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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nazi SS Reichsführer Himmler Sent Palestinian Mufti “Warm Wishes for the Continuation of Your Battle until the Big Victory”

Himler and Haj Amin al-Husseini at Auschwitz 

Nazi SS Reichsführer Himmler Sent Palestinian Mufti “Warm Wishes for the Continuation of Your Battle until the Big Victory” (Jpost).

Israel’s National Library has uncovered a telegram written by SS commander Heinrich Himmler and sent to the Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini in 1943, in which the Nazi leader expressed his support for the Palestinian struggle against the Jewsת – Joy Bernard reports for the Jerusalem Post.

Himmler, one of the main masterminds behind the Nazi regime’s plan to exterminate all of Europe’s Jews, wrote,
The joint recognition of the enemy, and the joint battle against him, are what creates the firm allegiance between Germany and freedom-seeking Muslims all over the world….In this spirit, I am happy to wish you on the…anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, warm wishes for the continuation of your battle until the big victory.”

Read the full story here.


The U.S. government won't protect your internet privacy, so here's how to do it yourself.


The U.S. government won't protect your internet privacy, so here's how to do it yourself. (Popsci).

Yesterday, by a vote of 215 to 205, the House of Representatives voted to strip privacy safeguards from people who use the internet. The measure already cleared the Senate with a narrow majority, and experts expect that President Trump will sign the bill into law. When he does so, ISPs, the companies that connect people to the internet, will be able to collect and sell information about specific users without their permission.

More specifically, the bill nullifies a set of rules put in place by the FCC. Collectively, the rules—which have been in the works in the works for months and years and are built on prior rulemaking—are newly formalized: The FCC published the final version last December, and most took effect in January, with one part coming into effect this March.

Some of those protections provided by these rules are, technologically speaking, ancient—like extending 1934 privacy requirements originally written for telecommunication companies to also cover broadband internet service. Modern additions deal more explicitly with consumer consent and privacy online. The rules mandate that ISPs do three things: Let customers know about (and opt-in or opt-out of) any sharing of their information; get affirmative consent when offering customers financial incentives in exchange for selling their data; and not offer cheaper service to people on the condition that they surrender privacy rights.

Without these measures in place, ISPs will be freed up to turn user data into a lucrative business—and to do so without the users' knowledge or consent. Nullifying these rules, after all the time it took to create and implement them, gives companies implicit permission to do exactly what the rules protect against. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a major online privacy rights organization, describes it succinctly:
Putting the interests of internet providers over internet users, Congress today voted to erase landmark broadband privacy protections. If the bill is signed into law, companies like Cox, Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, and Verizon will have free rein to hijack your searches, sell your data, and hammer you with unwanted advertisements. Worst yet, consumers will now have to pay a privacy tax by relying on VPNs to safeguard their information. That is a poor substitute for legal protections.
This change in rules means ISPs can profit off a captive customer base twice: first, by charging them for the service, and second, by collecting data on what users do online and selling it to a third party.

“I’m concerned about their stewardship of the data,” says Shauna Dillavou, a former member of the D.C. intelligence community who now runs CommunityRED, a nonprofit that works on finding and providing secure technology tools for citizen reporters operating in journalism-unfriendly places abroad. “We still have to pay for their service, for the most part, and a lot of the tools you’ll have to use to safeguard your privacy and your security will slow your connection down, so then you have to upgrade your service and pay even more, because ISPs are sucking your data out.”

To make matters worse for users, should the bill be signed into law, ISPs will no longer be required to disclose data breaches. That means people could have their information stolen from the company that collected it without their consent, and then not even know that the data theft took place.

We’ve put the entire responsibility of security on the users,” says Dillavou.

Restoring consumer protections will likely take either legislative or legal action, which means waiting until the next Congress takes office in 2019 at the earliest—or hoping a privacy-relevant case works through the courts before then.

Still, that doesn’t mean individual users are completely powerless to protect their own data. Here are some steps a user can take to secure their privacy: Read the full story here.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Turkey’s Claims Aimed at Justifying 'Neo - Ottoman' Expansionist Policies: Iran.


Turkey’s Claims Aimed at Justifying 'Neo - Ottoman' Expansionist Policies: Iran. (IFP).

Iran has dismissed the recent “unacceptable and unjustifiable” remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against Tehran, saying Ankara is leveling accusations against other countries to justify its expansionist policies.



Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi expressed regret on Sunday that Turkish officials continue to make “baseless, meddlesome and troublesome” remarks against the country’s neighbors.
By accusing others and repeating fictitious claims, they [Turkish officials] are trying to justify their meddlesome and expansionist policies toward their neighbors,” he added.
Speaking at a Turkish-British forum in the southern city of Antalya on Saturday, the Turkish president accused Iran of adopting and pursuing “racist and discriminatory” policies in Iraq.

The Iranian spokesperson also dismissed as incorrect comments by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak, who recently claimed that some three million refugees, mostly Afghans, were trying to go to Turkey from Iran, expressing concern that Iran was “ignoring their demand for migration.”
“Iran has been hosting millions of refugees from its neighboring countries for more than 30 years,” Qassemi said.
Turkey must learn from Iran how it has hosted millions of refugees for more than three decades and has never abused this human and humanitarian issue for specific and politically-motivated purposes against any other country.
He recommended Turkish officials to avoid conflating humanitarian issues with political disputes, urging them to respect the national sovereignty of their neighboring states, particularly Iraq and Syria.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran regards respect for the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of neighboring countries as the best option for strengthening and developing relations among nations and countries,” Qassemi said.

Iran also considers “constructive dialogue with neighbors, instead of accusing others, as the most appropriate way” to deepen ties with them, he pointed out.

Israeli Minister Hanegbi: 'The Bible — not Google — gives Israel moral right to land.


Israeli Minister Hanegbi: 'The Bible — not Google — gives Israel moral right to land.'(Jpost).

Israel’s moral claim to land comes from the Bible, not Google, Communications Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said in Washington on Tuesday at an event held in support of placing West Bank settlements within final borders of the Jewish state.

“Defense is important and security is important, but the most important thing is the moral claim of Israel. We are committed to go forward with living in our ancient land, land that was given us not by Google and Wikipedia, but by the Bible,” he said.

The event Hanegbi spoke at was hosted by the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea and Samaria to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, titled “Celebrate 50 Years of Rejuvenation in Judea and Samaria.” It was purposely held near the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference to attract those in attendance there.

This was the first time the council held an event in Washington concurrent with the AIPAC conference to specifically target those attendees, as part of its growing focus on soliciting support abroad for the settlements, both in the United States and the European Union.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said there were three quick arguments for placing Area C of the West Bank within Israel’s borders, all of which centered around the word “just,” and then mentioned Israel’s victory in the Six Day War.

It was a just war. It is a just defense. But the most important one, it was based on a just claim.

A just claim of the Jewish people on [the Biblical areas of] Beit El, Shechem, Jerusalem and Hebron,” she said.

“Let me tell you something, if those places are not Jewish, who can tell me that [the modern cities of] Herzliya, Rehovot, Rishon Lezion and Tel Aviv are Jewish,” Hotovely said. “I always say that the occupation is a myth, because we never occupied other people’s land. This is Jewish land [Judea and Samaria]. This should forever be a Jewish land under Israeli law.” Read the full story here.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trudeau airport in Montreal: investigation uncovers Airport staff who support ISIS ideology.


Trudeau airport in Montreal: investigation uncovers Airport staff who support ISIS ideology.(TVanouvelles). [GoogleTranslated].
"I know of (employees) who have arrived in Canada for only two months and are already working around planes or in the luggage room,"
The Montréal-Trudeau airport faces employees who show signs of radicalization, including one who has just been moved away from the runways because of the risks he presents. Here is what our Investigation Bureau and the show "JE", presented tonight, 7:30 pm, to TVA, in the last months.

Four employees had their access to the secured area withdrawn as a precautionary measure. At least three of these individuals (two still working at the airport) display a profile that worries the police.

Some have visited pro-Islamic (Daesh) websites, broadcast propaganda on social networks, consulted an abnormal amount of documents dealing with weapons or explosives.

Of the four security clearances that were withdrawn, one was issued after an airport employee with access to the secure area suggested similar bombing attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015.

Two other cards were confiscated because workers had psychiatric problems that put the safety of airport operations at risk.

"Concerning" It is the Montreal police who provide armed security at the airport. Six officers are on site at all times, but only three are available to patrol the entire terminal and they do not have a long weapon. In practice, it is often two agents that are mobile.

For the assistant director of the SPVM, Patrick Lalonde, one of the leaders of the fight against terrorism in Quebec, this information is "worrying". "The SPVM and its partners work every day to evaluate the threat and to counter it," he said.

Marcel Savard, formerly in charge of counter-terrorism at the Sûreté du Québec, was also worried about the situation. "What worries me," he said, "is the strategic position that these people occupy."

"We have a concern for all types of threats, radicalization is one of them," notes Pierre-Paul Pharand, vice-president of airport infrastructures at Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), in a report that will be presented tonight On the TVA waves.

This former soldier watches over the safety of the 16 million passengers who pass through the airport each year. He argues that his organization takes the situation seriously. "Whenever there are issues related to radicalization," he says, "we are acting with our partners"

"I know of (employees) who have arrived in Canada for only two months and are already working around planes or in the luggage room," said an airport employee who worked with some of these individuals and who Required anonymity.

According to our information, the national security squads have repeatedly addressed the "issue" of Montréal-Trudeau.

If formerly one counted on the good old technique of the physical spinning, the ways of doing are refined: the spinning is today digital. It is this new technology that has been used by our Investigative Office over the last eight months to identify individuals at risk.

"We need to look at the precise digital footprint of these individuals. It will allow us to know to what extent the individual is increasing and represents a risk, "explains Marcel Savard.

Our team targeted two ADM employees who presented disturbing profiles. A first employee occupied a strategic position giving him direct access to the runways and planes parked around the terminal building.

The police investigation showed that he regularly consulted pro-Daesh websites that tout the rise of the terrorist organization. By carrying out further research, investigators even discovered that he had acquired an impressive amount of books and documentation on military-caliber assault weapons. The authorities transferred the individual to another post, away from the runways, aircraft and outside the secure area.

Identified by the team of "JE", the second employee is native of Algeria. A few months ago, he was still living in the Montreal area. He has broadcast a Daesh propaganda video on his Facebook page. There are live killings being committed in the city of Mosul and passers-by being pulled off by members of the Islamic state.

The individual seems to support the ideas of the Muslim Brotherhood, an extremist organization that the experts consider to be the source of Islamic terrorism. Our research shows that the suspect supports the regime of the former president of Egypt, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and driven out of power by the popular revolt in the summer of 2013.

The man appears to have left Canada for a few months, but appears to have links with employees of Aéroports de Montréal who have access to secure areas. Hmmm....As i said for years 'Airport staff is the weakest link in security' . More here.
The show "JE" will be presented tonight at 19:30 on TVA.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Indonesia: Police fire tear gas at Islamist protesters outside church construction site.


Indonesia: Police fire tear gas at Islamist protesters outside church construction site. (premier).

Indonesian police fired tear gas in order to disperse a group of hard-line Muslim protesters outside a church in Bekasi, Indonesia.




According to the Associated Press, several hundred protesters from the group called Forum for Bekasi Muslim Friendship staged the demonstration to protest against the building of the Santa Clara church.


The church has been under construction since November.
Eye Witnesses told AP that the protesters had tried to force their way into the property and threw rocks and bottles at the building before police fired the tear gas.


Local priest Fr Raymundus Sianipar was advised by police to leave the area for his own safety.
The church has been the target of protests since it received a construction permit in June 2015.


Last year, the demonstrators sealed off the church and demanded the permit be revoked.
Approximately 12,000 Catholics live in Beksai.

Indonesia is number 46 on Open Doors' World Watch List for Christian persecution. Hmmm....Interfaith dialog 101

Video - Large protests in Moscow and St Petersburg against corruption in Russia. (Live).






Saturday, March 25, 2017

Video - Syria's White helmets, living next door to Al Qaeda in Aleppo.



This report is from French humanitarian Pierre Le Corf, based in Aleppo for one year:

Beware, the reality on the war on Syria and in Aleppo can really burn your eyes. Hospitals totally destroyed and White Helmets are heroes in Aleppo? An Oscar? A nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize? At what price will we continue to lie and kill, to justify this war to support terrorist groups, to keep another sovereign country on the brink of suffocation like so many before? I have compiled the following images to give you another perspective to the corporate media narrative.

As a French citizen, I refuse to support my country's criminal foreign policy. Please read my letter to the President of the French republic where I outline my objections very clearly. In less than two hours I have gathered images of two hospitals that are still operating, claimed to have been destroyed. I have walked past tonnes of medicines reserved for the various terrorist groups and prohibited for civilians. I have passed by the remains of the buildings under the control of Jabhat Al Nusra and the Free Syrian Army, next door to the White Helmets building, which as civilian testimony shows us, mainly helped terrorists not civilians.

We were told, the White Helmets only performed when the camera was ON. We were told they carried weapons, executed Syrian soldiers, participated in executions for the Islamic courts, stole from victims etc but a crucial point is quite simply, almost all members of the White Helmets were affiliated to the terrorist groups and swore allegiance to Nusra Front and Harakat Nour al Din Al Zinki. Watch the video of my friend Vanessa Beeley

Video - Retired Army Lt. Gen.Flynn and Turkish Min, Son in law of Erdogan Discussed Kidnapping Turkish Cleric Gulen.



Video - Retired Army Lt. Gen.Flynn and Turkish Min, Son in law of Erdogan Discussed Kidnapping Turkish Cleric Gulen.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, while serving as an adviser to the Trump campaign, met with top Turkish government ministers and discussed removing a Muslim cleric from the U.S. and taking him to Turkey, according to former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey, who attended, and others who were briefed on the meeting.

The discussion late last summer involved ideas about how to get Fethullah Gulen, a cleric whom Turkey has accused of orchestrating last summer’s failed military coup, to Turkey without going through the U.S. extradition legal process, according to Mr. Woolsey and those who were briefed.

The Turkish ministers were interested in open-ended thinking on the subject, and the ideas were raised hypothetically, said the people who were briefed. The ministers in attendance included the son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country’s foreign minister, foreign-lobbying disclosure documents show.

Mr. Woolsey said the idea was “a covert step in the dead of night to whisk this guy away.” The discussion, he said, didn’t include actual tactics for removing Mr. Gulen from his U.S. home. If specific plans had been discussed, Mr. Woolsey said, he would have spoken up and questioned their legality.

It isn’t known who raised the idea or what Mr. Flynn concluded about it.Hmmm......See tweets below.Read the full story here.

Friday, March 24, 2017

'Canadian national Linked to ISIL Arrested in Turkey on his way home'.


'Canadian national Linked to ISIL Arrested in Turkey on his way home'.(TS)

According to the Andolu News Agency, a man identified only as “Wassim B.” was arrested on March 10 at the airport in Adana, a city in southern Turkey. The report, which cited unnamed security officials, said the man had been planning to fly to Istanbul, before catching flights to Greece and then Canada.
Under interrogation, it was reportedly determined that the man was in fact a “high-level” weapons trainer for the terror group in Syria. Officials also seized videos, images that showed him firing weapons as well as other documents, according to the report.
Austin Jean, a spokesperson with Global Affairs Canada, confirmed the arrest but could provide neither details of the case nor the identity of the individual.
“Consular services are being provided to a Canadian citizen who has been detained in Adana, Turkey, as well as to their family. Consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information,” Jean said in a written statement.
The images of the man who was arrested that were published by Turkish news organizations bear a resemblance to Wassim Boughadou, a Montreal-born man of Algerian ancestry who is under investigation by the RCMP for having joined Daesh, which is also known as the Islamic State or ISIS.
Boughadou is one of several men from Quebec suspected of having participated in the kidnapping of two American journalists in Syria in 2013, which has been blamed on a group linked to Al-Qaeda.
Global Affairs Canada acknowledged that a Canadian citizen was detained in Adana, but declined to confirm the individual’s identity.

“Consular services are being provided to a Canadian citizen who has been detained in Adana, Turkey, as well as to their family. Consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information,” spokesperson Brittany Venhola-Fletcher told Global News in an emailed statement.

Turkish authorities reportedly interrogated the suspect and seized documents as well as photos and videos showing him firing weapons in the Syrian countryside.

Photos and videos of the man published by Turkish news organizations bear resemblance to Wassim Boughadou, 25, a Montreal-born man suspected of being involved in the 2013 kidnapping of two American journalists in Syria.

In an interview with LaPresse in January 2017, Boughadou claimed that he turned religious at age 18, and left Canada in 2012 because he didn’t feel welcome in Quebecois society.

At the time, he said that he would never return to Canada.

Composting the dead? Belgian francophone politician thinks it should be possible.



Composting the dead? Belgian francophone politician thinks it should be possible.(HLN). [Google translated].

Olivier Maingain (DEFI) advocates for ecological reasons for legalizing composting of the dead as an alternative form of funeral services.

Olivier D. A. Gh. Maingain is a Belgian francophone politician and president of DéFI.
Currently there are two legal practices: burial and cremation. But according Maingain those are "highly polluting, expensive and problematic in terms of space requirements. He advocated therefore the legalization of composting.

"It is a controlled process in which human remains can be converted in a compost of pruning wood chips in twelve months by micro-organisms in healthy and fertile humus. There are no coffins, no concession fees, no embalming costs involved, no chemical products are added ... "said Maingain. According to the MP this question is among other questions filed by citizens in his community .

"My administration does not have a scientific study that compares the benefits of humusation  to the two legal ways of burying . Given the organization of the funeral management in Belgium -. Cemeteries and funeral homes - there seems to be a very low environmental impact for all techniques "said Minister Marghem who referes for a possible modification of the law of July 20, 1971 in the cemeteries and funeral services by referring to her colleague of the Interior Jan Jambon.


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Belgium - Possible Terror attack avoided in Busiest shopping street of Antwerp.

Belgium - Possible Terror attack avoided in Busiest shopping street of Antwerp.(Standard) [GoogleTranslated].

Man arrested after he drove at high speed over the Meir.

Apparently Soldiers patrolling spotted the suspect vehicle, when trying to check the car the driver took off at high speed.

Around 11 pm a man was driving a high-speed vehicle over the Meir in which people had to hurry to avoid the vehicle, said police chief Serge Muyters. police noticed the vehicle and tried to stop it.
The driver ignored the control, drove through the red traffic light at the Meirbrug towards the quays. The rapid response team was called. At St. Michael's Quay, at the height of the Fortune Street, the vehicle and the driver was intercepted.
A perimeter was established around the suspicious car and the bomb squad came . IT's not said If anything suspicious was found in the car, 
The suspect, a man of North African origin, has been arrested. The federal judicial police department terrorism has taken over the investigation. "Possibly we may have avoided worse," said Mayor Bart De Wever.
Vigilance is raised in Antwerp. "This means, additional & Increased policing in areas with lots of people or other special places." 




ISIS claims responsibility for Westminster Attack, says attacker was a "soldier of the Islamic State"

Prime Minister Theresa May : "London attacker was British born and had been investigated by MI5 over extremism fears".


Prime Minister Theresa May : "London attacker was British born and had been investigated by MI5 over extremism fears".(Standard).

The attacker who killed three people at Westminster was born in Britain and had previously been investigated by MI5 for violent extremism, Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed.
Mrs May briefed MPs in the Commons on Thursday morning and gave limited details about the man but said security services had not had any warning an attack was imminent.
Whilst the man had been investigated by MI5 several years ago, she described him as “a peripheral figure”.
Speaking to a packed House, Mrs May said: “His identity is known to the police and MI5 and when operational considerations allow, he will be publicly identified.
“The man was British-born and some years ago was investigated by MI5 over concerns into violent extremism.
“He was a peripheral figure. The case is historic.
“He was not part of the current intelligence picture. There was no prior intelligence of his intent or the plot.” Read the full story here.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

North Korean migrant 'slaves' in Russia. This is how Pyongyang tackles crisis.

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North Korean migrant 'slaves' in Russia. This is how Pyongyang tackles crisis. (AN).

North Korea has concluded an agreement with Russia to increase the number of migrant workers from the regime in the North to the Eurasian Country. Thanks to their work, Pyongyang receives a part of their wages, increasing foreign currency to improve its shaky economy. This happens despite the series of sanctions that the UN imposed on North Korea because of its nuclear program and missile tests.

The agreement was signed last March 17 in Pyongyang between Ri Kwang-gun, Vice-Minister for External Economic Relations, and Dmitri Demidenko, Russian representative of the Interior Ministry, emigration sector.

Under the agreement, North Korean migrants must have a good knowledge of the Russian language so a cooperation program was set up between the Institute for Foreign Studies University in Pyongyang, and the Pushkin Institute for Languages. Already in 2015 Russia began to demand that North Korean migrants study the Russian language and history, and be tested before being sent abroad.

At present there are about 30 thousand North Korean workers in Russia. Most are engaged in forestry, mining and construction.

The latest available figures show that North Korean workers are paid around $ 100 US per month. Of these, 70% is taken by Pyongyang as "loyalty payment" to the state.

The UN Commission on Human Rights has condemned this form of slavery of North Korean migrants.

The United Nations says there are at least 50 thousand North Koreans working abroad, mostly in China and Russia. But groups of them are also in Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Poland, Qatar and the UAE.


These workers earn $ 120-150 per month and are often forced to work up to 20 hours a day, with only one or two days off a month, and insufficient food. Of course, a portion of their wages is passed by direct debit to the North Korea government.

Video - One year ago, the Brussels Airport was attacked by Islamist terrorists, 5 people recall the events.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Indonesian district bans three churches from worshiping.


Indonesian district bans three churches from worshiping. (Ucanews).

Indonesian authorities in Bogor, West Java have banned three churches from holding religious activities.

The churches were the Methodist Church Indonesia, Huria Batak Protestant Church and Catholics, who were using a house for catechism.

Bogor district chief, Nurhayanti told media that the churches were banned from holding services because the government cannot guarantee their safety.

The move follows what church representatives said were acts of intimidation last week in which a radical Muslim group called Group 11 staged marches demanding the churches and the house be closed.

Reverend Abdi Saragih of the Methodist Church said his church is legal and has been listed at the Religious Affair Ministry.

However, the congregation has been facing intimidation since 2014, he said.

According to Saragih, they have met all building permit requirements but the authorities had yet to issue one.

"We are struggling for our right to worship," he told ucanews.com.

Complaints have been sent to President Joko Widodo and parliament, he added.

Alex A. Makawangkel, chairman of the St. John the Baptist parish council, told a similar story.
However, it is not the church that’s been targeted but a house used for catechism and Sunday school for students unable to learn Catholicism in their schools.

"Local Muslims think it is a church," he said.

Bonar Tigor Naipospos, deputy chairman of rights group Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace, said the government needs to use a special approach with West Java because it has seen a spike in acts of intolerance over the last 10 years involving radical groups and even the local government.

According to the institute, West Java has the highest incidents of religious intolerance, with 41 cases reported last year.

Video - Hamas is Stealing Funds Intended for Gaza’s Needy from the Turkish Agency TIKA.



Video - Hamas is Stealing Funds Intended for Gaza’s Needy from the Turkish Agency TIKA.(Cogat)

Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Yoav (Poly) Mordechai: "The egotistical Hamas terror organization has robbed funds that are meant for the needy of Gaza from international organizations. Hamas prospers at the expense of the residents of the Strip and uses donations meant for them to finance terror. How long will the world and the Gazan people ignore this?"

A recent example is Muhammad Faruq Sha’aban Murtaja, a Gazan building engineer, who was planted in the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) Murtaja is the latest in a long line of similar occurrences. World Vision, UNRWA and many other organizations have fell victims at the hands of Hamas’ infiltration and exploitation . The activities of these organizations have suffered, as their reputation has been tainted due to them being declared as facilitators of terrorism. These events have triggered diplomatic incidents between countries which finance these organizations and Israel. Ultimately, the primary victim is the Palestinian resident of Gaza whose access to food , shelter, education and a brighter future for their children is denied so that Hamas can continue its murderous terrorism.

From a Civil Engineer to a Terror Engineer

Approximately one month ago, Israeli forces arrested Muhammad Faruq Sha’aban Murtaja, a Gazan resident and civil engineer, who for the past several years served as the branch manager in the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). Murtaja’s interrogation revealed how he exploited his seniority in the agency in order to aid Hamas’ terror activities at the expense of the Palestinian public in Gaza - without the knowledge of the Agency’s senior leadership and the Turkish government.

Murtaja was born in 1977, studied in Turkey and was recruited by Hamas in 2008. During 2009, he joined an engineering unit of Hamas’ military wing, while at the same time serving as deputy director of IHH in Gaza - an Islamic Turkish NGO, declared as a terrorist organization by several countries, which seeks to delegitimize the State of Israel. 

Murtaja subsequently sought to infiltrate TIKA, an organization which provides humanitarian aid to Muslims across the world. In light of TIKA’s resources and his extensive past experience with Turkish organizations, Murtaja set forth to become involved in the organization. Hmmmm......As usual the IHH is involved. Read the full story here.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Istanbul governor’s interference in the election of the new Armenian Patriarch is a violation of the Treaty of Sevres.


Istanbul governor’s interference in the election of the new Armenian Patriarch is a violation of the Treaty of Sevres. (AN).

In a statement that evokes the obscurantist despotism of the Ottoman Empire, the Governor of Istanbul recently intervened in an issue under ecclesiastical jurisdiction, saying that it was "legally impossible" to elect the Armenian Patriarch, with serious implications for the process.

“Considering the unfavourable developments that took place during the meeting on February 16 at the patriarchate, it is determined that starting the election process is legally impossible given the facts that this process might cause disturbance and divisions in the society, that there is already an incumbent vicar and that your society knows the basic proceedings and practices concerning the patriarchal election,” said the governor in a statement signed by the deputy governor of the Turkish metropolis.

Such interference by Turkey’s secular state in the affairs of the Armenian Church is in complete violation of the Treaty of Sevres establishing peace between the Allied Powers and the Ottoman Empire signed in August 1920 after World War I. It is also nothing new. However, Turkey's meddling had had never been so direct nor reached such high levels in such a tactless and undiplomatic manner.
The Istanbul patriarchal seat has been vacant since the former office holder, Mesrob II Mutafyan, was declared to be "affected by Alzheimer" At the Synod in 2016 he was retired in accordance with the canon law of the Armenian Church because the disease "had lasted for over eight years".

The Turkish government welcomed the patriarch’s illness. The latter, who was trained in Germany, the United States and in Rome, was always seen him as a person of great charisma and honesty, someone incorruptible.

In 2016 Diyarbakir native Archbishop Aram Ateşyan was called to lead the Patriarchate as vicar general. Along with a 25-member ecclesiastical Council, he ran the religious affairs of the Armenian Church in Turkey ahead of the election of a new patriarch.

In less than a year, Archbishop Aram Ateşyan indicated time and again that he was not really interested in maintaining the independence of the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul from the government. Instead, on several occasions he strongly aligned himself with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party – even on the issue of Armenophobia – sparking criticism and raising suspicions in the local Armenian community and Armenian language press as well as among the Armenian diaspora.

Agos, Turkey’s only Armenian language newspaper, citing local sources, reported that the statement by the Governor of Istanbul "was prepared before the meeting to elect the vicar". The paper’s founder, Hrant Dink, was brutally murdered in one of the most mysterious and murky cases in the country’s recent history that saw the investigation often hampered by those in power, amid alleged plots linking Turkey’s military secret services, police, politicians, Grey Wolves and ultra-nationalist groups.

On 15 March, the Clerical Assembly met to elect the değabah, the lieutenant, responsible once elected for the process of choosing the new patriarch.

Three candidates were up for the post, all Turkish nationals under Turkish law: the current vicar general of the Patriarchate, Archbishop Aram Ateşyan (pictured with his "friend" Erdogan), Bishop Sahag Mashalian, and a third candidate, the Armenian Apostolic primate of Germany, Archbishop Karekin Bekdjian. For unknown reasons, the second candidate pulled out at the last moment, leaving only the other two.

Various people present at the meeting spoke to AsiaNews noting that immediately after the vote count, following the announcement of Archbishop Bekdjian’s victory for the office of vicar, Archbishop Aram Ateşyan left the assembly.

A few moments later he came back with the statement of the Governor of Istanbul in his hands. After the accident, the two candidates withdrew to talk behind closed doors whilst many Clerical Assembly members spoke of a clash between local authorities and Archbishop Ateşyan.

It is widely believed that Archbishop Ateşyan had the statement all along, and that he would not have used it had he come first for the office of patriarch.

The clerical Assembly organised a group to meet the governor to show him how the election took place and defend the legitimacy of the process.


Under existing rules, adhered to by the patriarch, Archbishop Bekdjian (pictured) is the vicar general chosen ahead of the election for the new patriarch. By contrast, the Turkish government already sees Archbishop Ateşyan as the future Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul.

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The 'desire' to buy the Russian S-400 Air defense system, another Blackmail plot from Turkish Dictator Erdogan?


The 'desire' to buy the Russian S-400 Air defense system, another Blackmail plot from Turkish Dictator Erdogan? (SP).

The Turkish leadership has indicated that Ankara is interested in purchasing the S-400 Triumf, one of the most advanced air defense systems designed and manufactured in Russia. Both nations stand to gain from the deal if it is finalized.

Defense analyst Mikhail Khodoryonok:
"The buyer will become attached to the country producing the weapon due to maintenance and professional training. Close military and technical cooperation will not allow Turkey to make aggressive political maneuvers against Russia. In addition, the purchase made by a NATO member will enhance the image of the Russian defense industry. It's hard to come up with a better ad," he told RIA Novosti.
Andrei Frolov, the editor-in-chief of Arms Export magazine, told RIA Novosti that Ankara is interested in enhancing its air defenses to protect itself from neighboring countries.

"Iran is Turkey's key opponent in the region. The Islamic Republic has a rather potent air force. At the same time, Iran is capable of protecting its territory from a retaliatory strike. Last year, Russia delivered four S-300PMU2 battalions to the country," he explained. "In addition, Ankara's relations with Damascus are tense to put it mildly. The Syrian government has long-range tactical missiles and short-range missiles, while Turkey's air defense systems are notoriously weak."

Although Turkey would benefit from adding the S-400 to its arsenal, Frolov expressed doubt that the deal would actually take place.

"Erdogan is more likely trying to pressure his partners in NATO by making these statements. He is essentially trying to blackmail them into selling European and American air defense systems under favorable terms," the defense analyst said. Read the full story here.

Video - House Intel Chairman David Nunes: Hard To Believe Gulen Behind Turkey Coup.



Video - House Intel Chairman David Nunes: Hard To Believe Gulen Behind Turkey Coup.(GP)

The United State House Intelligence Committee chairman has said it is “hard to believe” that U.S.-based Turkish cleric is behind the military coup attempt last summer, questioning Turkey as a reliable ally.

“I find that hard to believe,” David Nunes told Chris Wallace from Fox News when asked if cleric Fethullah Gulen is the architect of the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

Mr. Nunes added that the government of Mr. Erdogan is becoming very authoritarian and that Ankara, as a NATO ally, is “becoming more and more worrisome in terms of actually being a reliable ally.”Read the full story here.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Video - French MP Thierry Mariani: " Europe has become'Turkey's hostage', They'll be delighted to send ex-jihadi's to Europe'



Video - French MP Thierry Mariani: " Europe has become'Turkey's hostage', They'll be delighted to send ex-jihadi's to Europe'

Iran Takes Stand On Nuclear Deal Heavy water Provision That Clashes With U.S. View.


Iran Takes Stand On Nuclear Deal Heavy water Provision That Clashes With U.S. View. (rferl).

Iran is questioning a provision of its nuclear deal with world powers in a way that could lead to confrontation with the United States.

The 2015 deal restricts Iran from accumulating a large stock of heavy water, which is used in scientific research as well as in nuclear reactors that produce plutonium.

Iran has been producing heavy water in large quantities and has already exceeded a prescribed 130-ton limit on its stock twice.

Tehran defused a standoff with Washington over the issue in December by shipping excess water to Oman, where it is being stored until a buyer can be found.

In a letter to the United Nations nuclear watchdog made public on March 17, Iran is arguing that the deal does not require it to ship excess water out of the country if it can't immediately find buyers.

The deal only says all excess water "will be made available for export to the international market based on international prices and delivered to the international buyer," Tehran argued.


But the Trump White House has taken a tough stand on strictly enforcing the nuclear deal and the United States last week told the UN that "any excess heavy water...cannot remain in Iran."

Radicalized Muslim known to security agencies shot dead in 'terror' incident at Paris Orly airport.


Radicalized Muslim known to security agencies shot dead in 'terror' incident at Paris Orly airport. (DailyStar).



Two shooting incidents occurred within just over an hour and a half of each other in the capital of France.

A policeman was shot after pulling over a car in Stain, north Paris, during an “identity check” at 6.55am.

Then at 8.30am the man managed to wrestle a gun from a soldier before being shot dead at Orly Airport.

French police have now confirmed the man was a “radicalised Muslim” known to intelligence services.

The anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation after the incident – and the father and brother of the man have been arrested.

The jihadi is understood to have been stopped by three police officers while making his way to the airport.

He pulled his papers, before producing a gun and shooting one of the cops.

His car sped off, and at some point he is understood to have switched vehicles.

The man, who police said was on a security watch list, had earlier fled the suburb of Stains in a Renault Clio stolen from a woman at gunpoint after opening fire on officers using a pistol, injuring one, during an identity check.

The car was later found abandoned. According to one report, it contained a bloodstained T-shirt.

After arriving at Orly airport, the man snatched a gun from a soldier patrolling the south terminal before being shot dead.

The terror comes as Prince William and Kate Middleton get ready to meet with French President Francois Hollande in Paris - but police said this incident will not impact the Royal visit.

Gun cops swooped on Orly which has 3000 passengers evacuated and had flights diverted to nearby Charles De Gaulle.

Commando police deployed the bomb squad robot amid fears the man was wearing an “explosive belt”.

French Interior Ministry confirmed the man was not carrying explosives.

Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said: “A man took a weapon from a soldier then hid in a shop in the airport before being shot dead by security forces.

Police sources have now confirmed the man’s identity and said he was a radicalized muslim known to the intelligence services. Cops are probing whether the man acted alone. More here.


Update:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Belgium rejects working visa applications for four Turkish imams.


Belgium rejects working visa applications for four Turkish imams. (Express).

The decision by Belgian immigration minister Theo Francken was supported by the Belgian Council.

Mr Francken has already declined the applications of 12 imams this year, saying they wanted to preach sermons in mosques unrecognised by the state, according to German newspaper Deutsche Welle.

Ten of the imams objected to the decision, claiming their religious freedom was being violated.

However the council said the imams could not be evaluated under Belgian law because they did not live in Belgium.

There are 65 mosques affiliated with the Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), according to reports.

Meanwhile 30 are said to be close to the Turkish National Vision movement, which is being monitored by the German Federal Office for suspected radical Islamist activities.

Only 82 of around 300 mosques are recognised by Belgium, which covers some part of the salaries for imams, according to 2015 figures.

It comes after Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens ordered security intelligence to monitor mosques linked to Diyanet.

EU-Turkey relations are at all time low after Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched an attack on the European Union during a speech in the northwestern province of Sakarya.

He said that the EU’s ruling over wearing religious symbols, such as a headscarf for Muslim women, represented “a clash between crescent and cross” and condemned “EU values, principles and justice”. Hmmm......If anyone started a religious war thaan it is Erdogan's AKP party , see below.Read the full story here.

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Hussein Obama’s $77 Billion climate fund stashes will be found and gutted


Hussein Obama’s $77 Billion climate fund stashes will be found and gutted. (Bloomberg)
Most recent estimate puts tab at $77 billion from 2008-2013             
President Donald Trump will find the job of reining in spending on climate initiatives made harder by an Obama-era policy of dispersing billions of dollars in programs across dozens of agencies — in part so they couldn’t easily be cut.

There is no single list of those programs or their cost, because President Barack Obama sought to integrate climate programs into everything the federal government did. The goal was to get all agencies to take climate into account, and also make those programs hard to disentangle, according to former members of the administration. In some cases, the idea was to make climate programs hard for Republicans in Congress to even find.

“Much of the effort in the Obama administration was to mainstream climate change,” said Jesse Keenan, who worked on climate issues with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and now teaches at Harvard University. He said all federal agencies were required to incorporate climate-change plans into their operations.

Meanwhile, a handful of lesser-known offices saw their funding increase while Obama was in office. The budget for NASA’s Earth Science program increased 50 percent, to $1.8 billion. Funding for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which is mandated by Congress to report every four years on the state of climate change, rose 45 percent to $2.6 billion. At the National Science Foundation, the geosciences program almost doubled to $1.3 billion.

"The Trump Administration needs to defund the entire apparatus of the climate change federal funding gravy train," said Marc Morano, a former Republican staffer for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "In order to dismantle the climate establishment, agencies and programs throughout the federal government need to be targeted."

"The climate funding has spread to almost every aspect of the federal government with sometimes wacky results," said Morano, who doubts global warming and runs the website climatedepot.com. He cited one example of a Department of Transportation query about the link between climate change and fatal car crashes. Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ayanle Hassan Ali, accused of stabbing at Canadian Forces center.


Ayanle Hassan Ali, accused of stabbing at Canadian Forces center.(CBC).

Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders says he doesn’t want to see ‘Islamophobia nonsense’ in relation to case.

A man accused of stabbing two members of Canada's military at a recruitment centre in Toronto on Monday is facing nine charges in connection with the attack.
Ayanle Hassan Ali, a 27-year-old born in Montreal, appeared in court Tuesday wearing white prison-issued overalls and with his hands cuffed behind his back.
Ali faces:
  • Three charges of attempted murder.
  • Two charges of aggravated assault.
  • Three charges of assault with a weapon.
  • One count of carrying a weapon dangerous to the public.
Ali, who was remanded until Friday, will be back in court on March 18.
According to Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders, Ali said, "Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people," during the attack.
Outside court, David Burke, Ali's lawyer, told reporters, "This is a very, very serious incident and no one is going to pretend it's not.
When Saunders was asked if it was a terror attack, he said, "We're certainly looking into it," but cautioned against jumping to any conclusions. 
He noted it is too early to say if the accused was radicalized and urged the public against any anti-Islam sentiment in the wake of the attack.
"I don't want this categorizing a large group of people; that will be very unfair and very inaccurate," he said, adding he doesn't want to see any of this "Islamophobia nonsense." Hmmm........Inspector Clouseau at your service...... They can stab Canadian military in Toronto but don't you dare to mention Islam!

Read the full story here.

Video - Hamas Official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar: The Quran Tells Us to Drive the Jews Out of Palestine in Its Entirety.



Video - Hamas Official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar: The Quran Tells Us to Drive the Jews Out of Palestine in Its Entirety. (MEMRI).

Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, one of Hamas's leaders in Gaza, said that "removing the Jews from the land they occupied in 1948 is an immutable principle" appearing in the Quran, and said:
"Our position is: Palestine in its entirety, and not a grain of soil less." Speaking on Al-Aqsa TV on March 8, Al-Zahhar advised Hamas and the Islamic Jihad never to mention the 1967 borders, as "this becomes like part of a joint plan."
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