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Jihadists plotting to use released prison inmates working on rail lines for attacks during 2012 Olympics




Who's vetting the former inmates for security risks, or jihadist indoctrination while in prison? Or would that also be Islamophobic?

"Muslim extremists plotting to paralyze rail networks during London Olympics," from Asian News International, August 30:
London, Aug 30 : Terrorist outfits are plotting a rail mayhem to coincide with the London 2012 Olympics, it has been revealed.
Muslim prisoners are getting calls from terrorist masterminds instructing them to do Trackwork courses so that they use a prison-training scheme to sabotage train networks from the inside, reports the Daily Star.
It has been reported that the jailed extremists are joining NVQ courses run by the training firm Trackwork, which is backed by Network Rail.
They are expected to use their qualification to land jobs maintaining Britain''s railways after their release.
Within a period of six months in 2007, 500 ex-cons started rail jobs and 400 stuck with them.
A 39-year-old inmate, who has been released from Lindholme Prison, claims they see it as a perfect way to infiltrate the system and mount a terror attack.
"Many prisoners have mobile phones. And in the 14 months I was inside I heard six Muslims getting calls from terrorist masterminds instructing them to do Trackwork courses," the paper quoted the inmate as saying.
"I heard the 2012 Olympics talked about. I didn''t hear anything about blowing up trains, but I did hear of plans to halt the network. They thought bringing the network to a standstill would cause more devastation than actually killing people," he added.
The Network Rail said providing jobs to the released inmates was the biggest factor in stopping them re-offending and costing taxpayers billions.
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Arrow Jihad plotter came to Norway in UN refugee program and became Norwegian citizen

Jihad plotter came to Norway in UN refugee program and became Norwegian citizen




Gratitude. "Norway 'bomb plot' underscores al-Qaida pitfalls," by Ian Macdougall for Associated Press, August 29:
OSLO, Norway - When police arrested a suspected al-Qaida cell in Norway last month they turned up the makings of a bomb lab tucked away in a nondescript Oslo apartment building.

An Associated Press investigation shows that authorities learned early on about the alleged cell by intercepting e-mails from an al-Qaida operative in Pakistan and -- thanks to those early warnings -- were able to secretly replace a key bomb-making ingredient with a harmless liquid when one of the suspects ordered it at an Oslo pharmacy.

Officials say the suspected plot against this quiet Nordic country was one of three planned attacks on the West hatched in the rugged mountains of northwest Pakistan by some of al-Qaida's most senior leaders. The other plots targeted the bustling New York subway and a shopping mall in Manchester, England....

The Norwegian plot's undoing, and that of its sibling plots in the U.S. and Britain, casts light on the potential pitfalls of al-Qaida's changing tactics in the decade since the massive, highly organized Sept. 11 attacks. In recent years, al-Qaida has grown increasingly decentralized and nimble, relying on amateurs to recruit local cells and carry out smaller-level attacks without extensive planning and hands-on training.

While such plots are harder to detect, they are also harder to manage -- and the slack remote control they often require leaves greater room for operational error and sloppy tradecraft.

All three plots were thwarted after suspected operatives exchanged e-mails -- sometimes poorly coded ones -- in and out of Pakistan.

Authorities say the ringleader of the Norwegian plot is 39-year-old Mikael Davud, an Uighur who came to Norway in 1999 as part of a U.N. refugee program and then became a Norwegian citizen eight years later. Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic group in China, claim oppression at the hands of authorities there.

Davud was arrested July 8 along with suspected accomplices Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak Bujak, a 37-year-old Iraqi Kurd, and a 31-year-old Uzbek national, David Jakobsen. Both are permanent residents of Norway.

The trio denies any connection to terrorist groups....
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Arrow After calling Europe to Islam, Gaddafi demands jizya

After calling Europe to Islam, Gaddafi demands jizya

"Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war...When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them....If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah's help and fight them." -- Muhammad (Sahih Muslim 4294)

Gaddafi invited Europe to accept Islam yesterday. Now he has asked it to pay the jizya. Will he follow through with the third option as well?

"Gaddafi: Europe will 'turn black' unless EU pays Libya £4bn a year," by Nick Squires in the Telegraph, August 31:
Col Muammar Gaddafi has warned that Europe runs the risk of turning "black" unless the EU pays Libya at least €5 billion (£4.1 billion) a year to block the arrival of illegal immigrants from Africa.

His remarks, made during a controversial three day visit to Italy, were condemned as "unacceptable blackmail" by Italian MPs, who likened the demand to the protection money that mafia gangs demand from businesses....
Jizya is a much more apt analogy.
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http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article604255.ece



On the face of it, Zakir was simply a veteran taxi driver and a popular member of the community in Bradford, northern England. Few customers would have realised that behind his bubbly exterior he provided another, much more sinister service. For around £5,000, Zakir would track down women and girls who had run away from home to escape a forced marriage. A bounty hunter, Zakir's mission was to bring them back to their families.

While most locals in the tightly knit south Asian community thought Zakir was merely picking up and dropping off passengers each day, his work provided perfect cover to exploit his contacts with fellow drivers and shopkeepers to hunt down runaway teenagers. According to Zakir, some bounty hunters would also befriend officials in housing departments and in the Department for Work and Pensions to get National Insurance numbers — a strategy confirmed by campaigners against forced marriages.

Zakir's job was never to harm his targets, but to return them home to face their “destiny” of being made to marry someone their parents had chosen. Despite the fact that runaways can be beaten for having escaped, he sides with the families on the issue. The softly spoken driver, speaking on the condition his real name was not used, insisted: “I did it as a favour to the families, as I knew most of them. It wasn't about the money.

“It was about izzat [honour]. I saw the effect it had on them when their daughter ran away. The worry and the shame from the community talking about them. I was part of the ‘taxi driver network', so we shared information about who we picked up and where they got dropped off.

“I didn't harm any of the girls: among aapnes [the Asian community; literally ‘ours'] discipline is up to their families. Only a couple of occasions I had to speak forcefully to them because they wouldn't come home. But it is obviously not a career, so I stopped. I got tired of chasing people around.” Zakir prowled the streets of Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds and Sheffield.

According to women's groups, bounty hunters are more common in places such as Yorkshire and Lancashire because the large south Asian populations are more closely knit, entrenched in conservative values, and there is a better chance of finding women who disappear in the north than in London. The community grapevine is a powerful tool in those areas; word spreads quickly about a person's whereabouts and welfare. And while this can nurture a closer community and ensure everyone looks out for one another, it can also be used to patrol the behaviour of those who do not conform to the unwritten rules — meaning young women may be ostracised by disapproving elders for wearing “western” clothes or speaking to a boy.

Some families are so fearful of this kind of gossip they agree a verbal contract with a bounty hunter where the reward can be as much as £10,000.

Others even hire female bounty hunters to pose as domestic violence victims to enter refuges and find their target.

One woman who knows what it feels like to be hunted down is Jaspreet. She ran away from her home in Sheffield after discovering that her father was arranging her marriage. The 21-year-old said: “I overheard my dad talking to his brother in Pakistan about getting me married to my cousin over there. He'd never discussed marriage with me.

“I didn't want to get married yet.

I wanted to finish my law degree.

I would have been happy to have an arranged marriage in my mid-20s. But when I protested, my dad threatened me physically and said I would be letting the family down if I refused.

I couldn't take any more of the rows, so I ran away.” Days later, Jaspreet found out that her father had asked a family friend to track her down. “It didn't surprise me; towards the end, my dad pretty much disowned me. The hardest thing was leaving my mum and sister — they weren't fussed if I got married to my cousin, but were powerless to stop my dad.” Another alarming case was Zena Briggs, who was forced to live on a witness protection scheme after fleeing an arranged marriage in 1993. When she ran away with her white partner Jack Briggs, her Pakistani family in Yorkshire hired a bounty hunter to try and kill them both. She has since divorced and set up a charity called the Zena Foundation to help victims of honour violence.

So why do families pursue such ruthless tactics to hunt down their missing child? Southall Black Sisters (SBS), who support victims of domestic violence, says south Asian and Middle Eastern families are under huge pressure to conform to the traditional values of their community. “Conservative sections of the community will go as far as hiring a bounty hunter as they have a shared value system which takes priority, along with patriarchal structures and religious value systems,” explains Hannana Siddiqui, an SBS spokeswoman.

“The family's future is down to marrying their daughter. Men can have friends, get an education and job, and can get married when they're older. But women are [seen as] the embodiment of honour, so their sexuality and moral behaviour is controlled.” Karma Nirvana, a charity which recently put on a touring road show on forced marriages, is calling for people fleeing them to be given extra police protection. They want a “witness protection” type-scheme, as recommended by a home affairs select committee inquiry into domestic violence in 2008.

Jasvinder Sanghera, the founder of Karma Nirvana and herself a survivor of a forced marriage, said: “Currently, there is nothing to wipe a person's history if they want to start a new life. Under the scheme, the police would wipe out your history so you can't be traced, and would give you a new passport and National Insurance number.” Campaigners point to the success of the government's Forced Marriage Unit and the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act as justification for a specialist strategy. The unit rescues around 300 people each year, while the Act gives courts the power to stop families taking their child abroad, and has resulted in more than 120 injunctions preventing children from leaving the country.

But campaigners are troubled by newly announced cuts to the legal aid system. A recent survey by Resolution, the family lawyers' association, found that denying people the right to free legal advice would have a “devastating” impact on family law cases such as forced marriages.

Not everyone, though, agrees that a specialist strategy is required to address the problem.

Nazir Afzal, community liaison director at the Crown Prosecution Service and an expert on forced marriages, says: “There is a scheme for additional protection for any victim of crime. It already exists and is an individual response to individual cases. What we have suffices.” As for the former bounty hunter Zakir, he is clear about what will stop the problem. “Nothing. Families will do anything in the name of honour.” (Some names have been changed.)

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article604255.ece
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Rome, 31 August (AKI) - The European Union must pay 5 billion dollars annually to stem the tide of illegal immigrants departing from Libya's shores - otherwise Europe could be become an African outpost, Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi has claimed.

Gadaffi made the provocative remarks during a two-day visit to the Italian capital, Rome to mark the second anniversary of a controversial bilateral 'friendship' pact.

"Libya, with Italy's support, asks the EU to provide at least 5 billion dollars a year to stop illegal immigration, otherwise Europe could one day become part of Africa - it could become black, because millions want to come here," Gadaffi said.

He made the remarks during a speech at a gala dinner in Rome late on Monday hosted by Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and attended by 800 people.

Guests at the 'iftar' feast to break the Ramadan fast included several cabinet ministers and the heads of Italy's main business association Confindustria, its largest defence and aerospace company Finmeccanica and energy giant ENI.

"Libya is a gateway for illegal immigration and so we need to work together to combat this phenomenon," Gadaffi added.

Earlier during his visit, Gadaffi drew criticism from the EU and Catholics for telling hundreds of young women he invited to hear him speak that he hoped Islam would become the 27-member bloc's religion.

Under the friendship pact, Italy's conservative government agreed pay Libya some 5 billion dollars (4 billion euros) in reparations for transgressions committed during three decades of Italian colonial rule over the North African nation from 1911-1943.

The money will mostly be invested in infrastructure projects, including a new 2,700 kilometre highway across Libya from Tunisia to Egypt.

Italy also provided several coastal patrol boats to intercept vessels transporting illegal immigrants to Italian shores, as part of a controversial agreement to turn back immigrants in the Mediterranean.

Italy is Libya's largest trading partner and it is Gadaffi's fourth visit in two years.

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UK: Muslims distribute leaflets calling for the murder of Ahmadi Muslims


Actually Islamic supremacists are distributing the leaflets, since mainstream Muslims consider the Ahmadis heretics and thus that their lives are forfeit. What's that you were saying about "Islamophobia," Honest Ibe? "Incitement to Murder Muslims in Surrey," by Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens in Standpoint, September 1:
A local Surrey newspaper has reported that extremists are disseminating leaflets in the local area, urging Muslims to kill the Ahmadiyya.

From the Surrey Comet:
A police investigation was launched last month, after police saw leaflets being handed out calling on Muslims to murder Qadiyanis, a derogatory term for Ahmadiyya Muslim... [...]

A teenage Ahmadiyya girl, who did not want to be named, said she was "shaken and scared" after being handed a leaflet written in Urdu saying: "kill a Qadiyani and doors to heaven will be open to you."
Surrey is home to a large Ahmadiyya community, and is also the location of the Baitul Futuh Mosque, the largest Ahmadiyya mosque in the country. It is no coincidence that extremists have targeted this area: they are attempting to sow distrust and sectarian hatred between the Ahmadiyya and other Muslim groups in the hope of creating a similar situation to that of Pakistan, where this small community is regularly persecuted. The terrorist attacks on two of their mosques in Lahore, which killed 80 people, are perhaps the most extreme manifestation of Islamist hatred for these people.

This should be taken as a warning that extremist ideology continues to gain traction in Britain and a reminder that the fates of Pakistan and Britain in this regard are inexorably linked; what happens there will eventually trickle through the many connections that are here in Britain....
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Egyptian Cleric Salem Abu Al-Futuh: We Will Conquer Italy and the Rest of Europe, as Well as North and South America; The West Will Convert to Islam



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http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/what-does-it-really-say-in-the-quran-about-non-believers/

http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2010/08/what-about-good-verses-in-quran.html


Every single one of the verses in the Quran with a positive message for non-Muslims is abrogated, leaving nothing positive for non-Muslims. Not one verse.

YOU’VE probably heard someone quote “good” verses from the Quran.Bill Warner wanted to know exactly how many verses in the Quran are positive for non-Muslims, so he counted them. The answer is 245. That’s pretty good. That adds up to 4,018 words in the Quran, and comprises 2.6 percent of the total Quranic text.




But, says Warner,“in every case, the verse is followed by another verse that contradicts the ‘good’ verses.”Furthermore, except for seven verses, every “good verse” is abrogated laterin the same chapter (known as a “sura”). Those seven exceptions are abrogated in later chapters.

There’s more. Warner says, “The media emphasizes Islam’s positive verses about the People of the Book, the Jews and Christians. Even this turns out to be illusory.Christians and Jews receive the goodness of Islam only if they agree that their sacred texts are corrupt, the Koran is true, and that Mohammad is a prophet of the Christian and Jewish religion.” Ifthey do that, they will get the blessings of Islam. Of course, if they do that, they are no longer Christians or Jews; they’re Muslims.

So there is nothing positive in the Quran for non-Muslims. Period. And there are 527 verses in the Quran that are intolerant to non-Muslims, 109 verses calling on Muslims to make war on non-Muslims.

When non-Muslims read the Quran and don’t like it, sometimes they’re accused of “having an unfavorable view of Islam” or being an Islamophobe. Or they may be simply accused of “hatred.” But, really, what is there to like about any of this if you’re a non-Muslim?
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Muslim cleric misunderstands Islam, calls for beheading of Wilders


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/09/mu...f-wilders.html

Watch for the cascade of statements from moderate Muslim leaders denouncing Feiz Muhammad and declaring that while they might not like what Wilders says, they will defend to the death his right to say it.

Honest Ibe? Brave Ahmed? Mr. Al-Marayati? Mr. Ahmed? Ms. Mattson? Ms. Lekovic? Anyone? Anyone? "Muslim cleric calls for beheading of Dutch politician," by Ben Berkowitz for Reuters, September 3:
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A well-known Australian Muslim cleric has called for the beheading of Dutch anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilders, a newspaper said on Friday.

Wilders' Freedom Party scored the biggest gains in June 9 polls and is currently negotiating to form a new minority government with the Liberals and Christian Democrats. Polls show Wilders would win a new election if one were called now....

De Telegraaf, the Netherlands' largest newspaper, led its front page on Friday with a story on the speech by Feiz Muhammad.
The Sydney-born Muhammad has gained notoriety for, among other things, calling on young children to be radicalized and blaming rape victims for their own attacks.

The paper posted an English-language audio clip in which he refers to Wilders as "this Satan, this devil, this politician in Holland" and explains that anyone who talks about Islam like Wilders does should be executed by beheading.

De Telegraaf did not say when the speech was given but said it and the Dutch secret service both had copies. According to his website, Muhammad is based in Malaysia.

Wilders told Reuters it was "really terrible news" and that he was taking it seriously.

"I will ask for clarification from the Dutch minister of interior/justice why the secret service and anti-terrorism unit NCTb have not informed me before and what the consequences will be for me," he said in an email....
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U.K.: Muslim parents arrested for honor killing of daughter who balked at arranged marriage to cousin


Qur'an 4:34: "Good women are obedient...." And it's just downhill from there. The letter and spirit of Qur'an 4:34 open the door for attempting to control women with violence in Muslim households: Allah says you can hit if you feel you need to.

Authorities did not help Shafilea Ahmed. In 2003, she told them: "My parents are going to send me to Pakistan and I'll be married to someone and left there." (The mention of the prospective groom being a cousin is also at the preceding link.)

The problem of forced marriages has since gained greater recognition in the U.K., but a day late and a pound sterling short for Shafiliea, whose body was found dumped months after she died from being "strangled or smothered."

"Parents held over death of Shafilea Ahmed," from BBC News, September 2:
The parents of so-called "honour killing" victim Shafilea Ahmed have been arrested on suspicion of her murder, police sources have said.
Shafilea went missing from her home in Warrington in September 2003, aged 17. Her decomposed body was found in the River Kent in Cumbria in January 2004.
A coroner ruled in 2008 she had been unlawfully killed. No-one has ever been charged with her murder.
Iftikhar, 50, and Faranza Ahmed, 47, were arrested in Warrington earlier.
There is a police presence outside the family home in Great Sankey, Warrington.
Police have previously arrested the couple on suspicion of kidnapping, believing it was a so-called "honour killing", but the Crown Prosecution Service later concluded there was insufficient evidence.
'Vile murder'
Five other family members, from Bradford, were also arrested but never charged.
The family have always denied any involvement in the schoolgirl's murder.
Shafilea went missing on 11 September 2003. She was reported missing by a teacher a week later.
East and South Cumbria Coroner Ian Smith, who presided over Shafilea's inquest, said the teenager suffered a "vile murder".
He said the concept of an arranged marriage was central to Shafilea's death.
A medical expert told the hearing the schoolgirl had been smothered or strangled.
The coroner said he believed she was taken from her home on 11 September 2003 and that she had not run away.
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The Muslim teenager feared she was being forced into an arranged marriage by her mother and father, the inquest heard.
A few months before she was killed, Shafilea had refused an arranged marriage, and, during a visit to Pakistan to meet a prospective husband, had drunk bleach.
In his evidence to the inquest, Mr Ahmed said an arranged marriage would need the consent of the young people involved.
He said he accepted his daughter's reply of "no way" when a potential suitor was mentioned....
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...need-slap.html


'Servants sometimes need a slap - and we don't let ours out of the house'


A senior council officer has sparked fury after claiming that it is acceptable for employers to slap their servants.

Rehana Mohamed made the comments on her Twitter account after watching a TV debate on the abuse of foreign domestic workers exploited by wealthy families.

While watching the Channel 4 Dispatches programme, Britain's Secret Slaves, Cambridge University educated Miss Mohamed wrote:'Oh this is so self-righteous.

'That b****y maid needs a good slap. Some ppl [sic] here have no idea what it's like having servants.

'I'm sorry but being on call 24/7 and not having a day off for months and not being allowed to leave the house DOESN'T make you a slave.'

Miss Mohamed, who is from Sri Lanka, works as a strategic change management consultant at Brent Council in north London, an ethnically diverse area.

She added: 'Damn right they should get up and make what you want. That's their job.

'We never let out female servants for their own safety.'


Miss Mohamed, who is in her thirties, today insisted she had made the astonishing comments 'in jest and that's been acknowledged'.

Sarah Teather, Brent Central MP and Education Minister, called the remarks 'unacceptable'.

The Liberal Democrat MP added: ''I am extremely shocked by these comments.

'Anybody who is working on policy on a council like Brent needs to be sensitive to the issues.

'The council should ask whether it is appropriate to employ a consultant who holds such views to work in policy for the most ethnically diverse borough in the country.

'The Dispatches programme raised the very serious issue of abuse of domestic servants in this country.'

Brent Council said it is considering what action to take..

Miss Mohamed told the Telegraph: 'I sincerely apologise if I offended anybody with my remarks.

'I realise that my remarks were insensitive and did, at the time, apologise for causing offence.

'However, I would like to say again that I am very sorry for the flippant way I commented on a serious issue.'

Miss Mohamed has continued to tweet about the furore over her comments, writing: 'I have become a hate figure.'

A reported 15,000 domestic workers flood annually into the UK with many paid less than £50 a week to work 20-hour days.

Aidan McQuade, director of charity Anti-Slavery International, said: 'Many instances of domestic servitude in this country are forced labour - a classification that includes retention of passports and wages, threat of denunciation and restriction of movement and isolation.'


Cllr Ann John, leader of Brent Council, said: 'I find it unacceptable she made a joke like that.

'I feel very strongly about this issue. It's a set of stupid remarks.'

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Sometimes people ask me why more Muslim women don't speak out against the unspeakable situation for women in Islamic cultures and subcultures. "The taxi driver who doubled as a bounty hunter: For £5,000 he tracked down young women fleeing a forced marriage and brought them back to their families," by Nadeem Badshah for the Guardian, August 29:
On the face of it, Zakir was simply a veteran taxi driver and a popular member of the community in Bradford. Few customers would have realised that behind his bubbly exterior he provided another, much more sinister service. For around £5,000, Zakir would track down women and girls who had run away from home to escape a forced marriage. A bounty hunter, Zakir's mission was to bring them back to their families.

While most locals in the tightly knit south Asian community thought Zakir was merely picking up and dropping off passengers each day, his work provided perfect cover to exploit his contacts with fellow drivers and shopkeepers to hunt down runaway teenagers. According to Zakir, some bounty hunters would also befriend officials in housing departments and in the Department for Work and Pensions to get National Insurance numbers - a strategy confirmed by campaigners against forced marriages.

Zakir's job was never to harm his targets, but to return them home to face their "destiny" of being made to marry someone their parents had chosen. Despite the fact that runaways can be beaten for having escaped, he sides with the families on the issue. The softly spoken driver, speaking to G2 on the condition his real name was not used, insisted: "I did it as a favour to the families, as I knew most of them. It wasn't about the money. It was about izzat [honour]. I saw the effect it had on them when their daughter ran away. The worry and the shame from the community talking about them. I was part of the 'taxi driver network', so we shared information about who we picked up and where they got dropped off. [...]

Some families are so fearful of this kind of gossip they agree a verbal contract with a bounty hunter where the reward can be as much as £10,000. Others even hire female bounty hunters to pose as domestic violence victims to enter refuges and find their target.

One woman who knows what it feels like to be hunted down is Jaspreet. She ran away from her home in Sheffield after discovering that her father was arranging her marriage. The 21-year-old said: "I overheard my dad talking to his brother in Pakistan about getting me married to my cousin over there. He'd never discussed marriage with me.

"I didn't want to get married yet. I wanted to finish my law degree. I would have been happy to have an arranged marriage in my mid-20s. But when I protested, my dad threatened me physically and said I would be letting the family down if I refused. I couldn't take any more of the rows, so I ran away."

Days later, Jaspreet found out that her father had asked a family friend to track her down. "It didn't surprise me; towards the end, my dad pretty much disowned me. The hardest thing was leaving my mum and sister - they weren't fussed if I got married to my cousin, but were powerless to stop my dad. I was told [the family friend] was passing my photo around and contacting my friends. So I moved down to London to stay with a friend and changed my appearance.

"It was horrible waking up and having that fear that someone is looking for you, and could hurt you. I used to always think 'when will this end?' I had counselling for my anxiety and panic attacks. My dad would have probably beaten me if I returned home; he had no love for me any more. That's why I moved to London."

Another alarming case was Zena Briggs, who was forced to live on a witness protection scheme after fleeing an arranged marriage in 1993. When she ran away with her white partner Jack Briggs, her Pakistani family in Yorkshire hired a bounty hunter to try and kill them both. She has since divorced and set up a charity called the Zena Foundation to help victims of honour violence. [...]

As for the former bounty hunter Zakir, he is clear about what will stop the problem. "Nothing. Families will do anything in the name of honour."
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Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel has weighed in on Germany's fierce immigration debate, acknowledging in an interview released Saturday that fervently religious Muslim youths tended to be more violent than others.
'This is a big problem and we can talk about it openly, without arousing suspicions of xenophobia,' Merkel said in the interview Bild am Sonntag newspaper, which is to be published Sunday.

Her comments came after central banker Thilo Sarrazin sparked outrage and debate with claims in his new book that Muslim immigrants are lowering German intelligence and harming society more than they contributed.

Merkel said it was important not to associate violence with a particular religion.

'This is misleading. Violence amongst young people is often a sign that they see no perspective for themselves. All that helps is education, education, education.'

'Our state is making many offers, but the main responsibility lies with the parents, and cannot be taken on by schools or the state,' Merkel added.
Sarrazin, a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) received partial backing from party leader Sigmar Gabriel, who said there was an element of truth in his book, entitled Germany Abolishes Itself.

'I think we are experiencing much of what he is describing in (the book). There is no question,' Gabriel said. However he did not share Sarrazin's thesis that Muslim integration problems resulted from genetic predispositions.

The SPD has initiated procedures to evict Sarrazin from the party, while the central bank has asked President Christian Wulff to approve his dismissal from the bank's board.

Merkel said it was crucial to maintain law and order in violent city districts with high migrant populations. She said one solution would be to hire more civil servants with a foreign background.

'It would surely help if we had more migrants in the police, youth welfare offices and other authorities,' Merkel told Bild.

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What? Jihadists in Bosnia? But...but...they're all peaceful, America-loving moderates! Aren't they? Aren't they? "Bosnia bomb probe finds weapons, Islamist link seen," from Reuters, September 6:
SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Bosnian police have uncovered a large cache of weapons and detained a new suspect in the course of their inquiry into a June bomb attack that killed one policeman and injured six others, the prosecutor's office said. The attack, outside a police station in the town of Bugojno, was one of the most serious security incidents in the Balkan country since an ethnic war ended in 1995.

Shortly after the blast, police arrested the suspected mastermind and his helper -- both believed to be followers of the radical Sunni Muslim Wahhabi sect....

The Wahhabi sect has taken root in Bosnia under the influence of Islamists from abroad, some of whom stayed on after fighting alongside Bosnian Muslims during the 1992-95 war.

Police have stepped up efforts to curtail the small but vocal Wahhabi groups. In February they raided a community in the northern village of Gornja Maoca and arrested several men accused of trying to destabilise the fragile country....
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