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How American Dollars End Up Funding Terror
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > How American Dollars End Up Funding Terror
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, February 22, 2018 
Companies that do business with Iran have a good chance of funding terror. That was the warning of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at the recent Munich Security Conference in Germany.
The simple reason is because the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) — the arm of the Iranian government responsible for global terror — owns and influences a considerable portion of the Iranian economy.
“When you invest in Iran, you’re investing in the IRGC,” McMaster said. “You might as well cut the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a check and say, ‘Please use this to commit more murder across the Middle East.’”
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Timeline of Attacks on US Embassies Abroad
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Timeline of Attacks on US Embassies Abroad
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 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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Encounter With Uber Driver Results in FGM Arrest
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Child Abuse > Encounter With Uber Driver Results in FGM Arrest
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, February 22, 2018 
A chance encounter between an Uber driver and an anti-FGM campaigner resulted in an arrest and trial of the driver for FGM offenses in the UK.
Sami Ullah, 29, a trustee for the charity Integrate, got into the car of a Somalian Uber driver. While making small talk, the conversation turned to FGM. While the driver (who cannot be identified for legal reasons) agreed with Ullah that FGM was wrong, he said that he had had his daughter cut.
“I did the small one to my daughter. Other people did the big one, but I did the small one.”
Ullah asked the driver if he knew that the procedure was illegal, to which the driver replied that it was “custom and tradition,” saying, “some people did it and some people don’t.”
The driver then asked Ullah, “Do you know why we do it?” to which he answered, “It’s so women don’t feel sexy all the time.”

Get Educated. Look at our infographic FGM 101
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Why Are Suspected Terrorists Allowed to Buy Guns?
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Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > Why Are Suspected Terrorists Allowed to Buy Guns?
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Monday, February 19, 2018 
Prof. Ryan Mauro, director of the Clarion Intelligence Network and Shillman Fellow for the Clarion Project, reacts to the FBI’s failure to stop the Florida school shooter and explains how even suspected terrorists are allowed to legally purchase firearms.
VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1i5EaiZBdE
(Editor’s note: This show was taped before the FBI admitted that it mishandled a tip it received on January 5 about the possibility of the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, carrying out a school attack.)



Unrepentant Mall of America Stabber Gets Light Sentence
Home > Terrorism > Unrepentant Mall of America Stabber Gets Light Sentence
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, February 19, 2018 
Mahad Abdiaziz Adbiraham flashes the symbol of ISIS in the courtroom at his sentencing hearing
Mahad Abdiaziz Adbiraham flashes the symbol of ISIS in the courtroom at his sentencing hearing (Photo: video screenshot)
An unrepentant Islamist terrorist in Minnesota received a sentence of 15 years in prison, meaning he could be paroled in eight to 10 years.
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.
Last month, Adbiraham pleaded guilty to the charges against him. His attorney read a statement to the court in which Adbiraham claimed responsibility for the attack, saying he did it in the name of the Islamic State terrorist group.
The statement said he answered the “call for jihad by the Chief of Believer, Abu-bakr Al-baghdadi, may Allah protect him, and by the Mujahiden of the Islamic State.”
In the statement, he was “reaffirming” that the stabbings were “indeed an act of Jihad in the way of Allah.”
Abdiraham also said that Americans will not be safe while “your country is at war with Islam.” He made no further statement at the sentencing hearing last week.
At the end of the sentencing hearing, Abdiraham raised his right index finger, a known gesture of Islamic State supporters.The sentence was based on the fact that the prosecution did not bring terrorism charges against Abdiraham, even though he confessed that was his motive.
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Compulsory Hijab Rampant in UK Schools
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Child Abuse > Compulsory Hijab Rampant in UK Schools
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, February 19, 2018 
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A young girl wearing a hijab in the UK (Photo: Reuters)
Close to 150 schools in the UK require girls to wear hijabs, including schools that receive government funding.
Recent controversies surrounding the requirement include a school which required girls to wear face veils when outside and another school that banned girls under the age of eight from wearing hijabs only to have to renege on the policy after experiencing enormous (and abusive) backlash from parents.
According to the head of the UK governmental agency Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education), Amanda Spielman, “Ofsted inspectors are increasingly brought into contact with those who want to actively pervert the purpose of education. Under the pretext of religious belief, they use education institutions, legal and illegal, to narrow young people’s horizons, to isolate and segregate, and in the worst cases to indoctrinate impressionable minds with extremist ideology.
“Freedom of belief in the private sphere is paramount, but in our schools it is our responsibility to tackle those who actively undermine fundamental British values or equalities law.”
Commenting on the current situation, the former head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw said that the government is too politically correct to step in and do anything about the situation.
Wilshaw noted how the UK has changed, which he believes necessitates a policy decision made by the government on these matters. “When [principals] want to change things, they have now to take into account deep-seated and sincere feeling of communities, some of whom who have conservative views.”
The lack of an established policy unfairly leaves the principals “isolated and vulnerable,” he said.
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Violence Against Women Bill Passes; Excludes Wives
Home > World > Morocco > Violence Against Women Bill Passes; Excludes Wives
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Monday, February 19, 2018 
Women participate in a demonstration against sexual harassment in Morocco after a high-profile case shocked the nation
Women participate in a demonstration against sexual harassment in Morocco after a high-profile case shocked the nation (Photo: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
After being first proposed in 2006, the Moroccan parliament passed a historic legislation criminalizing violence against women. However, while the law extends the definition of violence to many acts of aggression against women, spousal abuse – including marital rape – is excluded from the new law.
The new law covers aggression and abuse via text messages, vocal messages or photos, sexual exploitation, aggression and abuse in the workplace. Punishments are more severe for violence against pregnant women or violence committed by persons who are known to the victim, for example colleagues in the workplace.
Sexual harassment on the streets can now land the abuser six months in prison, while forcing a minor into marriage is punishable by one year in prison.
While women’s organizations hailed the law for the good it does, activists criticized its shortcomings – specifically called out the fact that the law exempts spousal abuse and rape.
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Iranian Wrestler Banned For Throwing Match
Home > World > Iran > Iranian Wrestler Banned For Throwing Match
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, February 19, 2018 
Illustrative picture. An Iranian wrestler throws a match to avoid facing an Israeli. (Photo: Screenshot from video)
Illustrative picture. An Iranian wrestler throws a match to avoid facing an Israeli. (Photo: Screenshot from video)
The global wrestling organization has banned an Iranian athlete for six months after he threw a match to avoid facing an Israeli, according to the BBC. The United World Wrestling Disciplinary Chamber announced the decision on Friday.
Alireza Karimachiani was competing against Russian Alikhan Zhabrilov in the under 23 competition in November last year. He had been winning when his coach ordered him to lose. If he had won the match, he would have competed against an Israeli in the next round.
Karimachiani has now been banned for six months. His coach, Hamidreza Jamshidi, was banned until November 2019. Iran intends to protest the ban. 
“Karimachiani, on instruction of his coach Jamshidi, wilfully lost his 1/8 finals match against Alikhan Zhabrilov,” the chamber said in a statement. “Both wrestler and coach were found to have acted in direct violation of the International Wrestling Rules… and the UWW Disciplinary Regulations.” Iran has no diplomatic relations with Israel. Like many Muslim states, Iran refuses to face Israel at sporting events. In 2016 in the World Youth Championships in Hungary, Iranian wrestler Yarahmadi Peyman was forced to fake an injury in order to avoid fighting an Israeli. The exchange with his coach, captured on TV by Al Jazeera, showed the young man driven to tears.
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Pressure Pays: Trump’s Threats to Pakistan
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > Pressure Pays: Trump’s Threats to Pakistan
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Wednesday, February 21, 2018 
President of the National Akali Dal party, Paramjeet Singh Pamma burns a picture of arch-terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. 
President of the National Akali Dal party, Paramjeet Singh Pamma burns a picture of arch-terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. (Photo: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Dear President Trump,
Kudos on standing up to Pakistan and its support of terror. I’m sure you took notice of what just happened after you tweeted your first communique of 2018:
“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
Pakistan kicked and screamed and pouted. “We do not have any alliance,” said Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif. “This is not how allies behave.”
Yet the prospect of losing $900 million in military aid apparently caused the country to reconsider.
Pakistan just detained arch-terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, after dithering around for years arresting and releasing him.
But this time it looks different — like Pakistan is taking your demands seriously — because the U.S. has put its money where its mouth is.
In 2017, you wisely withheld $350 million in aid over Pakistan’s support of terror; the U.S. also held on to an additional $225 from 2016 for the same reasons.
Although Pakistan claimed it was fighting terror (the military says it lost more than 7,000 soldiers fighting al-Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban and ISIS since the 9/11 attacks), you rightly said it wasn’t enough. The country’s obvious support for the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani network (another Afghani terror organization) and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba was more than enough reason for you to tighten the purse strings.
Not to mention the threat that Pakistan could be the next country added to the travel ban.
MORE https://clarionproject.org/pressure-pays-trumps-threats-pakistan/ 


Texas Councilman Should Resign Over Islam Post
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Texas Councilman Should Resign Over Islam Post
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Wednesday, February 21, 2018 
(Illustrative photo: PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)
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A city councilman in Plano, Texas is at the center of controversy for sharing a video on Facebook that has been called anti-Islam. The video showed pictures of students wearing hijabs in classrooms with a comment by Councilman Tom Harrison: “Share if you think Trump should ban Islam in American schools.”
The city council, which does not have the power to oust Harrison (that would take a recall petition and a public referendum), voted 7-1 to censure him.
Harrison, for his part, said he will not resign but did apologize for “the unintentional hurt I caused by reposting something on my personal Facebook page that wrongfully implied I am anti-Muslim.”
At the city council meeting called to discuss the post, Harrison said, “I want to assure the citizens of Plano I am not xenophobic, I am not a bigot, I am not a racist.”
Yet, in a bizarre twist of logic used to explain the post, Harrison also said in a statement, “My intent on inputting this on my personal Facebook page was to emphasize that Christianity is not the only religion being targeted for exclusion in our public school. It was not meant as a personal attack against the Islamic faith.”
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ISIS Flag Replaces US Flag at Utah High School
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Home > Terrorism > ISIS Flag Replaces US Flag at Utah High School
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Sunday, February 18, 2018 
ISIS graffiti found on the wall of Hurricane High School in southwestern Utah
ISIS graffiti found on the wall of Hurricane High School in southwestern Utah (Photo: video screenshot)
An American flag was replaced by what looked like an ISIS flag at a high school in Utah. The words “ISIS is COMI” were also spray-painted on the wall of the school, reported Fox News.

The incident happened in southwest Utah at Hurricane High School, which is located in the Washington County School District.
Although police have received tips about the incident, there are no credible leads as yet. The police department said they do not know if the perpetrator was a student or someone from outside the community.
“Based on information we received from the FBI we do not believe this act was perpetrated by someone linked to the Islamic State,” the Hurricane police department  said in a statement. “This investigation is ongoing and investigators will continue to follow-up on leads.”


Texas Couple Gets Prison Time for Lying About Jihadi Sons
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Home > Terrorism > Texas Couple Gets Prison Time for Lying About Jihadi Sons
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, February 14, 2018 
Arman (left) and Omar Ali
Brothers Arman (left) and Omar Ali
Parents of two grown sons who left America and traveled to Syria where they joined ISIS are being sent to prison for lying to the FBI about the terror activities of their children, reported the Dallas News.

The Texas couple, Sumaiya Ali, 49, and her husband Mohommad Hasnain Ali, 57, were in regular communication with their sons Arman and Omar, when the two traveled first to Egypt and then to Syria in the fall of 2014 to fight with ISIS.

Sumaiya was given a 30-month sentence in federal prison, while Mohammad was given a sentence of 12 months and one day. They were also fined $5,000 each.

Before their sentencing, each parent apologized for their actions and thanked the court for the plea bargain they were offered.

The court heard how sons kept their mother up to date about their activities and sent her a travel itinerary, all of which she shared with her husband.

Moreover, in 2014, when Omar communicated to his mother he wanted to join ISIS, she wrote back to him, “Do what u need to do.” His response was, “Then going to Syria, it is.”

In 2015, Arman emailed his father from Syria saying, “Things are heating up here, and I can’t guarantee me or Omar will be there in 2 months… I’ve been to the hospital every day with brothers from my group. Close friends have died, too many injured. Me and Omar are perfectly fine right now, but soon we may not be.”

However, when the FBI interviewed the couple just a few months later, both told the FBI that their sons were in Egypt. According to court documents Sumaiya said her sons “are very reserved” and would never be involved with ISIS while Mohammad told the FBI that “his sons were peaceful [and] like to study.” He also said he had never known his sons to be involved with terrorists organizations.

At present, the whereabouts of Omar, 26, and Arman, 27, are unknown. In March 2017, a criminal complaint was filed against the brothers for providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

 

Pew Report Sees Zero Net Growth of Muslims in US
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Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Pew Report Sees Zero Net Growth of Muslims in US
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Sunday, February 18, 2018 
American Muslims (Photo: Reuters)
American Muslims (Photo: Reuters)
A recent study by the Pew Research Center indicated that 23 percent of adult Muslims in the U.S. have left their faith. At the same time, the percentage of adult Muslims who are converts is also 23 percent.

Most converts to Islam (77 percent) were raised Christian.
Of those who converted to Islam:

24 percent said they preferred the beliefs or teachings of Islam to their prior religion
21 percent said they read religious texts or studied Islam before making the switch
10 percent said they wanted to belong to a community
9 percent said they were motivated by marriage or a relationship
9 percent said they were introduced to Islam by friend or were following a public leader
8 percent said they were motivated by family
5 percent said they had found truth in Islam
2 percent said they preferred the practices of Islam
In recent years, about 100,000 Americans convert to Islam annually. According to the Pew report, the same number of American Muslims leave Islam every year, leaving no impact on the religion’s overall growth.

Of those who left Islam, 55 percent said they no longer identify with any religion, 22 percent converted to Christianity and 21 percent converted to another religion or identity themselves merely as “spiritual.”
In addition, of those who have left Islam, 22 percent are immigrants from Iran, pointing to the large spike in the number of Iranian immigrants to the U.S. following events leading to and the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1978 and 1979.
By comparison, the number of adult Christians who left Christianity is 22 percent. However, the percentage of Christians who are converts is only six percent, meaning Christianity as a whole loses more people than it gain from converts (in both directions).
The imam of the Islamic Institute of America, Hassan al-Qazwini, an Islamic leader in Dearbornm Michigan, lashed out against the report, saying, “The results of the survey are not without exaggeration and seem unrealistic.”
In response, Besheer Mohamed, a co-author of the report, said, “Just to start, I’ll say that the Pew Research Center is not biased against Muslims. We’re a nonpartisan, non-advocacy group and we are not funded by or organizaed on behalf of any religious or non-religious group. That’s just not what we do.”

Mohamed noted that the advisors for the report included Mohamed Magid, the executive imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Virginia, and Professor Ihsan Bagby of the Department of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky.
“This isn’t to say that we wrote the report on their behalf,” he said. “Of course it is our report, and we take full responsibility for the finding, but if were known to be biased against Muslims in that way, we would find more difficulty getting advisors to work with us.”
The findings of the report are significant for a number of reasons. First, many studies have shown that the growth rate of Islam is higher than any other religion. The Pew report shows that this is not the full picture. These studies are often reported in ways or in outlets that are bigoted against Islam and used for fear-mongering. That needs to stop, and this Pew report can be used to counter racially inflammatory content.
Second, the findings of the Pew report show that the percentage of converts to Islam is much higher than any other religion. This is not of concern per se, but further studies need to be done to map out the demographics of converts, their susceptibility to radicalization and exactly who is drawing them in. Too many times we hear in the news that a Islamist terrorist is a convert. As in all cases of radicalization, active steps much be taken to discredit the ideology of Islamism as well as violent jihad and shut down those who are promoting it.



US Declines to Pledge More Money to Rebuild Iraq
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Home > World > Iraq > US Declines to Pledge More Money to Rebuild Iraq
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, February 18, 2018 
Displaced Iraqis are evacuated during the overthrow of Mosul from Islamic State
Displaced Iraqis are evacuated during the overthrow of Mosul from Islamic State (Photo: FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
The Iraqi government estimates that it will cost $88 billion to rebuild the country from the devastation caused by the war with ISIS. Yet at a donor conference in Kuwait last week, only $30 billion was pledged. The money will come mainly from Kuwait, Turkey and Saudi Arabia in the form of grants, loans and investment promises.

The U.S. stated in advance that the U.S. would not be pledging funds at the conference. The State Department noted that since 2014, the U.S. had given Iraq $1.7 billion in humanitarian aid and $6 billion in economic and security assistance.

In a speech to the conference, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on other countries to take on such commitments, saying, “Everyone in this room has an opportunity to help set Iraq on a new course and contribute to its long-term development.”

Iraq claimed victory over ISIS in December, saying they had recaptured all the territory ISIS occupied during the war. ISIS still controls pockets of territory in Syria.



New Yorker from Yemen Pleads Guilty to Terror Charges
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Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > New Yorker from Yemen Pleads Guilty to Terror Charges
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, February 18, 2018 
Times Square in New York City (Photo: Creative Commons)
A New York resident from Yemen pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in a Brooklyn court, reported Reuters.
Mohammed Rafik Naji, who told the court he was 38 or 39, faces 20 years in prison or deportation.
He was charged with attempting to provide support for ISIS and admitted that he traveled to Yemen in March 2015 where he tried to join the terror organization as well as get someone else to join.
In August, a paid law enforcement informant began communicating with Naji on Facebook. The informant met with Naji many times after Naji returned to the U.S. and recorded their conversations.
After the mass casualty attack in Nice, France in the summer of 2016, Naji told the informant he wanted to stage a similar attack in New York City’s Time Square.
In another terror case in the U.S., a senior Al-Qaeda operative was sentenced to life in prison for killing American troops in Afghanistan and plotting to bomb the U.S. embassy in Nigeria, reported The Washington Post.
Ibrahim Suleiman Adhan Adam Harun, 47, who was also known by his nom de guerre “Spin Ghul,” was called a “person of murderous zeal” by U.S. District Court Judge Brian M. Cogan. “This defendant killed two young men …  and he wanted to kill dozens if not hundreds of other Americans. I can’t think of a more serious crime.”
Harun, who was captured in 2012, was tried and convicted close to a year ago after a seven-year investigation into his activities. He refused to appear in court for his trial as well as his sentencing but was provided with a video feed of the proceedings in his cell.
Jordan Dennis , who was 15 years old when his brother Army Pfc. Jerod Dennis, 19, was killed by Harun in 2003, addressed Harun at the sentencing hearing saying, “Jerod was more than just a big brother. He would walk into any room and flood it with laughter and smiles. I have not stopped looking for him everywhere I go and in every face I encounter.”
Comrades of the felled soldiers were also present in the courtroom. One of them, David Cyr, Jr., who was Dennis’ team leader at the time (and who is now retired) spoke emotionally about his reaction to Dennis’ death, saying, “The last time I looked upon him it was the face of a confident and courageous warrior. . . . He’s no longer here. Should I speak about the survivors’ guilt that is my burden to this day?”
Brian Severino, a command sergeant major retiring just four days after the sentencing hearing, spoke about how the deaths of Dennis and Raymond Losano, 24, (the other soldier killed by Harun) affects him to this day.
Severino said he “separated” himself from his family as a result of their deaths and is unable to enjoy a normal life. “I let down Jared and Ray Losano by not protecting them and failed to bring them home,” he said. “It’s weighed on me” ever since.



‘Turkey Declares War on US Even if Trump Doesn’t Know’
Home > World > Turkey > ‘Turkey Declares War on US Even if Trump Doesn’t Know’
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Wednesday, February 14, 2018 
Clarion Project’s Shillman Fellow and National Security Analyst Prof. Ryan Mauro speaks to I24 News about the U.S. counter-attack on Syrian/Russian forces that attacked a base where American advisers trained the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. He asks, why is Trump going so soft on Turkey?
Ryan Mauro: Turkey Declared War on U.S. Even if Trump Doesn't Know It
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Judge Disallows References to CAIR-Hamas Ties in Suit
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Legal Issues > Judge Disallows References to CAIR-Hamas Ties in Suit
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Wednesday, February 14, 2018 
In a dangerous and bizarre precedent, a federal judge disallowed references to the Council on American Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) ties to Hamas in a lawsuit brought by a civil liberty group against the San Diego Unified School District, reported the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
However, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant did allow references to CAIR’s hostility towards Israel and allegations that CAIR “promotes discriminatory bias against non-Muslim students on the basis of their religion.”
The case involves a suit brought by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) against the school district for instituting an anti-Islamophobia/anti-bullying program designed by CAIR.
The suit charges that the program is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another.
Since the program is solely about Muslims students, the FCDF charges that it establishes them “as a privileged group within the school community.” Moreover, the suit contends that CAIR, the designers of the program, is an organization that is “intrinsically religious in nature.”  In addition, the suit charges that CAIR has “prioritized public schools as ground zero to advance its religious mission.”
This means, according to the FCDF, that the school district has given “a divisive religious group … unprecedented decision-making authority” in a public school program – a violation, they claim, of the Establishment Clause.
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Texas Couple Gets Prison Time for Lying About Jihadi Sons
Home > Terrorism > Texas Couple Gets Prison Time for Lying About Jihadi Sons
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, February 14, 2018 
Arman (left) and Omar Ali
Brothers Arman (left) and Omar Ali
Parents of two grown sons who left America and traveled to Syria where they joined ISIS are being sent to prison for lying to the FBI about the terror activities of their children, reported the Dallas News.
The Texas couple, Sumaiya Ali, 49, and her husband Mohommad Hasnain Ali, 57, were in regular communication with their sons Arman and Omar, when the two traveled first to Egypt and then to Syria in the fall of 2014 to fight with ISIS.
Sumaiya was given a 30-month sentence in federal prison, while Mohammad was given a sentence of 12 months and one day. They were also fined $5,000 each.
Before their sentencing, each parent apologized for their actions and thanked the court for the plea bargain they were offered.
The court heard how sons kept their mother up to date about their activities and sent her a travel itinerary, all of which she shared with her husband.
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ISIS Terror Updates: Virginia, Maryland, New York
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > ISIS Terror Updates: Virginia, Maryland, New York
BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, February 13, 2018 
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Casey Charles Spain
An ISIS supporter who was released from prison and shortly afterwards caught with an illegal firearm was sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison (the maximum term). Casey Charles Spain, 29, of Richmond Virginia, became radicalized in prison, swore allegiance to ISIS “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and planned to travel overseas to fight for ISIS. Read more details here 
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Which Anti-US Terror Group Has 500,000 Rockets?
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, February 15, 2018 
Hezbollah boasts it will have close to 500,000 missiles and rockets in 2018.
The Iranian-backed Lebanese terror organization is committed to war with Israel and attacking American interests.
Listen to Clarion’s latest podcast (click on the orange button to play):
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Did Tillerson Just Go Off Script About Hezbollah?
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Thursday, February 15, 2018 
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Did U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just go off script during his Middle East tour when he said the U.S. has to recognize that Hezbollah is “part of the political process in Lebanon?
Or did he just call out the elephant in the room of American foreign policy vis-a-vis Lebanon, signaling a change to come?
First a little background: Hezbollah is through and through a terror group, designated as such by the U.S. government in 1997. Moreover, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iran, which controls the group’s purse strings to the tune of about $700 million a year.
There is no distinction (in terms of intent) between its military and political “wings,” a fact the U.S. acknowledges by its designation of the whole of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Only in Europe do they make that distinction.
With the exception of the UK and The Netherlands, Europe recognizes only Hezbollah’s military wing as a terror group (a convenient distinction to avoid stirring up a hornet’s nest of retaliatory terror and maintain lucrative financial dealings with Lebanon and Iran).
Yet, far from being merely “part of the political process,” as Tillerson demurred, Hezbollah essentially controls Lebanon — first and foremost through its military, as acknowledged by Lebanese President Michel Aoun (a Hezbollah lackey), who called the group “an essential part of Lebanon’s defense.”
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Youth Prison Counselor Suspected of Joining Jihad in Syria
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, February 15, 2018 
Jihad fighters in Syria (Photo: Reuters)
A former prison counselor to youth in California is under suspicion for lying to the FBI about fighting for ISIS or other militant groups in Syria, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Brian Arthur Dempsey Sr., 46, who is awaiting extradition overseas faces five charges of false statements involving international terrorism.
Dempsey supervised youth and rehabilitation programs in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Juvenile Justice from 2001-2012. He converted to Islam sometime between 2011 and 2013 and left Sacramento in 2013 for the Syrian city of A’zaz. There, he joined rebel fighters belonging to a group called Ahrar al-Sham, according to federal court documents. Ahrar al-Sham has not been formally recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., but other countries have pushed for it to be classified as such.
He is one of the oldest Americans suspected of becoming a jihadi in the last 10 years.
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Bronze Stars for Special Ops Surgical Team Fighting ISIS
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, February 15, 2018 
The Special Operations Surgical Team during a reenlistment. Standing at back, left to right, emergency medicine physician Lt. Col. Ben Mitchell, emergency room nurse Capt. Cade Reedy, emergency room nurse Maj. Nelson Pacheco, nurse anesthetist Lt. Col. Matthew Uber. Kneeling, surgeon Maj. Justin Manley, left, and respiratory therapist Tech. Sgt. Richard Holguin, right. (Photo: Air Force)
The Special Operations Surgical Team during a reenlistment. Standing at back, left to right, emergency medicine physician Lt.-Col. Ben Mitchell, emergency room nurse Capt. Cade Reedy, emergency room nurse Maj. Nelson Pacheco, nurse anesthetist Lt.-Col. Matthew Uber. Kneeling, surgeon Maj. Justin Manley, left, and respiratory therapist Tech.-Sgt. Richard Holguin, right. (Photo: Air Force)
Members of an Air Force Special Operations Surgical Team (SOST) who operated in a dangerous location near the front lines fighting ISIS received Bronze Star medals for their bravery and work.
The awards are the military’s fourth-highest combat medal for heroism.
The team, who worked at an undisclosed location in the Middle East in 2016, received the medals at the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital, one of the first civilian hospitals to host a SOST.
The team included emergency medicine physician Lt.-Col. Ben Mitchell, nurse anesthetist Lt.-Col. Matthew Uber, surgeon Maj. Justin Manley, emergency room nurse Capt. Cade Reedy of the 720th Operations Support Squadron, emergency room nurse Maj. Nelson Pacheco and respiratory therapist Technical-Sgt. Richard Holguin.
Along with other members of the SOST, they treated 750 patients, responded to 19 mass-casualty events, conducted 16 life-saving surgeries and treated victims of a chemical weapon attack.
When they are not on deployment, the team works in the emergency room and performs surgeries at UAB to keep their skills honed, since most military hospitals do not have many trauma patients. UAB is the only Level 1 Trauma Center within a 150-mile radius. It hosts three, six-person SOST teams, who rotate on deployments lasting about four months followed by 11-12 months at the medical facility.
SOST teams also bring their expertise and experience in the field to the hospital, instructing residents and medical students in lessons learned from battlefield medicine.
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Gruesome Things ISIS is Doing in Areas It Still Controls
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Thursday, February 8, 2018
ISIS gathers the public in the main square of Al-Shajara for the stone and whipping (Photo: ISIS social media)
ISIS stoned a woman to death in Al-Shajara, Syria, a city they still control in the southern part of the country. Even though she lived with her husband, the terror group accused her of adultery.
Abu Mohammed, who lives in Al-Shajara related the circumstances of her death as well as the whipping of two young men to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, “The army of Khalid ibn al-Walid, an ISIS organization, burst into an apartment five days ago, shooting and arresting all the people inside. [Later], in the main square, ISIS presented two youths and a woman who were in the apartment at the time, saying they were all arrested for adultery. They stoned the woman to death because she was married and the youth were whipped, each of them 80 times without mercy because they are single.

“The woman’s husband was in the apartment when ISIS terrorists burst in but was able to flee and reach an area controlled by the Free Syrian Army. People in the city had whispered to ISIS that adultery was happening there. ISIS brought these people as witnesses to testify as to why they raided the apartment. “
Media sources say the woman’s husband was a former fighter in this same ISIS organization.
Meanwhile, four of ISIS’ worst executioners were recently captured.
Ahmed ben-Nassar was captured and executed in Libya. Nassar, a senior member of ISIS, was called “the butcher of ISIS” and was known to be one of the most barbaric terrorists, disfiguring those he killed by cutting off their ears and noses and gouging out their eyes.
Security forces in southern Turkey arrested three other ISIS executioners who entered the country illegally.
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Texas Man ‘Applies’ to ISIS
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, February 8, 2018
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Warren Clark (Photo: social media)
A Texas man who is believed to be alive somewhere in the former ISIS caliphate in Iraq and Syria sent his resume to the terror organization looking to work for them as an English teacher. The resume was found in a house in Iraq.
“I am looking to get a position teaching English to students in the Islamic State,” wrote Warren Clark, 33, a convert to Islam and a graduate of the University of Houston.
Clark, who goes by the name of Abu Muhammad al-Ameriki, is from a middle-class church-going family with ties to the military. He converted to Islam in 2004 and became radicalized.
In 2014, a post on a twitter account with the same name as the email used to send his resume stated, “ISIS are only fighting soldiers that have been oppressing Muslims for years. They are liberators.”
Clark taught English in Saudi Arabia for two years and then went to Turkey, from where he may have traveled to Islamic State-held territories.
A report by the Program on Extremism at George Washington University that exposed the resume, said that of the 64 Americans traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State, 12 have returned to the United States. Nine of those were arrested.
Meanwhile, a former college student who was arrested in Minnesota for setting a series of fires at her alma mater was charged not only with arson but with terrorism for attempting to provide support to al-Qaeda through providing “personnel,” reported Fox News.
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Debates on Islamism: Halal Meat
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Lack of Basic Freedoms > Debates on Islamism: Halal Meat
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, February 8, 2018
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Illustrative picture. (Photo: naturalbornstupid/Creative Commons)
Clarion Project runs a Facebook dialogue discussion group called Lets Talk About Islamism. That group has a little over 5,000 members from around the world who engage in lively and spirited debate on issues relating to Islamism. The demography of the group is continually in flux as people come and go. Some very specific issues keep on returning.

These recurring arguments illustrate sticking points in the conversation about Islamism. There are very sharp divides in opinion and seemingly little willingness to see the other side and move forward. This is not because the people on either side are irrational or do not want resolution. It is because they have deeply held beliefs about the issue in question and see their position as the correct one.

I want to summarize those debates we keep getting stuck on. (Of course, this is just how I perceive the conversation based on moderating many online discussions on this topic over several years. We welcome your comments.)

Broadening the conversation in this way may get us one step closer to resolving them. This is part of a series, with each article covering one such debate. This debate will be on the topic of halal meat.

Note: To keep the conversation lively, I have used as protagonists in the debate historical figures as fictional frames for the discussion. The following “conversation” on halal food is between Arthur Girault (1865-1931), a French jurist and supporter of colonialism and Sheikh Amadou Bamba (1850-1927), who led a peaceful cultural struggle against French assimilationist colonialism.
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Beware of Partisans Bearing Gifts
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, February 8, 2018
A protest in London at the French Embassy after France banned wearing burkinis on its beaches in the summer of 2016.
A protest in London at the French Embassy after France banned wearing burkinis on its beaches in the summer of 2016. (Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
In the United States, all political issues of late tend to boil down to Republican versus Democrat. This is for a number of reasons, including the first past the post-electoral system and tribalistic tendencies innate to everyone. It’s also the fact that in a big country, coalitions between different interest groups have to be formed to get things done.

But it can be very damaging. The issue of radical Islam is no exception.

Some activists, from both sides of the aisle, seek to rope radical Islam into their partisan dispute in order to gain adherents. Some National Security conservatives seek to use the radical Islam issue to gain supporters for other positions they may hold about having a strong military, using it and supporting large government surveillance programs. They do this by latching onto terrorism as the big national security fear of our time.

Some left-wing activists seek to use the radical Islam issue the other way, to gain supporters for other views they hold about dismantling white supremacy and deconstructing the system. They do this by hyping up fears of an anti-Muslim backlash and framing Muslims as a persecuted group in need of protection in order to mobilize activists in their war against capitalist patriarchy.

Both groups require you to buy into a whole host of other unrelated positions once they’ve used radical Islam to get you into the door.

This partisanship damages the discourse and reduces our capacity to come to agreements about common sense solutions to problems. Just because you disagree with someone about one thing, that doesn’t mean you can’t agree with them and work together to achieve a different thing.

Clarion’s opposition to radical Islam is based on our principles of religious freedom and human rights, which are threatened by Islamist groups all over the world. Religious theocracy is a political position which has been largely driven out of the Christian world, although it was very prevalent up until relatively recently.

Islamist theocracy, where it has been implemented, has seen the death penalty for “crimes” such as blasphemy, mandatory modest dress codes for women enforced by religious police and the persecution of non-Muslim faiths.

What Clarion supports is the separation of religion and state, by which we mean that religious law — in the case of Islam, sharia — should not be the law of the land or forced onto on others unwillingly. We support the rights of all faiths, including Muslims, to worship freely and practice religion as they see fit, as long as that practice does not trample on the rights of others.

These values are encoded into the First Amendment of the United States constitution and are embedded in the legal and moral traditions of Western countries in general.

What these values are not is politically partisan. Opposing radical Islam has nothing to do with other political issues such as climate change, abortion, tax rates, the size of the military, legalizing marijuana, nationalized medicine, immigration rates, feminism, trans-rights, free trade, charter schools, whether the state should subsidize higher education, the correct final status agreement between Israel and Palestine, and the death penalty (to name but a few). (Of course, there are other issues that influence the struggle against radical Islam, but Clarion assesses them as contributory factors rather than on their own merits.)

As you may have noticed, things are getting pretty weird out there, and we’re all going to need to hold hands and work together if we’re going to muddle on through. Since the old rulebook seems to be disintegrating before our very eyes, Clarion Project intends to seize the cultural moment and forge new partnerships with people who otherwise might never speak to each other.
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Iran Publishes Study Indicating Waning Support for Hijabs
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Thursday, February 8, 2018
Narges Hosseini was arrested for protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab. She refused to appear in court to face charges punishable by up to 10 years, including 'encouraging immorality or prostitution.'
Narges Hosseini was arrested for protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab. She refused to appear in court to face charges punishable by up to 10 years, including ‘encouraging immorality or prostitution.’ (Photo: Center for Human Rights in Iran)
The president of Iran published a study conducted by the government indicating the waning support for the mandatory wearing of hijabs (head scarves) and chadors (long cloaks).
The study – conducted by the Center for Strategic Studies, an arm of the president’s office — polled Iranians four times between 2006 and 2014.
According to the study, in 2006, 34 percent of Iranians indicated they disapproved of the government dictating what women could wear. By 2014, that number increased to 49 percent. Similarly, in 2006, 54 percent agreed that women should wear a chador, but in 2014, only 35 percent thought so.
Considering events in Iran in the past three years – and, particularly, in the last month of intense protests against the government – we can assume that the numbers are even more striking that the study indicates. Even without taking current events into account, we can also assume that the fact that the government conducted the survey most likely that the approval of mandatory hijab and chador wearing is in actuality much lower.
Yet the most surprising aspect about the study is the fact that it was released at all. The president’s office has been sitting on this data for three years. Yet, at the same time as women are being arrested by Iran’s religious police for anti-hijab protest (and those images are being broadcast around the world), President Hassan Rouhani decides to release the study.
Is this a political tactic to distance himself from the hardline establishment? Does he feel a political wind in the Islamic Republic indicating that the mullahs are not as much in charge as they would like to be? Or will the move backfire, taking him down as a symbol of the regime that seems to still be in comfortable control?
As noted by USA Today,
In December, Rouhani published the government’s budget in full, claiming it was in the name of transparency. The president ran as a reformer, and hoped that anger at his lack of real legislative change would be tempered by revelations about how much funding the government is obligated to pay religious institutions and some of their employees.
The move backfired and Iran erupted into protests against the political establishment as a whole, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the aftermath of the country’s contested 2009 presidential election.

Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, while the U.S. State Department tweeted out their support of the people of Iran protesting against women being forced to wear hijabs, women around the world burned their hijabs in solidary with the protesting women in Iran.
Using the hashtag #NoHijabDay (as response to last week’s World Hijab Day), women who had been forced to wear hijabs growing up posted videos of themselves removing their hijabs and setting them on fire.
Watch a video of Arab-Canadian writer Yasmine Mohammed taking off her hijab and burning it:
Happy No hijab day Iran
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1agl1kUlIY
Watch this video of Anoud Al Ali, who now lives in France, burn the hijab and cloak she was forced to wear growing up in the United Arab Emirates. The video also documents Iranian women protesting the regime:
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Advice for Jihadi Brides Brought to You by Al-Qaeda
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Apparently fed up with ISIS which is putting women on the front lines when they should be at home preparing to take care of their husbands, al-Qaeda launched a new magazine for jihadi brides titled Beituki (“Your Home”). Here’s everything you need to know — in al-Qaeda’s opinion — to take care of a jihadi husband.

P.S. We aren’t making this up. The magazine and its advice are for real.
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US State Dept. Embraces Terror-Supporting Sheikh
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Wednesday, February 7, 2018
The State Department's Ambassador for Religious Liberty Sam Brownback
The State Department’s Ambassador for Religious Liberty Sam Brownback (Photo: State Department/Flickr)
The newly sworn-in State Department’s ambassador for religious liberty embraced a terror-supporting sheikh in his first official speech, reported PJ Media.

Sam Brownback, along with a number of State Department officials, participated with Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah at an interfaith event in Washington, D.C. February 6, 2018.

At the event, Brownback can be seen appearing on the stage with and shaking the hand of Bin Bayyah, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who supports Hamas, the elimination of Israel and killing of U.S. soldiers.

In 2012, Bin Bayyah said that donations to jihad fighters qualify as zakat, the Islamic

The State Department's Ambassador for Religious Liberty shakes hands with Sheikh Bin Bayyah at the Alliance of Virtue conference
The State Department’s Ambassador for Religious Liberty shakes hands with Sheikh Bin Bayyah at the Alliance of Virtue conference
version of tithes. In April 2013, he said that Muslim leaders should give Hamas financial and military assistance to fight Israel.

Bin Bayyah was formerly the vice chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a group led by Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader and terrorist-supporter Yousef al-Qaradawi. In 2004, the group issued a fatwa ruling that Muslims have a “duty on every able Muslim in and outside of Iraq” to support attacks on U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
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Muslim Brotherhood Non-Violent? Think Again
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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For those with any delusions that the Muslim Brotherhood is a non-violent group, the latest tweet by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood – the foundation of the international Islamist organization – will dispel those notions.
Shortly after an Israeli Arab stabbed to death a 29-year-old rabbi and father of four waiting at a bus stop in the West Bank, the official Twitter account of the Egyptian Brotherhood tweeted, “The killing of a Zionist settler as the result of a heroic stabbing operation in the West Bank,” reported the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
The tweet came from the account titled Kafr Sheik Brotherhood.
Clarion Project launched a petition to tell U.S. President Donald Trump there’s no place for the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States. Please join us.
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Saudi Man Linked to Al-Qaeda Arrested in Oklahoma
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Saudi Man Linked to Al-Qaeda Arrested in Oklahoma
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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A Saudi man living in Oklahoma with ties to al-Qaeda was arrested and charged with visa fraud and lying about his involvement with international terrorism.

Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 34, first entered the U.S. in 2011 on a nonimmigrant visa due to his wife’s status as a foreign student, according to the Justice Department.

He was issued a private pilot’s license in November 2016 which was revoked last year when authorities began to suspect that he posed a risk for terrorism or air piracy.

Authorities charge that Alfallaj attended an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in 2000 and then lied on his visa application about it. Alfallaj’s fingerprints turned up an application to al-Farooq, a key al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan. The application was found by the U.S. military at an al-Qaeda safe house in Afghanistan.

Alfallaj was indicted on two counts of visa fraud, each of which carry up to 10 years in prison, and one count of lying about his involvement in international terrorism, punishable by up to eight years in prison.
Most of the 19 terrorists in the September 11, 2001 attacks were from Saudi Arabia. A number of them took flight training classes in the U.S.
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Death to Death Threats
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Tuesday, February 6, 2018
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Illustrative picture. (Photo: Sebastian Dooris/Public Domain)
One of the best things about living in a democracy is the ability to solve political disagreements without violence. Instead, we use persuasion and ultimately the ballot box to change laws, politicians and even the system itself. It enables us to make needed change, provides a means of disagreeing with the status quo without rioting and generally makes society more orderly and pleasant.

One of the more disheartening developments of recent years is the growth of vicious partisanship. Some of this has manifested itself in ugly ways, such as sending death threats to one’s political enemies.

This happens to both sides. Clarion Project advisory board members Raheel Raza and Dr. Zudhi Jasser have both received many death threats, as have many of the other Muslim activists we are proud to support. We have rightly called out death threats in the past, such as when they were sent to Palestinian filmmaker Maysaloun Hamoud for a film she made about Palestinians living in Israel.

It also happens to activists we oppose. Linda Sarsour, in particular, gets a lot of death threats. Leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have got death threats.

It shouldn’t need saying, but such things are unacceptable.

In a free society, all must be free to speak their minds without fear of violent repercussions. Clarion Project will continue to challenge those we disagree with. But we cannot allow differences of opinion, however intense they may be, to spill over into physical confrontation.

Death threats have a chilling impact on those who receive them. They are instruments of fear which contribute nothing to the debate.

Those committed to the struggle against radical Islam are involved because we want to see a world in which threats, coercion and violence are not used to silence people with differing views. As such, death threats are antithetical to our values and have no place in this effort.

The First Amendment guarantees the rights of all to freedom of speech and conscience without fear. Upholding it means upholding it for everyone.
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CAIR Urges LA to Say No to Anti-Extremism Program
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Sunday, February 4, 2018
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is pushing the Los Angeles mayor’s office to refuse funding from the federal government to implement a Countering Violent Extremism Program (CVE).

The program – which comes with a grant for $425,000 – was offered to Mayor Eric Garcetti from the Department of Homeland Security.

What could possibly be wrong with an anti-extremism program?

CAIR objects, in principle, to the concept of CVE on three grounds:

“CVE is based on a flawed theory that claims there are reliable “indicators” for predicting if individuals are on a path to radicalization”
“CVE targets the Muslim community and stigmatizes them as inherently suspect under the false premise that Muslims are more prone to violence than other religious or ethnic groups”
“CVE chills First Amendment protected activities such as attending a mosque, participating in activism, and expressing political opinions”
To the detriment of the Los Angeles community, as well as national security, CAIR is unwilling to acknowledge that Islam is being used to further violence and extremism across the globe. Further, they refuse to acknowledge the blatant fact that young people are being recruited by Islamist terrorist organizations to commit acts of violent extremism.

Instead, CAIR contends that CVE programs are “dangerous” because they “target Muslims.”

CAIR was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates in 2014. The group is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and was listed by the FBI as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing trial in American history.

The organization’s blatant obfuscation of the goal of CVE programs and their agitation against the grant offered to the Los Angeles mayor is most telling.

In fact, CAIR’s activism against those trying to prevent radicalization is not isolated to this particular program in Los Angeles. In Minnesota, Somali-American activist Abdirizak Bihi, who dedicates his life to countering radicalization efforts by terror groups reaching out to Somali American, blamed CAIR for inhibiting his anti-radicalization work and the subsequent U.S. government investigations into the matter. He also outed CAIR to trying to delegimitze him and his work.

Bihi, who is the director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, also blasted CAIR for impeding FBI investigations into Al-Shabaab recruiting in Minnesota. Bihi and 50 others protested CAIR for telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI.
CAIR has attacked other Muslims who have stood up to warn about Al-Shabaab’s network in America. For example:
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Calls to Expel Florida Student Protesting World Hijab Day
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, February 4, 2018
The booth set up at the University of Central Florida the for World Hijab day (Photo: Twitter)
A Muslim student at the University of Central Florida tried to get a fellow student expelled for criticizing the activities of World Hijab Day on campus.

When Kathy Zhu noticed a “try on a hijab” booth on campus under the banners of “My hijab empowers me” and “My hijab is a symbol of understanding,” she took offense and snapped a picture of the booth.

Later, she posted the picture and tweeted, “There’s a ‘try a hijab on’ booth at my college campus. So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?”

After news of the tweet got around, one of the Muslim students working in the booth, tried to start a movement to get Zhu expelled from the university.

Zhu posted a video on Twitter explaining her actions, along with the following statement:

The university later released a statement that neither Zhu nor her detractor had violated any of the school’s rules of conduct.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic of Iran has seemingly marked world hijab day this year by arresting at least 29 women for refusing to wear it, reported Al Jazeera. World Hijab Day was marked on Thursday, February 1. The arrests were announced by the next day.

Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, it has been mandatory for all women to cover their hair with a headscarf when outside the house. Large sections of the Iranian population are vehemently opposed to the law, which is enforced by morality police on the streets of Tehran and other major cities.
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Philly Man Found Guilty of Jihadi Shooting of Policeman
Home > Terrorism > Philly Man Found Guilty of Jihadi Shooting of Policeman
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Sunday, February 4, 2018
The shooting caught on CCTV footage
A Pennsylvania man accused of firing 13 shots at a Philadelphia police officer “in the name of Allah” was found guilty by a jury in less than three hours.

Edward Archer, 32, approached the police car where Officer Jesse Hartnett was sitting and shot Hartnett 13 times

Edward Archer
at point-blank range. The shooting was captured on CCTV footage.

Miraculously, only three shots penetrated Hartnett, all in his arm. The officer was able to kick open his car door and chase Archer. One of the seven shots fired by Hartnett hit Archer in the buttocks. Officers who were nearby heard Hartnett’s call for help arrested him.

Hartnett’s arm was shattered by the gunshots, leaving him unable to work as a police officer. He has undergone 11 surgeries since the shooting, which occurred on the night of January 7, 2016.

Authorities say Archer later confessed that he shot the police officer in the name of Islam and was motivated by his devotion to Allah and ISIS.

Archer refused to enter a plea in court, saying, “I don’t plead to anyone but Allah.”

Meanwhile, a Florida man, Gregory Hubbard, 54, who was arrested at the Miami airport and charged with

Gregory Hubbard
attempting to join ISIS in Syria, has accepted a plea agreement. Hubbard was caught in an FBI sting with two other men as he tried to board a flight to Germany from where the FBI says he had planned to travel to Turkey by train and then make his way to Syria.

Hubbard previously pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization and selling ammunition to a felon. The details of the plea agreement were not publicized.

He was arrested with Darren Arness Jackson, 50, and Dayne Atani Christian, 31, of Lake Park, Florida, who were charged with providing firearms training to Hubbard to help him in his terroristic plans. The two also reportedly expressed a desire to join ISIS.
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UK Terror Watchdog: Stop Using the Term ‘Islamist Terror’
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Sunday, February 4, 2018
The British government’s terror watchdog says it is “fundamentally wrong” to use the words “Islamist terrorism” to describe attacks carried out by … well, for lack of any better words, Islamist terrorists.

Queen’s counsel Max Hill is the UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, whose job is not only to monitor legislation but, as he says, engage “in all sides in national and international discussion about terrorism and national security.”

Hill declared 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.

This latest display of political correctness from the “terror watchdog” is 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 (which, Hill also would also like us not to say) but from all Islamist terrorists.

Moreover, it has been repeatedly shown that many adherents of non-violent Islamism go on to become violent Islamists. It is important to in that respect to name and continue to call out the ideology of Islamism.

Moreover, labeling the problem accurately is the first step to fighting it. In addition, by not acknowledging the connection of Islamism and terrorism when the public is well aware of this real and pervasive connection makes it much more difficult for the average person to distinguish between peaceful, law-abiding Muslims and radical ones.

Since the average person understands all too well the scourge of Islamist terrorism, not making the distinction leads to more racism and anti-Muslim bigotry. It also impedes the work of reformist Muslims, who have largely been cut out of the conversation by various Western governments.

If this is the weltanchaung of the UK terror watchdog, then we can, unfortunately, predict that many terrorists will slip by on his watch.
Watch this short film by Clarion Project for a discussion about the use of language in fight terror:
By The Numbers - The Untold Story of Muslim Opinions & Demographics
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Christian Forced to Pay While Muslim Attackers Let Free
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, February 4, 2018
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A young woman mourns for the victims of a blast at the Coptic Christian Saint Mark’s church in Alexandria in another church attack in Egypt (Photo: MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP / Getty Images)
Nineteen members of a Muslim mob that were found guilty of attacking an unlicensed church south of Cairo were given suspended sentences by an Egyptian court, reported the Associated Press.

The men were each given a one-year suspended sentence in a misdemeanor court. The incident happened when dozens of demonstrators stormed the church, destroyed its interior and assaulted the worshipers.

Meanwhile, the court fined the Coptic Christian who set up the church 360,000 Egyptian pounds (over $20,000).
Watch the trailer of Clarion Project’s latest film, Faithkeepers, about the violent persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. The film features exclusive footage and testimonials of Christians, Baha’i, Yazidis, Jews, and other minority refugees, and a historical context of the persecution in the region.
Faithkeepers Film: Official Trailer
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Brotherhood’s US Rep Is Liaison to Hamas
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Monday, February 5, 2018
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A Hamas fighter (Photo: Video screenshot from Hamas propaganda)
The international Muslim Brotherhood’s designated representative in America has been making multiple trips between Washington, D.C. and London in an effort to improve the image of the Islamist organization in the West.

Speaking to the Egyptian news outlet Veto, sources say that the movements of Amin El-Ara prove that the Brotherhood is operating on an international level to bring the organization to a new level.
El-Ara is responsible for re-establishing the connection between the Muslim Brotherhood and the West that was significantly broken in 2013 after the fall of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (from the Brotherhood’s party).
Who is El-Ara and why was he chosen for this mission?
El-Ara belongs to one of the most respected families of Hamas. His father was one of the founders of Hamas in Gaza along with arch-terrorist Ahmed Yassin. His grandfather established a branch of the Brotherhood in Khan Younis in 1942. Hamas considers itself to be a branch of the Brotherhood.

El-Ara joined the Muslim American Society (MAS) in America and quickly rose through the ranks to become the liaison between the Brotherhood in America and Hamas. Federal prosecutors said in 2008 that “MAS was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”

A Palestinian who managed to break through the political barriers in Egypt, El-Ara’s son is married to the daughter of Habib El-Adly, the former interior minister under former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and a highly influential political figure in Egypt. He became close to El-Adly when El-Adly was working as the Egyptian security attache in Kuwait.
El-Ara is married to an Egyptian woman. After failing to complete medical school in the U.S., he returned to Egypt, finished his education and became a doctor in 2010.
For a comprehensive overview of the Brotherhood, check out our Special Report on the Muslim Brotherhood


UK Rejects Recognizing Sharia Marriages Under Law
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A bride signs the certificate in a sharia marriage (Photo: SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)
The British government rejected the recommendation of a governmental review board to formally regulate sharia councils, saying to do so would recognize the legitimacy of sharia law in Britain.
The review board concluded that since the closure of sharia courts in the UK is “not a viable option,” the government should formally regulate them and impose a code of conduct. The primary recommendation of the board was that Muslim couples should be legally required to register their marriages in a civil court before or at the same time as their Islamic ceremony. This would be so “a greater number of women will have the full protection afforded to them in family law and the right to a civil divorce,” lessening the need to attend sharia councils and simplifying the process if they choose to do so.
A large proportion of Muslim women in the UK do not register their sharia marriages with the state, thereby forfeiting their legal rights (to property, custody, etc.) should a divorce take place. The review noted that nearly all those using sharia council were women, with the majority of them seeking Islamic divorce.
In addition, the review board urged the government to implement an awareness campaign informing Muslim women of their civil rights.
In a statement rejecting the idea of regulating the sharia courts, the government said,
“We will not be taking forward the review’s recommendation to regulate sharia councils. Sharia law has no jurisdiction in the UK and we would not facilitate or endorse regulation, which could present councils as an alternative to UK laws.

“In Britain, we have a long tradition of freedom of worship and religious tolerance, where many people of different faiths follow religious codes and practices, and benefit from their guidance. The government has no intention of changing this position.”
The review was commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May in 2016 when she was home secretary to establish whether or not sharia councils were acting in ways incompatible with British law.
It is estimated that there are between 30 to 85 sharia councils operating in Britain.

Kiss (My Feet) and Make Up: Marital Advice in Iran
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Monday, February 5, 2018
A state-run TV station in Iran was forced to apologize after the station hosted a family therapist speaking about how a husband and wife can improve their relationship. She advised the wife to wash her husband’s feet and then kiss them.
The therapist was addressing women who were victims of domestic violence. “After this act, you will see he will react to you with love and the tension will dissipate,” she said. “It also prevent strokes and heart attacks and its effects lasts for months. Even if your husband is a drug addict, just do it and you will see miracles in your life.”
Social media in Iran had a field day with the story.
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Debates on Islamism: Faith Schools
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, February 1, 2018
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Schoolgirls just outside Damascus, Syria (Photo: SAMEER AL-DOUMY / AFP / Getty Images)
Clarion Project runs a Facebook dialogue discussion group called Lets Talk About Islamism. That group has a a little over 5,000 members from around the world who engage in lively and spirited debate on issues relating to Islamism. The demography of the group is continually in flux as people come and go. Some very specific issues keep on returning.
These recurring arguments illustrate sticking points in the conversation about Islamism. There are very sharp divides in opinion and seemingly little willingness to see the other side and move forward. This is not because the people on either side are irrational or do not want resolution. It is because they have deeply held beliefs about the issue in question and see their position as the correct one.
I want to summarize those debates we keep getting stuck on. (Of course, this is just how I perceive the conversation based on moderating many online discussions on this topic over several years. We welcome your comments.)
Broadening the conversation in this way may get us one step closer to resolving them. This is part of a series, with each article covering one such debate. This debate will be on the topic of faith schools.
Note: To keep the conversation lively, I have used as protagonists in the debate historical figures as fictional frames for the discussion. The following “conversation” on faith schools is between Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938), the first president and founder of the Republic of Turkey, and Aurangzeb (1618-1707), the sixth and last (effective) Mughal emperor.
Ataturk, a Turkish army officer, was considered a revolutionary. He was ideologically a secularist and nationalist. His policies, known as Kemalism, are rapidly being replaced by Turkey’s current president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan am Islamist. As the president of the newly formed Turkish Republic, Ataturk initiated free and compulsory primary education. Turkish women received certain civil and political rights during his presidency ahead of many Western countries. However he was also heavily authoritarian.
Aurangzeb, ruler of the Mughal, an Islamic empire in the Indian subcontinent, is known for abandoning his predecessors’ legacies of pluralism and religious tolerance. Known as an authoritarian, he introduced many sharia-based laws, including the institution of the jizya tax (mandatory protection money paid by non-Muslims) and the banning of alcohol, gambling, music and narcotics. Many historians charged him with the destruction of Hindu temples.
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Mustafa Kemal Ataturk: Faith schools are indoctrination camps that should be banned
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Info on S. Carolina Terror Suspect Too Secret to Hold Trial
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, February 1, 2018
ISIS Halloween propaganda; inset: Zakaryia Abdin (Photo: mug shot)
A trial against a 19-year old in South Carolina on terrorism charges was delayed because the information the suspect had was too secret to be revealed.
Both the defense lawyer and the prosecutor asked that the trial of Zakaryia Abdin be postponed due to the Classified Information Procedures Act, which could keep details under wraps. The federal law, enacted in 1980, was designed to protect the country from a national security threat.
Abdin, whose family is from Syria, was first arrested when he was 16, after he was convicted on a gun charge. During the investigation of that charge, officials learned he was plotting to join ISIS in Syria and had linked up with militant Muslims in Raleigh, North Carolina. The group he was involved with planned to rob a gun store and use the weapons to kill American soldiers.
At that time, Abdin was sentenced to juvenile prison (where he could have legally been kept until he was 21). Despite vigorous protests by the York police chief who testified twice before the juvenile parole board that Abdin would be a serious threat if released, the board decided the teenager had changed and released him after one year of detention.
He was “one of the scariest people I have ever come in contact with,” said Police Chief Andy Robinson, who requested that Abdin be held until he was 21.
Upon his release, Abdin moved to Charleston and almost immediately began making contact with ISIS again. According to federal documents, he was involved in weapon deals and plotting to join and assist the terror group.
Just nine months after his release from juvenile prison, he bought two weapons.
He began speaking on social media to someone whom he thought was an ISIS recruiter but was actually an undercover FBI agent. Abdin, who was 18 at the time, said:
“I was very close to doing what our [brother] Omar did,” referring to Omar Mateen, the Islamist gunman who slaughtered 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June 2016.
“I was going to do the same thing one month later,” Abdin wrote,”but I did not have weapons … so I saved and saved … got weapons.”
Talking about his plans to join ISIS, according to court documents, he said to the “recruiter”: “I have good experience in close combat…I have taken gun courses. I want to kill and be killed. I run toward the enemy like a lion to a sheep.”
He told the undercover agent he might not be able to get a passport, considering his past. In that case, he said, “I am prepared to do anything you need here.”
Under FBI monitoring, he obtained a passport and booked a flight to Jordan. He was arrested at Charleston’s airport before he could board the flight.
Abdin is currently in jail and is being held without bond.
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Exclusive: FBI Confirms Jihadi Training Camps in America
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > Exclusive: FBI Confirms Jihadi Training Camps in America
BY RYAN MAURO Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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Newly-released FBI documents obtained by Clarion Project confirm Clarion’s reports that Jamaat ul-Fuqra is training members in isolated communes across America and Canada.
The group’s “Islamberg” headquarters in upstate New York is its most well-known “Islamic village.”
Fuqra, which now goes by the name of the Muslims of the Americas (MOA) among other titles, is a cultish Islamist group with a history of crime and terrorism. The group is led by Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani in Pakistan.
Gilani’s name appeared in headlines in 2002 when Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted and beheaded on his way to interview Gilani, though the radical cleric was never accused of an involvement in those crimes.
The first FBI document is dated November 27, 2009 and labels the Muslims of the Americas, Inc. as “armed and dangerous.” It begins by summarizing the group’s consistent history of extremism, terrorism and crime:
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Fitness Tracking App Creates Military Security Nightmare
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BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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A fitness tracking app was used to reveal sensitive data from U.S. military bases around the world – some in war zones.
The security gaff was discovered when a student in Australia, using Strava’s Global Heatmap, tweeted about the military images available through the app.
The app uses a smartphone’s GPS and is meant to track where and when a user is exercising, creating a kind of global social network for athletes. It can also be synced with other fitness tracking devices such as Fitbits and smartphones.
Strava came out with the heat map last November. The map covers 17 billion miles of routes around the world.
Nathan Ruser, a founding member of the Institute for United Conflict Analysts and a student at the Australian National University, tweeted, “Strava released their global heatmap. 13 trillion GPS points from their users (turning off data sharing is an option). https://medium.com/strava-engineering/the-global-heatmap-now-6x-hotter-23fc01d301de … … It looks very pretty, but not amazing for Op-Sec. US Bases are clearly identifiable and mappable.”
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Trump Keeps Gitmo Open
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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President Trump signed an executive order rescinding Obama’s order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Guantanamo Bay, colloquially known as Gitmo, has been used to detain terrorist suspects since 2002. Prisoners held there have frequently not been formally charged but have been deemed too dangerous to release. Although the order was issued in 2009, the camp was never closed.
“In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield,” Trump said during the Tuesday night State of the Union address, in which he announced the move. He told Congress he had decided “to reexamine our military detention policy, and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay.”
There are currently 41 detainees in Guantanamo Bay. Of these, 26 are held indefinitely under the law of war and are not due for transfer. No new inmates have been added so far under Trump’s tenure, according to Slate.
High profile Gitmo detainees include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architect of 9/11.
Many Gitmo prisoners who were released resumed their terror activities. Shortly before Obama left office, he transferred 10 prisoners to Oman, prompting Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to introduce legislation requiring the government to declassify and publicly release information on the terrorist records of all Gitmo detainees who were released since the November 8, 2016 presidential election.
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Judge: If Family Can’t Rein in Islamist Teen I Will
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BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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A British judge was so concerned by the jihadi recruitment activities of a 17-year-old boy she told her court she would incarcerate him if his family can’t stop his extremism.
The youth from Ilford, just to the east of London, admitted to making CDs and flyers calling on people to “become martyrs for the sake of Allah.”
The materials the boy created were found in prayer rooms in the Royal London and University College hospitals.
Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot said:
“I’m going to need to know all I can about the family. If there’s no family stopping this from happening I’m going to lock him up, quite frankly.”
The boy was granted bail until sentencing on March 5 but had to agree to surrender his passport, live at home and make regular visits to a local police station.
Clarion’s new film, Jihad Generation, due out in the fall of 2018, examines the radicalization of children. You can watch a trailer here. https://clarionproject.org/kids/
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State of the Union: Trump Plans to Defeat Radical Islam
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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U.S. President Donald Trump delivers the 2018 State of the Union address (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
In his State of the Union address January 30, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump addressed the worldwide scourge of radical Islam and specific policies vis-a-vis this problem that will be adopted by America to fight it.
Here is a summary of Trump’s vision going into the future:
Immigration and Terrorism
Trump noted that two recent terror attacks in New York were “made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration,” and stated, “In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can no longer afford.”
He vowed to reform the immigration rules that allowed this to happen.
Military
In the face of threats America faces from around the world from “rogue regimes” and “terrorist groups,” Trump said a weak military is the “surest path to conflict,” while “unmatched power is the surest means of our defense.”
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Muslim World League Comes Out Against Holocaust
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The Muslim World League wrote a letter against the crimes of  the Holocaust to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum ahead of International Holocaust Memorial Day, marked every year on January 27 . The Muslim World League is Saudi-based and funded non-governmental organization which spreads Islamic teachings. 
“The group has acted as a mouthpiece for the Saudi Arabian government, which finances it,” according to the Oxford Dictionary of Islam.
League Secretary General Dr. Mohammed Alissa sent the letter to to Sara Bloomfield, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
“True Islam is against these crimes,” Alissa wrote. “It classifies them in the highest degree of penal sanctions and among the worst human atrocities ever. One would ask, who in his right mind would accept, sympathize, or even diminish the extent of this brutal crime.”
Alissa expressed, on behalf of the Muslim World League, “our great sympathy with the victims of the Holocaust, an incident that shook humanity to the core, and created an event whose horrors could not be denied or underrated by any fair-minded or peace-loving person.”
He also criticized Holocaust denial, saying “any denial of the Holocaust or minimizing of its effect a crime to distort history and an insult to the dignity of those innocent souls who have perished. It is also an affront to us all since we share the same human soul and spiritual bonds.”
The move is notable given Saudi Arabia’s history. As Robert Satloff noted for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal, who reigned from 1964 until 1975 when he was assassinated) believed that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was factual, and a Saudi UN representative once denounced Anne Frank’s diary as a forgery.
About the Muslim World League (MWL), Satloff writes, “This is the organization that has long been cited as the key facilitator of Saudi Arabia’s global effort to export a radical, hate-filled, anti-West, anti-Semitic version of Islam. Just last year, a prominent British research institute labeled Saudi Arabia the main source of Islamic extremism in the United Kingdom and cited the MWL as a critical linchpin in that project.”
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Abbas’ Alleged New Jet Shows How Islamism Spreads
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Sunday, January 28, 2018 
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Illustrative picture. (Photo: SuperJet International/Creative Commons)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, now in the 12th year of the four- year term he was elected to serve, has reportedly purchased a $50 million private jet. The report was published without sourcing in the media outlet Hadashot. The jet will allegedly be stored in Jordan’s capital Amman for use by Abbas.

This extravagance is despite the alleged penury of the Palestinian people. Palestinian leaders are currently slamming America over U.S. President Trump’s decision to suspend $65 million in funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which provides support for Palestinian refugees.

UNRWA has been accused of acting like a virtual front for Hamas.

“UNRWA is all we have,” Ahmad Abu Salem of the Aida camp near Bethlehem told left-wing outlet Mondoweiss. “We don’t have any alternatives if they continue cutting services. Without UNRWA we have nothing.”

If that’s true — and the new multi-billion dollar Palesinian city of Rawabi suggests that Palestinian economic prospects are far better than their leaders say — why is the Palestinian leadership purchasing a multi-million dollar private jet?

Fair enough, he needs to get around and it’s reasonable to a person in his position to have a private plane. It could be dangerous to fly commercially. But why so much?

Fifty million can buy you a seriously luxurious jet. Just feast your eyes on the the dazzling Embraer Lineage 1000E. The $53 million price tag nets you over 800 square feet of penthouse-in-the-sky. But a genuine man of the people would surely be able to make do with something a little more modest, especially in these dark times.  

Clarion’s research team easily found a second-hand Lear Jet for the comparatively bargain price of $395,000. It seats eight, which should be enough for two or three other senior officials, a couple of aides and some bodyguards. Abbas would’ve even got good press for having solidarity with his struggling compatriots.

Abbas, of course, is not a man of the people. He is a corrupt, octogenarian dictator. Even if this particular story about the jet turns out to be false, there is plenty of other evidence as to the man’s corruption, such as the $13 million presidential palace he lives in. And it’s support for precisely these kinds of secular, nationalist dictators that boosts support for Islamism around the Muslim world.

“We all known there’s terrible corruption in the PA,” a senior veteran journalist from Ramallah, the de-facto capital of the PA in the West Bank, told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. “We know hundreds of stories about senior PA officials and about Abbas’ sons, but we can’t publish them or even talk openly about them.”

Anyone who does speak up faces jail time or worse.

So who can the Palestinian people turn to when secular nationalists fall into miserable decay, offering nothing to their publics but vicious authoritarianism and naked cronyist looting?

Well, after being fed incitement against Israel and the Jews 24/7 by the Palestinian Authority’s media, the logical place is Islamism.

As Time magazine explained back in 2001, “One of the keys to Hamas’s popularity is its large-scale welfare arm. Hamas provides educational, medical and other desperately needed welfare services in impoverished West Bank and Gaza towns and refugee camps, creating a marked contrast with the image of corruption and cronyism most Palestinians have of Arafat’s administration.”

Of course, Hamas is hardly less corrupt than the PA. Hamas leaders have amassed billions in personal wealth while ruling Gaza, despite the abject poverty experienced by many residents of the strip. Khaled Meshaal, the head of Hamas’ political wing, has an estimated worth of $2.6 billion.
Yet, they were able to get there in part by presenting themselves as committed ideologues untarnished by the grubby financial interests of the Palestinian Authority.


Trump Calls for Action After Kabul ‘Ambulance’ Bomb
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 28, 2018 
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A doctor treats the wounded after 95 people were killed in an ambulance bomb. (Photo: WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
A bombing in Kabul killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others. A suicide bomber drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint into a secure zone, before detonating it at a second checkpoint.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The target is believed to have been the Interior Ministry. According to Deputy Spokesperson for the Interior Ministry Nasrat Rahimi, the terrorist got past the police checkpoint by telling them he was taking a patient to the Jamhuriat hospital.
A few days prior to the bombing, the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul was attacked by terrorists and 22 people were killed.
Over the past year, 10,000 Afghan security forces personnel have been killed and a further 16,000 wounded, The New York Times reported a senior Afghan government official as saying.
President Trump called for a firm response against the Taliban.
“This murderous attack renews our resolve and that (of) our Afghan partners,” the president said in a statement. “The Taliban’s cruelty will not prevail. The United States is committed to a secure Afghanistan that is free from terrorists who would target Americans, our allies, and anyone who does not share their wicked ideology. Now, all countries should take decisive action against the Taliban and the terrorist infrastructure that supports them.”
There are currently 14,000 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
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Al-Qaeda: Muslims Should Kill ‘Americans Everywhere’
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Thursday, January 25, 2018 

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A senior Al-Qaeda leader has called on all Muslims to “rise and attack the Jews and the Americans everywhere.”

In a video released this week, Khalid Batarfi, a top commander with the group’s  Yemen-based operation (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), said “killing them is one of the most important things.”

The response was ostensibly aimed at the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump’s to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The next day, the State Department named Batarfi  a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist.” According to State, “the designation seeks to deny Batarfi the resources he needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of Batarfi’s property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.”

In April 2015, Batarfi broke free from the Central Prison of al-Mukalla in Yemen when AQAP militants attacked the prison.
Here is a clip from the original 18-minute video:
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FGM in Michigan — Get the Facts
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Thursday, January 25, 2018 
The shocking case of FGM is still ongoing in Michigan. Check out our infographic for all the facts:
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Clarion’s Raza Takes on Naysayers; Wins Hands Down
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BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 25, 2018 
The state Capitol building of Minnesota in St. Paul.
The state Capitol building of Minnesota in St. Paul. (Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
When Clarion’s Raheel Raza began her latest tour of a U.S. city – this time to Minneapolis – little did she know of the storm it would whip up.
Scheduled to meet lawmakers from both houses in the Minnesota Capitol, a local paper broke the story that a local Democrat politician wanted Raza’s visit to be stopped because of allegations of Islamophobia made against Raza, who is a Sunni Muslim.
Undeterred by the story, Raza’s hosts, Republicans Rep. Roz Peterson and Sen. Warren Limmer, not only carried on with their plans but, in Limmer’s case, issued this statement to media:
Ms. Raza is a practicing Canadian Muslim and an outspoken opponent of radical Jihadism. She is a fierce advocate of women’s rights and has dedicated her life to fighting against the radicalization of our youth. She was recently awarded Canada’s 150th anniversary medal for service to the country, and has been invited to speak to governments around the world, including the U.S. Congress, UK House of Lords, Canadian Parliament, Swedish government, and the United Nations.
During her week-long tour, Raza is meeting leading figures in the Muslim community in Minnesota to discuss counter-radicalization and ways to ensure youngsters stay away from radical Islam in all its forms.

In 2018, Clarion will launch our new film Jihad Generation which tells the stories of radicalized children who became jihadis — many of whom came from non-Muslim families. During the year, we will also launch an educational campaign to how to keep  all our children stay safe in the face of the threat of radical Islam.
If you’d like more details on our upcoming campaign and how it can help your community, please click here and request information. If you would like information on how to book Raza to speak in your community or capital, 
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Terror Suspects Now Anti-Radicalization Consultants
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, January 25, 2018 
El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djermane
El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djermane (Photo: social media)
A young couple who were recently acquitted of terrorism charges in Canada are now working for a publicly-funded deradicalization agency.
Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali, both 21, were charged with attempting to leave Canada to join a terrorist group and  possession of an explosive substance in April 2015. When police searched their shared apartment they found a handwritten bomb recipe copied down by Djermane.
Jamali was convicted of possessing  explosive substances while Djermane was acquitted on both counts. Jamali was sentenced to time already served while in custody.
The crown is appealing Djermane’s acquittal.
Djermane’s sisters tipped off the police that she was radicalized in 2015. The parents of both Djermane and Jamali contacted the Center for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence and asked for help. The center prepared deradicalization programs for the couple to undertake while in prison.
The couple will work three days a week at the center, as part of a reintegration strategy. That strategy will see them spend half a day undergoing psychological evaluations and follow-up sessions, and the other have preparing preventative strategies for others.
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How to Deal with Radical Islam at Home
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BY DAVID HARRIS Thursday, January 25, 2018 
Clarion’s David Harris speaks with Louisiana’s KPEL radio about the threats, the signs of radicalization in our homes and what we can do.
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The Vital Importance of ‘Radical Empathy’
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, January 25, 2018 
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“It’s alright Ma, I’m only bleeding’” – Bob Dylan
Radical empathy is the idea that transformative change can come through listening compassionately, openly and genuinely to what others are saying and therefore coming to understand who they really are and what they really want.
When it comes to radical Islam, the dialogue on the subject has become tense. Partisan loyalties, lack of deep knowledge and mutual suspicion make it difficult to have honest and open conversations about these topics. Frequently, valid complaints about extremism are dismissed as mere bigotry and fear-mongering. On the other side, complaints about anti-Muslim bigotry can be dismissed as either understandable backlash against radical Islam or worse — as apologetic covering for Islam.
Neither of these approaches helps solve the problem or promotes integration.
Radical empathy can bridge these divides. The value of genuine listening is that it validates the other person’s humanity and the pain they may be facing. When that is demonstrated, truly and honestly, it can lead to transformative social change.This is because once humans feel understood and cared about as people, they are that much more able to have an honest conversation about diverse issues in a rational way.
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Maine Town Manager Under Fire for Islam Comments
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Tuesday, January 23, 2018 
Tom Kawczynski. (Photo: Screenshot form Facebook)
The town manager of Jackman, Maine, is facing calls for his dismissal after it emerged he supports voluntary racial segregation and opposes Islam.
Tom Kawczynski founded the group New Albion, which believes in promoting “traditional Western values emphasizing the positive aspects of our European heritage.”
“I believe in all people, living as they choose, in free determination,” he wrote in one post on his New Albion website. For the people of New England, our folk are white people of European ancestry and ideas, emphasizing the value of work, communing with nature and a society based upon order. While I am not an absolutist on race understanding, the many complications created by the American system, I do believe to the extent we voluntarily separate, the happier every group will be as they regain self-determination.”
He told the Bangor Daily News:
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Remember Nada Al-Ahdal? Here She Is Today
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Child Abuse > Remember Nada Al-Ahdal? Here She Is Today
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, January 24, 2018 
Nada al-Ahdal was just 11-years old in July of 2013 when she fled her family home in Yemen to avoid a forced marriage with a 26-year-old man. As she was escaping, she made a video explaining how a marriage at this age would have destroyed her prospects of getting an education and ruined her life as it had for so many other children.



The video went viral and received over eight million views in the first months after it was posted.
Watch the original video below:
Two years after her escape, she also appeared on Lebanese TV where she debated a Muslim cleric. In the TV debate, which aired on Al-Jadid, Nada tells of how her parents presented marriage to her as a game, but in reality, she says, “It isn’t. It turns you into a servant and places a burden on you greater than you can bear on your shoulders.”

Nada’s uncle, who took her in, appeared with her on the show. He related how Nada lived with him for the past two years, even spending vacations with him, so that more time could be devoted to her education. “If she had been living with them [her parents],” he said, “she would have ended up just like her sisters,” who were married at ages 12 and 14 after Nada escaped.

Now 15 years old, Nada established an institute for the protection of children’s rights. In an interview on Yemini TV, Nada spoke about the the importance of raising awareness of the dangers of child marriage – even more so than passing legislation which is easily disregarded.

Watch the interview below:
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Comments to her original video included:
“Wow, if this girl doesn’t end up doing something remarkable I will be surprised.”
“This girl’s bravery makes me feel embarrassed a bit as a man.”
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Muslims Shield Christians: Oscar Nominee for True Story
Home > World > Kenya > Muslims Shield Christians: Oscar Nominee for True Story
BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, January 24, 2018 
From Watu Wote (Photo: video screenshot)
A film based on the true story about how a group of Muslims shielded and saved Christians in an Islamist terror attack on a bus in Kenya has been nominated for an Oscar.
A few days before Christmas 2015, a bus carrying close to 100 people was traveling to the city of Mandera near the border with Somalia and Ethiopia. Buses traveling the route –known to be dangerous, especially during the holiday season when many travel to see family – are usually accompanied by a police escort.
This time, the escort vehicle broke down, leaving the bus to continue alone on its way. The bus was subsequently ambushed by Al-Shabaab terrorists, who told the Muslim and Christian passengers to separate themselves. The terrorists planned to slaughter the Christians by spraying them with bullets. But the Muslim passengers – who were mostly women — refused.
They gave the Christian women their hijabs and hid others behind bags in the bus. The Muslims told the terrorists, “If you want to kill us, then kill us. There are no Christians here,” said Abdiqafar Teno, a passenger on the bus.
The gunmen backed down and left. One Christian man who tried to run away was captured and shot dead as was the driver of a truck traveling behind the bus.
Al-Shabaab, an extremely violent jihadi group originating in Somalia and operating in East Africa, was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. in 2008. The group pledged its allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2012.
Al-Shabaab was responsible for some of the most gruesome terrorists attacks in the region, including another bus attack in 2014 near Mandera where the group slaughtered 29 non-Muslims and the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya in which at least 67 were killed and 175 wounded.
The film, called Watu Wote, was made by three German students and was nominated for Best Live Action short film at the 90th Oscars to be held March 4.
Watch a trailer of the film:
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Poll Results: Should Accused Terrorist Live?
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, January 24, 2018 
First Responders to the truck ramming in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 by an ISIS supporter
First responders to the truck ramming in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 by an ISIS supporter (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Sayfullo Saipov is accused of mowing down eight people with a rented van on the Hudson River bike path last Halloween in an Islamist terror attack.
Last week we reported that Saipov, a 29-year-old ISIS supporter, is willing to plead guilty in exchange for not receiving the death penalty. He originally pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.
A guilty plea would mean that a lengthy trial would be avoided, saving both cost to the government and emotional turmoil to the victims.
We asked our readers if they thought the government should accept a guilty plea from an accused terrorist in exchange for not issuing the death penalty.
Here are the results of our poll:

22.4 percent said it is worth sparing the victims the trauma of testifying as well as the money saved by the government
77.6 percent disagreed, saying justice is justice, and it should be played out in court
Here are some of the comments we received:
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Is Big Tech Really Fighting Extremism?
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Monday, January 22, 2018 
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Is big tech doing enough to counter extremism online? The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation heard testimony from representatives of tech giants Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on this topic January 17, 2018.
Facebook’s Head of Public Policy and Counterterrorism Monika Bickert, YouTube’s Senior Policy Counsel Juniper Downs, Twitter’s Director of Public Policy and Philanthropy Carlos Monje joined senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute Clint Watts in testifying.
The witnesses stressed the efforts their companies are making to tackle extremism online and highlighted their successes in doing so, most notably removing extremist content from their platforms.
Committee Chairman Sen. John Thune (R-SD) told the committee in an opening statement:
“The companies that our witnesses represent have a very difficult task: preserving the environment of openness upon on which their platforms have thrived, while seeking to responsibly manage and thwart the actions of those who would use their services for evil.”
Watch the whole testimony on C-SPAN.
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Erdogan Makes Good on Threats to ‘Suffocate’ US
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Monday, January 22, 2018 
A Turkish soldier in a tank waits on the border before invading the Afrin region of Syria in the ironically dubbed "Operation Olive Branch"
A Turkish soldier in a tank waits on the border before invading the Afrin region of Syria in the ironically dubbed Operation Olive Branch. (Photo: BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Turkey’s Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made good on his threats to “suffocate” U.S.’ plans to help set up and train a Syrian border control force made up, to a large part, of Kurds.
The mission of the 30,000-strong Syrian Defense Force (SDF) was to secure Syria’s northern border with Turkey and its eastern border with Iraq.
After carrying out airstrikes on the Afrin area of northern Syria over the weekend, Turkey launched a ground operation into the region January 21. Turkey’s goal is to wipe out U.S.-allied Kurdish forces which control the area and establish a 30-kilometer (18-mile deep) “security zone.”
Turkey ironically named the incursion Operation Olive Branch. Its soldiers were accompanied by special “conquest” prayers held in Turkey’s 90,000 mosques over the weekend, where worshipers were instructed to pray for the “victory of our heroic security forces.”
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Freed Yazidi Boy Asks for Meeting With Canadian PM
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 22, 2018 
Emad Mishko Tamo in Canada after escapting spending three years in ISIS captivity
Emad Mishko Tamo in Canada after escaping three years of ISIS captivity (Photo: video screenshot)
A Yazidi boy in Canada who was held captive by ISIS for three years is asking for a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to advocate for other children still in captivity, CT News reported.
Emad Mishko Tamo, 13, was separated from his family when ISIS took over large swaths of Iraqi territory in the summer of 2014. His mother, Nofa Mihlo Zaghla, was able to escape and make it to Canada as a refugee. While other siblings and relatives managed to make it to Canada as well, she was unaware of the fate of Emad, another brother and her husband.
Last summer, a relative saw a photo of Emad on social media and recognized him. With the help of the Yazidi Association in Canada, Emad – still suffering from a gunshot wound after being liberated in Mosul — was reunited with his family.
“A lot of these children are coming back but there’s no parents, there’s no family left. They’ve all been killed or massacred and nobody knows where the rest of their families are,” said Hadji Hesso, the association’s president.
In this moving video, Emad thanks Canada and says, “There’s a thousand other kids like me who are still held captive. Hon. Justin Trudeau, will you meet me?”
Watch the video, which was posted on Facebook
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On Allegations of Islamophobia
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Violators > Anti-Muslim Bigotry > On Allegations of Islamophobia
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Monday, January 22, 2018 
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In general, Clarion Project prefers to let the record speak for itself and let the public be the judge of how we are perceived, rather than getting bogged down in catfights on social media with our critics. However, it is important for the mission we have set for ourselves that there is no ambiguity about what we are doing and what we stand for. 
Clarion is repeatedly accused of anti-Muslim bigotry, racism and other things of that nature. We’ve also been accused of being “far-right,” despite the fact that the traditional definition of left and right pertains to economic issues and radical Islam is not an economic issue. At any rate, these are not positions that we hold. 
So, let us set the record straight.
Clarion has repeatedly, clearly and unequivocally stated that we have no animus against Islam as faith, only to those interpretations of Islam which support Islamism: the political project of attempting to impose Islam onto others and implement sharia as state law. 
All of our films have stated something to that effect.
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Will Iranian Proxies Take a Nose Dive From the Protests?
Home > World > Iran > Will Iranian Proxies Take a Nose Dive From the Protests?
BY RAHIM HAMID Monday, January 22, 2018 
New Hezbollah recruits in Lebanon salute during a ceremony
New Hezbollah recruits in Lebanon salute during a ceremony. Will Iran still be able to pay them? (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
It’s not difficult to understand the state of gloom and uncertainty that’s descended over Hezbollah and its allies over the ongoing protests in Iran. The Lebanese terror group has been reluctant to comment on the matter, with its media platforms attempting to downplay and marginalize the protests, simply regurgitating the Iranian regime’s official statements.
Sources familiar with the group’s affairs and Iran’s interests in Lebanon confirm that whatever the ultimate outcome of the crisis in Iran, Hezbollah is well aware that it will inevitably be impacted, compelling the “Party of God” to reconsider its positions both at home and beyond Lebanon’s borders.
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Child Porn to Pyromania: New Terror Cases in the US
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Child Porn to Pyromania: New Terror Cases in the US
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 21, 2018 
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A former college student who expressed extremist Islamist ideas to her roommates was arrested in Minnesota for setting a series of fires at her alma mater in retaliation for American military “crimes” in Iraq and Afghanistan, Star Tribune reported.
Nineteen-year-old Tnuza Jamal Hassan was arrested after an almost two and a half hour spree at St. Catherine University in St. Paul in which she reportedly set eight fires across campus.
“You guys are lucky that I don’t know how to build a bomb because I would have 
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done that,” she told police and fire investigators upon her capture.
No one was hurt in the fires, however one of the fires was set in a building that housed a daycare center.  Thirty-three children, eight adults and 10-15 students were evacuated from that building.
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Mauro on Immigration, Terror and the Law
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Government > Mauro on Immigration, Terror and the Law
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 21, 2018 
Clarion’s Shillman Fellow and National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro looks at immigration, terror and American law, the Iran sanctions and Turkey, in conversation with Bob Frantz.
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We Have Another Enemy…It’s Called Hezbollah
Home > World > Iran > We Have Another Enemy…It’s Called Hezbollah
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 21, 2018 
Two terrorists belonging to Hezbollah, a puppet of the Iranian and Syrian regimes, were recently arrested for planning attacks in the U.S., with one scouting potential targets in New York including JFK International Airport.
Clarion looks at the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah and its threat to the U.S. and beyond in this video:
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1,800 Pakistani Scholars Ban Suicide Bombing
Home > World > Pakistan > 1,800 Pakistani Scholars Ban Suicide Bombing
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, January 21, 2018 
Bodies are covered up following the massacre. (Photo: FATIQ BUKHARI/AFP/Getty Images)
Some 1,800 Islamic scholars in Pakistan published a fatwa condemning suicide bombing as “unIslamic,” according to Radio Free Liberty.
The fatwa was unveiled in a book by Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussein in partnership with the state-run International Islamic University.
Hussein wrote in the book that the fatwa “provides a strong base for the stability of a moderate Islamic society” that Pakistanis can “seek guidance” from “for building a national narrative in order to curb extremism in keeping with the golden principles of Islam.”
Terrorists caused chaos in Pakistan over the last few decades. Some 22,191 civilians and 6,889 security forces personnel have been killed since 2000, according to the South Asia Intelligence Review.
Pakistan is currently embroiled in a spat with the United States after President Donald Trump cut $900 million in military aid to Pakistan. The U.S. president cited Pakistan’s failure to curb extremist groups as the reason for the cut.
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Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
Home > World > Syria > Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 18, 2018 
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced U.S. troops will remain in Syria indefinitely, even after the defeat the Islamic State, The Washington Post reported. Tillerson unveiled the plan at a Syria policy speech hosted by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Tillerson argued that the U.S. presence was needed to secure five national security objectives:
Defeating al-Qaeda and ISIS completely
Pushing back Iran
Supporting an end to the Syrian Civil War that does not include regime President Bashar al Assad
Ensuring Syria is free of weapons of mass destruction
Helping refugees return after the war.
Tillerson also warned that a hasty U.S. withdrawal could precipitate an ISIS resurgence.
“We cannot repeat the mistake of 2011, where a premature departure from Iraq allowed al-Qaeda in Iraq to survive and eventually become ISIS,” he said.
“ISIS has one foot in the grave, and by maintaining an American military presence in Syria until the full and complete defeat of ISIS is achieved, it will soon have two,” he added.
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Shocking Irregularities in Screening Aliens for Terror Ties
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Shocking Irregularities in Screening Aliens for Terror Ties
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 18, 2018 
Illegal aliens on an ICE deportation flight to Guatemala
Illegal aliens on an ICE deportation flight to Guatemala (Illustrative photo: John Moore/Getty Images)
An audit on the screening practices of known or suspected terrorists made by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) showed non-compliance with proper protocol in every file that was checked, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
The audit was made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a follow-up to 2011 recommendations made by the department for screening aliens who maybe terrorists.
Of the 40 case files surveyed, DHS auditors found that all 40 cases had at least one instance of noncompliance with the Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounter Protocol (KSTEP). The cases sampled occurred during the Obama years, between 2013-2015.
However, ICE noted that the problems have continued into the Trump administration where they found 19 further documented cases since 2016 in which ICE workers in the field failed to send their reports to ICE headquarters as required.
In addition, as of July 2017, nine field offices and smaller offices did not have “the infrastructure necessary to communicate derogatory information about known or suspected terrorists.”
“The lack of real-time information sharing capabilities jeopardizes ICE’s ability to make decisions on known or suspected terrorists,” the DHS stated.
The audit also blasted sanctuary cities and their law enforcement agencies that refuse to cooperate with ICE, saying such practices prevent the government from identifying “possible terrorist connections” in illegal aliens.
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Accused NYC Terrorist Willing to Plead Guilty to Live
Home > Terrorism > Accused NYC Terrorist Willing to Plead Guilty to Live
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 18, 2018 
Aftermath of the truck attack which killed eight in Manhattan on Tuesday October 31, 2017
Aftermath of the truck attack which killed eight in Manhattan on Tuesday October 31, 2017 (Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Sayfullo Saipov, accused of mowing down eight people with a rented van on the Hudson River bike path last Halloween in an Islamist terror attack, says he is willing to plead guilty in exchange for not receiving the death penalty.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tillerson did say the U.S. has no plans to intervene in the ongoing Syrian civil war. American forces may face a threat from Turkey, however, which has raised strong objections to American support for Kurdish forces. Turkish President Erdogan has threatened to attack Kurdish areas in Syria this week. American officials said they would not intervene if he did, since the Kurdish forces he may attack are separate from the ones allied with the United States.
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Terror in the Rocky Mountains: Fuqra in Colorado
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > Terror in the Rocky Mountains: Fuqra in Colorado
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, January 18, 2018 
A local ABC affiliate in Colorado just backed up what Clarion has been saying for years – there’s an Islamist cult alive and well in the U.S. and in this case in the Rocky Mountains.
Jamaat ul-Fuqra runs some two-dozen villages around the country. In an attempt to change its image, Fuqra changed its name a number of years ago to Muslims of the Americas. The group is suspected of 13 firebombings and at least 13 murders in the U.S.
Clarion has evidence of many more illegal activities which we share with the authorities and share with you at our FuqraFiles website.
Fuqra’s “academic” arm, the Quranic Open University in Los Angles, has received more than $1.5 million for charter school funding.
News Channel 13 reports:
2018 Colorado News Report on Fuqra: Terror in the Rocky Mountains
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How Could Trump Thank Qatar for Fighting Terror?
Home > Political Islam > In the US > National Security > How Could Trump Thank Qatar for Fighting Terror?
BY RYAN MAURO Thursday, January 18, 2018 
Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh (L) and then emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in Gaza in 2012. (Photo: Mohammed Salem / Pool /Getty Images)
Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh (L) and then emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in Gaza in 2012. (Photo: Mohammed Salem / Pool /Getty Images)
President Trump of January 2018 is at odds with President Trump of June 2017 over Qatar.
Trump just thanked Qatar for its “action to counter terrorism and extremism in all forms” and implied U.S. opposition to the Arab states’ blockade of the jihad-sponsoring country, something Trump previously praised and claimed credit for.
“President Trump reiterated his support for a strong, united Gulf Cooperation Council that is focused on countering regional threats,” the readout says.
The praise for Qatar is a major victory for Secretary of State Tillerson, who has long-standing ties to the Qatari regime from his days leading Exxon-Mobil. Tillerson’s company even had officials serving alongside officials from Al-Jazeera (a Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas mouthpiece) on the U.S.-Qatar Business Council.
When Qatar’s Arab neighbors (including Saudi Arabia and Egypt) took the country to task for its sponsorship of terrorism and close ties to Iran, Tillerson’s State Department sided with Qatar and contradicted the commander-in-chief’s publicly-stated support for the Arabs’ measures. Tillerson, of course, also opposes designating the Qatar-backed Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
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Why Would a Young Girl Make Up an Anti-Muslim Attack?
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BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Wednesday, January 17, 2018
A press conference called immediately to announce the 'anti-Muslim attack'
A press conference called immediately to announce the ‘anti-Muslim attack’ (Photo: video screenshot)
What makes a young Canadian Muslim girl make up a hate crime against herself?
Last week in Toronto, 11-year old Khawlah Noman told police she was on her way to her (public) school when she felt a man trying to cut her hijab with scissors. She said she screamed and ran away, but the man returned 10 minutes later and attacked her again.
After an investigation, which we can assume was thorough (since it wasn’t challenged), the police concluded that the incident never happened.
But before the story was vetted, the girl and her mother were up in front of the media, which promptly decried its outrage and disgust over such an “Islamophobic” display of racism against Muslims.
First, we should be clear that we don’t know what prompted the girl to fabricate the story. The two most logical explanations are that she was being bullied at school for being a Muslim or wearing a hijab, or that Muslim grievances against the West were something she was used to hearing about from her family, community or mosque.
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What Does the Leader of ‘Muslims of the Americas’ Think?
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BY CLARION PROJECT Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Jamaat ul-Fuqra is an Islamist group with about 25 “Islamic villages” across the country that have been historically used for guerrilla training and cult-like isolation. After being suspected of murders, fire bombings, and threats around the United States and Canada, the Fuqra cult changed its name to Muslims of America / Muslims of the Americas.
Lern more at fuqrafiles.com
The following infographic is an introduction to the ideology of Fuqra:
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Ryan Mauro and Zuhdi Jasser Kick Back
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BY CLARION PROJECT Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Join Clarion advisory board member Zuhdi Jasser and our National Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow Ryan Mauro as they take to the airwaves to discuss the big picture on radical Islam, reform, Iran, Saudi Arabia and more.
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Al Jazeera Accidentally Slams Itself
Home > World > Qatar > Al Jazeera Accidentally Slams Itself
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Tuesday, January 16, 2018
UK Defense Minister Gavin Williamson and Qatari Defense Minister Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Atiyah sign a deal for Qatar to purchase 24 Typhoon fighters from Britain for $8 billion. (Photo: AFP/Stringer/Getty Images)
UK Defense Minister Gavin Williamson and Qatari Defense Minister Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Atiyah sign a deal for Qatar to purchase 24 Typhoon fighters from Britain for $8 billion. (Photo: AFP/Stringer/Getty Images)
“In Search of the Merits of Colonialism” is a jaunty little article in Al Jazeera that revels in their typical fare: bashing the West. Like many think-pieces it slams the British Empire for shamelessly plundering the world to enrich itself at the expense of black and brown people.
Fair enough (although a little unimaginative). But look a little closer and the piece seems to have scored something of an own goal (a goal accidentally scored for the opposite side).
Just take a look at this little paragraph, in which author Laleh Khalili excoriates (quite rightly) post-colonial dictators for their continued commitment to brutality:
“The authoritarian rulers to whom the colonial masters handed the keys to the city pay lip service to democracy but stifle political participation by unruly publics; and in this they are supported by former colonial masters who value their ‘stability’ and loyalty.”
Although the article mentions Singapore before launching, in classic Al Jazeera style, into a lengthy diatribe against Israel, there is one country that is rather conspicuous by its absence, especially given how completely it fits the bill: Qatar.
Let’s see what Human Rights Watch has to say in their 2016 report on Qatar:
“Low-paid migrant workers continued to face abuse and exploitation, and reforms that took effect in 2016 leave the exploitative elements of the old kafala (sponsorship) system in place and do not cover domestic workers. Qatar-based journalists criticized the manner in which the authorities applied the provisions of a 2014 cybercrime law.”
This is not to mention that “Qatar’s penal code provides for a maximum of five years in jail for criticism of the emir.”
That covers the “authoritarian rulers” part, but what about “colonial masters?”
Take a look at these words written by the prime minister of Qatar in The Guardian during a trip by the emir of Qatar to London in 2014:
“For almost a century, the UK and Qatar have had strong bonds. It was in 1916 that we first bound together our two countries in a treaty of friendship. Those ties have become stronger, with increasingly important trade and political links. Today we regard the UK as among our most steadfast friends and allies.”
Ah yes, Qatar became a British protectorate in 1916.
But are they being praised for “stability?” Let’s have a quick look at what then British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani said in a joint statement during another visit to London in 2010:
“And so they committed to building a stronger and deeper relationship between the UK and the State of Qatar, based on a shared vision of new links and new relationships including on foreign policy, peace and regional stability, trade and investment, education, culture, sport and science.”
Some of you may be asking, all very interesting, but why is this an “own goal?” Well, open a new tab in your browser and quickly Google “who owns Al Jazeera?”
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3 Things You Learned In Elementary School
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Monday, January 15, 2018
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Illustrative Picture. (Photo: Creative Commons/Johannes Thiel)
Elementary school! Our memories include recess, minimal work and crayons. But there were some vital lessons you learned in that place. Yet, in all the hustle and bustle of adult life, you may have forgotten some of the most important lessons.
Here’s a reminder, and what those lessons mean for the struggle against radical Islam.
1.No Take-sie Back-sies
This is one of the most important life lessons of all. You can’t take anything back. No one can. For better or worse, Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, Osama Bin Laden ordered the terror attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11 and Hillary Clinton failed to reinforce the embassy in Benghazi.
The past cannot be changed just because we don’t like something that happened. We have to come to terms with the reality of the world and move forward proactively, not waste time arguing about whether or not the current instability in Pakistan is really the fault of British imperialists who have been dead for nearly a 100 years.
Accepting what has happened is the first step to deciding how you want to react to it.
2.Finders Keepers Losers Weepers
One of the more brutal facts of life, this one underscores the unfairness of the world. The Gulf States have the oil and therefore they have the money. They found it and they kept it. The fact they have used that money (in part) to fund extremism worldwide is what they chose to do with it.
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Court Overturns ‘Sharia Patrol’ Acquittal
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 15, 2018
Members of the ‘Sharia Patrol’ in Wuppertal, Germany (Photo: video screenshot)
A German federal court overturned the ruling of a regional court, which acquitted members of a controversial “Sharia Patrol” operating in Wuppertal.
The case dates back to September 2014 when a group of Salafist Muslims were caught patrolling the streets of Wuppertal in western Germany telling those walking by not to engage in activities forbidden by sharia (Islamic) law.
The group handed out notices to passersby announcing the area was a “Sharia Controlled Zone” which meant that alcohol, drugs, gambling, music and concerts, pornography and prostitution were prohibited.
Despite the fact that the group was dressed in in bright orange vests labelled “Sharia Patrol,” the regional court ruled the group had not violated Germany’s laws on wearing uniforms that are “suggestively militant or intimidating” – a law originally aimed at squelching any nascent Nazi-like street movements.
In turning over the lower court’s ruling, the federal court said that the regional court had been mistaken since the judges failed to consider the impact the men’s actions had on the public.
“These people’s intention is to provoke and intimidate and force their ideology [upon others],” said Peter Jung, the mayor of Wuppertal at the time of the acquittal.
Christian Democrat party whip Volker Kauder added, “Under absolutely no circumstances can we tolerate self-styled Sharia police officers patrolling our streets and dictating what people should or should not do.”
“Sharia law is not tolerated on German soil,” stated Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere.
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Poll Results: Should We Give Medical Treatment to Jihadis?
Home > World > Austria > Poll Results: Should We Give Medical Treatment to Jihadis?
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 15, 2018
A wounded soldier in Iraq awaits evacuation and treatment
A wounded soldier in Iraq awaits evacuation and treatment (Illustrative photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
Recently, we reported on the decision by Austria’s interior ministry to refuse entry to a suspected ISIS fighter from Georgia who required emergency surgery. The 19-year-old fighter, who was suspected to be connected to Chechen jihadi kingpin Akmad Chatayev, was shot in the head in a special forces operation and was in a coma.
Citing security concerns as the primary reason, the ministry also said the fighter’s entrance to Austria would increase the risk of a possible rescue or a blackmail attempt.
We then polled our readers about whether or not they agreed with Austria’s decision. Here are the results of the poll:
89.7 percent said, “Yes, why should resources go to people who want to kill us?”
10.3 percent said, “No, refusing treatment poses serious questions about medical ethics and opens the way to a slippery slope of government control over medical treatment.”
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Trump Sends Bad Signal by Waiving Iran Sanctions
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Home > World > Iran > Trump Sends Bad Signal by Waiving Iran Sanctions
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 15, 2018
Clarion Project’s Shillman Fellow, National Security Analyst and Director of the Clarion Intelligence Network Professor Ryan Mauro discusses President Trump’s decision to waive sanctions on Iran and give a 120-day deadline for the deal to be fixed or abandoned.
Ryan Mauro: Trump Sends Bad Signal by Waiving Iran Sanctions
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‘Catholicism is the One True Faith’
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Monday, January 15, 2018
The Creation of Adam, as depicted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, by Michelangelo. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The Creation of Adam, as depicted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, by Michelangelo. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Catholicism is the “one true faith.” You might think that’s a pretty odd thing for a Jew to say. But in a Western context, we treat it as if it’s true.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Raped & Murdered Girl, 8, Becomes Political Pawn
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BY RAHEEL RAZA Sunday, January 14, 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


Akayed Ullah was indicted by a U.S. grand jury on terrorism charges.
Ullah, a 27-year-old citizen of Bangladesh living in New York, tried to detonate a pipe bomb strapped to his body in a tunnel between the Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
The station is the busiest station complex in the system, with 64,531,511 passengers passing through in 2016 alone.
The grand jury charged Ullah with supporting a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass transit system. He was previously charged with a criminal complaint after his arrest.
That complaint stated that Ullah told police officers he “did it for the Islamic State.” At his home, investigators located his passport in which they found a handwritten note that read, “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE.”
Ullah moved to the U.S. in 2011. It is believed that he became radicalized in 2014, when he began to watch ISIS material online.
The bomb he was carrying detonated only partially, injuring four people as well as Ullah.
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Siavash Safavi: An Iranian Dissident Speaks Out
Home > Human Rights > Human Rights Activists > Human Rights Campaigners > Siavash Safavi: An Iranian Dissident Speaks Out
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Thursday, January 11, 2018
Siavash Safavi on a CIvil Space video
Siavash Safavi on a CIvil Space video (Photo: Video screenshot)
Siavash Safavi is a dissident from Iran now living in Toronto, Canada. Born in Tehran he moved to the north of Iran with his family when he was very young. Seven years ago he fled Iran after being arrested for political protests against the regime and escaped to Canada via Turkey. Over Christmas, 2016 an Iranian newspaper listed him as one of their top 30 traitors to the country.
Safavi now runs the Civil Space Network alongside co-founder Daniel Bordman, which uses comedy to illustrate current affairs issues and promote classical liberal ideas. You can subscribe to the Civil Space Network YouTube channel and support them on Patreon.
He graciously agreed to speak with Clarion Project Dialogue Coordinator Elliot Friedland about the current protests in Iran and his own story of escape from the Islamic Republic.
Clarion Project: Where were you born and where did you grow up?
Siavash Safavi: I was born in Tehran but my family moved to the north of Iran near the Caspian Sea when I was little. It’s very temperate weather, between the mountains and the sea. I went to university there initially to study accounting. The second year I went to my dad and said either I can drop out or blow my brains out. So I switched to English literature.
Clarion: How did you go from studying English literature to fleeing the country as a political dissident?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


Clarion Organizes Groundbreaking Egyptian Women’s Protests
Home > World > Egypt > Clarion Organizes Groundbreaking Egyptian Women’s Protests
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 8, 2018
Clarion Project, in conjunction with Egyptian human rights lawyer Reda Eldanbouki, organized two groundbreaking demonstrations for women’s rights in Egypt against early and forced marriage.
Watch this short video about the protests:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=gCK1MDb_dgs



ISIS’ Chief Mufti Captured; Freed in Minutes for $7.5K
Home > World > Iraq > ISIS’ Chief Mufti Captured; Freed in Minutes for $7.5K
BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 8, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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




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

Below are just a few still photos from the video.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful,

Sovereign of the Day of Recompense.

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

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


Virginia Man Suspected of Planning ISIS Attack Arrested
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 31, 2017 
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A Virginia man was arrested for allegedly destroying evidence that linked him to ISIS.

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

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

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

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


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


Ryan Mauro – Radio Host!!!
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BY CLARION PROJECT Monday, January 1, 2018 
Clarion’s very own National Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow Ryan Mauro takes to the airwaves to present an hour show for America Out Loud:
LISTEN https://clarionproject.org/ryan-mauro-radio-host/


Has Terror Wrecked New Year’s Eve?
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 31, 2017 
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‘Security Pens’ for Screening at Times Square – New York City

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

What Trump Needs to Do to Secure Syria, Iraq
Home > World > Iran > What Trump Needs to Do to Secure Syria, Iraq
BY CLARION PROJECT Thursday, December 28, 2017 
Clarion Project’s Shillman Fellow and National Security Analyst Prof. Ryan Mauro responds to the evacuation of civilians from Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, the refugee crisis and how Russia is trying to embrace both the Sunni Turkey-Muslim Brotherhood Islamists and the Shiite Islamists led by Iran.
https://clarionproject.org/trump-needs-secure-syria-iraq/
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Has Terror Wrecked New Year’s Eve?
Home > World > Australia > Has Terror Wrecked New Year’s Eve?
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 31, 2017  
Security at Times Square on New Year’s Eve (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
‘Security Pens’ for Screening at Times Square – New York City
Unprecedented security measures will be undertaken in New York City to protect the festivities on New Year’s Eve when close to a million revelers are expected to gather around Time Square to watch the iconic ball drop at midnight.
Over a 22-block area, streets and parking garages will be closed. The area will be sealed off with blocker cars and sand trucks. Trucks will also be banned from neighboring avenues.
Access to the area will only be through 12 checkpoints manned with security teams bearing heavy weapons and specially-bred and trained bomb-sniffing (vapor wake) dogs.
The checkpoints will lead to pens. Revelers will be screened a second time while proceeding to the pens. No backpacks, large bags or umbrellas will be allowed.
With these security measures, not to mention temperatures expected to be 13 degrees Fahrenheit (-10.5 Celsius) and even lower due to the wind chill, it remains to be seen if the expected crowds will brave such conditions.
‘Safe Zone’ for Women in Berlin
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Are We Witnessing the Next Revolution in Iran?
Home > World > Iran > Are We Witnessing the Next Revolution in Iran?
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 31, 2017 
Protests in Iran that began with frustration over the economic situation have snowballed into calls for an end to Islamic rule. Is the beginning of the end for the ayatollahs? Tune in below to Clarion Project’s podcast where Clarion’s Editor Meira Svirsky and David Harris debate the issue:
LISTEN https://clarionproject.org/beginning-next-revolution-iran/


 Is Extra Security Worth the Hassle?
Home > Political Islam > In the US > Public Issues > Is Extra Security Worth the Hassle?
BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 31, 2017 
Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow Prof. Ryan Mauro discusses Disney’s decision to replace its “Do Not Disturb” signs with “Occupied” and requiring daily inspection of its hotel rooms in order to enhance security. Mauro talks about the line between wise security and privacy invasions and hassles.
WATCH FOX NEWS https://clarionproject.org/extra-security-worth-hassle/
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 The Roots of Radical Islam in 2017
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BY CLARION PROJECT Sunday, December 31, 2017 
The Clarion team discusses ISIS, Saudi Arabia, Iran and much, much more in this video reviewing 2017. It was originally broadcast live on Clarion’s Facebook page.
WATCH https://clarionproject.org/root-radical-islam-2017/
 

Manhattan Bomber Trying to Radicalize Inmates In Prison
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BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Wednesday, December 27, 2017 
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The terrorist who injured 30 people in a bombing in Manhattan’s Chelsea district last year has been accused of attempting to radicalize other prisoners while incarcerated. In a letter written to Judge Richard Berman, acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim alleged Ahmed Khan Rahimi had provided other inmates with access to speeches by Osama Bin Laden and the late al-Qaeda ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki.
Rahimi also reportedly gave them “books on jihad, bomb-making instructions and issues of Inspire, the online magazine published by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” according to The New York Times.
The materials were stored on Rahimi’s laptop. One of those he is accused of sharing the extremist materials with is Sajmir Alimehmeti, who is charged with providing material support for a terrorist organization.
Rahimi allegedly handed over the materials at the Metropolitan Correction Center during Friday prayers. Guards searched his personal effects and found a list of the names and inmate numbers of other prisoners in on terrorism charges.
Rahimi will be sentenced on January 18. The Afghanistan-born New Jersey resident faces a possible life sentence.
Radicalization has been a problem in prisons for some time. Part of the problem is inmates radicalizing each other. France began separating radical prisoners from the rest of the population in October 2014, to prevent them from radicalizing other prisoners. However, in 2015, the Controller-General Adeline Hazan warned the policy may be making matters worse. Isolating terror suspects in a specific area risks having creating “time bombs.”
MORE https://clarionproject.org/radicalize-inmates-prison/
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