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Jihadi head says Gaza groups are growing

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip A leader of one of Gaza’s secretive jihadi groups says the al-Qaida-inspired movement now has several thousand armed fighters in the seaside strip, posing a formidable threat to both Israel and the area’s Hamas rulers.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Abu Bakir al-Ansari described a movement that is larger and better organized than is generally believed, with dozens of fighters now in Syria, and claimed his group killed an Italian activist three years ago. He said Gaza’s Salafis have agreed with Hamas to observe a truce with Israel for the time being, but that they are ready to fight at any time.

”We have a deal with Hamas to abide by the truce as long as Israel abides,” Abu Bakir said. ”But once it violates the truce, we fire our rockets without any consultation with Hamas.”

The interview gave a rare glimpse at the inner workings of Gaza’s Salafis, radical and ultraconservative Islamic groups that dream of turning Gaza into an Islamic caliphate.

The groups have created a headache for Hamas in recent years, accusing the Islamic militant group of being too soft on Israel and failing to adequately impose religious law on Gaza.

Salafi groups have been suspected in the bombings of Internet cafes and music stores, intimidation of Gaza’s small Christian community, the kidnapping of a BBC journalist in 2007 and more recently, the death of an Italian activist in 2011. Salafi groups are also believed to cooperate with militants in the neighboring Sinai Peninsula in Egypt to attack Egyptian and Israeli targets.

Gaza’s Salafis support al-Qaida’s campaign of global jihad, but are not believed to have direct links with the global terror network. In contrast, Hamas says its struggle is solely against Israel.

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Jihadi head says Gaza groups growing

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) A leader of one of Gazas secretive jihadi groups says the al-Qaida-inspired movement now has several thousand armed fighters in the seaside strip, posing a formidable threat to both Israel and the areas Hamas rulers.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Abu Bakir al-Ansari described a movement that is larger and better organized than is generally believed, with dozens of fighters now in Syria, and claimed his group killed an Italian activist three years ago. He said Gazas Salafis have agreed with Hamas to observe a truce with Israel for the time being, but that they are ready to fight at any time.

We have a deal with Hamas to abide by the truce as long as Israel abides, Abu Bakir said. But once it violates the truce, we fire our rockets without any consultation with Hamas.

The interview gave a rare glimpse at the inner workings of Gazas Salafis, radical and ultraconservative Islamic groups that dream of turning Gaza into an Islamic caliphate.

The groups have created a headache for Hamas in recent years, accusing the Islamic militant group of being too soft on Israel and failing to adequately impose religious law on Gaza.

Salafi groups have been suspected in the bombings of Internet cafes and music stores, intimidation of Gazas small Christian community, the kidnapping of a BBC journalist in 2007 and more recently, the death of an Italian activist in 2011. Salafi groups are also believed to cooperate with militants in the neighboring Sinai Peninsula in Egypt to attack Egyptian and Israeli targets.

Gazas Salafis support al-Qaidas campaign of global jihad, but are not believed to have direct links with the global terror network. In contrast, Hamas says its struggle is solely against Israel.

Abu Bakir agreed to be identified only by his nom de guerre, fearing that publication of his real name could land him in trouble with Hamas or Israel. Abu Bakir, who said he has survived three Israeli assassination attempts, is well known among journalists in Gaza. A former spokesman for his group Aknaf Bayt al-Maqdis agreed to organize a meeting after repeated requests from the AP.

The interview took place on March 5 in Gaza Citys Shati refugee camp, located on a street flooded by sewage. Abu Bakir wore military-style clothes, with khaki pants, black boots and a black sweater. He had a pistol tucked into his pants, and in the style of Salafis, had a long black beard and no moustache. His office was lined with photos of militants killed in battle, and he drove away on a motorcycle after the interview.

Abu Bakir said he was a former member of Hamas militant wing but broke away after the group agreed to participate in parliamentary elections in 2006. He was later arrested by Hamas for allegedly forming terrorist groups and harming national interests for firing rockets into Israel during a time of truce, and for attacking hair salons and other shops. Abu Bakir said he spent three years behind bars and was beat and kept in solitary confinement by Hamas.

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AP Interview: Jihadi head says Gaza groups growing – Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – A leader of one of Gaza’s secretive jihadi groups says the al-Qaida-inspired movement now has several thousand armed fighters in the seaside strip, posing a formidable threat to both Israel and the area’s Hamas rulers.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Abu Bakir al-Ansari described a movement that is larger and better organized than is generally believed, with dozens of fighters now in Syria, and claimed his group killed an Italian activist three years ago. He said Gaza’s Salafis have agreed with Hamas to observe a truce with Israel for the time being, but that they are ready to fight at any time.

“We have a deal with Hamas to abide by the truce as long as Israel abides,” Abu Bakir said. “But once it violates the truce, we fire our rockets without any consultation with Hamas.”

The interview gave a rare glimpse at the inner workings of Gaza’s Salafis, radical and ultraconservative Islamic groups that dream of turning Gaza into an Islamic caliphate.

The groups have created a headache for Hamas in recent years, accusing the Islamic militant group of being too soft on Israel and failing to adequately impose religious law on Gaza.

Salafi groups have been suspected in the bombings of Internet cafes and music stores, intimidation of Gaza’s small Christian community, the kidnapping of a BBC journalist in 2007 and more recently, the death of an Italian activist in 2011. Salafi groups are also believed to cooperate with militants in the neighboring Sinai Peninsula in Egypt to attack Egyptian and Israeli targets.

Gaza’s Salafis support al-Qaida’s campaign of global jihad, but are not believed to have direct links with the global terror network. In contrast, Hamas says its struggle is solely against Israel.

Abu Bakir agreed to be identified only by his nom de guerre, fearing that publication of his real name could land him in trouble with Hamas or Israel. Abu Bakir, who said he has survived three Israeli assassination attempts, is well known among journalists in Gaza. A former spokesman for his group “Aknaf Bayt al-Maqdis” agreed to organize a meeting after repeated requests from the AP.

The interview took place on March 5 in Gaza City’s Shati refugee camp, located on a street flooded by sewage. Abu Bakir wore military-style clothes, with khaki pants, black boots and a black sweater. He had a pistol tucked into his pants, and in the style of Salafis, had a long black beard and no moustache. His office was lined with photos of militants killed in battle, and he drove away on a motorcycle after the interview.

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Max Keiser on the ECONOMIC MELTDOWN Lets Encrypt the Internet in 2014 – Video



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ANDREW BIAR: Loss of liberties trancends conservative, liberal labels

Government, academia, Internet companies, cultural and community institutions, mental health groups as well as business have and continue to create a culture that is sanitized, monochrome, monotone, one-dimensional, uncontroversial and downright boring. Dissent, freedom of speech and freedom of the press are all under attack in the United States. Dissent, freedom of speech and freedom of the press are liberties held and treasured by both liberals and conservatives

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On Twitter, Tea party and left wing tweeters stay separate

Twitter is the site of plenty of political chatter. But for people with opposing views, Twitter isnt exactly a place to come together and micro -blog towards a better understanding. Instead, its a highly polarized environment where right wing and left wing thinkers keep to opposite corners.

In 2012, the Obama administration started a social media campaign asking Twitter users what $2000 would mean to them. It was meant to highlight how necessarily it was for Congress to strike a deal. What it primarily did was show how divided the country was over the issue.

Researchers traced the responses to that Twitter campaign in a study called Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters.

If a topic is political, it is common to see two separate, polarized crowds take shape. They form two distinct discussion groups that mostly do not interact with each other. Frequently these are recognizably liberal or conservative groups, the paper reads. The structure of these Twitter conversations says something meaningful about political discourse these days and the tendency of politically active citizens to sort themselves into distinct partisan camps.

There are other kinds of Twitter topic crowds other than the strictly polarized people also bunch up into tight communities around specific topics, and form support groups. But clustering off and separating is common.

This discovery underlines how important it is to consume media from social networks with the understanding that your biases and preferences have helped curate a bubble of information that may be very different than the overall public opinion. Just because everyone on your Twitter feed is freaking out over something doesnt mean the rest of the world is. And while Twitter is a powerful platform for discourse, if people elect to stay in their chosen bubbles and never see the viewpoints of other crowds, their perspectives become myopic.

So basically, Twitter politics can be like when I was growing up and I thought that, like, at least 80% of the world was Irish-Catholic because that was my community. Or like when I was in undergrad and I started thinking that the word hegemonic was something people normally dropped in conversations. If everyone around you is one way, it can trick you into thinking thats how the world is.

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Kate Knibbs is a writer from Chicago. She is very happy that her borderline-unhealthy Internet habits are rewarded with a job. You can find her at @kateknibbs on Twitter. E-mail her tips, rants, comments, and pictures of your talented animal friends at kateknibbsfreelance@gmail.com

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Palestinian women make strides in high-tech – NBC40.net

By KARIN LAUB Associated Press

DURA, West Bank (AP) – Growing up in a traditional society, Abeer Abu Ghaith was often told a woman’s future is in her husband’s kitchen. Quietly, the 29-year-old proved everyone wrong.

Abu Ghaith has become the first female high-tech entrepreneur in the West Bank, setting up an Internet employment brokerage and software development firm. Last month, the Palestinian trailblazer was recognized by regional high-tech leaders as a recipient of the Women in Technology Awards in the Middle East and Africa for 2014.

Abu Ghaith has put in 16-hour days, showing how the local IT and communications sector can transform the lives of other women by giving them access to jobs and financial independence. Some say the sector, the most vibrant in an otherwise stagnant economy, could double in size over the next five years and employ thousands more.

Palestinian women already make up a majority of students in many colleges and universities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but often have trouble transitioning into the job market. After they graduate, the traditional gender expectations usually kick in – that they should get married first and worry about a career later.

Those determined to work face a tough job market with double-digit unemployment and employers who often prefer male applicants still seen as the main breadwinners. Job choices are further constricted by family concerns that a young woman’s reputation could be tarnished if she returns home late from work or has to travel for the job. Only about 20 percent Palestinian women work outside the home, compared to nearly 70 percent of men, according to the International Labor Organization.

“Palestinian women face a lot of challenges,” said Abu Ghaith, the second-oldest of nine brothers and sisters, speaking at her family home in the town of Dura, one of the most conservative areas of the West Bank. “We have plenty of qualified women in my area who have no access to jobs.

Abu Ghaith graduated from the Polytechnic University in the nearby city of Hebron in 2007 and still works for her alma mater as a career counselor for IT students.

Last year, she set up her company, StayLinked, which serves as a talent broker between Palestinian freelancers and businesses in need of services, such as translation, data entry, graphic design, online marketing and website development. Customers include companies in the U.S. and in Gulf countries, she said.

Abu Ghaith has three business partners, including a female friend, a male expert in IT training and a company that offered advice in the early stages. The two women pooled their savings to contribute to $30,000 in startup costs and control 70 percent of the business.

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Keiser Report: Let’s Encrypt the Internet! (E548 ft. Kim Dotcom) – Video



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