The pictures of three British Muslim schoolgirls who left home to join the IS tell a harrowing tale of estrangement, heartbreak, lost control, indoctrination and abandonment. Shamima Begum, Amira Abase (both 15) and Kadiza Sultana ( 16 ) led their families to believe that they had some local engagement, stole their jewellery to cover the travel cost and flew to Turkey to cross the Syrian border in order to be Jihadi brides for the Islamic state. As CCTV footage of their travel later emerged, it was plain that timely action could have stopped them before they disappeared inside Syria. Imagine the agony of the parents who helplessly watched their daughters going through a well-documented path to self-destruction. But the bigger question is, how did they end up here? To an estimate, there are well over 20,000 foreign volunteers fighting alongside the IS in Syria and Iraq. A lion's share of this number comes from Europe. Interestingly enough, the relative number of volunteers from the … [Read more...] about The farce called The Clash of Civilisations
Victim support: Activists from the Indonesian Survivors Foundation and Indonesia Peace Alliance sprinkle flower petals at the site of last week's bomb blast on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, on Sunday. They called on the government to make laws to uphold the rights of survivors of terrorist attacks.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama) Despite funding support, the National Police have found that the four perpetrators of Thursday's terror attack around the Sarinah shopping center in Central Jakarta never departed for Syria to join Islamic State (IS) movement. The four perpetrators are suspected to have come from old militant groups in the country that underwent military-style training in Jalin Jantho, Aceh, under the guidance of cleric Aman Abdurrahman, who is currently serving time at a penitentiary in Nusakambangan, Central Java. The police have also arrested another 12 suspected terrorists in Java and Kalimantan, suspects who also received training in Aceh and are suspected of having … [Read more...] about Aceh-trained foot soldiers lead terror assault
The Jakarta administration, the Jakarta Police and the Jakarta Military Command are set to increase cooperative efforts among themselves in order to better secure Jakarta following the deadly terrorist attack on the city's main thoroughfare last Thursday. The carnage resulted in the death of four civilians. All four attackers died after setting off suicide bombs or being shot dead by the police. The horrific attack took place at a Starbucks coffee shop in Menara Cakrawala and on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta. Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian said that the police were currently cracking down on groups linked to the attack. Tito said that the police would increase monitoring in neighborhoods across the city, especially in rented homes and boarding houses. 'We will increase and improve the role of Babinkamtibmas [police officers assigned to villages as advisors on security and public order] to keep an eye on residents. The police need to cooperate with the city … [Read more...] about Jakarta ramps up counterterrorism
LONDON — Glassdoor UK, the jobs website that lets employees leave anonymous reviews and feedback on their employers, has compiled a list of the best offices in Britain. Staff at Glassdoor have combed through pictures and reviews left on their site to pull together what they think are the 10 best offices in the UK. They take into account everything from office design, amenieties, freebies, and the general atmosphere at the place. 10. AKQA Where? London. What? A digital agency that creates products and services for clients. Why? Glassdoor describes AKQA’s offices as “a cool industrial design for their new Clerkenwell offices with a hint of luxury residential.” Think exposed brick walls twinned with indoor plants and top of the line kitchen amenities. What staff say: “I’ve been working at AKQA for over 3 years and still get the same buzz and excitement about projects that I did in year 1. Working with some of the best clients, on some of the most … [Read more...] about The 10 coolest offices in the UK, according to Glassdoor
Trish Donnelly has worked under celebrated Toronto chef Jamie Kennedy and helmed trendy spots from Oyster Boy on Queen St. W. to Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Liberty Village. These days the executive chef with the perfect pedigree is making a dog’s breakfast on Queen St. E. – and loving it. As top chef of the new, high-end and healthy pet food store Tom&Sawyer, she still puts her considerable chops to good use, whipping up restaurant quality dishes like sous vide salmon, tuna with sweet potato and Italian beef pasta for a less lippy, if not more yappy, clientele. “My friends weren’t surprised when they found out. They said, ‘Well, you like dogs more than people anyway’,” she says with a giggle. Of course, making gourmet grub in a shiny, open kitchen that looks like something you’d see at a top-notch establishment doesn’t come cheap (some meals are priced at $11 a pop.) So owners Kristin Matthews and Peter Zakarow have … [Read more...] about Should gourmet pet food be offered as an employee health benefit?