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Russian tanks flatten east Ukrainian town, Ukraine military says #RussiainvadedUkraine


ReutersA woman cooks over a campfire due to natural gas cuts in her building on Aug. 3 in the eastern Ukrainian city of Popasna, Luhansk Oblast, freed by Ukrainian forces from Russian-backed militants. © AFP

(Reuters) – Ukraine’s military said on Saturday its forces had pulled out of areas to the east of the border-area city of Luhansk under pressure from Russian-backed rebels and that Russian tanks had been used to “destroy virtually every house” in one small town.

“Direct military aggression against eastern Ukraine is continuing,” Kyiv’s defense and security council said in a separate Twitter post.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Richard Balmforth; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

Reuters.

Ukraine president signs decree to dissolve parliament ahead of election #PetroPoroshenko


Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (front) and Defence Minister Colonel General Valery Heletey observe the Independence Day military parade, in the center of Kiev August 24, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/GLEB GARANICHUkraine’s President Petro Poroshenko (front) and Defence Minister Colonel General Valery Heletey observe the Independence Day military parade, in the center of Kiev August 24, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/GLEB GARANICH

(Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on Monday to dissolve parliament, he said on a Twitter post, paving the way for a new election.

“I have decided to prematurely end the authority of parliament,” he wrote.

Under the law, the election must be held within 60 days of the decree being published, which could mean an election being held at the end of October.

(Reporting by Richard Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams)


Reuters.

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 

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‘Ukrainian’ Stripes on #Moscow’s Red Square #Mistaken for #Activism


The latest demonstration of support for conflict-torn Ukraine in Moscow appeared right on the city’s historic Red Square — or so social media users mistakenly concluded Friday.

Images of blue and yellow stripes painted on the ancient square’s cobblestones went viral on Twitter and Facebook, with some observers linking their appearance to a stunt by activists earlier this week in which the star atop one of Moscow’s iconic ‘Seven Sisters’ Stalinist skyscrapers was repainted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag: blue and yellow.

A spokesman for the Office of Presidential Affairs, which is in charge of the maintenance of Red Square and the Kremlin, denied the link Friday, saying that the stripes had in fact been painted on the square months ago for the Victory Day parade on May 9, in order to orientate troops and vehicles.

A Red Square official on Friday denied the stripes were 'Ukrainian,' saying they had been painted onto the square for Russia's yearly Victory Day parade.A Red Square official on Friday denied the stripes were ‘Ukrainian,’ saying they had been painted onto the square for Russia’s yearly Victory Day parade.

“The yellow stripes were for infantry, the blue ones for armored vehicles,” Viktor Khrekov wrote on his Facebook page.


The Moscow Times.