Archive | August 16, 2016

70% of ISIS Recruits Don’t Even Know What Islam Is*

70% of ISIS Recruits Don’t Even Know What Islam Is*

By Claire Bernish

Shredding the oft- and self-propagated notion the Islamic State is comprised of radical Muslims, the vast majority of the group’s recruits have only superficial knowledge about the religion of Islam — some even purchased the book “Islam for Dummies” just prior to joining.

An analysis of leaked Islamic State documents obtained by Syrian opposition site Zaman al-Wasl and undertaken by the Associated Press found 70% of recruits at the height of the group’s push for members only possessed basic knowledge of Shari’ah, laws derived from verses in the Qur’an, and “hadith,” the words and actions of the prophet Mohammed.

While 24% had attained an intermediate understanding of the religion, a mere 5% were considered advanced students of Islam.

That exact ignorance of the religion’s true tenets likely helped inflate Islamic State numbers. As the outlet explains:

“At the height of the Islamic State’s drive for foot soldiers in 2013 and 2014, typical recruits included the group of Frenchmen who went bar-hopping with their recruiter back home, the recent European convert who now hesitantly describes himself as gay, and two Britons who ordered ‘The Koran for Dummies’ and ‘Islam for Dummies’ from Amazon to prepare for jihad abroad. Their intake process complete, they were grouped in safe houses as a stream of imams came in to indoctrinate them, according to court testimony and interviews by the Associated Press.”

Recruits like these, largely unaware of what violent extremism entails, can be facilely manipulated by actual radicals once family ties have been severed and means of communication with the world, like cellphones, have been taken away. Once in the clutches of the group, either full indoctrination into ISIL’s perverted interpretation of Islam occurs, or the realization its terrorist ways go too far still leave a recruit without means of escaping easily.

“I realized that I was in the wrong place when they began to ask me questions on these forms like, ‘when you die, who should we call?’” a 32-year-old European recruit, who thought he was joining a group to fight Pres. Bashar al-Assad and help Syrians, told the AP on the condition of anonymity.

Based on the analysis, it would seem religious ignorance — not thorough understanding of Shari’ah and Islam — makes the perfect background for potential Islamic State fighters.

For example, Mohamed Lahouaiyej Bouhlel — the driver who ploughed a truck through a crowd of people, killing 85, on Bastille Day in Nice — “was described by family and neighbours as indifferent to religion, volatile and prone to drinking sprees, with a bent for salsa dancing and a reported male lover,” the AP described.

In the 4,030 entry documents for ISIL’s foreign recruits for Syria from 2013 and 2014 examined by the AP were those of Karim and Foued Mohammad-Aggad — both shortly returned to France, and Foued eventually participated in the Paris attacks on the Bataclan nightclub in November that left 130 people dead.

“Islam was used [by the Islamic State] to trap me like a wolf,” Karim told the court prior to sentencing.

According to the documents analyzed by the Associated Press, Karim and Foued Mohammad-Aggad were both listed as having only “basic” knowledge of Shari’ah.

This proved to be true in court. Under questioning by the judge concerning his grasp of Shari’ah and Islam, Karim repeatedly intoned,

“I don’t have the knowledge to answer the question.”

Undoubtedly, some who join or vow allegiance to the terrorist group, do so for misguided religious reasons. However, as Patrick Skinner — a former CIA case officer who specialized in extremist organizations in the Middle East — explained, most who join are “reaching for a sense of belonging, a sense of notoriety, a sense of excitement.”

Indeed, he added, “Religion is an afterthought.”

Skinner also told the AP the thousand-year-old seat of learning for Shari’ah and Qur’anic studies in Cairo, Al-Azhar, came under sharp criticism in the Islamic State’s recent issue of its English-language magazine, Dabiq, which said Al-Azhar is part of an “approach to subdue Muslims through appeasement” with the West.

Al-Azhar Islamic scholar, Mohammed Abdelfadel, said ISIL propaganda videos heralding fighters’ supposed martyrdom directly contradict ‘Islamic laws that forbid terrorism, the murder of non-combatants in war, the imposition of Islam on non-Muslims and other criminal activity,’ as the AP paraphrased.

Further still, those with the most thorough understanding of Shari’ah were far less inclined to want to ‘martyr’ themselves as suicide bombers, a study by the U.S. military’s Combating Terrorism Center found, quoted by the AP:

“If martyrdom is seen as the highest religious calling, then a reasonable expectation would be that the people with the most knowledge about Islamic law (Shari’ah) would desire to carry out these operations with greater frequency.”

But, despite ISIL’s claims of religious motivations for its attacks, “those with the most religious knowledge within the organization itself are the least likely to volunteer to be suicide bombers.”

Though these points have been argued and championed by a number of Muslims in an attempt to grow understanding of Islam and fight bigotry and prejudice, Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan urged Muslim scholars to demonstrate that what ISIL teaches isn’t Islam.

“The people who are doing this are not experiencing martyrdom, they are criminals. They are killing innocent people,” Ramadan implored.

“Nothing in Islam, nothing ever can justify the killing of innocent people, never, ever.”


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Snowden: Al Baghdadi was Trained By MOSSAD*

ISIS exposed at House of Lords and the Covenant of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)*

The Real Jihad is in Palestine*

Now we Know Why ISIS/L is Destroying Iraq and not Defending Palestine*

ISIS Demolish the Nabi Younes (Prophet Jonah) Mosque*

The Misled Foreign Fighters in Iraq*

360,000 Foreign Nationals from Tens of States Fighting Alongside Terrorists in Syria*

80 Percent of ISIL Terrorists in Fallujah Come from Abroad*

U.K. Special Forces Fighting alongside Terrorists on Jordanian Border*

The West Remains Silent as NATO Member Supports Terrorists in Syria*

Jews caught staging “Muslim terror” again to hype up flagging support for their evil antichristian apartheid regime

British Banking System the Pumping Heart of Terror Finance and Global Drug Trade*

France, U.K., and Germany produce the most ISIS Terrorists from Europe*

Syrian Athletes at the Olympics are Categorized as “Refugees”*

Syrian Athletes at the Olympics are Categorized as “Refugees”*

By Sarah Alard

Yusra Mardini

Yusra Mardini

Is anyone else as upset as I am that the SYRIAN swimmer, Yusra Mardini, is being recognized as a refugee, not as a Syrian national, and that, if she wins a medal, the members of the Olympic Committee have decided they will raise a special flag they made for refugees, instead of her Syrian flag?

It would seem that the Olympic Committee wants to hide that Yusra has become a great swimmer due to the fact that the Syrian Government financed her training. And now that she has become so successful — thanks to Syrian money — the Olympic Committee are stealing that glory from the Syrian people.

What no newspaper or magazine or TV or radio report will tell you, is the following. Yusra Mardini did not flee a civil war in Syria. There is no civil war in Syria. Syrians are not fighting one another. Syrians are fighting foreigners who are entering Syria mostly through the northern border with Turkey. These fighters are Western pawns, and too stupid to realize that they are mere pawns. They think they are establishing an “Islamic State”. What they are really doing, is destroying Syria, so that Westerners can divide and rule the country. As soon as these pawns have destroyed Syria sufficiently, their funding from Saudi Arabia — a Western puppet state and a long-time enemy of Syria — will end within a millisecond. As will the funding from Qatar — another Western puppet state and long-time rival of Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi rulers, themselves American pawns, want to destroy secular Syria and the secular Baath Party, which is headed by President Bashar Al Assad. The Saudi rulers, are not democratically elected by the people of Saudi Arabia, but are one family, which was given power to rule in the time of Lawrence of Arabia, who wanted to “unite Arabs” so that they could be more easily and efficiently ruled by the English. Today, this British-backed Saudi family is still ruling the country, calling themselves “royals”. They are brutal, ignorant, backward dictators. And they are useful to the West, mostly Europe and America, so they continue to enjoy Western support. They know nothing about Islam and have invented their own perverted set of beliefs, known as “Wahhabism”, and claim this is Islam.

Wahhabism is not Islam. Wahhabism is for sick men who want to rape and exploit women. Everyone knows that the Saudis have oil money…. lots and lots of oil money. But what everyone does not know is that they use their money to establish and fund Wahhabi schools in Islamic countries such as Egypt, Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as in Europe. Many mosques in Europe are Saudi-funded, which means they are teaching Wahhabi nonsense, and calling this Islam. Western politicians are well aware of this fact, and let this continue. Now we are seeing the results of years of Wahhabi schools in Europe. European youths who attended these Wahhabi mosques, and who know they have no prospects and future in a Fascist, racist Europe, and who know nothing about Islam, are fighting in Syria, killing Syrians. They grew up in secular Europe and turned their back on it (after Europe turned its back on them) to go destroy secular Syria where they think they will re-establish an Islamic state, re-establish the “Ummah”. European secularism has not been good to them, and they think that the Ummah will be. This fits in well with the desires of the brutal Saudi rulers, who also want to destroy Syrian secularism and replace it with their perverted Wahhabism. And it fits in well with Western — that is, American and European — politicians’ plans of putting Syrian lands and resources in the hands of the West. Western politicians know that Americans and Europeans no longer want colonialism, imperialism and dead soldiers coming home. So they use these disheartened, ignorant migrant youths to get the job done. It really is a brilliant plan.

As for the rulers of Qatar, they too are a corrupt family; mere useful Western pawns, who would fall off the map and be nobodys, were it not for their fight in Syria. Like the Saudis, they too have lots of oil money, but no interest in Syria; their fight in Syria is merely to rival their big, overbearing Saudi neighbours –“ if you can do it, so can we”. They are like the man with a small penis and a big car. They give financial support to the Muslim Brotherhood for one reason only — to rival Saudi Wahhabism. But the Muslim Brotherhood are also not Muslims.

They are interested only in money and power, and will stop at nothing to get it. They are not interested in Islamic history, Islamic art, Islamic teachings, or Islamic countries. They only want money, money, money. And if they have to kill to get it, well, then, they will kill without any scruples, even killing Muslims, and tell themselves this is Islam. This is how messed up these youths are. These days, Turkey is being destroyed by Erdogan, who is also a Muslim Brotherhood supporter. Erdogan enjoys majority support from Turks in Turkey, not because of his extremism, but because he has made a financial deal with the Devil that has raised the standard of living in Turkey. Erdogan also wants Syria destroyed because it is ruled by a secular party. He wants the Muslim Brotherhood in power in Syria and in Egypt. In Egypt he almost got his wish, until the Egyptian army intervened and got rid of the corrupt, destructive Muslim Brotherhood that briefly ruled the country under Mohamed Mursi. Had the army in Egypt not removed Mursi, Egypt today would be like Turkey today.

Finally, a word on the legal status of our Syrian Olympic swimmer, Yusra. What editors will not print, publish and air on TV or radio, is the fact that Yusra has not been given refugee status by any country, and is therefore not a refugee. Which means the Olympic Committee members have no basis on which to label Yusra a refugee. If they do not know that she does not have refugee status, then they should not be on the Olympic Committee having powers to make such decisions. But I suspect they do know, and don’t care. To them, it is about denying Syria its rightful moment of Olympic glory.

It is no longer just about sports, but is now also a political issue. The world must not know that Syria is a kaleidoscope of ethnicities, that is SUCCESSFULLY ruled by a secular party — the Baath Party, headed by Bashar Al Assad, and established by his father, Hafez Al Assad.

The world must not know that Yusra did not flee from her government, but that she was helped by her government. The world must not know that she did not flee from a civil war, and that there is no civil war in Syria. The world must not know that Yusra fled from foreign fighters in her country who are killing her countrymen, women and children. The world must not know that Yusra is a proud Syrian, not a grateful refugee.


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Olympic Chefs Feeding Rio’s Poor*

Cupping at the Olympics – what is it and why do athletes use it?*

Court Rules in Favour of Brazilians Protest Against Temer inside Olympic Venues*

Massive Protests Erupt Around Brazil as Impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff Looms*

Police use Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets against Protesting Brazilian Students*

Middle-aged White Men Like Me Have no Right to Tell Women not to Wear the Burkini*

360,000 Foreign Nationals from Tens of States Fighting Alongside Terrorists in Syria*

U.S. Central Command Intelligence Reports Hid Poor Progress against ISIS in Iraq and Syria*

Washington won’t Accept Syrian Defeat by Iran and Russia*

Reflections on the Idea of a Common Humanity*

Rothschild Billion Dollar Money Laundering Plot in Africa*

Rothschild Billion Dollar Money Laundering Plot in Africa*

By Baxter Dmitry

A newly discovered Wikileaks cable shows that the Rothschilds were involved in a billion dollar money laundering scheme in Africa.

The classified cable from the Public Library of U.S. Diplomacy published by WikiLeaks exposes Rothschild Bank “advising” a “secret and corrupt” billion dollar transaction in order to create a “massive money laundering scheme” in Senegal and crash the struggling nation’s economy.

The secretive Rothchilds are rarely in the news and never publicly rebuked by governments, however the classified cable discovered by Your News Wire reveals that a U.S. diplomatic official clearly referred to the actions of Rothschild Bank as “corrupt” and the transaction as “indefensible.”

The Rothschild-driven deal involved the Senegalese state selling off Sonatel, the national telecommunications company and most profitable public resource, in return for $1.2 billion.

The U.S. government were led to believe the sale was corrupt and the funds would be used to create a “massive money laundering scheme” to benefit the Senegalese elite – specifically former President Abdoullah Wade’s son Karim Wade – and Rothschilds Bank.

The cable was written by the U.S. diplomat Jay Smith, the chargé d’affaires heading the Dakar embassy in the absence of an ambassador. From the cable:

The cable shows the U.S. government were aware of the illegal deal and were petitioning the Senegalese government against completing it. No such petition was attempted with Rothschild Bank however, even though the London merchant bank was the “advising” body with the “decision” of who would gain access to the shares.

According to Diarisso, with the DGMP’s waiver, the government can now conclude an exclusive deal with the investment bank Rothschild (which was also noted in the press articles) to act as the advisor and sole agent for the sale, including “deciding” who gets the opportunity to buy the shares.”

The cable stated openly that the Rothschild Bank – an infamous British multinational investment bank founded in 1811 and controlled by the Rothschild family to this day – was operating illegally:

The information was confidentially shared with the U.S. diplomat by senior Senegalese and International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials.

The full classified cable can be viewed here.

Financial terrorism

The sale of the profitable national company was expected to have disastrous financial consequences for the fragile Senegalese economy. The only beneficiaries of the sale were to be the country’s ruling family and the Rothschild Bank. According to the cable:

The IMF, World Bank, and senior officials at the Ministry of Finance are deeply concerned about the deal’s short- and long-term consequences for Senegal’s public finances. As Diarisso recently told the Econ Counselor, “it’s much worse than serious.”

The corrupt sale of the national company was expected to have particularly dire consequences for the nation’s pensions:

“The journal [Nouvel Horizon] reported that Rothschild Bank would again be granted the right to organize the divestiture as a private transaction, and that the goal was again to facilitate money laundering. At this time, we have no further information on this proposal, but if true, the impact could be even more staggering and widespread, given that IPRES is the retirement lifeline for thousands of non-government employees.”

“Cool and corrupt $15 million”

There is consensus among observers of the government’s actions that the primary purpose of this divestiture is to help Karim Wade and his associates launder huge sums of cash that they have collected in recent years through “contributions,” “donations,” kickbacks, and the sale of illegally acquired assets, much of which was generated in the preparations summit of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) held in March in Dakar.

Our interlocutors are convinced that Senegal’s high-level corruption could have easily generated level of receipts equal to the value of the Sonatel shares; however, the scale of this scheme is audacious by Senegalese standards. As Diarisso noted, “the country can accept Karim’s frequent efforts to launder CFA one billion or 5 billion (USD 2-10 million), but this is beyond acceptable.” Holding these assets for steady dividend income or selling these directly back into Dakar’s regional stock exchange in a routine and unsuspicious manner will, in theory, “wash” the money to the point of plausible deniability.

Adding to the fiscal irresponsibility of this scheme, the arrangement with Rothschild’s reportedly includes paying the bank a 1.5 percent commission on the value of the shares, for a cool and corrupt USD 15 million.

We cannot refute the government’s claim that it has the right to sell its own assets. But it is a difficult case to make fiscally, since Sonatel is the country’s best performing company and one of the few stable sources of significant revenue for Senegal’s national budget. For the government to do so solely to facilitate corruption and launder money on behalf of Karim Wade and his circle, would be indefensible.”


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Offshore Firm Helped Billionaires Plunder Africa*

Rothschild Establishes Billionaire Tax Haven Inside America*

Rothschild Bank Now Under Criminal Investigation*

Lord Rothschild ‘The Tide is Turning’*

Luxembourg unit of Rothschild Under Criminal Investigation Over Missing $4 Billion In Global Corruption Probe*

Lord Rothschild Demands Britain Stay in E.U.*

Hungary Becomes First European Country to Ban Rothschild Banks*

Anonymous Takes 9 Rothschild Central Banks Offline*

Top Rothschild Bankster Pushes Corrupt Communist to Lead U.N.*

Turkey-Russia Tensions Spike as Russia Moves into Rothschild-Murdoch Illegal Stake, Northern Syria*

The Rothschild’s Zionist World Order*

Jean-Claude van Damme Summoned for ‘re-education’ in Israel after Expose on Rothschilds*

Say Hi to the Head of your NWO Nightmare Baron Jacob Nathaniel Rothschild*

(Rothschild’s) Reuters Colludes With Al Qaeda Terrorists by Disguising Them as “Rebels”*

Rothschilds, Trump, Killary and the Rigged U.S. Presidential Election*

New Colonial Carve-up of Africa? British firms vying for £1trn Natural Resources*

A.U Launches All-Africa Passport to Create a Borderless Continent*

Senegal Farmers Tell Transnational Corporations to get off their Land*

Saudis Confess Defeat in Yemen*

Saudis Confess Defeat in Yemen*

Saudi media reported that the former director of Al-Arabiyan TV Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed said the war in Yemen may last for years he likened it to the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which lasted for fifteen years, considering that Yemen and Afghanistan are alike in terms of rugged terrain and the large role for the tribes, and foreign interventions.

Calling the Arab coalition countries to think and operate on the basis that the solution is far, and must look for partial solutions enable the Yemeni government to work in their areas of influence ..

Al-Rashed in his article which was published entitled “Yemen term peace and resolve” said, the new hope for resolving the conflict in Yemen and end the war evaporated when the rejection of former President Saleh and Houthi team.

Rashed revealed on Saudi government run with officials from former President Saleh’s camp, and its receiving for Houthi delegations on its territory for several times,.

Compare in his daily essay to «newspaper of the Middle East» on Thursday 4th August between the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which were not a central authority does not have much effect on the rest of the republic as a result of the weakness of the central government for decades and the Afghan capital, Kabul.

While Rashed outbalanced that the war in Yemen may not last another fifteen years, and added by saying,

“it is assumed that there is no illusion that the solution in Yemen in nearby, only by handing over all power to the Houthis, Iran’s allies, and this is totally unacceptable.”

He added:

“With this careful negotiation, there is no illusion with one in Riyadh that there may not be a political solution now, no nearby end for the war in Yemen. Someone said to me, it is unlikely that the war stopped three years ago, and we have to dig trenches accordingly”.

Rashed in his article ruled to enter the coalition by Saudi Arabia hand to the capital, Sanaa, and justified this by saying,

 “because they do not want to make a Sanaa Cemetery. Yemen is a neighbouring country, and its people are closers, and no one wants to bequeath for the following generations, and victory is required but with the least of the prices on both war sides”.

He described the Houthi fighting in the southern border of the kingdom as propaganda battles, and said that its goal to convince Yemenis and Saudis that they transferred the war from Sanaa and Saada into Saudi Arabia.

Rashid confirmed that defending and operations of al-Huthi and Saleh reached the Saudi border villages in the mountainous areas, and fell as a result of that hundreds of civilians, and  he considered the real fight and important in the balance of war still inside Yemen.


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Europe’s Population ‘Management’ Agenda in Yemen.

U.S. Used Al-Qaeda to Blackmail Yemen*

Yemen: U.S. Backed Government Forced to Flee, but Will that Stop Them?*

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Saudi Blood Money for Mass Slaughter in Yemen*

Who’s Starving Yemen’s Children?

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Former Yemeni President Saleh Declares Alliance with Houthi Rebels*

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Princes Fleeing Saudi after Yemen Missile Attacks*

Israeli Officers Captured, Killed in Yemen*

Saudi Pilot Kills himself for Massacring Yemeni Children*

Saudi Commander and Soldiers Join Yemeni Forces*

US-Saudi Man-Made Famine Threatens 20 Million Yemenis*

Why is the Muslim World Silent about Yemen?*

The Oldest Qur’ans are Actually in Yemen, in Danger of Being Bombed*

U.S. Occupies a Yemeni Island*

Dubai Ruler’s Son Killed in Yemenis’*

U.S.-Backed Coalition has Attacked 100 Hospitals in Yemen Since March*

U.K. Illegally at War in Yemen*

DynCorp Mercenaries Replace Blackwater Mercenaries in Yemen*

U.S. Helicopter Failed to Rescue ISIL Leader in Yemen*

U.S. Earns $33 Billion Arms Sales in Eleven Months from the Destruction of Yemen*

Saudi Fighter Jets Break Yemen Ceasefire*

Stolen Documents Lead to U.S. Pull Out of Yemen*

Israel Stole Babies from Yemen*

Israeli Prepares to Build Illegal Settlement that would Split West Bank in Two*

Israeli Prepares to Build Illegal Settlement that would Split West Bank in Two*

Israeli authorities are taking preparatory measures for the construction of an illegal settlement in the southern part of the occupied West Bank that would essentially split Palestinian territories in two.

Israeli rights group Peace Now, in a statement released on Monday, announced that Israeli officials notified the Israeli Supreme Court on August 10 that they had embarked on a land survey in Nahla Village near the city of Bethlehem with the purpose of annexing the area.

Peace Now added that the move would facilitate the establishment of the illegal settlement of Givat Eitam, noting that a road will link the region to the nearby Efrat settlement, located 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) south of Jerusalem al-Quds.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah denounced the measures as steps toward the further separation of Bethlehem from the rest of the southern West Bank and stonewalling the formation of an independent Palestinian state.

“Israel’s move to build a new illegal settlement and bypass road next to Bethlehem is another step into cutting the West Bank in two, and annexing Area C,” Hamdallah said.

The Area C of the West Bank is the largest division in the occupied territory as it comprises 60% of the land, and is under full Israeli military control.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of their future independent state, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

The presence and continued expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine, however, have created a major obstacle to the establishment of such a state.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

The U.N. and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories they are built on were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

a7b50-mandelapalestineNevertheless, the Israeli regime continues to build more settlements and expand existing ones.


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The U.K. Supreme Court has Found a Way to block Brexit*

The U.K. Supreme Court has Found a Way to block Brexit*

By Jim Edwards

Boris Johnson said India, among other countries, wanted to set up a trade deal with the U.K. since the Brexit vote


A lawsuit brought by a hairdresser, an investment-firm manager, and a handful of other plaintiffs that demands Parliament hold a vote on whether to trigger Article 50 will be heard by the U.K. Supreme Court, according to Bloomberg.

The case is crucial because it sets out a legal path that could allow the House of Commons to ignore the result of the E.U. referendum.

The plaintiffs argue that an Article 50 request to leave the E.U. can only be triggered by a vote in Parliament, not the mere request of the prime minister.

If the Supreme Court agrees, then the Article 50 request would be put to the House of Commons. It is not certain that Article 50 would get enough votes.

As this chart from Morgan Stanley shows, a large majority of MPs favour Remain. Many of them are likely to vote against Article 50:

The lawsuits have been bundled together into a single case. Among the plaintiffs are Gina Miller, founder of SCM Private, an investment firm, and Deir Dos Santos, a hairdresser. Bloomberg says:

“‘This will be one of the most important constitutional law cases ever decided,’ said Jeff King, a professor at University College London. Britain, unlike the U.S., doesn’t have a written constitution, but rather an accumulation of laws, customs and judicial decisions that date back centuries.”

“‘The court takes this litigation very seriously and will move expeditiously,’ Judge Brian Leveson said at a preliminary hearing on July 19. The matter is ‘of such constitutional importance it is difficult to see why’ it won’t move quickly to the Supreme Court, he said.”

Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet will be under pressure to proceed with an Article 50 request without putting it to a vote of the House of Commons. But in theory, a high court judge can imprison a minister for not obeying the law.

If MPs vote against Article 50, the case could be appealed all the way up to the European Court of Justice — putting the pro-Leave camp in the odd position of begging the E.U.’s top judicial forum to overrule the U.K. government.


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Grandmother Jailed for Hugging her Granddaughter*

Grandmother Jailed for Hugging her Granddaughter*

By Sue Reid

Kathleen said she was prepared to go to prison again, as she awaits investigation over rescuing her granddaughter from Crewe

For one all-too-short week this month, Kathleen Danby’s 20-year-old granddaughter was on top of the world.

She was eating her favourite meals, sleeping in her own bedroom, and hoping for a job at a wildlife sanctuary in an idyllic corner of Britain where her grandmother has a family house.

It was a fresh start for Janine, who for the past two years has been forced by a shadowy English court to live in a supervised care home where, according to her and her grandmother, she ‘does nothing but sleep or watch videos’ and feels ‘like a prisoner’.

Ten days ago, Janine decided enough was enough. She ran away from the home in the Midlands and took a train to Crewe.

Then, standing alone on the station platform, she rang her grandmother for help.

‘My granddaughter said she could not bear the home anymore,’ diminutive Mrs Danby, a 74-year-old pensioner, told me yesterday.

Kathleen Danby is pictured here with her grandchildren, whose faces are obscured for legal reasons


‘She had hidden in the toilet on the train to get to Crewe because she did not have the money for a ticket. She was penniless and wandering around one of the busiest rail stations in the country.

‘Of course I helped her. She is my granddaughter, and I love her.

‘I rang a local hotel in Crewe and paid for her to have a room for the night. I said stay there until I can get to you.

‘I live in the Scottish islands, so it took until the next day for me to arrive there. Then I brought her back with me.’

But this act of kindness has landed the grandmother in hot water. Bizarre though it sounds, there is a court order banning all contact between her and her granddaughter.

In 2014, Mrs Danby made national headlines when she was imprisoned simply for hugging Janine when, while visiting friends, she met her granddaughter by chance in the city where the girl lives.

Mrs Danby was sent to prison by the secretive Court of Protection, which has draconian powers to make far-reaching rulings about almost every aspect of a citizen’s life, and often their relatives’ lives, too.

Pictured, Kathleen Danby talks outside court after being arrested for contacting her granddaughter in 2014


The Family Court judges presiding over it can compel people to undergo surgery, use contraception, or have abortions. They can decide if a life support system is switched off, where a person lives — and with whom — whether a marriage is annulled, and whether a last will and testament is torn up.

Just as controversially, the court’s judges can put someone in a hospital or a care home for as long as the State deems it to be in their ‘best interests’. In other words, the life of that person, who may be mentally impaired, vulnerable, or simply old, is under the control of the court — and woe betide the relative who tries to break the rules imposed by the judges.

Plenty of people who have done so have been sent to prison for contempt of court, which is why grey-haired Mrs Danby, a former secretary, is now facing the threat of prison for a second time.

The real scandal here is that we still don’t know — and never will — quite why the court placed such a draconian order on Janine and her family. Clearly, the judge may know things we don’t, which would explain their decisions.

But on the face of it, Mrs Danby is an utterly sympathetic woman, which makes this legal straitjacket all the more mystifying.

As she said yesterday: ‘I was scared for my granddaughter when she called me from Crewe.

‘She was highly delighted when I found her. What grandmother would turn her back on their grandchild in those circumstances?’

But the reunion between the pair lasted only a few days. After Janine was rescued by Mrs Danby, the local police, alerted by staff at the supervised home from where the girl had gone missing and who knew where Kathleen Danby lives, made a visit to ask if she was safe and well.

Janine responded: ‘I’m fine. I’m happy,’ and the officers went away, content, apparently, that the girl was telling the truth.

Yet last Wednesday, as the two walked down the main street of Mrs Danby’s small town after shopping and having lunch at the local garden centre, they were confronted by two male social workers from Janine’s supervised accommodation.

They had flown up there and proceeded to tell Janine she must leave her grandmother, and her father (Mrs Danby’s son), who lives nearby, and return to the supervised care home.

Mrs Danby says: ‘Janine saw them first. She recognised the two men. She began crying and trying to hide behind me. In such a small place, everyone was watching the fuss going on.’

The local police were called in again — this time to help corral the girl. They put Janine in a car and drove her to the airport. The two social workers then took her back to the Midlands.

‘I begged them not to take her,’ says Mrs Danby. ‘Janine was beside herself, but they wouldn’t listen. They said they had a court order and that was that.

‘It was the end of our happy time together, and I’m sure she is distraught. I am certain she will run away again.’

The astonishingly resilient Mrs Danby, who has no criminal record, first collided head-on with the Court of Protection over Janine’s care two years ago.

On a Sunday night, within minutes of taking her seat at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to watch Ken Dodd, she was told by the doorman that there was someone to see her. She went outside and found two police officers, who arrested her.

Unbeknown to Mrs Danby, she had been sentenced in her absence to three months in prison for embracing her granddaughter.

Social workers had been tipped off that the two had met, and then went through street CCTV film until they found the scene of the two hugging. They then reported the grandmother to the Court of Protection for breaching the no-contact order.

After her arrest, Mrs Danby was forced to spend two nights in prison and one in a police cell, before being taken before a court in handcuffs, flanked by four security guards. She was eventually released.

In an interview with the Mail afterwards, she told how she had been left terrified, and suffered bruises and cuts when she was manhandled by police officers. She had been deprived of sleep and food, refused access to a lawyer and barred from calling her son during her three days in custody.

Astonishingly, police officers and prison guards even refused to allow her to take the daily medicine she needs to combat liver disease.

‘By the end of my ordeal I felt shattered and very weak,’ she said, adding:

‘My first cell wasn’t fit for a dog — let alone a grandmother. They took away my belt, shoes and coat. It was really rough in there.’

Kathleen was sent to Foston Hall women’s prison (pictured) in Derbyshire after she breached the no-contact order and hugged her granddaughter

She found herself in Foston Hall women’s prison in Derbyshire, whose former inmates include Ian Huntley’s girlfriend Maxine Carr, and Karen Matthews, who kidnapped her own daughter Shannon.

‘When I told a guard I was in jail for hugging my granddaughter, his jaw dropped in open-mouthed amazement. He was astonished and horrified.’

She was only freed by a judge and her sentence quashed when she apologised. Her Honour Judge Dowding said:

‘I am not here today to change the decision of the previous court. I am here to allow her the chance to purge her contempt [of court]. I am satisfied she understands the orders now.’

This sorry saga once again raises serious questions about the Court of Protection, which operates largely in secret and rarely explains the decisions it reaches to members of the public.

Mrs Danby and her son had been restricted to talking to Janine on the phone only once a month and at a set time, with social workers listening in to the conversation. Since Mrs Danby’s imprisonment, they have not been allowed to phone the girl at all.

The reason for this is that the court says Mrs Danby has a ‘detrimental affect’ on her granddaughter’s behaviour and, apparently, the girl gets upset when she has to say goodbye to her.

How has such an un-British approach to justice been allowed to flourish in this day and age?

Of course vulnerable children and adults need to be protected, but surely the public has a right to know what decisions are being made by courts in our name.

At the centre of this case is a clearly unhappy young woman. She is said by social workers, who have been responsible for her education and welfare since 2007, to have a learning disability, although Mrs Danby disputes this diagnosis. She feels Janine is a victim of a poor education in the care system, is now bored to tears, and would have a bright future if she returned to live with her.

During her recent week of freedom, the girl applied for a job at an animal shelter, getting a positive response.

Janine, whose name we have changed to protect her identity because of strict Court of Protection secrecy rules, was first put into social services’ care aged ten.

At the time, it had been agreed she would live with her father and grandmother in Scotland after her parents had split up. (Today, Janine’s mother lives in England and her daughter is allowed to visit her, but she cannot move in with her permanently either.)

Mrs Danby says social workers first swooped on Janine on ‘spurious grounds’ — involving Janine’s father verbally reprimanding his daughter in public for bad behaviour. She has never been returned to the family.

‘She thrived before that,’ says Mrs Danby.

‘She was going to school, reading books and loving them. She wants to come back to us up here.

‘She says she has nothing to do all day at the place the Court of Protection and social services have put her. She feels like a prisoner and lies on her bed watching videos all day. She has no life and no future. I don’t know why they don’t let her go.’

Before Janine was taken back to the supervised care home last Wednesday, she told the Mail:

 ‘I’ve been miserable. No one there looks after me.

‘All they are interested in is keeping me locked away from my family. When I saw my chance to run through an open door, I went for it.’

Indeed, on Thursday night Janine ran away again and was found wandering the streets by police who returned her to the home.

Last night, John Hemming, a former Liberal Democrat MP who campaigns for family justice, said: ‘Janine is a secret prisoner of the Court of Protection. She is being treated cruelly.

‘It is clear she has been sentenced, for no apparent reason, to a life of tedium, and her physical health is suffering.

‘A couple of months ago, she wrote and invited me to visit her. I asked her local council social services for permission, as I have to do. I have never had an answer from them. Somehow, she needs to be rescued.

‘I think the Court of Protection believes Janine is made upset when she meets her grandmother, and then has to say goodbye. That is no reason to incarcerate her.

‘She should have an independent assessment of her learning disability, if it exists. This girl’s life is being controlled by the State for no good reason, and it must stop.’

As for Mrs Danby, she is waiting to see how the Court of Protection reacts to how she rescued her granddaughter in Crewe.

Yesterday, she said sadly: ‘I am prepared to go to prison again. All I have ever asked is for the social workers to listen to her views on where she wants to live. But they always refuse.’


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