Photography: Human poaching & lucarative blackmarket of body parts.


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Hunted down like animals and sold by their own families for $75,000: Tanzania’s albinos hacked apart by witch doctors who believe their body parts ‘bring luck’ in sick trade ‘fuelled by the country’s elite’

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Pendo Sengerema, 15, pictured right with campaigner Vicky Ntetema, was one of three people attacked in 11 days last August

It is believed albino body parts will bring a person wealth, or luck – and for that, people are willing to pay as much as $3,000 or $4,000 for a limb, or as much as $75,000 – about £50,000 – for the ‘full set’, a whole body.

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Children and adults are kept behind high walls in special centres, hidden away from the people who want to kill and maim them.

Most of the time, limbs are taken – but the report notes there have been cases where victims were beheaded, genitals, ears, and bits of skin…

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US government at war with Islamic State militants on Twitter


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US government is waging a propaganda war on Islamic State militants, using Twitter as its battleground.

The US government is directly engaging with Islamic State extremists on Twitter

When America isn’t waging an actual war with Islamic State militants, it’s waging a less bloody war on Twitter.

An account – @ThinkAgain_D OS- set up by the US government spends its days communicating directly with militants, trying to counter their propaganda by pointing out lies and trickery, and trying to show that the Islamic State is killing many innocent muslims.

In one tweet, government officials point out that a photo that militants are using to criticise US-backed military brutality is actually taken from a Hungarian porn film. Awkward.
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@Dawl a__acco unttThe middle photo is taken from Hungarian porn. Stop using fake photos to “trick” people into supporting your lost cause.— Think AgainTurn Away

(@ThinkAgain_DOS) November 18, 2014
It’s unusual for governments to engage with militants on social media in this way, but it demonstrates how important cyberspace is as a propaganda battleground.

When it’s not taking control of swathes of Syria and Iraq, the Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been promoting its cause aggressively through social media to try and recruit fighters and attract funding.

Now the US State Department is fighting back. Check out the next few tweets to see how government officials are criticising the ISIS narrative.

People are deluded with the campaign: #NotIn MyNam eISLAMIC STATE dont do what they do in any of our names. They do it: #InThe NameOf Allah— Abdul Hadee (@ibnabdulmajid) November 4, 2014
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@iswor dpress1 4Desperate attempt by #ISISto make themselves look like “champions” of the people, when they’re really ruthless predators.— Think AgainTurn Away

(@ThinkAgain_DOS) November 18, 2014
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@NinjaI gaWitn essTaking unarmed, non-combatants captive then executing them is a sign of #ISISstrength & prowess? Hardly— Think AgainTurn Away

(@ThinkAgain_DOS) November 18, 2014
“The goal of this is to… point out the fallacies of what they’re talking about, point out the inconsistencies, point out how this is contrary to Islam and make very clear what this group is so people don’t join it,” government spokeswoman Marie Harf said of the initiative.

At the same time in the UK, David Cameron has been callingon internet providers to do more to stop terrorists from spreading evil messages over the web.

Intelligence agencies have been removing hate content every 10 minutes, and the major ISPs have agreed to make it easier for people to report extremist content.

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Muslim Opinion on Terrorist Groups – Statistics


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An independent study in Saudi Arabia (2014) revealed that 92% of the Saudi’s surveyed believe the brutal terror group Islamic State accurately conform to the laws and values of Islam.
http://muslimstatistics.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/92-of-saudis-believes-that-isis-conforms-to-the-values-of-islam-and-islamic-law-survey/

Pew Research (2007): 5% of American Muslims have a favorable view of al-Qaeda (27% can’t make up their minds).  Only 58% reject al-Qaeda outright.
http://pewresearch.org/assets/pdf/muslim-americans.pdf#page=60

Pew Research (2011): 5% of American Muslims have a favorable view of al-Qaeda (14% can’t make up their minds).
http://www.people-press.org/2011/08/30/muslim-americans-no-signs-of-growth-in-alienation-or-support-for-extremism/

Pew Research (2011): 1 in 10 native-born Muslim-Americans have a favorable view of al-Qaeda.
http://people-press.org/2011/08/30/muslim-americans-no-signs-of-growth-in-alienation-or-support-for-extremism/

al-Jazeera (2006): 49.9% of Muslims polled support Osama bin Laden
http://terrorism.about.com/b/2006/09/11/al-jazeeras-readers-on-911-499-support-bin-laden.htm

Pew Research: 59% of Indonesians support Osama bin Laden in 2003
41% of Indonesians support Osama bin Laden in 2007
56% of Jordanians support Osama bin Laden in 2003
http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/15/iran-terrorism-al-qaida-islam-opinions-columnists-ilan-berman.html

Pew Global: 51% of Palestinians support Osama bin Laden
54%…

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UK : Terrorists to be banned from running charities – start with LTTE Tamil Diaspora


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Posted on November 6th, 2014

The British Government has announced new measures to prevent convicted terrorists funneling money from UK charities to extremist groups. If the British Government is sincere about confronting the ‘menace of extremism’ by ensuring that the Charity Commission is given new powers to prevent dangerous criminals misusing money that is donated to charities, the British Government needs to immediately start investigating the 16 LTTE fronts, their heads and the 424 individuals the GOSL has proscribed incorporating UN Security Council Resolution 1373 which is binding of UN member nations to extend support and cooperation for organizations listed. Some of the proscribed organizations are functioning from the UK, the individuals are employed by UK companies and they have been found guilty and removed from the UK Charity list giving all the more reasons for UK authorities to honor their claims to eliminate terrorism. UK authorities have been warned…

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THE RICHEST TERRORIST GROUPS IN THE WORLD


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Forbes Israel has ranked the 10 Richest terror groups based on their annual income and its certainly no surprise that the Islamic State (ISIS) leads the group of rich evil terrorists. I’ve written previously about how rich ISIS is, how they get their money and why having that much money poses a great threat to the world. ISIS has even recently announced plans to mint its own currency.
     Terrorist groups usually raise money by taking up donations from charities, government agencies, as well as through criminal activities such as drug trafficking, robberies, extortion and human trafficking (common with ISIS and Nigeria’s Boko Haram). According to the rank, the richest terrorist organisation today and in history is the Islamic State (ISIS) which is super rich mostly because of the oil fields it controls in Iraq.
      THE RICHEST TERRORIST GROUPS IN THE WORLD
1. Islamic State ($2 billions)…

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BBC: White Britons Converting to Islam


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As 22-year-old Aisha Uddin recites Surah Al-Fatiha – the first chapter of the Koran – at home with close friend Sameeah Karim, she may stumble over one word but otherwise the text is perfectly recounted.

Aisha Uddin: ‘It’s a change I’m happy I’ve made’
But unlike Sameeah, 35, who has Pakistani heritage and grew up reading the holy book, Aisha is newer to it: she used to be called Laura and only converted to Islam two years ago.
She is pale and has bright blue eyes; originally from Birmingham, until recently she dressed like many other young white British women.

“Before it was the jeans, the hoodies, loads of make-up,” she says.
Now Aisha wears a long black jilbab (a long flowing over-garment) and a cream-coloured hijab (headscarf).

“For me now, obviously it’s a dramatic change, but it’s a change I’m happy I’ve made, because now I don’t have to prove myself to anybody out there.”

Aisha took an interest in religion at school – and started quietly visiting her local mosque to find out more.

“Islam caught my eye and I wanted to look further into it – the people, the culture – and I carried on studying it and studying it, even after school. Living in Birmingham, I was surrounded by the religion.”

She says she spent years finding out more about Islam before fully committing to the religion, changing her appearance and starting to pray five times a day.
“Life’s changed dramatically, I was a rebel before, I was always getting into trouble at home, going out and staying out – not trying hard enough at school.

“Then when I became Muslim, I sort of calmed down. I wanted to stay at home studying on the internet or reading books. And I’m more happy than I was – I’m proud of who I am, I’ve got a certain identity.”
Aisha is one of a growing number of white converts according to a new study by Swansea University for the charity Faith Matters.
Using a number of sources, including a survey of more than 250 British mosques, census data from 2001 and conversion figures in Europe, the researchers estimate that there could be as many as 100,000 converts – of all ethnic backgrounds – in the UK. This represents an increase on an estimated 60,000 converts in 2001.
For an insight into the experiences of Muslim converts, the researchers spoke to 120 – mainly young, white women.
Many converts – like Aisha – reported experiencing hostility from their families. She says her parents thought her conversion represented a rejection of her upbringing.
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“My family they weren’t too happy about it, [saying] why change your identity? Why cover your hair? Why dress the way you dress?” says Aisha.

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UAE declares 80 organisations as terrorists -shockingly 2 U.S aids groups.


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United Arab Emirates released a list of designated terrorist groupsand organizations over the weekend, with more than 80 different groups from around the world blacklisted. The list covers a variety of well-known names, including al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, al Shabab and Boko Haram.

It is the inclusion of two very specific groups, however, that made the list a hot topic on a number of right wing U.S. news sites.

Two American groups that represent Muslims — the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society — had been designated terrorist groups by the Gulf state.
Neither CAIR nor the Muslim American Society are designated terror groups by the U.S. government, which is a major ally and trading partner of the U.A.E., and their inclusion on the list surprised many analysts — especially when more established groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah in Lebanon were left off.

CAIR put out a statement that said they were seeking clarification on their “shocking and bizarre” inclusion on the list, while the Muslim American Society said that they had had “no dealings with the United Arab Emirates” and were “perplexed by this news.”
CAIR and the Muslim American Society are not alone in their shock.

Diverse groups across Europe were also added to the list, leaving many observers perplexed at the scope and sheer scale of the list. Norway’s foreign ministry has already publicly requested an explanation as to why one of the country’s largest Islamic groups, the Islamic Organization, was included, and on Monday, the U.S. State Department said they would be seeking more information from the U.A.E.

It’s true that some of these groups have been involved in controversy in the past. For example, CAIR, an Islamic civil liberties advocacy group, was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 trial of the Holy Land Foundation in Texas. Officials from the Holy Land Foundation were later found guilty of diverting funds to Hamas, which has led some American lawmakers to refer to CAIR as a terrorist organization.

As The Washington Post’s Glenn Kesslerpointed out as far back as 2011, this is unfair: CAIR has never been charged with any criminal activity and operates in a tax-exempt status.

U.A.E.’s list seems to be driven by something closer to home, however: The very first name included is the U.A.E. Muslim Brotherhood, and a significant number of the more surprising inclusions on the list appear to have ties to the transnational Sunni Islamist group: The Muslim American Society, for instance, was founded by Muslim Brotherhood members in the 1990s. Rumors about links to the Muslim Brotherhood have also dogged CAIR.

The U.A.E. has long been vocal in its criticism of the Muslim Brotherhood, and earlier this yearjailed dozens of people over their alleged links to the group, a conviction that earned the criticism of groups such as Amnesty International.

The type of political Islam advocated by the group is at odds with the federation of hereditary absolute monarchies that rule the emirates, and the U.A.E. appears to have been shaken by the Muslim Brotherhood’s quick ascent to power in Egypt.

The move also plays into regional politics: Neighboring Qatar has been criticized by its neighbors for its support of the Muslim Brotherhood, prompting a backlash from countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, both of whom had preempted U.A.E. in listing the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. Qatar’s foreign minister, Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, recently told The Post thatsuch accusations were unfair. “We cannot say everyone who is an Islamist is a terrorist,” he said.

With the new terrorism list, it seems that U.A.E. is pushing the polar opposite viewpoint: That Islamist groups are part of a larger ecosystem and are thus dangerous in themselves. For the United States, which often favors dialogue with moderate Islamist groups and has recently found a strong partner in the U.A.E., that might be a problem.

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EDL member ASKS to be sent to prison after pelting police with bricks, bottles and cans


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Andrew Edge chanted ‘EDL, EDL’ as he was led away from the dock following his trial in Birmingham – he was one of three men found guilty of violent disorder
Jailed: Andrew Edge asked to be remanded in custody

Andrew Edge, 44, of Stockport, chanted ‘EDL, EDL’ as he was led away from the dock following his trial in Birmingham.

He was one of three men found guilty of violent disorder at a demonstration by 2,000 members of the far right group in which police were showered with bricks, bottles and cans.

All will return to Birmingham Crown Court for sentence but Edge asked to be remanded in custody.

Following his chanting, Judge Richard Bond told the jury: “There you go, resounding confirmation the verdict…

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Videos: watch tiger playing and attacking a man inside enclosure in Delhi zoo.


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The man had accidentally slipped into the tigers enclosure while he was taking snaps balancing on the boundary wall.

The tiger played with the quarry for full 10 minutes before grabbing him by the neck and running around in the enclosure in full view of the guards and visitors.

Zoo authority have absolved it self stating financial crunch and rashness on the part of the deceased  Mohammed Maqsood a resident of walled city of Old Delhi.

The deceased body has been meanwhile sent for the postmortem.

Another video of similar story of tiger attacking a man in a Chinese zoo.

And here is another video of tiger and man friendship and co-existence.

And here is another scene of expert handling of a lion by an intruder in a wild life sanctuary.

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Iraqi Military Helicopter Shot Down by Islamic State Militants


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Islamic State militants have shot down an Iraqi military helicopter using a rocket launcher, it has been reported.
The pilot and co-pilot of the Mi-35 aircraft were killed when the helicopter was brought down between the towns of Beiji and al Senniyah in northern Iraq.
The incident demonstrates the insurgents’ capabilities to fight air operations by Iraqi authorities and the US-led coalition.
The US and the European allies have conducted dozens of airstrikes against Isis targets destroying oil refineries which have been a source of revenue for the militants group.
RAF Tornado fighter jets also conducted aerial raids over Iraq, after parliament backed action from the air.
Canada is now set to join the coalition against Isis following an announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
He confirmed that Canadian fighter jets would take part in the airstrikes for up to six months and a refuelling aircraft and two surveillance planes would also be involved in the air campaign. He added however, that Canada would not deploy ground troops.
Military planes carried out strikes on Isis targets north of Tuz Khurmatu, near Taza, on Friday (3 October) in which at least 16 jihadists were killed.
Meanwhile, Iraqi troops, Kurdish peshmerga forces and Shia militias have been pushing west from the city of Tuz Khurmatu since Thursday.
Islamic State militants have shot down an Iraqi military helicopter using a rocket launcher, it has been reported.
The pilot and co-pilot of the Mi-35 aircraft were killed when the helicopter was brought down between the towns of Beiji and al Senniyah in northern Iraq.
The incident demonstrates the insurgents’ capabilities to fight air operations by Iraqi authorities and the US-led coalition.
The US and the European allies have conducted dozens of airstrikes against Isis targets destroying oil refineries which have been a source of revenue for the militants group.
RAF Tornado fighter jets also conducted aerial raids over Iraq, after parliament backed action from the air.
Canada is now set to join the coalition against Isis following an announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
He confirmed that Canadian fighter jets would take part in the airstrikes for up to six months and a refuelling aircraft and two surveillance planes would also be involved in the air campaign. He added however, that Canada would not deploy ground troops.
Military planes carried out strikes on Isis targets north of Tuz Khurmatu, near Taza, on Friday (3 October) in which at least 16 jihadists were killed.
Meanwhile, Iraqi troops, Kurdish peshmerga forces and Shia militias have been pushing west from the city of Tuz Khurmatu since Thursday.

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