1. Shocking footage shows alleged Libyan children mimicking ISIS-style execution
2. Isis propaganda video shows women fighting for first time amid “desperation” to bolster ranks
Analyst says women are “last resort” after thousands of fighters killed in battles that drove jihadi group out of former “caliphate”.
Female Isis members have been filmed fighting on the front line for the first time as the group becomes “desperate” to bolster its dwindling ranks.
A new propaganda video showed at least five women armed with guns being driven to battle in a truck flying the Isis flag.
One can then be seen fighting alongside male militants, firing a rifle over defensive earthbanks in what appeared to be clashes along the Euphrates river in Syria.
Excerpts of Islamic State VIDEO threatening Kurds, and showing women on front lines.
3. Feminism, Swedish Style
A Swedish court ruled against the parental rights of Alicia, a Swedish citizen, and handed over her children (also Swedish citizens) to a foreigner who is known to have raped their mother, in the context of an Islamic sharia "marriage," when she herself was a child.
Sometimes, when one points out these rules, people will respond: "Well, the Bible says such-and-such." The point is not that these things are written in Islamic scripture, but that people still live by them.
Swedish officials have not made any "mistakes" in Alicia's case. Every single action on their part has been rooted in a philosophy that they thoroughly understand and in which they deeply believe. They are, as they love to proclaim, proud feminists, whose ardent belief in sisterhood ends where brutal Islamic patriarchy, gender oppression, and primitive "honor culture" begin. That is feminism, Swedish style.
In practice, as it happens, this compulsion to respect the different priorities of other cultures is most urgent when the culture in question is the one in which female inequality is most thoroughly enshrined and enforced.
4. Vast Majority of Under-35 Italians Now Oppose Mass Migration
A poll has revealed that 65 per cent of Italians under the age of 35 are against mass migration with some wanting to limit the number of migrants flowing into the country while others want the rate reduced to zero.
The poll, conducted by polling firm Ixè, shows that Italian youth are less and less positive about mass migration into the country with only 35 per cent saying they approved of it. Forty per cent of the respondents said that they wanted much stricter controls on migrant flows while 20 per cent claimed to want migration stopped entirely, La Stampa reports.
President of Ixè Roberto Weber said that the results in the older age groups are even more starkly against mass migration. “Among the older age groups these numbers increase, people tend to be even more distrustful towards foreigners,” he said.
5. Pakistan warns media against promoting Valentine's Day
Pakistan's media regulatory authority, acting on a court order, has instructed all news channels, radio stations and print media to refrain from promoting Valentine's Day.
A Pakistani court last year banned celebrations on Valentine's Day, saying it was against Islam and promotes western culture.
Since then, the agency has taken steps to ensure a blackout on any Valentine's Day promotions in print or electronic media. In a statement this week, it said it warned media organizations that the court order is still in effect.
6. Geert Wilders: “It is time to de-Islamize the Netherlands”
Dutch MP Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party, second largest party in the Netherlands, on why voters should support his party in upcoming municipal elections.
7. Pakistani Islamist radicals hail acquittals over lynching
Pakistani suspects acquitted this week in the lynching of a university student falsely accused of blasphemy received a rousing welcome home in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province following their release from detention.
A video showing some of the suspects being greeted by a crowd of radical Islamists and showered with rose petals in the northwestern town of Mardan went viral on Thursday, underscoring the volatile issue of blasphemy against Islam, which is punishable by death in Pakistan.
Mere allegations are often enough to provoke mob violence.
8. Australia: Burqa Ban: Judge Expels Veiled Muslim Woman from Court for Refusing to Show Her Face
An Australian judge has been called “unreasonable” for ordering the Muslim wife of an accused terrorist to remove her niqab and show her face while attending her husband’s trial.
She refused the request to remove the traditional Muslim face covering and was subsequently escorted from the building to sit outside while the case was being heard, the Herald Sun reports.
“I require anybody who comes into the court — and all are welcome — but anybody who comes into the court, for their face to be uncovered,” Justice Beale of the Victorian Supreme Court said. According to the transcript of proceedings, the lawyer for the wife’s husband said she was “obviously not prepared to do that.”
A court spokesman told the newspaper that judges can decide who is allowed to sit in their courts.
9. Islamic Extremist Numbers More than Triple in German Region
The German region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has seen a dramatic increase in the number of radical Islamic extremists over the last year with some being described as particularly violent.
The northern region, which is also the homeland of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saw the radical Islamic Salafist scene grow from 40 members in 2016 to 130 by the end of last year, broadcaster NDR reports.
The growth follows a nationwide trend as the number of Salafist extremists has risen substantially since the height of the 2015 migrant crisis.
The German domestic spy agency, the Agency for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), estimates that there are now around 10,000 Salafist extremists in the country and that around 1,800 of them are believed to be violent.
10. UK: “Death Squad of Allah”: Terror Suspect Teacher Showed Islamic State Video to Children, Blamed “Fascists”
A Muslim teacher on trial for allegedly plotting attacks on London showed children Islamic State videos and claimed to be part of “a death squad sent by Allah” after the Westminster attack, a court has heard.
The terror suspect also argued that lying and jihad were part of his religion and blamed “fascists” and police. He also claimed, however, that his seemingly pro-terror comments did not represent his views.
Faith school worker Umar Haque, 25, is standing trial at the Old Bailey for allegedly planning Islamist terror attacks on locations such as the Palace of Westminster and Westfield shopping centre.