British Jihadists, Sharia Finance and “There is No Life Without Jihad”

“The guards dont run the prison, Islam does.” — Tommy Robinson, upon his release from prison.

“The state is finding it harder to do its most basic duty, which is to protect the public.” — UK Home Secretary Theresa May.

The court heard how he doused his wife with gasoline and set her on fire. His defense attorney told the jurors, “He wasnt being listened to, he wasnt being obeyed.”

Tablighi Jamaat — a fundamentalist Islamic sect opposed to Western values such as democracy and equal rights, but committed to “perpetual jihad” to spread Islam around the world — is fighting a no-holds-barred battle to build a massive mosque complex in West Ham, a neighborhood in the East London Borough of Newham.

Critics say that attracting investments from Muslim investors is spurring the gradual establishment of a parallel global financial system based on Sharia law.

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Christians lie and wives must have sex or go to hell, Trojan Horse pupils told

Children were taught that all Christians are liars and attempts were made to introduce Sharia law in classrooms as part of an alleged Trojan Horse takeover plot of Birmingham schools, an inquiry has found.

The inquiry commissioned by Birmingham City Council found evidence of religious extremism in 13 schools as school governors and teachers tried to promote and enforce radical Islamic values.

Schools put up posters warning children that if they didnt pray they would “go to hell”, Christmas was cancelled and girls were taught that women who refused to have sex with their husbands would be “punished” by angels “from dusk to dawn”.

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Obama Administration Suppresses Talk of Muslim Persecutions

Why is the U.S. downplaying or denying attacks against Christians?

“What about the churches which were desecrated? Is this not blasphemy? Where is justice?” — Fr. James Channan OP, Director of The Peace Center, Lahore, Pakistan.

Members of the Islamic group al-Shabaab publicly beheaded the mother of two girls, ages 8 and 15, and her cousin after discovering they were Christians. The girls “were witnesses to the slaughter.” — Somalia.

“Christian teaching is extremely harmful to the mental health of the people.” — Kazakhstan.

Five years imprisonment and up to $20,000 in fines for educators if they…speak to a Muslim child of religions other than Islam. — Brunei

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Egyptians Hoping Israel Will Destroy Hamas

Over the past week there are voices coming out of Egypt and some Arab countries — voices that publicly support the Israeli military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

They see the atrocities and massacres committed by Islamists on a daily basis in Iraq and Syria and are beginning to ask themselves if these serve the interests of the Arabs and Muslims.

“Thank you Netanyahu and may God give us more [people] like you to destroy Hamas!” — Azza Sami of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.

Isolated and under attack, Hamas now realizes that it has lost the sympathy of many Egyptians and Arabs.

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Benedict Brogan – The Telegraph

Good morning. I wrote yesterday that the reshuffle would bear the imprint of Lynton Crosby just as much of that of George Osborne – and how!

David Cameron’s demotion of Michael Gove dominates today’s papers. For all Mr Gove’s success at the DfE, and his closeness to the Chancellor, his tendency to pick fights and his toxic personal ratings have done for him.

It’s being spun as a sideways move, and the talk yesterday was that Mr Gove will have an expanded role in the party’s broadcast strategy over the next eleven months. That seemed odd – it would be strange if the PM chose to lose the benefits of Mr Gove’s reforming zeal while continuing to suffer the consequences of his unpopularity.

I’m now told that the talk of an expanded broadcasting role is just that: talk. Instead of being a new public advocate for the Tory Party or a second party chairman, Mr Gove will instead be plugged into the heart of the government, taking part in the PM’s all-important daily meetings and will serve on Cabinet committees, while Greg Hands will – as he was for much of Sir George Young’s tenure – be the de facto Chief Whip.

It all feels reminiscent of the hidden role played by Lord Mandelson in Tony Blair’s first government. Like Lord Mandelson, Mr Gove is a man of undoubted talent who arouses a great deal of anger. (In fact, much of that anger comes from a very similar-looking group of people on the Left.) Lord Mandelson, of course, was eventually restored to pomp and prominence and is now widely, if not universally, regarded as something of a giant. Do not be surprised if the same happens to Mr Gove.

 RED WEDDING CANCELLED

I was sceptical yesterday of the “massacre of the moderates” line. Indeed, now that the shooting has stopped and all but the last moves are complete, the reshuffle looks to be very good news indeed for Tory modernisers. It’s delivered much of what they wanted: more talented women, and people from different backgrounds sitting at the top table. Most importantly of all, the man upon whom the After Dave future of Tory modernisation rests, George Osborne, has allies in key positions: Nicky Morgan, Sajid Javid, MAatt Hancock and Liz Truss. There’s been a slight hardening of the Cabinet’s Euroscepticism – although the Better Off Outers still feel disenfranchised – but that’s as much an inevitable consequence of the passing of the torch from one generation of modernisers to another.

EU MUST BE JOKING, JUNCKER TELLS SALMOND

Jean-Claude Juncker has ruled out giving EU membership to any new states for the next five years, in a blow to Alex Salmond. He just means countries like Kosovo and Turkey, said a spokesman for Yes Scotland, quickly looking around for some straw to clutch.

THE QUIET MAN IS HERE TO STAY

The survival of Iain Duncan Smith has raised eyebrows around Westminster, particularly considering the departure of Michael Gove. Patrick Wintour contrasts the fate of the two men. Mr Gove, “in his own terms has succeeded….multiple eggs have been broken, but there is a recognisable omelette.” In the case of Mr Duncan Smith, however, “multiple eggs have been broken and they have largely been scraped off the kitchen floor.”. For all the Universal Credit’s undoubted benefits on paper, it remains firmly on paper – despite the fact that it was meant be rolled out some time ago. Mr Gove’s higher profile made him “King of the Barnacles” and therefore a target for Lynton Crosby’s ire. Mr Duncan Smith’s reforms remain popular despite being stillborn.

DO NOT GO GENTLE

Religious leaders have united in an unprecedented joint attack on Lord Falconer’s assisted dying Bill, condemning it as a “grave error”, John Bingham reports. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic Church in England, and the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis are among the signatories, as well as Buddhist, Jain and Zorastrian leaders. Leading doctors, however, have also united to encourage the Lords to back the Bill.

LORD WHO OF WHEREFORD?

Lord Hill of Oareford has been announced as the PM’s pick for the European Commission – first announced by the Telegraph in April – to general perplexity. While Lord Hill, the former Leader in the Lords, is well-known in Westminster he is largely unheard of. (Jean-Claude Juncker had to Google him, Georgia Graham reports.) It may mean that the UK misses out on a top job in the Commission, but it has the benefit of bringing Lord Hill’s considerable skills as a fixer and intelligence-gatherer to Brussels. Recent efforts in Europe – not least the failure to block M Juncker – have largely been a result of poor reconnaissance prior to the fact, and the hope is that Lord Hill is the man to turn it around.

BOB OFF

Also on his way is Sir Bob Kerslake, he head of the Civil Service, ending a two-year experiment in splitting the Civil Service in two. Sir Jeremy Heywood will be handed the role in addition to his duties as cabinet secretary. At the IfG, Peter Riddell has called for the PM to take the opportunity to appoint a genuine Chief Executive at the centre of government.

THE END OF MEN?

“Blokebusters” is the Sun’s take on a reshuffle which saw the number of women in Cabinet rise to almost a third. Who will stand up for the interests of men now? Step forward Phillip Davies. The Conservative MP for Shipley feels that the BBC’s targets on diversity are “racist”, attacking Lord Hall for “pursuing a racist policy” after his pledge to increase the numbers of black and minority ethnic employees at the BBC. What about the white working class, he says.

LIBERTIES “DRIPPING AWAY”

The Drip Bill has passed by an overwhelming margin. Meanwhile, Dominic Grieve has warned against any attempt to take Britain out of the ECHR, and has vowed to continue to defend the Court from the backbenches.

UK Bans Pro-Jihad Islamist Groups

“I believe that adulterers should be stoned to death. I believe that we should cut the hands off of thieves. I believe the Sharia should be implemented in Denmark. Maybe we should change the Christiansborg Palace [the Danish Parliament building] to Muslimsborg to have the flag of Islam flying over the parliament in Denmark. I think this would be very nice.” — Anjem Choudary, while in Denmark to establish Islam4dk in June 2014.

“[Choudarys network] has now been proscribed as a terrorist organization operating under 11 different names, but neither he nor any one of his associates has so far been prosecuted for membership of an illegal group.” — Times of London.

“The cure for depression is jihad.” — Abdul Raqib Amin aka Abu Bara al-Hindi, Scottish jihadist.

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Benedict Brogan – The Telegraph

Good morning. “Hague out in cull of middle-aged white men” is the Telegraph’s splash this morning. “Purge of the middle-aged men” says the Mail. The Indy goes one further: “Cameron’s massacre of the men in suits”. “Hague Out in Cameron Bloodbath” roars the Mirror. “Hague resigns in dramatic Tory reshuffle” is the Guardian’s somewhat more measured headline. “You’re his-tory” quips the Sun.

“The massacre of the moderates” is Labour’s line. Ken Clarke, the last great Europhile, is gone. Dominic Grieve is gone – and with him, any real obstacle to a Tory commitment to withdrawing from the European Court of Human Rights at the next election. But hang on a moment. Owen Paterson, moderate? David Jones, moderate? Alan Duncan, moderate? Pull the other one. Even if Liam Fox does make a return to the Cabinet, it looks incredibly likely that the Right will be one down at the Cabinet table when the dust settles.

The truth it is that it was a bad night for almost anyone who could have plausibly served as an extra in the original version of House of Cards, whether they came from the Tory Left or the Right. As I wrote yesterday, this reshuffle was always going to be dominated by David Cameron’s preparations for the battle to come. William Hague’s earlier-than-expected exit from the Foreign Office retirement leaves one of the Conservatives’ best assets with more time on his hands to make the Tory case on the airwaves and the pavements. The clearing of the old guard, meanwhile, leaves the way free for the new generation to make the case to the country next year.

Also glimpsed being summoned to the PM’s side last night was Grant Shapps. But it wasn’t a resignation, but a reception for more than a hundred Conservative volunteers, thanking them for their efforts so far and firing them up for what’s still to come. Yesterday was about the sackings. Today is about reinforcements.

A PROBLEM WITH THE POPULATION

Charles Clarke has a new book out and he’s given an interview with the Huffington Post. He’s not convinced by Labour’s message at the last election or next: “We simply said ‘Don’t vote Conservative!’ and, in my opinion, that wasn’t enough and we’re coming to a position in 2015 where we’re basically saying the same again.” The party has “no narrative”, he says, but “an assembly of odd policies like the electricity freeze or whatever”. There’s still a small chance Ed Miliband can turn it around, but “the most likely outcome [in 2015] is a Tory overall majority”. Read Steven Swinford’s take here.

SURVEILLANCE BILL INTERCEPTED

The cross-party truce on passing the emergency surveillance bill, Drip, has broken down, Patrick Wintour and Alan Travis report in the Guardian. Yvette Cooper has tabled two amendments that do not change the powers in the law but introducing mandatory six-month reviews of the power and a commitment to hold an overarching review of surveillance legislation by the end of 2016. Ms Cooper criticised the government for leaving Drip “until the last minute”.

MAYDAY! MAYDAY!

Baroness Butler-Sloss has stepped down as chairman of the inquiry into child abuse claims following criticism of her links to the establishment. Her resignation – just six days after her appointment – is an embarrassment for the government and led to an uncomfortable grilling for Theresa May in the House of Commons. She appeared “in control of her facial functions, if not her department,” reports Ann Treneman.

NOT A BAD COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, ACTUALLY

Pensioners are enjoying a bigger income than those of working-age for the first time, while the young have “borne the brunt of the recession”, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found. The proportion of young people who own homes has more than halved in the past two decades, falling from 45% to 21% today. It’s age, not region or class, that has made the biggest difference to incomes after the crisis, the IFS says.

JUNCKER’S REVENGE

Jean-Claude Juncker will be confirmed as the new President of the European Commission later today, amid fears that Dave will pay a heavy price for trying to block his appointment. Diplomatic sources have told the Telegraph that M Juncker intends to seek retribution for the campaign against him (Peter Dominiczak and Bruno Waterfield have the story). The Internal Markets post that Mr Cameron covets for his chosen Commissioner is a no-go, apparently, and the roles of Competition and Energy are both unlikely to fall into British hands.

DARLING WARNS OF POISONED DEBATE

Alistair Darling has an interview with the FT. He warns that the vitriol being hurled by both sides is putting people off from getting involved. It’s worse than “any other campaign I have been involved in”, which, coming from a veteran of Scottish Labour, student politics and the Blair-Brown era, is a pretty damning verdict on the state of the referendum battle. “We all have to live together” after the referendum, Mr Darling reminded both Scottish Unionists and Nationalists.

FLY ME TO THE MOON

Britain will enter the space race! The Government will unveil eight potential sites for Britain’s first “spaceport”, from which rockets would carry satellites, astronauts and tourists by 2018. The spaceport will be the only one of its kind outside America, and will be a potential launchpad for commercial companies such as Virgin Galactic. Dan Lewis of the IoD has described Britain’s space industry – worth about £11 billion – as an “unsung success story”.

MORE SYNOD AGAINST THAN SINNING

Women are to become bishops in the Church of England after a vote in the General Synod, bringing to an end four decades of debate over ordination in the Anglican Communion.

RESHUFFLE LATEST

“Reshuffles are for Prime Ministers,” Ken Clarke told the Today programme when explaining why he didn’t inquire as to the shape of the new Cabinet. (He also came out for all-women-shortlists. One last cat among the pigeons….) More forthcoming about what’s to come is Georgia Graham, who will be bringing you the latest developments throughout the day.

“Moderate” Fatah Also Firing Rockets

Fatah has several hundred militiamen in the Gaza Strip, some of whom are members of the Palestinian Authority security forces, who continue to receive their salaries from Western governments.

At least two Fatah armed groups announced that they had started firing rockets at the “settlements” of Ashkelon and Sderot, cities inside the pre-1967 borders of Israel, with another Fatah group claiming responsibility for firing 35 rockets into Israel since Sunday.

So far as Abbas is concerned, “it all started when Israel fired back” in response to hundred of rockets fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip during the last few days. He seems concerned that if the world hears about the role of Fatah in the rocket attacks, the news will affect Western financial aid to the Palestinian Authority, which dominated by Fatah.

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David Cameron to promote young women to refresh Cabinet

David Cameron is expected to appoint the youngest female Cabinet member in the history of the Tory Party as well as a “minister for television” to improve the Conservatives’ image ahead of the election.

The Prime Minister is understood to be considering using his reshuffle to make Liz Truss, 38, his universities minister, replacing David Willetts and allowing her to attend Cabinet meetings.

Although none of the positions have yet been finalised, it is also expected that Mr Cameron will promote Esther McVey to replace Ken Clarke, 74, as minister without portfolio.

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Nigel Farage hints at Ukip deal with Tories

Nigel Farage has suggested he is prepared to do a deal with Conservatives ahead of the next election if they surrender working class seats in Essex and Kent.

Mr Farage said that if he was David Cameron, he would offer to give up 30 seats where the Tories are currently trailing behind Labour to give Ukip a clear run.

In exchange, he suggested that Ukip could agree not to fight the Conservatives in marginal seats in more affluent, middle-class areas such as Dorset.

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