Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Obama team kept list of Muslims for top jobs, excluded non-Muslims

Obama team kept list of Muslims for top jobs, excluded non-Muslims

“High-profile Muslim Americans tend to be the subject of a fair amount of blogger criticism, and so the individuals on this list would need to be ESPECIALLY carefully vetted.”

As a “blogger” critic, I am gratified to see this, but it is odd, since so many high-profile Muslim appointments were so obviously not carefully vetted. Take, for example, Mohamed Elibiary, who believes that the U.S. is an Islamic country and that the return of the caliphate is “inevitable,” who was for years a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. There were questions about Mohamed Elibiary’s true allegiances long before he was appointed to the Council. For quite some time, his Twitter profile incorporated the pro-Muslim Brotherhood hand signal, “R4BIA.” And years ago, he was one of the speakers at a December 2004 conference in Dallas titled “A Tribute to the Great Islamic Visionary.” The visionary in question was none other than the founding father of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini.

None of that appeared to bother the Obama team.
“LEAKED: Obama Team Kept List of Muslims For Top Jobs, Excluded Non-Muslims,” by Justin Caruso, Daily Caller, October 24, 2016:
The newest batch of John Podesta’s hacked emails released by Wikileaks shows Obama’s transition team kept lists of Muslim and Asian candidates for jobs in the administration.
According to an email chain from 2008, John Podesta received lists of exclusively Muslims and Asians to be considered for jobs in the Obama administration. The email chain revealed that in this process, Middle Eastern Christians were purposefully excluded, or set aside in a separate list, with an aide writing,
In the candidates for top jobs, I excluded those with some Arab American background but who are not Muslim (e.g., George Mitchell). Many Lebanese Americans, for example, are Christian. In the last list (of outside boards/commissions), most who are listed appear to be Muslim American, except that a handful (where noted) may be Arab American but of uncertain religion (esp. Christian).
Also notable, there was concern that some of the Muslims suggested would not survive media scrutiny, with one aide writing, “High-profile Muslim Americans tend to be the subject of a fair amount of blogger criticism, and so the individuals on this list would need to be ESPECIALLY carefully vetted.”
She continues, “I suspect some of the people I list would not survive such a vet — but I do personally know, at least in part, virtually all of the candidates in the 1st two categories (but I know very few of those listed for outside boards/commissions).”
Within the lists themselves, candidates were further broken down, with every candidate labeled by their nationality and sometimes race.
This follows a pattern of the Obama Administration using race and religion to determine hiring, with other leaked emails showing potential political appointees being labeled with an F for female, B for black, H for Hispanic, and M for Muslim….

Progressive police chiefs okay with burqa clad officers but don’t expect to see cops in kilts

Progressive police chiefs okay with burqa clad officers but don’t expect to see cops in kilts

David MenziesMission Specialist

When Rebel Media sent an FOI to Calgary Police to find out why the force approved the hijab as part of its official uniform, one line stood out. Police Chief Roger Chaffin noted there’s a “burqa” in development for officers and a cadet is already wearing one.

A burqa police uniform?

Maybe the chief confused the headscarf known as a hijab with the full ninja beekeeper costume that is the burqa?
But maybe not. It may seem farfetched but watch as I explain why we shouldn’t rule it out.
Don’t think our current generation of progressive police chiefs aren’t open to the idea of Canadian cops wearing a police uniform that is emblematic of radical Islam.

And, while some police forces are open to it in the name of “cultural diversity”, would such uniform “outreach” be available to others who want to embrace their cultural heritage on the job?

What if Constable Angus MacDonald wanted to wear his full kilt regalia on the job to embrace his Scottish roots? Would this be tolerated? My hunch is MacDonald would be reprimanded, sent home and threatened with termination if he were to ever try it.

For progressives, cultural diversity is good when it means accommodating the squeaky wheel that is radical Islam but not so good when it means accommodating cultures emblematic of “white privilege”.

Yazidi Children Screamed and Cried Outside the Door While ISIS Fighters Raped Their Mothers

Yazidi Children Screamed and Cried Outside the Door While ISIS Fighters Raped Their Mothers

By Michael W. Chapman | October 21, 2016 | 3:32 PM EDT

A Yazidi mother and her children. (AP)

( – As the Islamic State continues its genocide of Yazidis and Christians in Syria and Iraq, a detailed report by the U.N.’s Human Rights Council reveals that Yazidi mothers and their children are brutally persecuted – mothers sold and re-sold as sex slaves, children murdered, and children traumatized from being forced to listen behind locked doors as their mothers are raped and beaten.

One Yazidi woman who was sold seven times to ISIS fighters said, “When he would force me into a room with him, I could hear my children screaming and crying outside the door. Once he became very angry. He beat and threatened to kill them. He forced two of them to stand outside barefoot in the snow until he finished with me.”

An ISIS fighter killed the children of a Yazidi woman who was sold three times as a sex slave. When she asked him, “What did you do to them?” he beat her and said, “They are kuffar [non-Muslim] children. It is good they are dead. Why are you crying for them?”

The U.N. report from June, They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis, explains the Islamic State’s attacks on Yazidi villages in Sinjar in August 2014 and the subsequent (and ongoing) genocidal actions taken by ISIS to destroy the Yazidi people.

The report is based on 45 interviews with survivors, religious leaders, doctors and journalists.  An estimated 5,000 Yazidis have been killed, so far, by the Islamic State. “ISIS has sought to destroy the Yazidis through killings, sexual slavery, enslavement, torture and inhuman and degrading treatment and forcible transfer causing serious bodily and mental harm,” states the report.

A Yazidi woman who was raped and then killed by ISIS.  
(Screenshot: BBC) 

“The genocide of the Yazidis is ongoing,” says the U.N. “Over 3,200 Yazidi women and children are still held by ISIS. Most are in Syria where Yazidi females continue to be sexually enslaved and Yazidi boys, indoctrinated, trained and used in hostilities. Thousands of Yazidi men and boys are missing.”
A section in the U.N. report on ISIS’s treatment of young children held with their mothers details the brutality of ISIS and the horrific trauma suffered by Yazidi women and their children.

Yazidi mothers and their children – boys under 7 and girls under 9 – are sold as a package by ISIS, according to the report. “Hundreds of Yazidi children continue to be transferred around ISIS-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria as their mothers are sold and re-sold.”

“Once a Yazidi girl reaches the age of nine, ISIS takes the girl from her mother and sells her as a slave,” states the report.  “When a Yazidi boy reaches seven years of age, he too is taken from his mother and sent to an ISIS training camp and from there on to battle. Younger siblings witness these separations, which are almost always accompanied by ISIS fighters beating their mother as she tries to keep hold of her older children.”

Yazidi women who escaped from ISIS.  (AP) 

“ISIS fighters often target younger Yazidi children as a means of punishing their mothers,” reads the report. “In one case, an ISIS fighter killed several children after their mother failed in her escape attempt. He beat her for crying over the death of ‘kuffar children’ before raping her.”

In another case from 2015, an ISIS fighter from Libya bought a Yazidi woman and her children, including a girl aged seven. He kept them in his house in Dayr Az-Zayr.

“After loaning the mother to be raped by another ISIS fighter for one night, the Libyan fighter took the 7-year-old girl into a room, locking it behind him,” reported the U.N.  “He told her mother, who was screaming at the door, that he wanted to check whether the 7-year-old ‘was ready to be married.’”

Many of the women interviewed said they could hear their children “screaming and crying” outside the door while ISIS fighters raped them in a locked room, said the U.N.’s Human Rights Council.

On woman said her youngest son “would scream the loudest when” the Tunisian fighter-owner “locked the children in a room” and then took her to another room to rape her, reads the report.
ISIS fighters and their family members often beat Yazidi children if they made too much noise, according to the report. In Al-Bab, for instance, a Turkish ISIS member “beat the woman’s 7-year-old daughter because she was crying because she was hungry. In some cases, the wives and children of the ISIS fighter would also beat Yazidi children,” stated the report.


Along with the beatings and rapes, ISIS does not provide its family slaves with enough food and water, said the U.N., and in the winter the Yazidi slaves have to sleep in unheated rooms.

Also, “Some ISIS fighters, holding Yazidi women and children inside Syria, forced the children to say the name of the devil aloud, an impermissible act in the Yazidi religion,” reported the U.N.

In its conclusion of the section on Yazidi mothers and their children, the Human Rights Council said, “The violations specifically suffered by Yazidi children who were held and sold with their mothers are not often recognized. Consequently there is limited psychosocial support available that is directly targeted at the needs of these children.

“Many Yazidi families, themselves direct victims of ISIS violations, are struggling to understand and to cope with the behavior of their severely traumatized children.”

Earlier this year, the U.S. and British governments officially declared that ISIS’s actions constitute genocide.

The full report by the U.N. Human Rights Council, They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidiscan be read here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Iran Sentences Two Americans to 10 Years in Prison
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Iran Sentences Two Americans to 10 Years in Prison
Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American businessman, and his 80-year-old father were arrested on spurious charges of espionage. learn more
The UN body’s vote to deny the Jewish heritage of the Temple Mount is a key example of how Islamic supremacism is accepted politically.
Why the UNESCO Vote On the Temple Mount Matters

Three terrorists affiliated with a Taliban splinter group stormed the police training academy in Quetta in the middle of the night.
Suicide Attackers Kill at Least 59 Police Cadets in Pakistan

A 19-year old was arrested October 21 shortly after a homemade explosive device was found at a London Underground station.
Police Check Islamist Links in Attempted London Tube Bombing
Saudi Author: Why Is Islamic History Associated With Invasions?
Saudi author Said Al-Suraihi says the current crisis in the Arab world stems the perceptions of the ruler as the surrogate of God, who cannot be taken to task. He accused the Arab regimes of keeping the sectarian problem 'swept under the rug' and 'exploiting the problem to gain a tighter grip on the people.' 
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[Re:'Why the UNESCO Vote On the Temple Mount Matters']: UNESCO works for the dictators of the world. History speaks the truth.
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October 25, 2016

Reuters: Islamic State Steps Up Counter-Attacks As Fighting Edges Closer To Mosul
“Islamic State expanded its attacks on Monday against the army and Kurdish forces across Iraq, trying to relieve pressure on the militant group's defenses around Mosul, its last major urban stronghold in the country. About 80 Islamic State-held villages and towns have been retaken in the first week of the offensive, bringing Iraqi and Kurdish forces closer to the edge of the city itself - where the battle will be hardest fought. The Mosul campaign, which aims to crush the Iraqi half of Islamic State's declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria, may become the biggest battle yet in the 13 years of turmoil triggered by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and could require a massive humanitarian relief operation.”
NPR: Near Mosul, Some Residents Flee ISIS, Others Stay And Fight With ISIS
“The Iraqi military and its allies have been pushing for a week toward the city of Mosul, held by the Islamic State. For people fleeing the fighting, a few thousand so far, it's been an unbelievably frightening seven days. In the Debaga camp for displaced people, about 50 miles southeast of Mosul, which is becoming more crowded, I sit with a family who tell me about leaving the village where they lived under ISIS more than two years. ‘We left at sunrise, around 4 a.m., and there was no ISIS around. The [Iraqi] security forces were on the outskirts, but hadn't gone in,’ said a heavily pregnant woman, surrounded by her cousins and their small children, asleep or listless in the hot sun.”
New York Times: At Least 59 Die As Militants Storm Police College Near Quetta, Pakistan
“Wielding guns and explosives, three militants killed at least 59 people and wounded 120 at a police training college in southwestern Pakistan late Monday, before security forces, who mobilized outside, seized control of the campus, government officials said. Most of the victims were cadets. The college housed 700 cadets and training staff members, most of whom were rescued, according to local news media reports. “Within four hours, we have cleared the compound,” said Mir Sarfraz Bugti, a minister of Baluchistan Province, who added that two attackers had detonated suicide vests and the third had been shot.”
The New York Times: Turkey Barges Into The Mosul Fight
“It’s been clear from the start that the American and Iraqi-led battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State presented a logistical and strategic puzzle — even a possible nightmare — in which the interests of multiple countries and sectarian groups had to be reconciled and their roles carefully coordinated. Without such coordination, the effort to defeat ISIS and liberate thousands of Mosul residents who have suffered horribly under the terrorist group for two years would be severely undermined. The nightmare scenario has now become more likely with Turkey’s decision to pick a fight with Iraq. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is demanding a direct role in the battle that no one had designed for his troops, meanwhile seeming to tread on Iraq’s sovereignty.”
Daily Caller: Taliban Pulls In Record Profits As Afghanistan Slides To Ruin
“The United Nations believes Afghanistan’s opium production will surge 46 percent in 2016, expanding the coffers of an increasingly successful Taliban. ‘Drugs have direct links with corruption, terrorism and development. Without tackling drug problem and elicit economy, in general, it will not be possible to solve other problems facing Afghanistan,’ a representative of the UN Office On Drugs And Crime told reporters in Afghanistan Sunday. The surge in opium production is also tied to bumper crop year for poppy cultivation. Afghanistan is one of the world’s principle sources for the world’s heroin supply, and Taliban rake in nearly 3 billion dollars annually smuggling the drug out of the country.”
Wall Street Journal: Somali Extremists Kill 12 Non-Muslims In Northern Kenya
“Islamic extremist gunmen from neighboring Somalia killed 12 people in an attack on non-Muslims in Kenya’s northern Mandera County, an official said Tuesday. Somalia’s al-Shabaab rebels claimed responsibility for the early-morning attack on the Bishaaro Guest House, saying its fighters targeted Christians, according to the group’s radio station, Andalus. The gunmen used grenades and homemade explosives to break into the guesthouse and then stormed in with guns, said Mohamed Saleh, Mandera’s regional commander. Survivor Veronica Wambui, an actor with a group touring Mandera to showcase textbooks in schools, said they were asleep at around 2:30 a.m. when they heard explosions at the main gate to the guesthouse.”
The Guardian: Relatives Baffled And Shamed As Israel's 'Isis Family' Returns Home
“Few Israeli citizens have gone to fight with Islamic State, perhaps a total of 50 in four years. Far fewer still have made it back to Israel to tell their tale. Among that handful is Sabareen Zbeidt, aged 30, and her husband, Wissam, aged 42, who flew back into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport last month with their three children – aged between three and eight – in the knowledge they would face long sentences in jail. Their return marked the end of a year-long journey through the brutalities and poverty of Isis’s self-proclaimed caliphate in both Syria and Iraq, where Wissam fought with the group while Sabareen monitored security cameras in a hospital.”
The New York Times: German Terrorism Case Highlights Europe’s Security Challenges
“The warning came to the German security authorities in early September from ‘our best partners,’ as they euphemistically refer to the American intelligence agencies: A terrorist assault might be in the works. In the weeks that followed, the Germans identified a suspect, a refugee from Syria. They unearthed evidence that he had been casing a Berlin airport for an attack, and they recovered powerful explosives from his apartment, only to see him slip through their fingers. When they eventually captured him, the suspect promptly hanged himself in his jail cell. The case was notable for its dramatic turns. But it also underscored two central challenges facing the Continent: getting a handle on the security risk related to the arrival of more than a million migrants last year, and addressing the continued reliance of European governments on intelligence from the United States to avert attacks.”
The Huffington Post: Hungry And Isolated, Women Who Survived Boko Haram Face New Nightmare
“Yagna Ibrahim is a woman who has a presence that is difficult to ignore. She strides into the room with grace and confidence, pulls out a chair and sits down next to her friend and fellow women’s rights activist Rabia Musa. The two women are part of an informal network of women’s rights activists that is trying to mobilize women in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State to help displaced women and children, providing food, clothes, money and other support. Both are in their fifties, wives and mothers, educated and financially independent. They prefer not to tell their husbands the details of their work in case they think it’s too dangerous. ‘Our society has changed forever and we have to work to limit the damage,’ Ibrahim explains during an interview in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.”
CNBC News: Terrorists Have A Cheap New Weapon That's Surprisingly Simple To Deploy
“The U.S. has been using a drone missile campaign to fight terrorists. Now, ISIS has turned the tables and scored success by using booby-trapped drones as its own weapons. The terror group's ability to innovate and use small aircraft for nefarious purposes underscores how the off-the-shelf drone technology could supply extremists with a potent platform on own soil to deliver explosives. Moreover, there is evidence that international terrorists have looked at other ways to weaponize drones and ‘have been attracted to the high-lethality potential associated with the use of chemical and biological weapons,’ according to a report released Thursday by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.”

United States

Voice Of America: US Scrambles To Contain Flaring Turkey-Iraq Tensions
“U.S. officials are scrambling to contain flaring tensions between Ankara and Baghdad after Turkish officials announced their troops Sunday shelled Islamic State positions near the Iraqi city of Mosul - an artillery barrage, the Turks say, requested by Kurdish peshmerga commanders. A dispute between Baghdad and Ankara over Turkey’s insistence on participating in the retaking of Mosul has simmered for months, prompting Western alarm over yet another complication in a highly complex military campaign involving an unruly alliance of many rival forces to oust IS militants from Iraq’s second largest city. In the run-up to the Mosul offensive, launched a week ago, U.S. officials struggled to resolve disputes between anti-IS allies - Iraqis, Shi’ite militias, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s forces and local Sunni tribesmen.”
NBC News: Iraq Violence: U.S. Denies Attacking Mosque In Daquq, Near Kirku
“The U.S.-led military coalition battling ISIS in Iraq has ‘definitively determined’ that it did not carry out a deadly strike on a mosque last week, an official said Monday. Military spokesman Col. John Dorrian told The Associated Press the coalition had notified the Iraqi government of its findings. Earlier, Human Rights Watch said at least 13 women and children had died during the attack on the women's side of a mosque in the town of Daquq, which is around 19 miles south of Kirkuk. Another 45 people were wounded, the group added. ‘Only United States-led coalition forces in Iraq and the Iraqi air force are known to conduct airstrikes in this region,’ Human Rights Watch added in a statement. Iraqi officials were investigating the incident, according to a statement from the office of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.”


The Washington Post: The Latest: Lavrov, Kerry Discuss Syria’s Aleppo
“Russia’s foreign minister is calling on US Secretary of State John Kerry to ensure that what he called terrorist groups are separated from so-called moderate opposition fighters in Syria. Sergey Lavrov made the call in a Monday telephone conversation with Kerry, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The call came as fighting pounded the city of Aleppo; the battle resumed over the weekend after a pause in fighting called by Syrian forces and Russia, which is supporting them with air strikes. Lavrov told Kerry that fighters occupying the eastern part of Aleppo fired on civilians during the pause.”
Reuters: Russia Says 'Humanitarian Pause' In Syria's Aleppo Ended On Saturday: Agencies
“Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said an ‘humanitarian pause’ in air strikes on Syria's Aleppo had ended on Saturday and Moscow was not currently considering a return to the ceasefire, Russian news agencies reported. Ryabkov said further extensions of the ceasefire would depend on the actions of opposition fighters on the ground.”


CNN: Mosul Offensive: ISIS Militants Fleeing To Syria, Says Tribal Leader
“Hundreds of ISIS fighters are fleeing Mosul in Iraq and crossing into neighboring Syria as coalition forces close in on the city, a powerful tribal leader in the region says. Sheikh Abdullah Alyawer, a tribal leader in the town of Rabia, on Iraq's border with Syria, told CNN Monday that dozens of ISIS militants and their families were fleeing the city each day, and crossing into Syria at Ba'aaj, an ISIS-controlled crossing point south of Sinjar. The route was entirely along corridors under ISIS control, he said. Fleeing civilians with no affiliation to ISIS usually ended up in the Syrian town of al Houl, which is under Kurdish control, he said.”
BBC: Mosul Offensive: Iraqi Kurdish Forces Besiege Key Town Of Bashiqa
“Kurdish forces taking part in the offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State militants are besieging a key town to the north-east. Peshmerga fighters have surrounded Bashiqa, which lies on a crucial supply route 12km (8 miles) from Mosul, and are preparing to launch a full assault. But the threat of suicide bomb attacks means they are advancing with caution. A Counter-Terrorism Service commander also said its troops had gained ground around Bartella, 10km to the south. Abdul Wahhab al-Saadi told the BBC they had stormed the villages of Khazna, Khazna Tabba and Tob Zawa.”


Reuters: Turkish Army Says Hits Islamic State, Kurdish YPG Targets In Syria
“Turkey's military struck dozens of Islamic State and Kurdish YPG militia targets in Syria over the last 24 hours, depriving both groups of the ability to move around, the army said on Monday, as its operation there entered a third month. Backed by Turkish tanks, special forces and air strikes, rebels fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army crossed into northern Syria on Aug. 24 and took control of the border town of Jarablus from Islamic State largely unopposed. In the latest moves in the operation, dubbed ‘Euphrates Shield’, strikes by ‘fire support vehicles’ hit 27 Islamic State targets and 19 belonging to the YPG, leaving both groups ‘without maneuvering capacity’, the written statement said.”
BBC: Will Turkish Ambitions Complicate Fight For Mosul?
“With the offensive on Mosul well under way, the simmering tensions between the Shia-dominated Iraqi government and Turkey threaten to open up new fault lines that could greatly complicate the operation. They also raise questions about the future battle for influence in Mosul in particular and, more generally, in northern Iraq. From the outset of the operation, Turkey has been itching to play a role. This has been resolutely opposed by the government in Baghdad, and the Americans have had to mount some nimble diplomacy to try to ensure the differences between Turkey and Iraq do not overshadow the early stages of the Mosul offensive. US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter made the point explicitly at the end of last week when, on a visit to Baghdad, he reaffirmed ‘the vital importance of every country operating with full respect for Iraqi sovereignty’. This message was clearly directed at the Turks.”
CNN: Turkey's Complex Reasons For Fighting In Syria And Iraq
“For months, the US has been building up an alliance in the Middle East aimed at dislodging ISIS from its strongholds in both Iraq and Syria. But these efforts have been complicated in recent weeks by one of Washington's oldest allies in the region: Turkey. The Turkish government is lashing out against factions currently battling ISIS. Ankara has been engaged in a very public war of words with the government in Iraq. At the same time, the Turkish military has been bombing US-backed Kurdish militants in Syria. Part of this policy stems from Turkey's unenviable position, living alongside two of the bloodiest, most destabilizing conflicts the Middle East has seen in a generation.”


International Business Times: ISIS In Afghanistan: Islamic State Seeks To Expand Caliphate With Former Taliban Fighters
“The Islamic State group wants to expand its so-called caliphate inside Afghanistan as the militants fend off military attacks in its strongholds in Iraq and Syria, the country's top U.S. commander said. Recruits from Uzbekistan and Pakistan are reportedly helping to fuel the effort.  ‘Right now we see them very focused on trying to establish their caliphate, the Khorasan caliphate, inside Afghanistan,’ General John Nicholson said in an exclusive interview with NBC News from Kabul.  The push is ‘principally a non-Afghan movement,’ he added. He said many Afghans oppose the militant group also known as ISIS that took signficant swaths of territory in Syra and Iraq in 2014 as part of its goal of establishing a global Islamic state. Roughly 1,000 ISIS fighters have gathered in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province in part because the nearby border with Pakistan remains ‘very porous,’ he said.”
Voice Of America: Afghan Taliban To Brief Pakistan On Recent Meetings With Kabul
“A visiting Afghan Taliban delegation is holding meetings with officials in Pakistan and plans to give them ‘some briefing’ on the insurgent group's recent contacts with the Kabul government, a top official confirmed Monday. The insurgent delegation arrived in the country late last week from the Taliban’s so-called political office in Qatar, but Pakistani authorities had until now publicly declined to acknowledge it. ‘We know that their [Taliban’s] delegation has come and its details have already been published in the newspapers. But, I think it would not be appropriate at this stage for me to disclose details of our discussions with them,’ Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani prime minister’s adviser on foreign policy, told reporters in Islamabad.”
ABC News: Rising Opium Production In Afghanistan Boosting Taliban Insurgency, South Asia Expert Warns
“In what the United Nations (UN) calls a ‘disturbing’ backslide, Afghanistan, the world's largest supplier of opium for heroin, is estimated to boost production by more than 40 per cent this year.  South Asia expert at Washington think tank The Wilson Centre, Michael Kugelman, said the increase in cultivation and yields was a clear security threat because it would further enrich the Islamic insurgent group. Yesterday the UN's Drugs and Crime Office (UNODC) released its annual survey of poppy production in Afghanistan, the world's biggest supplier of opium for heroin. The 2016 results are grim — in excess of 200,000 hectares are under cultivation — the third biggest in 20 years of monitoring.”


Reuters: Yemeni Graffiti Artists Hope Images Will Highlight War Horrors
“Yemeni street artists are daubing the capital's walls with haunting images of war and starving children in an effort to highlight the impact conflict is having on the country's population. The graffiti, including a malnourished child locked in a blood-red coffin, is turning heads in a country where more than two thirds of the population are in need of some form of humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations. ‘We came up with this campaign because of the internal and external wars in Yemen, the economic crisis, all of these factors led to famine and poverty in Yemen,’ said participating artist, Thou Yazan Al Alawi. More than 10,000 people have been killed, thousands more wounded and the healthcare and education systems have crumbled in Yemen's 19-month civil war.”

Saudi Arabia

The Daily Beast: Why Saudi Arabian Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir Was Executed
“The execution last week of a Saudi Prince who shot another man dead in a street brawl caused some surprise across the western world. The dramatic punishment—carried out on the direct orders of King Salman—challenged a lazy assumption sometimes made that Saudi Arabia is a corrupt country where the rich, well-connected and the powerful get to do whatever they like. But the beheading execution of Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir has shown that Saudi Arabia’s brand of Sharia justice applies to the wealthy and titled too. According to reports, the Prince admitted to shooting Adel al-Mohaimeed in 2012. Although there are conservatively estimated to be some 6,000 members of the extended Saudi royal family, it is definitively not the case that Prince Turki was a particularly minor or expendable royal.”


Voice Of America: Egypt Security Chief Warns Of Attempts To Stir Unrest
“Egypt’s interior minister warned Monday that the country faced ‘unprecedented challenges’ that required a decisive response by security forces, accusing the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood of inciting chaos and stoking fears of a popular backlash over rising prices and biting economic reforms. The minister’s comments, which came in an Interior Ministry statement published in state-owned newspapers, was the latest sign of alarm by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s government over possible unrest as a result of worsening economic conditions. In Monday’s statement, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar, who is in charge of the police, said the Brotherhood was seeking through ‘conspiratorial schemes to incite chaos and confusion with the aim of creating skepticism over the ability of the state and its institutions to satisfy popular expectations.’”

Middle East

The Jerusalem Post: Liberman: Israel Doesn't Want A Gaza War But Would 'Destroy' Hamas
“In his first-ever interview with Palestinian media, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman promoted his plan for a two-state solution involving swaps of populated lands. Liberman told the newspaper Al-Quds on Monday what has long been both his diplomatic plan and that of the Yisrael Beytenu party. It calls for the borders of the two-state solution to be drawn in such a way as to exclude the maximum amount of Israeli Arabs, who would become Palestinian citizens, and to include as many Israeli Jews as possible. In the interview, Liberman also said that should another war break out between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, it would be the last.”
Haaretz: Israel Refuses To Sign U.S. Document Regulating Attack Drone
“Israel is concerned that a U.S. State Department document formulated in recent months on drone usage could adversely affect Israeli defense industries. The document includes guidelines on the use and export of armed drones that have been provided to several countries that are considered American allies. The one-page document, titled ‘Joint Declaration for the Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs),’ covers a number of issues, including international legal standards, oversight of arms exports and the sale of weapons to various countries, as well as efforts at transparency. It has been signed by over 40 nations, including Austria, Germany and Italy, but not Israel.”


Reuters: EU To Continue Libyan Coast Guard Training After Attack On Migrants
“The European Union will go ahead with training for the Libyan coast guard this week, days after a coast guard vessel allegedly attacked a boat carrying migrants, causing four of them to drown. The German humanitarian group Sea-Watch recovered the four bodies after an attack on Friday that its members say was carried out by a vessel with the markings of the Libyan coast guard. ‘The aim was to start the training this week, and this week it will start,’ the spokesman for the EU's Operation Sophia, Antonello De Renzis Sonnino, told Reuters. The bodies of the four migrants reached Palermo, Sicily, on Monday aboard the Norwegian rescue vessel Siem Pilot, which carried 1,100 rescued migrants and 13 other bodies.”


International Business Times: 83 'Poorly Equipped' Soldiers Still Missing Following Boko Haram Attack In Gashigar
“At least 83 soldiers are believed to be still missing following an attack by Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern earlier in October. Army spokesman Col Sani Kukasheka Usman confirmed that ‘some’ soldiers had gone missing and 13 were wounded during the attack, occurred in the Gashigar village, on the border with Niger, on 17 October. Usman did not comment on the number of the missing soldiers missing, but some reports claimed they were at least 83. On 23 October, officials told AP, on conditions of anonymity, that the soldiers were not able to counter the attack in Gashigar because they were poorly equipped. This seems to be in contrast with a previous statement by Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, who claimed, on 19 October, the army had managed to ‘chase out Boko Haram members from Nigeria.’”

United Kingdom

Time: U.K. Police Arrest Man In Suspected Chemical Attack On London Airport
“U.K. authorities have arrested a 25-year-old man under anti-terrorism laws in a suspected chemical attack that forced the evacuation of London City Airport on Friday. ‘He was arrested on suspicion of using a noxious substance to cause serious damage – an offence under section 113 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001,’ London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Monday. The suspect, who was not identified, was arrested Saturday at his home in east London. He has since been released on bail until he returns to court to face charges in late November, the BBC reports.”
BBC: Arrest Over Chemical Alert At London City Airport
A 25-year-old man has been arrested after a chemical alert that led to the evacuation of London City Airport. It saw about 500 people evacuated from the terminal on Friday - some suffering with breathing difficulties - and the temporary closure of the transport hub. The suspect was held on Saturday accused of ‘using a noxious substance to cause serious damage’. He has since been released on bail until late November. The force said in a statement: ‘The man, 25, was arrested at a residential address in east London and taken to a west London police station. He was arrested on suspicion of using a noxious substance to cause serious damage - an offence under section 113 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.’ Two people were taken to hospital during the alert and 25 others were treated at the scene.”


Sputnik: Germany's New Spy Legislation 'Unconstitutional, Endangers Freedom Of Press'
“In an interview with Sputnik, Frank Herrmann, privacy spokesman for the Pirate Party in North Rhine-Westphalia, slammed German MPs for adopting a law providing for the biggest reform of the country's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in history. According to the new law, German intelligence is subject to more federal government oversight, but at the same time it authorizes the BND to target foreign nationals as well as EU institutions and member states. Apart from this, the BND will still be allowed to work with the US National Security Agency (NSA), but only under certain strict conditions: to fight terrorism or to protect Germany's national security.”
Reuters: Germany Says 35 Turkish Diplomats Applied For Asylum
“The German Interior Ministry said on Monday that 35 Turkish citizens with diplomatic passports had applied for asylum after a failed military coup in Turkey in July that was followed by a crackdown on suspected supporters of the putsch. Interior Ministry spokesman Johannes Dimroth told a regular government news conference the figure included Turkish diplomats as well as their family members, but did not say if they had all been based in Germany. He said he could not give any more details on the diplomats and their motivation to apply for asylum in Germany.”


Sputnik: ISIS Confiscates Money Belonging To Families In Mosul
“A local source in Nineveh province claimed, on Monday, that ISIS has been stripping families of all their belongings at the gates of the city of Mosul. The source added that "ISIS militants have set up new checkpoints at the entrances to the city of Mosul to inspect families that are being transported by force from villages liberated by Iraqi security forces near the city." The source noted that those "militants stripped families of all their possessions especially gold ornaments or what is left of their money. In addition, they immediately confiscated phones of various kinds.”

Combating the Financing of Terrorism

Azzaman: Kuwait: There Is Still A Lot Of Work To Be Done To Curb Terror Financing
“A Kuwaiti official acknowledged Monday the existence of "a lot of work" that still needs to be done to dry up the funding of jihadist groups, notably ISIS. He made this comment during an ad hoc meeting to discuss this issue. In this context, it should be noted that in the past, prominent figures in al-Qaeda were purportedly from Kuwait, and in recent years there have also been reports of the death of many Kuwaiti militants in Iraq and Syria. {The comments by the Kuwaiti official came on Saturday after} Deputy US Treasury Secretary in charge of combating the financing of terrorism, Adam Szubin, urged Kuwait and Qatar to strengthen their regulations in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism.”
Shorouk News: Egypt: Draft Legislation Regarding "Terrorist Group Funds Committee" Forwarded To Parliament
“Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail forwarded a draft law to Parliament sanctioning the "Judiciary committee to seize, manage and dispose of funds owned by terrorist groups and entities and those belonging to them". The law will be reviewed and prepared ahead of its issuance. Previously, it was approved by the cabinet after being prepared {and submitted} by the Ministry of Justice. The law will convert the current Muslim Brotherhood Asset Freeze Committee into a permanent judicial committee formed through a decision of the Minister of Justice. The legislation is also aimed at preventing any judicial disputes surrounding the seizure of funds in the courts of the State Council (the administrative and supreme administrative courts) and transferring these cases to the courts of urgent matters. In addition, the law disallows the Attorney General from implementing provisions classifying any person or group as being terrorist.”

Muslim Brotherhood

Itfarrag: Egyptian Media Personality: Muslim Brotherhood Pays $5,000 To Each November 11th Protester   
“Egyptian TV host Mohammed Al-Gheity claimed that Muslim Brotherhood activists are transferring money from Qatar to incite Egyptians to go down to protest on November 11th. Al-Gheity, during his show, aired via "lTC" satellite, asserted that there are banks which have received nearly $5 million {from Qatar}. He stressed that investigations indicate that these funds were being channeled to the Brotherhood in Egypt. Al-Gheity added that there are estimates that these funds are designated to be used on November 11th and that each protester will be paid $5000 by the Brotherhood.”
Veto: Yemen: Muslim Brotherhood Officials Refuse To Transfer Oil And Gas Revenues
“Yemeni government sources revealed that Muslim Brotherhood officials have refused to transfer to the Central Bank in Aden revenues from gas and oil produced in the province of Marib. A government official in Aden said, "The Brotherhood ministers refused to transfer any funds from Marib to the Central Bank in Aden, including oil and gas revenues." He stressed that "Marib {province} used to provide such revenues to the Central Bank of Sana'a, which was under the control of the rebels before Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi issued a decision to move the Central Bank headquarters to Aden, the temporary capital of the country." The source accused the Brotherhood of trying to topple the legitimate government and impose an agenda not conforming with the aspirations of Yemenis, who "wish to live in peace after the end of the coup and the return of stability to Yemen.”


Adenghd: Houthi Militia's Sources Are Still Flowing
“The funding sources of the Houthi militia continue to flow from inside and outside {Yemen}. This enables it to continue its war. These sources range from external Iranian support to internal sources such as confiscation of revenues by state institutions, imposition of levies on citizens and merchants, and expansion of the black market for oil derivatives and commodities. The capital Sanaa embraces the largest black market for the sale of petroleum products at a time when government filling stations are empty. On most of the capital's streets, Houthi loyalists have placed containers for the purchase and sale of derivatives at double the official price. Informed sources asserted that oil derivatives-trading on the black market is being run by top-ranking leaders of the Houthi group along with its ally, ousted {president} Ali Abdullah Saleh.”