This video from Britain says about itself:
9 February 2015
Prince Charles visits Kuwait today as part of his tour of the Middle East. On Saturday he visited Jordan, with the world rightly outraged that one of their pilots was burned to death by ISIS. Obama was angered by that, but seemed to forget the 2,500 people that the Bureau of Investigative Journalism report have been killed by drone strikes in countries we’re not actually at war with. Human Rights Watch, meanwhile, warn that Jordan is stepping up attacks and censorship on independent media, criminalising speech critical of the King, and claims torture enjoys near-total impunity. According to the recent unauthorised biography of Prince Charles, he doesn’t like peddling arms to Arab countries, so what is he up to in the region?
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Friday, January 19, 2018
Shadi al-Zinati and Omar al-Mahrama, of the Jfranews website, were nabbed by police on Tuesday after Finance Minister Omar Malhas claimed the allegations against him were false.
They face charges under Jordan’s press and cybercrime laws, which contain sections that make it easy for authorities to arrest journalists.
The Middle East Eye reported that dozens of media workers rallied outside the Jordan Press Association (JPA) yesterday, holding a banner bearing a quote from King Abdullah promising that journalists would not be prosecuted for doing their jobs.
JPA freedoms committee chair Khaled Qudah said the body was working to free the pair.
MP Saddah Alhabashneh accused the government of trying to “muffle” dissent after recent decisions that impoverish ordinary Jordanians.
From the Raw Story in the USA:
White supremacist terrorists killed more people in the US last year than any other extremist group: report
17 Jan 2018 at 18:50 ET
As the Huffington Post reported Wednesday, the ADL’s Center on Extremism found that 34 people were killed by extremists last year. Of those, 20 people (or 59 percent) “were killed by right-wing extremists, a designation that includes white supremacists, members of the so-called ‘alt-right’ and ‘alt-lite’, and members of the anti-government militia movement.”
The ADL’s study was published the same day as a report released by the Department of Justice and Homeland Security that appeared to intentionally skew data to overstate the number of people killed in the United States by “foreign-born” Muslim terrorists.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Decapitated doll found at Amsterdam mosque
According to the police, the doll was deposited between 23.00 and 08.00 tonight. “The doll was confiscated and is examined extensively on traces”, says a spokesperson. The police are also looking at camera images and are busy with a neighbourhood survey.
On Twitter, the action is claimed by a group that calls itself Right-wing Resistance. The police say they will also investigate the tweet and the sender.
Jewish and Dutch solidarity with this mosque: here.
This video from Britain says about itself:
Solicitor launches racist attack on woman in front of 4-yr-old son
In the footage, filmed by Shahid, who works as a legal counsel in Glasgow, MacKinnon can be heard saying “that stupid cow doesn’t belong in this country”, into his phone.
The incident allegedly started with MacKinnon shouting at Shahid’s son, telling him to be quiet, and when asked to lower his voice he began asking where Shahid came from, why she did not go back there and telling her she did not belong in first class.
Later in the video, a train official can be seen approaching MacKinnon telling him that he needs to “get off the train”.
MacKinnon, a 47-year-old solicitor from Glasgow, was fined £1,154 at Carlisle Magistrates Court on February 2 .
From daily The Independent in Britain today:
Lizzie Dearden, Home Affairs Correspondent
Police are hunting for two women who broke a teenage girl’s arm in a racist attack in London.
“The older of the two women then pulled the victim’s hair causing her to fall to the floor. Both suspects kicked the victim whilst she was on the ground”, the spokesperson said.
“As the victim stood up, a hot drink was thrown at her face.”
Police were called at around 8.30pm on 6 November and paramedics took the victim to hospital to treat her for a broken arm suffered in the assault.
Investigators have released CCTV images of two women they want to speak in relation to the assault.
They believe one suspect [is] in her 50s and the other is in her early to mid-20s, and that they could be mother and daughter.
Detective Constable Rosie Doyle said: “This was an unprovoked and vicious attack which has left the victim very shaken and with a serious injury. If you recognise the women in these pictures, we would urge you to get in touch.
The attack came amid a rise in hate crime recorded by police …
Data from police forces across England and Wales showed there were almost 80,400 hate crimes recorded in the 2016/17 financial year – a 29 per cent rise from the previous year and the largest annual increase since records began.
This video from France says about itself:
Lafarge investigation: Company accused of destroying evidence in terror financing probe
13 December 2017
Lafarge investigation: Company accused of destroying evidence in terror financing probe. FRANCE24’s Dorothée Kellou, who broke the story, tells us more on set.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Updated at 09:19
For years, ISIS was able to stand on its own feet in Syria and Iraq and finance terrorist attacks. In France, it is becoming increasingly clear how these cash flows could run. For example, construction corporation Lafarge paid bribes to the terror organization between 2011 and 2015. In total, 13 million euros were paid to ISIS and other terrorist groups, according to leaked documents.
Lafarge paid that money because it wanted to keep its cement factory in the vicinity of Raqqa open. In 2013 that region was in the hands of ISIS. There were roadblocks everywhere and the fuel supply was also in the hands of the terrorists and their confidants.
“The company therefore decided to pay ISIS, to buy fuel, to run the factory and to ensure that their trucks were allowed to pass the checkpoints”, says lawyer Marie Dosé, who represents 11 former employees of the plant and the NGO Sherpa, which collected testimonies.
Who knew about it?
The French judiciary is investigating and has now officially indicted six Lafarge bosses. The suspicion is financing a terrorist organization.
Lafarge had an internal investigation conducted and the conclusions were harsh. “Payments were made to an intermediary in Syria who had to distribute that money over armed groups, in particular ISIS from November 2013 on.” …
Research journalist Dorothée Myriam Kellou, who came first in 2016 with the revelations in Le Monde:
“From the mail traffic of Lafarge that I have been able to see, it appears that the head of security of the company in Paris was in daily contact with management in the factory in Syria, so you can assume that the person was aware of the payments.” …
Kellou also spoke confidentially with a French diplomat. “He told me that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also knew what was going on, but they put their heads in the sand.” …
In France, the bribes by the construction company have become a major scandal. If only because ISIS was behind most of the attacks in France in recent years. “Who knows, the millions of Lafarge have helped an organization like ISIS to finance the attacks in Paris“, says lawyer Marie Dosé to the NOS.
This video from the USA says about itself:
15 January 2018
Read more here.
Global confidence in US leadership has fallen to a new low, and the country now ranks below China in worldwide approval ratings, according to a new Gallup poll. The survey of opinion in 134 countries showed a record collapse in approval for the US role in the world, from 48% under Obama to 30% after one year of Donald Trump – the lowest level Gallup has recorded since beginning its global leadership poll over a decade ago: here.