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  • Mideast mediators questions Israel's commitment to 2 states

    07/01/2016 7:06:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    AP ^ | July 1, 2016 | By EDITH M. LEDERER
    International mediators trying to promote Mideast peace warned in a highly anticipated report Friday that Israel’s settlement expansion is eroding the viability of a Palestinian state and raises “legitimate questions” about its commitment to a two-state solution. The Quartet of Mideast negotiators — the U.N., U.S., European Union and Russia — also criticized the glorification of Palestinians who commit “terrorist attacks” against Israel and called on the Palestinian Authority to “act decisively” to stop incitement to violence and clearly condemn “all acts of terrorism.” While the Israeli and Palestinian leaders and the majority of people on both sides support a...
  • FBI: People knew Chattanooga, TN July 16 shooter was radicalized, failed to alert authorities

    07/01/2016 12:58:26 PM PDT · by RetiredUSMC · 23 replies
    The Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | 6/30/2016 | Shelly Bradbury
    The 24-year-old Muslim man who carried out the July 16 terrorist attack in Chattanooga was radicalized for at least a year before he opened fire on two military sites and killed five U.S. service members, an FBI agent told the Times Free Press today. The FBI believes people who knew Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez knew he was becoming radicalized before the attack, but failed to report Abdulazeez to authorities, Special Agent Ed Reinhold said. Abdulazeez was radicalized online before he took a July 2014 trip to the Middle East to visit family and discussed committing jihad before he carried out the...
  • Report: US sailors ill-prepared for Iran encounter in Gulf

    06/30/2016 7:12:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 9:58 AM EDT | Robert Burns
    Weak leadership, poor judgment, a lack of “warfighting toughness” and a litany of errors led to the embarrassing capture and detention by Iran of 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf in January, according to a Navy investigation released Thursday. Six officers and three enlisted sailors have been disciplined or face disciplinary action. The trouble began even before the sailors left port in Kuwait aboard two 50-foot boats on a short-notice, 300-mile journey to Bahrain. They were delayed, unprepared, poorly supervised and ill-suited for the mission, the report said. …
  • Obama Admin Tells Florida Agencies To Deny Public Records Requests On Orlando Attack

    06/29/2016 11:31:52 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Derek Hunter
    While Attorney General Loretta Lynch holds firm to her claim that the motive of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen may never be known, the FBI is instructing Florida agencies that responded to the attack that night to deny requests for public records pertaining to the case. Mateen called police several times during the three hour ordeal to declare his allegiance to ISIS, yet only a fraction of his discussions with authorities that night have been released to the public — first an edited version, than an unedited one. In response to a lawsuit by local media seeking the release of the...
  • Japan's top court has approved blanket surveillance of the country's Muslims

    06/29/2016 3:13:30 PM PDT · by C19fan · 84 replies
    The Independent ^ | June 29, 2016 | Matt Payton
    Japan's Supreme Court has upheld the government's blanket surveillance of the country's Muslim community. The court struck down the second appeal by Japanese Muslim plaintiffs against what they perceive as an unconstitutional invasion of their privacy and freedom of religion. A 2010 leak of 114 police files revealed nationwide surveillance of Japanese Muslims. The files revealed that Muslim places of worship, halal restaurants and Islam-related organisations across the capital, Tokyo, were being monitored.
  • Germany seeks UN Security Council seat again

    06/28/2016 1:54:03 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 41 replies
    In a foreign policy speech in Hamburg on Monday, Steinmeier announced that Germany would campaign for a non-permanent seat in 2019 and 2020. The country last held a Security Council seat from 2011 to 2012. Diplomats will seek support for Germany's candidacy before an election is held in mid 2018. Germany's application would require approval from at least two thirds of the 193 states in the UN General Assembly to be successful.
  • Trump Spokeswoman: ‘We’re Not Going to Base National Security Off PolitiFact, or Even the UN’

    06/28/2016 7:08:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 28, 2016 | 4:28 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    A Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman sparred with a CNN anchor Monday over the process for vetting Syrian refugees, and when the journalist cited a fact-checking website’s assessment of the process the spokeswoman retorted, “We’re not going to base national security off PolitiFact, or even the United Nations.” CNN’s Brianna Keilar questioned Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson about how the presumptive Republican candidate would like to change the existing process used to vet refugees ahead of resettlement in the U.S. In doing so, Keilar paraphrased an excerpt from a recent PolitiFact article, which examined Trump’s claim that there was “no system to...
  • Nigel Farage jeered and booed as he tells MEPs they are 'in denial' over Brexit

    06/28/2016 6:31:25 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 35 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06/28/2016 | By Michael Wilkinson
    Ukip leader Nigel Farage was jeered by the European Parliament after he told MEPs that they were "in denial" about Brexit and that they had "never had a proper job before". His astonishing speech at a special meeting of the European Parliament today ended with boos echoing through the Brussels chamber. Mr Farage used his speech to declare that Brexit was "a beacon of hope" to other member states but he also infuriated MEPs when he said: "Now, I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives or worked in business or worked...
  • Dems: Clinton never personally denied Benghazi security

    06/27/2016 6:38:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 27, 2016 6:44 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    Hillary Clinton never personally denied any requests from diplomats for additional security at the U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, according to Democrats on a select House panel who absolved the former secretary of state and the U.S. military of wrongdoing in the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attacks. In a report Monday pre-empting the Republicans, the panel’s five Democrats said after a two-year investigation that the military could not have done anything differently that night to save the lives of four Americans killed in Libya. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens died in one of the two assaults at the diplomatic facility and...
  • Should next US president consider an Iran nuke deal 2.0?

    06/25/2016 9:56:46 PM PDT · by Rabin · 22 replies
    al-monitor ^ | June 24, 2016 | Barbara Slavin
    Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Iran nuclear kabuki last year, told the Council on Foreign Relations June 23 that the Joint Plan of Action, JCPOA had been successfully implemented so far... Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton is for the agreement, but Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been skeptical. Asked about Trump’s threats to renegotiate the agreement, Coons called that possibility “a fool’s errand.” Coons said that personal relationships between Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and between Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz and Ali Salehi, Iranian Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] — have been apparently been effective....
  • Abbas admits anti-Israel blood libel 'baseless'

    06/25/2016 2:08:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/6/16
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attempted to walk back controversial statements made during a recent address to the European Union parliament in Brussels, claiming on Saturday that he opposed "any attack on any religion", after having accused Israel of “poisoning Palestinian wells”. "Palestine is the cradle of the three monotheistic faiths. We stand strongly against any attack on any religion," Abbas said in a statement. The tacit acknowledgement of Judaism's roots in the Land of Israel, comes in stark contrast to Palestinian Authority propaganda which has for decades attempted to diminish the Jewish people's ancient history in Israel. In apparently...
  • Ayatollah Khamenei is Dead, but Remains Alive [DEBKA]

    06/25/2016 2:08:08 PM PDT · by Jumper · 259 replies
    Debka ^ | June 25,2016 | self
    Ayatollah Khamenei reported Dead
  • Woodrow Wilson Center: ‘Giant Number of Refugees’ Are Result of Climate Change

    06/25/2016 8:48:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 24, 2016 | 5:05 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    During an event at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on Thursday to discuss how women are disproportionately affected by climate change in developing countries, Jane Harman, president and CEO of the center, said that many of the refugees around the globe today are being displaced by climate change. Harman said it is in the interest of the United States to “build resilience” in these countries to prevent migration and even terrorism. “It seems to me that the U.S. has a direct interest in building government capacity, which will build resilience in the countries you’re talking about,” Harman said....
  • Big blast rocks Mogadishu hotel

    06/25/2016 7:47:18 AM PDT · by orchestra · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/25/2016
    A large explosion has rocked a hotel in the centre of the Somali capital Mogadishu and there is ongoing gunfire after what is suspected to be an al-Shabab attack. The BBC's Ibrahim Aden, in Mogadishu, says the blast hit the Naso Hablod hotel, a mile from the city's airport. There is no word on casualties. Reports say there may have been a second blast. Al-Shabab Islamists frequently carry out attacks in the city in their bid to topple the Western-backed government.
  • HUGE EXPLOSION AT HOTEL IN SOMALI CAPITAL; GUNMEN INSIDE

    06/25/2016 7:46:12 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 128 replies
    AP ^ | 6-25-16 | ABDI GULED
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel, followed by a second explosion heard inside the hotel as gunmen fought their way inside, police said Saturday. At least four bodies were seen outside the hotel, one officer said.
  • Democrats End Sit-In After 25 Hours, Drawing Attention to Gun Control

    06/23/2016 11:27:40 AM PDT · by Innovative · 59 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2016 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN
    House Democrats ended their 25-hour sit-in over gun control legislation on Thursday, a protest Speaker Paul D. Ryan labeled a high-profile stunt that undermined the basic institutions of government. Mr. Ryan said he was “not going to allow stunts like this to stop us from carrying out the people’s business.” He added, “This is about a publicity stunt and now a fund-raising scheme.” But on legislative business, it was Mr. Ryan who prevailed. He personally reclaimed control of the House, pounding his gavel and muscling through a major appropriations bill that included funding for combating the Zika virus, without debate.
  • After Orlando, some businesses stress LGBT inclusivity moves

    06/23/2016 9:28:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2016 11:10 AM EDT | Joyce M. Rosenberg
    Some small business owners already working to make their companies more welcoming to LGBT employees say the massacre at a gay dance club in Orlando gives them an impetus to make more changes. “I’ve committed to myself and within our executive team to redouble our efforts to create a safer, kinder, more accepting workplace,” says Frank Maylett, CEO of RizePoint, a company that makes software to help restaurant owners, hotel operators and retailers manage multiple locations. RizePoint had already taken steps like providing health and other benefits to employees’ domestic partners and removing gender references in its handbook so that...
  • Indiana teen accused of supporting ISIS, terrorism

    06/23/2016 9:57:58 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 18 replies
    Evansville Courier Press ^ | June 21, 2016 | Justin L. Mack, Madeline Buckley, Sara Salinas and Michael Anthony Adams
    Akram I. Musleh long sought to join ISIS, federal court documents allege, hoping to travel overseas to join the terrorism group as a fighter. The Brownsburg teenager's alleged involvement began on social media in 2013, according to court documents, when he posted videos of terrorist leaders. FBI agents spoke with Musleh back then, hoping to prevent him from pursuing extremism. The teen told investigators he posted those videos simply to understand Islam's history. His activity grew more alarming when Musleh, 18, snapped pictures of himself standing in front of a flag associated with ISIS and asked young people in a...
  • CAIR Sees 64 Percent Jump in Muslims Registered to Vote Since 2012

    06/22/2016 7:22:06 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 22, 2016 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) estimates that the number of American Muslims registered to vote has jumped from around 500,000 in 2012 to at least 824,000 ahead of November’s election – a 64 percent increase. CAIR said Tuesday that could be a possible indicator of increased political involvement due to anti-Muslim rhetoric by “public figures.” It did not name names, but presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has come under fire for some campaign statements relating to Islam – especially his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. because of terrorism concerns. The figures are...
  • ISIS releases first propaganda video for Philippines

    06/22/2016 5:16:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Philippine Star ^ | June 22, 2016 - 6:55pm | Camille Diola
    The so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, released a video early on Wednesday in an attempt to recruit radical fighters in the Philippines and neighboring countries. Rita Katz, director of SITE Intelligence Group tracking the activities of ISIS, said the video targeting the Philippines was in five languages: Arabic, English, Filipino, Indonesian and Malay. Screenshots of the video taken by the agency show Filipino, Indonesian and Malaysian fighters urging their countrymen to join their ranks in Syria. But for those who could not reach the Middle East, the group also gave them an alternative. “If you can’t get to Syria, ‘join...
  • Rebellious Democrats disrupt House, stage protest over guns

    06/22/2016 2:56:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2016 5:08 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    Rebellious Democrats shut down the House’s legislative work on Wednesday, staging a sit-in on the House floor and refusing to leave until they secured a vote on gun control measures before lawmakers’ weeklong break. Exasperated Republicans were forced to recess while cutting off cameras that showed the protest. But in an unprecedented step, C-SPAN used live video feeds from one lawmaker’s Periscope account and another’s Facebook page to transmit words and images from the House. Nearly 100 Democrats led by Georgia Rep. John Lewis demanded a vote on measures to expand background checks and block gun purchases by some suspected...
  • Jewish man beaten in Berlin for wearing kippah [R.O.P.]

    06/22/2016 12:33:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Jun 2016 15:03 GMT+02:00
    A young man reported being attacked in the east of the capital in Tuesday evening by a group of three men who spotted his religious skullcap. The attack happened at around 9:30 pm in the Alt-Treptow neighborhood, police report. According to the 21-year-old victim, three men of Arabic appearance reacted to his kippah — a religious cap worn by Jewish men — and then started to insult him. The men then went on to kick and punch him before running away from the scene. …
  • Germany wants to strengthen gun registry to fight terror

    06/22/2016 12:20:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 Jun 2016 09:13 GMT+02:00
    State interior ministers have submitted a proposal to federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière regarding the trade and background of weapons, according to publishing group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND). “Terrorism and criminality are not stopped by national borders,” said Mecklenburg-Vorpommern interior minister, Lorenz Caffier. […] The plan would make it easier to exchange information about weapons across the EU, as well as trace the entire ownership history of a weapon. …
  • Muslim Mob Torches 80 Christian Homes in Egypt as Punishment for Wanting to Build Church

    06/22/2016 8:39:10 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/21/2016 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A Muslim mob torched and looted the homes of 80 Christian families in the Al-Beida village in Egypt, looking to punish them for wanting to turn one of the buildings in the village into a church so they can worship. One witness, Christian resident Mousa Zarif, recalled the events: "On Friday afternoon, following Friday noon prayer, a great deal of fanatic Muslims gathered in the front of the new house of my cousin, Naim Aziz, during its construction because of a rumor spread in the village that this building would be turned into a church."
  • Speaking different languages on gun control

    06/22/2016 4:37:11 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 22 jun 2016 | Christian Schneider
    We've all heard former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan's admonition that "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Yet the public debate about guns in America takes Moynihan's warning to the next level: Each side not only has its own facts, it has its own language. For instance, take the rush after the recent Orlando shootings to ban "assault" or "military-style" weapons like the AR-15 rifle. Gun control advocates immediately jumped to regulate sales of "automatic weapons" and "assault rifles" like the AR-15, which they deem too deadly for one individual to need. Scary stories about...
  • Omar Mateen was spurned by boyfriends, ‘did it for revenge,’ alleged ex-gay lover claims

    06/21/2016 7:12:16 PM PDT · by drewh · 65 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7:49 PM | Denis Slattery
    The gunman who slaughtered 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was a confused, gay man who drank heavily, a man who claims he was his lover for two months told Univision. Omar Mateen, the deranged Muslim shooter behind the massacre, held a grudge against Latino men he met at the popular gay club because he felt used by them, the man told the network. “I’ve cried like you have no idea. But the thing that makes me want to tell the truth is that he didn’t do it for terrorism,” the man told Univision Noticias anchor Maria Elena...
  • Islamic extremists attack Christian village in Egypt, burn 80 homes

    06/21/2016 5:00:32 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 27 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 06/21/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    A mob of over a thousand Islamic extremists attacked a Christian village destroying property and setting the homes of over 80 families ablaze over rumors that a Coptic man was converting a home into a church. The attacks, which took place Friday in Egypt’s Qaryat Al-Bayda village, near Alexandria, left two Copts seriously injured and resulted in thousands of dollars worth of damage, according to a Coptic activist. "A great deal of fanatic Muslims gathered in front of the new house of my cousin," Mousa Zarif, a Christian who witnessed the events, told Christian advocacy group International Christian Concern.
  • Loretta Lynch: We May Never Know Why That Islamic Terrorist Killed All Those People

    06/21/2016 5:45:35 PM PDT · by PROCON · 70 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | June 21, 2016 | Jim Treacher
    When Omar Mateen said, “I did it for ISIS,” what did he really mean? We may never know. WFTV, Orlando: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has told the gay community “we stand with you” and insisted that investigators are continuing to follow leads on the gunman and mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub… She wouldn’t give specifics about the investigation or a possible motive. She said “people often act out of more than one motivation” and called the June 12 massacre at the gay club “clearly an act of terror and an act of hate.” She added that a motive...
  • Isis beheads 4-year-old girl then forces mother to soak hands in her blood after 'swearing to Allah'

    06/21/2016 9:13:28 AM PDT · by posterchild · 48 replies
    International Business Times ^ | Jun 21, 2016 | William Watkinson
    Sick jihadists from the Islamic State (Isis) beheaded a four-year-old girl then forced her horrified mother to soak her hands in her dead daughter's blood. The latest shocking incident is said to have happened in the Daesh (Isis) de-facto capital of Raqqa, in Syria. The extremists are renowned for their shocking punishments meted out by their feared al-Hisbah police who enforce their strict version of Sharia Law on the towns and cities they conquer. Often the punishments are handed out for seemingly minor infringements and their latest example shows just how brutal they can be. According to reports, a jihadist...
  • Justice Department Replaces 'Allah' With 'God' in Censored Orlando Terrorist Transcript

    06/20/2016 11:13:15 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 92 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 20, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    The FBI has released a partial transcript of the exchange between Islamic terrorist Omar Mateen and local law enforcement authorities during his attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Not only did the Department of Justice, under direction from the White House no doubt, censor Mateen's repeated pledges to the Islamic State, but they printed words he said in Arabic in English, changing "Allah" to "God."
  • 911 transcript: Orlando gunman said he was Islamic soldier

    06/20/2016 9:37:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 12:34 PM EDT | Eric Tucker and Mike Schneider
    Orlando gunman Omar Mateen identified himself as an Islamic soldier in calls with authorities during his rampage and demanded to a crisis negotiator that the U.S. “stop bombing Syria and Iraq,” according to transcripts released by the FBI on Monday. The partial, printed transcripts were of three conversations Mateen had with the police during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, in which 49 people died and dozens were wounded. Those communications, along with Facebook posts Mateen made before and after the shooting, add to the public understanding of the final hours of Mateen’s life. The first call came...
  • AG Lynch Won't Say How Many Americans Are on Terrorist Watch List

    06/20/2016 5:25:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 20, 2016 | 5:39 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    It was a simple question that Attorney General Loretta Lynch would not answer on Sunday: “How many Americans are on the terrorist watch list?” ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Lynch on “This Week.” “You know, we don’t provide those exact numbers,” Lynch responded. “Can you give me a range? I mean, what are we talking about here?” Karl followed up. “Well, as I say, we don’t provide those exact numbers,” Lynch responded. Lynch supports an amendment sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which would bar gun sales to people who end up on the government’s secretive terror watch list. …
  • Biden asserts Trump could trigger surge in anti-Americanism

    06/20/2016 5:19:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 6:06 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    Warning of a potential surge in anti-Americanism, Vice President Joe Biden is tearing into Donald Trump’s views on foreign policy and urging the country not to follow the presumptive Republican nominee down a path of isolationism and bigotry. Biden, in a speech Monday to the Center for New American Security, planned to deliver a point-by-point rebuttal of Trump’s ideas on immigration, terrorism and relations with Russia. In excerpts of his speech released in advance by the White House, Biden cautioned against policies he said would make the U.S. and its neighborhood poorer, less democratic and less secure. “Wielding the politics...
  • The Era of the American Wimp

    06/19/2016 7:52:19 PM PDT · by pboyington · 9 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | June 19, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    As politically correct and in total denial as President Obama is on the subject of taking the fight to ISIS, he has a lot of company these days from his fellow Americans. The primary governmental organization responsible for our homeland security issues orders for its employees not use the terms Jihad or Sharia. The Federal Bureau of Investigation can’t conduct surveillance on mosques over concerns of offending Muslims. The President and members of Congress green light Syrians into the country as ISIS blazes a trail of terror across the globe. Muslim migrants storm the country like a horde blasting through...
  • Attorney general: Silent on Clinton email case with Obama

    06/19/2016 1:28:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2016 12:41 PM EDT
    Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday she doesn’t believe the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server has been compromised by President Barack Obama’s endorsement of Clinton in the 2016 White House race. That endorsement raised eyebrows among conservatives who say it puts pressure on the law enforcement agencies, run by Obama’s political appointees, to pull punches when trying to decide whether Clinton should be charged. […] “The investigation into the State Department email matter is going to be handled like any other matter,” Lynch told “Fox News Sunday.” …
  • In Israel, there's no 'right to bear arms' - and it works

    06/19/2016 2:03:45 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/6/16 | Ron Kampeas
    (JTA) Dirty, hot and exhausted Israeli soldiers waiting for their bus home from the army base tend, understandably, to be in a hurry to get on board. But when I was living in Israel during the first intifada, soldiers didn’t jostle to be first in line. Rather, the most coveted position was second. That’s because the bus driver had the right – under rules issued by the army and made clear to each armed soldier before she or he left the base – to order any soldier to sit in the front seat and remain alert. And the first one...
  • Orlando Shooting: FBI Interviewed Worshipper at Omar Mateen’s Mosque

    06/18/2016 7:35:07 PM PDT · by drewh · 32 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 4:20 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016 |
    The Associated Press reports that the FBI has interviewed a man who worshipped at the same Fort Pierce mosque as Omar Mateen, the gunman responsible for last week’s Orlando nightclub shooting. Citing the man’s attorney, the interview reportedly lasted about 30 minutes Friday at the mosque. Orlando shooting: FBI interviewed worshipper at Omar Mateen’s mosque photo The attorney, Omar Saleh, added that he expects more people will be interviewed at the mosque. A lawyer for the Council of American-Islamic Relations says that the FBI interviewed a man who worshipped at the same mosque as Omar Mateen. Omar Saleh said he...
  • Donald Trump wrong that 'there's no real assimilation' by U.S. Muslims

    06/18/2016 12:25:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 85 replies
    PolitiFact ^ | June 18, 2016 | Louis Jacobson
    After the mass shooting in Orlando by a man who pledged allegiance to the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reiterated his call for a temporary ban on Muslims coming to the United States ... Trump [to Sean Hannity], "Assimilation has been very hard. It's almost -- I won't say nonexistent, but it gets to be pretty close. And I'm talking about second and third generation. They come -- they don't -- for some reason, there's no real assimilation." ... We concluded that the implication of what Trump said -- that Muslims want to isolate themselves from...
  • Rabbi Crosses Communal Line to Work with Controversial Muslim Group

    06/18/2016 12:10:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Forward ^ | June 18, 2016 | Josefin Dolsten
    Prrominent rabbi Marc Schneier has started working with a Muslim advocacy group that has been off-limits to major Jewish groups due to its alleged ties to Hamas and anti-Israel views. “I think it’s time for the Jewish community” to work with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Schneier told the Forward over the phone, while recognizing that the group had made “controversial statements about Israel in the past.” Just last month, Schneier, a pioneer in Muslim-Jewish dialogue, started to work with CAIR, the nation’s most high-profile Muslim civil rights group. His organization, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, launched a social media...
  • Mohamed Morsi: Former Egyptian president sentenced to life in prison in espionage trial

    06/18/2016 11:21:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    An Egyptian court has sentenced former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison in an espionage trial in which six of his co-defendants were handed death penalties. The court acquitted Morsi of charges of having supplied Qatar with classified documents but sentenced him to life for leading an unlawful organization, his lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud said. The ousted president was also convicted of having “stolen secret documents concerning state security” and handed another 15-year jail term, the lawyer added. …
  • Obama: Teach children to love and cherish differences

    06/18/2016 11:16:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2016 6:03 AM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama asked parents Saturday to teach their children to love, not hate, and to appreciate differences as something to cherish, not fear. In his weekly radio and internet address, Obama said he’s thought a lot about parents who’ve had to explain the shooting deaths of 49 people at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub to their kids. He lamented that moments of silence observed after deadly mass shootings have given way to months of “inexcusable” silence and inaction. He called on parents who want their children to reach adulthood in a safer, more loving world to speak up for it...
  • This is the fastest growing language in American homes (Arabic)

    06/04/2016 2:08:17 PM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    nypost.com ^ | June 3, 2016 | Laura Italiano
    Arabic is the fastest-growing language in American households — and that’s leading the US Census Bureau to explore the tricky task of adjusting its questionnaires to ­accommodate the language’s right-to-left script. The bureau is using focus groups to explore possible changes to the 2020 census questionnaires for Arabic speakers who are not English-proficient, the Pew Research Center reported Friday. Arabic is now the seventh-most commonly spoken non-English language in US households. An estimated 1.1 million people ages 5 and older speak Arabic at home, an increase of 29 percent between 2010 and 2014.
  • Man 'arrested in France for planning attack on tourists'

    06/16/2016 7:42:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 16 Jun 2016 17:59 GMT+02:00
    A 22-year-old radicalized convert to Islam has been arrested in France over suspicions he was planning to attack American and Russian tourists, legal sources said Thursday. The suspect had gone to the southwestern city of Carcassone “with a view to carrying out a violent act, in particular targeting Americans and Russians,” a judicial source said. A source close to the investigation said the suspect was arrested in possession of a knife and a small mallet. …
  • "What Muslims Really Think" (26% of young US Muslims support suicide bombings against civilians)

    06/16/2016 4:31:42 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 24 replies
    Homeland Security: We can all breathe easier now. The first major poll of the U.S. Muslim community finds that "only" one in four young Muslim Americans would be suicide bombers. The liberal Pew Research Center, which surveyed 1,050 Muslims earlier this year, did its best to put a PC spin on the results. It says its "overall" findings confirm that Muslims in America are "mostly mainstream" compared with their more radical co-religionists in Europe. But as is usually the case with such polls, the devil is in the details. Data buried deep inside Pew's 100-page report put the lie to...
  • US Ambassador: 'Best weapon against BDS - a Palestinian state'

    06/15/2016 8:09:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    inn ^ | 6/15/16 | Yoni Kempinski, Arutz Sheva staff
    US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro addressed the 2016 Herzliya Conference on Wednesday, noting the close social, economic, and political ties between the US and Israel. “Israel is home to over 2,500 US firms,” Shapiro said, pointing out that there “are more Israeli companies listed on the NASDAQ exchange than Indian, Japanese, and Korean listings combined.” Looking to shore up President Barack Obama’s pro-Israel bona fides after more than seven years of diplomatic tensions with the Israeli government, Shapiro claimed the US President admired Israel for its many accomplishments. “’Americans admire a people’, said President Nixon, “who can scratch a...
  • Half of Turkish Germans hold Islam above state law

    06/16/2016 3:13:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Jun 2016 17:21 GMT+02:00 | Jörg Luyken
    A wide-ranging new study by the University of Münster shows that Germany’s Turkish community still has very conservative views on the role of religion in society. The survey provides an often contradictory picture of social attitudes among Germany’s 2.7 million people of Turkish origin. A total of 47 percent of the 1,201 respondents said that “following the tenets of my religion is more important to me than the laws of the land in which I live.” But the study also reveals that this viewpoint is much more firmly held by the first generation (57 percent agreement) — Turks who emigrated...
  • This was displayed at my kid's school...

    06/16/2016 10:53:34 AM PDT · by cld51860 · 69 replies
    June 16, 2016 | Self
    I could not figure out how to post this photo (sorry), but my wife dropped my kid off at his summer school yesterday and there was a bulletin board full of posters that read "Ramadan Mubarak." She took a picture of it today and sent it to me. She knew Ramadan was a religious holiday and asked me for it's meaning. It essentially means "Blessed month" and is also used as a greeting. She called the administrative office for the district first thing this morning and she said the woman she spoke to was horrified and very adamantly stated they...
  • If Islam is a Religion of Violence, so is Christianity

    06/16/2016 9:32:42 AM PDT · by Belteshazzar · 92 replies
    Speaking after “appreciating the congrats” on the Orlando shootings, Donald Trump again insisted that what mowed people down at Pulse was not an assault rifle but radical Islam, because in Trump Tower, it cannot be both. Trump’s world is binary. It is zero-sum: Either guns kill people or radical Islam kills people. In that world, only one religion can be bad, and so Christianity is good and Islam is bad. Christianity is peaceful and Islam violent. Christianity is tolerant and Islam intolerant. Both are inherently one thing or the other, immutable blueprints etched in stone for the behavior of their...
  • Maligned and Misunderstood: Muslim Students Speak Out

    06/16/2016 12:48:53 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 68 replies
    NEA Today ^ | June 9, 2016 | Cindy Long
    Seventeen-year-old Entsar Mohamed is proud to be Muslim, but she admits it isn’t easy. “Being a Muslim in America today is getting harder and I am worried that it will get worse,” says the senior at Mission High School in San Francisco, Calif. “Because of ISIS, Muslims are seen as bad and violent people.” Anti-Islamic rhetoric has reached a fever pitch in America, spouting not only from presidential candidates and governors, but even from school board members, like one in Philadelphia who posted that she is “officially against Muslims” and “We don’t want them in America” on her Facebook page....
  • Sen. Reid: NRA Is ‘Very Bad’ — Gun Owners of America ‘Worse Than Bad’

    06/16/2016 1:40:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 15, 2016 | 11:41 AM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says the National Rifle Association (NRA) is “bad, really bad” and the group Gun Owners of America is “even worse than bad.” Speaking on the Senate floor earlier this week, Reid claimed Americans want stricter gun control. “More than 80% of Americans want to close so-called terror loopholes, preventing people on terror watch lists from purchasing firearms,” Reid said. …