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IRAN VIDEO #3: When bad people chant “Death to America”…‏
VIDEO #3:  BELIEVE THEM?…    WATCH NOW

Hitler announced what he would do – and then he did it.
So did Osama bin Laden.
Now, Iran is chanting “Death to America” while lying about its nuclear capabilities.
When bad people say they will do bad things…BELIEVE THEM.
Join Us on the Right Side of History
Throughout history, good people have often tried to make deals with bad people,
in the hopes of preserving peace.
Today, there are those who want to make a deal with Iran.
History has not been kind to those who make deals with bad people.
Be on the right side of history.  Count your name among the righteous who oppose this historically bad deal.

Published on 1 Jun 2015
Throughout history, good people have often tried to make deals with bad people, in the hopes of preserving peace.
Iran Short Film Series - 3. Believe Them!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=64&v=QDbHJRJ3q7E

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IRAN ARRESTS, TORTURES POLITICAL CARTOONIST - #FREEATENA
Atena Farghandani, 28, will stand trial for drawing a cartoon against a law that would severely restrict birth control for both men and women.
Thu, May 28, 2015
The Iranian regime will put on trial a 28-year old cartoonist for drawing a political cartoon against a law drafted last March that would severely restrict birth control for both men and women.
The cartoon portrayed legislators as animals casting their votes on the legislation.
Atena  Farghandani was arrested last August when her home was raided by the Revolutionary Guards. She was taken to Gharchak prison for four months where she said she was beaten and interrogated for up to nine hours a day.
During a brief release in December, she posted a video in Persian detailing her inhumane treatment and was rearrested. Close to two months later, Farghandani went on a hunger strike and suffered a heart attack. She has been kept in solitary confinement since that time.
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http://www.clarionproject.org/news/iran-arrests-tortures-political-cartoonist


CAIR DENOUNCES US MILITARY ON MEMORIAL DAY
For the second year in a row, Council on American Islamic Relations' depicted the US military as a band of "murderers."
BY RYAN MAURO Wed, May 27, 2015
he Clarion Project broke the story last year that two Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) officials were criticizing Memorial Day, resulting in FOX News coverage and expressions of outrage from Muslims who appreciate the sacrifices of U.S. soldiers. CAIR officials again criticized the holiday this year.
CAIR is a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity that was designated as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates in November. FBI wiretaps in 1993 reveal that CAIR was established to deceptively push the Islamist agenda. You can read more about CAIR's background here.
CAIR-San Francisco Executive Director Zahra Billoo tweeted extensively after several websites reported on the Clarion Project's report from last year. She defended her depictions of U.S. soldiers and compared the Israeli military to ISIS:
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ISLAMIST RADICALS 'RECRUITED FREELY' AT BRITISH UNIVERSITY
A senior academic who worked at the University of Westminster said recruits were led "like lambs to the slaughter" while she was there from 2007 to 2012
Thu, May 28, 2015
.The University of Westminster in London allowed rampant recruitment by Islamist extremists, leading students “like lambs to the slaughter” according to a senior academic.

The University of Westminster is the alma mater of Mohammed Emwazi, better known to the world as Jihadi John, the Islamic State’s lead executioner.
Dr. Alexandra Stein is a social psychologist specializing in extremist groups who worked at Westminster University from 2007 to 2012.
“I’d seen a tremendous amount of recruiting going on," she told local media. "I had Muslim students tell me that they were being pressured in the toilets to cover up and wear the veil. Women were encouraged to sit at the back of the lecture hall.”
Stein said “During the time I certainly tried to raise this with the administration. Interestingly the administration tried to shut us down while letting the recruiters in. I felt terrible because these students were being led like lambs to the slaughter.”
She had attempted to organize a program to counter the influence of speakers from the radical group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has the same goals of global Caliphate as the Islamic State, but takes a non-violent methodology.
But the Dean of students blocked her idea and continued to allow extremist speakers unfettered access to the University.
“They did try and shut the doors on the program” Stein said, “but their doors were opened up to Hizb-ut-Tahrir speakers who were not banned, so I’m very angry about that.”
The University said that it is now working to implement the government’s counter-extremism program.
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WHY JUNE 2015 MATTERS
It's deadline time for negotiators of the Iranian nuclear program. It's also a month in which you can act. We'll let you know how.
BY DAVID HARRIS Thu, May 28, 2015
Iranian and Western negotiators resumed talks this week in Vienna, Austria with little over a month remaining until the June 30 deadline for a deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.

The rhetoric pouring out of the offices of the Islamic republic’s supreme leader, his government and military remains as acrimonious as ever, attacking the West in general and the United States in particular.
The language used is not that of posture ahead of negotiations in order to gain a better deal for Iran, but rather the rancorous, vindictive talk of a nation that cannot be trusted.
Among the choice morsels this week:
"The enemies are more familiar with the language of weapons and we also intend to confront them with the same language," said Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander Major-General Mohammad Ali Jaafari
“Commander of the Iranian Al-Quds Brigades, Major General Qassem Suleimani accused the ‘anti-ISIL’ US-led coalition of supporting the ISIL terrorist group.”
"’The Iran-made S-300 (missile defense) system will be unveiled by the defense ministry and armed forces' engineers soon and will be tested before the eyes of everyone,’ chairman of the parliament's security committee Mohammad Reza Mohseni Sani told FNA.”
Amid this Iranian bluster, the French have taken a long, hard look at the Iranian’s more salient comments on the nuclear program and decided to take a step back for any potential bad deal.

“France will not accept a deal if it is not clear that inspections can be done at all Iranian installations, including military sites,” he told French lawmakers on May 27, urging other negotiating countries to follow suit.
Meanwhile, of course, Iran’s sponsoring of terrorism and despicable litany of human-rights abuses go unchecked.
June is a month in which Clarion Project and others will shout loud about the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program, its destructive role throughout the Middle East and beyond and arguably, worst of all, the way the regime treats its own citizens.
Look out for articles and features on our website, opportunities to hear from leading experts on Iran’s nuclear program, the launch of seven special short films on Iran’s nuclear programs and an activist website where YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
SAY NO TO A NUCLEAR IRAN. BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY.


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'MODERATE' MUSLIM ORGS. LINE UP RADICALS FOR CONFERENCE
One of the largest Islamist gatherings took place over Memorial Day Weekend at the annual joint convention of two prominent organizations.
BY RYAN MAURO Wed, May 27, 2015
One of the largest Islamist gatherings happened in Baltimore over Memorial Day Weekend at the annual joint convention of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the  Muslim American Society (MAS).

Below is a partial list of the speakers included:
Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Like ISNA, CAIR was branded an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation. During the trial, the Justice Department said CAIR is an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a secret body set up to support Hamas. A 1994 Muslim Brotherhood Palestine Committee meeting agenda organized a discussion to “future suggestions to develop the work of” CAIR.
Awad publicly supported the terrorist group Hamas as far back as 1994 and referred to Hamas as well as Hezbollah as “liberation movements” in an Arabic interview with Al-Jazeera in 2004. The FBI monitored his emails from 2006 to 2008.
Imam Siraj Wahhaj, whose history of extremist and anti-American incitement is almost too long to review. For example, in 1992, he said, “If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a Caliphate. If we were united and strong, we’d elect our own emir and give allegiance to him. Take my word, if eight million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us.”
His rhetoric became more cautious after the 9/11 attacks. In 2011, he preached, “The trap we fall into is having a premature discussion about Sharia when we are not there yet.” In November, the New York Police Department disclosed frightening information about his mosque’s activity to defend its intelligence-gathering practices.

Naeem Baig, President of ICNA. Under his leadership, ICNA has gone to bat for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and pressured the U.S. government to stop the Bangladeshi government's crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami, the Islamist parent group of ICNA. It was particularly upset over the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader for war crimes.
Baig is a signatory to the anti-ISIS letter that endorses the caliphate, Sharia governance and jihad against Israel and accused oppressors of Muslims. His group published a radical teaching guide for its members in 2009.
Sheikh Yusuf Islahi, whose biography boasts that he's been a member of the Indian branch of Jamaat-e-Islami since he was 25 years old and is a five-term member of its Central Advisory Committee. Islahi is the "chief patron" of ICNA's "Why Islam" campaign. He and the Jamaat-e-Islami he helps lead have a history of anti-Americanism and support for violent jihad.

Sheikh Mohammad Qatanani, the imam of the Hamas-linked Islamic Center of Passaic County. He was arrested and convicted by Israel in 1993 for being a member of Hamas and the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood.
The Department of Homeland Security seeks his deportation because of his terrorist links and decision not to disclose his conviction on his green card application.
“It is certainly suspicious when a person who has been convicted of being a member of, and providing services, to Hamas, who has personal ties to a Hamas militant leader, and a Hamas fundraiser also sends undisclosed cash to the West Bank,” a 2008 court filing by Homeland Security explains.
In Arabic lectures between 2007 and 2009, he prayed for the defeat of “occupation and oppression” in Iraq, Palestine and Chechnya, inferring the U.S., Israel and Russia. He also said it is permissible for Muslims to donate to the families of suicide bombers and that Muslims should not criticize Yousef al-Qaradawi, the pro-terrorism spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Qatanani has also said that the U.S. needs to limit its free speech to stop “hate” speech towards Islam.

Jamal Badawi, formerly listed on ISNA’s website as a member of its Board of Directors, is personally listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial and is a founder of the Muslim American Society, another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity. His name is listed as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood official in an internal document from 1992.
Badawi’s history includes endorsing suicide bombings and “combative jihad” and praising Hamas as “martyrs.” He is also close to Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi.

Sheikh Abdool Rehman Khan is the chairman of ICNA's Sharia Council and a member of the Fiqh Council of North America, which is dominated by Islamist radicals.  He used to be a scholar for the Islamic Foundation but was apparently fired, based on an online petition demanding his reinstatement.

Sheikh Omar Suleiman, a member of the ICNA Sharia Council. His bio states that he studied under Sheikh Salah As-Sawy and Dr. Hatem al-Haj. These are two Salafist clerics that lead the very radical Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America. The closest the organization can bring itself to foreswearing violent jihad is to oppose it because “the Islamic community does not possess the strength to engage in offensive jihad at this time [emphasis added].”
 
Imam Suhaib Webb is the former leader of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, whose teachings are largely based on Islamists like Muslim Brotherhoof spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi and Sayyid Qutb, the Brotherhood cleric who influenced Osama Bin Laden as well as the Pakistani Islamist group, Jamaat-e-Islami. 

Webb says Muslims should refuse to work with the FBI unless the FBI restores its relationship with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity. The FBI severed ties with due to evidence tying it to Hamas.
He also condemned secularism as a “radical, lunatic ideology…we’re talking about the loss of holy power in politics. It’s very difficult to find any place in the world now that is ruled by someone who is ruling by divine authority.” He said that only the Islam of Prophet Mohammed’s era is equipped for political rule today.
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SEEKING TO SPARK SECTARIAN WAR, ISIS BOMBS SAUDI ARABIA
ISIS's first bombing there is a strategic move to spark upheaval in the Shiite-majority province that holds 90% of royal family's oil reserves
The Islamic State (ISIS) suicide bombing in Saudi Arabia on May 23 is significant in that it's the group's first claimed suicide bombing in the country, but it's also a strategic move to spark sectarian upheaval in the Shiite-majority province that holds 90% of royal family's oil reserves.
The Islamic State is trying to spark a cycle of sectarian violence that will destabilize Saudi Arabia and heighten the Royal Family's tension with Iran. The terror group thrives in environments where Shiites feel they need Iranian protection and where Sunnis feel threatened by real or imagined Iranian influence. The Saudi Eastern Province has the added benefit of endangering the Royal Family's most critical resource.
The bombing's objective is to spur Islamic State supporters in Saudi Arabia into action against the Shiites and the royal family. An October 2014 poll found that 5% of the Saudi population of 29 million has a positive opinion of the Islamic State (2% very positive and 3% somewhat positive).
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HOW MUCH WOULD ISIS PAY FOR MICHELLE OBAMA AS A SEX SLAVE?
In the latest issue to its slick, English magazine Dabiq, a jihadi bride justifies sex slavery and names the group's price for Michelle Obama.
In the latest issue of The Islamic State’s slick, English-language magazine Dabiq, the terror group justifies taking captive women as sex slaves and promises to bring slave markets to the West.
With bravado, the magazine takes a dig at Michelle Obama, wife of U.S. President Barack Obama. "And who knows, maybe Michelle Obama’s price won’t even exceed a third of a dinar, and a third of a dinar is too much for her!"
One gold dinar is worth close to $600, however, it is unclear whether the magazine was referring to a gold, silver or copper dinar.
In an article titled “Slave-Girls or Prostitutes?” -- purportedly written by a jihadi bride named Umm Sumayyah Al-Muhajirah, the terror group says taking captive women and sex-slaves is justified according to Islamic theology and historical precedent.
The article argues being a sex slave is preferable to a life of "prostitution" – which is what the Islamic State thinks is the status of women in Western lands --and says that women who are taken as sex slaves should be therefore be grateful.



RUSSIAN MISSILE DEAL WITH IRAN MEANS 'MILITARY OPTION DEAD'
Western officials believe delivery of the system will essentially eliminate the military option to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Tue, May 26, 2015
Iranian news sources are reporting that negotiations with Russia to buy the S-300 surface-to-air missile systems were “successful.”
Western officials say delivery of the system would essentially eliminate the military option to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
During a press conference Monday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that the missiles will be delivered as soon as possible.
Amir-Abdollahian spoke after a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, in Moscow.
Since 2007, Russia has repeatedly threatened to sell the system to Iran but relented under Western pressure. On April 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a presidential decree facilitating the sale of the missile system.
See Clarion Project’s analysis on the sale: http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/russian-system-should-be-treated-part-irans-nuke-program
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http://www.clarionproject.org/news/russian-missile-deal-iran-means-military-option-dead


ISLAMIC STATE ENDANGERS RARE BIRD
One of the last breeding colonies of the bird in the world in Palmyra, Syria, has been driven away by fighting for Palmyra by the Islamic State.
The critically-endangered northern bald ibis may become extinct in the Middle East as a result of the capture of Palmyra by the Islamic State.
A small colony of just seven birds nestedin Palmyra in 2002, the only colony in the world outside of Morocco. 
There are now just four birds left despite government protection programs. They migrate annually and winter in Ethiopia.
The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon offered a $1,000 reward for information about the wherabouts of the only female bird.
Named Zenobia, after an ancient Palmyrene Queen, she is the only wild bird who knows the migration route between Syria and the winter grounds in Ethiopia.
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PLAYSTATION BOMBER STANDS TRIAL AS EUROJIHAD RISES
The trial for a 15-year old wanna-be jihadi is beginning in Austria. In Belgium, Antwerp's mayor has reportedly received "convert or die" threats.
A 15-year old boy charged with downloading bomb-making plans onto his playstation and conspiring to join Islamist terrorist groups in Syria has gone on trial in Austria.
He is charged with supporting a terrorist organization and planning to carry out a terrorist attack.
State prosecutors allege the boy, who has not been named because of his age, was in contact with Islamic State recruiters online and planned to carry out an attack in Vienna before his departure. He was 14-years old at the time of his arrest.
If convicted, he could be sentenced for up to five years in jail.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Mayor of Antwerp received a threat demanding he convert to Islam or he will be killed, according to local media reports. The mayor, Bart De Wever, told reporters he has no intention of converting.
The threat has not yet been confirmed as genuine.
In neighboring Holland, a group of parents whose children travelled Syria to join the jihadis fighting there are suing the state for failing to prevent their children from leaving the country.
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24-YEAR OLDS FROM CALIFORNIA ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO JOIN ISIS
Authorities say the two men used social media to discuss the Islamic State and their plans to die fighting for the terror group.
Two 24-year-old men from Anaheim, California face a possible 15-year prison term for conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist group for their plans to join the Islamic State.
Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel were tracked down partially through the monitoring of their social media accounts where they discussed their support for the Islamic State and terrorist attacks.
According to a recorded conversation, both had expressed “how it would be a blessing to fight for the cause of Allah, and to die in the battlefield.”
Both had also bought tickets to the Middle East.
Although the men confessed to the FBI, reports say they intend to plead not-guilty to the charges.
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STRATEGIC FAILURES, THE US AND THE FALL OF RAMADI
The U.S. forgot the lessons of the 2007 as pleas from the Sunni and Kurdish tribes for direct aid to fight the Islamic State went unanswered.
BY RYAN MAURO Thu, May 21, 2015
The Islamic State (ISIS) has captured Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar Province, reportedly "terrifying" Iraqi officials who now foresee a "tsunami of international terror." It is an important achievement for the terrorist group aimed at pre-empting a potential Sunni tribal uprising.

The Sunni tribes in Anbar Province were critical to the success of the 2007 "surge" that ousted the Islamic State's predecessor, Al-Qaeda in Iraq. The deterioration in the relationship between these tribes and the central Iraqi government was likewise critical to the terrorists' comeback in Iraq.
The Islamic State remembered these lessons and acted quickly as the Iraqi government began training tribal fighters and the U.S. defense budget allotted $179 million to Kurdish and Sunni tribal forces. The U.S. forgot these lessons and has long rejected Sunni and Kurdish pleas for direct aid to fight the Islamic State.
The Obama Administration is now planning to change course and directly arm and train the Iraqi Sunni tribes after the fall of Ramadi. The White House previously chose to work only through the central Iraqi government that has given the Kurds and Sunnis inadequate support.
A delegation of 11 Sunni tribal leaders, including Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha, the President of the Anbar Awakening Council, flew to the U.S. on January 18 to plead for direct assistance. Former President George W. Bush called Abu Risha and listened to his complaints for 20 minutes and offered to help. Administration officials were less willing. One tribal official said, "I wouldn't call it the 'cold shoulder,' but it certainly was a cool one." 
The Obama Administration told them that it would only work through the elected central government. Its viewpoint was that working with forces outside the government's authority undermines the Iraqi leadership and threatens the country's unity.
That standpoint ignores what was learned after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Nothing threatens Iraq's unity and the government's authority more than instability. Direct U.S. aid to the Sunni tribes helped save Iraq from disintegration into sectarian enclaves ruled by terrorists and militias.
The Islamic State struck Ramadi during a sandstorm that delayed American air support. Former U.S. Central Command advisor Ali Khedery says that a Kurdish member of parliament informed him that 6,000 Iraqi Security Forces fled when faced with a mere 150 Islamic State fighters. About 500 Iraqi security personnel and civilians died in two days. The Iraqi officials spoke straight forwardly and  admitted that the current strategy is failing.
The Pentagon says it has finished training about 7,000 Iraqi Security Forces and another 3-4,000 are in the process of training, but training won't solve the problem of collapsing Iraqi forces. The U.S. trained the Iraqis from 2003 until the withdrawal in 2011. The strategy of waiting for the Iraqi security forces to become strong enough to stabilize the country is the same strategy that failed before the surge.
Iraqi personnel flee because they don't want to die for a lost cause or to fight for a replacement worse than the Islamic State.
The Iraqi Security Forces face a fundamental disadvantage when battling the Islamic State: They want to live and their enemies want to die. This disadvantage is further compounded by a lack of confidence. If given the choice to die fighting in a losing battle or to flee and perhaps regroup later with better chances of victory, they will choose the latter.
An Anbar official placed the blame on the Iraqi government, telling CNN, "If 10% of the government's promises had been implemented, Ramadi would still in our hands and the Islamic State wouldn't dare to be anywhere near the city."
Iraqi Sunnis are faced with a terrible choice. The Iranian-backed Shiite militias are often nicknamed "Shiite ISIS" because their crimes are comparable to ISIS but are less known by the West because they aren't broadcasted. However, the Anbar Provincial Council is officially welcoming them now out of desperation and perhaps an awareness that their opposition will be ignored anyway.
The Shiite militias should be expected to mistreat the local Sunnis the second after the Islamic State is expelled or even during the fighting. Tribal support is far from unanimous. The son of the largest tribe's leader is in the U.S. asking for support right now and bluntly warned that sending the Shiite militias into Anbar Province "will cause a civil war."
The New York Times has noticed the change in American attitude towards the Shiite militias. Pentagon spokesperson Col. Steve Warren said, "As long as they're controlled by the central Iraqi government, there's a place for them." Yet, only two months ago, Central Command Commander General Austin said, "I will not—and I hope we will never—coordinate or cooperate with Shiite militias."
The U.S. must correct its strategy by sidelining Iranian-backed militias and terrorists, leveraging influence with the Iraqi government and significantly increasing assistance to the Anbar tribes, Kurds, Iraqi government and to the persecuted Christian minority that is forming its own self-defense force.
Recent history has shown that the Iraqi government will choose the U.S. over Iran if compelled.
In March, the U.S. withheld support to Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State in Tikrit because of the involvement of Iranian-backed militias and the Revolutionary Guards Corps. The Iranian proxies stalled and could move no further, displaying the value of U.S. air support. The Iraqis chose America and the Iranians were removed from the battle. U.S. aid delivered the victory that the Iranians could not.
The Iraqis had been asking for U.S. for more help including possibly advisors on the ground since October 2013. By March 2014, the Iraqis were asking for airstrikes on the Islamic State. The Islamic State blitz into Iraq began in June.
The Iraqi ambassador complained that the U.S. had denied requests for help including Apache helicopter sales, thereby putting Iraq "in an uncomfortable position in seeking support from whoever is available on the ground." He emphasized that the "U.S. is our strategic partner of choice."
Iran opposed the return of U.S. soldiers on the ground in Iraq as advisors. The Iranian-backed cleric Moqtada al-Sadr threatened to attack the advisors and two other Iranian-backed militias also forcefully opposed U.S. involvement. The Iraqi government went ahead anyway.
Even now, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is in Russia and talking to China and Iran about delivering arms that the U.S. refuses to provide. 
The U.S. needs to give the Iraqi government a clear choice: Iran or us.
The Iraqi government should be put on notice. If it is willing to restrain the Shiite militias and work with us to disband them, then we will provide all necessary aid. We will help negotiate with the Sunni tribes so their local forces operate within a national framework.
If the Iraqi government chooses Iran, then we will cut our aid and redirect it towards our Sunni, Kurdish and Christian partners while maintaining contact with friendly Shiites. We will not act as the air force for Iranian proxies. If necessary, we will talk about a role for the forthcoming Arab force led by Egypt to replace yours.
It is positive news that the Obama Administration is reversing its stance and will directly help the Sunni tribes, but the anti- Islamic State strategy requires an anti-Iran strategy.



100,000 CHRISTIANS KILLED YEARLY FOR THEIR FAITH
Islamic extremism has created 'cultural and human genocide' on levels unprecedented in modern times. Where is the outcry from the West?
Wed, May 20, 2015
Close to 100,000 Christians are being killed every year because of their faith, according to statistics from a Pew Research Survey and the International Society for Human Rights, a non-religious organization.
These figures, which represent an “unprecedented,” number of death per year amount to 273 Christian killed daily, or 11 every hour, said Bishop John McAreavey, chairman of the Council for Justice and Peace.

McAreavey, speaking to the Irish parliament on behalf of the Irish Catholic Bishop's Conference, said, “Eighty percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed against Christians." 
Clarion Project is in production of a new film on minority persecution at the hands of Islamist extremists. Check out the film's website by clicking here.

The bishop added that an ever great number of Christians are "being tortured, imprisoned, exiled, threatened, excluded, attacked and discriminated against on a widespread scale."
McAreavey quoted the former Chief Rabbi of Britain, Lord Jonathan Sacks, who said that the persecution of Christians is "one of the crimes against humanity of our time." Sacks compared the reality of today’s suffering Christians to the Jews were were terrorized by the pogroms in Europe. Sacks said he was "appalled at the lack of protest it has evoked."
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IRAN SAYS NO TO MILITARY-SITE INSPECTIONS
Iran's chief ayatollah prevents nuclear inspectors from accessing military sites and wants 24 days prior notice for all visits
Thu, May 21, 2015
Iran this week ruled out full access for international nuclear inspectors just a month before the deadline for a deal on the country's nuclear-weapons program.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said nuclear inspectors would be prevented from interviewing his nuclear scientists. He also reiterated that inspectors would not be allowed access to military bases.
He told the graduating class at Imam Hussein Military University in Tehran, “Regarding inspections, we have said that we will not let foreigners inspect any military center.”.
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ANCIENT CITY OF PALMYRA FALLS TO ISLAMIC STATE
It is expected Islamic State will demolish the UNESCO world heritage site. The city is also of strategic importance.
Thu, May 21, 2015
The Islamic State captured the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria in the group’s latest strategic advance this week.
The UNESCO world heritage site is home to some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world, mixed with Greek and Persian architectural styles. The oasis city was first built by King Solomon, according to legend.
The city is so beautiful that it is sometimes known as “The Venice of the Sands.”
UNESCO describes it as:
“An oasis in the Syrian desert, north-east of Damascus, Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences.”
The Islamic State has destroyed many other historic sites and artifacts including the Roman city Hatra, the Assyrian capital of Nimrod and the treasures of Mosul library and Museum. 
The town of Tadmur, the Aramaic name for Palmyra, adjoins the ruins and was the location for one of the Assad regime’s most notorious military prisons. The city is important strategically because of its position on the road to Homs and Damascus from Deir ez-Zour
The gas fields of al-Hail and Arak are close by and can be controlled from Tadmur. A Homs-based human rights activist told AP that thousands of prisoners may have still been in Tadmur prison and will have been released by the Islamic State.
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After Son Died Fighting for ISIS, Mother Fights Them
After her son was radicalized and killed fighting with the Islamic State, one mother is now helping other parents when recruiters move in on their children.
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IRAN NAVY FIRES AT SINGAPORE SHIP IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS
Coastguard vessels from the UAE came to the ship’s aid after hearing its cry for help. The Iranian patrol boats gave up the fight shortly thereafter.
Mon, May 18, 2015
An Iranian ship fired warning shots across the bow of a ship from Singapore in the Persian Gulf in the third such aggressive incident by Tehran against commercial vessels in recent weeks.

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps patrol boat fired across the bow of the Alpine Eternity, an oil tanker manned by 22-23 crew members. The ship was sailing in international waters near the coast of the United Arab Emirates when it was attacked.
According to U.S. officials, coastguard vessels from the UAE came to the ship’s aid after hearing its cry for help. The Iranian patrol boats gave up the fight shortly thereafter.
A statement issued through Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority read, "Such interference with navigational rights is a serious violation of international law. The freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce are of critical importance to Singapore and other maritime and trading nations."
As with the other incidences, Iran claimed to have a legal dispute with the Alpine Eternity and its parent company. In late March, the Singapore ship accidentally hit an Iranian oil platform. Although Iranian officials demanded reparations, to date, the shipping company has not paid Iran any compensation.
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GUINWA ZEINEDDINE: MISS ARAB USA
Miss Arab USA kindly spoke with Clarion Project about being an Arab American beauty queen and her message for the Middle East.
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Mon, May 18, 2015
The Miss Arab USA Pageant is held once a year to celebrate Arab cultural heritage in America. It is managed by the Arab-American Festival Association as "a non-political platform for young ladies to achieve personal growth and development, take pride in their heritage, discover their inner beauty in achieving their humanitarian goals in life and laying a strong foundation as leaders of the future."

The pageant supports its winners as Ambassadors for Humanity, putting forward a message of peace and human rights.
In contrast to other beatuty pageants, Miss Arab USA does not include a swimsuit round out of deference to Islamic standards of modesty. The pageant has an official Facebook page.
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SAUDI ARABIA 'TO BUY' PAKISTANI NUKES AS ARMS RACE ESCALATES
Senior Western sources told The Sunday Times Saudi Arabia has decided to become a nuclear-weapons state.
Mon, May 18, 2015
Saudi Arabia will purchase nuclear weapons from Pakistan, according to a former U.S. Defense official.
Speaking to Britain’s The Sunday Times, the unnamed official said:
“There has been a longstanding agreement in place with the Pakistanis and the House of Saud has now made the strategic decision to move forward.”
Saudi Arabia, which financed much of Pakistan’s nuclear program, will buy nuclear weapons “off-the shelf.”
On May 11 an Arab leader told The New York Times “We can't sit back and be nowhere as Iran is allowed to retain much of its capability and amass its research.”
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INDONESIA: MILITARY CHIEF DEFENDS VIRGINITY TESTS ON FEMALES
An international outcry erupts over the army’s decision to subject all potential female recruits to the humiliating, invasive test.
Tue, May 19, 2015
As an international outcry erupts over the Indonesian’s army’s decision to subject all potential female recruits to an invasive virginity test, the country’s top general  commended the practice saying, “So what’s the problem? It’s a good thing, so why criticize it?”
Speaking to reporters outside the state palace, General Moeldoko further remarked that while the “test” had no connection to a woman’s aptitude to be a member of the armed forces, it nevertheless was a “measure of morality. There is no other way.”
The test, which medical practitioners say cannot determine if a girl has ever had sexual relations, is administered in a humiliating procedure known as the two-finger physical exam.
Human Rights Watch condemned the test as “discriminatory and invasive” and demanded that Indonesia drop the practice.
Indonesia also carries out virginity tests on female police recruits. They have also proposed in the past carrying them out on high school students aged 16-18 as well.
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HELP WANTED: SAUDI GOV'T ADVERTISES FOR MORE EXECUTIONERS
A civil service job portal in the kingdom advertised for 8 new beheaders to keep up with the increasing number of death sentences.
Tue, May 19, 2015
Executioners are in demand in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A civil service job portal in the kingdom advertised for eight new beheaders to keep up with the increasing number of death sentences being handed down by Saudi judges.
The ad on the site says the job requires no special qualifications and also includes the task of amputating limbs for lesser offenses. The successful candidate would be a “religious functionary” and garner pay at the lower end of civil-service jobs.
Saudi Arabia ranks within the top five countries in the world for capital punishment, ranking behind China and Iran (first and second) and before Iraq and the United States, according to statistics gathered by Amnesty International.
Last year, Amnesty said at least 90 people were put to death in the kingdom, compared to the figure of 88 issues by the Saudi government. As of last Sunday when a man was beheaded (according to the Saudi Press Agency), 85 people had been executed in Saudi Arabia this year alone.
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TURKISH SINGER SHOT IN HEAD FOR TAKING PART IN TV TALENT SHOW
Mutlu Kaya, 19, a contestant in a Turkish TV singing contest similar to American Idol, was shot in the head after receiving death threats.
Tue, May 19, 2015
A 19 year old Turkish singer was shot in the head for appearing on a televised talent show. Mutlu Kaya is now in critical condition in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır. One suspect was arrested and is being interrogated by the police.
Kaya passed the first round selection process and won the attention of famous Turkish singer Sibel Can. Can flew out to Diyarbakir to ensure that Kaya would attend the competition. Can told Kaya’s mother “Your daughter now belongs to me. She has great artistic talent. When I first heard Mutlu sing, I said ‘That’s it!’ I will look after her and give her all the support I can.”
Kaya was shot while at her house at around 8.30 am. Prior she received death threats from her father’s tribe.
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EX-NAT'L GUARDSMAN GIVEN 20 YEARS FOR TRYING TO JOIN ISIS
Donald Morgan, a 44-year old North Carolina man and former National Guardsman, converted to Islam and pledged his allegiance to the ISIS
Thu, May 14, 2015
Donald Morgan, a 44-year old North Carolina man and former National Guardsman, was given a prison term of more than 20 years, after he tried to join the Islamic State in Syria.

A convert to Islam, Morgan was arrested at New York’s JFK airport last June for the illegal possession of a gun that he had been trying to sell online. He had travelled to Lebanon and on to Turkey from where he was planning on crossing the border to Syria. However, his plans went awry when authorities at the Istanbul airport sent him back to Lebanon.
Although he feared being arrested on terrorism charges, he returned to the U.S. last June. Morgan pled guilty and was convicted on charges of providing material support to the Islamic State and possession of an illegal firearm.
He was previously convicted of a felony for firing a weapon into a packed restaurant in 1997 in North Carolina.
Morgan’s radicalization appears to have been a self-process.
Ironically, the first part of his life reads like an all-American story.  As a young man, he attended a military academy and eventually joined the National Guard. Later, he worked in law enforcement as a sheriff’s deputy.
However, he eventually fell into an opposite world -- a world of partying, alcohol abuse and violence. A six-year marriage dissolved.
About a year after his divorce, he converted to Islam. A long-time acquaintance said that Morgan began keeping close tabs on the wars in the Middle East, stopped body building, was significantly less social and worked at unusual hours.
“(Morgan’s) Facebook posts were a bit extreme at times, and there were some volatile statements in there. Some things that he would say that would make me think, you know this guy was going to the extreme with this,” said Bryan Beaver, a co-worker of Morgan’s for 15 years. “Derogatory statements toward Israel, some statements about infidels. Things like that.”
In January, Morgan began to actualize those beliefs and tried to join the Islamic State in Syria. On Twitter, he changed his name to Abu Omar al-Amreeki and called himself a mujahid, a wager of jihad. Six months later, he had pledged his allegiance to the self-appointed caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Baker al-Baghdadi.
“I would not classify myself as a radical, but by Western definition, I would be classified as a radical,” Morgan said of his beliefs. “I just consider myself to be a practicing Muslim.”
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PAKISTAN: ISIS CLAIMS IT CARRIED OUT BRUTAL BUS ATTACK IN KARACHI
While traveling to a place of worship, 43 Shia Muslims were slaughtered on an overcrowded bus by gunmen on motorcycles. Thu, May 14, 2015
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a brutal attack on a bus of Shia Muslims outside Karachi, Pakistan that left at least 43 dead and more wounded May 12.

A statement released through social media read: "Thanks to God 43 apostates were killed and close to 30 others were wounded in an attack by the soldiers of Islamic State (Isis) on a bus carrying people of the Shia Ismaili sect ... in Karachi." 
Two Pakistani Taliban groups also claimed responsibility, including the Taliban splinter group Jundullah.

The attack, which happened on Wednesday, occurred when six gunmen on motorcycles attacked the overloaded bus. When the driver was forced to pull over, the gunmen boarded the bus and continued their massacre execution-style, shooting passengers point-blank in the head.
The pink bus was clearly recognizable to the attackers. The bus belonged to the Al-Azhar Trust and was carrying Ismaili Muslims to a place of worship.
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INDONESIAN ARMY DOES VIRGINITY TESTS TO PROVE IF GIRLS 'NAUGHTY'
Military spokesman Fuad Basya insisted the army will continue to carry out the tests despite the objections of Human Rights Watch. Thu, May 14, 2015
Indonesia will continue ‘virginity tests’ on female recruits to its armed forces, despite calls for an end to the practice.

Human Rights Watch condemned the tests, which have been carried out for years as “discriminatory and invasive,” demanding that Indonesia drop the practice.
But Indonesian military spokesman Fuad Basya said the test was necessary to determine whether or not the girls were “naughty.”
“We need to examine the mentality of these applicants. If they are no longer virgins, if they are naughty, it means their mentality is not good.”
He reaffirmed that the test will continue, saying:
“We will continue to carry out the test because to be a military person, the most important thing is your mentality. Physical and intellectual requirements are secondary.”
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Islamic State - Why Beheadings?
Executions come in many forms but why does IS choose such a barbaric method?
BY MEIRA SVIRSKY Sun, May 10, 2015
The Islamic State’s widely publicized beheadings of American journalist James Foley, American aid worker Peter Kassig and others Americans are designed by the Islamic State for the greatest shock value.

The sheer gore of the now-too-common beheading videos was a highly-calculated propaganda tool by the terror group. Designed to evoke both paralyzing fear as well as dissuade those who may think of opposing the group, the beheadings seem to have served their purpose.
Western leaders, imagining their own soldiers captured and in a similar position, are loathe to send them to such a potential fate, which means politically and militarily their hands are tied.
Local armies – underpaid, poorly trained and demoralized –simply stripped off their uniforms and fled from battle when facing the Islamic State, even though they vastly outnumbered the terrorists. This combination paved the way for the Islamic State to commandeer large swaths of territory in eastern Syria and northwest Iraq.    

“When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks.”  Sura 47:4. Historian Timothy Furnish writing in a 2005 study published in Middle East Quarterly says: “For centuries, leading Islamic scholars have interpreted this verse literally.” 
Similarly, “[Remember] when your Lord inspired to the angels, ‘I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.’"
Beheading has been used by Islamists since the time of Mohammed: Ibn Ishaq (d. 768 C.E.), the earliest biographer of Muhammad, says that Mohammed ordered 700 Jewish men in Medina to be beheaded for allegedly plotting against him.
Furnish writes: “Yusuf b. Tashfin (d. 1106) led the Al-Murabit (Almoravid) Empire to conquer from Western Sahara to central Spain. After the battle of Zallaqa in 1086, he had 24,000 corpses of the defeated Castilians beheaded ‘and piled them up to make a sort of minaret for the muezzins who, standing on the piles of headless cadavers, sang the praises of Allah.’ He then had the detached heads sent to all the major cities of North Africa and Spain as an example of Christian impotence. 


The Al-Murabits were conquered the following century by the Al-Muwahhids (Almohads), under whose rule Castilian Christian enemies were beheaded after any lost battles. 
Beheadings of live and dead enemies have been recorded over the course of more-modern Islamic history, from the time of the Ottoman Empire to the present. 

Islamic State purportedly executed 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya in a film released April 19.
This is the latest country in which ISIS has murdered merely because of the religious affiliation of their victims.
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Texas Gunmen Honored as Martyrs in Pakistan
Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson were honored for their 'martyrdom' after they were killed attacking a 'Draw Mohammed' event in Garland, Texas. Thu, May 7, 2015
The terrorists killed in Texas on Sunday while attempting to carry out an attack have been honored as martyrs in Pakistan.
Around 100 people gathered to hold a memorial service in Peshawar for the gunmen. A cleric delivered a eulogy saying “The exhibition of the blasphemous caricatures was unbearable for Muslims. It was shocking, sad, tragic and intolerable. We have gathered here to pay tribute and to carry out the Islamic rites for the Muslims who tried to stop it and sacrificed their lives and they will now be called ‘Martyrs for the prophet’s honor.’”
Ghausia Madrassa, the Pakistani Islamic school whose students are pictured protesting, also held a demonstration to honor the Islamist militants who carried out the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January.
One of the gunmen, Nadir Soofi, attended high school in Pakistan at the elite $20,000 a year International School of Islamabad.
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Iran Arrests Leading Dissident
Narges Mohammedi, the deputy director of the banned Defenders of Human Rights Center, was taken from her home in Tehran early May 5. Wed, May 6, 2015
Leading Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammedi was arrested in the early morning on May 5. She was arrested at her home in the capital Tehran and is believed to be being held in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, where many political prisoners are kept.
She is deputy director of the banned Defenders of Human Rights Center and has been imprisoned by the regime for her activism in the past. In 2010 she was arrested and in 2012 she was sentenced to six years in prison. In 2011 she was released early on health grounds. Defenders of Human Rights Center is headed by Noble Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi. She has been in exile in the UK since 2009. 

The reasons for the timing of Mohammedi's arrest are unknown.
Mohammedi was facing charges over her civil activities, but was summoned before the Revolutionary Court on May 3. She attended the hearing and reportedly complied fully with regime demands. The court had granted her an extension, ostensibly so that her lawyers could review her case file.  

Prior to the hearing her lawyers had not been allowed to view the charges, which were read out loud in court.
She is facing three charges:
“propaganda against the state”
“assembly and collusion against national security”
“establishing the anti-security and illegal ‘Step by Step to Stop Death Penalty’ group.”
Mohammedi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the charges against her were brought due to her civil activism and not due to any crime.
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France to Implement Broad Surveillance Law Against Terror
President Hollande said the law was 'an essential text for the fight against terrorism,' but in reality 'it will also apply in many other areas.'
The French parliament has approved a landmark intelligence-gathering law that gives the state sweeping powers to spy on citizens.
The government says the new law — which was fast-tracked after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in January — is aimed at preventing Islamic terrorism.
But privacy groups say the law, which has been referred to as "the French Patriot Act," is so vague and intrusive and centralizes surveillance power to such an extent, that it poses an unacceptable threat to civil liberties in France.
The law on intelligence-gathering was adopted in the National Assembly, the lower house, on May 5 by a large majority: 438 in favor, 86 against and 42 abstentions.
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Radicalization in Tower Hamlets: The Phenomenon
What made a total of nine young girls, from the same London school, attempt to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State?

This article appeared originally on GatestoneInstitute.org

In February, three London schoolgirls flew to Istanbul, from where they travelled by road to Syria to join the Islamic State. British police have confirmed that at least 700 Britons have now joined the terrorist group as fighters. Over the past year alone, 22 British women, most under the age of 20, are believed to have travelled to Syria to become "jihadi brides."
These three London schoolgirls, who lived in the borough of Tower Hamlets, were not the first from there to travel to Syria. They were not even the first Islamic State recruits from their school -- nor, it seems, will they be the last.

In December 2014, a friend and fellow pupil of the three London schoolgirls travelled to Syria after being "in covert phone contact with an unknown woman." These four 15- and 16-year-old Islamic State recruits were all pupils at the Bethnal Green Academy in Tower Hamlets.
The Telegraph recently revealed that a fifth Bethnal Green Academy pupil also attempted to leave Britain to join the Islamic State, but was stopped after police boarded the aircraft as it was about to take-off.
Then, in March 2015, a British court made four more pupils of Bethnal Green Academy "wards of the court" and confiscated their passports. The four girls, also age 15 and 16, were "barred from travel after showing an interest in going to Syria."
What made a total of nine young girls, from the same London school, attempt to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State?
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US Negotiating With Qatar Over Fate of 'Taliban Five'
As negotiations continue it was announced the Taliban will open a political office in the Qatari capital Doha.
Tue, May 5, 2015
The US and Qatar are negotiating over security arrangements for five Taliban commanders who were released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for U.S. staff-sergeant Bowe Berghdal last May. The prisoner exchange, in which the detainees were handed over to Qatar, caused an national outcry.

Under the current arrangements the ‘Taliban Five’ are forbidden from leaving Qatar and are monitored. That agreement expires at the end of May. If it is not renewed, the men will have no restrictions on them once it expires.
The outcome of the talks is unknown. Qatari officials are said to be open to renewing aspects of the deal or perhaps transferring the men to another country.  
However, Qatar has just agreed to allow the Taliban to open a political office in the capital Doha.
On Monday a statement was released by 40 delegates from the Afghan government, the U.N. and the Taliban, who had convened in Doha under the auspices of Qatar for a ‘non-official meeting’ to discuss negotiations.
The political office is officially to be used as a base from which to negotiate.
Despite the statement, on the same day 18 police officers were killed by Taliban fighters. 

Gunmen Attack Mohammed Cartoon Event in Texas
Police outside of Dallas killed two gunmen who opened fire at an event called the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest.

Mon, May 4, 2015
Update: The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attack and has threatened more assaults on US home soil. The two terrorists killed in the Garland shooting have been identified as Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson from Phoenix, Arizona. The two men were proved to be the authors of the #TexasAttack tweets fomr the 'Shariah is Light' account shared by Islamic State supporters as the attack commenced. Both men attended the Islamic Center of North Phoenix. Soofi had been arrested several times for reckless driving and unlawful possession. Simpson was known to the FBI after he was found to be connected to a man attempting to organize an Arizona terrorist cell in 2006. 
Police in Texas killed two gunmen who opened fire at an event called the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest. During the incident, which lasted about 15 seconds, the gunmen shot an unarmed security guard after which police returned fired.
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Australian Media: Islamic School Bans Girls from Running
Two teachers and the students concerned said girls were banned from cross country as it may cause them to lose their "virginity."

Mon, May 4, 2015
An Islamic school in Victoria, Australia, is being investigated over concerns that its principal banned girls from taking part in the school's cross-country run. He reportedly believes running could cause girls to lose their virginity.
The school denied the accusations.
A former teacher at the Al-Taqwa primary school lodged a formal complaint with the deputy premier and education minister, James Merlino, stating the principal, Omar Hallak, had prevented the girls from running in cross-country events in 2013 and 2014.
“The principal holds beliefs that if females run excessively, they may 'lose their virginity'," the letter said.
"The principal believes that there is scientific evidence to indicate that if girls injure themselves, such as break their leg while playing soccer, it could render them infertile.”
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7,000 Soldiers to Be Permanently Deployed on Streets of France
French police have been on high alert since Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead over three days of attacks this January.

Sun, May 3, 2015
French President Francois Hollande announced 7,000 of the 10,000 soldiers deployed on the country’s streets after the Islamist attacks in January will remain permanently.
French police have been on high alert after Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead over three days in attacks on the magazine Charlie Hebdo, a Jewish grocery store and police.
The military patrols will guard sensitive sites throughout France in light of the threat of more attacks. France's miliary presence in the African Sahel region and the Central African Republic has also raised the domestic threat level.
Although Hollande called the soldiers’ presence a “significant effort … even a very big effort” in light of its stretch on the burgeoning French budget, a French official who requested anonymity said that the presence of soldiers could not stem terror attacks.
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First Islamic State Birth Certificate: Guns and Grenade
A newborn next to an Islamic State-issued ID with a gun and hand grenade by the infant’s head.
Tue, April 28, 2015
This picture, circulating on Twitter, appears to show the first official birth certificate issued by the Islamic State (ISIS). The photo shows a newborn next to an Islamic State-issued ID with a gun and hand grenade next to the infant’s head.
Abu Ward Al-Raqqawi, the pen name for the founder of the resistance blog Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, posted the picture on his Twitter feed with the comment: “This child will be a risk to you not just to us.”
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Returning Syrian American Arrested on Terror Charges
A Syrian immigrant has been charged with international terrorism for engaging in combat in Syria and lying about his connections to ISIS.
Tue, April 28, 2015
A Syrian American immigrant has been charged with offenses involving international terrorism including engaging in combat in Syria and lying about his connections to the Islamic State and  Al-Nusrah (Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria).
A charge sheet against Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati, 24, filed in a U.S. district court in California also asserts that Saeed also lied about working for a sharia court.
Saeed travelled to Turkey in 2012. From there he was deported to Syria. However, in postings on Facebook and in conversations with associates, Saeed said he had fought for Al-Nusra, participated in a raid on a Syrian political prison and admitted, “I am currently the media person for the Sharia Authority."
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Reports: Huge Surge in Executions in Iran
As many as 115 executions took place in the last two weeks in the Islamic republic.
Tue, April 28, 2015
The Iranian regime executed as many as 115 people in the two weeks to April 26, according to the opposition group the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
Another report speaks of 55 executions in a three week period in late March and April.
Amnesty International recently published the personal account of Hamed Ahmadi, an Iranian on death row.
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UK Police Officers "Stand Together" With Extremists
When extremists and the authorities stand together, the true moderates are left standing alone.
BY SAMUEL WESTROP Sun, April 26, 2015
Qadeer Baksh, an Islamist activist who calls for the killing of homosexuals with the Bedforrdshire police. (Photo: Bedfordshire Police Twitter feed)
This article appeared originally on GatestoneInstitute.org
On March 6, the Association of Chief Police Officers, a body funded by the Home Office, launched a national campaign named, "We Stand Together," which called upon British police forces and constabularies across the United Kingdom to bring together local communities to "stand against hate crime and intolerance."
The campaign was apparently a public relations campaign launched in the wake of "recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Denmark, which increased tension in some communities in the UK."
As part of the campaign, local police forces across the country organized events and arranged photo opportunities with Muslim community groups and spokespersons.
Unsurprisingly, some of these Muslim partners were part of extremist networks and hard-line religious sects. Time and time again, in the name of "diversity," officials and the authorities partner with extremists.
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WHY WOMEN IN EGYPT WON'T GO TO THE POLICE WHEN MOLESTED
Egyptian lawyer Reda el-Danbouki shares a personal story that shows why women stay away from the police when they suffer molestation. 
Sexual harassment and assault occurs daily around the world but is particularly prevalent in Egypt. Yet women there are very reluctant to go to the police.

Reda El-Danbouki, an Egyptian women’s rights lawyer who secured the country’s first ever conviction for female genital mutilation, told Clarion Project this is because of the way women are treated by the police when they do come forward.
He told Clarion:
"Not very long ago one of my friends was telling me about her experiences with the subject of harassment and I was discussing with her the importance of notifying the police about the situation, the centers of psychological support and the legal assistance.
"I have noticed that she categorically refuses to tell the police about any case of harassment. Not only because there are no rules to bring the woman back her honor, but also because the cops respond with a mentality of Eastern males to these kinds of situations.
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US: SIX ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO JOIN ISLAMIC STATE
Six people from Minnesota and California have reportedly been arrested by the FBI on terrorism charges, the majority from the Somali community.
Six people were arrested by the FBI in connection with a terrorism investigation in Minnesota and California.

Four were arrested in Minnesota and two in San Diego. All six had plans to travel to Syria through Mexico and fight for the Islamic State (ISIS). 
A seventh man who had previously been part of the group later worked with the FBI and passed on information about the plans to join the Islamic State. 
The U.S. Attorney for Minnesota told reporters at a press conference "We have a terrorism recruitment problem in Minnesota." 
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IRANIAN REGIME EXECUTES 43 PEOPLE IN THREE DAYS
The Islamic Republic of Iran executed 43 people from April 13 to April 15. More executions are expected.
A hanged man dangles from a crane in Iran. (Source: Reuters)
The Islamic Republic of Iran executed 43 people in a three-day period last week, according to the organization Iran Human Rights.

They majority were executed for drug-related offences.
Large numbers of those executed were hanged in the same two prisons.

On Monday April 13 and Tuesday 14 April 37 people were executed: 26 people in the Rajaishahr prison and 11 in the Ghezelhesar prison.  
On Wednesday 5 people were executed from Rajaishahr prison and one in the region of Shiraz.

The group Iran Human Rights issued a statement saying:
“Iran Human Rights strongly condemns the wave of execution by the Iranian authorities and calls on the international community to react. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: ‘Lack of condemnation by the international community sends the wrong signal to the Iranian authorities. The world must not shut its eyes on the Iranian authorities’ on going mass-executions’.”
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Islamic State Threatens 9/11 Repeat in New Agitprop Film
A new film has been produced by the Islamic State entitled "We Will Burn America" threatening another 9/11 attack.
The Islamic State has released another propaganda video, this one explicitly threatening another 9/11 attack on US home soil.

The 11 minute long film is entitled “We Will Burn America.” It lacks the editorial sophistication of some of the Islamic State’s previous films and there are also minor grammatical errors in the English subtitles that accompany the film.
Among other things, the ‘Al-Hayat Media Center’ opening graphic, which has opened previous Islamic State films, was conspicuous by its absence – although the classical Islamic opening “in the name of God, the most compassionate, the most merciful” was still used.
Much of the film relies on b-roll footage of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, which killed nearly 3,000 people in 2001. It is fleshed out with footage from their previous films and some new content.
This suggests that the film production capabilities of the Islamic State have been degraded since previous productions, in particular their feature length film ‘Flames of War’ and the less military-oriented propaganda films attempting to portray their youth indoctrination camps as a positive environment for young Muslim children.
The film was distributed with a twitter campaign using #WeWillBurnUSAgain and #We_Will_Burn_America, alongside pictures showing the imagined destruction.
At the same time as threatening jihad abroad, the Islamic State has continued it’s ‘statebuilding’ activities in Iraq and Syria.

The movement of ‘Raqqa being Slaughtered Silently’ which documents the crime of ISIS inRaqqa revealed on Monday pictures of a group of cages that looks like animal cages in the zoo. ISIS has put them in the streets of the city to put law violators such as smokers or people who come late to prayer as a punishment.
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Russian System Should Be Treated As Part of Iran's Nuke Program
As Russia plans to supply Iran with advanced missiles, the Clarion Project examines the likely knock-on effects of the deal for the U.S. and its allies.
BY RYAN MAURO Wed, April 15, 2015
The U.S., Germany and Israel condemned Russia's announcement that it will change course and sell the advanced S-300 air and missile defense system to Iran. Anonymous officials are relaying feelings of near panic to various press outlets, saying the delivery of the system would essentially eliminate the military option to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.


Russia repeatedly threatened to sell the system to Iran and Syria since 2007 but relented under Western pressure. The Iranian regime even sued Russia for $4 billion for going back on its agreement to deliver the system. Russia's formal announcement and request that Iran drop the lawsuit indicates Moscow is genuine in its stated intention to deliver the system.


The Russians will reportedly be paid $800 million by Iran for the system. Its advanced abilities include targeting 24 missiles or 30 aircraft simultaneously; a reach of 19 miles into the air and a distance of 155 miles. It can intercept aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. Russia has already trained Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps personnel in how to use it.
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Ugandan Christian Pastor's Daughter Gang-Raped
The 17-year old daughter of a Christian Pastor in Uganda was reportedly gang-raped after he refused to close down his Church.
Wed, April 15, 2015
Five Muslim men have gang-raped the daughter of a Christian pastor in Uganda, according to the Christian news network Morning Star News.


Morning Star, which reports on the persecution of Christians around the world, reported that the 17 year old was raped because her father had refused to close his Church. The New Hope Church operates in a predominantly Muslim area.


The victim, whose name was withheld for her own security, reported being assaulted and dragged into the bushes outside the Church.


The girl told Morning Star: “The five Muslims took hold of me, and they raped me there. I tried to scream, but they threatened to kill me. One of them said, ‘Your father should stop this prayer meeting of trying to change Muslims to become Christians and close the church building – we have warned him several times.”


The rapists reportedly fled the scene on the arrival of several church members who rushed the girl to hospital. She sustained injuries and is severely traumatized.


Her father said that the assault has been reported to the police, but no arrests have been made. The pastor reported that he had received several threatening messages before the assault.
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UK Politician's Son Arrested Attempting to Join Islamic State
The 21 year old son of a Labor party councilor was arrested by Turkish authorities at the beginning of April with 8 other relatives.
Wed, April 15, 2015
The son of a Labor party councilor from Rochdale in the UK was arrested yesterday for attempting to join the Islamic State.


Waheed Ahmed is the 21 year old son of Labor party councilor Shakil Ahmed. He had been in Turkey trying to cross the border into Syria when he was picked up by Turkish authorities along with eight relatives, also from Rochdale.


UK security services arrested Waheed on his arrival into the UK at Birmingham airport.


An officer from the Greater Manchester Police said that police were “working to ensure the safe return of eight other people to the UK.”


He gave the specifics of the arrest, saying:


“In the early hours of Tuesday 14 April 2015, a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of CPI Section 40 (1) (b) TACT 2000 (Commission, Preparation or Instigation of Acts of Terrorism) at Birmingham airport.


“A few hours earlier, on Monday 13 April 2015, a 31-year-old man was arrested for the same offence in the Rochdale area.”
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Bring Back Our Girls: One Year Later, Still Sex Slaves to Boko Haram
It has been one year since over 200 girls were kidnapped from the town of Chibok in Nigeria and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign was launched.
Tue, April 14, 2015
Today marks one year since the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 Christian girls from a school in the town of Chibok Nigeria.
In the days before the kidnapping Boko Haram had massacred some 200 schoolboys at a nearby school who had been on their way to take exams.

Despite initially being sent home, the girls had been called back to their school to take their final exams when the middle-of-the-night attack occurred. The regional government had closed all of 85 of its secondary schools and sent 120,000 students home because of previous attacks.
The terrorists, arriving in trucks, vans and buses, overpowered soldiers guarding the school and herded the girls into the vehicles after burning homes and businesses in the area.
The girls were later sold into sex slavery for 2000 rials each, just $12 US each.
Shortly afterwards Boko Haram leader Abu Bakr Shekau boasted in a video that he would sell the girls at the market.
Nigerian Terrorist Group Boko Haram Threatens Nearly 300 Kidnapped Schoolgirls
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Another video was released in June showing the visibly terrified girls in Muslim dress reciting passages from the Quran while a jubilant Shekau claimed they were now Muslims.
Some of the girls were able to escape from Boko Haram. It was reported that roughly 60 of the girls were able to make it back home.
The attack triggered an international campaign of solidarity, started by the mothers of the kidnapped girls, who marched on the palace of then Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck demanding ‘Bring Back Our Girls.’

The campaign saw many celebrities and political figures from around the world holding up signs emblazoned with #BringBackOurGirls including Michelle Obama, Malala Yousufzai, Emma Watson and Ellen and many other famous and ordinary people.
Reconnaissance and counter-terrorism assistance was provided by the US, China, UK, France, Canada and Israel.

The USA sent a team of 16 military personnel and conducted drone flights to assist in locating the kidnapped Chibok girls, in addition to training support for the Nigerian military.
Since the kidnapping the group has shown no signs of slowing. An attack on a village close to Chibok in July 2014 killed 11 of the parents of the kidnapped girls.
According to a new report released by Amnesty International, over the course of 2014 “Boko Haram killed thousands of people, abducted at least 2000 women and girls and forced more than a million to flee their homes.”
The report, entitled “Our job is to shoot, slaughter and kill,” was published to coincide with the one year anniversary of the Chibok kidnapping.
At the beginning of this year they went on a six-day rampage in northern Nigeria. The army fled, whereupon the terrorists razed the town of Baga to the ground.
An estimated 2,000 people were killed over those six days. Eyewitnesses who survived reported that the dead were too many to count. Surrounding villages were also burned and the inhabitants slaughtered.
In March 2015 Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and its self-styled Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

A year later the girls are still in captivity.
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EGYPT, LIBYA: U.S. NOT SUPPORTING US AGAINST THE ISLAMISTS
The governments of Libya and Egypt have complained that the US and other Western powers have not supported them against the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups.
BY RYAN MAURO Thu, April 9, 2015
The anti-Islamist governments of Egypt and Libya are complaining publicly that the U.S. is not providing enough counter-terrorism assistance and is supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood. They remain appreciative of the U.S.-backed intervention to topple Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, but criticize the U.S. for not having a plan to contend with Islamist terrorists and militias afterwards.

Egyptian President El-Sisi is gently criticizing the U.S. for not supporting the anti-Islamist government of Libya enough. He said, "there is a legitimate [Libyan] government and that government is denied the weapons it needs to confront terrorists."
El-Sisi traces it back to original mistakes that the West made in Libya He said that the military intervention to overthrow Gaddafi was the correct decision but the West failed to implement a strategy to help Libyans tackle Islamist forces afterwards.
"The NATO operation in Libya was not complete, which led the North African country to fall under the control of militant and extremist groups," he said. He was more forceful in another statement that "we abandoned the Libyan people to extremist militias."
Gaddafi supported terrorism, hid chemical weapons and spread anti-Americanism and radical Islamic propaganda. His relatively secular dictatorship stimulated Islamism and committed gross human rights violations. The NATO and Arab League alliance militarily intervened when the Libyan rebels—a mixture of Islamists, designated terrorists and secular-democrats—were about to experience a bloodbath in Benghazi.
The Muslim Brotherhood lost the first elections in a landslide despite massive organizational advantages. Unfortunately, the U.S. turned a blind eye to Islamism and even welcomed the participation of Qatar, one of the Muslim Brotherhood's biggest allies.
The Qatari-backed Islamists stabbed the West in the back by undercutting the secular-democrats and using its influence to benefit the Muslim Brotherhood's political and militia operations. The West doesn't even see the backstabbing because it doesn't view the Muslim Brotherhood as part of the problem.
Libya is now in a civil war. The internationally-recognized government in the east, based in Tobruk, is backed by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. A rival government is based in the west at Tripoli and it has a coalition of loyal Islamist militias named the Libyan Dawn. This government is led by the Muslim Brotherhood and backed by Qatar, Turkey and Sudan. The West is neutral.
The chaos has allowed ISIS to grow in the north. The terrorist group has captured Derna and expanded to Sirte. ISIS is reported to have 800 fighters in Derna alone. The Libyan Foreign Minister says 5,000 foreign jihadists are now in the country.
And it's getting worse. The spiritual leader of Ansar al-Sharia, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya responsible for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, announced his allegiance to ISIS. Abu Abdullah al-Libi tweeted a photo of a book titled, The Legal Validity of Pledging Allegiance to the Islamic State" and started a pro-ISIS Arabic website.
One of the biggest problems facing ISIS is that the legitimacy of its caliphate was widely rejected on procedural grounds and al-Libi can help craft rebuttals. He is presented expert on Sharia Law so he speaks with religious authority, making him a dangerous addition to the relatively unpopular ISIS' ranks.
ISIS says Tunisia is next and its largest training camp is less than 30 miles from the border. The anti-Islamist government there faces a major threat because Tunisia is the greatest source of foreign fighters for ISIS.
Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni chastised the U.S. and Europe in February for not providing its army with the weapons to fight ISIS and the Libyan Dawn coalition of Islamist militias who loyal to the rival government in Tripoli. A growing chorus of U.S. officials are urging a lifting of the U.N. arms embargo on Libya.
"Libya Dawn is part of militant Islamists which get weapons, ammunition and supplies from all over the world, but America and Britain have other ideas against the interest of the Libyan people," Al-Thinni said.
He accused the U.S. and U.K. of siding with the Muslim Brotherhood and trying to get the "terrorist grouping" into political power. Al-Thinni said his country would instead look to Russia and accused Turkey of supporting the Libyan Dawn forces.
"The British are trying with all their power to save the Brotherhood and ensure their involvement in Libya’s political scene," said an anonymous member of Al-Thinni's cabinet in December.
The Libyan Foreign Minister likewise lamented that his country is "not part of any international strategy against terrorism."
The U.S. ambassador to Libya pushed back against Libya and Egypt's statements in February that the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamist militias are part of the same problem as ISIS. She rejected the notion that the U.S. should favor the Tobruk-based secular-democratic government over the Islamist one.
" This is not to suggest that ideology has played no role in Libya’s internal conflict, although it is not the defining role that some – particularly external parties – have sought to highlight; Libyans are by and large conservative, Sunni Muslims who share similar values.  Labels are unhelpful and misleading," she wrote on the fourth anniversary of Libya's revolution.
The Libyan embassy's charge d'affairs and women's rights activist Wafa Bugaighis said the U.S. is not supporting the Libyan government enough with intelligence-sharing, arms transfers and training. She emphasized that Libya is not requesting U.S. airstrikes or ground forces.
The U.S. and European countries are not picking sides in the civil war and are instead pressuring the rival Libyan governments to come to a power-sharing agreement. Bugaighis disagrees with the treatment of the two as equals.
"The fact is one is legitimate and democratically elected, [and] one is self-proclaimed and completely illegitimate," she said.
The frustration and disappointment of Egypt and Libya in the U.S. and Europe is becoming less and less sugar-coated. Western policy is not just seen as weak and delusional, but duplicitous. The tension is clear for those who see the sharp break with the normal pleasantries of diplomacy.
Egypt has accused the U.S. of betraying it by criticizing its ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, even though the U.S. itself bans the Brotherhood's Palestinian wing named Hamas. The Egyptian government website  suggests that the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood is responsible for the policy and its embassy is excoriating  the American media.
The United Arab Emirates banned the Muslim Brotherhood and made sure to shine the spotlight on its influential affiliates in Europe and the U.S. by designating the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),  Muslim American Society (MAS) and Islamic Relief as terrorist entities. The UAE State Foreign Minister pointed to the backlash as proof of how influential the Brotherhood lobby is in the West.
In August, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes in Libya to help the secularist Tobruk government fend off the Islamist Libyan Dawn. They opted not to tell the U.S. beforehand and Egypt even initially denied it behind-the-scenes. American diplomats were outraged because the action was not "constructive" towards political reconciliation. The Pentagon criticized the airstrikes.
Egypt began airstrikes on ISIS in Libya after the group released a video showing it executing 21 kidnapped Egyptian Coptic Christians. The U.S. was not given a head's up and did not participate. The Pentagon shockingly said, "We're not taking a position on it."
A European diplomat explained, "Sisi doesn't have credibility with, and he is in fact an opponent of, the moderate Islamists and they are already looking to use his bombings as a pretense to abandon the talks." The diplomat said that disrupting negotiations could move them "toward the radical groups."
If bombing ISIS--the most vicious and feared terrorist group on earth--will turn these "moderate" Islamists away from peace and towards terrorism, then they aren't "moderate" or genuinely seeking peace. We shouldn't base policy around radicals who are only a slight nudge away from becoming terrorists.
One can only imagine the outrage that Egyptians, Libyans and all victims of ISIS felt. ISIS had just executed 21 Egyptian Christians on videotape. Egypt retaliated by bombing ISIS in Libya at the same time that the U.S. was bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria on a far larger scale.
And, yet, the Pentagon's position is that the U.S. can bomb ISIS but Egypt can't.
The Egyptian and Libyan governments requested that the U.N. authorize military intervention in Libya. The U.S. and Europe wouldn't even do that, instead implying that Libya's rival governments were essentially to blame by creating a power vacuum that ISIS filled.
A joint statement endorsed a "political solution to the conflict."
Egypt and Libya asked the U.S. and U.K. to endorse lifting the U.N. arms embargo on Libya so that its forces could get them military and training to fight ISIS and other Islamist extremists. They were denied. The British said it'd be considered if a unity government is established.
Egypt asked the U.N. for a naval blockade of the Libyan coast to stop weapons from entering the country. It was a reasonable request. After all, the U.S. and U.K. partially justified the Libya arms embargo based on concerns about weapons flowing in.
The answer to the Egyptians was silence.
It's no wonder that the Daily Beast reports, " The most common question Egyptians politicians, journalists and citizens alike have asked as their nation faced a mounting ISIS threat has been: 'Where is the United States?'

SAY NO TO HONOR VIOLENCE
In the UK, lawmakers established a national day of memory to remember the victims of honor violence and to raise awareness of the problem. In the US, honor violence is a crime that goes unnoticed and unrecognized. Women and girls are beaten, burned with acid and murdered right under our noses, but it is all too often overlooked. Please sign our petition calling on Congress to create a national day of memory for women and girls killed in the name of honor so that we can raise awareness and put an end to honor violence in the US.

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Remember America's Lost Women: Create a National Day of Memory for Women and Girls Killed in the Name of Honor
In the US, honor violence is a crime that goes unnoticed and unrecognized. Women and girls are beaten, burned with acid and murdered right under our noses, but it is all too often overlooked.

Our first attempt to spread awareness about such horrific human rights abuses was the creation of our award-winning documentary film Honor Diaries. Now, we have teamed up with Jasvinder Sanghera CBE from Karma Nirvana UK to wake up the US by petitioning for a national day of memory for those victims who have been killed in the name of “honor”. Karma Nirvana has succeeded in creating a national day of memory on July 14th, and our hope is that we can create one on the same date in solidarity with the UK.
A family can feel that their honor is "tarnished" by their daughter acting or dressing too Western, having rumors spread about her, refusing to participate in a forced marriage, and, as we’ve sadly seen, even for merely looking at a boy.
Contrary to popular belief, honor violence does not just happen overseas. In the last several years alone we have seen honor killings in the United States make the news and shock the nation. According to a report by Phyllis Chesler, there are 33 known victims that have been murdered for honor in North America, including:
·      In St. Louis, Missouri, 16-year-old  Palestina "Tina" Isa was murdered by her Palestinian father with the aid of his wife. Her parents were dissatisfied with her "westernized" lifestyle.
·      In Georgia, 25-year-old Sandeela Kanwal was killed by her Pakistani father for refusing an arranged marriage.
·      Amina and Sarah Said, two teenage sisters from Texas were killed, allegedly by their Egyptian father, who is still at large.
·      In Arizona, Noor Almaleki, age 20, was killed by her father, an Iraqi immigrant, because she had refused an arranged marriage.
·      Waheed Allah Mohammad stabbed his 19-year-old sister, Fauzia, outside of their home in New York because he felt she wore immodest clothing and behaved too “Western”.
Please help us to leave a legacy and make July 14th a National Day of Memory for Women and Girls Killed in the Name of Honor. If these victims are not remembered we cannot hope to put an end to such horrific crimes against future generations of women and girls.
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Three Female Terrorists Arrested in New York, Philly
Three female terrorists were apprehended by the FBI in Queens, NY and in Philadelphia. They had plans to attack on US soil and in Syria.
The U.S. government announced the arrests of three women suspected of terrorist activity last week, two from Queens, New York and one from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The former had communications with Al-Qaeda and sought to set off a bomb on U.S. soil. The latter was arrested as she tried to travel to Syria to join ISIS and commit a "martyrdom" operation. All three suspects are U.S. citizens.
The woman in Philadelphia is named Keonna Thomas and was also known as Fatayat Al-Khilafah. She was caught because the authorities noticed her tweeting in support of ISIS as early as August 18, 2013.
She communicated online with an American ISIS supporter in Somalia that came from Minnesota, as well as an unidentified Islamist cleric in Jamaica. Thomas also talked with an ISIS member in Raqaa, Syria and repeatedly expressed her desire to die waging violent jihad.
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BUSH WAS TO MEET MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AFFILIATES ON 9/11
In an ironic turn of events, the Islamist attack on the twin towers on 9/11 prevented Pres. Bush from meeting Islamist radicals at the White House.
BY RYAN MAURO Sun, April 5, 2015
The Clarion Project has received White House documents that show that President Bush was scheduled to meet with Islamists linked to the Muslim Brotherhood on September 11, 2001. In a remarkably ironic turn of events, it was Islamist terrorism that stopped the meeting with Islamist radicals at the White House from happening.

We have published a lengthy expose based on the Bush White House documents and how it relates to the controversy over anti-tax activist Grover Norquist's involvement with Islamists. Below is a summary of the findings.
The never-before-published documents substantiate the assertions that the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood gained access to the highest levels of the Bush Administration and the Republican party, partly due to the help of Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist. The files help tell a shocking story http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/grover-norquist-co-build-islamist-influence-gop of an Islamist political influence operation that reached the highest levels of the U.S. government.
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DEAL ALLOWS IRAN TO RETAIN ABILITY TO BUILD NUCLEAR WEAPON
BY RYAN MAURO Sun, April 5, 2015
If Iran is determined to make a nuclear arsenal, then going along with the deal for a period of time may be the smartest way to do it.
he U.S., European Union and Iran have announced that a broad framework for a nuclear deal has been reached. The bottom line is that it will inhibit Iran's ability to quickly produce a nuclear weapon, but the ability will remain. The West is gambling that the Iranian regime can be deterred from breaking the deal after it is made immensely stronger due to lifting of sanctions.
The good news is that if a deal is finalized and if Iran abides by it—two big ifs—then Iran will not be able to quickly produce a nuclear weapon. The U.S. government says that Iran's current nuclear "breakout" time is two to three  months and the deal will increase it to one year.
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UK HOME SECRETARY TO ISLAMIST EXTREMISTS: 'THE GAME IS UP'
BY SOEREN KERN Sun, April 5, 2015
Although the principles behind Theresa May's proposals may be agreed upon, many questioned the absence of 'policies to back those principles up.'
British Home Secretary Theresa May has unveiled a series of new proposals aimed at combating Islamic extremism "in all its forms."
The plan is part of the Tory election manifesto, a declaration of policies and programs to be implemented if Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party stays in power after the general election on May 7.
The home secretary has pledged that a future Tory government would — among other measures — ban Islamic hate preachers, shut down extremist mosques and review whether sharia courts in England and Wales are compatible with British values.
May has also promised to crack down on Islamic extremism in British prisons, to monitor how police are responding to so-called honor crimes, female genital mutilation and forced marriage, and to change the citizenship law to ensure that successful applicants respect British values.
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AL-SHABAAB ATTACKS UNIVERSITY IN KENYA - KILLS 15, TAKES HOSTAGES
Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab has attacked a university in Kenya, reportedly killing Christians and allowing Muslims to go free.
Thu, April 2, 2015
Garissa University College in Kenya has been attacked by the Al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab which is based in Somalia. The four heavily armed Islamic extremists carried our the attack which left 147 people dead and 79 injured.
Gunmen attacked before dawn on Thursday morning local time. Several hours later Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

Witnesses reported that the militants were moving through the campus dormitories and shooting anyone they thought to be Christian. Joel Ayora, a witness to the attack, said that the gunmen burst into the morning Christian prayers and opened fire, before they “proceeded to the hostels, shooting anybody they came across except their fellows, the Muslims.”
It is reported that Al-Shabaab then took Christian hostages, allowing Muslim students to leave.
One survivor, Japhet Mwala, told AFP "We were sleeping when we heard a loud explosion that was followed by gunshots and everyone started running for safety."
"There are those who were not able to leave the hostels where the gunmen headed and started firing. I am lucky to be alive because I jumped through the fence with other students."
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RADICAL UK CLERIC CALLS FOR CALIPHATE, SHARIA,
A new interview has surfaced of Abu Izzadeen, a known UK based hate preacher who served three and a half years on terrorism charges.
An interview has emerged of UK-based extremist preacher Abu Izzadeen. In it he tells a reporter that all non-Muslims are kuffar (infidels) who will burn in hellfire, that the only acceptable form of government is a caliphate which enforces sharia and relates to UK Labour party leader Ed Miliband only as “a socialist Jew.”
[MUST WATCH] VICE NEWS interviews ABU IZZADEEN
bu Izzadeen is a convert to Islam born with the name Trevor Brooks. He converted to Islam in 1993 and is thought to have become radicalized at the notorious Finsbury Park Mosque by Islamist clerics Omar Bakri Muhammed and Abu Hamza al-Masri.
He was convicted in 2008 on charges of terrorist fund-raising and inciting terrorism overseas and sentenced to four and a half years in prison. On appeal his sentence was reduced by one year.
Although he had been a known extremist beforehand, at one point heckling then British Home Secretary John Reid, the terrorism charges stemmed from an incident in 2004. 
Abu Izzadeen had stormed Regents Park Mosque with other followers and proceeded to deliver a series of speeches supporting terrorism calling on worshippers to donate money to Iraqi militants then engaged in an insurgency against American and British soldiers in Fallujah. They also praised 9/11 and 7/7. 
Videos of the speeches surfaced later when investigating protests Abu Izzadeen was involved in leading over the Danish Mohammed cartoons controversy. Abu Izzadeen was at the time affiliated with the extremist group Al-Muhajiroun. He is linked with another radical UK based preacher, Anjem Choudary. 
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DAMNING REPORT SLAMS MISOGYNY BY UK SHARIA COURTS
Written by leading human rights activist Baroness Cox, a new report confronts "the abuse of Muslim women in Britain" by sharia courts.
One of Britain’s leading voices for women’s rights has authored a report into the abuses and discrimination women face at the hands of sharia courts.

Baroness Cox, an unaffiliated life-peer in the House of Lords authored the report, entitled “A Parallel World: Confronting the abuse of many Muslim women in Britain today.”
The report condemns what it calls "the emergence of a rapidly developing alternative quasi-legal system, which not only promotes systematic gender discrimination, but also undermines the fundamental principle of one law for all."
She published the report on the 23rd March, to coincide with a speech by Home Secretary Theresa May, unveiling of a raft of new measures to counter Islamic extremism in the UK.
These measures included an independent investigation into Sharia courts.
Baroness Cox, a lifelong educator and advocate of women’s rights authored the 39-page report which detailed the various problems arising from the sharia court system in the UK and provided recommendations to the government for how to improve the situation for women.
Her recommendations called for a judge-led review of the sharia court system, which would mean that the review had the legal power to subpoena witnesses and compel them to testify. A previous investigation into the system collapsed in 2011 as sharia courts were unwilling to comply.

She also called for the Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill to be reintroduced in the next Parliament. 
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FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION RAMPANT IN THAI MUSLIM SOUTH
Thai authorities have been turning a blind eye to female genital mutilation which is widely practiced in the majority Muslim south.
“It’s just a little. Just an incision, no excision.” So says Dr. Patimoh Umasa, a female doctor who runs a small clinic in the Muslim quarter of the town of Yala, Thailand. There she performs what she calls female circumcision, better known as female genital mutilation (FGM), on Muslim girls.
Although Thailand is majority Buddhist, in the predominantly Muslim south, female genital mutilation is endemic.
Thai authorities have turned a blind eye to what they consider a cultural practice rather than a health issue. Although there have not been independent investigations, midwives and doctors report that almost every girl is cut.

She practices what is called type IV FGM, the least severe of the four types of FGM as defined by the World Health Organization. In type four the clitoris is cut, but not removed completely and the labia are not removed.
This is the same type as practiced in neighboring Malaysia, where 93% of Muslim women have been cut. In 2009 a fatwa by Malysian religious authorities decreed that FGM was required for all Muslim 
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National Guardsman Plotted Mass Murder of 150 Soldiers in USA
Cousins Hasan Edmonds and Jonas Edmonds were arrested for plotting to attack a national guard training facility in Illinois where Hasan had served.
A National Guardsman and his cousin have been arrested for plotting to attack US soldiers on a base in Illinois. If it had gone according to plan, up to 150 people could have been killed.
Hasan Edmonds, 22, was an Illinois National Guardsman serving with the 634th Brigade Support Battalion as a supply specialist. Jonas Edmonds, 29, planned to use Hasan’s uniform to enter the Joliet Armory, where Hasan’s National Guard unit was based. There he would attack using grenades and AK-47s.For his part, Hasan intended to fly out to Cairo and from there attempt to join the Islamic State, where he intended to use his military training to assist the Islamist terror group.Originally both men had intended to fly out to Syria, but Jonas has a previous conviction for armed robbery and therefore doubted he would be able to leave the country.
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SWEDEN REVERSES HUMAN RIGHTS STAND TO RESTORE SAUDI TIES
Sweden's King and Prime Minister sent conciliatory letters to Saudi Arabia's King Salman after Sweden's foreign minister criticized Saudi human rights abuses.
Five bodies are displayed publicly in Saudi Arabia after execution. (Source: Twitter)
Saudi Arabia has restored its ambassador to Sweden after a diplomatic spat sparked by Swedish criticism of Saudi human rights abuses.
Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, had called the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a “dictatorship” and said that the kingdom’s flogging of Raif Badawi was ‘medieval.’ She also strongly criticized Saudi Arabia’s record on women’s rights.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive. All women and girls are also required to have a male guardian under Saudi law. In most cases, women in the kingdom are forbidden from travelling, doing business, marrying, divorcing, opening a bank account  – even undergoing certain medical procedures – without the permission of their male guardian.
Sweden cancelled a lucrative arms export contract with Saudi Arabia shortly afterwards, as Wallstrom was blocked from speaking at the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) in response to her comments. The cancellation of the arms deal prompted the withdrawal of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador, the denial of business visas in Saudi Arabia to Swedish citizens, and shortly afterwards, the withdrawal of the United Arab Emirates' ambassador to Sweden.
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TOP RANKING IRANIAN GENERALS THREATEN SAUDI ARABIA & USA
Leading Iranian generals have threatened Saudi Arabia and the U.S. in response to Saudi attacks on Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The commander of Iran’s Basij Force, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, has threatened Saudi Arabia over the country’s attacks on the Houthi rebels in Yemen, comparing the Al-Saud dynasty to toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Naqdi also threatened the American presence in the region.  
The Basij Force is comprised of paramilitary volunteer battalions attached to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. They are ideologically devoted to maintaining the Islamic Revolution.
Brig. Gen. Naqdi said “Imposing war on Yemen will, God willingly, have no result other than Saddam's fate for the aggressors and the US that is the direct sponsor of this crime will have to leave the region forever after losing its puppet, the Al Saud regime.”
His remarks came on the heels of similar threats made by other high ranking members of the Iranian political and military establishment.
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IRANIAN DEFECTOR: US SPEAKING ON IRAN'S BEHALF AT NUCLEAR TALKS
Amir Hossein Motaghi defected to the West while covering the ongoing nuclear negotiations in Lausanne Switzerland. He decried Iranian censorship
An Iranian journalist covering the Iranian nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland has defected to the West. He accused the American delegation of serving Iranian interests and attempting to pressure the European delegates into accepting a deal.
Amir Hossein Motaghi was a close aide to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and a key figure in his election campaign. He is said to have played a pivotal role in securing support for Mr Rouhani among the younger generation through innovative use of social media platforms.  
He claimed political asylum in Switzerland while covering the talks as a journalist for the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA).Motaghi slammed the US delegation as negotiating on behalf of Iran rather than the US. He said “The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal.”

Explaining his defection, he told London based Iranian reformist TV outlet Iranefarda “My conscience would not allow me to carry out my profession in this manner any more”, since strict censorship under the Iranian regime meant that he could only report authorized material. 
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Carnegie Middle East Center Director Touts Al-Qaeda as Ally
Lina Khatib, director of the prestigious think tank wrote a piece for Carnegie describing Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, as a potential ally.
BY ELLIOT FRIEDLAND Wed, March 25, 2015
Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra with the jihadi black flag, emblazoned with the shahada.
The director of the Carnegie Middle East Center has written an article on Carnegie’s official website portraying Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the Syrian Civil War, Jabhat al-Nusra, as a possible Western ally. She calls this “An Opportunity for the West.”
In a piece entitled ‘The Nusra Front’s Game-Changing Rise in Syria,’ the Director of the Middle East Center Lina Khatib argued that “The Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, is gaining in strength and popularity, and it could become an ally in the fight against the Islamic State.”
She opens by praising the group’s successes against the regime forces of Bashar al-Assad, before stating her case thus: “The West currently sees the Nusra Front as a threat. But Nusra’s pragmatism and ongoing evolution mean that it could become an ally in the fight against the Islamic State.”
In using the term ‘pragmatism’ she is comparing Nusra to the Islamic State, whose brutality has shocked the world.
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THE ISLAMIC STATE RECRUITED 400 CHILD SOLDIERS IN 3 MONTHS
 ISIS has been bolstering its ranks with children, indoctrinated into its totalitarian worldview and trained to fight as 'Cubs of the Caliphate.'
Tue, March 24, 2015the Caliphate.'
Over the last three months the Islamic State has recruited some 400 child soldiers, according to a Syrian monitor group.
It calls them the ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ thematically in keeping with the styling of its adult army as the ‘lions of ISIS.’
Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reported the child recruitment, said “They use children because it is easy to brainwash them. They can build these children into what they want, they stop them from going to school and send them to IS schools instead.”
He speculated that child recruitment may stem from difficulties in recruiting adults to join the organization.
The Islamic State has been training children since at least year. In August 2014 Vice News interviewed children who were being indoctrinated into Islamic State ideology inside Syria as part of their documentary on the Islamic State.
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SHIITES BOMBED BY ISIS WHILE SHOUTING 'DEATH TO AMERICA'
142 people were killed in two mosque bombings on Friday in Yemen in attacks claimed by the Islamic State, part of an escalating sectarian war.
Mon, March 23, 2015
At least 142 people were killed on Friday in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa as suicide bombings ripped through two mosques, killing dozens of worshippers at prayer. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Yesterday the Houthi rebels took control of Taiz, the third largest city in Yemen. 
These are the latest incidents in Yemen’s escalating civil war between Iranian backed Shiite Houthi rebels, forces loyal to the ousted President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and extremist Sunni groups.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State are both operating in Yemen and attempting to seize control of the jihadist movement there.
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HIZB-UT TAHRIR IN MALAYSIA DEMAND HUDUD IMMEDIATELY
Hizb-ut Tahrir in Malaysia have rejected a proposal to put the hudud punishments of sharia law before Parliament on the grounds that subjecting sharia law to the democratic process is forbidden according to Islamic law.
Fri, March 27, 2015
Graphic used to promote Hizb-ut Tahrir Malaysia, showing the black banner of jihad flying over the shrine of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
Hizb-ut Tahrir in Malaysia have rejected a proposal to put the hudud punishments of sharia law before parliament on the grounds that subjecting sharia law to the democratic process is forbidden according to Islamic law.
A bill to implement hudud punishments has already been passed in Malysia's Kelantan state. The new law bars non-Muslims from serving as legal witnesses in court, and introduces punishments including caning, amputation, crucifixion and stoning. Politicians are now attempting to bring hudud punishments before the national parliament.
Hizb-ut Tahrir, which is an international Islamist group focused on the establishment of a global Islamic caliphate, strenuously disagreed with implementing sharia law through democracy.
Instead the group demanded that the hudud punishments be implemented immediately without regard to any parliamentary process.
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Iranians Chant "Death to America" While Negotiations Continue
The Supreme Leader of Iran presided over chants of "Death to America" while responding to Pres. Obama's conciliatory message to Iran.
Sun, March 22, 2015
Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, presided over chants of “Death to America” in his Nowruz address to the people of Iran.
Nowruz is the Persian New Year and the Supreme Leader traditionally gives on address to mark the festival.
As part of his Nowruz address, Khamenei responded to President Obama’s Nowruz video message, in which he spoke directly to the Iranian people and called on them to support a nuclear deal.
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ISLAMISTS FOMENTING ANTI-SEMITISM ON US CAMPUSES
Students report being emotionally and intellectually harassed, intimidated, threatened, and bullied by their fellow students
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Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus
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Israel is under assault on North American college campuses today like never before. Anti-Israel activities to alienate, demonize, and delegitimize Israel are increasingly crossing the line into anti-Semitism, in the form of hate speech, harassment and intimidation.


SENATOR RAND PAUL CALLS FOR A BOYCOTT OF SAUDI ARABIA
Senator Rand Paul criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for taking money from Saudi Arabia & similar repressive regimes.
Sun, March 22, 2015
Republican presidential hopeful Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) called for a boycott of Saudi Arabia on Saturday, citing the Gulf Kingdom’s long history of appalling human rights abuses.
He compared Saudi Arabia to apartheid South Africa and suggested that similar tactics should be used to pressure Saudi Arabia into changing its policies.
Senator Paul spoke about a Saudi rape case from a few years ago in which a woman who was gang-raped but received 90 lashes when she reported it for the crime of being in a car with a man she wasn’t married to.
Paul argued, “This is something we should be organizing a boycott of. Do you remember how when South Africa was misbehaving, we organized a boycott of South Africa? We should be boycotting Saudi Arabia, not taking money from Saudi Arabia's government.”
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SAUDI ARABIA REACTS HARSHLY TO CRITICISM OF HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will no longer be issuing business visas to Swedish nationals in response to Swedish criticism.
Thu, March 19, 2015
Saudi Arabia today announced that it was cancelling all business visas to Swedish citizens, in the latest escalation in the row between the two countries. 
Sweden cancelled a long-standing defense contract with Saudi Arabia earlier this month over concerns about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.
Swedish diplomat Margot Wallström had been scheduled to give the opening address at a meeting of the Arab League in Cairo. Yet in February she had called the Kingdom a “dictatorship” and heavily criticized the Kingdom for flogging liberal blogger Raif Badawi in a speech to the Swedish parliament.
In protest, Saudi Arabia blocked her from speaking at the Arab League conference, and an Arab League statement was put out heavily criticizing Sweden’s comments on human rights and democracy, saying “Sharia has guaranteed human rights and preserved people’s lives, possessions, honour and dignity. The ministers consider the comments as irresponsible and unacceptable”
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U.S. AIR FORCE VETERAN ARRESTED ATTEMPTING TO JOIN ISLAMIC STATE
Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, a recent convert to Islam, attempted to enter Turkey and join the Islamic State but was deported back to America
The FBI has arrested an Air Force veteran named Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh for attempting to join the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria. The FBI had intelligence about his Al-Qaeda sympathies as far back as 2001 and his Facebook shows him to be a fervent supporter of Hamas.

The official complaint against Pugh states that he destroyed evidence of his jihadist aspirations between May 15, 2014 and January 12, 2015. His last known address was in Neptune, N.J. and he was arrested in Asbury Park, a nearby city.
Pugh served in the U.S. Air Force from 1986 to 1990 and specialized in aircraft equipment, developing an expertise in engines, navigation systems and weaponry. He moved to San Antonio, Texas in or around 1998 and converted to Islam. There is no information in the complaint about what mosques he attended or what groups he associated himself with.
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IRAN, HEZBOLLAH OMITTED AS THREATS IN U.S. NAT'L INTEL REPORT
Hezbollah and Iran are no longer listed as terrorism threats in a recent report delivered to the U.S. Senate by U.S. National Intelligence.
Quietly and unassumingly, Iran and Hezbollah have been removed from the list of terrorism threats in a report delivered to the U.S. Senate by the director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.
Iran and Hezbollah had been listed as terror threats for many years in the agency's previous reports. This year's report, published on Feb. 26, 2015, comes amid the U.S. negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Hezbollah, a Shiite terrorist organization, is generally viewed as a fealty to Iran. The group was designated by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997.
Titled, “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities,” the unclassified version of the report notes Iran’s willingness to battle Sunni extremists, especially the Isalmic State, and Iran's “intentions to dampen sectarianism, build responsive partners, and deescalate tensions with Saudi Arabia.”
Hezbollah has also been involved in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq in its support of the totalitarian Assad regime.
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ZAYTUNA COLLEGE GAINS ACCREDITATION DESPITE ISLAMIST TIES
Zaytuna College has gained official accreditation to grant a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Law and Theology despite founders' extremist records.
Zaytuna College, an Islamist college in the US, has become an accredited institution of higher learning. It was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission.
It is now authorized to issue a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Law and Theology.
There is nothing wrong with accrediting Muslim colleges in the United States (or anywhere else, for that matter). Yet Zaytuna specifically has a long history of inciting extremism and of relationships with terrorist supporting clerics that should be pause for thought before regarding the college as a respectable institution of higher learning
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CHICAGO TRIBUNE CHALLENGES CLARION'S PEGGING ISLAMIST GROUP, IGNORES OWN REPORTS
It's ironic that the Chicago Tribune itself published a series of articles about Islamist groups in the US, including the group in question.
The Chicago Tribune printed a story on March 12 dismissing the Clarion Project's reporting on an Islamist group in Oak Brook, Illinois named the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). The Chicago Tribune could have found the truth about NAIT's Islamism by checking out a critical source: Its own archives.
The article was published in reaction to a segment on The O'Reilly Factor in January that featured the Clarion Project's research, including a map that shows an Islamist organization in Oak Brook, Illinois. The organization is the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and you can see our fully-documented profile of the group here.
The Chicago Tribune article implies that the Clarion Project was evasive when questioned about NAIT, reporting that Oak Brook Village Manager Rick Ginex emailed me to inform me that the FBI found that no extremist group exists in the area.
I received no such email from Ginex nor did I receive a message from anyone identifying himself as being from the Chicago Tribune.
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IMAM WHO CALLED FOR DEATH OF AYAAN HIRSI ALI IS PRISON CHAPLAIN
Fouad al-Bayly, who called for the death of prominent women's rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, was hired to teach Islam in prisons
An Egyptian born Imam who has publically supported the death penalty for those who choose to leave Islam has since been hired by the Department of Justice to teach Islam in prisons.

Fouad al-Bayly, the Imam of the Islamic Center of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, said in 2007 that Ayan Hirsi Ali, a Somalian women’s rights activist and fierce critic of Islam, deserves to die for her public attacks on the faith. 
Ali was scheduled to speak at the nearby University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown in 2007, and al-Bayly was involved in protesting against her visit. He told local newspapers:  “If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death.”
This is a mainstream view among Islamists. Hardline cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi
Ali has every reason to take death threats seriously. She has received multiple death threats in the past. Dutch Film Director Theo Van Gogh, who made the film Submission, scripted by ali, which criticized Islam, was killed in 2004. A note pinned to his chest with a knife said that Ali was next. 
Yet despite his extremist past, government records show that as of 2014 Fouad al-Bayly has been hired to teach Islam in prisons to the inmates. 
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Why Obama's Criticism of Netanyahu's Iran Speech Is Flawed
Politico's article about what Obama's team thinks of Netanyahu's speech are the talking points for those wish to bury their heads in the sand about the Iran.
olitico has published an article listing the "5 things President Obama's team thinks [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu got wrong." These five arguments are merely obfuscating talking points for those wish to bury their heads in the sand about the Iranian nuclear threat.

1. There cannot be more sanctions and sanctions don't work.
The first false rebuttal is contradictory. It maintains that "years of stiff sanctions have failed to halt — or even slow — the progress of Iran's nuclear program." Are we supposed to believe that Iran came to the table out of a desire for American affection?
The Obama Administration itself says that sanctions brought the Iranians to the table. It only stands to reason that sanctions—or at least the threat of much harsher sanctions — will likewise influence their calculations.
The claim that sanctions have failed to impede the nuclear program is unverifiable and almost certainly inaccurate. Sanctions resulted in less revenue, a hampered infrastructure as entities and key personnel had their assets frozen and denial of access to important technology.  Iran’s nuclear program has been going on for decades, and sanctions are a reasonable explanation as to why their ultimate ambitions have not been realized.
The officials and experts interviewed by Politico say "more sanctions are not a realistic option." Why not?
There are countless Iranian entities that could be sanctioned by the Treasury Department for involvement in weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, corruption and human rights abuses. The sanctions bill proposed by Congress would incrementally slap different sectors of the Iranian economy with sanctions. The bottom line is that there is plenty left to target.
It is argued that the international community will not participate in tougher sanctions. The sanctions bill is designed to address that very problem by threatening foreign companies doing business in Iran. No successful businessman will choose the Iranian market over the American market if his primary concern is profit.
The response further says that sanctions won't work because the price tag on Iran's program is $100 billion already, proving the regime's determination. This only underscores the point that Iran is dead-set on achieving nuclear breakout capacity. This fact can just as easily be used to question the viability of the reported deal.
2. A nuclear domino effect probably won't happen.
President Obama's own former Secretary of State and likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton disagrees. In 2008, she said the same thing that Netanyahu did at the time. "I can imagine that they [Iran's neighbors] would be rushing to obtain nuclear weapons themselves," Clinton said. She also stated that only a U.S. "security umbrella" might persuade them not to. Iran's neighbors have made it forcefully clear in the past eight years that they don't see the U.S. as reliable, so this isn't an option.
The Middle East nuclear domino has been underway for years. It is widely understood that the Saudis financed the Pakistani nuclear program so they could receive nukes if deemed necessary. Arab leaders privately say that this is exactly what they will do and sometimes hint at it publicly.
The nearing of a nuclear deal has apparently motivated at least two Arab countries to begin developing their own nuclear infrastructure. Saudi Arabia and South Korea just signed a deal for two nuclear reactors and Egypt and Russia agreed to build one last month.
One part of Politico’s reasoning that a nuclear domino effect is unlikely to happen is so ridiculous that it's nearly comical. The article states, "As Iran has demonstrated, developing nuclear arms is very costly, both politically and economically." Well, what has Iran been doing since 1979?
Furthermore, the economic and political cost of developing nuclear weapons would be dramatically less for Iran's neighbors than it has been for Iran. The U.S. will not place sanctions on Saudi Arabia or any of its Gulf partners. Any political blowback will be minimal because everyone will understand that the development of nuclear arms by the Gulf States is a response to the Iranian threat.  Furthermore, these oil-rich regimes have plenty of money to throw around to finance such programs. 
3. The Iranian regime is changing.
This assertion is missing a rather critical element: Evidence. Iran's behavior hasn't changed one iota except that the arms it gives to terrorists are more advanced and now its suppression of freedom has to include internet censorship.
Politico’s analysis treats Iran as if it were a democracy. It says Iran has "strong reformist elements and saw huge political protests in 2009. The 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani was a vote for change and reform against the hardliners."
Rouhani’s election was not equivalent to a general election as this language suggests. Presidential contests in Iran are more like party primaries. His presidential candidacy was approved of by the very same regime that the Green Revolution challenged. The vetting process is so stringent that the Guardian Council only allows a mere two percent of the candidates to run. It is within that small extremist circle that Rouhani appears "moderate."
Moreover, human rights have only gotten worse under Rouhani’s tenure. Either his office is virtually meaningless or he is just another manipulative politician who knew what words to use. BBC News points out that his campaign criticized the regime's bloody crackdown on student protests in 1999, but he condemned those same students at the time.
If he had his way in 1999, the opposition movement would never have reached that point. Here's what Rouhani said at the time:
"At dusk yesterday we received a decisive revolutionary order to crush mercilessly and monumentally any move of these opportunist elements wherever it may occur. From today our people shall witness how in the arena our law enforcement force ... shall deal with these opportunists and riotous elements, if they simply dare to show their faces."
Rouhani's election isn't the fruition of the 2009 Green Movement. He endorsed pro-regime rallies that took place after the Green Revolution was crushed. Rouhani is closer to Khamenei than Ahmadinejad was.
On the nuclear issue, Rouhani has bragged about using deception in negotiations to expand the nuclear program.
The Obama Administration officials and supporters interviewed by Politico in this section point to the age of Supreme Leader Khamenei of 75 years old and reports that he's in bad shape. It paints a dynamic of old "hardliners" like Khamenei declining and "moderates" like Rouhani rising.
Here's how the process of choosing the Supreme Leader works. The filling of this position is decided by the Assembly of Experts whose members are "elected" to eight-year terms. However, all candidacies need to be approved by the Guardian Council. Who picks the members of the Council? The Supreme Leader.
Khamenei's replacement will be like him or even worse. A member of the Assembly of Experts is Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi and he is said to be trying to build a coalition in the body to appoint him as successor. He is also said to be close to Khamenei's son, another possible successor.
Mesbah-Yazdi is often referred to as the spiritual guide for former President Ahmadinejad, who is also speculated to be planning a return to politics directly or through allies.  Mesbah-Yazdi wrote in 2005 that the “most advanced weapons must be produced inside our country even if enemies don’t like it. There is no reason they have the right to produce special types of weapons, while other countries are deprived of it.”
Another cleric in the city of Qom who is a follower of Mesbah-Yazdi issued a fatwa in 2006 that said it is “only natural” for Iran to build nukes and “for the first time … the use of nuclear weapons may not constitute a problem, according to sharia.”
The forecast isn't one of brighter days. It's of the same or possibly even worse days.

4. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty will stop Iran.

The Politico article states, "But even after such a [10-year] nuclear deal expires, Iran will remain bound by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which it ratified in 1970 … Iran has also pledged to accept additional IAEA monitoring and inspection."
The Iranian regime has a long history of breaking agreements. Iran is already in breach of it.
The text of the treaty says, "States must refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any States or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations…"
Israel is not a signatory to the treaty but it is a member of the United Nations. Iran's constant genocidal pledges to destroy Israel therefore violate the treaty. Other violations include its threats and use of proxy warfare throughout the region.
Article II of the treaty prevents non-nuclear signatories from pursuing explicit weapons-related work. That's exactly what Iran has done at its Parchin site and elsewhere. The IAEA says Iran continues to fail to provide explanations for evidence showing that it violated the treaty by working on nuclear bombs.
Article III of the treaty requires signatories to work with the IAEA to verify that they are in compliance. Again, the IAEA says that Iran is not doing this. Iran has repeatedly violated this by hiding nuclear sites.
And here's the weakest part of Politico’s statements: Article X of the treaty says signatories "have the right to withdraw from the Treaty if it decides that extraordinary events, related to the subject matter of this Treaty, have jeopardized the supreme interests of its country." All that is required is a three-month notice.
5. There's no such thing as a better deal.
The Politico article summarizes, "A significantly better deal isn't realistic. Iran will not accept it." Harsher sanctions have not even been threatened, so the confidence in that statement is unwarranted.
The Obama administration itself argues that Iran's nuclear program is subject to a cost-and-benefit analysis. If that is so, then we should threaten to raise the costs. If limited sanctions fomented the interim deal, then the possibility of tougher ones will increase the chances of a viable long-term deal.
It's worth recalling that Iran completely suspended uranium enrichment in the past. The deal's supporters say Iran will never dismantle its nuclear program. That may be true, but recent history shows it is willing to suspend its nuclear activity. Under the Bush administration, Iran suspended its enrichment activities several times.This was done under Supreme Leader Khamenei, who still rules today. Now, Iran faces even greater economic difficulties and is suffering from low oil prices.
Recent history and current economic factors indicate Iran would be willing to settle for much less than it is being offered today. Short-term agreements that suspend enrichment are preferable to long-term deals that limit enrichment.
Avoiding war and achieving a viable deal are goals worth striving towards, but those goals can only be achieved if our negotiating premises are rooted in reality. If these responses published by Politico accurately reflect the beliefs of the U.S. negotiators, then they are misunderstanding the Iranian regime and our diplomacy is doomed to fail with potentially disastrous consequences. 
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Victoria Cross Winning British Soldier Threated With Kidnap

Lance-Corporal Joshua Leakey, VC, currently serving in the parachute regiment, has been threatened with kidnap by Islamic extremists in UK
Tue, March 3, 2015
A decorated British army veteran has been warned by the Army’s top brass that he has been threatened with kidnapping by Islamists in the UK.

The soldier and his family have now implemented increases to their security in light of the threats. A Defense source told the Daily Mail “His life will never be the same. For this reason we have to be very careful. The soldier and his family have embraced the changes.”
Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, 27, currently serving in the Parachute Regiment, won the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military honor this week. He was decorated for saving the life of US marine Brandon Bocian under heavy fire in in 2013.
He is the only soldier from the Afghanistan conflict to receive the award without dying.
In a statement reported by The Independent, Lance Corporal Leakey said that the award was “not about me in particular” and really belonged to the whole regiment.
He said that “the only thing I was really scared of was letting my cap badge down… I’m lucky. I’m here. I’ve got all my limbs, my health. I’ve got my friends and my family.
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Lance Corporal Josh Leakey awarded VC for valour
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The PARA who singlehandedly prevented considerable loss of life during an assault into a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan is to be awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military honour, it has been announced today with the publication of the operational honours and awards list.

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ISIS Cell Arrested in Brooklyn – Planned Attacks on Obama, US
BY RYAN MAURO Thu, February 26, 2015
The FBI arrested the 3 Islamic State members in New York is, in large part, due to a confidential informant at an unidentified mosque.
The FBI has arrested three Islamic State (ISIS) members in Brooklyn, New York, in large part due to a confidential informant at an unidentified mosque. The conspirators discussed carrying out an attack in America if they are unable to join the Islamic State in Syria.

The three suspected terrorists are Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, Akhror Saidakhmetov and Abror Habibov. Those involved made it clear that their violent intentions are not motivated by political grievances. They are motivated by the Islamist teachings that require Muslims to engage in violent jihad for the sake of a “global caliphate” and apocalyptic prophecies.
Juraboev is a permanent resident of the U.S. and citizen of Uzbekistan. It is unclear when he was radicalized but he told Islamic State members online that his family in Uzbekistan is not devoutly religious. He frequented an Uzbek website that implored Uzbeks to join the Islamic State and fight for its “global caliphate.”
On August 8, Juraboev wrote a post on the website under a pseudonym talking about his desire to “strike fear in heart of the infidels,” referencing the Quran (3:151). He asked if he could join the Islamic State while remaining in America and if it would be acceptable to become a “martyr” by trying to shoot President Obama.
The FBI saw the message traced the IP address to his Brooklyn address. He admitted to the authorities that he is a supporter of the Islamic State, would like to join the terrorist group in Syria. He said he’d kill President Obama or bomb Coney Island if the Islamic State asked him to and the “order had a basis in the Koran and the ‘Sunna’ (the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad).”
The indictment summarizes his explanation as follows:
“While admitting that he does not like President Obama because of his role in killing Muslims through his support of Israel and the recent bombing of ISIL [the Islamic State], Juraboev stated that he would not kill President Obama because of ill will towards him but rather because of “Allah.” [emphasis mine]
He also gave the FBI a written statement about his beliefs. One part of the testimony reads, “Islamic right is fighting under caliphate against polytheists and infidels.” The Islamic State characterized Christians as polytheists in the video where it beheaded 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya.
Juraboev told the FBI that the second suspect, his coworker from Kazakhstan named Akhror Saidakhmetov, also supports the Islamic State and wants to go to Syria or carry out terrorism in America. Saidakhmetov also made a post on the Uzbek website praising the Islamic State video, “Upon the Prophetic Methodology,” that claims that the Isalmic State is fulfilling “end of times” prophecies.
In September 2014, a confidential informant for the FBI at an unidentified mosque approached Juraboev and pretended to support the Islamic State. The informant met Saidakhmetov the next day and three discussed plans to join the Islamic State in Syria by travelling through Turkey.
Their conversations were recorded by the informant proving that the two suspects were considering terrorist plots inside the U.S. One of their ideas was to join the U.S. military in order to share battlefield knowledge with the Islamic State, but Juraboev didn’t think that Saidakhmetov would be able to play the part. Even though Saidakhmetov professed that he would open fire on U.S. soldiers if caught, the plan was eventually dropped.
Saidakhmetov also declared that he would go on a shooting spree against police officers and the FBI headquarters if he was blocked from going to Syria.
The third suspect, an Uzbek in Brooklyn named Abror Habibov, is an Islamic State supporter who was willing to sponsor the other two to go to Syria.
Earlier this week, the FBI arrested Abdirahman S. Mohamud in Ohio for conspiring to provide material aid to terrorists in the Middle East. The authorities did not disclose which group that was. They apparently had a fear of something imminent as they filed charges in the local Common Pleas Court so there would be “quick action.” Additional charges are forthcoming.
The Justice Department arrested five Bosnian terrorism suspects only a couple of weeks ago for their ties to the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra. A sixth suspect who was indicted had already left the country.
In January, an Islamic State supporter named Christopher Lee Cornell was arrested in Ohio as he planned an attack on the U.S. Capitol building. The authorities found two semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition in preparation for the assault.
Altogether, 10 Islamist terrorism suspects in America have been arrested this year and all but one had links to the Islamic State. To put that in perspective, about 14 suspects were arrested last year as they tried to leave America to join the Islamic State.  
The arrest of this three-man Islamic State cell should remind us of the importance of the FBI and the use of undercover informants when warranted to meet suspects and, if necessary, follow them into mosques.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, relentlessly attacks the FBI for its use of informants inside the Muslim community and mosques when warranted. CAIR accuses the FBI of torturing innocent Muslims and using undercover agents to purposely radicalize Muslims. CAIR has gone so far as to say that the War on Terror is “made up.”
The propaganda is so over-the-top that the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a group with its own troubling history that has taken a more anti-Islamist line in recent years, says it is not true. A 2013 study cited by MPAC shows that only about half of the arrests of Al-Qaeda suspects in America involved an informant.
“Some have claimed that most arrests of Al-Qaeda suspects in our country were the result of informants entrapping defendants. Because of this assumption, some have argued that the FBI is responsible for manufacturing most of these cases. However, the evidence doesn’t support the notion,” MPAC writes.

This week’s news arrests in Brooklyn and Ohio show why this propaganda needs to be combated. The demonization makes Muslims less likely to report a threat or to even understand that the threat exists and the FBI deserves better treatment.
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State Dept. Official: ISIS Terror Motivated by Joblessness
Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf maintains that the root cause of the Islamic State (ISIS) is unemployment and poverty.
BY RYAN MAURO Wed, February 18, 2015
State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf is the target of a satirical #ISISjobs hashtag after saying that the root cause of the Islamic State (ISIS) is unemployment and poverty. There’s a bigger, less humorous point to be made: Her invalid views were held by the past two administrations, and Harf, herself, was a Middle East analyst for the CIA and national security communications advisor to President Obama during the 2012 campaign.
“We cannot win the War on Terror, nor can we win the war on ISIS by killing them. We need to find them jobs. We need to get to the root cause of terrorism and that is poverty and lack of opportunity in the terrorist community,” she said.
That didn’t fly with MSNBC host Chris Matthews, to whom she made the comments. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer politely held back some of his puzzlement when she defended herself on his program afterwards. She smugly said that “it might be too nuanced an argument for some.”

Study after study has proven that there is no connection between Islamist terrorist recruitment and poverty, unemployment and lack of education. This was the conclusion of a survey of 400 Al-Qaeda members all the way back in 2004, as well as the determination of a Queen Mary University survey published last year.
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http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/state-dept-official-isis-we-need-find-them-jobs


TAFFAN AKO TAHA: KURDISH RIGHTS ARE WORTH THE BATTLE
A young Kurdish activist who is assisting refugees from the Islamic State and fighting for women's rights and religious tolerance.
Taffan Ako Taha is a Kurdish activist who was born in Sulaymaniah in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1994. Her family moved to Sweden when she was only two years old to escape the fighting between the Kurds and the regime of Saddam Hussein.
She moved back to Sulaymaniah after graduating high school to study business and promote women’s rights and religious tolerance. She frequently lectures in Kurdish schools about the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM). Her current focus is on assisting refugees fleeing the Islamic State (ISIS).
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MICHIGAN MAN STABS TWO AFTER CONFIRMING THEY WERE NOT MUSLIM
The Muslim man asked two people at a bus stop if they were Muslim. When they answered 'no,' he stabbed both of them before fleeing the scene.
A Muslim man in a Detroit suburb Michigan asked two people at a bus stop if they were Muslim. After they both answered no, some talk ensued, after which he stabbed both of them.

Terrance Lavaton Thomas, 39, who is suspected of the attack, which occurred on Valentine’s Day evening, was arrested by police who found him within minutes of the attack walking in the area carrying two knives, one of which was reported to have been used in the attack.
Local reports say that the man did not know the victims previously. He reportedly made a number of comments about Islam and asked them about their religion just before attacking them.
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YOUNG ISLAMISTS IN DENMARK EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR KILLER
Shouting “Allahu Akhbar,” God is great, the group that had gathered at the site where the killer El-Hussein died said they are “brothers” to El-Hussein.
A Danish journalist reporting from the site where 22-year old Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, the gunman responsible for two attacks that left two dead and five wounded in Copenhagen, found young Muslims expressing support for El-Hussein.
Flowers had been left at the site where El-Hussein died, prompting Danish politicians to question why anyone would lay flowers to commemorate a murderer.  Although police were out in force at the site, they did not prevent supporters of El-Hussein from laying flowers.
Shouting together “Allahu Akhbar,” God is great, the group that had gathered at the site told the journalist that they are “brothers” to El-Hussein.
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EXCLUSIVE: WIFE OF ARRESTED BAHRAINI ACTIVIST TELLS STORY
Hussein Jawad Parveez, Chair of the European-Bahraini Organization for Human Rights, was seized by regime forces at 1:30 am Monday morning.Leading Bahraini human rights activist Hussein Jawad Parveez has been arrested and taken to a prison where it is believed he is being tortured.
In an exclusive interview, Clarion Project spoke to his wife, fellow human rights activist Asma Darwish, who has previously been featured on ClarionProject.org. Jawad is the chairman of the European-Bahraini Organization for Human Rights, which publishes information about human rights abuses in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He was arrested in a raid on his house on Monday, February 16 at around 1:30 am local time by masked police officers.
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FRENCH PM: WEST MUST FIGHT MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IDEOLOGY
The West must 'fight the discourse of the Muslim Brotherhood in our country' and scrutinize foreign funding of mosques, 
a sharp break from U.S. policy that views the Brotherhood as a moderate competitor to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS).
Prime Minister Valls said the country needs to enact policies to combat the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists, making the point that Islamist terrorism is a product of radical preaching. He announced that the Interior Minister will lead a study on the foreign financing of mosques in France and the training of French imams.
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ISIS HARVESTING AND TRAFFICKING BODY PARTS: REPORTS
Evidence presented by Iraq’s ambassador to the UN that the Islamic State is harvesting human organs was given to the Security Council.
Evidence presented by Iraq’s ambassador to the UN, Mohamed Alhakim, that the Islamic State is harvesting human organs and trafficking in body parts was presented to the UN Security Council. Alhakim also asked the Security Council to investigate the death of 12 doctors who he said were killed by the brutal Islamist group after they refused to take part in removing organs from bodies.
The ambassador recounted how bodies with surgical incisions, missing kidneys and other body parts were recently found buried in shallow mass graves.
"We have bodies. Come and examine them. It is clear they are missing certain parts," Alhakim said, saying that incisions were found in the back, where the kidneys are located.
A report in Al Monitor by otolaryngologist Siruwan al-Mosuli also corroborated Alhakim’s allegations. Al-Mosuli said he had observed unusual activity within medical facilities in Mosul, where foreign doctors had been hired but not allowed to have contact with the local doctors. Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, is under the control of the Islamic State.
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http://www.clarionproject.org/news/isis-harvesting-and-trafficking-body-parts-reports



TURKISH WOMEN TAKE TO STREETS TO PROTEST GENDER VIOLENCE
The murder of 20-year-old psychology student Ozgecan Aslan has triggered a wave of introspection and anger in Turkish society.
Protests have spread across Turkey in response to the rape and murder of a young student on a bus in the southern seaside city of Mersin. In Mersin itself, several women chained themselves to railings before they were confronted by law enforcement officers.
Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old student, got on a bus home last Wednesday. Her mutilated corpse was found on Friday and the driver, Suphi Altindoken, confessed to stabbing her to death, chopping off her fingers and then burning her body. Local media reports say that Aslan used pepper-spray in self-defense when Altindoken attempted to rape her, prompting his brutal assault.
Altinkdoken denies the rape charge, despite admitting to the murder. Her body was found dumped in a riverbed.
Violence against women has risen considerably in Turkey since the currently ruling Islamist AK party took over in 2003. Erdogan and his top officials have made several remarks about the role of women their "ideal society." One of the key tenets of Erdogan’s Islamizing vision for Turkish society is the relegation of women out of the political sphere and solely into motherhood.
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ISIS: END OF TIMES PROPHECIES JUSTIFY BEHEADING OF COPTS
ISIS' latest video showing Copts being beheaded also claims that the church is waging a war on Muslims, which makes this atrocity a 'defensive' action
The Islamic State has released a video of it beheading 21 kidnapped Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. The film is the most prophecy-centric one yet and comes one day after a suspected Islamic State supporter killed two people in a terrorist attack in Denmark.
Justifying the Execution of Christians
The video is titled “A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross.” These Christians were working in Libya. They committed no crime. They are not known to have personally done anything against any Islamists. They were punished for, as the Islamic State put it, being “followers of the hostile Egyptian church.”
The Islamic State seems to be referring to the Coptic Christians’ support for the Egyptian government led by President El-Sisi that is fighting an Islamic State affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt also banned the Muslim Brotherhood and repeatedly emphasizes that the Islamic State and the Brotherhood are different manifestations of the same Islamist enemy.
The video states that the beheadings are retaliation for the Coptic Church’s treatment of Camellia Shehata, the wife of a Coptic priest who disappeared in 2010. She was rumored to have converted to Islam and afterwards to have been kidnapped by the Church. Deadly sectarian clashes followed.
She later resurfaced and appeared on video stating that she did not convert and remains a Christian. She denied that her statement came under pressure or torture by the church. The Copts say she briefly disappeared because she left her husband.
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http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/isis-end-times-prophecies-justify-beheading-copts
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