‘White widow’: Interpol arrest warrant issued for Samantha Lewthwaite

Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for Samantha Lewthwaite, the British woman dubbed the “white widow” who has been linked to the Kenyan shopping centre attack, in connection with suspected terrorist offences in 2011. The international police agency said its red notice had been issued at the request of Kenya and circulated to police authorities in 190 countries around the world, activating “a global tripwire” for the Briton.

 

The warrant does not relate to the terrorist attack at the weekend on the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, despite intense speculation linking Lewthwaite, the widow of one of the July 7 London bombers, to the atrocity, for which the al-Qaida-linked Somali group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility. Instead, said Interpol, the 29-year-old is being sought on charges of possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011.

 

Lewthwaite, the daughter of a British soldier, grew up in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, and later in Aylesbury, where she converted to Islam as a teenager. She was married to July 7 bomber Germaine Lindsay at the time of the attacks, but insisted in their aftermath that she was horrified by them. But she later disappeared with the couple’s two children, only to re-emerge in Kenya as a committed jihadi who is believed to be working with al-Shabaab.

 

There has been intense speculation that Lewthwaite may have had a role in the Nairobi attack after Kenyan intelligence reports suggested that a British woman could have been involved and a number of witnesses described seeing a white woman among the gunmen.

 

At least 67 people died in the Westgate attack, and according to the latest figures from the Red Cross, 72 people are still missing and could be trapped under rubble in the mall.

 

Madonna and the Chains of Islam

July 7, 2013

 

Depicted with a facial veil made of steel. A Battle for Women or Marketing? Awaiting her New Project

 

After the cross, Madonna breaks down to the sound of metal. The latest provocation is likely to unleash a wave of protests more incendiary than those created by the burning of the Koran. But the material girl explains on Instagram: “The revolution of love is the game … Inshallah,” which in Arabic means “if God wills.”
The latest gossip would suggest that this will be the last project of the pop star. Not just a publicity stunt, which was launched on the eve of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting that begins on July 9.
Madonna, the artist has posted a picture of her face covered by a niqab (Islamic veil that covers the face of women) in steel mesh.
SADO MASO-ISLAMIC. The photo is part of a series that will be released soon in the magazine Harper’s Bazaar, in which Madonna performs with her teeth in gold and diamonds – the latest fad among the stars of Hollywood – while shaking the metal veil.

Ben and Izzy: Middle East and Islam in the Cartoon on Planet Kids

July 7, 2013

 

The series Ben & Izzy produced by the Jordanian production company Rubicon enlivens the summer schedules dedicated to children. The channel launches on Planet Kids starting July 22. The cartoon in CGI, was produced in 2006 in English language with the purpose of being distributed internationally, in 2008 it was dubbed in Arabic.

The cartoon is aimed at children aged 6 to 11 years old. Viewers follow the adventures of the American Ben, and the Arab Izzy, two boys of different cultures who find themselves in the same place due to the work of their archaeologist grandparents. Initially wary of their difference they begin to learn and to appreciate their differences.

In the desert, they discover a tomb where they let the genie Yasmine escape, a lively girl who helps them on their travels.

Through the powers of Yasmine and her determination to save the precious heritage of the world, the boys find themselves traveling back in time. One adventure takes them to Petra in 1867, the year of the first visit made ​​at what is now considered one of the seven wonders of the world. The protagonists, sort of two “Raiders of the Lost Ark” characters, learn the pasts value together, and mature to the point to appreciate all that there is to learn about each other’s culture.

The fun and educational series will be broadcast in their original language with audio in Italian.

Denmark: Terror trial begins

The trial of two men accused of planning an attack has begin in Copenhagen. Two men of Pakistani and Afghani background are alleged to have made a bomb out of explosives that were used in the London 2005 bombings. Both men have pleaded not guilty, but have admitted to making triacetone triperoxide (TATP) saying that it was for using in fireworks. The prosecutor in the case presented video evidence from the Danish Intelligence Service, which secretly filmed the Pakistani man mixing chemicals and singing about martyrdom. Neither men have been named due to a court order.

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July 7 plot accused tell of times with Taliban: After training in Kashmir, pair went to Afghan camp / Court hears how bomber became boyhood friend

A British Muslim accused of helping the July 7 bombers plot their attacks on London told a court yesterday how he and ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan spent time at a Taliban camp in Afghanistan as part of a jihad training trip. Taking the stand for the first time, Waheed Ali, 25, denied participating in the attacks but admitted travelling with Khan on a “gallivant” in the summer of 2001, shortly before the September 11 attacks, and after attending a camp on the Kashmir border where they learned to shoot Kalashnikovs. They hoped to go to the frontline near Bagram airbase where the Taliban were fighting the Northern Alliance, but were deemed too inexperienced to fight and stayed at a camp about a mile behind the frontline, where they became so ill with diarrhoea that they were put on drips for three or four days. Rachel Williams reports.

7/7 jury see video of terror ringleader grooming his baby daughter to battle for Islam

Cradling his baby daughter in his arms, the ringleader of the July 7 suicide bombers says goodbye to her in an extraordinary family video. At one stage, an emotional Mohammed Sidique Khan appears to be preparing six- month- old Maryam for a future as a terrorist, urging her: “Learn to fight, fighting is good.” He added: “Be mummy’s best friend. Take care of mummy – you can both do things together like fighting and stuff.”

British Ex-Jihadis Form Ranks for Tolerance

They once plotted insurrection in Britain. Young, middle-class, and angry, they were the vanguard of a generation of disaffected Muslims that, at its most extreme, gave rise to the July 7, 2005, transportation bombers. But now, in one of the most visible assaults on political Islam from within the British Muslim community, a network of ex-radicals launched on Tuesday a movement to fight the same ideology that they once worked to spread.

London bomber’s video to daughter played in UK court

The ringleader of London’s 2005 suicide bombers recorded a video for his daughter when he left for Pakistan on a previous mission expecting to die, a prosecutor said on Thursday. The video, never previously shown in public, was played at the trial of three men accused of undertaking reconnaissance for the July 7 attacks on London transport which killed 52 people. Mohammad Sidique Khan, leader of the four suicide bombers, recorded the video to say goodbye to his baby daughter Maryam before he left on a visit to Pakistan in November 2004. Prosecutor Neil Flewitt told Kingston Crown Court in southwest London that Khan recorded the video because he was preparing to die while fighting jihad in Afghanistan. But he later changed his mind and used the visit to start planning for the London attacks, Flewitt said. “Sweetheart, not long to go now. And I’m going to really, really miss you a lot,” Khan says into the camera while he holds his daughter. “I’m doing what I am doing for the sake of Islam, not, you know, it’s not for materialistic or worldly benefits.” Flewitt said it was clear from the video that Khan did not expect to see his daughter again. “Put bluntly, he knew that he was going to his death and he went voluntarily then, as he went willingly when he blew himself up on the July 7, 2005,” he added. Andrew Hough reports.

Airline plot suspects ‘inspired by 7/7 gang’

Two of the suspects arrested and accused of plotting to blow up transatlantic jets had in their possession, pictures of the July 7 bombers. Documents linked to the London bombings were found in the homes of two of those found trying to smuggle home made liquid bombs on aircraft, a jury was told. Documents referring to September 11th and jihad were also found in the searches. In all, eight men are on trial accused of conspiring to murder and endanger the safety of the aircraft. Evidence showing plans to attack Belgian and British pipelines were also found in searches of the suspects. The eight men are currently on trial in a Crown Court trial in London.

Britain Moves To Regulate Mosques

In the first government-sponsored attempt to put in place a system of regulating Britain’s over 1,300 mosques to prevent radicalization, a new body of four major Muslim groups formed after the July 7 London bombings has drafted proposals on core standards and constitutions for the mosques. The new proposals have been drawn up by the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Body (MINAB), set up by the Al-Khoei Foundation, the British Muslim Forum, the Muslim Association of Britain and the Muslim Council of Britain. MINAB was formed after the July 7, 2005 bombings.