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Syrian gang rape victim who fled to Germany after her ordeal is stabbed to death ‘in honour killing ordered by her own mother because she was seen as unclean after her sex assault’

  • Victim, named only as Rokstan M, 20, found in a shallow grave on allotment
  • Detectives believe she was stabbed to death by her father and two brothers
  • She fled to Germany two years ago after being raped by three men in Syria
  • Once said: ‘My mother and brothers mistreat me and say I deserve to die’
  • Mother denies ordering killing, saying: ‘I had nothing to do with her death’
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‘My family regarded me as unclean’: Syrian migrant Rokstan M was allegedly stabbed to death by her father and brothers in the twisted logic she brought disgrace on her family after being gang raped

A woman whose family branded her ‘unclean’ after she was gang-raped in her Syrian homeland has been found murdered in Germany – allegedly on the orders of her own mother.

Police believe the victim, named only as Rokstan M, 20, was stabbed to death by her father and brothers in the twisted logic that she had brought disgrace on her family through the sex attack.

Shortly before she was found dead in an allotment garden in the eastern German city of Dessau, she apparently had a premonition of her fate.

Writing on her WhatsApp profile, she said: ‘I am awaiting death. But I am too young to die.’

Rokstan had been living in a house for single women before returning to her family a few days before she was murdered and buried in a shallow grave.

The killing has served to pull into sharp focus the cultural gulf between Germans and the more than one million refugees expected to arrive in the country this year.

Rokstan had arrived in Germany two years ago following her ordeal. 

Authorities say she was well integrated into society and worked as a translator for asylum seekers navigating their way through German bureaucracy.

Author Mark Krüger, who employed her to interpret interviews he conducted with refugees for a book he is writing, said: ‘Rokstan told me her terrible fate after she had helped me with translations.’

He listened to a tape she made in which she said: ‘I was taken by three men. Ever since that time my family have regarded me as unclean. 

‘My mother and my brothers mistreat me. They say that I deserve to die.’

Her body was found on Friday in the family’s allotment in Dessau. An autopsy showed she had been stabbed several times.

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Suspects: Rokstan’s father (left) and two brothers (pictured centre and right) are wanted for questioning. The Federal Police believe the father, Hasso, has fled Germany and is now in either Turkey or Syria

Local prosecutor Christian Preissner said: ‘There is the suspicion that the act was carried out by persons in her close circle with a culture motive in the background.’

The father and brothers are wanted for questioning but are nowhere to be found. 

The Federal Police believe the father, Hasso, has fled Germany and is now in either Turkey or Syria.

But author Krüger claimed the mother actually ordered the killing and once tried to hire a hit man to carry it out.

‘Rokstan heard this from a friend,’ he said.

The mother Roda insisted: ‘I had nothing to do with her death.’ Police have made no arrests in the case so far.


ISIS tells fighters to GANG RAPE women saying sex with multiple jihadis makes them MUSLIM

ISLAMIC State (ISIS) has urged its depraved fighters to convert women to Islam by GANG RAPING them, it emerged today.


ISIS has told its fighters that gang raping women makes them Muslim

The twisted terror group’s leader has issued a terrifying edict telling militants that repeatedly sexually abusing women is the best way to make them Muslim. 

The sickening letter, circulated amongst the group’s warped fighters, states that a woman automatically becomes Muslim if she is raped by at least 10 different ISIS fighters.

It emerged as victims of the perverted hate group spoke out about its infamous sex slave markets, where twisted militants can buy women for as little as a packet of cigarettes. 

ISIS fighters have previously executed women who refused to have sex with them, with many experts saying most young men joining the group are more interested in sex than Islam or jihad. 

Many of the women come from the Yazidi religious sect and have been horrendously defiled and mutilated by Islamist fanatics who believe they indulge in “devil worship”. 

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Depraved ISIS jihadis have repeatedly justified raping women

One of them, known as Noor, revealed how a crazed jihadi showed her the letter from ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi as a form of justification before brutally raping her. 

The 22-year-old was sold into slavery after ISIS overran her village in the Iraqi province of Sinjar.

She said: “He showed me a letter and said, ‘This shows any captured women will become Muslim if 10 ISIS fighters rape her.’ There was a flag of ISIS and a picture of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.”

Horrifyingly, she revealed how the militant then passed her on to 11 of his friends, so that they could also raped her in the name of their warped ideology.

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Depraved ISIS fighters kidnapped hundreds of Yazidi women….A Yazidi woman holds up a sign begging for news of her sister

She said: “ISIS fighters told us, ‘This is the rule of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and we must do it’.

“They said: ‘Anyone who doesn’t convert to Islam, we will kill the males and marry the girls. They are the spoils of war.'”

ISIS has repeatedly looked to justify the rape of Yazidi and other non-Muslim women, which it claims is done in the name of jihad. 

In reality, many believe it is a desperate bid to keep its mercenary militants happy at a time when they are being killed in their scores by Russian airstrikes and are seeing their salaries slashed as ISIS’ coffers run dry. 

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ISIS fighters can buy sex slaves for as little as a packet of cigarettes

In its online English language magazine, the group states that its fighters should rape any woman who “mocks” the Qur’an, which they define as any non-Muslim. 

It says: “Enslaving the families of the kuffar [unbelievers] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah [Islamic law] that if anyone were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Qur’an and the narrations of the Prophet.”

Theologians across the world have repeatedly pointed out that none of ISIS’ actions have any justification or basis in Islam. 

London-based Imam Ajmal Masroor said the terrorists have “hijacked” the religion in an attempt to justify their own depraved desires. 

He told CNN: “The people of ISIS don’t represent Islam at all. In fact, if anything, they are anti-Islam. 

“They have hijacked Islam. They have denigrated Islam. They have desecrated it.

“In Islam taking anyone as captive, mistreating them using them as sex slaves, torturing them and killing them is totally prohibited.

“That’s exactly what they have demonstrated. There is no room for any discussion on this. It’s haram [forbidden], it’s anti-Islam and it should be treated as such.”

A Russian SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria

ISIS has been on the run in recent weeks, with Russian bombers sent into Syria by Vladimir Putin obliterating 110 outposts in a matter of hours. 

Yesterday it emerged that the hate group is becoming increasingly “desperate” for fighters as more and more civilians become wise to the flagrant lies its online propaganda machine pumps out.

Is this manga cartoon of a six-year-old Syrian girl racist?

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“I want to live a safe and clean life, eat gourmet food, go out, wear pretty things, and live a luxurious life… all at the expense of someone else,” reads the text on the illustration above. “I have an idea. I’ll become a refugee.”

The image and caption were posted by a right-wing Japanese artist last month. Now, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition in Japanese urging Facebook to take it down. The petition, posted by an account calling itself the “Don’t Allow Racism Group”, claims that several people have reported the illustration and demands that “Facebook must recognize an illustration insulting Syrian refugees as racism.”

Although the Japan Times reported that Facebook did not take the picture down, saying it did not go against community guidelines, the artist herself removed the picture. But she remains defiant about her motivations for posting it in the first place. Toshiko Hasumi told BBC Trending that she believed the people signing the petition were left-wing activists. “I draw many political mangas [Japanese comics] which are not favourable to them,” she said. “This is why they targeted me.”

Japan has pledged to contribute $810m to help Syrian and Iraqi refugees, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has refused to take in any of those displaced by the conflict in those countries. Japan accepted only 11 of 5,000 potential asylum seekers last year. Japan is one of the most ethnically homogeneous countries in the world, and immigration is hugely controversial despite the country’s declining and ageing population.

One group of immigrants that is sizeable in Japan is Koreans, and Toshiko, who identifies herself as a conservative, posts her cartoons on a Facebook page that includes anti-Korean messages, including material that casts doubt on the stories of “comfort women” – Koreans and women of other nationalities who were forced to become sex slaves for Japanese forces during World War Two. She claimed that her drawing and the associated captions “did not mention any specific race or nationals” – however she admits taking inspiration from a picture of a 6-year-old-girl in a refugee camp in Lebanon, taken by Jonathan Hyams, a photographer working for the charity Save the Children:

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Toshiko took the drawing down from her Facebook page on Wednesday, citing a request made by Hyams, who earlier tweeted: “Shocked+deeply saddened anyone would choose to use an image of an innocent child to express such perverse prejudice”.

Save the Children said it was “saddened” by the cartoon. “To use this image out of context and in a way that is hugely disrespectful to [the girl], her family and all refugees is not acceptable, and we are satisfied that the image has now been removed,” the charity said in a statement.

But despite removing the photo, Toshiko was unapologetic creating it: “I don’t want European nations to be victimised and hard working people should not suffer by those fake immigrants,” she told Trending. She admitted trying to be provocative by using an image of a young girl.

“The simple reason I used a girl is, if I drew an old man it wouldn’t have gained attention,” Toshiko said. “I am not denying that there are real miserable refugees. I am just denying those ‘fake refugees’ pretending like victims who are acting for their own benefit by exploiting the media attention on the real poor refugees.”

Blog by Mike Wendling / BBC NEWS MAGAZINE 

ISIL Executed 70 Sunni Tribesmen in Iraq’s Anbar

The Takfiri ISIL group (so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant) executed 70 members of a Sunni tribe allied to the government in western Iraq earlier this week, a tribal leader and the United Nations said Wednesday.
The victims, members of the Albu Nimr tribe, were executed on Sunday in the Tharthar area north of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, tribal elder Naim Gaoud told AFP.

“These people who were executed were the fathers and brothers of members of the police, the army… and of tribal fighters who are battling Daesh,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL.

“Daesh executed them by shooting,” he said.

Hatem al-Gaoud, another clan member reached by phone, said ISIL had trapped dozens of tribe members in the Khanzir area of Tharthar since the Takfiri group launched its major offensive in Iraq last year.

“They gathered them outside Khanzir and shot them all in the head,” he said.

“I don’t know what ISIL did with the bodies, but it is likely they buried them in mass graves near the site of the execution,” he said.

The UN Mission in Iraq’s human rights office said it had been able to confirm the mass execution.

“This is not the first attack on the Albu Nimr, since they have been actively opposed to ISIL,” it said in an email to AFP.

Possibly as many as 300 of the tribe’s members were killed around a year ago, when anti-ISIL forces were still holding out in some parts of Ramadi, which is the Albu Nimr’s main hub.

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ISIS Demands Ransom for 280 Assyrian Hostages: 3 Civilians Executed

The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has released another a gory video in which they brutally execute three Assyrian civilians that were taken captive during their winter offensive (February 23rd) in the Khabour River region of the Al-Hasakah Governorate.

In the video, the terrorist group threatens to execute the remaining 280 captives if a ransom of $50,000 per hostage is not paid to them in the coming weeks; this monetary demand aggregates to $14 million (U.S.) in order to release the prisoners.

Following their threat, the terrorist group summarily executed the three Assyrian captives and made another threat to execute more of the hostages if their demands are not met.

The three Assyrian men that were identified in the video are Dr. ‘Abdel-Maseeh Aniyah of Tal Jazirah (Al-Hasakah), Ashur Rustam Abraham of Tal Jazirah, and Bassam Issa Michael from Tal Shamiram (Al-Jazirah).

Assyrian and Christian human rights groups have worked tirelessly to convince the ISIS terrorists to release the remaining 280 hostages; however, the terrorist group continues to ignore these requests.

In August, ISIS released dozens of elderly civilians that were taken captive during their winter offensive in the Khabour River region; unfortunately, this took months of negotiating and convincing to finally secure their release.

The final fate of the 280 hostages will be contingent on ISIS; furthermore, they have expressed no qualms with mass executions, as they have carried them out on numerous occasions.

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Eight people referred to deradicalisation schemes every day

Between June and August this year, 796 individuals – including more than 300 aged under 18 – were reported to the Government’s Channel programme for possible intervention, new statistics obtained by the Press Association reveal.

Eight people are being referred to deradicalisation schemes every day as authorities identify a rising number of potential extremists.

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The Home Office revealed figures concerning radicalisation

It comes after new measures were introduced placing a legal requirement on public bodies including schools and councils to stop people being drawn into terrorism, as part of efforts to counter the capacity of groups such as Islamic State (IS) to recruit young Britons.

In July, when the law came into force, there were 349 referrals – a rate of more than 10 every day.

This was a slight increase on the previous month, when there were 327, while the number fell to 120 in August when schools were broken up for the summer.

Some 312 of those referred over the three months were aged under 18 – more than a third of the total.

Channel, which was first piloted in 2007, came under fresh scrutiny last week when it emerged that a 14-year-old boy believed to be Britain’s youngest terrorist was referred to the voluntary initiative before he plotted a terror attack in Australia, which was ultimately thwarted.

The new data, provided by the National Police Chiefs’ Council following a Freedom of Information request, suggest authorities are identifying potential extremists at a rapidly rising rate.

There were more referrals between June and August than for the whole of 2012/13 – the first year the scheme was rolled out across England and Wales.

The number is more than double the level of referrals recorded in the first three months of 2014/15, while if the current rate were replicated over 12 months, it would mean the annual total has increased by four-fold in three years to surpass 3,000.

Specific details of Channel projects are not made public, but they are aimed at all forms of terrorism, including far-right extremism.

Government guidance states that the programme is “about ensuring that vulnerable children and adults of any faith, ethnicity or background receive support before their vulnerabilities are exploited by those that would want them to embrace terrorism”.


Haras Rafiq, managing director at security think tank Quilliam, said the latest scale of referrals comes after “t he lure of extremism has increased over the last year both from an Islamist and far-right perspective”.

He added: “There is a symbiotic relationship between the two.

“More effort needs to come from civil society so that we build resilience in our communities so that these numbers come down.”

Not all of those referred are subsequently judged as being vulnerable to radicalisation.

Previous estimates suggested that one in five cases were assessed as needing support from Channel programmes, with the rest passed to other more appropriate services.


Hannah Stuart, a terrorism expert at The Henry Jackson Society, said that if the quarterly rate continues for a year it would mean a record annual rise in referrals.

However, she added that it was not clear what proportion of those referred are currently being deemed as requiring intervention.

Ms Stuart said: “Is this public sector workers who have been properly trained but actually these referrals are being judged as needing a different form of support? Or is this over-zealous staff, badly trained and making unnecessary referrals?

“However, if the previous referral to intervention rate of 20% rate continues then in real terms we have a problem.”

Security Minister John Hayes said: “As a country, we have a duty to challenge, at every turn, the twisted narrative that has corrupted some of our vulnerable young people.

“Since Channel was rolled out nationally in April 2012, there have been over 4,000 referrals and hundreds of people at risk of being drawn into terrorism have been provided with support.

“Referrals to Channel have increased, but only a small percentage of these go on to require specialist intervention support.

“We have dedicated sufficient resources to the programme to cope with demand and we will keep this position under close review.

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*Video* Iraq – ISIS Kid’s Threatening Message to Obama

“Pay the jizya in submission before the swords of the Khalifa reach you and cut your filthy head”

Video released on october 5, 2015
This kid is as big as the RPG and wears an explosive belt..

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His message :
“All Praise is to Allah, the Most Powerful
and may peace and blessing be upon his prophet who was sent with the sword as a mercy for mankind
My Message is to the Dog of Rome Obama
if you Think your Soldiers will enter the land of the Khilafah
and pollute it with their filth, then you’re dreaming
Wake up from your sleep and pay the jiz`yah in submission
Before the swords of the Khilafah reach you and cut your filthy head.”

Boy has fingertips SLICED OFF and women raped in public – for being CHRISTIAN

DEPRAVED Islamic State jihadis have savagely sliced of the fingertips of a 12-year-old Christian boy whose family refused to convert to Islam.

ISIS propaganda video shows the body of man crucified by Islamic State

ISIS propaganda video shows the body of man crucified by Islamic State

The youngster was badly beaten before his digits were chopped off in an act of rage by ISIS barbarians after he and 11 other Syrians refused to renounce their Christian faith.

The extremist fighters told his father the torture would only stop if he returned to Islam.

But when the family refused, the entire group was butchered in a mass beheading.

Islamic State killers hanged this man beside the road in an area occupied by the fanatics

Islamic State killers hanged this man beside the road in an area occupied by the fanatics

Even as they lay dying they defied the evil militants crying ‘Jesus’ at the jihadists.

According to Christian Aid Mission, the public torture and execution took place on August 28 in a village close to the ISIS stronghold of Aleppo, Syria.

The ministry director told Christian Aid: “Villagers said some were praying in the name of Jesus.

“One of the women looked up and seemed to be almost smiling as she said, ‘Jesus!'”

A separate group of eight Christian aid workers, including two women, were also killed for refusing to shun their faith.

After they refused to renounce Christ, the women, aged 29 and 33, were raped in front of a crowd summoned to watch, and then all eight were beheaded.

Patrick Sookhdeo, founder of Barnabas Fund, which works with Syrian Christians, said: “It is like going back 1,000 years seeing the barbarity that Christians are having to live under – I think we are dealing with a group which makes Nazism pale in comparison and I think they have lost all respect for human life.

“Crucifying these people is sending a message and they are using forms of killing which they believe have been sanctioned by Sharia law.

“For them what they are doing is perfectly normal and they don’t see a problem with it. It is that religious justification which is so appalling.”

Thousands of Christians have been tortured and killed in Syria and Iraq by the jihadi group, aiming to wipe the religion off the map.

The Christian population in Syria has fallen by almost two-thirds since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, with more than 700,000 of Syria’s population of 1.1 million Christians already forced to leave.

In neighbouring Iraq, their numbers have dropped from around 1.5 million ten years ago to below 200,000.

source : Daily Express

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Margaret Sanger: Mother of Planned Parenthood, pro-abortionist and American Eugenics

Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood who advocated eugenics and “murdering socially undesirable people.”

Margaret Sanger, through Planned Parenthood, advocated abortions on Afro-Americans in order to eliminate what she called “socially undesirable people”. This site is an excellent Afro-American response against Sanger’s racist eugenics: Vivid pictures of aborted babies brought to us by Caution: These are very vivid but bring home to the heart of the ugliness of abortion murders.

Exposing the fascist thinking of Margaret Sanger.

Her left-wing sisters, such as Gloria Steinem, had to selectively overlook this part of Margaret Sanger when they praise her feminist achievements.

Ms. Sanger began her career as a nurse and political rebel, acting in association with the International Workers of the World (IWW) and with Emma Goldman, foundress of the American Communist Party. (Ms. Goldman also mentored Roger Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties Union – ACLU)

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“We do not want word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population”

 Who spoke these words? The Klu Klux Klan? Aryan Nations? The National Socialist (Nazi) Party? These are the words of Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood, the largest provider and promoter of legal abortion in the United States.

Abortion clinics were originally set up with the intention of slowing the population growth of Afro-Americans and others racial groups considered mentally or otherwise inferior.

Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood is the major force behind the abortion and pro-choice/abortion movement in America. If you are proud of being pro-choice, you should know more about the most responsible person for the pro-abortion-rights movement and abortion industry in the 20th century.


Margaret Sanger is the hero of the left, the mother of abortion. She easily could have been a Nazi because her views were very similar with Hitler’s Nazis.

“Lothrop Stoddard was on the board of directors (of Margaret Sanger’s Population Association of America) for years…. He had an interview with Adolf Hitler and was very impressed.


Stoddard, was an American racial anthropologist and was one of many eugenicists whose works were translated into German in the 1920s. His two most popular books were The Rising Tide of Color Against White-World-Supremacy and The Revolt Against Civilization (shown above). His writings were also featured in German textbooks.


His book, The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy, was written while he served on Sanger’s rising tide of colourCaptureboard. Havelock Ellis, one of Sanger’s extra-marital lovers, reviewed favorably in The Birth Control Review”.

At a March,1925 international birth control gathering in New York City, a speaker warned of the menace posed by the “black” and “yellow” peril. The man was not a Nazi or Klansman; he was Dr. S. Adolphus Knopf, a member of Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League (ABCL), which along with other groups eventually became known as Planned Parenthood.

 Margaret Sanger’s beliefs about social works of charity are revealing: She criticized the success– not failure– of charity… She called for the halt to the medical care being given to slum mothers, and decried the expense to the taxpayers of monies being spent on the deaf, blind and dependent. She condemned foreign missionaries for reducing the infant mortality rates in developing countries, and declared charity to be more evil than for the assistance it provided to the poor and needy. Sanger’s thinking moved to fascism in an elitist attitude that presumes to judge who is worthy to live and to die.
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“Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America are of black babies.

Are they being targeted? Isn’t that genocide? We are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant.

Did you know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the Negro Project designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society?

The founder of Planned Parenthood said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” Is her vision being fulfilled today?” quoted from

Adolf Hitler – Dictator of Nazi Germany “The demand that defective people be prevented from propagating equally defective offspring. . . represents the most humane act of mankind.” Mein Kampf, vol. 1, ch. 10
Margaret Sanger – Founder of Planned Parenthood “. . .we prefer the policy of immediate sterilizarion, of making sure that parenthood is ‘ absolutely prohibited ‘ to the feeble-minded.” The Pivot of Civilization, p102

Then: The castle pictured above, was one of the places where the NAZI T-4 program was carried out. T-4 was a forced euthanasia program that targeted the mentally handicapped and the physically disabled and deformed. The gas chambers here became the model for the death camps. The euthanasia program was part of the larger NAZI eugenics program which evolved into ‘The Final Solution’ campaign we now call the NAZI Holocaust.

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Now: Ohio Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic subject of a recent scandal involving the sale of harvested organs

Margaret Sanger’s eugenics beliefs intertwined her with Nazis who may well have been influenced by her. Was she truly Hitler’s Valkyrie?

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Amos 3:3 

Now: The preborn child is often targeted for death if tests show that it may have a physical or mental handicap. The American eugenics program has no central sponsor but does have several large advocacy groups, including Planned Parenthood, NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) and the National Abortion Federation.

“In the past few years there has been a frantic effort on the part of Planned Parenthood ideologues to revise their own history. Much of the effort has been waged in an attempt to distance the organization and it’s founder, Margaret Sanger, from charges of radical racial bigotry.   

Another link between Margaret Sanger, American Eugenicist and Adolf Hitler, Eugenics practitioner:
“The leaders in the German sterilization movement state repeatedly that their legislation was formulated after careful study of the California experiment as reported by Mr. Gosney and Dr. [Paul] Popenoe. It would have been impossible, they say, to undertake such a venture involving some 1 million people without drawing heavily upon previous experience elsewhere.”

Who is Dr. Paul Popenoe? He was a leader in the U.S. eugenics movement and wrote (1933) the article ‘Eugenic Sterilization’ in the journal (BCR) that Margaret Sanger started.

How many Americans did Dr. Popenoe estimate should be subjected to sterilization? Between five million and ten million Americans.

“The situation [in the U.S.A] will grow worse instead of better if steps are not taken to control the reproduction of mentally handicapped. Eugenic sterilization represents one such step that is practicable, humanitarian, and certain in its results.”


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Margaret Sanger

Typed speech. Source: MSMMargaret Sanger Papers, Library of Congress 130:198 .

Sanger delivered this speech to the New History Society, part of a series on “My Plan for Peace.” For other versions, including one published in the Birth Control Review, see MSM S71:336, 338, 341, 345, and 348.

Science has been applied to the various channels of life’s needs especially to our environment. Industry, commerce, education, hygiene, surgery, agriculture, dairy, factory, mining and even war have had the benefits of the best that science could command; but it has not yet been applied to improving the quality of life itself nor to the maintenance of PEACE.

MY WAY TO PEACE would be First, to put into action the fourteen points of President Wilson’s, upon which Germany and Austria surrendered to the Allies. Second, to have Congress set up a special department for the study of population problems, and appoint a Parliament of Population Directors representing the various branches of science.

This body to direct and control the population through Birth rates and immigration, and direct its distribution over the country according to national needs consistent with the taste, fitness and interest of the individuals.

The main objects of the Population Congress would be:

(a) to raise the level and increase the general intelligence of our population.

(b) to increase the population slowly by keeping the birth rate at its present level of fifteen, decreasing the death rate below its present mark of 11.

(c) keep the doors of Immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race, such as feeble-minded, idiots, morons, insane, syphiletic, epileptic, criminal, professional prostitutes, and others in this class barred from entrance by the Immigration Laws of 1924.

(d) apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization, and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.

(e) to insure the country against future burdens of maintenance for numerous offspring as may be born of feeble-minded parents, the government would pension all persons with transmissible disease who voluntarily consent to sterilization.

(f) the whole dysgenic population would have its choice of segregation or sterilization.

(g) there would be farm lands and homesteads where these segregated persons would be taught to work under competent instructors for the period of their entire lives.

The first step would thus be to control the intake and output on morons, mental defectives, epileptics.

The second step would be to take an inventory of the secondary group such as illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, dope-fiends; classify them in special departments under government medical protection and segregate on farms and open spaces as long as necessary for the strengthening and development of moral conduct.

Having corralled this enormous part of our population and placed it on a basis of health not punishment, it is safe to say that about fifteen or twenty millions of our population would then be organized into soldiers of defense–defending the unborn against their own disabilities.

The third step would be to give special attention to the mothers’ health, to see that women who are suffering from tuberculosis, heart or kidney disease, toxic goitre, gonorrhea, or any disease where the condition of pregnancy disturbs her health; place these mothers under public health nurses to instruct them in practical scientific methods of contraception in order to safeguard their lives–thus reducing maternal mortality.

There would be a careful follow-up in the homes where infants have died, to ascertain the causes and to prevent when possible the further increase of children until the causes have been removed–reducing infant mortality.

While the above steps seem to be emphasis on a health program instead of on tariffs, moratoriums and debts, I believe that national health is the first essential factor in any program for universal peace.

With the future citizens safeguarded from hereditary taints, with five million mental and moral degenerates segregated, with ten million women and ten million children receiving adequate attention, we could then turn our attention to the basic needs for international peace.

There would then be a definite inexorable ruling that the population should increase slowly at a specified rate, in order to accommodate and adjust the increasing numbers to our social and economic system.

The Birth Rate in the United States in 1931 was 15.0 and the death rate about 11, which allowed for a survival rate of 4%, or an increase in the population, including immigration, of over 20%.

Immigration: Open the gates of the U.S.A. to those countries whose inhabitants have the inherent talents and national characteristics desirable, eliminating entirely those countries whose subjects have already been difficult to assimilate.

This plan to be in operation for ten years. In the meantime we shall organize and join an International League of Low Birth Rate Nations to secure and maintain WORLD PEACE.

Falun Gong: The Genocide The World Ignores *Videos*

During a Falun Gong rally in Taiwan in 2006, four demonstrators play in an action drama against what they said was the Chinese communists’ killing of Falun Gong followers and harvesting of their organs in concentration camps. China recently placed the outlawed group at the top of its list of terrorist organizations, despite no history of violence against others. (Photo by Patrick Lin/Getty Images)

Following the  brutal murder of a young woman at a McDonald’s in Shandong province by alleged members of the “Almighty God” sect, Chinese state media released a list of the 11 “most active cults” in China today.

Listed first was the Falun Gong, a group with no history of violence or terrorist activities. Contrast that with other groups on the list such as “Almighty God” or “Three Grades of Servants,” members of which have been blamed by authorities for at least 20 murders.

The presence of Falun Gong alongside such dangerous sects shows that Beijing’s propaganda campaign against the group — banned outright in China in 1999 but still active in Hong Kong and Taiwan — is still going strong.

Falun Gong is benign, why is the Chinese government afraid of it?’ 

In the 80s, Chinese parks brimmed at dawn with some 200 million people performing slow-movement exercises known as qigong. In 1992 Master Li Hongzhi introduced Falun Gong, outwardly a qigong practise like any other. But Master Li uniquely placed emphasis not on healing or supernormal abilities, but on self-cultivation towards spiritual perfection.

Falun Gong became an almost instant hit. Master Li travelled through China introducing the practise and its principles. Word of Falun Gong spread quickly, and it could soon be found in thousands of parks. The Chinese embassy in Paris invited Master Li to teach in their auditorium, and an official study found that Falun Gong saved the country millions in health costs.

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At the Hagens Dalian Plastination Factory, Chinese workers busy working on the human corpses

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Twenty years later, these are the new executioners. Most procedures are carried out quietly by surgeons. In this photograph, they carry freshly extracted organs. The critical change since the mid 1990s is that the majority of retail organs in China are not extracted from death-row convicts, but from prisoners of conscience–political and religious prisoners who cannot be sentenced to death even under Chinese law: mostly Falun Gong.

 July 1999 and suddenly Falun Gong is public enemy number one. Practitioners are sentenced to ‘reform through labour’ camps where they are starved, beaten, and tortured with electric batons. By 2008, there are over 3,000 documented cases of practitioners killed by state persecution. Increasingly solid evidence suggests many more have been targeted as unwilling donors of kidneys, livers, and hearts. How many more, we have no idea.

Why, then, this bizarre persecution?

Weak explanations

Facing international criticism and domestic sympathy for Falun Gong, the ruling Chinese Communist Party scrambled to rationalise its campaign. It has claimed Falun Gong is a menace to society – a superstitious, foreign-driven, tightly organised, dangerous group of meditators. State-run media tell gruesome stories of mutilation and suicide, but outsiders aren’t allowed to examine them. When investigators somehow manage to scrutinize such cases, they find stories of individuals who don’t exist and crimes committed by people who have nothing to do with Falun Gong. Human Rights Watch simply calls the official claims ‘bogus’.

Some Western academics have suggested Party leaders feared Falun Gong because it reminded them of past religions-turned-rebellions. But the broad-brush parallels ignored how bloody those groups were – the often-referenced Taiping, for example, was responsible for 20 million deaths. Falun Gong has been strictly non-violent and had no rebellious plans.


Falun Gong practitioners gathered opposite the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. practice the discipline's meditative exercises together, on April 25, 2014. The group gathered to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the appeal by 10,000 practitioner in Beijing (Ximing Xiong/Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners gathered opposite the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. practice the discipline’s meditative exercises together, on April 25, 2014. The group gathered to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the appeal by 10,000 practitioner in Beijing (Ximing Xiong/Epoch Times)

One final flawed explanation is that the April 25, 1999 gathering of 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners in the political heart of Beijing startled Party leaders and triggered the oppression that followed.

But the peaceful demonstration actually came after three years of escalating state oppression already taking place. In fact, it was a direct response to practitioners being arrested and beaten in nearby Tianjin and a smear media campaign against them.

The individual leader explanation

The incident was pivotal, but for different reasons. That April day, Premier Zhu Rongji engaged members of the gathered group and listened to their grievances. Those arrested were released. Practitioners who were there told me they had felt elated about the open communication between the government and its people.

But that night, then Chairman Jiang Zemin rebuffed Zhu’s conciliatory stance. He labelled Falun Gong a threat to the Party and said it would be an international loss of face if Falun Gong were not immediately crushed. Indeed, many experts attribute the campaign to Jiang’s obsession with Falun Gong as much as any other factor.

The popularity explanation

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Falun Gong exercises in the Chinese countryside

What appears to have scared Jiang and other Party hardliners (some who are still in top posts, maintaining the campaign) was how popular and cross-social strata Falun Gong had become. In northern cities, workers practised Falun Gong together in factory yards before heading to the machines. Professors and students meditated on Tsinghua University lawns. Party leaders’ wives and senior cadres had their own little group in central Beijing.

Falun Gong practitioners demonstrate the exercises at the Tsinghua University celebration.

This fear of Falun Gong’s popularity explains why its main text, Zhuan Falun, was banned from publication weeks after becoming a bestseller in 1996. And why, when a government report estimated there were more Falun Gong practitioners (70 million plus) than Party members, security agents began interrupting exercise sessions.

The predatory Party-state explanation

For decades the Party has persecuted different groups – intellectuals, artists, clergy, conservatives, reformists – through political movements. Some are targeted because they are outside Party control or have their own ideology. Falun Gong, with its spiritual teachings, sense of community, and independent network falls into that category.

Others are targeted when Party leaders manoeuvre to align power to themselves. Falun Gong appears to be a victim of that, too, as the persecution provided an excuse for strengthening state security apparatuses. It gave the Party an opportunity to oil its machinery – from Cultural Revolution-style purges to Internet surveillance systems.

As torture survivor Zhao Ming said in Dublin, ‘the Party’s machinery of persecution was there – Jiang pushed the button’.

Terror twins’ Zahra and Salma Halane who joined ISIS tried to recruit their family

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Fanatics: Salma (right) and Zahra Halane (left), who fled their homes in Manchester to become jihadi brides, attempted to recruit their whole family to join them in Syria using social media messages

  • Twins Zahra and Salma Halane fled Manchester to join ISIS in Syria in 2014
  • Since arriving, they have sent threatening messages to their brothers in UK
  • The sisters were married to ISIS fighters but both men have died in battle 
  • New book reveals most the detailed account yet of the girls’ radicalisation

The teenage ‘terror twins’ who fled Britain to join ISIS have tried to recruit their younger siblings since arriving in Syria.

Twins Zahra and Salma Halane, from Manchester, sent threatening messages to their family, swearing hatred for ‘the infidels’ and encouraging them to join ISIS.

One message, sent by Zahra to encourage her two younger brothers to sign up as ‘future mujaheddin’, read: ‘We might seem evil to you, but we will all be happy in jannah [the afterlife].

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‘Are you coming to Dawlah [ISIS]? They will train you up. You will meet boys from England, China, Ireland, Sweden, FROM EVERYWHERE. Want to see my Kalash [Kalashnikov]?? Ha ha ha.’

The now 17-year-old twins fled Manchester together in June last year, accompanied on their journey by an adult couple and an infant, to become jihadi brides.

Salma was married to a 19-year-old fighter from Coventry, whom she met online before travelling to join him.

The marriage was arranged by Aqsa Mahmood, a Glaswegian woman who was placed on a UN sanctions list last week.

Both their husbands have since been killed in battle, and Salma gave birth to a boy in June.

Concerns have been raised about a covert but rapidly growing network of recruiters and influence at the twins’ school.

Zahra added, in another message to her family: ‘We have a caliph and we must obey him. He said everyone that doesn’t come is kuffar [a non-believer]. I had to fulfil my commitment and so will you.”

The now 17-year-old twins fled Manchester together in June last year, accompanied on their journey by an adult couple and an infant, to become jihadi brides

The now 17-year-old twins fled Manchester homr together in June last year, accompanied on their journey by an adult couple and an infant, to become jihadi brides

Older brother of missing Jihadi sisters discusses his beliefs

‘Allah, the merciful, placed something in mine and Salma’s hearts that we came to hate the infidels [in Britain] – to such a degree we could not even bear to look at them.

‘My best advice to you is to get the whole family to make hijrah [travel] to the Islamic State.’

The revelations have emerged in a new book about foreign jihadists by a Danish journalist, which is based on the testimony of friends and relatives.

The book, ‘Denmark’s Children in Holy War’, offers the most detailed account yet of how the girls, who had previously dreamed of being doctors and were dedicated Manchester United fans, were radicalised.

Written by terrorism expert Jakob Sheikh, of Politiken newspaper, the book portrays the sisters as well integrated members of Western society.

The Halane family is of Somali origin, but lived in Denmark as refugees before settling in Chorlton, in Manchester.

ISIS is using a complex web of recruiters to lure foreign girls to join them in Syria. More than 500 women from the west have left their lives behind and gone to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq

ISIS is using a complex web of recruiters to lure foreign girls to join them in Syria. More than 500 women from the west have left their lives behind and gone to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq

Once in ISIS, the women are likely to be sexually abused by the terrorists and used as sex slaves. Both the Halane twins were married to soldiers, but both their husbands have since died in battle

Once in ISIS, the women are likely to be sexually abused by the terrorists and used as sex slaves. Both the Halane twins were married to soldiers, but both their husbands have since died in battle

Yazidi women kidnapped by ISIS tell of the horrors they endured

In December 2013, Salma was caught viewing ISIS propaganda at their sixth form college, which included images of a suicide vest, a boy with a machine gun and a British jihadist in Syria, named Abu Qaqa.

Qaqa, a prolific ISIS recruiter from Manchester whose real name is Raphael Hostey, later boasted of how he lured the twins to Syria.

The college did not alert the police at the time because she claimed that she was trying to find her older brother, who had previously travelled to Syria to fight.

Then, in June 2014, the twins stole £840 in cash from their father and fled their family home under cover of night.

They first flew to Istanbul in Turkey, with the couple and infant, where they posed as a family on holiday.

Later the twins, who have an older sister and seven brothers, crossed the Syrian border.

On her arrival, one of the twins declared: ‘I am 16 years old and among the women warriors of [ISIS].

Family claim they are being driven out of their home after converting from Islam to Christianity

The Hussain family say this is the second time they have been targeted and now hope to move out of their home city of Bradford

Nissar Hussain and his family have been the victims of repeated hate crimes since his, and his family's, conversion to Christianity

Nissar Hussain and his family have been the victims of repeated hate crimes since his, and his family’s, conversion to Christianity

A family who converted from Islam to Christianity say they are being driven out of their home for the SECOND TIME by neighbours who accuse them of blasphemy.

Nissar Hussain, his wife Kubra and their six children claim they have become “prisoners in their own home” as neighbours attack them in the street, smash their car windscreens and throw eggs at their windows.

“Our lives have been sabotaged and this shouldn’t happen in the United Kingdom,” Nissar said.

Nissar Hussain, 49, with his wife Kubra, 45, pictured at their home in Bradford, West Yorkshire

Ordeal: Nissar spent the night in a police cell after protecting his wife over an alleged attack

“We live in a free democratic society and what they are doing to us is abhorrent.”

The family claim their neighbours are targeting them because the family decided to convert to Christianity.

Their children attend the local Church of England primary school, where the majority of pupils are Muslims of Pakistani heritage.

Nissar, 49 – who had to give up his career as a nurse due to the ordeal’s effect on his health – said “word was spread around the playground” about the family being Christian converts and their youngest daughter was bullied.

Nissar Hussain, 49, with his children, Anniesa, 21, Miriam, 17, Leena, 14, Isaaq, 7, Sarah, 19, and wife Kubra, 45, pictured at their home in Bradford, West Yorkshire

Nissar Hussain, 49, with his children, Anniesa, 21, Miriam, 17, Leena, 14, Isaaq, 7, Sarah, 19, and wife Kubra, 45, pictured at their home in Bradford, West Yorkshire

Leena, 14, said her friends told her: “Our parents say we mustn’t mix with you because you are a convert.”

Nissar said the experience left her “heartbroken” and made her “feel like a second class citizen”.

This is the second time the family claim to have been targeted.

Nissar ended up spending 12 hours in police cells earlier this year after getting into a scrap with a man he claims “threatened and confronted” his wife.

Damage left to the windscreen of Nissar Hussain's car

Damage: Nissar has spent £5,000 on repairs this year alone

Broken glass lies in the passenger seat of Nissar Hussain's car

Broken glass lies in the passenger seat of Nissar Hussain’s car

One of his neighbours was convicted at Bradford Crown Court of a public order offence after one of Hussain’s children recorded him making threats in the street.

But Nissar thinks more must be done for police to recognise the issue as a religious hate crime .

He says he has paid out £5,000 over the past year after his car windscreen was smashed six times.

The family are now looking lo leave their family home city of Bradford.

Nissar Hussain, 49, with his wife Kubra, 45, pictured at their home in Bradford, West Yorkshire

Nissar Hussain, 49, with his wife Kubra, 45, pictured at their home in Bradford, West Yorkshire…Desperate: Nissar and Kubra now feel they have no option but to leave their home

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We are aware of an ongoing matter involving Mr Hussain and are working closely with partners to resolve this situation.

“All reports of crime are taken seriously and are investigated thoroughly.’

source : Daily Mirror

Can IS Brides Blow Themselves Up?

Women are allowed to use suicide belts -- assuming of course that they have one on hand -- in cases where they must defend themselves.

Women are allowed to use suicide belts — assuming of course that they have one on hand — in cases where they must defend themselves.

Can female Islamic State (IS) militants be suicide bombers?

If so, where can they blow themselves up?

Under what circumstances can “jihadi brides” shoot a sniper rifle? Or a Kalashnikov?

And what sewing skills should a would-be militant wife possess?

All these questions and more are answered in a new treatise issued this week by the Zora Foundation, a pro-IS media group aimed at the wives and would-be wives of IS militants.

The treatise exploring the thorny issue of how and when women can be involved in waging “jihad” was shared on Twitter

Charlie Winter of the Quilliam Foundation

“While this document is not an official declaration of Islamic State policy towards the permissibility of women fighting, it is certainly reflective of it,” Charlie Winter, a senior researcher at the counterextremism think tank Quilliam, told RFE/RL.

Serving The Mujahedin

The treatise was written in response to a question from a woman in Saudi Arabia who asked a scholar named Sheikh Abu Abdullah al-Mansur whether women are allowed to take part in fighting, and how they should “serve the mujahedin,” or jihadi fighters.

A woman ought to support the mujahedin “according to her abilities” — “treating the sick, sewing, cooking, washing, or any other measures,” the treatise advises.

The Zora Foundation treatise (click to enlarge)

The Zora Foundation treatise

On the more complicated issue of women on the battlefield, the treatise explains that female militants are only allowed to fight in a defensive capacity. In other words, women cannot be used suicide bombers in an offensive operation — except if they are granted permission by their “amir,” or commander.

However, women are allowed to use suicide belts — assuming of course that they have one on hand — in cases where they must defend themselves.

For example, a female IS militant would be allowed to blow herself up — or, failing that, use weapons to defend herself — if her home were raided.

And should a woman happen to be wearing a suicide belt when “Kuffar” (infidels) attacked a hospital or other public place where she is present, she would be permitted to detonate herself there too.

A video grab image shows Sajida al-Rishawi confessing on Jordanian TV to trying to detonate a suicide bomb, showing how she strapped a device to her body. Photograph: Reuters

Women, Know Your Limits

According to Winter, the guidelines “unambiguously clarify” the position of IS’s female recruits. “Women may not engage in offensive operations unless otherwise designated by the amir; while they are allowed to use guns, and even blow themselves up, this is only permitted in a defensive capacity,” Winter said.

Much of the reasoning behind the guidelines seems designed to maintain rigid gender roles and to prevent women from mixing with men.

A woman may, for example, use a sniper rifle — but only in a “solitary place” and even then only with their commander’s permission.

And women are, of course, prohibited from “mixing with the army” because of the “corruption” this would lead to, the guidelines say.

Study Sewing, Nursing, Cooking — And Weaponry

Women are advised to prepare themselves for “jihad” by studying skills that will help them be useful to male militants, such as nursing, cooking, and sewing.

“Jihadi brides” are also allowed to study weaponry — as long as they are learning how to use weapons for self-defense, such as “a revolver or a Kalashnikov.”

Another useful skill women should master, the guidelines say, is how to make suicide belts and hand grenades.

But all this training must only be carried out in the presence of a “mahram,” or chaperone, and in single-sex settings.

“There is no problem with women meeting in order to train with weapons, as long as they are far away from men,” the guidelines instruct.

And a woman is allowed to partake in physical exercise as long as she does so in order to “strengthen her body, cure an illness, or in the presence of righteous women.”

Of course, women must wear “loose, covering clothes” when exercising and be “far from the eyes of men.” To reinforce the point on appropriate clothing, the guidelines point out that women must dress before leaving the house.

Founded in the fall of 2014, the Zora Foundation has previously issued guidelines on how to prepare female IS recruits for jihad, including how to cook and sew for militants, how to use editing programs to help spread IS propaganda, and how to administer first aid. 

The English translation of the Arabic treatise was provided by Charlie Winter of the Quilliam Foundation

Israeli man killed, 3 injured, in Jerusalem stabbing attack

Father in his 40s dies of wounds shortly after assault, wife in critical condition, baby sustains light injuried; terrorist killed by security forces.

Illustrative of a Magen David Adom ambulance outside an Israeli hospital. (Noam Revkin Fenton/FLASH90)

Illustrative of a Magen David Adom ambulance outside an Israeli hospital. (Noam Revkin Fenton/FLASH90)

An Israeli man in is 40s died of his wounds Saturday night after being stabbed in Jerusalem’s Old City in a terror attack.

The man’s wife is in critical condition and their two-year-old toddler sustained light injuries in the attack. The parents were stabbed and the baby was shot in the leg, although it is not yet entirely clear how.

Police said the attacker may have grabbed a firearm the father was carrying but it is not clear if he managed to fire it.

According to initial reports, a 22-year-old woman who sustained moderate wounds in the stabbing attack, managed to run and alert a group of Border Police forces nearby who arrived on the scene and shot and killed the attacker.

The toddler and the young woman were taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment.

The incident occurred near Lion’s Gate in East Jerusalem.

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BREAKING PHOTOS: Scene of the stabbing attack in Jerusalem where 4 Israelis were stabbed by Palestinian terrorist.

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Baby among injured in stabbing attack by Arab terrorist in Jerusalem, being treated by medics.


Saturday’s attack comes just two days after an Israeli couple was gunned down in front of their four young children while driving in the West Bank on Thursday evening.

Naama and Eitam Henkin were shot dead by two Palestinian attackers while driving between the settlements of Elon Moreh and Itamar, near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik, close to Nablus.

Their children — aged 9,7, 4 and 4 months — who were in the backseat of the vehicle, were unharmed.

source: The Times of Israel

Third Day of Russian Airstrikes in Syria, Mainly Avoiding Islamic State


The Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO reporting name: “Frogfoot”) is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. It was designed to provide close air support for the Soviet Ground Forces.

Russia bombed Syria for a third day on Friday, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it was targeting and drawing an increasingly angry response from the West.

The U.S.-led coalition that is waging its own air war against Islamic State called on the Russians to halt strikes on targets other than Islamic State.

“We call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and to focus its efforts on fighting ISIL,” said the coalition, which includes the United States, major European powers, Arab states and Turkey.

“We express our deep concern with regard to the Russian military build-up in Syria and especially the attacks by the Russian air force on Hama, Homs and Idlib since yesterday which led to civilian casualties and did not target Daesh,” it said.

ISIL and Daesh are both acronyms for Islamic State, also known as ISIS, which has set up a caliphate across a swathe of eastern Syria and northern Iraq.

In Syria, the group is one of many fighting against Russia’s ally, President Bashar Assad. Washington and its Western and regional allies say Russia is using it as a pretext to bomb other groups that oppose Assad. Some of these groups have received training and weapons from Assad’s foreign enemies, including the United States.

President Vladimir Putin held frosty talks with France’s Francois Hollande in Paris, Putin’s first meeting with a Western leader since launching the strikes two days after he gave an address to the United Nations making the case to back Assad.

Prayers Cancelled

Friday prayers were cancelled in insurgent-held areas of Homs province that were hit by Russian warplanes this week

Friday prayers were cancelled in insurgent-held areas of Homs province that were hit by Russian warplanes this week, with residents concerned that mosques could be targeted, said one person from the area.

“The streets are almost completely empty and there is an unannounced curfew,” said the resident, speaking from the town of Rastan which was hit in the first day of Russian air strikes.

Warplanes were seen flying high above the area, which is held by anti-Assad rebels but has no significant presence of Islamic State fighters.

Islamic State also cancelled prayers in areas it controls, according to activists from its de facto capital Raqqa.

A Russian airstrike on Thursday destroyed a mosque in the town of Jisr Shughour, captured from government forces by an alliance of Islamist insurgents earlier this year, activists said.

Moscow said on Friday its latest strikes had hit 12 Islamic State targets, but most of the areas it described were in western and northern parts of the country, while Islamic State is mostly present in the east.

The Russian Defense Ministry said its Sukhoi-34, Sukhoi-24M and Sukhoi-25 warplanes had flown 18 sorties hitting targets that included a command post and a communications center in the province of Aleppo, a militant field camp in Idlib and a command post in Hama.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict with a network of sources on the ground, said there was no Islamic State presence at any of those areas.

Russia has however also struck Islamic State areas in a small number of other attacks further east. The Observatory said 12 Islamic State fighters were killed near Raqqa on Thursday, and planes believed to be Russian had also struck the Islamic State-held city of Qarytayn.

Russia has said it is using its most advanced plane, the Sukhoi-34, near Raqqa, the area where it is most likely to encounter U.S. and coalition aircraft targeting Islamic State.

Frosty Handshakes

French President Francois Hollande (left) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin after a summit on the Ukraine crisis at the Elysee Palace in Paris on October 2.

French President Francois Hollande (left) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin after a summit on the Ukraine crisis at the Elysee Palace in Paris on October 2.

As Hollande hosted Putin in Paris, both men looked stern and frosty-faced in the yard of the Elysee palace, exchanging terse handshakes for the cameras.

An aide to Hollande said they “tried to narrow differences” over Syria during talks that lasted more than an hour.

Hollande laid out France’s conditions for supporting Russian intervention, which include a halt to strikes on groups other than Islamic State and al Qaeda, protections for civilians and a commitment to a political transition that would remove Assad.

Putin’s decision to launch strikes on Syria marks a dramatic escalation of foreign involvement in a 4-year civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake.

Lebanese sources have told Reuters that hundreds of Iranian troops have also arrived in recent days in Syria to participate in a major ground offensive alongside government troops and their Lebanese and Iraqi Shi’ite militia allies.

Common Enemy, Different Friends

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, September 2013. (AP/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press service, File)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, September 2013. (AP/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press service, File)

Western countries and Russia say they have a common enemy in Islamic State. But they also have very different friends and opposing views of how to resolve a war that has killed at least 250,000 people and driven more than 10 million from their homes.

Washington and its allies oppose both Islamic State and Assad, blaming him for attacks on civilians that have radicalized the opposition and insisting that he has no place in a post-war settlement.

Russia says Assad’s government should be the centerpiece of international efforts to fight militants.

The campaign is the first time Moscow has sent forces into combat beyond the frontiers of the former Soviet Union since the disastrous Afghanistan campaign of the 1980s, a bold move by Putin to extend Russia’s influence beyond its neighborhood.

It comes at a low point in Russia’s relations with the West, a year after the United States and EU imposed financial sanctions on Moscow for annexing territory from Ukraine.

Assad and his father before him were Moscow’s close allies in the Middle East since the Cold War, and Russia maintains its only Mediterranean naval base on the Syrian coast.

Moscow’s intervention comes at a time when insurgents had been scoring major battlefield gains against government forces after years of stalemate in the war.

Putin appears to be betting that by defending Assad he can increase Russia’s influence in any post-war settlement, safeguard the naval base and counter the influence of regional rivals like NATO member Turkey. He may also intend to reinforce his image at home as a strong leader willing to challenge global rivals, first and foremost the United States.

See also:

Russian Warplanes Hit Islamic State in Northern Syria — al-Mayadeen TV

France: ‘Curious’ Russian Airstrikes in Syria Not Against Islamic State

U.S. Official: Russia Airstrikes Not Targeting Islamic State Areas in Syria


Dhimmitude Reigns:Glasgow becomes first UK city to accept new cohort of Syrian asylum seekers!

The city council has made an agreement with the Home Office to identify 63 people from refugee camps in Lebanon and Iraq.


The City of Glasgow

Glasgow will become the first British city to accept Syrian refugees since the current crisis began with dozens set to arrive before Christmas.

The city council has made an agreement with the Home Office to identify 63 people from refugee camps in Lebanon and Iraq. Families are expected to travel to Scotland to begin a new life later this month.

Accommodation and services are in place following weeks of negotiations to ensure the city is ready for the new arrivals.


David Cameron came under sustained pressure after images of three-year-old Aylan washed up on a beach were published around the world.

Duncan Campsie, from the city council’s Asylum and Refugee Service, said although Glasgow is currently willing and able to help a longer-term plan was needed. Current UK government funding is handed out on the basis of each group of people.

Mr Campsie said: “We need to speak to the Home Office for funding. It needs to be a five year thing. It’s not just about taking the numbers in and putting them in a flat. It’s schools, health, benefit arrangements.

”We will continue to do our bit.“

Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, UK representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees praised Scotland for its efforts.

He said: ”Long before the tragic picture of little Aylan forced many European leaders to take a more humane approach there were senior politicians asking for this to happen. That takes courage and we appreciate it. In that sense Scotland has led and others have followed.“

Aylan Kurdi, the drowned toddler washed up on a Turkish beach.

David Cameron came under sustained pressure after images of three-year-old Aylan washed up on a beach were published around the world.

Within days the Prime Minister said the UK could accept 20,000 refugees over the next five years but critics still said the number was too low. Germany has pledged to accept 800,000 refugees.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities said all 32 local authorities had agreed a co-ordinates response to the humanitarian crisis.


Syria conflict: Russia strikes ‘will fuel extremism’

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Image of aftermath of air strike in Talbiseh, 30 September 2015

Members of the US-led coalition against Islamic State have called on Russia to cease air strikes they say are hitting the Syrian opposition and civilians.

In a statement, the US, UK, Turkey and other coalition members said they would “only fuel more extremism”.

Russia, which according to witnesses launched fresh strikes on Friday, says it is targeting Islamic State (IS).

Meanwhile, reports say IS fighters have attacked a government airbase in eastern Syria.

Reports from the area, near the IS-controlled city of Deir al-Zour, speak of loud explosions, heavy clashes and government fighter jets circling in the sky.

A senior Russian official says the air strikes could last for three to four months.

Alexei Pushkov, the head of the foreign affairs committee in Russia’s parliament, added that the US had only “pretended” to bomb IS and promised that Russia’s campaign would be much more effective.

Russian air strikes – in depth

Where key countries stand – Who is backing whom

Why? What? How? – Five things you need to know about Russia’s involvement

What can Russia’s air force do? – The US-led coalition has failed to destroy IS. Can Russia do any better?

Media offensive – What does the campaign look like through the lens of Russian media?

Inside an air strike – Activist describes “frightening Russian air strike”

The Russian air force began air strikes in Syria on Wednesday.

The Syrian military said Russia had carried out a total of 18 air strikes since Thursday evening. It said several of these were in Aleppo, Hama and Idlib, provinces with little IS presence.

Communications towers belonging to the Free Syrian Army – forces opposed to President Assad which have received American training and supplies – were destroyed in a Russian air strike in Aleppo.

The Russian defence ministry said it had attacked the IS stronghold of Raqqa on Thursday.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a training camp and a camouflaged command post near Raqaa were hit, and 12 IS fighters were killed.

The strikes in Syria are Russia’s first military engagement outside the borders of the former Soviet Union since the end of the Cold War.

The warning from members of the US-led coalition came as the French and Russian presidents met in Paris. The meeting was called to discuss peace efforts in Ukraine, but these are expected to be overshadowed by Syria.

The Syrian opposition and others have suggested non-IS rebel factions opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – the Kremlin’s ally – are bearing the brunt of the Russian attacks.

Russia in Syria: Putin launches first air strikes in country on rebel-held Homs, targets remain disputed

Map showing air strikes

French President Francois Hollande, using an derogatory Arabic acronym for IS, said it was important that “the strikes, regardless of who is carrying them out, target Daesh and not other groups”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at the UN in New York, said Russia would also fight other terrorist groups including the al-Nusra Front – an al-Qaeda affiliate.

He said this position was the same as that of the US-led coalition, which has been carrying out air strikes in Iraq and Syria for the past year.

“We are not supporting anyone against their own people. We fight terrorism,” he said.

Mr Lavrov said the targets were selected “in co-ordination with the Syrian army”.

Analysis: Frank Gardner, BBC security correspondent

Frame from an Islamic State video

IS is likely to use Russian attacks as a rallying cry to jihadists”

The entry of Russia into the Syrian conflict, albeit in the air not on the ground, will be a perfect recruiting sergeant for IS.

The propaganda videos are doubtless already being prepared. The Russians are, after all, the same historic enemy fought by the Mujahideen in Afghanistan throughout the 1980s and eventually defeated (with US, Saudi and Pakistani help).

The prospect of Russian pilots attacking Muslim fighters on the ground will be embarrassing to Arab governments who will not want their air forces to be seen as on the same side.

The result is likely to be more recruits joining the extremists of IS and al-Nusra, both from within Syria and from outside the region.

Frank Gardner: What will happen next?

An image made from video shows smoke rising after airstrikes in Kafr Nabel of the Idlib province, western Syria, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

Russian air strikes are said to have hit Homs, Hama and Idlib provinces on Thursday

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) is welcomed by French President Francois Hollande (R) as he arrives at the Elysee Palace for a summit on Ukraine, in Paris, France, 02 October 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) is welcomed by French President Francois Hollande (R) as he arrives at the Elysee Palace , in Paris, France, 02 October 2015

The joint coalition statement alleged that the strikes had caused civilian casualties but Russia says its warplanes have avoided civilian areas.

Rights groups have also accused the US-led coalition against IS of causing dozens of civilian deaths in air strikes.

Syria’s civil war

Homs city

Homs city

Why is there a war in Syria?

Anti-government protests developed into a civil war that four years on has ground to a stalemate, with the Assad government, Islamic State, an array of Syrian rebels and Kurdish fighters all holding territory.

Who is fighting whom?

Government forces concentrated in Damascus and the centre and west of Syria are fighting the jihadists of Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, as well as less numerous so-called “moderate” rebel groups, who are strongest in the north and east. These groups are also battling each other.

What’s the human cost?

More than 250,000 Syrians have been killed and a million injured. Some 11 million others have been forced from their homes, of whom four million have fled abroad – including growing numbers who are making the dangerous journey to Europe.

How has the world reacted?

Iran, Russia and Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement are propping up the Alawite-led Assad government, while Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar back the more moderate Sunni-dominated opposition, along with the US, UK and France. Hezbollah and Iran are believed to have troops and officers on the ground, while a Western-led coalition and Russia are carrying out air strikes.


‘Global treasure’ Koran fragments on display in Birmingham

Oldest Koran

The university will display the manuscript until 25 October at its Edgbaston campus

Fragments of a Koran believed to be one of the oldest ever found have gone on public display in Birmingham.

The University of Birmingham announced its discovery in July and revealed the manuscript is at least 1,370 years old.

Susan Worrall, from the university, described the manuscript as being “a global treasure”.

It is on display at the university’s Edgbaston campus until 25 October and tickets are free.

The pages of the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognised in the university library for almost a century, the library said.

‘Hushed and reverential’

At the scene: Amy Coles, BBC Midlands Today

Koran visitors

The first visitors found it to be quite an emotional experience

About 2,000 tickets to see the scripts have been taken up and the university expects a lot more to be used before the exhibition ends.

The display area was relatively busy but the tickets are timed so people can get to spend time at the display. I would say there are about ten people in at a time.

The atmosphere is quite hushed and reverential – it seems to be quite an emotional experience for some people.

One visitor said: “This manuscript could have been handled by the Prophet Muhammad or the best men in our religion… I am just standing next to it – it is really amazing.”

“Finding out we had one of the oldest fragments of the Koran in the whole world has been fantastically exciting,” said Ms Worrall, who is director of special collections.

Birmingham’s Muslim community leaders have expressed their delight at the discovery.

Muhammad Afzal, chairman of Birmingham Central Mosque, said: “When I saw these pages I was very moved.

“There were tears of joy and emotion in my eyes.

“And I’m sure people from all over the UK will come to Birmingham to have a glimpse of these pages.”

It was discovered by PhD researcher, Alba Fedeli, who decided to carry out a radiocarbon dating test.

The tests provided a range of dates, showing that, with a probability of more than 95%, the parchment was from between 568 and 645.

“They could well take us back to within a few years of the actual founding of Islam,” said David Thomas, the university’s professor of Christianity and Islam.

“According to Muslim tradition, the Prophet Muhammad received the revelations that form the Koran, the scripture of Islam, between the years 610 and 632, the year of his death,” he said.

The manuscript, written in Hijazi script, an early form of written Arabic, has become one of the oldest known fragments of the Koran.

source: BBC NEWS

UK Croydon: Seven arrested in immigration raids on four Thornton Heath shops

Faiz hair salon was one of those raided

Seven illegal workers have been arrested following immigration raids on shops in Thornton Heath.

The men were detained after police and Home Office officials swooped on two butchers, a fishmonger and a hair salon in High Street yesterday morning.

Six of the men – three Pakistanis, a Ghanaian, an Indian and a Turkish national – have been transferred to immigration detention and are facing deportation.

At S&S Halal Butchers officers found a 23-year-old Turkish man who had overstayed his visitor visa, a 29-year-old Ghanaian man who had overstayed his student visa and a 34-year-old Pakistani man who was a failed asylum seeker.

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J&J Halal Butchers where two illegal immigrants were found

Officers found three illegal immigrants in the shops, a 41-year-old Pakistani man and a 49-year-old Indian man in J&J Halal Butchers and a 37-year-old Afghan man in J&J Fish Market.

In Faiz Hair Salon they found a 31-year-old Pakistani man who had overstayed his visitor visa.

The shops were given warnings that fine of up to £20,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed, unless they can show appropriate right to work document checks were carried out.

S&S Halal Butchers could face charges of £60,000, £40,000 for J&J Halal Butchers and £20,000 each for J&J Fish Market and Faiz Hair Salon.

Jill Smith, head of the South London Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, urged people with information about immigration abuse to come forward.

She said: “There will be no slow down in our efforts to tackle illegal working in south London. Using illegal labour is not a victimless crime. It defrauds the treasury of much needed funds, undercuts businesses who ply an honest trade and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.

“There are simple checks employers can carry out to ensure their employees have the right to work in the UK. Those who choose to ignore the rules will face the consequences.”


Anzac Day terror plot: UK Muslim teen’s plan ‘would have caused deaths’

Army cadets taking part in Anzac Day parade in Sydney, Australia, on 25 April 2015

Parades, like this year’s event in Sydney, take place across Australia on Anzac Day

A plot by a Blackburn teenager to attack an Anzac Day parade in Australia would “in all probability” have caused a number of deaths if it had not been stopped, a court has heard.

At a two-day sentencing hearing, Manchester Crown Court heard the boy encouraged a Melbourne man to behead police officers at a parade in April.

Court sketch of teenage boy held over Australia terror plot

The boy appeared in person at Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier this year

He had previously threatened to cut the throat of his teacher, the court heard.

The 15-year-old has pleaded guilty to one count of inciting terrorism.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is thought to be the youngest Briton guilty of a terror offence.

‘Martyrdom video’

He was radicalised over the internet by Islamic State propaganda, and formulated the plot “from the bedroom of his parents’ suburban home”, prosecutor Paul Greaney QC said, outlining the case.

Anzac Day, held on 25 April each year, commemorates the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’ World War One battle in Gallipoli, and this year marked its centenary.

The Lancashire teen sent thousands of online messages to an alleged Australian jihadist named Sevdet Besim, including one suggesting he get his “first taste of beheading” by attacking “a proper lonely person”, the court heard.

“There is no doubt” the pair planned to carry out the attack, and also made references to the production of a martyrdom video to use for propaganda purposes, Mr Greaney said.

“In the event, fortunately, the authorities here and in Australia intervened and a plot that would in all probability have resulted in a number of deaths was thwarted.”

Neil Prakash, who goes by the jihadist name Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, has been placed alongside notorious Islamic State fighters Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar on a United Nations sanctions list

The court was told a well known Islamic State recruiter – Abu Khaled al-Cambodi- had instigated contact between the defendant and Mr Besim.

Mr Greaney said: “That such a significant Isis (IS) figure put the two in touch is of itself indicative of the serious nature of the plot upon which (the defendant) and Mr Besim were to embark.”

‘Religious convictions’

The Muslim defendant was “undoubtedly a troubled young person” who had had a “difficult” upbringing and was regularly excluded from school, Mr Greaney said.

He was said to have “strong religious convictions” and was disruptive when he attended a large secular school where most of the pupils were white, the court was told.

On one occasion he praised Osama bin Laden and stated his own desire to become a jihadist and a martyr, the court heard.

The defendant was later referred to the government’s counter-extremism programme Channel after his mother explained to the school that he “spent time talking over the internet to persons that he had not met.”

After he was moved to a new school, he threatened a male teacher, saying he would “cut his throat and watch him bleed to death”.

Another male teacher logged a comment from the youngster that he was plotting to kill someone, the prosecutor said.

‘Beheading list’

In 2014, he pushed his phone into the face of a teacher, which the court heard was playing a video showing dead and bloody bodies on the floor.

Mr Greaney said: “He also spoke of his desire to be a suicide bomber, stating that if he had to choose where to detonate his bomb it would be on a plane in order that he could maximise the fatalities.”

In one class he was reported to have said to a teacher: “You are on my beheading list”.

A second referral to Channel took place in November 2014 but the youngster allegedly continued to threaten to kill teachers. He also reportedly described the Charlie Hebdo attackers as his heroes

In one lesson on the death penalty alongside the comment “killing another person is immoral”, he had written: “You could not be more wrong”, Mr Greaney said.

The sentencing hearing is expected to conclude on Friday.

Attack: Sevdet Besim, pictured, has been charged with planning an attack in Melbourne on Anzac Day

Attack: Sevdet Besim, pictured, was charged with planning an attack in Melbourne on Anzac Day