David Cameron launches 5 year-plan to tackle Islamic extremism in Britain

Oliver Wright Independent

Young Muslims are drawn to fundamentalist Islam in the same way young Germans were attracted to fascism in the 20th century, David Cameron will suggest today, as he sets out a five-year strategy to combat Isis-inspired radicalisation.

In a speech in Birmingham, Mr Cameron will say Islamic extremist ideology is based on the same intolerant ideas of “discrimination, sectarianism and segregation” that led to the rise of Hitler and that still exist in the far right.

He will also reject suggestions that Western foreign policy has contributed to the rise of Isis and its popularity among Muslim populations in the West, arguing that such extremism existed long before the Iraq war.

The Prime Minister will also announce details of a new drive to promote integration led by the Government’s “tsar” for troubled families, Louise Casey. This will include addressing issues around integration, language and employment and learning from “past mistakes” where government funding was “simply handed” over to “self-appointed ‘community leaders’” who “sometimes used it in a divisive way”. Read More »

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A Message from Special Master Sheila Birnbaum Victims’ Compensation Fund (Zadroga)

I am proud to announce that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has made loss determinations of more than $1.3 billion. As of June 30, 2015, the VCF has approved 11,770 eligibility claims and made 5,636 loss decisions, totaling $1,310,149,991. First responders account for 91 percent of the total loss amount. Individuals with cancer diagnoses account for 18 percent of the awards. This information and additional updated program statistics are available here.

In addition to our program statistics, the VCF is releasing a state-by-state breakdown of claims for the first time. While it is not surprising to learn that most VCF claimants live in New York and New Jersey, the next most represented states are Florida, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, and every state has a registered claimant. This geographic diversity reminds us that September 11th affected us as a nation, and volunteers and responders came from across America to offer assistance and support to those in need.

To provide the service these claimants have earned, the VCF continues to streamline our efforts, improving processing times and communications. An important part of success is our partnership and cooperation with claimants, their attorneys and advocates, and the third parties who hold information necessary to process a claim. We are appreciative of the ongoing efforts of these groups to help us resolve claims quickly and accurately.

While we continue to improve our processing efforts, we are also turning our attention towards the end of the program. I encourage any individual who has delayed filing a claim to file now. The sooner you file your claim, the sooner you will receive your first payment. The last day anyone may submit any information to the VCF is October 3, 2016. Please do not wait until the end of the program to submit your claim.

As always, if you have questions about the VCF claims process, I encourage you to call our toll-free Helpline at 1-855-885-1555. For the hearing impaired, please call 1-855-885-1558 (TDD). If you are calling from outside the United States, please call 1-202-514-1100.

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Every state has people suffering from 9/11 illnesses

Thomas Tracy  New York Daily News

It’s no longer just New York’s problem.

FDNY members in Washington, D.C. for a hearing of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy, Commerce Committee on June 11. The committee heard testimony on the Zadroga Act. Win Mcnamee/Getty Images

FDNY members in Washington, D.C. for a hearing of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy, Commerce Committee on June 11. The committee heard testimony on the Zadroga Act. Win Mcnamee/Getty Images

Every state in the nation now has someone suffering from cancer or other illnesses related to the 9/11 terror attacks, the Daily News has learned.

Those receiving aid from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund vary from just a handful in states like Wyoming, Utah and Alaska to several dozen in North Carolina, sources said.

The numbers increase drastically as one gets closer to New York. Just under 100 people in Pennsylvania have received aid. Nearly four times that number can be found in New Jersey. Read More »

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