Somali Jihadists Recruit In U.s., Canada, Europe

At least three are believed to have carried out suicide bombings in Somalia, where an internationally backed interim government has taken tenuous root after two decades of civil war and near-anarchy. Minneapolis’ Somali community “is 100% against terror,” said Bihi. But he said a lot of families arrive owing “a lot of debt,” and community youth programs were “almost nil.” Al-Shabaab recruiters engaged teens by providing them entertainment and role models, then “brainwashed” them, he said. A senior State Department official told CNN that U.S. officials are trying to confirm whether the names released by Al-Shabaab are Americans, but said they are becoming more confident American citizens were involved in the Kenyan attack. The official said the administration has been concerned and raising alarm bells about Al-Shabaab recruitment in the Somali-American community for years and would be making decisions in coming days about additional efforts to stem the flow of recruits. How Al-Shabaab picks its targets In 2010, a federal grand jury charged 14 people in the United States with aiding Al-Shabaab. Two women in Rochester, Minnesota, were convicted of soliciting more than $8,000 for the group under false pretenses, telling contributors the money was for the poor, and received 10- and 20-year prison terms. The rest of those named in the indictment had already gone overseas, including Omar Al-Hammami, who became something of a jihadist rock star before falling out with the group and dying in a fratricidal ambush in 2012. Hammami differed from many of the other recruits. He was raised a Baptist in Alabama, but converted to Islam as a young man and created rap-style recruiting videos that bridged American and Somali culture. Another man, Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, was sentenced to more than nine years in March after pleading guilty to aiding Al-Shabaab. Ahmed was a native of Eritrea who had been living in Sweden before joining Al-Shabaab, prosecutors said.

Europe B2C E-Commerce Report 2012

The highest online revenue figures were recorded in the categories “consumer electronics and household appliances” and “computers”. B2C E-Commerce revenues continue to grow at a low to mid-size double digit percentage figure in Poland as well. In 2011, price comparison, user rating and group shopping websites were especially popular there. Categories that were most frequently ordered online in the Czech Republic in 2011 were “fashion and shoes” and “tickets”. The leading online shops in terms of revenue were Alza.cz and Mall.cz. Online coupon sites mark a growing trend in Hungary, where their number grew from less than 10 to almost 60 in barely a year. Online shops of this kind were the ones prompting more individuals in Hungary to shop online. Aside from traditional B2C E-Commerce Mobile Shopping is very popular in Scandinavia In Sweden, B2C E-Commerce revenues continue to grow constantly by a low double-digit percentage. Furniture retailer Ikea’s online shop had the highest number of unique visitors there in May 2012, followed by mass merchant Ellos. In 2011, approximately three million online shoppers in Denmark conducted more than 70 million online purchases. “Fashion and shoes” and “computer hardware and consumer electronics” were the most frequently ordered product categories.