In order to preserve the flow of conversation about various posted items, and also in order to make it easier for visitors to find the list of related links being shared by other readers, regulars and interested parties in one place, each day a post is automatically created at a minute past midnight ET.
This way, under the various posts of the day, conversation can take place without as much ‘noise’ on the various links and articles and ideas in the main posts and all the news links being submitted can be seen under these auto-posts by clicking on the comments-link right below these ones.
Thank you all for those that take the effort to assist this site in keeping the public informed. Below, typically people can find the latest enemy propaganda, news items of related materials from multiple countries and languages, op-eds from many excellent sites who write on our topics, geopolitics and immigration issues and so on.
Nigeria violence: ‘Girl’ suicide bomber kills 10 (BBC, June 24, 2015)
“A young female suicide bomber is reported to have killed at least 10 people in north-eastern Nigeria. A witness said the girl, who detonated explosives in the town of Gujba in Yobe state, was about 12 years old. Another 20 people were injured in the blast.
Earlier this year, the Nigerian army seized Gujba from the militant group Boko Haram.
The Islamist group has not commented on the attack but it is known for carrying out such bombings.
“It was a suicide attack by a girl of around 12 years,” said witness Hussaini Aisami. “She went into the market and headed straight to the grain section. She detonated her explosives in the middle of traders and customers.”
The attack happened at about 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT) on Tuesday. It came a day after two female suicide bombers attacked the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 20 people….”
“About 300 suspects have been identified in an investigation into child sex abuse in Rotherham, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.
The inquiry, named Operation Stovewood, began in December in the wake of the Jay report which found 1,400 children were abused by gangs of men from 1997 to 2013.
Police said that estimate “remains a very good assessment”.
The NCA said it had identified more than 3,300 lines of inquiry.
NCA senior investigating officer described the abuse in Rotherham as “horrific”.
“During the trial, the court heard how [teacher Anne Lakey and pupil] the sexual relationships had had a long-term impact on her first victim, who was just 13 at the time.
He told the court: ‘As a kid I thought it was great what has happened but now I see it for what it is. It was wrong and I think Anne was a dirty pervert.
The second victim, who was 15 at the time, said the crimes had taken place while he was ‘impressionable’ – and that she had tried to ‘manipulate’ him after it was reported to police.
He said: ‘This has been a constant worry for me and it has really effected me. I have also had to disclose this part of my life to my children.”
“The court heard how, when away from the classroom, Lakey – who has been married three times, each to a younger man – was a ‘disgusting sexual monster’ who preyed on the teenagers, even having sex with one for the first time in a tent on a school camping trip.”
This bully and sexual-predator naturally rose through the ranks of socialism. Every Diversity and Sexuality meeting furthering the corruption of children to be exposed to her advances.
“She was also named in a Department for Education pamphlet as a ‘visionary leader’, described as ‘inspiring’ by Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of education.”
How the deviant lead the blind and know-nothing-at-all.
Ban Ki-Moon shakes hands with al Qaeda emir
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was photographed last week shaking hands with ‘Abd al Wahhab al Humayqani, a man the United States accuses of being Al Qaeda’s emir for the Yemeni province of Al Bayda. Standing next to them was Ban’s special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed.
Humayqani was in Geneva for peace talks in his capacity as a member of the Yemeni government in exile’s delegation. The government in exile of Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi has been operating since the start of the coalition air campaign out of the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
Ban’s embarrassing photo opportunity with Humayqani highlights some of the shortcomings of the international community’s efforts to combat terror finance, since the US accuses him of funding Al Qaeda as well as reportedly helping it orchestrate car bombings.
Washington now says that it raised concerns with the United Nations over Humayqani’s attendance at the UN-brokered peace talks and that it also criticized Hadi’s government for including him in the first place. However, the State Department spokesperson only responded to the news on Wednesday, playing down concerns from the press about Humayqani’s attendance, even though the Yemeni’s name appeared on the delegation list as early as June 10, and Reuters flagged it soon thereafter.
[…]Humayqani’s emergence as a member in the Yemeni government’s delegation to Geneva reflects poorly not just on President Hadi’s administration in exile, but also on his Saudi and Qatari patrons. In 2013, the Treasury Department noted that Humayqani “has frequently traveled throughout the Arabian Peninsula while conducting business for AQAP.”
more on the page :
At least 18 policemen dead in attack in China’s Xinjiang: Radio Free Asia
At least 18 people are dead after ethnic Uighurs attacked police with knives and bombs at a traffic checkpoint in China’s western Xinjiang region, Radio Free Asia reported on Wednesday.
The attack occurred on Monday in a district of the southern city of Kashgar, where tensions between Muslim Uighurs that call the region home and the majority Han Chinese have led to bloodshed in recent years.
Suspects killed several police officers with knives and bombs after speeding through a traffic checkpoint in a car in Kashgar’s Tahtakoruk district, U.S.-based Radio Free Asia said, citing Turghun Memet, an officer at a nearby police station.
Armed police responded to the attack and killed 15 suspects “designated as terrorists,” Radio Free Asia cited Memet as saying.
The attack comes at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a sensitive time in Xinjiang after an uptick in attacks over the past three years in which hundreds have died, blamed by Beijing on Islamist militants.
Repeated calls to the Xinjiang government news office were not answered. Such incidents are frequently reported in overseas media but not confirmed by the Chinese government until days later, if ever.
Exiled Uighur groups and human rights activists say repressive government policies in Xinjiang, including controls on Islam and on Uighur culture, have provoked unrest, a claim that Beijing denies.
Austria slams ‘unacceptable’ Hungary’s anti-migrant decision
Austria on Wednesday blasted a decision by neighbouring Hungary to suspend application of a key EU asylum rule as “unacceptable” and warned of “negative” consequences.
“Austria cannot tolerate that,” Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz told his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto in a telephone call, a day after Budapest announced it was opting out of a rule requiring a migrant’s claim be processed in the EU country they first arrive in.
Hungary cited the influx of migrants for its decision, with a government spokesman declaring “the boat is full”.
“We all wish for a European solution, but we need to protect Hungarian interests and our population,” spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told Austrian media.
The EU reacted by demanding Budapest urgently clarify its decision.
Hungary received more asylum-seekers per capita than any other EU country apart from Sweden in 2014, up to nearly 43,000 from just 2,000 in 2012.
The tide of arrivals has surged further this year, with 60,000 migrants entering Hungary so far this year, according to government figures.
Many try to continue on to other European states but under the EU’s so-called Dublin III regulation those countries can return asylum seekers to Hungary to have their application processed there.
Hungary, which has taken an increasingly tough stance on immigration, says it has “exhausted the resources at its disposal” to accept further asylum-seekers.
Austria is the country most affected by Budapest’s move, with most of the migrants on its territory arriving either from Hungary or Italy.
Divisions remain on Greece as officials meet for last push
Tsipras flies to Brussels to try to bridge gaps with Greece’s creditors
Greeks Expecting More Taxes and Pain Hope at Least It’s in Euros
As opposed to what? Rubles? Rupees?
As opposed to Drachmas, the former Greek currency. Most educated Greeks know that if they leave the Euro monetary system it will take a gazillion Drachmas for one Euro as their economy has been subsidized by the Euro for years.
Right, thanks, Babs. I got dumb.
Remind me to read all of the comments before talking.
Read the article I posted about the Junk Bonds being over valued, euros may not be that save a currencies.
The term Junk Bonds is not a very good name for the bonds, they are the high risk bonds issued by businesses when they first start, the businesses have to track record and are a gamble for those with the money to lose. The problem is that way too many investors see the interest the bonds will pay and don’t stop to consider the risk of losing their investments.
They are expecting Greece to have to reissue their own currency, which given their economic mess will have an exchange value of several cents US to several hundred thousand of what ever the currency will be called. If they remain in the euros the money they have will at least have some purchasing power.
Greece banks receive fresh ECB funds
Icahn warns markets ‘extremely overheated,’ especially in junk bonds
The experts keep seeing the signs of a crash and the fools keep ignoring them.
CNN – Are there similarities between white supremacists and ISIS?
( + comments on the youtube page )
The comments are interesting, some of the people see the similarities while others are so dumb they don’t understand the question and others are deliberately misunderstanding the question to attack the resistance.
CNN is doing its LSM on us. Bury the immediate threat of Islamic terrorism in a hail of other threats. Preferably, exonerating ‘people of color’ – those most likely to cause trouble in real time – in a show of ‘investigative journalism’. (Pardon the scare quotes.)
If this Church Killer hadn’t materialized, somebody would’ve had to invent him. In time for this summer’s Race War.
We’re more threatened by white KKK-types than IS-types? I don’t buy it for a second. The big map with numbers is supposed serve as evidence. Whose numbers? …Ah, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s. Of course.
No doubt there are similarities at extremes of anything. Go far enough East you’ll end up going West. If you stand on your head. Best if you shout, “Allah-heil-Hitler” while doing somersaults.
As I stated in a different thread but misstating by saying similarities rather then difference is that the white supremacists are from our culture where individual rights and freedom are valued and mass murder is vilified. The white supremacists in the west will have to wait until the left has further destroyed our culture before then can find enough people who think their way before they can start committing crimes like ISIS.
That’s quite a significant difference, as you explained it. It’s worth noting.
It is significant, if the left ever succeeds in destroying our culture they will discover that the only reason they have gained so much power is that the rest of us believe in the rule of law, once that is gone they are fair game.
Al-Azhar condemns Dutch parliamentarian’s attempted publishing of anti-Islam video
Egypt-based major Islamic Sunni institution Al-Azhar has strongly denounced on Sunday endeavours by the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders to publish a cartoon that allegedly offends Islam.
Long known for his campaigns against Muslims around the world, including banning the Holy Quran in 2007, Wilders called for the publishing of a cartoon video of the Prophet Muhammad.
Referring to the attempted publishing, Al-Azhar said in an official statement on Sunday: “This is a clear provoking act towards Muslims and goes against the western beliefs of respecting other cultures and views.”
The statement added that some people take advantage of such acts by spreading terrorism, out of rage.
In January, an attack on a French cartoon magazine left 12 journalists and two police officers dead. Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula claimed responsibility. Media reports quoted eye-witnesses as saying the gunmen shouted “revenge for the prophet”, before carrying out the attack.
“I was in Texas a couple of weeks ago attending an exhibition of Mohamed cartoons […] Islam, the terrorists, do not want us to show those cartoons,” Wilder said. “Terror and violence must never be allowed to win over freedom of speech, and that is why we have to publish this film.”
He said there was a misunderstanding regarding the Dutch parliament’s rejection of the video’s publishing. Dutch NPO board director Henk Hagoort assured him the video will be broadcast at 15:55 GMT on Wednesday.
Document outlines big-power nuke help to Iran
A couple of useful, easy to understand Iran-nuke explainers just came out.
Necessary Safeguards for a Final Deal with Iran
Verifying a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran
How can you verify anything in a nation that doesn’t let you go where you want?
You assume they’re covering whatever it is for a reason, so you report it as non-compliance. Penalties ensue.
That assumes they are worried about penalties.
Machete killer ‘became obsessed with ISIS beheading videos’ just weeks before killing great-grandmother, 82, during 45-minute rampage through north London street
Friends say the paranoid schizophrenic, who at one time converted to Islam, became increasingly preoccupied with the sickening videos in the run-up to the brutal killing of Italian café owner Palmira Silva.
For Kerry, Iran deal would be a legacy hit after many misses
It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
To call upon a neighbour and to say: —
“We invaded you last night–we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away.”
And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!
It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say: —
“Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”
And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.
It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: —
“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!”
Kipling knew this so why doesn’t the current administration? Could it be they are really working to help Iran instead of protect the west.
Sometimes I’m sure they know, they’re just that venal. Other times I think they’re just stupid tools of those who know.
How about a combination of the two, venal and stupid.
That’ll do it.
Vice News – Migrants Stranded on Kos ( 15 min 14 )
Migrants target lorries amid Calais unrest
DAILY MAIL – Migrants desperate to get into UK by any means necessary ‘have knives and aren’t afraid to use them’ say British truckers stranded on day two of Calais strike chaos
Wildcat strikes at Calais shut down all ferry and Channel Tunnel services
Eurostar, Eurotunnel and ferries are all running today but are very full
Dozens of travellers spent night in St Pancras after trains were cancelled
Lorries going through Calais are subjected to additional checks to ensure migrants have not smuggled themselves on board
Extra riot police drafted in to French port to control the situation
Migrants ‘have knives and they’re not afraid to use them’, say lorry drivers
I feel sorry for those lorry drivers. Out there all alone, no gun to keep them warm…
Have you been researching old Colt ads? There is an old one that shows a man camping out with the comment: Its dark, there are noises around the camp, a Colt is comfort. Or words to that sentiment.
Back in the 90’s I had a dangerous job inspecting properties in some of Los Angele’s most undesirable areas. While I tried my best to visit these areas during hours that criminals were asleep, I also had my family dog, a pit-bull, ride with me along with mace, a slapjack up my sleeve and… I had no compunction of running the gang bangers down with the car if they tried to car jack me.
Most times I had a body guard along if I had to actually go onto a property but, I was the mother of two young boys and the money just didn’t make sense after a while.
I too feel very sorry for the lorry drivers that are literally risking their lives to get goods to market in the UK.
BTW, my dog’s name was Babs. That’s where I get my moniker. She was the greatest dog I ever owned and I know, for sure, she would have given her life for our family… If she were a human, she would have been a Marine; no better friend and no worse enemy…
You’re a good person, Babs. You do your work with your wits intact. You’d do well in Israel.
I’d be glad to have you with my gang when the time comes. I never thought of myself as a survivalist – tin-foil hat, etc. – but now I believe we’re in for an un-Civil War.
You are my kind of woman, ready to defend your family and self at a moments notice.
FBI Files Document Communism in Valerie Jarrett’s Family
The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
This goes way beyond red-diaper to really toxic stuff. Sojourns in Iran?
Yup, the alliance between the far left and Islam goes way back, we are going to have a lot of traitors to track down after the war.
She’s a candidate for Leavenworth.
If we can get a rational jury we will be able to execute a bunch of the traitors.
Britain faces FREEZING winters as slump in solar activity threatens ‘little Ice Age’
NY gun owners to Gov. Cuomo: Take your unconstitutional SAFE Act and shove it
Read more at http://libertyunyielding.com/2015/06/24/report-ny-gun-owners-to-gov-cuomo-take-your-unconstitutional-safe-act-and-shove-it/
Obama wants Iran nuke deal to keep a promise to Muslim countries, not Americans
Read more at http://libertyunyielding.com/2015/06/24/obama-wants-iran-nuke-deal-to-keep-a-promise-to-muslim-countries-not-americans/
I can’t understand the article. O’s hurting the Muslim countries, with one, kinky Persian exception. Or is it that he’s got to salvage something, anything, even if it spells disaster?
My take is that he was raised as a Shiite and Iran is the center of the Shiite power, this is backed up by some people I know that are tied into the oil industry.
I never paid attention to the flavors of Islam.
Now I’m thinking Shitte is a shade or two more abhorrent than Sunni.
That is about right.
SYRIA – Syrian regime frees 574 detainees in Justice Minister swap deal: source
A well-informed source told Zaman al-Wasl a swap deal carried out between Syrian regime and Islam Army last two weeks was behind the release of Justice Minister who was kidnapped by the key rebel group on June 9.
A judicial source said regime security had released 574 detainees mostly from the city of Douma, the hometown of Islam Army’s commander, Zahran Alloush, in an exchange for Justice Minister, Najm al-Ahmed, and tens of people who were taken hostages by Islam Army in Adra al-O’malia offensive near Damascus early 2014.
The source said that Islam Army had deliberately denied al-Ahmed kidnapping in an effort to complete the exchange deal.
Islam Army also has received more 300 million Syrian pound in the exchange deal, source said.
The key rebel group in Eastern Ghouta district near Damascus has 6 secret prisons where more than 5000 people loyal to Bashar al-Assad regime are still in detention, according to Zaman al-Wasl sources.
Is Indonesia or Kenya predominantly Shiite? I thought they were both Sunni?
Nigeria violence: ‘At least 40 dead’ in Boko Haram attack (BBC, June 24, 2015)
“Boko Haram militants have killed at least 40 people in north-eastern Nigeria, according to witnesses. The attacks on Monday and Tuesday took place in the villages of Debiro Hawul and Debiro Bi in Borno state.
Residents say the militants drove into the towns and began shooting, looting and burning houses. In a separate attack, a young female suicide bomber reportedly killed at least 10 people in the neighbouring state of Yobe.
A witness said the girl, who detonated explosives in the town of Gujba on Tuesday, was about 12 years old. The Islamist group has not commented on the attack but it is known for carrying out such bombings….”
Prophet Cartoons Air On Dutch TV During Ramadan
Dutch far right politician airs Mohammad cartoons on TV
THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders on Wednesday aired cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad on Dutch television that were drawn at a cartoon competition in Texas that was attacked by two gunmen in May.
Aissa Zanzen, spokesman for the Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands, called Wilders’ action, using public broadcast time allocated to political parties, a publicity stunt. “Wilders is out to provoke Muslims and he has done everything he can to do that,” he said.
Wilders, in a broadcast coinciding with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, introduced the three-minute broadcast, in the second half of which the cartoons scrolled across the screen accompanied by piano music.
Wilders and Pamela Geller, one of his American sponsors who organized the Mohammad cartoon drawing competition, were at the event where the shooting took place. Neither of them were hurt.
Roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi of Phoenix were killed by Garland police after they opened fire with assault rifles outside the cartoon drawing event in Garland.
Wilders, a leading Dutch politician, is due to stand trial this year for alleged discrimination after making anti-Moroccan comments during election campaigning last year.
In a statement issued after the cartoons were aired, Wilders denied his intention was to provoke.
“I do it because we have to show that we stand for freedom of speech and that we will never surrender to violence,” he said.
Wilders has lived under 24-hour protection since airing an anti-Islam film, Fitna, which resulted in his name being added to militants’ death lists.
AUSTRIA GRAZ – Pics of the Muslim terrorist –
on this page :
BOSTON – Man arrested outside tsarnaev sentencing – had giant meat cleaver in car
USA: Police arrest suspect with MEAT CLEAVER outside Boston Bombing court
NYT – Homegrown Radicals More Deadly Than Jihadis in U.S.
Are you as brave as the house cat?
Looked intrigued, not scared. That’s some tough kitty!
Democrats Try to Force Republicans to Release Clinton Confidant Testimony
Democrats on the House panel investigating the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi are invoking a “right” they say permits them to force a public committee vote on releasing Hillary Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal’s closed-door testimony.
The five Democrats are making the demand in a letter dated Wednesday to the committee chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.
Led by Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the Democrats write that the panel’s deposition procedures, as adopted by the House, allow them to require the committee to “promptly schedule a public business meeting to consider, debate and vote on the proposal to release Sidney Blumenthal’s deposition transcript.”
They say release of a transcript of Blumenthal’s closed-door testimony “will resolve public disagreements that have arisen from the selective-and sometimes inaccurate-descriptions of his testimony and his emails that have appeared in the press.”
Jamal Ware, a spokesman for the committee’s Republican majority, accused the Democrats of spurning Gowdy’s offer to discuss the issue. “Chairman Gowdy atempted to schedule a meeting,” Ware said in a statement, “but the Democrats chose to send out a press release instead.” He noted that Blumenthal is being treated just like every other person who has testified. “The committee has not released the transcript of any other witness and the chairman is not inclined to treat this witness differently,” Ware said.
Blumenthal was called to give a closed-door deposition last week about memos and advice on Libya he sent then-Secretary of State Clinton prior to the attacks on the U.S. facilities in which four Americans were killed.
Since then, there have been leaks to the media about his emails to Clinton about Libya and Benghazi when she was secretary of state. The committee released 60 of those missives last week, but not any of Blumenthal’s testimony. The committee Democrats, and Blumenthal’s lawyer, James Cole, have complained some of those have given an inaccurate account of what occurred in the deposition.
In their letter, the committee Democrats say that the procedure for releasing depositions is specifically spelled out in a committee rule. They say it reads: “The chair and ranking minority member shall consult regarding the release of depositions. If either objects in writing to a proposed release of a deposition or a portion thereof, the matter shall be promptly referred to the Select Committee for resolution.”
“It appears that all of the prerequisites have been filled,” the Democratic lawmakers wrie, which notes Democrats began asking for the public release of the Blumenthal transcript last week.
“Since all of the steps have been fulfilled as required by the Deposition Procedures adopted by the House, we request that you promptly schedule a business meeting of the Select Committee so Members may consider, debate, and vote on this important matter,” they write.
They want it out now so they can claim it is old news come election time.
France, Saudi Arabia inch closer to civil nuclear deal
France and Saudi Arabia agreed on Wednesday to press ahead with feasibility studies to build two flagship Areva-designed EPR nuclear reactors as the two allies firm up business ties amid tensions across the region.
The countries set up a joint committee in May to finalise some 20 projects across sectors ranging from defence to transport infrastructure and civil aviation over the coming months worth billions of euros.
“We are about to sign deals worth $12 billion (7.65 billion pounds),” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told a news conference ahead of a ceremony between President Francois Hollande and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
France has been able to nurture new links with the Gulf Arab region due to its tough stance on Iran, similar positions on conflicts across the Middle East and in the face of what some Gulf countries perceive as disengagement on the part of traditional ally the United States.
Few new contracts were announced on Wednesday, with the core deal being the reiteration of a firm Airbus order made at the Paris air show last week by Saudi Arabian Airlines worth $8 billion at list prices.
The reactor feasibility studies could signal an opening of the Saudi market for French nuclear group Areva, which has struggled to win export contracts. It lost a key tender in the Middle East in late 2009 when the United Arab Emirates picked a consortium of Korean companies to build the Gulf Arab region’s first nuclear power station.
“We have enabled our partnership to take a significant step forward,” a senior French diplomat said, adding that France was the first country to sign such an agreement with the kingdom.
The Saudis also signed a nuclear waste disposal contract and a nuclear safety accord on Wednesday.
Like other Middle Eastern oil producing countries, Saudi Arabia is looking to nuclear and solar energy in order to minimise domestic oil and gas consumption.
Contracts agreed on Wednesday also included 23 light twin-engined Airbus H145 helicopters worth $500 million, Fabius said.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said talks were ongoing on price for a contract for French naval patrol boats built by DCNS, partly owned by Thales. The two sides are aiming to finalise the majority of deals under discussion in October.
“Our ties are excellent, historic and strategic,” Jubeir said. “We are trying to take them even higher.”
France has already won about $15 billion of defence contracts in the region over the last year.
France to study building nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia
Paris (AFP) – France said Wednesday it will look into building two nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia as the two countries announced deals worth $12 billion (10.7 billion euros)
The deals were announced following the first Franco-Saudi Joint Commission meeting in Paris, led by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohamed bin Salman.
Airbus will sell 23 H145 multipurpose helicopters to Saudi Arabia for 500 million euros and Saudi Arabian Airlines is buying 50 Airbus passenger jets worth about $8 billion — a deal first announced at last week’s Paris Air Show.
Fabius also announced a “commitment” from Saudi Arabia to acquire about 30 patrol boats for its navy.
“It represents the creation of many jobs and hundreds of millions of euros,” Fabius added.
The study for two European Pressurised Reactors (EPR) takes on added significance given the current efforts by Saudi Arabia’s rival, Iran, to develop its own nuclear capabilities.
France has been reinforcing links with the conservative kingdom despite persistent criticism of its human rights record, while Riyadh is keen to broaden its ties with Western powers beyond its traditional alliance with the United States.
Salman was due to meet French President Francois Hollande later on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia has been under international pressure, including from Washington and Paris, to drop a sentence of 1,000 lashes for a renowned human rights activist and blogger.
The kingdom has also faced criticism over its use of the death penalty. According to an AFP count, Saudi Arabia executed 102 locals and foreigners in the year to mid-June, compared with 87 during the whole of 2014.
Saudi wants the reactor to have a source of material to build their own nuclear weapons so they won’t have to rely on Pakistan.
And just because.
RT- — POLAND – ‘Everyone should know where terrorists live:’ Polish radicals to create Muslim database
A Polish far-right group wants to create a register of Muslims in the country. The Polish Defense League says they will publish addresses and pictures of those practicing Islam in order to “protect” the country against the threat they allegedly pose.
[…]Dariusz Mazurek, head of the PDL, said on his Facebook page that the organization wants to create an online platform, which would contain a database of Polish Muslims. This would include information about where they live, work and photographs.
“Citizens have a right to know where Muslims live. We will be publishing their addresses and their names,” he said.
[…]Mazurek says this was not the PDL’s initiative, rather he claims it has the backing of the Polish people. He told the Polish website NaTemat.pl that he is hoping the public will do their bit to get the database started, while adding that if Muslims found this offensive, they were welcome to take him to court.
“Every citizen of our country could take pictures of a Muslim, say in a car with a registration plate. Or they could take a picture of a group of Muslims in a bar, or another place where they might meet, be it in a cultural center or a mosque. These pictures will then be uploaded to the website,” the leader of the PDL said.
The PDL, who have closed links to the anti-Muslim English Defence League, says the website is currently being built and will be launched “very soon.” The idea is similar to the ‘Redwatch’ website, set up by the far-right British People’s Party to reveal the identities of anti-fascists and socialists.[…]
[…]The PDL’s paranoia of Islam even went as far initiating a so-called, “bacon action” against Muslims, which saw the organization send pieces of pork to an Islamic cultural center.
PAKISTAN – Karachi Heat Wave: Some Muslims Can Eat During Ramadan, Cleric Says
KARACHI, Pakistan — A senior Islamic cleric has issued a rare fatwa allowing some Muslims to eat in daytime hours during Ramadan to give them respite from Pakistan’s record-breaking heat wave which has killed 750 people.
Temperatures have touched 113 Fahrenheit in Pakistan’s largest city this week with witnesses describing people “dropping dead” in the streets. A chronic power crisis has led to hours-long blackouts in the city of 22 million people, rendering fans, air conditioners and water pumps useless.
However, Islamic cleric Mufti Mohammad Naeem has said ailing Muslims are free to skip their holy month fasting.
“If an expert doctor says that your life is threatened due to the heat, or some condition you may have is going to get worse because of fasting, then you can forego the daily fast,” the 50-year-old told NBC News.
“This is conditional on your medical condition and how you react to the heat, not a free-for-all,” said Naeemi, who is head of the of the Jamia Binoria Aalimiyah, Karachi’s biggest madrassa. “But only a religious and qualified doctor can assess you condition.”
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and falls between June 18 and July 17 this year.
Muslims do not eat, drink or have sex during daylight hours, but exemptions are made for anyone suffering an illness or who is heavily pregnant or elderly.
Asked if the fatwa would create controversy in the conservative Muslim country, Naeemi said: “When life is threatened, when our body needs sustenance, then even the Shariat [religious law] allows us to eat pork. So if you’re diabetic or dehydrated medically, you don’t have to fast.”
Ramzan Chippa, who runs a volunteer ambulance service, said fewer bodies were recovered Wednesday morning compared with the past three days, but added that he was expecting more casualties in the afternoon.
“We have been stuck in this rut for the last four days now,” he said. “Most of our relief activity is taking bodies to morgues. Graveyards have filled up. Just yesterday we had to break up a fight between three families about a burial site. There are not enough plots prepared to bury people.”
Chippa said his entire fleet of 300 ambulances had been devoted to helping patients from the heat wave.
“Most of the bodies we are recovering are people dying on the streets,” he added. “They’re just dropping dead.”
With meteorologists were predicting rain within the next 24 hours, Chippa said people were looking forward to a much-needed relief. “We are waiting for the rain and doing what we can,” he said.
Mohammad Faeem Khan, director of the Karachi Zoo, confirmed that six animals — two peacocks, two monkeys, one deer, one hyena — died because of the heat.
“All animals are being treated with hydrating fluids, and we filled up their ponds and put ice in their cages, but there is an ice crisis across the city,” Khan said.
One of the city’s top police officials confirmed that officers were being told to stay out of the heat.
“Police patrolling has been pulled back from the streets as I don’t want to lose men,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
Dildar Shah is a resident in the suburb of Malir who lost two neighbors to the heat. “This is like the Day of Judgment,” he said. “It seems all of us will die in this heat together.”
CBC – Aaron Driver defends ISIS, attack on Parliament, but denies he’s a threat
‘They had it coming to them. They deserved it,’ says Winnipeg ISIS supporter of attacks in Canada
“These are not attacks on malls or any kind of public place, like churches. These are attacks on police officers and these are attacks on soldiers. These are people who are part of the system. It’s entirely different,” Driver said.
[…]He added, “I think the big issue is I’m a Canadian living in Canada, and I’m OK with soldiers or police officers being targeted for what they’re doing to Muslims.
“I think it’s a little hypocritical that people would take issue with people retaliating against them … when it’s the police and the military who are killing Muslims.”
[…]The Bible is also what Driver said drove him to Islam.
“I just decided it couldn’t possibly be the word of God, so I started watching debates to find some answers. A lot of debates between Christians and atheists and Christians and Muslims, and the Muslims were always destroying them in these debates,” he said.
[…]When asked what would it take to change his views, he said, “for the West to stop killing Muslims, stop bombing, stop arresting Muslims … take responsibility for the crimes they’ve committed and just stay home and work on their own problems.”
U.S. Power Grid Being Hit With ‘Increasing’ Hacking Attacks, Government Warns
These attacks are acts of war and our government refuses to act on these attacks.
Secret Service nabs ‘most-wanted’ computer hacker
OPM data breach could total 32 million Americans
In this June 16, 2015, photo, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the OPM data breach. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Man pulls meat cleaver outside Boston Bomber sentencing
More on the machete attack.
Man charged with assault after allegedly slashing woman with machete in Bryant Park
This one applies to Europe as well as the US.
Importing a Potential Epidemic
UN Report on Gaza Scores Points for Barbarism