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The Clarion Project The Muslim Brotherhood raises money in the West by launching online ‘human-rights’ appeals using campaign names that mislead donors as to the intended recipients of the cash and how it is going to be spent, according to an Egyptian journalist.The websites largely target Canadian and British residents, with a focus on their Muslim populations. The group’s marketing team uses glossy language to cover over the connection to the Brotherhood, said Lamis el-Hadidi, reporting for CBC TV. The campaign speaks of human rights and aiding prisoners. She claims the British crowdfunding website Reprieve is among those used by the Brotherhood to raise funds. “We need to know how our enemies behave,” said el-Hadidi, predicting a new wave of Muslim Brotherhood attacks. These strikes may not be restricted to terrorism but could be in the realm of public relations, using foreign media outlets under the pretense of human rights.El-Hadidi...
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Fox News by Elizabeth Zwirz President Trump announced on Tuesday that he would be pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal, calling the agreement “defective at its core.”“At the heart of the Iran deal was a giant fiction, that a murderous regime desired only a peaceful, nuclear energy program,” Trump said from the White House. “Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie.”Under the 2015 nuclear deal struck by the United States under the Obama administration, world powers, and Iran, sanctions against Tehran were lifted in exchange for Iran’s cooperation in restricting its nuclear program. Following Trump’s comments, former President Barack Obama released a statement on Facebook, labeling the announcement “so misguided.”“Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated,” Obama said.He argued that the Iran deal, also...

Integrating Islam or Islamizing Integration?

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Gatestone Insitute by Josef Zbořil It is becoming increasingly evident that immigrants from Muslim countries do not spontaneously integrate. On the contrary, there has been a controlled Islamization of integration, rather than the other way around. The fear among Czechs is that such a trend will lead, within a few decades, to a dangerous demographic shift and ultimate theocratic totality in Europe as in the Middle East. The government of Singapore controls the interpretation of Islam and Muslim finances, to prevent them from being used for violence and jihad. If polls are to be trusted, one of the next countries most likely to follow Britain's lead and exit the European Union is the Czech Republic. In 2016, after the Brexit referendum, a mere 25% of the Czech public said it was satisfied with membership in the EU. There are three main reasons for this dissatisfaction. Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12100/integrating-islam-or-islamizing-integration...
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By Hillary Vaughn - FOXBusiness A former chief information security officer (CISO) for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is blasting tech companies – like Microsoft – for making insecure computers and selling them to consumers.In an interview with FOX Business, Robert Bigman, former CIA CISO and current advisory board member at AppGuard, says bad computer operating systems are the biggest threat to cybersecurity. “I would love to name a company that’s really taking cybersecurity seriously. It’s all because frankly Microsoft and everyone else puts performance -- puts sexiness -- puts usability ahead of security.”Bigman says right now Microsoft, Apple and other companies are knowingly making insecure devices and he says – security programs are just adding a layer on top of an weak foundation. “None of the vendors here at this massive show are fixing that problem. They are all fixing the symptoms, right, but not the root cause,” says...
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Futurism by Abby Norman You’ve probably heard of Transitions lenses that can adapt to changing light conditions. Now, get ready for facial recognition lenses.Police officers in Zhengzhou, China have been spotted wearing sunglasses equipped with facial recognition software that allows them to identify individuals in a crowd. These surveillance sunglasses were actually rolled out last year, but a recent report from China’s QQ published a series of photos of the glasses in action.China has consistently been ahead of the curve in terms of utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) for surveillance. The country’s CCTV system tracked down a BBC reporter in just seven minutes during a demonstration in 2017. But this new technology, developed by LLVision, takes China’s surveillance efforts to a whole new level. Not just in theory, either — reports from the official People’s Daily newspaper seem to indicate that it’s improving police work.Surveillance That Actually WorksWith the Lunar New...

What Exactly Is Terrorism? Why Words Matter

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JewishPress.com by Abigail R. Esman It is a concept and a word that has shaped politics worldwide for decades, all the more since September 11: terrorism. But what does "terrorism" really mean, actually? And how well do most people understand it?Not very, it seems. Over the past year, in the face of last August's white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville and subsequent death of Heather Heyer, the mass shooting in Las Vegas last October, and multiple school shootings, people have increasingly taken to social media to demand that such episodes be declared terrorism. And while the Charlottesville killing has been treated as a terrorist incident, the others have not – often to the frustration of far left activists, so-called "millennials," and others.Now the recent serial bombings in Austin, Texas, have raised the issue once again. On Twitter, discussions have broken out questioning descriptions of bomber Mark Anthony Conditt, who killed himself...
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AllAfrica.com By Stella CheronoDetails of a terrorist attack foiled by police last month show that al-Shabaab local operatives are increasingly posing a grave danger to Kenya.The plot by homegrown elements of the Somalia-based terrorist group targeted the Judiciary.Detectives are still processing the seized vehicles, which suicide bombers reportedly planned to use in the raid.Those familiar with the sophisticated plot say it shows the changing face of terrorism.The classic picture of AK47-wielding men with bushy beards behind a black flag is no longer the major focus in the war against violent extremism.Mr Tyrus Kamau Muya, a security consultant, says terrorism has evolved in recruitment, membership and tactics.TERRORIST"It is not easy to single out a recruit or recruiter. It is even more difficult because the stereotype of your typical terrorist has moved from an individual of Arabic or Somali extraction to just about anyone," Mr Kamau said. Read more: http://allafrica.com/stories/201804110253.html...
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RT  Charnwood Borough councillor Paul Mercer has lashed out at the Prevent Program for including far-right extremists, which he says takes the focus away from Islam. He calls it ‘political correctness gone mad.’In his personal blog, Paul Mercer – Conservative councillor for Loughborough Southfields – took aim at the anti-terrorism program, questioning whether or not animal rights activists and far-right extremists who incite violence should be ‘lumped’ in with Al-Qaeda.“There are many unsavoury and extreme individuals prone to violence amongst the far-right as indeed there are some amongst animal rights, environmental and many other different political movements in the UK. Is this a reason to lump them all together with Al Qaeda and regard them all as ‘terrorists?’” Mercer said. Since 2005, 117 people have died from terrorist incidents in the United Kingdom,” Mercer said. Of these, 82.1 per cent were carried out by Islamic extremists, 15.4 per cent were...

Rehabilitating extremists in Indonesia

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Los Angeles Times by Carla Power The Indonesian media has dubbed him "The Terrorist Whisperer."In a hotel conference room here, Noor Huda Ismail welcomed the participants in his three-day workshop. "We have four generations of former terrorists here today," said the jovial 45-year-old as he bounded around the room in a batik shirt, black glasses and Nikes.He gave a shout-out to the lone representative of the eldest generation, a graybeard who had joined the U.S.-backed mujahedin to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s.With a smile and a nod, he acknowledged two former fighters from a Muslim group that sought to impose Islamic rule on the Philippines in the 1990s, then six veterans from Indonesia's Muslim-Christian disputes a decade later."And the latest generation is here too," he said, waving at a 19-year-old in a hijab who had gone to Syria with more than two dozen members of her family...
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Daily Wire by Ryan Saavedra Law enforcement officials on Tuesday arrested a 17-year-old high school student who allegedly plotted a mass shooting terror attack at a mall in Frisco, Texas.The teen, who authorities say pledged allegiance to ISIS, planned to carry out the attack sometime in May and is believed to have spent approximately $1,400 on "weapons and tactical gear for his attack,” CBS Dallas reported.Authorities obtained the alleged Islamic terrorist’s manifesto and claim that he also tried to recruit others to help him carry out the attack, which was going to be a mass shooting and would also utilize explosive devices. “I want to put America in the state that Europe is in, which is having to have soldiers deployed in streets,” the alleged Islamic terrorist said, according to an affidavit. “Something that will cost them a lot financially too.” Read more: https://www.dailywire.com/news/30187/isis-teen-plotted-mall-shooting-wanted-put-america-ryan-saavedra...
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  USNews.comPROVO, Utah (AP) — A 56-year-old Utah man is facing a terrorism-related charge after he allegedly threatened to blow up a county government building in Provo.The Daily Herald reports Miguel Gedo made his initial court appearance in Fourth District Court Wednesday on a charge of second-degree felony threat of terrorism.Deputy Utah County Attorney Mariane O'Bryant says in a probable case statement Gedo became agitated and aggressive when he visited the Utah County Recorder's Office in the county administration building on Feb. 2 She says he allegedly threatened to come back and blow up the administration building, warning that it would be a "bloodbath."It's not clear if Gedo has a lawyer or will be appointed one before his preliminary hearing Judge Thomas Low set for May 30. Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/utah/articles/2018-05-03/utah-man-accused-of-threatening-to-blow-up-county-building...
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Newsmax Noting the uptick in recent terrorist attacks, the NYPD's deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism says terrorist groups on retreat in the Middle East have turned to social media propaganda campaigns to launch lone-wolf attacks on the west, calling it "terrorism for dummies.""They've really dumbed it down to a point that this is terrorism for dummies, which is why we are seeing attacks generated by one person with rudimentary tools, low tech, low cost, and high impact," NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller told John Catsimatidis on "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y. "That becomes an intelligence collection issue, because they're not conspiring with anybody else or communicating with the terrorist group overseas.". . . This is not a New York-based phenomenon. This is a global phenomenon." Miller lamented to host John Catsimatidis "we went from having zero terrorist attacks to having three in 19 months," pointing to these ISIS-inspired...
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The Clarion Project By Meira Svirsky As part of the nuclear agreement with Iran, U.S. President Trump noted at a recent press conference that “[the U.S.] gave Iran $150 billion and $1.8 billion in cash.”A substantial portion of that money was used to fund global terror. Just how far Iran’s tentacles reach and to what end was evident in a news item today that most likely didn’t hit the front pages: Morocco announced that it was severing ties with Iran over Tehran’s support for the Polisario Front, a separatist movement in the Western Sahara.Western Sahara, which borders Morocco, is a disputed territory since Spanish colonialists left the area. It was annexed by Morocco in 1975. Politics aside, the fact that Iran has sent its Lebanese lackey, Hezbollah, into Morocco to train and arm guerrilla fighters to foment dissent against yet another large and relatively moderate Sunni Arab country is both...
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CBS New York NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A man who says he was on a “jihad” to avenge U.S. policy in the Middle East was sentenced to life without parole for killing a New Jersey college student. In a rambling statement, Brown apologized to the family in court before adding he does not regret his actions.“I would like to say that I apologize to his parents and I apologize to those who are close to him and those who love him and respect him and honor him,” Brown said. “I appreciate the things I did even though it hurt people I don’t regret anything because it made me who I am today.” Brown has admitted shooting 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin in 2014 as Tevlin sat in his car at a traffic light in West Orange, a few miles from Newark.Brown also has acknowledged killing three men in Washington state.Friends and family...
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BBC News At least 24 people are reported to have been killed in suicide bomb blasts in the north-east Nigerian town of Mubi.The explosions happened in and around a mosque as Muslims were preparing for afternoon prayers.No-one has yet said they were behind the bombings, but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has launched previous attacks in Mubi.Boko Haram has waged a campaign of violence since 2009 to try to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.The violence has killed about 20,000 people and displaced more than two million.State police commissioner Abdullahi Yerima said the first blast took place at the mosque at about 13:00 (12:00 GMT) and a second bomber detonated a device nearby as worshippers fled. Witness Abdullahi Labaran said the first bomber had mingled with worshippers and detonated his explosives shortly before prayers began.He said people in the mosque then fled towards a market where the second...
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by Catherine Herridge - Fox NewsMore than a dozen known or suspected terrorists are trying to get into the U.S. on any given day, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News, citing new data provided to the department."People think of border security in very different way but to me it’s very simple: border security is national security," Nielsen said. "What we see at the Department of Homeland Security, we see 15 terrorists either planning to travel or actually traveling to the United States each day, known and suspected terrorists. So that means they are coming through our legal land, port and air but they could be coming across that (southwest) border."In New York City for a series of recent closed-door threat and intelligence meetings, Nielsen spoke exclusively with Fox News at Ground Zero -- not far from the October 2017 attack where an ISIS-inspired terrorist used a truck to...
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by Edwin Mora - Breitbart WASHINGTON, DC — Iran has “converted and radicalized thousands of Latin Americans” throughout the years by dispatching imams to the region and establishing mosques and “cultural centers” that Hezbollah used as recruiting tools, an expert on the Islamic Republic indicated while testifying before a House panel.On Tuesday, Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) think tank told a House panel via written testimony: Since its establishment, the Islamic Republic of Iran has viewed Latin America as a fertile ground for the export of its revolution. Tehran wants the Western Hemisphere to become a hotbed of anti-Americanism and a forward operating base for Iran.To this end, over nearly four decades, Tehran has built a network of mosques and cultural centers across the region. It aggressively expanded its base of supporters and sympathizers by dispatching itinerant preachers, who have successfully converted and radicalized thousands...
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The Times of Israel Israel always claimed Iran duped the world, and the 2015 deal paved its path to a nuclear arsenal. Armed with Iran's own archive, PM now looks to Trump to do 'the right thing'    By David Horovitz Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday dropped a Mossad intelligence bombshell on Iran, and on the Obama administration-led international community that negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. He showcased a vast archive of Iran’s own documentation demonstrating that Tehran worked to develop a nuclear weapons arsenal, lied to the international community about it, and has taken the steps necessary to ensure it can proceed to the bomb within the framework of the 2015 deal. In a brief, devastating presentation at the Tel Aviv Defense Ministry headquarters, Netanyahu unveiled what he described as one of Israeli intelligence’s greatest ever achievements — getting its hands on Iran’s own archived nuclear weapons...

Twin blasts in Afghan capital kill at least 26

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Reuters by James Mackenzie KABUL, April 30 (Reuters) - Twin blasts in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 26 people on Monday, including nine journalists who had arrived to report on the first explosion and were apparently targeted by a suicide bomber, officials said.The attacks, a week after 60 people were killed as they waited at a voter registration centre in the city, underlined mounting insecurity despite repeated government pledges to tighten defences.Hours after the attack in Kabul, a suicide bomber in a vehicle attacked a foreign military convoy in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 11 children studying in a nearby religious school, police said. "These attacks caused untold human suffering to Afghan families," said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the top U.N. official in Afghanistan."I am furthermore outraged by the attack which appears to have deliberately targeted journalists," he said in a statement.The attacks in rapid succession were a grim...
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The Daily Caller Joshua GillMichigan state senators criticized a gubernatorial candidate on Thursday for making claims about a “civilization jihad” the Muslim Brotherhood started in the U.S.State Sen. Patrick Colbeck on Thursday defended statements in which he claimed the Muslim Brotherhood orchestrated a cultural jihad in the U.S. and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed also had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood via the Muslim Student Association, according to The Associated Press. Colbeck’s defense came two days after Buzzfeed reported he made similar accusations at an event United West hosted — the senator garnered harsh criticism from Democratic state senators.“There’s a lot of pressure being applied in our society right now. You’re seeing Muslim legislators in the state legislature. And you’re seeing also a push at the local level at city councils,” Colbeck said at the event where he presented a slideshow featuring “Civilization Jihad Techniques” as a subject.“But we...