US warship ‘harassed’ by Iranian speedboats near Strait of Hormuz

The USS Nitze, a guided missile destroyer, was intercepted by four Iranian military boats near the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, US defense officials said. The Iranians ignored attempts to communicate and acted in an “unprofessional” manner the US said.
The Nitze and guided missile destroyer USS Mason encountered the Iranians in international waters, where four Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boats approached the warships at high speed, Stars and Stripes reported.

The Nitze hailed the boats by radio 12 times with no response, the statement said. After two of the Iranian boats came closer, the US crew used its ship whistle and flares in an attempt to communicate with the Iranians, but those attempts were also ignored. The destroyer ultimately changed course to steer clear of the Iranian vessels.

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The Iranians allegedly came as close as 300 yards (274 meters) of the Nitze during the encounter.

“These sorts of unsafe and unprofessional actions can lead to escalation and miscalculation, which may necessitate additional defensive measures,” said Commander Bill Urban, public affairs officer for US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT). “Commanding officers have an inherent obligation for self-defense.”

Urban said some 10 percent of all US encounters with the Iranians in 2015 and 2016 have been similarly unsafe.


“The Iranian high rate of closure on a Unites States ship operating in accordance with international law while transiting in international waters along with the disregard of multiple warning attempts created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation including additional defensive measures by Nitze,” the NAVCENT statement said.

“We absolutely expect all maritime nations to act in a professional manner in accordance with international law,” Urban said. “The US Navy continues to remain vigilant, and is trained to respond in a professional manner for all interactions.”

Commenting on the incident, Iranian Defense Minister Hosein Dehghan said the nation’s forces patrol the area to protect its territorial waters.

“If any foreign vessel enters our waters, we warn them, and if it’s an invasion, we confront,” he told the semi-official Tasnim news agency

The Strait of Hormuz is a key maritime route, through which about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply flows. It’s also one of the places where the presence of the US Navy stirs tensions with regional stakeholders. Similar complaints about allegedly unprofessional behavior regularly come from the Pentagon over Chinese forces in the South China Sea and the Russia navy in the Black and Baltic Seas.


“Allahu Akbar” means “God is greater”

AUGUST 24, 2016

A man who shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the stabbing of a British woman in Australia was not motivated by religion, according to authorities.

21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed during an attack at a backpackers’ hostel in Australia, while another British man was injured.

The 29-year-old culprit “had been in Australia since around March on a temporary visa,” according to reports.

“Allahu Akbar,” a phrase commonly chanted by terrorists during attacks, means “God is greater”.
Despite the fact that the attacker shouted this phrase during the stabbing, Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski later said, “This is not about race or religion, it is about individual criminal behavior.”

Gollschewski added that authorities were investigating, “whether mental health or drugs misuse factors are involved in this incident.”

As we have documented, virtually every small scale terror attack is now dismissed by authorities as being driven by “mental health issues” despite there being clear evidence of Islamist motivation.

Last week in Strasbourg, France, a rabbi wearing a Jewish kippa was stabbed by a man who also shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack. Police soon dismissed claims the incident was a terror attack, asserting that the suspect was “mentally ill”.

Earlier this month, six people were stabbed during an attack in Russell Square, London. Police immediately said the attacker was mentally ill although it later emerged that the 19-year-old Somalian culprit behind the attack was a “devout Muslim” who once expressed support for an alleged Al-Qaeda member and owned jihadist books.

On August 7, two policewomen in Brussels were wounded when a man wielding a machete attacked them while chanting “Allahu Akbar”.

A police spokesman said the investigation was likely to conclude that the man “had mental problems”.


Warning follows German advisory for citizens to stockpile enough food and water for 10 days

AUGUST 24, 2016

After the German government told its citizens to stockpile food and water in case of a catastrophe, the Czech government is also now reportedly warning its population to prepare for the worst.

On Sunday, Frankfurter Allgemmeine Sonntagszeitung (FAZ) reported that the German government is set to enact a new “Concept for Civil Defence” which will “require the population to stockpile enough food for ten days.”

On the other side of the border, Czech media is reporting that the country’s food reserves are “struggling” and would be incapable of meeting demand in the event of a national crisis. Supplies of milk powder are particularly low.

The government is calling on citizens to increase their “self-sufficiency” and “food safety” by stockpiling more food.

According to Israeli Live News’ Steven Ben-DeNoon, a resident of the Czech Republic, news stations reporting on the story out of Germany also revealed how the Czech government is telling its citizens to “be prepared for the worst case possible scenario,” which is likely to be a large scale catastrophic terror attack or a nuclear disaster.

As we reported earlier this month, Czech President Miloš Zeman is also pushing for a change to the law that would make it easier for citizens to own firearms in order to defend themselves against jihadists.

Having previously been against private gun ownership, Zeman now says “citizens should arm themselves” to deal with the threat of Islamic terrorism.

Gun sales in France and Germany are also skyrocketing as a response to the millions of Muslim migrants pouring into Europe and a spate of terror attacks across Europe over the last two months.

Last month, the head of the French police cautioned that the country was on the verge of a “civil war” that could be sparked by more terror attacks or mass molestation like the one in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

Last year, Swiss army chief André Blattmann warned that the risk of social unrest in Europe was intensifying and that citizens should arm themselves.

Danish Professor Helmuth Nyborg also commented in April that “civil war” was the most likely outcome of current EU immigration policies.

Back in February, Norwegian Army Chief Odin Johannessen warned that European countries must be reading and willing to fight against radical Islam in order to preserve the values that unite the continent.

More Europeans turning to firearms following terrorist attacks – report

An increasing number of Europeans are turning to firearms and other self-defense weapons to protect themselves, according to a Reuters report. Many have attributed the spike in permits to heightened fears caused by recent terrorist attacks.

Applications for gun permits are climbing in at least three European countries, according to figures cited by Reuters.

In the Czech Republic, the number of gun permit holders grew by almost 6,000 to nearly 300,000 in the first five months of 2016.

The report comes after Czech President Milos Zeman announced he was in favor of residents owning firearms in the wake of the Munich mall shooting in July.


“Citizens should be able to arm themselves…in order to be able to act against these terrorists,” he told TV Nova at the time.

Switzerland has also seen a drastic rise, with all 12 cantons which responded to a Reuters inquiry reporting an increase in gun permit applications in 2015. Interim 2016 figures show a further rise.

Gun sellers in Austria also said that interest in weapons grew after a large number of refugees arrived in the country via the now-closed ‘Balkan Route.’

“Fear is very much a driving force,” said Robert Siegert, a gunmaker and the weapons trade spokesman at the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. “That’s what we keep hearing from salespeople in shops.”

Although the firearm trend does not seem to be taking place in Germany – the site of a number of recent attacks by terrorist-connected or mentally ill people – residents there are opting for less lethal self-defense weapons such as blank guns and pepper spray. Permits for carrying such devices have risen almost 50 percent.

But the number of Europeans opting for firearms and other self-defense weapons could be even higher, as there is no up-to-date data at the European level. Instead, such numbers must be released by national and regional authorities, and those figures are not always comprehensive or comparable.

Why the rise? 

An official reason for the spike in sales has not been published, but some have speculated that recent terrorist attacks in Europe are behind the purchases.

“There’s no official explanation for the rise, but in general we see a connection to Europe’s terrorist attacks,” Hanspeter Kruesi, a police spokesman in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen, told Reuters.

Those thoughts were echoed by Daniel Wyss, who is president of the Swiss weapons dealers’ association and runs his own gun store.

“Nobody says directly: I’m buying a gun because of the attacks in Nice or Munich…but the sum of these events has fostered a general feeling of vulnerability,” he said.

At the moment, Switzerland relies on tens of thousands of citizen soldiers who store automatic rifles at home, though few ordinary civilians have the right to purchase firearms.

But many people, including Jean-Luc Addor, a parliamentarian and member of the Swiss gun lobby, want that rule to be changed. Addor is aiming to introduce legislation in September to ease gun restrictions.

As for Germany’s spike in blank guns and pepper spray, Ingo Meinhard, head of the German association of gunsmiths and specialist gun dealers, said the demand jumped after a string of violent sexual assaults took place in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

The Cologne attacks also led many to express distrust in German authorities, with police drawing heavy criticism for failing to prevent the sexual assaults and facing allegations of a cover-up.

Many in Germany have also criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel for her open-door policy for those fleeing war and persecution, saying it has allowed the country’s borders to be “under-protected.”

“…Our federal chancellor, Angela Merkel, opened the German borders. Our borders are under-protected and we don’t know how many people came into the country and we don’t know how many terrorists joined them…” Willy Wimmer, former state secretary of the CDU (German Christian Democratic Party), told RT last month.

But hard figures on whether refugees and migrants actually commit a higher amount of crime than the general population of Europe are hard to come by.

A report from the BKA federal police in Germany – where more than 1 million asylum seekers arrived last year – said refugees committed or attempted to commit about 69,000 crimes in the first quarter of 2016. It did not say how that rate compared with the overall number of crimes committed in the country.

Europe is continuing to tackle the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, with most of the asylum seekers hailing from Syria, where a civil war has claimed the lives of over 250,000 people and displaced 12 million others since 2011, according to UN figures.

‘We are Catholics here’: Burkini ban issues reaching boiling point in France

Tensions are running high on the beaches of French towns introducing the controversial burkini ban. Public reaction seems utterly divided, with some accusing police of using “Nazi” tactics, while others support the move, shouting “We are Catholics here.”

Thirty-four-year-old Siam said she was asked to pay a fine or leave La Bocca beach in Cannes for wearing a headscarf in August, L’Obs magazine reported, but the news only appeared in the media on Tuesday.

The woman said she was wearing leggings, a tunic, and a hijab, explaining “I wasn’t planning to swim… I wasn’t there to provoke anyone.”

READ MORE: Burqinis banned from Cannes beaches for showing ‘allegiance to terrorists’ – French official

Siam, who is originally from Toulouse, told the magazine that she was approached by three police officers who told her to remove her veil or face a fine. One of them appeared to have something resembling pepper spray.

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The police officers cited the text of an order that states that people should have “correct clothing, respecting secularism, hygiene rules and security” on Cannes beaches, before asking her to remove her scarf or pay an €11 fine.

She chose to pay.

According to Siam, many beachgoers supported the officers and some went as far as applauding them.

“Racist terms were used freely… I was stunned,” she said, adding “I heard things which no one had ever said to me, like ‘Go home!’ ‘Madam, the law is the law, we’re tired of the stories’ and ‘We’re Catholics here!’”

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The Muslim woman said she felt totally humiliated.

“My children were crying, witnessing my humiliation and my family… Even I could not help crying. They humiliated us,”said Siam.

Cannes Mayor David Lisnard said he had “no reason to doubt the judgment of police officers.”

Siam, a French national, said that the phrase “Go home” was especially offensive to her.

“The worst part is that I was born in France! My parents are French, my grandparents are French… When they told me ‘Go home,’ it makes me sick; it’s really racist …”

Nazi method to fight burkini? Twitter angry after woman forced to remove Muslim swimwear in Nice

Social media are completely furious about photos that emerged online showing a Muslim woman on a Nice beach surrounded by several police officers calling on her to immediately remove her burkini.

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The incident reportedly took place in Nice Promenade des Anglais in July, when a truck driven by an IS sympathizer plowed through a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations. The tragedy killed at least 84 people.

The woman is pictured lying on the beach in a blue-and-black burkini. In other pictures she is seen surrounded by at least four police officers who are saying something to her.

The burkini issue has recently become the topic of the day. One after another, more than a dozen French cities have banned it, including Cannes and several towns near Calais.

On Monday, a tribunal in Nice rejected an appeal filed by two human rights groups, ruling that the ban in the French Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet was “necessary, appropriate and proportionate.”

The burkini was “liable to offend the religious convictions or [religious] non-convictions of other users of the beach,” and “be felt as defiance or a provocation exacerbating tensions felt by” the town, the tribunal concluded in its statement.

How Saudi Arabia Exports Ultra-Conservative Islam

Published on Aug 23, 2016
What Do ISIS & Saudi Arabia Have In Common?…

Voice of Reason

Wahhabism is the cancer of the world.
Kev San

But remember their motto “Religion of peace”

Fuck Saudi Arabia. Fuck the Middle East. Kick out the migrants, burn down Saudi funded mosques.
GradeA's Kid

Ewww Mosques are the ugliest things in the world.

after saud arabia opened their mosques in Sweden there have been alot of isis fighters goong to syria from sweden..
Black Stallion

Islam is poison. And this is coming from someone born Muslim.

‘Assange kill attempt’? Unknown man climbs Ecuador’s London embassy, sheltering WikiLeaks chief

Social media users are in a panic after WikiLeaks said an unknown man had climbed the Ecuadorian embassy in London where Julian Assange has been staying for four years. Users suggested that it was probably an assassination attempt, “ordered by Clinton.”

“…At 2:47am an unknown man scaled the side wall [and the] window of the Ecuadorian embassy in London; fled after being caught by security,” a statement from WikiLeaks said early Monday morning.


Later the group said that the intruder was “male” and he climbed the Ecuadorian embassy where “Assange has asylum.”


Though WikiLeaks hasn’t stated the reason for such an intrusion, users on social media suggested that it was definitely “an assassination attempt” on Assange.


Others suggested that the Democratic Party‘s presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was behind ‘the assassination attempt’.


READ MORE: Wikileaks offers $20k reward over dead DNC staffer, but won’t confirm he leaked emails

Probably some of them remembered that in July this year WikiLeaks said it would release “a lot more” documents to surprise American voters ahead of the upcoming presidential elections – and will not hesitate to make them public.


READ MORE: Assange promises to leak ‘a lot more’ materials on US presidential elections




And the users started suspecting not only Hillary, but the while Clinton family.

Others suggested that US President Barack Obama was to blame for the ‘assassination attempt’ on the WikiLeaks founder.


Some users worried not only about Assange, but also his kitten, which has been living with him since May this year. So far, the furry feline is being affectionately referred to as simply ‘Embassy Cat’ and has been keeping its nearly 16,000 followers updated on life within the embassy with witty tweets about #counterpurrveillance.


Assange has been living at the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012, under constant surveillance by British law enforcement. He was granted asylum after arguing that his extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning regarding allegations of sexual assault against two women in 2010 – which he has always denied – would lead to a further extradition to the United States.

He says that if he goes to Sweden, the US will managed to secure his extradition over espionage charges related to his work for WikiLeaks. He insists that the website defends human rights and exposes illegal actions by revealing classified material to public scrutiny.

In February, a UN panel ruled that Assange has been “arbitrarily detained” in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, calling upon the UK and Sweden to end Assange’s deprivation of liberty. However, both UK and Sweden rejected the ruling.

 Earlier this month, Ecuador said that it would allow Swedish officials interview Julian Assange in connection with rape allegations against him at the embassy in London. The agreement was apparently reached after Ecuador’s attorney-general greenlit the Swedish government’s request, made back in June, to interview the WikiLeaks co-founder.