Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

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FILE - In this May 27, 2011, file photo shows American Journalist James Foley, of Rochester, N.H., as he poses for a photo in Boston. The beheading of Foley has forced a new debate over how the United States balances its unyielding policy against paying ransom to terrorist groups and saving the lives of Americans being held hostage by some of the world’s most dangerous extremists. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of those kidnapped without financing terror groups, and encouraging more kidnappings.

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British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

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By Kate Holton and Raheem Salman LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the threat from Islamic State was “beyond anything we’ve seen” and the U.S. Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the death of Foley on the video, which featured a masked man speaking English with a British accent. As Western officials tried to identify the man, the Muslim Council of Britain denounced Foley’s “abhorrent murder” and one of its advisers urged anyone who knows the killer’s identity to contact the police.
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A tip by Prince `Abdul-`Aziz bin Fahd

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“The prince once offered an €80,000 tip at a hip restaurant on the Spanish island of Ibiza, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported.”

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This Israeli will be free in less than a year

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“The Israeli eyeglass-shop owner accused of burning an Arab teenager alive last month led a “hunting expedition” to kill a Palestinian to avenge the murder of three Israeli yeshiva students, prosecutors say…There they spotted Deema Zalloum in a Muslim headscarf and a long coat, pushing a stroller with her 6-month-old daughter as her sons Yahia, 8, and Musa, 7, walked nearby.  The yeshiva student grabbed Musa “around his throat in a strangling position” and dragged him toward Ben-David’s Honda, the indictment said.

“My only thought was to rescue my son,” Zalloum recalled in an interview. She hit her son’s abductor on the head with her cellphone.

The teenage assailant punched her in the face and shoved her to the ground, kicking her with his boots “with hatred,” she said. Zalloum blacked out. Her sons escaped to a nearby dry cleaner, and the workers ran outside, but Ben-David and his accomplice sped away.”

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Western governments and media are culpable: British Jihadists and Western Correspondents Share Safe Houses in 2012

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From T: “In 2012 they shared safe houses… Why did the west just decide to highlight a story you have been covering for years? All we heard in 2012 was about Hezbollah and Iranian support of the Syrian Regime. These terrorists were travelling from all over the world to Turkey under the watch of every intelligence agency. Why do they act so shocked now?
 
“It happened that I had been in a Syrian rebel safehouse on the border the day before our colleagues were taken; there, I had stumbled across two British Muslim men with long beards who were about to enter Syria. They were clearly jihadis and uncomfortable in my presence. About ten days later, Foley’s colleagues made it out of Syria. They had, it turned out, been taken prisoner by foreign Muslim radicals, the most vicious of whom spoke with British accents.””

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Foley killers ‘wanted $132m ransom’

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Islamic State jihadists demanded a $132m (£80m) ransom for the release of US journalist James Foley, his employer Globalpost says.
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Comment on What do Iraq’s Sunni Arabs have in common with Ferguson, Mo. African-Americans? by Juan Cole

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thanks, Jim! The old format is still there for those who prefer it; just bookmark:

link to juancole.com

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Comment on ISIS to US: We’ll drown you in Blood; beheads US Journalist, Holds Tikrit by Travis Bickle

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The problem with crying wolf is that there may just be one this time around. As alway, let the buyer beware.

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Comment on ISIS to US: We’ll drown you in Blood; beheads US Journalist, Holds Tikrit by JTMcPhee

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I guess there are a whole lot of people who are maybe less invested in Obama the Chess Player’s aura who see very little difference between the military-industrial-congressional monstrosity under the Bush League, and how the cancer continues to grow under the Obama administration. Still a huge empire, the money, our hard-work-created wealth, continues to generate a giant sucking sound as it floods into the sluiceways of Infinite Threat Creation And Response Weaponized Military. Context?

“President Obama is Not Actually Cutting Military Spending, But He Should ,” link to freedomworks.org

In slightly older news, “War spending surges in President Obama’s budget,” link to politico.com

And a whole lot more. You really think Obama, that one guy with all that is on his plate, and given the massive power of the Complex, has anything but the slightest effect on “managing the military?” Got any support for that feeling? That whole “War is nothing but a racket” thing is kind of unarguably still in place and in full play…

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Foley’s death isn’t changing views in Congress

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In this June 17, 2011 photo, journalist James Foley receives applause from students at the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, Mass. Foley had been released a month prior after being detained for six weeks in Libya. Students at the school had written government leaders to work for his release. Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh) MANDATORY CREDITWASHINGTON (AP) — The beheading of an American journalist in Syria, for all its horror, appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach.

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