Archive for November, 2009

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Iran pushing trade with Latin America

November 23, 2009

As if his overtures within the Muslim world weren’t unsettling enough, Ahmadinejad is coming to our half of the earth again to stir the pot.  This time he’s trying to promote uranium extraction with Venezuela and “business” with Brazil (including sharia banking no doubt).  From the LA Times this morning:

In Brazil, Ahmadinejad and Lula are expected to sign cooperation agreements in biotechnology, energy and agriculture. An Iranian deputy foreign minister told the official Brazilian news agency last month that Tehran hopes to expand trade with Brazil to $15 billion from $2 billion in the petrochemical, energy, agricultural and medical fields.

About 200 Iranian businessmen are traveling with Ahmadinejad, who is scheduled to address the Brazilian Congress and speak to students in Brasilia.

Venezuela’s ambassador to Tehran announced this month that new uranium deposits had been discovered in Venezuela and that his country and Iran “are now cooperating on a research and development project,” the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

“At this juncture, Iran and Venezuela have no nuclear cooperation,” said David Velasquez Caraballo, the envoy. “But in the future, such cooperation might be established.”

These trade initiatives could end up facilitating Iran’s nuclear program.

Does anybody else miss the Monroe Doctrine?

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Media whitewash hawala in Italy

November 22, 2009

As the investigation of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks expands throughout the planet, Italy has arrested two men involved with financing the attacks.  A Pakistani father and son who ran a “money transfer agency” are accused of transferring money to the 26/11 assailants the day before the attacks began.

Newspaper accounts (AP, Agence France-Presse, The Times), briefly summarize the arrests, briefly reference the Mumbai connection, and refer to the problem as “concealment” or “fraud.”

But they have all left out the obvious nexus between this “money transfer agency” and hawala, the Islamic system of debt transfers.

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Following the money trail in Mumbai

November 21, 2009

Indian newspapers are abuzz these days about progress in the investigation of the Nov. 26, 2008, (“26/11”) attacks on Mumbai, which led to the deaths of more than 160 at the Taj Mahal & Oberoi hotels, a Jewish center, and hospital.

The bloody dividends of the money jihad (Mumbai, November 2008)

We know that the Pakistan and Kashmir based jihadist group Lashkar-e-Taiba was involved.  More recently, the role of two North American Muslims, David Headley (aka Daood Gilani) and Tahawwur Rana (who were arrested in Illinois last month on separate charges for their plot against the Danish newspaper that printed the Muhammad cartoons) has also been exposed.  Today, Money Jihad blog zeroes in on where Lashkar-e-Taiba, Headley, and Rana got their money in the first place.

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New book shows Taliban’s hierarchical finances

November 20, 2009

In his new book Decoding the New Taliban, Antonio Giustozzi exposes the latest developments in Afghanistan’s most despicable organization.  As Money Jihad has pointed out several times, the Taliban is primarily funded through taxes imposed by Islam itself.  A review of the Giustozzi’s book offers even more proof: 

What Giustozzi tries to put a finger on is the development of the hierarchy with a definite command. Strict control, apparently, is maintained by the central leadership over commanders, who are transferred regularly and rested, along with the fighters, at certain intervals. The command structure has a lot to do with the financial control maintained by the leadership. Commanders, as Gretchen Peters points out in her study of the importance of the drug trade in financing the insurgency, are required to give to the leaders a steady amount through their collection of drug money via taxation at several junctures. The money comes back from the high command in the form of cash or weapons or other assistance.

First, it’s interesting that the Taliban use an itinerant system for small group leadership.  It shows that the Taliban is more interested in promoting their core jihadist ideas & beliefs as opposed to cultivating personal loyalties among platoons.

Second, the recognition that Taliban revenues originate from Islamic taxation at the local level reaffirms the argument I’ve been making all along about jihadist financing.  But I’m sick of being right.  I wish there weren’t a religion that imposes taxes to fund violence, murder, and oppression.

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CIA pays billions to Pakistan’s spooks

November 19, 2009

If the Taliban is Frankenstein’s monster, who is Dr. Frankenstein, its creator?  That’s a close call between Saudi Arabia who provided the brain (through indoctrination of Afghans and Pakistanis at Saudi-funded Wahhabist mosques, madrassas, and orphanages), and Pakistan who provided the body (through personnel, funding, training, and political support).

Within fractious Pakistan, the ISI (Pakistan’s intelligence agency) has played a major role in the expansion of the Taliban in the 1990s, and in its survival today.  Despite this, the United States has continued to fund the ISI.  The full scope of American involvement has just been revealed this week:

Washington–THE CIA has funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars to Pakistan’s intelligence service since the September 11, 2001, attacks, accounting for one-third of the foreign spy agency’s annual budget, according to current and former US officials.

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency had also collected tens of millions of dollars through a classified CIA program that paid for the capture or killing of wanted militants, a clandestine counterpart to the rewards publicly offered by the State Department, officials said.

US officials often tout US-Pakistani intelligence co-operation. But the extent of the financial underpinnings of that relationship has never been publicly disclosed. The CIA payments are a hidden stream in a much broader financial flow; the US has given Pakistan more than $US15 billion ($A16 billion) over the past eight years in military and civilian aid.

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Brits plunge into murky waters

November 18, 2009

According to to new report from the Times, the British Army plans to hand out “bags of gold” to bribe Afghans not to join the Taliban.  Here’s a taste of the report (or click here for the whole story):

British forces should buy off potential Taleban recruits with “bags of gold”, according to a new army field manual published yesterday.

Army commanders should also talk to insurgent leaders with “blood on their hands” in order to hasten the end of the conflict in Afghanistan.

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Italians burnish anti-jihad credentials

November 17, 2009

A European terrorist cell that was trying to raise money to finance jihad in Algeria has been “dismantled” by Italian authorities, according to this story from the AP:

MILAN —  Italy’s top security official said Thursday that authorities have smashed an international terror cell with the arrest in Italy and elsewhere in Europe of 17 Algerians who were raising money to finance terrorism.

Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, speaking to reporters in Rome, called the terror cell “significant.”

“An Algerian terror cell that gathered money for terrorist activities outside of Europe has been dismantled,” Maroni said.

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