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  • Australia Anti-Terror Police Arrest Two In Sydney

    12/23/2014 7:04:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 23, 2014
    23 December 2014 Counter-terrorism police in Sydney have arrested two men, charging one with possession of documents designed to facilitate a terrorist attack. The other suspect was charged with breaching a control order. The arrests were related a series of counter-terrorism raids in September, officials said. They come after Australia's prime minister said there had been heightened "terror chatter" since a cafe siege in Sydney last week. On Wednesday, Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said the man arrested on the terrorism charge had documents that mentioned potential government targets. "I am confident that we've disrupted the activity that...
  • 2 Arrested in Sydney in Counterterror Operation

    12/23/2014 5:00:37 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 23, 2014 | By KRISTEN GELINEAU
    Two men were arrested as part of an ongoing counterterrorism investigation into a group that officials have accused of plotting to kill a random member of the public in Sydney, police said Wednesday, one day after the nation's prime minister warned of heightened terrorist chatter in the aftermath of a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe. Sulayman Khalid, 20, was charged on Tuesday with possession of documents designed to facilitate a terrorist attack, while a 21-year-old was charged with breaching a control order, police said.
  • Hero farmer Tom Wagner ‘just had to find’ missing boys and father in Outback Queensland

    12/22/2014 3:00:27 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 23rd December 2014
    CLEVER survival tactics by father Steven van Lonkhuyzen have emerged as the key to his family’s ultimate survival while trapped in the Australian outback for 10 days. The father of two boys used a number of methods in an attempt to attract attention as the first pictures of their ordeal were released yesterday. Mr van Lonkhuyzen used a large, plastic bowl to capture rainwater, a vital instrument in keeping him and his sons, Ethan, 7, and Timothy, 5, alive. By the time the missing trio were discovered, the water was reportedly “dangerously close to depletion”. “They were very close to...
  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $856 million for oil spill [from defensive war against Hizb'allah]

    12/21/2014 1:55:52 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Israel was asked by the UN General Assembly on Friday to compensate Lebanon for $856.4 million in oil spill damages it caused during its 2006 war with Hezbollah. The non-binding vote, which passed 170-6, asks Israel to offer "prompt and adequate compensation" to Lebanon and other countries affected by the oil spill's pollution. In a statement, Israel condemned the resolution as biased against the nation, Israeli media reported. The oil spill was caused by Israel's air force when it bombed oil tanks near a coastal Lebanese power plant during the fierce month-long war with...
  • Police confirm victims of Cairns massacre as four boys and four girls aged 2 to 14 (with 5 fathers)

    12/20/2014 2:11:01 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    Courier Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 20th December 2014 | Chris McMahon, Damon Guppy, Peter Michael, Jessica Johnston, Andrew Koubaridis
    FIVE fathers have lost children as a result of the mass murder in Cairns. Four girls aged 14, 12, 11 and two and four boys aged nine, eight, six and five were stabbed to death in the Murray St home. Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the fathers were distraught by the news of the deaths of their children. “I don’t think anybody would imagine any reaction other than absolute devastation to be told that your child is dead and of course that was the case,” Det Insp Asnicar said. “The family, even under these horrific circumstances and the trauma they...
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Network Seven ‘original target’ of terrorist Man Haron Monis

    12/19/2014 5:04:11 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 20th December 2014 | Amy Harris
    CHANNEL 7’s flagship studio in Martin Place may have been the original target of deranged terrorist Man Haron Monis. The Saturday Telegraph has learned Monis arrived at Martin Place early on Monday morning with the possible intention of taking hostages within the TV network’s studio during the live morning Sunrise broadcast. But it appears that, due to increased security at the studio following the Islamic State threat in September to behead someone in Martin Place, Monis instead rerouted his plot 50m to the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, where he staged his deadly ­17-hour siege, which ended with the deaths of two...
  • Sydney men placed under tougher control orders after (anti-terror) raids

    12/19/2014 4:07:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 20th December 2014
    TWO Sydney men have been placed under powerful new anti-terrorism “control orders” following a series of raids across the city this week that were launched amid fears of an imminent attack. The decision to invoke the control orders, granted by a federal court at the request of the Australian Federal Police, is the first time they are known to have been used since legislation expanding their scope was passed last month. The orders were imposed after a wave of counter-terror raids conducted by state and federal police on five properties across north and western Sydney on Thursday — and days...
  • Funeral Directors Refuse Body Of Sydney Terrorist: ‘Throw Him In The [bleep]house’

    12/19/2014 9:31:49 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 38 replies
    Breibart ^ | 12/19/2014 | Andre Walker
    <p>The body of the lone terrorist behind the attack on the Sydney, Man Haron Monis, is unlikely be receive a proper burial after Muslim funderal directors said his body should either be thrown in the sea or “chucked in the bloody sh*thouse”.</p>
  • 8 Children Killed in Mass Stabbing in Australia

    12/19/2014 8:42:03 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/19/2014 | Nick Hallett
    Eight siblings have been found stabbed to death in a house in Australia. The children, aged from 18 months to 15 years, were discovered by an older brother, aged 20, who arrived home to find them dead. The mass killing is not believed to be terror-related, but Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that “these are trying days for our country.” The tragedy comes just days after an armed siege in Sydney claimed the lives of two hostages and the Islamist hostage taker.
  • Pregnant Sydney siege hostage... tribute to Katrina Dawson who shielded her from gunfire

    12/18/2014 9:46:12 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th December 2014 | Ashlee Mullany
    A PREGNANT woman held hostage in the Sydney siege has remembered her close friend Katrina Dawson as “the most wonderful person I have ever met”. Julie Taylor was held captive for almost 17 hours inside the Lindt cafe, alongside her work colleague Ms Dawson, who reportedly shielded her from gunfire in the final dramatic moments of the siege. “Her bravery and strength was, and continues to be, a comfort and inspiration for me,” Ms Taylor said in a statement today. “She invested every moment of her life in her friends and family, and will be greatly missed by everyone who...
  • Riot police arrest man (of middle Eastern appearance) at Auburn Tennis Club (Sydney)

    12/18/2014 9:24:44 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th December 2014
    ABOUT 20 police, half a dozen in riot gear, have descended on the Auburn Tennis Club in Sydney, arresting a man of Middle Eastern appearance. Moments before the arrest three police vehicles were outside the business premises of Amin Khademi, a former business partner of Sydney siege gunman Haron Monis, in South Granville.
  • Eight children reportedly stabbed to death at Cairns property (Australia)

    12/18/2014 7:51:07 PM PST · by traumer · 80 replies
    Eight children have been found stabbed to death at a house in Cairns, Australia. The children are reportedly aged between 18 months and 14. Police were called to a property in the suburb of Manoora following reports of a woman with serious injuries. During the search of the house the bodies of the children were discovered. A statement from Queensland Police said: "The woman, believed to be aged in her 30s, is receiving treatment for her injuries and is currently assisting police with their investigations."
  • Cairns: Eight children found dead at property (Australia)

    12/18/2014 7:39:17 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th December 2014
    EIGHT children have been stabbed to death at a house in north Queensland. The Queenlsand Police Service have released a statement regarding the incident. Police were called to the Murray Street residence in Manoora around 11.20am following reports of a woman with serious injuries. During an examination of the residence police located the bodies of the children, all aged between 18 months and 15 years. The woman, believed to be aged in her 30s, is receiving treatment for her injuries and is currently assisting police with their investigations.
  • Australians left bloody but unbowed

    12/18/2014 12:31:18 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th December 2014 | Michael Fullilove and Anthony Bubalo
    IT feels like terror has come to our home town. After this week’s events, Sydney joins New York, London, Madrid, Mumbai and Ottawa on the list of great cities visited by politically motivated ­violence since 2001. ..... Australians are not innocents when it comes to terrorism. Nearly a dozen Australians were killed in the September 11 attack in 2001. A year later, 88 died in the Bali bombings in Indonesia. Australians died in the 2005 Bali bombings, the 2005 London bombings, and the 2009 Jakarta hotel ­attacks. All those incidents took place thousands of kilometres away. This event occurred in...
  • Muslim funeral directors say they will not accept the body of Siege gunman Man Haron Monis

    12/18/2014 12:17:30 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 48 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19th December 2014 | Nelson Groom
    Sydney's head Islamic funeral director has said that no Muslim funeral home will accept the body of Siege gunman Man Haron Monis, suggesting instead that authorities dump his body at sea. The body of Monis remains in the morgue, and has yet to be claimed. It is set to be be released before Christmas. The body will be given a simple funeral by the Department of Health if his partner does not claim it, reports Daily Telegraph. When asked about the fate of the 50-year old extremists body, Amin Sayed, the funeral director within the Lebanese Muslim Association, said 'we...
  • Progressives Can’t Help But Exploit Tragedy

    12/18/2014 4:23:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Few things upset progressives like a terrorist attack by Islamo-fascists. Not the act of terror itself, mind you, but the perceived “backlash” against Muslims that follows. The progressive activist site Huffington Post was quick to cite an increase in “hate crimes” against Muslims in September “linked” to a public transit ad campaign it deemed “Islamophobic.” It wrote, “The rise of the Islamic State this summer, as well as the conflict in Gaza, Sarsour said, have contributed to the recent spate of violence against Muslims in New York City. Since July 1, there have been at least 14 hate crimes against...
  • Sydney says thanks to the cops for bravery in Martin Place siege

    12/17/2014 10:32:54 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 48 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 18th December 2014
    THE Australian public has hailed the police as heroes following the siege in Martin Place. The 17-hour stand-off at the Lindt cafe involved NSW police officers as well as members of the state Public Order Riot Squad, Dog Unit, Negotiators, Aviation Support Branch, Police Rescue and elite Tactical Operations Unit. Now, Sydneysiders and the rest of the world are mounting a campaign to express their thanks to all those who risked their lives. A Facebook page has declared this “Say Thanks to the Cops Day”, and members of the public have been stopping police in the street to express their...
  • The Left’s self-censorship is actually dangerous

    12/17/2014 6:07:44 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Andrew Bolt blog (news.com.au) ^ | 18th December 2014 | Andrew Bolt
    A*** D***** of the ***** ***** ***** recalls the night she refused to report on the threats of gunman Man Haron Monis. See, she is one of many reporters who have censored their reporting of Islam - promoting a wilful and deadly blindness in the name of community harmony:
  • Cultured reason meaningless response in face of death cult

    12/17/2014 4:33:37 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 18th December 2014 | Chris Kenny
    THE brutal nihilism of Islamist terrorism is a difficult concept for most of us to understand, but comprehend it we must. ..... Nothing underlined the denial and delusion of the political class more than the statement by the Australian Press Council chairman Julian Disney chastising media coverage of what he called the “Sydney hostage incident”. He was reacting to complaints about News Corp Australia’s Daily Telegraph and its special Monday afternoon edition linking the attack to Islamic State under the headline “Death cult CBD attack”. The perpetrator of this atrocity defined himself by Islamism; a self-styled Shia cleric, he objected...
  • 'It was genuinely horrible': Veteran news cameraman who 'became police sniper's eyes'

    12/17/2014 3:49:17 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 17th December 2014 | Frank Coletta
    As the Sydney siege unfolded in the Lindt cafe, a Channel Seven cameraman was watching it all through his camera lens and providing vital information and vision for police snipers. Veteran cameraman Greg Parker remained in the network's newsroom as his colleagues were all evacuated around him. He was accompanied by a member of the force's crack shooting squad, who asked him to keep filming as authorities assessed the movements of the crazed gunman and his treatment of the 18 hostages. The extraordinary circumstances called for extraordinary measures. Usually, in any critical situation, the media would be ushered well away...
  • The Suicidal Hashtags of the West

    12/17/2014 3:03:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, Australian police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, where an Islamist terrorist named Man Haron Monis had taken dozens of hostages and held them for 17 hours. Three people were killed, including Monis, and several others were wounded. Monis, an Iranian immigrant, had a long criminal record, including 40 charges for indecent and sexual assault, as well as an outstanding charge for accessory to murder in the killing of his ex-wife. Before his death, Monis requested an ISIS flag, and forced hostages to hold up the so-called Shahada flag, which proclaims in Arabic, "There Is No God...
  • Australia a 'nation of victims'... says pro-gun senator Leyonhjelm

    12/17/2014 2:48:32 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 18th December 2014 | James Glenday
    Australia is a "nation of victims" with citizens unable to properly protect themselves with weapons, pro-gun crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm has said. The Liberal Democrat said he wanted a calm, measured discussion about the right to "practical self-defence" in the wake of the deadly Sydney siege. "What happened in that cafe would have been most unlikely to have occurred in Florida, Texas, or Vermont, or Alaska in America, or perhaps even Switzerland as well," Senator Leyonhjelm told the ABC's AM program. "Statistically speaking" in those jurisdictions, "one or two of the victims" would have had a concealed gun, he said....
  • Former Sydney Deputy Mayor: Lift Gun Ban so Australians Can Defend Themselves

    12/17/2014 8:52:38 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/17/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    In the wake of the December 15 hostage situation in which an armed man held unarmed Australians at gunpoint for hours, former Sydney Deputy Mayor Nick Adams is calling for a gun ban to be lifted so Australians can defend themselves. Adams said he believes if there was ever a time Australians wanted to have a gun, it was December 15.
  • Charles Hurt Drops the Hammer on Aussie Gun Laws

    12/17/2014 8:15:40 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 16 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 12/16/2014 | Breitbart News
    From the Sydney Morning Herald: The siege in Sydney's CBD and its terrible end received saturation coverage on American cable news, with at least one commentator lamenting Australia's tough gun laws. Speaking on Fox News after police stormed the Lindt cafe, Charles Hurt, a writer with the conservative newspaper The Washington Times and a Fox News contributor, said: "These people are hell bent to kill innocent people … In a free society there is nothing you can do about it. You can't prevent all these things from happening, which is why most Americans, when they see this stuff play out...
  • "Ripped our guts again": Family that lost relatives in Flight 370 loses another in Ukraine crash

    07/18/2014 2:35:37 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | 07/18/2014
    Relatives, friends and colleagues paid tribute Friday to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash victims even before the airline released their names as it scrambled to contact the next of kin of the victims. For one Australian family, the crash represented an almost unbelievable double tragedy. Kaylene Mann's brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 when it vanished in March. On Friday, Mann found out that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was killed on Flight 17. "It's just brought everyone, everything back," said Greg Burrows, Mann's brother. "It's just ... ripped our guts again."
  • The War Comes to Australia [This terrorist was not a lone wolf]

    12/17/2014 7:52:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 12/17/2014 | Ari Lieberman
    The hostage saga in Sydney ended in dramatic fashion yesterday as Australian police and SWAT teams stormed a downtown café after a 16-hour standoff with armed hostage taker, Man Haron Monis. Monis, identified as a Muslim cleric with a criminal record that included sexual assault and accessory to murder, was killed during the operation as were two hostages, identified as a male and female in their 30s. Monis, an Iranian national, requested refugee status and asylum in Australia in 1996 and sought to repay Australia’s benevolence by engaging in a vituperative letter-writing campaign directed at the families of fallen...
  • Aust NY consulate guarded by NYPD squad

    12/16/2014 12:51:02 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 17th December 2014 | Peter Mitchell
    THE Australian consulate in Manhattan is being protected by the New York Police Department's elite, special forces-type Hercules Team following the deadly Sydney terror siege. NEW York Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton are taking no chances. The metropolis' many iconic sites, including the Empire State Building, Times Square, Wall Street and Columbus Circle, have also been beefed up with extra police following the takeover of Sydney's Lindt cafe on Monday by Iranian immigrant Man Haron Monis. "We are taking appropriate precautions, making sure we are beefing up our presence at locations related to the Australian government...
  • Hashtag for an imaginary backlash

    12/16/2014 12:18:00 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies
    The Australian ^ | 17th December 2014
    ONE of our greatest handicaps in overcoming the pernicious threat of Islamic extremism is the emergence of Islamist denialism — a stubborn refusal to confront the reality of our dilemma. Even in the wake of this week’s death and trauma, there are deliberate attempts in public debate to ignore the jihadist flag, terrorist modus operandi, video demands on behalf of Islamic State and anti-West grievances. The ABC managed to run an online profile piece entitled “Who was Man Haron Monis, the man behind the Sydney siege?” without including the words Muslim or Islam and mentioning terrorism only in a quote...
  • Sydney siege: Window two, hostage down: the last moments

    12/16/2014 11:58:25 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies
    The Australian ^ | 17th December 2014
    “WINDOW two, hostage down.” In four chilling words, the nation’s worst fears had come true inside the Lindt cafe. ..... About 1.50am Seven Network news reporter Chris Reason, who was watching the cafe from the network’s studio with a police sniper, said the gunman appeared to become disturbed. He began shuffling hostages from one end of the cafe to the other. “The gunman appeared agitated, he didn’t know what to do with them," Reason said. “He was sort of corralling them down one end and then down the other and moving around sort of randomly." ..... It may have been...
  • Denial of Islamic fundamentalism puts us in danger

    12/16/2014 11:51:36 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 17th December 2014 | Andrew Bolt
    MAN Haron Monis couldn’t have done more to make the deaf hear that the terror he unleashed in Sydney was in the name of Islam. As he walked into the Lindt coffee shop with his shotgun on Monday he wore a headband bearing the war cry: “We are ready to sacrifice for you, O Muhammad.” The Iranian-born cleric had already fought for Islam by sending jeering letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan. On his Facebook page he’d posted jihadist porn and pledged his allegiance to the bloody caliphate of the Islamic State. And in that coffee...
  • Advocates of sharia law should leave, or lose voting and welfare rights: Jacqui Lambie

    12/15/2014 7:49:21 PM PST · by LibFreeUSA · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 15, 2014 | Jared Owens
    AUSTRALIANS who support sharia law should “pack up their bags and get out of here” or else be stripped of their vote and welfare entitlements, Jacqui Lambie says. The Tasmanian Palmer United Party senator today said Australians who support Islamic law held “allegiance to a foreign power”, but refused repeated opportunities to define what she meant by sharia law. “I just say anyone who supports sharia law in Australia should not have the right to vote, should not be given government handouts and should probably pack up their bags and get out of here — that’s what I’m saying,” Senator...
  • Natalie Barr breaks down on live television (Australian Newsreader)

    12/15/2014 6:48:53 PM PST · by xp38 · 36 replies
    7 News Sydney ^ | Dec 16 2014
    Every now and then, there's a moment in television that's raw, unscripted and almost shockingly authentic. Our office stopped this morning as Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr revealed one of the hostages killed in the Martin Place siege was Katrina Dawson. The 38-year-old mother of three children was a lawyer and the younger sister of barrister Sandy Dawson, who has worked with Channel 7. Barr's grief as she struggled to maintain a professional face moved some to tears. This is an awful morning for Australia, and it's the job of the media to report it as honestly and completely as it...
  • Police officer shot in face says “I’ll be back at work tomorrow”

    12/15/2014 6:01:01 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 25 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 16th December 2014
    THESE are the six words that say it all. “I’ll be back at work tomorrow”. The words came from the 39-year-old officer who received a minor injury due to a shotgun pellet grazing his face during the Martin Place siege. The officer left hospital this morning.
  • Statement by Australian Prime Minister concerning the Martin Place Siege

    12/15/2014 4:49:04 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 43 replies
    Prime Ministerial Website ^ | 16th December 2014 | The Honourable Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia
    Early this morning the Martin Place siege ended with the death of the lone gunman and tragically, the loss of two hostages – innocent Australians caught up in the horror of yesterday. Five other people – four hostages and a New South Wales police officer – have been injured. State and Commonwealth agencies are investigating. Understandably, there is lot of speculation but it will take time to clarify exactly what happened in Martin Place and why. What we do know is that the perpetrator was well known to State and Commonwealth authorities. He had a long history of violent crime,...
  • BATTLE OF BROKEN HILL (the first act of Islamist terrorism in Australia, 1st January 1915)

    12/15/2014 4:17:45 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    n New Year’s Day 1915, two men flying a Turkish flag attacked a picnic train on the outskirts of Broken Hill. A gun battle later took place and both attackers were shot dead. Four other people were killed and seven wounded. Follow the re-enactment of this historic event. GEORGE NEGUS: G'day. Another week here on GNT. And tonight, a fascinating look back at some of the trickier characters lurking in our national past. Some of course will have other theories. But maybe our convict past itself could be one of the explanations for our love/hate relationship with our historical villains,...
  • HOSTAGE DIED A HERO: Captive man was 'lunging for gun'

    12/15/2014 3:05:39 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 81 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 16th December 2014
    THE manager of the Lindt cafe who was fatally shot in the Martin Place siege is being praised as a hero, responsible for allowing others trapped in the cafe to escape. Tori Johnson, 34, was wrestling a gun from gunman Man Haron Monis when he was killed. It is understood the cafe manager decided to take action when the hostage-taker begun to doze off after the siege had been ongoing for 17 hours. He lunged at the gunman’s weapon, enabling others to flee.
  • Tensions surface as Australian Muslims fear Sydney siege backlash

    12/15/2014 1:52:16 PM PST · by mykroar · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/15/14 | Reuters By Jane Wardell and Matt Siegel
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Religious leaders and ordinary Australians sought to defuse communal tensions on Monday, after a siege at a Sydney cafe by a gunman who forced hostages to display an Islamic flag raised fears of a backlash against the country's Muslim minority. Within hours of the attack on the Lindt cafe in the centre of the city, a Muslim group reported that women wearing the hijab had been spat on and the right-wing Australian Defence League called on followers to protest at two major mosques. The protests did not materialise and little is known about the true motives of...
  • Sydney Siege Gunman Posed as Holy Sheikh In Order to Grope Women – Had 50 Sexual Assault Charges

    12/15/2014 1:51:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 12-15-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Sheik Haron Monis took several hosages today at the Lyndt Cafe in Sydney.Two hostages were killed along with the evil sheikh during the 16 hour ordeal. The hostage taker in Sidney is Sheik Haron Monis – A man who previously sent hate mail to Australian war widows.Sheikh Haron faced up to 14 years for taunting war widows. In the video the sheikh is sitting near the parliament building about a block from the Lyndt Cafe. Monis posed as a sheikh to grope unsuspecting women. He was on bail for more than 50 sexual assault charges. The holy sheikh was also...
  • Netanyahu on Australia cafe siege: International Islamic terror does not know borders

    12/15/2014 11:29:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post [Israel] & Reuters ^ | 12/15/14 | Herb Keinon
    Rome - Emerging from a a three-hour meeting in Rome with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´ s first comments related to the siege on the cafe in Sydney Australia that ended shortly before. Netanyahu sent his condolences to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and the Australian people. He said that International Islamic terror does not know borders, and the struggle against it needs to be global. (Snip) Netanyahu then discussed the focus of his meeting with Kerry saying that Israel will “do everything possible” to make sure that the UN Security Council does not impose
  • 2001 Interview with the perpetrator of Sydney Siege

    12/15/2014 1:17:38 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    People in Sydney walking past the State Parliament buildings on Macquarie Street in recent weeks might have noticed a tall Muslim cleric who has taken up residence in a tent on the footpath outside. He is Ayatollah Manteghi Boroujerdi, a liberal cleric who fled Iran four years ago after being very critical of the Iranian regime. Ayatollah Boroujerdi's wife and two daughters are now under house arrest in Iran, and he's hoping the Howard government will put pressure on the regime there to let his family join him here in Australia. David Rutledge spoke to him this week. David Rutledge:...
  • Stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism. It's bigoted and Islamophobic. (click bait)

    12/15/2014 12:47:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Vox ^ | December 15, 2014 | Max Fisher
    There's a certain ritual that each and every one of the world's billion-plus Muslims, especially those living in Western countries, is expected to go through immediately following any incident of violence involving a Muslim perpetrator. It's a ritual that is continuing now with the Sydney hostage crisis, in which a deranged self-styled sheikh named Man Haron Monis took several people hostage in a downtown café. Here is what Muslims and Muslim organizations are expected to say: "As a Muslim, I condemn this attack and terrorism in any form." This expectation we place on Muslims, to be absolutely clear, is Islamophobic...
  • THREE DEAD IN BLOODY END TO SIEGE: Two hostages dead and Muslim gunman killed...

    12/15/2014 12:31:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 71 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 16th December 2014 | Emily Crane and Daniel Piotrowski
    An Iranian-born gunman was killed, two of his hostages are dead and four injured after a dramatic and chaotic firefight brought an end to a terrorist siege at a Sydney cafe. Teams of heavily armed police swooped on the Lindt Chocolat cafe in a hail of gunfire, ending a tense stand-off where Man Haron Monis had been holding around 17 people captive. Police issued a statement describing the event as a confrontation with a 50-year man, who they said died after shots were fired. The man was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital, police said. A man, aged 34,...
  • MSNBC Host: ‘Too Early To Tell’ If Man Asking For ISIS Flag Was Motivated By Islam [VIDEO]

    12/15/2014 10:26:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 62 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 15, 2014 | Alex Griswold
    Despite the Sydney, Australia hostage-taker displaying a flag reading in Arabic, ”There is no God but God and Mohammed is the prophet of God,” despite his being a self-proclaimed sheikh and despite his demand that police give him an ISIS flag, MSNBC “The Rundown” host José Diaz-Balart wondered if Iranian-born Man Haron Monis is motivated by Islam at all.
  • #I'llridewithyou: Celebrities & Twitter users take to social media to support Muslim community

    12/15/2014 8:23:58 AM PST · by dead · 36 replies
    Twelve hours after the Lindt Cafe hostage crisis in Sydney began to unfold, Australians have flooded social media with sentiments of solidarity and support of Muslims in the community. Twitter user Sir Tessa began what has become a worldwide phenomenon, offering to sit next to members of the Islamic faith on transport if they were frightened to be seen in public wearing religious clothing. The 'I'll ride with you' hashtag has garnered over 112,000 mentions across social media, with people all over the world jumping on board the movement in an effort to turn the terrifying events of Monday into...
  • ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome: Sydney Hostage-Taker Is Yet Another Case of Political Correctness

    12/15/2014 9:19:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/15/2014 | Patrick Poole
    With the hostage situation resolved — hopefully with no innocent lives lost (reports just coming in) — and the release of the name of the hostage taker, Iranian-born Islamic cleric Man Monis aka Shiekh Haron, this seems to be yet another case of what I termed here at PJ Media several weeks ago as “Known Wolf Syndrome.”In that article, following two separate terror attacks in Canada in which the suspects were already well-known to authorities, I noted that in the U.S. too, in many of the domestic terrorism cases the culprits have already been identified to law enforcement as...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Dramatic end to Sydney siege as police storm cafe with guns and stun grenades

    12/15/2014 7:44:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 214 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 15, 2014 | Staff
    <p>Police stormed a cafe in central Sydney early Tuesday where a gunman held more than a dozen hostages for more than 16 hours, firing automatic weapons and throwing grenades moments after captives were seen fleeing the buidling in terror. A scene of pandemonium erupted in the early morning just minutes after hostages started emerging from the cafe on their own or in small groups. Eleven hostages The dramatic end stage of the siege came as the gunman holding the remaining captives was revealed as a self-proclaimed Islamic cleric Man Haron Monis. Monis is a 49-year-old man living in southwest Sydney, but is originally from Iran and a self-proclaimed sheik, and also sent hate mail to the families of Australian dead soldiers between 2007 and 2009, according to The Daily Telegraph. The seige in the Lindt cafe in Martin Place on Monday follows an unsuccessful attempt to have these charges overturned in the High Court on Friday, The Age reported. Monis received 300 community service hours and a two-year good behaviour bond for the correspondence, which he claims were his version of sympathy cards, sent with the help from his girlfriend Amirah Droudis. Arriving as a refugee in Australia in 1996, the hostage-taker was charged as an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife - who was allegedly stabbed and set on fire on a flight of stairs in her western Sydney apartment block in November 2013. The man's current partner was charged with murder but they both received bail as the case was deemed too weak.</p>
  • Sydney Siege: The Left Responds with Its Usual Sensitivity...

    12/15/2014 7:23:55 AM PST · by PROCON · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 | James Delingpole
    We don't know how the Sydney siege is going to end yet but of one thing we can be pretty sure: the main concern of Australia's national broadcaster ABC will not be the suffering and fear experienced by those innocent people who have been held hostage; rather it will be that there might be some anti-Muslim backlash. How do we know this? First, because ABC is so left wing it makes the BBC look like Fox News. Second, because this is how sensitive, progressive types always respond to incidents of this kind. (One of the BBC's first reactions after the...
  • Jihadist in Sydney standoff ID'd as Iranian sex assault, murder suspect as ordeal enters 15th hour

    12/15/2014 7:11:58 AM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 15, 2014 | AP
    The suspected jihadist holding up to 15 people hostage in a Sydney cafe is an Iranian murder and sex assault suspect known for sending hate mail to the families of Australian soldiers killed overseas, police confirmed. As the standoff entered its 15th hour, with police and news crews surrounding the shop as frightened hostages looked out through the front window, police identified Man Haron Monis as the gunman holding captives inside Lindt Chocolat Cafe. His identity was known early on to police and media alike, but was only released for the record by police sources as night fell on Sydney...
  • [Sydney] Hostage-taker named as radical Muslim cleric Man Haron Monis

    12/15/2014 6:19:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Channel 9 News ^ | December 15, 2014
    Radical Muslim cleric Sheik Man Haron Monis has been revealed to be the ringleader in the Sydney cafe siege that has seen up to 30 people held hostage for more than 10 hours. Monis was born Manteghi Bourjerdi and fled from Iran to Australia in 1996 where he changed his name to Man Haron Monis and assuming the title of Sheik Haron. He has gained media attention in the past for a "hate mail" campaign, protesting the presence of Australian troops in Afghanistan. The campaign saw him and his partner Amirah Droudis post hate-filled letters to the families of dead...