1. Egyptian-Canadian Writer Said Shoaib: Western Imams who praise Islamic Caliphate are terrorists
During an interview with German-Egyptian political scientist and author Hamed Abdel-Samad that was uploaded to Abdel-Samad’s YouTube channel on January 14, 2019, Egyptian-Canadian writer Said Shoaib said that imams in the West embrace colonialist Islam and deceive Westerners by talking about the “greatness of the Islamic caliphate”. He said that these things constitute a form of terrorism that might become armed terrorism should the opportunity present itself, and that the West has failed to realize this. Shoaib explained that this form of Islamism is being taught in mosques and in Islamic schools throughout the West, and that the natural course of such education is terrorism. Hamed Abdel-Samad added that the same Muslims who show enmity to other religions in their home countries come to the West and criticize Christians, Jews, the West, and secularism while demanding that nobody criticizes Islam. Abdel-Samad also said that the Canadian government is naïve, and he criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “romantic” fantasy that everybody should “hold hands and hug and kiss one another.” Abdel-Samad said that Trudeau doesn’t know what is really being taught in Canadian mosques and Shohaib said that Western politicians don’t know anything about Islam.
2. France builds Trump-style wall to stop illegals getting to Britain
French authorities have built a ten-foot wall at a Total station in Calais used by migrants who attempt to storm lorries and break into Britain.
The barrier is being erected at a petrol station in the Marcel-Doret area where lorries stop to fill up with fuel before heading to the port and onwards to the United Kingdom. It is set to be finished by mid-February.
Local prefect Fabien Sudry told Nord Littoral that “smuggling networks meet there and take advantage of stations near the port to get migrants in trucks.
3. Rep. Ilhan Omar deletes tweet attacking Covington students, after backlash
Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has apparently deleted an overnight tweet going after Covington Catholic students anew, after facing a social media backlash for her comments.
Her tweet had been posted well after the initial round of misreporting on the students' widely viewed confrontation with a Native-American elder in Washington last week. Media figures initially seized on the viral confrontation with Nathan Phillips, with an initial clip appearing to show the students antagonizing him. But additional video then emerged offering context, including that Phillips approached them amid a confrontation between the students and Black Hebrew Israelite protesters. The students pushed back on the initial criticism, and many of those critics have since retracted their statements.
But Omar on Tuesday night responded to President Trump’s tweet defending Covington student Nick Sandmann and his peers -- by claiming they were taunting the black protesters despite accounts to the contrary and citing a videotaped comment about rape, though it's unclear whether it was one of the Covington students who said it.
4. Italian politician hits back at France over criticism of their decision to close ports to stranded refugees
Brothers of Italy leader, Giorgia Meloni, responds to Macron official’s comments about Italy closing their ports to stranded refugees in appearance on TV show, Non è l'arena.
5. Italian Interior Ministry: 393 migrants have been returned to Libya
It is believed that this includes about 100 migrants, who were classified by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Sunday as being in a crisis off the coast of Libya.
Salvini said in a statement that “the 393 migrants, rescued by the Italian Coast Guard, are safe and fine, and have been returned to Libya.”
A human rights organization criticized returning migrants to Libya and described the move as a violation of international law because they are vulnerable to abuse and torture in this country.
In his strategy, Salvini prohibits charitable organizations that save migrants from reaching to Italian ports, prompting most of these organizations to suspend their work.
6. Germany bans Iranian airline Mahan
Germany banned Iranian airline Mahan Air from its airports, a senior government source said Monday, amid an escalation of sanctions adopted by the European Union against Iran over attacks on opponents in the bloc.
In remarks to Reuters, the source gave both safety concerns and the suspicion that the airline was being used for military purposes as reasons.
The confirmation came after Munich-based daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that the Federal Aviation Office (LBA) will suspend Mahan’s operating license.
A spokesman for the foreign ministry in Berlin told the paper it “does not inform about internal political decision-making processes.”
Mahan, Iran's second-largest carrier after Iran Air, flies four services a week between Tehran and the German cities Duesseldorf and Munich.
7. Russia: Three suspected of financing Islamic State arrested in southern Russia
Three people suspected of financing the Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) have been detained as a result of an operation conducted by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in southern Russia, footage released on Monday shows.
According to the FSB report, the suspects collected money under the guise of charity and transferred it to militants in Syria. The financial scheme handled over an estimated 10 million roubles ($150,759).
8. Islamic centre urges City of Toronto to create prayer spaces in subway stations
Abu Ubaydah Islamic Centre in Toronto has initiated a petition calling on the authorities to create prayer spaces in Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway stations.
Here is the text of the petition:
In the name of thy Lord, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
This petition is to Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to create prayer spaces in subway facilities like those that already exists in Tokyo or other cities around the world.
Abu Ubaydah Islamic Centre (BIN: 281266692) is a non for profit organization affiliated with Zancana community centre filing this petition to TTC and the Mayor’s Office in Toronto, Ontario. We are petitioning for prayer spaces (partitions) to be assembled in main subway stations that already have washrooms.
Why your support is needed…
Like meditation and exercise, prayer has been part of Muslim individuals practice for the past 1400 years. Muslims are obligated to pray five times a day and it varies between 5:00 am to 12:00 midnight; during which each prayer should be performed within a limited time frame and completed prior to the next. It’s understandable that Muslims can pray anywhere; however, having a clean and private space will help individuals who can’t make it home to catch their prayer more at ease while travelling with the TTC.
9. Social media video shows Venezuela sergeant demanding Maduro removal
CARACAS, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A man identifying himself as a Venezuelan National Guard sergeant at a Caracas outpost called for the removal of President Nicolas Maduro, in a social media video circulating on Monday.
The video did not show significant movement of troops or military vehicles. Social media photos showed the presence of security forces in the area of the National Guard outpost.
Reuters was unable to independently confirm the video.
The Information Ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Maduro was inaugurated on Jan. 10 under an avalanche of criticism that his leadership was illegitimate following a 2018 election widely viewed as fraudulent, with countries around the world disavowing his government.
The United States and many Latin American nations say Maduro has become a dictator whose failed state-led policies have plunged Venezuela into its worst ever economic crisis, with inflation approaching 2 million percent.
Hundreds of thousands marching in #Caracas against the far-right dictatorship of #Maduro
🔴 URGENT - Des centaines de milliers de personnes défilent actuellement à #Caracas contre la dictature d'extrême gauche de #Maduro. L#Assemblée Nationale vient de se déclarer président par intérim. Situation politique confuse en cours au #Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/mhcGABuErr— La Plume Libre (@LPLdirect) January 23, 2019
10. IDF Tweet: “We have started striking Quds targets in Syrian territory”
We have started striking Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory. We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 20, 2019