Europe: Belgium’s War On Terror

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Police stand near a barricade during an operation in the center of Brussels.

 Belgium (CNN)Brussels: It’s a quaint but bustling city, famed for its picture postcard squares, its chocolate and its beer. But it is rapidly becoming infamous, too, as a fertile recruiting ground for jihadi fighters.

According to police, the carnage of the Paris attacks was plotted here, and it was in these streets that fugitiveSalah Abdeslam hid out in an apartment after abandoning his mission, dumping his suicide belt in a Parisian street and calling friends for help, after apparently driving his co-conspirators to their deaths.

That Abdeslam was caught at all appears to have been an enormous stroke of luck. Despite a massive security operation, the trail appeared to have gone cold, until police, initiating a search for evidence at Abdeslam’s safe house on Tuesday, encountered a barrage of gunfire which tipped them off that something — or someone — important was inside.

Abdeslam and another man are believed to have escaped while a fellow suspect distracted police; he was eventually shot dead but by then Abdeslam had fled, across the rooftops.

Three days later, on Friday, officers finally cornered him in a daring daytime raid on another apartment, bringing to an end an international manhunt that had lasted more than four months.

But authorities here still don’t know what — if any — terror plans are in the works, even with Abdeslam himself finally captured alive and charged, awaiting extradition to France.

READ: Salah Abdeslam, Europe’s ‘most wanted’

Hotbed of jihadist ideology

Belgium remains wary and on edge, its alert level stuck at “grave” — the second highest stage — with security forces warning of a very real threat of attack.

In the past several weeks, CNN went to Molenbeek, a working-class district that has found notoriety as a hotbed of violent jihadist ideology, to find out what — if anything — had changed since the bloodshed in Paris four months ago.

It took months to coax people to meet with us. Many had received threats from self-proclaimed extremists directly to their mobile phones, warning them against speaking to the media.

 Belgian officials have been unable to quell the flow of fighters traveling to ISIS territory, and — perhaps more worryingly, authorities are terrified the fighters will bring another Paris-style attack — back to Europe.
                Brussels is just a short drive away from a host of major cities: Paris, of course, but also Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Berlin; hop into a car or onto a train and almost anyone can travel between any number of European cities within a few hours. Only recently, especially after the Paris attacks, did some European nations begin implementing immigration checks.
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Combating Vaccine Extremism In America

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Article by Barbara Loe Fisher and published in National Vaccine Information Center Health Magazine.

2016 will be my 34th year as a vaccine safety and human rights activist. For more than 20 years I have been warning that the day would come when vaccine extremists and profiteers would move to legally force Americans to buy and use all government mandated vaccines and punish those who refuse. 

Still, it was a shock to see it happen in California this year, even as I know that preparations are being made by vaccine extremists to attack the religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions in more states next year.

But knowing and predicting what will happen is very different from watching it actually happen.

Born in Minnesota to a mother, who was a nurse, and a father, who fought on the beach at Anzio and then re-enlisted in the Army after returning from World War II,  I was raised with a deep respect for the values and beliefs upon which this Republic was founded and for the natural rights and principles of democratic government outlined in the U.S. Constitution. 

Like so many others who are grateful for freedom of thought and religion in this country, my abiding faith in a Creator of the natural order sustains me during my life’s journey and I believe Americans will not give up the natural rights and cultural values that define who we are as a nation without a fight.

Earlier this year, when vaccine extremists and profiteers used a few cases of measles at Disneyland to attack freedom of speech, thought, religious belief and assembly, my heart sank. It was painful to watch good people be demonized for simply criticizing poorly tested vaccines and inhumane one-size-fits-all vaccine policies.

Then, when dozens of pharmaceutical and medical industry-backed bills were introduced in multiple states to eliminate religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions so citizens could be tracked, discriminated against, segregated and punished for making vaccine choices that do not conform with government policy, I held my breath.

What would the people do? Would they bow down and cower before their oppressors, or would they stand up and defend their natural rights and civil liberties?

In a remarkable display of outrage, common sense and courage, we witnessed mothers, fathers and grandparents from every walk of life in California show up by the thousands to testify in legislative hearings and hold rallies in Sacramento opposing a forced vaccination law that was rammed through the legislature, despite the biggest public protests in that state Capitol since the Viet Nam war.

The same thing happened in Vermont, where industry lobbyists strong armed enough legislators to eliminate the philosophical belief vaccine exemption despite overwhelming public opposition, even as spirited citizen action in Texas and nine other states was successful in blocking the passage of bills stripping away personal belief vaccine exemptions.

Continue reading: http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/December-2015/combating-vaccine-extremism-in-america.aspx

The Fight Against Terrorism Is The Responsibility Of Everyone, Not The Police Alone

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France police ready for action against terrorism

Do you know the reason some people like to bully other people? Because they see fear in the eyes of their victims. Terrorists are cruel, pitiless, savage and people without conscience, because their aim is to destroy, cause panic and fear in public and to kill. When they are successfully with such atrocities, they feel happy and say it loud “Allahu Akbar-God is great.

As a matter of fact, I don’t know the kind of God terrorists worship. If they claim ‘God is great,’ then they shouldn’t kill for a great God. It’s because the God they worship is a ‘WEAK GOD’ the reason they kill for him. There is no normal person on earth, who would put explosives on his body, enter where defenseless people, including children are and detonate to kill them.

I don’t have friends and the little friends near me are all scared to die, because of the nature of articles I write. Those I’ve lost contact with, because of a missing phone, wouldn’t like to give me back their numbers. The fear that when I’m in trouble, they may probably be implicated, because I have their numbers, is haunting them.

I feel very sorry for them, because the coward dies million times before their real death. In fact the only courageous man ever to live in this world that has been my best friend, is Holland’s Scientist and Micro-surgeon, Professor Johan Van Dongen. He is brave enough to tell the world that: Aids and Ebola were medical crimes against Africa.

Fear, is a psychological disease many people including Africans have. It is this fear that Islamic terrorists have observed among nations. Depending on the fears of people, terrorists use it as advantage to strike. The Charlie Hebdo deadly attack  and the recent  events in France; leaving dozens dead in shootings and explosions, are some of the terrible things terrorists can do.

The significant question is: If everyone wants to go heaven but nobody is prepared to die, because of fear, who is going to help the police to thwart terrorists actions? The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. Terrorism is a universal crime planned against humanity, the police therefore needs help from the general public to make investigations easier.

How can we make it easier for the police to fight against terrorism? Since terrorism poses a grave threat to national security and the lives of individual, the public has invaluable role to play in the fight against terrorists, violent extremists and other criminals. The public shouldn’t keep any information about terrorism. The police are there to help every time and in this crucial time. This is the time everyone should play the role as an investigator and informant.