The United Nations said on Friday at least 58 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded in an attack against one of its bases in South Sudan sheltering thousands of civilians.
The top UN official in the war-torn nation, Toby Lanzer, praised peacekeepers from India, Nepal and South Korea for preventing what could have been a massacre of up to 5,000 people, and vowed the world body would use “lethal force” again to protect civilians under their protection.
“We will do everything necessary to protect the lives of people in our protection, including the use of lethal force,” Lanzer told AFP. In the clearest account yet of Thursday’s incident in the government-controlled town of Bor, Lanzer described how a group of around 350 armed youths in civilian clothes “used extremely violent force to breach the perimeter” of the UN base.
A U.S. judge on Thursday is set to decide the prison sentence for Mohammad Hassan Khalid, a Pakistani immigrant high school student who pleaded guilty to providing assistance to al Qaeda.
Khalid, now 20, is the youngest person ever charged with terrorism-related crimes in the United States. He was arrested in 2011 on charges including providing material support for terrorists for working with a U.S. woman who went by the nickname “Jihad Jane” and had plotted to kill a Swedish artist.
The woman, a suburban Philadelphia housewife whose real name is Colleen LaRose, in January was sentenced to 10 years in prison for planning to murder artist Lars Vilks, who had depicted the head of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad on a dog.
Nigeria’s military said on Wednesday its forces had freed most of the more than 100 teenage schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram militants and were continuing the search for eight students still missing.
In a brief statement sent to media, spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade said one of the “terrorists” involved in Monday’s abduction of female students from the Chibok government secondary school in northeast Borno state had been captured.
“With this development, the principal of the school has confirmed that only eight of the students are still missing,” Olukolade said, adding that the rescue operation was continuing.
Øyvind Strømmen’s article covers the entire history of Miller along with the infamy of his associates and groups.
On April 13, the eve of Passover, three people were killed in two separate shootings in Overland Park, Kansas - one at a Jewish community center, one at a nearby Jewish assisted-living home called Village Shalom. William Lewis Corporon, a retired physician, and his 14-year old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, died after being shot at the community centre. Terri LaManno was killed in the Village Shalom parking lot.
The police soon arrested a suspect, a man in his seventies. A TV crew caught him yelling “Heil Hitler!” from the back of a police car. Although none of the victims was in fact Jewish - LaManno was a Catholic, the other two Methodists - the attack bears the hallmarks of an anti-Semitic hate crime.
On Sunday night, the authorities identified the suspect as Frazier Glenn Miller, a 73-year old living in the small town of Aurora, Missouri. While Miller appears to have acted alone, and is already being described as a “lone wolf”, he has had a long career in the American white-supremacist movement. He has been an activist, a leader, a publisher and distributor of racist newspapers and a perennial candidate in elections, having run in both Democratic and Republican primaries, as well as an independent.
The contrast between the Anti-Defamation League’s 2013 audit and the Sunday attack that killed three people highlights what hate-group trackers say is a broader trend: more overall tolerance disrupted by periodic bursts of violence from a disenfranchised fringe.
“Because of their ability to strike fear in the entire Jewish community and the country, their impact is disproportionate to their occurrence,” said Mark Pitcavage, the ADL’s investigative research director. “Like any terrorist incident, they have the power to strike beyond the immediate victim.”
An avowed white supremacist is accused in the attacks outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and a nearby Jewish retirement home in Overland Park. The suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, is a 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran from southwest Missouri who founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in his native North Carolina and later the White Patriot Party.
I think this is a particularly good day to look back to, say, April of 2009, when the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano presiding, put out a nine-page report in which the DHS pointed out that veterans were being recruited by rightwing terrorist groups around the country. (This was about when people started noticing that the real crazy had come out of the jar when this particular president had been sworn in.) Oh, the fuss that this raised.
John Boehner said of Napolitano that he wanted an “explanation for why she has abandoned using the term ‘terrorist’ to describe those, such as al Qaeda, who are plotting overseas to kill innocent Americans, while her own Department is using the same term to describe American citizens who disagree with the direction Washington Democrats are taking our nation.”
Professional rage puppet Michelle Malkin wrote: Moreover, the report relies on the work of the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center to stir anxiety over “disgruntled military veterans” - a citation which gives us valuable insight into how DHS will define “hate-oriented” groups. The SPLC, you see, has designated the venerable American Legion a “hate group” for its stance on immigration enforcement. The report offers zero data, but states with an almost resentful attitude toward protected free speech: “Debates over appropriate immigration levels and enforcement policy generally fall within the realm of protected political speech under the First Amendment, but in some cases, anti-immigration or strident pro-enforcement fervor has been directed against specific groups and has the potential to turn violent.”
Well, if ol’ Frazier Glenn Miller had had his way, Malkin wouldn’t have had to worry about the left-leaning SPLC any more.
When Omagh happened, it was one of the most tragic bombings in Irish history. It also represented the last major push for Violence.
The 90’s was both, the deadliest and most profound decade in the Anglo-Irish conflict. Omagh happened at a time to people going shopping for school clothes. In Ireland, where town centers become communal gathering points for rural disparate communities, the fear of bombs in marketplaces and town centers was omnipresent.
My parents, having two school aged children, began shopping for school clothes in England and the United States. We had an easy out - money and an American passport at times can give you tremendous ability to escape the realities of terrorism and sectarian strife.
I say this because - my Irish peers - did not have this luxury.
Even if we could jet engine out of one particular danger of the troubles, the fear penetrates everything permeable no matter how you try and keep it out.
the fact that many of these monsters are being brought to justice for their actions is how you destroy the fear.
In a world where justice is valuable to healing, this is great news.
The prosecution case against a high-profile republican charged with murdering 29 people in the Omagh bombing is based on phone, forensic and witness evidence, a court heard.
A detective said the decision to charge Seamus Daly (43), who has previously been successfully sued over the Real IRA outrage, had been taken in consultation with the “highest level” of the North’s Public Prosecution Service after reviewing a range of evidence allegedly linking the Co Monaghan bricklayer and publican with the August 1998 attack.
Appearing at Dungannon Magistrates Court, Daly, originally from Cullaville, Co Monaghan but now residing in Jonesborough, Co Armagh, was remanded in custody after Judge Paul Conway refused a bail application.
One of the defining factors of the Omagh Bombing was that it killed a number of Tourists from the Republic of Ireland, which helped galvanize the south in what became the final push to end the decades long campaign of violence.
Since it seems to be getting more and more difficult by the day to find objective, well-researched information, this is part of my ongoing effort to locate & share resources I feel might be of interest to LGF readers.1
I stumbled upon this quarterly journal, Global Security Studies (GSS), after following a footnote link in Wikipedia this morning
From their “About GSS” page:
Global Security Studies (GSS) publishes high-quality, academic and scholarly research, as well as professional articles in all areas of global security studies including in such areas as international and national security, military and defense, intelligence, human security, corporate and law enforcement, environmental, food and health security, and homeland security and defense. All articles submitted to and published in Global Security Studies (GSS) undergo a rigorous, peer-reviewed process. […]
More: Global Security Studies
There are currently a total of 16 issues of the journal available for download in the archives, starting with the first issue in the Spring of 2010 and ending with the most recent, the Winter of 2014. Each issue is split up into papers, of which there are 94 (I know this because I downloaded them all).
The papers cover everything from Latin America to the IRA, the Balkans, Africa & the Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and the radicalization of youth in North America & Western Europe. Before deciding to post this Page, I skimmed through several of the papers and all seemed to present their subjects in a way that was engaging, not overly dry or academic.
Reference works are provided in the endnotes of each paper. Additionally, according to the Instructions for Authors page, “All manuscripts will be reviewed by three members of the Editorial Board or qualified outside reviewers.”
Here’s a list of the papers in the current issue, Vol 5, Issue 1, Winter 2014:
- The Emergence of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Effectiveness of the US Counterterrorism Efforts
- Cyber-Security: The Threat of the Internet
- Syria, Iran, and Hizballah: A Strategic Alliance
- The Legality behind Targeted Killings and the Use of Drones in the War on Terror
- The Impact of CIA Drone Strikes and the Shifting Paradigm of U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy
- Radicalization of Youth as a Growing Concern for Counter-Terrorism Policy
The blast outside the Bank of Greece building came as the country, plunged into a debt crisis four years ago, readied its return to international bond markets today. It is also the eve of a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
An anonymous caller warned a newspaper of the attack about 45 minutes before the explosion just before 6 a.m., saying about 70 kg of explosives were involved, according to a police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but police reportedly believe leftist or anarchist groups were behind the blast.