The Canadian government announced it will revoke the travel documents of any citizen who travels overseas with the intention of joining an extremist group. Ottawa has begun revoking the
passports of individuals who fly overseas to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside IS and other terrorist groups.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Saturday that Ottawa has begun revoking travel documents for those who travel to places such as Iraq and Syria to fight with the Islamic State and other militants groups.
“If we have evidence – and I mean substantive, incontrovertible evidence – that someone has left Canada with the intention of committing what would be an indictable offence here, including terrorism, then we can revoke, suspend or invalidate their passport,” Alexander told CTV News.
The minister said the Islamic State is not just a problem in the Middle East, but a global threat.
What is important to teach children-religion or manners? A new Pew survey shows adults’ political ideology makes a significant difference in the qualities they say are most important to teach their children.
3,243 adults were asked about the importance of teaching 12 different qualities to children. They were to rank 12 different qualities and then to choose the three most important.
Of the 12 qualities there were majority agreement about the importance of six with responsibility, hard work, good manners (except for consistent liberals who are less likely to rate these qualities as one of the three most important).
Three other qualities that ranked high by majority agreement were helping others, independence, and persistence; with helping others with 90% of consistent liberals view this as important, compared with 77% of consistent conservatives.
Religious faith registered last on the list of 12 qualities for overall importance (53%). Religious faith ranked below curiosity (59%) and obedience (60%).
A stark difference shows in the adults’ ranking of religious faith when sorted by political ideology, race, and religious identity.
School reform adopted last year begins this year. All public schools will have compulsory Islamic religious education for all grades. With the next step teaching students Arabic to enable students to understand the Koran. For Armenian, Orthodox, Jewish, and Syrian Christian refugees this will be a problem. To avoid the new religious education the student will have to attend a private school which only a few can afford.
Turkey’s move from a secular state into something approaching an Islamist state has been gradual. Erdogan has pushed a slow and steady agenda to position Turkey to lead Sunni Muslims around the world. To do that Turkey has to leave secularism.
The week Mariam Ibraheem spoke with Megyn Kelly of her harrowing ordeal in Sudan.
Mariam was given a death sentence because of her Christian faith and imprisoned with her young son. While in prison she gave birth to her daughter.
The USA has the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world. The U.S. largest trading partners-Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom-have lowered their corporate tax rates to become more competitive.
24/7 livestream of Earth from the Space Station. NASA’s new experiment placed 4 HD commercially available cameras on the exterior of the space station and uses them to stream live video of Earth for viewing online. The livestream will appear black when the International Space Station is in orbital night, about every 90 minutes for about 40 minutes. The Space Station takes 92 minutes to make one orbit 16 times a day. The Space Station orbits the earth fast at about at 17,500 miles per hour (28,163km).
Ten Arab nations have announced they are to join a US-led coalition against Isis (known as Islamic State) militants.
In a joint statement, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, said they “will do their share” to fight against the jihadist group that has taken control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
None have said what they will do. Many are concerned that weakening ISIS will strengthen Iran. Between a choice of defeating ISIS or containing Iran, many Arab nations would prefer the later. The Arab nations in this coalition many are rivals and at odds with each other. Will this coalition accomplish anything?
Qatar is a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and is at odds with Egypt, Emirate, and Saudi Arabia.
Wealthy donors from Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia funded ISIS for years.
Bill Maher is not a fan of Islam, and in a interview on Charlie Rose’s PBS show this week, he rebuked Mr. Rose for comparing Islam to Christianity. Self-proclaimed atheist Bill Maher stopped him dead in his tracks.
In a televised address on how to address the Islamic State this evening (Sept 10), President Barack Obama declared the organization variously known as ISIS or ISIL to be “not Islamic.”
“Anyone with eyes and ears realizes that the Islamic State, like the Taliban and al-Qaeda before it, is 100 percent Islamic.”
In making this preposterous claim, Obama joins his two immediate predecessors in pronouncing on what is not Islamic. Bill Clinton called the Taliban treatment of women and children “a terrible perversion of Islam.”George W. Bush deemed that 9/11 and other acts of violence against innocents “violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith.”
None of the three has any basis for such assertions. To state the obvious: As non-Muslims and politicians, rather than Muslims and scholars, they are in no position to declare what is Islamic and what is not. As Bernard Lewis, a leading American authority of Islam, notes: “It is surely presumptuous for those who are not Muslims to say what is orthodox and what is heretical in Islam.”
IDF soldiers saved a contingent of 130 Irish UN soldiers from being killed or taken hostage by Islamic militants in the Golan Heights ‘senior sources’ told the Irish Independent on Sunday.
Senor military sources said that Irish soldiers would have been killed or captured if it weren’t for the action of the IDF on August 30th. The IDF guided the Irish soldiers to safety along a route that avoided the Syrian militants. Also, there were “unconfirmed reports that the Israelis directed fire at the Islamists to stop them from attacking the Filipino and Irish soldiers.” About 45 Fijian soldiers are still missing, and are believed held captive by Islamists.
Amazing. 126 year-old DNA found on a shawl at Ripper murder scene identifies killer. Descendants of Jack the Ripper victims and suspects were tested. Jack the Ripper has been identified as Polish born Aaron Kosminski. When the Ripper murders took place in 1888 Kosminski was a suspect. Kosminski was a barber, lived in Whitechapel and was later put in an asylum.
Acclaimed FBI profiler, John Douglas identified Kosminski as the most likely candidate for the murders in his book The Cases That Haunt Us.
A shawl found by the body of Catherine Eddowes, one of the Ripper’s victims, has been analysed and found to contain DNA from her blood as well as DNA from the killer.
The landmark discovery was made after businessman Russell Edwards, 48, bought the shawl at auction and enlisted the help of Dr Jari Louhelainen, a world-renowned expert in analysing genetic evidence from historical crime scenes.
Using cutting-edge techniques, Dr Louhelainen was able to extract 126-year-old DNA from the material and compare it to DNA from descendants of Eddowes and the suspect, with both proving a perfect match.