Reuters has published a three-part report (hat tip to Sal) on how the Iranian agency Setad, purportedly an office administering unclaimed property, is actually a vessel for confiscating the assets of regime opponents, religious minorities, and emigrants. Setad then auctions off those assets to make more money for the Ayatollah Khamenei.
Kai Ryssdal of the radio program Marketplace interviewed one of the Reuters reporters about the investigation. Take a listen:
The BBC has interviewed yet another Eritrean with a tragic story to tell about Islamist (or as the BBC calls them, “tribal”) kidnap-for-ransom schemes being conducted against hapless refugees trying to make across Sinai to a better world in Israel.
His cousin was burned, raped, and was only released after extended relatives were able to meet a ransom demand of $30,000—a big amount anywhere, but especially exorbitant for that part of the world.
The interview doesn’t get into it, but the ransom money from these kidnappings is often used to purchase weapons for Hamas.
In April, Pierre Piccinin da Prata, a teacher from Belgium, was visiting Syria under the promise of protection by the Free Syrian Army. Suddenly, he and his colleague, an Italian journalist, were sold as hostages to a group of Islamist fighters.
Pierre says the Islamists “wanted money.” Pierre says they were called dogs, and “we were considered as not really human beings.” The only real men, the captives were told, are Sunni, Arab Muslims. His colleague was subjected to mock executions.
After months of being held hostage, Pierre wanted to commit suicide rather than endure further humiliation and captivity, but was eventually released.
Listen to a few minutes of Pierre’s story in his own words during a Sept. 20 interview with the BBC:
Weapons used during the rebellion against Qaddafi have been spirited out of Libya by agents of Qatar. The arms are smuggled through Turkey across the Syrian border. The guns transferred by Qatar are said to be going to fighters who are more extreme and Islamist than the rebels being supported by the Obama administration.
Take a listen to NPR’s four-minute interview with one of the New York Times journalists who reported on the story:
Grisly report from Sinai mortician: corpses from Bedouin kidnappers always show signs of torture to get their families to pay ransoms
Thousands of dollars are demanded for each Eritrean kidnapped as they attempt to cross borders in search of a better life. When the tribes, terrorists, and criminal syndicates that abduct them don’t get the money they demand, they begin torturing their victims. In some cases, they do this even while the victim’s families are forced to listen on the telephone.
Please listen to just five minutes from this BBC radio report (sound begins after a few seconds):
The human tragedy is the most shocking element of this story, but keep in mind the equally dangerous result of how kidnappers use ransom money to help buy weapons and perpetrate further acts of violence or terrorism.
The BBC’s Mike Thomson has since followed up with this additional report worth listening to.
Following in the ignoble tradition of Al Haramain, another jihadist has transferred funds from Oregon overseas to fund terrorism. Portland’s Reaz Qadir Khan allegedly contributed $2,500 toward a suicide bombing in Pakistan that killed 40, injured 300. Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Kristian Foden-Vencil has this one-minute Mar. 6 report:
Having spent millions of dollars to defend themselves from a hostile foreign power, American banks are now asking the federal government for assistance. U.S. officials say that all options are being weighed including retaliation. Here’s a two-minute interview on the subject with reporter Siobhan Gorman on the radio program The Wall Street Journal This Morning last month:
Hopefully they won’t have to use it, but the Pentagon would have good reasons for keeping a cyber-counteroffensive plan on its shelf.
View previous Money Jihad coverage of the allegedly Iranian-based technological assaults here, here, and here.
Free Syrian Army steals flour from Aleppo’s main warehouse
Al Qaeda seizes monopoly control of bread distribution
The BBC is reporting that flour heists by the FSA has led to long bread lines and volatile crowds at bakeries in Aleppo. Daily life in areas under FSA control is turning out to be a disaster for the locals. One FSA officer tells the reporter, “We are all thieves.”
Western foreign aid to Syria looks increasingly ill-considered. Take a listen to two minutes of the BBC’s report:
But the FSA’s corruption, greed, and accusations of “theft, looting and kidnapping for ransom,” aren’t the only problems. The BBC and NPR have also reported that al-Nusra Front, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, has wrested control of flour distribution out of the hands of the FSA. This ensures that bakers and the hungry are loyal to Al Qaeda exclusively rather than corrupt “moderates” of the FSA.
Either way, the Syrian flour situation is a recipe for disaster.
The Koran dictates that 20 percent of the booty or spoils of war, known as khums, belongs to Allah and Muhammad. As Iraqi expatriate I.Q. al-Rassooli points out in this talk entitled “Allah’s Share of the Plunder,” does it really make sense that Allah needs a cut of the spoils? What’s the exact breakdown between Muhammad and Allah—10 percent for each? The only logical explanation is that Muhammad got it all. What kind of religion would devise such a system? As al-Rassooli points out, the kind of religion that attracted other men who believed that they too could become very wealthy from plundering and looting non-believers. This is about 5 minutes long:
Revisit another great analysis from Mr. Rassooli here.
Abu Bakr sponsored the military campaigns in the early days of conquest by Muhammad. Khadija gave Muhammad enough money to help him attract followers, but it was the even wealthier Abu Bakr who helped buy the weapons and horses of Islam’s holy war against unbelievers.
A new recording from the British Islamic studios of Al Baseera highlight’s Muhammad’s praise for Abu Bakr’s role in funding the “deen” (or “dīn,” which can be translated from Arabic to English as “religion”).
It’s just 80 seconds long—take a listen:
Abu Bakr famously contributed all of his money to fund the Battle of Tabuk, an opening salvo in the Byzantine-Arab wars. The implicit theme of messages like this is for rich Muslims to follow suit and fund jihad today.
The state government of Victoria has given a halal abattoir a half million dollars to put more sheep to death under the knife of the Muslim slaughter man. Along with the funding, an export license granted to the abattoir to ship halal meat to the Middle East has helped double the number of sheep it exports, according to ABC. Surely, Australian taxpayers will be delighted to learn that their money is being given away to subsidize halal butchery:
Abattoir upgrades for halal sheep processing
By Lucy Barbour
A Victorian abattoir has received half a million dollars in funding from the State Government to expand its facilities at Stawell, in the state’s west.
The Frewstal abattoir will use the money to build a freezer room in the hope of increasing halal sheep meat exports to the Middle East.
General manager Greg Nicholls says most abattoirs are now using halal slaughter methods for both export and domestic product.
“You’ve got to be halal to be able to get rid of all your offal, and even though not all our meat goes to the Middle East, a lot of the offal does,” he said.
“To be able to find a market for those products, you’ve got to go down that track.”
What’s worse, as an accompanying radio report from ABC points out, is that about 80 percent of the meat sold domestically in Australia is halal, unbeknownst to consumers. Without labeling or other disclosure requirements on the halal industry, Christians are unwittingly eating meat killed under recitation of a Muslim prayer, and animal rights advocates unknowingly eat the meat of animal killed in a brutal procedure.
Take a listen:
The halal food industry is a lot like the sharia finance sector and the Islamic charitable sector. These sectors are used as vehicles to deepen the Islamization of Western cultures, and the profits are siphoned off for mysterious causes.