Posts Tagged ‘Norway’


World’s biggest Islamic charity branded as terrorist group by 2nd Middle East country

November 17, 2014

Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) has been designated as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates, the second Middle Eastern country to do so within the past five months. In June, IRW was declared illegal by Israel for being a financial conduit to Hamas, and it was banned from operating in Israel and the West Bank.

The Birmingham, England-based IRW is the largest international Islamic charity in the world with a £155 million (240 million USD) budget in 2013.  IRW has over 280 employees and is active in more than 30 countries.  IRW maintains over a dozen affiliates throughout the world, each with multi-million dollar operating budgets of their own including Islamic Relief USA, which is the largest Islamic charity in America.

IRW accepted a $50,000 check from Osama Bin Laden in 1999, had a Gaza program coordinator who aided Hamas from 2005-06, received over £60K from an Al Qaeda front group from 2003-08, has leaders who are closely aligned with the global Muslim Brotherhood, and had programs staffed by Hamas personnel in the Palestinian territories as recently as this year.  Supporters of IRW have noted that the UK’s charitable regulator has not confirmed the evidence against IRW; however, a 2013 audit found that the Charity Commission is understaffed, too passive in its investigations, and is generally unfit for its regulatory duties.

UAE calls 15 Muslim groups in the West “terrorists”

In addition to the IRW designation, the UAE named 15 other Islamic charities and advocacy groups in the U.S. and Europe as terrorist entities:

  • Islamic Relief UK (the British affiliate of IRW)
  • Muslim Association of Britain (part of the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood)
  • Cordoba Foundation in Britain (once described by David Cameron as a Muslim Brotherhood front group)
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (the self-described civil rights group which was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas-financing trial)
  • Muslim American Society (which was created by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood)
  • Union of Islamic Organizations of France (a French Muslim group tied to the Muslim Brotherhood that profits from halal certification)
  • Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (an alliance financed by Gulf sources with ties to Hamas)
  • Islamische Gemeinschaft in Deutschland (the “main representative” of the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany)
  • Associazione Musulmani Italiani (Italian Muslim Association)
  • League of Muslims in Belgium (La Ligue des Musulmans de Belgique)
  • Muslim Association of Sweden (Sveriges muslimska förbund)
  • Islamic Society in Denmark (Islamsk Trossamfund)
  • Islamic Council Norway (Islamsk Rad Norge)
  • Finnish Islamic Association (Suomen Islam-seurakunta)
  • CANVAS in Belgrade, Serbia

The UAE designated over 80 groups overall, most of which are located in the Middle East.  The practical effect of the designations are limited, designed for “transparency” and to “raise awareness.”  In other words, the designations include not asset freezes, travel bans, or prohibitions on transacting business with the designated groups.


Money jihad news: recommended reading

October 10, 2013
  • Al-Awlaki paid him $9,000 to do English-language outreach for Al Qaeda. Now that his paymaster is dead and he’s been indicted, Lawal Babafemi may be having second thoughts… more>>
  • Norway is cutting its aid to Afghanistan by 7 percent over concerns about corruption, while Norwegian aid to the equally corrupt Palestinian Authority remains undiminished… more>>
  • Pakistan’s ISI and Frontier Corps commit extortion through a “kill and dump” mafia operation, reports Sarjau… more>>
  • Al-Madinah received £1.4 million in taxpayer funds to open an interfaith school. Somewhere along the way it became 100 percent Muslim, sent girls to the back of the classroom, and banned haram cooking from the cafeteria… more>>

Cabbie borrows millions with false identity

November 15, 2012

And evades 21.7 million in taxes afterwards!

What’s perplexing about this is that this Muslim cab driving con artist, Mohammed Aslam, was able to obtain millions in loans from banks.  Modern know-your-customer regulations on financial institutions are designed to prevent just such an occurrence.

Aslam apparently used a false identity, and this imposter was clever enough to fool the banks about who he really was.  But did he also present forged or counterfeit documents that proved he had adequate collateral to qualify for such generous loans?  Money Jihad is not convinced that the bank did its due diligence with this customer.

From Tundra Tabloids on Nov. 3:


“Little Røkke to court again

A new giant-charge against taxi scammer Mohammed Aslam is ready. He allegedly used a false identity to obtain loans from the bank.

– Overall, he has held around 100 million outside the accounts, says police attorney Ragnvald Brekke

Mohammed Aslam was nicknamed “Little Røkke” in Oslo cab environment because he always had large sums of cash in his pocket when he operated his fleet of taxis in the city until the fall of 2007.

For the time zones he sentenced to two years in prison Kongsvinger.

Lawsuit in the New Year

Aslam was convicted in 2007 for black cab driving, insurance fraud, money smuggling and illegal storage of weapons, but he fled to Pakistan before judgment fell. After over four years on the run, he was arrested and extradited to Norway.

But Aslam has more pigs in the forest, and prosecutors have not finished cab scammer.

In the beginning Aslam must appear in court again, charged with even more cases of tax and tax evasion.

He is charged with:

  • Having failed to provide payroll and tax deducted for their drivers for a total of 21.7 million in the period 2003-2005.
  • Having evaded 1.63 million kroner in VAT in the years 2005-2007. He also led deduction of tax he paid, according to the indictment.
  • In addition, he may have used a false identity to get loans bank.

Recall that prominent Muslims such as Anwar al-Awlaki and Anjem Choudary have said that it is legitimate under Islamic law for Muslims living in the West to mooch, scam, and steal from their infidel hosts.


Muslim banker under renewed scrutiny

August 12, 2012

Eyes on Yunus

The mainstream media and the Internet search engines have generally circled the wagons to suppress negative news coverage of Muhammad Yunus, a prominent Muslim banker.  Search for his name and you’ll find only glowing, positive biographies and tributes to the man.  But dig a little deeper and you’ll find an increasingly checkered record of financial and legal misdeeds despite the accolades for him from U.S. politicians, journalists, and academics.

Money Jihad remains watchful.  From the Business Recorder earlier this month:

Bangladesh orders new probe into Yunus

August 03, 2012

Bangladesh’s cabinet Thursday ordered a new probe into Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus which will check for irregularities during his time as head of microfinance pioneer Grameen Bank, an official said. The 72-year-old “banker to the poor” was forced from the institution last year, due to what his supporters say is a government vendetta against him.

A separate review of the bank has been underway since May this year. Yunus, who fell out with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after talking about going into politics, was officially fired for exceeding the mandatory retirement age of 60. He challenged the move in the Supreme Court, but lost.

“The investigation will cover the period of beyond that mandatory retirement age and see whether the facilities he enjoyed during that period were lawful,” the government”s cabinet secretary Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said. It will investigate in particular “if he enjoyed any tax exemption when he brought foreign currency home during his tenure as the managing director”, he said.

The findings of the investigation by the Bank and Financial Institution Department and the National Board of Revenue are to be handed to the cabinet within the shortest possible time, he added. Yunus, who won his 2006 Nobel Prize for pioneering the microfinance system in which small loans are made to poor entrepreneurs, is seen as one of the world”s leading anti-poverty activists and has many powerful foreign supporters.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a personal friend, heaped praise on Yunus during a visit to Dhaka in May and urged Hasina’s government to maintain “an environment where civil society groups operate freely”. The same month Yunus expressed fears that the bank he founded to put his concept of microfinance into practice would be taken over by the Bangladesh government.

Don’t forget that Yunus was the subject of an investigation by the government of Norway in 2010 for misappropriating Norwegian donations made to his bank.  Last year, Yunus was released on bail over slander charges from officials in Bangladesh, who have also investigated Yunus for tax evasion.


Vast non-sharia oil field discovered

December 26, 2011

In terms of reducing terrorist financing, the growth of Western Hemisphere energy production has been one of the best stories of 2011.  More energy produced by countries like Canada and the U.S. means less reliance on Arab oil.

A major new North Sea oil discovery also suggests hope for marginally less reliance on oil sold by fundamentalist Muslims in the Middle East.  Countries like Norway can help make up the difference if Europe is willing to stop buying Iranian energy and substitute it with sources of their own.

This good news comes from the Oil Drum at Business Insider on Dec. 24 with a hat tip to import-export lawyer Lexia Krown:

A Monster from the Deep

With relatively little fanfare on the international stage, Lundin Petroleum and Statoil (and partners) have just recently jointly discovered one of the largest oil fields ever found in the North Sea. The Aldous Major South – Avaldsnes discovery on the Utsira High structure is currently estimated to contain 1.7 to 3.3 billion barrels of recoverable oil. The astonishing thing about this discovery is that it has lain undiscovered in a mature oil province for so long providing ample encouragement for explorers to go on exploring.

The recoverable resource estimates have grown with every well drilled and with a new delineation well spudded on 28th November, further news on the size of this giant is expected in early January.

Sub-surface energy graphic

Oil fields can often be imagined as subterranean hills draped in mudstone (the seal) and partially filled with oil-saturated sandstone. This 3D image shows the Avaldsnes and Aldous Major South discoveries are in all likelihood part of the same giant field.

The Aldous Major South – Avaldsnes story has been a year in the making. The 16/2-6 discovery well was announced in September 2010, but the story only gained traction on 30th September 2011 when the recoverable resource estimate was substantially increased following evaluation of data from the 16/2-7a sidetrack well. Prior to then recoverable resource estimates for Avaldsnes were in the range 100-400 million barrels – not enough to get overly excited about. The 16/2-7a well extended the area of proved hydrocarbons but also “proved” that Avaldsnes and Aldous Major South were part of the same gigantic structure. Avaldsnes is now estimated to hold 0.8 to 1.8 billion barrels of recoverable oil and promises to be a giant field in its own right…

Shortly after, Statoil announced the results from the 16/2-10 delineation well on Aldous Major South on 21st October, which prior to then was estimated to contain 0.4 to 0.8 billion barrels recoverable resource. The 16/2-10 well proved a much bigger resource that is now estimated in the range 0.9 to 1.5 billion recoverable barrels.

Thus the combined Aldous Major South – Avaldsnes structure is now estimated to contain between 1.7 and 3.3 billion barrels of recoverable oil. The 16/5-2S well currently drilling represents a significant step out from the existing wells towards the south of the field. Success is not to be taken for granted. For example, the mapped structure is dependent upon accurate interpretation of seismic and the occurrence of oil is dependent on the presence of the reservoir sandstone in this part of the field. Should the well fail to find oil, then the resource estimate may settle toward the lower end of the current range; however, should it be successful then ever larger numbers are to be expected…


Weekly word: microfinance

December 8, 2010

We can solve all the world’s problems by loaning money to folks who wouldn’t normally qualify for loans.  That was a great economic recipe for America, right?

As long as we give it a technical sounding name like microfinancing, micro-credit, or micro-loans, it’ll sound official and well thought out.  In his textbook, Cultural Anthropology, Jack David Eller offers this definition of microfinancing:  “A recent development approach which provides very small loans directly to poor individuals or families in poor states so that they can start small businesses or expand their already-existing businesses.”*

By the way, it was just revealed that Muhammad Yunus, one of the only Muslims to have ever won a Nobel prize, is being investigated by Norway for bilking Western nations for a hundred million dollars that was supposed to be lent to poor (Muslims) in Bangladesh and around the world, but was instead directed by Yunus into other companies that he owned (h/t Religion of Peace).

Remember that the latest innovation in Sharia finance is to combine the “success” of micro-credit with “ethical” Islamic banking to create sharia micro-loans to grow the economy of Gaza.  What could possibly go wrong?

*Eller, David Jack.  Cultural Anthropology (London:  Routledge, 2009)


Let Norway be our lodestar

November 17, 2010

Saudi-funded mosques tend to come in the more radical Sunni flavor than locally funded mosques around the world.  That is why we should be proud of little Norway for fighting against a proposal for a Saudi-backed mosque in Tromsoe.

The Norwegian foreign ministry’s decision should serve as example to governments across the West.  Listen up, King Abdullah.  No church + no synagogue = no mosque.

From Agence France-Presse via the Edmonton Journal (h/t Jihad Watch) on Nov. 9:

A plan to build the world’s north-most mosque has been halted after Norway refused to accept funding from an Arab donor, with the government on Monday citing a lack of religious freedom in his Saudi homeland.

“It would be paradoxical and unnatural to approve financing coming from a country where religious freedom does not exist,” said foreign ministry spokeswoman Ragnhild Imerslund.

The mosque in Tromsoe, a city in the Arctic Circle, is being funded in part by a donation from Saudi businessman Hamad al-Gamas, who has pledge 2.5 million euro ($3.5 million CDN) to the project, according to reports in Norwegian media.

“The donor set out as a condition that the Norwegian authorities would provide written approval,” a spokeswoman for the organization building the mosque told broadcaster NRK. “In the absence of such approval, it is natural to suspend the project.