Authorities have identified a Canadian suspect in the deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria last year.
The attack killed five Israelis and one Bulgarian on a tourist bus July 18in Burgas, on the Black Sea coast.
Hassan El Hajj Hassan, 25, a Canadian, was named as a suspect Thursday. Australian Meliad Farah (alias Hussein Hussein), 32, is also wanted.
Authorities have said the men are of Lebanese origin, with links to the Islamist group Hezbollah.
A Bulgarian government press release said both men were seen between June 28 and July 18, 2012, in areas surrounding where the bombing occurred.
The men allegedly registered at hotels and rented cars using the fake identities of Brian Jeremiah Jameson, Jacque Felipe Martin and Ralph William Rico.
A year after the attack, Bulgarian officials say Hezbollah was behind the bombing, a claim Hezbollah denies.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Thursday Hassan is a “non-resident dual national who lived here for several years when he was a child.”
A Missouri man is leveling allegations against an Ohio-based customer service company, claiming he’s dealing with persistent and explicit acts of racism in the workplace. And now, he’s coming forward with the photos to help his case.
DeAndre Martin, who works for Convergys in Arnold, Mo., told St. Louis Fox affiliate KTVI that harassing images began appearing on July 11, when he allegedly received a crude drawing depicting a man hanging from a tree at his desk.
Then, on July 15, Martin clocked out and went to his car in the company parking lot, only to find the “n-word,” he said, and an image of a noose spray-painted on his car
“You see the N-word and then a big picture of a noose, and that’s a big deal to me,” Martin told the station. “The first time never should have happened, and the second time was over the top. It’s always like a shock and awe but then suddenly anger sets in.”
Martin said he brought the images to the attention of Convergys management. In a statement to KTVI, the company said it is taking the matter seriously, and that it is under investigation. According to the Convergys website, the company “values individual differences” and seeks to “[foster] mutual respect and communication” throughout its workforce.
Martin said that the harassment was particularly disappointing in light of “current world events,” possibly alluding to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. “What perfect timing,” Martin observed.
This isn’t the first time allegations of discrimination have been leveled at Convergys. In 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Convergys over religious discrimination, claiming that the company had violated federal law by refusing to hire a call center worker because his religion forbade him to work on Saturdays.
“Giving an employee an alternative schedule in such a large call center should not be impossible,” Barbara Seely, regional attorney for the EEOC St. Louis district office, said in a statement at the time. “Refusing to hire a person in this situation without even discussing a possible accommodation for his religion is unlawful discrimination.”
Money raised by an Islamic charity created to help Canada’s poor and needy instead went overseas, potentially into the hands of violent militants, a government audit has found.
The federal charity watchdog is now threatening to revoke the charity status of Mississauga’s ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) Development Foundation.
A Canada Revenue Agency audit revealed the foundation shipped more than $280,000 to a Pakistan-based agency, cash the government fears went to supporting the Hizbul Mujahideen — a militant group that seeks the secession of Kashmir from India.
The foundation “facilitated the transfer of resources that may have been used to support the efforts of a political organization . . . and its armed wing,” the CRA said in a letter to the charity outlining its findings, obtained by the Star.
“Canada’s commitment to combating terrorism extends to preventing organizations with ties to terrorism from benefiting from the tax advantages of charitable registration,” the CRA letter said.
The charity’s acting president dismissed the suggestion that the money it gave to the Pakistan-based Relief Organization for Kashmiri Muslims may have landed in the wrong hands because of poor oversight.
“The money did not go to any groups who were freedom fighters,” G. Nabi Chaudhary said. “We made sure that all of the money the charity sent to those organizations was spent on the needy, to help the misplaced. We had people on the ground who were working with the relief organizations.”
But the charity failed to show auditors any documents proving it had control over how the money was spent, as the tax agency requires.
Contradicting Chaudhary’s assurance the money was carefully spent, the charity’s board members told auditors the funds were sent abroad with “no strings.”
In fact, the sole scrap of evidence the charity said it had on how its money was spent overseas — photographs appearing to show relief work being done on behalf of the ISNA Development Foundation — was “altered,” auditors said.
A forensic examination determined the pictures of men performing relief work with a banner depicting ISNA Development Foundation in the background had been doctored after they were taken, specifically around the banner.
The charity’s directors told auditors their knowledge of the relief work done in Kashmir is based solely on these photographs.
“Once the money left Canada, (the foundation) had no control over the money, how it was spent or what it was to be spent on,” board members said, according to the CRA.
The CRA’s audit probed the charity’s operations for a three-year period, from 2007 through 2009. Since then, the foundation has sent more than $80,000 to Pakistan….
WHTR tv station in Indiana, U.S.A program on ISNA a few years ago
In the war on terror, a prominent local Muslim organization is a strong voice advocating peace. The Islamic Society of North America calls itself a mainstream organization committed to fighting the distortion of their religion. But the Eyewitness News Investigators found ISNA also has connections to some groups and individuals that critics say are tied to terrorism. ISNA says its associations are all innocent and should not be misconstrued, but one expert in particular takes issue with that. Eyewitness News decided to take a look at the conflicting views on ISNA’s mission.
This story was prepared by reporter Angie Moreschi, photographer/editor Bill Ditton and producer Gerry Lanosga.
will there be a Czech Defense League in the future?
An atheist association in the Czech Republic (OSACR) filed a legal complaint against the formal head of Czech Muslims – Muneeb Hassan Alrawi. The complaint centres on his potential illegal conduct in a sermon where he calls on Muslims to teach their children to hate “kufr” (usually translated as all things unacceptable and offensive to God and defined in Qur’an by acts of “unbelievers“, „disbelievers“, or „infidels”) and to beat them if they refuse to pray*. Such preaching is especially peculiar in a country which is often ranked as one of the least religious in the world and where Muslims represent a tiny fraction of the population.
Yes, it is not surprising from radical clerics, but Mr. Alrawi is chairman of the “Center of Muslim Communities” in the Czech Republic (UMO) making him formally the highest representative of Muslims in the country. Next year UMO plans to acquire a higher legal status that would allow them – among other advantages – to teach their version of Islam in schools, prisons etc.
Nevertheless, what makes this case perhaps unique is the response of the state attorney J. Petrásek. He stated in the newspaper Rovnost that the case is “interesting and unique, and if accepted it would probably be classified as a threat to the moral education of youth and Mr. Alrawi would be immediately prosecuted”. Furthermore Mr. Petrasek said that “to outlaw the entire Islamic association is bold, but not unrealistic” which sounds reasonable in light of Mr. Alrawi’s response that he had read a translated sermon and that the content of his teaching is an integral part of Islam.
Jan Werner on behalf of the atheist association said: “We regard it unacceptable that the state grants a registration to a group whose leaders regularly call to hate unbelievers”. “Our association cares about advancement of humanism, secular values, tolerance and understanding. However, we see a direct threat to these values in extremist organisations like UMO” added Werner.
“Your duty in this period is to teach him (a child between 7 and 10) to love Islam, and – that he could become a Muslim – teach him to express hate towards kufr. Teach him hate towards everything immoral and not good. Mainly, teach him to hate kufr, hence not-accepting Allah.”
“Teach your children salah (prayer) at age 7 and you can beat them when they are 10 if they don’t do so.”
contact for further inquiries: Slávek Černý, firstname.lastname@example.org, +420 608 612 423
A BOMB found behind a Sydney police station and linked to last year’s Muslim riots could have been deadly if it had detonated, police say.
Officers are following a number of “very strong leads” as they investigate online threats against police that refer to the explosive device.
Counter terrorism commander Peter Dean said the threats seemed to link the bomb to last year’s Islamic protests in Hyde Park.
“There’s a comment in the Facebook blogs and also in the email that talks about protests in Sydney so there is an assumption that there’s some link there,” he told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.
The hand-sized device was found in the rear car park of Campsie Police Station on Tuesday afternoon.