Fethullah Gulen Charter School In Virginia Continues To Hide “Islamist” Nature of the Enterprise

GAFFNEY: Secretive Islamist roots of American schools

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Proposed Loudoun academy inspired by Shariah

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Illustration Islamist Roots in American Schools by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

By Frank J. Gaffney Jr.

It is a commonplace saying, but one that most of us ignore: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This applies in spades to a proposal under active consideration by the school board in Virginia’s Loudoun County. It would use taxpayer funds to create a charter school to equip the children of that Washington exurb with enhanced skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Ostensibly, they will thus be equipped to compete successfully in the fields expected to be at the cutting edge of tomorrow’s workplace.

What makes this initiative, dubbed the Loudoun Math and IT Academy, too good to be true? Let’s start with what is acknowledged about the proposed school.

The academy’s board is made up of a group of male Turkish expatriates. One of them, Fatih Kandil, was formerly the principal of the Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School in Anne Arundel County, Md. Another is Ali Bicak, the board president of the Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation, which owns Chesapeake Science Point and two other charter schools in Maryland. The Loudoun Math and IT Academy applicants expressly claim that Chesapeake Science Point will be the model for their school.

The taxpayers of Loudoun County and the school board elected to represent them should want no part of a school that seeks to emulate Chesapeake Science Point, let alone be run by the same people responsible for that publicly funded charter school. For one thing, Chesapeake Science Point has not proved to be the resounding academic success the applicants claim. It does not appear anywhere in the acclaimed U.S. News & World Report lists of high-performing schools in Maryland, let alone nationwide — even in the subsets of mathematics or charter schools.

What is more, according to public documents chronicling Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ dismal experience with Chesapeake Science Point, there is significant evidence of chronic violations of federal, state and local policies and regulations throughout its six years of operations, with little or inconsistent improvement, reflecting deficiencies in fiscal responsibility and organizational viability.

Why, one might ask, would applicants for a new charter school cite so deeply problematic an example as their proposed institution? This brings us to aspects of this proposal that are not acknowledged.

Chesapeake Science Point is just one of five controversial schools with which Mr. Kandil has been associated. He was previously the director at the Horizon Science Academy in Dayton, Ohio; the principal at the Wisconsin Career Academy in Milwaukee and at the Baltimore Information Technology Academy in Maryland; and one of the applicants in a failed bid to establish the First State Math and Science Academy in Delaware.

These schools have something in common besides their ties to the peripatetic Fatih Kandil. They have all been “inspired” by and in other ways are associated with Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish supremacist and imam with a cultlike following of up to 6 million Muslims in Turkey and elsewhere around the world. More to the point, Imam Gulen is the reclusive and highly autocratic leader of a global media, business, “interfaith dialogue” and education empire said to be worth many billions that is run from a compound in the Poconos.

This empire — including its roughly 135 charter schools in this country and another 1,000 abroad — and its adherents have come to be known as the Gulen Movement. Those associated with it, in this country at least, are assiduously secretive about their connections to Imam Gulen and his enterprise. For example, the Loudoun Math and IT Academy applicants, their spokeswoman and other apologists have repeatedly misled the Loudoun school board, claiming that these Turkish gentlemen and their proposed school have nothing to do with Imam Gulen.

There are several possible reasons for such professions. For one, the Gulen schools are reported to be under investigation by the FBI. A growing number of them — including Chesapeake Science Point — have also come under critical scrutiny from school boards and staff around the country. In some cases, they have actually lost their charters for, among other reasons, chronic financial and other mismanagement and outsourcing U.S. teachers’ jobs to Turks.

The decisive reason for the Gulenist lack of transparency, however, may be due to their movement’s goals and modus operandi. These appear aligned with those of another secretive international organization that also adheres to the Islamic doctrine known as Shariah and seeks to impose it worldwide — the Muslim Brotherhood. Both seek to accomplish this objective by stealth in what the Brotherhood calls “civilization jihad” and Imam Gulen’s movement describes as “jihad of the word.”

This practice enabled the Gulenists to help transform Turkey from a reliable, secular Muslim NATO ally to an Islamist state deeply hostile to the United States — one aligned with other Islamic supremacists, from Iran to the Muslim Brotherhood to Hamas to al Qaeda. Fethullah Gulen’s followers clearly don’t want us aware of the obvious dangers posed by their penetration of our educational system and influence over our kids.

The good news is that members of the Loudoun County school board have a code of conduct that reads in part: “I have a moral and civic obligation to the nation which can remain strong and free only so long as public schools in the United States of America are kept free and strong.” If the board members adhere to this duty, they will reject a seductive Loudoun Math and IT Academy proposal that is way too “good” to be true.

Frank J. Gaffney Jr. is president of the Center for Security Policy (SecureFreedom.org), a columnist for The Washington Times and host of Secure Freedom Radio on WRC-AM (1260).

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Trading Dirt for dirt–Russia’s counter-Magnitsky bill gets a name

Russia’s counter-Magnitsky bill gets a name

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Дмитрий Яковлев Дима Яковлев сожжёный заживо дети США усыновление

Dima Yakovlev

The Russian parliament has decided to put a name on its bill countering the US Senate’s “Magnitsky Act,” State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee deputy chair Vyacheslav Nikonov has said.

The legislation will be dubbed the “Dima Yakovlev bill,” after a two-year-old Russian boy who died of a heat stroke after being locked by his American parents in a car in Virginia.

Russian MPs proposed to devote the law to all Russian children who died at the hands of their adoptive American parents.

The ruling United Russia has declared itself the co-authors of the proposed bill, which was introduced to Russia’s lower house by Speaker Sergei Naryshkin and leaders of the four parliamentary parties.

Voice of Russia, Rossiyskaya Gazeta

174 to 6, UN tells Israel to let in nuclear inspectors

UN tells Israel to let in nuclear inspectors

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As nuclear peace talks are cancelled, overwhelming vote by general assembly calls for Israel to join nonproliferation treaty

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A vote by the United Nations has called on Israel to open its nuclear programme to inspectors

A vote by the United Nations general assembly has called on Israel to open its nuclear programme to weapons inspectors. Photograph: Chip East/Reuters

The UN general assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to open its nuclear programme for inspection.

The resolution, approved by a vote of 174 to six with six abstentions, calls on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) “without further delay” and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Those voting against were Israel, the US, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.

Resolutions adopted by the 193-member general assembly are not legally binding but they do reflect world opinion and carry moral and political weight. And the resolution adds to pressure on Israel as it facescriticism over plans to increase settlement in the West Bank, a move seen as retaliation for the assembly recognising Palestinian statehood.

Israel refuses to confirm or deny possessing nuclear bombs though it is widely believed to have them. It has refused to join the non-proliferation treaty along with three nuclear weapon states: India, Pakistan and North Korea.

Israel insists there must first be a Middle East peace agreement before the establishment of a proposed regional zone free of weapons of mass destruction. Its rivals in the region argue that Israel’s undeclared nuclear arsenal presents the greatest threat to peace in the region.

While the US voted against the resolution, it voted in favour of two paragraphs in it that were put to separate votes. Both support universal adherence to the NPT and call on those countries that aren’t parties to ratify it “at the earliest date”. The only no votes on those paragraphs were Israel and India.

The vote came as a sequel to the cancellation of a high-level conference aimed at banning nuclear weapons from the Middle East. All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the summit in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the US announced on 23 November that it would not take place, citing political turmoil in the region and Iran’s defiant stance on non-proliferation. Iran and some Arab nations countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel’s refusal to attend.

Just before Monday’s vote, the Iranian diplomat Khodadad Seifi told the assembly “the truth is that the Israeli regime is the only party which rejected to conditions for a conference”. He called for “strong pressure on that regime to participate in the conference without any preconditions”.

Israeli diplomat Isi Yanouka told the general assembly his country had continuously pointed to the danger of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, singling out Iran and Syria by name. “All these cases challenge Israel’s security and cast a dark shadow at the prospect of embarking on a meaningful regional security process,” he said.

“The fact that the sponsors include in this anti-Israeli resolution language referring to the 2012 conference proves above all the ill intent of the Arab states with regard to this conference.”

The Syrian diplomat Abdullah Hallak told the assembly his government was angry the conference was not going to take place because of “the whim of just one party, a party with nuclear warheads”.

“We call on the international community to put pressure on Israel to accept the NPT, get rid of its arsenal and delivery systems, in order to allow for peace and stability in our region,” he said.

The conference’s main sponsors are the US, Russia and Britain. The British foreign office minister Alistair Burt has said it is being postponed, not cancelled.

Qatar Bankrolls Ascendant Muslim Brothers While Next-Door-Neighbor UAE Jails Them

Qatar Bankrolls Ascendant Muslim Brothers as U.A.E. Jails Them

Pro-Morsi demonstraters in front of Cairo University, on Dec. 3, 2012, in Egypt. Photographer: Ed Giles/Getty Images

Qatar Bankrolls Ascendant Muslim Brothers as U.A.E. Jails Them

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By Dana El Baltaji

Qatar is courting Islamist groups across the Middle East, sometimes the same ones that make its neighbors nervous.

Since Mohamed Mursi became the first Muslim Brotherhood member to lead an Arab state, Qatar has promised Egypt at least $20 billion in aid and investment. Other nations in the Persian Gulf, which holds almost half the world’s oil, see the Brotherhood as a threat. Saudi Arabia has shunned it for at least two decades, and the United Arab Emirates has jailed dozens of people this year on suspicion of links to the group.

Qatar’s pro-Islamist line is backed by cash, from gas reserves that have made its 2 million people the world’s richest. Its support is helping the religious parties that emerged as the biggest winners from last year’s wave of Arab revolts. At the same time, it’s causing unease among Gulf monarchies that are resistant to political change and under U.S. pressure to show a united front against Iran.

“The Qataris have identified the Muslim Brotherhood as a vehicle” to expand their influence, said Ghanem Nuseibeh, London-based founder of political risk analyst Cornerstone Global Associates. “That has certainly created tension between Qatar and other Arab governments,” which mostly view the group with “intrinsic distrust.”

Qatar has other vehicles for its ambitions, too. It created the Arabic news channel Al Jazeera, has broken art-market records and will host soccer’s World Cup in 2022. Qatar hosts the U.S. Central Command base that directed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Diplomatic Passport

It’s also home to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian-born cleric widely known as the Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, who holds a diplomatic passport and has close ties with Qatari royals. Khaled Mashaal, political chief of Hamas, which has links to the Brotherhood, moved to the Qatari capital Doha from Damascus after splitting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

After Mursi’s election, Qatar promised $8 billion over five years to build a port in the Egyptian city of Port Said, $10 billion for a resort on the north coast, and a $2 billion deposit for Egypt’s central bank. Qatar National Bank SAQ, which hired Qaradawi as an Islamic adviser, is considering buying Societe Generale SA’s Egyptian unit.

“They’re putting money into the economy and helping to ensure that the Brotherhood doesn’t fail,” Nuseibeh said.

In Tunisia, where Islamists also won elections last year, Qatar is involved in a $2 billion refinery project.

Iran Ties

In some cases, Qatar’s interests align with Saudi Arabia, the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council’s leading power. Both back the opposition in Syria. Qatar hosted talks to unify groups fighting to oust Assad, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

There are disagreements, though. The Qataris “don’t fall in line behind Saudi foreign policy objectives like other Gulf states,” said Shadi Hamid, director of research at Brookings Doha Center. “Having a lot of money gives you a degree of freedom.” Hamid cites Qatar’s determination to maintain ties with Iran, Saudi Arabia’s main enemy.

In Jordan, the Muslim Brotherhood is the biggest opposition group and has encouraged protests that are increasingly targeting the monarchy, though there’s no indication that Qatar has supported them. Jordan’s royals have close ties with Saudi Arabia, which has invited it to join the GCC.

Antagonism between the Saudis and the Brotherhood deepened after 1990, when they took different sides over Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, said Khalid al-Dakhil, a politics professor at King Saud University in Riyadh. With the Brotherhood ascendant in Egypt “the Saudis will be isolated in this region” without a reconciliation, he said.

Outside Orders

While Qatar fetes Brotherhood leaders, the U.A.E. is cracking down on what it says are the group’s local branches. Saeed Al-Tunaiji, chairman of Islamic organization Islah, said he fled the country more than six months ago in fear of arrest. “We don’t have any ties with the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said, speaking by phone from an undisclosed location.

Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, the vice chancellor of United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, says his personal experience suggests that’s not true. Al Noaimi said he joined Islah in 1979 while studying at Portland University and quit three years later. Islah is linked to the Brotherhood and its members “get their orders from outside,” he said, speaking in a personal capacity. “Their loyalty is not to their country.”

Rising Force

Within its own borders, Qatar doesn’t tolerate dissidents either — it’s just that the highest-profile targets aren’t Islamists. Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami, a poet, was sentenced to life imprisonment last week for verses that praised the revolution in Tunisia and criticized Qatari royals, according to Human Rights Watch.

Ultimately, Qatar’s backing for the Brotherhood is more pragmatic than ideological, driven by its perception that Islamism is the region’s rising force, said Michael Stephens, a researcher in Doha at the Royal United Services Institute.

“If everyone was left-wing and communist, they would be left-wing and communist,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dana El Baltaji in Dubai at delbaltaji@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

INTRODUCTION TO Special Forces UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE

Special Forces Unconventional Warfare

INTRODUCTION TO UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE

1-2. Enabling a resistance movement or insurgency entails the development of an underground and guerrilla forces, as well as supporting auxiliaries for each of these elements. Resistance movements or insurgencies always have an underground element. The armed component of these groups is the guerrilla force and is only present if the resistance transitions to conflict. The combined effects of two interrelated lines of effort largely generate the end result of a UW campaign. The efforts are armed conflict and subversion. Forces conduct armed conflict, normally in the form of guerrilla warfare, against the security apparatus of the host nation (HN) or occupying military.  Conflict also includes operations that attack and degrade enemy morale, organizational cohesion, and operational effectiveness and separate the enemy from the population. Over time, these attacks degrade the ability of the HN or occupying military to project military power and exert control over the population.  Subversion undermines the power of the government or occupying element by portraying it as incapable of effective governance to the population.

1-31. While determining the feasibility of a potential campaign, planning personnel must have clear objectives, a desired end state, and knowledge of exactly what level of support is available and acceptable.  Without these specifics, negotiations with potential resistance forces are futile. If planners determine conditions are unfavorable during the assessment, then they need to consider any measures that could transform the current situation into a more favorable one. For example, can the United States—
 Persuade a potential resistance group to cease unacceptable tactics or behavior?
 Persuade a coalition to accept a specific resistance group’s participation under certain
conditions?
 Degrade the enemy’s control over the population?
 Bolster the will of the population to resist?
 Achieve desired objectives within the given time constraints?

1-33. Planners need to be careful of attempting to overcome a potential resistance shortcoming by creating surrogate forces that are not indigenous. Historically, the United States has not had success creating and transplanting these types of resistance forces to the operations environment without an existing clandestine infrastructure that connects the local population to the foreign forces.

1-36. UW forces can function as effective instruments in the psychological preparation of the population for the introduction of conventional forces. Furthermore, deception and other measures can convince enemy leaders to divert resources away from the main area of effort when it is not necessary to do so.

Bahrain activist Zainab al-Khawaja sentenced to jail

Bahrain activist Zainab al-Khawaja sentenced to jail

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Zainab al-Khawaja at a protest in Manama (18 April 2012)

Zainab al-Khawaja has been detained and imprisoned several times since February 2011

 

A court in Bahrain has sentenced pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja to one month in prison.

Ms Khawaja was found guilty of entering the “prohibited area” of the former site of Pearl Roundabout in Manama – the focus of last year’s unrest.

Her lawyers had argued that the authorities had never announced officially a ban on access to the site.

Prosecutors also ordered Ms Khawaja’s detention for a week on charges of inciting hatred against the government.

Ms Khawaja has been detained several times since February 2011. In September she was sentenced to two months in prison for damaging public property in a police station. Her lawyer said she had torn up a picture of the king.

Her father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, is among eight activists and opposition figures sentenced to life imprisonement for allegedly plotting to overthrow the state.

Policemen charged

In a separate development, prosecutors said they had charged eight policemen with torturing detainees, according to AFP news agency.

It quoted state media as saying five cases had been referred to special courts, and that the officers were accused of a range of offences, including “using torture to force a defendant to confess”.

The report came a day after US Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner urged Bahraini authorities needed to prosecute officials responsible for human rights violations.

“It also should drop charges against all persons accused of offenses involving non-violent political expression and freedom of assembly.”

At least 60 people, including several police officers, have been killed, and thousands injured and jailed, since Bahraini protesters began demanding more democracy and an end to what they said was discrimination against the majority Shia Muslim community by the Sunni royal family.

Also on Sunday, the opposition group al-Wifaq welcomed a call made by Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to renew dialogue.

“From the very beginning, the opposition has opted for peaceful means to gain democracy,” it said.

On Friday, the prince told the Manama Dialogue conference: “We had our own experience of the so-called Arab Spring last year. It divided the nation, and many wounds are still to be healed.”

Syria says foreign-backed rebels may use chemical weapons

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Syria says foreign-backed rebels may use chemical weapons

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 • The Syrian gov’t said countries supporting the rebels may provide them with chemical weapons.
 • United States and its Western allies recently raised concerns over the Syrian chemical arsenal.
 • Syrian foreign ministry said the “terrorists” in Syria are backed by the West, especially U.S.

 

DAMASCUS, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) — The Syrian government expressed Saturday concerns that countries supporting the rebels may provide them with chemical weapons and later frame the government.

“What raises concerns regarding this news circulated by the media is our serious fear that some of the countries backing terrorism and terrorists might provide the armed terrorist groups with chemical weapons and claim that it was the Syrian government that use the weapons,” Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a letter sent to the United Nations on Saturday.

The ministry warned that the “terrorist groups” might resort to chemical weapons against the Syrian people, and denounced what it described as the international community’s “inaction” to deal with the developments after the “terrorist groups” recently took hold of a chlorine processing plant near the northern city of Aleppo.

The ministry’s remarks came as the United States and its Western allies recently raised concerns over the Syrian chemical arsenal and speculated that Syria might use those weaponries against the armed militias.

Syria has repeatedly denied having such arms and stressed that even if it had those weapons, it wouldn’t use them.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry repeated the government’s line that the “terrorists” in Syria are backed by the West, especially the United States.

“The U.S. administration has consistently worked over the past year to launch a campaign of allegations on the possibility that Syria could use chemical weapons during the current crisis,” said the ministry.

The ministry also cited a recent report by the Turkish Yurt newspaper which said members from al-Qaida are manufacturing chemical weapons at a laboratory near the Turkish city of Gaziantep and they have threatened to use them against the Syrian civilians.

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Use of chemical weapons in Syria would be “outrageous crime”: Ban

ISLAHIYE, Turkey, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that the United Nations did not receive any confirmed reports that the Syrian government was preparing to use chemical weapons, but noted that it would be “outrageous crime” if it did so.

“But if it is the case, it would be an outrageous crime in the name of humanity,” he said. Full story

Russia sees signs of NATO involvement in Syria crisis

MOSCOW, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) — The deployment of anti-aircraft missiles on the Turkish borders with Syria was a sign of NATO’s involvement in the Syrian crisis, said Russian envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko on Friday. Full story

Clinton warns Syria not to use chemical weapons

BRUSSELS, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday reiterated a stern warning to the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons against rebel forces.

“Our concerns are increasingly desperate Assad regime might turn to chemical weapons or might lose control of them to one of many groups that are now operating within Syria,” Clinton said after her last attendance of NATO foreign ministers’ meeting. Full story

Syria denies rebels’ control over Damascus int’l airport

DAMASCUS, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) — A Syria military source denied Friday media reports circulating on some Arab TVs that rebels took control over the country’s international airport in the capital Damascus. Full story