Kenya has been in the crosshairs of the transnational jihadi movement. In the past, the fact that Kenya was seen as being firmly in the western sphere of influence made Kenya a target, with most of the incidents, including the 1998 US embassy attack, targeting western interests. Kenya’s Muslim population is only 11% but the cause of much unrest in the country.
Al-Jazeera(h/t Guy I) However, after Kenya’s intervention in Somalia in 2011, the country itself become a target. Islamic errorism activity in Kenya reached a peak with the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in September 2013, when unidentified gunmen killed 67 people and injured almost 200 others.
THIS IS WHY: Dec. 2, 2014: Bodies of Kenyans lie at a quarry in Mandera County, Kenya. Kenya police said that at least 36 quarry workers were killed in an attack in northern Kenya by suspected Islamic extremists from Somalia who targeted non-Muslim workers, just as they did on non-Muslim bus passengers earlier this year.
As a response to the growing terrorism threat, the Kenyan government created the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) in March 2003, following the 2002 attack on an Israeli-owned Mombasa hotel. This was also accompanied by the passage of Anti-Terrorism Act in 2012. As part of the wider counterterrorism effort, the government also began a huge crackdownon the Somali and Muslim communitiesespecially in Nairobi, parts of Northern Kenya and coastal Kenya.
As the crackdown intensified, a number of extrajudicial killings of Muslim preachers took place, some in the coastal city of Mombasa. Most of the victims were suspected of having connections with Somalia’s al-Shabab group.
Dead Muslim terrorist suspect, killed by Kenyan police
While in almost all the cases the police deny culpability, research by human rights organisations reveals the ATPU’s involvement. In its August 2014 report, “Kenya: Killings, disappearance by anti-terror police,” HRW points to ” …evidence of at least 10 cases of extrajudicial killings of terrorism suspects, some of whom were last seen in ATPU custody or had been threatened by the unit’s officers after courts had released them”.
The Kenyan government has accused some of the clerics who were killed of recruiting Muslim youth for terrorism activities through their mosques. However, despite initiating investigations against them, the government never followed through to prosecute the imams.
After public outcry over the killing of Muslim cleric Ibrahim “Rogo” Omar, the government set up a task force to investigate his murder. The director of public prosecution promised in 2013 that he will institute an inquest, but has not done so yet.
One of the commissions established following the 2007-2008 violence to look at the role of the police, was the Waki Commission. Established to look into the circumstances and facts surrounding the violence and provide recommendations, the Waki Commission found that of the 1,500 deaths, the police was responsible for more than 30 percent of them.
As a result several reform measures were proposed including the establishment of a civilian oversight of the police, and many other reforms. However, due to lack of political will, the police reforms have stalled.
The extrajudicial killings by the police in Kenya are anchored in a systemic lack of accountability and deeply entrenched culture of pervasive impunity. While the police undoubtedly face ever changing security challenges, its involvement in extrajudicial killings make matters worse. Effective security sector reform is the only way forward.
FYI: Sweden is considered the most Muslim-friendly nation in Europe and is importing tens of thousands of Muslim criminals and rapists every year. Swedes have recently been asked to welcome 100,000 MORE Muslim refugees from Syria.
An alleged weapons maker for the Islamic State (IS) claimed that a “radioactive device” has been smuggled into an undisclosed location in Europe, according to an intelligence brief released Monday by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Washington Free Beacon “A Radioactive Device has entered somewhere in Europe,” according Twitter user Muslim-Al-Britani, who claims to be a freelance jihadist weapons maker now working alongside IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS), according to tweets captured and disseminated by SITE.
The claim by Al-Britani comes just days after reports emerged that IS could have in its possession a dirty bomb, the elements of which were obtained via earlier IS raids on a university research facility in Mosul that contained uranium. Al-Britani is also responsible for the flurry of reports on the dirty bomb.
Al-Britani, who has disseminated on his Twitter feed “weapon instructions and manuals,” claimed on Nov. 23 that the “Islamic State does have a dirty bomb. We found some radioactive material from Mosul university,” according to the tweets reproduced by SITE.
While it is difficult to assess the veracity of Al-Britani’s claims, U.S. officials have expressed concern about IS potentially smuggling nuclear and radioactive material out of Iraq.
U.S. and Iraqi officialsinked a pact in September meant to step up efforts to combat this type of smuggling, which the United States deemed a “critical” threat. “There’s always a concern about radiological or radioactive sources,” a State Department official told the Washington Free Beacon at the time.
While the United States, at that time, was “not aware of any cases of these types of material being smuggled out of the country thus far,” ISIS could potentially use these radioactive materials to create a crude bomb, the official said.
“This is the kind of thing where if ISIS got its hands on enough radioactive sources or radioactive sources of a sufficient radioactivity level and they decided to turn it into a bomb and blow it up in a market, that would be a very unpleasant thing,” the official said.
Iraq reportedlyinformed the United Nations in July that terrorists had seized nuclear materials being housed at Mosul University. Some 90 pounds of uranium were said to have been stolen, according to reports. Former Pentagon adviser Michael Rubin said that intelligence officials should be considering the information disseminated by purported IS confidants.
“Too often, counterterrorism officials plan to prevent replication of the last terror attack,” Rubin said. “Terror groups, however, plan to shock with something new.”
“Maybe Britani is lying, and maybe he’s not. But Western officials would be foolish to assume that just because something hasn’t happened yet, it won’t,” Rubin said. “The terrorist groups have the motivation and, thanks to post-withdrawal vacuum created in Iraq, the means to strike the West like never before.”
The threats also should factor into the ongoing debates about border control, according to Rubin. “Perhaps it’s also time to recognize that open borders and successful counter-terrorism are mutually exclusive,” he said. “It’s a lesson that might fly in the face of Obama’s ideology, but reality will always trump political spin.”
After all, the UAE has joined the coalition against ISIS and has just named CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) to its list of terrorist organizations.
An American teacher, Ibolya Ryan, was stabbed and killed by a burqa-clad attacker inside the bathroom of a shopping mall in Abu Dhabi. The victim, identified as 47-year-old Ibolya Ryan, was the mother of twin 11-year-old boys and a 15-year-old daughter
An Emirati woman arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing a U.S. teacher in a bathroom at a United Arab Emirates mall also is accused of placing a handmade bomb in front of an American doctor’s house. According to a diplomatic source, the woman arrested was of Yemeni origin and had traveled back and forth to Yemen “multiple times.”
The alleged attacker was fully covered, donning an abaya — a black, full-length gown traditionally worn by Emirati women — black gloves, a face cover and a hijab, or head scarf, police said. She fled the mall after the attack but was caught at her home and arrested. Police believe the American teacher, who was the mother of three children, did not know the attacker.
The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi issued a statement, back in October, warning U.S. citizens of an anonymous Internet post that encouraged attacks against teachers at American and other international schools.
A Swiss wildlife photographer escaped from Islamic jihadist rebels in the Philippines on Saturday, killing one of them with a machete as he made a break for freedom during a clash between the insurgents and government troops. Rebels of the Abu Sayyaf group kidnapped Lorenzo Vinciguerra, 49, in the southern Philippines more than two years ago.
The Star Vinciguerra made a grab for his guard’s machete during a clash between troops and the rebels, Colonel Allan Arrojado, commander of the army’s Joint Task Group on the island of Sulu, told reporters by mobile phone text message.
The Swiss man was wounded on his left cheek as he wrestled for the machete, finally getting hold of it and slashing the guard on the neck, Arrojado said. “He dashed while other bandits were shooting at him,” Arrojado said.
Vinciguerra was being held with Dutch national Ewold Horn, 52, and shouted at him to run but the Dutch man had been “very sick and very weak” and unable to escape, Arrojado said, adding there was no word on Horn’s whereabouts.
Switzerland’s Foreign Ministry said Vinciguerra was in good health considering the circumstances. He remained in the custody of the Philippines armed forces and would return to Switzerland as soon as possible. The ministry said in a statement that it greatly regretted that Horn was “still in captivity”, but did not elaborate.
The Philippines armed forces said five militants were killed and seven wounded in the firefight.
The two European wildlife photographers were taken captive in Tawi-Tawi province as they were sailing on a bird-watching trip in February 2012. The Abu Sayyaf is holding several other foreign and Filipino hostages.
The military launched an offensive against the Abu Sayyaf in October after the rebels released two German nationals they seized in April. The Abu Sayyaf are the most notorious of several rebels factions in the Muslim south of the largely Christian Philippines.
Uruguay’s leftist President Jose Mujica agreed to take in the inmates on ‘humanitarian’ grounds in an effort to help Barack Hussein Obama fulfill his promise to close the military prison in Cuba. Under the plan, the men would be treated like any other resident and be allowed to travel freely, according to Mujica.
Uruguay, a country that welcomed many Nazis after WWII.
Five of the six ugly Muslim terrorists who will soon join ISIS
Times of India After months of delays, “both governments have begun arranging the details of the transfer and the goal is for it to take place in late December,” reported weekly newspaper Busqueda, citing “sources with knowledge of the preparations.”
The six individuals who will come to Uruguay are Tahamatan Mohammed, 35 Palestinian, Abu Wael Dhiab, 43 Syrian, Abd Hadi Faraj, 39 Syrian, Ali al Shabaan, Syrian 32; Ahmed Adnan Ahjam , Syria 36;and a Tunisian whose identity was not revealed.
However, the transfer had appeared to be in jeopardy after outgoing US defence secretary Chuck Hagel reportedly hesitated for months over approving it. By the time Washington was ready, Uruguay was in the midst of an election campaign to choose Mujica’s successor, making the issue a political hot potato.
Uruguay’sfar left President Jose Mujica. (No wonder Obama likes him).
But Mujica’s Broad Front (FA) party has now secured its hold on power for another five years with the victory of his ally, former president Tabare Vazquez, in a run-off election Sunday.
Mujica, a former guerrilla who has become something of a celebrity for legalizing marijuana, giving most of his salary to charity and living in a run-down farmhouse, has said he sympathizes with the Guantanamo inmates’ plight because of the 13 years he spent as a political prisoner.
There are now 142 inmates remaining at the US military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, all of whom, Obama would like to see freed.
The main suspect in the murder of an American kindergarten teacher in the restroom of an Abu Dhabi mall has been arrested and is in police custody. Victims of the attacks were picked based on the color of their skin and their nationality and apparently, the suspect’s home was a base of terror operations.
Good job, UAE. First you put CAIR on your list of terrorist organizations, now you quickly apprehend the killer of the teacher.
A person, dressed in a black burqa suspected in the killing of a U.S. woman enters shopping mall at Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi
UK Daily Mail A woman suspected of stabbing an American teacher to death in an upscale Abu Dhabi mall has been arrested during a dramatic night-time raid. The ‘face covered’ suspect is an Emirati national in her late 30s, said Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed al Nahyan, the minister of the interior for the United Arab Emirates, at a press conference on Thursday. Her name was not released.
This as UAE police have also told ABC News that the suspect was ‘not lone wolf’ and her house was ‘a base of operations’. The woman was wearing a burka when she allegedly stabbed 47-year-old mother-of-two Ibolya Ryan, who once lived in Colorado, in a mall restroom on Reem Island on Monday.
Ibolya Ryan, 47, was the mother of 11-year-old twin boys
An hour after the stabbing, the suspect then planted a home-made bomb outside the house of a Muslim Egyptian-American doctor, Sheikh Saif said. But the device, which was made of small gas cylinders, a lighter, glue and nails, was successfully dismantled after one of the man’s sons found it.
In other newly-released footage, the suspect is seen dragging a small suitcase towards where an Egyptian-American doctor lives. She is accused of leaving a home-made bomb outside his door
Sheikh Saif added that the woman targeted her victims based solely on their nationality and did not know either of them. He said she ‘aimed to create chaos, shake the security in the country and terrorize people in the UAE’ – although investigations are still continuing into her exact motive.
On Thursday, authorities released dramatic video footage showing the suspect’s arrest during a night-time raid. It shows a SWAT team swooping on the home at night and bursting through the front door – forcing a man to the ground at gunpoint and dragging the woman away in handcuffs.
Suspect is seen being led away in cuffs following the night-time raid on her home
The footage, which was released by Abu Dhabi Police, also shows images of what appear to be home-made bombs at the house, as well as stashes of knives.
Another shot shows what appear to be explosives – and more flags – inside the home
There are also shots showing the same white SUV that the suspect was seen driving from the scene of the crime. Blood can be seen on the steering wheel and a black suitcase – identical to the one she allegedly carried to the doctor’s apartment – are also shown in the police video.
The teacher was stabbed to death by an attacker wearing the black veil commonly worn by women throughout the Gulf Arab region. Witnesses told MailOnline she was stabbed as many as six times. Detectives previously released CCTV footage which showed how the suspect lay in wait for the teacher for an hour – which suggested the attack was a targeted murder.
The crime scene was covered in the victim’s blood
Mrs Ryan, who was Hungarian-born, raised in Romania and trained as a teacher in the U.S., was left in a pool of blood after what police said was a ‘brawl’ in the toilets of the upmarket Bourik Mall.
As security guards rushed to the scene of the killing, her attacker calmly got in an elevator and walked out into the car park. The assailant left behind the weapon, a large kitchen knife. In the newly-released video, the suspect is then seen heading towards the doctor’s home with a small black suitcase. A security guard said he saw her enter and then leave quickly.
Warning: What teachers in Abu Dhabi were told a month ago by the US Embassy to the United Arab Emirates. It said jihadi websites wanted American teachers to be attacked.
The bomb was spotted when the doctor’s son was going to mosque in the evening to pray and noticed the strange object in front of the house. Colonel Rashid Bourshid, head of the criminal investigation department, said: ‘The doctor who was targeted with the bomb, 46-year-old MH, informed the security guard about the strange package in front of his door.
‘The guard in turn informed the police who rushed to the spot and evacuated the site. They dismantled the bomb and identified its primitive components that included small gas cylinders, a lighter, glue, and nails to cause maximum injuries when detonated.’
Islamic terrorists infiltrated Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, overnight and early Thursday, seizing buildings and opening fire on security forces in a gun battle that killed 10 police officers and 9 terrorists, and wounded at least 28, officials said.
NY Times The Russian state news media reported that the Islamic militants had seized an office building, which was then recaptured by security forces, and a school. Terrified residents of Grozny said they heard loud explosions and saw armed gunmen roaming the streets.
Andrey Chatsky, a spokesman for Russia’s National Antiterrorist Committee, confirmed in a statement broadcast on Russian television that 10 police officers had been killed and 28 injured in the clashes.
Ramzan A. Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, said in a statement posted on his website, “We have the corpses of nine Islamic militants.” Earlier, he told the news agency Interfax that the office building, called the House of Publishing and used by newspapers and other media, had been recaptured by morning, and that all seven Islamic militants inside had been killed.
Mr. Kadyrov did not say whether there were any civilian casualties. The Interior Ministry for the Chechen Republic did not answer telephone calls on Thursday evening. The attack ended a period of relative stability in Chechnya and other largely Muslim regions of southern Russia. In his speech, Mr. Putin said Russia was able to face the threat from terrorist attacks like the one in Grozny.
Residents of Grozny reached by telephone said the militants had a wider list of targets, and spoke of broader mayhem in the city. As dawn broke, smoke was rising from several locations, they said. “Oh God,” one man said in a video posted online, which shows shaky, silhouetted figures of armed men. “Fighters are on the streets.”
Residents described explosions from heavy weapons, either tanks or artillery, in several parts of the city. Kheda Saratova, a human-rights activist, said in a telephone interview that gunfire broke out around 1 a.m. and continued through the morning. Varvara Pakhomenko, an independent analyst of the region, said residents were reporting gunfire in many locations.
“This could be a symbolic attack to show they can still organize something significant,” Ms. Pakhomenko said, referring to the Islamic militants. “They need new supporters and new fighters.” Many Muslims from Chechnya and Dagestan, another republic in southern Russia, have gone to to Syria to join the fight against President Bashar al-Assad.
Islamic fighters in southern Russia are organized as the Caucasus Emirate, a religiously motivated and pan-Caucasian movement that evolved from the initial Chechen nationalist and secular struggle for independence in the 1990s. Thursday is close to the 20th anniversary of the start of the first Chechen war.
SITE Intelligence Group obtained a video from al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) showing American hostage Luke Somers, with AQAP official Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi threatening the American government that it will execute him if their demands are not met.
SITEThe 3-minute video shows Ansi speaking about American criminality in the Muslim world and recent actions in Yemen, and warning that Somers will meet his “inevitable fate” of the U.S. does not respond to the group’s demands in three days. He added: “We warn Obama and the American government of the consequences of proceeding ahead in any other foolish action.”
AQAP official Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi
Somers appears afterwards and gives a statement in English:
“My name is Luke Somers. I’m 33 years old. I was born in England, but I carry American citizenship and have lived in America for most of my life. It’s now been well over a year since I’ve been kidnapped in Sana’a. Basically, I’m looking for any help that can get me out of this situation. I’m certain that my life is in danger. So as I sit here now, I ask if anything can be done, please let it be done. Thank you very much.”
According to reports, Somers, a photojournalist, was kidnapped in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, in September 2013.
The three-minute tape begins with senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) official Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi seated at a desk and holding a sheaf of papers which he slowly reads from. After voicing a host of grievances over U.S. counter-terrorism operations in Yemen, Iraq, Somalia and Pakistan, the henna-bearded Al-Ansi said AQAP is giving President Obama “a time-frame of three days from the issuance of this statement to meet our demands about which they are aware.”
“Otherwise, the American hostage held by us will meet his inevitable fate,” he adds chillingly in his Arabic statement. “We warn Obama and the American government of the consequences of proceeding ahead in any other foolish action.”
The Chinese government has also imposed steep fines on the use of mobile phones and the Internet to disseminate Islamic messages that ‘undermine national unity’ in the volatile Uighur Muslim region of Xinjiang in western China. Excellent!
Times of India Religious activities will now be restricted only to take place in registered venues like mosques. The new rules also disallow people from wearing or forcing others to wear clothes or logos associated with Muslim extremism.
According to the Karamay Daily, officials have instituted a ban on “five types of people,” namely those who wear Muslim headscarves, veils, burkas, clothes bearing the crescent moon and star symbol, and “youths with long beards.
The government’s orders will affect Muslim employees, many of whom are known to conduct at least two of the day’s five prayers in quite areas of office buildings during a work day, informed sources said. Many Muslims are also known to use mobile phones and computers to study or practice religion hymns, which are embedded in alarm clock and other software.
“An increasing number of problems involving religious affairs have emerged in Xinjiang,” Ma Mingcheng, deputy director of the Xinjiang People’s Congress and director of its legislative affairs committee, told the local media.
Chinese officials have earlier said that Xinjiang has seen a sharp growth in religious fundamentalism, which may be affecting young minds and turning some of them towards terrorism. The region, which borders Pakistan, is a hotbed of a violent separatist movement run by the East Turkmenistan Islamic Movement.
The new rules, which come into effect January 1, also prohibit people from distributing and viewing videos about jihad, or holy war, religious extremism and terrorism in or outside religious venues, and requires religious leaders to report such activities to the local authorities and police.
The region’s local parliament passed a law on Friday stipulating penalties of between 5,000 and 30,000 yuan ($4,884) for individuals who use the Internet, mobile phones or digital publishing to undermine national unity, social stability or incite ethnic hatred.
The last major case of violence took place Shache county near the Pakistan border on Friday when 15 people were killed. Four were killed in knife attacks by the ultras, and 11 “mobsters” were killed by the police.
Last March, knife-wielding militants from Xinjiang killed 31 people and injured 141 at the Kunming railway station in southwest Yunnan province.
ISIS-linked Egyptian Muslim terrorist group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, has claimed responsibility for the August killing of American oil worker William Henderson. The Ansar Beit al-Maqdis organization, which now goes by the name Wilayat Sinai, said on its Twitter account that it carried out Henderson’s killing and published photos of his passport and identification cards.
In the obituary Henderson’s death was listed as “sudden.” But the family had no idea how he died until now.
WILLIAM HENDERSON, 58
NBC Henderson was employed by the Houston-based Apache Corporation, which operates a joint venture with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation in Karama, southwest of Cairo. A longtime employee, Henderson worked with production operations at Apache, said a spokesperson for the corporation to the Associated Press back in August. A LinkedIn profile appearing to belong to Henderson specifies that he worked as a district manager for Apache in Karama.
Images of Texas native William Henderson’s passport and work ID badges were posted on an official ISIS Web forum on Sunday. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for his death, according to global security firm and NBC News counterterrorism consultant Flashpoint Intelligence. His August 6 death had previously been described as the result of a carjacking.
HENDERSON’S passport & ID’s
Henderson, 58, worked for Houston-based Apache Corp. for 28 years. His obituary said he “passed suddenly while working in Karama, Egypt, on August 6.” In a statement released early Monday, Apache said that the “tragic carjacking incident this past August involving our colleague Bill Henderson is still under investigation by the U.S. government. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Henderson family.”
The State Department was not immediately available for comment.
HENDERSON WITH HIS GRANDCHILDREN
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis recently pledged allegiance to ISIS after emerging in the wake of the Egyptian uprisings in 2011. It now refers to itself as “The Islamic State in Sinai” and has claimed responsibility for numerous terror attacks and assassination attempts in Egypt and on Israel. In August 2012, the group claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the Israeli seaside city of Eilat and a month later an attack on an Israeli border patrol that killed one soldier and injured another, according to the State Department.
In January of 2014, the group’s fighters downed a military helicopter, killing five soldiers on board, and claimed responsibility for a series of car bomb and grenade attacks in Cairo. In February, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis also bombed a tour bus in the Sinai Peninsula. Last month, the group pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Al-Qaeda jihadists reportedly are planning to blow up five passenger planes around the Christmas period to create a festive “spectacular” during the busiest travel time of the year. A security insider says that a ban on all hand luggage is being seriously considered.
Express Mobile phones and electronic devices could still be banned from plane cabins, with the threat of a 9/11-style coordinated attack on London and other major cities feared imminent. The warning comes as Whitehall officials admit that a terror strike on the UK is now “almost inevitable” particularly with British jihadis returning from fighting alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
An airport security source told the Sunday Express: “We’ve been told that five planes are being targeted in a high profile hit before Christmas. They’ve been waiting for the big one. “We have many scares but this one nearly got hand baggage pulled from all airlines. The threat is still alive and real.”
The plot, which has been known about for the past two months, is thought to involve Muslim terrorists smuggling bombs on to planes bound for major European destinations before Christmas. The well-placed security insider said talks had been held about how to deal with it, with suggestions made to ban hand luggage.
The source said: “High level negotiations are continuing at Governmental level but at the moment there has been little done to respond. “There is paralysis because of the difficulty of banning hand luggage which is one of the strongest weapons we have against the new threats.
“All electronics may be banned from hand luggage and placed in the hold, that has been considered, and there has been behaviour analysis training at airports but while it’s effective, it’s difficult to roll out quickly and is not a sufficient safety net.
“The threat is aimed at Europe. The U.S has improved their security over the summer but we have not. “Everyone is expecting something catastrophic very soon”.
Good idea not to get on any plane that has Muslim security agents at the gate
Dr. Leivesley, a former Home Office risk adviser, said that terrorists are now more likely to be “white, blond and blue eyed” who are radicalized in as little as five weeks. She also claimed that female terrorists were becoming a significant risk, adding: “Crime profiling shows that white, middle class women, who are better than averagely educated, are susceptible to the terrorist narrative.
“They see themselves at the forefront of attempts to change the world and are represent a very dangerous tool for the terrorists. “These sleepers will have been from ordinary and not very religious families and not only is the threat from them here but also when they return battle hardened from Syria and Iraq.”
Beware of blond-haired Western women in Muslim garb. It could be a terrorist.
An Egyptian government commission investigating the crackdown on pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators last year has come to a bold conclusion: Egypt must ban political parties subscribing to Political Islam.
Clarion Project “We highly recommend that political Islam parties be dissolved in accordance with Article 74 of Egypt’s 2014 Constitution and also in order to safeguard society against the reactionary ideology of these factions which like to mix religion with politics,” the study concludes.
It says, “The lesson we must learn from this experience is that political Islam forces must not be allowed to exercise politics in this country” and the “Muslim Brotherhood and other political Islam factions usually favors armed confrontation at the expense of peaceful dialogue.”
The official presentation of the report opened with a video designed to expose the Brotherhood’s deception and hijacking of the democratic process and how it threatens every segment of society. It began with footage of President Morsi promising to abide by the constitution.
The film then chronicles Morsi’s dictatorial actions. It features how the Brotherhood preached against virtually every part of society — Coptic Christians, secular Muslims, the ruling government, the military, the judiciary, the media and Al-Azhar University, the top school of Sunni jurisprudence.
The commission determined that the military’s overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood at the request of millions of Egyptian protestors was necessary because the group “adopted the strategy of scorched earth and were about to plunge Egypt into a civil war.”
The study came up with about 60 recommendations. Here are some of the more important ones:
Chairman Riad said a campaign must begin towards “reforming religious discourse, promoting tolerance, and helping Coptic Christians restore their churches.”
It calls for a “complete vision” to address radical ideologies. Components should include:
Dissolution of political parties that are based on political Islam/Islamism and prevent such ideologies from having political participation
Ban parties based on religion, as already outlawed in the constitution
Create a separation between religious preaching and political activism
Create a separation between unions and political groups
Develop measures to counter radical religious and financial influence
Ban the incitement of violence but “stress freedom of expression.”
Use Al-Azhar University to promote “moderate Islam”
Cultural, educational and religious institutions should study the causes of violence
Such institutions must advocate for democracy and human rights and promote peaceful activism through protests.
Ban media campaigns from inciting hatred, violence and exclusion
Promote family values by educating the populace about the need to prevent children from being influenced by radicalism or criminals.
Regulate television so that programs “present the truth and expose lies in an objective way and not with disrespect to others or with inciting language.”
Unlike Crimea’s ethnic Russian majority, most Muslim Tatars resisted Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula. They fielded patrols to prevent Russian soldiers, APCs, pro-Russian paramilitary squads and Cossacks from entering their villages, even using an Android app to turn their smartphones into walkie-talkies that provided instant communication with hundreds of people.
Photo shows a Crimean Tatar man crying during a mass rally held on the 60th anniversary of the deportation of Muslim Tatars by Stalin from Crimea. Why ever did they let them back in?
Al-Jazeera Moscow responded by exiling community leaders, banning rallies, closing down Tatar media outlets, and paralysing the work of the Mejlis, an informal Tatar parliament. At least 15 Tatars and pro-Ukrainian activists were kidnapped or went missing, one was found dead with traces of torture, another one allegedly hanged himself in a desolate barn.
Hundreds of Muslims were detained, interrogated, and fined for blocking highways during protest rallies. There were attempts to set two mosques afire, and several more have been vandalised.
Many Muslims complain that during searches officers force their way in, break down doors and furniture, and harass and humiliate them in front of their wives and children, according to more than a dozen people interviewed by Al Jazeera.
Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists and their supporters sent out a Twitter post addressed to Ferguson protestors, stating that they will “shed blood” and send “soldiers that don’t sleep” to those who accept Islam and pledge allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.