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On Friday at a hotel in Tunisia (North Africa), a gunman dressed as a tourist opened fire, killing 38 people, including British, German and Belgian visitors. Reports say he had hidden a gun in his umbrella.

A brief look at the headlines shows that 1 German, 3 Irish, and “at least 30” Britons were killed.

AJ+ reports.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/tunisia/11701043/Tunisia-attack-tourists-victims-survivors-live.html

Australian Police Arrest 17-Year Old For Suspected Terror Plot Near Melbourne

Counter-terrorism police in Australia arrested a teen because they feared he might be carrying a bomb.

According to the Herald Sun, heavily armed police who overwhelmed the recently-turned 17-year-old as he was being driven by his mother to a mosque.  They searched a bag he had with him before finding ­improvised explosive devices inside the family home.

Only an asthma pump was in the bag, but the police force’s bomb squad found three pipe bombs believed to have been hidden in the boy’s bedroom of the northern Melbourne suburb house, writes the Herald Sun.

Police have spent days scouring the house for more homemade explosive devices and yesterday widened the search to a nearby park and creek.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/mothers-day-plot-counter-terrorism-police-feared-arrested-teen-was-carrying-bomb/story-fni0fee2-1227349642918

‘Kosher Supermarket Hero’ Rewarded With French Citizenship

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Lassana Bathily has been described as the hero of the Kosher supermarket siege.

He saved lives during the hostage drama by hiding shoppers in a freezer when a gunman stormed the building.

Today, January 20th, his efforts were rewarded with a special ceremony in which the 24-year-old was granted a French passport and a medal for bravery.

German PEGIDA Protest Cancelled Due To Terrorist Threat

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Euronews claims that the weekly march in the German city of Dresden organized by the organisation PEGIDA – Patriotic Europeans against the “Islamization” of the West has been called off because of a security threat.

PEGIDA is an “anti-Islamization” movement in Germany.

Also, Several thousand people took to the streets of Berlin and other German cities on Monday night to protest their opposition to PEGIDA.

PEGIDA, which drew a record 25,000 to its march last week denies claims the group is racist and says it tries to distinguish between Islamists and most of Germany’s four million Muslims.

Turkish President: Charlie Hebdo Guilty Of Provoking Muslims, Inciting Racial Hatred

The Turkish President Erdogan, continues to make waves with his public comments in the wake of the Paris terrorist atrocities last week.

Erdogan was quoted by the AFP news agency as telling a group of businessmen in Ankara that Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper whose cartoonists and writers were targeted by jihadist gunmen last week, was guilty of “wreaking terror by intervening in the freedom space of others.”

According to the Jerusalem Post, the first edition of Charlie Hebdo since the killing of 12 of its staff members at its central Paris offices last week aroused anger across the Muslim world, since it depicts the Prophet Mohammed shedding a tear while holding a sign that reads, “Je suis Charlie.”

“This magazine (is) notorious for its provocative publications about Muslims, about Christians, about everyone,” Erdogan is reported to have said.

The Turkish leader said that Charlie Hebdo abused its freedom of expression in order to insult an entire religious group.

“They may be atheists,” Erdogan said of the Charlie Hebdo journalists. “If they are, they will respect what is sacred to me. If they do not, it means provocation which is punishable by laws. What they do is to incite hatred, racism.”

Is Obama An Islamic Jihadist?

Right-wing Christian conservative radio host Rick Wiles pointed to the hacking of the U.S. Central Command social media accounts by supporters of the Islamic State as proof that the president is an “Islamic jihadist” in the White House.

He also apparently claims the president was for the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, France, when he didn’t attend the march in Paris.


Secular Talk

French Comedian Arrested For Comment On Facebook

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The controversial French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala has been arrested and is going to go to trial after posting a comment on his Facebook page that appeared to support Amedy Coulibaly, the terrorist who gunned down four hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris last week.

He seemed to combine the name of the French satirical magazine with Coulibaly’s.

“I am finally going home. Know that this evening as far as I am concerned, I’m feeling Charlie Coulibaly,” he wrote on Sunday, hours after millions had taken part in rallies throughout France.

He later deleted the remark.

More:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/14/377201227/controversial-french-comedian-arrested-over-facebook-post-on-paris-attacks

Texas Man Larry McQuilliams: American Terrorist?

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo

Armed with a .22-caliber long rifle and a rifle similar to an AK 47, investigators said Larry McQuilliams shot into four buildings in Austin, Texas early Friday morning. They added that 100 rounds were shot at Austin Police headquarters, before Sergeant Adam Johnson ended the attack by shooting him.

In a news conference Monday afternoon, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo bluntly described Larry McQuilliams.

“This man, by no means can you call him anything but an extremist. And if you look at what he did, he terrorized a city. He’s just an American terrorist,” said Acevedo.

“This man took one shot from approximately 312 feet away in the dark, single-handed, while holding the reigns of two horses,” said Acevedo of Sergeant Adam Johnson.  “He feels very strongly that there was some divine intervention.”

Some might consider that ironic, considering that police found extremist religious ideology in the van McQuilliams rented to carry out his attack. Investigators found the book “Vigilantes of Christiandom, the story of the Phineas Priesthood” which was written by a white supremacist and condemns mixing races.

“The Phineas Priesthood is really not a group or an organization at all. It is a concept,” explained Mark Potok, Senior Fellow at the civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center.

“Basically his idea is that if a person performs a so-called Phineas action, which is, meaning to murder people who have relationships across the races, then they are automatically a member of the Phineas Priesthood.”

Mark Pitcavage, Director of the Center on Extremism for the Anti-Defamation League said the last time a terrorist act was linked to the Phineas Priesthood was in 1999, so experts aren’t worried about more acts based of the book.

They are, however, concerned about lone wolf terrorists. According to the Anti-Defamation League there have been 48 shootouts between police and extremists in the U.S. in the last five years. It’s a concern Acevedo shares.

“Let me tell you what keeps me up at night. It’s these guys,” said Acevedo. “It’s these homegrown extremist that are lone wolves, that are mad at the world, that are angry. And that’s why it’s important for us as Americans to know our neighbors.”

Police say McQuilliams mapped out 34 places to attack, including two churches. He had the phrase “let me die” written in marker on his chest and his funeral clothes laid out on his bed at home.

He had served time in prison for a bank robbery and had several other arrests in Texas and Kansas.