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Friday, 24 March 2017 09:50

Clarion Project: Current News & Updates

TruthPR.com Guests Ryan Mauro and Jennifer Breedon: Summary of latest News and articles from the Clarion Project. Podcast London Attack: ISIS' Blueprint for Murder The Clarion team examines the ramifications. Listen  Send Your Condolences to Family of Murdered Police Officer Your letter will be forwarded to the London police. Send Letter Poll Should Media Include Terrorists In Casualty Figures? Some media outlets include terrorists killed while carrying out their attacks when providing figures. Vote News Salafists Control All Mosques in Brussels: Mayor Mayor Yvan Mayeur said this must change. Read Video The Abuse of Two ISIS Child Soldiers Children are used and abused by ISIS Watch   Video Muslim Reform Movement Needs Our Support Clarion's Jennifer Breedon explains why Watch Opinion Turkey's Extremism: What You Said & What You Can Do We asked readers to sign a petition asking Washington to stop Turkey from becoming another radical Islamic state. Take Action News Kosovo Turns to Women to Help Fight Radicalization Counterterrorism experts in Kosovo now think women are the key to stopping radicalization. Read   Media Contact: Tel. 662-259-0988 Email: Jackie@TruthPR.com Skype: Jackie.Jones18
Imagine withstanding torture so severe, your only recourse is to douse your own body in gasoline and light a match.  Sixteen-year-old Yasmin lived this nightmare. Yasmin, who set herself on fire to avoid a brutal attack by ISIS, is shown with Dr. Jan Kizihan. (Courtesy: Jan Kizihan). Fox news.com   As one of over 2,000 girls currently held as sex slaves for Islamic State (ISIS) militants, Yasmin knew that if she survived scorching her body, her “captors might no longer find her attractive.” She was right. Her appearance today was the cost of freedom from the continued rape and sexual torture she endured at the hands of ISIS.  World leaders have officially declared Yazidis and Christians are being systematically wiped out in Iraq and Syria. So why did Yasmin have no recourse for escape from ISIS besides self-mutilation? The UN Human Rights Commission released a report adding the crime of genocide to the list of ISIS atrocities carried out since 2014 (including crimes against humanity and war crimes). According to the Genocide Convention and the UN “Responsibility to Protect,” leaders are required to protect the victims of genocide first and to prevent, at whatever cost, the continued genocidal campaign. What is the purpose of designating as genocide the atrocities against Yazidi and Christian populations in Iraq and Syria if we continue to refuse to do nothing and purposely deny our legal obligations? Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) noted that “Christian refugees don’t go into UNHCR-run camps for a number of reasons[among them] concern about the intimidation they face because of their different lifestyle...dress code and the strict Muslim environment dominating camps.”  NGOs such as CSW noted that strong “evidence has emerged of extremists infiltrating refugee camps.” UN workers are unwilling to provide details of the situation. So although the UN has clearly stated the religious identities of genocide targets, its workers are unwilling to discuss religion within the areas of that genocide. Minorities like Yazidis and Christians need their own safe refugee camps. They need their own security force to “protect” and help “prevent” the ongoing genocide. The UN is able and legally obligated to provide both. Additionally, of the 10,800 Syrian refugees admitted to the United States, only 56 are Christian. Of the July refugee arrivals, 1,501 (99%) were Sunnis, and 3 (0.19%) were Christian. The UN Refugee Resettlement Agency that vets the refugees for resettlement to the US begins its very lengthy vetting process within these UN camps, so it is no wonder that less than 1% of the actual targets of genocide are being admitted to the United States.  Though there are 700,000 displaced people currently living in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq, 10,000 to 15,000 Yazidi Iraqis chose to flee to war torn Syria. They escaped the genocide to find “refuge” in a country ravaged by civil war and ISIS in order to stay in the \Newroz Camp run by local NGOs, not the UN.  The vast resource of the Hague and international attorneys need be utilized to bring ISIS leaders to justice. ISIS is guilty of genocide: a crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and all 193 Members of the United Nations.ISIS leaders and operatives should stand trial before worldwide courts for the vast array of international criminal offenses they have perpetrated including Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, and the Crime of Genocide.“Killing them was like killing a chicken.” In a prime example of someone that must be charged in the Hague for international crimes, ISIS militant Abu Chiad discussed openly with no remorse, how he made daily trips to behead people and rape Yazidi women, saying “Killing them was like killing a chicken.”  This ideology has been documented at length in former eliminationist and genocidal campaigns according to the book “Worse Than War” by Daniel Goldhagen. Chiad, himself, admitted ISIS tactics mirrored the Nazi justification of Jewish annihilation during the Holocaust.  Amal Clooney is slated to become the first attorney to bring the Islamic State to justice in the international courtroom. (Photo: Flickr/Dying Regime) I applaud Amal Clooney for being the first Human Rights Attorney to take up arms in the legal arenas in defense of the Yazidis to sue members of ISIS for their genocidal atrocities, but Ms. Clooney cannot take down ISIS alone.  We must continue the fight and pave this untrodden road to give strength to the victims by setting legal precedent that ideologies possessed by ISIS and its progenies are, in fact, criminal ideologies and no discussion on religion can impugn those who don’t speak out against them. Jennifer R. Breedon Legal Analyst for the Clarion Project, Human Rights & Foreign Policy Expert Focused on Religious Extremist Ideology & International Law  
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The ancient Iraqi city of Qaraqosh, one of the country’s largest Christian areas, remains unlivable months after it was liberated from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). Footage obtained by Professor Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst at the Clarion Project, shows the destruction in Qaraqosh sparing little, certainly not many of the once glorious churches and ancient monasteries that once adorned the city. “It’s very hard to see your house [of 20 years] destroyed,” an unnamed resident of a destroyed house in Qaraqosh told Mauro. The Assyrian Christian and Mauro talked as they walked through piles of rubble, stepping over all of his family belongings scattered on the ground, broken into pieces. “We see destruction all around us,” notes Mauro as the resident gave him a tour of what is left of his home. “This home was taken by ISIS and subsequently hit by a U.S. airstrike.”   Assyrian Christians from Qaraqosh “emphasized that ISIS’ urge to destroy Christian buildings was a sign of weakness and fear; insecurity about their own faith as if Islam, or at least ISIS’ version of it,” noted Mauro to Breitbart News. “On a few occasions, I heard the line, ‘We don’t worship a God of buildings. Our God is in here,’ while pointing towards their hearts.”  Read More.
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Female fighters from the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), including the oldest and youngest soldiers. (Photo: Courtesy) In America, some attention-seeking activists purposely got arrested by blocking traffic outside the Trump International Hotel so they could later become the face of so-called gender oppression. Their PR stunt stole attention from the most powerful symbols of feminism: women in the Middle East—Christians, Kurds, Arabs, Yazidis—risking their lives to vanquish Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) as a step towards starting a new era for women in the region. The Iraqi and Syrian Christians who stare daily into the darkness of genocide have, after a long and bloody period of patience and non-violence, formed self-defense forces, including an all-female force in Syria. The Beth Nahrin Women Protection Forces is a branch of the 2,000-strong Syriac Military Council, a Christian militia that says it includes Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs. The Christian force is part of a U.S.-backed coalition named the Syrian Democratic Forces that includes Kurds and Sunni Arabs and is marching on Raqqa, the “capitol” of ISIS’ “caliphate.” Watch a video about this force titled “Meet the Christian Women Fighting ISIS,” which shows a camp with 50 female recruits in the Kurdish area of northern Syria: ISIS is believed to still be holding many Yazidi women and girls as sex slaves and the other female Yazidis are determined to put an end to it. The Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq has trained at least two female Yazidi forces, the 1,700-strong Sun Ladies and the Sinjar Women’s Units. The Iraqi Kurdistan government is proud of how its Peshmerga forces put men and women on equal footing. The same goes for other Kurdish groups in Iraq that are fighting both ISIS and the Iranian regime, like the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI). Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst Prof. Ryan Mauro in Iraq with female fighters from the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK). The Syrian Democratic Forces include the Kurdish YPG group, with a female component known as the YPJ Women’s Defense Units. The Kurdish YPG is accused of being a branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist group by the U.S., E.U. and Turkey. The U.S. government nonetheless backs the YPG, disputing the claim that YPG and PKK are synonymous. A Twitter posting from ANF News shows female Kurdish fighters purportedly handing out flowers to women in villages freed from ISIS and is accompanied with a quote: “We’ll liberate women from slavery, atrocity and make every day March 8 [International Women’s Day].” Sunni Arab women are also in on the action. The U.S. military has proudly distributed pictures showing female fighters who belong to the Syrian Arab Coalition, another component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), being trained and armed ahead of the planned attack on Raqqa. For the female Kurdish commanders, they are not only risking their lives to defeat ISIS but for the sake of the next generation of girls. The commander of the female Kurdish forces in Syria, Rojda Felat, has vowed to free the Yazidi women enslaved by ISIS as part of a broader struggle for women’s rights. She said, “Wherever a man is threatening a woman, our forces will struggle against this,” according to a report referenced in a PJ Media article. In an interview published on International Women’s Day, Felat spoke words that should stiffen the spine and inspire every women’s right activist: “In the Middle East women are assigned traditional roles such as wife, mother, house-worker. With the establishment of the SDF, however, this has changed and traditional roles have been turned upside down … With the SDF, the women of our region have taken developments by the scruff of the neck and left their imprint on the direction of the battle. As a result, women have re-established themselves in every sphere of life.” International Women’s Day would have been better honored by broadcasting those words and telling these stories than by skipping work, politicizing the day or getting arrested for blocking traffic as the radical Muslim-American activist and left-wing star Linda Sarsour was. ### Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. To invite Ryan to speak please contact us.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 18:24

Jennifer Breedon: Iraq who's fighting who?

Everything You Need to Know About Iraq in Under 10 Minutes Recently returned from war-torn Iraq, Clarion's Legal Analyst Jennifer Breedon explains in simple terms.  
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National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro Available for Analysis    (New York, NY) November 14, 2016 | TruthPR | -- Donald Trump will work to pass legislation designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, said Walid Phares, a foreign policy advisor for the president-elect. Speaking to the Egyptian news outlet Youm7, Phares said the legislation, which was already approved by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year and referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was held up due to the Obama administration's support of the group. Clarion Project spearheaded a campaign to educate legislators and move the bill forward over the past year.  The bill currently has bipartisan support. The bill included is an unprecedented opportunity to educate members of Congress about the Muslim Brotherhood's involvement in terrorism.  It reviews the Brotherhood's terrorist history and how it is banned by the governments of Egypt, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Syria. Egypt released videos showing the Brotherhood's involvement in terrorism and the Egyptian government's website warns about the Brotherhood lobby in the United States. The bill also outlines how the Brotherhood is linked to CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). ### INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: PROFESSOR RYAN MAURO, NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST, CLARION PROJECT Professor Ryan Mauro National Security Analyst, Clarion Project Associate Producer, Faithkeepers Professor of Counter-Terrorism, Liberty University Professor Ryan Mauro is the National Security Analyst for the Clarion Project, a nonprofit organization that educates the public about the threat of Islamic extremism and provides a platform for voices of moderation and tolerance within the Muslim community. He is also a consultant to various government agencies, political campaigns and policy-makers and a professor of homeland security, counter-terrorism and political science. Mauro has made over 1,000 appearances on international radio and TV programs from both the left of the right, including frequent segments on FOX News Channel, Al-Hurra, CCTV, Voice of America, Wall Street Journal Live, etc. He's been widely published and quoted in outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Hill, Roll Call and the Daily Caller. He has served as a strategic analyst for the Wikistrat consultancy and as an intelligence analyst and director of the Asymmetric Warfare and Intelligence Center. Mauro has a Bachelor's Degree in Intelligence Studies, Master's in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Middle East Studies, all from American Military University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security specialization. To interview Ryan Mauroemail: Jackie@TruthPR.com or Schedule here 
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NEC-SE has stated repeatedly that current U.S. foreign policy is neither beneficial to U.S. interests, nor to the future of global peace. On 18 JUN 2016 NEC-SE posted an article entitled, “The Fall-Out of the New Model of Power Relations for U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East“, with a detailed analysis of how the current policy was causing the U.S. to lose its footprint and also spread distrust amongst members of the global community. Part of the US’ policies have included backing and funding powers that are – at best – not particularly fond of the U.S. or its culture of freedom, and – at worst – have actually been the cause of direct attacks against U.S. citizens, personnel, and troops. One of the efforts that were attempting to gain muster along with support of the U.S. was the PMF (People’s Mobilization Forces/Units) umbrella network in Iraq. While on the surface, this appears to be an official Iraqi “state-sponsored” organization; it is actually a network of around 40 militias, most of which are Shia Muslim groups. Amongst these militias is Muqtada Al-Sadr’s Shia militia group, which was responsible for U.S. deaths during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi which is lead by Falleh Al-Fayad who’s deputy is Abu-Mahdi Al-Mohandes who was one of the top High Value Targets for the U.S. Forces in Iraq when Americans were shedding blood against his insurgent forces. Falleh Al-Fayad is also in control of the Ministry of Defense in Iraq and the National Security Adviser for the Iraqi Prime Minister. In other words, the PMF is a force outside the Iraqi regular armed services. Its goal at best seems unclear, and at worst is mainly for the advancement of Ali al-Sistani’s policies. Sistani is a “grand ayatollah” with the authority to make legal decisions, and originally from the majority Shiite nation of Iran. In fact, Sistani’s original fatwa (an Islamic religious command or edict) that led to the creation of the PMF structure called for the defense of primarily the city of Baghdad, not all of Iraq. The origins of the PMF structure have always been the advancement of the Shiite cause and not for the advancement of a secular Iraq that serves all. Finally, the majority of these militias are directly backed by Iran. Not long after the fatwa, an alternative narrative was immediately pushed in explaining the emergence of the PMF structure. The minutes of a 7 APR 2014 National Alliance (Shia Bloc) meeting have former PM Nouri al-Maliki stating: There is a real and clear security danger that threatens the country and I have told you more than a year ago that the situation is dangerous. Our army cannot be counted on since it is a combination of Sunnis and Shias and Kurds. Some Sunnis are unconvinced, while some Shias are there for the salary, and it is an army that has not waged such battles before and its armaments are basic compared to that of Islamic State… This narrative bolsters the fact that when Mosul was invaded by the Islamic State on 9 JUN 2014, both Sunni Muslim Kurds and Sunni Muslim Arabs were no where to be found in protecting the Assyrians and other Christians, whom the former had just disarmed and had for a long time claimed to have dominion over in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). However, the narrative also bolsters the fact that the retreat of both the Sunni Muslim Kurds to the KRG and the Shiite Muslim Arabs to Baghdad via their C-130s during the Islamic State’s invasion just two months later was one that had been pre-meditated based on the date of this statement. Given this lack of loyalty to country and unwillingness to fight despite the huge supply of U.S. weaponry and equipment that had been left to the Iraqi government after U.S. withdrawal, coupled with an incorporation of much of those deserters into the new PMF structure, one must wonder just why the U.S. would support such a structure. U.S. is still taking hard earned taxpayer monies and is funneling it to the Ministry of Defense in Iraq, which has no loyalties to the United States. Worst of all it is requiring the Assyrians and other Christians to register and serve under the command and control of these forces to receive any funding and training support in Iraq in-order to keep up the false narrative that Iraq is a unified nation. So at a time when the Assyrians and the root of Christianity is being eradicated in the Middle East the current administration is working hard to funnel our taxpayer monies into the hands of anti-American and anti-Israeli militias who have openly asked for the targeting of U.S. forces in Iraq and have protested American intervention in Iraq by burning the American flag. Worst of all the same administration is asking the Assyrian and other Christians in Iraq to join these forces to receive support and training from the United States. LTC (R) Sargis Sangari CEO, NEC-SE Request Guest Sargis Sangari https://nec-se.com unitedassyrianappeal.org
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