1. Fifty per cent of illegal migrants into Canada from US who are claiming refugee status have a history of “serious criminality.”
2. Sharia patrols now in the USA
A man trying to impose what he calls "the civil part of the sharia law" in the Cedar-Riverside neighbourhood of Minneapolis has sparked anger among local residents and Muslim leaders.
Abdullah Rashid, 22, a Georgia native who moved to Cedar-Riverside last year, has been making the rounds in the Somali-dominated neighbourhood, telling people not to drink, use drugs or interact with the opposite sex. If he sees Muslim women he believes are dressed inappropriately, he approaches them and suggests they should wear a jilbab, a long, flowing garment. And he says he's recruiting others to join the effort.
WND has more here.
3. Syria: U.S. coalition raid on ISIS chemical arms
Syrian state-run news agency Sana said Thursday that ''hundreds of people, including civilians'' were killed in eastern Syria in a raid carried out by the US-led anti-ISIS coalition against a ''depot of chemical weapons of the Islamic State'' in the region of Dayr az Zor. Sana quoted the army chief of staff.
''Many people died suffocated by toxic gas inhalations'' in the raid, wrote Sana, adding that this allegedly occurred ''yesterday between 5:30 and 5:50 pm''.
According to the Syrian army, the ''depot of poisonous substances'' struck was in Hatla, east of Dayr az Zor, in the region by the same name bordering with Iraq.
4. Chechens tell of prison beatings, electric shocks in anti-gay purge
Up to several hundred gay men are feared to have been rounded up and some killed in ultra-conservative Russian republic.
At least once a day, Adam’s captors attached metal clamps to his fingers and toes. One of the men then cranked a handle on a machine to which the clamps were linked with wires, and sent powerful electric shocks through his body. If he managed not to scream, others would join in, beating him with wooden sticks or metal rods.
As they tortured him, the men shouted verbal abuse at him for being gay, and demanded to know the names of other gay men he knew in Chechnya.
“Sometimes they were trying to get information from me; other times they were just amusing themselves,” he said, speaking about the ordeal he underwent just a month ago with some difficulty.
Adam’s testimony, as well as that of another gay Chechen man with whom the Guardian spoke, backs up reports that a shocking anti-gay campaign is under way in the Russian republic of Chechnya, involving over a hundred and possibly several hundred men. Some are believed to have been killed.
What the Guardian manages to avoid explaining, except in passing, is that Chechnya is run by devout and militant Muslims.
5. The following videos depict the fatal beating of a University of Pakistan student accused of blasphemy. (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIOLENCE)
David Wood offers this analysis:
6. "Does she not trust her people?" Fury as Angela Merkel asks BRITAIN to stop German terror
Respected news magazine Focus reports in its latest issue that 18 months ago she met the heads of MI5, MI6 and the director of GCHQ, the agency which was discovered to have conducted covert surveillance on Germany.
Her contacts with the British have rankled German spooks. One anonymous official said to the magazine: "In 12 years she has not once attended one of the weekly security briefings for her government.
"Why does she travel to England then? Does she not trust her own people anymore?”
7. Interview with locals in Afghanistan about Trump's attack on the Syrian air base.
All seem to be quite grateful for the elimination of the Islamic State fighters who had overrun the area.
8. Why is the Department of Education Promoting Islam to School Kids?
According to the linked Breitbart article, “Access Islam” is not only funded by DOE. It is also “being promoted on various websites,” Martin Mawyer, president and founder of CAN, told Breitbart News. “PBS Learning Media is one of the websites that is promoting it. The Smithsonian also promotes it, the Indiana Department of Education promotes it, and even the United Nations promotes it.”
The video features prominently a Christian convert to Islam, who declares emotionally how he has found the true religion without any “intermediaries.”
9. Canada’s M-103 anti-Islamophobia study to start next month
A committee study that Canada’s controversial anti-Islamophobia motion called for is likely to get underway next month, the Sun has learned.
All eyes will be on the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage as it hears from dozens of witnesses to study the ill-defined phenomenon of Islamophobia, along with other forms of discrimination and racism.
Liberal MP Iqra Khalid’s M-103 passed in the House of Commons by a vote of 201-91 on March 23 after weeks of controversy surrounding the wording of the motion. Now the committee will pick up where the motion leaves off.
While the motion supposedly denounces all discrimination, Islamophobia was the only one that received a specific mention. Khalid has stated her motion was partially inspired by E-411, an online petition exclusively focused on Islam.
A number of mainstream pundits argued during the controversy that the motion was nothing more than a gesture and would never amount to anything.
However now that the issue is headed to committee, it will result in a report that will provide recommendations that may inspire legislation.
10. The place in Afghanistan where it’s “easy to kill women”
A 19-year-old shot by her husband’s family after he claimed she wasn’t a virgin. An 18-year-old was killed with her mother because of suspicion she had had an abortion. And a 17-year-old killed and burned when she tried to escape from a forced marriage. Our Observer in Ghor province, Afghanistan, brings us three stories of honour killings from the last three weeks.
Ghor is a remote mountain province 400 km west of the capital Kabul. The Taliban and other armed groups are active, and state control is weak. It’s also one of the least-developed provinces in Afghanistan: child marriage is common, and “honour killings” – often women trying to flee marriages they were forced into – are frequent.
According to Afghan law, girls must be 16 years old to marry, and boys 18. But our Observer says that in the remote villages of Ghor, the law is seldom respected. The marriage of a 6-year-old girl to a 55-year mullah in the province 2016 provoked international outrage.