Archive for August, 2011

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Another deadbeat mosque

August 15, 2011

Last time it was Halifax, Canada; this time, Lleida, Spain.

A radical mosque in Lleida, Catalonia, has been evicted from its premises for unpaid rent (not to mention repeatedly violating the maximum capacity for the space).

The meaningless lease was signed by a Salafist imam.  This isn’t much of a surprise considering that most of the Arab money coming into Spain has funded Islamist clerics and congregations, and many of those leaders believe it is acceptable to cheat their Western hosts at every opportunity.

Translated (with some loose help from Microsoft) from a Jul. 15 El Pais article:

Eviction against Lleida mosque for five months unpaid rent

The days are numbered for the controversial mosque on Nord Street in Lleida, which has been closed for 10 months for exceeding its maximum capacity. A judge has ordered the eviction of the oratory [chapel] because the entity that runs it, the Lleida and Shire Association of Union and Islamic Cooperation, owes rent for the past five months. The debt claimed by the owner is 9,000 euros.

The Islamic community directed by Imam Abdelwahab Houzi, close to the radical Salafist stream, signed a lease for the premises (an old truck garage situated in the basement of an apartment complex) on July 1, 2010, but it has not paid recent bills, on which grounds the owner decided to lodge a complaint to claim what was owed and urge the eviction.

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Pranab to world: screw your financial jihad

August 14, 2011

New York

Sept. 11 NY attacks

London

The U.K.'s 9/11

Mumbai

Strike against world financial centers

In addition to being “infidel” cities, New York, London, and Mumbai are also major hubs of global finance.

While jihadists target such international financial centers, Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has announced that it won’t work.  Mukherjee resolutely predicts “robust growth.”  You tell ’em!

From NDTV on July 14:

Terror strike cannot impede growth story, says Pranab

Mukherjee defiant

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said he shares “the pain and agony of those affected by the Mumbai blasts.”

He added, “(I am) fully confident that our economy and markets will rise above this incident and continue to show robust growth.”

Mr Mukherjee referred to the “…the indomitable spirit of Mumbai” and said “the financial capital of India, as always in the past, would once again respond with courage and renewed vigour to such challenges,” he said.”

The Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange today opened at their scheduled time and undertook normal
business activities.

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Lashkar-e-Taiba scores millions through hawala

August 12, 2011

Millions of rupees have been transferred by the traditional Islamic method of hawala by Kashmiri militants to jihad groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen between 2008 and 2011, according to charges filed in an Indian court.  Pakistan’s spy agency ISI was implicated in a separate hawala plot on behalf of Hizbul Mujahideen earlier this year.  This latest finding comes from the Kashmir Observer:

Srinagar, Aug 03, KONS: The National Investigating Agency has filed a charge sheet against four separatist leaders of Kashmir in connection with an alleged hawala reacket involving crores of rupees even as investigation against the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, is being speeded up.

According to the local news agency, Kashmir News Service, the 40-page charge sheet has been filed in a New Delhi court against the Hurriyat (G) legal advisor, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat; Peoples League leader, Muhammad Siddiq Ganai, and Ghulam Jeelani Leelo and Farooq Ahmad Dagga. Syed Ali Geelani is also being questioned in connection with the case.

Quoting New Delhi-based NIA sources, KNS said Rs 4,57,40,000. had allegedly been sent from Pakistan and Pak-administered Kashmir to militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen and some separatist leaders through various conduits between 2008 and 2011. A prominent Hizb activist based in PaK, Muhammad Maqbool Pandit, has allegedly played a key role in the operation. He is believed to have developed contacts in New Delhi and several other Indian cities, the report circulated by KNS said.

The report, quoting NIA officials, said Ghulam Muhammad Bhat was a member of Jama’at-e-Islami and he had joined Geelani’s Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in 2003.

Reports said Jameela Khan wife of Ghulam Muhammad Bhat arrested had been taken into custody near Udhampur in 2007 when she was traveling in a TATA Sumo and a sum of Rs 46,89,500 had allegedly been seized which she had concealed in a CNG cylinder. The money was reportedly meant for Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Meanwhile, Geelani has denied the allegation saying these aimed at maligning him and the people’s movement.

Though widespread, hawala is essentially illegal in India.

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War on Qaddafi based on fear of gold standard

August 11, 2011

Umm… okay… right…

Well, the theory that Europe and the United States have gone on the offensive against Muamar Qaddafi makes “sense” only if you have the same world view as one of the sources for this theory, Louis Farrakhan.

The weird leader of the Nation of Islam recently had this exchange on a program called “Spectrum Today”:

‘How’s America’s wealth today? How is she doing financially? What is the deficit? Some say it’s about US$56 trillion counting Social Security and Medicare.

‘That’s a big number. She’s printing money, but there’s nothing backing it,’ said Farrakhan.

In the book, ‘The Fall of America,’ Elijah Muhammad wrote, ‘The English pound and the American dollar have been the power and beckoning light of these two great powers.

‘But when the world went off the gold and silver standard, the financial doom of England and America was sealed.’

Muhammad added: ‘The fall of America is now visible and understandable. Long has Allah been gradually removing the power of the great and mighty America while few have noticed it. This has been done by degrees, and they do not perceive it.’

This article from the Southern Times lays out the theory that Qaddafi possesses a lot of gold, and intended to create a Muslim and pan-African currency backed by gold that would change the global balance of financial power.  The fear of that possibility is what has prompted the U.S. and Europe to declare that “Qaddafi must go.”  The West would be shaking in its boots, the author argues, if oil-exporting countries began selling their oil for gold dinars rather than U.S. dollars.

The only reason this bizarre fantasy deserves any ink on this blog is because it highlights the fixation that Muslim authorities have for re-imposing the gold standard on an unwilling world.  Their belief is based, not on a solid understanding of economics or trade, but upon the idea that the Profiteer Muhammad used only coins of gold and silver in the Seventh Century, and so should we.  They also despise paper currency that is backed only by the faith and credit of an infidel government.

The gold bugs are getting buggier.

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Second “Muhammad” woman pleads guilty to filing fraudulent tax returns

August 10, 2011

Two tax preparers have pleaded guilty within the past 40 days to filing false tax returns.  The schemes of both women involved trickery to obtain the earned income tax credit for their clients.

First we had Sonya Muhammad of Calhoun, Louisiana.  From a Department of Justice press release:

TAX PREPARER  PLEADS GUILTY TO FILING FALSE CLAIMS FOR TAX REFUNDS

SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A.  Finley announced today that Sonya L. Muhammad, 32, of Calhoun, La., pleaded guilty to filing false claims for federal income tax refunds. Muhammad was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2010 on 31 counts of aiding and assisting in making false returns and 1 count of structuring. In May 2011, a superceding indictment was returned adding six more counts of filing false returns.

Muhammad owns and operates a tax return preparation business in West Monroe. At the change of plea hearing yesterday, Muhammad admitted to preparing and filing tax returns at her business knowing that the returns  contained material false claims. Between 2003 and 2007, she prepared and filed at least 31 tax returns that were materially false with regard to items such as dependants and wages in a scheme to inflate the Earned Income Tax Credit that the taxpayer would receive from the IRS. In 2011, while out on bond for these offenses, Muhammad filed six more materially false tax returns. Due to this conduct, Muhammad’s bond was revoked.

Muhammad pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and assisting in making a false return. She faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison or a fine of $250,000, or both, for each count. She will be sentenced by U. S. District Judge James on October 3, 2011.

Next up we have Jennifer Marie Muhammad of Springfield, Illinois.  From the State Journal-Register on Aug. 3:

Springfield woman pleads guilty in tax fraud  scheme

A Springfield woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in a fraud scheme that claimed more than $1 million in false tax refunds over a three-year period.

Jennifer Marie Muhammad, also known as Jennifer Powers, 42, waived indictment and Tuesday pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit fraud and aiding and assisting in the preparation of false and fraudulent tax returns.

During court proceedings and in court documents, Muhammad admitted that in 2005 she became involved in the conspiracy with her now-deceased stepfather. She admitted that she recruited individuals whose name and social security number were used to prepare 5 to 10 tax returns which falsely claimed earned income credit.

Generally, the earned income credit is available to low-income wage-earning or self-employed taxpayers to reduce the amount of tax due. However, if the amount of the credit exceeded the tax due, the taxpayer received the excess as a refund.

According to U.S. District Court documents, approximately 435 returns were filed and more than $800,000 in refunds were issued by the Internal Revenue Service between March 2005 and April 2008 as a result of the scheme.

Sentencing for Muhammad is scheduled for Dec. 5 before U.S. District Judge Richard Mills. The statutory penalty for conspiracy to commit fraud is up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000; for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, the penalty is up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

The defendant may also be ordered to pay restitution.

The guilty pleas follow the June sentencing of Baltimore man Tyrone Robert Campbell, also known as “Mr. Muhammad,”and “Muhammad Shahid,” to five years in federal prison for filing 600 fraudulent tax returns and commiting aggravated identity theft.

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Khamenei’s bucks back Bashar’s brutality

August 9, 2011
The Ayatollah & Assad get closer

Khamenei bails out Assad

The top theocrat of Iran, the Shia “Ayatollah” Ali Khamenei, is set to give $9 billion in unconditional aid to prop up the regime of the Sunni Syrian dictator, Bashar “Butcher” Assad, according to a CNN iReport story:

Iran offers $9 Billion in financial aid to help prevent the fall of Assad in Syria

16 July 2011

These  funds are in addition to Iran’s daily exports of 290,000 FREE barrels  of oil to Syria.  Besides, at the onset of the uprising in Syria, by  direct orders of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a sum of $3 billion of Iranian  reserves in foreign banks were deposited in Bashar Assad’s personal  accounts abroad.

Green Experts of Iran report that Iran’s Supreme Leader had issued orders for  immediate and unconditional  financial aid to the tune of $9 Billion to be placed in Bashar Assad’s  disposal, for the express purpose of supporting the bloody crackdown  underway in Syria.

Based on incriminating documents, the  ensuing dismissal of the Vice President of Iran’s Central Bank’s  currency division purportedly resulted from his refusal to consent to  releasing such unusually large sums of cash to the representatives of  the Revolutionary Guards.

According to Green Experts of  Iran, following the political, military and intelligence support already  extended to Syria, Iran is planning to continue a steady injection of  cash totaling $9 billion into Bashar Assad’s accounts over the coming  months through the first 3 months of 2012.  This unconditional Aid is  above and beyond the 290,000 free barrels of oil exported daily to  Syria.  In addition to all this, at the first signs of the uprising in  Syria, Iran had bestowed Bashar Assad with the gift of  another $3 billion of its own  cash assets in foreign banks.

Based on more detailed  reports, approximately $2 billion of the promised $9 billion cash has so  far been packaged and delivered in bundles, to Damascus via Sepaah  (Revolutionary Guards)-owned aircrafts through airports in Tehran,  Isfahan and Shiraz.

The additional $5.8 Billion is set to  be delivered to Damascus by the end of 2011, as per directives issued by  the office of Ayatollah Khamenei, as well as another $3.2 Billion no  later than end of March 2011.

The current economic crisis  at home and enormous pressures on Iran’s economy were cited as the  reason for the delay in delivery!!

Ali Khamenei has also  ordered a steadfast and unwavering political, military and  economic support in all ways possible, for upholding Assad’s reign in  Syria and preventing the downfall of his regime.

Further  assessments of the situation by Green Experts of Iran indicate that,  aside from transfers of funds and military forces, key Iranian political  and intelligence figures are also providing Syria with potentially  viable solutions for the ever increasing social and political turmoil in  that country.

In the latest meeting of representatives of  both countries, the issue of efforts to create fissures among the  opposition leaders in Syria was addressed and Iranian officials promised  the financial support needed to persuade the opposition to meet and  dialogue with the Syrian government.

We can only hope  that these talks will not lead to further crackdown and the ultimate  crushing of the social and nationalistic movement in Syria.  For Iran,  however, they will undoubtedly lead to a loss of Billions of dollars of  national wealth, even more meager means for the people and a much deeper  economic crisis in the country…

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Pakistan’s anti-beggar Ramadan smackdown

August 8, 2011

Allah may be merciful, bountiful, and compassionate, but Pakistan is not.  Leading into the holy month of Ramadan, Karachi is contemplating an offensive against an influx of unwelcome beggars.

One official dismissed them as “professional beggars” involved in “crimes.”  Citizens and policy makers are complaining that more isn’t being done to “combat begging.”

Remember, Pakistan is one of a few countries in the world with legally mandated zakat, the proceeds of which are said to be given to the poor  (although news reports have indicated that only half of Pakistan’s zakat goes to the poor).  Enlightened Western intellectuals have told us that zakat is remarkable anti-poverty program and a sign of social justice.  Yeah, right.

From The News International on Jul. 24:

Number of beggars rising in city ahead of Ramazan

As soon as the holy month of Ramazan comes closer, the number of beggars coming to Karachi from various parts of the country increases day by day.

The number of beggars in the city Karachi exceeds the estimated figures shown by the government.

“The number of beggars is much higher than what the latest statistics indicate. Most of the beggars come to Karachi from other parts of the country to earn more money during Ramazan,” said Muhammad Ali, president of Roshni Help Line.

He said that his organisation would soon start a campaign for mapping various areas, keeping data of beggars’ groups to compliment efforts for the safety and security of children in the city.

Answering a question, he said that professional beggars roamed free in all corners of the city and nobody knew or suspected in what criminal activities they were involved since there was no record of them.

It had been observed that “many of these professional beggars are suspected of involvement in different crimes related to children, including kidnappings”, he added.

Ali said beggars kidnapped children between 3 and 5 for beggary. He said this was due to the fact that no government organisation kept a close eye on the beggars.

He noted that the numbers of beggars were growing on the streets of Karachi, especially at traffic signals, near shopping malls and outside mosques. The majority of the beggars hailing from various parts were not only old men, women and children, but also young men who were able to work, he added.

Ali said that another remarkable feature was that begging continued throughout the day and night, and even women and young children stayed up till the early hours.

“During last year’s floods, we established our camp in Makli. We found there many beggar families of Karachi, getting medicines and food aid.”

Commenting on the growing phenomenon, some citizens said beggars were now coming right to their homes. “They do not hesitate to knock on the door, especially in the afternoons, to ask for money. This is a grave matter with serious security implications,” one citizen said. He did not want to be identified.

A number of concerned officials and citizens criticised the relevant offices for failing to combat begging. They accused the authorities of slackness in their response to calls by citizens informing them of beggars at certain places. “We are asked to call these offices to report beggars but there is no one there to heed our calls,” a citizen said.

The citizens asked the Ministry of Social Welfare to either put pressure on these offices or close them down. They also called for providing the offices with qualified human cadre, cars and other facilities as well as for introduction of a single helpline to handle reports of beggars.

Many citizens who spoke to The News believed that many beggars came to Karachi from various parts to continue their business. They said security procedures to combat begging must be revamped.

Researchers interviewed said that awareness programmes against begging had not been effective. They called for more effective programmes that would convince people about the dangers posed by beggars.

They also said the programmes should inform people about where they should direct their charity given that the country was full of welfare societies that administered charity properly to the poor.