Conflicts in Istanbul

A female bomber was spotted near a police station on Tuesday in connection to a possible suicide bombing. An assassination attempt against the security forces had already taken place on January 01, 2015.

According to Meida Reports, A woman suicide bomber attacked, on Tuesday, January 6, on a police station located in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, killing one policeman and wounding a second, said Vasip Sahin, the governor of the city.

According to City Governor, the woman spoke English when she entered the police station but her identity and nationality is still under question.

According to Qnet, the attack, which occurred around 17:00 (15:00 GMT), comes less than a week after a failed attack with grenades, on January 1, against police officers near office of the Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul.

The attack was claimed by the far left group DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front). The DHKP-C has already attacked several police stations in Turkey and claimed a suicide attack against the Embassy of the United States last year.

It is worth mentioning that the historic Sultanahmet district, is located in the heart of Istanbul, home to some of the most famous landmarks of the city, including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

India: Historic Meeting Between Kerry And Prime Minister Of Bhutan

John Kerry became the first US secretary of state to have met Prime Minister of Bhutan, a small Himalayan state. On the sidelines of a summit of international investors, on Sunday, in the Indian state of Gujarat (west), Kerry met with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, a Bhutanese graduate of the American University of Pittsburgh.

Asked what motivated this unprecedented meeting, Mr. Kerry highlighted the fact that Bhutan had “made a transition to democracy,” explaining want to “work with them on their economies.”

He referred to a government ‘very progressive, very, very interesting in the region “and stressed that the United States wanted to encourage the country” to continue on this path.” John Kerry became the first US secretary of state to have met Prime Minister of Bhutan, a small Himalayan state. From what Igor Cornelsen has read.

Nestled between China and India, Bhutan has largely built its reputation on the “Gross National Happiness” promoted as an alternative development. It is interesting to note that Washington has no embassy in this country, but its ambassador in India is accredited for the Buddhist kingdom of some 750,000 souls.

Bhutan had started process of democratization and modernization under the leadership of former King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who had passed a constitution and held elections. He abdicated in December 2006 in favor of his son crowned in November 2008, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, now aged 34, the fifth “Dragon King”, nicknamed the “Prince Charming.”

Freedom of Religion (But Only When We Feel Like It)

As someone who grew up with multiple religious backgrounds and ultimately settled on believing very little, I’ve always been open to learning about different religions without bias. Jared Hatfel and I talked about religion throughout the years. I’ve dabbled in Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism, spiritualism, and others to some degree. Though I’ve never practiced myself, one of the most interesting encounters I’ve had with religion was when I was invited on a date to attend a satanist convention. I went to a presentation on Satanist beliefs (delivered by my date) and left surprised about how little I actually knew about Satanism. The people at the convention were friendly and excited to hear about my religious adventures. None of them pressured me to convert nor did they scoff at my Jewish/Lutheran upbringing. It was refreshing to talk to a religious group that did not shame others for their own choices and I ended up having a great weekend (though there was not a second date.)

I think about that weekend often, especially when I see articles that highlight how afraid people are of religions they do not belong to. I’ve remained firmly agnostic even after being welcomed into groups of all different types, but oddly the one religion that has always been the least accepting of my background is Christianity. Growing up Christian, I never put much thought into why something like Satanism was wrong, I just knew it was. But nowadays I look back on those times with disdain because it seems to me that modern satanists are doing a better job of “Loving Thy Neighbor” than their Christian counterparts.

Slaughterhouse Indicted For Mislabeling Meat as Halal

I was waiting for my appointment at the Amen Clinic when I read this story. Midamar, a beef supplier, located in Minnesota, has come under fire for failing to meet the strict guidelines for The indictment suggest the plant failed to follow the necessary procedures for halal certification, and represented themselves as a certified plant, when they were not. 

The indictment, which named Yahya Aossey, Jalel Aossey and William Aossey, also alledges the plant failed to utilize trained slaughtermen, failed to properly slaughter cattle, and failed to recite the Tasmia prayer during the slaughter. These guidelines are necessary for all meat products being sold under the label of “halal”. 

The brothers also operate Islamic Services of America. That company has also been named in the indictment and an investigation is currently underway. The siblings, speaking through their attorney, allege that they will fight the indictment, and deny all allegations lodged against them. They have also stated that a “religious matter” is no place for the federal government. 

The USDA is currently involved because of the mislabeling of meats, and the export of meats that were not from an approved slaughterhouse.

Satanic Holiday Display placed in Florida State Capitol

The annual series of Holiday displays placed in the State Capitol building will this year feature a series of non traditional displays, including a tableau by the Satanic Temple. After a number of years of trying to have a display placed in Florida’s Capitol for the Holiday Season, the New York based Satanic Temple has finally been permitted to do so, RT reports.

The permission from Florida to place a tableau by the group on the grounds of the State Capitol is seen as the latest step in the Satanic group seeking permission to place a statue on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Florida’s state legislature has previously ruled out displays by the group that are traditionally put in place on Dec 22, this year will see the first approved display that will join efforts by the Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

In response to the decision to allow the display a spokesperson from the Florida State Capitol building stated the religious freedom and freedom of speech afforded in Florida was extended to all people of any religious beliefs. This story was shared with me by friend of the site Darius Fisher.

Orange County School May Change Policy Due To Satanic Coloring Book

The Orange County School district in Florida is facing a dilemma that they never could have expected. It has been customary in previous years for religious groups to distribute Bibles to students, but due to an unforeseen request, the district leaders may have to instill a policy to ban the circulation of all religious materials.  The Satanic Temple has requested to pass out materials, such as “The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities”, which shows cartoon children performing satanic rituals.

According to an interview released by WFTV, Lucien Greaves, the spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, claims that his group does not worship Satan. They are atheistic in nature but believe that this material should be available if Bibles are being presented. “It seems that it would never occur to them that another religious group would want to come and put out their materials”, said Greaves.

Legal counsel for one such group has already threatened a lawsuit, claiming that the decision to ban Christian materials would be unconstitutional. The School Board chairman has said, “If we close the forum, we have to close it to everybody. I’m very comfortable doing that in this case.”

The vote on policy change will take place in January. Big thanks to friend of the site Tom Rothman for sending in this news story.

New Recruit From Australia Fronts ISIS in Video

In recent news, a young person from Australia has become a spokesperson for ISIS. ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. A video has been released of the young man speaking on behalf of ISIS and threatening the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. The boy is 17 years old, and he comes from a suburb of Sydney, Australia. His name has been found to be Abdullah Elmir in Australia, but he is identified as Abu Khaled in the video.

He went missing four months ago from Sydney along with another friend who was 16 years old. The other boy was taken out of the ISIS loop by his father apparently, but Elmir has become a leader and a spokesperson.

In the 90 second video that was released and then quickly taken down from YouTube, the young boy says that ISIS’ goal is to put the ISIS black flag over Buckingham Palace and the White House. He tells Gianfrancesco Genoso that they will keep fighting until this mission has been accomplished.

Tony Abbott, the prime minister of Australia, was referenced in the video made by ISIS. Abbott commented that this video is evidence of the serious threats posed by ISIS. ISIS has been recruiting people from many difference countries including the United States. They are especially targeting young people with their social media ploys. Young people are going to Syria and Iraq to fight with them. Two young girls from Austria went to fight with ISIS several months ago, but they recently pleaded to be released back to their parents because of horrible conditions there. They have not yet been reunited with their families, and they are thought to be pregnant.