1. Ex-Breitbart Editor Kassam caught up in Facebook right-wing account bans
The personal Facebook account of former Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam was suspended overnight Monday, leaving him unable to administer his accounts at the same time the social media network totally banned English right-wing campaigner Tommy Robinson from their platforms.
Kassam, who edited Breitbart London until May 2018 and is now a fellow at the Claremont Institute, saw his ban picked up by Donald Trump Junior, the son of the President of the United States, who took to Twitter to cast doubts on the motives behind the apparent censorship. [...]
Kassam told Breitbart London that the take-down of his personal account was bad timing for the social network, as he was just days away from giving an address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and was likely now to discuss the censorious attitudes of the Silicon Valley elites in his speech.
I’m sure this was an “accident” like I’ve been hearing from the social media masters. Funny that the accidents only happen one way. https://t.co/OTenZwaeCJ— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 26, 2019
2. Wife of ISIS fighter: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi ordered women to leave so the men could focus on Jihad
A reporter from Alan TV (UAE) interviewed a woman leaving ISIS-controlled Al-Baghuz, Syria. The woman, who was wearing a full veil, said that she is the wife of an ISIS fighter who is sometimes an "infiltrating commando" and sometimes a "regular fighter," and who sometimes "bombs the enemies of Allah." The woman explained that ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has ordered all the women to leave Al-Baghuz so that the men could focus on Jihad and instate shari'a law. She also said that nobody knows exactly where Al-Baghdadi is currently located. The interview aired on February 24, 2019.
3. Burkina Faso says its forces have killed 29 extremists
Burkina Faso's armed forces say defense and security forces killed 29 extremists in an operation last week in the country's east.
Armed forces spokesman Col. Karim Ouili said late Sunday the combined actions of special forces by land and air on Feb. 19-20 took place in the localities of Kompienbiga, Kabonga and a touristic hunting area. He said weapons, ammunition and other materials were also seized.
Burkina Faso has seen a major increase in extremist attacks in the past few years. The threat, which initially came from the northern Sahel region, has shifted into the forested east near the border with Niger.
4. Isil magazines discovered by traffic police on man's phone during investigation into minor car crash
Gruesome terror manuals were discovered on the phone of a driver by traffic police who were investigating the cause of a minor road accident.
Officers had confiscated the device from Fahim Adam, 32, as he lay in hospital after his Audi car ploughed into a wall, to see if he was texting at the time of the crash.
Unexpectedly, they found two editions of the Isil propaganda publication “Rumiyah” which gave Jihadists tips on how to carry out random “lone wolf” knife attacks to ensure “maximum terror.”
The material encouraged readers to find the best type of knives, the best locations to attack victims and the best places to use the knives on a human body, as well as how to credit their attacks to the Islamic State.
5. Iraq to try IS (Islamic State) detainees, including 13 French nationals
All Islamic State group militants who committed crimes against Iraq will be put on trial, including 13 suspected French militants who have been transferred to Iraq from Syria, Iraq's president said Monday.
Iraqi President Barham Saleh said during a two-day visit to France that the French citizens were handed over from Syria, where troops with U.S.-led coalition forces detained them. The 13 will be prosecuted in accordance with Iraqi laws, he said.
“Anyone who is accused of committing crimes against Iraq, against Iraqi installations and against Iraqi personnel, we definitively are seeking them,” Saleh said. “And seeking to try them, of course.”
6. Transgender sprinters finish 1st, 2nd at Connecticut girls indoor track championships
[...] Yearwood, a 17-year-old junior at Cromwell High School, is one of two transgender high school sprinters in Connecticut, transitioning to female.
She recently finished second in the 55-meter dash at the state open indoor track championships. The winner, Terry Miller of Bloomfield High, is also transgender and set a girls state indoor record of 6.95 seconds. Yearwood finished in 7.01 seconds and the third-place competitor, who is not transgender, finished in 7.23 seconds.
Miller and Yearwood also topped the 100-meter state championships last year, and Miller won the 300 this season.
Critics say their gender identity amounts to an unfair advantage, expressing a familiar argument in a complex debate for transgender athletes as they break barriers across sports around the world from high school to the pros.
VIDEO: War on Women: Two trans “girls” just dominated Connecticut’s Women’s Track and Field
Two transgender women took first and second place this year in Connecticut’s indoor track-and-field championship this weekend – and by “transgender women,” I mean two biological guys with testosterone who just stole awards from biological girls. If you’re looking for the real “War on Women,” this is it.
7. Revealed: A day after Corbyn said ISIS bride should be let back into UK... how Labour's John McDonnell once called for anyone who fought for Israel to be stripped of their British citizenship
John McDonnell argued Britons who fought for Israel against Palestine should face the threat of losing their citizenship in a letter that emerged today - 24 hours after Jeremy Corbyn said jihadi bride Shamima Begum should keep her passport.
The shadow chancellor wrote to then Home Secretary Theresa May in 2014 saying she should censure British citizens who served in the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and mete out the same punishment given to those who joined ISIS.
Yesterday his party leader said Shamima Begum and her newborn baby should be allowed to return from Syria and given the “support that she needs” by the authorities.
Yet Mr McDonnell argued the Government's policy to strip violent jihadis of their passports should be widened to those who went to fight for the Israeli Defence Force against the Palestinians in Gaza - with some critics calling it “hypocrisy.”
8. Iranian woman “is sprayed in the face with tear gas by undercover morality police for refusing to wear a hijab”
An Iranian woman has been sprayed in the face with tear gas after going outside without a hijab, campaigners say.
Video of the altercation shows the woman arguing with a man - believed to be an undercover morality officer - about the country's oppressive religious regime.
The woman can be heard calling the man “blind” and “ill-fated” for following the government, before he turns around to confront her.
She tells him “do whatever you want, I'm not scared” before he pulls a small black bottle from his bag.
He then sprays the substance in the woman's face before the video cuts out.
Watch when an undercover morality police agents fires tear gas on a woman who refuses to wear hijab. This is the 2nd video of violence received by the #MyCameraIsMyWeapon campaign this week. We call on international community to condemn this such brutality. @DailyMailUK @cnni pic.twitter.com/IqYglN23VA— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) February 25, 2019
این شجاعت باید تکثیر شود— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) January 2, 2019
وقتی #دوربین_ما_اسلحه_ما شده و یاد گرفتیم که #تماشاچی_نباشیم نتیجه میشود این سنگ روی یخ شد این روحانی زورگو
Brave Iranian woman to a cleric who wants to force her to wear hijab: I won’t put my hijab on! Leave me alone you stupid man#MyCameraIsMyWespom pic.twitter.com/rkDp389gVj
These are the oppressors of Iranian women. They don't hesitate to resort to violence to prevent women from going outside without compulsory veil. But Iranian women are not scared of these oppressors. Women's voices cannot be silenced. #MyCameraIsMyWeapon, #WhiteWednesdays. pic.twitter.com/YtXVU1hYWF— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) February 15, 2019
9. Satanic Verses book burning RETURNS in Bradford 30 years later after Rushdie’s fatwa
A FURIOUS man set on fire a copy of the controversial novel The Satanic Verses in Bradford 30 years after the book burning demonstration in the Yorkshire town.
The publication of the novel in 1988 sparked a wave of outrage in Tehran, Iran, where the Islamic state perceived Sir Salman Rushdie’s book offensive towards Islam. Months later, in 1989, the Iranian Government issued a fatwa, a ruling on a point of Islamic law, for blasphemy against anyone involved in the publication of the book. This move forced Sir Salman into hiding for a decade, indirectly caused the death of 59 people and fuelled a series of violent protests, including the notorious book burning demonstration in Bradford. [...]
As a BBC journalist was carrying around a copy of the book to interview people for this week’s episode of “The Satanic Verses: 30 Years On”, a man snatched the hardback from his hand and set it on fire. [...] Claiming the author is "hated as much as he was back then", he said: “People can't protest consecutively for 30 years.”
10. Mount Royal University (Calgary): New ablution stations open to Muslim students and employees
Two new ablution stations to enable Muslims to perform the required cleansing ritual before prayer were celebrated at an event in the Office of Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion (CEMI) Wednesday. Muslims are required to wash their hands, face and feet ― a practice called “wudu” in Arabic ― for daily prayers.
Khaula Bhutta, human rights advisor with CEMI, said before the ablution stations opened late last fall people had to use the sinks in public washrooms, which was awkward and uncomfortable. It was also difficult not to get water on the floor when they tried to wash thoroughly, which made it a safety hazard.
“This is about inclusion. This is an opportunity to showcase to the community, to different groups, that we are trying our best to create spaces where people feel safe, respected and where barriers are removed. We have a duty to provide these facilities under Alberta’s Human Rights Act.”