows where the money is going.

The problem is that sometimes our officials do not know who is who. For their fundraising purpose, they can do anything. The Muslim radicals are so smart that they do not use the name Jamaat-e-Islami but rather, a meaningful name that means something good so that the officials or Muslims can believe them as good Muslims.”
The bomber’s ties to radical mosques in Brooklyn & Jersey City
The terrorist, Akayed Ullah, attended Masjid Nur al-Islam in Kensington, Brooklyn. As mentioned elsewhere, the NYPD Intelligence Division had five people mentioned on a list of “most dangerous” terrorism suspects that were linked to the mosque, according to documents cited in a 2013 book. Ullah moved to the U.S. in 2011 and he first showed signs of terrorist intentions in 2014.
Ullah was a close associate of the imam who was forced to quit in August because of an embezzlement scandal. He “deceitfully” took control of the mosque and retained ownership, according to local Muslims in a report found by reporter Edwin Mora.
The mosque used to be funded by the Saudi government as part of its promotion of the radical Wahhabist form of Islam. The imam at that time, Gulshair Muhammad al-Shukrijumah, was under counter-terrorism surveillance and was a character witness for Rodney Hampton-El, a participant in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Hampton-El was also reportedly a member of the Jamaat ul-Fuqra group that now operates under the name of Muslims of the Americas.
The imam’s son, Adnan Shukrijumah, became a top al-Qaeda terrorist who was hunted as the “next Mohammed Atta” for years until he was killed in December 2014 in Pakistan.
Ullah’s brother, Ahsan, attends a radical Jersey City mosque, Masjid al-Salaam, which used to have the “Blind Sheikh” responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing as a guest lecturer.
The Bangladeshi teacher’s prescient warning about ‘seditious’ Islamism
Qayyoom warned about the dangerous consequences of such seditious mosques, regardless of whether they are directly advocating or facilitating specific terrorist plots on American soil.
Of those he specifically warned about were Jamaat-e-Islami, the parent organization of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim Brotherhood entities known as the Islamic Society of North America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Ullah’s family instantly went to CAIR after he tried to set off his bomb, whereupon they issued an outrageous and offensive statement bashing law enforcement.
Qayyoom said:
“These are the misguided groups backed by Jamaat-e-Islami and their allies like the Islamic Circle of North America and the Islamic Society of North America. Muslims who want real peace must reject them. They often hire newly-converted Muslims who don’t know how dangerous they are. My suggestion to all new converts is to not join these groups. Freedom of religion does not mean you should join a harmful group like them… 
… Any Islamic religious ideas backed by Jamaat-e-Islami will not bring peace, but sedition. The whole Muslim world must reject them and come back to the real Sufi-based moderate and liberal Islam on which the Muhammadi Center was established.” 
Indeed, the Islamic Circle of North America’s guidebooks for its members are outwardly seditious, advocating deception, infiltration of American society and all kinds of manipulations that betray its “moderate” presentation.
If only the warnings of Muslims like Qayyoom and Raheel Raza (and their non-Muslim colleagues) were listened to, instead of the Islamists who drown out their alerts with false cries of “Islamophobia.”
https://clarionproject.org/clarion-warned-bangladeshi-extremists-ny-2012/


DC Cop on Trial for Supporting ISIS
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Monday, December 18, 2017 
Nicholas Young dressed in Nazi attire (left) and Islamic garb (right)
Nicholas Young dressed in Nazi attire (left) and Islamic garb (right) (Photo: U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia)
A former Washington, D.C. transit cop is on trial under accusations that he tried to provide material support to ISIS.
Muslim convert Nicholas Young, 36, from Fairfax, Virginia was the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2010. Young, who is the first police officer to face terrorism charges in the U.S., was arrested in August 2016 after he bought Google Play gift cards that he thought he was giving to ISIS recruits to download encrypted messaging apps.
However the man who he gave the gift card codes to, “Mo” as he was known to Young, was really an FBI informant. Young thought Mo had traveled to Syria to fight for ISIS.
“Inshallah more cards will come your way. Many sting operations and set ups in the area.” Young wrote to Mo.
Prosecutors also showed the jurors pictures of Young and Mo at a FedEx Office store where they set up email accounts to communicate with each other when Mo would be in Syria.
Young, himself, traveled to Libya two times in 2011. He wrote to Mo describing how he had joined the al-Qaeda linked “Abo Salem Suhada Brigade” (Abu Salim Martyrs Brigade), which at the time were trying to overthrown Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.
Although defense attorneys argued that Long was entrapped, copies of The Book of Jihad and issues of al-Qaeda’s Inspire Magazine were found downloaded on Young’s computer before he met another FBI informant (“Khalil Sullivan”) in December 2010.
Young also associated with Islamist extremists including  Zachary Chesser (who was sent to prison for 25 years in prison in 2011 for threatening the writers of the comedy  show “South Park” for a Mohammed cartoon character and trying to support the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab), Farouque Ahmed (sentenced in 2011 for planning attacks on the D.C.-area metro stations) and Amine El-Khalifi (who pleaded guilty in 2012 to planning a suicide bombing attack on the U.S. Capitol).
Long was also a known Nazi supporter and affectionado, as Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gibbs told the jurors in the trial, explaining to them the “areas of convergence between Nazism and Islamist militancy.”
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ISIS-Inspired Oklahoma Beheader Gets Death Sentence
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > ISIS-Inspired Oklahoma Beheader Gets Death Sentence
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 17, 2017 
Alton Nolen
Alton Nolen (Photo: mug shot)
A judge in Oklahoma handled down a death sentence to Alton Nolen, an ISIS-inspired Muslim convert who beheaded a co-worker and critically stabbed another in September 2014.
Nolen, 33, was reportedly obsessed with watching Islamic State beheading videos and was inspired by the brutal terror group.
During his trial, Nolen’s lawyers argued he was mentally ill and he believed he was doing the right thing because of his delusional misinterpretations of the Quran.
However, prosecutors took exception, saying Nolen knew right from wrong before the attack. While hospitalized after the attack, Nolen confessed to the attacks, saying he didn’t “regret it at all” and “oppressors don’t need to be here.”
He repeatedly pleaded guilty and asked to be executed, but the judge initially refused to accept his plea.
The attack happened the day after Nolen was suspended from his job at a food processing plant in Moore, Oklahoma for “personnel issues” (among them allegedly saying he didn’t like white people). He left the plant and returned with a knife which he used to perpetrate the attack.
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Why Did Nazareth Cancel Then Uncancel Christmas?
Home > World > Palestinian Authority > Why Did Nazareth Cancel Then Uncancel Christmas?
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Saturday, December 16, 2017 
Christmas in Nazareth
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Nazareth, a city in Israel most famous for being the birthplace of Jesus, announced it would cancel all Christmas festivities this year. The stated reason, according to the Muslim mayor, is in protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.
“Our identity and faith aren’t up for debate,” Mayor of Nazareth Ali Salam said at a Thursday press conference. “The decision has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year.”
Tens of thousands of people normally travel to the city for Christmas, where lights and festival displays are put on.
Some people are blaming this on Trump. Left-wing outlet Alternet, for example, ran the headline “Jesus Christ’s Hometown of Nazareth Just Canceled Christmas Because of Trump.”
This is a flagrant misrepresentation of what happened. The Muslim mayor of Nazareth chose to damage his own city’s economy and stifle the religious expression of a minority just because the president of a different country made a symbolic declaration about Jerusalem that changed nothing on the ground.
And that certainly is not Trump’s fault.
It is a classic play, attempting to gain the sympathy of the world by deliberately inflicting suffering on your own people for a political purpose. Yet, the ruined Christmas of the people of Nazareth would have been solely the fault of a selfish and spiteful decisions made by their own leaders.
However, it seems that the mayor came to his senses. The mayor relented and told the media that festivities will be happening as usual. Presumably, he bowed to factions that were none too happy about the economic ramifications of banning the city’s most popular tourist attraction.
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Mauro: Port Authority Terror May Lead to Political Scandal
Home > World > Bangladesh > Mauro: Port Authority Terror May Lead to Political Scandal
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, December 14, 2017 
Prof. Ryan Mauro, Clarion Project’s Shillman Fellow, talks to Heather Childers about the Bangladeshi terrorist who tried to bomb the Port Authority in NY.

He predicts there will be a major political scandal in the coming days if it is discovered that the bomber and his family have links to a Bangladeshi extremist group known to operate in New York. The Bush and Obama Administrations stopped the unit that helped vet immigrants for links to Tablighi Jamaat.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=18&v=OhCNeMkO7gI
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Where’s My Day of Rage?
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, December 14, 2017 

Young Muslim extremists engage in an anti-Semitic riot in Paris, France, in 2014. (Photo: Reuters)
On Friday December 8, an imam in New Jersey took to his pulpit and called on Allah to wipe out all Jews. He prayed that Allah would “Count them one by one, and kill them down to the very last one.”

In a just world, this would be unacceptable. It would elicit swift and harsh condemnation from the rest of the Muslim community leadership. Especially since this is the third time an imam has led such a call from the pulpit of a mosque in America this year.

Yet left wing darling Linda Sarsour failed to address these concerns in her recent highly-controversial speech appearance in a panel discussion about anti-Semitism at the New School. Instead both she and the other panelists used the event to argue that calling out Muslim and left-wing anti-Semitism only serves to distract from the real enemy – white supremacists and the alt-right.

This is a laughable claim. Yes the far-right remains anti-Semitic. But they simply do not enjoy the kind of political and numerical clout that Islamists do. All over the world, Islamist leaders incited their followers into public displays of rage against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for three such “days of rage.” Whatever you think of Trump’s decision (or the president in general), it is worth remembering two things: 1) the statement changed nothing on the ground and explicitly left the final borders up to a negotiated settlement between the two parties 2) the move is being used to incite hatred and violence against Jews around the world.
A kosher restaurant was smashed in Holland and in Sweden a synagogue was firebombed. 
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Did Life Just Get Better for Saudi Women?
Home > Political Islam > Worldwide > Islamism in Government > Did Life Just Get Better for Saudi Women?
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, December 14, 2017 
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Poll Results: Should Radical Islam Be Criminalized?
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Poll Results: Should Radical Islam Be Criminalized?
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, December 13, 2017 
Islamic State foreign fighters
Islamic State fighters (Photo: ISIS Propaganda video)
earlier this week we asked if you think radical Islam should be criminalized?
We posed the question after we heard of such a law being proposed in Bulgaria designed to weed out radical Islam and its promoters in their country.
The law would criminalize the promotion of radical Islam, including the advocating for violent jihad, a caliphate or sharia law.
The law would also make criminal promoting any ideology of violence or the replacement of the nation’s laws or constitution. It would also outlaw the “forcible application of religious principles, ”promoting a “[violent] sacred war against non-Muslims” and “agitating for the creation of an Islamic State [i.e., caliphate].”
Here are the results of our poll in which we asked you: Should the U.S. criminalize the promotion of radical Islam? Some of you comments follow.
91.6 percent said: Yes, promotion of an ideology that advocates the replacement of the U.S. Constitution with sharia law is treason.
5.7 percent said: Only if the promotion of radical Islam includes advocating violent jihad.
2.7 percent said: No, until violence is committed, the promotion of radical Islam is protected under the constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech.
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US to Give Lebanese Army $120m
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, December 14, 2017 
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The United States will give the Lebanese army $120 million in aid, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard announced December 13.
The aid includes “six MD 530G light attack helicopters, six Scan Eagle drones, and communication and night vision equipment,” as reported by Middle East Eye.
America has long worried that the Syrian Civil War will spill into Lebanon and destabilize the country. There is also the problem of Hezbollah. Originally an Iranian-backed terrorist group established to fight Israel, Hezbollah is now part of the government of Lebanon as well as a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Citing fears over Hezbollah’s influence, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned last month while in Saudi Arabia, prompting speculation he was forced to resign by the Saudi government. His stated reason for resigning was that Hezbollah had taken over the country and he feared for his life.
However, Hariri withdrew his resignation a week ago and will continue to serve as prime minister.
There is also the risk of another war between Hezbollah and Israel. Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz warned Israel will “return Lebanon to the stone age” in the event of a war.
Since Hezbollah is part of the Lebanese government, Israel views all state institutions as legitimate targets in the event of a war with Hezbollah.
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Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Uprising Against US
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, December 11, 2017
Filipino students burn a mock US flag and a photo of US President-elect Donald Trump during a rally in front of the US embassy in Manila on November 10, 2016.
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The Muslim Brotherhood has effectively declared war on the United States (Arabic link):
The Muslim Brotherhood is launching today a solidarity call with all Palestinian factions and Islamic movements to ignite an uprising throughout the Islamic world against the Zionist occupation and the American administration in support of the occupation and against the rights and freedoms of the peoples.
The last “uprising” some 15 years ago resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians – Christians, Jews and Muslims.
Join us today in calling for the Muslim Brotherhood to be designated as a foreign terrorist entity.
While the Brotherhood issued the statement in the wake of President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital a week ago, the organization has been fomenting anti-American, pro-sharia sentiment for some time.
Clarion Project is closely following Muslim Brotherhood activities on Capitol Hill, across the United States and beyond.
There are growing concerns about the strong ties between the Brotherhood, ISIS and al-Qaeda.
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Should Citizens Have to Fight Terrorists Themselves?
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Monday, December 11, 2017
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Second Lt Kaitlin Daddona drills with her boxing training partner on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Illustrative photo: US Air Force/Senior Airman Michael Reeves.)
Police in New South Wales, Australia, warned nightclubs, restaurants, shopping centers and sports grounds they need to train staff to confront possible terrorists. Specifically “front of house” staff such a bartenders, cleaners and waiters need to know what to do if a terrorist strikes.
The advisory came ahead of planned celebrations for New Years Eve and in light of the arrest of Somali-Australian Ali Khalif Shire on suspicion of planning an ISIS-inspired attack. He is charged with attempting to obtain a semi-automatic rifle with intent to shoot innocent partygoers in Melbourne’s Federation Square.
“Frontline staff need to understand the plans (for a possible attack),” Senior Sergeant Rob Fleischer said, according to The Daily Mail. “A lot of times, it’s not going to be us (police) who are going to be dealing with the first five minutes. The first five minutes is front of house staff.”
Those staff need to be trained in how to react and how to help patrons escape, police said.
Those receiving training should include “ushers, people who take money at checkouts, cleaners, security … there’s a whole range,” Inspector Peter Aitken clarified.
It has not been reported if the police intend to provide such training or if individual establishments will be expected to conduct it on their own.
Other options like deploying extra police to the streets are unlikely to significantly reduce police response time. France, for example, deployed 10,000 soldiers to the streets in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks that killed 17 people in January 2015. In May of that year, President Francois Hollande announced 7,000 of those soldiers would remain permanently.
Yet there are a vast number of potential “soft targets” in any given city — pizza parlors, nightclubs, bars, cafes. It is ludicrously impractical for police or even the army to have an armed guard at every door. The numbers of servicemen required and the cost of deploying them are simply prohibitive.
The solution proposed by New South Wales police is also the preferred solution of military analyst William Lind, who laid out his position in a 2015 piece for the American Conservative titled “The Logic of a Modern Militia.”
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Questions to Ask Yourself About Radical Islam
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Monday, December 11, 2017
In this era of fake news, clarity matters. When propagandists working for the Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist-aligned groups are intentionally trying to blur the meanings of words and misrepresent facts, it is vital to be clear about what you want, what your red lines are and what you are willing to compromise on. This will enable you to argue better and have more productive conversations both on and offline about this issue.
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Will Iran’s Expansionist Scheme Fail?
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BY RAHIM HAMID Monday, December 11, 2017
Iranian-back Houthi fighters in Yemen.
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Iran’s theocratic regime, which has maintained power domestically via brutal oppression for over four decades, is continuing its devastating expansionist policies across the Middle East, paying no heed to the bloody results of its subversive policies.
The fallout from Iran’s policies is not limited to the terrible destruction in those regional nations where the regime has established a foothold, but also seems to be wreaking havoc on the Iranian state itself.
Iran’s regime and the entire country are isolated, exhausted, and militarily and financially stretched to their limit.
Recent indications suggest the regime’s regional clout is waning, with the proxy militias starting to fall out among themselves. Failure on the ground and rising public discontent among local populations (including the large minority populations) make it impossible for them to follow through with Iran’s political program.
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What You Need to Know About Turkey’s President Erdogan
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, December 7, 2017
A easy-to-read-fact sheet about Turkey’s Islamist and extremist president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Should the US Criminalize Radical Islam?
Home > World > Bulgaria > Should the US Criminalize Radical Islam?
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 10, 2017
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An innovative law being proposed in Bulgaria may provide a model for Western democracies to weed out radical Islam and its promoters in their midst.
The law, which amends the criminal code and passed the first reading in the parliament, criminalizes the promotion of radical Islam, including advocating for violent jihad, a caliphate and sharia law, Breitbart reported.
The law makes promoting any ideology of violence or promoting the replacement of the nation’s laws or constitution criminal. It also criminalizes the “forcible application of religious principles, ”promoting a “[violent] sacred war against non-Muslims” and “agitating for the creation of an Islamic State [i.e., caliphate].”
The law is not meant as an attack on the religion of Islam but rather addresses the extremist Islamist ideology, Bulgarian MP Boris Yachev told Breibart.
“Radical Islam is a particularly aggressive and dangerous ideology that justifies violence and the murder of [infidels],” Yachev said, adding that the ideology also excused “slavery and genocide” as a “systemic policy.”
As of 2017, Bulgaria’s Muslim’s account for 15 percent of its total 7.1 million population, one of the largest percentages in Europe. In October, Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said in a speech, “It turns out that problems [with radical Islam] we see in a number of European countries already exist in Bulgaria.”
Karakachanov blamed “extremely liberal” laws for the proliferation of radical Islam in the country as well as “financing by private structures of religious communities.”
Do you think the U.S. (or your country) should pass a similar law? Make your voice heard in our poll:
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How Millennials Need to Get Us Out of the Radical Islam Mess
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > How Millennials Need to Get Us Out of the Radical Islam Mess
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Sunday, December 10, 2017
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(Illustrative photo: Flickr)
A recent Clarion Project article outlined how the Baby Boomer generation got the world into the mess of radical Islam through:
making the Saudis rich by filling up their cars with the kingdom’s oil, while the mullahs gleefully used the money to export their extremist brand of Islam to all corners of the earth,
creating and propping up jihadis to stick it to the Communists, and
inventing political correctness by promoting the morally bankrupt idea of cultural relativism in college campuses in the ‘70s.
While it is quite true that successive governments elected by Baby Boomers put these factors in place that generated radical Islam, it is equally true that the millennials are now its willing executioners.
Radical Islam, like any other political movement, needs fuel to keep its engine running. Unfortunately, the “disaffected” millennials have been all too eager to staff its ranks and carry out its murderous program for humanity.
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15 Years for Florida Mosque Vandal
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Anti-Muslim Bigotry > 15 Years for Florida Mosque Vandal
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 10, 2017
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A man in Florida was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for vandalizing a mosque in central Florida.
In an incident that was caught on camera, Michael Wolfe, 37, smashed the windows and lights of the mosque with a machete and left bacon there. He will spend an additional 15 years on probation after release.
He pleaded guilty to criminal mischief to criminal mischief to a place of worship. His sentencing entails a hate crime enhancement and the fact that he was a habitual offender.
The incident took place in January 2016.
In 2016 there were 127 instances of anti-Muslim assault and 144 instances of anti-Muslim intimidation, according to Pew Research.
Clarion Project strongly condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in all its forms. Read our full statement.
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Radical Islam Behind Global Spate of Anti-Semitism
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 10, 2017
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Attack on a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam (Photo: Video screenshot)
Around the world, anti-Semitism peppered protests against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that Washington recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In Berlin, protesters could be hear chanting, Khaybar Khaybar ya Yahud (“Khaybar, Khaybar o’ Jew”), a reference to the battle of Khaybar where Jews surrendered to Muslims.
The Transatlantic Institute, the European branch of the American Jewish Committee, tweeted:
“Torching stars of David, flying terror flags, and chanting “Khaybar Khaybar ya Yahud” go far beyond criticism of President Trump‘s #Jerusalem decision. It‘s straight-up anti-Semitic intimidation. #Berlin”
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UK’s Foreign Minister Nails the Problem of Islamist Terrorism
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Sunday, December 10, 2017
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s just delivered a speech on the problem of Islamist terror that hit many right notes. The address, on December 7, named the ideology driving the extremism, called out Arab dictatorships who are deliberately enabling terror for their own ends and debunked the myth this is all the fault of Western foreign policy.
Here are Clarion’s top five takeaways:
1.He defined the problem
In a line reminiscent of President Trump, Johnson defined the war on terror in stark terms of “winning” against an ideological enemy.
“It is a struggle not against a religion but an idea, a perverse ideology.”
He defined the ideology as a religiously-based idea that offers a powerful emotional solution to feeling alienated, powerless, humiliated and afraid – a violent path of holy redemption.
“It is a very ancient idea, and common to virtually all religions – including Christianity – that any kind of worldly setback (military defeat, political humiliation, even economic decline) must be the mark of some divine disfavour. For thousands of years, human beings have postulated that the correct response must be to propitiate the Gods or God by some act of piety.”
In Islam, this impulse manifests itself in jihadism.
Prospective jihadists “are told that if only they will turn to this extreme and violent theology then all their troubles will be gone and their lives turned upside down. And suddenly the world around them that had previously seemed to be alienating and intimidating now seems itself to be contemptible and corrupt; and deserving of reform by the application of their holy rage,” Johnson said.
2.He underscored that Muslims are the principle victims of terrorism.
“Who are the principal victims of this global disease?” Johnson asked. “It is not Westerners, in spite of the recent increase in terrorist attacks. The number of global terrorist victims has risen from 3,361 in the year 2000 to 25,673 in 2016; and the overwhelming majority of those victims, 98%, were innocent Muslims living in Muslim countries.”
He appealed to all peoples opposed to jihadism to find a sense of shared mission, rather than viewing the conflict as a problem that “the West” has with a faction of Islam.
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Why Radical Islam Is the Baby Boomers’ Fault
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Millenials get a bad rap for being lazy entitled snowflakes who can’t take criticism or do a hard day’s labor. We also are criticized for pandering to Islamist sensibilities out of our misplaced desire for political correctness. Well, hold my avocado toast, old timer, because I need to explain some things to you.

This is your fault.

No, not you specifically (don’t get cranky), but the fault of baby boomers in the aggregate. You’re the generation that’s held power since the late ’60s (sorry Gen X, you never quite rocked the boat enough to get attention). Don’t get upset you didn’t know any better. You just weren’t paying attention and now we’re here, with terrorist attacks a possibility anywhere and at any time.
So here’s how the baby boomers set us up for radical Islam.
1.You Made the Saudis Rich by Buying All Their Oil
Since the 1970s, the government of Saudi Arabia has been spending money like a sailor on shore leave to fund extremism around the world. It’s estimated they’ve spent somewhere in the region of $100 billion funding their ultraconservative brand of Islam worldwide — paying for schools, mosques and extremist literature. All that money to support ideas that women are worth less than men, that gay people and apostates should be killed, etc.
But where did they get the money? Boomers gave it to them. Your thirsty little cars guzzled the stuff down like there was no tomorrow and you made no effort to invest in different sources of power.
By contrast, millenials have a significantly lower rate of car ownership than previous generations and are far more likely to support alternative sources of energy.
2.You Propped Up Extremists to Screw the Communists
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French Halal Shop Forced to Close For Not Serving Pork
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, December 7, 2017
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Illustrative picture of a large ham. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
A French halal food shop has been forced to close down for not selling pork and alcoholic beverages.
The Good Price mini-market in the town of Colombes is owned by a public rent control organization (called an HLM office) run by the city of Colombes and its mayor, Nicole Gueta. It was rented by a shopkeeper who stocked it with almost exclusively halal products, prompting a lawsuit.
“This is a case that may seem unique but is still quite simple,” the lawyer for the HLM office François Meyer told Breitbart. “Colombes gave a lease to the company Good Price and, in the clauses of the lease, is inserted a mention for this business to be a general shop.”
According to them, a general food shop includes selling alcohol and pork products. Lawyers for the Good Price mini-market argued that alcohol “is not part of the general diet. It is called compliment, so there are no obligations.”
The court agreed with the city of Colombes. Good Price has been ordered to shut down and to pay 4,000 euros for legal fees.
The case is highlights several complex aspects in the debate over integration and Islamism. The first is the legal aspect, the second is societal and the third is interpersonal.
Legality
In legal terms, a lease is a contract between two people or entities and can be subject to whatever restrictions are agreed upon by the parties involved.
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Poll Results: Flying the ISIS Flag on Campus
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Thursday, December 7, 2017
Yesterday, we posted a video showing how American college student at the University of California, Berkeley reacted to someone on campus waving the American flag and then the ISIS flag.
If you missed the video, you can watch it below.
Then we asked for your reactions in a poll. Here are the results:
Say “Heck. It’s a student prank” and walk on –1.8 %
Think it’s a terror attack and run away/attack the flag bearer –7 %
Call the police and report this as incitement — 47.4 %
Call the college authorities to complain — 23.2 %
Photo the incident and post to social media with your comments on the issue — 15.4 %
Think it’s a political protest and it’s their Constitutional right — 5.2 %
Here are some of your comments:
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Canada Now Mum on FGM for New Citizens
Home > World > Canada > Canada Now Mum on FGM for New Citizens
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, December 7, 2017
Canada recently removed condemnations of “barbaric cultural practices” like honor killings and female genital mutilation from the study guide used to for the Canadian citizenship exam. Watch Member of Parliament Michelle Rempel challenge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on these changes (Trudeau responds):
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MP Michelle Rempel questioning Justin Trudeau about plans to remove the listing of ‘female genital mutilation’ (FGM) as a harmful practice from the Canadian Citizenship Guide. The Government has named November 25 - December 10 as the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence”. Michelle is asking you to help her stop this by sending Trudeau a message.
Here’s how you can help:
1) Email Ahmed.hussen@parl.gc.ca and tell him not to remove labeling FGM a harmful practice from the Canadian Citizenship Guide;
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Muslim Activist: Political Correctness Fuels Extremism
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Muslim Activist: Political Correctness Fuels Extremism
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Sheikh Usama Hasan. (Photo: Screenshot from video)
Sheikh Usama Hasan. (Photo: Screenshot from video)
One of Britain’s leading experts in counter extremism has warned excessive political correctness is inadvertently increasing religious extremism, reported the Evening Standard. Forcing people not to talk about it leaves the vulnerable unable to address the causes of Islamic extremism and without adequate counter-arguments.

Dr. Usama Hasan is head of Islamic studies at the Quilliam Foundation, a counter extremism think tank which advises governments and publishes top-tier research on the roots of Islamic extremism. He is a noted theologian and has faced death threats from extremists for his stance on evolution.

Hasan made the remarks at the Turing House School during an event called Votes For Schools to encourage debate among young people.

“Stifling debate is dangerous. We know these ignorant or dangerous views exist, but if you ignore them they don’t go away,” Hasan said. “They fester. People feel a sense of frustration that they don’t have the freedom to express their views, which can lead to even more extreme views.”

“I disagree with no-platforming and safe spaces for universities. They are adults not children. There is a middle ground between political correctness going too far and the other side of the coin which is inciting hatred. You have to balance the two.”

Read Clarion Project’s interview with Dr. Usama Hasan here.Muslim Activist: Political Correctness Fuels Extremism
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Muslim Activist: Political Correctness Fuels Extremism
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Sheikh Usama Hasan. (Photo: Screenshot from video)
Sheikh Usama Hasan. (Photo: Screenshot from video)
One of Britain’s leading experts in counter extremism has warned excessive political correctness is inadvertently increasing religious extremism, reported the Evening Standard. Forcing people not to talk about it leaves the vulnerable unable to address the causes of Islamic extremism and without adequate counter-arguments.




Dr. Usama Hasan is head of Islamic studies at the Quilliam Foundation, a counter extremism think tank which advises governments and publishes top-tier research on the roots of Islamic extremism. He is a noted theologian and has faced death threats from extremists for his stance on evolution.
Hasan made the remarks at the Turing House School during an event called Votes For Schools to encourage debate among young people.
“Stifling debate is dangerous. We know these ignorant or dangerous views exist, but if you ignore them they don’t go away,” Hasan said. “They fester. People feel a sense of frustration that they don’t have the freedom to express their views, which can lead to even more extreme views.”
“I disagree with no-platforming and safe spaces for universities. They are adults not children. There is a middle ground between political correctness going too far and the other side of the coin which is inciting hatred. You have to balance the two.”
Read Clarion Project’s interview with Dr. Usama Hasan here.https://clarionproject.org/sheikh-dr-usama-hasan-perseverance-and-courage/
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Supreme Court OKs Trump Travel Ban
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BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, December 5, 2017
A woman wearing an Islamic head covering protests Trump's temporary travel ban in front of the U.S. Supreme Court
A woman wearing an Islamic head covering protests Trump’s temporary travel ban in front of the U.S. Supreme Court (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Trump’s latest iteration of his travel pause will go fully into effect following a ruling from the Supreme Court. The court granted a request from the administration to allow the temporary ban to go into effect while legal battles continue in lower courts.
The decision passed with two dissenting voices from Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayer.
Trump has long promised to temporarily restrict immigration from countries where chaos and terrorism is widespread in order to protect the American people from potentially importing dangerous radicals.
The travel ban impacts citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela, who will now, with some exceptions, no longer be able to enter the United States.
Critics of the pause call it a “Muslim Ban” since six of the countries on the list are Muslim majority. Lawyers opposed to the ban argue it unfairly singles out Islam as a faith and therefore violates the First Amendment.
The travel ban has gone through three iterations since January when it was first unveiled. Versions one and two were pulled following judicial opposition. Federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii blocked parts of the ban in October.
This version of the ban is indefinite, but is not intended to be permanent.
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How ISIS Has Changed Christmas
Home > World > France > How ISIS Has Changed Christmas
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, November 30, 2017
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ISIS issues a threat against Times Square at Christmastime. (Photo: SITE Intelligence Group)
ISIS threatened to attack Times Square during the Christmas season. The above image of Santa Claus perched on a roof next overlooking the iconic New York City tourist spot next to a box of dynamite was accompanied by the words, “We meet at Christmas in New York…soon.” The image was sent out through encrypted messaging apps.

The terror group also threatened to attack European cities during the Christmas season, circulating the following image with writing in English, French and German saying, “Soon on your holidays.”
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Viagras Cartel Releases ISIS-Style Beheading Video
Home > World > Mexico > Viagras Cartel Releases ISIS-Style Beheading Video
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 3, 2017
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A victim of a drug-related execution in Mexico. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)
Mexican drug cartels have adopted one of the most gruesome execution methods of Islamic State to terrorize opponents: beheadings.
In an ISIS-style video, members of the Viagras cartel beheaded a rival hitman in the western Mexican state Michoacan. After taping his “confession,” the man was bent backwards over a block of wood and his head was sawed off with a carving knife.
The video was posted to social media with a warning to the rival cartel.
The Daily Beast reports there have been dozens of beheadings this year. In fact, it has become the “signature move” for drug cartels to terrorize their rivals as well as local populations and law enforcement agencies.
“The heightened frequency of cartel execution via head-chopping is no coincidence. Fragmentation of established cartels has caused conflict between newer crime groups to grow ever more ferocious. Warring capos have in turn come to rely on decapitation as a tool of psychological warfare aimed at breaking the will of their opponents,” writes the news outlet.
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Potential Justin Bieber Concert Attacker Found Guilty
Home > Political Islam > Worldwide > Movements > Potential Justin Bieber Concert Attacker Found Guilty
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 3, 2017
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Pop star Justin Biebler performing at a concert in Manhattan. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
A UK teenager was convicted of preparing an ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in the Welsh capital the day of a Justin Bieber concert, the Independent reported.
The 17-year old, whose name could not be released for legal reasons, was radicalized online. The teenager wrote a letter detailing his plans to ram a car through crowds in Cardiff and then attack emergency services attending to the victims.
“I am a soldier of the Islamic State and I have attacked Cardiff today because your government keep on bombing targets in Syria and Iraq,” said the letter, which was written by hand.
“There will be more attacks in the future,” it continued.
The teenager was arrested with a concealed gutting knife and claw hammer. The letter featured bullets point reading “run down the non-believers with a car” and “strike the infidels, who oppose Allah, in the neck.”
The letter concluded, “In the name of Allah, may terrorism greet your country. May there be more bomb and vehicle attacks with Allah’s permission.”
Authorities say possible targets included the concert as well as Castle Quarter (a shopping district), New Theatre (a prime venue for children’s shows), the Capitol Shopping Centre and the Central Library.
An Islamist suicide bombing in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert by 22-year old Salman Abedi in May 2017 killed 23 and wounded 512. Abedi’s homemade bomb was packed with shrapnel for maximum damage.
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Reports: Israel Bombs Iranian Base in Syria
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 3, 2017
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An Israeli F-16 (Photo: Alexey-Goral/Wikimedia Commons)
Israel’s air force reportedly bombed a military target thought to be an Iranian military base outside Damascus, Syria December 2. The hit was reported by Arab media outlets. An arms depot was destroyed in the strike, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Iran is a staunch ally of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and provided him with military and financial assistance during the long Syrian civil war.
Arabic media reported the target was an Iranian military base 9 miles south of Damascus and just 30 miles from the Israeli border that was revealed by the BBC three weeks ago. It is the first time reports have emerged of Iran establishing a permanent base in Syria.
“At half past midnight [2230 GMT Friday], the Israeli enemy fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a military position in Damascus province,” Syria’s state SANA news agency reported, according to The Times of Israel.
An account on the Telegram messaging app linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps reported that 12 Iranians were killed in the strike, according to Lebanon’s Al-Mustaqbal TV and the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya network.
Israel repeatedly warned it will not allow Iran to develop a military presence in Syria. Iranian leaders have long threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.” In June 2017, demonstrators set up a countdown clock to Israel’s destruction in the center of the capital Tehran.
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German Christmas Market Evacuated as IED Found
Home > World > Germany > German Christmas Market Evacuated as IED Found
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 3, 2017
Potsdam Christmas market in 2014. (Photo: Iwan Gabovitch/Creative Commons)
Potsdam Christmas market in 2014. (Photo: Iwan Gabovitch/Creative Commons)
A Christmas market in the German city of Potsdam was evacuated December 1 after police found an improvised explosive device (IED) nearby. The market was re-opened a day later with increased security.
Police in the state of Brandenburg reported the device was delivered to a pharmacy in Potsdam. An employee called the police after opening the package and discovering an IED inside.
Police officers defused it three hours later. The device contained nails, wires and batteries but no detonator. It is not currently known who sent the IED.
“We just don’t know at this point if this was a device that could have actually exploded, or a fake, or a test,” Interior Minister for Brandenburg Karl-Heinz Schröte told media. Police are carrying out an investigation into who is behind it.
ISIS threatened to attack European cities during the Christmas season, circulating the following image with writing in English, French and German saying, “Soon on your holidays.”
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ISIS Calls for Attacks on American Kids
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, November 30, 2017
ISIS has called for attacks against kindergartens in the US in retaliation for Syrian airstrikes
ISIS called for attacks against kindergartens in the U.S. in retaliation for Syrian airstrikes. (Illustrative Photo: Pixabay)
ISIS is calling for attacks on American children in revenge for U.S. airstrikes that killed Syrian children, Newsweek reported.
Communicating on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, one ISIS supported texted, “I wish that I could travel to Europe or America or Australia and, by Allah, burn their children with oil in place of their men and women. I would not choose a market, club, shopping center, or park…no…no…no…I would choose a kindergarten and a maternity hospital to slaughter them.”
The message, which originated from the pro-ISIS media group the al-Qastantiyyah Foundation, was a call for “lone wolf” attacks in the West.
“ISIS has made numerous justifications of killing children, stating in issue five of its Rumiyah magazine: ‘One should not grieve over the collateral killing of kafir [infidel] women and children’,” Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence group, told Newsweek.
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Will Afghanistan Be the Next Home Base for ISIS?
Home > World > Afghanistan > Will Afghanistan Be the Next Home Base for ISIS?
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, December 4, 2017
As ISIS gets roundly defeated in Iraq and Syria, its operations have gotten stronger in Afghanistan. Will this conflicted country be the future home of the next “caliphate”? Quite possibly.
Take a look at our infographic below and get updated on the current situation in Afghanistan.
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Muslim Women’s Rights in the UK Going Down the Tube
Home > World > UK > Muslim Women’s Rights in the UK Going Down the Tube
BY SOHAIL RAZA Monday, December 4, 2017
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A billboard in Birmingham, England (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
On November 19, 2017 I accompanied my wife, Raheel Raza, to London, England. My aim was to visit Piccadilly Circus, enjoy Christmas lights on Oxford Street, check out a pub or two, visit family and watch women from the Persian Gulf shop exhaustively while my wife was at meetings.

All this was not to be as I was invited to give a talk on a man’s perspective on sharia-related issues that have gone horribly wrong in the UK.

Here, I met and heard stories of the survivors and victims of sharia-related abuse. Tina (not her real name) was married through a sharia council, but the marriage was never legally registered, as seems is the norm. Later her husband divorced her, the sharia council says they have no record, and now she is in limbo as she has nowhere to go while her kids have been taken away from her.
Roma is in a very abusive marriage and wants a divorce, but since her marriage is not legal (again not registered), she can’t move on with her life. These were only few of the stories I heard.
The next day was the launch of the Channel 4 documentary “The Truth about Muslim Marriage.” This documentary only reiterated the extent of the problem facing Muslim women.
As a Muslim man, I find it appalling that over 85 sharia councils have been allowed to exist in UK for as long as they have and have not done an iota of good for the three million Muslims of the UK.
Knowing well that patriarchy and misogyny exist in our communities, these councils have been allowed to entrap women, keep polygamy alive and deprive women from their basic human rights.
I also heard the story of Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham (where the scandal of grooming and rape of British girls took place). Champion quit her frontbench role as the opposition minister for women and equalities after a backlash for saying, “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.”
Its time Britain woke up from its slumber. Unless the Western world realizes this soon, the lights of Oxford Circus and Piccadilly will turn into the darkness of ignorance and the nightmare for women will continue.
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‘Despite Peace Talks, War in Syria Will Get Worse’
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, December 4, 2017
Clarion Project’s Shillman Fellow & National Security Analyst, Prof. Ryan Mauro, appears on I24 (at 5:30 in the video) to discuss the new round of peace talks in Syria and why he believes the situation is about to get worse, despite the defeat of ISIS.
Ryan Mauro: Despite Peace Talks, Syria About To Get Much Worse
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Imam Calls for Death Penalty for Radicals
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, December 4, 2017
Islamic State jihadis
Islamic State jihadis (Photo: video screenshot)
A prominent imam in Uzbekistan has called for the death penalty for Muslims who join radical groups, saying it would act as a deterrent.
“We should reserve punishments for them like the ones they have in Islamic states,” Shermurov Togai, a well-known imam in Tashkent said in a Facebook status, according to EurasiaNet.org. “We cannot spare the enemies of our religion and people who are hampering our freedom. They have become accustomed to free accommodation in prison, with free food and all the services for free.”
Togai since deleted his comments, citing a barrage of complaints and comments criticizing him.
“I remember the early 1990s, when the Soviet Union collapsed and racketeering and mafia began to flourish in Uzbekistan. In those days, [then president] Islam Karimov introduced capital punishment and these things disappeared, and criminality and stealing cars came to an end,” Togai told EurasiaNet. “Well, I thought if we brought in the death penalty for people who have gone astray and joined Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Islamic State, then maybe the number of people in those groups would stop growing.”
Although the death penalty has not been legal in Uzbekistan since 2008, the country is described by the CIA World Factbook as “highly authoritarian.” Togai himself was described in EurasiaNews as being part of “an older generation of religious figures in Uzbekistan given to ultra-orthodox views about religion and the role of women in private life.”
Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international Islamist movement that aims to re-establish a caliphate and implement sharia as state law, but advocates peaceful means to reach that goal. ISIS has already declared a caliphate and implemented sharia as state law using violence.
MORE https://clarionproject.org/imam-calls-for-death-penalty-for-radicals/

ISIS and Hizb ut-Tahrir are both banned in Uzbekistan.
Why Bosnia Matters
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Monday, December 4, 2017
An exhumed grave of victims of mass murder in Srebrenica. (Photo: Adam Jones/Creative Commons)
An exhumed grave of victims of mass murder in Srebrenica. (Photo: Adam Jones/Creative Commons)
Croatian war criminal Slobodan Praljak killed himself by drinking poison in court last week after his guilty verdict was upheld. His conviction and death brought back into the limelight the violent break up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, which set the stage for the modern jihadi movement.
The Bosnian war saw the U.S. and its allies make mistakes that left thousands of Muslim civilians dead, undermined Western legitimacy and enabled the consolidation of the (then nascent) jihadi movements that went on to wage war against the West around the world.
What Happened?
The war was a three-way conflict fought in Croatia and Bosnia between Serbs, Croats and Bosnians. Despite the involvement of NATO forces, under the leadership of President Bill Clinton, Western powers did not prevent ethnic cleansing. Serbian and Croatian forces killed or expelled Bosnian Muslims living within Serbian and Croatian enclaves inside Bosnia.
Praljak, along with five others Croatian leaders, was convicted for participating in the ethnic cleansing and genocide of Bosnian Muslims which took place during the 1990s. Most notoriously, Serbian forces under General Ratko Mladic killed 8,000 Bosniak men and boys over a four-day massacre in the town of Srebrenica, the worst massacre on European soil since the Holocaust.
Why Does it Matter?
More than 25 years later, that conflict still impacts Muslims around the world. Besides radicalizing an entire generation, it also remains an open grievance for many. Any successful attempt to tackle questions of how radical Islam came to be so powerful has got to be honest about this war. Here are three reasons Bosnia still matters.
1.It showed the impotence of international institutions to prevent war crimes
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Trump Retweets Posts by Group That Wants to Ban Islam
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, November 30, 2017
Leader of Britain First Paul Golding (right) with deputy leader Jayda Fransen (left).
Leader of Britain First Paul Golding (left) with deputy leader Jayda Fransen.
President Trump has caused controversy again, this time by retweeting posts made by a far-right British organization called Britain First.
Trump retweeted three videos from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First. The videos were entitled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches,” “Muslim destroys a statue of Virgin Mary” and “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death.”
It is not known if the videos are authentic.
Britain First is vociferously anti-Islam. The policies section of its website states that the group wants to:
“Disbar followers of the Islamic ideology from holding public office.”
“Introduce a comprehensive ban on the religion of ‘Islam’ within the United Kingdom. This ban will include the prohibition of halal slaughter, sharia courts, religious publications (such as the Koran, Hadiths), the operation of mosques, madrasas and ‘cultural centres’ and the public preaching and/or teaching of Islamic scriptures and doctrines.”
“Introduce a prohibition on the use of Islamic face coverings in public, such as the Burka.”
“Anyone found to be promoting the ideology of Islam will be subject to deportation or imprisonment.”
These positions are profoundly unconstitutional in the U.S.
Britain First was formed in 2011 by a splinter faction of the British National Party. Their platform includes a complete halt to all immigration to the UK and a pledge to “restore Christianity as the bedrock” of the UK. They have no seats in the UK parliament and extremely limited support.
Fransen herself was convicted of religiously-aggravated harassment in 2016 while on a so-called “Christian Patrol.” Fransen reportedly hurled abuse at a Muslim lady wearing a hijab in front of the woman’s four young children. She told the woman that Muslim men force Muslim women to cover up “because they cannot control their sexual urges,” and “that’s why they are coming into my country raping women across the continent.”
Trump’s tweets have prompted a furious backlash, including from many who are active in opposing radical Islam.
Melanie Phillips, author of Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State Within, slammed the tweets as “beyond stupid, reckless and reprehensible.”
This is because Britain First is a dangerous organization.
“Trump has given an enormous boost to a group that should be treated as totally beyond the pale,” Phillips said. “Although campaigning against Islamic extremism, intolerance and religious fascism is not just acceptable but necessary, some groups which do so are totally unacceptable because they themselves promote extremism, intolerance or fascism. Britain First is squarely in that category.”
Shireen Qudosi, director of Muslim Matters at America Matters, who herself voted for Trump and vocally supported the president, said, “Tweets like this coming from our president only reinforce accusations against him of nationalism and Muslim hate.”
“Britain First dehumanizes through nationalism and race in the same way religious extremists dehumanize through theology,” Qudosi added. “It is that much harder for Muslims to fight organizations like CAIR and Muslim fanaticism across the world when the U.S. president is pushing far-right, anti-Muslim propaganda videos.”
It is vital that those who seek to challenge Islamism make a very clear distinction between two things:
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Ex-ISIS Wife in US Speaks Out
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Tania Georgelas (Photo: video screenshot)
Tania Georgelas is from London. Born to Bangladeshi parents she became increasingly radicalized while in high school. She met John Georgelas, an American convert to Islam originally from Texas, online. He would later go on to become a senior leader in the Islamic State terrorist group, an ideologue who pushed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to declare a caliphate.
When John met, Tania he was living in Damascus studying Arabic. He flew to London in 2003, and they married in a secret Islamic ceremony before leaving to live with his parents in Plano, Texas.
The pair bonded over their extremist ideology and had four children together.
But Tania became increasingly disillusioned with moving between Syria, England, America and Egypt. When John wanted to move to Syria she protested. They entered Syria for the last time in 2013 where John became involved with ISIS. Tania left with the children a few weeks later and moved to Plano, Texas, to live with John’s parents.
She now attends a Unitarian church in Dallas. She divorced John and is engaged to a man who works in IT. Tania lost custody of her children, who are now living with John’s parents. She now seemingly lives a normal live as a suburban American woman.
In the following video, Tania spoke to the BBC, explaining her journey and how she now wants to work against the ideology she once espoused.
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Canadian PM, Opposition Leader Clash Over ISIS Returnees
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, November 29, 2017
What to do with returning ISIS fighters from your country who spent time in Syrian or Iraq? This question caused a storm in the Canadian parliament this week when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clashed with opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer in the house.
WATCH VIDEO PM Trudeau Destroyed by Andrew Scheer 'Rehabilitation Returning Combatants https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=107&v=oPMQP-VbZ8g
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US to Aid Christian Militias, Refugees Directly
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > US to Aid Christian Militias, Refugees Directly
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, November 26, 2017
Leaders of the Syriac Military Council, a Christian force that is part of the US- backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighting ISIS
Leaders of the Syriac Military Council, a Christian force that is part of the US- backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighting ISIS. These forces have also asked for aid from the U.S. (Photo: Courtesy)
In a major victory for the defense of Christians in the Middle East, Congress recently passed a bill that calls for direct aid to the Christian units operating in the Nineveh Plains.
Up to now, the Christian forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga have both faced chronic shortages in equipment and funding, as most aid was sent to Iraq’s central government.
An amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act calls on Iraq to ensure “defense equipment and material are getting to Sunni, Kurdish and Christian groups, including the minority groups of the Nineveh Plain,” and that “the U.S. should provide arms, training, and appropriate equipment to vetted elements of the Nineveh Plain Council.”
A total of about $1.3 billion is budgeted for military aid to Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Christian groups for 2018.
The shift represents accelerated progress since the release of Clarion Project’s FaithKeepers movie, which kicked off a groundswell of public engagement for protecting minorities in the Middle East.
When Rep. Jeff Fortenberry offered a similar amendment to last year’s defense bill, it was rejected. This year’s legislation containing the language now awaits President Donald J. Trump’s signature, having cleared both the House and Senate.
In another sign of change, the defense bill’s final version saw the removal of preconditions that the $345 million in aid for the Kurdish Peshmerga is contingent upon “participation in the government of a unified Iraq.”
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ISIS Calls for Attacks on American Kids
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, November 30, 2017
ISIS has called for attacks against kindergartens in the US in retaliation for Syrian airstrikes
ISIS called for attacks against kindergartens in the U.S. in retaliation for Syrian airstrikes. (Illustrative Photo: Pixabay)
ISIS is calling for attacks on American children in revenge for U.S. airstrikes that killed Syrian children, Newsweek reported.
Communicating on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, one ISIS supported texted, “I wish that I could travel to Europe or America or Australia and, by Allah, burn their children with oil in place of their men and women. I would not choose a market, club, shopping center, or park…no…no…no…I would choose a kindergarten and a maternity hospital to slaughter them.”
The message, which originated from the pro-ISIS media group the al-Qastantiyyah Foundation, was a call for “lone wolf” attacks in the West.
“ISIS has made numerous justifications of killing children, stating in issue five of its Rumiyah magazine: ‘One should not grieve over the collateral killing of kafir [infidel] women and children’,” Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence group, told Newsweek.
The threat comes amid Russian airstrikes at the beginning of the week on Al-Shafah a town located in eastern Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (based in the UK) said 53 people were killed in the strikes, including 21 children.
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Croatian War Criminal Kills Himself In Court
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, November 30, 2017
A Croatian general who was found guilty of war crimes against Bosnian Muslims killed himself (see video below) during a court session as his sentence was handed down.
Slobodan Praljak, 72, was one of six Bosnian-Croatian generals sentenced in 2013 for war crimes over their roles in persecuting Bosnian Muslims during the civil wars of the 1990s that followed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. His offenses took place from 1992-1994.
Praljak was a former assistant defense minister of Croatia and commander of the Croatian Defense Council. In that capacity, he was part of Croatian President Franjo Tudjman’s plan to build an ethnically-cleansed mini-state within Bosnia free of Bosnian Muslims called Herzeg-Bosnia.
Wednesday’s trial was his final chance at appeal. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. “Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. I am rejecting your verdict with contempt,” he shouted to the court, before drinking a vial of poison after the guilty verdict was upheld during a court session at The Hague.
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Journalist Tells Personal Story of FGM: a ‘Massacre’
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, November 30, 2017
Egyptian journalist Rabab Azzam tells her personal account of being a victim of FGM (female genital mutilation) at age 13. She relates the physical pain, the humiliation and her rebellion and desire for revenge against her family afterwards, saying her family “denied me the right to be a full woman.” The story aired on Egyptian TV:MEMRI
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Trump Retweets Posts by Group That Wants to Ban Islam
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, November 30, 2017
Leader of Britain First Paul Golding (right) with deputy leader Jayda Fransen (left).
Leader of Britain First Paul Golding (right) with deputy leader Jayda Fransen (left).
President Trump has caused controversy again, this time by retweeting posts made by a far-right British organization called Britain First.

Trump retweeted three videos from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First. The videos were entitled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches,” “Muslim destroys a statue of Virgin Mary” and “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death.”

It is not known if the videos are authentic.

Britain First is vociferously anti-Islam. The policies section of its website states that the group wants to:

“Disbar followers of the Islamic ideology from holding public office.”
“Introduce a comprehensive ban on the religion of ‘Islam’ within the United Kingdom. This ban will include the prohibition of halal slaughter, sharia courts, religious publications (such as the Koran, Hadiths), the operation of mosques, madrasas and ‘cultural centres’ and the public preaching and/or teaching of Islamic scriptures and doctrines.”
“Introduce a prohibition on the use of Islamic face coverings in public, such as the Burka.”
“Anyone found to be promoting the ideology of Islam will be subject to deportation or imprisonment.”
These positions are profoundly unconstitutional in the U.S.

Britain First was formed in 2011 by a splinter faction of the British National Party. Their platform includes a complete halt to all immigration to the UK and a pledge to “restore Christianity as the bedrock” of the UK. They have no seats in the UK parliament and extremely limited support.

Fransen herself was convicted of religiously-aggravated harassment in 2016 while on a so-called “Christian Patrol.” Fransen reportedly hurled abuse at a Muslim lady wearing a hijab in front of the woman’s four young children. She told the woman that Muslim men force Muslim women to cover up “because they cannot control their sexual urges,” and “that’s why they are coming into my country raping women across the continent.”

Trump’s tweets have prompted a furious backlash, including from many who are active in opposing radical Islam.

Melanie Phillips, author of Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State Within, slammed the tweets as “beyond stupid, reckless and reprehensible.”

This is because Britain First is a dangerous organization.

“Trump has given an enormous boost to a group that should be treated as totally beyond the pale,” Phillips said. “Although campaigning against Islamic extremism, intolerance and religious fascism is not just acceptable but necessary, some groups which do so are totally unacceptable because they themselves promote extremism, intolerance or fascism. Britain First is squarely in that category.”

Shireen Qudosi, director of Muslim Matters at America Matters, who herself voted for Trump and vocally supported the president, said, “Tweets like this coming from our president only reinforce accusations against him of nationalism and Muslim hate.”

“Britain First dehumanizes through nationalism and race in the same way religious extremists dehumanize through theology,” Qudosi added. “It is that much harder for Muslims to fight organizations like CAIR and Muslim fanaticism across the world when the U.S. president is pushing far-right, anti-Muslim propaganda videos.”

It is vital that those who seek to challenge Islamism make a very clear distinction between two things: One is having a solutions-oriented conversation about radical Islam, which is much needed and which sections of the politically-correct left have attempted to silence. The other is targeting all Muslims as monolithically threatening and using concerns about Islamism to stoke racial tension. The second will only make things worse and must be strenuously opposed.
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See Clarion Project’s full statement on Anti-Muslim Bigotry. https://clarionproject.org/anti-muslim-bigotry-6494/


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Anti-Muslim Bigotry
“No idea is above scrutiny, no people beneath dignity” – Maajid Nawaz
Anti-Muslim bigotry is prejudice against Muslim individuals. It is not to be confused with critique of the political ideology of Islamism, nor with theological objections to the religion of Islam. It is a separate phenomenon in which the negative feelings people harbor against Muslims lead them to insult, assault, or even kill people of the Muslim faith or from Muslim backgrounds, because of that person’s Muslim identity.
There have been spikes in hate crimes against Muslims after every major terrorist attack, including most recently after the Paris attacks in November 2015.

Attacks include :

· Online insults and cyberattacks

· Verbal harassment, including the use of specific slurs

· Vandalism of mosques, Islamic centers, schools and other community institutions

· Physical assaults

· Murder of Muslims

There is never an excuse to attack another person because of their faith or their perceived faith. There have been several cases of Sikhs and other minority groups attacked because they were mistaken for Muslims. Racism plays into anti-Muslim bigotry because of the perception that all Muslims are brown-skinned and all brown-skinned people are Muslim.

On September 15 2001, Sikh man Balbir Singh Sodir was shot and killed at a gas station in Arizona by a man named Frank Roque, who explicitly went out to “kill a Muslim.”

He was thought to be the first backlash casualty of 9/11.
Attacking ordinary Muslims not only punishes innocent people for the actions of their co-religionists, but it plays into the hands of extremists, by enabling the Islamic State and others to portray the conflict as one of Islam vs everyone else.
Defeating Islamism ideologically cannot be done by smearing all Muslims.
Every time an attack is perpetrated against ordinary Muslims or Muslims are attacked monolithically in the media this creates more recruiting material for the Islamist narrative. They can then sell the lie that Muslims will always be hated by non-Muslims and play on the fears of the Muslim community.
Anti-Muslim bigotry is both morally wrong and tactically stupid and for both those reasons has no place in the fight against Islamism.
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Poll Results: Should GITMO Artwork Be Displayed?
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Part of the exhibit of artwork of the GITMO detainees
Part of the exhibit of artwork of the GITMO detainees
Here are the results of our reader poll about the controversy surrounding an art exhibit of paintings by Guantanamo Bay detainees who are suspected al-Qaeda terrorists.
The paintings are being displayed and sold in an exhibit at John Jay College, a publicly-funded institution in New York City. A catalog about the exhibit made by the college does not mention the background of the artists.
The Department of Defense demanded the college destroy the artwork. Further, the lawyer for the detainees says because of the controversy surrounding the exhibit, any future artwork made by GITMO prisoners “would not be allowed out of the prison…and would be incinerated instead.”
Previous artwork made by Guantanamo Bay detainees was released to their family members after it was approved for transfer by prison authorities.

Poll Results
The artwork represents freedom of expression. The exhibit should be left alone: 19%
The artwork glorifies terrorism. It should be destroyed: 38%
The artwork shouldn’t be displayed but should not be destroyed: 43%
Your Comments
“Man what a problem to have! You think prisoners held by these Islamic countries would be supplied with materials and allowed to produce art?” “The terrorists should not be able to make money off of it. Next, the families of the 9-11 terrorists will be vending glorification of 9-11 at the Ground Zero Mosque if they aren’t profiting already … It is a sadistic attempt to paint the terrorists as regular people with issues. If not for their issues see how nice they are … NOT.”
“Would we display artwork from Hitler [or] any SS member?” “‘Freedom of expression’ for prisoners? … Loss of freedom is, or at least should be, inherent in imprisonment. Prisoners shouldn’t have rights to freedoms that law abiding citizens enjoy. The idea that terrorists are busy “creating” while imprisoned is absurd in itself. The displaying and selling of such “art” is further absurdity.
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ISIS Video: Crucified, Amputated, Decapitated
Home > Terrorism > ISIS Video: Crucified, Amputated, Decapitated
BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, November 28, 2017
ISIS may be in decline in Syria and Iraq but its barbarism continues elsewhere. In this video, Islamic State crucifies, amputates and decapitates an alleged spy as a child watches and then stands victoriously on the head of the executed prisoner.

Clarion Project occasionally publishes these videos to remind the world of the evil that is ISIS. We in no way condone these videos, rather we believe they serve as a wake-up call to Americans and other Westerners about the true threat of jihadism.

WARNING: This is an extremely graphic video
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Ex-ISIS Wife in US Speaks Out
Home > Terrorism > Ex-ISIS Wife in US Speaks Out
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Tania Georgelas
Tania Georgelas (Photo: video screenshot)
Tania Georgelas is from London. Born to Bangladeshi parents she became increasingly radicalized while in high school. She met John Georgelas, an American convert to Islam originally from Texas, online. He would later go on to become a senior leader in the Islamic State terrorist group, an ideologue who pushed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to declare a caliphate.
When John met, Tania he was living in Damascus studying Arabic. He flew to London in 2003, and they married in a secret Islamic ceremony before leaving to live with his parents in Plano, Texas.
The pair bonded over their extremist ideology and had four children together.
But Tania became increasingly disillusioned with moving between Syria, England, America and Egypt. When John wanted to move to Syria she protested. They entered Syria for the last time in 2013 where John became involved with ISIS. Tania left with the children a few weeks later and moved to Plano, Texas, to live with John’s parents.
She now attends a Unitarian church in Dallas. She divorced John and is engaged to a man who works in IT. Tania lost custody of her children, who are now living with John’s parents. She now seemingly lives a normal live as a suburban American woman.
In the following video, Tania spoke to the BBC, explaining her journey and how she now wants to work against the ideology she once espoused.
MORE https://clarionproject.org/ex-isis-wife-speaks/


Florida Man Gets 25 Years for Attempted Bombing
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Florida Man Gets 25 Years for Attempted Bombing
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Aventura-Turnbery Jewish Center; inset: James Medina
The Aventura-Turnberry Jewish Center; inset: James Medina (Photo: Google Maps; handout)
A Florida man who was was planning to bomb a synagogue on a Jewish holiday was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
James Medina, 40, who also goes by the name of James Muhammad, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted religious hate crime.
Medina converted to Islam close to four years ago. After his arrest, he told investigators he wanted to make the attack look like it was committed by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and expressed his desire to become a martyr. He had recorded a video making threats and saying goodbye to his family and friends.
“I am a Muslim and I don’t like what is going on in this world. I’m going to handle business here in America. Aventura, watch your back. ISIS is in the house,” he reportedly said in the video.
Medina was arrested through an undercover operation by the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force. Authorities began watching him after noticing he was spouting anti-Semitic views. They subsequently picked up conversations he had about attacking the Aventura-Turnberry Jewish Center in Florida through a confidential source.
Medina expressed anti-Semitic views and reportedly studied the center to determine the most deadly way to attack it.
MORE https://clarionproject.org/florida-man-gets-25-years-attempted-bombing/


‘My Husband Wants to Radicalize Our Son’
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Child Abuse > ‘My Husband Wants to Radicalize Our Son’
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, November 29, 2017
(Illustrative photo: OpenClipArt.org)
(Illustrative photo: OpenClipArt.org)
In the first case of its kind, a New York mother is requesting sole custody of her children to prevent their father from radicalizing them, the New York Post reported.
Nabila Albargouthy and her husband Isam are divorcing after Isam began attending a conservative mosque and began making demands Nabila could not live with.
Now, Nabila says, “My deep concern is that he is radicalizing a beautiful, young, innocent mind; a fragile child.”
The petition to the court relates that one day at school, students said to her son that Jesus is God. The boy responded, “No — Allah is God and [Allah] is different because I would die for my God and they would not die for their God.”
After the boy made the remarks, his principal called the police, who got in touch with the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Speaking to his mother, the boy also said that when he is older, he is “going to have a cabinet full of guns.”
Nabila and Isam are both immigrants from the Middle East and American citizens. “During most of our relationship, up until 2007, [Isam] was pleasant, open-minded and allowed me to be myself,” Nabila said in the court filing.
However after that time, Isam began demanding Nabila dress more modestly and stop exercising. He told his son that he should stop playing the saxophone and taking part in school plays, telling his son those activities were against their religion.
In addition, the petition says the father told his son, “We are different than Americans. We do not socialize with them.”
Although the couple has two children, an 11-year-old son and an 18-year-old daughter, the father has only seen his son since the two separated.
Although courts normally do not intervene in religious issues having to with the upbringing of children, Nabila’s lawyer said, “…if you make a showing that the religious upbringing is detrimental to the child’s well-being, they do intercede.”
MORE https://clarionproject.org/husband-wants-radicalize-son/


5 Cases of Christian Persecution
Home > World > Egypt > 5 Cases of Christian Persecution
BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Military officers being rounded up and arrested in Erdogan's post-coup sweep; inset: Paster Andrew Brunson
Military officers rounded up and arrested in Erdogan’s post-coup sweep. (Photo: video screenshot); inset: Paster Andrew Brunson (Photo: family)
1.Andrew Brunson is an American pastor who has lived in Turkey for the past 23 years. He was imprisoned in the sweep of arrests that followed the failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the summer of 2016. After being held for over a year with no charges, the Turkish government charged him in August of “spying” and “insurgency” against the government and membership in an unnamed armed terrorist organization, demanding he be given four consecutive life sentences.Erdogan recently made clear that Brunson is being held as a negotiating chip to force America’s hand to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a powerful Turkish imam living in Pennsylvania whom Erdogan accuses of being behind the coup. Brunson’s release is reportedly a high priority for U.S. President Donald Trump, who publicly asked Erdogan to release Brunson when the two met last May.However, in a letter to Trump sent through an attorney, Brunson wrote, “Let the Turkish government know that you will not cooperate with them in any way until they release me.”
2.Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria are waging an ongoing battle against Christians in the Plateau State
MORE https://clarionproject.org/5-recent-cases-christian-persecution/



It’s Time for US Drones to Take on ISIS in Egypt
Home > World > Egypt > It’s Time for US Drones to Take on ISIS in Egypt
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, November 26, 2017
As Egypt comes to terms with its worst-ever terror attack, Clarion Project suggests now is the time to see an increased role for US intelligence and drone strikes to eradicate ISIS from the Sinai Peninsula.
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