British Muslims reported suspects to authorities in London and Manchester

  • British Muslims reportedly notified the anti-terrorism police concerning the suspects in the London Bridge attack and the Manchester bombing, according to recent reports.
  • Neighbors and ex-friends of the attackers in London told members of the press that they had contacted law enforcement multiple times about one of the alleged attacker’s extremist views, BuzzFeed U.K. reported.
  • An unidentified man, who said he is a former friend of one of the suspects in the London attack, told BBC Asian Network that he notified police through their anti-terror hotline after hearing several comments about past terrorism attacks. 
  • He reportedly said that the anti-terror police failed to take action after his report. Read more (6/6/17)

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RACIST LAPD OFF DUTY OFFICER HARASSES, VERBALLY & PHYSICALLY ASSAULTS TEENAGERS AND SHOOTS AT THEM. Notice how the officers treated this thug with a badge and gun. They protect their own, not the public. Thank God there were people recording this criminal thug or else it could have been worse. THIS IS terrorism but the corporate owned Trump republican shill media never wants to talk about WHITE TERRORISM or POLICE TERRORISM.


My mother sees this and shakes her head. My friends squabble about it. Internet comments read: you all need to get a life, aren’t you too old to play children’s games, wish millennials would hunt jobs instead of imaginary animals, I’m so ashamed of this generation

I’m so in awe of this generation and everything it has to carry. I am stunned by the way we persevere, by the way we find comfort and peace in such small packages. MAN QUITS JOB TO CATCH POKÉMON. Man indulges in nostalgia. Man leaves home, travels. Man pursues happiness, finds it in strange places.

Pokémon: Indigo League aired in 1999 on Kids’ WB. Picture: an alarm set, two pairs of tired eyes, TV trays and cereal, volume low because mom’s sleeping off her night shift at the bar, theme song lyrics printed out and sitting on the floor. I was eight. I never recall my father in these memories. He’d either already left or I’ve blocked out his face the same way my mom used family photos to cover up fist-sized holes in the walls.

Pokémon Silver and Gold were released in the US in 2001. Picture: anthrax, terror alerts, news footage looping, smoke and screaming, teachers crying in classrooms, the way fear can permeate an entire country and my small body the same way without ever having to name a reason out loud. I was ten. I was scared all the time, but I was also spending my weekends running around outside with my brother and the neighbor boy, throwing imaginary Poké Balls at squirrels.

It’s not that I didn’t know what was going on. It’s just that sometimes when things are loud or angry or hard, especially when you’re young, the best thing you can do is keep your head down.

2016: terrorism, police brutality, student loan debts, depression, anxiety, Brexit, the US political landscape. Pokémon Go begins rolling out its release around the world and there are days, at twenty-five, that I still need to keep my head down. I know there is immense privilege in being able to put the rest of the world on hold for a while, to step back from the things that hurt us; but I also know this brief respite is important. Whether it’s turning off the news for a few days or reading a book or taking a vacation or augmented reality as self care. It is hard to live full time in a world that always looks like it’s on fire. It sits so heavy on the chest. It is easy to look out at all this trauma and forget to look back at yourself.

What I mean to say is, I might not quit my job to roam the country and catch Pokémon, but when it comes to pursuing my own happiness, no matter the means, “I wanna be the very best…”
—  LIKE NO ONE EVER WAS by Trista Mateer

Fascism hasn’t come from working class poverty or oppression. That’s a deliberate capitalist intellectual confusion we have to get rid of. The oppression that colonial workers had to endure in Asia, Afrika, Latin America and the Mideast didn’t produce fascism but hopeful, radical left movements of liberation that might have been ultimately subverted, but that also contained the constructive efforts of hundreds of millions of ordinary working people. Centuries of lynchings and police state terror and colonial poverty here in the Black Nation never produced anything like fascism, until neo-colonialism and what Malcolm X called “dollarism” took over. New Afrikan colonial oppression produced so many who were internationalist and forward looking, conscious anti-capitalists with integrity and democratic values. That really represented the historic Black Nation. A people that, however poor, however held low, were predominately working class and at the productive heart of the u.s. empire. A working class culture that had a lived belief in the importance of justice for everyone.

So don’t be thinking that fascism just comes from poverty or recession, because it’s not that way at all. In Euro-America – by far the weathiest nation that’s ever existed since Babylon in biblical times – the growth of white fascism has nothing to do with poverty but everything to do with the crisis of white settlerism.
—  “The Shock of Recognition” by J. Sakai

I only wish that i knew earlier, what white privilege meant until I came to strike today with brown and black unity. I had problems but It was hardly ever violent compared to what this 13 year old boy went through and what sparked up the whole campaign. I came to see and realize myself that it takes a whole crowd of angry people against one white person who has the authority of patrol protection and the comfort of staying home while the other minor is arrested waiting to be released for no crime committed. If you don’t feel remorse towards this, then you are likely part of the problem. You dont care enough to make changes. I stood and listen that a boys father have been shot in the head under surrender and someones friend have been killed just cause they don’t feel like he belonged. People don’t stop for their justice until they die for it. I marched until the end then came up a SWAT team with shields, a shotgun and a full body armor while the rest of us are protesting with infuriating words armed with nothing. This shows that we the people, are capable of making a movement and changing history. They’re afraid of us so they use brutality to get their way and diminish our culture so they can claim whatever they want. And someone with that ability of competence has to make a complete end to this. That is money and white privilege. And the results of this is appalling.

Hamburg - when (almost) everybody is wrong

My best friend’s brother had a brand-new baby girl on Tuesday. She’s quite pink but everybody is very proud of her. The brother is a teacher in Hamburg and his partner and baby are in a hospital in the city. 

It’s G20.

Yesterday I talked to my friend and she told me how terrified her brother was. Hamburg expected 100.000 protesters. Which is a lot, causes traffic jams and is a general nuisance. 

It also expected about 8000 violent instigators, hooligans, extremists and so on. 

In the run-up to G20 business in the richer parts of town had been marked as belonging to, well, rich people. All of this is nothing new. We have that every year in Berlin. Cars are set on fire, windows need to be barricaded, there will be water throwers. 

Try navigating that with a newborn. 

The hospital released both mother and baby a day early to get them out of the city because they expected a very real possibility that the hospital might be attacked and I sat in my kitchen on the other side of Germany wondering what the fuck that says not only about my the world but also a movement I have always felt very connected to.

But ultimately… I mean, heck, I have lived in Leipzig and spent a good deal of time in Connewitz, I come from the deep and very neo-Nazi east… I am not surprised.

And then there is the other side of the story. Hundred thousands of people who care about this world and this planet and what’s happening to it and our future. A tidal wave of worry but also of hope.

Setting up their tents in parks, areas that have been given to them by the city of Hamburg - their right to do so, to come together and protest, bolstered and protected by the German constitution AND a legally binding decision by a judge just the day before. 

And then there is the chief of Hamburg police, a man even my conservative friends in the city call an absolute hardliner… Twisting the legal decision to his liking, as a member of the executive branch looking for loopholes in a legally binding decision to interpret it to his liking. 

A man that many have accused of provoking the violence by rigorously responding to the slightest provocations from the black block in the March to Hell demonstration, basically doing what the violent protesters wanted: Instigating violence and drawing every other peaceful protester down the drain with them.

They didn’t even need to bring in their own instigators. Holy shit, this is Germany. We have a long-standing tradition of violent left-wing protests. We have the 1st of May and this is HAMBURG. St. Pauli is a rallying cry for everyone looking for an excuse to set a car on fire.  

All they needed to do was to declare the black block as the black block and let everything unravel from there. We even have a word for a mass of hooded demonstrators ready for violence. There is a reason your are not allowed to cover your face at demonstration because that is the ONE determining characteristics from dividing the peaceful protesters from the Hooligans. And everybody accusing me of dragging a football term into this. Look at them and tell me the difference. I dare you!

Do any of them care for the protests? To any of them care for G20 or what these people decide up there?

A friend of mine is a member of the police emergency personnel, a branch from the standard police that is trained for those exact situations (and football games, because Germany). He is also a few political meters left of me. What we call a “linke Zecke” here in Germany. He cares. 

He cares that idiots attack them and then run into the masses, using peaceful demonstrators as human shields. He also cares that an asshole in a plush chair plays Russian roulette with his men’s health by waging his own cute little war. 

The new baby’s father cares because more than half of his students are not of German heritage, spanning the globe in their mother tongues and skin colors. 

But people that invade the perceived “rich” quarters to vandalize whole streets, setting cars on fire and respond to pleas of “People live here!” which “Shut the FUCK up!” 

They don’t care. they just want an excuse to brutalize others and there is no difference if you call that left-wing or right-wing terrorism. It’s terrorism. 

And people like the police chief, who so blatantly disregards a law he swore to uphold? Does he care for anything but his own personal power and pride? Does he even CARE for the people who now have no car anymore, no business or who can’t go to a hospital because everything is blocked and emergency services are busy taking care of the victims on both sides of the violence he provoked days in advance?

What does HE care for?

There are situations that you cannot win, caught between a rock and a hard place and the pride and disregard of men who don’t see you as worth caring for. Police power, terrorists. Doesn’t matter. 

I just saw the pictures a friend sent from by-streets in Hamburg. Not the main streets. Not the protest route but remote, peaceful by-streets, far from the protest, littered with burning cars. Family cars, not expensive ones. Just family cars. Trash cans kicked onto streets and set on fire.

People standing by in absolute disbelief.

Yet still, people stand up and go there. They protest the unfairness of a world order that disadvantages people too poor to even come to Hamburg and protest in their own name. 

Yet still, the people of Hamburg sweep their streets and replace their windows and go on with stubborn northern determination. 

And yet, a man walks through the crowds with a shield saying “Leave me alone, I’m just going to the supermarket.”

And yet, the first thing I hear from everybody around me, no matter which camp they belong to is “this is not democracy” and “what do you need?”

And yet, humanity prevails. Even if it sometimes is by just surviving. 

Finsbury Park attack: Counter-terror police investigating after man killed in van attack near London mosque

One man has died and several more are injured after being hit by a van in a suspected terror attack near a mosque in London.

Counter terror police are investigating the incident in Finsbury Park, where eight people have been taken to hospital and two more were treated at the scene.

“The driver of the van - a man aged 48 - was found detained by members of public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident,” a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said.

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“He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged.

“He will also be subject of a mental health assessment in due course.”

Scotland Yard said armed police were at the scene, with the investigation being carried out by Counter Terrorism Command and an extra officers deployed to reassure Muslims during Ramadan.

Witnesses said the vehicle veered off the road into worshippers leaving prayers in Finsbury Park shortly after midnight.

“From the window, I started hearing a lot of yelling and screeching, a lot of chaos outside,“ a woman who lives opposite the scene told the BBC.

"Everybody was shouting: ‘A van'€™s hit people, a van€’s hit people’.

“There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park mosque that seemed to have hit people who were coming out after prayers had finished.”

Passers-by said a crowd had gathered to help an elderly man who collapsed on the pavement and was already undergoing CPR when the vehicle approached.

Witnesses described how members of the public managed to restrain the driver after he left the van.

A witness who gave his name as Ali described horrific scenes as injured people lay on the pavement.

“There was one guy who was bleeding from his head, from his foot,” he told The Independent.

“There was a woman on the floor who had fallen out a wheelchair, we helped her up. There were loads of people in the streets on the ground.

“There was blood on the pavement.”

Footage showed injured people motionless on the pavement as angry crowds surrounded a white man believed to be the driver.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said officers were called to a "major incident” at 12.20am.

The force said it had found nothing to confirm witness reports that up to three men had been in the van before two fled, or that the driver was carrying a knife and stabbed victims.

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “Shocked and outraged to hear a van has intentionally run over worshippers leaving Ramadan night prayers.”

The former EDL leader Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Lennon, was condemned for “attempting to justify” the attack by accusing the mosque of past links with extremists.

“I genuinely hope the innocent people targeted tonight outside the mosque are ok,” he later wrote on Twitter.

It was unclear whether worshippers had been leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque or nearby Muslim Welfare House, which said the incident happened “five minutes from us”.

Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation Muslim organisation, said the incident came as members of both mosques left Tarawih prayers performed for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

“It happened outside the Muslim Welfare House but people were leaving Finsbury Park Mosque as well so there’s a lot of confusion at the moment,” he told The Independent.

“According to eyewitnesses it was a deliberate attack against innocent Muslims, and if that’s confirmed by authorities it should be classed as a terror attack, no doubt about that.”

The London Ambulance Service’s deputy director of operations, Kevin Bate, said ambulances, advance paramedics, special response teams and an advance trauma crew were sent to the scene.

“Our priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure those in the most need are treated first and taken to hospital,” he added.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn sent their condolences to the victims as operations continued in Seven Sisters Road.

The Prime Minister described the attack as a “terrible incident’’, adding: “All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene.”

The Labour leader said he had been in touch with local mosques, police and the council following the incident, which took place in his constituency and near his home.

“My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this awful event,” Mr Corbyn added.

It came weeks after three Isis supporters rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before rampaging through Borough Market with knives, killing eight people before being shot dead by police.

It was the third major incident less than a month for London’s emergency services, following the London Bridge attack and Grenfell Tower disaster, which killed at least 58 people.


Police shooting near France Orly Airport causes partial evacuation

  • A man was fatally shot after trying to steal a soldier’s gun early Saturday morning at France’s Orly Airport outside Paris.
  • Before his attempt to snatch the assault rifle, he shot a traffic cop in a Paris suburb, the Washington Post reports.
  • After shooting the traffic cop, the man hijacked a woman’s car in a different Paris suburb and then went to Orly, where he was eventually shot and killed after trying to grab a female soldier’s firearm. 
  • The Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating the incident as a possible terrorist act. Read more. (3/18/17, 11:24 AM)

If you’re more concerned with property damage than the murder of hundreds of innocent Black people every year at the hands of the police, you have your priorities very wrong.

“I taught my brother not to cry over spilled milk but couldn’t teach him to cope with spilt blood. Too many Black boys make their snow angels in chalk outlines.” (Black Youth Project 100 and allies occupy City Hall in Chicago, 25 November 2014)

If you’re more concerned with so-called “looting” by people in Ferguson than with the looting of banks, capital, and empires that props up an entire system of exploitation and oppression, your vision of the world is very skewed.

If you feel more grief for an auto parts store than a Black youth, you are part of the problem.

This is not up for debate.

We’ll keep blocking the streets until “Black Lives Matter” is reality and not a radical demand.

We do this for Mike Brown.

We do this for Marissa Alexander, not murdered but subjected to another form of incredible state violence.

We do this for Tanisha Anderson.

We do this for Tamir Rice.

We do this for Rekia Boyd. Ramarley Graham. Islan Nettles. Kimani Gray. Dominique “Damo” Franklin. Vonderrit Myers. Aiyana Jones. Sean Bell. Oscar Grant. Aaron Campell. Alonso Ashley. Wendell Alan. Jordan Russell. Jonathan Farrell. Eric Garner. Raason Shaw. Roshad McIntosh. Kajieme Powell. Ezell Ford. John Crawford. Trayvon Martin. And so many more.

“We do this til they free us."