Saturday, March 11, 2017
SINCE GERMANY FLOODED THEIR COUNTRY WITH MUSLIMS. THE 52ND MUSLIM COUNTRY IS NOW GERMANSTAN. AND NOW EVERY MONTH THERES TERRORIST THREATS ON GERMANY.
ISLAMIC CULT MAHDI BELIEFS
ISLAMS CULT LEADER MAHDI
THE ISLAMIC MESSIAH
I Q AL RASSOOLI
ISLAMIC HONOR KILLINGS
ISN'T IT INTERESTING. THE MORE MUSLIM MALES ALLOWED INTO WESTERN COUNTRIES. THE MORE TERRORIST ATTACKS AND ATTACKS AGAINST WOMEN OCCUR IN THAT COUNTRY. LETS SEE THE UK FLOODS THEIR COUNTRY WITH MUSLIM MALES. AND YOU NOW GOT TERROR THREATS ALL THE TIME. SHARIA ISLAMIC LAW HONOR KILLINGS ON MUSLIM WOMEN AND GIRLS. AND YOU EVEN HAD A MUSLIM MALE BEHEAD AN INNOCENT PERSON ON A STREET LIVE. AND THE MUSLIM MALE WAS PROUD TO BEHEAD AN INFIDEL IN PUBLIC. THEN YOU GOT MUSLIM MEN FLOODED INTO FRANCE AND BRUSSELS. THE TERROR THREATS ARE REGULAR. AND THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ARE REGULAR IN THESE 2 COUNTRIES AS A RESULT. AND THE VIOLENCE AND NO-GO ZONES BY MUSLIMS IS INCREDIBLE IN THESE 2 COUNTRIES. AND NOW SINCE MERKEL FLOODED GERMANY WITH A MILLION MUSLIMS OR JUST LESS MUSLIM MALES. THE GANG RAPES-VIOLENCE AND TERROR THREATS HAVE INCREASED EMMENSLY IN THE LAST 2 OR 3 YEARS. WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE PLAYING WITH TROUBLE WHEN THEY FLOOD THEIR COUNTRIES WITH MUSLIM MALES. AND THINK THEY WILL INTIGRATE PERFECTLY. I SAY DOES A DOG HAVE HORNS. NO-IF YOUR BORN INTO A MUSLIM COUNTRY THAT TEACHES YOU TO HATE FROM AGE 6 ON. AND SAY FROM THEIR SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT QURAN. ISLAM MUST BEHEAD OR KILL ANYBODY WHO DOES NOT CONVERT TO ISLAM. AS ISLAM AND ISLAMIC SHARIA LAW MUST BE THE ONLY RELIGION AND GOVERNMENT ON EARTH. NO EXCEPTIONS-SAYS THE PEACE LOVING ISLAMIC QURAN. SO ONCE AGAIN I SAY. ALL MUSLIM MALES 6 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER MUST BE BANNED FROM ALL WESTERN COUNTRIES. UNLESS YOU WANT A MUSLIM DOMINATION IN YOUR COUNTRY. ALL WESTERN COUNTRIES MUST ONLY ALLOW WOMEN AND GIRL MUSLIMS IN OUR COUNTRIES. NO EXCEPTION. AND CANADA MY OWN COUNTRY IS STARTING TO FLOOD MUSLIM MALES IN OUR COUNTRY. IF PRETTY BOY TRUDEAU CONTINUES THIS FLOODING OF ISLAMIC MALES. WE CAN EXPECT MUSLIM GANG RAPES OF INNOCENT WOMEN AND GIRLS. AND TERRORIST THREATS. AND TERRORIST ATTACKS TO START OCCURRING REGULARLY LIKE IN EUROPE IN THE LAST YEARS SINCE MUSLIM MALES WERE ALLOWED TO FLOOD INTO EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.SOMEBODY HAS TO WARN THE WEST TO NOT BE DECEIVED BY THIS ALT LEFT LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT-PROGRESSIVE MIXED BAG OF EVERY THING DELUTED BELIEFS. THAT YOU MUST ALLOW MUSLIMS TO FLOOD YOUR COUNTRIES. THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO BEHEAD AND KILL YOU ON YOUR OWN SOIL. NOT JUST IN THEIR MUSLIM COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM. AND ALSO THE MUSLIMS GET JOBS AS I.T AND BUSINESS PHONE CONTRACTORS. BY ALL CANADIAN BUSINESSES NOW. SO WHEN YOU PHONE A BUSINESS SUCH AS A BANK OR I.T ANTI VIRUS COMPANY. OR ANY TYPE OF CANADIAN BUSINESS NOW. A MUSLIM ANSWERS. AND GETS YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. AND THE WEST WONDERS HOW ALL THESE SCAMS ARE BEING DONE ON CANADIANS AND WESTERN COUNTRIES. WELL I SAY IF YOU LET THE WOLF IN THE HEN HOUSE. YOU CAN BE SURE THE HEN WILL END UP KILLED OR SCAMMED. IF MUSLIMS COLLECT OUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. THEN FEED THE INFO TO SCAMMER MUSLIMS. YOU GOT ONE HECK OF A MONEY GUSHER COMIN IN TO ISLAM. AND ALL IN THE NAME OF TOLERENCE AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. AND FLOOD YOUR COUNTRIES WITH MUSLIM MALES. THIS FITS RIGHT INTO THE QURAN THAT SAYS. INFILTRATE THE ENEMY ANY WAY POSSIBLE. THEN TAKE CONTROL OF THAT COUNTRY. ONCE MUSLIMS CONTROL EVERY THING. THE SCHOOLS, BUSINESSES AND CHURCHES. THEN THEY SAY SHARIA LAW WILL BE THE LAW OF THAT LAND. AND WHOEVER DOES NOT CONVERT TO ISLAM. WILL BE KILLED. OR IF NOT. YOU WILL PAY A LARGE TAX TO THE ISLAMIC LEADERS. AND IF YOU STOP THE BLACKMAIL. YOU WILL BE KILLED AS AN INFIDEL OF HATE AGAINST MOON GOD ALLAH AND FAKE PROPHET MUHAMMAD. AND ISLAM AND THE QURAN.
Child marriage is a reality for millions of girls across the globe — the ‘I Don’t’ Project-[Yahoo News]-March 11, 2017– By Natalia Otero
Almost 700 million women worldwide got married before turning 18, some as young as 10 or 11, and 15 million more join them each year. Some are coerced; others enter into marriage voluntarily for reasons of tradition, culture or economic necessity. But the outcomes are similar: Dropping out of school, social isolation, early pregnancy, maternal mortality and limited future opportunities are common consequences.Abaynesh, Ramgani and Nayane are three girls whose stories illustrate the causes and effects of early unions across different cultures. Their stories, their lives, are only three of many._____Abaynesh-“Once married, I tried to continue my studies, but my family and my in-laws decided I shouldn’t study anymore,” says Abaynesh, 14, as she paces the hut of wood, sun-dried brick and straw that she shares with her husband and two mules in Gindero, which is in the Amhara region of Ethiopia.Surrounded by fields, with high green mountains in the distance and a night lit only by the stars, this is a lonely, timeless place. There are no neighbors, running water, electricity or clocks.The sun has not yet risen, and Abaynesh is ready to go to the river to get water. She carries a 20-liter drum on her back, and neither its weight nor her advanced pregnancy slows her.Her in-laws changed her name to Jemata when she married three years ago. She wasn’t happy with the change but accepted it as in keeping with tradition. “When I was little, I had very good grades. I wanted to be a doctor,” she says, looking back on her abbreviated childhood with nostalgia.Ethiopia has about 1.9 million women aged 20 to 24 who were married before 18, placing it fifth in the world. It also ranks second in the number of women who have undergone genital mutilation, which has affected 23.8 million women, or 74 percent of the female population between 15 and 49 years old, according to UNICEF.Abaynesh contributes to both statistics. Her inner labia, or labia minora, were cut a few days after she was born, a practice common in more than 20 countries, mostly in Africa.Genital mutilation and child marriage are related and stem from some of the same social conditions: gender inequality, a patriarchal culture and the desire to control the sexual freedom of women. Genital mutilation is presented as a way to give women characteristics valued by their society.Abaynesh was not mutilated to guarantee her purity, nor to make intercourse less pleasurable, but to “facilitate male penetration once married,” explains Mesel Nigusie, who has done female circumcision for the last 28 years. “It must be done before girls reach 15 days old because the body is stronger and heals faster,” she says, adding that the wound heals and stops hurting within eight to 10 days.Abaynesh’s father-in-law says that families prefer circumcised women for cultural reasons. He believes that girls who have undergone the procedure adapt better to their husband’s family, are less rebellious and become better wives.The diversity of cultures and ethnic groups in Ethiopia makes it difficult to generalize about sexual and marriage patterns. Ethiopian girls often are married off young as part of an agreement between the two families. But sometimes, if the bride’s family refuses the proposal, the man kidnaps his would-be bride, and by tradition the girl’s family must accept the union.Abaynesh’s eyes reflect the exhaustion that her body hides. She prepares coffee after dinner, crouching in the middle of her in-laws’ room. She speaks hardly a word and takes no part in the family’s conversation around her. This will be her routine for the foreseeable future as her dream of becoming a doctor fades away.-Ramgani-“I want to finish my studies,” says Ramgani, 18, with the conviction of someone who is planning on changing her luck and maybe the luck of other girls and women like her.She is late to school because her chores have kept her busy longer than usual. She bursts into the playground with energy and raises a cloud of dust when she runs toward the fountain. Ramgani is not wearing the female uniform of her school; she wears the same white trousers as the boys. Her body language conveys a certainty and strength that are at odds with her delicate and shy speech.Ramgani was married as a young girl, but the marriage became “effective” when she was 14 and her husband’s family made her come live with them. Her story is one of a continuing struggle to escape her destiny as a woman in a rural village in Bhilwara District, in the state of Rajasthan, India.According to figures from UNICEF, 27 million Indian women between 20 and 24 were married before they turned 18. In Rajasthan, among women in the same age bracket, 65 percent were married as children.But Kailash Brijwasi, director of the NGO Jatan Sansthan, which has worked in India for the past 15 years to end this practice, says, “These statistics only gather registered data by the government,” and the “official number is lower than reality.”Three-quarters of the women in Rajasthan live outside of cities, and 55 percent of those are illiterate.Ramgani fights not to become one of them. She bears the weight of being a woman in a society that is deeply patriarchal and is also subject to rules of caste. Ramgani is part of the Jat caste. Married Jat women in the countryside do not sit at the same level as their husbands or male relatives. If a man sits on a chair, a woman must sit on the ground. If a man is standing, a woman must do the same until he leaves the room.The gender roles and caste system are deeply rooted in society, abetted by weak legal protections, an overwhelmingly male power structure, and the precarious economic conditions of a large part of the population. Those factors also conspire to make child marriages common.Ramgani is the fifth of nine sisters, all of whom were married in ceremonies on consecutive days. In India, the bride’s family provides the dowry and hosts the ceremony. To save money, it is common to marry several daughters at the same time to men from the same family, which results in younger brides.Although the girls are paired with their husbands when they are very young, they usually do not leave their parents’ house until they reach puberty. Therefore, the wedding for most is a distant memory by the time they are claimed by the in-laws. One of Ramgani’s younger sisters, who is 11 years old, already spends time at her in-laws’.Once they leave the family home, girls take over the house chores in their new home, and few are allowed to continue their education. Chandra Ramesh, a teacher at the GGSS Kahla School in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, says that only 30 percent of these girls go back to their studies.Ramgani had to leave school when she moved in with her husband’s family, but eventually, with the help of Jatan Sansthan, she persuaded her father to bring her home so that she could continue in school. She now divides her time between her family home and her in-laws, but she is pressured by both families to return to her husband. She frequently fights with her father about her insistence on continuing her studies. Nevertheless, she has managed to stay in school.Arti Khatik, 16, has not had the same luck. The mother of a 10-month-old, she was married when she was around 7, and six or seven years later she moved to her husband’s house. She explains how she was forced to lose her virginity at 14. Now she dreams of a life away from a husband who drinks and doesn’t provide for their child, except when he forces her to have sex, saying, “Shut up, I’ll give you money for the baby.”Indian legislation is strict on paper. Any union in which the woman is under 18 or the man is under 21 is considered illegal. However, the government lacks the resources to enforce the law, according to Paresh Ram Bhali, one of the government representatives in Bhilwara District, and so the practice of child marriage continues.Back home, Ramgani straddles the motorbike that a family member lent her and smiles shyly. “If they make me go back to my husband, I will escape,” she says, almost whispering.-Nayane-Nayane, 15, and her twin sister, Nayara, have their eyes glued to their phones, which vibrate with each incoming message. Nayara hasn’t left the house in three months. The drug-trafficking gang controlling her community imposed this punishment, along with a beating that landed her in the hospital, for having a forbidden relationship with a man from a rival group. Nayane keeps her company during her confinement.They are on the bed in a small faded room in a house in Parque União, in the Maré favela complex, north of Rio de Janeiro. In Nayane’s lap is Ana Sophia, her 10-month-old daughter.Neither of the twins goes to school. Nayane is getting ready to go to a funk-music party like the one where she met the father of her daughter. The young mother has his photo on her T-shirt. He died six months ago. He was involved in drug trafficking and was shot in a police raid. Nayane was never married to him.Brazil ranks fourth worldwide in the number of child marriages. Almost 1 million women between ages 20 and 24 were married before 15, and 3 million were married before 18. The minimum age to get married is 16, with parental consent. But in certain circumstances, including pregnancy, this rule can be suspended.Brazil differs from other countries in that the young women involved are often already pregnant and consent to marriage rather than being forced into it — and the unions may be unofficial and unrecorded.Girls get married or initiate a stable cohabitation with family encouragement after an unplanned pregnancy because of social pressure, as described in a study by the NGO Promundo.Vanessa Fonseca, project coordinator of Promundo, highlights two main reasons why girls enter into an early marriage in Brazil: financial stability and freedom in a society where girls living at home are often subject to very strict family control. And many of Nayane’s friends decided to live with their partners, leaving their families and their rules.Unlike brides in some other countries, such as India or Ethiopia, these young girls are not forced into unions. “They get married and ‘separated’ when they think they have to,” says Fonseca. However, they can suffer the same consequences: domestic violence, dropping out of school, diminished job prospects and maternal health problems.It is a problem often overlooked by the government. Some time ago, Christiane Pereira, who lives in the same favela as Nayane, began a relationship and married very young after getting pregnant with her first daughter, born when she was 16. Now, divorced from that man and the mother of two other girls, she sees this pattern repeating among other girls in her neighborhood who seek to escape abuse and lack of affection at home.Nayane’s friends have come to pick her up for the dance. With braces on their teeth and too much makeup on their faces, they play at being grownups, a game that for many will end with a pregnancy and a life of drudgery.
German police shut shopping mall over fears of attack-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-March 11, 2017
ESSEN, Germany (Reuters) - German police sealed off and closed a shopping mall in the heart of the western city of Essen on Saturday after the security services warned of a possible terrorist attack.Germany is on high alert following deadly militant Islamist attacks in France and Belgium and after a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market in December, killing 12 people."Yesterday, we received very serious indications from security sources that a possible attack was planned here for today and would be carried out," a spokesman for Essen police told Reuters Television. "That is why we were forced to take these measures."Earlier, a police spokesman told a German broadcaster they believed the Limbecker Platz shopping center was under threat of a possible terrorist attack.Armed police and vans surrounded the shopping center, one of the biggest in Germany with more than 200 retail outlets, but roads nearby were open to traffic.In the afternoon, police said they had searched an apartment in the nearby town of Oberhausen and the owner was being questioned. Police later said they had detained another man in an internet cafe in the same town for questioning.The police gave no further details apart from saying the investigations in Oberhausen were linked to the Essen operation.Essen, in the industrial Ruhr region, has nearly 600,000 inhabitants.(Reporting by Reuters Television; writing by Madeline Chambers; editing by Toby Chopra and David Clarke)
Germans shaken by mass attacks on women in Cologne at New Year-Reuters-Updated: 2016-01-06 01:29:31.0 BdST-BDNEWS.COM
About 90 women have reported being robbed, threatened or sexually molested at New Year celebrations outside Cologne's cathedral by young, mostly drunk, men, police said on Tuesday, in events they have described as 'a new dimension in crime'.Cologne police chief Wolfgang Albers told a news conference officers described the men as looking as if they were from "the Arab or North African region" and mostly between 18 and 35 years old."We have one complaint that represents a rape," he added.Integration commissioner Aydan Ozoguz warned against foreigners and refugees, hundreds of thousands of whom have entered Germany largely from Middle Eastern war zones, being put under "blanket suspicion".Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed shock over the attacks that police said occurred when about 1,000 men split into gangs as officers cleared a square to stop fireworks being thrown from the top of steps into the crowd below.While politicians also urged people not to place refugees under blanket suspicion, the incident fuelled calls from right-wing groups to stop letting in migrants.Germany took in just over a million last year, far more than any other European country.Cologne mayor Henriette Reker said it was "unbelievable and intolerable what happened on New Year's Eve" but there was no reason to believe those involved in the attacks were refugees.Justice Minister Heiko Maas said Germany would not accept the disgusting attacks on women and described them as "a new scale of organised crime".-'Tough response'-The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), which has gained in polls in part at Merkel's expense thanks to a campaign against refugees, said she should close the border."Mrs Merkel, is Germany 'colourful and cosmopolitan' enough for you after the wave of crimes and sexual attacks?" tweeted AfD chief Frauke Petry.Merkel told Reker in a phone call the attacks deserved a tough response."Everything must be done to investigate those responsible as quickly and completely as possible and punish them, regardless of where they are from," she said, according to her spokesman.There are almost daily attacks on refugee shelters."Events like that in Cologne foster xenophobia," said Roland Schaefer, head of Germany's association of towns and localities.After a crisis meeting, Cologne mayor Reker said new steps would be take to avoid a repeat, including increasing police numbers at big events and installing more security cameras.She stressed that women must feel safe at traditional carnival celebrations next month when the city closes down for five days of drunken street parades and parties.Reker was stabbed in the neck and seriously hurt in October, just a day before she was elected mayor.Police said that attack appeared to be motivated by her support for refugees.
Muslim Male "Refugees" Are Gang Raping Women in Europe-Katie Pavlich-Posted: Jan 07, 2016 8:35 AM
Two weeks ago the New York Times ran a story about the need to host classes in Norway and Denmark for Muslim men new to the country. The topic? Rape is wrong and unacceptable.A course manual sets out a simple rule that all asylum seekers need to learn and follow: “To force someone into sex is not permitted in Norway, even when you are married to that person.”In Denmark, lawmakers are pushing to have such sex education included in mandatory language classes for refugees. The German region of Bavaria, the main entry point to Germany for asylum seekers, is already experimenting with such classes at a shelter for teenage migrants in the town of Passau.Many refugees “come from cultures that are not gender equal and where women are the property of men,”Mr. Isdal said. “We have to help them adapt to their new culture.”Henry Ove Berg, who was Stavanger’s police chief during the spike in rape cases, said he supported providing migrants sex education because “people from some parts of the world have never seen a girl in a miniskirt, only in a burqa.” When they get to Norway, he added, “something happens in their heads.”Now, Germany is facing the same type of rape epidemic as progressive politicians continue to allow thousands of refugees, many of whom are military aged males, into the country.During New Years Eve celebrations in the western city of Cologne, dozens of Muslim men allegedly participated in rape mobs. They surrounded young women, touched them, raped them and stole their wallets and cell phones. Tensions surrounding how the situation is being handled are rising by the day. From ABC News: A string of sex assaults and robberies during New Year's celebrations in Germany has fuelled debate about the country's ability to integrate large numbers of migrants, after police said that men who targeted dozens of women in the western city of Cologne appeared to be of "Arab or North African origin."Political leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the attacks, though many also warned against hasty conclusions about the perpetrators. But to some Germans already uneasy about the one million asylum-seekers their country took in last year the incident seemed to confirm simmering fears."It's unacceptable that women are sexually molested and robbed by young migrants on the streets and public squares of German cities at night," said Andreas Scheuer, general secretary of the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian wing of Merkel's party."Whoever won't accept our rules for living together, including respect for women, can have no place in our society here in Germany," said Scheuer.If you have to educate an entire influx of Muslim men about how rape is wrong, you probably shouldn't be letting them into your country.
OK, LETS SEE IF THIS MAKES SENSE. SUNNIS AND SHIiIES WORSHIP THE SAME NON EXISTANT MOON GOD ALLAH. AND THE FALSE WARMONGER PEDOPHILE PROPHET MUHAMMAD. BUT STILL THE SUNNIS AND THE SHIITES BOTH KILL EACH OTHER OFF IN THE NAME OF THEIR FALSE MOON GOD ALLAH. AND THEY BOTH GO BY THE DEMONIC INSPIRED QURAN. SO WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A DEATH CULT LIKE ISLAM. WHEN SATAN IS YOUR LEADER. THE TRUE AND ONLY GOD OF ALL THE WORLD AND CHRISTIANITY JESUS TELLS US. SATAN COMES TO KILL, STEAL AND DESTROY. AND ISLAM DOES THE SAME. SO IF IT WALKS, TALKS AND LOOKS LIKE A SATANIC LEADING DUCK. IT IS. ISLAM IS A DEMONIC SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT INSPIRED BY SATAN LEADING THEIR FALSE LEADER MUHAMMAD. TO BELIEVE FALSE DREAMS. YOU MIGHT SAY LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS. EVEN SATAN PUTS ON AN ACT FOR PEOPLE. AND HE COMES TOO THEM AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT. THIS IS HOW I BELIEVE MUHAMMAD WAS DELUTED BY SATAN. TO BELIEVE A FALSE DREAM. AND THEN HE STARTED WHAT IS NOW. ISLAM AND THE QURAN. THE WORST SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT EVER BORN.
At least 40 killed in Damascus bombing targeting Shi'ites-[Reuters]-By Tom Perry and Kinda Makieh-YAHOONEWS-March 11, 2017
BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (Reuters) - A double bomb attack targeting Shi'ite pilgrims in Damascus killed at least 40 Iraqis and wounded 120 more who were going to pray at a nearby shrine, the Iraqi foreign ministry said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday's attack, which the Hezbollah-run al-Manar TV station said had been carried out by two suicide bombers.Footage broadcast by Syrian state TV showed two badly damaged buses with their windows blown out. The area was splattered with blood and shoes were scattered on the ground.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been supported in the country's war by Shi'ite militias from countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon.The attack took place at a bus station where the pilgrims had been brought to visit the nearby Bab al-Saghir cemetery, named after one of the seven gates of the Old City of Damascus.The second blast went off some 10 minutes after the first at around 10 a.m. (0800 GMT), inflicting casualties on civil defense workers who had gathered to tend to the casualties, the Damascus correspondent for al-Manar told the station by phone.The pilgrims were due to pray at the cemetery after visiting the Sayeda Zeinab shrine just outside Damascus, he said.Sayeda Zeinab - the granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammad - is venerated by Shi'ites and her shrine is a site of mass pilgrimage for Shi'ites from across the world. It has also been a magnet for Shi'ite militiamen in Syria.Iran has backed Assad in the conflict that erupted in 2011. The Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah is also fighting in support of Assad.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based organization that reports on the war, said the number of dead was at least 44. The death toll was expected to rise due to the many serious injuries, it added.Last June, Islamic State claimed responsibility for bomb attacks near the Sayeda Zeinab shrine. The last bomb attack in Damascus was in January, when a suicide bomber hit the heavily police Kafr Sousa neighborhood, killing at least seven people.(Additional reporting by Maher Chmaytelli in Baghdad; Editing by Alexander Smith and Dominic Evans)
300 families of IS fighters flee Syria's Raqa: monitor-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-March 11, 2017
Beirut (AFP) - Three hundred families of Islamic State group fighters have fled the jihadists' self-proclaimed Syrian capital of Raqa in 24 hours, as rival forces encircle the city, a monitor said Saturday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said "300 families of foreign fighters of IS have left the city of Raqa since dawn Friday to take refuge in the province of Deir Ezzor to the east and Hama to the west".The northern city of Raqa is the target of advancing Turkish-backed Syrian rebels, a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces as well as Syrian government troops supported by Russia.The Observatory's head, Rami Abdel Rahman, said that IS families were using the only remaining escape route, on boats across the Euphrates River to the south.
Vancouver Muslim group organizes town hall to challenge Islamophobia-[CBC]-yahoonews-March 11, 2017
A Muslim community group has organized a town hall to help members cope with growing Islamophobia in B.C.'s Lower Mainland.Critical Muslim Voices, a community group whose goal is to create shared and safe spaces for its members, has organized Challenging Islamophobia: A Muslim Town Hall.The groups organizer says the town hall is meant to combat a growing sense of fear and helplessness within the Muslim community — feelings that have become common amid the backdrop of Islamophobia both locally and worldwide."[The] event is focused on the Muslim community in order to create a space where we can come together and just share what we've observed, what we've though about [and] actions that we've taken to feel better," organizer Rahat Kurd told host Gloria Macarenko on CBC's On the Coast.Kurd says the town hall is a shared space that allows members of the Muslim community the chance to come together and cope with growing concerns brought on by troubling current events like the mosque shooting in Quebec.Initially, the group held back on making the location of the event public."It simply [was] a response to the profound unease of finding ourselves in kind of a new reality where ... the sense of investment in racist hatred and religious prejudice is enough to motivate someone to pick up a gun and walk into a place of worship," she said."One doesn't want to believe that that has happened, and that that is the case," she said. "We have a responsibility to our community members to make them feel as safe as possible."-Empower-While the event is meant address growing concerns within the community, Kurd says its also meant to empower as well."One of the things that we want to guard against is the feeling of fear and helplessness and isolation [within the community]," she said, adding that she's tired of trying to defend her religion to other people.She says Canada's Muslim community has cooperated with de-radicalization efforts put forth by the RCMP and CSIS, and now she would like to see similar measures directed towards those who act violently towards Muslims."Now the shoe is on the other foot and we're seeing radical white extremists take these violent and threatening actions against us, and its really perhaps a time for us to articulate a demand for some accountability."With files from CBC's On the Coast.
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