Archive for the ‘Audio’ Category

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Freed Belgian tells how he was “sold” by the Free Syrian Army to a jihadist group

October 13, 2013

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:

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Qatar gives Libyan arms to Syrian rebels

July 7, 2013

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:

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Kidnapped for ransom: ex-hostages describe melted plastic, electrocution sessions

May 2, 2013

Freed captive:  “Death would have been a relief”

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.

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Khan gave money, advice on lethal attack

March 17, 2013

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:

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Under attack from Iran, banks seek federal help

February 3, 2013

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.

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Syria: funding an Islamist rebellion through theft

January 20, 2013

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.

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Following the money in early Islam

January 13, 2013

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.