Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pope to Excommunicate Mafia Convicted Cath.; Will End Friendship of Church to Mafia Figures

Pope Francis has told the Vatican commission to work on a new process for excommunicating Catholics convicted of corruption or mafia-related crimes, the Christian Today website reports.

The move against the mafia marks a step change in Vatican policy, in which involvement in organized crime becomes literally unpardonable because it is a way of life rather than a single sin.

Excommunicated Catholics cannot take communion or be married in church.

Organized crime is entrenched in Italy and in several South American countries. Francis has been severely critical of the closeness of the Church to mafia figures, which sees children named after mobster godfathers and religious processions stopping outside the homes of mob bosses as a form of respect.

Swastikas Painted inside a Jerusalem Synagogue; Vandals Also Tried to Burn Synagogue Rel. Books

Swastikas were discovered painted on the walls of  a synagogue in central Jerusalem today (June 21, 2017), according to the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website.

The vandalism was discovered in the Hasidic Lelov synagogue in the Nachalot neighborhood. Swastikas were also painted on the outside walls of nearby apartment buildings.

Police said the vandals also attempted to set fire to religious books in the synagogue.

Swastika attacks on synagogues in Israel are rare.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Poland Refuses to Accept Any More Migrants; Will Block Them to Reduce Islamic Terrorism

Despite the threat of sanctions from the European Union (EU), the Polish government has decided to not allow any more Muslim migrants into its country to help reduce the risk of radical Islamic terrorism, the CNS News website reports today (June 20, 2017).

"We, Poland, are learning from the mistakes of others... and we will not open our doors to Islamic migrants," said Ryszard Czarnecki, the Polish European Parliament deputy, in early June after the terrorist attack in Manchester, England on May 22.

Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic have refused to take in their designated share of some 160,000 migrants, who apparently are overloading Italy and Greece.

The EU could take the three defiant nations to the European Court of Justice, which could impose heavy financial fines on them.

Jewish Deli in Chicago Area Hit with Hate Crime; Message "Free Gaza" Spray-Painted Outside Deli

A popular Jewish deli in suburban Chicago was vandalized in what is being investigated as a hate crime, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (June 20, 2017).

The message "Free Gaza" was spray-painted on the sidewalk outside the Shmaltz Deli in Naperville, Illinois on June 18.

"The reason they left it [the message] there, obviously painted it there, is because it is a Jewish deli," Naperville Police Commander Lou Cammiso said.

Deli owner Howard Bender cleaned the graffiti and hung a sign where the words were spray-painted reading "Hate Has No Home Here."

Monday, June 19, 2017

Alabama Man Arrested for Terrorism Support; Aziz Sayyed,22, Also Being Investigated by FBI

A 22-year-old man from Huntsville, Alabama was arrested by local authorities on charges of soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism, the Clarion Project website reports today (June 19, 2017).

Aziz Sayyed, who is a U.S. citizen born in North Carolina, is also being investigated by the FBI.

Details in the case were not released, but Roger Stanton, the FBI special agent in charge, said, "We successfully mitigated a threat today with this arrest."

The arrest came as a direct result of a tip given to police, said Huntsville Police Department Chief Mark McMurray.

Man Plows Van into Crowd by London Mosque; Kills One,Wounds 10,Tried to "Kill All Muslims"

A man arrested after a van plowed into a crowd of worshipers near a mosque in north London today (June 19, 2017) is now being held on suspicion of terrorism, according to the CNN website.

One man died and 10 people were injured in the assault.

The 47-year-old white man was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and then arrested at the scene. The man shouted he wanted to "kill all Muslims."

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was directed at Muslims and condemned it as "every bit as sickening" as deadly Islamist attacks that hit the country in recent months.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

US Blasts Syrian Govt. Jet for Bombing Rebels; US to Syria:Won't Tolerate Attacks on US Allies

Despite having Russian support in the seventh year of its civil war, the Syrian government now knows it cannot intimidate America, as the  U.S. Navy shot down a Syrian government fighter jet today (June 18, 2017) in retaliation for dropping bombs on U.S.-backed rebels, according to the UPI website.

The U.S. attack on the Syrian government occurred near Raqqa, the defacto capital for ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) which is battling both the Syrian government and the U.S.-led coalition within the country.

The U.S. explained its attack on the Syrian government in a statement, saying Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces attacked members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a loose coalition of Syrian Kurds and Arabs backed by the U.S.

"The demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward Coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated," the U.S. statement said.