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March 7, 2018 MEMRI Daily Brief No. 153

Russia-Developed Texas-Based Encrypted Communication App Zello: Growing In Popularity Among Jihadis – And Growing In Usage In Terror Attacks; Zello CEO Declines MEMRI Advice, Leaves Jihadi Content On Platform

March 7, 2018 | By Steven Stalinsky
Russia | MEMRI Daily Brief No. 153
Islamic State (ISIS) supporters and other jihadis from around the world are using the Austin, Texas-based communication application Zello for planning and executing terrorist attacks in the U.S., the U.K., European countries, Turkey, and elsewhere around the world. On January 30, 2018, it was reported that the perpetrator of the April 2017 Stockholm truck attack had used Zello to communicate with other jihadis immediately after he drove the vehicle into crowds on a main street, killing five people and injuring 14. In March 2017, a Texas-based ISIS recruiter who moderated a Zello channel, instructed followers to kill infidels, and personally approved terror attacks was indicted by a federal grand jury. The Zello push-to-talk app can be used on smartphones, tablets, and PCs, and is available for Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Windows PC operating systems, and for two-way radios. Users can create private or public channels that allow them to easily chat with others and listen to conversations. The main Zello app is free; the Zello@Work app is fee-based. The Zello website states that the app's "advanced encryption ensures all communications are secure." It adds: "Services may disclose personally identifiable information when it's required to comply with law enforcement requests or subpoenas when you violate the Terms of Service." On September 11, 2017, it announced that all private voice messages on Zello on the version released after June 6, 2017 are end-to-end encrypted.[1] The company states that its app has been downloaded 65 million times. Zello's Russian Connection The technology that would later become Zello, initially developed in Russia by Alexey Gavrilov under the name Loudtalks, was announced at the September 2007 TechCrunch 40 Mobile and Communications Conference.[2] Zello bought the Loudtalks technology, moved its development team to Texas, and brought Gavrilov on as CTO; under CEO Bill Moore, it was rebranded, other apps were added, and its products were announced in June 2012. Moore is also founder and CEO of the TuneIn radio streaming service; Gavrilov and his team created some popular apps for that service as well.[3] Zello's Popularity Increased In U.S. During And After Hurricanes Irma And Harvey In Late Summer 2017 When Hurricanes Irma and Harvey struck Florida, Puerto Rico, and the southern Atlantic Ocean in August and September 2017, over a million new users downloaded Zello. It became the top free download in both Apple's App Store and the Google Play store, after gaining fame as the top communications tool of the "Cajun Navy" Harvey rescuers in Houston. "Over one million people have joined [Zello] in the last day, with most coming from Puerto Rico and Florida," Gavrilov said, but went on to warn users that the app was not designed for disaster communications and required either WFi or a cellular data link, despite online rumors to the contrary. Jihadis Use Zello To Plan Attacks in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Italy, Sweden, Russia, And Elsewhere Over the past three years, Zello has been at the center of terrorism cases worldwide, as the following example highlights: The Dallas, Texas-based ISIS recruiter Said Azzam Mohamad Rahim, who was moderator of a Zello channel called State of the Islamic Caliphate, told his listeners to kill as many "infidels" as possible with poison, rocks, and trucks, by burning, and by pushing people off buildings.[4] He gave the go-ahead to Salman Abedi, perpetrator of the May 2017 Manchester suicide bombing; in August 2016, Abedi had sought Rahim's approval via Zello, saying: "Sheikh, I live in Manchester, in Great Britain. I live among non-Muslims. I have found work with them. Am I allowed to kill them? Is it permitted to kill them with a bomb?" To which Rahim responded on Zello: "To the boy from Manchester I say, okay, kill them! Show no mercy to civilians."[5]Also receiving instructions from Rahim was Abdulgadir Masharipov, the perpetrator of the New Year's Day 2017 attack at Istanbul's Reina nightclub, in the month preceding the attack.[6] In March 2017, Rahim was indicted by a federal grand jury for making false statements to federal agents about his alleged support of ISIS.[7] According to the indictment, he had posted his support of ISIS on social media, solicited violence, and praised attacks for which ISIS had claimed responsibility – including the Istanbul nightclub attack and the July 2016 Nice, France truck attack.[8] Rakhmat Akilov, who carried out the April 2017 Stockholm truck attack, communicated using Zello following the attack. He wrote on the app: "My trousers are burned. I thought it was going to explode but it didn't... Around ten are dead."[9] Also in April 2017, Italian police arrested a resident of the country who had used Zello to discuss his plans to carry out an attack in Italy. A judge called him "an extremely dangerous subject" who posed a "very high risk of moving on to carrying out series acts of violence." In one Zello message, he had called for "non-believers" to be "roasted on kebab skewers" and fed to dogs.[10] Tajik national and ISIS member Murodbek Kodirov was arrested in August 2017 for posting a voice message on Zello that included "calls for inciting religious hatred." He had been making plans with another individual, "D. Sharipov," to carry out first an ax attack and then a suicide bombing in a crowd.[11] Murad Atajev, a Daghestani preacher at a mosque in Berlin attended by Russian-speakers, was arrested in October 2015; he had attempted to recruit ISIS militants, and broadcasts of his sermons were featured on Zello.[12] MEMRI JTTM Research And Analysis Exposes Extent Of Zello's Popularity Among Jihadis A September 7, 2016 MEMRI JTTM report[13] revealed that jihadis, ISIS members, and ISIS supporters from around the globe were using Zello. More recently, on April 28, 2017, a link to the pro-ISIS "Zello Channel" group was circulated on numerous pro-ISIS Telegram channels; the link shows that it has nearly 13,000 subscribers.[14] MEMRI JTTM research over the past two years has discovered a range of ISIS channels in numerous languages on Zello. For example, the Zello "Islamic State channel," which includes "Recruiting new members" in its description, operates in French, Arabic, and Hebrew. It is notable that all the jihadi Zello groups revealed by MEMRI in the report are apparently still active. The accounts are easily identifiable; they have names such as "The Islamic State" and "The State of the Islamic Caliphate." They have avatars of the well-known black jihadi flag, and of jihadi leaders such as Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and Osama bin Laden. They share images of weapons, and threatening messages. All of these are easily recognizable, and Zello should be able to flag them as terrorist content if it wants to. Zello CEO Requests MEMRI Reports On Jihadis On Zello – But Won't Shut Down Their Accounts In March 2015, following reports that Zello was being used by ISIS, Zello CEO Moore said that he had not heard that the app was popular among ISIS fighters, and noted, "It's terrible that Zello is used for evil." The company, he said, is putting "a fair amount of effort... into figuring out ways to minimize the app's use by bad guys... so that only healthy conversations can flourish."[15] The first MEMRI report on jihadi use of Zello, published September 7, 2016, showed that jihadi channels on the platform had thousands of subscribers. Shortly after the report's publication, MEMRI received a request from Moore for a full version of the report and also offered him an opportunity to speak with MEMRI staff about the jihadi content on accounts on the app. Moore ignored this offer, and the content was left on the platform. Later that month, on September 26, MEMRI again contacted Moore to offer assistance, and let him know that the jihadi content was still on Zello. He did not reply, and the content remained. A follow-up MEMRI report, published in April 2017, noted that the content still had not been removed. In August 2017, Moore publicly acknowledged that Zello was being used by malicious actors, noting: "Oh, it's used for bad, yes. Cartels, gangs, ISIS, and others. Like any communications tool, it's used for good and evil both... It's a net positive, but it's not without risk. It doesn't replace law."[16] Shortly thereafter, in September, he underlined that even though Zello was available to ISIS and other bad actors, he preferred to take a "libertarian" view regarding policing his users – though, he said, he understands the "moral quandary" that this presents.[17] On February 1, 2018, MEMRI JTTM staff reexamined the accounts and found that most, if not all, remain active. Zello's Leadership Shows Little Interest In The Fact That The Platform Is Becoming Jihadis' Favorite App – What Can Be Done? Zello's failure to take responsible action to remove jihadi content on its platform is reminiscent of other tech companies' similar lack of action. In 2010, MEMRI met with representatives from YouTube/Google about such content on their platforms. At that time, I was told that they were not interested in removing it – yet now they do what was recommended. Twitter too brushed off early MEMRI warnings about the jihadi content on it. Now, Zello is ignoring its facilitation of jihad worldwide. MEMRI's research over the years on jihadi content on these platforms, and repeated attempts to make sure that YouTube and Twitter remained aware of the extent of the problem, contributed to their eventual efforts to remove it. The same can be done for Zello and might compel them to act more responsibly. The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), a partnership of Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube for collaboration on the issue of terrorist activity online, works to "forge new partnerships" with small tech companies. Joining it would be a good first step for Zello and could steer them to normal industry standards about removing terrorist content.    *Steven Stalinsky is Executive Director of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).   [1] Support.zello.com, accessed February 2, 2018. [2] Techcrunch.com, September 17, 2007. [3] Techcrunch.com, June 20, 2012. [4] Dallasnews.com, October 30, 2017. [5] Theaustralian.com.au, August 14, 2017. [6] Hurriyet.com.tr, April 25, 2017. [7] Newsweek, August 14, 2017. [8] Dallasnews.com, March 23, 2017. [9] Thelocal.se, January 30, 2018. [10] Thelocal.it, April 25, 2017. [11] En.crimerussia.com, October 11, 2017. [12] Rferl.org, October 16, 2015. [13] See MEMRI JTTM report U.S.-Based Walkie-Talkie Encrypted Chat Application Zello Used By ISIS Members And Supporters From Around The World, September 7, 2016. [14] See MEMRI JTTM report U.S.-Based Walkie-Talkie Encrypted Chat Application 'Zello' Continues To Serve As A Meeting Place For Jihadists; Calls For Attack On France Transmitted On App, April 28, 2017. [15] VOAnews.com, March 17, 2015. [16] Buzzfeed.com, August 31, 2017. [17] Inc.com, September 8, 2017.

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April 9, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8678

Jordanian Journalist: Judaism Is A Cancer That Harms Humanity; Barbaric Capitalism Is Rooted In Jewish Ideas

April 9, 2020
Jordan | Special Dispatch No. 8678
  In an antisemitic article published on the Jordanian news website Al-Awal News, Jordanian author and journalist Kafa Al-Zou'bi writes that the current coronavirus epidemic reminds her of Jose Saramago’s novel Blindness. This novel describes a global epidemic of blindness that is not only physical but also moral and is manifest in a complete loss of values and humanity as people fight over material resources in a bitter struggle to survive. Implying that the world is in a similar state, Al-Zou'bi writes that the source of the problem is capitalism, which is barbaric, greedy, and also "Jewish" – because it is Judaism that bears the greatest responsibility  for the evil and brutal aspects of capitalism. This religion, she says, is "a cancer that has harmed humanity from the dawn of its civilized history," because it regards non-Jews as inferior creatures who are detested by God and can be killed with impunity. Kafa Al-Zou'bi (Source: Alawalnews.net) The following are excerpts from her article.[1] "Reading reports about the coronavirus today, I get the disturbing feeling that the world is almost [living] a fictional story, [Jose] Saramago's [novel] Blindness. In this story, after everyone on earth falls victim to an epidemic of blindness, all trappings of culture, education and morality instantly collapse… [Public] services stop because everyone is blind… There is no government, no police, no law, no restraining morals and no fear of God. Cities become dark jungles in which people lose themselves in a blind struggle to survive, especially [fighting] for a little food and water... Man reverts to the worst possible savagery… "Saramago does not treat the blindness [just] as a medical epidemic that befalls humanity, but takes a broader, philosophical view, for the physical blindness causes people to lose sight [of their humanity] in their struggle to survive, and to forsake the cultural and moral traditions that they have theoretically come to espouse… in favor of the material interests of survival. Wars, hunger, murder, rape, violence, disease and plagues – that is the lexicon of the actual reality, which for Saramago reflects human blindness that will eventually lead to complete destruction and cause mankind to revert, at some point in the future, to a beast without intelligence, thought or culture.   "Here a childish, innocent thought occurs to me… What if the funds [currently] wasted on wars were devoted to scientific development for the sake of life rather than death, [and] to strengthening culture, morality and creativity rather than ignorance and stupidity? What if these efforts were invested in [advancing] knowledge that would lead to a reduction in the birth rate, instead of in killing people who are regarded as superfluous to humanity? What if the funds were invested in cultivating enlightened people instead of people immersed in illusions and superstitions that cause them to murder and [amass] power? What if… What if… What keeps all of this from coming true? [What prevents] Man from engaging in reasonable struggles, without the madness of evil and egoism? "The answer is simple and clear: [The fault lies with] barbaric, greedy capitalism, and let me add the adjective 'Jewish.' It is Judaism in particular that made capitalism so barbaric and established a [religious] source of authority that sanctifies the worst kind of evil, taking it to its most far-reaching extremes. Judaism permits to kill the non-Jewish other, and regards [the non-Jew] as a different kind of creature, detested by God, because the Jews are the one and only chosen people… This is not just [an idea], but comes to the point of [actually] permitting the murder of the other, who is regarded as an inferior creature. A Jew seeing [a non-Jew] lying dead in the road must not bury him, but may let the dogs eat him… In [Saramago’s] Blindness the dogs indeed eat the dead bodies in the streets, albeit without taking an interest in their masters' religious sources of authority.   "I believe Judaism is a cancer that has harmed humanity since the dawn of its civilized history. The catastrophe is that this idea infiltrated other religions that came later, and as a consequence these religions did not sanctify Man's humane aspects as much as his barbaric and evil aspects. Each religion, in turn, promised its adherents that they are the people most favored by God and may therefore kill [others] and persecute them. This is an essentially a Jewish [idea]. "I also think that capitalism could have been less barbaric had it not been anchored in the sources of Jewish philosophy and had it not drowned Man in blindness that will sooner or later lead to his sudden perdition. This will happen if [Man] does not regain his sight and eradicate the epidemic of illusions! In our present reality, that would be a very unlikely miracle.”     [1] Alawalnews.net, March 10, 2020.

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April 9, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8669

Sudanese Preacher Abdallah Hassan Jiballah: Hatred, Hostility Towards The Jews Is Part Of Islam; It Is Forbidden To Normalize Relations, Form Alliances With Them

April 9, 2020
Sudan | Special Dispatch No. 8669
Sudanese preacher Abdallah Hassan Jiballah said in a sermon that was uploaded to the Internet on March 1, 2020 that the Jews are disbelievers who shed the blood of the prophets of Allah, and that hatred and hostility towards the Jews is an intrinsic part of Islam. He said that normalizing relations and forming alliances with the Jews is forbidden by shari'a law. To view the clip of Abdallah Hassan Jiballah on MEMRI TV, click here or below. "Hatred And Hostility Towards [The Jews] Is A Part Of Our Faith" Abdallah Hassan Jiballah: "The Jews are the slayers of the prophets. They are shedders of blood who disbelieved prophets, and Allah detailed many more of their characteristics. Therefore, hatred and hostility towards them is a part of our faith." [...] "Normalizing [Relations] With [The Jews] Is Haram; It Is Forbidden" "Brothers, normalizing [relations] with [the Jews] is haram. It is forbidden. It cannot be compared to the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah. Why? Because that treaty was conducted for the preponderant interest of the Muslims and for a limited period of ten years, which the Prophet Muhammad did not extend. It was only for a period of ten years, and for the preponderant interest of the Muslims. "If there is something [in a treaty] that negates the faith of a Muslim, yet he still normalizes relations with them – that is haram. Such normalization is forbidden by shari'a law. Therefore, my brothers, Allah made it forbidden to be allies [with the Jews] and to support them."

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April 8, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8684

Afghan Writer Ejaz Malikzada: 'The Taliban Took 18 Months To Set Up A Diplomatic Stage For Themselves, Paid For By Qatar And Diplomacy Trainings... By Pakistan'

April 8, 2020
Special Dispatch No. 8684
In a recent article, Afghan writer Ejaz Ahmad Malikzada examined the implications for Afghanistan of the U.S.-Taliban agreement signed in Doha on February 29, 2020.[1] The Doha agreement, brokered with the help of Qatar and Pakistan, ensures the withdrawal of American and other foreign troops from Afghanistan, as well as the release of about 5,000 Taliban prisoners. The fear is that the U.S.-Taliban deal could curtail Afghan women's liberties such as the right to vote. The agreement, signed by U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Akhund, the deputy emir for political affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization, also paves the way for the Taliban to share power in an inclusive government following intra-Afghan talks, which are yet to begin. In the article, titled "U.S. actions serve the Taliban's interests," Malikzada accused the U.S. of threatening the Afghan government with a reduction of $1 billion in aid, especially at this time when the Islamic Emirate (which ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001) continues to fight the Afghan security forces in a bid to seize power in Kabul once the U.S. troops leave. Following are excerpts from the article: The Afghan Government "Is Fighting A Terrorist Group (Yes, The Taliban Are Still Terrorists... As Per The FBI Definition Of Terrorism)" "As COVID-19 cases rise in Afghanistan, the Afghan government prepares itself for the day the virus hits hard. In the meantime, it is fighting a terrorist group (Yes, the Taliban are still terrorists, as per the FBI definition of terrorism), rushing to build an 'inclusive' cabinet to accommodate rivals who did not accept the 2019 election results, building an inclusive team of negotiators to do its bid at the negotiation table with the Taliban, and dealing with a decrease in funding from its main partner, the U.S., which is itself plunged into its own COVID-19 crisis. "What is waiting for Afghanistan at the end of the line? Despite a handful of suggestions from our international friends on how to run the war and peace in Afghanistan, the U.S. is still going in the wrong direction. After months of shuttling between Kabul, Washington DC, Doha, and Islamabad, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. Department of State's Special Representative for the Afghanistan Peace Process, finally struck a deal with the Taliban [on February 29, 2020] in return for the Taliban promising not to allow any other terror groups to operate on Afghan soil, against American interests. "The Taliban, in return, have been promised the release of 5,000 prisoners, to which the Afghan government dubiously agreed. The Taliban have secured international attention and recognition, as well as a boost of morale on the battlefield, and an op-ed in the New York Times [by Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of the Taliban's Haqqani Network]. Let me repeat: the New York Times gave free exposure[2] to a man with an FBI bounty on his head,[3] the brother of the leader of the Haqqani terror network who has the blood of thousands of innocent Afghans on his hands. But we all know Haqqani did not write it, did he? The New York Times ran an oped by Sirajuddin Haqqani on February 20, 2020. "The Taliban took 18 months to set up a diplomatic stage for themselves, paid for by Qatar and diplomacy trainings provided by Pakistan. The period of negotiation and back-and-forth diplomacy by Khalilzad, despite Taliban offensives against American targets, helped the terrorist group to whitewash five years of a medieval regime and 19 years of violence against Afghans. The deal was signed after a stipulated one-week period of a 'Reduction in Violence,' during which the Taliban attempted to show unity of command. Despite efforts by Taliban leaders in Qatar, there were some Taliban offensives against Afghan security forces. The offensives were responded to by the Afghan government and the U.S. forces." "The 'Peace Deal' Signed With The U.S. Is Supposed To Kick-start An End To The War"; "However, We Are Witnessing Continued Taliban Offensives That Cost Civilian Lives" "The 'peace deal' signed with the U.S. is supposed to kick-start an end to the war in Afghanistan. However, we are witnessing continued Taliban offensives that cost civilian lives as well as lives of the ANDSF [Afghan National Defence and Security Forces]. A Taliban insider attack on an Afghan army base killed 25 members of the Afghan police and army in Zabul. Another attack on a Sikh gurdwara (temple) in the Afghan capital on March 25, which killed 25 Afghan Hindu and Sikh civilians, was claimed by Islamic State's Khorasan Province. However, an Afghan Government source claimed that 'the attack was the work of the Haqqani network.' This is a clear sign that the Taliban continue their terror operations in order to gain an upper hand in the 'peace talks.' "The success of the U.S. talks with the Taliban was unforeseen by the Afghan government, given that the Taliban only wanted a complete withdrawal of the 'foreign forces from Afghanistan.' Thanks to Ambassador Khalilzad's diplomacy and experience of making deals with the terrorist group, a withdrawal of U.S. forces now looks imminent. The Taliban extended the talks and the agreement with the U.S. as every meeting was a triumph and the Taliban received a blank check to write their demands. Hence, the prolonged U.S.-Taliban talks undermined the Afghan elections. The talks of an interim setup instead of the planned September 2019 elections cultivated uncertainty among the election campaigns. "After months of electioneering, results were announced in favor of President Ashraf Ghani, who received more than 50 percent of votes, with [Dr. Abdullah] Abdullah earning 39.5 percent, and the Afghan government was challenged by a number of politicians who warned that the country would slide into civil war if Abdullah does not secure more than 50 percent of power. The international community, including the U.S., stood with President Ghani, leaving Abdullah supported only by Iran and Russia. "President Ghani failed to bring his arch-rival, Dr. Abdullah, and Abdullah's allies – mainly former mujahideen and former government officials – to accept the election results. After U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo failed to bring the two together, he went home and slapped the U.S.'s Afghan partner with a statement that he would cut $1 billion in aid, adding a few other verses to the Taliban's celebratory poems and songs of 'victory against infidel foreign occupiers and their puppet government.' Since the initial talks with the U.S. representative, the Taliban have boasted about the U.S. 'withdrawal talks' as a triumph against the wealthiest superpower of the world, with the most advanced military that hunted them in Tora Bora and shook them with the 'Mother of all Bombs.'" U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban's Mullah Baradar exchange documents in Doha. The Taliban "Are Trying To Buy More Time Until The U.S. Withdraws From The Country And So They Can Impose Their 'Islamic Emirate' On Afghans" "The Afghan government has established a 21-member negotiating team [for intra-Afghan talks involving the Taliban]. The negotiating team almost covers all walks of life, including victims of conflict, youth (who comprise more than 65 percent of the Afghan population), academia, clergy, technocrats and former mujahideen, political parties, ethnics groups and, most importantly, women, to face the all-male Taliban negotiating team. "The negotiating team received a substantial amount of support from all parties on the republic side, including Dr. Abdullah. Dr. Abdullah's support for the negotiating team is a sign that he is on the same team with President Ghani to march in peace negotiations against the Taliban. "The Taliban, however, have shown opposition to the Afghan 21-member negotiating team of the Afghan government. As always, the Taliban come up with excuses to delay talks with the Afghan government. They are trying to buy more time until the U.S. withdraws from the country and so they can impose their 'Islamic Emirate' on Afghans, as they are still pursuing military campaigns against the Afghan government. "Top Taliban leaders still preach the same sentiments – re-establishing their 'Islamic Emirate' – to their ranks and followers. In a March 25 speech to supporters in the southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan, Mullah Fazel, a former top Taliban military commander and senior member of the Taliban negotiating team in Doha, said, they will establish an 'Islamic Emirate,' 'and there will be a system based on Shari'a (Islamic law).' "The Taliban have made peace with the Americans but their killing spree against Afghans continues. The agreement with the U.S. will not result in a divorce, however, with Al-Qaeda, Taliban's ideological brothers. It will only strengthen the Taliban's resolve to take over Afghanistan and once again turn it into a launchpad of jihad against the West." "I Would Like To Also Remind The World That Pakistan Is Harboring Terror; The Pakistani Problem Of The War In Afghanistan Has Not Been Resolved" "Call me a preacher of gloom, doom and war, but, like every other Afghan, I am tired of this war. I have lived in Kabul through its thick and thin since I can remember, and I have seen worse days one can imagine, and so peace is a dream. But as the famous Afghan expression says, 'this way only goes to Turkistan,' a sudden U.S. withdrawal will bring its foot back to Afghanistan. The Taliban 'counter-terrorism' assurances, and a number of CIA operatives [remaining in Afghanistan], will not suffice against the proxies of Pakistan and Iran. "I would like to also remind the world that Pakistan is harboring terror. The Pakistani problem of the war in Afghanistan has not been resolved even after months of Ambassador Khalilzad's bickering in Pakistan. Pakistan still provides safe havens to the Taliban. The Pakistani establishment provides funding to madrassas that train terrorists for suicide bombings. "Now that the U.S. has signed an agreement to withdraw forces – but to leave a number of intelligence forces to confront any other jihadist activity against the U.S. and its interests – it must also honor its strategic Bilateral Security Agreement with the Afghan government. The U.S. must leave a number of forces in the country as a guarantee to avoid a Taliban march to take over the capital. A Taliban takeover of the capital will mean a bloody battle and a massacre of all those civilians the Taliban have listed – of those women and men who have stood and fought against the Taliban ideology. "Any agreement with the Taliban must not undermine the Afghan Constitution and the hard-earned achievements of the past nineteen years. The implementation of any agreement must be strictly watched over by international military and economic guarantors. The Taliban have a history of breaking promises and agreements." "Continued Training And Funding To The ANDSF [Afghan National Defence And Security Forces] Is Crucial To Deter The Taliban From Taking Over The Country" "After the Bonn Agreement, which was the preliminary series of agreements to re-create the state of Afghanistan following Operation Enduring Freedom in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York, Afghanistan has made significant progress in democratizing itself. The adaptation of an enlightened Constitution in 2004, holding presidential and parliamentary elections (despite technical problems and disputes over election results in the 2014 and 2019 presidential elections) are all the results of a state developing towards prosperity. "Afghanistan has excelled itself by building a national economy from ground zero; it has constructed a national army and national police force, grown and improved a formal education system, and recovered the status and future of Afghan women. A strong commitment from the international community and the U.S. is crucial in supporting the Afghan institutions. "The international community must stand with and support the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces, as the existence of ANDSF ensures the sovereignty of Afghanistan as well as a strong block against the establishment and existence of terrorist groups in the country. "Continued training and funding to the ANDSF is crucial to deter the Taliban from taking over the country in yet another bloody war that will cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars.  I can also say that the people of Afghanistan will not just watch and welcome the Taliban takeover of the country. The Afghan youth have resisted a Taliban medieval ideology, as have the Afghan women, and it is a very clear indicator that the dark times of the Taliban will not be accepted and welcomed anymore by the new generation of Afghanistan."   [1] ToloNews.com (Afghanistan), April 7, 2020. The original English of the article has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization. [2] Nytimes.com/2020/02/20/opinion/taliban-afghanistan-war-haqqani.html, February 20, 2020. [3] Fbi.gov/wanted/terrorinfo/sirajuddin-haqqani, accessed April 8, 2020.

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On Facebook, Western Jihadis React To Coronavirus — Part II: 'I Think To Work In Hospital In Texas To Make Sure All Die. If They Don't Die, I Would Inject More Abu Corona On Them'

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The "Corona Pandemic" Song - In Traditional Style, Abd Al-Qayum Al-Sharif Urges Sudanese to Stay Home: Don't Tell Me That You Are Going to the Market… Wash All Ten Fingers

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On April 6, 2020, Khartoum TV (Sudan) aired a performance of a song titled "Corona Pandemic" by Sudanese singer Abd Al-Qayum Al-Sharif. Al-Sharif sang: "Our faith in Allah [will] protect us... Wash your hands well… Don't mingle with other people… Disinfect your bedroom… If you must [go to the market], put on a mask."

Abd Al-Qayum Al-Sharif: "Our faith in Allah, upon which we were raised, will protect us from a disease called Corona."

Chorus: "Our faith in Allah, upon which we were raised… Our faith in Allah, upon which we were raised, will protect us from a disease called Corona."

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"Corona, Corona, a germ or a bug. Wash your hands well, wash all ten fingers. For the sake of people's health, you must be mindful. For the sake of people's health, you must be mindful. Don't be someone who harms people. Don't be someone who harms people. Stay home and don't mingle with other people. Stay home and don't mingle with other people. Disinfect your bedroom so you will be spared. Disinfect your bedroom so you will be spared. Follow the words of God. Do not shake hands with people. Follow the words of God. Do not shake hands with people.

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"Don't tell me that you are going to the market, but if you must, put on a mask. Don't tell me that you're going to the market, but if you must, put on a mask. Don't tell me that you're going to the market, but if you must, put on a mask. Don't tell me that you're going to the market, but if you must, put on a mask."

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Visions of the Post-Coronavirus World - Kuwaiti Economist Saeed Tawfiqi: America, Europe Will Decline, China Will Rise; People Should Start Learning Chinese, Using Yuans

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Source: The Internet - "Diwan Al-Mulla Internet TV Show"

Kuwaiti economist Saeed Tawfiqi said in a March 30, 2020 interview on Diwan Al-Mulla Internet TV (Kuwait) that in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. and Europe will enter a sharp decline, and China will become stronger. He advised people in the Gulf states to start learning Chinese instead of English and using yuans instead of dollars.

Saeed Tawfiqi: "After the coronavirus the world will change its theories."

Interviewer: "The American-Chinese conflict will change..."

Saeed Tawfiqi: "I'm telling you: The Chinese are coming. They are coming in strong. Not that they are not present now, but I'm advising you to change the currency of your credit card from the dollar to the yuan.

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"American companies will face problems. The Americans will lose faith in the general political and economic system once their hospitals are overwhelmed and we will start to see patients in the hallways and in the streets – just like what happened in Italy... All the companies will move to China.

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"The headquarters of [multi-national companies] will now move to China. They will say that in China, it is easier to deal with... Sometimes, decision-making is easier in non-capitalist, non-bureaucratic regimes.

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"No civilization lasts forever. Western civilization now..."

Interviewer: "Europe is sick..."

Saeed Tawfiqi: "In 1990, when the Berlin Wall and Communism came down, it was a surprise and it happened fast. So this is not out of the question. I'm not talking about collapse, but about a decline, and then a sharp decline in favor of China."

Interviewer: "Britain has left [the EU]...

Saeed Tawfiqi: "I say that we should get ready. I said this a few days ago. In Kuwait and in the other countries, we are used to speaking English and saying: 'Hi, good morning...' From now on, we will say 'zaijian' – 'Goodbye... Good evening...' If it isn't you and me, it will be our children."

Interviewer: "So you say to people in Kuwait, the Gulf, and other Arab countries that they should learn Chinese..."

Saeed Tawfiqi: "Yes. It's in their best interest."

 

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White Supremacist Arts Movement Promotes And Sells Racist Music, Film, Children's Books

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Special Dispatch No. 8683
Since 2017, an online hub and store for artists who identify as white supremacists, white nationalists, and whites of European descent has been  promoting over 70 artists who create pro-white music, film, literature, poetry, and visual arts. The works for sale on the website include racist and pro-white children's books. The organization is active on a number of social media platforms, including Gab, Instagram, Twitter, Bitchute, and DLive. The following report examines the organization's activity on its website and social media accounts. YOU MUST BE SUBSCRIBED TO THE MEMRI DOMESTIC TERRORISM THREAT MONITOR (DTTM) TO READ THE FULL REPORT. GOVERNMENT AND MEDIA CAN REQUEST A COPY BY WRITING TO MEDIA@MEMRI.ORG WITH THE REPORT TITLE IN THE SUBJECT LINE. Website Content The organization publishes and promotes its artists' ideologies, content, and material primarily through its online store, but also via its projects and also in contests that it holds, as well as via the website's blog and links to other organizations with which it cooperates. On its "About" page, the organization states that in order to achieve its goal of promoting and preserving white European identity and ideology, it will serve as a centralized location for its followers and artists to acquire nationalist films, music, literature, web shows, etc. "The products for sale on the site include music for download, European-themed magazines, and books, most of them for children.   Image from the organization's website calling on artists to join Children's Books The organization sells a number of children's books, some of which are also available for purchase of Amazon. The featured books promote white superiority with Aryan-allegory protagonists and by having the protagonists encounter cultural situations and racial stereotypes, including African Americans, KKK members, corrupt politicians, and issues such as Planned Parenthood clinics and compulsive military service. There are also  direct references to slogans used in Nazi Germany. Children's books on the website The Organization's Online Presence The organization promotes itself through its various social media accounts, and is also promoted by affiliated artists who discuss it on white supremacist media. One artist has been featured on an online radio and podcast platform[1] as belonging to the organization. A European music duo appeared on a white supremacist podcast to discuss the movement and their appreciation of its promotion of them in the U.S. Collaboration With Other Groups The organization boasts connections with over a dozen white supremacist websites and groups, such as a white supremacist organization that advocates for white resistance, a directory of white supremacist websites, and an outlet selling white supremacist music. Links in the website to other white supremacists websites Events and Contests The organization is attempting to establish an online – and possibly offline – community by holding events and online contests for its artists that are open to anyone sharing its worldview. For example, on its website it posted registration for a festival it says will include pro-white film, music and arts for "Alt-Right" and "Pro-Whites." As of this writing, no date or location for the event has been posted. Registration page for the event So far, the organization has held five online music and film contests offering cash prizes. In October 2019, it held a film contest with a cash prize, which was won by a European duo. The films entered in the contest were uploaded to the organization's now-defunct YouTube channel. The organization's rules for entries for the film contest.   [1] For more on white supremacist online radio shows and podcasts, see DTTM Inquiry & Analysis No. 1506, White Supremacist Online Radio Outlets Call For Race War, Espouse Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories, Recruit For Violent Neo-Nazi Groups, March 25, 2020.

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