The Vatican announced that it would soon sign a treaty that includes recognition of the “state of Palestine.”
Pope Francis to canonize two Palestinian nuns this week. Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and Mariam Bawardy are two 19th Century nuns being canonized by Pope Francis. 19th century? During the 19th century was the time of the Ottoman Empire. The term Palestine was not an official designation (and it still is not) of the land south of Syria . Many during this time period referred to the area as “Southern Syria.”
On the 70th anniversary of VE Day anarchists and hard-line socialist clash with police outside Downing Street over the re-election of David Cameron and desecrate a memorial honoring the women of World War II. This is not the way elections work. Disgraceful!
Hard-left activists this afternoon desecrated a war memorial to the gallant sacrifice of women who served during the Second World War as anarchists objecting to Thursday’s election result protested outside Downing Street.
A mindless thug daubed ‘F*** Tory Scum’ in red paint on the memorial in a sickening display of contempt on the 70th anniversary weekend of VE Day. The Royal British Legion today condemned the vandalism brandishing it as a ‘senseless act’. ..
The mob chanted ‘get the Tories out’ as large sections of the city were shut down as a result of the demonstration.
Some of the protesters brandished highly offensive home-made banners proclaiming F*** The Cuts’, while others described the Conservative Party as Tory Scum.
Protesters threw bottles, cans and smoke bombs at the police. Scuffles broke out when the demonstrators, blaring hooters, banging pots and chanting obscenities, confronted lines of police outside the gate protecting the Prime Minister’s official residence.
Some protesters handed out flyers claiming: ‘Parliament is no longer our priority, our priority is survival. A Tory majority is a declaration of war.’
At one point a bicycle was hurled at police.
Several hundred people took part in the demonstration with at least 25 black-clad youths wearing face masks, sunglasses and even balaclavas. Police were forced to close Whitehall to traffic as they dealt with the escalating situation.
A group of the protesters attempted to push their way through barricades, while some smoke bombs were let off. The Metropolitan Police were forced to deploy officers on horseback and riot police in response to the violent scenes.
Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley said: ‘We have a General Election every five years. People should accept the result rather than spray-painting war memorials.
‘A mark on the ballot paper means more than demonstrators who use inappropriate actions, inappropriate language and look as they are rejecting the results of an open, free, democratic process.’ DailyMail
David Axelrod, the American strategist to Barack Obama advised Ed Miliband during the United Kingdom general election. The Conservatives’ saw a huge election victory and Labour is searching for a new leader to replace Ed Miliband. Axelrod was paid nearly $500,000 for his advice. He blamed the pollsters.
President Obama’s campaign mastermind suffered a humiliating end to his political career today as the British Labour party he was paid almost $500,000 to help to victory plunged to a catastrophic defeat.
David Axelrod had been touted as the man to get Labour’s Ed Miliband into – and the Conservative prime minister David Cameron out of – Downing Street.
Instead he slunk out of Britain early, as his former Obama campaign colleague Jim Messina, who advised the winning Conservatives, crowed over a victory which had ‘stunned the world’.
Axelrod had already vowed that he was ‘done with campaigns’ after complaining bitterly about the British media and saying: ‘Anyone who underestimates Ed Miliband does so at their own peril.’
In fact he appeared to have dramatically over-estimated the Labour leader, who quit this morning saying he took responsibility for the defeat.
Today tweeted that polling was to blame, saying on Twitter:’In all my years as journalist & strategist, I’ve never seen as stark a failure of polling as in UK. Huge project ahead to unravel it. DailyMail
In response to the January brutal attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, Norway has repealed its longstanding blasphemy law.
142. Any person who by word or deed publicly insults or in an offensive or injurious manner shows contempt for any creed whose practice is permitted in the realm or for the doctrines or worship of any religious community lawfully existing here, or who is accessory thereto, shall be liable to fines or to detention or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.
A prosecution will only be instituted when the public interest so requires. legislationonline
The proposal to rush through the change was made in February by Conservative MP Anders B. Werp and Progress Party MP Jan Arild Ellingsen, who argued that the law “underpins a perception that religious expressions and symbols are entitled to a special protection”.
“This is very unfortunate signal to send, and it is time that society clearly stands up for freedom of speech,” the two wrote in their proposal.
Norway’s parliament first voted to scrap the blasphemy law back in 2009, against strong opposition from the Christian Democrat party. But the move has yet to come into force because the country’s new penal code remains delayed by problems updating the computer systems used by police and prosecutors.
The decision to push through the change was attacked as “cultural suicide” by Finn Jarle Sæle, editor of the Norwegian Christian weekly, Norge IDAG.
But the change will be largely symbolic.
The last time anyone was tried for blasphemy in Norway was back in 1933, when the writer Arnulf Overland was prosecuted for giving a lecture titled “Christianity, the tenth plague” to the Norwegian Students’ Society. He was acquitted.
The last time anyone was actually convicted was in 1912, when the journalist Arnfred Olsen was taken to court for an article criticising Christianity in the radical magazine Freethinkers. The Local (Norway)
The blood of Christians “is a testimony which cries out to be heard by everyone who can still distinguish between good and evil,” Pope Francis has said.
The Pope made his comments in a message of support to Abuna Matthias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church, after ISIS released a video depicting the slaughter of Christians in Libya, showing footage of two massacres in which 30 Ethiopian Christians were killed.
In the message, released by the Vatican, the Pope spoke of his “profound sorrow” and offered the patriarch “heartfelt spiritual solidarity”.
“With great distress and sadness I learn of the further shocking violence perpetrated against innocent Christians in Libya,” the Pope said.
“I know that Your Holiness is suffering deeply in heart and mind at the sight of your faithful children being killed for the sole reason that they are followers of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
“I reach out to you in heartfelt spiritual solidarity to assure you of my closeness in prayer at the continuing martyrdom being so cruelly inflicted on Christians in Africa, the Middle East and some parts of Asia.”
He added: “It makes no difference whether the victims are Catholic, Copt, Orthodox or Protestant. Their blood is one and the same in their confession of Christ.” CatholicHerald
Sid Ahmed Ghlam, a 24-year-old electrical engineering student and an Algerian national, was arrested in Paris on Sunday morning after calling an ambulance when he apparently accidentally shot himself in the leg. His blood left a trail to a car with an “arsenal” of weapons, including handguns, bullet-proof vests and an AK-47 assault rifle.
Trying to steal a car Ghlam shot Aurelie Chatelain dead in her car. Aurelie Chatelain was 32 years-old, a dancer, and the mother of a five year-old daughter.
A terror suspect arrested Sunday was planning an attack in France and had been in contact with a presumed accomplice in Syria who ‘told him to target a church’, Paris Prosecutor François Molins said in a press conference Wednesday.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Wednesday said “terrorists are targeting France to divide us” but that the country was “determined to stay united”….
Valls visited two churches in Villejuif that were the apparent focus of the foiled plot. He said the suspect planned to target “the Christians, the Catholics of France”.
“To target a church is to target a symbol of France, the very essence of France,” the prime minister said, adding that this was “the first time” Christians were specifically targeted by suspected jihadists in France.
Valls said his government would take appropriate measures to guarantee the safety of worshippers and church visitors.
“France has an exceptional Christian heritage – its cathedrals, churches and chapels attract tourists and pilgrims,” he said. “This heritage must be protected but also remain open.” France24
Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.
Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said.
The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants — Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal — threw the 12 overboard, police said. CNN
The survivors said they had boarded a rubber boat April 14 at the Libyan coast with 105 passengers aboard. During the crossing, the migrants from Nigeria and Ghana — believed to be Christians — were threatened with being abandoned at sea by some 15 other passengers from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau.
The statement said the motive was that the victims “professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim.”…
The migrants will be charged with murder associated with religious motives.
Turkey continues to vehemently deny there was any genocide in Armenia during World War 1. Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks during World War 1, an event viewed by scholars as the first genocide of the 20th century.
Take cropleek and garlic, of both equal quantities, pound them well together. Take wine and bullocks gall, mix with the leek, let it stand nine days in the brass vessel.
A 10th century Anglo Saxon potion made of onions, garlic, wine and oxgall , bile from a cow’s stomach can kill hospital superbugs, say scientists.
The potent 10th century brew – used by Anglo Saxons to treat a stye (an abscess on the eyelid) destroyed 90 per cent of the bacteria on scraps of skin taken from mice with MRSA.
Interestingly, the ingredients had little effect unless they were all brought together into the concoction, the study by Nottingham University researchers found….
The Anglo Saxon expert came up with the idea of trying out the recipe. It describes a very specific method of making the solution, including the use of a brass vessel to brew it in, a strainer to purify it and an instruction to leave the mixture for nine days before use.
She enlisted the help of microbiologists who believe the potion’s bacteria-killing effect is not due to a single ingredient but the combination used, brewing methods and container material.
Further research is planned to investigate how and why this works. Dr Lee said: ‘We were genuinely astonished at the results of our experiments in the lab. DailyMail
Haya El Ali, 26, the young woman who secretly filmed life in Raqqa, Syria under ISIS has fled to France. “When she was recognised by the Islamic extremists, Haya received death threats and had to flee, by way of Turkey, to Europe. Today, she is a refugee in France.” France24
“France’s interior minister on Tuesday said that the government cut welfare benefits last year for 290 persons identified as jihadists.”
“France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve told French lawmakers that the interior ministry had identified close to 300 individuals who had left France to wage jihad in Iraq or Syria, sharing their names with social welfare agencies.
The minister said that thanks to the government’s platform allowing people to report suspected cases of Islamic radicalisation “instances in which persons have travelled outside the national territory are immediately indicated to officials in charge of disbursing social benefits”.
Cazeneuve was answering a question from an opposition lawmaker who expressed concern over French citizens collecting welfare checks while fighting alongside Islamic extremist groups in the Middle East. France24
“These loopholes … are not numerous,” Cazeneuve said.
Western governments need to wise up to the risks of funding jihadists through social welfare programs. Tamerlan Tsarnaev received Massachusetts welfare benefits while traveling to the country of Georgia for terrorist seminars and training. Tsarnaev’s name was included on two U.S. terror-watch databases in 2011.
In 2013 in the U.K., Anjem Choudary who is aligned and linked to a number of Islamic groups and praised the murderers of British solider Lee Rigby told fanatics to copy him by going on benefits — urging: “Claim your Jihad Seeker’s Allowance.”
A Chechen national, 32, took children from home in Maastricht, Netherlands. The estranged husband had reported to authorizes that she had intentions of travel to Syria. She convinced the authorities she was not planning to go to Syria. The woman took two of her children, a 7-year-old boy and a 8-year-old girl and traveled to Raqqa, Syria.
It is the first known instance of children in the Netherlands being abducted and taken to join ISIS.
According to the Dutch newspaper De Limburger, the children’s father had previously reported his estranged wife to the police because he was concerned she was planning to travel to Syria.
Officers are said to have questioned the woman several times but she denied having intentions to join ISIS and investigators could find no evidence of concrete travel plans.
Shortly afterwards the woman vanished from Maastricht with two of the children, prompting Dutch officials to launch a major alert, leading to an international arrest warrant being issued.
Despite this the woman later took to Facebook to declare that she and her two children had arrived in the terrorists’ de facto capital Raqqa, having used fake passports to travel across Europe.
After making the announcement of their arrival in Raqqa on Facebook last October, nothing has been heard from the trio since.
Dutch officials said they had no way of telling whether the group were still alive, with prosecutor Bart den Hartigh declaring the recovery of the children ‘impossible’ as the Netherlands has no legal relationship with either the Syrian regime or the terror group that controls the city of DailyMail