Did you see who was on the cover?
"Women play key propaganda role for ISIS, report asserts" by Karla Adam Washington Post May 29, 2015
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Things like that are certainly not for virgin ears or eyes.
LONDON — Western women in the Islamic State are playing a crucial role in disseminating propaganda and are not simply flocking to the region to become a ‘‘jihadi bride,’’ according to a British research report.
The report published Thursday by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London called the view that women are joining the Islamic State primarily to marry a foreign fighter ‘‘one-dimensional.’’
Women are drawn to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, by a number of factors, including a sense of isolation, a feeling that the international Muslim community is under threat, and a promise of sisterhood, which was especially important for teenage girls, the report said.
‘‘Much has been made of romantic notions in motivating people to go, but we know that reality is very different,’’ Melanie Smith, one of the report’s authors, said at a news conference in central London.
We sure do!
The researchers said that about 550 Western women were living in the Islamic State, where their main responsibility is to be a good wife and mother. Some women have expressed a desire to fight on the front lines, but it is not allowed under the Islamic State’s interpretation of sharia law.
But Western women are playing a significant role in propaganda and the recruitment of other women. ‘‘ISIS have allowed for, and even relied upon, a decentralized network of messengers to carry and promote their propaganda and proliferate their world-vision,’’ the report said.
Yeah, the war pre$$ always waves women at us when things are going bad or they are trying to gin up a war.
A separate study by the Associated Press, released Thursday, put the number of Western girls and young women who have joined the extremists in Syria at about 600. It said only two have returned from the war zone, compared with about 30 percent of the male foreign fighters, the AP said, citing figures from European governments.
Part of the reason for the low return rate among females is that they are married almost immediately and are not allowed to travel alone, the report said. With an estimated 20,000 foreign fighters — among them 5,000 Europeans — in Syria, many men are looking for wives.
While offering similar findings on the marriage rate, the King’s College study stressed that this was not the main motive for women traveling there.
That report highlighted the case of Salma and Zahra Halane — the teenage ‘‘terror twins’’ from Britain — who encourage women to migrate to the territory and avoid censorship by changing Internet user names and ‘‘using ‘shout-out’ tactics’’ to keep their followers.
If this were not so serious, it would be hilarious.
They also answer questions from would-be migrants. Salma, for instance, advised a woman on Ask.fm that she should marry as soon as possible after she arrived.
Smith, the researcher, said that the longest known period of a woman living unmarried in the Islamic State was two months.
Using social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Ask.fm, the researchers monitor about 100 women from 15 countries who they believe are living in Islamic State-controlled territory. The majority are in their late teens and early 20s, with the youngest being 13.
The report also highlighted discrepancies between the utopian society presented through Islamic State propaganda and the reality on the ground.
That's why I want to get to the blogs.
Women have been increasingly raising concerns, albeit indirectly, about issues including inadequate health care and shortages of electricity and clean water. Some were ‘‘considering climbing pine trees to gain Internet reception,’’ the report said. One woman reported having a miscarriage in the hospital after she was unable to communicate in a common language with her doctor.
But such grumbles are the exception.
The researchers also suggested ways to counter the recruitment of women to the Islamic State.
They said that highlighting the reality of what life is really like — puncturing holes in the utopian propaganda — would help to deter young women from going.
They also recommended boosting the number of female mentors and caseworkers working with vulnerable young women, noting that there is a lack of persuasive female voices reaching these women.
What would their mothers say?
"Mothers invoke Koran in urging children to leave Islamic State and return home" by Frank Jordans Associated Press June 03, 2015
BERLIN — Quoting from the Koran, a group of Western mothers whose children have joined the Islamic State and other extremists in Syria and Iraq appealed Wednesday for them to return home.
In an open letter posted on social media websites, members of Mothers for Life called on their sons and daughters to recall that Islam requires them to honor their parents.
‘‘Even if you think death will give you that ‘better’ life, remember that even the Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessings be upon him) said: ‘Paradise lies at the feet of your mother,’ ’’ the group said. ‘‘By leaving us against our will to give up your own life and take those of others, you have put our struggle, pain and honor under your feet and walked over it.’’
Mothers for Life — which has Muslim and non-Muslim members from seven countries including Canada, France, and the United States — said they are making a conscious decision to use social media to reach their children.
Anyone check their visas?
"Yazidi refugees recount systematic rapes by captors; Islamic State justifies practice of sex slavery" by Rukmini Callimachi New York Times August 14, 2015
QADIYA, Iraq —The systematic rape of women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority has become deeply enmeshed in the organization and the radical theology of the Islamic State in the year since the group announced it was reviving slavery as an institution.
Jwho is bringing you this picture?
Interviews with 21 women and girls who recently escaped the Islamic State, as well as an examination of the group’s official communications, illuminate how the practice has been enshrined in the group’s core tenets.
The trade in Yazidi women and girls has created a persistent infrastructure, with a network of warehouses where the victims are held, viewing rooms where they are inspected and marketed, and a fleet of buses used to transport them.
A total of 5,270 Yazidis were abducted last year, and at least 3,144 are still being held, according to community leaders. To handle them, the Islamic State has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex slavery, including sales contracts notarized by the Islamic State-run Islamic courts. And the practice has become an established recruiting tool to lure men from deeply conservative Muslim societies, where casual sex is taboo and dating is forbidden.
A growing body of internal policy memos and theological discussions has established guidelines for slavery, including a lengthy how-to manual issued by the Islamic State Research and Fatwa Department just last month.
Readers, I don't believe a word of this rank rot Jewish war propaganda. Not one word. They forged, 'er, phonied, 'er, found manuals and memos from ISIS.
Repeatedly, the Islamic State leadership has emphasized a narrow and selective reading of the Koran and other religious rulings to not only justify violence, but also to elevate and celebrate each sexual assault as spiritually beneficial, even virtuous.
“Every time that he came to rape me, he would pray,” said F, a 15-year-old girl who was captured on the shoulder of Mount Sinjar one year ago and was sold to an Iraqi fighter in his 20s. Like some others interviewed by The New York Times, she wanted to be identified only by her first initial because of the shame associated with rape.
As if I would believe anything presented by the New York Times!!
I won't even touch a Times for fear of contamination and infection, haven't since 2007, and if I do by mistake I make sure I decontaminate.
“He kept telling me this is ibadah,” she said, using a term from Islamic scripture meaning worship.
“He said that raping me is his prayer to God. I said to him, ‘What you’re doing to me is wrong, and it will not bring you closer to God.’ And he said, ‘No, it’s allowed. It’s halal,’ ” said the teenager, who escaped in April with the help of smugglers after being enslaved for nearly nine months.
The Islamic State’s formal introduction of systematic sexual slavery dates to Aug. 3, 2014, when its fighters invaded the villages on the southern flank of Mount Sinjar.
For some reason WMD and babies thrown from incubators onto the cold, hard floor is starting to resonate (remember that whopper that was repeated and repeated?).
Turns out there was no crisis, the Yazidi were living there by choice. It was all ANOTHER LIE from the mouthpiece WAR PRE$$!
"Family says Islamic State chief raped US hostage" by Adam Goldman Washington Post August 15, 2015
WASHINGTON — The leader of the Islamic State personally kept a 26-year-old American woman as a hostage and raped her repeatedly, according to US officials and her family.
The family of the late Kayla Mueller of Arizona said Friday that the FBI had informed them that the emir of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had sexually abused their daughter, a humanitarian worker.
Well, the CIA/Mossad creation will not be making it to heaven, and that must have been hell what with his bad breath.
The Islamic State claimed that Mueller was killed earlier this year after a Jordanian fighter plane dropped a bomb on the house where she was being kept. The US government confirmed the death, but not the cause.
Mueller’s parents said the FBI first spoke to the family about the sexual assault in June and provided more details approximately two weeks ago. The bureau pieced together what happened to the American from interviews with other hostages and the captured wife of a senior Islamic State figure.
The FBI also told the Muellers that their daughter was brutally abused.
‘‘June was hard for me,’’ said Marsha Mueller, Kayla’s mother. ‘‘I was really upset with what I heard.’’
Why am I thinking crisis actor (if even real).
The disclosure that Mueller was raped by Baghdadi adds to the grim evidence that the exploitation and abuse of women has been sanctioned at the highest levels of the Islamic State.
But those elite pedophile rings stretching across the globe? Pre$$ can't be bothered with 'em.
The sexual enslavement of even teenage girls is seen as religiously endorsed by the group and regarded as a recruiting tool.
News of Baghdadi’s involvement with Mueller, who was from Prescott, Ariz., was first reported Friday by the Independent, a London newspaper.
‘‘As a painful as this is for our family, we just feel like the world needs to know the truth,’’ said Carl Mueller, Kayla’s father. The Muellers noted that Friday would have been their daughter’s 27th birthday.
For some reason the name Rachel Corrie came to mind there.
"In jihad, girls find an outlet to rebel" by Katrin Bennhold New York Times August 18, 2015
LONDON — The night before Khadiza Sultana left for Syria, the teenager was dancing in her bedroom.
It was a Monday during the February school vacation. Her niece and close friend, at 13 just three years younger than Khadiza, had come for a sleepover.
The scene in her bedroom, saved on the niece’s cellphone on Feb. 16 and replayed dozens of times since by Khadiza’s relatives, shows the girl they thought they knew: joyful, sociable, funny, and kind.
It was also the carefully choreographed goodbye of a determined and exceptionally bright teenager who had spent months methodically planning to leave her childhood home in Bethnal Green, East London, with two schoolmates and follow the path of another friend who had already traveled to the territory controlled by the Islamic State.
Like with most of this pornography lately, I'm just flipping right past it with nary a look.
About 4,000 Westerners — more than 550 of them women and girls — have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State, according to a recent report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, which helps managea database of female travelers to the region.
On the day she left for Syria, Khadiza got up early. She told her mother that she was going to school to pick up some workbooks and spend the day in the library. She promised to return by 4:30 p.m.
When she had not come back by 5:30, her mother asked her oldest sister, Halima Khanom, to message her, but there was no reply. Khanom went to the school, but the staff said no student had come in that day.
Her mother checked Khadiza’s wardrobe and found that besides some strategically arranged items it was empty.
Early the next morning, the family reported her missing. An hour later, three officers from the counterterrorism squad of the Metropolitan Police knocked on the door. “We believe your daughter has traveled to Turkey with two of her friends,” one said.
The next time the family saw her was on the news: Grainy security camera footage showed Khadiza and her two 15-year-old friends, Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, calmly passing through security at Gatwick Airport for Turkish Airlines Flight 1966 to Istanbul and later boarding a bus to Syria.
These images turned the three Bethnal Green girls, as they have become known, into the face of a new, troubling phenomenon: young women attracted to what some experts are calling a jihadi, girl-power subculture.
The Western men who join the Islamic State tend to become fighters. Barred from combat, the women support the group’s state-building efforts as wives, mothers, recruiters, and sometimes online cheerleaders of violence.
Security officials now say they may present as much of a threat to the West as the men; less likely to be killed and more likely to lose a spouse in combat, they may try to return home, indoctrinated and embittered. But if women are a strategic asset for the Islamic State, they are hardly ever considered in most aspects of Western counterterrorism.
The Bethnal Green girls were praised by teachers and admired by fellow students at Bethnal Green Academy. Khadiza had been praised as one of the most promising students in her year, according to a letter her mother received only weeks before she left.
Perhaps that is why everyone failed to respond to the many signs that foreshadowed their dark turn. The families, who noticed the girls’ behavior changing, attributed it to teenage whims; school staff members, who saw their homework deteriorate, failed to inform the parents or intervene; the police, who spoke to the girls twice about their friend who had traveled to Syria, also never notified the parents.
They were smart, popular girls from a world in which teenage rebellion is expressed through a radical religiosity that questions everything around them. In this world, Islam is punk rock.
Ask young Muslim women in their neighborhood what kind of guys are popular at school these days and they rave about “the brothers who pray.”
“Girls used to want someone who is good-looking; nowadays, girls want Muslims who are practicing,” said Zahra Qadir, 22, who does deradicalization work for the Active Change Foundation.
Also see: Islamic State selling slave women, youths
Of course, there is always the pretense of serious articles within the magazine:
"No easy choice on ISIS" by Stephen Kinzer June 05, 2015
Islam forbids abortions.
As the terror gang known as ISIS takes more territory in Iraq and Syria, the United States is being pushed toward a decision we desperately want to avoid. The question is as stark as it is simple: What shall we do if ISIS threatens to take Baghdad or Damascus? Watching it seize large swaths of land and important cities across Mesopotamia has been painful, but allowing it to install itself in the capital of Iraq or Syria would represent defeat on a far larger scale.
Holding a capital would allow ISIS to claim ownership of a state, and even demand recognition from other countries. Given its savagery and proclaimed hostility to much of what humanity holds dear, this seems intolerable. Yet as ISIS reaches closer to Baghdad and Damascus, it is hardly an unrealistic threat. If it materializes, Americans will face a distressing choice. Every option is fraught with danger.
The most obvious answer would be to send the US Army. This would guarantee short-term success. American troops would certainly be able to hold off any guerrilla assault. But that would hardly constitute victory. In fact, a decision in Washington to send troops to Iraq or Syria would be a great gift to ISIS.
Grotesque acts of terror, like mass executions and public beheadings, play a key role in the ISIS strategy. They are aimed, above all, at drawing the United States back into the Middle East. By projecting these horrors into American living rooms, ISIS hopes to drive our anger to such a peak of intensity that we will abandon reason and send troops back into the quicksand where they suffered devastating defeat only a few years ago.
One alternative might be to try pressuring the United Nations into approving a mandate that would legalize an American invasion of the Middle East, and then recruit other countries to join our campaign. Much of the world, however, would recognize this as an exceedingly thin fig leaf.
Aerial bombing campaigns against ISIS can be successful, and the US has used them effectively in Iraq. We have been far more reluctant to bomb ISIS units in Syria. That would mean we were killing militants who want to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, who we also consider an enemy. We want to prevent ISIS from taking Damascus but are reluctant to defend Damascus, because that implies defending Assad.
Of all the bizarre contradictions that define our policy toward ISIS, this is the most surreal. We refuse to face the possibility that in the end — which may come soon — we may have to choose between Assad and ISIS. This should be an easy choice, but our refusal to fight ISIS in Syria reflects the power of our shortsighted decision to break irrevocably with Assad. His war on his own people has been shockingly brutal, but if ISIS takes control of Syria, the genocide that could follow will make us wish we had him back.
Sending American ground troops back to the Middle East would only deepen the disaster that enveloped us the last time we tried. Bringing other countries along with us in a bogus “coalition” is hardly a better option. Bombing can achieve temporary results, but the only way to turn the tide of battle is with motivated ground troops. Many of the local allies on whom we hoped to rely, like tribal militias and Iraqi army units, have either collapsed or joined ISIS. It is a bleak panorama.
Two powerful forces in the region are highly motivated to fight ISIS and willing to intensify their engagement — if the US would agree. The first is the Kurdish army loyal to the regime in northern Iraq. We should take advantage of this unused asset. It would not, however, be enough to turn the tide of war. A larger and more organized force would have to complement the Kurds.
One power in the region has such a force: Iran. Most Iranians are Shia Muslims, and ISIS wants to kill every Shia. No country is more ready and willing to fight these fanatics than Iran.
Iranian forces, euphemistically called “Shia militia,” and Kurdish forces are already fighting ISIS, but the US is reluctant to ask them to step up their commitment. By arming the Kurds we will anger the government in Baghdad, which fears their power. By encouraging Iran, we will outrage another of our so-called allies, Saudi Arabia, which is an important source of support for ISIS and related groups. Besides, we have demonized Iran for decades, and that emotion prevents us from considering it a potential partner in anything.
If Kurdish and Iranian forces can bring the battle to ISIS in ways that do not further inflame sectarian tensions, it is in our interest to encourage them. First, though, we must decide whether crushing ISIS is really our priority. We have not yet done so.
It's well and good as far as it goes; however, it supports the false narrative behind all these events, and is that really any good anymore?
"Islamic State killing gays, UN told" by Edith M. Lederer Associated Press August 25, 2015
UNITED NATIONS — The Islamic State has said it has executed at least 30 people on grounds of sodomy, the head of a gay rights organization said Monday.
Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, spoke at the first-ever UN Security Council meeting spotlighting violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
‘‘It’s about time, 70 years after the creation of the UN, that the fate of LGBT persons who fear for their lives around the world is taking center stage,’’ said US Ambassador Samantha Power, who organized the meeting with Chile’s UN envoy. ‘‘This represents a small but historic step.’’
Stern told the council that courts established by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria claim to have punished sodomy with stoning, firing squads, and beheadings and by pushing men from tall buildings.
Fear of the extremist group, which controls about a third of Syria and Iraq, has fueled violence by others against LGBT individuals, she said.
Subhi Nahas, a gay refugee from the Syrian city of Idlib, told the council that President Bashar Assad’s government ‘‘launched a campaign accusing all dissidents of being homosexuals’’ when that country’s uprising started in 2011. Gay hangouts were raided and many people were arrested and tortured. ‘‘Some were never heard from again,’’ he said.
When the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front took Idlib in 2012, he said, its militants announced ‘‘they would cleanse the town of those involved in sodomy,’’ and arrests and executions of accused homosexuals followed. Last year, when the Islamic State took the city, the violence worsened, he said.
‘‘At the executions, hundreds of townspeople, including children, cheered jubilantly as at a wedding,’’ Nahas said....
Stern stressed persecution of LGBT people in Iraq and Syria began long before the Islamic State, and ‘‘murder is only the most extreme form of violence’’ that also includes rape.
And the AmeriKan War Machine has racked up millions of them.
She urged specific strategies to fight LGBT attacks, including UN action to relocate those most in need and bringing the gay community into broader human rights initiatives.
And for the ladies: In fighting ISIS, Springfield man finds his cause