State Department Terrorist Designations Of Siddhartha Dhar And Abdelatif Gaini

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The Department of State has designated two ISIS members, Siddhartha Dhar and Abdelatif Gaini, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. E.O. 13224 imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. These designations seek to deny Dhar and Gaini the resources they need to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of Dhar’s and Gaini’s property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them.

Siddhartha Dhar was a leading member of now-defunct terrorist organization Al-Muhajiroun. In late 2014, Dhar left the United Kingdom to travel to Syria to join ISIS. He is considered to have replaced ISIS executioner Mohammad Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John.” Dhar is believed to be the masked leader who appeared in a January 2016 ISIS video of the execution of several prisoners ISIS accused of spying for the UK.

Abdelatif Gaini is a Belgian-Moroccan citizen believed to be fighting for ISIS in the Middle East. Gaini is connected to UK-based ISIS sympathizers Mohamad Ali Ahmed and Humza Ali, who were convicted in the UK in 2016 of terrorism offenses.

Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Dhar and Gaini have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Terrorism designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments.

A list of State Department-designated FTOs and SDGTs is available here: https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/index.htm.

State Department Terrorist Designation Of Khalid Batarfi

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The Department of State has designated al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Khalid Batarfi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. E.O. 13224 imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. This designation seeks to deny Batarfi the resources he needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of Batarfi’s property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.

Khalid Batarfi is a senior member in AQAP, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and SDGT. Batarfi was the top commander for AQAP in Abyan Governate, Yemen, and was a former member of AQAP’s shura council. In April 2015, Batarfi was released from the Central Prison of al-Mukalla in Yemen when AQAP militants attacked the prison.

Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Khalid Batarfi has committed or poses a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Terrorist designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments.

A list of State Department-designated FTOs and SDGTs is available here: https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/index.htm.

Cold-Calling Director Disconnected

A 12 year disqualification has been obtained by the Insolvency Service from Tony Ray Abbott, the sole director of Reactiv Media Ltd

Parliament Street

Parliament Street

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy accepted a disqualification undertaking from Mr Abbott on 6 December 2017 for a period of 12 years, which commenced on 27 December 2017.

Mr Abbott was a director of Reactiv Media Ltd, a Halifax-based marketing company which made unsolicited calls for direct marketing purposes and stated it owned and maintained one of the largest databases for UK consumers, being able to target campaigns for various entities from sole traders’ to blue-chip organisations.

The company went into liquidation on 8 April 2016 with estimated creditor claims totalling over £2 million.

Mr Abbott has not disputed that he had failed to ensure that Reactiv Media:

  • provided accurate information in a Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership grant application, leading to an unmerited payment of over £33,000
  • complied with its responsibilities under the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 and The Conduct of Authorised Persons Rules 2014, leading to an unpaid penalty of £75,000 and cancellation of authorisation to provide claims management services.
  • did not trade to the unreasonable risk and ultimate detriment of HM Revenue & Customs and to his benefit, while it was insolvent

Commenting on the disqualification, David Brooks, Group Leader at The Insolvency Service, said:

There are 3 distinct allegations underpinning this disqualification. As a whole, they show a director who flagrantly breached his duties to regulators and company creditors over an extended period. The privilege of limited liability status should be removed from such individuals.

Facts of this case, which were particularly disquieting, were the £252,071 of personal spending on deposits for two houses in the very month that the unjustified grant funds were given to the company, and the nature of some of the £177,664 of identified personal benefits taken from 1 September 2015: This included at least £55,000 spent on jewellery and Mr Abbott’s wedding.

Andy Curry, ICO Enforcement Group Manager said:

This latest disqualification of a company director is another welcome step towards stopping the scourge of nuisance calls.

The ICO has made it clear we’re committed to recovering the fines we issue on behalf of taxpayers and those millions of people who have been hounded by unwanted calls. If the fine remains unpaid we work with the Insolvency Service to pursue all the options. We are pleased this person can’t run or be involved in the management of another company which has the potential to make nuisance calls to members of the public.

Shelter Launches Social Housing Commission In The Wake Of Grenfell Tragedy As New Stats Show Almost Half Of Families In Social Housing Ignored Or Refused Help

Shelter UK

Shelter UK

Housing charity Shelter will today launch a commission into the future of social housing to address crucial issues which have been highlighted by the Grenfell Tower Fire, as new research highlights the challenges faced by those living in social housing in getting their voice and views heard.

The commission will aim to give social housing tenants across the country, starting with the Grenfell community itself, a far louder say in the future of social housing.

Chaired by Reverend Mike Long of the Notting Hill Methodist Church near Grenfell, Shelter has brought together a panel of key figures to examine the state of social housing in modern Britain and its future role in ending the housing crisis.

Among others, they include Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Ed Miliband MP, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Lord Jim O’Neill and Grenfell tower survivor Edward Daffarn.

A series of roadshows will be held across the country, a public consultation will take place online and a major piece of research with social housing tenants will be carried out. An independent report carrying recommendations will be presented to the Prime Minister and to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn before the end of the year.

Highlighting the need for the commission, Shelter and YouGov revealed new research today showing that many of the challenges described by Grenfell residents in the aftermath of the tragic fire are faced by social housing communities right across England:

    • Almost half (48%) of families in social housing who reported issues around poor or unsafe conditions felt ignored or were refused help. Problems included fire safety, gas leaks, electrical hazards, mould and pest problems, among others
    • Almost a quarter (24%) of families in social housing said they feel looked down on because of where they live, compared with only 8% of families who are private renters or homeowners

Commission chair Reverend Mike Long said: “I hope this commission will hold a mirror up to society. We need to take a long hard look at why communities such as Grenfell have felt ignored, forgotten and too often like second-class citizens. The experiences of residents here in Grenfell are sadly common in many other parts of the country, too.”

Commissioner Ed Miliband MP said: “We have failed for too many years to deliver the social housing this country needs in the way people need it. This commission is a huge opportunity to build a great consensus for a transformation of housing provision and to respond to the rightful demand for change which followed the Grenfell tower tragedy.”

Commissioner Baroness Warsi said: “Social housing is a key part of how we build strong, cohesive communities and give the most vulnerable a chance for a home. Getting our communities to work means getting social housing right, and we need to start this by making sure the voice of those who need social housing is properly heard in our national life. That’s what this commission will try to do.”

Commissioner Edward Daffarnfrom survivors’ group Grenfell United, said: “Everyone who lived in Grenfell Tower knows just how devastating the consequences are when the wellbeing of social housing tenants and leaseholders are disregarded – more than 70 members of our community needlessly lost their lives in a wholly avoidable tragedy. If we are ever to achieve any kind of justice and recompense for what happened it will come through genuine social change and by ensuring that people living in social housing will never again be treated like second class citizens or experience such neglect and institutional indifference at the hands of housing providers. Grenfell United hope that this independent commission may act as a catalyst for the social change this is needed for our community and for the whole country.”

To find out more about ‘Shelter’s Big Conversation’ on social housing, please go to www.shelter.org.uk/bigconversation

 

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Contact: Shelter Media Team 0207 505 2162 or 07850 901142 (out of hours)

Christians Protest Religious Assignment In Public School

Assignment Asserted Christians, Muslims and Jews believe in the same God

Western Powers

Western Powers

Dozens of people spoke against a homework assignment in an Elgin, Illinois school meeting. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-u46-religion-assignment-st-0124-20180123-story.html Is it just a matter of opinion?

The Bible teaches that God loves everyone and seeks to save all from a course of wrong that leads in selfish, harmful actions. In times of ignorance, God winks–He let’s us get by, Acts 17:30,31.

The Bible also teaches that He has provided for our salvation. In the tanakh (Old Testament) the provision for our salvation involved the sacrifice of a gentle, innocent lamb, but also seen in Isaiah 53 as a person who would bear our sins as the lamb bore sins confessed over it before slaughter.

Centuries later, a Hebrew prophet introduced “the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29. Whether he was or not is up to individuals to decide, but those who ran when he was taken were later willing to die for their witness that they had seen him alive after his burial and Roman guard. His body was not likely stolen when the soldiers slept—that was punishable by death.

And would we be willing to die for a lie? And there were literally hundreds of prophecies fulfilled by his life.

Isaiah also said, if a prophet does not speak according to the law given by Moses, there is no light in him. In Moses’ law, if one was guilty of stealing a sheep, he had to repay four-fold, Exodus 22.

This writer has seen a YouTube video of a little boy having a car drive over his arm because he stole a loaf of bread. This is sharia law? If we can see a difference in the justice of God above from how this little boy was treated, maybe we can see that the God of the Bible and Allah of the Quran are different.

fairness Can we see the superiority of God’s law over Muhammad’s writing,

The God of the Bible would not mutilate women’s genitals to minimize their enjoyment of marital love, hoping they won’t seek sex with someone else. Christians trust each other to be faithful. God made us as we are—He invented sex and the Christian nations have elevated women in society in contrast to non-Christian cultures where women are often abused.

The God of the Bible “declares the end from the beginning,” Isaiah 46. This includes the account of Abraham, father of Isaac and Ishmael, who was asked to sacrifice his son, but he was spared by a ram that was sacrificed instead. Muslims say Ishmael was spared, and they celebrate it in Al-Adha, as the 2nd most holy event in the year. The Bible says it was Isaac. Which is the true holy book?

The prophecy of Daniel 8 reveals the God of the Bible is ahead of all other gods. It shows the sacrifice of a ram “at the time of the end” and 2500 years ago it said the horns on the ram represented the kings of Media and Persia which are now Iraq and Iran. This vision is half fulfilled and we will see militant Iran stomped by a goat [Global Organization Against Terrorism] to preserve Isaac who fathered Israel.

Thousands of converts from Islam to Christianity give further testimony that the God of the Bible is different, and for those who have tasted of God’s love and wisdom, there is no attraction for the god of Islam which seeks to kill the infidels when it has not the evidence or information to persuade them.

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Richard Ruhling is author of God Bless America? which is available free on Amazon on January 24 at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075896HPD  They offer a free app enables reading on phones or computers. It has mostly 4-5 star reviews and Ruhling is available for interviews by contacting him at Ruhling7@juno.com He has a video on the book’s theme below.

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