Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What ISIS's Leader Really Wants The longer he lives, the more powerful he becomes

On June 29, 2014or the first of Ramadan, 1435, for those who prefer the Islamic calendar to the Gregorianthe leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) publicly uttered for the first time a word that means little to the average Westerner, but everything to some pious Muslims. The word is “caliph.” ISIS’s proclamation that day formally hacked the last two letters from its acronym (it’s now just “The Islamic State”) and declared Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, born Ibrahim ibn Awwad ibn Ibrahim ibn Ali ibn Muhammad al-Badri al-Samarrai, the Caliph of all Muslims and the Prince of the Believers. For Muslims of a certain hyper-antiquarian inclination, these titles are not mere nomenclature. ISIS’s meticulous use of language, and its almost pedantic adherence to its own interpretation of Islamic law, have made it a strange enemy, fierce and unyielding but also scholarly and predictable. The Islamic State obsesses over words like “caliph” (Arabic: khalifa) and “caliphate” (khilafa), and news reports and social media from within ISIS have depicted frenzied chants of “The Caliphate is established!” The entire self-image and propaganda narrative of the Islamic State is based on emulating the early leaders of Islam, in particular the Prophet Muhammad and the four “rightly guided caliphs” who led Muslims from Muhammad’s death in 632 until 661. Within the lifetimes of these caliphs, the realm of Islam spread like spilled ink to the farthest corners of modern-day Iran and coastal Libya, despite small and humble origins.

Muslims consider that period a golden age and some, called Salafis, believe the military and political practices of its statesmen and warriorsbarbaric by today’s standards but acceptable at the timedeserve to be revived. Hence ISIS’s taste for beheadings, stonings, crucifixions, slavery, and dhimmitude, the practice of taxing those who refuse to convert to Islam.

Other Muslims have romanticized the time of the early caliphsbut by occupying a large area and ruling it for more than a year, the Islamic State can claim to be their heirs more plausibly than any recent jihadist movement. It has created a blood-soaked paradise that groups like Al Qaeda contemplated only as a distant daydream.

“There is a mystical belief that, if you just establish the caliphate in the right way, Muslims will come to you and everything will fall into place,” says Fred Donner, a historian of early Islam at the University of Chicago. And it is precisely this promise of inexorable, righteous expansion that has drawn recruits from all over the globenot just nearby, war-ravaged nations, but England and Australia and France, too. Together, they have formed the most monstrous squad of historical reenactors of all time.

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The word khalifa means “successor” (to Muhammad), and as such, a rightful caliph can demand the allegiance of all Muslims. But historically, an applicant for the job has had to fulfill a few conditions. He (always he) must be Muslim, fully grown, devout, sane, and physically whole. Because he is theoretically meant to lead Muslims in battle, missing limbs or a sickly disposition will automatically disqualify him. He must also hail from the Quraysh tribe of the Arabian peninsula, a requirement that turns out to matter a great deal in the case of the current caliph.

After the first four caliphswhose rule the Islamic State remembers as a period of Muslim solidarity, although three died violentlydynasties of Sunni caliphs ruled out of Damascus (the Umayyads, 661–750), Iraq and Syria (the Abbasids, 750–1258), and Istanbul (Ottomans, 1299–1924). As Islam aged, many not-so-exemplary men held the office of caliph. By the Ottoman period, they receded from view and remained as figureheads, with military rulers called sultans making all decisions of consequence. The last Ottoman caliph, Abdülmecid II, was ousted by the secularist Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and reacted not by raising an army of vengeful zealots but by retiring to a life of beard-grooming and nude portraiture in Paris.

We don’t know which caliphs from history are most revered by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who rules by his birth name Caliph Ibrahim. To him, the ineffectual aesthetes of the Ottoman period may not even count as caliphs. (That softie Osama bin Laden likely accepted them as legitimate: In his early statements, he bemoaned their downfall.) Baghdadi seems to have sentimental fondness for the Abbasid caliphate. The Abbasids ruled primarily from Baghdad, where the current caliph is said to have earned a doctorate in Islamic law. And Harun al-Rashid, perhaps the greatest Abbasid caliph, briefly relocated the caliphate to Raqqa, the Syrian city that is the capital of the Islamic State. After ISIS fighters invaded Mosul and slew a dozen imams, Baghdadi led Friday prayers at the main mosque and wore all blackthe regnal color of the Abbasid caliphsas if the last eight centuries never happened.

Past caliphates have bent the rules and selected corrupt or worldly men for leadership. Some have also ignored the Qurayshi requirement, or fabricated caliphs’ pedigrees on the grounds of necessity. But the Islamic State refuses to let such things slide. Baghdadi’s Mosul sermon demonstrated command of the florid rhetoric of classical Arabic, so his religious chops are confirmed. And his Qurayshi lineage is beyond public dispute. Many Iraqis, including Saddam Hussein, can also boast Qurayshi descent, and because no one knows much about Baghdadicertainly not enough to trace his lineage back 1,400 years to a preliterate society a thousand miles awayit’s hard (and in the Islamic State, probably fatal) to suggest he’s lying.
Slavish loyalty to historical example at least makes the beliefs and plans of ISIS a little more predictable than those of a spry, global-reach organization like Al Qaeda.
Interpretations of what constitutes a legitimate caliph are so loose that it’s surprising how few caliphates have been declared since 1924. But radical Muslims have been reluctant to invoke the word for reasons both practical and purist. “If you go back to the 1970s, you’ll find they all just call themselves ‘groups’ or ‘fronts,’” says Thomas Hegghammer, who studies jihadists for the Norwegian government. Not until the late ’80s do you find the first jihadist “emirate,” which is a state run by an emir, a secular prince. Some Muslims have suggested that the Taliban’s Mullah Omar is caliph material. He styles himself “prince [emir] of the faithful,” a historical term nearly but not quite synonymous with “caliph.” But he is neither Qurayshi nor (some would say) physically intact, due to an eye lost in battle. And bin Laden never declared himself caliph, either, in part because he lacked Qurayshi blood. (Fred Donner told me that the bin Ladens’ Kennedy-like prominence in Saudi Arabia ensured that no lie about Qurayshi descent could gain traction.)

This tenderness about using the term “caliph” extends to almost everyone in the old guard of Al Qaeda, which hates ISIS. In general, the grayer the beard, the less enthusiasm for rule by Baghdadi. Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, the Palestinian jihadi theorist who mentored Abu Musa’b al-Zarqawi (himself Baghdadi’s guru), has condemned the declaration of the caliphate on the grounds that it creates discord among mujahedin. Bernard Haykel, an Islamic law expert at Princeton, says caliphs are supposed to be chosen by consultation with all Muslim scholars, and Baghdadi hasn’t shown he has the support of even a majority of ultra-radical Muslims.

Mostly, though, caliphate declarations have been rare because they are outrageously out of sync with history. The word conjures the majesty of bygone eras and of states that straddle continents. For a wandering group of hunted men like Al Qaeda to declare a caliphate would have been Pythonesque in its deluded grandeur, as if a few dozen Neo-Nazis or Italian fascists declared themselves the Holy Roman Empire or dressed up like Augustus Caesar. “Anybody who actively wishes to reestablish a caliphate must be deeply committed to a backward-looking view of Islam,” says Donner. “The caliphate hasn’t been a functioning institution for over a thousand years.”

Cole Bunzel, a doctoral candidate at Princeton, thinks Baghdadi maintained a policy of “strategic ambiguity” about when to declare himself caliph. “The Islamic State has acted like a caliphate from the beginning, but they couldn’t announce themselves as one because they would have sounded ridiculous.” Now that they’ve controlled Raqqa for more than a yearand oversee as much territory as Abu Bakr, the first rightly guided caliph, himselfthe claim looks far more credible. The mass executions and public crucifixions have also done much to erase any lingering aura of comedy.

Slavish loyalty to historical example at least makes the beliefs and plans of ISIS a little more predictable than those of a spry, global-reach organization like Al Qaeda. We know, for example, that Baghdadi demands total allegiance and that the caliphal structure of ISIS does not lend itself to the cell-based activity that made the bin Laden network hard to eradicate. It also severely limits what ISIS can do, since any attack on a Western city would draw an immediate and devastating counterattack on Raqqa, and wouldn’t require the laborious fumigation of hundreds of mountain caves.

So how do we fight ISIS? Giving Baghdadi more time as caliph might only make him more plausible in the role and allow him to draw more fighters to his state. If that is true, one concerned Western scholar told me, we would be wise to kill him fast. Right now only an infinitesimal number of Muslims have sworn fealty to him. The biggest danger is letting that number grow. Once he becomes a popular figure instead of a divisive one, his death will have spillover effects. “Killing the religious leader of even a small minority of Muslims is not good propaganda,” says Cole Bunzel.
But a massive invasion by the United States would have equally deplorable effects, because it would instantly convert Baghdadi’s squalid army into the world’s premier terrorist organization. A balanced and effective approach, then, would be to kill him as fast as possible and to use Kurdish and Shia proxies to arrest his state’s expansion. By confining U.S. action to surgical raids and proxy war, we might avoid accidentally anointing him or his successor Grand Poobah of the Mujahedin.

It’s also true that killing one caliph can extinguish a whole line. Consider the fate of Baghdad’s last Abbasid caliph, al-Mustasim Billah. When the Mongols sacked Baghdad in 1258, their leader Hulagu Khan (grandson of Genghis) ordered slaughter on a scale rarely witnessed in history. His men murdered as many as a million Muslims in a week, in an age when death was still dealt manually, with blades and cudgels. Even in victory, Hulagu treated the caliph with circumspection. Because it was bad luck to let royal blood touch the earth, Hulagu rolled Mustasim in a carpet before loosing a whole stable of horses to stampede over his body. Whether by drone, or by a well-placed bullet from one of Kurdistan’s famous female commandos, it seems likely that Baghdadi’s death will be less tidy.
ISIS almost certainly has a successor in mind. But the supply of caliphs is not infinite, according to some Baghdadi-aligned Islamic scholars studied by Bunzel. One of those scholars, the Bahraini cleric Turki al-Bin’ali, cites a saying attributed to Muhammad that predicts a total of twelve caliphs before the end of the world. Bin’ali considers only seven of the caliphs of history legitimate. That makes Baghdadi the eighth out of twelveand in some Sunni traditions, the name of the twelfth and final caliph, Muhammad ibn Abdullah, has already been foretold.

These beliefs would be merely peculiar, if the punctilious nature of ISIS did not suggest that its leaders believe in the literal truth of prophecy and will act accordingly. David Cook, a historian at Rice University who studies Muslim apocalypticism, points out that the battles preceding the Day of Judgment will take place in modern Syria, with a final showdown in the year 1500 of the Islamic Hijra calendar, or A.D. 2076. If ISIS scholars are right, we could be as few as four air strikes away from forcing the caliphate to find and appoint a physically robust man named Muhammad ibn Abdullah, who has both eyes and no missing limbs. The end of the world may be coming, one Hellfire missile at a time.

Graeme Wood is a contributing editor at The New Republic.

France upholds ban on Muslim engineer from nuclear sites for his links to “jihadist networks”; his lawyer cries “Islamophobia”

France upholds ban on Muslim engineer from nuclear sites for his links to “jihadist networks”; his lawyer cries “Islamophobia”




This is the question that will determine whether or not free societies will survive: will they take steps to protect themselves from the threat of jihad and Islamic supremacism, or will they drop such protective measures so as to avoid being seen as “Islamophobic”? Britain has for years chosen the latter path, and now, on the brink of disaster, trying to backtrack, but it may already be too late.

France, at least in this instance, chooses the former path. But they will have much more trouble with this sort of thing in the near future nevertheless.

“France bans Muslim worker from nuclear sites,” AFP, September 2, 2014 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A French court has upheld a ban on a Muslim engineer from accessing nuclear sites, citing his links with what it termed as “jihadist networks”, but his lawyer called it a case of Islamophobia.
Lawyer Sefen Guez Guez told AFP news agency on Monday that he was looking at launching an appeal.
The 29-year-old working for a firm subcontracted by energy giant EDF had been granted access to nuclear installations as part of his job throughout 2012 and 2013.
But in March this year, the man – who cannot be named according to French law, had his pass to enter the Nogent-sur-Seine nuclear power station revoked.
Officials said he had links with a violent armed group and that he was in touch with an imam involved in recruiting people to fight in Iraq.
A court in the north-eastern town of Chalons-en-Champagne upheld the ban saying the management could prevent those “undergoing a process of political and religious radicalisation” from accessing sensitive sites.
The lawyer for the man cried foul and argued that his client had no police record.
“There is no proof of these supposed links,” Guez Guez said.
In June 2014, Guez Guez successfully had the ban revoked by an appeals court. But when the engineer turned up for work, he found he was once again refused access – this time by EDF – to his place of work, and his lawyer appealed again.
France is home to some five million Muslims – the largest Muslim population in western Europe.
Like a number of European countries, France has expressed concern over young people leaving the country to fight in Iraq and Syria, and who could pose a risk to domestic security on their return.
According to official estimates, about 800 French nationals or residents, including several dozen women, have travelled to Syria, returned from the conflict-ridden country or plan to go there.

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb


Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year

One of Islam’s most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet Mohamed – could be destroyed and his body removed to an anonymous grave under plans which threaten to spark discord across the Muslim world.

The controversial proposals are part of a consultation document by a leading Saudi academic which has been circulated among the supervisors of al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque in Medina, where the remains of the Prophet are housed under the Green Dome, visited by millions of pilgrims and venerated as Islam’s second-holiest site. The formal custodian of the mosque is Saudi Arabia’s ageing monarch King Abdullah.

The plans, brought to light by another Saudi academic who has exposed and criticised the destruction of holy places and artefacts in Mecca – the holiest site in the Muslim world – call for the destruction of chambers around the Prophet’s grave which are particularly venerated by Shia Muslims.

The 61-page document also calls for the removal of Mohamed’s remains to the nearby al-Baqi cemetery, where they would be interred anonymously.

There is no suggestion that any decision has been taken to act upon the plans. The Saudi government has in the past insisted that it treats any changes to Islam’s holiest sites with “the utmost seriousness”.
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But such is the importance of the mosque to both Sunni and Shia Muslims that Dr Irfan al-Alawi warned that any attempt to carry out the work could spark unrest. It also runs the risk of inflaming sectarian tensions between the two branches of Islam, already running perilously high due to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Hardline Saudi clerics have long preached that the country’s strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islam – an offshoot of the Sunni tradition – prohibits the worship of any object or “saint”, a practice considered “shirq” or idolatrous.

Dr Alawi, director of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, told The Independent: “People visit the chambers, which are the rooms where the Prophet’s family lived, and turn towards the burial chamber to pray.

“Now they want to prevent pilgrims from attending and venerating the tomb because they believe this is shirq, or idolatry. But the only way they can stop people visiting the Prophet is to get him out and into the cemetery.”

For centuries Muslim pilgrims have made their way to Mecca in order to visit the Kaaba – a black granite cubed building said to be built by Abraham, around which al-Masjid al-Haram, or the Grand Mosque, is built, and towards which every Muslim faces when they pray.

This pilgrimage, or hajj, is a religious duty that has to be carried out at least once in a lifetime.
Many go on to make their way to the nearby city of Medina to pay their respects at the Prophet’s tomb.
Muslims waiting to pray at the tomb of the Prophet at al-Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina 
Muslims waiting to pray at the tomb of the Prophet at al-Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina (Reuters)
Al-Nabawi mosque around the tomb has been expanded by generations of Arabian rulers, particularly the Ottomans. It includes hand-painted calligraphy documenting details of the Prophet’s life and his family. Dr Alawi said the plans also call for these to be destroyed as well as the Green Dome which covers the Prophet’s tomb.

The Prophet is venerated by both branches of Islam, Sunni and Shia. The strict Wahhabi sect is a branch of the Sunni faith, however, and removing the Prophet could further inflame tensions between the two groups .

The current  crisis in Iraq has been blamed on the Shia former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s sectarianism, which alienated the Sunni, leading to the uprising. Isis, also known as Islamic State, which holds swathes of Iraq and Syria, and which murdered the American journalist James Foley, is a Sunni organisation.

Mainstream Sunni Muslims would be just as aghast at any desecration of the tomb as the Shia, Dr Alawi said.

The Independent has previously revealed how the multibillion-pound expansion of the Grand Mosque has, according to the Washington-based Gulf Institute, led to the destruction of up to 95 per cent of Mecca’s millennium-old buildings. They have been replaced with luxury  hotels, apartments and  shopping malls.

King Abdullah has appointed the prominent Wahhabi cleric and imam of the Grand Mosque, Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, to oversee the expansion project – necessary to cope with the huge number of pilgrims who now visit each year.

Dr Alawi says the consultation document for the al-Nabawi mosque in Medina, by the leading Saudi academic Dr Ali bin Abdulaziz al-Shabal of Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, has been circulated to the Committee of the Presidency of the Two Mosques.

Several pages of the consultation document have just been published in the presidency’s journal. They call for the destruction of the rooms surrounding the tomb – used by the Prophet’s wives and daughters, and venerated by the Shia because of their association with his youngest daughter, Fatima.
The document also calls for the Green Dome, which covers the tomb and these living quarters, to be removed, and the ultimate removal of the Prophet’s body to a nearby cemetery.

The al-Baqi cemetery already contains the bodies of many of the Prophet’s family, including his father who was removed there in the 1970s, Dr Alawi said. In 1924 all the grave markers were removed, so pilgrims would not know who was buried there, and so be unable to pray to them.

“The Prophet would be anonymous,” Dr  Alawi added. “Everything around the Prophet’s mosque has already been destroyed. It is surrounded by bulldozers. Once they’ve removed everything they can move towards the mosque. The imam is likely to say there is a need to expand the mosque and do it that way, while the world’s eyes are on Iraq and Syria. The Prophet Mohamed’s grave is venerated by the mainstream Sunni, who would never do it. It is just as important for the Shia too, who venerate the Prophet’s daughter, Fatima.

“I’m sure there will be shock across the Muslim world at these revelations. It will cause outrage.”
The Independent was unable to contact the Saudi Arabian embassy, but it said in a statement last year: “The development of the Holy Mosque of Makkah al-Mukarramah [Mecca] is an extremely important subject and one which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in its capacity as custodian of the two holy mosques, takes with the utmost seriousness. This role is at the heart of the principles upon which Saudi Arabia is founded.”

Latest Islamic State Magazine Touts Foley Killing, Taunts Obama

Latest Islamic State Magazine Touts Foley Killing, Taunts Obama


September 1, 2014 9:07 am 0 comments
Dabiq magazine. Photo: IPT.

Al-Hayat Media, an important part of the Islamic State’s propaganda machine, released the third issue of its English-language jihadist publication Dabiq Friday. It released its first two editions of the magazine written in the style of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine earlier in August.

recent article in the New Republic compared the first two editions of Dabiq with Inspire, saying the new magazine provided a more “comprehensive attempt to recruit westerners” than its Al-Qaida predecessor.

The cover, “A Call to Hijrah,” recalls the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Medina and reads like a glossy recruiting guide.

It sets up the United States as the boogeyman all Muslims must fight because Americans killed thousands of Muslims during their occupation of Iraq, calling their deaths “collateral damage.”
Dabiq gloats over James Foley’s beheading, calling it “a cooling balm for the believers’ hearts” that served “as a retribution for the recent American aggression against the Muslims of Iraq.”

It claims that the Obama administration was “dragging its feet” its feet for nine months trying to save Foley’s life and those of other American and British hostages held in the Islamic State’s dungeons. In the new issue, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, or ISIL) again raises the administration’s refusal to release Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year sentence for attempting to murder Americans in Afghanistan and plotting ‘mass-casualty’ attacks in New York.

Obama acts “more foolishly” than Bush on matters of foreign policy in the Middle East, the magazine says, and calls him an “apostate.”

The magazine also provides religious justification for Muslims living in the West to leave their countries and join the fight, depicting a Muslim society free from nationalism and where they can live in full accord with Islamic law and morality. It also uses guilt against Muslims who refuse to follow the Islamic State.

“So abandoning hijrah (migration to the Islamic State) – the path to jihad – is a dangerous matter. In effect, one is thereby deserting jihad and willingly becoming a hypocritical spectator,” the magazine said, criticizing Muslims in the West who live like their non-Muslim neighbors. “… [N]ow there is a Khalifah (Caliphate) prepared to accept every Muslim and Muslimah into lands and all it can within its power to protect them alone.”

The “life of jihad” it says is only possible if Muslims move to the Islamic State’s caliphate.”

Iranian cleric issues fatwa against the Internet

Iranian cleric issues fatwa against the Internet


September 2 at 4:20 AM
A prominent hard-line Iranian cleric has denounced high-speed mobile Internet and 3G services as “immoral and unlawful.”

Last week, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi said 3G mobile services are against sharia law and violate “human and moral norms.”

He cautioned Iran’s information ministry against providing 3G mobile service before the technology is “purified” of its “negative features” to ensure “moral and psychological security” for users.

“The Western technology is like muddy and unsanitary water,” the senior conservative cleric told the Tehran Times on Sunday. “Water is the lifeblood, but when it gets murky and unsanitary it must be purified.”

Makarem-Shirazi isn’t against all technology. After all, he has a Web site where followers can ask for religious rulings, as one group of activists did in this case. In the past he’s passed judgment on a variety of subjects, such as the morality of pet food advertisements — devotion to the animals would result in “evil outcomes,” he warned.

Iran’s conservative clerics would rather leave the Internet to the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, which was set up in 2012 to censor what Iranian eyes can see online. The council’s concerns?

Political opposition groups, Web sites that promote Western culture and Satan worship, the ability to share naughty photos, use of social media by protesters and other digital-age evils.

On Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who campaigned on the promise of better Internet access, stood by the Web. “We cannot close the gates of the world to our younger generation,” he said in a televised meeting with conservative clerics. “If we do not move toward the new generation of mobile today and resist it, we will have to do it tomorrow. If not, the day after tomorrow.”

The fatwa isn’t binding on the administration, but illustrates the opposition the centrist government is up against given that conservatives occupy key positions in judicial, intelligence and security branches and that conservatives hold a majority in parliament.

The debate over the Internet has gotten heated since Iran’s government awarded 3G licenses to three mobile broadband companies. After the first license was issued earlier this year, Makarem-Shirazi and three other ayatollahs expressed concern that 3G technology would “jeopardize public chastity” and allow men and women to speak to each other without oversight.
Gail Sullivan covers business for the Morning Mix blog.

The bus driver who has raped 12 little boys (and doesn't think he's done anything wrong): Why thousands of Pakistani children are falling prey to paedophiles

The bus driver who has raped 12 little boys (and doesn't think he's done anything wrong): Why thousands of Pakistani children are falling prey to paedophiles


  • Pakistan is home to 1.5m street children, 90% of whom have been abused
  • Naeem, 13, from Peshawar was gang-raped by four men and is an addict
  • He has now become an abuser himself and regularly self-harms
  • Many paedophiles such as bus conductor Ijaz are open about their desires
  • Both Naeem and Ijaz appear on C4 documentary Pakistan's Secret Shame
Ijaz, a bus conductor in his early twenties, spends his days travelling through the bustling streets of Peshawar in northern Pakistan, working hard to scrape a living.
The pay is low and the hours are long, and Ijaz, like many of his colleagues, remains unwed and has no family.

Instead of going home come nightfall, he, and many others, spend their time with street children, paying them as little as 75p for sex and when they have no money, brutally abusing them.

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At risk: Of Pakistan's 1.5 million street children, an estimated 90 per cent have been sexually abused
At risk: Of Pakistan's 1.5 million street children, an estimated 90 per cent have been sexually abused

But the children falling prey to these men aren't the ones you might expect. With girls kept at home by their parents, the majority of victims are boys - some as young as six years old.
'Once, there was a boy on the bus and everyone had sex with him,' confesses Ijaz who admits to raping 12 different children during his career as a bus conductor.
'I did it too but what else could I do? They invited me. And he was that kind of boy anyway.'

Sexual abuse in Pakistan is rife. An estimated four million children in the country are forced into work from an early age due to poverty and of those, more than a million live on the streets where they are easy prey for men like Ijaz.

A recent survey of 1,800 men found that a third believe that not only is raping little boys not a crime, it's not even a bad thing to do. 

As a result, an estimated 90 per cent of street children have been victims of sexual abuse at some point in their lives.

Damaged: Naeem, 13, has been brutally raped, has been forced to prostitute himself and is a drug addict
Damaged: Naeem, 13, has been on the streets, off and on, since running away from his violent brother who repeatedly beat him following their parents' death. He was eight at the time

Dangerous: Most of the street children are little boys and nearly all fall victim to paedophiles
Dangerous: Most of the street children are little boys and 90 per cent fall victim to paedophiles

One such boy is Naeem, 13, who has been on the streets, off and on, since running away from his violent brother who repeatedly beat him following their parents' death. He was eight at the time.

His world is one of drugs and violence. He talks casually of a street where you'll find 'all the paedos'. 

He is addicted to heroin and regularly abuses his own fragile body, cutting and stabbing himself in an attempt to deal with his anger. 

Although he has sold himself to pay for drugs, he also tells, with tears in his eyes, of a time when he was attacked by a gang of men.

'I was lying here sleeping and four people grabbed me and threw me into a car,' he sobs. 'One was a bus driver, the others were heroin addicts. All four of them raped me.'

Many of Pakistan's abusers are bus drivers. One man who knows this all too well is Hassan Deen, an entrepreneur who rents beds - and sometimes boys - to drivers at Peshawar's largest bus depot.

'A bus driver rents a bed from me and he says he'll pay an extra 50 (50p) or 100 rupees (£1) if I can get him a boy,' explains Mr Deen.

'There's often a kid wandering the streets alone. We tell these boys we'll provide food and shelter if they come with us. That's how we lure them in.'

Others, addicted to the cheap heroin that pours across the border from neighbouring Afghanistan, will have sex with these men for a price. 

'If I don't make enough money picking trash, I sell my body,' admits Naeen. 'The first time I sold myself, I didn't have any money. 

'So I did it three times with a man and in return, he gave me 3,000 rupees (£17). I was eight and a half. I was little.

'The first time I did it, I hadn't eaten for two to three days. Afterwards, I cried all night, asking myself, "What have I done?" I did this to myself to make some money.'
Hotspot: Peshawar's bus depots are the scene of much of the abuse with bus drivers being the main culprits
Hotspot: Peshawar's bus depots are the scene of much of the abuse with bus drivers being the main culprits

Drugs: Thanks to the proximity of Afghanistan and its cheap heroin, drug addiction is rife among street boys
Drugs: Thanks to the proximity of Afghanistan and its cheap heroin, drug addiction is rife among street boys

And Naeen isn't alone. Another street child, nine-year-old Akeeb has also been approached by men on the street but has so far managed to escape.

'I don't get scared if I have a friend with me,' he says. 'I get bothered a lot by the bus driver, the van driver. They tell me to climb on the roof of the bus and do bad things with them. Sometimes they offer me a soft drink in return.'

Unsurprisingly, the impact of this abuse on the children is severe. Along with psychological problems, a Save the Children report showed that as many as one in 10 are murdered by the men who abuse them.

Others go on to become abusers themselves, among them 13-year-old Naeem. 'There was a boy, about 10 or 11,' he confesses, shame-faced.
Chaos: The busy streets of Peshawar are also home to thousands of children - and some dangerous men
Chaos: The busy streets of Peshawar are also home to thousands of children - and some dangerous men

Hoping to help: Imran Khan describes the plight of the street children as 'shameful' for Pakistani society
Hoping to help: Imran Khan describes the plight of the street children as 'shameful' for Pakistani society

'I took him to the cinema and spent money on him and he was OK with it. But when we left the cinema, he said he didn't want to do it anymore so then I grabbed his hand and forced him.'

Although there are laws in place to protect children, police rarely bother themselves with the plight of the street children, with many saying that the ever-present threat of Taliban bombs trumps saving small boys.

One man who might be able to help is Imran Khan, the former governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the region in which Peshawar is located.

'It's one of the most sad and shameful aspects of our society,' he says. 'I'm totally embarrassed by this. It's really shameful for us that we have not been able to protect them.'

For now, boys like Naeem continue to fall victim to predatory paedophiles like serial rapist Ijaz, a man who claims to want a 'good woman' for a wife one day and children of his own.

'I'm going to look for a good wife who's read the Quran and prays,' he says. 'A good, respectable woman. Religion is very important because I'm Muslim.'

That, however, hasn't stopped him from attacking boys. 'What can we do?,' he whines. 'We know it's totally against Islam. God doesn't like it. But we're helpless against our desire.'

Pakistan's Secret Shame, tonight at 10pm on Channel 4

Iraqi Shia Turkmen to kill their wives and children if the city falls to ISIL terrorists

h/t TROP  

fricking outrageous this is happening in the 21st Century!!!


Iraqi Shia Turkmen to kill their wives and children if the city falls to ISIL terrorists


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  • Source : Agencies
Shia Turkmen in Amerli, a besieged Iraqi town say they have prepared graves for their families and will kill their wives and children if the city falls to the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.

Residents of a besieged Iraqi town say they have prepared graves for their families and will kill their wives and children if the city falls to the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.

The Shia Turkmen of Amerli, a town in the north of Iraq, are resisting ISIL terrorists who have surrounded them for two months. On Saturday, the Iraqi army and militiamen launched an operation to break the siege, but the fate of those inside still hangs in the balance.

Residents said that they would rather kill themselves than fall into the hands of the ISIL group, which has been accused of murdering those from religious minorities.

"In every three to four houses we have dug graves. If the ISIL storms our town everyone will be killing their wives and children and they will bury them," says Mehdi, a government employee reached by phone in Amerli.

Mehdi, who asked for his real name to be withheld, said their wives had agreed they would rather die than be taken captive by the group. "They say ‘we don’t want to end up in the hands of the ISIL, being enslaved like those in Sinjar mountain….We don’t want the ISIL to lay their hands on us.’”

Women who have been airlifted from Amerli to Baghdad this week said the only question among their female relatives was whether they would have someone shoot them or do it themselves.

"All the women will kill themselves – either shoot themselves or use kerosene and burn themselves to death," said Fatima Qassim, a beauty salon owner from Amerli.

Fatima said her brother was fighting to defend the town and had remained behind with his wife and six children.

"He put eight bullets in his rifle and he said if ISIL enters the town then I will kill my children one by one and then I will kill my wife and myself."
The United Nations last week said the situation in Amerli was desperate and required immediate action to prevent a possible massacre.

“More than 40 of the villages surrounding Amerli have fallen to the Islamic State. If the town falls it will be pure genocide," says Torhan al-Mufti, the outgoing minister of communications.

Despite sporadic airlifts by the Iraqi army to rescue residents, between 15,000 to 20,000 people remain in Amerli. Two months under siege has left it short of food and wells are running dry.

An estimated 2,000 men, many of them famers or civil servants, have dug trenches and repelled three assaults.

Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week

10 Years since Beslan
On the first day of school in September, 2004, 32 devout Muslims
 took nearly 1100 innocents hostage at a small town in Russia. 
Eventually nearly 400 were massacred, including 186 children.

Islam's Latest Contributions to Peace "Mohammed is God's apostle.  Those who follow him are harsh
 to the unbelievers but merciful to one another"
  Quran 48:29

2014.08.31 (Ramadi, Iraq) - Thirty-seven Iraqis are reduced to pulp by a Shahid suicide bomber.
2014.08.31 (Shabwa, Yemen) - Two Shahid suicide bombers take out a half-dozen human beings.
2014.08.30 (Borno, Nigeria) - Boko Haram militants spray machine-gun fire into villages while yelling praises to Allah. At least fourteen are killed.
2014.08.30 (Jalalabad, Afghanistan) - A Shahid suicide bomber disassembles six other people.
2014.08.28 (Awaran, Pakistan) - Six members of a minority religious community are shot to death in their place of worship by suspected Sunni fundamentalists.
2014.08.28 (Pattani, Thailand) - Muslim terrorists murder a teacher with a bomb.
* Sources for individual incidents can be provided upon request.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Michael Coren & Douglas Murray - The Rotherham Islamic rape gang

Published on Aug 29, 2014
24 May 2007

A schoolgirl was murdered by a fast food shop owner who joked that she had been "chopped up" and put into kebabs, a court was told yesterday.

The prosecution alleged at Preston Crown Court that Charlene Downes, 14, was killed by Iyad Albattikhi, 29, owner of a food shop in Blackpool, who had sex with her.

Charlene was one of a number of young girls who visited an alleyway in the town to have sex with older men who worked in the fast food shops, Tim Holroyde QC, prosecuting, told the jury.
Charlene, from Blackpool, was "well and happy", the court heard, but had a "chaotic" home life. Expelled from school, she spent her time hanging around shops on the Blackpool Promenade. She was last seen on the evening of Saturday Nov 1 2003. After kissing her mother goodbye she left alone - and vanished, Mr Holroyde said.

A missing persons inquiry began but police later launched a murder investigation after receiving information that Charlene had been "killed and chopped up", the court heard.

No trace of Charlene's body has ever been found.

Mr Holroyde told the jury that a witness had heard Albattikhi and others talking about her.
"These people were talking about sex with white girls, and there was mention of having sex with Charlene," he said.

"Albattikhi laughed and said she was very small - the plainest possible indication that he was lying to the police when he said he did not know her. He and others present then laughingly said that Charlene had gone into the kebabs."

Albattikhi, a Jordanian immigrant, is charged with murder. His business partner and landlord, Mohammed Reveshi, 50, is accused of helping dispose of the body.

Both deny the charges and have told police they did not know Charlene.

Albattikhi and Reveshi were joint owners of the food shop, the court heard, which Albattikhi ran.
Charlene became a "familiar figure" hanging around the shops where she would sometimes get free food.

Mr Holroyde said: "In addition she was one of a number of adolescent white girls who sometimes went at night to the alleyway behind the restaurants. She and others went there to meet much older men from the restaurants, and it seems perfectly clear that there was at times some sexual activity."
Albattikhi took advantage of one of those vulnerable girls - Charlene Downes, the jury was told.
Mr Holroyde added: "It is the prosecution case that the background to the murder of Charlene Downes and the disposal of her body is some sexual activity between her and one or both of the defendants.

"Sexual activity between these adult men and a 14-year-old girl would be a crime which could be expected to have serious consequences for them."

After Charlene's disappearance, both the accused were questioned and told police they did not know her, the court heard.

In 2004, Albattikhi had a dispute with his brother, Tariq, who told a witness, David Cassidy, that he knew what had happened to Charlene - "she had been killed and chopped up and there had been a lot of blood", the court heard.

Mr Cassidy was allegedly later offered a £20,000 interest-free loan from Reveshi.

Police searched the flats of both accused men but found nothing. Detectives then bugged the premises and Reveshi's car, and Mr Holroyde told the jury some of the recordings were "revealing".

Muslim Rape in Rotherham

Muslim Rape in Rotherham


RotherhamReprinted from WND.com.
The failure of British authorities to act on the horrific, long-term sexual abuse of 1,400 children in one area over a 16-year period because the culprits mostly were Pakistani Muslims has reportedly outraged the world, including the United Kingdom’s Pakistani community.

“Race, religion or political correctness should never provide a cloak of invisibility to such grotesque crimes,” said Muhbeen Hussain, founder of the Rotherham Muslim Youth Group, according to the Associated Press.

But American experts on the issue say the costly toll of lives ruined in Rotherham because of worry over being accused of “racism” is only a tiny fraction of the price the world’s innocent pay for political correctness regarding Islam, say experts.

“These victims represent millions of victims who suffer under Islam – and the free world does nothing because it lives according to the Left’s and Muslim Brotherhood’s rules,” said Jamie Glazov, managing editor of FrontPage Magazine and author of “United in Hate” and “Showdown with Evil.”
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“Our leaders and media follow Islamic blasphemy laws now, and most people are terrified of being called ‘racist’ and ‘Islamophobic’ – and so therefore the Left, which controls our boundaries of discourse, achieves its traditional hellish feat: sacrificing millions of innocent people on the altar of its utopian ideals,” Glazov told WND.

The AP report noted the outrage among Muslims after a report was issued by author Alexis Jay citing what the news agency called “appalling acts of violence” between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham, a city of 250,000.

The report said charities that deal with abused children have expressed shock at the number of victims, but that authorities feared being labeled racist if they acted.

Officials of Britain’s Labour Party called for the local police commissioner to resign even as the report’s author warned Rotherham is not the only British city facing the issue.

Glazov said the 1,400 in the Rotherham case “is just the small number we found out about.”
“They represent millions of the women and young girls around the world suffering from the barbaric, vicious and sadistic monstrosity of Islamic gender apartheid and Islamic misogyny,” he said.
“What is happening to these young girls in this tragic case is rooted in Islam; the perpetrators are inspired and sanctioned by Islamic theology to carry out this sexual rape and slavery against the kafir females,” said Glazov.

Robert Spencer, whose Jihad Watch monitors the damage inflicted by Muslims worldwide, told WND that ignoring Islamic violence in the name of being politically correct “is the norm today, in all sorts of ways.”

He noted that a few years ago, newspapers “refrained from printing the Muhammad cartoons even when reporting about them, and FBI agents have guidelines about how to avoid giving offense when making arrests in mosques – it is taken as a given today that one must go out of one’s way to avoid offending Muslim sensibilities.”

“This incident is just one of very many – and Muslim groups have never been shocked about any of the others,” he said.

Islam expert Pamela Geller, author of “Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide To The Resistance,” and who runs the Atlas Shrugs website, told WND that special consideration for Muslims isn’t unusual at all.

“Muslims in the U.K. and the U.S. have been demanding and receiving special, preferential treatment for years. I founded my organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), in part to fight against this practice and to insist that there should in free societies be no special rights for special classes.

“And now Muslims in the U.K. are appalled about Muslim rape gangs? This is outrageously deceptive. These rape gangs have been operating for years. Muslims didn’t rally with the Sikhs and the EDL against them. Where were these enraged Muslims then?”

In his book, “The Marketing of Evil,”  WND Managing Editor David Kupelian cites additional examples of extreme political correctness serving to protect and enable the growth of radical Islam in the West.

“Before they paralyzed the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area for three bloody weeks in October 2002, Beltway snipers John Muhammad and 17-year-old Lee Boyd ‘John’ Malvo had praised the Sept. 11 skyjackers and had threatened to commit major terrorist acts within the U.S. Yet, after their capture, most in the media, in their search for a motive, ignored Muhammad and Malvo’s known jihadist sympathies. … In fact, the standard analysis of what made Muhammad tick seemed to include anything and everything except jihad.”

Kupelian also points to the Egypt Air Flight 990 crash into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from New York in October 1999, which killed 217.

“Two-and-a-half years later, the National Transportation Safety Board finally reached the same conclusion that virtually everyone else had immediately after the crash – that the plane’s Egyptian co-pilot, Gameel El-Batouty, had cut power to the engines and intentionally sent the plane plummeting into the ocean, killing all aboard. But the government panel declined to suggest a motive, except to speculate that El-Batouty might have ‘committed suicide.’”

As the plane headed to the ocean, the NTSB said, El-Batouty continually repeated, “Tawkalt ala Allah,” which translates, “I rely on Allah.”

Glazov agrees that the politically correct treatment of Islam is the norm.

“Look at our president and media that cannot even call ISIS by its true name and to be honest about the word ‘Islamic’ that is in the title of the terrorist group,” he said. “Our leaders and culture can no longer be honest about why the members of this monstrous jihadist group point to Islamic verses and texts to justify what they do and what they call themselves.”

He said the “story of what happened to these poor girls in U.K., and what is happening to many more of them that we don’t know about, not only in the U.K. but around the world, is tragic, and the left is doing its best to let it keep happening because it cannot allow its agenda, which is to destroy its own society and the system of democratic-capitalism, to be challenged or interrupted.”

Glazov did a two-part interview on his  Web TV show, “The Glazov Gang,” with Gavin Boby, who is fighting Muslim rape gangs in the U.K.

“What he says crystallizes the dark truth,” Glazov explained:

 Part I:

Part II