BY BLANCA MOREL,MARCO SIBAJA, EZEQUIEL BACERA,
La Cruz (Costa Rica) (AFP) – A protest by desperate Cuban migrants stranded on their journey to the United States paralyzed a key border crossing between Costa Rica and Nicaragua Tuesday.
Long lines of buses and trucks formed on both sides of the frontier as the migrants refused to let traffic pass, authorities from the two countries said.
“The international transport of passengers and cargo remains paralyzed” at the Penas Blancas border post, the Nicaraguan government said, warning of disruptions to trade and transport “for the entire Central American region.”
A spokesman for Costa Rica’s immigration authority confirmed the blockage.
More than 2,000 Cubans are stuck at the border, penniless and without immigration papers.
Many were stranded when Costa Rica busted a human trafficking ring that was charging $7,000 to $15,000 (6,500 to 14,000 euros) to smuggle them into the United States.
They are part of a growing surge in Cubans trying to reach the United States since Washington and Havana announced a thaw in their Cold War-era standoff last December.
For Cubans looking to leave the communist island, the rapprochement has sparked fears that the US policy of granting asylum to Cuban arrivals may be near an end.
Rather than risk the trip by boat across the Florida Straits, where the US Coast Guard can send them back, many now fly to Ecuador, which does not require visas for Cuban nationals.
Then they work their way north, overland and by boat.
– Increasingly desperate –
In Santa Cruz, on the Costa Rican side of the border, the increasingly desperate Cubans are being housed in churches, community centers and gyms.
They pass the time sprawled on mattresses on the shelter floors or drinking coffee served from large green buckets by volunteers.
Many described being trapped in limbo, uncertain of their fate.
“I don’t think Nicaragua is going to open its doors to us. We don’t know what’s going to happen to us. We could be here five days, 10 days, but I don’t think we can take much more,” said Yordani Garcia, 32.
He is determined not to go back. “Things in Cuba aren’t getting any better. On the contrary, they’re getting worse,” he said.
Santa Cruz community leaders have mobilized to take in the stranded migrants with the help of government funds. But the Cubans are all too aware of the burden they pose.
“We don’t know if we’ll be able to stay much longer. It’s a big expense for Costa Rica,” said Dayana Gonzalez, 28, who is traveling with her eight-year-old daughter, her sister and two nieces, aged eight and 10.
– Surge of Cubans –
Costa Rica called for an urgent meeting of foreign ministers along the Cubans’ route, from Ecuador to Mexico.
Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez said the countries need to establish a “humanitarian corridor” to prevent would-be migrants falling into the hands of human traffickers.
There was a 78-percent increase in Cubans arriving in the United States in the nine months to July 2015, to 27,296 people, according to the Pew Research Center, citing official US figures.
Two-thirds of them arrived through Laredo, Texas, on the Mexican border — 66 percent more than last year.
The Cubans stranded in Central America have sparked a diplomatic row between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, which already have two border disputes pending at the International Court of Justice.
Costa Rica gave the Cubans temporary visas so they could continue their journey north, but Nicaragua irately sent them back, accusing its southern neighbor of “deliberately and irresponsibly” sparking a humanitarian crisis.
On Sunday, Nicaragua deported hundreds of Cubans it said had crossed the border “by force.”
Costa Rica for its part criticized Nicaragua for using the army to expel the migrants with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Havana Tuesday said it was in “constant contact” with authorities in both Nicaragua and Costa Rica, “with the aim to find a swift and adequate solution, which takes the well-being of Cuban citizens into consideration.”
It also emphasized that the Cubans were welcome to return home to the communist island.
However the situation also encompasses larger geopolitical considerations.
Costa Rica’s government has long been close to the United States, while Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is a staunch ally of Cuba dating back to 1979, when his Sandinista rebels overthrew Nicaragua’s US-backed government.
Ortega, who was installed at the head of a junta government, stepped down in 1990. He has been back since 2007 as the country’s elected president.
BEDFORD, United Kingdom – As the distressing attacks in Paris were occurring last night, some of Britain’s most high profile and notorious Islamist extremists gathered just north of London, unimpeded, to tell hundreds of British Muslims to “struggle” for an “Islamic State.” Breitbart London was there.
At the “Quiz a Muslim” event held last night in the Corn Exchange in Bedford, panelists called British values “junk”, demanded that Muslims should “define” British law, and ominously, appeared to suggest Muslims were at war with the British.
The event was organised and chaired by Bedford-born blogger Dilly Hussain; an avidIslamist and a supporter of a global Islamic caliphate.
Mr Hussain described the event as “sort of like an Islamic Question time” – except during Question Time, there are usually disagreements. This event saw an all-male panel of “community leaders” talking to a completely segregated room, with little to disagree on.
One panellist billed to appear – Hamza Tzortzis – did not show. It is not known whether this was related to the recent revelations that showed him appearing on the extra-marital affairs website, Ashley Madison.
The group addressed the issue of how anyone could possibly have a negative opinion of some interpretations of Islam.
“Television is a form of hypnotism”, said Abdur Raheem Green, chairman of the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) which is known for sending hate preachers to UK campuses. Mr. Green is perhaps best known for his comment: “Islam is not compatible with democracy”, and for stating that a husband may use “physical force… a very light beating” against his wife.
Last night he said of television: “It is the most powerful form of indoctrination… the CIA knows…”
The other panellists agreed; the media was to blame for Islam getting a bad reputation.
When Dr. Haitham al-Haddad, who was introduced as a scholar of “Islamic sciences”, asked the room if attendees were British, there was a long pause and an uncomfortable murmuring. Dr. Haddad has previously made deeply disparaging remarks about Jewish people, and is even claimed to have said that the late Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden would go to heaven.
Taji Mustafah, a senior member of the global Islamist network Hizb ut Tahrir, which works towards a caliphate, interjected: “This is a loaded question… What does it mean?” he asked. Adding later: “All these things celebrated as English, it doesn’t mean a thing”. He called British values “junk”.
“We should not ask if we need to catch up with the British”, responded Dr. Haddad, “We should be partners in defining what British is… in what the law of the land is.” All seemed to agreed that “gods law” should always be “superior” to “man made law”.
Mr. Mustafah also took the time to clarify that Islam is a “religion of war and peace, it governs every aspect of life… politics… including what you eat and wear”.
Later, when former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg condemned ISIS because they are “killing Muslims”, a total of five people in the room of 200 could be heard clapping. When he said David Cameron was an “extremist”, almost the entire room applauded for a sustained period.
Immediately after condemning ISIS they each reaffirmed, however, the “Islamic” duty to “struggle” for an “Islamic state.”
As Maajid Nawaz, a government counter-extremism adviser explained on Facebook:
“Every single one of these speakers is a Caliphate-advocating Islamist, they believe in every core principle ISIS believes in, and they reject ISIS merely because they made their move for a Caliphate ‘too soon and too fast’.”
Adding: “You couldn’t make this sh*t up. Friday 13th nightmare, as all-male Islamist Rogues’ Gallery.”
Mr. Begg managed to produced an even more chilling moment however, when He appeared to suggest British Muslim were already at war with the UK in a strange analogy.
According to a Quranic story, explained Begg, “the people of Medina went to war with Persia.” One of the key characters in this tale, on the Muslim side, was of Persian origin. “He kept his name” said Begg, which contained the word “Persian.”
Therefore, “you can be a ‘British Muslims’,” he said, “It’s fine to call yourself a ‘British Muslim’ right now” he said, as if to suggest that British Muslim were somehow set against Britons as early Muslims were with the Persians.
In days before, the event had cause some alarm in the old Saxon town, just 50 miles north of London, with a population of just 80,000. There were rumours it would be cancelled.
However, 5Pillarsuk, the organiser’s website, tweeted on Thursday that they “commend” Dave Hodgson, the Liberal Democrat Mayor of Bedford for “allowing” the event to go ahead. Mr.Hussain said last night that he “hoped more councils” would invite Islamists to town.
Mr. Hussain told Bedford Today: “Some of [the speakers] are very controversial, some of them have said things that have been deemed distasteful.”
“On the flip side” he said, “none of them have broken any laws and none of them are convicted criminals.
The event, which saw Islamists themselves pit Islam and their end goals against the idea of British values, took place just a few hours before word reached the international media of the Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris, France.
One terrorist was heard to make reference to Syria – a place where Mr. Begg has beenarrested for travelling to, with allegations of terror-related activity raised by the police. The charges against Mr. Begg were eventually dropped.
WHO’S WHO FROM THE ISLAMIST RALLY LAST NIGHT
The speakers on stage last night were some of the country’s most notorious hate preachers who have been banned from university campuses and allied themselves with some of the most racist, hateful, and anti-Western rhetoric the country has seen in the last decade.
Haitham al-Haddad – Sits on the UK’s Islamic Sharia Council, is known for his radical statements like “Jews are the enemies of God and the descendants of apes and pigs”, and had his speeches at the University of Westminster cancelled after it emerged that Mohamed Emwazi (Jihadi John) attended, and was potentially radicalised there. Haddad has said that Muslims should “be ready to pay the price for this victory from our blood” and has told fellow Muslims “to prepare themselves for jihad, all over the world.” He hassaid the death sentence for apostasy (leaving Islam) “makes perfect sense”.
Sulaiman Ghani – Has spoken in support of convicted Al Qaeda terrorists, and even appeared side by side with the Labour Party’s 2016 London Mayor candidate Sadiq Khan during a rally against Guantanamo Bay. He has said that women should be “subservient” and never be leaders, and was exposed by the Daily Mail as having worked as a “Muslim chaplain” in Britain’s National Health Service, all the while opposing organ donations.
Adnan Rashid – Has written that “the Islamic model supported by Shari’ah is a cohesive model that allows a diverse multitude of ethnicities to co-exist”. Rashid has defended the pro-Bin Laden preacher Zakir Naik, stating, “If Zakir Naik is an extremist then who is normal? How many people has he killed? How many rapes is he responsible for? How many countries has he raided and plundered?” He has also asserted that Saudi Arabia is a better place to live for women: “I’d rather women live in Saudi Arabia under the protection of Islam (and not drive, which I dont agree with) than get raped and prostitute themselves to feed their families.”
Dilly Hussain – Has a hagiographic Wikipedia page despite only running a blog, and isobsessed with trashing the British Empire. He has described the expose around the Trojan Horse plot – where Islamists infiltrated schools around the United Kingdom and implemented hard line, Islamic procedures – as “debunked”. He has urged more Muslims to infiltrate the media to change the narrative around radicalism, extremism, and terrorism – conflating journalism with activism, laughably claiming that Muslim’s Facebook statuses should be turned into blogs and sent to the mainstream media to “get your foot in the door”
Taji Mustafa – Is a long-standing Hizb ut Tahrir activist. The organisation pushes for a global caliphate, but considers itself non-violent. The group’s website has previously hosted anti-Semitic material, and it is believed to be involved with radical university societies around the country which hide behind names such as the “Global Ideas Society” at the University of Westminster, where Jihadi John went to university. The British government promised in 2010 to ban Hizb ut Tahrir, but it never happened.
Abdur Raheem Green – Has said that “Islam teaches its followers to seek death on the battlefield” and that “dying while fighting Jihad is one of the surest ways to paradise and Allah’s good pleasure”. He has called for those serving in prison on terrorism charges to be released, while at the same time telling the BBC: “I surely have said some pretty radical things and maybe even written some radical things in the past… But one thing I have been very consistent on is terrorism, participating in terrorist activities, violent revolution – is not something that I have ever thought was part of the religion of Islam.” He was recently caught on camera in London’s Hyde Park, abusing a Jewish man. He said: “Why don’t you take the Yahoudi [Jew] over there far away so his stench doesn’t disturb us?”
Moazzam Begg – Perhaps the most famous on the list, Begg served as an inmate in Guantanamo Bay, where he signed a confession stating that he was an Al Qaeda recruiter. After his release, negotiated by the Blair government in Britain, he returned to the country and retracted such statements, but admitted being at Islamic training camps. His organisation, CAGE, which represents former Guantanamo Bay inmates, has described ISIS beheader Jihadi John as a “beautiful young man”. Begg is currently free in the United Kingdom, though he has been arrested and quizzed a number of times on terror-related offences in the past few years.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has nearly 1,000 active probes involving the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) inside the United States, dozens of law enforcement officials disclose in a letter to President Obama.
The officials are elected sheriffs in Colorado making a case against the administration’s plan to transfer terrorists held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to facilities in the state. Forty-one of Colorado’s elected sheriffs fired off the letter after two federal prisons in Florence (Supermax and the U.S. Penitentiary) along with a state complex near Canon City were reviewed by the Pentagon for the potential transfer. The plan is part of the president’s longtime promise to close the top-security compound at the U.S. Naval base in southeast Cuba.
The big question is what will the government do with the remaining captives, indisputably the world’s most dangerous terrorists? Just a few weeks ago Obama’s Defense Secretary said that around half of the remaining 112 prisoners at Gitmo must be locked up “indefinitely.” They include 9/11 masterminds Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi as well as Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the Al-Qaeda terrorist charged with orchestrating the 2000 attack on the Navy destroyer USS Cole.
The administration has considered relocating the captives to military facilities in the U.S., including Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas and the Navy Brig in Charleston, South Carolina. This has ignited outrage among officials in both states. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts was quick to say “not on my watch will any terrorists be placed in Kansas.” Roberts also co-authored a mainstream newspaper op-ed with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott vehemently rejecting the idea. “The notion that Kansas, South Carolina or any other state would be an ideal home for terrorist detainees is preposterous,” the piece reads. “Transferring these prisoners to the mainland puts the well-being of states in danger, posing security risks to the public and wasting taxpayer dollars. The detention facilities at Guantanamo are doing a fantastic job of holding these terrorists.” The governors of both states—Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Sam Brownback of Kansas—have also vowed to take any action in their power to stop the transfers, including suing the federal government.
Now Colorado is striking back for making the Pentagon’s shortlist. In their letter to the White House, the state’s sheriffs say the ill-conceived plan to transfer dangerous foreign enemy combatants to civilian prisons puts their citizens at risk. “We recently learned that the FBI has almost 1,000 active ISIS investigations taking place inside the borders of the United States,” the letter states. “We believe it would be dangerously naive not to recognize that a civilian prison with an untold number of enemy combatant inmates, located in our state, would provide a very tempting target for anyone wishing to either free these detainees or simply wishing to make a political statement.”
The cops cite repeated examples around the globe of coordinated, violent attacks against prisons holding radical Islamic militants. “We strongly protest actions that might well add our sate to the list of locations where such deadly attacks have occurred,” they write. Another big concern is transporting the terrorists across many counties from the facilities under consideration to the federal district courts or federal court of appeals in Denver, creating “many safety and security threats” to communities that must be addressed by local sheriffs.
“In the 1990s, we experienced the dangers and threats to our capital city, Denver, when two domestic terrorists, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, were tried there,” the letter to Obama says. “Security during that trial was unprecedented. We can only imagine the disruptions and dangers throughout our state if enemy combatants from Guantanamo Bay were routinely transported from Canon City to the heart of our capital city of Denver.”
BY MICHAEL BECKER
Muslims are good family people who practice the “Religion of Peace,” right?
To paraphrase Bill Clinton, I guess that depends on your definition of “peace.” Side question, “Is Bill Clinton a Muslim?”
We’ve got some pictures for you that demonstrate what good family folks Muslims really are. I know I feel a lot different after seeing these pics.
Here’s the one the title of our post refers to …
Dad is smiling and his
daughters wives are dressed appropriately for Muslim little girls wives.
That’s right, they’re his wives. They’re faces are covered so you can’t see them grinning from ear to ear. Or something.
Here’s another example. This one is from Gaza.
That was a mass wedding
ceremony with over 1,000 Muslims getting “married.”
Note how tall all the Muslim men seem in these pictures. I wonder why that is?
These pictures, and thousands more, are not Muslim “extremism.” They’re examples of what is accepted as mainstream in Muslim society.
It’s Sharia Law, and Muslims in the US want Sharia Law enforced here.
Read more at http://joeforamerica.com/2015/10/great-picture-muslim-dad-daughters-wait-theyre-not-daughters/
Syrian, Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah offensive retakes territory
by KURT NIMMO
Over the weekend the State Department announced it will step up support of jihadi groups fighting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
“They pledged to continue and intensify support to the moderate Syrian opposition while the political track is being pursued,” the State Department statement said.
There are virtually no “moderate” proxy forces in Syria and the war against al-Assad is waged almost entirely by radical Sunni Salafist groups determined to establish a principality ruled by Shari’a law in Syria.
Talks on how to support the overthrow of the Syrian government began on Friday.
The announcement came after Secretary of State John Kerry met with Saudi King Salamn in Riyadh. Kerry also met with his counterpart from Turkey in Vienna.
In May Saudi Arabia and Turkey announced they will work together to further support Jaish al-Fatah (Army of Conquest), a coalition of jihadi groups in Syria, including al-Nusra.
The establishment media in the West has admitted the coalition includes al-Qaeda affiliates, including al-Nusra, and other Islamist groups.
The U.S. previously stated it was opposed to working with Jaish al-Fatah. Kerry’s latest talks, however, reveal the U.S. is now willing to admit it now supports al-Nusra, at least tangentially.
In early October it was reported the Saudis had increased weapon transfers to jihadi groups in Syria. In late 2013 Saudi Arabia purchased 15,000 Raytheon TOW anti-tank missiles at a total cost of more than $1 billion and transferred the weapons to Jaish al-Fatah.
United States regulations prohibit third-party weapons transfers, but the State Department has thus far remained silent on Saudi Arabia giving al-Qaeda and ISIS affiliated groups sophisticated anti-tank missiles.
Syrian Gains a Serious Concern for Washington and Riyadh
In March Jaish al-Fatah captured the provincial capital of the Idlib province and the following month took Jisr al-Shughur. It also took al-Mastumah, a large military base in the area.
More recently al-Nusra, Ahrar al Sham, Jund al Aqsa, and the Turkistan Islamic Party targeted Shiite villages in the Idlib province.
Jaish al-Fatah launched an offensive in July to take neighboring Latakia and Hama provinces. Latakia is home to the al-Assad family. The Tartus province lies south of Latakia. The Russians have a naval facility on the Mediterranean in the province’s capital city.
Jaish al-Fatah has also fought to take the Sahl al-Ghab, a strategic area that lies between Latakia, Hama and Idlib provinces. Joureen in Sahl al-Ghab is a supply line for the Syrian Army.
The Syrian military, backed up Russian air support and the participation of Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah troops, announced on October 1 it was prepared to launch an offensive to take back the Idlib and Hama countryside from jihadist mercenaries.
On October 14 the Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies at the University of Miami claimed Cuban troops have joined Russian, Iranian, Lebanese Hezbollah and possibly Chinese soldiers assisting the al-Assad government.
It appears the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are now responding to the losses suffered by Jaish al-Fatah and attempting to bolster jihadi forces.
On October 2 the jihadi groups in Syria appealed to the Obama administration for antiaircraft missiles to defend their positions against Russian airstrikes.