British government not helping Paris ISIS victims


This video from Britain says about itself:

Paris terror attacks survivor British women say Islam and migrants must not be blamed

15 November 2015

British women who survived Paris terror attacks say Islam and migrants must not be blamed

Christine Tudhope and Mariesha Payne that when they first heard gun shots they thought it was firecrackers and part of the show

The Scottish survivors of the Paris terror attacks first thought the shots were firecrackers and part of the show.

The pair have also spoken out to say that Muslims must not be blamed for the atrocities.

Christine Tudhope, 34, said she initially thought the gunfire was the sound of firecrackers, but then Mariesha Payne, 33, saw bullets hitting the stage.

Speaking to Sky News as they arrived from Paris at Edinburgh Airport they said they thought the bangs were part of the show.

Mariesha said: “People gasped thinking it was part of the show.

“A second round went off, most people ducked, but I just said run, just get out of here.”

The pair hid from the Paris gunmen in a cellar and had to listen to the massacre for three hours.

Now the pair have urged that Islam should not be blamed for the attacks.

Christine said: “It has nothing to do with Islam. It is just mindless terrorism. The Islamic community will condemn this just as much as us.

Mariesha agreed saying: “This is nothing to do with the majority of immigrants.

Migrants are fleeing this. This is their life – daily.”

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Still No Aid for Isis Victims

Saturday 16th January 2016

Nov 13: Paris is attacked. Dec 2: Britain bombs Syria. Jan 14: Guns cleared for 600 PCs [see also here]

A SURVIVOR of the Paris shootings was left high and dry yesterday after Westminster suits told her she’d have to wait for compensation — because they still haven’t officially declared the murderous rampage a “terror attack.”

Christine Tudhope, from Fife, and her friend Mariesha Payne were enjoying the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan, Paris, on November 13 last year when Isis-affiliated gunmen stormed the hall and killed 89 people.

When they realised shots were being fired, the pair ran and hid in the cellar for three hours. They heard the sounds of shooting, screaming and the crash of dead bodies hitting the floor. At one point gunmen walked close by the room — the hideaways could hear them on walkie-talkies telling French police that they had hostages.

Ms Tudhope, a PR officer at Heriot-Watt University, made a claim for compensation with the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme, which was set up by the Tory-led coalition in 2012.

But she received a letter last week stating: “The scheme only applies to an incident which the Foreign Secretary has determined a ‘designated act [of terrorism]’. The incident in which you sustained injury has not been designated.”

The government lists terrorist acts that can be claimed for on its website.

These include the hostage crisis in Algeria (2013), the kidnap of Setraco employees in Nigeria (2013), the attack at Westgate shopping centre in Kenya (2013), the attack at the Bardo National Museum in Tunisia (2015) and the attack at Port El Kantaoui in Tunisia (2015).

But more than two months after becoming the most infamous European attack for a decade, Paris is yet to make the list.

Labour MP Paul Flynn told the Star that he was “bowled over by the depths of government imbecility” in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office dragging its feet even though it only took hours last month for MPs to vote for Syria air strikes.

The motion was passed in the Commons with a huge majority of 174 six weeks ago.

Mr Flynn, a vocal opponent of war who represents Newport West, added: “This was an act of terrorism and there is no room for debate. What else could it be?

“This is typical of the moronic state of government. They declare war in a couple of hours and take a decade to deal with the implications after tying themselves up in gobbledegook regulations.

“This case sounds like another piece of bureaucratic unnecessary complication which is clogging up the system and the swift administration of compensation.”

A Foreign Office spokeswoman told the Star: “The Foreign Secretary’s approval of the designation process was a formality required under the legal process. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will now take this forward.”

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the letter sent to Ms Tudhope was “clumsily worded.”

#BlackLivesMatter and wildlife refuge gunmen in the USA, who’s the terrorist?


White supremacist gunmen in Oregon vs. Black Lives Matter, cartoon

This cartoon from the USA is about the recent occupation by ‘YallQaeda’ gunmen of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in the USA.

The cartoon makes one think about the Black Lives Matter movement. Contrary to the extreme right gunmen in Oregon, they don’t run around brandishing guns. Contrary to the extreme right gunmen in Oregon, they don’t occupy federal government buildings while brandishing guns. Contrary to the extreme right gunmen in Oregon, they don’t threaten to kill police if police would try to get them out of these buildings. Contrary to the extreme right gunmen in Oregon, they don’t say their occupation of a federal building is the start of a violent overthrow of the federal government of the USA.

Yet, the Department of Homeland Security in the USA links the Black Lives Matter movement to ‘domestic terrorism’ and spies on it.

On 2 September 2015, there was an article in the Washington Times, a far right daily owned by the ‘Unification Church’, also known as the Moonie cult. The title of the article was ‘Black Lives Matter is a terrorist group’. The article was by Washington Times employee Tim Constantine, a supporter of Republican Party presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

As we have pointed out, to qualify as terrorists, the Black Lives Matter movement should at least have done what the ‘YallQaeda’ gunmen have done; which they have not.

But, back to the cartoon. Let us, for the sake of argument, presume that the Black Lives Matter movement, like the white gunmen in Oregon … no, saying they are white does not say enough. As they are white supremacists on record as whitewashing slavery for African Americans … OK, let us presume that the Black Lives Matter movement, like ‘YallQaeda’, would run around brandishing guns. That they also would occupy federal government buildings while brandishing guns. That they would threaten to kill police if police would try to get them out of these buildings. That they would say their occupation of a federal building was the start of a violent overthrow of the federal government of the USA.

If so, then … one would have the situation as pictured in the right half of the cartoon. And very soon after that, a situation, not depicted in the cartoon: all people inside the federal building would be killed. As they would not be extreme right white supremacist gunmen.

Let us also presume that some small group of Muslims would have done the same as ‘YallQaeda’. That these hypothetical Muslim federal building occupiers, would say, like ‘YallQaeda’ says, that they did not want violence. That they would not start it, but would react violently if police would try to remove them. As they did not recognize the federal government, but considered the occupied building as headquarters of an Islamic state in Oregon and eventually all of the USA. Well, we all know what would have happened in that theoretical case. The right half of the cartoon. Then, very soon, everyone inside the building killed.

And, if not (not much of a chance), if there would be no bloodbath, then the Rupert Murdoch media, the Washington Times, the teabaggers, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, various conspiracy theorists, etc. etc. would claim that proved their point that President Obama really supposedly is a ‘closet Muslim’ and supposedly not born in the USA.

Oregon ‘terrorists’ don’t plan siege very well, put out plea for snacks and supplies: here.

Terrorism in the USA


San Bernardino and Colorado Springs murderers

This picture from the USA shows on the left Syed Farook, who killed his fellow workers in San Bernardino, USA. And on the right, Robert Lewis Dear, who murdered people at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, USA. Planned Parenthood had been smeared by Fox News and other right-wingers.

The difference between these two criminals in the eyes of Fox News and other Rupert Murdoch and other right-wing media is that, on the one hand, these media, and politicians like Donald Trump, abuse the San Bernardino crime for warmongering and hatred against Muslims who have nothing to do with Syed Farook’s crime. While, on the other hand, they depict Robert Lewis Dear as an unimportant eccentric person; and don’t abuse his murders for calling for war on fundamentalist (like Dear) or other Christians, or on white people.

ISIS and absolute monarchies in the Middle East


This video says about itself:

Is ISIS A Tool of the Saudi State?

1 October 2014

Ali Al-Ahmed says ISIS is a key part of Saudi Arabia’s strategy in the Middle East

By Brian Dooley in the USA:

Black and white aren’t just the colors of Islamic State’s flag

December 22, 2015

One thing President Barack Obama got right in his recent address from the Oval Office: his analysis of “what ISIL is hoping for.” As he said, Islamic State wants to define “this fight as a war between America and Islam, so it hopes that the United States “abandons its values” and “gives into fear.”

IS is a big fan of the binary, of absolutism and extreme certainties. Nuance and compromise are its enemies, the “gray-zone” its nemesis.

But some of America’s allies in the military fight against IS look increasingly like IS’s ideological cousins, intolerant of dissent and alternative ideas on religion and politics.

What IS calls the gray-zone is the comfort zone for wishy-washy Muslims — as it sees them — who believe in democracy, inclusion, and other such heresies. Mass murders like those in Paris, London, and Madrid are a tactic employed by IS to create polarization and force Muslims in Europe’s gray-zone to pick a side. These attacks also push Western governments into making that choice for them, through repressive overreactions that stigmatize and alienate Muslims and therefore destroy the gray-zone.

It’s a logical, if terrifying, strategy outlined earlier this year in a turgid 7,000-word essay “The Extinction of the gray-zone” in the group’s magazine, Dabiq. The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, it claims, “manifested two camps before the world for mankind to choose between, a camp of Islam… and a camp of [the] crusader coalition.”

The point here is that there is no middle ground; TWO CAMPS WITH NO THIRD IN BETWEEN, screams the Dabiq subhead for anyone still in doubt. The diatribe quotes Osama Bin Laden quoting President George W. Bush approvingly. Bin Laden said, “The world today is divided into two camps. Bush spoke the truth when he said ‘Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.’ Meaning, either you are with the crusade or you are with Islam.”

Europe’s gray-zone is such a threat to IS’s violent, warped Sunni extremism because it proves that coexistence works. Those IS say are part of this dangerous gray-zone include Shi’ite Muslims, supporters of the “Arab Spring… ‘independent’ and ‘neutral’ Islamic parties [and] those parties [who] claim to be independent of both opposing camps… the secularist and democratic factions.”

So far, so scarily crackpot. But IS’s attacks on Europe’s gray-zone echo the attacks by the Gulf Sunni monarchies on their own countries’ gray-zones, the political and civil society spaces where ideas are explored and exchanged.

U.S. allies Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia constantly attack political dissent, routinely jailing and torturing human rights activists. Saudi Arabia sentences people to death for apostasy and, just like IS, publicly beheads its captives. Bahrain panders to exactly the sort of sectarianism that fuels IS by excluding Shi’ites from its “Sunnis-only” military — a military armed and trained by the United States.

When news broke in September 2014 that a Bahraini security officer had left to join IS, prominent Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab tweeted that “many #Bahrain men who joined #terrorism and #ISIS came from security institutions and those institutions were the first ideological incubator.” He was immediately arrested and faces up to 10 years in prison for publicly stating what many others believe.

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa explained on CNN the same month that the tiny Gulf kingdom was joining the military coalition to fight IS because it had “targeted civilians… and attacked mosques,” neglecting to add that that’s exactly what his own government had done three years before, during an Arab Spring uprising by Shi’ites on the island.

The gray-zones are IS’s real enemy, whether in Europe or the Middle East, because they reject the mindless binary absolutism of “with us or against us.”

It’s time Washington made an important choice of its own: whether to continue rewarding its repressive allies with the weapons and political support that enables them to suffocate their gray-zones, or to switch track and push for the kind of inclusive politics that IS most fears.

Killed ISIS Commander’s Cell Phone Shows Direct Ties to Turkish Intelligence: here.

Saudi Arabia: Famous Racehorse to be Executed for Being Gay: here.

‘ISIS terrorists’ turn out to be charity people


This video from the USA says about itself:

War On Terror Fear Campaign (montage)

2 September 2006

War on terror, war on terror, war on terror. Saddam, Saddam, Saddam, Saddam, Saddam… Saddam. September 11th, September 11th, September 11th, September 11th.

Not only in Los Angeles in the USA police overreacted today to a fake ‘Islamic terrorist threat’ (probably a hoax by some German Islamophobe).

In Nijmegen city in Gelderland province in the Netherlands, local police overreacted as well.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Police in Nijmegen this afternoon had a remarkable message: in the city there was flyering by ISIS. “We are looking for those who do this,” police reported on Twitter.

But the search did not succeed. Just four hours later, police annulled the message. There was in fact no flyering for the terrorist organization, but for a charity. …

After a few hours it appeared that it was a misunderstanding. How exactly it originated, the spokesperson could not say. Not any police officer has seen any of these flyers and it also unclear which charity did the flyering.

Paris stabbing: Teacher who fabricated tale of Isis terror attack ‘in psychiatric hospital’. The teacher has been moved to a hospital following a psychiatric examination: here.