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Salman Rushdie Stabber Inspired by Ayatollah Khomeini

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Salman Rushdie speaking in 2020 in New York City – Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Islamist Extremism

Salman Rushdie Stabber Inspired by Ayatollah Khomeini

  • Hadi Matar, 24, is facing charges of attempted murder and assault after stabbing author Salman Rushdie, 75, at a literary event in New York.
  • Matar’s social media showed him to be sympathetic to “Shia extremism” and the causes of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC).
  • Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued an Islamic religious decree, known as a “fatwa,” demanding Rushdie’s death in 1989. Read More

Iranian Charged for Plot Against Former National Security Advisor John Bolton

  • Shahram Poursafi, 45, a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), is accused of attempting to pay individuals in America to kill former national security advisor John Bolton.
  • Poursafi attempted to hire assassins as retaliation for the Trump administration’s assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani.
  • Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was reportedly also a target of the Iranian assassination plot.
  • Poursafi is likely living in Tehran. Read More

IRGC Threatens to Nuke New York

  • An Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Telegram channel threatened to produce atomic warheads for missiles.
  • The IRGC-linked Bisimchi Media (Radioman Media) Telegram channel published a video declaring that Iran’s regime will develop nuclear weapons with the capability of “turning New York into hellish ruins.” Read More

Alt-Right & Alt-Left Extremism

Gabriel Gipe - Project Veritas video
Screenshot from Project Veritas video

California Teacher Indoctrinates Students to be Marxist Revolutionaries

  • Gabriel Gipe, a social studies teacher at Inderkum High School, in Sacramento, Calif., received widespread backlash and was asked to resign after a video came out of him bragging about radicalizing his students.
  • The Project Veritas video showed Gipe proudly admitting to politically indoctrinating his students in Marxism.
  • In the video Gipe explains how he encouraged and gave extra credit to students who participated in Antifa events.
  • Gipe was given over three years salary in exchange for resigning. Read More

Gunman Dies in Shootout With FBI

  • Ricky Shiffer, 42, was killed following an attempt to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati field office.
  • Shiffer was armed with a nail gun and an AR-15-style rifle when he tried to breach the FBI office.
  • Authorities are looking into threats he made against the FBI on social media, including his self-proclaimed attendance at the Jan. 6, 2021 riot and his ties to the Proud Boys. Read More

More News From the Alt-Right

  • A federal jury convicted Mitchell Farkas, 52, of Baton Rouge, La., for his attempted murder of a man at the direction of the white supremacist prison gang Aryan Circle. Read More

More News From the Alt-Left

  • Left-wing protesters disrupt a Los Angeles City Council meeting over a vote on homeless encampments in the city. Police in riot gear were required to clear the chamber of protestors. Read More

Hate Crime

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Evan Noelle Berryhill – KTSM.com via Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office

Texas Woman Charged With Hate Crime After Viral Video

  • Evan Noelle Berryhill, 28, of San Angelo, Texas, was arrested and charged with bias-based assault after a video of her verbally and physically assaulting an LGBT couple went viral. Read More

Hate Crimes Surge in Canada; Jews are the Main Target

  • Statistics Canada released its annual report on crime showing an overall rise, with Jews once again the leading victims.
  • Hate crimes increased 72 percent overall since 2019. 
  • Canadian Jews were 10 times more likely than any other Canadian religious minority to report being the target of a hate crime. Read More

Hostile Foreign Influence Operations

Zeina Abouammo, whose husband Ahmad Abouammo is accused of using his position at Twitter to spy on accounts for Saudi Arabia
Zeina Abouammo, middle, whose husband Ahmad Abouammo is accused of using his position at Twitter to spy on accounts for Saudi Arabia – JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images

 

Twitter Employee Guilty of Spying for Saudi Arabia

  • Former Twitter employee Ahmad Abouammo was convicted of six counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering in an effort to spy on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government. Read More

Iran Building Suspected Spy Satellites With Help From Russia

  • Iran plans to commission three more versions of a Khayyam satellite, which U.S. officials believe is intended for spying. The Russians, under Iran’s supervision, built the Khayyam satellite. Read More
Local law enforcement officers in front of the Mar-A-Lago home of former President Donald Trump
Local law enforcement officers in front of the Mar-A-Lago home of former President Donald Trump – GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images

 

  • The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned in a joint bulletin that there is an increase in threats to federal law enforcement officials following the FBI search at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. Read More

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