Six Iranians who appeared in a video singing along to the American pop songÂ HappyÂ have been given suspended sentences of six months in prison and 91 lashes for obscene behaviour. Â Read more »
A Kiwi jihadist who has links with al Qaeda and has taken up arms in Syria wants to leave the war-torn country — but first needs a fresh New Zealand passport after burning his old one.
Mohammad Daniel, also know as Abu Abdul Rahman, and formerly known as Mark John Taylor, says war-torn Syria needs humanitarian aid rather than a bloody jihad.
Sounds good but it doesn’t change his past does it?
He claims to have been in touch with the New Zealand government in a bid to get a new passport.
I assume the words in black were added.
Is this a person we want to allow back into New Zealand?
A spokesman for New Zealand Intelligence Community — an agency made up of the Government Communications Security Bureau, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’ National Assessments Bureau, and the Security Intelligence Service — refused to comment on any specific case.
But it said that, in general, fighters taking part in or returning from any sort of conflict zone are a “concern for many countries, including New Zealand”.
“We are aware of a small number of New Zealanders who have travelled to areas of conflict,” the spokesman said.
“We strongly recommend that people do not travel to these areas.”
In 2009, Mr Daniel was arrested by Pakistan authorities while trying to gain access to an al Qaeda and Taleban stronghold close to the Afghanistan border and was subsequently subjected to travel restrictions by the New Zealand government.
He left New Zealand again in May 2012, and lived in Indonesia for two years working as an English teacher.
In June this year, he entered Syria across the Turkish border.
“I come to Syria as a Soldier for Allah,” he told the Herald on Sunday at the time.
Online, he claims to be an “adventurer living in Syria. I have no links to any groups. I’m independent, living under good care by Muslim brothers”.
He has posted photographs of himself clutching machine guns and boasted of going on “patrol” and doling “guard duty“.
Earlier this year, he also proudly displayed his burnt New Zealand passport on Facebook and declared he was on a “one-way trip” with no intention of returning home.
Now, it appears he has changed his mind.
He told Aotearoa Independent Media Centre that he was planning to leave Syria “around late October”.
He advised that while he had requested a new passport from the New Zealand government, he had no intention to return to his homeland.
Asked if he had broken any laws, he told Aotearoa Independent Media Centre: “No, I only went there for adventure Jihad, but along the way I realised Syria is in a very direct need of humanity aid and support.”
Mr Daniels, who has spent several years living in Australia, was friends with another New Zealand radical, Muslim Bin John.
Mr John, along with Australian Christopher Havard, were suspected of links to al Qaeda splinter group AQAP, and killed in a drone strike last November.
Islam and sharia are indistinguishable…they are just different words for the same thing.
Couldn’t happen here?
Watch this and wonder no more…note the comments about democracy.
“…democracy is the opposite of sharia and Islam, we believe that Allah is the legislator, Allah makes the laws, he is the one who tells us what is allowed and what is forbidden..”
“…you know it is really funny when I hear someone saying I was speaking to a democratic muslim….it is the same as saying I wasÂ speaking to a christian jew…it’s impossible..and the muslim who says he is against sharia, he’s Â not a muslim, it’s impossible”
Great Britain are on its 2nd highest terror alert. Â Because they fear the enemy within: Â their own Muslim citizens
Britain faces the “greatest and deepest” terror threat in the country’s history, Prime Minister David Cameron warned yesterday as he pledged emergency measures to tackle extremists.
The UK threat level was raised to “severe” – its second highest – meaning that a terrorist attack is “highly likely” in light of the growing danger from British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria.
Cameron said the risk posed by Isis will last for “decades” and raised the prospect of an expanding terrorist nation “on the shores of the Mediterranean”.
He disclosed that Isis had made “specific” threats against the UK and did not rule out military action to tackle the growing problem.
More than 500 Britons are believed to have gone to Iraq and Syria and at least half have returned, with some feared to be planning attacks there. One major plot has been foiled.
The warning came as it emerged that a laptop seized from Isis in Syria contained research on how to make a biological bomb and religious justification for using it against civilians.
Tomorrow Cameron will unveil a number of “uncompromising” measures to help tackle British jihadists and fill the “gaps in our armoury”.
They will include stopping British fanatics from travelling to or returning from the war zones by making it easier to seize their passports.
He is also expected to tighten controls that can be put on the movement and activities of terror suspects within the UK.
Of course, when our New Zealand citizens move to terrorist counties, and they get “accidentally” blown up by a drone, parties like Labour and Greens are concerned his civil rights were violated. Â Not just that, they, and Kim Dotcom’s Internet Mana want the GCSB dealt to. Â Read more »
Last week, the UN published several maps showing the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge. The maps paint a picture of catastrophe, marking damaged buildings with red dots scattered throughout Gaza.
But those maps tell only half the story: Hamas used many of these buildings Â â including houses, hospitals and schools Â â Â as sites to launch rockets and carry out other attacks.
In many cases, the IDF struck buildings in order to stop Hamasâ violence. This means that the red dots on the UNâs maps represent more than destruction. They show the many cases in which terrorists attacked Israel from heavily populated areas in Gaza.
A fine speech by Sheree Trotter.
Sheree Trotter is the interviewer and researcher for Shadows of Shoah. She is a Maori New Zealander. On August 10 2014 a rally was held in central Auckland, NZ, to affirm Israel’s right to exist, her right to defend herself against Hamas’ aggression, and to respond to the worldwide surge of antisemitic expression. The event was attended by about 800 supporters. Sheree was invited to give a speech.
With Islamic fundamentalism on the rise in Australia and Â radicalised Australians joining various jihad it is hard not to agree with those that want to prevent Muslim immigration into New Zealand.
Australia is far further down the track on this and as a result you are witnessing increased anti-semitism, creation of no go areas in major cities and not far off seeing demands for Sharia law in those same areas.
Australia has a problem and I don’t think we will escape it either.
Their former Army boss says Australia needs to prepare to fight, and on their own soil too.
AUSTRALIA needs to prepare for an increasingly savage, 100-year war against radical Islam that will be fought on home soil as well as foreign lands, the former head of the army, Peter Leahy, has warned.
Professor Leahy, a leading defence and strategic analyst, toldÂ TheÂ Weekend AustralianÂ the country was ill-prepared for the high cost of fighting a war that would be paid in âblood and treasureâ and would require pre-emptive as well as reactive action.
âAustralia is involved in the early stages of a war which is likely to last for the rest of the century,â he said. âWe must be ready to protect ourselves and, where necessary, act pre-emptively to neutralise the evident threat. Get ready for a long war.â
Senior intelligence officials have moved to shore up public support for the Abbott governmentâs tough new security laws, including enhanced data-retention capabilities enabling agencies to track suspect computer usage.
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation director-general David Irvine said the proposed data laws, which require phone and internet companies to retain records for two years, were âabsolutely crucialâ to counter the jihadist terror threat.
The governmentâs security package also includes a $630 million funding boost to intelligence agencies and police to help prevent domestic terrorist attacks. Â Read more »
Welcome to part three of my series of posts where I invite you to compare and contrast what happened in the past with what is happening now.
Lets look at how Germany kept its preparations for war hidden from the world prior to WWII and what Hamas has successfully hidden from the world until now.
This is not the post that was originally intended today, but that can wait.
As a kiwi my eyes are really beginning to open up about the kind of people a lot of the Gaza Palestinians are. Not all, but as I type this I have just finished watching the news and am left with a sense of uncertainty, even impossibility as to the likelihood of any resolution.
We have already seen the plight of the Palestinian, we get it rammed down our throat on every news channel or bulletin that we watch. The reasons behind it are not Israel or Israel’s actions. If the Palestinians as a whole believed in peace there would be no wall. They would have access to the Israel job market, like they used to have. Unemployment would be a lot lower than the current 40%, (likely to be higher now) and money would be spent on infrastructure, economy and people. Instead, it is funneled into a terrorist network. It is becoming impossible to believe that all unarmed Palestinians are any less innocent than the armed ones that call themselves Hamas.
As a Palestinian mother ranted in front of the camera over her injured child:
“We will stand firm, and have more children to fight the Israelis.”
A reader emailed this last night:
Hi Cameron and the Whale Oil team,
Iâve been thinking about the more hardcore vocal supporters of Hamas here in NZ, well by default they support Hamas in that they oppose Israel. The likes of John Minto, Phil Goff, etc. The majority are what we would call left wing (if not communist in leaning).
Why do they oppose Israel?
It canât be for a feeling of a philosophical kinship with the Arabs who after all, are in general; religious, subjugate women, and have a hierarchical society with vast wealth and power at one end of society and poverty and powerlessness at the other, and no intent of changing.Â Seemingly nothing in common.
Could it be that they object to Israel being a democracy in a region of monarchies and dictatorships? Surely not, they must condone all having the vote and the right to participate. Although I havenât seen John Minto and company campaigning to give Saudi women the vote prior to the upcoming 2015 election or indeed allow them to drive.
Do they object that Israel exists? It was created by the UN in the late 40s and as the objectors all seem to implore the UN to act whenever Israel defends itself, then they must accept the UNâs authority ergo the original mandate of Israelâs right to exist. Or perhaps not, as many of the objectors seem to want the ability to have their cake and eat it. Read more »