Reprinted with permission from MEMRI.
ISIS Campaign Of Executing Homosexuals – By Stoning, Shooting, Throwing Off Roofs, Public Torture: In Accordance With Shari’a Law As Explained By Influential Mainstream Islamic Preachers, Scholars On Leading Arab Media Outlets, Including Al-Jazeera, Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV – WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES
In recent months, the Islamic State (ISIS) has publicly executed men they have convicted of homosexuality in Iraq and Syria, including by burning them alive and by stoning them to death. The most common method of execution, however, has been throwing them off tall buildings; if they survive, they are usually shot or stoned, sometimes by the crowd of observers. This punishment for homosexuals was detailed, featured, and praised in the latest issue (published February 2015) of ISIS’s English-language magazine Dabiq, in an article titled “Clamping Down on Sexual Deviance.”
According to majority interpretations of Islamic shari’a law, homosexuality is indeed punishable by death; this has been clearly stated by well-known and highly influential Sunni Muslim authorities, sheikhs, professors, and Muslim Brotherhood leaders. These have included leading Sunni authority and head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi; highly influential Kuwaiti Islamic preacher and Muslim Brotherhood leader Tareq Al-Suweidan; Saudi cleric and Islamic University professor ‘Abd Al-Qader Shiba Al-Hamad; and many others. Such punishments are also based on the Biblical story of Lot, which is often cited by both mainstream sheikhs and ISIS to justify the killing of homosexuals. These statements and teachings regarding the death penalty for homosexuality appear in Muslim school curricula, on mainstream television, and in mosque sermons across the Arab and Muslim world, and are also expressed by Muslim authorities in the Wes. They have also been expressed by jihadi leaders, including Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who was reportedly directly involved in the prosecution and death of a youth accused of homosexuality in the 1990s. Recent examples of executions of homosexuals by Al-Qaeda and ISIS using these methods – stoning to death, throwing off high buildings, and shooting – are documented in this report; it should also be noted that ISIS has continued to use U.S. social media, particularly Twitter, to disseminate to its supporters online images of its executions of homosexuals.
To date, there has been very little discussion in the Arab media about these executions, and there has been no significant Arab or Muslim religious or political leader who has denounced them.
Muslims In The West: Homosexuality Is Punishable By Death
Norwegian Islamic Leader Fahed Qureshi: All Muslims Believe In Death Penalty For Homosexuals
In a May 19, 2013 address in Norway, Fahad Qureshi, founder of the Norwegian Islam Net Organization, which has chapters in Oslo and four other cities, stated that it was not just radical Islamists who support the death penalty for homosexuals, and that this belief is commonly held by average Muslims as well.
Qureshi asked the packed hall: “How many of you agree that the punishments described in the Koran and the Sunna – whether it is death… whatever it is… If it is from Allah and His Messenger, that is the best punishment ever possible for humankind, and that is what we should apply in the world. Who agrees with that?” Most of the people in the audience raised their hands.
Vanderbilt University Professor And Muslim Chaplain Awadh Binhazim: Homosexuality Is Punishable By Death
In February 2010, controversy erupted over comments by Dr. Awadh Binhazim, who was at the time an adjunct associate professor in pathology and Muslim chaplain at Vanderbilt University. Asked during a Q&A session with students whether he accepted the Islamic teaching that homosexuality was punishable by death, Binhazim grudgingly admitted, “I don’t have a choice as a Muslim to accept or reject teachings. I go with what Islam teaches.” Asked point blank by a student whether under Islamic law homosexuality is punishable by death, he replied, “Yes.”
View this clip here.
Leading Islamic Scholars Explain Islamic Law On Executing Homosexuals By Stoning, Burning, Shooting, Throwing Off Tall Buildings
Saudi Cleric ‘Abd Al-Qader Shiba Al-Hamad Cites Koranic Verses And The Prophet Muhammad’s Companions, States: Homosexuals Should Be Flogged, Stoned, Beheaded, Or Rolled Down A Mountain
Saudi cleric ‘Abd Al-Qader Shiba Al-Hamad, professor at Islamic University in Saudi Arabia, appeared on Saudi TV explaining in detail what the Koran teaches about Islamic law and homosexuality, and discussed how homosexuals are to be executed, in a January 27, 2005 program: “[Homosexuality] is a great corruption. A great corruption. Our Lord was not satisfied – when He tortured the tribe of Lot – with merely killing or burning them. Since what they do goes against human nature, [the Koran says], ‘We turned the city upside down and rained upon them brimstones hard as clay.’
“Therefore, the jurisprudents among the Prophet’s companions disagreed upon what should be done to anyone who commits sodomy. Some hadiths, in Bulough Al-Maram and other places, say… ‘Anyone caught committing sodomy – kill both sodomizer and sodomized.’ However, when the Prophet’s companions received word that some in Greater Syria were committing this heinous crime, they disagreed about what to do. They couldn’t even imagine that one of their own could commit such an act – one of the first believers.
“When word came from Syria, the Prophet’s companions convened and wondered what to do. One group said that they must be punished according to the punishment for fornication: A fornicator who was a virgin is flogged, and a non-virgin fornicator is stoned. A second group said, no. Let’s put them… Let’s behead them by sword – both his neck and hers… The man’s neck… I mean the necks of both men are cut with a sword. Then they are placed on a coffin, and the coffin is burned. Their coffin is burned after they were killed. A third group said: Neither this way nor that. Let’s climb to the top of the highest mountain and roll them down the mountain until they are killed, just like when Allah turned [Sodom and Gomorrah] upside down.”
View this clip on MEMRI TV here.
International Union Of Muslim Scholars Director And Leading Sunni Authority Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi: Homosexuals Should Be Punished Like Fornicators
Leading Sunni authority Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi heads the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), which he founded in 2004 in Dublin, Ireland. IUMS members have met with U.S. officials. Al-Qaradhawi has been called “the single most influential living Sunni Islamic figure” by Foreign Policy magazine.
On June 5, 2006, Al-Qaradhawi, who is also strongly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, explained on his regular show on the Qatari Al-Jazeera TV channel how a homosexual or a lesbian be punished: “The same punishment as any sexual pervert – the same as the fornicator… The schools of thought disagree about the punishment. Some say they should be punished like fornicators, and then we distinguish between married and unmarried men, and between married and unmarried women. Some say both should be punished the same way. Some say we should throw them from a high place, like God did with the people of Sodom. Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement… The important thing is to treat this act as a crime.”
Hugely Popular U.S.-Educated Kuwaiti Television Preacher And Muslim Brotherhood Leader Tareq Al-Suwaidan: Homosexuals Should Be Stoned To Death Or Thrown Off A Mountain
Tareq Al-Suwaidan, a popular Islamic television preacher and motivational speaker, was formerly general manager of Al-Resala TV, an Islamic channel broadcasting from Kuwait that is owned by Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. He was fired from his position by the prince in August 2013 after he declared that he was a Muslim Brotherhood leader. According to Forbes magazine (Arabic edition: Forbes Arabia), Al-Suwaidan ranks second in annual net income among Islamic motivational speakers in the Muslim world and has, as of this writing, 4.16 million followers on Twitter.
On April 22, 2005, Al-Suwaidan spoke on Qatar TV about Islamic law and how to punish homosexuals: “Anyone committing sodomy, kill both the sodomizer and the sodomized. The clerics have decided how a homosexual should be killed. They said he should be stoned to death. Some clerics said he should be thrown off a mountain… Governments and countries must enforce the law strictly against anyone committing such an abomination… this could cause the deviation of society as a whole…”
View this clip on MEMRI TV here.
Syrian Scholar Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi On Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV: Homosexuality Carries The Death Penalty
On April 28, 2011, Syrian scholar Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi advocated the death penalty for homosexuals on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV, saying: “Homosexuality involves a filthy place, and does not generate offspring. Homosexuality leads to the destruction of the homosexual. That is why, brothers, homosexuality carries the death penalty. There are thousands of notions around the world, according to which a homosexual is a normal person, with homosexual genes.”
Kuwaiti Islamist Sa’d Al-’Inzi: Homosexuals Should Be Tortured In Public Squares; Death Is Too Good For Them
On December 10, 2007, Kuwaiti Islamist Sa’d Al-’Inzi said on Kuwait’s Al-Rai TV, which bills itself as a family oriented channel: “When a person commits an abominable act, like homosexuality, for example, or lesbianism, in the case of women’s parlors – this constitutes ‘spreading corruption in the land,’ and should be punished by death.”
Asked what else should be done to homosexuals besides execution or life imprisonment, Al-’Inzi replied: “According to Islamic law, a homosexual should be thrown from a tall building… To be honest, death is too good for them. They should be gathered in a public place, to be flogged and tortured, so the truth about these people is made clear and they serve as a lesson to others, because they are an epidemic plaguing society.”
View this clip on MEMRI TV here.
ISIS Killing Homosexuals In Syria And Iraq 2014-2015
On December 15, 2014, a document detailing the Islamic State’s penal code was posted on the Jihadi Media Platform forum. The document, titled “Clarification [regarding] the Hudud [Koranic punishments],” included a list of crimes and their respective punishments according to shari’a law, and ISIS’s reaffirmation of its commitment to vigilantly enforce it. Punishment for adultery was set out as stoning to death if the adulterer was married, and 100 lashes and exile if he or she were unmarried; punishment for sodomy (homosexuality) was set out as death for both parties involved.
ISIS English-Language Magazine Dabiq Decries Homosexuality, Includes Photos Of Execution Of Homosexual In Al-Raqqah Province, Syria
An article in the February 2015 issue of ISIS’s English-language Dabiq magazine expressed the view that “sexual deviants,” including homosexuals, should be visited by “plague and disease.” It stated: “Allah’s Messenger… said, ‘Never does sexual perversion become widespread amongst a people to the point that it’s openly practiced, except that they will be overtaken by plague and disease that had never afflicted their ancestors who came before them.’”
The article criticized the West for “us[ing] their shirk-based parliaments to legalize sodomite marriage,” and the pope for refusing to judge homosexuals. It described homosexuality as “filth” and as “an offense to the fitrah (natural human disposition).” Referring to the recent execution of a homosexual in Al-Raqqah province in Syria by throwing him off a roof, and including photos, it stated that this practice was in the “tradition of the noble companion Abu Bakr as-Siddiq… with those who committed this filthy deed.” (For the full article from Dabiq magazine, see Appendix).
Ninawa, Iraq, March 10, 2015: Islamic State (ISIS) Beheads Two Homosexuals
On March 10, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a collection of images showing cases of enforcement of Koranic punishment (hudud) in Ninawa, Iraq. The images show the beheading of three men, two of whom it had convicted of homosexuality; the third man was convicted of blasphemy.
The sentence for the homosexual men, a photo of which was included, noted first the purpose of enforcing the hudud, and then quoted a hadith pertaining to the prescribed punishment for homosexuals: “Whoever you find doing the act of the people of Lot, execute the doer and the one to whom it is done.” It then noted that the men were being executed as a lesson to others.
Al-Raqqa, Syria, March 3, 2015: ISIS Executes Homosexual By Throwing Him Off A Rooftop
On March 3, 2015, the Al-Raqqa province of the Islamic State (ISIS) published images of the execution of a man convicted of homosexuality in the western sector of the province. The blindfolded man is seen positioned on the edge of the roof of a high building, with several masked ISIS men by his side. One man is seen holding a camera documenting the act. Other images show the large crowd attending the execution, including children, and also show men stoning the executed man after he hits the ground.
Al-Raqqa, Syria, February 27, 2015: ISIS Executes Homosexual By Throwing Him Off A Rooftop
On February 27, 2015, the Al-Raqqa province of the Islamic State (ISIS) published images showing a man it had convicted for homosexuality, hands and feet bound, being thrown off the roof of a tall building. A large number of men gathered to watch the execution stoned the man after he hit the ground.
Aleppo Province, Syria, February 10, 2015: ISIS Stones Homosexual To Death
On February 10, 2015, the Aleppo province of the Islamic State (ISIS) published images showing the stoning of a man convicted of homosexuality in the town of Manbij northeast of Aleppo. The images did not show the convicted man or his actual stoning, only a large gathering of men at an undisclosed location. An ISIS religious police vehicle is visible at the scene. Dozens of spectators, including children, stand on a nearby hill awaiting the execution. The stoning is carried out by over a dozen masked ISIS men; a pile of more rocks is seen next to them.
Al-Raqqa Province, Syria, January 31, 2015: Homosexual Who Survives Being Thrown From Tall Building By ISIS Stoned By Crowd
On January 31, 2015, ISIS in Al-Raqqa province released photos of a man convicted of homosexuality being thrown off a tall building and of his being stoned by a crowd after hitting the ground. This incident is also reported in the February 2015 issue of Dabiq.
Ninawa Province, Iraq, January 15, 2015: ISIS Executes Two Homosexuals By Throwing Them Off A Roof
On January 15, 2015, ISIS released a series of photos showing the enforcement of the Hudud (Koranic punishment) in Ninawa province, Iraq, including of two men convicted of homosexuality being executed by being thrown from a tall building.
Al-Furat Province, Syria/Iraq, December 10, 2014: ISIS Throws Homosexual From Roof
On December 10, 2014, the Al-Furat province of the Islamic State (ISIS) (straddling parts of eastern Syria and western Iraq), announced that it had executed a man convicted of homosexuality. The announcement read: “Following the example of Muslim Caliph Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq (ruled 632-634), the Islamic court in Al-Furat province sentenced a man who performed acts of the people of Lot [i.e. homosexual acts] to be cast off the highest place in the town and then stoned to death. Allah’s command [is valid] in both the past and the future.”
Aleppo, Syria, January 8, 2015: Homosexual Thrown From Roof Of Hospital, Shot To Death
On January 8, 2015, it was reported that the Shari’a Court in Aleppo ordered a young homosexual man thrown off the roof of Al-Bayan hospital in Aleppo; he survived the fall and was subsequently shot to death by militants.
Deir Ezzor, Syria, November 24, 2014: ISIS Stones To Death Two Men It Claimed Were Homosexual To Death
On November 24, 2014, in Deir Ezzor, Syria, ISIS members stoned to death two men it claimed were homosexual. One, 20, was stoned to death in Al-Mayadeen, Deir Ezzor; the execution was attended by crowds of civilians, including children. The other, 18, was also stoned to death in Deir Al-Zor. Activists on social media said that the dead men were opponents of ISIS and that the group had used the allegation as a pretext to kill them. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights states that the November stoning incidents were ISIS’s first public executions of homosexuals.
ISIS Recruitment Video: Homosexuals Are “Worst Of All Creatures”
Previously, on September 16, 2014, it was reported that an ISIS recruitment video posted online in late March featured a masked fighter comparing homosexuals to pedophiles and drug dealers, calling them “the worst of all creatures,” and warning that they are a danger to the public.
Al-Qaeda Statements On Executing Homosexuals; Implementation Of Executions
American-Yemeni AQAP Cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki Condemns Homosexuality
In a video of a speech titled “A Message to the Members of the Media,” released February 14, 2011, Yemeni-American AQAP cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki denounced the U.S. law permitting homosexuals to serve in the armed forces: “The U.S. is an empire of vain desires, one which under the guise of liberty permits and spreads every crime, sin, and deviation from proper human nature. The U.S. and the West permit freedom of expression about all forms of apostasy and corruption; they permit everything, except telling a truth that brings shame upon them. The U.S.’s open corruption takes place at the highest level – that is, [at the level of] the president of the U.S. himself, who has approved a law permitting homosexuals to join the military, a matter that demonstrates the level of degeneration to which this people has sunk…”
View this clip on MEMRI TV here.
AQAP English-Language Magazine Inspire Attacks Homosexuality In The U.S.
Issue 10 of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s English-Language magazine Inspire, released February 28, 2013, included a page titled “The Nation Standing On No Values,” which attacked president Obama’s pro-gay marriage stance and included a photo from the wedding ceremony of “Barney Franks [sic], gay Congressman, symbol of the American dream.”
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Killing Homosexuals In Yemen 2011-2013
According to Yemeni officials, suspected Al-Qaeda members have targeted and killed a total of 34 people in drive-by shootings since 2011, on suspicion of homosexuality.
A few arrests of such killers have been reported. For example, on April 3, 2014, the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar reported that “the Yemeni Interior Ministry announced… that it had arrested three suspected members of Ansar Al-Sharia, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda, in the southern city of Aden, for the murder of homosexuals.”
Following are examples of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) killings of homosexuals or suspected homosexuals in Yemen between 2011 and 2013:
Man Killed In Drive-By Shooting
On September 28, 2013, a man was shot and killed outside his home in Huta, Yemen, by two men on a motorcycle. Police said that he was killed because the attackers, suspected militants, had suspected him of being homosexual.
Man Killed Outside Home
On July 20, 2013, 25-year-old Mohammed Saeed was shot and killed outside his home in Huta by Al-Qaeda militants on a motorbike. Police said Saeed was killed on suspicion of homosexuality.
Discussions Of Homosexuality Criminalized
Even discussing homosexuality in public can be seen as criminal. On May 15, 2004, Al-Jazeera Online reported that three journalists had been punished by a Yemeni court for writing an article about homosexuality that included interviews with men jailed for homosexuality. The court ruled that the journalists had “violated Yemeni morals and customs.”
Additional reports of AQAP killings of homosexuals in Yemen appeared in the Western media.
Appendix: “Clamping Down On Sexual Deviance,” February 2015 Issue Of Dabiq Magazine
“‘And do not follow the steps of Shaytan [Satan]. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. He only orders you to evil and immorality [Al-Baqarah: 168-169].’
“With the advent of the ‘sexual revolution’ five decades ago, the West was plunged into a downward spiral of sexual deviance and immorality. With it came a whole slew of sexually transmitted diseases – including the as yet incurable AIDS – as men and women let their lusts overwhelm their judgment and lead them to engage in fornication and ‘experiment’ with a myriad of [satanic] methods of fulfilling their desires.
“Allah’s Messenger… said, ‘Never does sexual perversion become widespread amongst a people to the point that it’s openly practiced, except that they will be overtaken by plague and disease that had never afflicted their ancestors who came before them’ …
“Disease became rampant, the rate of children born outside of marriage skyrocketed, and the nuclear family was on its way to becoming a relic of the past. Rather than taking heed upon witnessing the destruction of their social fabric, and changing their ‘way of life,’ the [infidels] defiantly persisted on their mission to eradicate their morals. They used their entertainment industry to mock and belittle those against the sexually deviant fringe, used their shirk-based parliaments to legalize sodomite marriage, used their education system to corrupt their children right from the kindergarten level by introducing books into the curriculum to combat ‘homophobia,’ and used their churches and clergy to bless these sins via ‘revisionism.’ Examples of this last tactic included the anointment of sodomite priests, the Catholic Pope’s refusal to ‘sit in judgment’ of sodomite priests saying, ‘Who am I to judge?’ and the publishing of articles that argue against their own traditional understanding of the distorted scriptures, such as claiming that the people of Sodom were destroyed for their cruelty and arrogance, and not for their sodomy.
“In the midst of this widespread affront to the fitrah (natural human disposition), the Islamic State continues its efforts against these deeds of misguidance – which Western ‘Civilization’ regards as a part of their ‘values’ – by implementing the rulings of Allah on those who practice any form of sexual deviancy or transgression.
“This was demonstrated recently in [Al-Raqqah Province], where the Islamic State carried out the hadd [Islamic punishment] on a man found guilty of engaging in sodomy. He was taken to the top of a building and thrown off, as was one of the traditions of the noble companion Abu Bakr as-Siddiq… with those who committed this filthy deed. Also in [Al-Raqqah Province], a woman was stoned after being found guilty of zina [unlawful sexual relations]. In [Al-Kheir Province], meanwhile, a man was recently flogged as a ta’zir (disciplinary punishment) after he was found to be in possession of pornographic material.
“The Messenger… said, ‘The implementation of one hadd in the land is better for the people of the Earth than for it to rain forty mornings’ … It is the implementation of Allah’s rulings and the adherence to His guidance… that will protect the Muslims from treading the same rotten course that the West has chosen to pursue.”
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 On June 13, 2013, Al-Qaradhawi’s deputy Abdullah Bin Bayyah met with Obama administration officials in Washington, on the same day that President Obama announced plans to arm Syrian rebel factions. About the visit, Bin Bayyah noted on his website that he had visited the White House and met with Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council Gayle Smith, as well as with “a number of experts, including the director of public relations in the White House, the national security adviser [Tom Donilon], and representatives from seven government agencies.” Dailymail.co.uk, June 25, 2013.
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 For more on Al-Suwaidan, see: MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 5412, Kuwaiti Preacher And Al-Resala TV Director Tareq Al-Suwaidan Declares He’s A Muslim Brotherhood Leader – And Is Fired By Boss, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, August 19, 2013; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 3941, U.S.-Educated Kuwaiti Islamist Preacher Tareq Al-Suwaidan, Manager of Al-Resala TV, Calls for Armed Resistance, Electronic Jihad Against Israel, June 23, 2011; MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis No. 846, Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood Leader And Director Of Saudi Al-Resala TV Tareq Al-Suwaidan Tours West, Promoting Restoration Of Caliphate And New Era Of Cyber Jihad, June 14, 2012.
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A Brookings Institute report warns that as many as 46,000 twitter accounts may be operated by ISIS.
The 68-page report, which was released this month, underlines the potential scale of ISIS’ social media presence, even as companies such as Twitter clamp down on the group’s twisted activities. The micro-blogging site recently took the decision to suspend at least 2,000 accounts linked to the brutal terror group and its supporters.
The report says that between the time frame of September and December of 2014, at least 46,000 accounts were used by supporters of the terrorist group ISIS, although not all were in use at the same time.
The report, however, warns that the 46,000 number is a conservative estimate. “Our maximum estimate is in the neighborhood of 70,000 accounts; however, we believe the truth is closer to the low end of the range,” wrote J.M. Berger and Jonathan Morgan, the report’s authors.
The accounts have an average of 1,004 followers, the report said.
“Much of ISIS’s social media success can be attributed to a relatively small group of hyperactive users, numbering between 500 and 2,000 accounts, which tweet in concentrated bursts of high volume,” wrote Berger and Morgan.
The report also found that the “typical” supporter was located in the ISIS territories of Iraq and Syria as well as other areas “contested by ISIS.” One in five supporters chose English as their preferred language and three-quarters selected Arabic.
The Brookings Institution report is based on a sample of 20,000 accounts believed to be comprised of at least 93 percent ISIS supporters.
An investigation is underway after a dog was poisoned and subsequently died after attending Britain’s Crufts dog show.
The Kennel Club said Sunday it was “deeply shocked and saddened” upon hearing reports that 3-year-old Irish Setter Thendara Satisfaction, known as Jagger, had been poisoned at the world-famous show. The setter’s co-owner told the publication Dog World that the animal collapsed upon returning to Belgium after competing.
Jagger died 26 hours after leaving the show.
Bur reports have surfaced that more than one dog may have been poisoned. AFP reveals, “Claims that as many as five more dogs were suspected to have been poisoned at Crufts were splashed across the front pages of the Tuesday editions of British newspapers.”
“We must stress that these are at this stage just rumours,” a Crufts spokeswoman said, adding that no vets at the event had raised concerns and no official complaints were received from owners.
Below: Crufts winner Knopa, a suspect?
“There are any number of reasons why a dog may display symptoms such as sickness…. As with any international competition rumours of sabotage do occasionally surface.”
The Telegraph reported that a West Highland terrier, an Afghan hound and a Shih Tzu all became ill after the event.
Owner Mylee Thomas said her multi-award winning Shetland sheepdog Myter Eye to Eye was poisoned along with another top dog moments before they were due to enter the competition ring.
“When I got back from the loo she had been violently sick in her cage. I got her out and she carried on being sick,” Thomas told the Daily Telegraph.
Has guilt written all over his face?
“The top dog and the top bitch were both taken ill minutes before they were due to compete… It can only be to knock them out of the competition. It’s rivalry, people’s desire to win.”
A new study released on Monday reveals that kids with parents who tell them they are “more special” than other children are more likely to become narcissists. “The research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal, is based on 565 children in the Netherlands who were surveyed over the course of a year and a half, along with their parents.”
Parents who say their children are “more special than other children” or “deserve something extra in life” had children more likely to test higher than their peers on a narcissism scale. Another test statement the parents agreed with was “My child is a great example for other children to follow.”
“Children believe it when their parents tell them that they are more special than others,” said study co-author Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University.
“That may not be good for them or for society.”
On the other hand, the study found that parents who offered encouragement and warmth had children with high self-esteem, but not narcissism.
Children with high self-esteem did not see themselves as more special than others, but agreed with statements that they were happy with themselves and liked themselves as they were.
“People with high self-esteem think they’re as good as others, whereas narcissists think they’re better than others,” Bushman said.
Although parents mean well by telling their children they are special, they are fostering unhealthy narcissism. “Rather than raising self-esteem, overvaluing practices may inadvertently raise levels of narcissism,” lead author Eddie Brummelman said. But parents aren’t solely responsible for turning their children into monstrous narcissists: “Like other personality traits, it is partly the result of genetics and the temperamental traits of the children themselves,” the study said.
Senator Chuck Schumer issued a dire warning about the vulnerability of America’s flight infrastructure and demanded “immediate action.”
“If the Sony hacking was bad, imagine how much worse the hacking of the FAA computer system could be with thousands of planes in the air,” Schumer said Sunday at a press conference.
“Sophisticated terrorists could even steer planes into one another. The threat of a cybercriminal taking over this system makes your stomach sink,” he added.
A report released last week from the Government Accountability Office made 17 recommendations and 168 “specific actions” the agency needed to take to protect itself.
The report found that the main vulnerabilities stem from a need to encrypt sensitive data, beef up firewall security and test the servers.
“Cost is not the issue here, the issue is sophistication,” Schumer said.
Reproduced with permission from MEMRI
The 27th conference of the PLO Central Council was held on March 4-5, 2015 under the heading “Steadfastness and Popular Resistance.” In a statement it issued at the conclusion of this conference, the Council announced the suspension of the security coordination with Israel, in all its forms. It also stated that peace would be achieved only if an independent Palestinian state is established on the June 4, 1967 borders and the right of return is realized; congratulated the Arabs of Jerusalem for the intifada they sparked following the murder of Muhammad Khdeir, and called to rally around the popular resistance and continue the boycott of Israeli products and the activity against Israel in the International Criminal Court.
It should be noted that the Council’s resolutions require the approval of PA President Mahmoud ‘Abbas. Since this approval has not been granted so far, the security coordination has not been suspended.
The following are excerpts from the Central Council’s statement.
Palestinian leaders at the Central Council conference (image: Safa.ps, March 5, 2015)
Peace – Only With Right Of Return
“The PLO Central Council hereby declares its complete commitment and adherence to our national rights, our declaration of independence and the right of the Palestinian state to exercise its sovereignty upon its territory. The Council stresses that security, peace and stability will not be achieved in Palestine and the Middle East unless an independent Palestinian state is established on the June 4, 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, [and unless] the refugees’ right of return is guaranteed according to UN Resolution 194 and the Arab peace initiative and the Palestinians’ right to self-determination are realized…”
We Must Rally Around Popular Resistance
“In light of the grave social and political transformations that are rocking the region, the Central Committee emphasizes that national steadfastness and rallying around the PLO are the only way to topple the Israeli arrogance that denies our national rights and insists on [continuing] the occupation, the settlements and the Judaizing of Jerusalem. [It also emphasizes that] our ongoing national steadfastness requires all of us to ascend to the level of the national aspirations and avoid partisan calls and rallying around banners that are unconnected to our national goals. In this context, the popular resistance that the Central Council endorsed in its previous conferences must enjoy the highest degree of consensus, unity, partnership and coordination among [all] the prominent national forces, parties, and figures on the ground, in the villages, cities and refugee camps. This, in order to put an end to the aggression of the settlers against our mosques and churches. There is need to deter the hordes of settlers who are raising the ‘Price Tag’ banner and to stop them, so that they world know that the Palestinian people opposes the occupation and the settlements and uses its popular resistance to defend it land, its fields, its mosques and its churches.”
We Congratulate Jerusalem Arabs On Intifada
“As part of our national responsibility towards Jerusalem, the Council hereby calls to support our people [there] and thereby strengthen their steadfast adherence to their land, their opposition to the Judaizing actions aimed at severing Jerusalem from its surroundings, and their opposition to the settlements, the seizing of land, the demolition of homes and the repeated attacks on the Muslim and Christian places of worship.
“The Central Council congratulates our people who take part in the heroic intifada [in Jerusalem] against the barbarism and brutality of the settlers and the occupation forces. This intifada was sparked by the martyrdom of young Muhammad Khdeir who was burned to death by extremist settlers in Israel. During this intifada Jerusalem has paid a heavy price, with several [Arabs] martyred and hundreds injured and arrested. Our steadfast people [in Jerusalem] have proved by their honorable struggle that Jerusalem shall forever remain the capital of independent Palestine.
“To strengthen the steadfastness of Jerusalem and its heroic intifada, the Central Council calls upon all the political and national authorities in the city to allocate the funds necessary to reinforce the steadfastness of our people and defend the holy places and the city’s Arab identity…”
Security Coordination Shall Be Suspended
“In light of the ongoing settlement [activity], which contravenes international law; Israel’s refusal to draw the June 4, 1967 border between the two states; its disregard of UN resolutions and signed agreements; its refusal to release prisoners; its piratical usurpation of the Palestinian people’s funds; and [its] escalation of the aggression, assassinations and raids, and the continued siege on Gaza… the Council hereby takes the following decisions:
“Israel is fully responsible for the Palestinian people in occupied Palestine, since it is an occupying state according to international law. Hence, all forms of security cooperation [with Israel] shall cease, in light of Israel’s non-compliance with agreements signed by the two sides… The notion of the Jewish state and the notion of a temporary Palestinian state must be rejected out of hand, as well as any formula that leaves Israeli troops or settlers on parts of the Palestinian territory. The Executive Committee shall follow the activity of the High National Follow-Up Committee vis-à-vis the International Criminal Court, in order to hold to account those responsible for Israel’s war crimes, especially the crime of the settlements and the war crimes during the aggression against Gaza…
Ongoing Boycott Of Israeli Products
“The Central Council stresses the ongoing boycott of Israeli products as part of popular resistance. It also calls on all lovers of freedom worldwide and on the Palestinian solidarity committees to continue the campaign to boycott Israel, punish it, discourage investments in it and boycott any company that supports the occupation and the settlements.”
 Al-Ayyam (Palestinian Authority), March 6, 2015.
 A name given to acts of violence by Israeli settlers in which they exact a price from Palestinians in retaliation for Palestinian or Israeli action against them and the settlement enterprise.
In Finland, traffic violation fees are on a “sliding-scale” basis, according to the seriousness of the traffic offense and how much the offender makes.
Which is bad news for rich people with bad driving habits because authorities check your tax returns should you surface on their radar.
Meet businessman Reima Kuisla. The BBC reported poor, or rather rich, Mr. Kuisla was driving 14 mph over the speed limit and was stopped by a police officer. After perusing his 2013 tax return, he was issued a ticket for almost $60,000.
His tax returns revealed he brought in $7.2M in 2013.
But, at least they have universal healthcare.
Mr. Kuisla posted on his Facebook page: “Finland is impossible to live in for certain kinds of people who have high incomes and wealth.”
The popular Easter candy Peeps is expanding its marshmallow-y empire for a delicious or repulsive treat: Peeps-flavored milk. Prairie Farms will partner with Peeps in this new culinary frontier.
Peeps “is lending its signature sugary taste to three milk flavors: Marshmallow Milk, Chocolate Marshmallow Milk, and Easter Egg Nog.”
“Creating a line of flavors that joins the two strong brands was an obvious choice,” the company said in a statement.
The drink has been released in the midwest this week. “Today in St. Louis” producer Cassidy Moody went out to find some and gave it a thumbs up.
— Cassidy Moody (@CassFM) March 4, 2015
One thing is for sure, it’s not healthier for you.
The Peeps-flavored milk is packed with more than three times the amount of sugar a serving of regular Prairie Farms whole milk has, clocking in at 37 grams per cup. A serving of whole milk contains 11 grams of sugar. For comparison, a 12-oz. bottle of Coca-Cola contains 39 grams of sugar.
Peeps milk also has more than twice as much sodium – 320 mg per cup compared to 120 mg for a cup of the brand’s whole milk.
Both types of milk contain 8 grams of protein.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried the Peeps-flavored milk? Do you have any interest in finding some to drink?
Edward Snowden’s lawyer said that the fugitive is ready to come home, as long as he can get a fair trial in the United States.
“He is thinking about it. He has a desire to return and we are doing everything we can to make it happen,” said Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s lawyer, Agence-France Presse reported Tuesday.
Snowden is currently in Russia, where he has political asylum after leaking classified documents to the public while working at the NSA and government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.
State Department flunkie Marie Harf had this to say about the lawyer’s comments:
“We’re certainly happy for him to return to the United States to face a court in the very serious charges” he faces.
“So he absolutely can and should return to the United States to face the justice system that will be fair in its judgment of him,” Harf said. “But he is accused of very serious crimes and should return home to face them.”
Snowden lawyer Kucherena said that so far, they have secured a guarantee from Attorney General Eric Holder that Snowden will not face the death penalty. But in addition, Snowden wants a guarantee of a “legal and impartial trial.”
“With a group of lawyers from other countries, we are working on the question of his return to America,” Kucherena said.
Reprinted with permission from MEMRI.
Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution Navy Commander Ali Fadavi presents a new “strategic” weapon and says: we have deterred America.
A woman who is accusing comedian Bill Cosby of rape is claiming he wanted her to smear oatmeal all over her face and style her hair like Queen Noor of Jordan.
“He was obsessed with her,” the new accuser told BuzzFeed News, referring to the beautiful American who wed King Hussein in 1978.
The accuser is identified only as an aspiring actress named “Patricia.” The unusual request was made when Cosby invited her to a taping of The Dinah Shore Show.
Cosby went out of his way to send a particular photo of Queen Noor with her golden hair in a teased bun so Patricia could replicate the style at a salon, Patricia told BuzzFeed.
She also drank something he gave her “as they engaged in some bizarre acting improvisation exercises that involved her pretending to be a queen while she had oatmeal on her face, she reportedly said.”
“He told me to convince him that I could remain regal and queen-like no matter what I looked like,” she said.
She later felt strange from the drink, blacked out, and woke up naked in Cosby’s guest bedroom with the robe-clad comedian claiming he had to remove her dress because she threw up, she told BuzzFeed.
Other Jane Does encouraged “Patricia” to come forward. “You’re not alone,” Patricia reportedly said. “You don’t have to keep this a secret anymore.”
“Patricia” is 58 and currently living in Southern California.
Last month, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield told HuffPo Live they would consider creating a cannabis-based ice cream flavor…once it’s legal.
“Makes sense to me,” Cohen told host Alyona Minkovski matter-of-factly. “Combine your pleasures.”
“Ben and I have had previous experiences with substances, and I think legalizing marijuana is a wonderful thing,” Jerry Greenfield said. “It’s not my decision. If it were my decision, I’d be doing it, but fortunately we have wiser heads at the company that figure those things out.”
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) March 3, 2015
If the reported quote by Sen. Graham about Leader Pelosi is accurate, he owes her an apology.
— James E. Clyburn (@Clyburn) March 3, 2015
Graham: “I made a very poor attempt at humor to talk about (Pelosi’s) reaction, and for that I apologize.”
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) March 3, 2015
Al-Arabiya English’s editor-in-chief Faisal J. Abbas wrote an op-ed today titled “President Obama, listen to Netanyahu on Iran”:
The Israeli PM managed to hit the nail right on the head when he said that Middle Eastern countries are collapsing and that “terror organizations, mostly backed by Iran, are filling in the vacuum” during a recent ceremony held in Tel Aviv to thank outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz for his role during “challenging” times.
In just a few words, Mr. Netanyahu managed to accurately summarize a clear and present danger, not just to Israel (which obviously is his concern), but to other U.S. allies in the region.
What is absurd, however, is that despite this being perhaps the only thing that brings together Arabs and Israelis (as it threatens them all), the only stakeholder that seems not to realize the danger of the situation is President Obama, who is now infamous for being the latest pen-pal of the Supreme Leader of the World’s biggest terrorist regime: Ayottallah Ali Khamenei. (Although, the latter never seems to write back!)
Just to be clear, nobody disagrees that ridding Iran of its nuclear ambitions is paramount. And if this can be achieved peacefully, then it would be even better. However, any reasonable man CAN’T possibly turn a blind eye to the other realities on the ground.
Indeed, it is Mr. Obama’s controversial take on managing global conflicts that raises serious questions. A case in point is his handling of the Syrian crisis, where according to his own philosophical views, Obama probably takes pride that he managed to rid the Assad regime of its chemical weapons arsenal without firing a single bullet.
Of course, in theory, this could be quite an achievement (which only another war philosopher, such as Sun Tzu, would applaud); but in reality, the problem with what happened is that the REAL issue hasn’t been resolved; as such, the Syrian regime continues – until this day – to slaughter their own people (albeit, using conventional weapons, you know… your everyday bullets, missiles and barrel bombs!)
As such, the real Iranian threat is not JUST the regime’s nuclear ambitions, but its expansionist approach and state-sponsored terrorism activities which are still ongoing. …
Nutella has a marketing campaign in France that allows users to personalize jars of the delicious chocolate-hazelnut goodness and share the image on social media.
Well, for the most part.
The marketers behind Nutella’s “Say It With Nutella” campaign– or “Dites-le Avec Nutella” in French– are facing a backlash after it was discovered that several words have been prohibited from use.
“Here you can create your custom messages and share them with those you love!” the website says.
Russia Today reports on the entire list of banned words:
The list of banned words includes many health –related words such as “cancer,” “obesity,” “fatso,” “diabetes,” and “oil.” Also variations of “poop,” “cannabis” and other references to body functions and drugs are prohibited. “Gay” is allowed while “lesbian” and “homo” have both been deemed offensive. “Christian” is permitted but “Jewish” and “Muslim” are not.
Nutella released the following statement concerning the controversy:
“By giving customers the opportunity to personalize their Nutella jar we want to create a way for them to share enthusiasm for the brand. Negative or insulting terms were directly removed from the options field. Similarly, terms of communities that are often subject to attacks by malicious people were removed from the possibilities.”
On Monday, Twitter officials revealed that ISIS has threatened Twitter employees including co-founder Jack Dorsey because the company has been blocking terror-related accounts. Law enforcement is working with Twitter about the threats.
“Our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials,” according to a Twitter statement.
The NYPD is also on the case, saying they will keep a closer eye on the New York Twitter offices.
“We are aware of the current threat,” said John Miller, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counter-terrorism. “We have been in touch with Twitter, their security people. Our critical response vehicles have that as a regular location. They know us we know them and we are working on it.”
ISIS wrote on the website JustPasteIt that Twitter cannot dodge the “lions” coming for them. The message reads:
“We told you from the beginning that this was not your war. How, Jack [Dorsey], will you protect your wretched employees when their necks are an official target for the soldiers of the caliphate and its allies who are scattered among your midst? How will you answer their families and their children since you embroiled them in this failed war?,” according to the post.
“Your virtual war against us on the internet will pull you into a real war on the ground. There is no escape: it is only a matter of time, and perhaps one of the bloodthirsty crusading lions has already begun to move in reality.”
The online terrorist supporter continued: “Picture the scene: while one of Twitter’s employees leaves a nearby bar in the neighborhood, reeling and groping about him because of drink and the dark shadows [that have gathered] upon you, and if a lone lion stationed in the shadows should leap upon him and cut his throat, what would be in the way?”
The message also included a picture of Jack Dorsey in crosshairs.
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) March 2, 2015
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) March 2, 2015
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) March 2, 2015
Flattering Zionists is an obligation for US gov!Is there any bigger shame than presidential candidates compete on this issue? #ShutDownAIPAC
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) March 2, 2015
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) March 2, 2015
Reproduced with permission from MEMRI
In a March 2, 2015 article in the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah, columnist Dr. Ahmad Al-Faraj supported Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to speak at the U.S. Congress against the upcoming deal with Iran. Al-Faraj said that Obama, “one of the worst American presidents,” is working to sign a deal with Iran at the expense of America’s longtime allies in the Gulf, and therefore Netanyahu’s campaign against the deal is justified and serves the interests of the Gulf states.
The following are the main points of the article:
“In a move unprecedented in U.S. political history, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu received an invitation from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Republican John Boehner, to address both houses of Congress… Netanyahu will devote his speech to expressing his firm objection to the signing of an agreement between the Obama administration and Iran on the nuclear issue. He hopes to convince the Congress members that he is right, which could delay the agreement.
“President Obama and his administration are clearly furious. Not because Netanyahu is intervening in an important matter that Obama hopes will bring him personal glory, but because House Speaker [John Boehner] did not consult with Obama before inviting Netanyahu, and Obama considers this a breach of established protocol.
“This unprecedented tension between the Obama administration and Netanyahu is another in a long series of tense and unfriendly episodes between Obama and Netanyahu. But the tension has never before reached this level, as reflected in statements by National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who said that Netanyahu’s conduct was unacceptable and even destructive…
“The Obama administration does not suffice with condemning Netanyahu’s visit. Obama has announced that he will not meet with Netanyahu on the grounds that he does not meet with state leaders a short while before elections take place in their countries, [though] elections in Israel will take place weeks after the visit!! Likewise, American Vice President Joseph Biden, whose presence at Netanyahu’s speech in Congress is expected by virtue of his constitutional role as Senate president, announced that he would be on a trip abroad [on the day of] Netanyahu’s speech!! U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also said he would be in Switzerland meeting with the Iranians on the nuclear dossier and therefore would not be able to attend Netanyahu’s speech!! What angers the Obama administration even more is that Netanyahu refused an official request by several Democratic Congressmen to meet with him during [his] visit!!…
“I will conclude by saying the following: Since Obama is the godfather of the prefabricated revolutions in the Arab world, and since he is the ally of political Islam, [which is] the caring mother of [all] the terrorist organizations, and since he is working to sign an agreement with Iran that will come at the expense of the U.S.’s longtime allies in the Gulf, I am very glad of Netanyahu’s firm stance and [his decision] to speak against the nuclear agreement at the American Congress despite the Obama administration’s anger and fury. I believe that Netanyahu’s conduct will serve our interests, the people of the Gulf, much more than the foolish behavior of one of the worst American presidents. Do you agree with me?”
Anthony Blackburn uploaded a video to Facebook showing an altercation involving two civilians and the LAPD that left one man dead. The incident was recorded on a cell phone camera and has been watched more than 4 million times.
Authorities confirmed the shooting and said the fatality resulted in a struggle over an officer’s weapon.
Cmdr. Andrew Smith said officers assigned to the LAPD’s Central Division and Safer Cities Initiative — a task force focused on skid row — responded to the location about noon Sunday after receiving a 911 call reporting a possible robbery.
Smith said the officers approached the man and made contact with him, at which point he “began fighting and physically resisting the officers.” The officers attempted to take him into custody and at one point, attempted to use a Taser that Smith said was “ineffective.”
The man continued to resist police, Smith said, and the man and some of the officers fell to the ground.
“At some point in there, a struggle over one of the officer’s weapons occurred,” Smith said. “At that point an officer-involved shooting happened.”
The video shows the police wrestling the man to the ground and one of the officers (presumably) says something that sounds like “drop the gun, drop the gun.” Five shots were subsequently fired and police report a Taser was also deployed at the scene.
The L.A. Times reports that no other gun was found at the scene. Witnesses gave varying accounts of the altercation to the Times. One of the witnesses reports that an officer said, “Gun, gun, he’s got my gun!” before police fired multiple shots.
Homeowner Andres Buksh heard a loud crash and glass shattering Thursday evening, but the ruckus wasn’t what he thought it was.
“I thought it was the neighbors throwing the big garbage out for Friday pick-up,” Buksh told CBS Miami.
But Friday morning he found a drone had crashed into his home and broken his bedroom window. “I guess somebody lost control of it,” said Buksh.
No one had claimed the drone so Buksh called the police. “They said this was the first call they had like this, so I told them, ‘This is not going to be the last one, anyway,”‘ he said.
With an increase in drones hovering around the sky, these kinds of crashes will be more prevalent. Buksh said there could be serious injury if a drone were to crash into a person rather than a house. “The windows you can replace, but if somebody is walking in the street and it falls on their head or something, it could cause some serious injury,” said Buksh.
The owner of the drone has still not claimed its remains. Buksh said he opened up the drone and found a video card, but the owner could not be identified.
The FAA has new regulations that require anyone flying a hobby drone can fly it no higher than 400ft in the air and it must remain in the line of sight. Not everyone obeys those regulations, apparently.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told CBS’ John Dickerson on Sunday’s Face the Nation that she will attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, but she will not “jump up and down” like everyone else at the speech.
DICKERSON: “Let me ask you now about Israel and the prime minister’s visit. You’re going to attend the speech?”
FEINSTEIN: “Yes, I am going to attend.”
DICKERSON: “Is that a provisional view, or are you absolutely going to attend?”
FEINSTEIN: |Well, I’m going to go. I’m going to listen quite respectfully. I’m not going to jump up and down, which is likely to be the posture in that room. I am very concerned by that speech. I went to the speech in 2011. I didn’t believe it was helpful then, and I don’t believe it’s going to be helpful now. I hope that the prime minister will address what he believes will happen if there is not an agreement or if there is an agreement between the other nations, including the big powers, Russia, China, U.K., France, Germany, and it’s just United States that is doing this. What happens then to sanctions, if we were to put on additional sanctions, and the rest of the nations would not abide by them?”
Here’s your feel-good story of the day.
The IRS said yesterday that it has fewer resources available to audit your tax returns.
Budget cuts forced the IRS to reduce the number of audits last year to the lowest level in a decade — and it could go down even more this year, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday.
“The math is pretty simple,” Koskinen said in a speech to the New York State Bar Association. “There are fewer audits because we have fewer auditors. Audits fell in virtually every individual category and across income levels.”
The number of audits last year was only 1.2 million tax returns, which is less than 1% of all returns filed. That is the lowest rate of auditing since 2004.
Koskinen said the IRS is down more than 2,200 revenue agents since 2010.
Last year, a little more than 11,600 revenue agents examined returns, and Koskinen is warning that the number of agents will decline again this year.
Congress has cut the agency’s budget by $1.2 billion since 2010.
The IRS budget for the year ending this September was $10.9B.
A senior State Department official was arrested yesterday for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor, Fox News is reporting.
Fairfax County Police officials say Daniel Rosen was arrested by a county detective about noon at his Washington, D.C. home after he allegedly sought to arrange sex with a minor. The detective, a female officer working in the county’s Child Exploitation Unit, had been posing as the minor in online exchanges with Rosen, police said.
Rosen is the director of counterterrorism programs at the State Department.
He was arrested and charged with one count of Use of a Communications Device to Solicit a Juvenile.
The police notified Rosen’s employer, as is usual in these situations.
Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said late Tuesday, “We are aware that a State Department employee has been arrested and charges have been issued.
“For issues related to Department personnel and for privacy reasons, we are not able to confirm the identity of the individual or specific charges.
“His security clearance will be suspended and he will be put on administrative leave while this proceeds to its end through any judicial process. We are following standard procedure in this case.”
A source told Fox News that the police had obtained a warrant to search Rosen’s phones for additional evidence.
Rosen has been working at the State Department since 2008, according to his LinkedIn profile.
California was the first state in the country to ban the use of plastic shopping bags in retail and grocery stores. But the ban has now been put on hold as state election officials confirmed that a group has gathered enough signatures to challenge the ban and place the issue on the 2016 ballot.
The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents bag manufacturers, had about 50,000 more valid signatures than the 505,000 needed to qualify the referendum after a random sample of the signatures was tallied, said Bill Mabie, chief deputy for Secretary of State Alex Padilla.
The group had submitted more than 800,000 signatures at the end of last year.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the bag ban legislation into law last fall, after a hostile battle between environmentalists and bag-makers. The ban was supposed to be phased-in, starting in July of this year.
The plastic bag alliance says the ban will costs jobs.
“California voters will now have the chance to vote down a terrible law that, if implemented, would kill 2,000 local manufacturing jobs and funnel obscene profits to big grocers without any money going to a public purpose or environmental initiative,” the group’s executive director, Lee Califf, said in a news release.
Supporters of the ban complained that opponents spent millions of dollars on the referendum campaign.
“This is a cynical ploy by out-of-state interests desperate to delay a ban already adopted in more than 100 communities across California,” Brown’s spokesman Evan Westrup said.
But supporters of the bill are confident that Californians will uphold the ban at the ballot box.
Mark Murray, a spokesman for Californians vs. Big Plastic, said the coalition of environmental, labor and business groups is confident California voters will uphold the ban. “It’s not surprising that after spending more than $3.2 million, 98 percent of which is from out of state, the plastic bag industry has bought its way onto the California ballot to protect its profits,” Murray said.
Already the environmentalists have successfully pushed for bans in cities around the country, as well in California. Seattle, Chicago and Austin already have bans, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) appeared on CNN and announced that former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s comments about President Obama were “desperate” and merely “dog whistling.”
“I’ll put it like this: I believe he was dog whistling,” Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, said on CNN’s New Day, in reference to Giuliani’s recent criticisms of Obama.
“He was signaling that he’s not one of us, and that had to do with some factors that the former mayor should not be trying to play off of.”
Ellison said that Giuliani was trying revive questions about Obama’s citizenship and religion raised long ago during his presidential campaign. He said: “Is he an American? Is he a Muslim? Is he a socialist? Is he this? Is he that,” before slamming Giuliani himself.
“(This is) an example of what not to do,” Ellison said. “It seemed like a desperate act of a man who’s desperately trying to stay relevant and is just having a hard time doing so.”
The media has been flipping out over Giuliani’s statements made at dinner for WI Governor Scott Walker last week, where Rudy said he didn’t think Obama loved America.
In a televised speech on Sunday, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi said the time has come for Arabs to unite and fight ISIS.
“The need for a unified Arab force is growing and becoming more pressing every day,” said Sisi
Both Jordan and the UAE have offered help to Egypt as they ratchet up the battle with ISIS.
“Strategically and politically for the region, this is a big deal, and it’s absolutely the right first step,” CNN military analyst Maj. Gen. James “Spider” Marks said.
President Obama has been encouraging other countries to step up the fight against ISIS. U.S. Central Command says that 80% of the airstrikes are carried out against ISIS are from the U.S. forces.
“The airstrikes aren’t going to get the job done,” CNN law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes told CNN’s “New Day.” “We need the Arab states to be the ones to eventually put the boots on the ground. Whether they actually end up doing it and being dedicated to this, we’ll have to see.”
CNN was skeptical of Sisi’s remarks saying he didn’t “specify exactly what he meant by a ‘united Arab force’ and whether that means troops on the ground.”
According to a state-run media report, Saudi Arabia’s “morality police” detained a group of young men for dancing at a birthday party and referred them to prosecutors.
The news website Ayn al-Youm reported Saturday that the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice raided a private property in the city of Buraydah, arresting the men inside for “loud music and inappropriate dancing.”
Buraydah is home to Saudi Arabia’s most conservative clerics.
An unnamed official told the website that when members of the morality police raided the private property, they found the young men in “a comprising situation in their dance and shameful movements.” The official said there was also a cake and candles to celebrate one of the men’s birthdays.
In addition, the men had hairstyles and dress that were not traditional according to officials who added that parents need to monitor this behavior “because it can lead to immorality and even homosexuality.”
Wahhabi clerics view Western music as sinful and birthday celebrations as un-Islamic. The morality police are empowered to enforce Islamic law as practiced in Saudi Arabia, including enforcing dress codes.
The story went viral on twitter, with many Saudi’s “ridiculing” the raid. Some pointed out that the men were not caught drinking or partying with women, both of which are serious crimes.
On February 20, 2015, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Somali group Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen released a video detailing the September 2013 deadly attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The video, titled “The Westgate Siege – Retributive Justice,” recalls the Kenyan invasion of southern Somalia, and notes the crimes committed by the KDF there. It also details Kenyan authorities’ oppression and targeting of Muslims in Kenya, including young men and religious figures. The video details the Westgate mall attack, while mocking Kenyan government and security forces’ failure to predict it or, once it occurred, to contain it. The video does not reveal the identities, numbers, and background of the attackers, but it hints that they were only a small group. The video warns that attacks against Kenya will continue, and also urges Muslims in the West to attack the unbelievers, and to carry out attacks, for example, against American- and Jewish-owned shopping centers across the world.
The video includes messages from current and former Al-Shabab figures, including Al-Shabab’s slain leader Mukhtar Abu Al-Zubair (who is photographed from behind), Al-Shabab official spokesman ‘Ali Rage, and slain Al-Shabab commander Saleh Al-Nabhani (who was killed in September 2009). The video is narrator by a masked Al-Shabab English speaker whose eyes are digitally blurred. The video also includes previously released messages from a number of Al-Qaeda figures including Osama bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and Anwar Al-’Awlaki.
Mukhtar Abu Al-Zubair
The video, which is 1:17:07 in duration, was released on the Al-Fida’ forum, in both English and Arabic versions.
Following are the video’s main points:
The first part, which takes up the lion’s share of the video, is focused on Kenya, namely the crimes it committed throughout history against Somalis and Kenyan Muslims. In that regard, the video details Kenya’s military offensive against southern Somalia, while noting the crimes committed by KDF soldiers there. The video also notes Kenya’s oppressive policies against Kenyan Muslims, who, it says, were being targeted and killed. It notes, for instance, the case of prominent Kenyan cleric Aboud Rogo, who was gunned down outside a police station in September 2012.
The second part of the video details the Westgate attack, including Al-Shabab’s preceding threats to Kenya, threats which Al-Shabab says fell on deaf ears. Thus, “Westgate was perhaps the only natural response to the blatant Kenyan aggression.”
Moving on to the target itself, the narrator notes the location of the Westgate mall, while noting that it was an Israeli-owned structure that was frequented by foreigners and diplomats from nearby embassies.
The narrator says that the attack took “months of meticulous planning and painstaking preparations.”
The siege of the mall itself, according to the video, lasted six days. This stands in contrast to the Kenyan government’s claims that it regained control of the mall after four days. In that regard, the video makes repeated notes of the utter state of chaos and confusion among Kenyan officials and security forces during the attack, while noting, for example, the conflicting reports they issued regarding the true number of the attackers and their identities.
The attack itself is described along with extensive footage obtained from security cameras inside and outside the mall shown throughout. The footage shows the attackers sweeping through the mall, and in one case, executing a person who attempted to hide from them by shooting him at close range. The video also incorporates interviews with survivors and notes the “vetting process” carried out by the mujahideen inside the mall. In this process, non-Muslims were separated from Muslims “in order to safeguard the invaluable blood of the Muslims.” It also notes that women and children were allowed to flee the scene.
The video also includes audio messages by the attackers that were being streamed live to their superiors at the time. In that regard, the video notes the leading role of Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen’s Twitter account at the time in reporting about the unfolding events. The video also mentions the fake Twitter account that published the names of the alleged attackers, and which Al-Shabab refuted shortly thereafter. The video also refutes another list of names released by Kenyan authorities following the attack.
Extolling Al-Shabab’s Twitter account’s role during the attack
Additionally, the video criticizes the conduct of KDF soldiers, who swept the mall after the siege ended. The soldiers can be seen in security footage carrying large shopping bags, and are accused of looting.
KDF soldiers (right) allegedly engaged in looting
The video concludes with threats of further attacks against Kenya, as well as calls for Muslims living the West to carry out similar attacks. Al-Shabab spokesman ‘Ali Rage addresses Kenya and says that “the war has not really started yet, and [that] between us is a long account yet to be settled. Westgate is just a drop in the ocean compared to what you have inflicted upon our Muslim brothers in Mombasa, Garissa, and Jilib.”
Rage adds: “The attacks and raids will continue and, by the will of Allah, they will not stop until you change your oppressive practices against our brothers and restore their rights in full. And what awaits you is far more grievous and more bitter by the permission of Allah…”
Calls for attacks in the West
Speaking in English, the masked video narrator directs a message to Muslims living the West, calling upon them to target the disbelievers: “We call upon our Muslim brothers, particularly those in the West, to answer the call of Allah and target the disbelievers wherever they are. If just a handful of mujahideen fighters could bring Kenya to a complete standstill for nearly a week, then imagine what a dedicated mujahid in the West could do to the American- or Jewish-owed shopping centers across the world.
“What if such an attack was to occur in the Mall of America in Minnesota, or the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, or in London’s Oxford Street, or any in the hundred or so Jewish-owned Westfield shopping centers… Take the Westfield shopping center in Stratford… for example – what would be the implications of such an attack? One could only imagine. And all it takes is a man with firm determination, of which our Muslim ummah has plenty of.
“So hurry up, hasten towards Heaven, and do not hesitate, for the disbelievers have no right whatsoever to rejoice in the safety of their lands, until safety becomes a reality in Palestine and all the lands of Islam, and until we take vengeance on the Western Crusaders for the deaths of thousands of innocent Muslims and mujahideen leaders killed in American drone strikes…”
The Obama administration announced on Friday that somewhere in the ballpark of 800,ooo healthcare.gov users were sent the wrong tax information for their 2014 tax filings. The government is asking those who got the erroneous information to delay filing their taxes.
It’s not just the feds. “California, which is running its own insurance market, on Thursday announced a similar problem affecting about 100,000 people in that state.”
The mistake will delay the tax refunds of about 1M people and it may also affect the size of the refunds. Some 50,000 people who have already submitted their tax returns will have to resubmit them.
CBS News is reporting, “The errors disclosed Friday are in new forms that HealthCare.gov sent to millions of consumers receiving coverage through the federal insurance market that serves most states. Those forms, called 1095-As, are like a W-2 for health care. They provided a month-by-month accounting of the subsidies consumers received to help pay their premiums. That information is then used to make sure everybody got the right amount, not too much, or too little.”
Apparently the administration is still looking for the “root cause” of the mishap.
Andy Slavitt, a top administration official overseeing federal health insurance programs, said the administration is still investigating the root cause of the problem. Slavitt said it had to do with erroneous calculations of a “benchmark” premium that is used to help determine the amount of subsidies that individuals receive.
Some consumers may have gotten too large of a subsidy and some may have gotten too little.
“We’re not doing any victory laps,” HealthCare.gov CEO Kevin Counihan told reporters.
On Thursday, the top rabbi in France stated that he was personally pained when President Obama described the Islamist terror attack on a kosher market as just “randomly” blowing away Jews.
“It really hurts me to hear the president say that, because a random act would mean that the attackers weren’t going after Jewish people,” Rabbi Haim Korsia said at Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue.
“They could have been going after anyone. But these attacks were focused on Jewish people.’’
The White House clarified the remarks saying that although the attack was “motivated by antisemitism” the victims were not singled out by name.
A total of 179 patients might have been infected with an antibiotic resistant ‘superbug’ at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. So far 7 people were confirmed infected, two of whom died.
They were exposed to Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, during endoscopic procedures between October and January when it was discovered during tests on a patient, said Dale Tate, a University of California, Los Angeles spokeswoman.
The potentially infected patients are being sent free home-testing kits that UCLA will analyze, the university said.
The bacteria may have been a “contributing factor” in the deaths of two patients, a university statement said.
Officials at the hospital believe the bacteria was transmitted through contaminated medical tools, specifically two endoscopes.
“We notified all patients who had this type of procedure, and we were using seven different scopes. Only two of them were found to be infected. In an abundance of caution, we notified everybody,” Tate said.
The two medical devices were contaminated despite being sterilized as the manufacturer specified.
Similar bacterial infections has surfaced around country. The CDC said there are no records of national figures for outbreaks but that 47 states have seen cases.
State Senator Tony Avella of Queens, NY is looking to ban machete possession in New York after recent machete attacks and plans to introduce a bill to do so.
“The fact that anyone can easily purchase this potentially lethal tool is just crazy,” he said.
In NY, smaller knives and switchblades are already banned, but machetes are classified along the lines of butcher knives. Butcher knives are probably next.
Carrying a switchblade or a smaller knife can face jail time or fines. “New Yorkers carrying those knives can be ticketed for a blade longer than 4 inches, an administrative code violation. They face up to 15 days in jail and a $300 fine.”
Under Avella’s proposed legislation, possession of a machete would get you up to one year in jail.
Two recent incidents kicked-off the obsession with get machetes off the streets. Last summer, a man hacked up a teenager to death. He purchased the weapon on Craigslist. Another incident in the Bronx involving a man who pulled a machete out of his umbrella.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani took a swipe at President Obama while speaking at a private dinner featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
The former New York mayor, speaking in front of the 2016 Republican presidential contender and about 60 right-leaning business executives and conservative media types, directly challenged Obama’s patriotism, discussing what he called weak foreign policy decisions and questionable public remarks when confronting terrorists.
“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”
Giuliani went on to say “with all our flaws we’re the most exceptional country in the world. I’m looking for a presidential candidate who can express that, do that and carry it out.”
“And if it’s you, Scott, I’ll endorse you,” he added. “And if it’s somebody else, I’ll support somebody else.”
Walker’s aides said all of Giuliani’s remarks were off the record.