An online Gulag museum, with more that 150 testimonies from survivors of the Gulag, has been launched.
You can visit it here. The world needs to know what happened on those abominable camps.
|Gadahn “cautioning” infidels with love about their future if they don’t convert to Islam|
“An American spokesman for al-Qaida is urging Muslims in the United States and Europe to carry out attacks there.
In a video posted on militant websites Saturday, Adam Gadahn directed his appeal to Muslim immigrants in what he called the ‘miserable suburbs’ of Paris, London and Detroit as well as those traveling to the West to study or work.
Gadahn grew up on a farm in California and converted to Islam before moving to Pakistan in 1998 and reportedly attending an al-Qaida training camp. He has been wanted by the FBI since 2004.”
“Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has deplored attempts by governments in Europe to prohibit Muslim women from publicly wearing the burqa, a garment that covers the entire body.
‘Governments should have better things to do than ban the burqa,’ Williams, the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, told an interfaith meeting organized by the National Council of Churches in India at its headquarters in Nagpur, during a visit to India.
…”I believe that the state ought not to be addressing issues like these. Instead, it should leave such concerns to the religious communities,” stated Williams at the Oct. 14 meeting in Nagpur. He described the French ban as “a sign of being overanxious.”
More than 100 church leaders, led by the NCCI’s president, Methodist Bishop Taranath Sagar, and Bishop Purely Lyngdoh, moderator of the Church of North India, attended the meeting alongside Muslims and Sikhs, and members of the Hindu community.
“We are glad that the archbishop spoke out clearly on the burqa controversy. He is very objective and respects other faiths,” A. Majid Parekh, a Muslim leader in Nagpur, told ENInews after listening to the Anglican leader.
Williams told ENInews that the controversy generated by bans on the burqa, the Sikh turban and the Christian cross in some European countries, “shows the extension of secularism too far. This ought to be resisted. The communities should have the right to decide on such issues.” Williams said he had protested when a British Airways employee was told she should not wear her necklace cross visibly while at work.
He told the meeting that attacks against migrants in Europe were not the result of Christian prejudice against non-Christians but a “crude nationalist prejudice against migrants and outsiders.”
On the link between religions and terrorism, the head of the worldwide Anglican Communion said that terrorism is a product of “bad” religion. “The positive affirmation of faith in God and respect for one another is the solution for it,” he stated.”
Moroccan security services today dismantled a drug ring that did get cocaine and cannabis resin to Europe by land, sea and air and had branches in Latin America, Africa and Europe.
According to the note, the network had its headquarters in Mali, from where they carry out their activities “in collusion with terrorists belonging to the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).”
The Moroccan Interior Ministry said in a statement that the operation resulted in seven arrests, two of whom are Spanish, and the seizure of “significant sums” in Moroccan and foreign currency, vehicles and tear gas, in addition to caches. Drug Investigations reveal that the network could have introduced the drug in Morocco from Mali, and other quantities of the same substances would have been transported to European countries, which also would have to spend large sums of money in foreign currency.
The detainees have been brought to justice and have already begun investigations under the supervision of the prosecution, the statement said.
Three suspected al-Qaeda associates who were apprehended in West Africa by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents during an international anti-drug operation, were extradited to New York and appeared in federal court in Manhattan earlier this year, according to reports obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police’s Terrorism and Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs committees.
The operation confirms the suspicions of terrorism experts that al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups are involved in narcotics trafficking to fund their terror operations.
The suspects — Oumar Issa, Harouna Toure and Idress Abelrahman — were charged with conspiracy to commit acts of narco-terrorism and conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization after they allegedly agreed to transport as much as 1,000 kilos of cocaine. Allegedly, the drugs were earmarked for western European countries and the United States.
The cocaine interdiction and arrests occurred along the traffickers’ favorite route through West Africa to North Africa that serves as a launch point for export to Europe. The suspects were taken into custody after an intense undercover investigation in which informants and agents posed as Colombian narco-terrorists who claimed they shared hatred for the United States with the African suspects.
According to the NACOP report, Colombian drug kingpins use the same transshipment techniques in Africa that they’ve successfully used in Latin America. The Colombian traffickers’ utilized al-Qaeda’s protection services in order to make certain shipments arrived at their destinations.
DEA officials report that in this case they were able to infiltrate the drug operation during the negotiations phase. The undercover DEA agents and informants indicated they were associated with the Colombia terrorist group FARC and could protect the shipment from West Africa to North Africa and ultimately to Spain.
Issa, Toure and Abelrahman claim to be from Mali, but their nation of origin is yet unknown.
Venezuela-Sahel: international net of drug trafficking and terrorism.
US charges 3 Al Qaeda men with drug trafficking to finance global terror.
Report: Hizbullah’s drug trafficking.
Drug Trafficking: More on “Air Al-Qaeda”.
More on the links between South American drug traffickers and AQIM.
Northern Europe: Somali Muslim Khat-sale finances Islamic terrorism.
Spain: NC judge accuses Venezuela of ETA/FARC terrorism.
US: indictment links Hezbollah with Mexican drug cartels.
US: Walid Phares on Jihadist-Drug Cartels’ links.
Whatever Mr. Anglada says about it:
One thing is that we agree with some statements from the anti-Islamic leader of Platform for Catalonia, Josep Anglada, and quite another that we have to swallow the rest of his anti-libertarian message. In case anyone does not know what the fuss is about, here I copy a few excerpts from PXC’s political program, which is available on its website:
“The market’s despotism consists in the exploitation of everything without limits and in considering the meaning of life the accumulaton by consumers of goods of all kinds. It is also clear that this project is doomed due to its materialistm because the planet’s resources are limited and life as we know it will have to change, whether we like it or not.
Traditional politicians, bound hand and foot to the economic powers, can not stop this train of consumption that advances unstoppingly towards nothingness. The ecological problem demonstrates the radical difference between consumerism and the welfare state. Or we stop uncontrolled consumption or we end up welfare, which is a complex concept that also encompasses the spiritual life of man as inseparable from nature.
The liberal rule of the labor market, with unstable and precarious contracts, prevents the access to housing for many young people who aspire only to raise a family and educate their children. (…)
Therefore, it is the economic liberalism which promotes the inability of founding families and the consequent decrease in the birth rate, which is then offset by importing immigrants. “
This is obviously a Falangist ie fascist (the organic ingredient is very characteristic) speech, which shows that, in fact, Anglada has not budged from when he was the man of Blas Pinar (a Franco staunch supporter) in Catalonia.
And incidentally, it also shows that, definitely, Enrique de Diego has lost its way, to join him.
Let us leave aside for now the treatment of the news that lends El Mundo, always wanting to be more politically correct than El País. The truth is that, for once, the prevailing political correctness is right when he branded as Josep Anglada of far-right extremer, but as usual, they do so strictly for wrong reasons. The pseudoprogresism rejects what it calls Islamophobia, which is precisely the only part of speech PXC space, with relevant qualifications. But is unable to recognize the anti-libertarian core of its ideology, because the right-wing socialism is a mirror too uncomfortable for left-wing socialism, whether or not it is implicit.
Geert Wilders, which condemns the expansion of Islam in the Netherlands since the beginning clearly from a libertarian perspective, is the very opposite, to our knowledge, of Josep Anglada, who denounces immigration from the most shameless populism, resorting to the fallacy that foreigners steal jobs to the locals, but incidentally he also spell out some truths. When from certain discourses (both left and right collectivist) people put them in the same bag, they make the same gross pseudoprogresism maneuver, which ranks within the extreme right people like Esperanza Aguirre (President of Autonomous Community of Madrid) and José María Aznar. And this confusion only benefits, as always, the illibertarian of all parties.
These guys are basically Franco supporters who have found a “market segment” in attacking Muslims, more than Islam. This is another difference with Wilders. The latter has been a very hard critic of the Qu’ran and Islam but has always said that he doesn’t have anything against Muslims. But PxC leaders are asking for the expulsion of all Muslims in Spain, whether they are actually extremists or not. In fact, De Diego, a journalist with a curious way of always being in the wrong place at the wrong time, has actually given a speech (it is now an “only invited” readers’ blog) which ends “For a Christian Spain“, something which doesn’t seem very accurate to me.
Some readers will tell me that I’m naive and that all Muslims are a sort of covered traitors. Well, we have here several extremist imams, who have been investigated by the police for years. They are supporting jihad, punish little girls if they don’t get covered, have Islamic police to prevent Muslims from selling alcohol in their shops, hate non-Muslims, etc. It would be actually very accurate to ask for the immediate expulsion of these guys and supporters, who are most of them “Maghrebies” (Moroccan or Algerian) and some of them had gone to Saudi Arabia to “study”.
But there are Spanish “original” people who have converted to Islam. They can’t be expelled even in the case that they are actually preaching all those things (they are none of the main Islamist imams who are doing this to my knowledge). And the same that in other famous cases (Abu Hamza, to name one), there are others who are living under threat from those “imams” because they dared to tell the police what was going on in their mosques.
The problem, from my point of view (and I can be wrong, of course), is that Western countries should be very firm in applying the law, but can’t leave the laws aside. Stopping Muslim immigration could be a solution but actually the only solution is to show extremists (whatever their number or their basis), that the law is going to be applied fully and without hesitation, something that now is not done (i.e.: polygamy, for example, had been accepted by Govts despite it is a crime in European legislations).
Far-right Platform per Catalonia announces they will take part in local elections in Catalonia.
(Far-right, ultranationalist) Platform for Catalonia presents its candidacy for Catalan Government.
As Americans are blinded to the dangers of Islam by their experience with multiculturalism, Europeans are blinded to the dangers of Islam by their inexperience with multiculturalism. Both make the mistake of assuming that Islamic violence is part of the multicultural norm, rather than the resumption of an old invasion of Europe. The chaos and confusion in a multicultural society can make it hard to spot real threats against the background noise, frustrations and raw nerves of cultural friction. It becomes easy to lump in complaints about too many Indian restaurants, with complaints about angry mosque worshipers. And it becomes all too easy for authorities to tell people to just make the best of it, while ignoring the situation. The authorities are certain that eventually a natural balance will arise a generation or two down the road. The slow realization that the native born Muslims are actually more radicalized than their fathers and grandfathers is worrying them, but not in a particularly constructive way. Instead they are torn between England’s accommodation policies and France’s integration policies, neither of which get at the heart of the problem.
Debates over swimming classes or a radical mosque here and there are only the smaller branches of a fast growing tree. Because the problem is not merely cultural differences, those can be and have been accommodated. The problem is that Muslims believe that their way of life is morally superior, and that any system or institution that does not follow those laws, is invalid. Furthermore they believe that they have a duty to impose their laws on others in the name of their religion or honor.
Right on target. I don’t know what proportion or what is the number of Muslims who actually believe that, but certainly there is an important number who consider that they are morally superior.
Intelligence and law enforcement officials have information that the teams could at any time launch a “Mumbai style” terror attack that targets civilians for death or hostage taking. The 2008 Mumbai attack used small arms and explosives to kill 175 people and paralyze the Indian city for days.
The current concerns are for scenarios that include opening fire at airports in Europe as well as executing similar attacks at “soft” targets like tourist attractions or hotels.
According to ABC News sources, the terror plotters have moved through the surveillance stage, checked back in with al Qaeda in Pakistan, and have received the go-ahead to strike.
A German citizen of Afghan descent was the source of much of the information on a potential “Mumbai-style” terror plot in Europe, a German counterterrorism official said Wednesday.
The man, Ahmed Sidiqi, was detained in Kabul in July and transferred to U.S. custody where he has “revealed details about the terror plot,” said the official, who did not want to be named because he is not authorized to talk to the media.
The man and several other Germans traveled from Hamburg to the Afghan-Pakistan border area in 2009, where he joined the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an extremist group allied with al Qaeda, German intelligence officials said.
Sidiqi, once captured, “started to talk a lot,” and detailed a “Mumbai-style” attack in Europe, the German official said.
…The intelligence indicates there is interest in using people with Western passports in an attack, that official said. This source says the potential operatives may be a mix of Europeans and others possibly including North Africans, Pakistanis, Turks, Uzbeks, and Tajiks.
There is concern about an “active shooter” scenario that would create as many casualties and as much chaos as possible in a short period of time.
The Mumbai attacks showed how effective this kind of an attack can be in drawing attention.
According to this source, economic targets in Europe could be possible targets, including institutions such as banks and stock exchanges.
A separate law enforcement source said “the belief is” that Osama bin Laden signed off on a European attack plan, and that source confirmed the intelligence related to a Mumbai-style attack.
The German government is increasingly concerned about the number of Germans becoming jihadists. According to a senior German counterterrorism source, some 200 individuals have traveled to train with Jihadist groups in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region since the 9/11 attacks.
A prestigious Indonesian Islamic theologian is traveling to Europe to promote the country’s tolerant, pluralist interpretation of Islam and counter the violent ideology of radical extremists. The tour is organized by groups that promote pluralism and is part of a plan to develop a network of Muslim leaders to give voice to what they call the “great silent majority” of peace-loving Muslims.
Kyai Haji Achmad Mustofa Bisri, an influential Islamic cleric and member of the supreme council of Nahdlatul Ulama, an Indonesian Muslim organization with 40 million members, has preached tolerance and moderation for over 30 years. Now he has agreed to travel to Europe to help reconcile what he describes as growing animosity between Muslims and Christians there.
He says his perception of the world that we live in is that it is like very dry grass that is easy to catch fire and burn.
Islam, the cleric says, is a religion that promotes love, peace and tolerance.
He says if one misreads the message of love to give rise to hatred, then clearly there is a failure to understand.
And Bisri says that both Islamic extremists and those who hate Muslims share the misguided view that Islam sanctions violence.
A European court on Tuesday (Feb. 2) ordered Turkey to remove the religious affiliation section from citizens’ identification cards, calling the practice a violation of human rights.
Religious minorities and in particular Christian converts in Turkey have faced discrimination because of the mandatory religion declaration on their identification cards, which was enforced until 2006. Since then, citizens are allowed to leave the “Religion” section of their IDs blank.
The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) “is a good thing,” said Zekai Tanyar, president of the Turkish Protestant Alliance, citing prejudices against Christian converts.
If someone leaves that “section” blank, it’s because he is not a Muslim, so the effects would be just as bad as if he/she were actually writing it down.
According to UN reports, nearly 60 percent of the cocaine sold in Europe transits through weak West African states such as Mali, Niger, Mauritania, and Guinea Bissau – a flow of cash and contraband that undermines the credibility of each country’s ability to govern itself.
As many of these same countries are now becoming a haven for a shadowy group calling itself Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), there are growing concerns that Islamist radicals and Latin American drug cartels may be working together, both to enrich themselves and to weaken the law enforcement capability of those West African states.
“At this point Al Qaeda in the Maghreb seems to be nothing more than just facilitators, but more and more we see evidence of them working together,” says an official for the US military at the Africom command center in Stuttgart, speaking on background. But it is safe to assume, the official adds, that Al Qaeda “is profiting from the drug trafficking trade going through its areas” of the Sahara.
A 2008 Department of Homeland Security report, obtained by Reuters, warned of a growing fleet of rogue aircraft – at least 10 aircraft including executive jets, twin-engine turboprops, and aging Boeing 727s, crisscrossing the Atlantic. The DEA also told Reuters that all aircraft seized in West Africa had departed Venezuela.
When it comes to traffickers use of planes between West Africa and Latin America, US military experts say there is a clear potential threat to American security. “We know what those planes are carrying across the Atlantic to Africa. But what goes back [on those planes] to [Latin] American shores?” says one US military official. “You know what the condition of the [US] southern borders are. You see the beginning of a process of thought.”
Yes, this should worry US. And it should worry Europe, specially Spain and France, already menaced by AQ, precisely because of their links with the region.
Another reason to abstain oneself from taking drugs: the benefits go to fund terrorist activities. It’s not the first time this is discovered (i.e.: 1, 2, 3…) but this is an important development regarding Hizbullah, terrorist organization which has already been accused of involvement in drug trafficking:
A report in the German magazine Der Spiegel over the weekend says that one way Hizbullah has been earning money for its terror activities is by selling drugs in Europe. The report says that German police have arrested members of a Lebanese family that illegally transferred millions of euros from Germany to known Hizbullah terrorists, including Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah, in Lebanon.
According to the report, German customs officials arrested four Lebanese nationals %u2013 all members of the same family – at Frankfurt Airport who were found to be carrying nine million euros in their carry-on bags in May 2008. The money was seized, and an analysis showed traces of cocaine on the bills. A search of the homes of one of the suspects in the German town of Speyer yielded another 500,000 euros
Police and religious communities across Europe are mounting new offensives against “honour killings”. The moves follow a string of high-profile cases across the continent when family members have been successfully prosecuted for killing young daughters and other relatives, normally because they refused to take part in arranged marriages or had fallen in love with someone deemed unsuitable.
A case in Britain this month, which ended with a Turkish father being found guilty and ordered to serve a minimum of 22 years for killing his 15-year-old daughter in 1999 because of an affair she was having with a man from a different sect of Islam, was described as “a wake-up call” over the problem of honour killings.
The conviction of Mehmet Goren, the father of Tulay Goren, was possible only because his wife spoke out after 10 years of silence. The UK case marked the first time that prosecutors called on expert witnesses in an honour crime trial. They were used to describe how the “namus”, or family code of honour, worked among Turkish Kurds. Such developments, plus the establishment of special police units with a greater understanding of honour crimes, are being mirrored in Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy after high-profile cases there.
Far from all of the trials have involved Muslims. Young Hindu and Sikh women who refuse arranged marriages and, particularly, those who fall in love with someone from a different caste, have been victims as well. The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 5,000 women are killed in the name of honour worldwide each year, at least 1,000 in Pakistan. According to the UN Development Fund for Women, 22 women in India are killed every day in dowry-related murders.
This can be one of the worst deeds committed in the name of religion. Religion should be something to soften the soul, stay in touch with our Maker and see things in their right perspective. We are nothing but sand grains which could be carried away by the storm. The problem appears when some of those grains begin to think they can have power over the rest. That is, when people use whatever means (including religion) to control and to gain power over the others.
But in these cases, it’s not only the murder the horrible thing. Killing a relative is already so hard (except if you are Jack the Ripper), but in these cases, it’s not the most important thing. It’s the cruelty, the savagery, the viciousness of the killers. They normally punish to a horrible extent their victims, who are their wifes, sisters, daughters… It remembers me this: “so much negativity” in their souls:
Transformers 2: The Revenge of the Fallen
What is certain is that every day we have news of this absolutely disgusting reality.
The Spanish EU presidency plans to set up a special unit aimed at sharing counter-terrorism intelligence among member states, according to Spanish media.
El Pais reports that the new body will facilitate the direct exchange of intelligence between two or several member states in close co-operation with the existing special counter-terrorism co-ordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, and the EU situation centre – a Brussels-based crisis management unit which includes counter-terrorism activities.
…Europol, the bloc’s police co-operation and criminal data exchange body, also gained enhanced powers from 1 January. Its activities touch on terrorism as it manages data on chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, cybercrime and Islamist extremism on the web.
The EU’s institutional changes come against the backdrop of increased fears of terrorist attacks in European countries, after a failed attempt by Al Qaeda on 25 December to blow up a plane destined for the US, which took off in Amsterdam.
Over the weekend, several Western embassies, among which those of Spain and Great Britain, closed their operations in Yemen, where Al Qaeda had trained the failed terrorist plotter.
Let’s hope this is better done than the EU Presidency official webpage. In this case, the errors can be much more dangerous to ordinary citizens.
The ex-prisoners arrived last Friday in Portugal and their identities won’t be published due to security reasons.
Interior Ministry reported that the ex-GITMO “haven’t any charges laid against them, are free people and will live in appartments given by the State”, who will work “for their integration in Portuguese society”.
The two Syrian nationals will need a visa to travel through European Union countries, according to Justice and Foreign Affairs Ministers in their meeting last June in Luxembourg.
Well, it was announced some weeks ago that they will be sent to Portugal. I keep on asking myself why on earth they have not been sent back to Syria.
Serbia: Embassy in US Offers to Take GITMO Detainees.
US: Closing GITMO makes possible military-civilian terror prison within US soil*.
Spain: examining new GITMO inmates.
GITMO: Spain probably will shelter 4 Tunisians and a Yemeni.
USA: GITMO detainees say they planned September 11.
The Taliban praise Obama for closing GITMO.
… conference convener Peter Riddell believes that all those living in Europe need to address tough questions about how Islam relates to their shared future.
“We’re faced with a need to redefine what it means to be European. In many ways you could say that European culture has defined itself in opposition to Islam,” he said.
“So now the challenge is, whether we’re going to embrace a European culture which includes a substantial component of Muslims, or whether we’re going to reject that.”
… All here agree that Islam is a religion of peace – and Shaykh Mogra expresses irritation at any suggestion that such events are strong on rhetoric but short on practical outcomes.
Yeah, well, how much time are they going to need to decide whether they are or not going to reject European culture? And while they are thinking about that, why they don’t tell us what are they going to do IF they finally decide to reject it?
Lastly, the European culture has not defined itself in opposition to Islam, as Islam has had very little contact with it, except in those countries which were conquered in the Middle Ages (mainly Spain and South Italy, Balkans). European modern culture defined itself against the Ancient Regime, which had nothing to do with Islam.
Don’t be so egocentric: the world does not turn itself around Islam, whatever your local Imam has told you last Friday.
A second member of the Sauerland terror cell has confessed to planning bomb attacks on German airports. Adem Yilmaz told a Duesseldorf court that the goal was not to kill people, but to bring air traffic to a stop.
Yilmaz said that the group known as the Sauerland cell had discussed setting off “smaller explosions at the Duesseldorf or Dortmund airports,” and added that Frankfurt airport had also been a possible target. The 30-year-old said that they deliberately wanted to avoid large-scale explosions because of the risk of killing people who had nothing to do with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – unlike the American soldiers he and his friends were intent on attacking.
“We would have done it if we had found a place [in the airport] where there weren’t so many people,” Yilmaz told the court on Tuesday. “We didn’t want to hurt innocent people. We could have hit Muslims, and we didn’t want to do that.”
Innocent people = Muslims. The rest of the world are evil. Once and again the same message.
The first of four alleged Islamist militants known as the Sauerland cell took the stand to confess his role in planning terror attacks in Germany. The confessions are expected to shorten the trial of the four men.
In his wide-ranging confession, suspected ring leader Fritz Gelowicz told the court how the group’s plans for a terror attack in Germany developed.
According to his confession in a Duesseldorf court, the alleged mastermind of the group took part in a three-month terrorist training camp in Pakistan in 2006. There, a plot was hatched to attack American targets, particularly military personnel, in Germany.
Part of the training dealt with weapons, such as Kalashnikov machine guns, and the suspects were also reportedly trained in explosives and circuitry for bomb making.
Prosecution lawyer Volker Brinkmann said ahead of the trial that the suspects had admitted to their goal of “killing as many Americans as possible.” (what peaceful guys, hein?).
Two of the suspects, Fritz G. and Daniel S., aged 29 and 23 respectively, are German converts to Islam. A third suspect, Attila S., is a 24-year-old German citizen of Turkish origin, while 30-year-old Adem Y. is a Turkish national.
Again this shows Islamic/Islamist terrorism has nothing to do with race…
Mr Katorza has demanded EU “reparations for lost job income, reparations for physical and psychological damages, reparations for property damages, monies for reinforced buildings against missiles or any other military projectiles”.”
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