Archive for 03/15/2012

Italy: Muslim Man Arrested While Planning ‘Jihad Mission’ Against Milan Synagogue

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“(ANSA) – Milan, March 15 – Police arrested a suspected terrorist in the northern city of Brescia early on Thursday who they believe may have been planning an attack on Milan’s synagogue.

Jarmoune Mohamed, a 20-year-old Moroccan national who has lived in Italy since he was six, is also suspected of setting up secret Facebook pages providing training on making bombs and using weapons for budding terrorists.

Correlated investigations are being carried out in the United States and Britain and London police have arrested a woman suspected of being an accomplice of Mohamed in the synagogue plot.

Police said they found evidence in the man’s home and on his computer that he has conducted a thorough inspection of Milan’s synagogue, with information on the security measures used and the police who guard the building. They showed some of material they seized from his home to reporters.

Investigators added that they had intercepted messages in which the man talked about a ‘jihad mission’.” Read more.

Afghan Religious Leader on Recent Civilian Killings: ‘Religion is Much Higher a Concern Than Civilian or Human Casualties’

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As I stated here four days ago, only one conclusion could be drawn if there were no mass riots within a few days of the “rogue soldier” incident: For Muslims, the unintentional burning of Qur’ans is much worse than the intentional killing of innocent men, women and children. Now The New York Times is coming to the same realization and attempts to delve into why, at least so far, this has proven to be the case …

By ROD NORDLAND – “KABUL, Afghanistan — The mullah was astounded and a little angered to be asked why the accidental burning of Korans last month could provoke violence nationwide, while an intentional mass murder that included nine children last Sunday did not.

‘How can you compare the dishonoring of the Holy Koran with the martyrdom of innocent civilians?’ said an incredulous Mullah Khaliq Dad, a member of the council of religious leaders who investigated the Koran burnings. ‘The whole goal of our life is religion.’

That many Americans are just as surprised that what appears to be the massacre of 16 people at the hands of an American soldier has not led to mass protests or revenge killings speaks volumes about a fundamental disconnect with their Afghan partners, one that has undermined a longstanding objective to win the hearts and minds of the population. After more than 10 years, many deaths and billions of dollars invested, Americans still fail to grasp the Afghans’ basic values. Faith is paramount and a death can be compensated with blood money.

‘To Muslims, and especially to Afghans, religion is much higher a concern than civilian or human casualties,’ said Hafez Abdul Qayoom, a member of Afghanistan’s highest clerical body, the Ulema Council. ‘When something happens to their religion, they are much more sensitive and have much stronger reaction to it.’

The attack by a still unidentified United States Army soldier near his base in the Panjwai district, in southern Kandahar Province, has certainly infuriated Afghans and added to already strained relations. But the anger has been more polemical than violent — at least so far.

‘We have to hold our breath here — people are jumping too fast on this idea that Afghans don’t care about 16 people being killed, compared to, say, the Koran-burning episode,’ said Haseeb Humayoon, who has studied the phenomenon of mass protests.

There have been delayed reactions to past foreign offenses, like when a Florida evangelist deliberately destroyed a Koran last year. And Friday Prayers, which often touch off mass protests, have yet to take place this week. Still, the contrast with the reaction to the Feb. 20 Koran burnings is striking. Within a day of the burnings, violent protests outside NATO bases broke out, and apologies from top officials did little to stem two weeks of violence that took at least 29 lives.” Read more.

‘Extraordinary and Unprecedented’: SWIFT Cuts Off Iran As Sanctions Vice Tightens

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“BRUSSELS — Iran was largely cut off from global commerce on Thursday, when the company that handles financial transactions said it was severing ties with many Iranian banks – part of an international effort to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

The action is meant to enforce European Union sanctions, as global financial transactions are impossible without using SWIFT, and will go a long way toward isolating Iran financially.

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, is a banking hub crucial to oil, financial transactions and other trades.

Because of its reach, SWIFT’s decision to cut off some 30 Iranian banks and subsidiaries could hinder not only banking but also the country’s lucrative crude oil industry and possibly hurt Iranian households that depend on remittances from relatives living abroad.

‘Disconnecting banks is an extraordinary and unprecedented step for SWIFT,’ said Lazaro Campos, chief executive of the company. ‘It is a direct result of international and multilateral action to intensify financial sanctions against Iran.'” Read more.

Flashback: Jim Sinclair: ‘This is as serious as it gets in nuclear and economic terms’ – “Iran is to be dropped out of the Swift system in Belgium. That means Iran could neither send or receive bank money wires. That would slam Iran’s economy. This is economic war at the highest level of conflict. This could start a greater move of central banks with fears of the West to increase and retrieve their gold positions. It certainly puts cash reserves held by central banks (which are computer entries anyway) into serious question as to security. This is as serious as it gets in nuclear and economic terms. The only weapon that can be effective against Iran’s nuclear industry is Western nuclear deep penetration bunker busters. Hold tight to your insurance investment positions.” Source – SGT Report.

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