Where Does Islamic State’s Money Come From?

According to this article at Al-Monitor…

  1. Oil. Residents of Mosul say that the sale of oil extracted from wells controlled by the organisation in both Iraq and Syria has provided a sustained source of funding.
  2. The imposition of royalties on residents in IS territories. Members of the organisation collect 50,000 dinars (£28) from each family as service and protection fees. The amount doubles for families whose sons did not join IS.
  3. Organ trafficking. A specialised IS mafia is engaged in selling organs removed from the bodies of fallen IS fighters and injured people arrested by IS forces.
  4. Drug trafficking. The Russian Federal Drug Control Service says IS is gaining significant revenues by smuggling and marketing Afghan heroin, providing half of the total heroin supplied to Europe via destabilised Iraq and some African countries.
  5. Human trafficking. A report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights states that more than 25,000 women and children have been imprisoned, sexually violated and sold by IS.
  6. Human and livestock smuggling rings. One family reached Turkey after reportedly paying $8,000 for each individual that escaped.

Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014

Aid to the Church in Need has released its Religious Freedom in the World
Report, a comprehensive assessment on the threat to religious liberty today.

  • 81 countries (41%) were identified as places where religious freedom is impaired or is in decline.
  • Some degree of religious persecution can be found in every continent and major region of the world. However, the highest levels of religious persecution are found throughout many nations in North Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia.
  • 6 countries showed an improvement. However, four of these six countries are still classified as having High or Medium levels of persecution.
  • 55 countries showed deteriorating conditions, with religious freedom either in decline or significantly in decline.
  • Christians remain the most persecuted faith in the world.
  • Muslims also face serious persecution; often from other Muslims who do not share their exact same beliefs.
  • Jews in Western Europe are feeling increasingly under threat; prompting many to emigrate to Israel in recent years.
  • Of the 20 countries that showed high levels of persecution…
    • in 14 countries the persecution was linked to extremist Islam
    • in the remaining 6 countries the persecution was due to authoritarian regimes.
    • However, even in the Western World people of faith are also feeling under pressure due to the competing claims of increasingly secular and atheistic societies.

Christian School Must Actively Promote Other Faiths – Ofsted

If the Department for Education does not act fast, there is a real chance that the nature of faith schools will be irreversibly damaged, and for no obvious benefit. This is not setting out the promotion of British values at all: it is bloody-minded, religiously-illiterate and insensitive bureaucrats forcing their ideas of how religion should bend to the will of an intolerant form of equality upon schools, the vast majority of which do an outstanding job of teaching their pupils to respect all people irrespective of race or beliefs.

The quote is from Gillan Scott’s post ‘Ofsted go on the offensive against faith schools‘, in response to an Ofsted inspector’s alleged statements to the Head and Deputy Head teachers of Trinity Christian School (quoted in a letter from the school to the Minister of Education):

  • That representatives of other faiths should be invited to lead assemblies and lessons in order for the school to demonstrate compliance with the Standards
  • That evidence needed to be provided, including within the curriculum, that the school actively promoted other faiths
  • That the school should actively promote the principles of the Equality Act 2010, that pupils must learn about people with protected characteristics and that the school must not give a viewpoint that certain lifestyles are wrong. Nor should the school promote a particular lifestyle; and
  • That the promotion of a principle, namely the Christian principle that all people are equal before God and have inherent dignity as human beings, was not enough to demonstrate Paragraph 5(b)(vi).

Gillan Scott concludes:

If Ofsted really is carrying out the will of the Department for Education, it has become a tragic and disturbing case of the state losing its bearings and over-reacting in response to the real but limited failure of a few schools (academies and local authority) in Birmingham. The real danger is that the response to a failure in one area will produce a crisis that engulfs schools across the whole country. For the sake of the hundreds of thousands of children who will be the ones who ultimately suffer, we cannot allow this to happen.

I look forward to hearing how Nicky Morgan MP, Minister of Education, a member of Christians in Parliament, will respond.

Diary, Monday 20 October 2014

True to his word, Mr MS has arranged for us to be taken to Svay Pak, a notorious red-light area where his organisation’s activities are based. The highlight of the visit for me is the tour of the two factories. Most garment workers in Cambodia work long hours (six days a week, 7 am to 5 pm, sometimes 8:30 pm) in poor conditions (factory collapses, mass faintings from heat and poor ventilation) for a salary of US$100 (about £60) per month. The rescued women here are smiling and chatting. We are told they are paid up to $220 per month. They work five days a week, seven hours a day, with a compulsory hour of education. There is free child care and a midday meal is provided. Huge fans help keep the factories cool and well ventilated. I am moved almost to tears to see what is being done here.