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City in Michigan First to Fully Implement Sharia Law

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<NationalReport>In a surprise weekend vote, the city council of Dearborn, Michigan voted 4-3 to became the first US city to officially implement all aspects of Sharia Law.  The tough new law, slated to go into effect January 1st, addresses secular law including crime, politics and economics as well as personal matters such as sexual intercourse, fasting, prayer, diet and hygiene.

The new law could see citizens stoned for adultery or having a limb amputated for theft. Lesser offenses, such as drinking alcohol or abortion, could result in flogging and/or caning. In addition, the law imposes harsh laws with regards to women and allows for child marriage.

Some in town seem to welcome the new legislation while others have denounced the move as “abhorrent”, a threat to freedom and incompatible with the Constitution.  When asked by National Report about the need for such a law, local resident Jeremy Ahmed stated:

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World | Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:11pm GMT

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Rescue workers carry the body of a Muslim pilgrim after a stampede at Mina, outside the holy Muslim city of Mecca, in this September 24, 2015 file photo.
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The deadly crush that occurred at the haj near Mecca last month killed at least 2,070 people, nearly triple the number accounted for in a death toll maintained by Saudi authorities, a Reuters tally indicated on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia has come under heavy criticism for its handling of the disaster. Safety during the pilgrimage is a politically sensitive issue for the kingdom’s ruling Al Saud dynasty, which presents itself as the guardian of Islam and custodian of its holiest sites in Mecca and Medina.

The figure, based on information provided by the state and religious authorities and local media reports in the home countries of the victims, would make it the worst such catastrophe to befall the annual pilgrimage since 1,400 people were crushed to death in a tunnel in 1990.

Saudi officials have stood by their official counts of 769 dead and 934 injured, which have not been updated since two days after the crush. The healthy ministry has said any discrepancies in death tolls may stem from countries counting pilgrims who had died of natural causes.

 

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Maldives President Rejects Law Banning Husbands from Raping Divorced Wives to Infect them with AIDS as “UnIslamic”

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“Run, run for it now.”

I’m not sure if Islamic law is the worst thing ever… but it’s probably the worst thing ever for women.

I keep hearing that Mohammed was the original feminist and that Islamic law protects women. Also the State Department praised the moderate Muslim president of moderate Muslim Maldives for being elected through democratic values.

Nothing says democratic values like rape, Islamic law and being the brother of a tyrant.

The US has congratulated Abdulla Yameen on him being elected as the new President of the Maldives, and called the association between the two countries as “a long history of cordial relations”.

“The extraordinarily high turnout on November 16th was a tribute to the Maldivian people’s commitment to the democratic process and democratic values,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters yesterday.

Yameen is the half-brother of former autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

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Maldivian president rejects ‘un-Islamic’ ban on some forms of marital rape

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Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, center, was sworn into the presidency on Nov. 17, 2013. Photo by Maldivian government (press release).

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen refused to sign a bill Thursday that criminalizes some forms of marital rape, Religion News Service reported. Though the bill passed parliament with 67-2 vote, Yameen rejected the legislation, which limits a husband’s right to demand sex from his wife, because it was “un-Islamic.

The bill did not criminalize all marital rape, but banned it under the following circumstances:

  • if a case for dissolution of a marriage is in court
  • while a divorce, filed by the husband or wife, is pending a court hearing
  • if the intent of intercourse is to transmit a sexually transmitted disease
  • if the couple agrees to a mutual separation

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By: Mohamed Khodr

“As for the believers, both men and women they are allies to one another. They enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong, and are constant in prayer, and render the purifying dues, and pay heed unto God and His Apostle. It is they upon whom God will bestow His grace: verily, God is almighty and wise”

–Qur’an: 9:71

 

“The rights of women are sacred. See that women are maintained in the rights assigned to them.”

–Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

 

“Saudi Arabia is a puritanical state that claims a monopoly of wisdom and virtue”.

–The Honorable James Buchan; Scottish Novelist and Journalist

Twelve Saudis were arrested on October 26-27 for posing a grave threat to Saudi Arabia’s security and masculine misogynist interests. All were immediately charged for the same crime and referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution. The Saudi Ministry of the Interior said it has taken the appropriate measures to prevent such crimes in the future.

Their heinous crime: Driving While Female (DWF)

Driving While Female is a Crime in Saudi Arabia; the   ONLY nation that denies Women this basic right and freedom.

Sixty courageous Saudi women on October 26 dared to defy this outrageous and Un-Islamic ban on women driving despite governmental threat of arrest and punishment.

These women will be remembered as the Rosa Parks of Saudi Arabia who refused to surrender their right to drive and who thus began a civil rights struggle which will take time but with God’s help will eventually  succeed.  Like Rosa Parks they will succeed in this noble effort during their lifetime.

This driving ban against women is simply a result of the racist and gender bias of a patriarchal and puritanical Wahbist kingdom where women are only wombs and servants to men.

Such sex discrimination goes against the most basic tenets of Islam where men and women are blessed h equal human rights..

Saudi Araba --the only Muslim nation that follows the tyrannical and violent Wahhabi sect.
Saudi Araba –the only Muslim nation that follows the tyrannical and violent Wahhabi sect.

Saudi Arabia is the ONLY Muslim nation and the only nation in the world that bans women from driving. The corollary to this is that the other 56 Muslim nations that allow women to drive are, unlike Saudi Arabia, are defying Islamic teachings.

In face of this oppressive denial of Saudi women driving there arose courageous Saudi women to challenge the all powerful whims and nonsensical fatwas of the Shura Council, a council created to subjugate the masses but avoids dealing with the corrupt immorality of the ruling family.

The most visible courageous face and voice for the right of Saudi women to drive is Manal Al Sharif; a 33 year old wife and mother of a son.  She is highly educated and works in the field of computer science and software development.  She has won several awards for her professional work and now for her activism to free Saudi women from the iron fist of the Shura Council.

Manal, the driving force behind the campaign to gain Saudi women the right to drive said: “We won’t stop until the first Saudi license is issued to a woman”.

Below is a Video of Manal Al-Sharif speaking.  Her eloquence is incredible.

Saudi women should know that the entire world, Muslim and Non-Muslim, men and women of all ages, races, ethnic groups, and color stand with you and support your rights to live free of all oppression and have the free right to drive in your misguided country.

Islam forbids the oppression of anyone and puts the onus on the Muslim community to fight oppression anywhere and against anyone in the world be it a ruler, a government, or a group regardless of their faith until the oppression ends.

Justice is the paramount goal and objective of a Muslim society as repeatedly addressed in the Holy Qur’an.   It is a religious duty and an important part of worshiping God.   Thus every Muslim must stand firmly against all injustice regardless of who is the perpetrator.

 

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Saudi Arabia ‘arrests Kuwaiti woman for driving diabetic father to hospital’

Kuwait Times reports that woman had been driving just over the border in Saudi Arabia when she was stopped by police

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The arrest comes a week after Saudi women got behind the wheel to protests against the kingdom’s ban on female drivers. Photograph: AP

A Kuwaiti woman was arrested in Saudi Arabia for trying to drive her father to hospital, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Sunday, a week after Saudi women protested against a ban on female drivers.

Kuwaiti women are free to drive in their country and enjoy far more rights than those in Saudi Arabia, who are not allowed to travel abroad, open a bank account or work without permission from a male relative.

 

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
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By Mohamed Khodr

“To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace”.

–Tacitus: First Century Roman Senator and Historian

 

“Remember that all through history. there have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall — think of it, ALWAYS.”

–Gandhi

The Axis of Evil that threatens Islam and World Peace

ISRAEL – SAUDI ARABIA – UNITED STATES.


Hail to Saudi Arabia: 

The Exporter of Oil, Freedom, Democracy, Wahabism, Regime Change, Wars, and Terrorism.   Killing Muslims to appease Israel and America.


WARNING to the Saudi Royal Family:  It’s Time to Regime Change You.

 

 According to the truest “Axis of Evil” of all – Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States – Freedom and Democracy in the Muslim world means never threaten, oppose, or criticize the hegemonic agenda of this Evil Axis to invade, occupy, slaughter, steal, plunder bribe, corrupt, and manipulate any Muslim nation or organization.    This triad of evil agrees that ISLAM is a threat to their economic political and military interests.

Thus even when democratically elected Muslim parties, like the Muslim Brotherhood, in Egypt, in Algeria, Gaza, Bahrain, Jordan, Sudan, Morocco, Tunis, Pakistan, and Indonesia; the triad of evil do everything feasible to overthrow and overturn such elections.  Not only that but they imprison these men and women, torture them, even kill them in prison as occurred recently in Egypt where 35 members of the Muslim Brotherhood died in prison.

All three work together to establish compliant dictators and tyrants who will implement their agendas as his highest priority.

All three agree that the “war on terror” should continue until every “Islamist” and any opponent of Israel is dead or imprisoned.

–President Bush called the illegal invasion of Iraq a CRUSADE.

–For Israeli leaders Islam is the foremost enemy.

“We Fear Nothing but Islam”.   – David Ben Gurion

“The religion of Islam is our only enemy”.   – Yitzhak Rabin

“We will not feel secure until Islam puts away its sword”.   – Shimon Peres –

(As quoted in Edward Said’s book, “Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World.” First Vintage Books, 1997, page xxxiii

In the opinion of a large majority of Arabs Saudi Arabia is the greatest threat to their political, economic, and religious freedom.   It’s decades long meddling in the Arab world that has inflamed both inter-Arab and civil wars, Saudi Arabia with its enormous wealth and backing by the U.S. has been the major player of widespread instability in the region.

 Brief History of Saudi Arabia:  

MapofSaudiArabiaPrior to the founding of Saudi Arabia in 1932 the land was called the Arabian Peninsula for many centuries.    It was a land of many tribes, nomads, and farmers.

In the 16th Century, the Ottoman Turks conquer the western portion of the Arabian Peninsula which included the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina.  The Ottomans remained in the Peninsula until the end of World War I.

In the 18th Century a strategic alliance between the founder of the Wahabi  movement,  Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab, and the Saud family developed and  a dangerous marriage of convenience between the political ambitions of the Saud Family and Wahabism’s zeal to spread its beliefs to the Muslim world given that the Islam practiced by Non-Wahabis is false and wrong and as such Muslims around the world are disbelievers and must be converted to the only right form of Islam which is Wahabism.   Historically Wahabis have committed deadly atrocities against Muslims, especially Shia Muslims since they are considered Non-Muslims or Kaffirs.

In 1902 Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud conquered his family’s ancestral city of Riyadh from the Al Rashids, a dynastic family.   He successfully rallied many tribes to support him and by 1932 had conquered all of Arabia.  Since then the country is called the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its official religion is Wahabism.  In 1938 Oil was discovered by an American Company transforming a poor desert nation into one of the richest in the world.

Please Watch this Video on the History of Saudi Arabia and the beginning of its relationship with the United States in a meeting between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz Al Saud.


Despite the trillions of dollars generated by oil for Saudi Arabia and the Gulf nations, the Arab and Muslim masses who live as refugees, in poverty, illiteracy, lack of decent housing or health care, and are vastly unemployed have only received a drop in the bucket from such incredible wealth.

In fact these Arab oil producing nations are far more generous in helping American victims of disasters such as the victims of Hurricane Katrina than help Muslims who suffer even greater natural disasters.

These tyrannical nations prefer to employ millions of workers from India and South East Asia than hire the vastly unemployed Arabs in the region.

 Saudi Arabia has the distinction of:

 Ø      Only nation named after a family, the Saud Royal Family.

Ø      The ONLY Muslim nation that follows Wahabism.

Ø      Is the largest producer and exporter of Oil in the world with about one fifth of the world’s oil reserves.

Ø      Has the world’s fourth largest reserve of Natural Gas.

Ø      The most hated and despised Muslim nation by worldwide Muslims.

Ø      The primary American puppet government in a “quid pro quo” relationship as agreed to by President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud.   “we’ll protect you, you will supply us with oil”

Saudi Arabia’s estimated GDP for 2012 (CIA) is over $727 Billion.  All that money is owned and controlled by one family, the Saudi Royal Family.

There is no greater hypocrisy, corruption, mass theft and embezzlement of money, double standards, extraordinarily lavish spending, and immoral deviant behavior by any government or royal family then the Saudi Royal family.

In the brief video below you will hear Prince Bandar ibn Sultan, while Ambassador to the U.S., ADMIT that the family is corrupt and embezzles billions of dollars for their personal use.  .His answer to such charges:  SO WHAT.

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Why Saudi Arabia is taking a risk by backing the Egyptian coup

King Abdullah fears the Muslim Brotherhood, which challenges the kingdom’s claim to be the protector of Islam

Egyptian supporters of Mohamed Morsi

Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo protest against the ousting of the Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. Photograph: Mahmud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images

It took almost 60 years for the CIA to own up to its role in the British-backed coup that overthrew Iran’s prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh on August 19, 1953. But Saudi Arabia’s backing for the recent Egyptian coup, which its head of intelligence, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, had worked so tirelessly to achieve, was instantaneous. When Adli Mansour, the former head of Egypt’s supreme court, was sworn in as interim president, King Abdullah sent him a message praising the Egyptian army for having saved the country from a dark tunnel.

The Saudi monarch followed this up last Friday with a speech whose bluntness was atypical of the man. “Let the entire world know,” he proclaimed “that the people and government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stood and still stand today with our brothers in Egypt against terrorism, extremism and sedition, and against whomever is trying to interfere in Egypt’s internal affairs.” This was unusual, not only because Abdullah was aiming his words at his other ally, the United States, and the Gulf state’s regional rival Qatar, whom he accused of “fanning the fire of sedition and promoting terrorism, which they claim to be fighting”. It was rare because the monarch, who prefers behind the scenes diplomacy, was so explicit.

The kingdom has backed its words with money, and oil. It has already put together an $12bn (£7.7bn) aid package along with the UAE and Kuwait which is four times as much as the military and economic grants from the US and the EU combined ($1.5bn and $1.3bn respectively). On his return from meeting the French president at the weekend, the foreign minister, Saudi al-Faisal, vowed to compensate Egypt for any loss of EU or US money. Barack Obama’s impotence in the Middle East is being paraded by the US’s closest Arab military ally.

Prince Bandar has also been to Moscow. Being on opposite sides of the civil war in Syria (the kingdom is seeking the fall of Bashar al-Assad, who Russia supports militarily) was no impediment to a productive visit. Both sides agreed to keep the oil price high, found common ground in their hatred for the Muslim Brotherhood, whom top Russian Arabists in the ministry of foreign affairs equate with Islamic extremists. Russia feels it has every reason to fear political Islam, with a population of indigenous Muslims from the Caucasus, which is rising as a proportion of the Russian Federation’s total population, and expected to hit 19m or 14% of the population by 2020. “Are you mad?” an MFA official told his US counterpart “to support the guys with beards over the guys with ties?”.

Why has the kingdom, famed for its caution on the diplomatic stage, put all its eggs in one basket, which, considering the volatility in Egypt, remains fragile and unpredictable. Who knows which side in Egypt will prevail, and if that is so, why back the coup leader General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi so publicly? Sisi thanked the kingdom in fulsome terms. He said that the Saudi intervention was unprecedented since the Yom Kippur 1973 war with Israel. Praise indeed.

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Mother of bomb suspects insists sons are innocent

 

 

Published: Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013 – 3:19 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013 – 4:54 am

Musa Sadulayev / AP Photo

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, speaks at a news conference as the suspects’ father, Anzor Tsarnaev listens in Makhachkala, in the southern Russian province of Dagestan, Thursday, April 25, 2013. Anzor Tsarnaev said Thursday that he is leaving Russia for the United States in the next day or two, but their mother said she was still thinking it over.

 

But Zubeidat Tsarnaeva is drawing increased attention after federal officials say Russian authorities intercepted her phone calls, including one in which she vaguely discussed jihad with her elder son. In another, she was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, U.S. officials said.

In photos of her as a younger woman, Tsarnaeva wears a low-cut blouse and has her hair teased like a 1980s rock star. After she arrived in the U.S. from Russia in 2002, she went to beauty school and did facials at a suburban day spa.

 

Boston Marathon-Suspects Mother

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In this image taken from a video, an undated family photo provided by Patimat Suleimanova, the aunt of USA Boston bomb suspects, shows Anzor Tsarnaev left, Zubeidat Tsarnaev holding Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Anzor’s brother Mukhammad Tsarnaev. Now known as the angry and grieving mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Zubeidat Tsarnaev is drawing increased attention after federal officials say Russian authorities intercepted her phone calls, including one in which she vaguely discussed jihad with her elder son. In another, she was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, U.S. officials said.

 

But in recent years, people noticed a change. She began wearing a hijab and cited conspiracy theories about 9/11 being a plot against Muslims.

Tsarnaeva insists there is no mystery and that she’s just someone who found a deeper spirituality. She fiercely defends her sons – Tamerlan, who was killed in a gunfight with police, and Dzhokhar, who was wounded and captured.

“It’s all lies and hypocrisy,” she told The Associated Press in Dagestan. “I’m sick and tired of all this nonsense that they make up about me and my children. People know me as a regular person, and I’ve never been mixed up in any criminal intentions, especially any linked to terrorism.”

At a news conference in Dagestan with her ex-husband Anzor Tsarnaev last week, Tsarnaeva appeared overwhelmed with grief one moment, defiant the next. “They already are talking about that we are terrorists, I am terrorist,” she said. “They already want me, him and all of us to look (like) terrorists.”

Amid the scrutiny, Tsarnaeva and Anzor say they have put off the idea of any trip to the U.S. to reclaim their elder son’s body or try to visit Dzhokhar in jail. Tsarnaev told the AP on Sunday he was too ill to travel to the U.S. Tsarnaeva faces a 2012 shoplifting charge in a Boston suburb, though it was unclear whether that was a deterrent.

Tsarnaeva arrived in the U.S. in 2002, settling in a working-class section of Cambridge, Mass. With four children, Anzor and Zubeidat qualified for food stamps and were on and off public assistance benefits for years. The large family squeezed itself into a third-floor apartment.

Zubeidat took classes at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, before becoming a state-licensed aesthetician. Anzor, who had studied law, fixed cars.

By some accounts, the family was tolerant.

Bethany Smith, a New Yorker who befriended Zubeidat’s two daughters, said in an interview with Newsday that when she stayed with the family for a month in 2008 while she looked at colleges, she was welcomed even though she was Christian and had tattoos.

“I had nothing but love over there. They accepted me for who I was,” Smith told the newspaper. “Their mother, Zubeidat, she considered me to be a part of the family. She called me her third daughter.”

Zubeidat said she and Tamerlan began to turn more deeply into their Muslim faith about five years ago after being influenced by a family friend, named “Misha.” The man, whose full name she didn’t reveal, impressed her with a religious devotion that was far greater than her own, even though he was an ethnic Armenian who converted to Islam.

“I wasn’t praying until he prayed in our house, so I just got really ashamed that I am not praying, being a Muslim, being born Muslim. I am not praying. Misha, who converted, was praying,” she said.

By then, she had left her job at the day spa and was giving facials in her apartment. One client, Alyssa Kilzer, noticed the change when Tsarnaeva put on a head scarf before leaving the apartment.

 

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Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two men accused of setting off bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013 in Boston, walks near her home in Makhachkala, Dagestan, southern Russia, Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The Tsarnaev brothers are accused of setting off the two bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded more than 260. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a gun battle with police. His 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was later captured alive, but badly wounded.

“She had never worn a hijab while working at the spa previously, or inside the house, and I was really surprised,” Kilzer wrote in a post on her blog. “She started to refuse to see boys that had gone through puberty, as she had consulted a religious figure and he had told her it was sacrilegious. She was often fasting.”

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Does  anyone  else  feel like they  are  stuck in a  Quentin Tarantino Movie ????

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FBI closing in on ‘Misha’: Agents identify mysterious bald, red-bearded Armenian-American man accused of radicalizing the Boston bombers

  • FBI has revealed that they now know the identity of the mystery man known as Misha
  • He is a recent Muslim convert who Tamerlan Tsarnaev was believed to have fallen under the influence of
  • He is accused of having steered the 26-year-old elder Boston bomber to a radical strain of Islam
  • ‘Somehow, he just took his brain,’ said Tamerlan’s uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, who recalled conversations with Tamerlan’s worried father about Misha’s influence
  • Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of the bomber’s said it was ‘nonsense’ that Misha converted her son to terrorism

By James Nye and David Mccormack

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Family members of dead bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev have described Misha as the guiding influence in the elder bomber developing radicalized views.

Speculation as to who Misha is has varied wildly in the past week, with some suggesting he is the mastermind behind the marathon bombings while others believe he could be a Russian spy – sent to identify and keep tabs on young men like Tamerlan who are at risk of turning to militant Islam.

 

Bombing Attack: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, approximately 10-20 minutes before the blasts that struck the Boston Marathon

Bombing Attack: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, approximately 10-20 minutes before the blasts that struck the Boston Marathon

To date all that is known about him is that he is an Armenian man in his 30s with distinctive red beard and that he has disappeared – no longer living in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area.

However, family members have been telling reporters that in the years before the Boston marathon bombings, Tamerlan, 26, fell under the strong influence of a new friend, a Christian who converted to Islam and who steered the religiously apathetic young man towards adopting strong Islamic views.

‘It started in 2009. And it started right there, in Cambridge,’ said Tamerlan’s uncle Ruslan Tsarni to CNNfrom his home in Maryland.

‘This person just took his brain. He just brainwashed him completely.’

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a police shootout Friday. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, and he could face the death penalty if convicted.

Place of worship: A banner reading 'United We Stand For Peace on Earth' stands outside the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Tamerlan Tsarnaev attended

Place of worship: A banner reading ‘United We Stand For Peace on Earth’ stands outside the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Tamerlan Tsarnaev attended

Goofy: Tamerlan Tsarnaev practices boxing at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts center in April 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts
Goofy: Tamerlan Tsarnaev practices boxing at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts center in April 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts

Goofy: Tamerlan Tsarnaev practices boxing at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts center in April 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts

The moment of the explosion at the Boston Marathon finish line The moment of the explosion at the Boston Marathon finish line: Three people were killed and a further 264 injured in the two blasts, which happened last Monday afternoon
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Innocence: The Tsarnaev siblings as children. Dzhokhar, center, stands in front of his older brother Tamerlan as they are accompanied by their sisters

Under the tutelage of a friend known to the Tsarnaev family only as Misha, Tamerlan gave up boxing and stopped studying music, his family said. He began opposing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He turned to websites and literature claiming that the CIA was behind the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, and Jews controlled the world.

According to Ruslan, Tamerlan’s radicalization happened right under the nose of his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva.

Speaking to MailOnline last week, Ruslan said that Misha was around 30-years-old and that he was an Armenian who, unusually for such a largely Christian people, had converted to Islam.

Tamerlan’s relationship with Misha could be a clue in understanding the motives behind his religious transformation and, ultimately, the attack itself.

Although The Daily Beast claims that now officials know more about Misha he might be a less important part of the case than previously thought.

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Troubled family: This black and white photo shows Tamerlan as a baby, with his father Anzor (left), mother Zubeidat and uncle Muhamad Suleimanov

During his hospital room interrogation, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told FBI agents this week that he and his brother were influenced by the internet sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born preacher who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in September 2011.

There is a long trail of hardened terrorists who have acknowledged coming under his sway. Among them are Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American who attempted to set off a car bomb in Times Square in May 2010, and Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army officer who killed 13 people in a shooting spree at Fort Hood in 2009.

The charismatic cleric was seen by the Obama administration as a uniquely dangerous terrorist because of his sermons, his intuitive grasp of U.S. culture, and a burning desire to strike his birth nation.

As authorities try to piece together that information, they are touching on a question asked after so many terrorist plots: What turns someone into a terrorist?

The brothers emigrated in 2002 or 2003 from Dagestan, a Russian republic that has become an epicenter of the Islamic insurgency that spilled over from the region of Chechnya.

They were raised in a home that followed Sunni Islam, the religion’s largest sect. They were not regulars at the mosque and rarely discussed religion, said Elmirza Khozhugov, 26, the ex-husband of Tamerlan’s sister, Ailina.

Then, in 2008 or 2009, Tamerlan met Misha, a slightly older, heavyset bald man with a long reddish beard. Khozhugov didn’t know where they’d met but believed they attended a Boston-area mosque together.

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According to Uncle Ruslan, Tamerlan, who was an accomplished boxer, began his radicalization by 2007 – right under his mother’s nose

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Revealed: Mother of Boston ‘bombers’ was put on CIA terrorist watchlist 18 months before attacks and is now a ‘person of interest’

  • Zubeidat Tsarnaev and her son Tamerlan were added to the CIA terrorism watchlist 18 months before the Boston bombings
  • Lawmakers say the mother is a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation
  • She is suspected of encouraging her sons to pursue radical Islamic ideas
  • Officials have traveled to Dagestan, Russia to interview her associates
  • The 45-year-old said the claims were ‘all lies and hypocrisy’
  • FBI had investigated both Zubeidat and Tamerlan in 2011
  • Ex-Russian official told Congress that Cold War distrust may have made U.S. officials less inclined to act on Russia’s tip

By Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press Reporter

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The mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was put on the CIA terrorist watchlist 18 months before the tragedy, officials said on Friday as lawmakers revealed Zubeidat Tsarnaev is now considered a ‘person of interest’ in the federal investigation into the attack.

Two U.S. lawmakers said that investigators have traveled to Dagestan, Russia, to learn more from close associates who knew the suspects’ mother. 

The outspoken mother shot back, saying that claims that she had ties to terrorist activity were ‘lies and hypocrisy.’

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Mother: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (left, in a media interview in Dagestan, Russia on Thursday) has claimed her sons were framed for the Boston Marathon bombings (right, Zubeidat’s mugshot for a 2012 shoplifting arrest)

In a series of bizarre media interviews, Zubeidat Tsarnaev has staunchly defended her sons Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, who are accused of the terrorist attack on April 15 that left 3 dead and more than 260 injured.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, 45, has sparked outrage for her incendiary comments to the media and now officials say they are probing her possible involvement in the tragedy.

‘[She (Zubeidat) is a person of interest that we’re looking at to see if she helped radicalize her son, or had contacts with other people or other terrorist groups,’ Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat from Maryland, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Friday.

Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said investigators are looking into whether the mother encouraged her son, Tamerlan, to embrace Islam extremism.

Outrage: The world has been shocked at Zubeidat Tsarnaev's claims that the entire Boston Marathon attack was a setup

Outrage: The world has been shocked at Zubeidat Tsarnaev’s claims that the entire Boston Marathon attack was a setup (the mother speaking to the UK’s Channel 4 News in Russia this week)

Family: Investigators want to know about the mother's influence over hers sons (Zubeidat, center in an undated photo holding a baby Tamerlan, with the boy's father Anzor (left) and uncle Muhamad Suleimanov (right)

Family: Investigators want to know about the mother’s influence over her sons (Zubeidat, center in an undated photo holding a baby Tamerlan, with the boy’s father Anzor (left) and uncle Muhamad Suleimanov (right)

‘The mother in my judgment has a role in his radicalization process in terms of her influence over him (and) fundamental views of Islam,’ the Texas Republican told reporters.

He added that a team of U.S. investigators had traveled to the Chechen region to interview sources who knew the family.

Unnamed officials have also reveled that the CIA asked for the Boston terror suspect and his mother to be added to a terrorist database in the fall of 2011, after the Russian government contacted the agency with concerns that both had become religious militants, according to officials briefed on the investigation.

About six months earlier, the FBI investigated Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, also at Russia’s request, one of the officials said.

The FBI found no ties to terrorism.

Hometown: U.S. officials are traveling to Dagestan, Russia (pictured) to interview associates who know the bomber's mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev

Hometown: U.S. officials are traveling to Dagestan, Russia (pictured) to interview associates who know the bomber’s mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev

Tip off: Officials now say they had been warned about possible ties Zubeidat Tsarnaev had with terrorism (pictured, the home of Anzor Tsarnaev, in Dagestan)

Tip off: Officials now say they had been warned about possible ties Zubeidat Tsarnaev had with terrorism (pictured, the home of Anzor Tsarnaev, in Dagestan)

The revelation that the FBI had also investigated Zubeidat Tsarnaeva and the CIA arranged for her to be added to the terrorism database deepened the mystery around the family.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva to the news on Friday, slamming officials who are trying to implicate her.

‘It’s all lies and hypocrisy,’ she told The Associated Press from Dagestan.

‘I’m sick and tired of all this nonsense that they make up about me and my children. People know me as a regular person, and I’ve never been mixed up in any criminal intentions, especially any linked to terrorism.’

A former official of the Russian government told Congress on Friday that Cold War-era distrust may have made American officials less inclined to act on tips from Russian security services about one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers

Andranik Migranyan, a former member of the President Council of the Russian Federation, told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Friday that Russia and the United States have long viewed each other warily.

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Parents of Boston bombing suspects have ‘fled their home in Russia’ as mother claims she called an ambulance for her husband – and he is no longer planning to visit the U.S.

  • Parents of Boston bombing suspects have apparently left their home in Dagestan, Russia, for another part of the country
  • The suspects’ mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, says her husband is indefinitely postponing his trip to the U.S. due to health issues
  • News comes following bizarre press conference in which the mother claimed her sons were framed for the blasts

By Lydia Warren, Louise Boyle and Hayley Peterson

PUBLISHED: 08:31 EST, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:46 EST, 26 April 2013

The parents of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects have left their home in Dagestan for another part of Russia and the suspect’s father is no longer planning to fly to the U.S. later this week to bury his eldest son and cooperate with the FBI investigation into the attacks.

The suspects’ mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, told CNN that that her husband, Anzor Tsarnaev, is indefinitely delaying his trip to the U.S. because of health reasons. She claimed she had to call an ambulance for him on Thursday but did not elaborate on what happened.

Zubeidat told Fox Newsthat on Friday he is was planning to go to a Moscow hospital to treat ‘nerves, head, stomach and elevated blood pressure.’

She was never planning to accompany her husband to the U.S. because she faces felony shoplifting charges here.

Defiant: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, speaks at a news conference as the suspects' father, Anzor Tsarnaev listens in MakhachkalaDefiant: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, speaks at a news conference as the suspects’ father, Anzor Tsarnaev listens in Makhachkala
On the move: Father of the suspected bombers Anzor Tsarnaev speaks at a press conference after he announced that he will travel to the U.S. in the next day or two On the move: Father of the suspected bombers Anzor Tsarnaev speaks at a press conference after he announced that he will travel to the U.S. in the next day or two
‘America took my kids away’ says Boston bombing suspects’ mother

News of the parents’ apparent flight from Dagestan comes one day after a bizarre press conference in which they claimed that the gruesome carnage of the Boston attacks, which kill three people and injured more than 200, was staged by the government.

‘America took my kids away from me,’ she cried. ‘I’m sure my kids were not involved in anything.’

The mother of the suspected bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, went so far as to claim that the blood covering the streets after the blasts was in fact paint.

The couple’s eldest son, Tamerlan, was killed in a police shootout last Friday and Dzhokhar was taken into custody – alive, but badly injured – less than 24 hours later in Watertown, Mass. following a massive manhunt.

After spending nearly a week in a Boston hospital recovering from gunshot wounds sustained during a firefight with police, Dzhokhar was transferred to a prison facility on Friday. He has been charged in the marathon attacks and is facing a maximum sentence of the death penalty or life in prison.

Enraged: Anzor Tsarnaev and his wife Zubeidat gesture at the gathered journalists at the press conference alongside the suspects' aunt Patimat Suleymanova Enraged: Anzor Tsarnaev and his wife Zubeidat gesture at the gathered journalists at the press conference alongside the suspects’ aunt Patimat Suleymanova

Hysteria: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, speaks at a news conference as her sister-in-law, Maryam

Hysteria: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, speaks at a news conference as her sister-in-law, Maryam

The Tsarnaev family emigrated to the U.S. a decade ago, but both parents returned to Russia last year.

The father said Thursday that he was planning to travel to the U.S. as soon as Friday, but hadn’t yet bought a plane ticket.

Banging the table in front of him, Anzor said: ‘I am going to the United States. I want to say that I am going there to see my son, to bury the older one.

‘I don’t have any bad intentions. I don’t plan to blow up anything.

‘I am not angry at anyone. I want to go find out the truth.’

Zubeidat also described a figure known only as ‘Misha’ – who has been pinpointed as a source of radicalization for her son Tamerlan.

She said that he was a ‘very nice man’, of Armenian origin and living in Boston. ‘Misha’ is also apparently a convert to the Islamic faith.

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Boston bombers’ uncle married daughter of top CIA official

The uncle of the two suspected Boston bombers in last week’s attack, Ruslan Tsarni, was married to the daughter of former top CIA official Graham Fuller

The discovery that Uncle Ruslan Tsarni had spy connections that go far deeper than had been previously known is ironic, especially since the mainstrean media’s focus yesterday was on a feverish search to find who might have recruited the Tsarnaev brothers.

The chief suspect was a red-haired Armenian exorcist.  They were fingering a suspect who may not, in fact, even exist.

It was like blaming one-armed hippies on acid for killing your wife.

Ruslan Tsarni married the daughter of former top CIA official Graham Fuller, who spent 20 years as operations officer in Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong. In 1982 Fuller was appointed the National Intelligence Officer for Near East and South Asia at the CIA, and in 1986, under Ronald Reagan, he became the Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, with overall responsibility for national level strategic forecasting.

At the time of their marriage, Ruslan Tsarni was known as Ruslan Tsarnaev, the same last name as his nephews Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged bombers.

It is unknown when he changed his last name to Tsarni.

What is known is that sometime in the early 1990’s, while she was a graduate student in North Carolina, and he was in law school at Duke, Ruslan Tsarnaev met and married Samantha Ankara Fuller, the daughter of Graham and Prudence Fuller of Rockville Maryland. Her middle name suggests a reference to one of her father’s CIA postings.

The couple divorced sometime before 2004.

Today Ms. Fuller lives abroad, and is a director of several companies pursuing strategies to increase energy production from clean-burning and renewable resources.

On a more ominous note, Graham Fuller was listed as one of the American Deep State rogues on Sibel Edmonds’ State Secrets Privilege Gallery,. Edmonds explained it featured subjects of FBI investigations she became aware of during her time as an FBI translator.

Criminal activities were being protected by claims of State Secrets, she asserted. After Attorney General John Ashcroft went all the way to the Supreme Court to muzzle her under a little-used doctrine of State Secrets, she put up twenty-one photos, with no names.

One of them was Graham Fuller.

“Congress of Chechen International” c/o Graham Fuller

A story about a Chechen oik exec/uncle pairing up with a top CIA official who once served as CIA Station Chief in Kabul sounds like a pitch for a bad movie.

But the two men may have been in business together.

In 1995, Tsarnaev incorporated the Congress of Chechen International Organizations in Maryland, using as the address listed on incorporation documents 11114 Whisperwood Ln, in Rockville Maryland, the home address of his then-father-in-law.

It is just eight miles up the Washington National Pike from the Montgomery Village home where “Uncle Ruslan” met—and apparently wowed, the press after the attack in Boston.

The Washington Post yesterday called him a “media maven,” while nationally syndicated Washington Post columnist Ester Cepeda , in a piece with the headline “The Wise Words of Uncle Ruslan” opined that he was her choice for “an award for bravery in the face of adversity.”

Success through indirection, mis-direction, redirection, and protection

Uncle Ruslan’s spy connections go far deeper than was already known, which was that he spent two years working in Kazakhstan for USAID.

But the mainstream media was lookng the other way.

Under the headline Did ‘Misha’ influence Tsarnaevs? In Watertown, doubts,” USA Today reported: “Misha. A new name has emerged in the Boston Marathon bombing case—one familiar to the family of the two young men accused of the atrocity and apparently of interest to the Russian and American security services as well.”

Ruslan Tsarni was the first to bring up the supposed man’s supposed name. Or rather, he brought up a first name:  Misha. But it was enough. We were off to the races…

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Officials: Russia caught bomb suspect on wiretap

Grief: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva outside her home in the predominantly Muslim province in Russia's Caucasus

Grief: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva outside her home in the predominantly Muslim province in Russia’s Caucasus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call.

In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said.

The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, they might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaev family.

As it was, Russian authorities told the FBI only that they had concerns that Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists. With no additional information, the FBI conducted a limited inquiry and closed the case in June 2011.

Two years later, authorities say Tamerlan and his brother, Dzhohkar, detonated two homemade bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260. Tamerlan was killed in a police shootout and Dzhohkar is under arrest.

In another aspect of the investigation, FBI agents wrapped up a two-day search at a landfill near the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where 19-year-old Dzhokhar was a second-year student. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller wouldn’t say what investigators were looking for or whether they recovered anything from the landfill before the search ended Friday.

In the past week, Russian authorities turned over to the United States information it had on 26-year-old Tamerlan and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva. The Tsarnaevs are ethnic Chechens who emigrated from southern Russia to the Boston area over the past 11 years.

Even had the FBI received the information from the Russian wiretaps earlier, it’s not clear that the government could have prevented the attack.

In early 2011, the Russian FSB internal security service intercepted a conversation between Tamerlan and his mother vaguely discussing jihad, according to U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation with reporters.

The two discussed the possibility of Tamerlan going to Palestine, but he told his mother he didn’t speak the language there, according to the officials, who reviewed the information Russia shared with the U.S.

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Chicago Muslims condemn actions of Boston bombing suspects

 

At weekly prayer, congregations also brace for backlash

 

 

Condemnation.

That was the immediate response of Chicago Muslims when reports surfaced that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects shared their faith.

As a manhunt for one of the suspects unfolded Friday, Islamic communities across Illinois gathered for their weekly congregational prayers. Imams carefully wove their sermons around the news coverage, while the faithful prayed for protection from an inevitable backlash.

 

 

Fayed Khan, president of the Downtown Islamic Center, said even if the suspects claimed Islam as their world view, “their actions indicate they’re not Muslim.”

“It will be condemned to the ultimate extent,” Khan said, the urgency in his voice so intense his words ran together.

Just as the suspects’ uncle Ruslan Tsarni decried the potential scars inflicted upon the family’s Chechen community, Muslim doctors, lawyers, teachers and parents braced themselves for the types of insults, accusations and stares they’ve come to expect ever since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

But it was evident on Friday that weariness now accompanies their urgency.

“Under current circumstances, there’s always a knee-jerk reaction. ‘Oh, God. Please keep us protected from wayward folks,’ ” said Kareem Irfan, a Chicago attorney and imam who preached in a Peoria mosque on Friday. “As a leader, I feel distressed that we have to respond with denial and condemnation. I hope it becomes more and more clear to society that there are nut jobs of all faiths.”

Similarly, Dr. Mohammed Kaiseruddin, a physician and imam who preached in the Downtown Islamic Center in Chicago, resents the need to defend his community but has become resigned to that reality.

“We were holding our breath that the suspects or perpetrators would not be identified as Muslim,” said Kaiseruddin, who is also chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. “But it has happened now. The guy who sent the ricin letter, what faith did he belong to? Sandy Hook. What faith did he belong to? That was never reported. It’s becoming a routine drill for us, unfortunately.”

 

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Relatives of Marathon bombing suspects worried that older brother was corrupting ‘sweet’ younger sibling

04/19/2013 5:02 PM

Barcroft Media

At left, Tamerlan Tsarnaev practiced boxing at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts center in April 2009 in Boston. At right, Tsarnaev arrived at the martial arts center.

A relative of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said he repeatedly warned the 19-year-old fugitive Dzhokhar Tsarnaev about the bad influence of his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed overnight in a shootout with police.

A picture has begun to emerge of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev as an aggressive, possibly radicalized immigrant who may have ensnared his younger brother Dzhokhar — described almost universally as a smart and sweet kid — into an act of terror that killed three people and injured more than at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

“I used to warn Dzhokhar that Tamerlan was up to no good,” Zaur Tsarnaev, who identified himself as a 26-year-old cousin, said in a phone interview on Friday from Makhachkala. “[Tamerlan] was always getting into trouble. He was never happy, never cheering, never smiling. He used to strike his girlfriend. He hurt her a few times. He was not a nice man. I don’t like to speak about him. He caused problems for my family.”

Zaur Tsarnaev said he most recently expressed his concerns about Tamerlan — the alleged bomber pictured in a dark hat in FBI videos released Thursday — to Dzhokhar when Dzhokar visited last summer. He added that Dzhokhar went to mosque sometimes but he was “never an extremist.”

“Dzhokhar is a sweet boy, innocent. He was always smiling, friendly and happy,” Zaur Tsarnaev said. “I don’t know how he is involved in this.”

A YouTube account with Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name includes a playlist that features a video dedicated to the prophecy of the Black Banners of Khurasan, which is apparently embraced by Islamic extremists, including Al Qaeda. It could not be confirmed whether the user is the same person as the dead bombing suspect.

Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle of the suspects living in Maryland, said he has never known the family to have ill will toward the United States but when asked what may have provoked them, he said “being losers, hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine. Anything else to do with religion, to do with Islam, it’s a fake.”

Tsarni said the suspects’ father, an auto mechanic, has had limited influence on them and recently moved back to Russia. Ruslan said he no longer has anything to do with that family, but would not elaborate on what led to the falling out.

“I just wanted my family away from them,” Tsarni said.

Dzhokar and Tamarlan Tsarnaev came from southern Russia, near war-torn Chechnya, more than five years ago, and assimilated through school and sports into the Greater Boston community and culture.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the alleged bomber pictured in a dark hat in FBI videos released Thursday, was a talented boxer with hopes of joining the US Olympic team, people who knew him said.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect seen in FBI photos in a white cap, is a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the school confirmed. He was an all-star wrestler and a member of the class of 2011 at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, and won a Cambridge City Scholarship that year. He was on the run Friday morning and the target of an unprecedented manhunt in Greater Boston.

But within the brothers’ ordinariness, there were also subtle signs of alienation.

“I don’t have a single American friend,” Tamerlan said in a photo essay about his love of boxing. “I don’t understand them.”

John Allan, owner of Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Boston, said the older brother, Tamerlan, was an accomplished amateur boxer, competing in the national Golden Gloves competition.

“He was the best boxer in Boston,” said Allan, who remembers helping in a competition three years ago. “He smoked all the professionals.”

Allan said Tsarnaev was trained by his father, who was also a skilled boxer. And he was always respectful. “They were an incredible family….This was so shocking to me.”

But Tsarnaev hadn’t been to the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts center in years, instead going to another nearby boxing gym. Until this month. Allan, who is currently traveling in Thailand, got an e-mail within the past week saying Tsarnaev showed up at the gym acting rude and disrespectful, using other people’s equipment, walking on the mats with his shoes.

“It was a clear indication that something was up,” Allan said, noting that Tsarnaev hadn’t even been to his gym before the incident in years. “He was becoming a complete [expletive].

“It was completely out of place of place for him,” said Allan, who was also contacted by the FBI about Tamerlan.

In the photo essay, called “Will Box for Passport,” Tamerlan stops to answer a phone call while walking from his Mercedes to the martial arts center. He has a long wool scarf wrapped fashionably around his neck and gleaming white leather slip-on shoes and is carrying an Oceanfly dufflebag.

He said in the essay that he quit smoking and drinking. “God said no alcohol.” A Muslim, he says, “There are no values any more,” and worries that “people can’t control themselves.”

People who knew the suspects struggled today morning to reconcile the young men they knew, who lived on Norfolk Street in Cambridge, with the acts of terrorism they are accused of committing.

“He was normal,” said Lulu Emmons, who went to Rindge & Latin, the city’s public high school, with Dzhokhar.

“He kind of fit in with everyone. Not really close with anyone, but he was friendly.

“I am just a little shocked. I sat next to this guy. I joked with him. I laughed with him. I had class with him. It is a little crazy,” she said.

Former teacher and school photographer at Rindge, Larry Aaronson, said he knew Dzhokhar.

“If someone were to ask me what the kid was like, I would say he had a heart of gold,” he said. “He was as gracious as possible.”

Aaronson knew Dzhokhar came from near a war zone and they had conversations about this. “All of this is just freaking me out.”

Pamala Rolon, a senior at UMass Dartmouth and a resident assistant at the Pine Dale dorms on campus, said she knew Dzhokhar for the past year and finds it incredible that he could have played any role in the bombs at the Boston marathon.

“He studied. He hung out with me and my friends,” she said in a telephone interview Friday. “I’m in shock.”

Rolon, 22, said the 300 or so students at the dorm were evacuated this morning by school authorities as the campus was shut down.

 

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Boston Bombings Have Led to Multiple Revenge Attacks on Innocent Muslims

Reuters
Rebecca Greenfield Apr 19, 2013

The same week that the New York Post first falsely reported the Boston bombing suspect was  a Saudi national then falsely put a Moroccan-American track runner on its cover, it accurately reported on Friday an attack on an innocent Bangladeshi man living in the Bronx who some “idiots” mistook for an Arab. Abdullah Faruque, a South Asian network engineer, was at an Applebees on Monday night when he was accosted by a group of three or four men, reports the Post, after they asked if he was an Arab. It wasn’t until he got home, his shoulder dislocated, that he found out about the bombing at the Boston Marathon. “I saw the news, and then it hits me: That’s why I got jumped,” he told the Post.

It’s possible for this sort of baseless revenge to happen, with or without the Post‘s help. But it’s worth wonderng where these men— and the one who assaulted a Muslim doctor in Boston, and the ones who vandalized the future site of a Boston mosque—got the idea for taking out revenge on a “dark skinned male”  in the wake of the bombing.

 

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Are Sharia councils failing vulnerable women?

By Jane Corbin BBC Panorama

Secret filming at Sharia council shows women at risk

BBC Panorama has uncovered fresh evidence of how some Sharia councils in Britain may be putting Muslim women “at risk” by pressuring them to stay in abusive marriages.

In a small terraced house in east London a woman and her husband argue before an Islamic scholar who sits on a dais above them in a room that looks and feels like a court.

This is Leyton Islamic Sharia Council and Dr Suhaib Hasan will decide if the woman can have a divorce. Her husband is refusing to grant her one and the couple have been coming here for a year.

She accuses him of refusing to work, ignoring the children and verbally abusing her. He vehemently denies it. When Dr Hasan orders the husband to leave the room, the woman breaks down in tears.

“I hate him, I can’t even bear to look at him, he has ruined my life,” she sobbed.

Dr Hasan sends the couple away for another month to try and save their marriage, with the help of Allah.

Fearful women

Leyton Islamic Sharia Council is Britain’s oldest and one of the most active Islamic councils, hearing about 50 cases a month, mainly marital disputes. Nine out of 10 are brought by Muslim women from all over the country.

Jane Corbin hears from Ayesha

With an Islamic marriage it is far easier for a man to divorce. The only way for women is through these councils.

“We are not here just to issue divorces,” said Dr Hasan.

“We want to mediate first. We try to save marriages so when people come to us we try to reconcile them,” he added.

But Islamic rulings given here are not always in the interests of the women concerned and can run counter to British law.

 

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Egypt satirist questioned for insulting Morsi

Bassem Youssef, known for satirical news show, released on bail after questioning over Islam and president ‘insults’.

Last Modified: 31 Mar 2013 14:22
Al Jazeera

Bassem Youssef, a popular Egyptian prominent television news presenter and satirist, has been questioned by prosecutors over allegations that he insulted Islam and the country’s president, Mohamed Morsi.

Youssef turned himself in after the prosecutor-general issued an arrest warrant for him on Saturday. He was released on bail of $2,200 (15,000 Egyptian pounds), an official in the prosecutor’s office said on Sunday.

The warrant for Youssef was the latest legal action to take aim at a critic of Mohamed Morsi. The comedian is accused, among other things, of undermining the standing of President Morsi. The prosecutor-general issued the arrest warrant after at least four legal complaints filed by Morsi supporters.

On his official Twitter account, Youssef said he was handing himself over on Sunday, “unless they kindly send a police van today and save me the transportation hassle”.

The warrant marks the latest in a series of legal actions against the comedian, who has come to be known as Egypt’s Jon Stewart.

Youssef’s widely watched weekly show, ElBernameg, or The Programme, has become a platform for lampooning the government, opposition, media and religious leaders. The fast-paced show has attracted a wide viewership.

The presenter has been a frequent target of legal petitions, most of them brought by lawyers who have accused him of “corrupting morals” or violating “religious principles”. He has faced several court cases in the past, also accusing him of insulting Morsi.

Gamal Eid, a lawyer for Youssef, said this is the first time an arrest warrant has been issued for the comedian.

Widening campaign

Arriving at the prosecutor general’s office on Sunday, Youssef was wearing an oversized version of a graduation hat modelled on one donned by the president when he was awarded an honorary degree in Pakistan earlier in March.

Youssef has worn the hat on his widely-watched show, one of many satirical jabs at the president. Last year, he poked fun of
Mursi’s repeated use of the word “love” by singing a love song to a red pillow with the president’s face printed on it.

The questioning of the comedian has raised fears over freedom expression in the post-Mubarak Egypt.

“It is an escalation in an attempt to restrict space for critical expression,” said Heba Morayef, Egypt director at Human
Rights Watch.

Prominent liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei said it was the kind action only seen in “fascist regimes”. “It is the
continuation of the failed and ugly moves to thwart the revolution,” he said.

Youssef’s questioning came after the prosecutor-general issued five arrest warrants for prominent political activists accused of inciting violence against the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that propelled Morsi to power in last year’s election. The prosecutor’s office has also summoned several other prominent media figures for questioning over accusations they
insulted the president.

Eid said the warrant fits into a widening campaign against government critics, media personalities and activists.

“The prosecution has become a tool to go after the regime’s opposition and intimidate it,” Eid said.