1 “Simple Downplay” or “Don't Demonize Muslims”? Swedish TV under fire over coverage of girls' murder
A broadcaster in Sweden has come into fierce criticism over its coverage of the murder of two Scandinavian girls by ISIS fighters in Morocco. Viewers say the channel downplayed the horrific incident.
2. Hispano-Swiss suspect involved in Imlil murders is a “Muslim convert”
First investigations have revealed a little bit more about the identity of and motive the European connection of Imlil’s terrorist tragedy.
Rabat – Moroccan authorities arrested yesterday evening a man of dual Swiss and Spanish citizenship suspected to have strong connections to the terrorist squad which earlier this month perpetrated the death of two Scandinavian tourists.
While the Swiss-Spanish suspect was “not physically involved” in the murder that claimed the lives of the tourists, investigations have so far uncovered both his identity and his “terrorist past.”
Born Zoller G.K to a Swiss father and Spanish mother, the suspect converted to Islam in 2011 in Geneva’s Grand Mosque. After conversion, Zoller picked Abdellah as his Muslim name. The name remained his nom de guerre as his conversion to his new religion was quickly followed by radicalization.
3. Pat Condell: The Anti-American Dream
The quickest way to create a captive society is to educate children to hate their own freedom.
4. Iran: Tehran Science and Research University students holding massive protest gathering
Iran, Dec. 29, 2018 - Students of the Science and Research University in Tehran, the capital of Iran, held a major rally on Saturday morning expressing their anger over Iranian regime authorities in this facility. The students were grieving the loss of their classmates killed in a recent bus accident and holding incompetent regime officials responsible for the incident.
The students were also heard chanting, “Velayati, resign, resign,” demanding the resignation of the representative of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on their campus.
The students are also protesting measures by the Iranian regime aiming to cloak the role of the regime’s plundering mafias in this incident. One poster specifically read, “Expelling second-class officials in this university is a sign of the mullahs’ obscenity.”
A large number of college students took part in this rally while the Iranian regime had taken measures to station repressive security units on campus and nearby areas to keep the rally under control. Prior to this, the mullahs’ regime had dispatched anti-riot units to create a climate of fear at the capital’s Science and Research University.
5. Like Hitler, like Macron? Le Monde apologizes for controversial magazine cover
One of French biggest newspapers has dedicated its latest front page to the anti-government 'Yellow Vest' protesters. 'Le Monde' made a collage of pictures of President Macron and the demonstrations. Unfortunately though, it reminded some readers of an another notorious image.
6. Syria regime discloses blacklist of 731 “supporters of terrorism”
Syria has disclosed a blacklist of 731 people it accuses of supporting and sponsoring terror, Arabi21 reported yesterday.
The names include scores of academics, former officials from the Gulf States and Muslim preachers from a number of Arab states.
According to the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, the blacklist is divided in to three classifications: Syrians, Arabs and terror organisations.
The Lebanese newspaper reported that the Bahraini preacher Hassan Al-Husseini along with a number of Bahraini citizens and MPs were included on the list.
The ruling family of Qatar is also amongst those including on the list.
7. Iran National Stadium to host women’s soccer for first time since revolution
Iran’s largest stadium has been given the go-ahead to host the women’s national football team in a match for the first time since the Islamic revolution, however men will be strictly barred from attendance.
Women were forbidden from attending matches after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Hardline clerics argued at the time women must not be allowed to view semi-clad men in athletic endeavours for fear of corrupting their souls.
They also worried women might accidentally touch men as crowds entered or left stadiums, potentially causing lascivious thoughts in both parties. [...]
Such has been the sustained bias against women becoming involved in soccer at any level in Iran that female lovers of the game have previously resorted to wearing fake beards and moustaches to gain entry to matches.
8. WHITE WIDOW: World's most wanted woman plotting U.K. massacre
She was once known as plain old Samantha Lewthwaite.
Today, she is known as the White Widow — the most wanted woman in the world.
The president of terrorism’s ladies auxiliary is reportedly secretly plotting a mass casualty terror attack in London.
The 35-year-old became radicalized by her late husband, Germaine Lindsay, who was one of the suicide bombers in the 7/7 2005 terror attacks in London.
Now believed to be hiding in Yemen, Lewthwaite allegedly ordered the deaths of some 400 people, according to the Daily Mirror.
9. Police install new portable anti-terrorist gates designed to stop 7.5 ton trucks around the Queen's Sandringham estate
New anti-terror measures have been put in place around the Queen's Sandringham estate for the first time as several high-profile royals stay there for the festive season.
Special anti-truck-ram barriers have now been built at the four roads which lead to the Royal residence in Norfolk.
The three-foot-high modular barriers can erected in seconds by police officers in the event of a terror attack involving a heavy goods vehicle.
They have been designed by Belgium company Pitagone and can stop trucks weighing up to 7.5 tons travelling at up to 30mph.
10. Head of Saudi Arabia's national TV channel “is fired for broadcasting live coverage of a music concert”
The head of Saudi Arabia's national television channel has been fired for broadcasting live coverage of a music concert, it has been claimed.
The Majida Al Roumi event, part of the kingdom's Winter at Tantora festival, was aired on Saudi Arabia's government-owned channel last week.
But the station chief was then sacked with sources claiming that officials deemed the concert “inappropriate to air on the platform.”