Islam, ISIS & Buzzfeed: What You’re Not Being Told

In this episode of ‘Behind the Headline,’ Mnar Muhawesh dives into the 1,300-year history of Arbaeen, a Muslim tradition steeped in resistance and sacrifice, and explains how the continued observance of this tradition is a direct defiance of groups like ISIS.
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    MINNEAPOLIS — We hear it every day: “Why aren’t Muslims speaking up against terrorism?” “Where are the Muslims denouncing ISIS?”

    The people asking these questions tend to ignore a major fact: Muslims are the primary victims of terrorism driven by Wahhabism, an extremist, politically motivated perversion of Islam held by groups like ISIS.

    From 2007 to 2011, 97% of terrorism-related fatalities were Muslims, according to the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center. The United Nations found that from January 2014 to October 2015, nearly 19,000 civilians were killed in Iraq — a country that is 99% Muslim — many of them victims of ISIS.



    Still, the U.N. says its figures likely fall short because they don’t include casualties resulting from the “secondary effects of violence,” like how many people are dying because they don’t have access to food, water, or medicine, which are also directly caused by groups like ISIS.

     

    No one wants to see ISIS defeated more than Muslims.

    Yet so-called “experts” and those who claim terrorism is a tenant of the Islamic faith disregard the victims through orientalist generalizations. “Muslims have been killing each other for thousands of years,” they say. “Let them kill each other.

    This “Civilization Jihad” caricature has been carefully manufactured by those on the right in both media and government. And while it might be the political bread and butter of the right, the left has folks like Bill Maher, who has made associating Islam with violence, barbarism, and female oppression a hallmark of his career.

    But, somewhere in the stream of Islamophobic sentiment flowing from people on both sides, they manage to get one thing right: Muslims have long been victims of extremist violence perpetrated by those who claim to share their faith.

    Muslims by the millions have converged in Karbala, Iraq, for the past 1,300 years to mourn the death of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who died at the hands of the ISIS of his time.

    The 40-day religious commemoration known as “Arbaeen,” the Arabic word meaning “40,” culminates in the Largest peaceful gathering of people in the world, and for many Muslims, it’s steeped in a spirit of resistance.

    With attacks on the pilgrims by ISIS and other terror groups becoming both frequent and deadly, this spirit of resistance has taken on particular significance in recent years.

    When someone asks, “Where are the Muslims denouncing extremism?” they should be advised to look no further than the 20 million people who risked their lives to commemorate Arbaeen in Karbala this year.

    But if you think the mainstream media would cover this as an important story, think again. In fact, outlets like BuzzFeed and Snopes went as far as to accuse anyone saying the march was against ISIS as spreading fake news.

    Earlier this month, MintPress re-published an article from the American Herald Tribune headlined “Media Blackout: Millions Of Muslims March Against ISIS.”

    The story explained the history of the annual pilgrimage, noting that millions of Muslims continue to make this journey despite the threat posed by terrorists like ISIS.

    It quickly went viral, eventually becoming a Trending topic on Facebook.

    Muslims were shown in an honest, positive light. The narrative challenged the establishment’s carefully crafted sectarian, violent, jihadi culture caricature — a falsification used to justify endless wars in the Middle East and Africa. And it’s a vicious cycle: these endless wars, supposedly meant to target terrorists, give rise to the terrorism that Muslims become victim to.

    Of course, it wasn’t long before the mainstream media chimed it. Buzzfeed did what it does best: It bended a positive story showing Muslims united in a force of peaceful resistance to parrot Cold War rhetoric. Buzzfeed dismissed it as “Another False Story” that should have never gone viral.

    The story’s author, Craig Silverman, argued that the headline was misleading — the march was not, in fact, organized in direct response to ISIS. And, citing reports from the Washington Post and International Business Times, he argued that there wasn’t even a media blackout. He even went on to say that it was just Russian propaganda since RT was one of the only outlets that reported it as a march against ISIS.

    Ultimately, he used the story, and MintPress’ decision to reprint it, as an example of why Facebook needs to be more cautious about what appears in its Trending section. Yet much of his “proof” lies in reports by mainstream media outlets that can’t differentiate between ISIS inspired terrorism and Islam which ultimately helps push foreign wars and funnel weapons to extremist rebel forces that leads to more terrorism.

    In attempting to address the “spread of misinformation” plaguing Facebook, Buzzfeed missed the point at the heart of the story: Participating in the Arbaeen march is marching against ISIS.

    For those claiming this is a false story, here’s a little history lesson:

    Arbaeen pays tribute to the sacrifices of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. He and his followers were massacred in 680 by the tyrant or ISIS of their time, Yazid Ibn Mu’awiyah.

    An influential ruler from the Umayyad Dynasty, Yazid ruled over many parts of the Middle East with an iron fist. He descended from the “1%” that ruled Arabia when the Prophet Muhammad revealed his message, challenging the economic heavyweights who profited from exploiting the impoverished population through idol worship.

    Generations of the “1%” carried on these attempts to silence and undermine the Prophet Muhammad, his family, and his followers.

    Hussein repeatedly refused to pledge allegiance to Yazid, a power-hungry tyrant who a so called Islamic Caliphate that was the antithesis of Muhammad’s teaching. And this refusal eventually led to a standoff between Yazid’s 50,000-man army and Hussein and his 72 family members in Karbala. Even in the face of certain death, Hussein refused to fight and he refused to back down.

    His refusal to accept oppression and tyranny echoes even today as an example of non-violent resistance against tyranny even by revolutionary leaders like Ghandi. And because groups like ISIS take their lessons from tyrannical leaders like Yazid instead of Hussein, the annual march in Karbala remains a symbol of the Muslim struggle against those who purport to use their faith in the pursuit of wealth, power, and colonialism.

    While Arbaeen is a religious procession that’s considered a Shiite Muslim event, it’s pluralistic in nature. Sunni Muslims, as well as Jewish and Christian leaders, also take part in the march in a show of solidarity against injustice.

    It’s honoring the legacy of a man who died hundreds of years ago when he wouldn’t kowtow to the same brand of tyranny that ISIS wants to inflict upon people today.

    So Buzzfeed and Mr. Silverman: Marching in Arbaeen is taking a stand against ISIS and terrorism. It’s refusing to live in fear. It’s denouncing everything that ISIS stands for, and celebrating everything ISIS hates most.

    Now that’s a real news history lesson worth reporting on.

    Learn more about millions of Muslims march against ISIS, the Flint water crisis & life in prison for pot on the full episode of the Behind The Headline:

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    • Deborah Mahmoudieh

      Many years ago, i had a dream of Prophet Mohammed. He was with, (I later discovered after describing the men’s headwear), Sufi Muslims. I think THAT is highly significant for Muslims to understand today. Saudi ‘Islam’ has heavily influenced parts of Africa and Pakistan, it’s a heretical subversion of the true purity of Islam’s message as indeed, same has happened with Jesus and ‘Christianity’ and now Zionism as ‘Jewish’ – none of them believe in God, they lust for power, riches, women and children, they lust to satisfy sadistic ‘pleasures’, to ‘enjoy’ the power the fear of them delivers. But Jah light is shining in this world and the wicked will turn to dust like a vampire in sunlight…

    • Snowonweb

      Well muslims do speak out against ISIS, problem is that western media doesnt give them any air time nor print time.

    • Ramone

      The “Islam = Evil” crowd is out in full force it seems. I guess the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are waiting for the perfect moment to pounce and finish off the west and, in the meantime, cleverly concealing their lust for infidel blood. /s

      It’s telling that Wahhabism and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are never mentioned by these paranoiacs. Nor the fact that every ISIS/AQ/al Shabbab etc. Sunni Islamist group follows a variation of Wahhabism. ALL OF THEM. Wahhabism, of course, is the official religion of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab states. The Saudi regime spends massive amounts of money preaching Ibn Wahhab’s twisted screed to Sunni Muslims all over the world and pretending that Wahhabism = Islam.

      Yet the United States arms Saudi Arabia and has good relations with the royal family in one of the most repressive countries on Earth. Saudi crimes and human rights abuses are ignored and get virtually no press in the western media. Ask random people on the street what they know about the war in Yemen and you will be met with blank stares. It gets better. The US and its allies have been arming and financing Wahhabi Islamists terrorizing Syria. Yes, the US is now giving money and guns to groups like Al Qaeda that the “war on terror” was supposed to “protect” us from. From PE#1 to secret BFF just like that. But of course the Saudis want democracy in Syria…whoever thinks they are funding Sunni fanatics to turn Syria into a Wahhabi/Salafist theocracy is obviously a conspiracy theorist. Just look at the robust democracy thriving in the KSA!

      But, sure, talk about Iran. Iran, Iran, Iran. I best most Americans think Iran supports ISIS and Hezbollah is in with Al Qaeda. (Conflating Hezbollah with actual terrorists like Al Qaeda is hilarious. And dishonest.) Iran is not financing and arming madmen who slaughter civilians in the name of a twisted sect that claims to represent Islam. Iran is not covertly and overtly running regime change operations and starting wars 10k miles from its borders. Iran does not have an expansionist foreign policy and advocate death to all Sunni Muslims. In short, Iran keeps to itself unless it is defending itself from aggressive foreign nations. And human rights? If the US can live with, and openly support, Saudi Arabia and many other repressive regimes (like Israel) it has no place dictating how other countries should conduct themselves.

      All you b-b-but Iran! Hezbollah! people are either ignorant beyond comprehension or else you are twisted by ideology, wilfully or otherwise. The same goes for the Islam = terrorism nonsense. The only way you can believe that is by shutting down your mind and critical thinking abilities.

      • James Wherry

        Uh, no, “Ramone.” Your efforts to belittle concerns over the cult-like behavior of the Islamic world which is rapidly radicalizing is condescending, at best. You’ve simply created a Strawman Argument about what you think WE believe, and then belittled the rest of us, as if we were not able to pass a world geography test.

        Let’s have you take a quiz and see how many of THESE examples of the persecution of non-Muslims by Muslims that YOU were aware of, and why you failed to mention them. They come from ONE MONTH, last year, ALONE.

        “Now Is Time to Behead Unbelievers”
        Muslim Persecution of Christians, October 2016
        by Raymond Ibrahim
        January 1, 2017 at 4:30 am
        https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9694/behead-unbelievers

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        * “[W]e heard that the [ISIS] militants grabbed six strong men working at the bakery and burned them inside the oven. After that, they caught some 250 kids and kneaded them like dough in the bakery dough machine…. Members of 200 different families were killed right before our eyes.” — Syria.

        * Some Christian and Yazidi women captured by ISIS militants were sold at auctions in Saudi Arabia, America’s close friend, which is supposedly part of the coalition fighting ISIS. — Saudi Arabia.

        * “[T]he Christians who converted to Islam did so under threats, coercion, compulsion, and force.” — Bishop Alexios, Gaza.

        * “We have our sights set on you, and by Allah we will kill every single infidel student at this school.” — Social media message targeting McAuley Catholic School, United Kingdom.

        * Authorities ordered the closure of house churches… after Muslims complained that they were being disturbed by the Christian prayers. Christian worship services in private homes has become more common. The closure of these house churches is seen as the government’s way of cracking down on them. — Pakistan.

        * In compliance with Islamic law, the island nation banned the construction of churches. — Brunei.

        * As Turkey’s government continues to build nearly 9,000 mosques in the last decade, it banned Orthodox Christian liturgy in a monastery inaugurated in 386 AD, roughly 1,000 years before Muslim Turks conquered Asia Minor. — Turkey.

        * “To all Muslims: now is the time to behead the unbelievers.” A female Iranian refugee said one night a group of men shouted: “Whoever finds an Iranian woman today may rape and kill her. Kill them all. You may kill and rape them. You can do it, everywhere. Wherever you find them, you may do that.” — Report from a refugee center, Germany.

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        Reports of Muslims torturing, raping, and forcing Christians to embrace Islam continued to mount throughout the month of October. Alice Assaf, a Christian woman recounted the experiences of Christians—including her son’s execution for refusing to deny his faith—in a village near Damascus at the hands of the Islamic State. She also told how the Islamic State massacres children in cruel and unusual ways—including by throwing them into an industrial sized dough mixer:

        “[W]e heard that the militants grabbed six strong men working at the bakery and burned them inside the oven. After that, they caught some 250 kids and kneaded them like dough in the bakery dough machine…. Members of 200 different families were killed right before our eyes.”

        Some Christian and Yazidi women captured by ISIS militants were sold at auctions in Saudi Arabia, America’s close friend, which is supposedly part of the coalition fighting ISIS.

        In Pakistan, a group of armed Muslims kidnapped and took turns raping a teenage girl after her Christian family refused to convert to Islam. According to the report, after they broke into the Christian home in the middle of the night while everyone slept:

        Six men and a woman known locally by the family who were armed with guns, sticks and metal poles began to beat the family asking them to convert to Islam or die. Despite the pain and threats to their lives the family stayed resolute to their Christian faith and refused to convert. This incensed the Muslim attackers even more. All the family members were tied up and blindfolded and two of them, 20-year-old Arif [male] and 17-year-old Jameela [female], were kidnapped and dragged into a van outside. The two of them were taken to an unknown building and tortured but Arif refused to convert to Islam. He could hear her screaming and was told by his captors that they were taking turns raping his sister and that all he had to do to save her was to convert to Islam, but still he refused though in great anguish for her.

        Arif eventually managed to escape though the fate of his sister was unknown.

        In Gaza, recent years have “witnessed a critical upsurge against the Christians,” said an Arabic language report published in October. Local authorities have reportedly abandoned the tiny Christian minority—2,500 people surrounded by approximately 1.5 million Muslims—to their fate. “At times we hear of the bombing of a Christian bookshop and assaults on churches and other Christian institutions; other times we hear of the kidnapping of Christians and the coercion of them to embrace the religion of Muhammad,” notes the report.

        Christians in Gaza led a protest, calling for the return of their kidnapped children and loved ones. Bishop Alexios of the region “confirmed that the Christians who converted to Islam did so under threats, coercion, compulsion, and force.” His church also submitted a formal petition to the governor of the region, Ismail Haniyeh, calling on him to investigate matters, but received no response. The report adds that Gaza’s Christians are calling on the Christian world to intervene. The bishop said that he is trying to communicate all of this to the Vatican, the United Nations, and the United States.

        Statistics concerning the global jihad on Christians also emerged in October. Between 2003 and June 9, 2014, ISIS killed at least 1,131 Christians and destroyed or damaged at least 125 Christian churches. “Murder of Christians is commonplace” in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, states the report. “Many have been killed in front of their own families.”

        Between January 2013 and May 2016 and in one Nigerian region alone—the Middle Belt, Nasarawa—Muslims, often connected to the Islamic terror group Boko Haram, killed 826 Christians, injured 878 injured, destroyed 102 churches and 787 Christian houses, and displaced 21,000 people.

        The rest of the month of October’s worldwide Muslim persecution of Christians includes, but is not limited to, the following:

        Muslim Attacks on Christian Churches

        Ethiopia: Three separate attacks on one church took place over the course of a month revealed an October report. One Christian was killed. On August 30, a Muslim mob assaulted the church during service. They broke doors, windows, and chairs; they beat men, women and children with their fists and sticks—seriously wounding 30—and they hacked with machetes a 55-year-old founding member. The father of eight died from his wounds. The day after the slaughtered Christian’s funeral, a group of Muslim men strangled a female member of the congregation and left her for dead. On September 27, a Muslim mob attacked more church members as they returned home after church.

        United States: Wendell Buchanan, a recent convert to Islam, shot up three rural churches in Shelbyville, Tennessee. One, the Horse Mountain Church of Christ, was targeted three times and the bullets caused thousands of dollars in damages. Before Facebook deleted it, Buchanan had written on his account, “I’m just doing my job as a messenger for my Lord, I owe absolutely everything to Allah because he has set me free from my spiritual cage.” The Muslim convert is facing four counts of destruction of utility equipment, five counts of desecration of a venerated object, and nine counts of felony vandalism.

        Separately in San Antonio, unknown vandals defaced two churches—the Gethsemane Lutheran Church and Saint Gregory Catholic Church—by spray painting “No to wall” and “Islam or die” next to the entrance of the church. Islamic terror cells are known to be operating across the border in Mexico.

        Italy: A Muslim refugee from Ghana severely vandalized four churches in Rome (video of rampage here). He first invaded the Church of San Martino ai Monti and broke a statue. Next, he went to the ancient Basilica of Santa Prassede, where he demolished several more statues of saints, purposefully smashing them to the ground and stamping on them. He then ripped a large crucifix from the wall and was preparing to destroy it when he was stopped by a priest who grabbed him by the leg. The refugee continued his rampage and vandalized two other churches, San Vitale and the Church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini in Piazza d’Oro, where he destroyed several other precious statues. He was finally arrested by police in Rome’s historic district and charged with vandalism and religious hatred.

        United Kingdom: A Catholic school was threatened by a social media message saying, “We have our sights set on you, and by Allah we will kill every single infidel student at this school #McAuleySchoolMassacre.” The post, which targeted McAuley Catholic High School, Doncaster, appeared on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, and prompted widespread fear. The school apparently downplayed the incident and said authorities and police were alerted and investigating. But not all were reassured. Parent Shanie Varley took her 15-year-old daughter out of school and argued that, although many knew of the message, “parents weren’t told.” When the mother contacted the school, she was told that police were there and that it was “nothing to worry about.”

        Kosovo: Muslims turned a Christian chapel and cemetery into a public toilet and garbage dump. Earlier, a local Christian clergyman repaired and cleaned the chapel, only to return and see it being used again as a toilet. The only action taken by the local Muslim mayor has been to prevent Christians from accessing the chapel and cemetery in order to clean it for visits from family members of those buried there; but he has done nothing to prevent the site from being desecrated, despite Christian petitions. Similarly, on September 10, Muslims in Pristina set fire to Christ the Savior Cathedral. “Immediately after the fire,” noted the report, they “started using it [the church] as a toilet…. Since the Albanian Muslims took possession of this Orthodox land, hundreds of churches and monasteries have been burnt to the ground.”

        Pakistan: Authorities ordered the closure of house churches in the city of Bahawalpur after Muslims complained that they were being disturbed by Christian prayers. Christians were ordered to hold worship and prayer services in only one of four official churches in the city. Because the construction of new churches in Pakistan is highly regulated with countless hurdles to overcome—as in most Muslim nations—meeting and holding Christian worship services in private homes has become more common. The closure of these house churches is seen as the government’s way of cracking down on them.

        Indonesia: Following local Muslim protests, the mayor of South Jakarta closed a Protestant church by claiming it lacked a permit. When pressed about the claim, he said the congregation did have a permit, but only to build a “home-office and not to the elevation of a church.” The report adds that “The process for the construction of a church in Indonesia—Catholic or Protestant—is complicated and may take five to ten years to get all the permissions required.”

        Brunei: In compliance with Islamic law, the island nation banned the construction of churches. There are currently three churches there; no more can be added. Although the nation is Muslim-majority, approximately 10% of the population is Christian. According to the report, “Christians living in Brunei feel the brunt of the divisive law.”

        Turkey: As the government continues building mosques—nearly 9,000 were constructed between 2005 and 2015—it banned Orthodox Christian liturgy in the Sumela Monastery, a historic site inaugurated in 386 AD, roughly 1,000 years before Muslim Turks conquered Asia Minor. According to the report:

        “The ban has caused great disappointment to thousands of Pontian people worldwide, and people from Greece who had planned to travel to the region these days to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Sources within the Patriarchate of Constantinople … fear that Christian mass will never be allowed in the historic monastery again. This arbitrary ban seems to be yet another demonstration of the ‘unofficial’ second-class status of Christians in Turkey…. What secular, democratic republic builds thousands of mosques with state funds — taxpayer money — while closing the Halki Seminary of the Eastern Orthodox Church and confiscating countless Christian properties?”

        The Turkish government recently banned Orthodox Christian liturgy in the Sumela Monastery, a historic site inaugurated in 386 AD, roughly 1,000 years before Muslim Turks conquered Asia Minor. (Image source: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/Wikimedia Commons)

        Muslim Slaughter of Christians

        Australia: A 42-year-old Muslim man in Sydney stabbed to death his 35-year-old wife for converting to Christianity. The Iranian couple had been living on visas for four years. Prior to the woman’s apostasy, there was no known history of domestic violence between the couple. The report adds that “Christianity has been spreading rapidly among Iranians in recent years. This has caused many of them being forced to leave Iran as the government doesn’t tolerate conversion from Islam.”

        Pakistan: A 24-year-old Muslim man from Lahore murdered his 18-year-old sister for marrying a Christian, an act banned under Islamic law. He shot her in the head with a gun. The arrested man later said, “I told her I would have no face to show at the mill [where he worked], to show to my neighbors, so don’t do it. Don’t do it. But she wouldn’t listen. I could not let it go. It was all I could think about. I had to kill her. There was no choice.”

        Kenya: Islamic militants raided a village in the Christian majority nation at 2 am while everyone was asleep and slaughtered six people. The Islamic terror group Al Shabaab—”the youth”—headquartered in neighboring Somalia, claimed the attack on “Christianity’s power in the region.” It released a statement: “We are behind the Mandera attack in which we killed six Christians.” One witness said that the slain, “were gunned down mercilessly and their heads chopped off and smashed by grenades. I do not know how to say it better. I am psychologically bullied.”

        Nigeria: Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed more than 40 people during a massacre in a Christian village. The Fulanis have been responsible for several other brutal attacks which targeted Christians. They are portrayed as “infidels” who should be driven off the farming land.

        Muslim Contempt for and Abuse of Christians

        Germany: A human rights group issued a report in October shedding more light on the ongoing violence and discrimination Christian minorities face in refugee camps. Almost 750 Christians reported that they have experienced religiously motivated violence, including death threats and “sentencing” from unofficial Sharia courts. In one instance, Christian refugees returned from a church meeting to find a notice in one of the rooms that said: “To all Muslims: now is the time to behead the unbelievers.” A female Iranian refugee said one night a group of men shouted: “Whoever finds an Iranian woman today may rape and kill her. Kill them all. You may kill and rape them. You can do it, everywhere. Wherever you find them, you may do that.” Iranians are being targeted for being Shia and/or converting to Christianity. The woman added:

        “We came here to live a free life, but now we are being oppressed heavily. It is just like the Daesh [ISIS]: we feel very oppressed… I am living her under constant pressure and cannot take it any more. Nobody is allowed to know that I am a Christian, for I am afraid that they might find out about it in Iran. I am living under constant fear and oppression.”

        Nigeria: A 40-year-old Muslim cleric, Saheed Gbadamosi, was arrested after he threatened to bathe a local Christian pastor with acid and destroy his church. The prosecutor said that the “accused conspired with others still at large and stormed the defendant’s church armed with different types of dangerous weapons as they beat up the pastor identified as Emmanuel Ugbo, destroying church property and threatening to pour acid on him.”

        Ethiopia: Hours after releasing an 18-year-old Christian known only as Deborah on bail, police re-arrested her. She and three younger teenage girls (two aged 14, one 15) were initially arrested for handing out a booklet entitled, “Let’s speak the truth in love: Answers to questions by Ahmed Deedat,” which rebutted accusations against the Christian faith by the named and prominent Muslim cleric. This enraged some local Muslims, who said the book was an insult to Islam. They proceeded to riot and attack a church, damaging its windows and doors; this onslaught led to the arrest of the four teenage Christian girls. “It is not yet clear why Deborah was re-arrested. A police investigation failed to bring formal charges against her and the three other girls. Their bail application was approved by a judge, and the four teenagers were released after paying Birr 3,000 (about US$135),” said the report.

        Sudan: Six more Christians, three of whom are pastors, were jailed for refusing to hand over a school run by their evangelical church to the government. They were later released on bail. According to the report, “The arrests follow a number of other arrests of Christians in the country, where Christians face persecution…. Five other churches – three belonging to the Sudan Church of Christ, one to the Presbyterian Church and the other to the Episcopal Church – have been told their buildings will be demolished.”

        Kyrgyzstan: A family of mixed religious background was forced to bury and exhume its 76-year-old mother three times due to religious restrictions. The family—the daughter is Christian, the father is Muslim—were told they could not bury their mother because she “had been a practicing Christian in a village that was overwhelmingly Muslim, and local religious leaders restricted the cemetery to Muslims,” said the report. Authorities were said to be investigating the case. One of the charges was “desecration of the dead.”

        Pakistan: A Muslim mob beat Michael Robert, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Farooqabad, and his family, before forcibly evicting them from their home. According to the Muslim assailants, the house, which the Christian purchased two years ago, is Muslim property. Robert’s family filed a suit for fraud and the judge issued a restraining order barring anyone from forcibly evicting them until ownership was settled. Undeterred, 50 armed Muslim men stormed the house and, according to a lawyer, “left Pastor Robert, his father Robert Masih and his wife seriously injured. The assailants arrived in the dark of night and started firing in the air with their weapons to terrorize the locals. They then forced open Pastor Robert’s gate and attacked the family, thrashing them violently as they threw household items out in the open.”

        Separately, authorities shut down 11 Christian television stations which they described as “illegal broadcasts.” In response, Father Mushtaq Anjum, a Pakistani priest involved with the media, said, “The proclamation of the good news is now illegal. Christians have no place in public television channels.”

        In Khanewal district, local authorities have allowed the only Christian graveyard to deteriorate over the past thirty years and have taken no restorative measures despite Christian pleas. One man said that local authority, Muhammad Khan Daha, was contacted repeatedly but has overlooked the matter, despite having pledged to allocate funds to restore the boundary wall, and provide electricity and water connections. He also said the graveyard was so full that in two years’ time there would be no more room to bury their dead.

        Niger: Jeff Woodke, a 55-year-old American Christian missionary who had been living and serving his community for 24 years, was abducted from his home by Islamic militants after they killed two security guards. The mayor of the region said it was a “terrible tragedy” and that locals “wept with sorrow, lamenting the loss of a friend” the day after his abduction: “This man has lived among us for years, even in when it has been difficult to accompany vulnerable populations… Everyone knows his goodness.”

        Egypt: Armed Muslim men ambushed and abducted three Christian men and one of the men’s 9-year-old son as they were driving their car near Assyut. After the family could not meet the initial ransom demand of 500,000 Egyptian pounds, a ransom of 150,000 Egyptian pounds ($8,000 USD) was agreed upon and the kidnapped victims were freed.

        Germany: A kindergarten in Kassel canceled all Christmas celebrations and banned Christmas songs, trees, and any mention of the Nativity to accommodate the “diverse cultures” of their students. Approximately 12% of the 200,000 population are “foreign or have foreign roots.” The report adds that “Because of the high percentage of Muslim children at the Sara-Nussbaum-Haus Kindergarten, teachers at the school must pay special attention to make sure the children don’t swap food at lunch. This will make sure the Muslim children do not eat pork. Pork is not offered on the school’s menu.”

        About this Series

        While not all, or even most, Muslims are involved, persecution of Christians by Muslims is growing.

        The report posits that such Muslim persecution is not random but rather systematic, and takes place irrespective of language, ethnicity, or location.

        Raymond Ibrahim is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (published by Regnery with Gatestone Institute, April 2013).

    • James Wherry

      Opponents of Trump aren’t really serious about peace. They want the unending violence of the neo-con’s and the LIBERAL Military Intervention crowd in both of America’s main political parties. Here’s what Trump wants:

      “During one of his “thank-you” tour stops, Donald Trump announced on Dec. 1 (at 1:28:13-1:29:15):

      “We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments, folks. Remember – $6 trillion, 6 trillion [spent] in the Middle East, 6 trillion. Our goal is stability not chaos, because we want to rebuild our country [the United States]. It’s time, it’s time. We will partner with any nation that is willing to join us in the effort to defeat ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism – okay, we have to say the term, have to say the term. In our dealings with other countries, we will seek shared interests wherever possible and pursue a new era of peace, understanding, and good will.”

      http://www.danielpipes.org/17140/trump-middle-east-policy-revealed?utm_source=Middle+East+Forum&utm_campaign=b7b8512206-DP_CAMPAIGN_2016_12_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_086cfd423c-b7b8512206-33720713&goal=0_086cfd423c-b7b8512206-33720713

    • Thaddeus lovelock

      Groups like Isis prove that Islamist ideology is morally bankrupt. Assad would have been long gone by now if he wasn’t fighting a bunch medievalist fanatics. That it seems is the best Islam can do at present.

      • James Wherry

        TL, I’ve criticized Islam before and at its roots are the very verses of the Koran that ISIL uses. (I hate referring to them as “ISIS” because it keeps reminding me of a bad superhero TV show from my childhood!).

        But ISIL and al-Quaeda are what were known 1,300 years ago as “Kharajites.” These were extremists who carried Muhammad’s views to their “logical conclusions” and murdered any Muslims who got in their way as “apostates.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khawarij. The Muslims fought the Kharajites to the death in the 8th century and will do so again. Happens every few hundred years.

        After many years of making this argument, the Chief Imam in Sa’udi Arabia finally identified them as Kharajites, and I was over-joyed that someone FINALLY got it right. Of course, that doesn’t stop those same clerics from preaching the very INTOLERANCE that leads to the Kharajite outbreaks. http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Saudi-Arabias-clerics-condemn-IS-but-preach-intolerance-374932

        “Saudi Arabia’s clerics condemn IS but preach intolerance”
        Jerusalem Post (Reuters), 10 September 2014

        “When Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh described Islamic State and al-Qaida as “kharijites” last month, he was casting them as the ultimate heretics of Muslim history, a sect that caused the faith’s first and most traumatic schism.

        “That sort of rhetoric aimed at expelling militants from the Muslim mainstream has grown increasingly common among top Saudi clerics in recent weeks as they work to counter an ideology that threatens their political allies in the Al Saud dynasty.”

        The story continues online.

    • Thaddeus lovelock

      How come the only alternative to Assad is a plethora of extremist Jihadist groups that are just as bad as Assad. Who are the good guys in this conflict ?. If the majority of Muslims are moderate how come they are so ineffective in being a force for good in the Syrian conflict.

      • James Wherry

        The Syrian Army defectors such as the “Free Syrian Army” come the closest, but seem to have little support.

        Supporters of Assad have gleefully pointed out the poor human rights record of some of its leaders. Well, what do you suppose? They were part of the Syrian government, for heaven’s sake!

        • Thaddeus lovelock

          Yes I agree. There is no easy or simple solution to this conflict. It has too many players each with their own agenda. That’s the main reason the west has been so cautious in Syria. Not out of any love for Assad. Who is a brut. But the alternatives may be even worse.

          • James Wherry

            Amen. It’s a “lose/lose” situation. Iran and Syria hate us, but so do al-Nusra, ISIL and numerous other jihadist groups.

            I’d love to support the Free Syrian Army, as SEN McCain does, but the first question I have to ask is, “Would it be LEGAL for the United States to fund and back a war against a foreign government that poses no threat to the United States of America?” For all that I despise Assad, he is no threat to me.

    • madrino

      The split of Israel into the north and south kingdoms of Israel of the Samaritans and Judah of the Judah-its (see maps of the two lands around 830 BC) and the subsequent creation of the Babylonian Talmud after the captivity of the people of Judah, says much about what we face today. The Judah-ite contempt and trail of destruction of Persia (Esther), Greece (Maccabees), Rome, as well as the Judah-ization of Roman Catholicism and subsequent Protestant groups through Calvinism (Cohenism), dispensationalism, dominionism…of Jesus who was a Nazarene Samaritan, is little known throughout Christendom. ISIS was little more than a rag tag group of less than 100 driving Toyota trucks with some rifles. The money flowed down to ISIS through militant groups funded by Anglo-American-Zionist connection and it’s gulf state companions. It is a boogieman that has gotten a lot of air time and advertising from the west. Like operation gladio, mockingbird, COINTELPro, et. al., humanity is threatened from those pretending to be it’s defenders. Books on Zionism from 1600-early 1900s are available revealing those that believe in the second coming (or first) of a new messiah in the new Jerusalem have at the front of creating a manufactured messiah. The west has been duped, lied to for centuries by those that live by the belief in deception as an instrument of their belief. These deceptions were well known towards the end of the Roman empire. Current day Christianity is essentially a swap of Zoroaster and Jesus, a Judah-ite Hebrew testament, and Norse mythology (Yule), which is truly a false gospel canon and Hebrew canon (see Samaritan Pentateuch). Arian’s form of Christianity of Arian the Persian first created the beliefs of which the Unitarians (i.e. Church of the Nazarene) believe, a monotheism more like Islam, of one God, the Father.

      We all are know by our fruits. There has been much death in the name of “god”. However, when looking at the last 500 years, there can be no doubt of those who are at the center consist of 2% of the population in key positions of power helped by those nations waging war for expansion of land, resources, wealth and power. John F Kennedy warned Americans in 1961 in speeches to newspaper writers of secret societies and peace speech at American University of the greatest threat to humanity coming from within and well monied groups that had at their disposal limitless resources. It is not just a religious issue, but one of industry, policy, militarism, power brokers and control. Understanding that ISIS is a means of control, turned against the very people that abhor it around the world, as other groups of terror, is an important step. I wish you godspeed in letting people understand the underlying truth.

      • James Wherry

        I’m an Apostolic Pentecostal and don’t subscribe to the Arian view of God, or the Trinitarian view of God.

        Amusingly, however, the Arians and Jews did unite together, when they began to be persecuted by the Trinitarians. Many of the “109 places Jews were expelled from” are fakes, but they include Alexandria in 415. Here’s what REALLY happened:

        Robert Louis Wilken writes: “During the episcopate of Athanasius, Jews and Christians clashed over the appointment of bishops to the see of Alexandria. The Arian bishop Gregory was appointed to take Athanasius’ place. When the time came for his entrance into Alexandria, Catholics tried to prevent him from being consecrated, but Philagrius, the prefect of Alexandria, was an Arian supporter. According to Athanasius this prefect gathered together a large mob of heathens and Jews and set them against the Catholics with swords and clubs. They broke into the churches and desecrated holy objects, seized the virgins and monks, and burned the Scriptures.” He credits the report of Theodoret, who claimed that after the consecration of Peter as bishop of Alexandria, “the governor ‘assembled a mob of Greeks and Jews, surrounded the walls of the church, and bade Peter come forth, threatening him with exile if he refused.’”

        https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/leithart/2010/06/jews-and-arians/

    • Val Cocora
    • Val Cocora

      arbaeen is a shia celebration, not anti isis protest.
      this muslim woman is trying to sell a ford pinto as if it was mercedes.

      • James Wherry

        MintPressNews is a Shi’ite website that shills for Iran, Syria and their allies.

        Mnar Muhawash worked at PressTV as in http://www.PressTV.IR as in “IRAN.” PressTV and Sputnik News are frequently posted to this website.

    • SeaNote

      ISIS is a measure of the failure of Muslims to successfully practice Islam, over centuries.
      Secular governance can bring the Arab Muslims into the nineteenth century, for a reset.

      • Val Cocora

        ever seen flying pigs?

        • tapatio

          Yeah…….any Jew on a plane.

    • warlords

      Most victims are muslims yet people believe in a lie like islam it only proves most muslims are unrighteous people…Are there muslims who condemn muhammad?…How many are there?

    • Ilpalazzo

      Yeah they wan to see ISIS defeated *only* because it’s yet *another* Muslim sect. Muslims have been fighting each other since its inception. Watch the Man Who Would Be King, they are still like that. So the ‘most of the fatalities of terrorism are muslim’ only speaks to the degree of bloodlust Muslims have in general!

    • James Wherry

      99% of Iraq is “Muslim?” No. the Yazidi’s generally state they are Muslim, to hide from brutal persecution by – well, Muslims – but their numbers are a lot higher.
      “Religion in Iraq (est. 2010)
      “Islam (99%)
      “Christianity (1%)

      “96% of Iraqis follow Islam: 51% Shia and 42% Sunni. 5% of these describe themselves as “Just a Muslim”.[10] According to the CIA Factbook, Shias make up 65% of population, while Sunnis 32%. Christianity accounts for 0.8%, and the rest practice Mandaeism, Yazidism and other religions.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Iraq

      Despite the fact that only about 4% of Iraq is non-Muslim, however, Christians and Yazidis suffered the most because of ISIL, with whole communities forced to flee and the rest either forcibly converted, or sold into slavery and s-xual abuse which ISIL considered it’s “allah-given right.”

    • James Wherry

      Mnar, I wish you well in your own fight against ISIL. There are American troops in Iraq helping the predominantly Shi’ite nation (60%) rid itself of those vermin, and we are busy, using our own allies to surround and destroy ISIL in Raqqa, Syria. As an American Soldier, I was greeted with thanks and handshakes by Shi’ites in an-Nasiriyah to the South and in Baghdad, Iraq.

      But you cannot support terrorism with one hand and oppose it with the other – and no one does that more than Iran, the nation you so often defend. For eight years (2004-2011), Iran and Syria supported Sun’ni terrorists and Shi’ite terrorists in Iraq – if they would just murder me and my fellow U.S. service members. Iran and Syria both provided safe havens for the terrorists they now fight in Iraq as well as communications lines, supply lines, munitions and logistics. My fellow service men got rid of the Taliban in Afghanistan – you know, the ones who murdered an Iranian embassy sent to negotiate with them? Oh, those pesky embassies and the countries who don’t respect them. . . . We also rid the world of Saddam Hussein who hated Shi’ites – and murdered them.

      You’re welcome.

      But what’s done is done, eh? These days, Iran praises and supports Hamas, when it urges Palestinian Arabs to stab or run over innocent, unarmed Jews. Hezbollah is “HeztheBully” in Lebanon, and is responsible for the murder of one of its most recent Presidents, to say nothing of attacks on Israelis, with plans to import chemical weapons from Assad in Syria.

      I have tried for quite some time to explain to Muslims that “If YOU can simply call someone an ‘Apostate’ or a ‘Heretic’ and receive the right to murder them, guess what? So can THEY do it to YOU.” And that’s exactly what ISIL has done. It is doing nothing other than what other Muslims – Sun’ni and Shi’ite – are doing.

      Bottomline: “If you want peace, work for justice.”

      • “But you cannot support terrorism with one hand and oppose it with the other…” The US does that all the time. It created and armed al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in the 1980s; it used al-Qaeda’s Libyan franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, to get rid of Gaddafi; and it has used al-Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, al-Nusra Front/Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, in its attempt to topple the (legal) Government in Damascus. The US has also turned a blind eye to some of Islamic State’s activities, when these have been seen to further US interests.

        • James Wherry

          Alan, “Two wrongs do not make a right.”

          But I dispute your history lesson: al-Quaeda did not exist in the ’80’s: the Mujahadeen did. Out of the Mujahadeen came a number of groups, including the Tajik leader whom the Taliban assassinated, the day before 9/11. He would have United the Afghans against the Taliban.

          We did not use the Libyans to get rid of Qaddafi Duck. Instead, a bunch of bleeding heart liberals imagine that a genocide was taking place, and they convinced President Obama to intervene. I can damn that intervention as the stupidest thing the United States of America has done in the past 10 years with our military. I never want to hear another liberal complain to me again about the fallout from the Iraq war: they own Libya and they better figure out how to fix it. And do it without US troops. Let Egypt and Algeria figure it out: we are not Arabs and we are not Africans and we are not Muslims.

          I know of no example where America turned a blind eye to the Islamic state. We have been trying to destroy them for the past two years and now we are finally succeeding. I can partially praise President Obama for not sending in tens of thousands of troops to take these murders on directly, but instead relying on Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga and our questionable rebel allies in Syria to destroy the Islamic state. I wish he had kept all of our troops out including our special forces. It is an ugly slippery slope to another “police action” like Vietnam.

          “Yankee go home! Please?”

          • (1) Al-Qaeda DID exist in the 1980s. It was, literally, “the database”, i.e. the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden was among them.

            (2) If you think that Ahmad Shah Massoud, a Tajik, would have united all 14 ethnic groups in Afghanistan, including the Pashtun and Hazara, you’re dreaming.

            (3) The destruction of Libya was not a stupid mistake. It was part of the US push for global hegemony. See the testimony of General Wesley Clark at http://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166. The original plan was to “take out” seven countries in five years – a criminal enterprise of breathtaking proportions.

            (4) The US has turned a blind eye to Islamic State on several occasions, but I’ll mention just one. It knew about, but did nothing to stop, the first IS advance on Palmyra. Why? The answer is simple: Because that advance was to President Assad’s disadvantage, and “regime change” has been the prime US objective in Syria since the mid-2000s.

            • James Wherry

              Nice re-write of history, but no.

              1. Uh, no. “al-Quaeda” is not “the database”, but simply “the base.” The English name of the organization is a simplified transliteration of the Arabic noun al-qāʿidah (القاعدة‎), which means “the foundation” or “the base”. The initial al- is the Arabic definite article “the”, hence “the base.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Qaeda. Some of its fighters were part of the anti-Soviet groups from the 1980’s, but at that time, they were not against the United States. It is quint-essential “blow back,” but it did serve to bring down the Soviet Union and end the Cold War. Following the Soviet defeat in 1989, Bin Laden returned to Sa’udi Arabia. He and al-Quaeda were actually based in the Sudan from 1992-1996.

              2. It’s not a question of whether I think that Ahmad Shah Massoud could unite the Afghans: the Taliban and al-Quaeda THOUGHT SO, and that’s why he was murdered, the day before 9/11.

              3. General Clark’s remark about “7 countries in 5 years” was made in 2005, during a time that those countries were directly funding the murder of U.S. Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, or sending jihadists to kill Americans. Should we have planned to hit back? Sure. Why not? What’s “criminal” about that? Was it “criminal” for Iran and Syria to import IEDs and EFPs into Iraq to murder my Soldiers?

              More to the point, though: IT NEVER HAPPENED. As an American service man in Iraq in 2003 and 2008-2009, it was clear the surge took everything we had – and then some – just in Iraq. We left a democracy, albeit one that answers to Iran and leases oil lands to China. I support the invasion, NOT the ridiculous 8-year occupation that served no purpose.

              But to impute the neo-con’s IDIOCY on Barak Obama is RIDICULOUS and has no basis in reality. In no way does Wesley Clark’s 2005 statement have anything to do with President Obama, or his own foreign policy. He got us out of Iraq on schedule in 2011 (not fast enough for me), and never attempted to invade or over-throw any other nation. Libya was the debacle of “bleeding-heart liberals” who implemented “LIBERAL military interventionism” – making the world safe, “one invasion at a time.” It was dumb for the neo-con’s to pick it up and abandon TRUE conservatism which IS “military isolationism” and it was dumb of the liberals to try it – again – in the face of Iraq. You’ll notice we do not control Libya and have made NO effort to occupy it or stand up a government.

              4. How did the USA “turn a blind eye to Palmyra?” That’s in Syria. The Syrian government was fighting that advance. Why did we need to get involved? You can’t have it both ways.

              Our attacks against ISIL in Syria have focused on Raqqa, it’s “capitol” and in cutting off its oil revenues, munitions factories and chemical weapons factories. Can’t Russia and Syria do ANYTHING right?!?

              • 1. No, al-Qaeda doesn’t simply mean “the base”. (Where was the physical “base”?) It can also mean “foundation” (as you note), “groundwork”, “basis”, and, in the computer age, “database”. To my mind, the latter is the most accurate translation in this case. You will find plenty of expert opinion that supports my contention. For example, see http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a88database . (You have to look a bit farther than Wikipedia when doing research.)

                2. Your claim that the “Taliban and al-Quaeda thought [Ahmad Shah Massoud could unite the Afghans]”, looks like little more than conjecture on your part. Where is your evidence of what they were thinking? (Incidentally, the Taliban denied any involvement in the assassination.) Interestingly, there is also a claim the “shadow CIA” killed Massoud, because he stood in the way of their plans for Afghanistan.

                3. I don’t agree that US soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq were “murdered”. They were illegal invaders, and were treated accordingly. You are right in pointing out that all seven countries were not “taken out” in five years. Putting the issue of the time frame to one side, that’s largely because the Russians stepped in, after the destruction of Libya, and called a halt to America’s criminal regime-change operations (which also include Victoria Nuland’s putsch in Kiev).

                4. It’s not just my view that the US (which was operating – illegally – over eastern Syria) turned a blind eye to the ISIS advance on Palmyra. It’s also the view of Virginia Senator Richard Black, who stated, “it is unconceivable that the American-led collation [sic] could not have seen this massive army moving towards Palmyra”.

                • James Wherry

                  1. My point is that the Mujahadeen were fighting against the Soviets and that the CIA did not knowingly support people who later morphed into an anti-American group. This is classical “blowback,” and with the Blind Sheikh’s attempt on the Twin Towers in 1992, it’s clear that al-Quaeda declared its hatred, shortly after the end of the Afghan War.

                  2. Your claim that Massoud could not unite the Afghans is just as speculative. Sorry: the murderers were the camera crew interviewing him and not CIA operatives.

                  3. If Iran and Syria were involved in a war in Iraq on Americans, was that “legal?” On what basis? Please don’t bother trying to JUSTIFY the murder of U.S. troops by Iran and Syria.

                  WHEN did the Russians “step in” from 2005-2011, when we left Iraq? They were non-players and did nothing to stop the imaginary, non-existent plot to topple the governments of the middle east: there simply never was a plot to do so.

                  4. EVERYONE could see ISIL moving toward Palmyra. I followed it in the newspapers and online. That doesn’t mean I was responsible to put troops into Syria and stop it. I want ALL American troops out of Syria, period. We have no legal right to do anything except attack ISIL and al-Nusra, but we have NO “responsibility” to fight Assad’s civil war for him: it is a self-inflicted wound that he so richly deserved and earned.

                  • If the Iranians were involved in actions against the US in Iraq, they possibly saw those actions as payback for the US support for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s. But again, this is all speculation.

                    • James Wherry

                      The United States did not back Iraq: it instituted Military sanctions against both countries.

                      But if America supported the rock in the Iran Iraq war, maybe it did so because Iran had murdered 300 of our Marines.

                      • “The United States did not back Iraq…”

                        You must be joking. The evidence is overwhelming that it did. Furthermore, Saddam Hussein was a CIA asset as early as 1959. It was only when he had outlived his usefulness, and (horror of horrors!) had made moves to dump the US dollar, that the US decided to get rid of him. And on the subject of Iran: Who overthrew the Iranian Government of Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953, and started all this animosity?

                      • James Wherry

                        There is no ignoring the arms embargo that the United States helped implement against both Iran and Iraq.

                        About the only thing that the United States dead for Iraq was to provide satellite imagery and to sell grain to the government of Iraq.

                        Given what Iran had done to our Marines in Beirut, it’s a wonder that we didn’t join Saddam Hussein on his side of the war. Perhaps Iran should think about that the next time it goes to kill young American men and women.

                        Kindly remember that the first ayatollah Khomeini also supported the overthrow of the secular government of prime minister Mosadaq. Blame him. You can also blame the Shah and his IRANIAN supporters and MI6 whose plan we both know it was.

                        In 1979, however, Iran and the USA signed a mutual release of all past wrongs which prevented us from taking revenge for the hostage crisis: it covered anything having to do with Mosadaq, as well.

                      • And there is no ignoring the Iran-Contra scandal, under which arms sales to Iran were secretly facilitated by the US administration. Even Wikipedia lists “several billion dollars’ worth of economic aid, the sale of dual-use technology, non-US origin weaponry, military intelligence, and Special Operations training” as parts of the US contribution to the Iraqi war effort.

                        Where’s your evidence that Iran was responsible for the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut? Perhaps you should remember what happened to the Marines before you launch your next “goofy” operation. (Colin Powell’s description of it.)

                        Kindly remember that Iranians are entitled to support or oppose any policy or person in Iran.

                      • James Wherry

                        And you will notice that it was the “Iran-Contra” scandal in which IRAN took one of our foreign operatives, tortured him to death, learned our other spies and threatened to turn them over to the Soviets.

                        And the Iranians got used parts.

                      • Much-maligned Iran looks like becoming your nemesis. See “How a United Iran, Russia and China are Changing The World – For the Better” at http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46143.htm Poor Uncle Sam. He must be having nightmares.

                      • James Wherry

                        “informationanclearinghouse” is a Far Left website dedicated to the hatred of the United States. Biased much?

                        You also asked about proof of the Iranian involvement of the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut. The first thing I could point to would be the MONUMENT IN TEHRAN to the “martyrs who carried out the operation.” I regard that as an admission of guilt – though I’m sure Iran sees it as a proud trumpet of their victory.

                        But a U.S. Federal judge examining the evidence concluded that Iran directed the attack.

                        “The attorney for the families of the victims uncovered some new information, including a U.S. National Security Agency intercept of a message sent from Iranian intelligence headquarters in Tehran to Hojjat ol-eslam Ali-Akbar Mohtashemi, the Iranian ambassador in Damascus. As it was paraphrased by presiding U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth, “The message directed the Iranian ambassador to contact Hussein Musawi, the leader of the terrorist group Islamic Amal, and to instruct him … ‘to take a spectacular action against the United States Marines.'”[131] Musawi’s Islamic Amal was a breakaway faction of the Amal Movement and an autonomous part of embryonic Hezbollah.[132]

                        “In July 2012, federal Judge Royce Lamberth ordered Iran to pay more than $813m in damages and interest to the families of the 241 U.S. peacekeepers that were killed, writing in a ruling that Tehran had to be “punished to the fullest extent legally possible… Iran is racking up quite a bill from its sponsorship of terrorism.”[133][134][135][136] In April 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that frozen assets of Iran’s Central Bank held in the U.S. could be used to pay the compensation to families of the victims.[137]”

                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Beirut_barracks_bombings

                      • Information Clearing House is simply a conduit for information. If you disagree with any of that information, you are welcome to go to the site and post your contrary opinions.

                        The rest of your latest post is hardly worthy of comment. It is not evidence. Or rather, it is evidence along the lines of the “evidence” that concluded that Libya did Lockerbie, or that a man in a cave in Afghanistan did 9/11, or that Vladimir Putin personally hacked the US presidential election.

                      • vicki fairman

                        I am on the edge of my seat waiting for you to tell us who really IS responsible for everything you listed….hmmm?

                      • Re Lockerbie: Does anyone know who did it? Some say Iran (or someone in Iran) did it, in revenge for the shooting down of Iran Air Flight 655 by the USS Vincennes. Re 9/11: Former Italian president Francesco Cossiga says Mossad and the CIA did it, and that this is common knowledge among global intelligence agencies. Re the (alleged) hacking of the US presidential election: At this stage, I think it’s highly unlikely the Russians hacked the election. I believe Julian Assange and former British diplomat Craig Murray when they say the Clinton and Podesta emails were leaked by an insider, not hacked. Murray says he knows the leaker.

                      • tapatio

                        Correct. Please see my comment above yours, to which I’m responding. Have a great Summer.

                      • James Wherry

                        Happy to answer your questions, Alan. Apparently you are not familiar with the Federal trial involving the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut AND you’re not familiar with the trial that convicted a Libyan Intelligence Officer of the bombing. Qadaffi accepted responsbility and paid compensation.

                        “Following a three-year joint investigation by Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), arrest warrants were issued for two Libyan nationals in November 1991. In 1999, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi handed over the two men for trial at Camp Zeist, Netherlands after protracted negotiations and UN sanctions. In 2001, Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was jailed for life after being found guilty of 270 counts of murder in connection with the bombing. In August 2009, he was released by the Scottish government on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. He died in May 2012, the only person to be convicted for the attack. He had continually asserted his innocence.

                        “In 2003, Gaddafi accepted responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing and paid compensation to the families of the victims, although he maintained that he had never given the order for the attack.[4] During the Libyan Civil War in 2011, a former government official claimed that the Libyan leader had personally ordered the bombing, though this was later denied.[4]”

                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_103

                      • I am familiar with all official narratives, legal proceedings, etc. How could I not be? I was in the mainstream media for close to 50 years – from before the Kennedy assassination. During that time, I often edited the world news pages of the papers I worked for. That’s probably one reason why my view of the “news” and of “history” is different from yours.

                      • vicki fairman

                        I have heard these absurd conspiracy theories about 9/11 being “an inside job,” and, alternatively, “the Jews did it” — none of them make any sense, nor is there any evidence of it. What we know for sure is that there were at least 15 Saudi nationals involved in it, and that Osama Bin Laden openly took credit for it. Bin Laden’s group, Al Qaeda, had previously tried to bring down the World Trade Center in 1993, using a truck bomb. If you have any specific evidence to contradict this, please share it with us. Saying, “this is common knowledge among global intelligence agencies” is not even close to hard evidence. It is laughable.

                      • Nothing in my last post is adduced as evidence. If you think the official narrative of 9/11 is credible, that’s fine with me. I would, however, question your assertion that Bin Laden “openly took credit” for the attacks. See “Bin Laden ‘Confession’ Tapes” at http://www.911hardfacts.com/report_19.htm. Yes, there was a previous attempt to bring down the World Trade Center. But the background to this is complex. See “Who Bombed The World Trade Center? Fbi Bomb Builders Exposed!!” at http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur46.htm . There are many other, similar discussions and analyses of the 1993 incident, which a simple Google search will quickly reveal.

                      • tapatio

                        FINAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR MOST CRIMES, OVER THE LAST 300 YEARS, FALLS ON THIS FAMILY OF VAMPIRES……………

                        Below is the Rothschild-Bilderberg Predatory Capitalist Cartel – at the root of the corruption that has taken control of our country, its government, media and commerce. Until that corruption is rooted out and eradicated, America will continue to sicken and, eventually, die.
                        These same Rothschilds, that hold controlling interest in the Federal Reserve today, also were patrons of Karl Marx and directed-financed the Bolshevik-Communist “revolution”. That one family name has been connected to more death and horror, over the last 300 years, than ALL other causes combined. The Rothschilds are, of course, Jewish.

                        Rothschild Bank
                        New Court
                        St Swithin’s Lane
                        London EC4N 8AL
                        United Kingdom

                        http://humansarefree.com/2013/11/complete-list-of-banks-ownedcontrolled.html

                        (note: The list linked above includes only Central Banks in which the Rothschild/Bilderberg Cartel holds controlling interest. They also hold controlling interest in virtually every major
                        commercial and investment bank on Earth)

                        Rothschild History
                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtiOEpOnqtI

                        JFK and the Federal Reserve
                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sJzPDOUvZE

                        https://ia800308.us.archive.org/30/items/CreatureFromJekyllIslandByG.Edward-G.EdwardGriffin/CreatureFromJekyllIslandByG.Edward-G.EdwardGriffin.pdf

                        http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-federal-reserve-cartel-the-eight-families/25080

                        https://socioecohistory.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/james_madison-moneychangers_banksters_control_of_government_by_controlling_money.jpg

                        http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Nathan-Rothschild-and-famed-quote.jpg

                        https://firstlightforum.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/why-the-jews-killed-jesus-jesus-jews-lulz-religion-1344086402.jpg?w=590

                        http://shakeandwakeradio.com/1963-JFK.jpg

                        https://rehmat1.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/rothschildpig1.jpg

                        http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/956/598/d36.jpg

                        The cartoons in this post are not “racist” because they are accurate caricatures of Jacob Rothschild and the star of david is the icon of Zionism – a political movement. It is also a reality that the vast majority of the leaders of this predatory cartel are from that ONE cult that comprises only 2/10ths of one percent of the world’s population, but provides a large double-digit percentage of the world’s criminals and two-legged predators.

                      • vicki fairman

                        You are a very talented comedian; Thanks for a good laugh!

                      • tapatio

                        ONE MUST BE INCREDIBLY INFANTILE TO BELIEVE THAT THOSE WERE US “PEACEKEEPERS”. THEY WERE US MERCENARIES (badly paid) IN SERVICE OF THE OLIGARCHY (MOSTLY JEWISH).

                      • Rich

                        I found your discussion with Alan a refreshing change from the insult slinging found in most comment sections. I believe that those in govt. love to have us believe straw-enemies exist to keep us in a constant state of disquiet, thus garnering support from, most of us, to allow them to keep us safe. I think it was Ayne Rand who used the term, “social ballast,” when referring this segment of society. However, in the same manner as Scottish Dr. Higgs, decades ago, theorized the existence of a Boson particle, when he calculated that the sum of all parts of matter, existing in a vacuum, did not add up to the whole. Something else had to be there. This subatomic particle was recently observed In the CERN/ITER super collider. Higgs won a Nobel for physics, although he’d prefer a Peace prize no doubt. When factoring in everything since the profit’s dream, through Sykes-Picot to present, I can not walk away without the feeling that something is there but not visible. Perhaps a “nation behind the curtain,” exists that has an interest in the Middle East and has been able to manipulate super powers to do its bidding. I too worry about the loss of American lives in wars not in our interests. I remain a Goldwater conservative who wishes and prays that we return to what was our pre-Wilsonian beliefs.

                      • James Wherry

                        Thank you, Rich!

                        Amen: I am a proud Barry Goldwater conservative and that means “military isolationist.” We were promised America would not be thrown into the Mexican Civil War – and then we were. We were promised no entry into Europe’s un-ending wars in WWI – and then we did. Over and over again, Korea, Vietnam, etc., we objected to American involvement.

                        The “neo-cons” are simply the latest proponents of “LIBERAL military interventionism.” In Syria, both sides hate us, so how can we win?

                      • tapatio

                        IN YOUR HEART YOU KNOW HE MIGHT
                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDTBnsqxZ3k

                • tapatio

                  Don’t bother arguing with James Wherry. He’s a hasbara shill employed by Israel.

                  • I think he has probably earned his pay for today,

                    • tapatio

                      He works very hard to live up to the standards of his Jewish masters…………..

                      For those who are unaware, James Wherry is the “resident” Zionist troll on Mint Press. His function is to denigrate the articles here and attack anyone who tells the truth about US Imperialism, Zionism, Judaism or its gods – the Rothschild-Bilderberg Predatory Empire.

                      Mr Wherry is a former major in the US Army who was employed in “Civil Affairs”, the organization that involved in “enhanced” techniques to render populations docile and obedient to whatever puppet the Empire placed over them. He has bragged on Mint Press about helping to train the state terrorists of Uganda.

                      Mr. Wherry is also what is called a “gay” chickenhawk – older men who prey on young boys.. It’s actually a sub-species of ped0phile – too cowardly to actually run the risk of attacking children and turns their attention to barely legal young men. In Mr Wherry’s case, he obtained a young Filipino boy through a web site that handles such transactions, brought the boy to the US and “married” him. Presumably, the boy’s birth certificate is authentic (difficult to know in a country like the Philippines, where any official document is available for under $100). At any event, Mr Wherry appears to be a very, very dissipated 50-something and the boy looks like he should be in junior high school.

                      I know this because James Wherry trolled me for some months, on this site, until I became sufficiently irritated. He was stupid enough to use his real name and a traceable photo, making it easy to investigate him and do a background check.

                      ANY CREATURE THAT WOULD MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT HAS A VERY DISEASED MIND…………………..

                      “”I’m very happy about it,” James Wherry said. “Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due.””

                      https://www.facebook.com/james.wherry.39

                      http://wrbl.com/2015/06/27/local-reaction-to-scotus-decision/

                      http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtrbvD22CEQ

                      Anyone wishing to chat with James Wherry on the subjects of Jew crimes, Jews defrauding of America and war crime involvement by US Army “Civil Affairs” could do so at this address…………….
                      JAMES WHERRY
                      6300 MILGEN RD, APT 1403
                      COLUMBUS, GA 31907
                      (Wherry claims to have moved from the above address)
                      OR AT
                      6450 Way Ave Bldg 2839 • Fort Benning, GA 31905
                      (Fort Benning is home of School of the Americas. Wherry has claimed that he has never worked at Fort Benning – he lied)

                      I’m sure Wherry would also love to show how to buy boy s-x slaves from third world countries and show the one he brought home from the Philippines
                      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9382955e1316df62366bc49068900927994ffc1ae18393dd844abef268ae7acb.jpg

                      • Thanks for all that information. I’ll file it for future reference. I am a retired daily newspaper journalist in Palmerston North, New Zealand. I was at The Japan Times in Tokyo for nine years, before coming to this country in 1972.

                      • tapatio

                        You’re welcome. And, I’m a retired anthropology teacher living near Seattle in the US. New Zealand is a beautiful country. We visited Palmerston North during a week spent in NZ after my brother-in-law’s wedding in Sydney, 15 years ago.

      • vicki fairman

        Well said, sir. Thank you for being a lone voice of sanity in a sea of lunacy that is this site. And, not least of all, thank you for your service!

        • James Wherry

          And thank you as well, Vicki.

          Stay here long enough and you’ll find that some of the nutjobs simply repeat their same lies, over and over, again. Alan Ireland is not one of those people so a real conversation with him is worth having on these issues, and I think we were able to express both of our views.