Three Australian Sunni Muslims have been convicted of firebombing a Shia mosque in Fawkner, Australia in an ISIS-inspired arson attack.
Abdullah Chaarani, Ahmed Mohamed, and Hatim Moukhaiber were given lengthy prison sentences in the Victorian Supreme Court for their role in attacking the Imam Ali Islamic Centre. Fawkner is a suburb of the Australian city of Melbourne.
Chaarani and Mohamed received 22 years for the actions, with Hatim getting 16. The former two are also accused of plotting a terrorist attack shortly after the mosque burning, that occurred in December 2016, that would target the broader Australian public.
The Shia mosque was almost totally destroyed in the fire, and the men spraypainted “Islamic State” on the building’s walls, leaving little to no doubt about their motives for the arson. The Islamic State has extensively persecuted Shia Muslims in Iraq and Syria, even going so far as to separate Shia Iraqi soldiers from Sunnis before executing the latter.
Tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims are almost as old as the religion itself, dating back to the 6th century beginnings of the Islamic faith. In recent years and decades, conflict between the Islamic sects have grown in intensity, expanding out of the Middle East to immigrant Islamic communities in the western world.
As mass immigration continues from troubled and conflict-prone regions of the world to countries such as Australia, it’s increasingly likely that centuries-old sectarian blood feuds will find themselves recreated in western cities and towns.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Endorses Donald Trump’s Reelection
Ties have grown between America and Brazil in recent years.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced his endorsement of President Donald Trump in an event signing a new trade agreement between the United States and Brazil on Tuesday in the South American country.
“God willing I will be able to attend Trump’s second inauguration,” said Bolsonaro at a press conference detailing the new agreement with US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. Bolsonaro wanted to emphasize that he does not wish to “interfere” with the US election, but that his support for President Trump comes from the heart.
Bolsonaro and Trump have coordinated on policy to contain Venezuelan and Cuban-style Communism within South America. NSA O’Brien stated that relations between the US and Brazil have “never been stronger” at the trade agreement signing. The US designated Brazil a “non-NATO” ally in 2019, and the two countries have worked together on environmental policy to deter wildfires in the Amazon rainforest.
The new “mini-trade deal” signed between the two countries will regulate telecommunications exchanges between the US and Brazil. Brazil, which is the second-most populous nation in the New World with 211 million people, is an increasingly significant country in global business and diplomatic affairs.
Bolsonaro himself is somewhat of a right-wing populist in the veins of global leaders such as Viktor Orban, Andrzej Duda, and President Trump. He won election in 2018 in a landslide, capitalizing on alienation among the Brazilian electorate for the socialist-style governments that had governed the country for over a decade, mass crime, and preferences for gun rights.
Establishment liberals frequently receive endorsement from globalist leaders across the world, and never think twice about not crying “foreign interference” in the event that it benefits them. President Bolsonaro isn’t an American, but it certainly bodes well to see the leader of the Americas’ second largest country develop a strong working relationship with President Trump.
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