Camp Jihad? – a little more from the latest edition the IS online mag “Dabiq” #isis #isil

I LOVE this picture.  Happy, heavily armed young men joining their brethren from across the globe in a noble battle to conquer evil and create a better world!

JihadCampThe copy ain’t half bad either…

“The Khalīfah (hafidhahullāh) said, “O Muslims everywhere, glad tidings to you and expect good. Raise your heads high, for today – by Allah’s grace – you have a state and khilāfah, which will return your dignity, might, rights, and leadership. It is a state where the Arab and non-Arab, the white man and black man, the easterner and westerner are all brothers. It is a khilāfah that gathered the Caucasian, Indian, Chinese, Shāmī, Iraqi, Yemeni, Egyptian, Maghribī (North African), American, French, German, and Australian. Allah brought their hearts together, and thus, they became brothers by His grace, loving each other for the sake of Allah, standing in a single trench, defending and guarding each other, and sacrificing themselves for one another. ”

Don’t get me wrong.  I oppose this movement and think it should be stopped. But I respect their excellent marketing skills. This is from edition #8 which you can get here.  You can read them all at Jihadology.net

Whatever else you say about the IS they have good graphic designers and put out an attractive online mag! #isis

IS Graphic

There’s been much handwringing in the west about educated, middle-class kids can become “radicalized” and want to join the fight against for a Caliphate. Part of the answer is maybe the excellent information and recruitment materials they publish.

Dabiq Magazine 

Wrong About Iraq, Wrong About Iran • BRAVE NEW FILMS

The framework agreement the U.S. and its international partners reached with Iran that blocks Tehran’s pathways to building a nuclear bomb is barely a week old and yet the usual suspects have already denounced it as a “bad deal.” Sound Familiar?

False flags & cyber wars: New Snowden leaks reveal Canada spy agency’s ‘deception toolbox’

Remember when Canada seemed to exemplify a “nice” government?

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Top secret documents from Edward Snowden’s cache have revealed Canada’s ambition to become a big player in the world of electronic spying. The leak comes just as the country plans to vote on a law that would give its cyber agencies more powers.

A confidential presentation by Canada’s intelligence agency Communications Security Establishment (CSE) dated 2011 was among the documents published jointly by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and The Intercept, the website of investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. In it, the counterpart of US National Security Agency (NSA) assures its Five Eyes allies – US, UK, Australia and New Zealand – that by 2015 it “will seek the authority to conduct a wide spectrum of Effects operations in support of our mandates.”

Stephen Hawking Joins Academic Boycott of Israel

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Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, had accepted an invitation to headline the fifth annual president’s conference, Facing Tomorrow, in June, which features major international personalities, attracts thousands of participants and this year will celebrate Peres’s 90th birthday.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/08/stephen-hawking-israel-academic-boycott?CMP=share_btn_fb

Cycling Is Everyone’s Business

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“I’ve seen some of the highest performance bicycles in the world, but I believe the most powerful bicycle is the one in the hands of a girl fighting for her education, or a mother striving to feed her family.”   – F.K. Day, Founder of World Bicycle Relief

The rainbow jersey, Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, or Vuelta a Espana—that’s what usually comes to mind when we think of cycling. However, elite cycling is only one small spoke of a much larger wheel.
http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/cycling-everyone-s-business?cid=EXT_WBBlogSocialShare_D_EX

European Views of Roma, Muslims, Jews

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Many people in the seven European Union nations surveyed express negative views about minority groups in their country. In particular, negative attitudes toward Roma (sometimes also known as Gypsies) are common, while many also give Muslims unfavorable ratings. Negative attitudes toward Jews are less pervasive, although substantial minorities express an unfavorable opinion about Jews as well, especially in Greece where nearly half the public hold this view. Negative sentiments about all three groups are consistently more common among people on the ideological right.

http://www.pewglobal.org/2014/05/12/chapter-4-views-of-roma-muslims-jews/

Earth Focus: Climate and National Security

ClimateChangeIs climate change igniting turmoil around the world? Is it contributing to unrest in the Middle East and North Africa? Will it affect our capacity to respond to crises at home? Rear Admiral (Ret.) David W. Titley speaks to Earth Focus about how climate change impacts national security. Dr. Titley served as Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy. He initiated and led the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change. He is presently Director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University.

via Earth Focus: Climate and National Security.