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July 30, 2016

ISIS Biblical Reasons For Killing a Catholic Priest

                                                                 
In this biblical caption of Christian and jews uniting and ISIS fighting both to liberate Jerusalem for the moslems and Their ruling of the world. ISIS is being weakened militarily so now they concentrate on symbols that have worked so well for Christians and Jews now they look for those symbols to get converts. There are many that hate both the Christians and Jews so they have a big pool. Masses can be convinced of anything, history teaches us that. The message has to be simple and shocking at the same time to penetrate and stick. Cutting a priest’s throat after making him read from their book in his own church is penetrating and shocking for most. One of the mistakes the West is making is seeing them as simple killers and terrorist  that kill for the sake of violence. But they have a message and many are buying it. In order to defeat the enemy past liberators and successful Generals would say it takes for you to know and understand the enemy. When religion is involved many are afraid to call it out as such afraid to offend the religious. Religion should be place in its proper perspective and place in history. Through the ages there’s been religious insurrections killing the innocent and non believers. One might say this is what is happening here. The status quo in the middle east is the mother of ISIS, Taliban, all these groups. We already opened the door in Iraq, now we most find a way to close the door but more importantly is to not leave the middle east on its
 status quo. adamfoxie’s Publisher)

In a string of accelerating strikes across the map, the Islamic State’s attack on a French Catholic parish stands out for its symbolism in the terror group’s ultimate goal.
Followers of any faith other than their Wahhabist interpretation of Islam are reviled by ISIS as “infidels,” but certain religious groups have more strategic significance than others.
Their targeting of Jews is as clear as it is for any other terror group from Hamas to al-Qaeda to the mullahs in Tehran: they want to wipe Israel off the map and seize Al-Aqsa for Muslims. ISIS’ war in the Sinai, infiltration in Gaza and its goal of carving “pathways” through Jordan and Lebanon are critical cogs in their strategy to be the ones to “liberate” Jerusalem. According to an ISIS e-book, “Black Flags from Palestine,” they think the final confrontation with the antichrist will be at Ben Gurion International Airport.
When noting ISIS’ broader attacks against Christians, recent events have grimly underscored the group’s special targeting of Catholics.
The sacking of Rome and the Holy See, after all, is essential to their apocalyptic game plan.
Terrorists who had pledged allegiance to ISIS saw their opportunity Tuesday when Catholics started their day at Mass in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. They slit the throat of Father Jacques Hamel, 86, after taking the priest, two nuns and two parishioners hostage.
“They forced him to his knees. He wanted to defend himself,” one nun, Sister Danielle, told BFM TV. “And that’s when the tragedy happened. They recorded themselves. They did a sort of sermon around the altar, in Arabic. It’s a horror.”
ISIS’ Amaq news agency rapidly claimed responsibility, generically calling the attack “operations in response to calls to target countries belonging to the crusader coalition.” But that quickie statement downplays their motive behind ritually murdering the priest.
In April, Italian authorities arrested four people in an alleged plot to target both of ISIS’ main religious enemies: the Vatican and the Israeli Embassy in Rome. Officials said Italian national Abderrahim Moutaharrik received instructions from ISIS to hit Rome during the Holy Year of Mercy, a jubilee declared by Pope Francis that runs through November.
“I swear I will be the first to attack…in this crusading Italy…the Vatican with the will of God,” said Moutaharrik in an intercepted March message, according to officials.
Long before ISIS escalated into the terror rampage we see today, Iraq’s ambassador to the Holy See warned that ISIS wants to assassinate the pope.
“What has been declared by the self-declared Islamic State is clear—they want to kill the Pope. The threats against the Pope are credible,” Habeeb Al Sadr told Italian daily La Nazione in September 2014. “I believe they could try to kill him during one of his overseas trips or even in Rome. There are members of ISIL who are not Arabs but Canadian, American, French, British, also Italians. ISIL could engage any of these to commit a terrorist attack in Europe.”
What will ISIS do to achieve its goal of putting the menacing black flag atop St. Peter’s Basilica? The question is, what won’t they do? Without the conquest of Rome, their whole caliphate road map hits an insurmountable speed bump.
The threats against Rome and the Vatican span the breadth of videos, articles and photo essays that comprise Islamic State propaganda. In a 2015 e-book, “Black Flags from Rome,” ISIS called on recruits within Europe to rise up “to pave the way for the conquest of Rome” from all directions.
“Muslim fighters from all European countries will continue the fight, breaking borders until they can reach Northern Rome,” the book vowed.
They’re pushing the clock, though, as their stated timetable calls for the conquest of Rome by 2020.
Seven months after that, they claim, the antichrist will come and the stage will be set for the final battle in Israel. “It’s important to note that during this time period, Christianity and the Pope in the Vatican will be fully engulfed by the Zionist system,” ISIS wrote in “Black Flags from Palestine,” predicting that the jihadists can slyly win allies in Europe among those who oppose Israel or the Catholic Church.
ISIS’ apocalyptic vision puts a target on Jews and Catholics that’s intensified by their conquest goals. That’s why they quickly, proudly trumpeted the assassination of an elderly priest who did nothing more than say Mass on a sleepy Tuesday morning, with more boasting and propaganda materials to come.
When ISIS hits Jewish and Catholic targets, they consider them first strikes. Washington, however, tries to erase any perception of a holy war with ISIS, understandably fearful that new recruits will be pulled into the fight.  Which is exactly what’s being waged in the mind of the Islamic State.
Bridget Johnson is a fellow with the Haym Salomon Center, NPR contributor and D.C. bureau chief at PJ Media

April 29, 2016

The Hacking To Death of Activists in a Secretive Community which Will Make it More Secret

Follow up on ISIS Hacks to Death Gay….



                                                                            
Xulhaz Mannan.jpg
Xulhaz Mannan
BornOctober 13, 1976
DiedApril 25, 2016 (aged 39)
Dhaka, Bangladesh wikipedia
                                  
“To run a magazine about LGBT issues, to campaign on these issues in Bangladesh, you have to be a very brave person, very bold,” says photographer Gazi Nafis Ahmed. “Xulhaz Mannan was the one who made Roopbaan magazine happen. He was a very special man.”
Speaking to the Guardian shortly after Xulhaz Mannan’s murder by Islamist extremists, Ahmed explained that it was the repression of the LGBT community in his home country of Bangladesh that had inspired his own work, a long-term photography project entitled Inner Face. 
“I studied photography in Denmark and saw there what sexual liberty was like in western countries. It was amazing.” After he finished his degree he began to photograph the LGBT community in Bangladesh. “There were an amazing amount of men who were brave enough and said to me that ‘we want to go for it, we want to get our voices out there’. In Bangladesh it is not easy for the LGBTQ community people to practice their freedom of expression as in many other countries. But I felt that, through my art, these human beings could have the choice to have their voices out there.”

A Secret Bangladesh a secret LGBT try to shine some light for others in the shadows
Ahmed began his project, photographing the members of the underground LGBT community, and, where possible, recording their stories, back in 2008. He approached the Bandhu Social Welfare Society which address concerns of human rights abuse and denial of sexual health rights, and provide a rights-based approach to health and social services for the most stigmatized and vulnerable populations in Bangladesh. “They helped me to make connections and get in touch with people and, over the years that followed,my network expanded.
“The LGBT scene in Bangladesh is very, very underground. There are essentially two different social groups. The upper/middle classes. They refer to themselves as gay, they have access to the internet, they’re part of the global network of gay communities and have friends all over the world.” This group set up an online Yahoo peer-networking group the Boys of Bangladesh (BOB) a few years ago, and help and support each other. 
“And then there is the different social class who don’t refer to themselves as LGBT but as MSM. This is a public health designation which stands for Men Who Have Sex With Men. They are low income – cooks, dancers, rickshaw pullers – and there is huge stigma towards them. My work was with both groups.” 
  As he began to exhibit his photographs both in Bangladesh and overseas, the reactions varied. Some were supportive, others angry, but it was the reaction of the mother of one of his subjects which remained with him: “She spoke at one of the exhibitions, saying that her son was the way he was, and that ‘I accept him, and I would like to see other parents accept their children who identify as LGBT in this way’. It was a very important message, I think.”

From US Embassy to USAid
 At a 2008 exhibition of his work, he met Mannan, who was working at the US embassy at that time and would shortly move on to work at USAid. “He reached out to me, thanked me for working on this project and offered to put me in touch with more people. He was a protocol officer of the US embassy, and then went on to USAID. He also founded and edited Roopbaan.” 
Alam and Kabir grew up in the same village and fell in love; at the time of this photo they had been together for 11 years. “We will go on to prove that two men can spend their lives together in complete happiness.” Photograph: Gazi Nafis Ahmed
Mannan “was very kind hearted, always supportive. If I ever asked him he was always ready to support my work. He always had a smile on his face, always a yes for any favor.” Over the years that followed, Mannan and Ahmed were regularly in touch. “He was a very brave person, out as gay to his friends, his close circle, and at his work. In Bangladesh that is absolutely unusual, especially in upper-class circles. But Mannan wanted to start a discourse around LGBT issues, a subject that is so opposed and so stigmatised in Bangladesh.
 “Bangladesh has a patriarchal, conservative society so that makes it difficult, even the mindset of people makes it more difficult. Having a magazine like Roopbaan and talking about these issues is really brave and bold. And it was Xulhaz who made it happen.”

The Rally
 A couple of weeks ago, Mannan invited all his friends to join him on Roopbaan’s annual Rainbow Rally, timed for April 14 to coincide with the Bangladesh new year. The colorful rally, with the participants dressed different colors of rainbow, aims to celebrate diversity and friendship and ensure the participation of people with different sexual orientations, including hijras, in Pohela Boishakh festivities and promote tolerance among all sexes.
 The plans were laid as usual, but the participants were anxious. Over the last couple of years Bangladesh has seen a growing number of homicidal attacks on liberal bloggers and academics; on April 7 Nazimuddin Samad, a law student who criticised Islamism on his Facebook page, was murdered. By the morning of the Rainbow Rally there had been more and more threats aimed not just at the gay marchers but at the traditional Bengali celebrations which feature garlands of flowers and colourful animal masks. The organisers decided to cancel the event. Police then arrested four of the LGBT activists.

Fatal Mistake? But it was time to come up more to the light 
In the next few days, Ahmed says, Mannan moved the Roopbaan Facebook group from ‘closed’ to ‘secret’. And then, two days ago, a group of six men managed to gain access to his apartment and hacked Mannan and the friend with him to death.
 “It was a terrible shock, for everyone,” says Ahmed. Some observers are not optimistic about the future, fearing, like Ibtisam Ahmed in the Conversation this week, that the government’s cowed reaction to the Islamist campaign of terror over the past couple of years means Bangladesh is “on a precipice … the adversaries of moderation, freedom and rationalism are getting bolder”. 
“Whether you support LGBT rights or not, there can never be any justification for murder,” says Ahmed. “But with so many gruesome assassinations of free minds and intellectuals in the country, it seems like anyone can be a target. No one feels safe, that is the truth.”
 But he has also heard that the next publication of Roopbaan may be delayed but will not stop. “That should be the spirit. People should come forward, together, and ask for action against this.”

“In 2013 the Dhaka Tribune wrote and editorial against section 377 of the criminal code stating their belief that while most people in Bangladesh were against homosexuality, they did not want to see people put in jail for it or for the government to waist resources treating it as a crime.Wikepedia

December 5, 2015

ISIS Searching for Gay Men and Throwing them off to Their Deaths


                                                                             


BEFORE a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked Islamic State group judge read out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel.
He asked one of the men if he was satisfied with the sentence. Death, the judge told him, would help cleanse him of his sin.


                                                                             




“I’d prefer it if you shoot me in the head,” 32-year-old Hawas Mallah replied helplessly. The second man, 21-year-old Mohammed Salameh, pleaded for a chance to repent, promising never to have sex with a man again, according to a witness among the onlookers that sunny July morning who gave The Associated Press a rare first-hand account.

“Take them and throw them off,” the judge ordered. Other masked extremists tied the men’s hands behind their backs and blindfolded them. They led them to the roof of the four-story hotel, according to the witness, who spoke in the Turkish city of Reyhanli on condition he be identified only by his first name, Omar, for fear of reprisals.

Notorious for their gruesome methods of killing, the Islamic State group reserves one of its most brutal for suspected homosexuals. Videos it has released show masked militants dangling men over the precipices of buildings by their legs to drop them headfirst or tossing them over the edge. At least 36 men in Syria and Iraq have been killed by IS militants on charges of sodomy, according to the New York-based OutRight Action International, though its Middle East and North Africa co-ordinator, Hossein Alizadeh, said it was not possible to confirm the sexual orientation of the victims.

The fear of a horrific death among gay men under Islamic State rule is further compounded by their isolation in a deeply conservative society that largely shuns them.

Many Muslims consider homosexuality to be sinful. Gay men are haunted constantly by the possibility that someone, perhaps even a relative, will betray them to the militants — whether to curry favor with IS or simply out of hatred for their sexual orientation.

Islamic State group fighters sometimes torture suspected homosexuals to reveal their friends’ names and search their laptops and mobile phones. Even among IS opponents, gays find little sympathy. Some in the public who might be shocked by other IS atrocities say killings of gays is justified. Syrian rebel factions have killed or abused gays as well.

A 26-year-old Syrian gay man told the AP that even two years after fleeing to Turkey, he wakes up shaken by nightmares that he is about to be hurled from a building. The man spoke on condition that he be identified as Daniel Halaby, the name he now uses in his activism tracking IS atrocities, and that the city in Turkey where he lives not be named for his own safety.

Halaby says a childhood friend who became radicalised and joined IS betrayed him to the militants in 2013, forcing him to flee his home city of Aleppo.
“He knew everything about me, such as being secular and gay. ... I am sure he is the one who gave my name to Daesh,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.

At that time, in mid-2013, IS had just started to spread from neighbouring Iraq into Syria. It didn’t yet hold the large stretches of territory across both countries that it would capture the next year. Instead, its fighters pushed into rebel-held areas in Syria and tried to dominate other rebels, often clashing with them for control and imposing the group’s strict law wherever they could.

In September 2013, IS fighters besieged the Aleppo neighbourhood where Halaby lived with his family, trying to wrest it from the rebel Free Syrian Army. The two sides negotiated over an end to the siege and, during the talks, IS gave the rebels a list of people they demanded be handed over to them. Halaby said he learned his name was on that list.

He quickly escaped to Turkey.
Another man is thrown from the roof by the terror group.
Another man is thrown from the roof by the terror group.Source:Supplied

There, his bedroom is decorated with a flag of the Syrian opposition and a rainbow banner that covers an entire wall. His parents, who remain in Aleppo, refuse to talk to him because of his sexual orientation. When he watches videos of gays being killed, he said, “What breaks my heart most is that I feel helpless.”

Life for gays in Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city, was always hidden, Halaby said. When the secular-led peaceful protests erupted against President Bashar Assad in 2011, he said he quickly joined, sure they would lead to a democratic government “that will respect everyone no matter their religion, ethnicity, sect or sexuality.”

“We were very naive,” he said. “What happened was exactly the opposite.”
Subhi Nahas, a 28-year-old gay Syrian who now lives in San Francisco, said he fled because he feared his own father might turn him in to al-Qaeda’s affiliate, the Nusra Front, which also has targeted homosexuals.

When his father learned he was gay, Nahas said he called him a shame to the family and beat him. Around the same time, in late 2013, Nusra fighters launched a crackdown on suspected gays in Nahas’ hometown of Maaret al-Numan, detaining 25 men and announcing through mosque loudspeakers that they would cleanse the town of homosexuals.
“With the problems between me and my father, I did not rule out that he might (hand me over),” he told the AP.

So he fled, first to Lebanon, then Turkey. But in Turkey, he said, he began getting death threats from a former school friend who joined the Islamic State group. Fearful that he wouldn’t be safe even in Turkey, he legally resettled to the United States in June.
Pictures show onlookers below.

Pictures show onlookers below.Source:Supplied
In August, Nahas and a gay Iraqi man spoke about the suffering of homosexuals in their countries at the first-ever U.N. Security Council session spotlighting violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

The stigma surrounding homosexuality makes it difficult to document IS killings and identify victims, rights groups say. Families and friends refuse to talk about victims. Gays under IS rule are terrified to speak, and most who flee abroad go into hiding.

The Islamic State group’s announcements are the main source of information, but the group often does not name the victims, perhaps in deference to their families, who could lash out in anger at having their names publicly linked to homosexuals.

“Such a barbaric show of murder leaves LGBT individuals in constant state of fear and would deprive them of a normal life that any human being is entitled to,” Alizadeh said.
Widespread public hostility leaves the community even more vulnerable.

“They are violating God’s laws and doing something that is forbidden in Islam, so this is a legitimate punishment,” said Hajji Mohammed, a resident of the IS-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. There the group has thrown men suspected of being gay off the Insurance Building, a landmark about 10 stories high.
 
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By employing the grisly method, the Islamic State group aims to show radicals that it is unflinchingly carrying out the most extreme strains in Islam — a sort of “ideological purity” the group boasts distinguishes it even from other militants. The punishment “will protect the Muslims from treading the same rotten course that the West has chosen to pursue,” IS proclaimed in its online English-language magazine Dabiq.

The Koran tells the story of Lot and the destruction of Sodom — and sodomy in Arabic is known as “liwat,” based on Lot’s name.

Men having sex with each other should be punished, the Koran says, but it doesn’t say how — and it adds that they should be left alone if they repent. The death penalty instead comes from the Hadith, or accounts of the sayings of the prophet Muhammad. The accounts differ on the method of killing, and some accounts give lesser penalties in some circumstances.

The Islamic State group bases its punishment on one account in which Muhammad reportedly says gays “should be thrown from tremendous height then stoned.”
Before IS, the method was rarely used, though other militants have targeted homosexuals for death. During their rule in Afghanistan in the 1990s, the Taliban had their own method: The victim would be put in a pit and a stone wall would be toppled on top of them.

Most moderate Muslim clerics ignore the death penalty provisions, even as they fiercely denounce homosexuality. Across the Arab world, homosexuals have been arrested and sentenced to prison on charges linked to “debauchery” — and sometimes lashed in Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Omar, the man who watched the killings in Palmyra, said he remains shaken.

It began when IS militants blared on loudspeakers for men to gather. Then a black van pulled up outside the Wael Hotel, and Mallah and Salamah were brought out.
The first to be thrown off was Mallah. He was tied to a chair so he couldn’t resist, then pushed over the side.

He landed on his back, broken but still moving. A fighter shot him in the head.
Next was Salameh. He landed on his head and died immediately. Still, fighters stoned his body, Omar said.

The bodies were then hung up in Palmyra’s Freedom Square for two days, each with a placard on his chest: “He received the punishment for practicing the crime of Lot’s people.”


August 25, 2015

ISIS Kills 30 Young men for being Gay



                                                                       



The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for executing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organization said Monday at the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting spotlighting violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
"It's about time, 70 years after the creation of the U.N., that the fate of LGBT persons who fear for their lives around the world is taking center stage," said U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, who organized the meeting with Chile's U.N. envoy. “This represents a small but historic step.” 
Diplomats said two of the 15 council members, Chad and Angola, did not attend the informal, closed meeting. 
Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, told the council that courts established by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria claim to have punished sodomy with stoning, firing squads and beheadings and by pushing men from tall buildings.
Fear of the extremist group, which controls about a third of Syria and Iraq, has fueled violence by others against LGBT individuals, she said.
Subhi Nahas, a gay refugee from the Syrian city of Idlib, told the council that President Bashar Assad's government "launched a campaign accusing all dissidents of being homosexuals" when that country's uprising started in 2011. Soon afterward, gay hangouts were raided and many people were arrested and tortured. "Some were never heard from again," he said.
When the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front took Idlib in 2012, he said, its militants announced "they would cleanse the town of those involved in sodomy," and arrests and executions of accused homosexuals followed. Last year, when the Islamic State took the city, the violence worsened, he said.
"At the executions, hundreds of townspeople, including children, cheered jubilantly as at a wedding," Nahas said. "If a victim did not die after being hurled off a building, the townspeople stoned him to death. This was to be my fate too."
He was able to escape to Lebanon, then to Turkey, where he was threatened by a former school friend from Idlib who had joined the Islamic State group, and finally to the United States.
Stern stressed that persecution of LGBT people in Iraq and Syria began long before the emergence of the Islamic State group, also known as Daesh, and “murder is only the most extreme form of violence" that also includes rape. 
She called for specific strategies to combat LGBT attacks, including U.N. action to relocate those most in need and bringing the gay community into broader human rights and humanitarian initiatives.
Monday's meeting follows the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June legalizing same-sex marriages in all 50 states. Chile's President Michelle Bachelet declared in April 2013 that she would seek to legalize same-sex marriage, though that hasn't happened yet.
According to a report in June by the U.N. human rights chief, at least 76 countries retain laws used to criminalize and harass people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
A gay Iraqi man who called into Monday’s meeting from somewhere in the Middle East using the pseudonym Adnan said he fears for his life because "in my society, being gay means death, and when ISIS kills gays most people are happy because they think we are evil."
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April 23, 2015

US Pressure Brings The Saudis To Stop The Slaughter in Yemen


                                                                     

(OBOCK, Djibouti) — Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that it was halting a nearly month-old bombing campaign against a rebel group in neighboring Yemen that has touched off a devastating humanitarian crisis and threatened to ignite a broader regional conflict.

The announcement followed what American officials said was pressure applied by the Obama administration for the Saudis and other Sunni Arab nations to end the airstrikes. The bombing campaign, which has received logistical and intelligence support from the United States, has drawn intense criticism for causing civilian deaths and for appearing to be detached from a broad military strategy. 

Open Source: Sighs of Relief From Yemen, Mixed With Fears of More Conflict

Yemeni bloggers expressed relief that the Saudi-led air campaign had finally come to an end, tempered by concern that the conflict was far from over.APRIL 21, 2015
A Yemeni man checked a house in Sana after a bombing that killed at least 25 people. Sana has been bombed almost daily for more than three weeks, damaging factories, gas stations and residential neighborhoods.
Credit Mohammed Huwais/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
At Least 25 Die as Airstrike Sets Off Huge Blast in YemenAPRIL 20, 2015
The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, as well as a guided missile cruiser, was sent to join other American ships off the Yemeni coast in an effort to discourage Iran's support of Houthi rebels.
Credit United States Navy, via Reuters
Warning Iran, U.S. Sends Two More Ships to Yemen APRIL 20, 2015
A Saudi Defense Ministry statement quoted by the country’s news agencies said that the campaign, called Operation Decisive Storm, had achieved its objectives. But it was unclear exactly how much the airstrikes had advanced Saudi Arabia’s stated goal of helping restore a Yemeni government that collapsed many weeks ago as Houthi rebels took over the country’s capital, Sana. Analysts said the announcement could possibly clear the way for a different type of military intervention.
 
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Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, is embroiled in a struggle for power that has serious implications for the region and the security of the United States.


Weeks of fighting in Yemen, which was already suffering from the absence of any central authority, have left nearly a thousand people dead and provided an opening for Al Qaeda’s branch there to expand its territory. The conflict further threatened to entangle the United States and Iran in a potential military confrontation, just as they are about to continue difficult and delicate negotiations that they hope will result in a final nuclear agreement by the end of June.

In an interview Tuesday night, President Obama said he was optimistic that the crisis in Yemen could be settled. “That’s always been a fractious country with a lot of problems,” he told Chris Matthews of MSNBC. “There are a lot of people inside Yemen suffering. What we need to do is bring all the parties together and find a political arrangement.”

The Saudis have long accused the Houthis, whose leaders adhere to a variant of Shiite Islam, of serving as an Iranian proxy. The Obama administration warned in recent days that Iran might be trying to arm the Houthis and moved on Monday to deploy a strengthened armada of warships off Yemen’s coast as a deterrent.
 
The exact role that Iran has played, however, is far from clear. Although Yemeni officials and Western diplomats have said there is evidence that Iran has given arms and other support to the Houthis over the past several years, they caution that the rebel group is anything but a puppet of Tehran and that the Houthis’ actions have stemmed from their dealings with Yemeni factions and their own domestic agenda.

Secretary of State John Kerry has spoken to the Saudi government repeatedly over the past several days, and John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, visited the Saudi capital, Riyadh. A senior American official said Tuesday that there had been a number of discussions in recent days among American, Saudi and United Arab Emirates officials about ending the bombing campaign.
 
 
Asked why, the American official said, “Too much collateral damage.” The United Arab Emirates was one of several Arab nations that joined the Saudi-led campaign.

The Saudis announced the suspension of the bombings just hours after a top Iranian official said he expected a cease-fire to be declared.

“We are optimistic that in the coming hours, after many efforts, we will see a halt to military attacks in Yemen,” the official, the deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, said, according to Iranian news agencies.
 
Yemenis on a bridge in Ibb that was reportedly hit in an airstrike that targeted Houthi rebels but is said to have killed civilians. Credit European Pressphoto Agency
It was not immediately clear whether the Saudi and Iranian announcements were public evidence of back-channel negotiating, or whether the Saudi halt to the bombing would lead to peace talks among the antagonists in Yemen. A senior Houthi political leader, responding to rumors of a possible political deal, said late Tuesday that no agreement had been reached.

The aerial attacks began March 26 and were announced in a rare news conference in Washington by Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

“We will do whatever it takes to protect the legitimate government of Yemen,” Mr. Jubeir said at the time.

Saudi Arabia has said that the coalition was justified in its campaign to stop the advance of the Houthi militia, based in northern Yemen, which routed the Saudi-backed government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, now in exile. Critics of the Saudi offensive called it a perilous overreaction, based on the false premise that the Houthis were taking their orders from Iran.

The Houthis’ most significant alliance is local, most analysts say, with members of Yemen’s armed forces loyal to the country’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

But the airstrikes paralyzed Yemen, the Middle East’s poorest country, and left hundreds of people dead and thousands wounded and homeless. Saudi Arabia had come under growing international pressure to halt the bombings, which hit civilian targets with a regularity that human rights groups said could amount to war crimes.

The deadliest attacks included a strike that killed dozens at a camp for displaced Yemenis and others that struck a dairy factory, killing at least 31 workers on the night shift. On Monday, a Saudi airstrike near an air defense base in the capital caused an enormous explosion that flattened homes in a nearby neighborhood and left at least 25 people dead. 

Officials at the World Health Organization in Geneva said Tuesday that Yemen’s health services had collapsed. They said the cumulative death toll in Yemen since the fighting escalated last month was at least 944, with nearly 3,500 wounded. Many thousands more have been displaced from their homes.

There have also been questions about what the military coalition could accomplish with airstrikes alone.

The official Saudi Press Agency, quoting a Defense Ministry statement, said the airstrikes had “successfully managed to thwart the threat on the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries through destruction of the heavy weapons and ballistic missiles seized by the Houthi militias and troops loyal to (Ali Abdullah Saleh), including bases and camps of the Yemeni army.”
 
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The announcement on Tuesday held out the possibility of a political deal and speedy relief for Yemen’s cities, and especially Sana, which has endured airstrikes almost daily. But it seemed just as likely that the Saudi declaration, with its vague threat of new military action, could usher in another phase of combat, analysts said. In one possibility, the Saudis could continue their intervention by other means, including an increase in their support of proxies fighting the Houthis and their allies — a tactic the Saudis have favored in the past.

There was no indication that the Houthis and their allies had retreated from any of the territory they had captured, including Sana and areas farther south, like parts of Aden, a port that has been ravaged by fighting over the past few weeks.

“No one has been seriously weakened,” said a diplomat who once served in Yemen and asked for anonymity to discuss a country’s possible motives. The Saudis “will take a break from bombing Sana, but they will carry on.”

In the absence of a settlement, the Saudi decision provided little comfort to Yemenis who had fled cities like Aden, where there were still clashes on Tuesday, according to local residents.

The halt in the airstrikes is “good for the rest of Yemen,” said Ahmed Kulaib, 30, a resident of Aden who fled the city and lives in a refugee camp in Djibouti.

But fighters in Aden resisting the Houthis, he added, are still facing “heavy work.”

Kareem Fahim reported from Obock, and Mark Mazzetti from Washington. Reporting was contributed by Eric Schmitt and Michael D. Shear from Washington, Rick Gladstone from New York and Mohammed Ali Kalfood from Sana, Yemen

March 5, 2015

Isis Throws Gay man off 7 Stories Still alive he is finished off by crowd who stoned him to death


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Isis fighters have once again thrown a man to his death, simply because he was accused of being gay.
Pictures show the man being led to the edge of a building before being pushed off by murderers in Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital.
In images released by activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, crowds of people can be seen underneath the building, watching as he falls to the floor.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was dragged to the top of the building by three militants in black masks.


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People can be seen filming the murder

Others film as he is taken out onto the roof and pushed, face first towards the ground.
Isis has killed many gay people by throwing them from the roofs of buildings.
In January a man was thrown to his death as punishment for being gay.
Last month a man survived a seven-storey fall to the floor before being stoned to death for being gay.
Last week another man was thrown from the roof then stoned to death.


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The man fell to his death after being pushed


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A huge crowd gathered to watch the man being killed
Explaining the unexplainable:

 There is not much that can be said about this incident who is staged so the media can carry it throughout the world. They will get anti gay mentally deficient people lacking a life who think that by killing any type of people’s they hate will somehow improve their life’s. Those are the people who do not value freedom for them or others. They do well in jails where they are control and in militias such as this were they are control and told what to do but then they get indoctrinated that these are god’s commands being that religious books be the Bible, Koran or most any other are very violent books. These books talk about redemption through doing good but since they also talk about extreme violence people prong to violence will see the violence and wont understand anything else or will choose not to see anything else. The goodness they interpret like a catholic priest or Protestant Minister something that you get after you clean your selves of evil. In their eyes the religious wing of these groups see it just like that except they take it among themselves like the Christians did 18 centuries ago with the crusades and the spanish inquisition. Even today they are sects of protestant that believe that they are used by god to cleanse the world. The Pilgrims also did the same thing for anyone who seemed to be gay or not a believer. They were called what they call them today, people filled with demons and serving the devil, witches and people possessed. The Prescription then was burn alive, but there were also hangings and stoning to death. What’s happening here is nothing new and without cameras and the media we would not know is happening.This is history and actual events Im quoting and explaining here.

I am posting this particular killing and it probably be my last as a warning for those in the gay community that are religious or belong to the Republican party which is anti gay and they are opposing what The President and the State Deprtment are doing in regards to bringing the message to 
that the Government of the U.S. backs gay rights as human rights and will bring sanctions to those states that kill, jailed, discriminates or commit any hate crimes.

How do I connect Gays being thrown off buildings and stoned to their deaths with the politics and religions locally in the West. It’s simple If you are religious you have a responsibility to make sure your voice is heard on your church and any other place that discrimination and cruelty in the name of God is happening and say is wrong! Be by your mouth, letter to the GOP who opposes gay rights as human rights of how wrong they are and finally you can help financially the groups that bring the words inside and outside the U. S.

If you vote then is time for you to stop voting Republican or not vote at all until they get the message. If you are Republican because you think the poor people govern this nation and they are paid with food stamps and welfare to do nothing and through the GOP your money can grow more; You should hold your nose for a couple of election cycles and vote for those that are helping us. If things continue as they are going we might end up with a GOP President with the Congress and then the progress we’ve made will be at best paralyzed at worse go back on the red states. That’s  what I would like to express to you with the death of these gay men. There is nothing else I can say or do but to use such deaths to have not, those in the choir, but those sitting on the pews, to join the choir in any job they can do, be voting, talking or financially helping out. 

History tell us when horrendous things have occurred you usually have the pendulum swing to the opposite side. When people realized what has happened in their name and the name of god. Lets hope so!

Adam Gonzalez, Publisher

February 6, 2015

Jordan’s King Vows Revenge Against ISIS for Pilot’s Slaughter


                                                                         

Jordan's King Abdullah has vowed to take tough action against Islamic State militants following the group's gruesome killing of a Jordanian pilot captured after his plane went down during a mission targeting the militants in Syria.
The murder of pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh triggered international condemnation and prompted Jordanian authorities to execute two Iraqi prisoners, failed suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi and al-Qaida operative Ziad al-Karbouly.
King Abdullah stressed that Jordan would be "relentless" in the war against Islamic State.
"We are waging this war to protect our faith, our values and human principles. And our war for their sake will be relentless and will hit them in their own ground," he said.
Jordan hanged al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing in Amman, and l-Karbouly, another Iraqi with ties to al-Qaida. 
The Islamic State group had demanded al-Rishawi's release as part of a prisoner exchange, but Jordan refused to move forward without proof that pilot al-Kaseasbeh was still alive.
A video emerged online Tuesday purporting to show the pilot locked inside a cage, then a militant lighting a trail of gasoline that traveled to the cage and burned him to death.
"The U.S. intelligence community has no reason to doubt the authenticity of the video," said Brian P. Hale, director of public relations for the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Jordan said the pilot was apparently killed a month ago. He was captured in Syria after his plane went down while flying as part of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against Islamic State targets. 
"This is cowardly terror by a criminal group that has no relation to Islam," a grim-looking King Abdullah told the Jordanian people from Washington on Tuesday. "The brave pilot gave his life defending his faith, country and nation, and joined other Jordanian martyrs."
President Barack Obama, who met briefly with King Abdullah, said the video is just one more indication of the Islamic State's "viciousness and barbarity."
"And it, I think, will redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of a global coalition to make sure that they are degraded and ultimately defeated," the president told reporters.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the pilot's murder and said Islamic State is a terrorist group with no regard for human life.
Jordan's participation in the airstrikes against fellow Muslims has been unpopular within the country.
But General Lloyd Austin, the head of U.S. Central Command, which oversees the coalition fighting the militants, said Tuesday Kaseasbeh "served his country courageously and honorably," and was an important member of the team fighting the Islamic State group.
Earlier Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh signed a memorandum of understanding under which the U.S. will provide $1 billion a year to Jordan through 2017.
Kerry said the U.S. also is adding to the $467 million it already has contributed to help Jordan care for refugees from both Syria and Iraq.
Pic:Reuters

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