Christian nursery worker ‘sacked after refusing to read gay stories to children’

Sarah Mbuyi, a Christian nursery worker, is to claim she was sacked from her job due to religious discimination, as a group backing her case says David Cameron’s defence of faith is ‘failing to play out’

Nursery worker Sarah Mbuyi

Nursery worker Sarah Mbuyi

A Christian nursery worker is taking her former employers to court claiming she was sacked for her beliefs after refusing to read stories about gay couples to children.

Sarah Mbuyi says she was dismissed due to religious discrimination, having also been accused of “harassing” a lesbian colleague to whom she gave a Bible when she was recovering from an accident.

The case, lodged at an employment tribunal, comes amid growing concerns among some Christians that religious beliefs are being “outlawed” in the workplace. A Christian group backing the case says it is an example of believers being “robbed” of the freedom to express views.

Eric Pickles speaks at a remembrance service at the Church of All Saints

Eric Pickles speaks at a remembrance service at the Church of All Saints

Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, has warned that “militant atheists” are attempting to impose “politically correct intolerance” on others. “We’re a Christian nation,” he insisted.

Last week David Cameron said Christians should be “more evangelical” about their faith and “get out there and make a difference to people’s lives”. But the Christian Legal Centre, which is funding Miss Mbuyi’s case, said his words were “failing to play out”.

Miss Mbuyi, 30, who lives in north London, carries a Bible. She started work for Newpark Childcare, a London-based group of four nurseries, last April, before being taken on full-time in one of the schools in September.

The same month a lesbian worker also joined the nursery, in Shepherd’s Bush, west London. After discovering that Miss Mbuyi was Christian she repeatedly asked her about her beliefs, the tribunal will be told.

Miss Mbuyi, now working at another nursery, will claim her colleague sought to provoke her. In December the co-worker spent time in hospital having had an accident at work and Miss Mbuyi gave her a Bible on her return.

The present, Miss Mbuyi says, was as a result of the interest she had shown in her faith. It was received well, she insists.

The following month, however, Miss Mbuyi, a Belgian national who came to Britain six years ago, says her colleague told her she had received abuse about her sexuality from religious people in the past.

During the discussion, Miss Mbuyi says she told the woman that “if I tell you that God is OK with that I am lying to you”.

At a disciplinary meeting, her employers accused Miss Mbuyi of “harassing” her co-worker, saying such behaviour amounted to “gross misconduct”. The co-worker could not be reached for comment.

Her employers inquired how she would feel if she was asked to read children’s storybooks featuring same-sex parents. She replied that she would not be able to read such books.

The Christian Legal Centre has instructed Paul Diamond, a prominent religious rights barrister, to fight the case.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the group, said: “Sharing Biblical truths out of genuine love and concern for colleagues is being outlawed in the workplace by a dominating cultural correctness. There is a culture of fear which closes down freedom of speech and the manifestation of faith. This culture brands the liberating good news of the Gospel as oppressive and regressive.

“The Christian Legal Centre is representing Sarah Mbuyi as the latest in a line of Christians who are being threatened by a movement to repress Christians from living out a genuine expression of their faith in a country which once led the world in freedom and justice.”

Related Articles

Source: Daily Telegraph 

 

David Cameron ‘fuelling sectarian division by bringing God into politics’?

Dozens of public figures accuse David Cameron of fostering alienation and division with call to view Britain as a Christian country.

 But would his critics dare to Criticize Islam?

Britain is founded on Christianity!….something we should never,ever concede lightly!

David Cameron leaves Number 10 Downing Street to attend Prime Minister's Questions at parliament in London

David Cameron: bringing God into politics Photo: Reuters

David Cameron is sowing sectarianism and division by insisting that Britain is still a “Christian country” an alliance of writers, scientists, philosophers and politicians has claimed.

In a letter to The Telegraph, 55 public figures from a range of political backgrounds accuse him of fostering “alienation” and actively harming society by repeatedly emphasising Christianity.

The group, which includes writers such as Philip Pullman and Sir Terry Pratchett, Nobel Prize winning scientists, prominent broadcasters and even some comedians argue that members of the elected Government have no right to “actively prioritise” religion or any particular faith.

It comes after a series of public statements in which Mr Cameron has been increasingly vocal about his own faith.

Last week, in an article for the Church Times, the Prime Minister said Britain should be unashamedly “evangelical” about its Christianity.

He said he had no wish to “do down” those of other religions or none but also criticised those who demand a strict “neutrality” where belief in concerned, saying it would deprive Britain of a vital source of morality.

Going beyond the traditional warm words about Britain’s religious heritage often expressed at times such as Easter, he said he felt the “healing power” of faith in his own life.

His remarks were warmly received by faith leaders and seen as an olive branch to the churches after confrontations over welfare cuts and gay marriage and claims that the Government had failed stand up for Christians.

The signatories accused Mr Cameron of “mischaracterising” Britain with “negative consequences for our politics and society”.

They said they had decided to speak out because of what they see as increasingly common incursions of religion into politics.

The lead signatory Prof Jim Al-Khalili, the Iraqi born physicist and author – who is the current president of the British Humanist Association – said Mr Cameron’s intervention was just part of a “disturbing trend”.

They wrote: “We respect the Prime Minister’s right to his religious beliefs and the fact that they affect his own life as a politician.

“However, we wish to object to his repeated mischaracterising of our country as a ‘Christian country’ and the negative consequences for our politics and society that this view engenders.”

They argued that, apart from a “narrow constitutional sense”, there is no evidence to justify describing Britain as Christian.

“To constantly claim otherwise fosters alienation and division in our society,” they wrote.

“Although it is right to recognise the contribution made by many Christians to social action, it is wrong to try to exceptionalise their contribution when it is equalled by British people of different beliefs.

“It needlessly fuels enervating sectarian debates that are by and large absent from the lives of most British people, who – as polls show – do not want religions or religious identities to be actively prioritised by their elected Government.”

The 2011 census showed that the number of people in England and Wales who describe themselves as Christian plunged from almost 72 per cent in 2001 to just over 59 per cent, a decline of 4.1 million people.

Further analysis showed that even that fall masks the scale of underlying decline because it was bolstered by mass immigration, with 1.2 million foreign-born Christians coming to Britain.

“We wrote this letter as a result not just of one recent speech and article but of a disturbing trend,” said Prof Al-Khalili.

“Politicians have been speaking of our country as ‘a Christian country’ with increasing frequency in the last few years.

“Not only is this inaccurate, I think it’s a wrong thing to do in a time when we need to be building a strong shared identity in an increasingly plural and non-religious society.”

Other signatories include Ken Follett, the novelist, Maureen Duffy, the poet and playwright, and philosophers such as AC Grayling.

Nobel Prize winning scientists, Sir John Sulston, the biologist, and Professor Sir Harold Kroto, the chemist, are among the group as are Prof Steve Jones, the leading geneticist and Dr Simon Singh, the science writer.

The comedians Tony Hawks, Richard Herring and Tim Minchin, have signed the letter as have the television presenters such as Dan Snow and Nick Ross, as well as a handful of politicians.

Mr Pullman said the increasing religious rhetoric goes against the grain of British life.

“It is probably an imitation of America, we imitate a lot of American things, but I think it is a very bad idea,” he said.

“It doesn’t seem to me the sort of way in which I like to see a prime minister behave, or any politician for that matter.

“What people believe is their own business and we should not be told what to believe by anybody.”

Prof Jones said: “I just don’t quite understand why he is coming up with it now.

“If it is being done for some electoral reasons I don’t understand what they are.

“He would be much better as Prime Minister of the whole country not to say that this is a Christian country.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, was asked about Mr Cameron’s remarks during a BBC Easter broadcast from Canterbury Cathedral.

“We do need to be more confident,” he said.

“At the heart of the Christian message is the idea that we have a friendship, a relationship with Jesus Christ who is alive and that the choice to be a follower of Jesus Christ is the most important and the best choice anyone can ever make in their lives in any circumstances.

“So the confidence that he expressed in Christian faith is something absolutely that we agree with.”

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “As the PM set out in his speech to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, the UK is Christian country and should not be afraid to say so.

“He also added that this was not to say in any way that to have another faith – or no faith – was somehow wrong.

“He has said on many occasions that he is incredibly proud that Britain is home to many different faith communities, who do so much to make the UK a stronger country.”

CONCILIATORY?

 

Star witness in ‘hate preacher’ Abu Hamza’s trial recorded the cleric’s confession to organizing Yemen terror plot

 

  • Mary Quin was kidnapped along with 15 others on a trip to Yemen in 1998 
  • After surviving the ambush, Quin set out to find the person responsible 
  • She confronted Islamic preacher Abu Hamza at his mosque in London’s Finsbury Park and spoke with him for nearly an hour
  • Hamza allowed Quin to record their talk, during which he confessed to organizing the plot 
  • That recording is being used as a vital piece of evidence in the U.S. federal case against Hamza
  • Quin is set to take the stand sometime this week

 

A tech CEO is set to take the stand this week as a star witness in the trial against terror preacher Abu Hamza. 

New Zealand-born Mary Quin, 59, was part of a group of 16 who were kidnapped crossing the desert in Yemen in 1998. 

Quin, now the CEO of Callaghan Innovation, made it out alive, but four in her group died and she vowed revenge against the person responsible. 

Facing evil: Mary Quin (left) who was taken hostage in Yemen in 1998 could prove a valuable witness against Cleric Abu Hamza who is charged with orchestrating the attack

Abu Hamza

Her quest eventually led her to Hamza, when she confronted him at his mosque in Finsbury Park, London. 

Her recording of their meeting is one of the key points of evidence as the U.S. seeks to put the Islamic cleric behind bars for life on 11 terrorism charges. 

Quin described the terrifying hostage situation, and her quest to bring the person responsible to justice, in her book ‘Kidnapped in Yemen’. 

In the book, Quin writes that she and 15 others were crossing the desert in Yemen when all of a sudden a heavily-armed group of men wearing masks ambushed them and took away their passports. 

A few hours later, a group of vehicles approached and Quin hoped a deal had been struck to secure their release. 

However, the group of vehicles were actually government troops who started a firefight with the terrorists.

In this courtroom sketch, radical Islamist preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri (R) appears before before US Magistrate Judge Frank Maas (L) in Federal Court in New York

In this courtroom sketch, radical Islamist preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri (R) appears before before US Magistrate Judge Frank Maas (L) in Federal Court in New York

The ensuing fight resulted in the death of four of the hostages, including Brits Margaret Whitehouse and Ruth Williamson. 

Memoir: Quin wrote about being ambushed by a terror group in her book 'Kidnapped in Yemen'

Memoir: Quin wrote about being ambushed by a terror group in her book ‘Kidnapped in Yemen’

 

‘We are hostages’: Saudi princesses who say they are kept locked in palace as punishment for advocating women’s rights make another plea for help

saudi princess imprisoned Capture

Speaking out: Sahar is the eldest daughter and has somehow remained able to convey to the world the depraved state of human rights, especially against women, in Saudi Arabia

Scroll down for videos

One of the Saudi princesses who claims she and her sisters are being held captive by their father has managed to make contact with the outside world. 

Sahar, the eldest daughter of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, said the women were being starved and beaten on the orders of her father.

The 42-year-old princess, who had lived a life of luxury before the past 13 years of captivity, made her claims during a clandestine phone call to the New York Post. 

Fall from grace: The King's ex-wife Al Fayez with their four children who, as adults, say they are being held hostage

Fall from grace: The King’s ex-wife Al Fayez with their four children who, as adults, say they are being held hostage

Outspoken: The princesses claim their father, King Abdullah, did not approve of them supporting women's rights

Outspoken: The princesses claim their father, King Abdullah, did not approve of them supporting women’s rights

‘We are cut off and isolated and alone. We are hostages,’ she said.

‘No one can come see us, and we can’t go see anyone. Our father is responsible and his sons, our half-brothers, are both culprits in this tragedy.’

She said that the King was punishing her and her three sisters, Jawaher, Hala, and Maha, because they spoke out about the injustices and inequality faced by women in Saudi Arabia.

‘That was it for him. It was the end for us,’ Sahar said.

Saudi Arabia has one of the most oppressive human rights records for gender inequality. Women must be covered from head to toe, are banned from driving and have every move shadowed by a male guardian – usually a husband, brother or father.

The girls’ mother, who fled into self-imposed exile in London to escape what she said was an abusive relationship, backed up her daughters’ claims and said she feared for their safety.

Prisoners: Princesses Sahar and Jawaher said they are, in effect, being held under house arrest in the royal compound in Jeddah

Prisoners: Princesses Sahar and Jawaher said they are, in effect, being held under house arrest in the royal compound in Jeddah

‘They once had a normal life for Saudi Arabia, but they are free thinkers, and their father hates that,’ Alanoud Al Fayez told the New York Post. 

‘They are compassionate about the plight of women in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Arab world. The injustices that we see are terrible, and someone must say something.’

Her daughters claim that they are beaten, denied food and water for days at a time, and have been confined to a dark and isolated part of the royal estate.

Power supplies and running water are shut off for days or weeks at a time and the women have been separated from one another, with Sahar and Jawher in one room and Hala and Maha in another. 

‘Our energy is quite low, and we’re trying our best to survive,’ Sahar said, adding that the rooms they are kept in are sweltering hot and overrun with bugs.  

She added that men, including their half-brothers have beaten them with sticks.

Campaign: The women's mother wanted Obama to raise her daughters' plight during his visit to the King, above

Campaign: The women’s mother wanted Obama to raise her daughters’ plight during his visit to the King, above

An official at the Saudi embassy in London denied the sisters’ claims and said they were free to go where they liked but, because they are royalty, they needed to be accompanied by armed guards. 

Their mother however, rejected the official’s claims and alleged that her former husband wanted the sisters to die. 

‘That place was once a home. Now it’s a cage,’ she told the Post. 

‘The king wants them dead and he wants them to die in front of the world, yet he will deny any of this ever happened.’

Al Fayez has campaigned about her daughers’ plight to President Obama and the UN.

The 57-year-old called on Obama to help before he visited the King during an official visit. 

‘Mr Obama should take this opportunity to address these grave violations committed against my daughters,’ she said. 

‘Since 13 years, my daughters Sahar, Maha, Hala and Jawaher are being held captive. ‘They need to be saved and released immediately.’

Al Fayez has written to the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to say that her daughters are ‘imprisoned, held against their will, cut off from the world’.

Separated: Al Fayez fled to London and her daughters are being kept isolated from each other in the palace

Separated: Al Fayez fled to London and her daughters are being kept isolated from each other in the palace

Obama paid a visit to Saudi King Abdullah’s desert oasis at the end of March.

Abdullah became king of Saudi Arabia in 2005. The oil-rich state is a key ally of the U.S. in the Middle East and its extensive royal family enjoy massive wealth, with the king one of the world’s richest men.

 Al Fayez was only 15 when she married King Abdullah, who was then in his 40s, but he divorced her just over a decade later.

The king, who has 38 children by a number of wives, has placed his four daughters with Alfayez under the control of three of their half-brothers, according to Sahar.

Read more:

source: Mail Online

 

Private school chief linked to Islam Trojan Horse plot says: Stone all adulterers to death

 

  • Fees at the school where boys and girls are segregated are £1,800
  • School chairman claims fornication should be punished with 100 lashes 
  • Ibrahim Hewitt runs the controversial Leicester school with his wife Adeba
muslim school leicesterCapture

A teacher at the Al Aqsa primary school in Leicester

A Muslim hardliner who says adulterers should be stoned to death and that gay men and fornicators should be lashed 100 times has set up an Islamic school that has received almost £1million of taxpayers’ money.

Ibrahim Hewitt, one of Britain’s most prominent Islamic firebrands – who also heads a charity branded a ‘terrorist’ organisation by the US – is the founder and chairman of trustees of the Al-Aqsa school in Leicester, which teaches 250 boys and girls aged between three and 11.

He has vilified homosexuals as paedophiles and said a man can take on a second wife if his first fails to satisfy him sexually. Mr Hewitt has published his views in a book on Islam, which he claims has sold more than 50,000 copies in Britain.

The preacher is the founder of another controversial organisation called the Association of Muslim Schools (AMS), whose leader has been accused of orchestrating a plot in Birmingham called ‘Operation Trojan Horse’ in which Islamic extremists have allegedly taken over 25 state schools in the city.

Ibrahim Hewitt, chairman of Al-Aqsa school said that all adulterers should be stoned to death and fornication should be punished with 100 lashes

Ibrahim Hewitt, chairman of Al-Aqsa school said that all adulterers should be stoned to death and fornication should be punished with 100 lashes

Last night it was reported that six Birmingham, schools implicated in the plot will be placed in ‘special measures’ by inspectors, meaning their leadership team could be removed. Ofsted is also said to be taking action at a further nine schools where the attempted takeover is less advanced.

That news came as campaigners called for an investigation by the Department for Education (DfE) to be expanded to Mr Hewitt and his Leicester school.

Douglas Murray, of anti-extremist think-tank the Henry Jackson Society, said: ‘I would like to see the investigation widened to other cities as well as Birmingham, and maybe look at private schools in case the welfare of children is at risk.

‘There should be an investigation into Al-Aqsa to see what children are being taught.’

Mr Hewitt, 57, established the private school in 1998. He runs it with his wife Adeba, 53. The school practises segregated seating for boys and girls from aged seven and does not allow music or dance lessons as they are deemed un-Islamic. Female teachers teach with their faces  covered with a veil, according to images on the school’s website.

The school, which charges fees of up to £1,800 per year, has received £747,360 from the Local Education Authority in Leicester as an early years grant for teaching three to five-year-olds since 2007.

The preacher is the author of a book called What Does Islam Say?, which spells out his vision of ‘true Islam’. In it he advocates the killing of adulterers by stoning. The book says: ‘Any act that destabilises marriage will also destabilise society. Hence the Islamic punishments for such acts are severe… Married men and women found guilty of adultery are to be stoned to death.’

The book also advocates 100 lashes for fornication and sodomy with both men and women, and condemns homosexuality as a ‘grave sin’.

Mr Hewitt says in the book: ‘Islam, like most other major faiths of the world, categorically forbids homosexual practices (sexual relations between two men or between two women), regarding them as a great sin. In a society under Islamic law, such would be severely punished.’

He then compares homosexuals to paedophiles or those who commit incest. The book says: ‘If people have such desires [homosexuality], they should keep them to themselves, and control their desires to avoid forbidden practices.

‘The advice would be the same as, say, to someone who had sexual desires for minors or for close  family: that having the desires does not legitimise realising them.’

The book also argues that men and women are not equal, and men have a right to assume leadership over women. ‘Islam recognises the leadership of men over women, but it does not recognise the domination of one over the other.’

He adds: ‘If a woman is unable to satisfy the sexual or other needs of her husband he may consider taking another wife, rather than the common Western practice of secretly taking a mistress.’

Mr Hewitt has in the past said that ‘political Zionism is a threat to world peace’ and has objected to the setting up of Holocaust Memorial Day.

He is also the chairman of a  charity called Interpal, which the US Treasury has designated a  ‘global terrorist entity’ due to accusations it has raised money for the Palestinian terror group Hamas. However, a report by the UK Charity Commission last year found no evidence that it had done so.

When The Mail on Sunday contacted Mr Hewitt, he said he still ‘endorses’ what he wrote in the book. ‘Islamic law states that homosexuals should be lashed and adulterers should be stoned. I believe that is correct if it is an Islamic state. I am a Muslim and if I lived in an Islamic state then I would live by what I wrote in my book. But I am in this country and follow its law,’ he said.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has appointed the Met’s former counter-terrorism chief, Peter Clarke, to head an investigation into the alleged Trojan Horse plot.

Council probes ‘music is evil’ school posters

By BEN ELLERY

A state-funded Islamic school was at the centre of controversy last night over claims that a poster banning listening to music appeared on its official noticeboard.

The poster, alleged to have been put up  at the Madani Schools Federation in Leicester, warned that pupils ‘must stay away from evil acts such as music and encourage others to do the same too’.

A photo of the poster, which is claimed to have been taken by a concerned supply teacher inside the school, has appeared on Facebook.

A Facebook post branding music as 'sinful' is being investigated by council chiefs in Leicester

A Facebook post branding music as ‘sinful’ is being investigated by council chiefs in Leicester

The poster’s text quoted an apparent saying of the Prophet Mohammed, which said: ‘Music sows hypocrisy in the heart like water causes seeds to grow in soil.’ It also warned: ‘Music is a tool of Shaytan [Satan]’, adding: ‘The messages of today’s music follow a general theme of love, drugs and freedom.’

Leicester assistant mayor Vi Dempster said: ‘Council officers will be visiting the school after Easter to discuss the issue with the headteacher and governors.’ 

Madani, a faith academy once accused  of flouting the Equalities Act by insisting boys and girls were segregated and taught by a member of the same sex, has received £18 million of state funding. Its chairman of governors, Hussein Suleman, said: ‘This poster has not existed in our premises.  I don’t know who dreamt this hoax up.’

Inayat Bunglawala of Muslims4UK, a group set up to promote Muslim engagement with British society, said music prohibitions in the Islamic faith related to some disputed sayings attributed to Prophet Mohammed after his death, adding: ‘It would be bizarre if a state-funded school would not give music its due importance in the curriculum.’

The supply teacher said to have taken  the photo declined to comment.

source: Mail Online

Jews urged to flee Ukraine by Holocaust survivor

See on Scoop.itUNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST

ALL Jewish people should leave Ukraine at once, a Holocaust survivor warned last night, after “grotesque” anti-Semitic leaflets were handed out in the country.

The pamphlets and posters, distributed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, demanded that the Jewish population register, pay a new tax or leave.

They are a terrifying echo of the anti-Jewish atrocities carried out by Ukrainians under Nazi occupation during the Second World War.

The leaflets, apparently signed by pro-Russian group the People’s Republic of Donetsk, have enraged the world.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week: “After all of the miles travelled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it is grotesque.”

Sam Pivnik, 86, was only 14 when his family were rounded up in Bedzin, western Poland, and sent to the death camp at Auschwitz.

After his parents, brothers and a sister were chosen “with the flick of a glove” for extermination by “Angel of Death” Dr Josef Mengele, the teenager, tattooed with a prisoner number, was left to survive alone. Mr Pivnik, who now lives in Golders Green, north London, said he was not surprised by the literature’s anti-Semitism.

Jewish families in eastern Ukraine are allegedly seeking advice on repatriation to Israel [REUTERS]

“Jews have no place in Ukraine, because nothing has changed,” he said last night, “and as long as Jews remain there, nothing will change. They had no business staying in that country after the atrocities of 1939-1945.

“There is no point in staying there waiting for trouble, in the hope that the world Jewry can save them. Even Germany is doing everything it can to tackle anti-Semitism and is better than Ukraine. Jews in the Ukraine should leave.”

During the war, the Nazis exterminated more than 900,000 Jewish people in Ukraine.

Anti-Semitism resurfaced after the nation’s independence in 1991, with attacks on Jewish mayors by Right-wing extremists.

The chaos in Ukraine during recent months has seen groups both pro- and anti- Russia levelling accusations of fascism.

During the fortnight before the Donetsk leaflets were distributed, anti-Jewish slogans and swastikas were daubed on houses and a Jewish cemetery in Odessa.

Last night it emerged that Jewish families in eastern Ukraine had become so concerned they were seeking advice about repatriation to Israel.

Alexander Ivanchenko, who runs Sohnut, an organisation helping people to move to Israel, said: “It is hard to talk about numbers now but there are more people who come for advice.”

As the climate of fear grows, however, the authenticity of the pamphlets is being called into question. Denis Pushilin, leader of the breakaway pro-Russian People’s Republic, vehemently denied his organisation was behind the leaflets. “Look at this document, I have never called myself the people’s governor, my job is different,” he told the Sunday Express.

“The stamp is bigger than it should be because it was Photoshopped from some real document.”

Mr Pushilin, who claims to run the industrial region of Donetsk, added: “I am personally strongly against any declarations of this sort made against Jewish or any other people. This is a dirty trick by our foes. It is a forgery.”

His militant supporters, who were yesterday still defying last week’s Geneva agreement to lay down arms and surrender control of government buildings, showed how Room 514 in the regional HQ, supposedly where Jewish people should register, was empty.

They called on Ukraine’s police and secret services to find the real culprits, claiming the authors “tried to provoke a conflict”, and pin blame on the separatists.

Dr Efraim Zuroff, of the respected Simon Wiesenthal Centre, agreed, suggesting the Donetsk flyers were “an attempt to paint the pro-Russian forces as anti-Semitic”.

Last night Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatseniuk vowed to use “every legal means” to prevent the “import” of xenophobia and anti-Semitism, and indirectly blamed Russia.

He told US TV he had urged police “to find these bastards and to bring them to justice”, adding: “The ideology and practice of pogroms, exported by a neighbouring state, will not be allowed into Ukraine.” He also said there were “reports of pro-Moscow terrorists” conducting “pogroms” against Roma near Donetsk.

Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi urged Jews to leave capital city Kiev following a anti-Semitic attack on two yeshiva students in the city. “I wont be leaving, I am a Shliach” he says.

Yaakov Dov Bleich, the chief rabbi of Ukraine, warned that the real danger for the Jewish community was provocation from Russia. He said: “We expect provocations, we expect Russians will want to justify their incursion into Ukraine.”

Whatever the truth, it seems anti-Semitism is being used as a political tool. “For us, the terrible fact is someone made this terrible thing,” said Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski. “Someone tried to use the Jewish community in Donetsk as an instrument in this conflict; 73 years ago, it was the Nazis. Nobody wants to go back to those very, very bad times in history.”

Boy, five, ‘raped in the toilets by two cleaning staff at prestigious Jakarta International school’

  • Schoolboy, five, allegedly raped by two out-sourced cleaning staff
  • Boy attacked by cleaners at Jakarta International School, reports say
  • Child contracted herpes and bacterial infection in horrific attack
  • Police have taken staff in to custody and investigating three others

 

jakarta rapeCapture

Indonesian security officers stand guard in front of the Jakarta International School – where the alleged rape of the boy, then five, is said to have taken place

A five-year old boy was raped in the toilets of a prestigious international school in Jakarta International, reports today suggest.

It is alleged the boy, who is thought to have turned six last week, was attacked in the toilets of the Jakarta International School by two cleaning staff wearing blue uniforms.

The pair twice attacked the boy during school hours in the bathroom nearest to his classroom, reports suggest.

Reports suggest the boy was attacked by two out-sourced cleaning staff in the bathroom near to his classroom on two occasions in February and March

Reports suggest the boy was attacked by two out-sourced cleaning staff in the bathroom near to his classroom on two occasions in February and March

It is thought the boy contracted herpes and a bacterial infection during the horrific attack. The staff, who are believed to be employees of contract cleaners ISS, are now in police custody following the attacks in February and March – according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Officers in Jakarta have said two other men and one woman are also under investigation. The boy is reportedly the son of a Dutch father and an Indonesian mother. The mother decided to go public with the details of her child’s attack after the school was slow to act following the allegations, she says.

The school's head has made security changed and installed CCTV cameras following the attacks

The school’s head has made security changed and installed CCTV cameras following the attacks

The family’s lawyer Andi Asrun has said the boy’s parents believe the school should have been aware of the boy’s absence from class -  and his teachers should have noticed he was in distress when he rejoined the class.

The lawyer told the newspaper the child was locked inside a janitors closet during his ordeal so his screams could not be heard.

The school’s head, Tim Carr, says the school has made security changes and installed CCTV cameras following the horrendous attacks. He added the school was cooperating with the authorities.

In a letter to parents, the school said outsourced staff now had restricted access to the school – and that ISS staff no longer worked on campus.

Police have asked parents to monitor their child’s behaviour and to report anything suspicious to officers.

The Jakarta Education Agency has similarly notified all local schools of the attack and advised them to improve security measures.

Religion in Jakarta

The main religion in not only the city of Jakarta, but also the country of Indonesia is Islam. However, there are many controversies surrounding religion in Jakarta right now. There is a growing sense of intolerance towards non-Islamic religions, especially towards the opening of new churches in the city. Those persecuted specifically include Christians and even the non-believers or atheists. However, not all of the Muslims in the city are radicals that participate in this behavior; many of the moderate Muslims condemns this religious intolerance and persecution.

source: Mail Online Read more:

 

Pakistani towns left in the dark for not paying electricity bills

See on Scoop.itUNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST

A store owner reads by candlelight during a power cut in Islamabad. Photograph: Muhammed Muheisen/AP

Clampdown aims to end free-for-all culture and debt problem in energy sector that forces companies to shut off power

The miseries of summer have come early for Pakistanis living in towns where people have grown used to getting their electricity for free. As the government gets tough on electricity thieves, scores of towns in the impoverished provinces have been hit by power cuts weeks before soaring temperatures traditionally push demand far beyond supply.

“The electricity has just disappeared,” said Sheraz Khan, a resident of Bannu, one of the ramshackle cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.

With power off for almost the entire day, Khan is regretting his decision to invest in a car battery he hoped would store a little power to cover the periods of what is known as “load shedding”, in which electricity is completely shut off to avoid total system failure.

Across the province, people complain of sleepless nights in hot houses, food going off as refrigerators thaw, and children unable to do homework in the dark.

The cause of their distress is Pakistan‘s energy minister, who is implementing a tough policy that cuts off communities where most people do not pay their bills.

“If towns don’t pay, we shut them off,” said Khawaja Asif, the man responsible for fixing Pakistan’s failing power system. “I am getting all these complaints from [other members of parliament] saying: ‘We haven’t had any electricity in my area for the last week,’” he said. “I sit down with them and say: ‘In these places 92% of people are not paying their bills.’”

In recent years summer electricity riots have caused added strife in a country already battered by violence from Islamist militants, separatist groups and criminal gangs. “In summer there will be problems,” predicts the minister. “The people will come out and burn our offices, but we will not succumb to this blackmail.”

There have already been protests, with residents across KP blocking roads.

On Wednesday protesters in the frontier town of Tank burnt tyres, held a “mock funeral” for the chief minister of KP and threatened to boycott government vaccination drives.

But forcing consumers to break the habit of not paying their bills – or simply stealing electricity by dropping metal hooks on to power lines – is critical to the government’s election pledge of fixing Pakistan’s power crisis.

With many private consumers, as well as some federal ministries and provincial governments, refusing to pay their bills, vast amounts of debt builds up within the energy sector, forcing power companies to turn off their plants for long periods.

Power cuts lasting up to half the day have badly damaged the economy, particularly the country’s important textile industry, which has had to lay off hundreds of thousands of workers.

As the government approaches its one-year anniversary, Asif claims progress is being made, pointing to a 2% improvement in recovery rates in the last quarter of 2013. “It’s fairly modest, but we are inching towards betterment,” he said.

There is no issue more pressing for the governing faction of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), led by prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The party won a landslide victory last May on the back of public anger over the electricity crisis. It hopes to go to the polls in 2018 with the boast that it ended the curse of blackouts.

Asif said consumers who pay their bills will start to see an improvement in supply in two years, as new coal-fired power plants are built and debt is squeezed out.

The PML-N’s core voters will not be as affected as those in KP. Most of the party’s support comes from Punjab, a rich and populous province where power distribution companies are generally successful at recovering the money owed to them. But in many parts of KP, which is largely represented by politicians from rival parties, recovery rates are extremely low.

The city of Karachi has shown how a ruthless policy of cutting off neighbourhoods in poor areas where bill payment is low can keep energy flowing in more prosperous areas. Critics say the hardest hit are the poor, who are also suffering from deep cuts to electricity subsidies.

“Why is the power on in Islamabad and Lahore, but not Bannu and DI Khan?” said Haji Abdur Rehman, from Bannu. “Are we not also Pakistanis?”

Asif is also the country’s defence minister. But despite having one of the world’s largest armies, a growing stock of nuclear weapons and an ongoing challenge from Islamist militancy, he spends most of his time working on the electricity problem.

The minister, who was imprisoned when the military last took control of the government in 1999, is embroiled in a row over Pakistan’s mighty army after he publicly called for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to be prevented from leaving the country while he is being tried for high treason.

An unusual public statement by the current army chief, who vowed the army would “resolutely preserve its own dignity and institutional pride”, was widely seen as a calculated show of anger at Asif and another of his outspoken cabinet colleagues.

In the past such a statement would have sharpened fears among politicians of a military takeover. But following last year’s unprecedented transfer of power from one elected government to another, Asif said the only thing politicians fear these days are the voters.

“My concern is we must deliver and people must vote us back into power in 2018,” he said. “By then, load shedding must be finished completely.”

See on www.theguardian.com

New York Police Department disbands unit that spied on Muslims

new york copCapture

A controversial New York Police Department surveillance unit that cataloged information on Muslim communities has been disbanded.

(CNN) – A controversial New York Police Department surveillance unit that cataloged information on Muslim communities has been disbanded, according to the department.

The NYPD’s Demographics Unit — or Zone Assessment Unit – was developed with the CIA’s help after the September 11, 2001, attacks. The unit has acknowledged that it engaged in monitoring that included Muslim-owned business and mosques across the New York region and has been the target of controversy and civil lawsuits.

A controversial New York Police Department surveillance unit that cataloged information on Muslim communities has been disbanded. File photo: A police outpost looks over a New York street.

A controversial New York Police Department surveillance unit that cataloged information on Muslim communities has been disbanded. File photo: A police outpost looks over a New York street.

“The Zone Assessment Unit, previously referred to as the demographics unit, has been largely inactive since January,” the department said in a statement Tuesday. “Recently, as part of an ongoing assessment of Intelligence Bureau operations, personnel assigned to the Zone Assessment Unit were reassigned to other duties within the Intelligence Bureau.”

Click on ‘captions’ to turn them off if preferred 

The statement continued: “Understanding certain local demographics can be a useful factor when assessing information regarding potential threats coming to the attention of the New York City Police Department, it has been determined that much of the same information previously gathered by the Zone Assessment Unit may be obtained through direct outreach by the NYPD to the communities concerned.

Two advocacy groups that filed a lawsuit challenging the unit and its activities said they were pleased it had been disbanded but want to ensure the surveillance stops.

“While we welcome the dismantling of the Demographics Unit as a long overdue step towards reining in the unconstitutional excesses of the NYPD, what has to stop is the practice of suspicion-less surveillance of Muslim communities, not just the unit assigned to do it,” said a joint statement by Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which filed the lawsuit in 2012. “We will continue to work, through litigation and advocacy, to ensure the NYPD is fully and finally respecting the rights of the Muslim community.”

That suit, Hassan v. City of New York, was dismissed in February and is currently under appeal.

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations echoed those sentiments.

“This is an important first step. However, the damage of unconstitutional mass spying on people solely on the basis of their religion has already been carried out and must be addressed,” said Board President Ryan Mahoney.

This decision and the city’s move to drop an appeal of a federal judge’s August ruling that the controversial stop-and-frisk practice violated the Constitution are seen as signs of changes in the way the city operates. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton have replaced former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former Commissioner Ray Kelly.

“Our administration has promised the people of New York a police force that keeps our city safe, but that is also respectful and fair. This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys,” de Blasio said in a statement Tuesday.

Bratton, who was police commissioner in the 1990s, once again took the helm of the nation’s largest police department in December at a time of low crime rates but heightened tension with the public over his predecessor’s controversial policies.

When Bratton was introduced as New York City police commissioner, he talked about bringing the police and the public “together in a collaboration of mutual respect and mutual trust.”

“I will get it right again in New York City,” Bratton said.

In February: Spying on Muslims is legal?

British teenager killed in Syria: Father insists his son was not a terrorist ,but a ”freedom fighter”

Family of East Sussex 18-year-old Abdullah Deghayes, whose uncle was detained at Guantánamo Bay, learned the news via Facebook

Abdullah Deghayes

Abdullah Deghayes. His father said Abdullah was due to go to university Brighton next year. Photograph: Facebook

Police are investigating reports that an 18-year-old Briton from East Sussex has been killed in Syria.

Abdullah Deghayes from Saltdean, near Brighton, told his family that he was travelling to Libya in January but did not tell them he was going to Syria.

Omar Deghayes

Omar Deghayes: Uncle to Abdullah and former Gitmo detainee

Deghayes, whose uncle, Omar, is a former Guantánamo detainee, is believed to have died earlier this month.

A photo circulating among former school friends, which appears to show Abdullah dead and laid out Photo: Abdullah Abu Bakr Amer Deghayes young Libyan in the prime of life came to Syria Leaver to a minimum and its beauties asking for victory or martyrdom, and God chose him the honor of martyrdom, and were transferred from the guys Abdullah that Abdullah was Nmervi his last fight and did not cite Abdullah even kill a large number of the enemy's army and remained corpse Abdullah 5 days on the battlefield, it was difficult to reach him because of the presence of a sniper and what they could bring a dead body Abdullah was smiling how you can see his picture and what Hamu buried and buried him wafted the smell caught him five days after his death and all these signs and dignities of God that Abdullah Shahid in Gardens of the Lord resting place, God willing, Hennein his certificate and Gardens underneath which rivers and inspired his mother and his father and his family and his family patience and solace in God, Aajarham ordeal and Khuff them good oneson the ground, has been seen by the Guardian. The photo, which seems to have been taken at night with a flash, shows him from the chest up lying on a patch of ground scattered with leaves and foliage. The 18-year-old is dressed in combat fatigues and his eyes are closed, but he can be clearly identified. There is no obvious sign of injury.

His father, Abubaker Deghayes, said he learned of Abdullah’s death via Facebook on Monday. “At the moment we do not have details of his death. All that we know is that he was killed in Syria. The family is mourning.”

Speaking at his home in Saltdean, he said he believed his son had travelled to Libya to see family.

“We are all in mourning. I’m trying to find out what’s happened. At the moment we don’t have any details. We found out on Facebook. I hope he died for a noble cause, trying to help Syria. I need to find out. I might go and travel to see,” he said. “He was a youngster who didn’t communicate a lot. With parents, once they grow, they don’t tell you much about their lives.”

Deghayes said his son, who was due to go to university in Brighton next year, lived in the seaside city with his mother and had left the UK in January.

The teenager is the nephew of Omar Deghayes, who was held by the United States as an enemy combatant at Guantánamo Bay between 2002 and 2007 after he was arrested in Pakistan.

Omar Deghayes, who is currently in Tripoli, said he knew very little of the circumstances of his nephew’s death. “He ran away from his home … we didn’t know at first,” he said.

He added that he had only heard one witness account of what happened to Abdullah.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking into it.”

Police were informed of his death at the start of this week and are supporting his family. A spokesman for Sussex police said: “On Monday 14 April we received information that an 18-year-old Brighton man had been killed in Syria in recent weeks.

“The circumstances of this reported death remain unclear and we are in contact with the family.”

Tributes to the teenager have been posted on social media sites. One man, Nezar El-bayouk posted on Twitter: “R.I.P. To My Boy Abdullah Deghayes. Jannah InshAllah!”

Another friend Miss’Newland, posted: “R.I.P this is such a shock, can not get my head around it. Everyone’s gonna miss you Abdullah Deghayes. much love xxx.”

Pictures of Abdullah on Facebook show a typical British teenager hanging out with male and female friends, some drinking beer. In one photograph from last year he posed with a girlfriend in the street. He worked in an Adidas shop in Brighton selling sportswear.

 

The vast minefields of Afghanistan

While the bulk of the US troops are back in the safety of their homeland, a rising number of children die from explosives they have left behind

Collateral damage Abdul Wakhil, 12, who lost his legs, is carried by his brother Abdul Hakim outside his house near the Bagram base.

As the United States’ military withdraws from Afghanistan, it is leaving behind a deadly legacy: about 2,070 square kilometres of land littered with undetonated grenades, rockets and mortar shells.

The military has vacated scores of firing ranges pocked with the explosives. Dozens of children have been killed or wounded as they have stumbled upon the ordnance at the sites, which are often poorly marked. Casualties are likely to increase sharply; the US military has removed the munitions from only 3 per cent of the territory covered by its sprawling ranges, officials said.20

Afghan Landmine Victim

In the last 20 years, over 150,000 Afghans have been killed or maimed by landmines, with three-quarters of the these being children.

Clearing the rest of the contaminated land — which in total is twice as big as New York City — could take two to five years. US military officials say they intend to clean up the ranges. But because of a lack of planning, officials say, funding has not yet been approved for the monumental effort, which is expected to cost $250 million (Dh918 million).

“Unfortunately, the thinking was ‘We’re at war and we don’t have time for this,’” said Major Michael Fuller, the head of the US Army’s Mine Action Center at Bagram Airfield, referring to the planning.

There are a growing number of tragedies at these high-explosive ranges.

Mohammad Yousuf, 13, and Sayed Jawad, 14, grew up 90 metres from a firing range used by US and Polish troops in Ghazni province. The boys’ families were accustomed to the thundering explosions from military training exercises, which sometimes shattered windows in their village.

But as those blasts became less common — a function of the US and Nato withdrawal — the boys started wandering on to the range to collect scrap metal to sell. They did not know that some US explosives do not detonate on impact but can still blow up when someone touches them.

Last month, Jawad’s father, Sayed Sadeq, heard a boom and ran on to the range. He spotted his son’s bloodied torso.

“The left side of his body was torn up. I could see his heart. His legs were missing,” the father said.

One of the boys, it appeared, had stepped on a 40mm grenade, designed to kill anyone within 5 metres. Both teens died.

“If the Americans believe in human rights, how can they let this happen?” Sadeq said.

Since 2012, the UN’s Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan has recorded 70 casualties in and around US or Nato firing ranges or bases, and the pace of the incidents has been quickening. But the statistics don’t paint a complete picture; The Washington Post found 14 casualties who were not included in the UN data, including Yousuf and Jawad.

Most of the victims were taking their animals to graze, collecting firewood or searching for scrap metal. Of the casualties recorded by the UN, 88 per cent were children.

“We are anxious that the problem has arisen just as ISAF is leaving,” said Abigail Hartley, director of the UN mine centre, referring to the US-led International Security Assistance Force. “It would have been much better to have had it addressed during the past eight years.”

afghan bomb

Daulatzai villagers with the shroud-wrapped bodies of 10 children killed by a landmine whilst collecting firewood.

Top US military officials say they intend to remove the explosives from the firing ranges.

“It will take time and expense to complete this work, but it’s critical to the safety of the Afghan people and it is the right thing to do,” said Edward Thomas, a spokesman for General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

But even if Congress approves the hundreds of millions of dollars in clean-up costs, it will be extremely complicated to remove the munitions.

The US military shuttered more than half of its 880 bases in Afghanistan and withdrew the bulk of its troops before crafting a plan for removal of the unexploded ordnance, said one American official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to comment on the matter. Some of the ranges that are peppered with explosives were closed as long ago as 2004. Now there are fewer service members to help conduct surveys. And in some areas, there are no US troops to provide security.

“There are less people to identify sites,” the US official said. “And then if you decide you want to do the right thing and get them out there, how do you do it? Who protects them?”

In recent months, a US military team was tapped to determine which ranges were causing the most casualties and where the bulk of unexploded ordnance remained. If the funding comes through, a multi-year clearance effort could begin this autumn.

Senior US military officials have said little publicly about the problem.

General Joseph Dunford, the top US commander in Afghanistan, said in a March news conference that “taking care of all the unexploded ordnance” would consume about three months. But US officials later said Dunford was referring to the time it takes to remove ordnance from American bases — not from the high-explosive ranges where civilians are being wounded or killed.

US and Nato forces have used 240 high-explosive ranges during the 12-year-old war, some of which are the size of cities. The main range in southern province of Helmand, for example, is 311 square kilometres, nearly twice the size of Washington.

About half those ranges will be transferred to the Afghan army. About 40 ranges belonged to other members of the international coalition, and those countries will have to determine whether to clear them. The remaining 73 facilities in need of clean-up total about 2,070 square kilometres, US officials say.

The ranges were used not only for target practice with grenades and mortar shells but also for other exercises, sometimes involving helicopters shooting rockets. The sites have also been used to detonate caches of captured explosive material.

Marines load a belt of 40×53mm grenades into the Mk 19 launcher.

US officials estimate that each range has thousands of undetonated explosives. Last year, contractors removed 32,000 pieces of ordnance in a 155-square-kilometre area — the only stretch cleared so far.

Some of the ammunition, such as the egg-size 40mm grenades, which are shot from hand-held launchers, do not detonate on impact because they have mechanical problems or land on a sandy surface. They can remain volatile for years.

“You’re never going to have an end to civilian casualties until these ranges are cleared,” Fuller said. His team surveys the US ranges and leads clean-up efforts.

Because Afghanistan is not a signatory to the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), US officials say they are not legally obligated to clear any of the unexploded ordnance.

Even before the US military arrived in 2001, Afghanistan was the most heavily mined country in the world. When the Soviets withdrew in 1989 after a ten-year occupation, they left about 20 million pieces of unexploded ordnance scattered nationwide. The munitions have killed and wounded thousands of children. The US government has helped fund efforts to clear those devices, a massive project expected to be completed in 2023.

The firing ranges aren’t the only places where US military explosives may be lying undetonated. There are 331 known sites of battles against the Taliban where some American ordnance probably remains, especially from airstrikes. US officials say they won’t attempt to clear those sites.

“We’re probably never going to be able to find those [munitions], because who knows where they landed,” said another US official, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The UN says a more robust effort to clear those sites is necessary.

“The battles happened in areas where people live, work and attempt to earn their livelihoods. The contamination needs to be addressed,” Hartley said.

In response to reports of civilian casualties, the US military has posted additional barricades around some firing ranges. But American officials have refused to construct fencing, which they said would be prohibitively expensive and probably ineffective.

The officials say impoverished Afghan children would find a way on to the ranges no matter what, to collect scrap metal that can be sold for about 10 cents per pound.

Outside Bagram Airfield, a US military facility near Kabul, children can be seen every day wandering through a massive firing range at the base of a mountain. Some nomadic families have even set up tents inside the firing range.

Children find landmine in Afghanistan

“There’s no other place for us to bring our sheep,” said Mohammad Raz Khan, 54, noting that the range was the only grassland around. “Every time my sons leave the tent, I worry and worry.”

The land near the range is owned by the Afghan government and distributed to recently returned refugees or internally displaced families. In the small homes built in the area, windows shattered by blasts from the firing range are held together by tape.

Although there are some concrete blocks along part of the periphery of the range, there are big gaps between them.

Two months after his family moved to Bagram, Abdul Wakhil, 12, walked around the area looking for firewood and unknowingly entered the range. About 10 metres from the main road, he stepped on an explosive.

One of his legs blew off. The other was amputated at a Kabul hospital.

He doesn’t have prosthetics or a wheelchair, so he has to be carried everywhere.

“What can he do without legs?” said his brother, Abdul Mateen, 25. “His future is hopeless.”

–Washington Post

 

 

Bolton council votes for schools to sing the national anthem and fly the union flag

Schools in Bolton will be urged to fly the union flag

Schools in Bolton will be urged to fly the union flag Photo: Alamy

Schools in Bolton will be urged to fly the union flag and sing the national anthem in assemblies to help foster patriotism in the young, it has emerged.

The council motion to encourage national pride was proposed by Conservative councillor Mudasir Dean and attracted overwhelming support, passing by 34 votes in favour with 11 abstentions and four against.

Mr Dean, councillor for the town’s Bradshaw ward, said he wanted to show young people that there was nothing wrong with being patriotic.

He said he also wants to see schools fly the flag of St George on April 23, and the Commonwealth flag in March to help develop a greater sense of national pride in youngsters.

Before Wednesday night’s vote, he told the Bolton News: “My grandfather came to Bolton in the 1920s from India. He lived here all his life and he was the first Asian to settle in Bolton – he was a true English gentleman and a true Boltonian.

He added: “We hear complaints from people who come to this country and don’t settle, and some of it is our own fault.

“If we were more patriotic – if we sang our national anthem and flew our flag – and instilled it in our younger generations, they would do.

“I think it’s a win-win situation. It’s not rubbing anyone up the wrong way. It’s a symbol of all the things we are proud of as British citizens.”

He added: “I really do hope that we get all parties on this. I believe it’s a non-political motion.”

Mr Dean, whose grandfather ran a homeopathic surgery in the town, graduated from Bolton University with a degree in business administration and works in local government, developing links with the business community.

His motion read: “This council, via the office of the director of children’s services, would like to encourage our schools (primary and secondary) to fly the union flag in our school grounds throughout the borough and encourage them to include the national anthem as part of school assemblies.

“This would inspire children within the Bolton family to be proud of being British, enabling them to appreciate our rich history and great heritage.”

Bolton council will now write to all schools in the area and ask them to consider flying the flag and incorporating a performance of God Save the Queen into the school day, a council spokesman said.

Labour councillor Chris Peacock disagreed with the idea, telling BBC’s North West Tonight that alternative methods should be considered.

He said: “If you want to inspire patriotism amongst our young people, show the clips from the [London] Olympics again. Show the pictures of [Bolton Olympic cyclist] Jason Kenny on the town hall steps celebrating his gold medals.

“That inspires more people into sport, into being British, than ever seeing a flag – which, sadly, because of the Bolton weather, will be flying in the rain most days.”

Other Labour councillors dismissed the idea as “American”, referring to the many US schools that fly the Stars and Stripes who insist that pupils pledge allegiance to the flag each morning.

Bolton council is controlled by Labour, which currently has 40 seats compared to the Conservative’s 16 and three for the Lib Dems with one seat vacant. All councillors were allowed a free vote on the motion, said a spokesman.

Related Articles

Iraqi claimants ‘conspired’ to win compensation hand-outs, hears inquiry

Ministry of Defence lawyers urges Al-Sweady inquiry to dismiss allegations of unlawful acts by British troops in Iraq, as it emerges key evidence was with-held by claimants’ lawyers

An image of detained Iraqis guarded by a British soldier, shown previously at the the Al-Sweady inquiry

An image of detained Iraqis guarded by a British soldier, shown previously at the the Al-Sweady inquiry Photo: The Al-Sweady Inquiry/PA

Iraqis who accused British troops of taking part in torture and unlawful killing were part of a conspiracy to win compensation payments and pervert the course of justice, a public inquiry has heard.

Lawyers for the Ministry of Defence and British personnel in the long-running Al-Sweady inquiry said nine Iraqis who made the claims had “exaggerated” their accounts and were driven by financial motives.

It also heard for the first time that a key document was not disclosed during earlier legal proceedings by lawyers for the Iraqi claimants which could have “stopped the public inquiry in its tracks”.

The four-year inquiry, examining claims of illegal activity by British soldiers after they were ambushed by insurgents in May 2004, has already cost the taxpayer £27 million and taken live evidence from nearly 300 witnesses.

Mizal Karim al-Sweady in central London

Mizal Karim al-Sweady said he saw various injuries including men with ‘eyes missing’ and ‘teeth removed’

In a 380-page closing submission, the MoD’s lawyers said: “The entire factual basis upon which the judicial review claim was brought was untrue.

“The untruthful allegations cannot be attributed to honest mistakes or misunderstandings. They are the product of a conspiracy between a number of the Iraqi core participants to pervert the course of justice.”

The strongly-worded statement said the claims of torture and unlawful killing after the firefight – known as the Battle of Danny Boy – were untrue and had caused “immense anxiety and distress to a number of brave servicemen”.

It came less than a month after lawyers for the Iraqi families admitted there was insufficient evidence to back their long-standing claims that 20 Iraqi men were murdered on the battlefield by British troops.

The MoD submission accused one of the law firms representing the Iraqis of a “very serious” failure to disclose an official Iraqi document which showed the claimants had been part of various “platoons” of armed insurgents.

“Disclosure of the document might, on the evidence of the Iraqi core participants’ lawyers, have stopped their calls for a public inquiry in its tracks,” it said.

The document was held by Leigh Day, a London-based firm of solicitors, in connection with linked legal proceedings, it added.

Iraqis who made the allegations were accused of actively trying to deceive the inquiry into believing detainees had been mistreated for an “ulterior motive” of financial compensation.

Neil Garnham QC, who represented many of the British personnel involved in the inquiry, said accounts of alleged abuse were “implausible, confused and internally inconsistent”.

Some detainees “exaggerated and fabricated” their accounts of ill-treatment and had made a “deliberate and co-ordinated” attempt to give misleading evidence, he added.

Mr Garnham told Sir Thayne Forbes, the inquiry chairman: “If the inquiry concludes, contrary to their accounts, they were involved in the ambush, then they have all repeatedly, persistently and deliberately given false evidence, including on oath, to you sir.”

The inquiry was set up by the government in 2009 to examine allegations that 20 or more Iraqis were unlawfully killed at Camp Abu Naji near Majar-al-Kabir in southern Iraq on May 14 and 15, 2004.

Although the unlawful killing accusations have been dropped it continues to examine allegations of mistreatment of Iraqi detainees after the battle.

The MoD admitted there had been “some instances” where conduct of British soldiers fell below expected standards, such as a detainee being shouted at and plasticuffs being applied incorrectly, but they were on a different scale to allegations of murder, torture and mutilation.

Patrick O’Connor, QC, from Public Interest Lawyers – representing the Iraqi claimants – said British personnel committed “gross violations of the Geneva Conventions”.

He said if the MoD had set up its own “effective, prompt and independent investigation”, it could have achieved what the inquiry had achieved “years ago and at a small fraction of the cost”.

The chairman is expected to produce his report by the end of this year.

Iraqis who accused British troops of taking part in torture and unlawful killing were part of a conspiracy to win compensation payments and pervert the course of justice, a public inquiry has heard.

Lawyers for the Ministry of Defence and British personnel in the long-running Al-Sweady inquiry said nine Iraqis who made the claims had “exaggerated” their accounts and were driven by financial motives.

It also heard for the first time that a key document was not disclosed during earlier legal proceedings by lawyers for the Iraqi claimants which could have “stopped the public inquiry in its tracks”.

The four-year inquiry, examining claims of illegal activity by British soldiers after they were ambushed by insurgents in May 2004, has already cost the taxpayer £27 million and taken live evidence from nearly 300 witnesses.

In a 380-page closing submission, the MoD’s lawyers said: “The entire factual basis upon which the judicial review claim was brought was untrue.

“The untruthful allegations cannot be attributed to honest mistakes or misunderstandings. They are the product of a conspiracy between a number of the Iraqi core participants to pervert the course of justice.”

The strongly-worded statement said the claims of torture and unlawful killing after the firefight – known as the Battle of Danny Boy – were untrue and had caused “immense anxiety and distress to a number of brave servicemen”.

It came less than a month after lawyers for the Iraqi families admitted there was insufficient evidence to back their long-standing claims that 20 Iraqi men were murdered on the battlefield by British troops.

The MoD submission accused one of the law firms representing the Iraqis of a “very serious” failure to disclose an official Iraqi document which showed the claimants had been part of various “platoons” of armed insurgents.

“Disclosure of the document might, on the evidence of the Iraqi core participants’ lawyers, have stopped their calls for a public inquiry in its tracks,” it said.

The document was held by Leigh Day, a London-based firm of solicitors, in connection with linked legal proceedings, it added.

Iraqis who made the allegations were accused of actively trying to deceive the inquiry into believing detainees had been mistreated for an “ulterior motive” of financial compensation.

Neil Garnham QC, who represented many of the British personnel involved in the inquiry, said accounts of alleged abuse were “implausible, confused and internally inconsistent”.

Some detainees “exaggerated and fabricated” their accounts of ill-treatment and had made a “deliberate and co-ordinated” attempt to give misleading evidence, he added.

Mr Garnham told Sir Thayne Forbes, the inquiry chairman: “If the inquiry concludes, contrary to their accounts, they were involved in the ambush, then they have all repeatedly, persistently and deliberately given false evidence, including on oath, to you sir.”

The inquiry was set up by the government in 2009 to examine allegations that 20 or more Iraqis were unlawfully killed at Camp Abu Naji near Majar-al-Kabir in southern Iraq on May 14 and 15, 2004.

Although the unlawful killing accusations have been dropped it continues to examine allegations of mistreatment of Iraqi detainees after the battle.

The MoD admitted there had been “some instances” where conduct of British soldiers fell below expected standards, such as a detainee being shouted at and plasticuffs being applied incorrectly, but they were on a different scale to allegations of murder, torture and mutilation.

Patrick O’Connor, QC, from Public Interest Lawyers – representing the Iraqi claimants – said British personnel committed “gross violations of the Geneva Conventions”.

He said if the MoD had set up its own “effective, prompt and independent investigation”, it could have achieved what the inquiry had achieved “years ago and at a small fraction of the cost”.

The chairman is expected to produce his report by the end of this year.

Related Articles

Source: Daily Telegraph

Nigeria: majority of schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram ‘freed’ – Telegraph

See on Scoop.itUNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST

One of the militants involved in Monday’s abduction of female students from the Chibok government secondary school has also been captured

Nigeria’s military said on Wednesday its forces had freed most of the more than 100 teenage schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram militants and were continuing the search for eight students still missing.

In a brief statement sent to media, spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said one of the “terrorists” involved in Monday’s abduction of female students from the Chibok government secondary school in northeast Borno state had been captured.

“With this development, the Principal of the school has confirmed that only eight of the students are still missing,” Mr Olukolade said, adding that the rescue operation was continuing.

He did not specify exactly how many of the girls snatched from their school by the anti-government Islamist movement had been rescued or give details of how or where they were freed.

See on www.telegraph.co.uk

David Cameron puts God back into politics

front pageCapture

 

British Christians should be unashamedly ‘evangelical’, says David Cameron, as he speaks of the ‘healing power’ of faith in his own life

Britain should be unashamedly “evangelical” about its Christian faith and actively hand churches and other faith groups a greater role in society, David Cameron has insisted.

In a declaration of his personal beliefs, he said he had experienced the “healing power” of religion in his own life and insisted that Christianity could transform the “spiritual, physical, and moral” state of Britain and even the world.

Mr Cameron on Tuesday said his “moments of greatest peace” come “perhaps every other Thursday morning” when he attends the sung Eucharist at St. Mary Abbots

David Cameron: Christians should be ‘more evangelical’ about their faith Photo: PA

Writing in the Church Times, the Anglican newspaper, he heaped praise on the Church of England and described the UK as a “Christian country” despite saying we live in an increasingly “secular age”.

He also attacked those who demand a strict “neutrality” in public life on religious matters arguing that it would deprive Britain of a vital source of morality.

His comments amount to an olive branch to the churches in the wake of rows over issues such as welfare cuts and gay marriage. His Government has also been accused of failing to stand up for Christians.

Mr Cameron’s overt expression of allegiance to Christianity is also likely to help shore up Tory support lost to the UK Independence Party.

He could also stand accused of alienating members of other faiths such as Muslims or Jews, but he said that he had no intention to “do down” other religions.

Commentators have noted an increasing willingness on Mr Cameron’s part to speak about Christianity as a personal faith.

Last week at a reception he spoke of finding the “moments of greatest peace” in his life when he attends a sung Eucharist service at an Anglican church in west London.

It suggests that the Prime Minister, who once described his own faith as being “like Magic FM in the Chilterns” – meaning that it periodically fades and reappears – has found greater strength in religion since entering office.

Bishops said his choice of words was “striking” and signalled a new willingness to espouse faith but added that many Christians would still continue to challenge some of Mr Cameron’s policies.

But Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, said the call to give religion a greater role in public life could threaten “social cohesion”.

Mr Cameron insisted “Some people feel that in this ever more secular age we shouldn’t talk about these things – I completely disagree.

“I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country, more ambitious about expanding the role of faith-based organisations, and, frankly, more evangelical about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people’s lives.”

Repeatedly using the words “we” and “our”, he said: “As Christians we know how powerful faith can be in the toughest of times.

“I have known this in my own life.”

Listing a series of policies he said reflected Christian values, such as combating modern slavery, he said: “Greater confidence in our Christianity can also inspire a stronger belief that we can get out there and actually change people’s lives, and improve both the spiritual, physical, and moral state of our country, and even the world.”

Admitting he was probably a “rather classic” Anglican who was “vague” on some of the church’s more “difficult” doctrines, he said: “But that doesn’t mean the Church of England doesn’t matter to me or people like me: it really does.

“I like its openness, I deeply respect its national role, and I appreciate its liturgy, and the architecture and cultural heritage of its churches.

“I have felt at first hand the healing power of the Church’s pastoral care.”

The Coalition was accused of allowing faith to be sidelined when Government lawyers argued, during a high profile court case, that Christians did not have a “right” to wear crosses or espouse traditional views on issues such as homosexuality at work

The introduction of same-sex marriage infuriated traditional evangelical Christians while the Coalition’s welfare cuts have attracted widespread criticism from clerics including a letter signed this week by hundreds of clergy and scores of bishops.

Ministers have repeatedly clashed with church leaders over the growth of food banks, disputing arguments that it signifies that welfare cuts have created a “hunger crisis”.

In his article, Mr Cameron addressed criticism head on, saying: “I sometimes feel not enough is made of our efforts to tackle poverty.”

He added: “I hope that, even when people disagree with specific policies, they can share in the belief of trying to lift people up rather than count people out.”

Significantly, he used the word evangelical, a term often associated with the more traditional wing of the Church which vigorously opposed gay marriage.

The Rt Rev Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford said: “The language of what he says is striking.

“I totally applaud what he says about Christians being more confident about their faith.”

But the bishop, who was among those to voice concern over hunger in Britain, said many Christians would question what Mr Cameron meant.

“Over what they call equal marriage, the process of doing that was flawed in so many ways that I think sometimes we in the Church felt we just weren’t being listened to,” he said.

The Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Rt Rev Kieran Conry, head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales’s evangelisation department, said the comments would strike a chord with many.

“I think people will be glad to see the gospel getting back into politics – or explicitly back into politics, it is there in a lot of what the Government tries to do, in looking after people.”

Prof Linda Woodhead of Lancaster University, one of Britain’s leading authorities on religion in modern Britain, said: “There has been a shift recently, it is much more common and acceptable to express your faith.”

But Mr Sanderson said: “Mr Cameron needs to understand the value of religious neutrality in Government.

“If Britain becomes a nation where Christians have special privileges, then social cohesion and fairness will be at risk.

“Nor should we forget that, according to the Church of England’s own figures, only 800,000 people attended church on a Sunday in 2012 – half the number that attended in 1968. The Church of England does not have the wherewithal to do what Mr Cameron wants it to do.”

Related Articles

Source: Daily Telegraph

The Ultimate Source of Islamic Hate for Infidels

Who is ultimately responsible for the ongoing attacks on Christians and their churches throughout the Islamic world?

Focusing on one of the most obvious nations where Christians are regularly targeted—Egypt’s Coptic Christians—one finds that the “mob” is the most visible and obvious culprit.  One Copt accused of some transgression against Muslim sensibilities—from having relations with a Muslim woman, to ruining a Muslim man’s shirt—is often enough to prompt Muslim mobs to destroy entire Christian villages and their churches.

Recently, for example, after her cross identified Mary Sameh George as a Christian, a pro-Muslim Brotherhood mob attacked, beat, and slaughtered her.

Mary Sameh George – Martyred for the Cross

However, a recent Arabic op-ed titled “Find the True Killer of Mary” looks beyond the mob to identify the true persecutor of Christians in Egypt. According to it:

Those who killed the young and vulnerable Mary Sameh George, for hanging a cross in her car, are not criminals, but rather wretches who follow those who legalized for them murder, lynching, dismemberment, and the stripping bare of young Christian girls—without every saying “kill.”  [Islamic cleric] Yassir Burhami and his colleagues who announce their hate for Christians throughout satellite channels and in mosques—claiming that hatred of Christians is synonymous with love for God—they are the true killers who need to be tried and prosecuted…  The slayers of Mary Sameh are simply a wretched mob, with the body of a bull but the brain of a worm.  It’s not the puppets on the string who need punishing, but rather the mastermind who moves the puppets with his bloody fingers behind closed curtains that needs punishing.

One fact certainly validates this Arabic op-ed’s assertions: the overwhelming majority of attacks on Christians in Egypt and other Muslim nations—including the slaughter of Mary Sameh George—occur on Friday, the one day of the week that Muslims congregate in mosques for communal prayers and to hear sermons.

The significance of this fact can easily be understood by analogy: what if Christians were especially and consistently violent to non-Christian minorities on Sunday—right after they got out of church?  What would that say about what goes on in Christian churches?

What does it say about what goes on in Muslim mosques?

The Arabic op-ed also does well to name Sheikh Yassir al-Burhami as one of those who “announce their hate for Christians throughout the satellite channels and in mosques, claiming that hatred of Christians is synonymous with love for God.”

For example, Dr. Burhami—the face of Egypt’s Salafi movement—once issued a fatwa, or Islamic edict, forbidding Muslim taxi- and bus-drivers from transporting Coptic Christian priests to their churches, which he depicted as “more forbidden than taking someone to a liquor bar.”

As for hating non-Muslim “infidels,” many Islamic clerics, especially Salafis, believe that the doctrine of “Loyalty and Enmity” (or wala’ wa bara’) commands Muslims never to befriend or be loyal to non-Muslims.

Burhami himself appears on video asserting that if a Muslim man marries a Christian or Jewish woman (known in Islamic parlance as “People of the Book”)—even he must still hate his wife, because she is an infidel.

Burhami

When asked at a conference how Islam can allow a Muslim man to marry a non-Muslim woman and yet expect him to hate her, Burhami expounded as follows:

Burhami even said that the Muslim husband cannot initiate greetings to his non-Muslim wife when he comes home—according to the teachings of Islam’s prophet as recorded in the hadith.Where’s the objection? Do all men love their wives?  How many married couples live together despite disagreements and problems? Huh? That being the case, he [Muslim husband] may love the way she [non-Muslim wife] looks, or love the way she raises the children, or love that she has money. This is why he’s discouraged from marrying among the People of the Book—because she has no [real] religion. He is ordered to make her hate her religion while continuing marriage/sexual relations with her. This is a very standard matter….  Of course he should tell her that he hates her religion. He must show her that he hates her because of her religion, and because she is an infidel. But if possible, treat her well—perhaps that will cause her to convert to Islam. He should invite her to Islam and call her to Allah….  In fact, let me tell you: whoever rapes a woman, does he necessarily love her? Or is he just sleeping with her? He’s sleeping with her for her body’s sake only, and he does not love her in reality, because if he loved her, he wouldn’t have hurt her. Therefore it is possible to have sexual relations [between a Muslim man and a Christian or Jewish woman] without love. This is possible, but as we said, he is commanded to hate her (emphasis added).

Like all other Islamic clerics, Burhami justified “infidel-wife-hating” by quoting some of the Koran verses that form the cornerstone of the doctrine of Loyalty and Enmity:

Otherwise what do you do with the undisputed texts [of the Koran], such as “Thou wilt not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, loving those who resist [or reject submission to] Allah and His Messenger, even though they were their fathers or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred… “O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors…”  [Koran 58:22 and 5:51, Yusuf Ali translation].  What do you do with such a verse? What do you do will all these verses?

Indeed, what does a Muslim do with all these Koran verses and sayings attributed to Islam’s prophet Muhammad?

Such is the dilemma.

From here it becomes clear that the aforementioned Arabic op-ed discussing the slaughter of Mary Sameh George is only partially correct.  It is true that behind the mindless mob stand Islamic clerics like Burhami, inciting hatred for Christians and other infidels.  But that is not the complete picture; for behind all these clerics stand Islam’s scriptures—the Koran and hadith—commanding enmity for the infidel.

In short, it’s not just a few “radical clerics”—a few “rotten apples”—that incite mobs to attack Christians, but rather the core texts of Islam itself.

source: The Counter Jihad Report.

Islamists kidnap 100 schoolgirls who face living hell as sex slaves

Islamists kidnap 100 schoolgirls who face living hell as sex slaves

Nigerian troops patrol the streets of Baga in Borno state. All Borno schools were closed three weeks ago due to an increased number of attacks, but the girls were called in to take final exams. Photo: Getty Images

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Heavily armed Islamic extremists abducted at least 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Tuesday, but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck, officials said.

The tragedy came one day after a bombing killed more than 70 people in the city of Abuja.

The girls were seized after midnight from a school in Chibok, on the edge of the Sambisa Forest, an insurgent hideout, said Borno state police commissioner Tanko Lawan.

Gunmen killed a soldier and police officer guarding the school, then took off with at least 100 students, a State Security Service official said.

Witnesses said the gunmen arrived in trucks and motorcycles and may have grabbed as many as 200 girls.

Audu Musa, who teaches in another school in the area, said he saw eight bodies in the area.

“Things are very bad here and everybody is sad,” he said, according to Britain’s Telegraph newspaper.

The local government official said he did not know how many of the girls escaped but that “many” have walked through the bushes and back to Chibok.

The girls were piled into the back of an open truck and, as it was traveling, some grabbed at low-hanging branches to swing off while others jumped off a slow-moving vehicle, he said.

One girl told the BBC that the truck convoy had to slow down when one of the trucks developed a fault, providing the opportunity to escape.

The girl said she and her fellow students were sleeping when armed men burst into their hostel and told them not to panic.

“We found out later that they were among the attackers,” she said.

All schools in Borno state were closed three weeks ago because of an increasing number of attacks by militants who have killed hundreds of students in the past year.

But the young women — between 16 and 18 years old — were recalled to take their final exams, the local government official explained.

Islamic extremists have been abducting girls to use as cooks and sex slaves.

Insurgents from the Boko Haram terrorist network are blamed for attacks that have killed more than 1,500 people this year.

The group — whose name means “Western education is forbidden” — has targeted schools, mosques, churches, villages and agricultural centers in increasingly indiscriminate attacks. It has also made daring raids on military barracks and bases.

Boko Haram is also accused of Monday morning’s explosion at a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital that killed at least 75 people and wounded 141.

source : NEW YORK POST

A Picture of Abomination In What Should Be Joyous, Reverent Celebrations

What should be a time of reverence, worship and reflection of God’s delivering power, has become a reason for the Muslim world to attack those wishing simply to pray in the City God put His name on.  In the book of Deuteronomy 16 God gives instruction to the delivered Israelites on His festival commemorating His Passover (sacrifice).  He tells them this:  “You must not sacrifice the Passover in any town the Lord your God gives you, except in the place he will choose as a dwelling for His Name….”  And we all know that God chose Jerusalem to put His name there. (2 Chronicles 6:6) So why am I going over this?

Look at these headlines this morning:

Jews Arrested Trying to Perform Passover Sacrifice on Temple Mount

Has the Temple Mount Become A Hamas ‘City-State’?

Hamas flags and Muslim Brotherhood symbols on the Temple Mount

They are rioting there again, this time with large stones and molotov cocktails.  They have closed the Temple Mount to Jews again.  And when they do this, Christians can not go either.  

They have closed access on one of Judaism and Christianities Holiest days.  ‘Passover.’  It signifies God’s deliverance of life and freedom for the Jews, and also God’s gift of deliverance and life and freedom for Christians.

Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for all who believe.  God loved us so much He gave us His son.  He died to give us eternal life, peace, freedom, and love.  The Jewish people are celebrating their freedom from Egypt, and this is an abomination.  The very people the world wants to portray as ‘peace seeking’, and tolerant are exhibiting anything but.  In fact this is the very thing God saved the Jews from in Egypt and it is the very thing Christ died to prevent.

Christ died to give us freedom, freedom from sin, freedom from oppression, and every time this happens it’s like he’s crucified all over again.  And yet there are even Christians who condone this.   I have never, nor did I ever expect to see such hatred in my life time.  This is beginning to rival the hatred of the last kingdom that raised it’s ugly head in WW2.  It’s rising again.  It’s time for the world to say enough!

Abomination defined:

abom·i·na·tion

 noun \ə-ˌbä-mə-ˈnā-shən\

: something that causes disgust or hatred

So tell me this is not an abomination, and tell me it’s not an abomination that causes desolation.  And tell me that this abomination that causes desolation is not standing in a Holy Place.  Point made.  It’s time to wake up!

source: iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist.com

Video Shows Large Al-Qaeda Meeting In Yemen: Number two al Qaeda leader vows to attack U.S

al qaeda yemenCapture

A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn’t know about it or couldn’t get a drone there in time to strike.

U.S. officials won’t comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States.

In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States. But in the video, he looks unconcerned that he could be hit by an American drone.

The video started appearing on jihadist websites recently, drawing the attention of U.S. officials and global terrorism experts. U.S. officials say they believe it’s authentic.

“This is quite an extraordinary video,” Paul Cruickshank, CNN terrorism analyst, said.

The video shows al-Wuhayshi addressing more than 100 fighters somewhere within Yemen, Cruickshank said, a restive nation on the southwestern portion of the Arabian Peninsula. The al Qaeda leader, he said, is “taking a big risk in doing this.”

But he doesn’t mince words about his mission.

In a speech to the group, al-Wuhayshi makes it clear that he’s going after the United States, saying “We must eliminate the cross. … The bearer of the cross is America!”

U.S. officials believe the highly produced video is recent. With some fighters faces blurred, there is worry it signals a new round of plotting.

[...] “All of the things that they would need to do to strike a Western target, they’re going through that process.”

Retired Gen. Mark Kimmitt said smaller al Qaeda affiliates are coalescing into a more organized base.

“Sooner or later, if they continue to get better, stronger and more organized,” he said, “they will be a direct threat to the United States.”

It’s unlikely the United States wasn’t aware of the meeting shown in the video, Kimmitt told “CNN Tonight.”

“The question isn’t why didn’t we know,” he said. “The question is: What are we going to do about it?”

source: CNN

 

Muslim Brotherhood NOT Moving Its Headquarters From London!

Despite press reports over the weekend indicating that the terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood was moving from London to Austria, their Cairo operation appears to be unaware of this decision.

ibrahim ManurCapture

Ibrahim Munir, the secretary-general of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood

“I cannot imagine or accept to leave Britain for any other country,” Ibrahim Munir, the secretary-general of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, told Anadolu Agency news agency by phone from London.

The Daily Mail reported Sunday that the Muslim Brotherhood was preparing to move its headquarters to Austria in an “apparent attempt to avoid an inquiry into its activities set up by the Prime Minister.”

mail headlineCapture

It said the Brotherhood had recently opened a new international office in Cricklewood, northwest London.

According to the British daily, the Brotherhood had decided to transfer its base to Graz, Austria’s second city, after David Cameron announced a joint MI5 and MI6 investigation into its activities and membership.

Munir, however, dismissed the relocation report as “baseless”.

He said the decisions of the Muslim Brotherhood are not made in London.

“The office is only a gathering place for members to meet and discuss strategies,” added the senior Muslim leader.

He said the Brotherhood members enjoy freedom of movement in Britain and they have nothing to fear.

“We do not need to leave Britain because we have not committed a crime or violated the law,” Munir asserted. “The authorities in Britain know this very well.”

He said the Brotherhood is ready to cooperate with British investigators.

Last month, Cameron said that it was important to establish what the group’s beliefs were in terms of “extremism and violent extremism.”

Munir said none of the Qatar-based Muslim Brotherhood members had applied for asylum in the United Kingdom, adding that British laws make it necessary for asylum-seekers to apply after arrival in London.

The 85-year-old Islamist movement, which propelled Morsi to power in the 2012 presidential polls, has been labeled as a “terrorist group” by many countries including Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia but remains legal in the UK.

Egyptian media reported recently that 15 Muslim Brotherhood leaders had plans to leave Qatar and settle in Britain.

source: Britain First

cj303addict

Just another WordPress.com site

sudarshandatta

Just another WordPress.com site

AshiAkira's Blog

Just another WordPress.com site

Soup to Nuts

Asking for help is a sign of strength. Facebook: "Parent Rap - Soup to Nuts"

the echo of the whole sea

musings, poetic bits, images, drafts, perhaps a quote or three, shots in the dark, impromptu wild goose chases, contradictions even, couple of tunes..making up stories as i go along

Help Change The World. The Future Of The County Is Now.

INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS - "Reform begins from the grounds up."

via GiantGag.com

Killing time just got a lot funnier !

The Write Might

Keeping it real, and raw!

hocuspocus13

Magickal Arts

OCCUPYMELBOURNE.NET

_______________ FULL SPECTRUM ACTIVISM ______________

wandathewicked1

Wanda's Wicked Writings - My views on the world.

wake up now

Smile! You’re at the best WordPress.com site ever

The Dangers of Allah

Confused about Islam, Muslims, Taqiyya, Kitman and Sharia? I've spent 12 years studying these confused beings.  They are not at all what they want us to believe especially those who are ruled by al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood as well as those who commit overt and covert Jihad

CITIZENS MILITIA OF MISSISSIPPI

ANY FATE BUT SUBMISSION

Juliacastorp's Blog

Studii de dans macabru

newsfromatlantis

Just another WordPress.com site

SociopathLife.Com

Detoxing From A Narcissistic Sociopath ♥♥

Globe Drifting

Global issues, travel, photography & fashion. Drifting across the globe; the world is my oyster, my oyster through a lens.

infidelzuk

Smile! You’re at the best WordPress.com site ever

Nonoy Manga

Manga, Hand Drawn, Animation, Drawing Lessons.

A Lawyer's Prayers

CHRISTIAN COMMENTARY ON RELIGION, POLITICS, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

The Minstrel's Wife

A worship leader's missus and her views from the pew

Qué nos ocultan

Noticias, Información Alternativa, Revisionismo Histórico...

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 670 other followers

%d bloggers like this: