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Boca Raton: Deutch continues terror state divest quest

By John Johnston
The Florida legislature recently passed SB 538, a bill that requires fire and police pension funds to divest from Iran and Sudan. In addition, it requires the State Board of Administration to provide a “terror-free” option for state employees participating in the State’s defined contribution retirement plan.



Boca Raton: Deutch continues terror state divest quest
May 5, 2009
Boca Raton, FL
Continuing to pave the way on divestment of state funds from rogue nations, the Florida Legislature on Friday passed a bill making it easier for Florida's citizens to exercise economic pressure against terror-sponsoring states.

The bill, SB 538 sponsored by Senators Ted Deutch (D-Boca Raton), and Carey Baker (R-Eustis) requires fire and police pension funds to divest from Iran and Sudan and requires the State Board of Administration to provide a ``terror-free'' option for state employees participating in the State's defined contribution retirement plan.

In 2007, State Senator Ted Deutch sponsored the Protecting Florida's Investments Act, making Florida the first state to divest its pension funds from companies engaging in business with Iran and Sudan. Since its passage, Florida - which has the nation's fourth largest pension fund - has divested over $1 billion from scrutinized companies.

"The state of Florida has made it clear that it will not aid the genocide in Darfur or Iran's illicit nuclear weapons program," said Sen. Deutch. "Today, we reinforce the commitment of our state's citizens to not support companies who choose to put profit over international security."

"As a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I know firsthand of the atrocities that occur because of the support and funding of these terror-sponsoring countries," said Sen. Baker. "Our state's workers will not continue to have their hard earned dollars used to aid those who seek our destruction.'"

SB 538 requires police and firefighter pension funds to identify any holdings they may have with scrutinized companies and divest these securities by 2010.

"I am proud that we have worked in a bipartisan fashion to create this innovative investing option for state employees," said House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, who worked with Sen. Deutch to pass the Protecting Florida's Investments Act as well as SB 538. "This further reinforces Florida's commitment that we are not investing funds in companies that finance terrorism and threaten America's national security."

Since Florida became the first state to divest, 18 other states have adopted terror-free language. Wall Street has also followed suit, creating terror free index funds, and on a federal level, the Financial Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives this week considered the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act to help other states expedite divestment efforts.

SB 538 now awaits the Governor's signature.
 

A Former Terrorist, a Muslim Darfur Leader, an Escaped Jihad Slave, Victims of Terror from India, U.S. and Israel to Address Mass Human Rights Rally

Human rights and religious leaders gather in Manhattan rally for the defeat of radical Islam. Speakers include a former terrorist, a freed Sudanese slave and a father who lost his son on 9/11.



A Former Terrorist, a Muslim Darfur Leader, an Escaped Jihad Slave, Victims of Terror from India, U.S. and Israel to Address Mass Human Rights Rally
May 1, 2009
New York, NY

A former member of the Jemaah Islamiya terror group, Tawfik Hamid, will join Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Jewish and other Muslim leaders to call for the defeat of radical Islam and heighten awareness about the danger radical Islam poses to human rights across the globe.

Speakers will also include Simon Deng, a freed Sudanese slave; Mohamed Yahya, leader of Muslim Darfur group Damanga; author and women's rights advocate Dr. Phyllis Chesler; anti-slavery activist Pastor Gerald Bell; Charles Jacobs of American for Peace and Tolerance; Rajinder Singh Khalsa and Bhupinder Singh Bhurji representing the Sikh community; Beth Gilinsky of Alliance for Interfaith Resistance; Hindu Human rights leader Arish Sahani; women's rights activist Joy Brighton, and others.

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Top militant 'arrested in Iraq'

The leader of the Islamic State in Iraq, an umbrella organization of radical militant Sunni groups, was reportedly arrested in Baghdad.



Top Militant 'arrested in Iraq'
April 26, 2009
Baghdad, Iraq Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has said that a man arrested in Baghdad last week is a top figure in the al-Qaeda-related insurgency.

Mr Maliki told the BBC Abu Omar al-Baghdadi had been tracked for more than two months by Iraqi security services.

His arrest was reported last Thursday but the reports were not confirmed.

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Updated with Letter to the IRS: CAIR in violation of IRS 501c3 statute

CAIR’s corporate status is revoked: they are no longer a valid 501(c)3, thanks to the Law Offices of David Yerushalmi.

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Updated with Letter to the IRS: CAIR in violation of IRS 501c3 statute

One of the important discoveries emanating from the lawsuit by former CAIR clients against CAIR for fraud and racketeering is the fact that the law firm prosecuting this lawsuit (Law Offices of David Yerushalmi) discovered that CAIR's corporate charter in the District of Columbia had been revoked as of September 8, 2008. That means pursuant to DC law that the only thing CAIR can do is engage in those necessary acts to dissolve the corporation and to distribute its assets (and to defend itself in litigation for fraud and racketeering).

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Indonesia’s Voters Retreat From Radical Islam

By Norimitsu Onishi 
Despite attempts made by political Islamic parties (such as the Prosperous Justice Party) to run anti-corruption, humanitarian campaigns, citizens of Indonesia are voting for leaders who go not want the country be ruled under Shariah Law.



Indonesia's Voters Retreat From Radical Islam
April 24, 2009
Jakarta, Indonesia
From Pakistan to Gaza and Lebanon, militant Islamic movements have gained ground rapidly in recent years, fanning Western fears of a consolidation of radical Muslim governments. But here in the world’s most populous Muslim nation just the opposite is happening, with Islamic parties suffering a steep drop in popular support.

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