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Linda Sarsour’s Toxic Approach to Racism
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Linda Sarsour’s Toxic Approach to Racism
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Sunday, April 22, 2018 
Linda Sarsour speaks at a "Women for Syria" rally in NY.
Linda Sarsour speaks at a “Women for Syria” rally in NY. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Clarion has written before about the dangers of partisanship for the debate on Islamism.
Partisan politicians often use Islamism as a wedge issue to get you to sign up for other issues that you might not support, like increasing the military budget (if you’re Republican), or by framing it as part of a broader conflict about white supremacy (if you’re Democrat).
Perhaps more pernicious is how partisanship is used to prevent decent people (who actually agree with each other on almost everything) from working with each other by bringing in issues that are totally unrelated.
We see this all the time. Right now, Islamist apologist Linda Sarsour is attempting to get the Anti-Defamation League expelled from the coalition advising Starbucks on racial sensitivity training that they are conducting in the wake of their recent scandal. (A manager at a branch of the coffee conglomerate called the cops to kick out two black men for not ordering anything while waiting for their friend. Since the incident, Starbucks declared a day of racial sensitivity training for its staff and partnered with several NGOs to help, including the ADL.)
But Sarsour was having none of it, and is now attacking Starbucks for having the ADL involved.
Is it because she objects to something the ADL has done over its 100 years of service at the forefront of campaigning against discrimination in the United States?
No. It’s because ADL is unapologetically Zionist.
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 Iranian-Backed Cells Pose ‘Direct Threat to Homeland’
Home > World > Iran > Iranian-Backed Cells Pose ‘Direct Threat to Homeland’
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, April 22, 2018 
Hezbollah fighters at a graduation cermony on Martyr’s Day in Beirut (Photo: SUHAILA SAHMARANI/AFP/Getty Images)
Iranian-backed terror cells in the U.S.  pose “a direct threat to the homeland.” That was the conclusion of Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.) after hearing from a panel of intelligence experts testifying before the House subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence, which he chairs, reported The Washington Free Beacon.
Those experts said that it would be easy for Iran to order its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah to launch a large-scale terror attack in the U.S. As tensions increase between Iran and the U.S. over the possibility of President Trump scrapping the nuclear deal, such an attack is quite plausible.
The existence of Hezbollah sleeper cells with their Iranian agents in the U.S. is already known to intelligence officials. Just last year, two Hezbollah terrorists were arrested for planning attacks in the U.S.
One had already scouted potential targets in New York City including JFK International Airport. Both terrorists were U.S. citizens, meaning they had free rein to exit and re-enter the U.S. at will, which they did. Under questioning, one admitted he was a “sleeper” agent of Hezbollah’s Islamic Jihad tasked to carry out “black ops” for Hezbollah and “the Iranians.”
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Watch Morality Police Beat Woman for ‘Inadequate Hijab’
Home > World > Iran > Watch Morality Police Beat Woman for ‘Inadequate Hijab’
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, April 22, 2018 
This woman in Iran was ambushed by the female morality police for wearing a hijab that was seemed “inadequate.” The unit proceeds to grab her by her arms and legs and beat and kick her.
The Facebook page “My Stealthy Freedom,” which also publicized this incident, wrote:
“One of the people who sent us this controversial video where a poor girl was savagely beaten for being “inappropriately dressed” by the morality police [wrote]:
‘We were celebrating our friend’s birthday in a park. Then, these people with the morality police showed up. They wanted to us to get into their van forcibly. They kept on telling us that we were inappropriately dressed and that we needed to go to the police station with them.
‘At that instant, one of these female officers pulled my feet whereas the other pulled my hands. As I fell on the ground and my hijab slipped off, the male officer nearby crushed my hair with his boots. My friends who were around me intervened to help, but they too had their own share of beatings.
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‘History Repeating Itself with Christian Genocide’
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Lack of Basic Freedoms > ‘History Repeating Itself with Christian Genocide’
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, April 22, 2018 
Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and director of the Clarion Intelligence Network Ryan Mauro speaks to Glen Beck about the persecution of Christians by ISIS and other Islamist terrorists and the launch of Clarion’s latest film Faithkeepers on TheBlaze TV.
LISTEN https://clarionproject.org/mauro-glen-beck/
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Latest Taunt: ISIS Threatens to Attack NYC Subway
Home > Political Islam > Worldwide > Movements > Latest Taunt: ISIS Threatens to Attack NYC Subway
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, April 18, 2018 
ISIS propaganda poster threatens an attack on the Brooklyn Bridge subway station in New York City 
ISIS’ latest threat is against New York City, where the group has promised to attack the subway. A new poster appeared on a messaging platform used by the terror group showing a man standing inside Brooklyn Bridge Station at High Street,  the Daily Mail reported.
Behind him sticks of dynamite are shown rigged to a timer. The poster states, “You will not expect where we will attack.”
The poster was produced by the group’s propaganda wing, the Wafa Media Foundation, which also produced posters threatening the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia. That poster states, “Putin: You disbeliever. You will pay the price for killing Muslims. Just Terror.”
The group also threatened to attack Paris again. Last year, its propaganda was directed towards the Queen of England and the Vatican.
As ISIS’ self-declared caliphate crumbles in the Middle East, the group hopes to show its relevance through attacks in the West.
MORE https://clarionproject.org/latest-taunt-isis-threatens-attack-nyc-subway/


‘Israeli Strike on Syrian Base Will Save US & Muslim Lives’
Home > World > Israel > ‘Israeli Strike on Syrian Base Will Save US & Muslim Lives’
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, April 18, 2018 
Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and director of the Clarion Intelligence Network Ryan Mauro reacts to reports that Israel bombed the Syrian T-4 airbase that was linked to Iran’s terrorist drone program, Hezbollah and the radical Shiite forces supported by Iran and Assad in the Middle East.
Mauro also comments on reports that China will be assisting Tehran in building nuclear power plants in Iran.
https://clarionproject.org/israeli-strike-syrian-base-will-save-lives/

Ryan Mauro
Published on 17 Apr 2018
Prof. Ryan Mauro, Director of the Clarion Intelligence Network and Clarion Project's Shillman Fellow, reacts to the confirmation that Israel bombed the Syrian T-4 airbase that was linked to Iran's terrorist drone program, Hezbollah and the radical Shiite forces supported by Iran and Assad in the Middle East.
Mauro also comments on reports that China will be assisting Tehran in building nuclear power plants in Iran.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=JclTEAn0_Pg&ab_channel=RyanMauro



Prominent American Islamist Wants Atheists Locked Up
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Lack of Basic Freedoms > Prominent American Islamist Wants Atheists Locked Up
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, April 18, 2018 
American Islamist Daniel Haqiqatjou. (Photo: Screenshot from video)
A prominent conservative Muslim commentator has caused controversy after praising the arrest of an atheist YouTuber in Egypt named Sherif Gaber. Gaber has gained a following making videos critical of Islam in Arabic and posting them online. His activities have drawn the ire of the Egyptian state.
On March 31, the Salafi Al-Nour party filed a criminal complaint against him for blasphemy. There is now a warrant out for his arrest.
When Gaber tweeted the news of his impending arrest, American commentator Daniel Haqiqatjou tweeted “Finally.”
This prompted a Twitter spat between the two of them.
So who is Daniel Haqiqatjou? He was born in Houston, Texas and attended Harvard University where he studied physics and philosophy and converted to Islam. He  completed a Masters degree in philosophy from Tufts University and is currently listed as a professor of Western philosophy at American Open University, which was established in 1995 and offers Islamic Studies classes online.
Haqiqatjou (whose name means truth seeker) writes and lectures on contemporary issues surrounding Muslims and (against) modernity. His bio says he has spoken at universities and mosques around the world and his work has been featured in outlets such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, Aljazeera, Public Discourse, Mashable, and First Things.
Daniel Haqiqatjou runs a website called “The Muslim Skeptic,” where he holds forth on issues relating to Islam and Modernity. To get an idea of where he stands, you only need to read his pinned tweet:
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Why Our Contest Is About the First Amendment
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Why Our Contest Is About the First Amendment
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Wednesday, April 18, 2018 
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Illustrative picture. (Photo: Public Domain)
As part of our commitment to improve the debate surrounding issues of radical Islam and human rights, Clarion launched an essay contest. After writing extensively about how the First Amendment was the key to fighting Islamism, we wanted to hear from you. So, the topic we chose was:
Assessing the First Amendment: Religious Freedom, Hate Speech and Extremist Incitement
You can read about the contest and the prize here.
We spent some time coming up with the exact topic and want to share a few of our reasons for the choice with you.
Firstly, we wanted something that would capture the complexity of the issue at hand. The debate over radical Islam and the debate over religious freedom and anti-Muslim bigotry go hand in hand. At Clarion, we feel they are actually the same conversation. We oppose radical Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry for the same reason: We believe in freedom of conscience for the individual.
But where to draw the line has become a critical question. When does a theological objection to homosexuality become hate speech against the gay community? When does a reasonable objection to religious supremacism spill over into unfairly demonizing an entire community? When is a hijab a forced symbol of female oppression and when is it a symbol of identity, personal liberty and empowerment?
Many different policies to tackle these issues have been proposed by the government. During his election campaign, President Trump called for surveillance of certain mosques. The NYPD set up a Demographics Unit which monitored the Muslim community in New York to gather intelligence. Meanwhile hate preachers in mosques around the country have called for the deaths of Jews.
All of these issues are First Amendment issues, touching on the acceptable limits of government interference into people’s lives in the name of national security. This is the real root of the Islamism question, and it’s what Islamists want to remove by replacing freedom of religion with one religious law: sharia.
Focusing on the First Amendment gives contestants an opportunity to explore the multifaceted nature of the problem and to highlight the specific elements they are most worried about.
https://clarionproject.org/why-first-amendment/
We look forward to reading the entries to the competition and publishing the winning submission here on our website.
Click here to read more about the contest and our prize for the winner.
https://clarionproject.org/essay-prize/
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How the IRS Could Help Shut Down Radicalization
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > How the IRS Could Help Shut Down Radicalization
BY LEONARD GETZ AND CLIFF RIEDERS Monday, April 16, 2018 
Georgetown University’s H.R.H. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding received $20 million from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. The center promotes propaganda not allowed under the university's tax-exempt status. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
Georgetown University’s H.R.H. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding received $20 million from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. The center promotes propaganda not allowed under the university’s tax-exempt status. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
While universities may plead powerless to stopping the spread of educational corruption and terrorist ideology in their Saudi and Iranian funded Middle East studies programs, the Internal Revenue Service cannot.
Universities must adhere to a series of IRS codes and criteria for determining whether an educational institution is educational or a vehicle for propaganda.
If the IRS applied these codes and procedures as they should, many universities would have their tax exempt status revoked.
For example, Georgetown University’s H.R.H. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding received $20 million from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (recently arrested for financial corruption and whose offer of $10 million to New York Mayor Giuliani was rejected after 9/11).
The past director of this program, John Esposito taught “Islamist violence is beyond the bounds of approved research … Islamist movements are movements of democratic reform.”
MORE https://clarionproject.org/how-the-irs-can-shut-down-radical-ideology/


Clarion Launches First Amendment Essay Contest
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Clarion Launches First Amendment Essay Contest
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, April 16, 2018 
Since the election of President Trump, the national conversation about Islam, integration, terrorism and anti-Muslim bigotry has reached a fever pitch. How to safeguard free speech without inadvertently creating a safe space for hate preachers of all stripes to spread their narratives has become a critical issue.
How America resolves this question will determine its ability to prevent social friction, move forward from the mistakes of the past and promote integration and healing.
But there is a lot of confusion about the best approach.
As part of our goal to promote diversity and inclusion while standing up against radicalism, Clarion Project is launching our First Amendment Essay Prize.
MORE https://clarionproject.org/essay-prize/


American ‘ISIS Boy’ Turns Up in Kurdish Prison
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > American ‘ISIS Boy’ Turns Up in Kurdish Prison
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Monday, April 16, 2018 
10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.
Matthew, or Yusuf, as he was identified as in an ISIS propaganda video threatening Trump and the U.S. (Photo: video screenshot)
It is hard to forget the above face of the 10-year-old American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening the U.S. and President Trump less than a year ago. Now his mother has spoken out, saying the boy, who was known as “Yusuf” in the video, is really Matthew and that he was forced to appear in the the video.
The family, now in Kurdish detention, was found by filmmaker Joshua Baker who recognized the boy from the video.
Matthew’s mother Sam, married Moussa El Hassani from Turkey, in Indiana in 2011. Sam says the family lived a normal, happy life. She describes Moussa as a loving father and good provider who, after five years became “bored” with his life. He took the family on a trip to Turkey — a trip Sam believed was to visit his country of birth. But Moussa surprised her and forced the family over the Syrian border to join ISIS.
“We ended up in Raqqa,” she says. “The first thing I say to him is, ‘You’re crazy and I’m leaving,’ and he said, with a big smile on his face, ‘Go ahead. You can try, but you won’t make it.’”
Sam says she was tortured after trying to find a smuggler to help her escape. She said her husband kept two Yazidi girls in their house as slaves and repeatedly raped them. 
MORE https://clarionproject.org/american-isis-boy-turns-kurdish-prison/
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Why Trump’s Airstrikes on Syria Won’t Deter Assad
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Why Trump’s Airstrikes on Syria Won’t Deter Assad
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, April 15, 2018 
Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and head of Clarion Intelligence Network Ryan Mauro analyzes the U.S.-French-British strikes on three chemical weapons sites in Syria. He argues that it wasn’t enough, since what matters to Assad is how much territory he holds. The limited strike may have destroyed some of Assad’s chemical weapons but will not affect his power base.
Ryan Mauro: Why Trump's Airstrikes on Syria Unlikely to Deter Assad
Ryan Mauro
Published on 14 Apr 2018
Prof. Ryan Mauro, director of Clarion Intelligence Network and a Shillman Fellow at the Clarion Project, analyzes the U.S.-French-British strikes on three chemical weapons sites in Syria.
He explains why the strikes are unlikely to deter Assad from using chemical weapons and taking other heinous measures in the future and the fear of an escalation with Russia.
He also discusses how the Obama Administration's failure to enforce its "red line" and false assurances that Assad destroyed "100%" of his chemical weapons contributed to the problems we have in Syria today.
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Ohio Brothers Convicted in Al-Qaeda Terror Financing
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Ohio Brothers Convicted in Al-Qaeda Terror Financing
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, April 15, 2018 
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Two brothers in Ohio took a plea bargain in a terror-financing case and admitted they sent $17,000 to an al-Qaeda leader whom they knew was planning attacks, ABC News reported.
Asif Salim, 37, and Sultane Salim, 43, collected money through fake credit-card transactions as well as other means. They ultimately raised $30,000 for American al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was linked to a number of terror attacks against American and other Western targets.
Sultane contributed $15,000 to the effort and his brother Asif gave $2,000. Asif formerly attended Ohio State University
The brothers face up to eight years in prison each.
Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.
The brothers had two other partners in the scheme: Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, an Indian citizen, who also pleaded guilty to the same charges, and his brother, Yahya Farooq Mohammad, who was already sentenced to 27 years in prison for not only supporting terrorism but trying to kill the federal judge hearing his case.
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Pompeo ‘Not a Close-Minded Partisan’
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > Pompeo ‘Not a Close-Minded Partisan’
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, April 15, 2018 
Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and head of Clarion Intelligence Network Ryan Mauro weighs in on the confirmation hearing of Mike Pompeo for secretary of state. The stakes are high with the issues of the Iran nuclear pact, the summit with North Korea and the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons on the table.

Mauro says Pompeo’s answers on the Iran deal show he is not a “close-minded partisan” like so many in Washington these days. His confirmation would jump start Trump’s international policies after getting off to a non-starter with former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, whose policies were not in alignment with Trump’s.
Note: this segment was filmed before the American air strike on Syria. For Mauro’s commentary on that strike, 
click here https://clarionproject.org/trumps-airstrikes-syria-will-not-deter-assad/
Ryan Mauro: Syria Doesn't Exist. When You Bomb Assad, You Bomb Iran
Ryan Mauro
Published on 13 Apr 2018
Prof. Ryan Mauro, Director of Clarion Intelligence Network & Clarion Project's Shillman Fellow, reacts to the grilling of Pompeo as the Senate is expected to confirm him as Secretary of State. 
Mauro also discusses Syria and explains that Syria is no longer an independent country allied to Iran - the Syria that Assad controls is an Iranian province. When you bomb Assad, you bomb Iran.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2p_GxVtzdM&ab_channel=RyanMauro


The Boston Marathon Bombing 5 Years On
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > The Boston Marathon Bombing 5 Years On
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Sunday, April 15, 2018 
It’s five years since the terror attack on the Boston Marathon. Clarion Project’s Meira Svisrky looks at what’s change since then for better and for worse.
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Who Should Regulate: Facebook or the Government?
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Who Should Regulate: Facebook or the Government?
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, April 12, 2018 
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced his second day of grilling by Congress on Wednesday, April 11, over allegations he improperly allowed advertisers and political groups to access users’ data for money and without their informed consent.
His testimony raises broader questions about the proper role of regulation in online spaces, and how to properly juggle free speech, the right to privacy and clamping down on extremist content.
The government is under pressure to act to protect users’ privacy from manipulation by political organizations after the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal. They are also under pressure to clampdown on hate speech and extremist content being shared online.
So far Facebook has acted to shutter pages and accounts accused of promoting hate speech. They have cooperated with governments to do this.
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Dubai Princess ‘Seized During Escape Attempt’
Home > Political Islam > Worldwide > Islamism in Government > Dubai Princess ‘Seized During Escape Attempt’
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, April 12, 2018 
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A Finnish woman, who says she helped the daughter of the ruler of the United Arab Emirates escape her father, has come forward as to the events that happened after the two fled the UAE. Her story was published on the internet outlet MyNewsDesk.com.
Tina Jauhianinen, who describes herself as the princess’ closest friend, claims that even though she was threatened by UAE officials to keep quiet about the events, she chose to speak out for the sake of her friend.
The story began in late February when Jauhianinen and Princess Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, daughter of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, boarded a an American yacht captained by Hervé Jaubert, a French-American former naval intelligence officer. Al Maktoum is the prime minister of the UAE and the ruler of Dubai.
After that, all communications from the two went silent until late March, when a video made by the princess surfaced. In the video, Sheikha Latifa claims she fled Dubai via a boat to escape years of torture and imprisonment by her father. She poignantly described her desire to escape the UAE and her previous escape attempt with her older sister Shamsa in 2002.
After that unsuccessful attempt, she says she was tortured and imprisoned for more than three years. She also stated that her father and his men were responsible for the murders of family members and as well as countless others.
Sheikha Latifa is one of Al Maktoum’s 30 children.
She said she instructed her attorney to upload the video in the case of her death or disappearance.
Jauhianinen describes what happened once they boarded the yacht. While in international waters off the coast of Goa, India on the night of March 4, Jauhianinen says the boat was attacked by Indian secret service and military personnel, including the Indian coast guard.
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Poll Results: Should the US Strike Syria Over Chemical Weapons?
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > Poll Results: Should the US Strike Syria Over Chemical Weapons?
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, April 12, 2018 
Demonstrators in NY oppose a U.S. airstrike on Syria over the use of chemical weapons (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Demonstrators in NY oppose a U.S. airstrike on Syria over Syria’s use of chemical weapons (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
At least 42 people choked to death after a Syrian regime airstrike on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma on April 7. Experts believe the attack involved chemical weapons.
In response, U.S. President Donald Trump said that Syria would pay a “big price” for the attack. On Wednesday, April 11, Trump tweeted: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”
While reporting the strike, we asked our readers if the U.S. should strike Syria over Assad’s chemical weapons attack.
Here are the results of our poll. Comments follow:
Yes                  34.1 percent
No                   58.5 percent
Maybe             2.4 percent
Don’t know      4.9 percent
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Regardless of the weapons, they are killing women and children, bomb Assad.
It’s been planned since January. False flag for the terrorist to get others involved.
We had better be 100% sure there was an attack (not a staged one) and that if there was one, who exactly carried it out. Removing a dictator from power on faulty intelligence and leaving a power vacuum is a mistake we must not repeat!
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Reform or Reaffirm? Mohammed Bin Salman’s Plan
Home > Political Islam > Sharia Governance > Blasphemy > Reform or Reaffirm? Mohammed Bin Salman’s Plan
BY RAHEEL RAZA Thursday, April 12, 2018 
The world is intrigued by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bringing “reforms” to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which may impact the rest of the Arab/Islamic world.
So far the extent of the reforms is as follows:
1) No room for corruption even if it is found in the royal family
2) Women can drive (conditional on permission from their mahram (guardian)
3) Women can attend sports events (but must sit in “women only” areas of the stadium)
4) Husbands are prohibited by law from spying on the cell phones of their wives
I5) srael has a right to exist
It’s a great start for the women of Saudi Arabia and for other Muslim countries to review their foreign policies viz-a-viz Israel.
However, none of the above changes have anything to do with reforming Islam.
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Islamist-Friendly Canada, Eh?
Home > World > Canada > Islamist-Friendly Canada, Eh?
BY ANIS FAROOQUI Wednesday, April 11, 2018 
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in San Francisco on a US tour (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in San Francisco on a US tour (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Once upon a time, voices were heard in Pakistan. The city of Karachi was facing a growing Talibanization in the suburban ghettos. Yet, no one did anything about it.
So, the major Taliban leaders found safe havens in Karachi’s suburbs: Sohrab Goth, Al-Asif Square and many other densely populated areas.
Lower middle-class areas weren’t the only sanctuaries for these extremists. The menace spread to the posh areas as well, starting a new wave of street crime, bank robberies and kidnappings for large ransoms. The financial hub of the country became the financial life line for terrorism. Still, no action against it was taken against it.
Karachi, known as the “City of Lights” (because of its rich nightlife) had become Islamist-friendly, giving sanctuary to extremists and becoming the main resource for their recruitment and financing.
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Russia’s Aim in Mid East: Bloody the Nose of Uncle Sam
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Russia’s Aim in Mid East: Bloody the Nose of Uncle Sam
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Wednesday, April 11, 2018 
To the detriment of the U.S., Russia seems to be dominating much of what is going on in the Middle East right now – especially on the Syrian front. Why? And how does it affect America?

Listen to the following podcast in which Clarion Project’s Elliot Friedland presents four answers:
https://clarionproject.org/russia-mid-east-bloody-nose-uncle-sam/


Mauro: Don’t Forget Assad Killed US Troops in Iraq
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, April 11, 2018 
Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and head of the Clarion Intelligence Network Ryan Mauro talks to Fox News about a possible strike by the U.S. on Syria after Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
He reminds viewers about where Syria acquired these weapons (Russia) and emphasizes that we shouldn’t forget that Assad is responsible for murdering and injuring U.S. troops in Iraq and elsewhere and was never punished for it.
Mauro says the Syrian regime actively supports terrorists, including Al-Qaeda elements who destabilized Iraq and targeted the U.S. military following the removal of Saddam Hussein.
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US Takes Out Top ISIS Leader in Afghanistan
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, April 11, 2018 
The U.S. targeted and killed a top ISIS commander in Afghanistan and released a video of the operation (see below).
Qari Hikmatullah and his bodyguard were killed, according to a press statement.
“[Afghan Special Security Forces] and U.S. counter-terrorism forces killed Hikmatullah and they will kill any successors,” said Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. “IS-K [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province] will be eliminated.”
Hikmatullah was a senior commander and was instrumental in the transport of ISIS’ fighters into the northern Afghan province of Jowzjan.
“IS-K in Jowzjan province is the main conduit for external support and foreign fighters from Central Asian states into Afghanistan,” read the press statement. “Hikmatullah was the key leader for those operations.”
https://clarionproject.org/us-takes-top-isis-leader-afghanistan/
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You’ll Never Guess Who’s Lining Up Against War
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > You’ll Never Guess Who’s Lining Up Against War
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Wednesday, April 11, 2018 
The USS Harry Truman. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The USS Harry Truman. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The Harry Truman Strike Group has been dispatched. Apparently it was scheduled for a routine deployment anyway, but either way an aircraft carrier laden with strike fighters accompanied by six destroyers is currently on its way to the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Trump was on the phone with the leaders of France and Britain, the only two other Western powers with serious force projection capabilities, although their militaries pale in comparison to that of the United States. A team of inspectors will go to Syria to confirm whether the April 7 chemical weapons attack occurred and, if so, if it was carried out by Assad.
The question is whether the United States and her allies will wage war on Syria.
Many pundits and politicians from both sides of the aisle feel like the question has already been decided. Of course the President should act in the face of such immorality. America has a responsibility to lead, to not let tyrants commit atrocities with impunity. Despite the partisan rancor that normally characterizes Washington, there is a remarkable amount of unity around the idea that Trump ought to authorize at least some military action in Syria.
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Why the First Amendment Is the Best Amendment: Part 7
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Tuesday, April 10, 2018 
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” — The First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The struggle against Islamism can be summarised as a struggle over whether or not the First Amendment is a good idea. The First Amendment enshrines freedom of religion and conscience as a matter of law. By contrast, Islamism is about control: over thought and deed.
But to understand how this conflict came about, we have to backup a little bit.
This is the seventh in an eight-part series explaining how and why the First Amendment came about, why it never developed Islamic countries and why Islamists oppose the principle today.
Part Seven: The Shattering (1914-1989)
“The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.” — Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary, on the eve of Britain’s entry into World War I
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President Trump fulfills campaign promise, delivers severe blow to terror groups
April 8, 2018
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President Donald Trump promised during his 2016 campaign to “crush and destroy” the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Now, making good on yet another part of his platform, the president and his administration are continuing to do just that.

Targeting both ISIS and al-Shabaab, the U.S. military — aided by coalition forces — launched successful attacks in Somalia, Syria, and Iraq earlier this month, further crippling the besieged terrorist organizations. 

Attacking al-Shabaab in Somalia
“In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an air strike against al-Shabaab militants near Jilib, Somalia, the afternoon of April 5, killing three terrorists and destroying one vehicle with a mounted heavy machine gun,” a statement issued by the U.S. Africa Command reads.

Al-Shabaab is a faction of militant Islamists located in the northern part of the horn of Africa.

The Trump administration began targeting the al-Qaida-allied group around the end of 2017.

Thursday’s airstrike was the 11th strike delivered by American aircraft in Somalia this year. These follow more than 30 strikes in 2017, when President Trump expanded military efforts and eased combat rules.

Al-Shabaab lost control of most Somalian cities and towns in 2011 after withdrawing from the capital, Mogadishu, though the terrorist group has managed to maintain a presence in the region. But attacks like Thursday’s have stifled their efforts, and reminded the terrorist groups that America is watching.

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Confronting ISIS in Syria and Iraq
Similar victories were made over the last week against ISIS. U.S. and coalition forces conducted 11 airstrikes targeting the terrorist organization in both Iraq and Syria, especially near Syria’s Abu Kamal, a city located near the country’s border with Iraq, where, according to reports, U.S. and coalition forces destroyed ISIS tactical units and vehicles.

U.S. forces also worked with the Iraqi military to launch several airstrikes targeting buildings, tactical units, vehicles, and even a cave complex near Baghdad, all thought to be under the control of ISIS.

The attacks in Syria and Iraq come as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, a U.S.-led joint task force charged with eliminating ISIS.

These recent airstrikes make clear that the Trump administration has continued — and will continue — their aggressive policy of eliminating terrorist safe havens in the Middle East.

Although ISIS and allied terrorist organizations have yet to be completely defeated, with Trump at the helm, it is beginning to look as though victory is on the horizon for the U.S. and its allies. This is truly what strong leadership looks like.




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April 9 - The Life Glorious

If by the Spirit you mortify the flesh, you shall live.

This is a further progress-step in My Kingdom. The flesh must hold no pleasure for you that is not held in leash, always under subjection to the Spirit.

It was the utter subjection of the flesh that was manifested in My Silence at the pillar, and in the face of the jibes and insults and blows. It was this complete subjection which meant a Risen Body.

Resurrection-faith is not a matter of belief in Me, and in My Power working a miracle, it is a faith in Me and My Power leading to entire subjection of the body.

The body completely under control of the Spirit is a Risen Body. See now the importance of self-discipline.

Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25

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John Bolton’s Diary: Day One as Nat’l Security Advisor
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Monday, April 9, 2018 
National Security Advisor John Bolton arrives at Trump Towers for a meeting with the president (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton assumes the position of U.S. national security advisor today replacing General H.R. McMaster. He hits the floor running after his boss, President Donald Trump, threatened a U.S. response to the latest chemical attack in Syria, which Trump blamed on the “animal Assad” (Syria’s dictator). Here’s Clarion Project’s (at times satirical) look at Bolton’s personal diary for day one on the job:
9 am: Chair Meeting of National Security Council re: Syrian Chemical Attack
Figure out what Donald meant by saying there would be a “big price to pay” for the snuffing out of women and children in Syria with chemical weapons. How low can that butcher in Syria go? He is truly an “animal.” Note to participants: any response will have to punish Russia and Iran, too. Donald named them also responsible.
11 am: Brief Statement to the Press
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Leave Children Out of Syrian War
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Child Abuse > Leave Children Out of Syrian War
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, April 9, 2018 
Chemical attacks, rockets, gunfire and just a plain lack of basic rights – to education, food and safety. That is the lot of the Syrian child.
Please sign our petition. Tell the Syrian regime enough is enough. No more breaches of international law. Protect our children now.
FOR NOW OUR PETITION ONLY WORKS FOR PEOPLE WITH A US ZIP CODE
A Syrian boy cries as he is being held at a temporary refugee camp in the village of Ain Issa, housing people who fled Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the group's de facto capital on March 25, 2017.
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Why the First Amendment Is the Best Amendment: Part 5
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Why the First Amendment Is the Best Amendment: Part 5
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Sunday, April 8, 2018 
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” — The First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The struggle against Islamism can be summarized as a struggle over whether or not the First Amendment is a good idea. The First Amendment enshrines freedom of religion and conscience as a matter of law. By contrast, Islamism is about control: over thought and deed.
But to understand how this conflict came about, we have to backup a little bit.
This is the fifth in an eight-part series explaining how and why the First Amendment came about, why it never developed in Islamic countries and why Islamists oppose the principle today.
Part Five: ‘Enlightened’ Absolutism 1648-1789
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Poll Results: Should Terrorists Be Questioned About Their Religion?
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > Poll Results: Should Terrorists Be Questioned About Their Religion?
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, April 9, 2018 
Soldiers in Belgium on guard after Islamist terror attacks (Photo: Reuters)
Soldiers in Belgium on guard after Islamist terror attacks (Photo: Reuters)
In our latest poll, we asked you, our readers, “Should Muslim terrorists be questioned about their religious beliefs if arrested on terrorism charges?”
The question was prompted by the remarks of the UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, Max Hill, who is of the opinion that it is not “appropriate to ask detailed religious questions in every case where a Muslim has been arrested on suspicion of [terrorism].”
He made the remark after concluding his inquiry into the police investigation of the 2017 Westminster Bridge attack in which five people were killed. (In that investigation, Hill ruled the police acted appropriately.)
Hill previously said it is “fundamentally wrong” to use the words “Islamist terrorism” to describe, for lack of more precise words…Islamist terrorism.
We argued that his suggestions are disconnected from reality. The very definition of terrorism is the use of violence by non-state actors or groups against civilians in the pursuit of a political goal – exactly what has been happening in the world since the 1970s with Islamist terrorists.
Below are the results of our poll. Comments follow:
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Marine Commando: Failure Was Never an Option
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, April 8, 2018 
A rescued hostage is led away from the terror attack on the Raddison Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali (Photo: HABIBOU KOUYATE/AFP/Getty Images)
A rescued hostage is led away from the terror attack on the Raddison Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. (Photo: HABIBOU KOUYATE/AFP/Getty Images)
The senior leader of an elite Marine commando unit was awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions that led to the rescue of dozens of hostages during the November 2015 Islamist terrorist attack on the Raddison Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, the Marine Corps Times reported.
Upon hearing of the attack, in which 170 were being held hostage, the commando devised a plan while en route to the hotel.
“There was very little time to respond. We fell back on what we had prepared for. There were points in which the situation became more intense, ambiguous and scary. At times, the situation we faced was confusing and difficult. However, our purpose was clear. That clarity and unity of purpose allowed us to navigate the ambiguity and manage our emotions to accomplish the mission at hand,” said the commando (who cannot be named) in a statement.
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The Marriage Plot
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BY MELISSA KNOX Sunday, April 8, 2018 
A young Muslim woman in Germany from immigrant parents at a ceremony marking the completion of a special high school program preparing students for university. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
A young Muslim woman in Germany from immigrant parents at a ceremony marking the completion of a special high school program preparing students for university. (Illustrative photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
My student Aliah (not her real name) from Afghanistan doesn’t wear a hijab, but then neither did my other Afghani student, the brilliant science major, the one who said her parents were so proud of her for getting a degree in chemistry.
The science major talked about her family’s experiences as refugees in Germany: “Before 9/11, I used to have to draw a map and point to where Afghanistan was. The day after, I didn’t have to do that anymore.”
I should have listened harder, considered the gravity of her next remark, which she delivered off-handedly, resignedly, and with a laugh: “My father always told us to remember that we’re living in Germany, but we’re not Germans.”
The science major came to my office hour one day and asked me about New York, where I’m from. She wanted to visit. What sights would I recommend? Did I know of inexpensive hotels? I was just warming to my favorite topic, my paradisiacal city, when my student unexpectedly burst into tears.
Shocked, I blurted, “What’s the matter?”
Her tears came so unexpectedly I thought I’d said something that offended her.
“I really want to travel,” she sobbed, “But my family wants me to get married.”
Here was a young woman, an 18- or 20-year-old young woman who dressed like the other students, the majority of whom were Western European, mostly German students. She wore blue jeans, a T-shirt, a charm on a chain around her neck, running shoes.
What came out of my untrained mouth at that moment was, “Are you being threatened?”
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‘Punish A Muslim Day’ Flops
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Sunday, April 8, 2018 
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April 3 was billed as “Punish A Muslim Day.” Instead, non-Muslims in the U.S. and UK rallied in support of Muslims.
Letters advertising “Punish a Muslim Day” were first sent to British Muslim community leaders about a month ago. They later spread to the United States. The letters encouraged citizens to attack or kill Muslims in the street, offering “points” for doing so.
The leaflet awarded 50 points for verbally abusing a Muslim, 100 points for beating up a Muslim and 500 points for killing a Muslim. Many thought the leaflets and the day were a hoax.
London’s Metropolitan Police told the Evening Standard ahead of April 3 there was no “credible information” of planned hate crimes. Yet many Muslims worried about violence or harassment against them and advised each other to be careful on social media. Many Islamic leaders and media outlets shared information about the day widely, warning people to lock their doors and not travel alone.
But instead of the feared pogrom, non-Muslims responded overwhelmingly with empathy, kindness and public displays of inclusivity.
Hardly any anti-Muslim assaults were reported occurring in either the U.S. or the UK. The website Ladbible reported that one Muslim woman was assaulted when someone poured liquid on her.
Instead, thousands of people showed up to support the Muslim community.
Activists organized “Protect a Muslim Day” in which volunteers pledged to escort Muslims who were feeling vulnerable. A different group organized “Love A Muslim Day,” encouraging people to perform acts of kindness to Muslims instead.
At Newcastle Central Mosque in the UK, volunteers formed a human chain around the building to demonstrate solidarity.
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New App Lets You Help First-Responders in Terror Attacks
Home > World > Australia > New App Lets You Help First-Responders in Terror Attacks
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, April 8, 2018 
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A witness to the Barcelona attack in August 2017 (Photo: PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)
A new app being developed will turn a smartphone into an intelligence-gathering device during a terror attack or other emergency situation, The Weekend Australian reported.
The app will allow citizens to collect information through audio or video recordings and send it to a centralized cloud platform so that police, first responders and the like can get accurate information during an attack.
The idea for the app came after the attack at the Lindt Café in downtown Sydney in 2014 where a terrorist held 18 people hostage. During the 16-hour siege that ensued, first responders did not have access to real-time information from the hostages themselves, greatly hampering their ability to act.
The citizen-centric app, which is being developed by The Citadel Group in Australia, can also be used to crowdsource information in the event of car-jackings, kidnappings and the like.
“Now emergency services can see what people are seeing, hear what people are hearing and understand whether it’s a single incident or coordinated attack,” said Citadel CEO Daren Stanley.
“Instead of three separate incidents being called in separately and treated individually, the in-built analytics of this platform determines that there are three incidents reported within two kilometers of each other which are atypical and may be a coordinated attack. Traditionally that sort of insight may take hours to develop — this app makes it seamless.”
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Why the First Amendment Is the Best Amendment: Part 4
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Why the First Amendment Is the Best Amendment: Part 4
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, April 5, 2018 
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” — The First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The struggle against Islamism can be summarized as a struggle over whether or not the First Amendment is a good idea. The First Amendment enshrines freedom of religion and conscience as a matter of law. By contrast ,Islamism is about control over thought and deed.
But to understand how this conflict came about, we have to backup a little bit.
This is the fourth in a eight-part series explaining how and why the First Amendment came about, why it never developed Islamic countries and why Islamists oppose the principle today.
Part Four: Early Modern Islam
From the blood-soaked fields of Renaissance Europe, we return to the Muslim world. During the early modern period, each of the separate Muslim empires took different parts of the Muslim world in very different directions. By the time of the last Abbasid caliph’s death in 1258, the Muslim world had already largely disintegrated into warring kingdoms, empires and princely states. One of the Abbasid princes escaped the slaughter in Baghdad and was established as the caliph in Cairo. The role his dynasty played there was primarily to legitimize the rule of the Mamluk Sultanate. The dynasty retained some level of religious function as well, but never developed into an authoritative religious institution comparable to the Catholic papacy.
That caliphal line ended when the Ottoman Sultan Selim I conquered Egypt in 1516. From then on, the Ottoman sultans laid claim to it. Selim seized relics allegedly belonging to the prophet of Islam, Mohammed. Eight of Mohammed’s swords are currently held in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.
Three main rival powers dominated the Islamic world throughout the early modern period, each with a different approach to religion and state:
The Ottoman Empire developed a secular legal system, qanun, to regulate trade, alongside sharia. They also empowered Christians and Jews to use their own religious legal systems to govern their affairs internally, in what became known as the millet system. Mehmed the Conqueror, after taking Constantinople in 1453 declared himself caesar, on the grounds that whoever controlled Constantinople was the legitimate ruler of the Roman Empire. He was supported in this claim by the Eastern Orthodox Church. He installed a new patriarch with full honors, in return for a patriarchate loyal to the state. Legally then, the Ottoman empire did not separate religion and state, but began a process of differentiation that saw a legal system not entirely based on sharia, as had existed under the earlier caliphates.
By contrast, the Safavids in Iran developed a strong, centralized state ruled according to Shiite religious precepts. Minority sects of Islam were persecuted and the shahs funded and empowered the Shiite clergy to develop their own strong institutions. However, they also fostered Persian culture and poetry outside the realm of Islam.
The Mughal Empire in India was, for most of its history, very tolerant. Babur, the first emperor, made it illegal to kill cows after he captured Delhi in 1526, since it would offend Hindus. Akbar, his grandson, was more tolerant still. Akbar married a Hindu princess, cancelled the hated jizya tax and even changed the state religion to his own blend of Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism. However, Akbar’s great-grandson, Aurangzeb, overturned the Mughal tradition of toleration. He tore down thousands of Hindu temples, reimposed sharia and jizya and waged war on Hindu states to the south. His savagery engendered bitter resentment and enabled British and French colonialists to exploit these tensions and gain a foothold in India.
This period also saw a huge expansion of Islam. Hundreds of thousands of people converted as Islam spread across India and further into southeast Asia, and west and south into Africa.
The African empires of Mali and Songhay developed their own unique Islamic cultures blended with indigenous West African traditions. Mansa Musa, the most renowned king of Mali, shored up his legitimacy with a pilgrimage to Mecca. Famously, he spent so much money on the trip that he caused the price of gold to plummet.
In Indonesia, Muslim traders spread the religion from the 14th century onwards. Over time, it became the majority faith in the archipelago and blended with local Buddhist and Hindu influences to become a syncretic tradition in its own right, with a strong emphasis on tolerating other faiths. To this day, Indonesia remains one of the most open and tolerant parts of the Muslim world.
None of these empires were Arab, either in origin or in structure. They all brought in elements of non-Arab culture into the laws, traditions and culture of the lands they ruled. They also all moved away from the notion of a centralized caliphate ruling the ummah as a whole. In this period, different kingdoms and empires developed their own legal traditions and variant forms of Islam, some of which were much more tolerant and pluralist than others.
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Turkey Charges American Pastor With Terrorism
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Pastor Andrew Brunson [Inset photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images; Background photo: a prison in Turkey (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)]
Pastor Andrew Brunson [Inset photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images; Background photo: a prison in Turkey (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)]
Turkish officials are demanding a sentence of 35 years in prison for American pastor and North Carolina native Andrew Craig Brunson, who was indicted in Turkey for allegedly committing crimes on behalf of terror organizations.
Brunson, 50, was running a small church in Izmir and lived in Turkey for the past 23 years. He and his wife, Norine, were originally detained in October of 2016 on charges of immigration violation. Norine was later released, but authorities continued to hold Andrew and later upped the charges against him to terrorism.

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Brunson was held for close to a year without any charges and without access to a lawyer. Last summer, the Turkish government accused him of “spying” and “insurgency” against the government and membership in an unnamed terror organization.

The organization was later named as the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), a group accused of being behind the July 2016 coup in 2016. The organization is part of the network of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s arch rival Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Islamic cleric living in the U.S.  The current indictment also mentions a secret witness who said Brunson was also aiding the PKK, a Kurdish terror group, and was agitating for an independent Kurdistan.

During a visit to Turkey last month, then-secretary of state Rex Tillerson said, “We continue to have serious concerns…about cases against U.S. citizens who have been arrested under the state of emergency,” referring to the sweeping arrests made in every sector of Turkish society in the months following the coup.
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Christian Family Murdered in Easter Attack
Home > Political Islam > Sharia Governance > Minority Rights > Christian Family Murdered in Easter Attack
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Wednesday, April 4, 2018 
Pakistani Christians mourn at the funeral of one of the victims of Monday's terror attack. (Photo: BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani Christians mourn at the funeral of one of the victims of Monday’s terror attack. (Photo: BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Four Christians were murdered and a young girl injured in a terrorist attack in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Monday. Quetta is the capital of the Balochistan province in South Western Pakistan.
The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.
All four were members of the same family. They had been meeting relatives in a Christian area of the city. Traveling in a in a ricksha, they had just left the house where they were staying when armed men on a motorcycle drove past and opened fire.
“It appears to have been a targeted attack,” provincial police official Moazzam Jah Ansari told Reuters, according to EuroNews. “It was an act of terrorism.”
Pakistan has long been struggling to contain Islamist terrorists. In particular, the Pakistani terror group Tehreek-e-Taliban cooperates with the Afghan Taliban on the other side of the border and is able to move men and resources from one country to the other. This flexibility makes it harder for Pakistan to combat terrorists effectively.
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Acid Attacks: A Growing Form of Honor Violence
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, April 4, 2018 
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Why The First Amendment is the Best Amendment: Part 3
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Why The First Amendment is the Best Amendment: Part 3
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Wednesday, April 4, 2018 
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” — The First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The struggle against Islamism can be summarized as a struggle over whether or not the First Amendment is a good idea. The First Amendment enshrines freedom of religion and conscience as a matter of law. By contrast, Islamism is about control: over thought and deed.
But to understand how this conflict came about, we have to backup a little bit.
This article is the third in a eight-part series explaining how and why the First Amendment came about, why it never developed Islamic countries and why Islamists oppose the principle today.
Part Three: The Reformation
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Brotherhood Leader in France: Goal Is to Seize Power
Home > World > France > Brotherhood Leader in France: Goal Is to Seize Power
BY LESLIE SHAW Tuesday, April 3, 2018 
Booths supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in the Muslims of France convention in 2014 (Photo: JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
Booths supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in the Muslims of France convention in 2014. Note the four-fingered ‘Rabia’ symbol supporting former President Mohammed Morsi in Egypt from the Brotherhood’s party. Morsi was ousted from power by the military after a popular uprising in 2013 (Photo: JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
The 35th annual Muslims of France convention was held during Easter weekend at Le Bourget convention center. Curiously, the event always takes place at Easter, even though this is a movable feast in the Christian calendar. It is attended by 150,000-200,00 people annually.

The convention is organized by Musulmans de France (Muslims of France), formerly the UOIF (Union of French Islamic Organizations), the French arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. It includes a souk (bazaar), a youth area, a competition on memorization of the Koran and a lecture theater.

The list of past speakers reads like a who’s who of radical Islam and includes controversial figures such as Yousuf al-Qaradawi, whose extremist writings and speeches led to him being banned from entry to the USA (1999), the UK (2008) and France (2012). He was convicted in absentia by Egypt in 2013 and is currently the object of an Interpol arrest warrant for incitement to and assistance in assassination, among other crimes.

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Yet Another 10 Uncomfortable Truths About Radical Islam
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Tuesday, April 3, 2018 

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Radical Islam gives some sections of the Right a clear enemy to focus on, to get people worried about and rally them round the flag, so they can expand the power of the national security state. They may or may not be doing this deliberately.
Pushback against Radical Islam gives some sections of the Left an opportunity to keep the pot boiling over past racial injustice and rally people to the flag to continue the fight against the Right.They may or may not be doing this deliberately.
Some people bash Islam all the time because they’re racists and because Islam is a religion primarily followed by black and brown people.
Politicians from various parties will use radical Islam as a hook issue to reel people in and sell them their broader agenda.
The Ottoman Empire was modernising and had a secular constitution, rights for all its citizens and had even legalized homosexuality in 1858. World War One destroyed that trajectory and ushered in a century of corrupt military dictatorships.
Those dictatorships tried to push Islam out of public life entirely and, in their efforts and excesses, radicalized a generation. Foremost among these military leaders was Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, father of modern Turkey, who forcibly secularized the country.
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Why The First Amendment is the Best Amendment: Part 2
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Tuesday, April 3, 2018 
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” — The First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
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Rogues’ Gallery of Shame
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BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, April 3, 2018 
Take a look at some of the American Islamists who recently tried to carry out terror attacks.

Erick Jamal Hendricks
Erick Jamal Hendricks
Erick Jamal Hendricks of Charlotte, North Carolina was convicted of conspiring to provide material support to ISIS. (Photo: [inset] Mecklemburg, NC Sheriff’s Office; [background]: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Corey Johnson
Corey Johnson
Corey Johnson (17) was arrested after admitting to stabbing a 13-year-old boy to death on his birthday and attempting to kill two others while at a sleepover party in Palm Beach, Florida. Johnson said he stabbed the victims because of his Muslim faith (Photo: Palm Beach Police Department)

Safya Row Yassin
Safya Row Yassin
Safya Roe Yassin (40) from Buffalo, tweeting under the handle “Muslimah,” pleaded guilty to using social media to transmit threatening messages on behalf of ISIS.

Mahad Abdiaziz Adbiraham
Mahad Abdiaziz Adbiraham
Mahad Abdiaziz Adbiraham, 20, stabbed two brothers — Alexander Sanchez, 19, and John Sanchez, 25 – – in a dressing room at Macy’s in the Mall of America near Minneapolis on November 12, 2017. He was recently sentenced to 15 years. (Photo: video screenshot)

Ahmad Khan Rahimi
Ahmad Khan Rahimi
Ahmad Khan Rahimi got life in jail after he set off a pressure cooker bomb in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood as well as another bomb in New Jersey. (Photo: police)

Mohamed Yousef Elshinawy
Mohamed Yousef Elshinawy
Mohamed Yousef Elshinawy from Maryland pleaded guilty to taking close to $9,000 to ISIS to carry out a terrorist attack in the U.S. ISIS operatives gave Elshinawy the option of assassinating a Texas businessman or detonating a bomb designed to inflict mass casualties. 

Edward Archer
Edward Archer
Edward Archer, 32, from Pennsylvania fired 13 shots at a Philadelphia police officer “in the name of Allah.”

Zakaryia Abdin
Zakaryia Abdin
The trial against Zakaryia Abdin (19) in South Carolina on terrorism charges was delayed because the information the suspect had was too secret to be revealed.

Akayed Ullah
Akayed Ullah
Manhattan bomber Akayed Ullah, who attempted a suicide attack at the busiest Manhattan subway station, was indicted by a U.S. grand jury on terrorism charges. (Photo: A New York City Police Department officer stands watch at the entrance to the Times Square subway station during the evening rush hour. Drew
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Poll Results: Electronics or Not at Terror Attacks?
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, April 1, 2018
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A man takes a picture with a cell phone at the site of a blast outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia (Photo: ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
We asked you, our readers, for your opinion after we reported on a new law in Singapore that gives government officials the power to block all electronic communications at the scene of a “serious incident.”

This controversial law means that in the event of a terrorist attack, for example, all news coverage at the scene, as well as cell phone communications, etc., would be shut down. Essentially no photos, text or audio messages, emails or phone calls.

Here are the responses to our question, “Should our government have the right to shut down electronic communications during “serious incidents?”

24.7 percent said: “Yes, if lives can be saved, that is paramount”
75.3 percent said: “No, it is a slippery slope in the battle for free speech”


Here are a sampling of the comments we received:
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What Do You Want?
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Sunday, April 1, 2018
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What kind of a society do you want to live in? That question matters a lot if you’re interested in tackling the problem of Islamism. We can agree that we don’t want to live in an Islamist theocratic dictatorship. That would be awful. It’s a terrible form of government that institutionalizes human rights abuses.

But what we want instead matters.

If you want to get rid of Islamism, but want to replace it with a government that heavily favors your religion and restricts the religious liberties of Muslims, that’s hypocritical.
If you want to get rid of all religion, and have a government that vigorously enforces state atheism and restrict religious expression in the name of reason, that’s an attack on freedom of conscience.
If you hate Islamism, but only because it’s a foreign ideology, and you want to revive a mythologized idea of a pure, white conservative state, that’s racism.
If you want to get rid of Islamism and liberalism, democracy and capitalism, and replace it with an International Communist Workers Republic, that isn’t going to get you any more freedom than the Islamists would give you.
Clarion Project believes in opposing Islamism due to its threats to human rights and freedom of conscience.

We do so based on upholding the principle of the First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

A society based on those principles is the kind of society we want to live in.

There would be no point in eradicating Islamism only to replace it with something else that’s just as bad.

The enemy of your enemy is not always your friend.

Beginning tomorrow and for the next eight days, Clarion will be running a series explaining how and why the First Amendment came about, why it never developed Islamic countries and why Islamists oppose the principle today.
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10 Uncomfortable Truths About Radical Islam
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Sunday, April 1, 2018
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Why has the radical Islam debate dragged on for almost 20 years with seeming no end in sight? Maybe it’s because so many people (especially politicians) are ignoring these 30 truths.

Let’s start.
1.Radical Islam or Islamism, the political ideology which seeks to impose itself onto others and implement sharia (Islamic law) as state law, is directly inspired by specific interpretations of the religion of Islam. This is agreed upon by some of the world’s leading Islamic scholars including Yahya Cholil Staquf, General Secretary of Nadhlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization with an estimated 50 million members.
2.Those interpretations of Islam are not fringe or recent, but based on an authoritative body of commentary dating back hundreds of years. Historically these have mandated and implemented the death penalty for apostates, gay people, blasphemers and adulterers and the systemic subjugation and humiliation of non-Muslim groups in multiple legal systems based on traditional sharia as state law.
3.Although exact numbers are hard to pinpoint, polls indicate that millions of Muslims around the world support these ideas and political organizations that work to see them implemented. In a PEW research an average of 53% of the Muslim populations in the countries surveyed (not including Saudi Arabia, Iran, India and China that were not part of the survey) supported implementing sharia as the law of the land, equating to roughly 469 million people.
4.Sharia does not mean the same thing to all people. It literally means a “path to water” and refers to the perfect Islamic way of life, divine law. What is normally called sharia is not this idealized form, but sharia as it has been interpreted by scholars over the centuries. This interpretation is called fiqh. Therefore, many Muslims may say they support sharia but do not in fact want theocratic government.
5.Most aspects of sharia deal with normative aspects of religious practice such as prayer times, correct ritual, dietary restrictions and other other such things. The brutal punishments we normally associate with sharia governance are only a small part of sharia as a whole.
6.Traditionally in Islamic political thought, sharia is intended as a bulwark against tyrannical rule because it limits the ability of the ruler to govern according to his personal whims, Columbia expert on Islam Professor Richard Bulliet argues. The fact that most secular governments in the Muslim world have reinforced this framing of sharia in the eyes of the public by being so tyrannical has enabled Islamic movements to claim the mantle of resistance.
7.Many Muslim scholars hold that sharia is a personal code of ethics and should not be enforced by the government. Scholar Abdullahi Ahmed an-Naim sets out the arguments for this position very cogently in Islam and Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Sharia.
8.Progressive and reformist Muslims have their own interpretations of sharia that are considerably more open than traditional stances. This includes organizations like the Mecca Institute, run by openly gay Imam Daiyee Abdullah, and Muslims for Progressive Values, an American grassroots organization.
9.Many if not most of the things that Muslim conservatives want are very similar to things fundamentalists from other faiths (in particular the very closely-related religions want).
10.Pretty much all governments until very recently were extremely brutal and tyrannical. Social and cultural attitudes were strict and intolerant. Compared to contemporary societies, Islamic countries were often, although by no means always, more tolerant and open than their peers.
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Should Terrorists Be Questioned About Their Faith?
Home > World > UK > Should Terrorists Be Questioned About Their Faith?
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Thursday, March 29, 2018
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The UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, Max Hill, is at it again – twisting himself into a convoluted pretzel seemingly to be able to come up with the highest level of political correctness.
Hill previously told us that it is “fundamentally wrong” to use the words “Islamist terrorism” to describe, well…Islamist terrorism. Hill believed that the word “terrorism” should not be linked “to any of the world religions” and that instead, the words “Daesh-inspired terrorism” should be used.
At the time, we argued this display of political correctness was yet another attempt by a Western government to put its proverbial head in the sand about the real and ongoing threat we all face – not just from ISIS but from all Islamist terrorists.
We also said not making the distinction leads to more racism and anti-Muslim bigotry, since the average person understands all too well the scourge of Islamist terrorism.
Now Hill says it’s not “appropriate to ask detailed religious questions in every case where a Muslims has been arrested on suspicion of [terrorism].”
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Is Islamism a Problem in America’s Workplaces?
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, March 29, 2018
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The first conference in the U.S. on the subject of Political Islam in the Workplace will take place in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2018 The event is co-sponsored by Forum on Islamic Radicalism and Management (FIRM), London Center for Policy Research and American Foundation for Democracy. Clarion Project spoke to event co-ordinator Dr. Leslie Shaw of FIRM:
Clarion: Back in 2016, CAIR described this planned conference as Islamophobic. Can you comment on that?
Leslie Shaw: CAIR’s opinion is driven by sectarian self-interest and promotion of a socio-political agenda.
Clarion: But the conference focuses only on Islamic and not other forms of radicalism.
Shaw: We are looking at one segment of a wide phenomenon. Other forms of radicalism exist — Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, left-wing, right-wing, animal rights activists, anti-globalists, eco-warriors, neo-luddites — but Islamic radicalism poses a greater threat than all of the others put together.
Clarion: Why political Islam in the workplace specifically?
Shaw: There is a plethora of conferences on the subject of radicalism in general and Islamic radicalism in particular, but they are usually restricted to specialists in certain areas. I attended a conference in Brussels on April 22 on the challenge of jihadist radicalization in Europe. There were over 250 people there and over 20 speakers but not one person from the business world. We want to open the subject up to corporations, because they are in the front line.
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The Murder No One Is Talking About
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BY RAHIM HAMID Thursday, March 29, 2018
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Reports emerged on Wednesday that another Ahwazi Arab prisoner in Iran has died under torture in a prison, with horrific video footage showing marks left all over his body after it was returned to his family. In addition, prison personnel warned the dead man’s family that they shouldn’t treat their loved one as a martyr, since he had been a “troublemaker” and incited riots amongst other prisoners, an allegation his family treated with contempt.
The body of 50-year-old Ali Sawari was returned to his family in the
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Sepidar neighbourhood of Ahwaz city on Monday, March 26 by officers from Sheyban Prison near the regional capital. The distressing video footage shot by his family members, who risked their own lives to show the world the horrific torture inflicted on their beloved son, sibling, husband and father, shows his body covered in scars and bruises from torture.
According to family members, it seems probable that Sawari, a married father of four children, was tortured to death by an infamously sadistic guard known as Hamidian in retaliation for complaining about the atrocious conditions at the notorious prison. Following his death, prison staff rushed his body to the morgue and called his family members to come and fetch it.
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Was the Austin Bomber a Terrorist?
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Sunday, March 25, 2018 
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Authorities search the car where suspected Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt blew himself up (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Over the past three weeks, the city of Austin has been terrorized by a mysterious bomber.
Here’s what happened:
March 2, a package bomb killed 39-year-old Anthony House in East Austin
March 12, two more package bombs exploded in East Austin. One killed 17 year-old Draylen Mason and injured his mother. The other injured 75 year-old Esperanza Herrera
March 18, a bomb triggered by a trip wire injured two cyclists in South Austin
March 20, a package bomb injured one person at a FedEx distribution center, while a second unexploded bomb was found and deactivated at a different FedEx center
In an unrelated incident, one person was injured in a separate explosion at a strip mall on March 20.
On Sunday, police used CCTV footage to identify Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, from Pflugerville, Texas, as a suspect, according to the The New York Times. By Wednesday police had tracked him to a hotel and officers trailed his car.
Conditt pulled over and blew himself up as a SWAT team approached. One officer was injured in that bombing.
On Wednesday March 21, President Donald Trump tweeted “AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD. Great job by law enforcement and all concerned!” That evening, police found a 25-minute cell phone recording detailing the seven bombs Conditt made.
“I would classify this as a confession,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told a news conference. “He does not at all mention anything about terrorism nor does he mention anything about hate. But instead, it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life that lead him to this point.”
That last part has caused widespread controversy. Many activists and members of the Muslim community, especially those on the forefront of conversations surrounding racial justice, are furious at the media’s failure to designate Mark Conditt as a terrorist.
“This is Mark Anthony Conditt – the Austin Bomber,” racial justice activist and columnist for the Intercept Shaun King wrote on Facebook, in a post that was shared over 100,000 times. “He is a terrorist. I want you to imagine for just a moment if it was a Muslim man who bombed and murdered people all over an American city. Then killed himself with a literal suicide bomb – injuring a cop in the process. Imagine how different the news would be.”
Activists have long complained of a perceived double standard, in which Muslim mass shooters and violent murderers are immediately labelled terrorists, while white men guilty of very similar crimes are treated as mentally ill or deranged individuals who must have been driven to these acts by external causes.
They are right in that consistency of terminology is vital. Dylann Roof, who killed nine people in a racially motivated attack on a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, was charged with 33 crimes, none of which were terrorism. This is despite having a clear political motive and using violence against civilians as a means to achieve that goal. As then Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, “Racially motivated violence such as this is the original domestic terrorism.”
Roof has since been sentenced to death.
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Saudi Arabia Bans Muslim Brotherhood From Schools
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Sunday, March 25, 2018 
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US President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the White House on March 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi Arabia banned Muslim Brotherhood teachings and any other influence of the Islamist organization from its schools’ curriculum. The move includes firing teachers who are sympathetic to the Brotherhood’s program for political revolution.
The announcement was made by Saudi Education Minister Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Issa, who vowed the government will “fight extremist ideologies by reviewing school curricula and books to ensure they are free of the banned Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda.”
Al-Issa also said the government would “ban books attributed to the Muslim Brotherhood from all schools and universities and remove All those who sympathize with the group.”
The Saudi’s designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization in 2014.
The move comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) pledged to return the kingdom to “moderate Islam,” and follows a number of reforms the prince made to further that goal. Speaking in an interview with CBS,  MBS said elements of the Brotherhood infiltrated Saudi schools.
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Four Killed in French Terror Attacks
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, March 25, 2018 
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French Anti-terror and regular police stand guard during an operation (Photo: MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)
Four people were killed and 16 others injured in three terrorist attacks carried out by the same terrorist in France on Friday morning. The string of attacks ended in a three-hour standoff in a supermarket when the gunman took hostages.
The gunman reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest), an Islamic slogan which has become the signature call of jihadists when they strike. He also pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
The terrorist was identified as 25 year-old Redouane Lakdim. A suspected accomplice was also arrested, according to the BBC.
The first attack took place in Carcassone at 10 am, when Lakdim flagged down a car, shot and killed a passenger and seriously wounded the driver. He then drove off in the car to a military barracks. After waiting briefly at the barracks, he drove to a riot police barracks. There he fired at a group of officers before driving off, injuring at least one.
His final stop was a Super U supermarket in the nearby town of Trebes. He shot and killed one customer and one shop worker before taking hostages.
“You are killing people in Syria. Now you’re going to die,” he yelled, according to witness testimony.
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‘Hot Oil Thrown on Texas Girl Who Refused Marriage’
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, March 26, 2018 
From left to right: Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, and her parents Hamdiyah Saha Al Hishmawi, 33, and Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, 34. (Photos: Bexas County Sheriff's Office)
From left to right: Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, and her parents Hamdiyah Saha Al Hishmawi, 33, and Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, 34. (Photos: Bexas County Sheriff’s Office)
A teenage Muslim girl from Texas was found three months after running away from her parents who arranged a marriage for her and allegedly beat her with a broomstick and poured hot oil on her, Fox News reported.
Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, was last seen leaving her high school in Bexar County in January. She was found in mid-March and taken in by an organization that is caring for her.
Hishmawi’s parents — Abdulah Fahmi Al Hishmawi, 34, and Hamdiyah Saha Al Hishmawi, 33 — reportedly arranged a marriage for their daughter in exchange for $20,000.
“Several times it was reported to us that this young lady was abused with hot cooking oil being thrown on her body. She was beat with broomsticks,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar added. “At least one point, she was choked almost to the point of unconsciousness.”
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Spice Girl: My Ex Showed Kids ISIS Beheading Videos
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, March 26, 2018 
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Former Spice Girl Mel B with ex-husband Stephen Belafonte (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Former “Spice Girl” Mel B charged that her ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte, traumatized her child by showing the young girl horrific ISIS beheading videos, The Blast reported.

Based on court documents obtained by the website, Mel (Melanie Brown) petitioned the court to prevent Belafonte from seeing Angel Murphy Brown, 10, Mel B’s child with comedian Eddie Murphy.
The former singer charged that Belafonte, whom she divorced at the end of 2017, showed all of Mel’s children the videos, including 6-year-old Madison, the child they had together. Phoenix, Mel B’s 19-year-old daughter, confirmed the accusations, saying in writing, “He got us all to watch men being beheaded with chainsaws by ISIS.”
Phoenix also alleged a host of other abuses by Belafonte including calling her “retarded,” kicking and yelling at the dog and eating half of her school lunch made by Mel so that she would have little to eat during the day.
Belafonte filed to have visitation rights with Angel, although in the court document, Mel charges that in detailing the girl’s likes and dislikes, he got everything wrong about his stepdaughter.
The judge for the case is set to rule on the petition shortly.
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Turkish Airstrikes in Syria Destroy Ancient, Christian Sites
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, March 26, 2018 
Remains of the ancient Neo-Hittite temple in Ain Dara, Syria after being bombed by Turkey (Photo: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Remains of the ancient Neo-Hittite temple in Ain Dara, Syria after being bombed by Turkey (Photo: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Air strikes by Turkey in Syria destroyed important Christian sites dating back to the Byzantine era and other archaeologica sites from the first millennium BC.
According to the directorate-general of the Syrian Department of Antiquities, the Turkish air forced bombed Barad, 9 miles south of the city of Afrin, where the Turks launched an offensive against the Kurds.
The bombing reported devastated, among other sites, the tomb of Marone, the remains of the cathedral of San Giuliano and an ancient Neo-Hittite temple built by the Arameans in the first millennium BC in Ain Dara, known for its enormous basalt lions.
Former antiquities chief Maamoun Abdul Karim said that the destruction of Ain Dara was “the same level of atrocity” as the deliberate demolition of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra by ISIS.
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American Day of Reckoning for Muslim Brotherhood?
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > American Day of Reckoning for Muslim Brotherhood?
BY RYAN MAURO Thursday, March 22, 2018 
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The Muslim Brotherhood’s sigh of relief after being rescued by Secretary of State Tillerson and National Security Adviser McMaster has been replaced by a sweaty panic.
With Tillerson out and Pompeo in and McMaster’s days numbered, it is now probable that the Muslim Brotherhood will finally be designated by the State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, paving the way for its infrastructure in America to begin being dismantled.
Groups associated with the Muslim Brotherhood network like the Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat ul-Fuqra are likely to see a similar fate. President Trump’s desire to pressure Pakistan and more closely ally with India adds to the likelihood that these Pakistani-led groups will be blacklisted.
The incoming secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was one of the earliest cosponsors of the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act when he was a member of Congress. Now, as secretary of state, he has the authority to designate Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs).
The newest version of the legislation is backed by 75 members of the House of Representatives and the Senate version introduced by Senator Ted Cruz has 4 cosponsors.
Now, most of the Trump Administration’s top officials are staunch foes of the Brotherhood, including:
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Should Media Be Shut Down During a Terror Attack?
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Thursday, March 22, 2018 
A woman makes a call on a cell phone at the site of the 2016 terror attack in the Brussels airport (Photo: KETEVAN KARDAVA/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman makes a call on a cell phone at the site of the 2016 terror attack in the Brussels airport (Photo: KETEVAN KARDAVA/AFP/Getty Images)
A new law in Singapore has kicked up a controversy about powers given to authorities, free speech and terror attacks.
The law gives government officials the power to block all electronic communications at the scene of a “serious incident.” This means that in the event of a terrorist attack, for example, all news coverage at the scene, as well as cell phone communications, etc., would be shut down.
Essentially no photos, text or audio messages, emails or phone calls.
At first glance the law sounds logical for the following reasons:
Information reported live – whether by media outlets or private citizens – can inadvertently aid the terrorist(s)
Cell phones can be used to activate bombs, thus a primary attack can be used as the bait to lure more people to the site for a secondary and possibly more deadly attack
Safety and saving lives come first. Pushy media personnel in pursuit of a scoop and private citizens out for their five seconds of glory can impede the work of police and other authorities – including EMTs — at the scene of the attack, adding to injuries or even causing unnecessary deaths
On the other hand:
What exactly is a “serious incident?” Authoritarian societies (which Singapore has been accused of being) can use such a designation to shut down coverage of peaceful protests and the like. Reporters Without Borders ranks Singapore 151st out of 180 countries in its World Press Freedom Index (with number-one being the best ranking).
Shutting down coverage is a convenient way to avoid publicizing politically-inconvenient truths – specifically Islamist terror attacks. We are already seeing this phenomenon in Europe, where jihadi attacks are often excused as mental illness or not reported at all (in the case of religiously-motivated rapes, etc.)
Coverage of terror attacks may actually save lives by warning people not to come near the affected area
What do you think? Take our poll below and write us your thoughts:
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Flint, Michigan Airport Jihadi Faces Additional Charges
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, March 22, 2018 
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Additional charges were levied against the Canadian national who carried out a jihadist attack against a police officer at the Flint, Michigan airport in June 2017.
Amor M. Ftouhi, 50, stabbed Officer Jeff Neville with a knife in the neck while screaming “Allahu Akbar (God is greater) in retaliation, he said, for coalition killings in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite a 12-inch wound, Neville survived the attack.
Ftouhi faced life in prison for the attack. However, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice added the additional charge of committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, a charge that also carries a possible life sentence.
Prosecutors say that Ftouhi entered the U.S. with the intention of killing government officials. While in Canada, he researched online how to buy a gun in Michigan. When he was unsuccessful, he bought a knife.
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100 French Intellectuals Denounce Islamist Separatism
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BY LESLIE SHAW Wednesday, March 21, 2018 
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Supporters of French President Macron celebrate his victory (Illustrative photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A group of 100 diverse French intellectuals denounced Islamist totalitarianism in the newspaper Le Figaro on March 19, 2018. The following is a translation of their statement made by Clarion contributor Leslie Shaw:
We are citizens of differing and often diametrically opposed views, who have found agreement in expressing our concern in the face of the rise of Islamism. We are united not by our affinities, but by the feeling of danger that threatens freedom in general and not just freedom of thought.
That which unites us today is more fundamental than that which will undoubtedly separate us tomorrow.
Islamist totalitarianism seeks to gain ground by every means possible and to represent itself as a victim of intolerance. This strategy was demonstrated some weeks ago when the SUD Education 93 teachers union proposed a training course that included workshops on state racism from which white people were barred.
Several of the facilitators were members or sympathizers of the CCIF (French Collective Against Islamophobia) or the Natives of the Republic party. Such examples have proliferated recently. We have thus learned that the best way to combat racism is to separate races. If this idea shocks us, it is because we are Republicans.
We also hear it said that because religions in France are trampled on by an institutionalized secularism, everything that is in a minority — in other words Islam — must be accorded a special place so that it can cease to be humiliated.
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How Israel Saved Us From a Nuclear ISIS
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, March 21, 2018 
Israel just produced evidence to show in 2007 it took out a suspected nuclear reactor in Syria, something Israel says is further evidence of Iran’s control over the country.
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Later that area was largely controlled by ISIS.
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It’s time to say thank you to our Israeli allies.


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10 Big Changes to Expect With Pompeo at State
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BY RYAN MAURO Wednesday, March 21, 2018 
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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By replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, President Trump has hit the “restart” button on his foreign policy a little over a year into his term.
Trump referenced the Iran deal as the point of contention sparking Tillerson’s departure, as Tillerson and his State Department colleagues favored a policy of making additional demands with additional pressures instead of withdrawing from the deal.
Expect 10 big changes in foreign policy once Pompeo is officially the Secretary of State.
1.Unleashing the sleeping hounds upon on our enemies
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FBI Arrests 2 Terror Suspects Every Week
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BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, March 20, 2018 
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FBI agents investigate a crime scene (Illustrative photo: SHAWN THEW/AFP/Getty Images)
A top official with the FBI revealed an average of two terror suspects are arrested every week in the U.S.
Speaking at the Security & Counter Terror Expo in London, Michael Mcgarrity, the assistant director of the bureau’s counter-terrorism division, said, “It’s a high-op tempo — some call it whack-a-mole.”
McGarrity said that once radicalized, a jihadi can be mobilized to attack in just 30 days.
He warned that there was a “lack of resources” to the growing terror threat to the U.S., noting that lone wolves attacks are often planned by “people living in the basements of their parents’ house.”
“The ocean doesn’t matter anymore,” said Mc Garrity, noting that “homegrown violent extremists” are usually born in the U.S.
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Survivor: Sex Gangs Motivated by Religious Extremism
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BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, March 20, 2018 
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A survivor of the Rotherham grooming gang in the UK speaks out about the religious extremism that motivated her abusers. One of her main points was that grooming gangs are not the same as pedophile rings. Rather they are more similar to terrorist networks.
The following is part of her first-hand account (you can read the entire text by clicking here):
They made it clear that because I was a non-Muslim, and not a virgin, and because I didn’t dress “modestly”, that they believed I deserved to be “punished” … 
Like terrorists, they firmly believe that the crimes they carry out are justified by their religious beliefs …
Experts say that grooming gangs are not the same as pedophile rings. It’s something that central Government really needs to understand in order to prevent more grooming gang crime in the future.
In November 2017, the Swedish government held a meeting where they stated that: “Sexual violence is being used as a tactic of terrorism”, and as such, it was recognized as a threat to Sweden’s national security. 
Religious indoctrination is a big part of the process of getting young men involved in grooming gang crime. Religious ideas about purity, virginity, modesty and obedience are taken to the extreme until horrific abuse becomes the norm. It was taught to me as a concept of “othering” … 
I experienced horrific, religiously sanctioned sexual violence and torture – so I definitely believe that we need to be aware of religious extremism as something potentially harmful, so that we can protect people from it. 
The link between terrorism and rape undertaken by Islamist gangs was not being ignored. They called for counter-extremism education. This sounds like a balanced and intelligent governmental response to me.
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Princess Vanishes – See Her Final Video
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BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, March 20, 2018 
Princess Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is one of the 30 children of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. She has been missing since March 4.

According to Latifa, she fled Dubai via boat to escape years of torture and imprisonment by her father.
The following video made by Latifa was uploaded to YouTube by Latifa’s attorney who was instructed to do so in the case of her death or disappearance. The video expresses her desire to escape the UAE and her concerns that, if it is being shown, she and her friends are in danger or dead.
In the video, Latifa also describes the failed escape attempt by her older sister Shamsa and a previous escape attempt she made in 2002. After being captured, she relates how she was tortured and imprisoned for more than three years. She states that her father and his men are responsible for the murders of family members and as well as countless others.
Clarion Project cannot confirm the veracity of this video.
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Islamist Infiltration of American Universities
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BY RYAN MAURO Monday, March 19, 2018 
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A university lecture hall (Illustrative photo: TORSTEN SILZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Ryan Mauro is the national security analyst and Shillman Fellow for the Clarion Project. This article was written with the assistance of Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.
In 1988, an FBI source inside the Muslim Brotherhood revealed that the Islamist group’s proxies in America had a six-phase plan to “institute the Islamic Revolution in the United States.” [1]  Among these front groups was The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a think tank committed to the “Islamization of knowledge.”[2] This ideology, as Professor Vali Nasr writes, entails the subordination of scientific inquiry to “the mere implementation of the assorted teachings of the Shariʿa.”[3]
Over the last three decades, IIIT’s part in the Brotherhood’s plan has met remarkable success. The institute has made itself an indispensable resource for Islamic studies scholars: It has provided funding for over 70 active researchers based at institutions across America (see appendix); it has spent millions of dollars on endowing chairs in Islamic studies;[4] and it has publicized the research of hundreds of like-minded academics at its Summer Institute for Scholars.[5]
IIIT’s activities are integral to the Brotherhood’s broader strategy of inciting an international Islamic revolution. As an official IIIT handbook notes:
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What You Wouldn’t Want Your Kids Learning
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, March 19, 2018 
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Textbooks for children in the Palestinian Authority notoriously promote the concepts of jihad and martyrdom, while demonizing the enemies of Islam.
A Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) study of the most recent textbooks show “a significant increase in focus on the early Islamic tenets of shahada (martyrdom), fidaa (self-sacrifice) and tadhiya (sacrifice) as part of jihad for the sake of Allah, and their modern manifestations as part of the Palestinian struggle against Israel.”
The following is a sampling of what Palestinian kids are learning in Middle School:
The Muslims’ victory over the Quraysh tribe (624 C.E.), traditionally viewed as the quintessential battle in which Muslims were outnumbered three to one: “When the fighting got tough…the Messenger of Allah [the Prophet Muhammad] encouraged the Muslims to fight by saying:’Rise up [and fight, to attain] Paradise, which is as wide as the heaven and the earth.’ The Muslims attacked the polytheist army with full force, as their strong faith and honest desire spurred them to sacrifice their souls. As a result the polytheists were defeated, and the Muslims achieved a great victory…”
Rewards for the martyr as stated in the hadiths (sayings of the prophet): “Allah the Almighty wishes to take shahids  (martyrs) from among the believers in order to grace them with martyrdom, forgive their sins and exalt them in Paradise.””Allah rewards the shahid with six rewards: with the first drop of blood, his sins are forgiven; he sees his place in Paradise; he is spared the torments of the grave; he is spared the horror of the Day of Judgment; he is crowned with the crown of glory, whose precious stone is better than all of this world and what is in it; he marries 72 black-eyed women; he vouches for 70 of his family members [to be accepted to Paradise].”
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The Fascist Roots of Jihadism
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Monday, March 19, 2018 
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Joseph Goebbels giving a Hitler Youth member a medal for military success. (Illustrative photo: Wikimedia Commons)
What is fascism? The word gets thrown around a lot, usually to describe right-wing political opponents. But the word actually has a specific meaning and refers to a particular political ideology.
I’ve previously argued for Clarion that Islam is not a fascist religion (or at least, not inherently so any more than Christianity is). But what about Islamism, the political ideology seeking to impose Islam over others and implement sharia as state law?
To answer that question, we first need to look at what fascism actually is.
Vox writer David Roberts helpfully collated what a series of fascism scholars said about the nature of fascism.
British anti-fascism scholar Richard Griffin defines fascism as follows:
“Fascism is a genus of political ideology whose mythic core in its various permutations is a palingenetic form of populist ultra-nationalism.”
So what does that mean?
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All Change in the Trump Administration
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > All Change in the Trump Administration
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, March 14, 2018 
There’s a new secretary of state and a new CIA chief. Clarion’s Ryan Mauro examines the significance:

All Change in the Trump Administration
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Tillerson out, Pompeo and Haspel in. Clarion's Ryan Mauro explains the significance of the changes.
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Terrorists Will Soon Be Able to Fake Any Video
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Wednesday, March 14, 2018 
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“The idea that someone could put another person’s face on an individual’s body, that would be like a homerun for anyone who wants to interfere in a political process. This is now going to be the new reality, surely by 2020, but potentially even as early as this year.” — Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
New technology with the ability to create hyper-realistic fake videos has the potential to wreak havoc on the political landscape, lawmakers and technology experts say.
The tech allows people’s faces to be superimposed onto different bodies in other videos. Different technology can also allow allow facial expressions to be altered. Adobe even has a program to create new audio from text.
Currently, fake video technology requires manipulation of existing video footage of a person, and cannot create fake video from scratch with just a picture.
Right now, the technology is not that widespread and can still be detected by experts. But it is improving rapidly.
Such videos have already caused controversy. Fake pornographic videos have been made by face-swapping celebrities into pornographic movies. In February 2018, the popular content sharing website Reddit banned the r/deepfakes subreddit, which had been used to share fake pornographic content featuring celebrities. Reddit updated its rules prohibiting sharing pornographic content of someone without that person’s consent to include faked images. In February 2018, the pornographic website Pornhub banned deepfake videos from its platform.
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Researchers at the University of Washington have produced a photorealistic former US President Barack Obama. 
Artificial intelligence was used to precisely model how Mr Obama moves his mouth when he speaks. 
Their technique allows them to put any words into their synthetic Barack Obama’s mouth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmUC4m6w1wo&ab_channel=BBCNews


Clarion Salutes an American Woman
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Activists > Interviews with Activists > Clarion Salutes an American Woman
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, March 14, 2018 
Meet Californian Anila Ali:
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Should We Stop Using the Word ‘Islam’?
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Should We Stop Using the Word ‘Islam’?
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Wednesday, March 14, 2018 
Using the term ‘Islam’ instead of a more specific word for a sect can often be too vague when discussing various aspects of the religion.
It’s true that when talking about any group, it is necessary to a certain extent to talk in generalities. Without mentioning the things that tie a group together, a group ceases to meaningfully exist as a concept. So when talking about religion, it is natural to fall into this pattern and talk about a large grouping unified by a common creed.
But this may not always be so helpful when the group is so broad that it doesn’t mean much to peg someone as a member.
When talking about Islam, it is easy to forget just how vast it is. Well over a billion and a half followers is a colossal number. Yes, there is a common doctrine. To be counted as a Muslim one has to accept that there is no God but Allah and that Mohammed is his messenger. Muslims also accept the Quran as scripture.
But beyond that there is a lot of divergence. There are four schools of Sunni jurisprudence. The Shiite world is largely divided into Twelver, Zaidi and Jafari, but there are many other, smaller groups. Each Muslim country over the centuries has developed its own traditions, customs and legal thought. Each community looks to its own leaders for religious guidance.
Others reject hadiths and fiqh altogether, going only by what they read in the Quran.
What we most commonly think of as Islamic fundamentalism today, the austere Wahhabism of Saudi Arabia, is itself only a recent invention. It was an 18th-Century reaction against the cosmopolitan Islam practiced by the Ottoman elites of the day. Iran’s theocratic government is even younger, implementing Ayatollah Khomeini’s program of “Guardianship of the Jurist,” which was drawn up in the 1970s, replacing hundreds of years of Islamically-sanctioned monarchy.
In the West in particular, but also all over the world, many Muslims are now questioning their relationship with their faith and re-opening old questions. Islamic feminists are pushing for a greater role for women. Progressives and humanists are questioning whether or not the Quran is divinely authored, while still relating to it as a hugely important guiding influence in their lives.
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Political Protests Spread Across Iran on Fire Festival
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BY SHAHRIAR KIA Wednesday, March 14, 2018 . 
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There were widespread reports of political activities throughout Iran following a call by the network of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) for mobilization on the occasion of the March 13 National Fire Festival, known as Chaharshanbeh Suri in Persian.
A few weeks ago, MEK’s network of supporters inside the country called upon all Iranian people to show their protests against the ruling mullahs in Iran during the last week of the Persian year. Iranian protesters distributed leaflets and flyers in support of this call in scores of cities.
Pictures of Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), were posted in various locations while pictures of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei were set on fire by activists and protesters who chanted “Down with Khamenei.”
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Why Do Parents Turn Children Into Suicide Bombers?
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Why Do Parents Turn Children Into Suicide Bombers?
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, March 11, 2018 
Clarion Project’s David Harris asks the rhetorical question: How can parents send their children to their deaths as suicide bombers or so-called martyrs?
Learn more about the abuse of children in the name of radicalism.
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New Florida Law Upholds First Amendment
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, March 11, 2018 
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The state of Florida passed new legislation reaffirming first amendment rights on college campuses. The new rules ban so called “free speech zones” on college campuses that limit free speech to specific areas. They also allow protesters to sue schools which violate their first amendment rights.
“The Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2018 passed Monday in the House and Senate by votes of 84-28 and 33-5, respectively,” the Washington Times reported.
Generation Opportunity, an activist group which supports the legislation told Truth Revolt:
“Attempting to limit the First Amendment rights of students by tucking them into the hidden corners of campus is not only unconstitutional but goes against the very concept of what a college education should be about.”
The bill did allow campuses to make some restrictions on free speech where necessary.
“Outdoor areas of campus are considered traditional public forums for individuals, organizations and guest speakers,” the bill read. “A public institution of higher education may create and enforce restrictions that are reasonable and content-neutral on time, place, and manner of expression and that are narrowly tailored to a significant institutional interest. Restrictions must be clear and published and must and provide for ample alternative means of expression.”
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Poll Results: What You Said About Saudi Prince Meeting Trump
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Poll Results: What You Said About Saudi Prince Meeting Trump
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, March 11, 2018 
U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman speak to the media in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 14, 2017. 
U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman speak to the media in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 14, 2017. (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / Getty Images)
Ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman we asked you whether it’s appropriate for him to receive an official invitation to visit the United States.
The 32-year-old crown prince is in line to succeed his ailing 82-year-old father, King Salman. In the meantime, the crown prince has been given sweeping powers and has launched an ambitious program, Vision 2030, to modernize the country.
He has also embarked on reforms. He lifted a ban on cinemas and presided over a decision to allow women to drive. He plans to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy away from oil. He has even announced a Red Sea tourist resort, where women will be able to wear bikinis, and a $500 billion high-tech city called Neom. He will seek to present an image of a friendlier, more tolerant Saudi Arabia which is modernizing fast and open for business.
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Should Trump Welcome the Saudi Crown Prince?
Home > World > Saudi Arabia > Should Trump Welcome the Saudi Crown Prince?
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, March 8, 2018
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman. (Photo: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)
The United Kingdom is rolling out the red carpet for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman (known colloquially as MBS), as he begins his first international tour. He will dine with the Queen and meet with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May. He will be coming fresh from a visit to Egypt, where, in addition to political leaders and Muslim religious figures, he visited the Coptic Pope and invited the community to come to Saudi Arabia.
He will head to America after his stop in Britain.
The 32-year-old crown prince will succeed to the throne when his 82-year-old father, King Salman, dies. In the meantime, the crown prince has been given sweeping powers and has launched an ambitious program, Vision 2030, to modernize the country.
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Poll Results: Mug Shots and Hijabs
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > Poll Results: Mug Shots and Hijabs
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Thursday, March 8, 2018
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New York City settled lawsuits with three Muslim women who were forced to take off their hijabs in front of men while having police mug shots taken. Each woman is to receive $60,000.
In 2015, the New York Police Department changed its policy for people who refuse to take off their head covering for religious reasons in front of members of the opposite sex. Arresting officers now have to give such persons the option of taking a photo in private with an officer of the same gender.
One of the cases occurred before the policy was changed and two occurred after.
In connection with this story, we asked you, our readers, “How far do you think police should go to accommodate religious sensitivities?”
22.7 percent said taking a mug shot in private with the same gender is a reasonable accommodation
77.3 percent said mugs shots should be taken in the most expedient way
Here are some of the comments we received:
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5 Things to Celebrate on International Women’s Day
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Thursday, March 8, 2018
The UAE is celebrating International Women’s Day by having an all-women’s flight from Dubai to San Francisco on its Emirates airline. All those working on the flight – from flight attendants to pilots to radar technicians to service personnel – will be women.
In Egypt, a woman who was being sexually harassed on the street fought back, hitting her attacker with her handbag without letting up, even when other people tried to stop her. A video of the incident, taken from a nearby security camera, went viral after being posted on social media. The viral video put pressure on the police to track down and apprehend the attacker. He was subsequently tried and sentenced to three years in jail.
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Islamic University Bans Full-Face Veils
Home > World > Indonesia > Islamic University Bans Full-Face Veils
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, March 8, 2018
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A public university in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, has banned women from wearing full-face veils on campus for fear of their radicalizing influence, the Daily Mail reported.
The State Islamic University in Yogyakarta, Java has noticed an alarming trend in the once-moderate country of an encroaching extremist interpretation of Islam.
A recent survey of high schools and university students indicate that almost 20 percent support a caliphate over the current secular government of Indonesia.
The university says there are 41 women on campus wearing full-face veils. They plan to offer the women counselling and eventually tell them they must take off their face veils if they want to graduate.
Opinions about the ban were mixed, with hardliners declaring the policy “un-Islamic’ and saying it goes against the country’s commitment to diversity.
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Censored Women’s Film Festival: Upcoming Events
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Thursday, March 8, 2018
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The Censored Women’s Film festival, together with Women’s Voices Now, is sponsoring a screening of the Academy Award-nominated animated film, The Breadwinner, in New York City on March 13. Clarion spokeswoman Raheel Raza, Honor Diaries star Zainab Khan and Honor Diaries Board member Linda Church will participate in a discussion after the film. For details, click here.
The next Censored Women’s Film Festival will be hosted by the Duke University Honor Council. If you’re in North Carolina March 23-25, check out this incredible line up and the inspiring keynote speaker, Naima Dido.
The Censored Women’s Film Festival, a project of Honor Diaries, gives voice to women who are censored in their own countries because of their gender and oftentimes, because of the topics they cover.
Films chosen push the envelope in the cinematic portrayal of women’s rights and brings together dynamic speakers (experts, filmmakers and activists) from around the globe.
Each year the festival selects the most powerful films which uncover silenced women’s issues, using this event to give voice to the voiceless.
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Teacher Planned to Raise ‘Army’ of Jihadi Children
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, March 4, 2018 
ISIS child fighter (ISIS video screenshot)
A teacher in Islamic schools in the UK was radicalizing his students, preparing them to assist him in massive terror attacks on 30 targets across London.
Umar Haque, 25, planned to raise an “army” of jihadi children, The Telegraph reported.
Haque was employed at two schools and a mosque in East London. “And he tried — and he did, we believe — radicalize vulnerable children from the ages of 11 to 14,” said Commander Dean Hayden, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.
“His plan was to create an army of children to assist with multiple terrorist
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attacks throughout London.”
Haque had access to 250 children, 100 of whom he tried to radicalize by showing them extremist videos, which included beheadings. The children were told that they would meet a similar fate if they told anyone about what they were being taught.
Haque planned to prepare the children for martyrdom when they were older. He planned to teach them how to drive, presumably to carry out vehicular suicide operations at iconic sites in London like Big Ben and Heathrow Airport.
No one reported his activities. When police tried to investigate, they were met with a “wall of silence” from the schools, said Hayden, which has made the investigation all the more difficult.
The children, for their part “were paralyzed with fear … He threatened them that if they were to talk to teachers, parents or to allude to anybody outside of that classroom of what was going on, that they would meet a similar fate. It doesn’t appear that any of those children raised the alarm bell of what was going on.”
One child spoke to the police. On a video of his testimony, the child said, “He is teaching us terrorism, like how to fight,” he said. “If you fight for the sake of Allah, on Judgment Day, when you get judged for your good deeds and bad deeds, fighting is good.
“He wants a group of 300 men. He’s training us now so by the time I’m in Year 10 [age 15] we will be physically strong enough to fight.”
One of the schools Haque worked at, the Lantern of Knowledge Secondary School, received excellent reports from Ofsted, the governmental agency that regulates educational institutions in the UK. Inspectors reported that the school exhibited a “strong sense of community, harmony and respect.”
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NYC Settles Hijab Grievance Claims for $180,000
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, March 4, 2018 
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New York City settled cases with three Muslim women who were forced to take off their hijabs in front of men while having police mug shots taken. Each woman will receive $60,000.
In 2015, the New York Police Department changed its policy for people who refuse to take off their head covering for religious reasons in front of members of the opposite sex. Arresting officers now have to give such persons the option of taking a photo in private with an officer of the same gender.
The first case occurred in 2012, when a teenager, identified only as G.E., was arrested for fighting with two other girls. The first mug shot was taken in private, but another shot at a different location could not offer that option as the camera was in a fixed position.
G.E. charged that she felt “exposed, violated and distraught” during the 20 minutes that her headscarf was off in front of male police officers and other prisoners.
The other two cases occurred after the change in rules went into effect. One woman’s head scarf was removed after she was knocked unconscious after a fight with a neighbor over a parking spot. Another woman was denied a request to have her picture taken in private by a female officer.
Commenting on the cases, a representative from the legal department of the NYPD remarked, “The resolution of these matters were in the best interest of all parties involved.”
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Marine Le Pen Charged Over Tweeting ISIS Images
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, March 4, 2018 
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The head of the French National Front party in France, Marine Le Pen, was charged with the “distribution of violent images” for tweeting graphic pictures from Islamic State.
Le Pen could receive up to three years in prison if convicted after her parliamentary immunity was lifted in a ruling last November.
In rejecting the charges, Le Pen said, “I am being charged for having condemned the horrors of Daesh [ISIS]. In other countries, this would have earned me a medal.”
Le Pen also said that the charges were a violation of her freedom of expression and called the investigation a political ploy.
Le Pen tweeted the images in 2015 shortly after the horrific Islamist terror attacks that left 130 dead in November.
A French law makes it criminal to circulate “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity.” One of the images showed James Foley, an American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in August 2014.
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Terrorism is a Tactic Not an Ideology
Home > Terrorism > Terrorism is a Tactic Not an Ideology
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Sunday, March 4, 2018 
ISIS suicide truck bomber detonates his device. (Video screenshot)
Terrorism is a tactic, not an ideology. This is important to clarify, because people often talk about terrorism as if it was a thing on its own. They speak about someone being “a terrorist,” without saying for which cause he was fighting.
Frequently, the implication is that any given terrorist is an Islamist, since so much of the terrorism in the world today is carried out in the name of that ideology. But this is misleading. There are many other kinds of terrorists. There are also many Islamists who are not terrorists and who are strongly opposed to terrorism, but who want the same goals as Islamist terrorists (commonly known as jihadists).
To qualify as an act of terrorism, the United States government looks for four metrics. According to the U.S. Criminal Code 18 2231, the act has to:
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What Does Winning Against Radical Islam Look Like?
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Sunday, March 4, 2018 
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“We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning, you’re going to come to me and go, ‘Please, please, we can’t win anymore.’” — Donald J. Trump
With any mission, it’s important to have a clear goal in mind. For example, when I’m baking cupcakes, I want to have enough so that I can eat until I’m so stuffed I can’t move, but still have some left over for the morning. The desired end-state (a sugar-induced stupor) gives me a clear framework so I can work backwards and figure out how to get there.
So what does winning look like in the struggle against radical Islam?
Here’s one take on what victory might look like.
Firstly, it would mean no more terrorist attacks. Jihadi massacres of civilians are the primary reason most people care about Islamism, and with good reason. To take just one year as an example, in 2015, there were 11,774 terrorist attacks in 92 countries which killed 21,404 people, not including perpetrators. The majority of these attacks were carried out by Islamic extremists.
Most of the victims of Islamic terrorism are, of course, Muslims living in Muslim countries.
But terrorism is only a small part of Islamism. The main issue it presents is religious coercion. Islamism seeks to impose it’s vision of Islam over everyone else and enforce that vision through implementing sharia as state law.
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To Combat Islamism: Think Global, Act Local
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > To Combat Islamism: Think Global, Act Local
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, March 1, 2018 
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At Clarion, we always stress that Islamism is an international problem. It is a toxic political ideology (separate from the religion of Islam as a whole) that seeks to dominate the world and impose its vision of theocratic rule first onto Muslims and then everyone else on earth.
At the same time, far-right ideology has a codependent and destructive relationship with Islamism. It paints a picture of a global clash of civilizations between Christendom and Islam and makes every Muslim into a possible threat.
These two global movements each provide their own recruiting propaganda. They similarly establish networks between key activists in different countries, communicate effectively to each other using modern technology, and coordinate messages and propaganda strategies across continents and oceans with ease.
Therefore any real attempt to stop them has to be able to organize internationally. The counter-Islamist movement has to build effective transnational partnerships, coordinate strategy across multiple time zones and be clear and concise in its message to the world: no to theocracy — not in its Islamic form and not in any form.  
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Al-Qaeda Recruitment Methods Revealed
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, February 28, 2018 
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Former Al-Qaeda head Osama Bin-Laden (Photo: Video screenshot)
One of the most sensitive documents recently revealed in the cache taken in Osama bin Laden’s house details the recruitment methods employed by al-Qaeda. Members of the international terror organization were especially instructed to target those Muslims who were deemed “common” and “ignorant.” In addition, the terror group targeted disaffected youth as well as those with criminal records and societal outcasts.
It is a strategy adopted today by ISIS, especially in its recruitment of supporters to carry out so-called lone-wolf attacks
The document, dated March 29, 2010 came with a caveat which read, “Warning: To be published among the media, but not for public publication, a special message to the brothers of the jihadist media.”
The document was written by the head of al-Qaeda in Libya, Aby Yahya al-Libi, who was killed in a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan in June 2012. Al-Libi, considered the mastermind of al-Qaeda propaganda, was third in command, after Bin Laden and his successor (and current al-Qaeda head) Ayman al-Zawahri.
In the document, al-Libi instructed:
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Must Watch: Muslim Satirist Lampoons Maajid Nawaz
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, March 1, 2018 
Veedu Vidz. (Photo: Screenshot from video).
Veedu Vidz. (Photo: Screenshot from video).
If you get frustrated by the difficulty of having an honest conversation about Islamism, but can’t quite put your finger on exactly why, you have to watch this video.
Former Islamist Maajid Nawaz, now a counter-extremism activist and head of the Quilliam Foundation, runs a talkshow on London’s LBC network. In it, callers dial in to speak to Nawaz, and he regularly argues with them about radical Islam. He carefully explains, from his experience and his deep understanding of the topic, the nuances of how to challenge radical Islam without veering into anti-Muslim bigotry.
But many of the callers attack Maajid for it. Muslim callers have berated Nawaz in the past and accused him of misrepresenting Islam or worse. One memorable conversation saw him baffled by a Muslim woman who refused to condemn verse 4:34 in the Quran, which allows a husband to beat his wife in certain circumstances. On the other side, he has been attacked by angry non-Muslims who are worried about an Islamic takeover and blame all Muslims for terrorism.
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Britain’s Top Clergyman Warns Against Sharia Law
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BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, February 27, 2018 
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Lord Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. (Photo: Screenshot from video)
The Anglican Church’s highest ranked priest Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby slammed sharia law, Islam’s legal code, in his new book. He warned the British government never to recognize sharia as part of the legal system, calling it incompatible with Britain’s laws.
Welby argued that sharia is a competing values system which is at odds with Britain’s legal and moral traditions that are based on Christian ideas.
“There has been, and remains, a demand for the introduction of those aspects of sharia law that affect family and inheritance,” Lord Welby said. “The problem is re-imagining Britain through values applied in action can only work where the narrative of the country is coherent and embracing.
“Sharia, which has a powerful and ancient cultural narrative of its own, deeply embedded in a system of faith and understanding of God, and thus especially powerful in forming identity, cannot become part of another narrative. Accepting it in part implies accepting its values around the nature of the human person, attitudes to outsiders, the revelation of God, and a basis for life in law, rather than grace, the formative word of Christian culture.
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Hot Off the Presses: US’ New Strategy to Fight ISIS
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, February 28, 2018 
While one American ISIS wannabe was extradited from Tunisia back to the U.S. to face terrorism charges and another from Maryland stated he planned to attack federal buildings in Baltimore, the U.S. revealed its latest plans to fight the international aspirations of ISIS:
The State Department named seven ISIS-affiliated groups as Foreign Terrorist Organizations and two ISIS-affiliated leaders as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. The groups hail from West Africa, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Somalia and Egypt.The individuals are two followers of ISIS’ self-styled “caliph” Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi in Africa: Mahad Moalim, the deputy leader of the ISIS-affiliate in Somalia, and Abu Musab al-Barnawi, an ISIS leader in West Africa.
“These designations target key ISIS-affiliated groups and leaders outside its fallen caliphate in Iraq and Syria,” said a representative from the State Department. “Today’s actions are a critical step in degrading ISIS’s global network and denying its affiliates the resources they need to plan and carry out terrorist attacks.”
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Sexual Horror in New Blasphemy Case
Home > Political Islam > Sharia Governance > Blasphemy > Sexual Horror in New Blasphemy Case
BY KALEEM DEAN Tuesday, February 27, 2018 
Despite an ordered media blackout by authorities, a new blasphemy case in Pakistan has gained worldwide attention for the violent and sexual abuse of those accused at the hands of their government interrogators.
Two young Christian men, Patras Masih, 18, and his cousin, Sajid Masih 24, were accused of sharing an image on Facebook considered sacrilegious by Muslims.
As word got out, a mob made up of members of the extremist Islamist political party, Tehreek-e-Labiak Ya Rasool Allah (TLK), blocked all entrances to Lahore and demanded Patras (accused of being the main perpetrator) be beheaded. Extremists also congregated in front of Patras’ home, waiting to lynch him.
Armed with gasoline, the mob threatened to burn down the 1,500 Christian houses in the area, causing some 1,000 Christians to flee.
The police, with the help of other law enforcement agencies, were able to disperse the crowd after promising the most severe blasphemy charges would be levied against Patras. Those charges carry a mandatory death sentence.
In 2016, a similar charge was made against a Christian man, Nabeel Masih, who was accused of “liking a Facebook post seemed insulting to Islam.” Such an “insult” falls under the blasphemy law that carries a punishment of 10 years in prison. However, because of the demands of a violent mob, he was charged with the most severe form of blasphemy as well.
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US Embassy Attack Foiled in Jordan
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, February 28, 2018 
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The U.S. embassy in Amman, Jordan (Photo: U.S. State Department)
An attack on the U.S. embassy in Jordan was foiled by Jordanian security forces, The Times of Israel reported. The attack was planned by a 17-member ISIS cell that was arrested before the attack could be carried out.
The cell also planned attacks on the French Institute of Jordan, the Ro’ya TV channel, a nightclub, tunnels belonging to the country’s Phosphate Company, a church and an Israeli businessmen.
For a timeline of attacks on U.S. embassies abroad, click here https://clarionproject.org/montenegro/
The cell was divided into three groups to facilitate the attacks: The first group previewed the targets; the second group was to provide technical support and carry out minor attacks; finally, the third group was to execute the major attacks including suicide bombings.
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Turkey’s President Glorifies Child Martyrdom
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BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, February 27, 2018 
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Turkish President Erdogan with the child on stage (Photo: Video screenshot)
In a speech criticized as child abuse and the glorification of child martyrdom, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said to a crying six-year-old girl dressed in military fatigues, “If she’s martyred, they’ll lay a flag on her, God willing.”
Erdogan was speaking at a televised congress of his Islamist AK party (see video below). He pulled the stunned girl onto the stage to make the remarks, while his supporters yelled, “Chief! Take us to Afrin!”
Afrin is the site of Turkey’s recent incursion into Syria. The Turks  have been mercilessly attacking the Kurds who, after routing ISIS in the region, control the oil-rich territory.
When Erdogan saw the girl was sobbing, he said, “Look what you see here! Girl, what are you doing here? We have our maroon berets here, but maroon berets never cry.”
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The Six Levels of Countering Islamism
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Sunday, February 25, 2018 
UK counterterror police take part in an exercise in London 2015. (Photo: BEN STANSTALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Islamism, the political ideology that seeks to impose its vision of Islam over others and implement sharia as state law, is a bad idea. It’s a bad idea in the same ballpark as other totalitarian ideas, such as communism and fascism, and if allowed to fester un-checked, seems liable to rack up a similar body count.
So how is such an ideology countered? Governments can’t just ban ideas or round up everyone who believes them (or at least, they shouldn’t). We map out the struggle on six levels, going from the macro of government policy, down to how the individual can tackle Islamism in their daily lives.

Let’s get started.
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Timeline of Attacks on US Embassies Abroad
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, February 22, 2018 
The attack on the U.S. embassy in Montenegro February 22, 2018, is unfortunately part of a long string of embassy attacks (see our infographic below).
Last night’s attack saw an assailant throw an explosive device — most probably a grenade — at the embassy in the middle of the night before blowing himself up outside the compound, according to the government of the Balkan country.
No embassy personnel were injured. At present the attacker has not been identified.
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The Six Levels of Countering Islamism
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Sunday, February 25, 2018
UK counterterror police take part in an exercise in London 2015. (Photo: BEN STANSTALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Islamism, the political ideology that seeks to impose its vision of Islam over others and implement sharia as state law, is a bad idea. It’s a bad idea in the same ballpark as other totalitarian ideas, such as communism and fascism, and if allowed to fester un-checked, seems liable to rack up a similar body count.
So how is such an ideology countered? Governments can’t just ban ideas or round up everyone who believes them (or at least, they shouldn’t). We map out the struggle on six levels, going from the macro of government policy, down to how the individual can tackle Islamism in their daily lives.
Let’s get started.
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Maajid Nawaz: Stop Palming Off Our Terrorists to the US
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, February 25, 2018
Maajid Nawaz, former extremist turned anti-extremist campaigner in the UK, says Britain must face its mistakes in raising a generation of cold-blooded terrorists like “Jihadi John” and the rest of the his ISIS terror cell dubbed “the Beatles.”

He says Brits should stop whining about the U.S.’s detention facility in Guantanamo Bay and bring British terrorists back — like the captured “Beatles” — to the UK to stand trial for their crimes.
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British Couple in South Africa Feared Kidnapped, Killed by ISIS Cell
Home > World > South Africa > British Couple in South Africa Feared Kidnapped, Killed by ISIS Cell
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Possibly the last picture taken of Rachel and Rodney Saunders alive on Feb.8 by BBC presenter Nick Bailey (Photo: Twitter)
UK and South African security officials are in disagreement as to the sudden disappearance of a British couple in an outlying area of South Africa.
Dual nationals Rodney and Rachel Saunders, 73 and 64 respectively, who were gardening experts in the town of Vryheid, were last heard from on February 12 and are feared to be dead. Police investigating their disappearance confirmed they arrested a man and woman from the same town — Sayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio, 38, and Fatima Patel, 27 — both of whom were reported to have been in possession of ISIS recruiting material. (Of note was that Patel’s brother Ebrahim was detained in a raid by anti-terror officers in 2016.)
The couple is facing possible charges of kidnapping, robbery and murder. They are being questioned over separate allegations of arson and terror offenses as they were originally arrested on February 16 in connection with a fire that destroyed a sugar cane field in the region.
British security officials recently issued warnings of “likely” attacks by Islamists on foreigners in South Africa. The Foreign Office’s website stated:
“Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in South Africa…The main threat is from extremists linked to Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL). In February 2018, two South African-British nationals were kidnapped.”
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Special Forces Teach How to Fight Terrorists
Home > World > Nigeria > Special Forces Teach How to Fight Terrorists
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Members of the U.S. Security Assistance Training Management Organization train soldiers from the Nigerian Army Infantry School (Capt. James Sheehan/ U.S. Army)
U.S. special forces were in Nigeria on a seven-week tour training local soldiers in advanced infantry tactics that will most like be used to fight Islamist terror.
A group of Green Berets and other infantrymen trained 200 Nigerian soldiers stationed at an army school.
“They face a significant threat from both Boko Haram and ISIS,” said Capt. Stephen Gouthro, the group’s officer-in-charge, speaking to Army Times.
“It really puts a spin of realism on what we’re doing,” he added. “It’s very possible that this training event will be some of the last training they get before they go into combat for their country.”
The training started with tactics in patrolling and countering IEDs then progressed to conducting ambushes and raids with an entire platoon.
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