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London rapper turned jihadist believed to be under investigation for James Foley beheading #JamesFoley

Abdel-Majed Abdel BaryAbdel-Majed Abdel Bary was known as ‘L Jinny’ as a rapper

A former rapper fighting with the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria is believed to be one of several British jihadists under investigation following the beheading of James Foley.

Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 24, was known as L Jinny or Lyricist Jinn at home in London, where his rising music career saw him appear in videos and have his singles played on BBC Radio in 2012.

He came to national attention earlier this year, when he posted a picture of himself holding a severed head on Twitter after resurfacing in Syria.

The gruesome picture, believed to have been taken in the Isis stronghold of Raqqa, was captioned: “Chillin’ with my homie or what’s left of him.”

Bary reportedly travelled to the country last year from Maida Vale, west London, where he lived with his mother and five siblings.

His father Adel Abdul Bary 1, an Egyptian refugee thought to be one of Osama Bin Laden’s closest lieutenants, was extradited from Britain to the United States on charges of terrorism in 2012 for his alleged roles in the bombings of two US embassies in east Africa in 1998.

His family is frequently mentioned in rap songs that can still be listened to online, with many people, unaware of L Jinny’s macabre transformation, praising his lyrics.

In early songs put online in 2012, Bary makes apparent reference to drug use, violence and life on a council estate and talks about the threat of his family being deported to Egypt.

“It’s hard to progress in the future with a damaged past but still I try to count my blessings and I thank Allah,” he rapped in 2012.

“I’m trying to change my ways but there’s blood on my hands and I can’t change my ways until there’s funds in the bank.

“I can’t differentiate the angels from the demons, my heart’s disintegrating. I ain’t got normal feelings.

“Even my life’s blessed, still I will not find rest.”

In later songs, apparent references to cannabis (“roll up and watch the leaves ignite”) stop and are replaced with tirades against people who choose to spend their money clubbing, drinking and on drugs rather than feeding their families.

Many British jihadists are known to be in Syria, including these men featuring in an Isis video to urge Islamists in the West to join themMany British jihadists are known to be in Syria, including these men featuring in an Isis video to urge Islamists in the West to join them.

The most recent video, which was posted on YouTube in March this year, is called “The Beginning”.

“Give me the pride and the honour like my father, I swear the day they came and took my dad, I could have killed a cop or two,” Bary raps.

“Imagine then I was only six, picture what I’d do now with a loaded stick. Like boom bang fine, I’m wishing you were dead, violate my brothers and I’m filling you with lead.”

Bary’s current whereabouts in Syria is not known and his Twitter account under the name “Terrorist” @ItsLJinny has been deactivated.

Previous posts mentioned Abu Hussein al Britani, a fellow Isis militant who has uploaded pictures of himself on Twitter with guns in Syria.

He and associate Abu Abdullah al-Britani were seen offering travel advice to would-be jihadists online earlier this year.

The Sun newspaper has linked the trio to a group of British jihadists known as “The Beatles”, including the man known as “John” who beheaded American journalist Mr Foley.

The Independent.

  1. Why are the family still in the country,  If parents allow their children to become terrorists, or do not notify the authorities of their child’s intentions then the whole family should be deported back to where they came from, this is the only way we will show these ‘immigrants’ that we will not tolerate their sick ideas of idealism 

Thousands attend Notting Hill Carnival in west London #NottingHillCarnival

By BBC News.
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Hundreds of thousands of people have attended the first day of Europe’s biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival.

The two-day event in west London started with children’s day and featured Caribbean culture, food, music and dance.

Giant floats and dancers wearing colourful costumes made their way along the procession route from 10:00 BST.

About one million people are expected at the event over Sunday and Monday.

Organisers say this year is part of the build-up to the event’s 50th anniversary.

About 6,000 police officers are in attendance and the Met Police said they had arrested 63 people for offences including assault, criminal damage, drugs and theft.

Chief Superintendent Robyn Williams said the force’s priority was to “facilitate a safe and vibrant carnival”.

“Carnival very much presents us with two extremes; those who want to enjoy the sound systems, cuisine and have a good time and those who use it as an opportunity to commit crime,” she said.

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Prior to the main carnival, the J’ouvert event from 06:00 BST opened proceedings with a procession and a paint fight.

During the parade, the Chocolate Nation Mas float was followed by hundreds of people throwing liquid chocolate over themselves and the public as they danced through the streets.

Michelle Johns, 37, from Lincoln, who watching the procession with her family, said: “The group was spraying the chocolate around and going right up to them and spreading it on the officers’ faces.

“The officers were laughing the whole time.”

This year’s event will pay tribute to the steel pan, the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, which has been a significant feature of the carnival from 1964 until the present day.

The Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust said some people thought the first carnival took place in 1964, but others argue a street parade took place the following year.

However, the trust said there was documentary evidence which showed the first event with performers, costumes, music and placards took place in 1966

A crackdown by police in the run-up to the carnival on 21 August saw officers make 126 arrests and seize guns, drugs and about £78,000.

Officers known as “super-recognisers” are trained to spot anyone banned from attending the carnival in the crowds.

BBC News.

Australia: Queensland couple who died on #MH17 have been identified

Debris at the crash site of MH17 in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. Photograph: Xinhua News Agency/REXDebris at the crash site of MH17 in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. Photograph: Xinhua News Agency/REX

An Australian couple who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has been formally identified.

Howard and Susan Horder, both 63 and from Brisbane, had been travelling in Europe and were among the 298 killed when the aircraft was shot down on 17 July by a suspected missile over part of eastern Ukraine where rebels have been fighting government forces.

Up to 39 Australian citizens and residents were on board the aircraft.

In a brief statement released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, members of the Horder family said they were relieved Howard and Susan had been identified. They also wished to thank all those who helped in the process.

“We look forward to Howard and Susan coming home so that we can lay them to rest peacefully. Our thoughts are also with all those affected by this tragedy and we extend our deepest condolences to all the other families,” they said.

The couple have three sons living in Melbourne, the Sunshine Coast and London.

via Queensland couple who died on MH17 have been identified | World news | theguardian.com.

London air pollution: which mode of transport has the highest exposure?

An exercise by the Healthy Air Campaign, King’s College London and Camden council used members of the public to track exposure to air pollution in London. The monitoring found that that travelling on foot or by bike exposed commuters to significantly fewer fumes than using a car or bus.

The Guardian.

Editors Note: The same could probably be said for every major city in the world, air pollution kills more people than alcohol and tobacco combined yet our governments seem slow to implement measures to combat this.

‘Russian involvement’ central to UK inquiry into ex-KGB agent’s death

By Michael Holden
Women holding a poster of deceased former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko light candles in his honor in Moscow on November 22, 2008.Women holding a poster of deceased former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko light candles in his honor in Moscow on November 22, 2008. © AFP

LONDON – Evidence which shows Russia was behind the 2006 murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London will mostly be given in secret, the chairman of a public inquiry into his death said on Thursday.

Kremlin critic Litvinenko, 43, died after being poisoned with a radioactive isotope in November 2006, a crime which from his death bed he blamed on Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement.

Formally opening an inquiry into the killing at London’s High Court, senior judge Robert Owen repeated his assertion that the British government held material which indicated the Russian state was responsible.

“The issues to which his death gives rise are of the utmost gravity and have attracted worldwide interest and concern,” Owen said.

It had been described to him as a “state-sponsored assassination” and “a miniature nuclear attack on the streets of London,” he said.

Anglo-Russian ties fell to a post-Cold War low in the wake of Litvinenko’s death, particularly after British prosecutors said there was enough evidence to charge former KGB agents Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun with murder.

Marina Litvinenko, the wife of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko who was murdered in London in 2006, speaks outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London July 31, 2014.Marina Litvinenko, the wife of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko who was murdered in London in 2006, speaks outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London July 31, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville.

They were with Litvinenko at a London hotel when British police believe he was given tea poisoned with polonium-210. Moscow has refused to extradite them, and Lugovoy, who denied involvement, was later elected a lawmaker.

Relations between the countries improved after David Cameron became British prime minister in 2010, and his government had initially refused a request to hold a public inquiry.

The family of Litvinenko, who had been granted British citizenship, said the refusal had been made to protect business interests, and successfully challenged the decision in court, with judges ordering the government to reconsider,

Last week, with Anglo-Russian relations again at a low ebb after the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 in a pro-Russian rebel-held part of Ukraine, Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May said there would be an inquiry after all.

Owen had originally been appointed as coroner to oversee an inquest into the death and suspended this on Thursday to allow the inquiry to begin instead.


He said the allegations that the Russian state was culpable for the killing would be central to his investigation.

“HMG (government) material taken in isolation establishes a prima facie case that the Russian state was responsible for Mr Litvinenko’s death – a view that I myself have subsequently endorsed,” Owen said.

He said the material was of “such sensitivity” that most could not be heard in public and said some of his findings would remain secret. But he promised he would make public his conclusions about Russian involvement.

However, the inquiry would not examine whether British spies carried out the killing or could have prevented it, he said, explaining there was no evidence to suggest the first claim or to indicate Litvinenko’s life had been at serious risk.

Hearings ahead of the inquest also heard that Litvinenko had been working for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, known as MI6, for several years.

A hearing to establish the format and other details of the inquiry will be held on Sept. 5 and Owen said it would begin in earnest in January next year.

“Finally we will know all about this crime,” Litvinenko’s widow Marina, who has fought a long battle to learn the truth behind the death, told reporters outside the court.