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Africa Horn
Ethiopia police find mass grave of 200 people
[BBC] Police in Æthiopia say they have discovered a mass grave with 200 bodies near the border between the Somali and Oromia regions of the country.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced over the past year by violence there.

Local media reported that the grave was found during a probe into alleged atrocities committed by the former president of Æthiopia's Somali region.

Abdi Mohammed is awaiting trial over allegations he fuelled ethnic festivities.

A notorious regional security force known as the Liyu police is accused of carrying out killings in the area between the Somali and Oromia regions and it reported directly to the regional president.

The police are trying to identify the 200 bodies found.

Mr Mohammed was forced to resign in August and was nabbed
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
weeks later after violence broke out in the regional capital, Jijiga.

He is alleged to have overseen widespread rights abuses including torture, rape and killings during his 13-year rule.

Last month the state-linked broadcaster Fana reported that he attempted to escape police custody by climbing through a window ahead of a court appearance.
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Nigeria: Outrage As Government Claims Feeding El-Zakzaky With N3.5m Monthly
[All Africa] The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed sent the Internet buzzing yesterday when he claimed the Nigerian government spends about N3.5 million monthly to feed detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The Shiite holy man has been in jug since December 2015 after soldiers clamped down on his supporters killing dozens of them.

In a video that went viral, Mohammed, who was apparently addressing some journalists, said he was giving the information in an off-the-record basis, to serve as a background to their reports.He said it was wrong to compare what was happening to El-Zakzaky, whose followers have been confronting security agents since his incarceration, with what befell the late leader Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
leader, Mohammed Yusuf.He said the IMN leader was undergoing criminal prosecution in Kaduna State and that the court had denied him bail. He explained that instead of detaining him in a prison, the Federal Government decided to hold El-Zakzaky in a building belonging to the Department of State Services. The holy man eats whatever he likes in detention, he said, noting: "It costs the government about N3.5m every month to feed him."

Mohammed claimed he got the figure from relevant government agencies, describing the IMN issue as "sensitive."The television station that released the clip has since apologised to the minister. But human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
activist, Femi Falana, criticised Mohammed's disclosure, saying: "It is money poured down the drain." He added: "Since the army had demolished their house the court ordered that a house be provided for them. A government that has brazenly disregarded these valid and subsisting orders of a competent court is now insulting the collective intelligence of Nigerians by claiming that it is spending N3.5 million to feed the couple in the illegal custody of the DSS."

Posted by: Fred || 11/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Iran)

#1  Current exchange rate: 1 Nigerian naira = 0.00275 US dollars.
So N3.5 million = 9,625 USD.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/10/2018 1:01 Comments || Top||

Nigeria Leads in Piracy Attacks in Gulf of Guinea - Report
[All Africa] Despite efforts by the federal government to reduce the cases of piracy and banditry in Nigeria's territorial waters, the country still leads in pirates attack in the Gulf of Guinea in the first nine months of 2018, a report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has revealed.

IMB in its latest quarterly report said a total of 156 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to its Piracy Reporting Centre in the first nine months of 2018 compared to 121 for the same period in 2017.

According to the IMB, "A total of 156 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the first nine months of 2018 compared to 121 for the same period in 2017.The 2018 figure is broken down as 107 vessels boarded, 32 attempted attacks, 13 vessels fired upon and four vessels hijacked -although no vessels were reported as hijacked in Q3 2018.This is first time since 1994when no vessel hijackings have been reported in two consecutive quarters.

"The number of crew held hostage (112) for the duration of the incident has increased in comparison to the same period in 2016 (110) and 2017 (80). The number of crew kidnappings has reduced from 49 in 2017 to 39 in 2018. It is noticeable that 37 of the 39-crew kidnapped for ransom globally, have occurred in the Gulf of Guinea region in seven separate incidents. Twenty-nine crew were kidnapped in four separate incidents off Nigeria -including 12 crew kidnapped from a bulk carrier underway 51nm SW of Bonny Island, Nigeria in September 2018."

It added: "Statistically, the Gulf of Guinea accounts for 57 of the 156 reported incidents. While most of these incidents have been reported in and around Nigeria (41), the Nigerian Navy has actively responded and dispatched patrol boats when incidents have been reported promptly. There has also been a noticeable increase in the number of vessels boarded at Takoradi anchorage, Ghana. No new incidents have been reported off the coast of Somalia in the third quarter. With the retreating of the SW monsoons this lull may change, and vessels are encouraged to continue to comply with all BMP5 recommendations."

Posted by: Fred || 11/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336072 views] Top|| File under: Pirates

Khashoggi killed for disclosing Saudi funding of anti-Iran TV channel: Guardian
[PRESSTV] Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, might have lost his life for disclosing Riyadh’s funding of an anti-Iran UK-based TV channel, the British daily Guardian suggests.

In a report on Oct. 2, the Guardian cited a source close to the Saudi government as saying that the anti-Iran London-based TV channel Iran International received an estimated $250m (£192m) from the Saudi royal court each year.

Now the Guardian correspondent, in a Friday tweet, has revealed that his source was Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was assassinated on the same day as the report was published in a premeditated murder in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
blamed on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
...Crown Prince of Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
as of 2016....

also known as MBS.

Posted by: Fred || 11/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under:

Norway's Mosques Are Multiplying, and Taxpayers Foot the Bill
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336075 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  From Wikipedia

In 2010, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation reported that anti-Semitism was common among Norwegian Muslims. Teachers at schools with large shares of Muslims reported that Muslim students often "praise or admire Adolf Hitler for his killing of Jews", that "Jew-hate is legitimate within vast groups of Muslim students" and that "Muslims laugh or command [teachers] to stop when trying to educate about the Holocaust". One Jewish father also told how his child, after school, had been taken by a Muslim mob, "to be taken out to the forest and hanged because he was a Jew".[23] The child escaped. But apparently Antisemitism appears also among the rest of the Norwegian population, as it is reflected in antisemitic graffiti that was sprayed on a school and sports facility in Skien on August 2014.[24] Later that year a swastika was carved into the glass doors of the Trøndelag Theater the day after the premiere of a Jewish puppet theater performance.[25] On October 2014 a Jewish cemetery was vandalized in Trondheim with sprayed marks and the word "Führer" scribbled on the chapel.[26]

Posted by: European Conservative || 11/10/2018 9:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Check out Resett. The only major conservative Norwegian news source.

I've linked their translated website.
Posted by: Woodrow || 11/10/2018 21:01 Comments || Top||

#3  "Hemingway" sighting in comments to PJ article, maybe?
Posted by: Slolumble Spaiter1695 || 11/10/2018 22:46 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Kurdish MP detained in Turkey goes on hunger strike
[Rudaw] A detained politician from the Ottoman Turkish parliament has gone on hunger strike after a court extended her detention in a hearing on Wednesday.

A Ottoman Turkish court in Diyarbakir ruled against the release of Leyla Guven, an MP for the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), in a hearing of her trial.

DTK ran on a joint list with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the June 24 election. Guven won a seat, but has not been sworn in due to her arrest.

She was tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
on January 31 after opposing The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire....
’s military offensive against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria.

HDP had appealed for her release in September, arguing she should be given the same consideration as a CHP politician who was released after being elected and, therefore, gaining parliamentary immunity.

Her lawyer, Reyhan Yalcindag-Baydemir, told Bianet new agency that Guven has gone on an "indefinite and irreversible hunger strike" to protest being denied a fair trial.

HDP’s former leaders, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, are among the many party members and supporters in jail in Turkey. The party condemned the court’s decision on Wednesday.

"The Ottoman Turkish fascist
...anybody not a leftist...
government did not release Leyla Guven. We already did not have hope in this regard. The court had previously ordered her release, but after four hours another court dissolved the ruling. When it comes to Kurdish politicians, the court gives various orders," Berdan Ozturk told journalists in front of the court.

Guven and Ozturk are also co-chairs of the DTK.

Ozturk said Guven told the judge she did not regret her opposition to the Ottoman Turkish offensive on Afrin and stands opposed to military action against Kobane, where Turkey has shelled rural areas and made threats this past week.

"Guven said, ’I expressed my opposition to the Afrin operation, that’s why I’m here. If released, I will describe your operations in Kobane as an invasion,’" Ozturk recounted.

Guven attended the court hearing remotely via video after she refused to be handcuffed.

Prosecutors are demanding 31 years and six months jail for "propagating for a terrorist organization," referring to People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria ‐ considered by the Ottoman Turkish government as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Guven’s trial will continue on December 26.
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#1  Guven - only one letter off from Gulen - Lock 'er up!
Posted by: Raj || 11/10/2018 6:36 Comments || Top||

Most militants ready to join mainstream, Senate panel told
[DAWN] Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations....
DIG Brig Rizwan Baig claimed on Thursday that majority of the people [involved in militancy in the province], after having rejected anti-state elements’ propaganda, were willing to join the mainstream and, for this purpose, they needed government help for better facilities and chances of livelihood.

Briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, which met at the Parliament House, Brig Rizwan, in response to a question about unrest in Balochistan, said that before the FC was deployed, there were lots of issues, but now the situation had started improving.

He said that the FC had in a bid to help the locals constructed several shops and handed them over to the locals free of cost for doing business, while several other such steps were being taken.

He said that the FC had proposed a date processing plant in Punjgur, while several development works had also been carried out, such as hospitals and schools for the locals.

Brig Rizwan said that the insurgency in Balochistan had the support of vested interests.

Posted by: Fred || 11/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336079 views] Top|| File under: Baloch Liberation Army

#1  Not a spit's worth of difference between the two.
Posted by: Phagum Spawn of the Munchkins4247 || 11/10/2018 1:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Bullshit.
Posted by: Woodrow || 11/10/2018 21:01 Comments || Top||

SC stays Peshawar High Court's acquittal of 68 terrorists convicted by military courts
[DAWN] The Supreme Court on Friday issued a stay order against the Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
High Court's (PHC) acquittal of 68 snuffies who had been convicted by military courts.

A two-member bench of the SC headed by Justice Azmat Saeed also ordered the jail superintendent to halt the release of the accused.

The accused had received varying sentences, including death, in a number of cases. The PHC had recently overturned the military court sentences on the basis of a lack of evidence. The Defence Ministry had subsequently filed appeals against the PHC's decision.

Additional Attorney General Sajid Ilyas Bhatti on Friday said that the PHC had not taken an accurate review of the facts.

He said that the accused were involved in crimes such as terrorism and asked that the military court sentences be restored.

The top court on Friday issued notices to all the parties involved and adjourned the case indefinitely.

Posted by: Fred || 11/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336070 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Islamabad administration withdraws orders for arrest of local TLP leaders
[DAWN] The Islamabad district administration has withdrawn orders for the arrest of 19 Tehrik-e-Labbaik Pakistain (TLP) leaders who were allegedly involved in violence during the three-day protests against the acquittal of Aasia Bibi last week, it emerged on Friday.

According to an earlier Facebook post by the office of the Islamabad deputy commissioner, the district administration had issued warrants for 19 persons, "who were involved in violence and incitement", under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance 1960.

According to DawnNewsTV, the orders for the arrests of the 19 local TLP leaders were issued on November 2.

it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
Islamabad district magistrate Hamza Shafqaat issued a notification on November 7 stating that all 19 orders issued on November 2 have been withdrawn with immediate effect, "in [the] public interest". A copy of the notification is available with Dawn.com.

Posted by: Fred || 11/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336072 views] Top|| File under: Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan

LHC to hear treason case against Khadim Rizvi, Fazlur Rehman on Nov 12
[DAWN] The Lahore High Court on Friday accepted an application for hearing in which the petitioner has asked for the initiation of treason proceedings against Tehrik-e-Labbaik Pakistain (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and the chief of the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-Fazl, Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
, over charges of issuing anti-state statements and inciting people to violence.

Justice Ali Baqar Najafi, while accepting the petition, filed by Advocate Syed Mohammad on behalf of Shabeerullah, has set the case for hearing on November 12 (Monday).

In his application, the petitioner has argued that Rizvi and Rehman criticised the apex court’s judgement in the Aisa Bibi case, issued anti-state and anti-military statements and incited people to violence and should thus be prosecuted under the law.

Following their statements, the country was held hostage for three days which was tantamount to "making an attempt to suspend the Constitution", the petitioner has pleaded.

Earlier on Thursday, a sessions court in Lahore had fixed for hearing a petition against police officials for their failure to register a case against Khadim Rizvi, Tehrik-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) head Ashraf Jalali and others for threatening the top judiciary and inciting the armed forces to stage a mutiny in the aftermath of Aasia Bibi's acquittal.

Filed by citizen Abdullah Malik, the petition stated that the station house officer (SHO) of Civil Lines cop shoppe in Lahore had failed to file a first information report (FIR) against the aforementioned individuals.

Posted by: Fred || 11/10/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336073 views] Top|| File under: Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan

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  Yemeni forces, Saudi-led coalition launch 'vast' Hodeidah push
Fri 2018-11-09
  One dead after Melbourne knife attack being treated as terrorism - ISIS claims actions of known wolf
Thu 2018-11-08
  Syrian Man Gets Life in Prison for Making Parts in IEDs Used Against U.S.
Wed 2018-11-07
  Trump says Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns
Tue 2018-11-06
  Election Day open thread
Mon 2018-11-05
  U.S. jet fighters kill 25 Islamic State militants in Kirkuk
Sun 2018-11-04
  US soldier killed in ‘apparent insider attack’ in Kabul -- NATO
Sat 2018-11-03
  Mass grave with 1,500 bodies unearthed in Raqqa city
Fri 2018-11-02
  Foreigners among 68 militants killed, wounded in Afghan, U.S. forces operations
Thu 2018-11-01
  Nigerian Shia group says 42 killed when security forces fired upon protests
Wed 2018-10-31
  Mil Times Follow-up article: 5 freed from Gitmo in exchange for Bergdahl join Taliban's political office in Qatar
Tue 2018-10-30
  Al-Shabaab Claims Blast That Killed 30 Ethiopian Soldiers In Central Somalia
Mon 2018-10-29
  U.S. drones target Taliban vehicle in Paktia leaving 5 militants dead
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