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  1. Rock, Paper, Scissors.

    The only way to win is to get the opponent to react emotionally to disengage with dissociation, to actively rescue or fight in opposition. Then you have the ‘Control of Soros’ over those who in their rage: Stonewall, Socialize, or Islamize.

    Stonewall beats Islam, (Islam is saturated with Islamic homoeroticism and returns back to boys, poppy fields and goats).

    Islam beats Socialism, (the male-actors among the passive-femaled – joyously Allah-Akbar’d raped and burkha’d).

    Socialism beats Stonewall, (Divided and rendered powerless into further LGBTQMDJVSYK…. Preferential Groups of continually discovered victims, chemsex and endlessly fascinating peculiarities).

    The faux child, faux mother and faux father and their escapist utopias, battling for assendency to claim what they lost in a moment of doubt, and could receive back in a moment of clarity of relinguishing Pride.

    But everyone’s kidding the other because it’s illegal to offend the honorable vagabond. And the blind warfare goes on.

    Religiously Pained Souls.

    • Total Indifference, Bottomless Compassion, Absolute Law.

      Law trumps Compassion.
      Compassion covers Indifference.
      Indifference neutralizes Law.

      Who did we say were in the White House?

    • Sissors: Taqiyya -> Desperately Wants-to-Believe in Political Correctness: Paper
      Paper: Duplicious Lover -> Desperately Wants-to-Believe in receiving affection: Rock
      Rock: Born-that-Way -> Desperately Wants-to-Believe in their own Birthright: Sissors

      Islam-Socialism-LGBTQ Alliance of Anti-Offence.

  2. Wife of Australian IS recruit pleads guilty (BBC, Nov 16, 2015)

    “The wife of one of Australia’s most notorious extremists, Mohamed Elomar, has pleaded guilty to supporting overseas terrorism.

    Fatima Elomar, 31, was intercepted at Sydney Airport in May last year as she tried to board an international flight.

    Cash, camouflage gear and medical supplies were found in her luggage.

    In a brief court appearance, she pleaded guilty to supporting incursions into a foreign state with the intention of engaging in hostile activities.

    Mohamed Elomar travelled to Syria and then Iraq in 2013 to fight with so-called Islamic State (IS).

    Court documents reportedly detail text messages between the couple in which Ms Elomar begs her husband to return home for medical treatment after being shot.

    Mr Elomar reportedly told his wife to prepare the children’s passports so they could be together in Raqqa, Syria.

    Mr Elomar, and fellow Australian Khaled Sharrouf came to public attention last year after they posted pictures of themselves posing with severed heads to social media….”

  3. Paris attacks ‘planned from Syria’ – France PM Valls (BBC, Nov 16, 2015)

    “Friday’s attacks by Islamist militants in Paris were organised from Syria, French PM Manuel Valls says.

    He added that the authorities believed new terror attacks were being planned in France and other European countries.

    Meanwhile two more attackers were named as well as five already identified. One is confirmed to have entered Greece among migrants earlier this year…”

  4. Wife of Australian IS recruit pleads guilty (BBC, Nov 16, 2015)

    “The wife of one of Australia’s most notorious extremists, Mohamed Elomar, has pleaded guilty to supporting overseas terrorism.

    Fatima Elomar, 31, was intercepted at Sydney Airport in May last year as she tried to board an international flight.

    Cash, camouflage gear and medical supplies were found in her luggage.

    In a brief court appearance, she pleaded guilty to supporting incursions into a foreign state with the intention of engaging in hostile activities.

    Mohamed Elomar travelled to Syria and then Iraq in 2013 to fight with so-called Islamic State (IS).

    Court documents reportedly detail text messages between the couple in which Ms Elomar begs her husband to return home for medical treatment after being shot.

    Mr Elomar reportedly told his wife to prepare the children’s passports so they could be together in Raqqa, Syria….”

  5. Britain recruits 1,900 extra spies as Cameron reveals SEVEN attacks plotted by ISIS terror cells were stopped in six months (dailymail, Nov 16, 2015)

    “Britain is to recruit an extra 1,900 spies to counter the threat posed by ISIS terror cells in Syria.
    David Cameron today revealed seven deadly plots to cause havoc in the UK have been disrupted in the last six months.

    But he warned that the scale and severity of the attacks in Paris which left 129 people dead were far greater than anything seen by intelligence agencies to date.

    The security and intelligence services will receive a major increase in funding in response to the ISIS threat, which has been blamed for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt and the Paris attack in recent weeks.

    Mr Cameron announced a 15 per cent increase in the 12,700-strong staff of the security and intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ with the recruitment of an additional 1,900 personnel.
    Meanwhile spending on aviation security will increase to at least double the current £9million a year.

    The Prime Minister said the UK was engaged in a ‘generational struggle’ against extremist terror.
    The additional spending will help ‘combat those who would destroy us and our values’ and allow Britons to ‘continue with our way of life we hold so dear’.

    He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I have been aware of these cells operating in Syria that are radicalising people in our own country, potentially sending people back to carry out attacks.

    ‘Our security services have stopped seven attacks in the last six months, albeit on a smaller scale.’

    Plans for how to respond to a Paris-style marauding gun attack have been reviewed in the wake of the Paris atrocity, which marked a change in the nature of ISIS plots….”

  6. Mother of Paris suicide bomber says her son did not mean to kill anyone… and claims he may have blown himself up because of STRESS (dailymail, Nov 16, 2015)

    “The mother of a Paris suicide bomber says her son ‘did not mean to kill anyone’ – and claims he may have blown himself up because of stress.

    Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31, launched a solo attack outside the cafe Comptoir Voltaire, close to the scene of the Bataclan concert hall massacre on Friday night.

    His brother Mohamed Abdeslam, a former council worker, was arrested in Molenbeek in western Brussels, a day after the attacks in the French capital, in which at least 129 were killed and hundreds more were injured.

    Police missed their chance to bring in the third brother, Salah, when he was questioned as he crossed the border to Belgium after the attacks. He is now the object of a massive international manhunt.

    Today their mother defended Ibrahim, suggesting his suicide jacket may have done off by accident and said he could have carried out the attack because he was ‘stressed’…”

    • The ‘Triad of Permission’ exchange:

      Taqiyya -> Socialists’ need to believe her son had a workplace accident -> Party On… “I can feel in the air tonite, Oh Lord”.

      And then the approval is passed back down again from the President as if nothing happened.

  7. The German Vice-Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, said that the terrorist attacks in Paris will not lead to Europeans living in fear, Monday, at a press briefing at the SPD Headquarters in Berlin.

    SOT, Sigmar Gabriel, German Vice Chancellor (German): “Ladies and Gentlemen, you can imagine that this SPD steering committee meeting is dealing exclusively with the event of last weekend, namely the attack in Paris and its consequences for France, Germany and Europe. We are of course deeply moved by the outrage of this pointless murders in Paris. It is clear that the terror of IS [Islamic State] is not only against the French people, but it is against freedom and the self-determination of life. In this respect this terror and violence can harm anyone who is representing the ideas of freedom and self-determination. This why it is our task to defend our lives and ideas. I think that the concept of these days that ‘after the Paris attacks everything has changed’ is the most wrong sentence to say. I think that we should not change after Paris. After Paris we can’t live in fear and change our way of living together and our cosmopolitanism. If it was to change everything after Paris, then the terrorists would be celebrating their first success. We don’t want to change how we live together peacefully, with different cultures in our country and in Europe.

    • But the European Government is systematically changing the culture and way of life of those who fought off National Socialism: it’s called Communism.

      “Employing someone to work in your home”

      “1. Overview
      You’re usually considered the employer of a nanny, housekeeper, gardener or anyone else who works in your home if both:

      you hire them
      they’re not self-employed or paid through an agency
      This means you have certain responsibilities, like meeting the employee’s rights and deducting the right tax.

      There are special rules for au pairs, who aren’t usually considered workers or employees. [Who says so? Because 40% of Politicians are the only ones who can afford to hire them?]

      Carers and personal assistants
      You’re classed as an employer if you pay a carer or personal assistant directly, even if you get money from your local council (‘direct payments’) or the NHS to pay for them.

      Ask your local council about organisations that can help with your employer responsibilities, eg recruiting and paying your carer.

      Employees’ rights
      Anyone you employ must:

      have an employment contract
      be given payslips
      not work more than the maximum hours allowed per week
      be paid at least the National Minimum Wage”

      No more handshakes. No more liberty to earn something on the side. The government wants a share. Criminalizing the Citizens who help those in hardship, goes on.

      The drop-out who wants work and a bed to turn their life around won’t get it. As only a few can employ casually, on the minimum wage and spend the extra time and money to hand over the government their names, dates and identities to the minutiae of Society. A pension off £40 a week or your ’employer’ (the bourgeois), is fined or sent to prison.

      “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the LORD your God.'”

      Collectivism means no one lives outside The System… The State will be bigger than Google.

    • Didn’t I hear Angela Merkel saying that multiculturalism was an unmitigated failure and must be abandoned, and here’s this guy, the vice-chancellor no less, spouting off like the father of multiculturalism or something. What gives? Has this guy got alzheimers or something? I think what I hear him saying is, “Move along folks…nothing to see here…”.

  8. IS Video Warns Of More Attacks Like Paris

    The video, which hasn’t been independently verified, threatens to “strike America at its centre in Washington”.

    Islamic State (IS) has used a new video to warn countries taking part in airstrikes in Syria they will suffer the same fate as France.

    “We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day God willing, like France’s and by God, as we struck France in the centre of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its centre in Washington,” the video said.

    Islamic State threatens further attacks in new video

  9. BBC News Paris attacks: ‘We cowered in the Bataclan cellar’

    Mariesha Payne, from Perth in Scotland, was at the Bataclan concert hall with a friend when it was attacked on Friday. They survived by running from the scene and hiding in a cellar for three hours

  10. Putin: ISIS financed from 40 countries, including G20 members

    During the summit, “I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them,” Putin told the journalists.

    Putin also spoke of the urgent need to curb the illegal oil trade by IS.

    “I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products,” he said.

    “The motorcade of refueling vehicles stretched for dozens of kilometers, so that from a height of 4,000 to 5,000 meters they stretch beyond the horizon,” Putin added, comparing the convoy to gas and oil pipeline systems.

    “We need to organize work specifically concentrated on the prevention of terrorist attacks and tackling terrorism on a global scale. We offered to cooperate [with the US] in anti-IS efforts. Unfortunately, our American partners refused. They just sent a written note and it says: ‘we reject your offer’,” Putin said.

    “But life is always evolving and at a very fast pace, often teaching us lessons. And I think that now the realization that an effective fight [against terror] can only be staged together is coming to everybody,”


    Turkey: G20 members among 40 others countries financing IS – Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) receives funding from 40 countries, some of whom are G20 members, as he spoke at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Monday. The money comes from private individuals within the states, Putin stated.

  11. Al Nusra commander & reporter hit by mortar fire filming interview

    Syrian reporter Ahmed Abu Hamza and an Al-Nusra Front commander were killed by Syrian Arab Army strike during filming an interview in which the jihadist reported on militants forces’ success in Syria’s Hama province.

  12. Paris attacks: ‘France will destroy IS’ – Hollande (BBC, Nov 16, 2015)

    “France is committed to “destroying” the so-called Islamic State group after Friday’s deadly attacks, President Francois Hollande has told a rare joint sitting of both houses of parliament.

    He said he would table a bill to extend the state of emergency declared after the attacks for three months.

    France’s military campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria would also intensify…”

  13. Paris attacks: Two US states put on hold taking Syria refugees (BBC, Nov 16, 2015)

    “Two US governors have said they are putting on hold programmes to resettle Syrian refugees in their states.

    Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan said he was suspending the acceptance of new refugees until a security review could be completed.

    In Alabama, which has not accepted any Syrian refugees, Governor Robert Bentley said he would oppose the settlement of any in the future

    The decisions come in the wake of the attacks in Paris on Friday…”

  14. Paris Attacks a ‘Terrible, Sickening Setback’ in ISIS Fight, Obama Says (abcnews, Nov 16, 2015)

    “President Obama has announced a new agreement to streamline intelligence sharing with France in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, and appealed for more nations to “step up” to assist in the fight against ISIS.

    “The terrible events in Paris were obviously a terrible and sickening setback,” Obama said today in Turkey. “It reminds us that it will not be enough to take on ISIL in Iraq and Syria alone.”

    Obama found himself defending the United States’ overall strategy against ISIS as he fielded questions from reporters today at the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey.

    Obama said there won’t be any major changes to the approach taken against ISIS by the U.S.-led coalition, but that “there will be an intensification” of the existing strategy to degrade and destroy the group.

    He also dismissed those who he said would choose to send U.S. troops to retake territory in Iraq or Syria in the wake of the recent terror attacks by ISIS, saying such action would amount to a repetition of the past conflicts America entered into in the Middle East….”

  15. US Warplanes Destroy 116 ISIS Fuel Trucks in Syria (abcnews, Nov 16, 2015)

    “U.S. aircraft have destroyed 116 fuel trucks used by ISIS to generate income for its operations, which is part of an expansion of the U.S.-led coalition’s targeting of ISIS’ oil-smuggling operations.

    The airstrikes today in Syria and broadening of targets involved in ISIS’ oil-smuggling operations were planned before the Paris terror attacks.

    Launched almost a month ago, Operation Tidal Wave II has increased the coalition’s targeting of ISIS’ fuel operations that continue to generate millions of dollars a month in income for the terror group. As part of the broadened targeting coalition, aircraft have struck oil fields and oil and gas-generating plants in eastern Syria…”

  16. Yemen Officials Say Airstrikes, Clashes Kill Some 40 Rebels /abcnews, Nov 16, 2015)

    “Yemeni security officials say Saudi-led airstrikes and clashes have killed some 40 Shiite rebels and their allies over the past 24 hours.

    The officials, who are neutral in a conflict that has split the security forces, say the airstrikes and fighting took place mostly in Ibb province into Monday, and near the cities of Mocha and Taiz. The raids in Taiz also killed four civilians.

    Anti-rebel fighters say 13 of their own forces were killed and more than 20 wounded in the Taiz fighting.

    All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief reporters.

    Yemen’s fighting pits the rebels, known as Houthis, and allied army units against forces loyal to the internationally recognized government, as well as southern separatists and militants.”

  17. U.S. approves sale of smart bombs to Saudi Arabia: sources /reuters, Nov 16, 2015)

    “The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of thousands of smart bombs worth a total of $1.29 billion to Saudi Arabia to help replenish supplies used in its battle against insurgents in Yemen and air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, U.S. officials familiar with the deal said on Monday.

    The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which facilitates foreign arms sales, notified lawmakers on Friday that the sales had been approved, the sources said.

    The lawmakers now have 30 days to block the sale, although such action is rare since deals are carefully vetted before any formal notification.

    The proposed sale includes thousands of Paveway II, BLU-117 and other smart bombs, as well as thousands of Joint Direct Attack Munitions kits to turn older bombs into precision-guided weapons using GPS signals.

    The sales reflect President Barack Obama’s pledge to bolster U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia and other Sunni allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council after his administration brokered a nuclear deal with their Shiite rival Iran.

    The weapons are made by Boeing Co (BA.N) and Raytheon Co (RTN.N), but the DSCA told lawmakers the prime contractors would be determined by a competition.

    No further details were immediately available…”

  18. Islamic State tightens grip in central Libya with executions: U.N. (reuters, Nov 16, 2015)

    “Islamic State militants have consolidated control over central Libya, carrying out summary executions, beheadings and amputations, the United Nations said on Monday in a further illustration of the North African state’s descent into anarchy.

    All sides in Libya’s multiple armed conflicts are committing breaches of international law that may amount to war crimes, including abductions, torture and the killing of civilians, according to a U.N. report.

    Islamic State (IS) has gained control over swathes of territory, “committing gross abuses including public summary executions of individuals based on their religion or political allegiance”, the joint report by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and the U.N. Support Mission in Libya said.

    The U.N. had documented IS executions in their stronghold city of Sirte, in central Libya along the Mediterranean coast, and in Derna to the east, from which they were later ousted by local militias. Victims included Egyptian Copts, Ethiopians, Eritreans and a South Sudanese, the report said.

    Some were accused of “treason”, others of same-sex relations, but none were given due legal process, according to the report, which covered the year through October.

    Libyan armed groups pledging allegiance to IS-controlled areas of central Libya including Sirte, Harawa and Nofliya, and have claimed responsibility for attacks, including on oil fields, checkpoints and petrol stations, the report said…”

  19. Egypt kills 24 militants in Sinai near Russian plane crash site (reuters, Nov 16, 2015)

    “Egyptian security forces shot dead 24 Islamic State militants in central Sinai, 70 km from the crash site of the Russian passenger plane the group claimed it brought down, security sources said on Monday.

    Security sources said they killed the militants as they hid inside a cave in a mountainous area and that they arrested eight of them.

    Sinai Province, Islamic State’s Egypt branch, is active in North Sinai where two years ago it launched an insurgency and has since killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen. It is rarely active outside that area.

    Western governments said it was likely that the Russian airliner that crashed in the Sinai on Oct. 31 killing all 224 people on board was brought down by a bomb and Islamic State claimed it was behind the crash.

    Egypt says the bomb theory is premature and that only the conclusion of an official investigation will shed light on what brought down the Airbus 321.

    Sinai Province said in a statement on the day of the crash that it had brought down the plane in response to Russian air strikes in Syria…”

  20. Islamic State threatens attack on Washington, other countries (reuters, Nov 16, 2015)

    “Islamic State warned in a new video on Monday that countries taking part in air strikes against Syria would suffer the same fate as France, and threatened to attack in Washington.

    The video, which appeared on a site used by Islamic State to post its messages, begins with news footage of the aftermath of Friday’s Paris shootings in which at least 129 people were killed.

    The message to countries involved in what it called the “crusader campaign” was delivered by a man dressed in fatigues and a turban, and identified in subtitles as Al Ghareeb the Algerian.

    “We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France’s and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington,” the man said.

    It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the video, which purports to be the work of Islamic State fighters in the Iraqi province of Salahuddine, north of Baghdad…”

  21. The perfect response to people who blame Muslims for Paris attacks (tribune, Nov 16, 2015)

    “In the wake of the deadly Paris attacks on Friday claimed by the Islamic State (IS) there are some who are questioning the peaceful teachings of Islam and wondering whether the religion is to blame for the acts of those involved in the massacre.

    The Muslim community all over the world condemned the attacks in Paris in the strongest terms but a debate has been raging on many media outlets whether Islamic State’s horrific ideology has real roots in the Islamic text and history or are Islamic teachings distorted to suit the group’s nefarious cause.

    Amidst all the discussions and the blame game which will undoubtedly spill over many days to come, an old footage of historian Reza Aslan speaking about Islam has gone viral.

    In the footage, historian Reza Aslan gave the perfect response to hostile questions on CNN suggesting that Muslims are inherently violent.

    “Islam does not promote violence or peace. Islam is just a religion and like every religion in the world it depends on what you bring to it. If you’re a violent person, your Islam, your Judaism, your Christianity, your Hinduism is going to be violent,” Aslan said….”

  22. No role for Assad in Syria’s future, says Turkish president

    Turkish FM echoes Erdogan’s comments, saying an Assad run in any future election in Syria is ‘not an option’

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will never have a role in his country’s future, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday at the closing of the G20 summit.

    “Assad, who has been slaughtering his own people, has no place in the future of Syria and never will have,” the Turkish president said at a news conference in Belek, southern Turkey.

    Erdogan’s comments were echoed by Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu who said on Monday that Assad standing in any elections in Syria was “not an option”.

    On the final day of the summit, Erdogan listed the priorities for a post-conflict Syria as preserving the country’s integrity; wiping out terrorism; and establishing a democratic and legitimate political structure.

    “These regional issues – mainly refugees and terrorism – cannot be resolved unless a solution is agreed that will be accepted by all who live in Syria,” Erdogan said.

    He called for effective international cooperation to resolve the war, one of the main topics at this year’s G20 meeting in Turkey’s Antalya province.

    Last last month, a Russian lawmaker, who had just met Assad in Damascus, said the Syrian president was willing to hold parliamentary and presidential elections.

    Alexander Yushchenko said Assad planned to run in the polls himself “if the people are not against it”.

    Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama on Monday reiterated that there is no role for Assad in the future of the country, after high-level talks between world powers including Russia in Vienna.

    “We have begun to see some modest progress on the diplomatic front, which is critical,” Obama told reporters after attending the G20 summit in Turkey. “The Vienna talks mark the first time that all the key countries have come together … and reached a common understanding.”

    OBAMA: Assad’s war against the Syrian people is the “root cause” of this crisis.


    Iran says up to Assad to decide on Syria election run

    A top Iranian official said Sunday several countries involved in Syria peace talks had tried to exclude President Bashar al-Assad from future elections but Tehran insisted the demand be withdrawn.

    The remarks came after officials said agreement was reached on a roadmap to a more inclusive government in Damascus in the next six months aimed at ending Syria’s conflict, with polls to follow one year later.

    The peace talks involving 20 countries and organisations meeting in Vienna however remained deeply divided on the future of Assad, whose main regional ally has been Iran.

    A final statement after Saturday’s meeting said the goal was to bring Syrian government and opposition representatives together by January 1, but the political process would require a ceasefire.

    It failed to breach the divide over Assad, however, and Iran’s deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian went further by saying only the Syrian president could decide on whether to contest future polls.

    “Some participants insisted that the sidelining of Bashar al-Assad be included in the text, but the Islamic Republic of Iran did not allow this issue to be mentioned in the final declaration,” he told state television.

    “We have insisted that only Bashar al-Assad may decide to take part or not in the elections and only the Syrian people can vote or not vote for him,” he added.

    The talks in Vienna took on new urgency after Friday’s devastating attacks in Paris, claimed by the Islamic State group, killed at least 129 people. IS said the attacks were in response to French policies on Syria.

    Vowing France would not stop its “international action”, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the Paris killings underlined the need to “increase the international coordination in the struggle against Daesh,” referring to IS by its Arabic acronym.

    The countries gathered in Vienna agreed Syria’s next elections be held under a new constitution and be administered by the United Nations with the diaspora allowed to vote.

    Western and Arab countries want Assad, who has been fighting an uprising since 2011, removed to allow what they say would be a transitional government that can unite the country.

    But Russia, carrying out air strikes against Syrian rebels since late September, is sticking by Assad along with Iran.

    Iran has provided Syria, an Arab state ruled by Assad’s minority Alawite sect, a Shia offshoot, with financial aid and military advisers from its elite Revolutionary Guards Corps.

    The two countries have been close allies since Syria, then ruled by Assad’s father Hafez, sided with Tehran against the later executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

  23. CANADA – Brad Wall wants Trudeau to suspend plan for refugee plan

    REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall wants the federal government to suspend its plan to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.

    Wall says in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he is concerned about fast-tracking refugee claims.

    He says doing so could severely undermine refugee screening.

    The premier says Friday’s attacks in Paris are a reminder of what can happen when even a small number of dangerous individuals make their way into a country.

    Walls says he would like Trudeau to re-evaluate the 25,000 goal and how the government plans to achieve it.

    He says he realizes the refugee plan was promised by the Liberals in the federal election, but he thinks Canadians will understand if it is put on hold in the interests of security.

    Sask. Premier calls on PM to suspend Syrian refugee plan

    REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to suspend the federal government’s plan to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year, citing potential security concerns.

    “If even a small number of individuals who wish to do harm to our country are able to enter Canada as a result of a rushed refugee resettlement process, the results could be devastating,” Wall wrote in a letter to the Prime Minister dated Monday, November 16.

    Wall describes Trudeau’s desire to help those “fleeing violence and bloodshed” as “noble,” but raises concerns about how a firm, end-of-year deadline could impact the screening process.

    “Surely, we do not want to be date-driven or numbers-driven in an endeavour that may affect the safety of our citizens and the security of our country,” Wall wrote.

    • USA – Rauner: Illinois Temporarily Suspends Acceptance of Syrian Refugees

      Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday said Illinois will temporarily suspend accepting Syrian refugees following deadly attacks in Paris last week.

      “Our nation and our state have a shared history of providing safe haven for those displaced by conflict, but the news surrounding the Paris terror attacks reminds us of the all-too-real security threats facing America,” Rauner said in a statement. “We must find a way to balance our tradition as a state welcoming of refugees while ensuring the safety and security of our citizens. Therefore, the state of Illinois will temporarily suspend accepting new Syrian refugees and consider all of our legal options pending a full review of our country’s acceptance and security processes by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”

      Pence: Indiana Won’t Accept Refugees Until Safety Assured

      Gov. Mike Pence says he is telling all state agencies to suspend the resettlement of additional Syrian refugees in Indiana following the deadly attacks in Paris.

      Pence issued a statement Monday saying he was putting all resettlements on hold until assurances from the federal government that proper security measures have been met. He says Indiana has a long tradition of opening its arms and homes to refugees, but as governor it’s his first responsibility to ensure the safety and security of Indiana residents.–350628101.html

  24. US approves $1.29bn sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia

    Washington (AFP) – The US government has approved a request from Saudi Arabia to buy more than 19,000 bombs and smart bombs for its air force, the State Department said Monday.

    Congress will have to green light the deal, but the $1.29 billion dollar sale is likely to go through, with Saudi jets in action against rebel forces in Yemen.

    The Saudi-led operation against the Huthi militia in Yemen has proved controversial, amid frequent reports of civilian casualties on the ground.

    But Washington has stood by its ally, which is also a key player in the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State jihadist group further north in Iraq and Syria.

    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the Saudi air force’s arsenal is low “due to the high operational tempo in multiple counter-terrorism operations.”

    The order includes 5,200 Paveway II laser-guided bombs in their GBU-10 and GBU-12 variants, along with 1,100 of the more modern, longer range GBU-24 Paveway III.

    There are 12,000 general purpose bombs weighing between 500 and 2,000 pounds and 1,500 devastating 2,000-pound “bunker busters,” the BLU-109 penetrator.

    These are designed to smash hardened concrete structures.

    In addition to the bombs themselves, the Saudis will receive thousands of “tail kits” to convert dumb munitions into satellite-guided smart bombs.

    “The proposed sale augments Saudi Arabia’s capability to meet current and future threats from potential adversaries during combat operations,” the DSCA said.

    “Providing these defense articles supports Saudi Arabian defense missions and promotes stability in the region.”

  25. Riot police block Calais ‘jungle’ refugee camp, use teargas

    A French migrant hotspot – the port town of Calais – has witnessed scenes of unrest after the camp was sealed off with a heavy police presence.

  26. I’ll bet the state-of-the-art surveillance gear that they have today is so advanced it would blow your socks off. And I’ll bet they could use that equipment to find out for sure what every Muslim in the country thinks – whether they want to impose Sharia law on us or live with us as partners in a free and democratic family. Now here comes the really hard part. We would have to take the Muslims who we know want to impose Sharia law and support terrorism and give them a choice: either you take up residence in an internment camp, or it’s off to Pakistan with you.

    And as for the democracy-loving secular Muslims who bear up under the intrusions with an understanding shrug and a smile, even in their private moments, God bless you and welcome to the family.

    And before anyone gets all teary-eyed about how this is no way to act in a free and democratic society, and how racist these suggestions are, and how the terrorists will have won if we dare to fight back, please lose the codependent-abused-wife-syndrome and stop blaming the victim. It’s not our fault in any way, shape, or form that the religion of Islam instructs its followers to hate and kill Christians and Jews and pretty much anybody else who doesn’t agree with them. It’s not your fault. You didn’t cause this. Don’t feel guilty!

  27. UConn Investigates “Hurtful” Vandalism Scrawled on Student’s Door

    The University of Connecticut is investigating vandalism apparently linking a Muslim student to the attacks in Paris.

    UConn junior Mahmoud Hashem says someone wrote “killed Paris” under his name on a nametag that hangs on the door of his dorm room at Nathan Hale Inn. His roommate discovered this morning.

    Hashem, who is originally from Egypt, was shaken by the incident. He says he has lived in the U.S. for five years and never had any issues before.

    “I feel like upset because I don’t do anything. It’s not my fault,” he said. “This not my fault. These are terrorists not me. So don’t treat me like terrorists. I don’t deserve that.”

    Dan Fay, Mahmoud’s roommate, took a picture and contacted authorities when he saw the vandalism.


    University of Connecticut students rally in support of a Muslim student who said the message ‘killed Paris’ was written on his dorm room door

    • Typical “moderate” Muslim response. He’s all upset because they done him wrong, and it’s not his fault, and why are you always picking on me? They always act as if it’s pure “To-kill-a-mockingbird” racism and never seem to acknowledge that they have anything to do with it at all. If the shoe was on the other foot and radical Christians were going around slaughtering people and trying to start a Holy Land or something, I would be falling over myself condemning the bastards and helping the authorities and apologizing ’til I was blue in the face. Frankly, I don’t see nearly enough blue faced Muslims…

  28. CNN – Francois Hollande: ‘France is at war’

    French President Francois Hollande addresses a joint session of the French Parliament at Versailles today. It’s the third time since 1948 that a French president has done this.

    • I knew it. He’s another Obama, this one. Another little red diaper baby at the helm. It’s going to be all bad until his term is over. All bad…

  29. Orbán: Terrorists ‘use migration consciously’

    It “has been proven” that terrorists “use migration consciously and in a well-organized manner” in order to assimilate with those who leave their homes for a better life, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said today in the Hungarian Parliament, after sending his condolences once again to France, national news agency MTI reported.

    Orbán noted that the leaders of the European Union also knew about such dangers, as Greece said earlier that jihadists could eventually make their way into Europe.

    “We do not believe that everyone who comes from there is a terrorist, but nobody can tell how many terrorists have arrived with the migrants and how many continue to arrive day by day,” the prime minister reportedly said. He added that it is even horrible to think about how many terrorists could have crossed Hungary.

    He said that “migration” has many threats, and, although it is “politically incorrect” to say that “where there are high numbers of immigrants in Europe, crime statistics have increased significantly and public security has deteriorated”, MTI reported.

    As France is part of the European Union, the EU has been attacked and as a member state “we are also in danger”, Orbán said. The prime minister said that the Hungarian government has widely been criticized as being inhuman for closing its borders. Orbán said “What is inhuman? Closing the borders for illegal border crossers or risking the lives of innocent Europeans?”

    Orbán believes that the EU is “weak, insecure and paralyzed”. He noted that “there are many discussions and conferences, but there are no solutions… we are struggling in the web of ideologies, instead of acting based on common sense and on our own culture,” MTI reported.

    The prime minister said that “we believe Europe’s existence is at stake, but Brussels continues to send the wrong message and new invitations to the migrants, instead of sending the message: There is nothing here for them of what they expect”, MTI reported.

    “Those who have been living in the delusion of multiculturalism and have been trying to force this delusion on us can see where this leads,” Orbán said, according to MTI.

    Orbán, once again, expressed his disagreement with the EU’s quota system on distributing refugees. “In light of the terror attacks, Brussels cannot question the members’ right to defend themselves, as the compulsory quota system is dangerous, because it would spread terrorism in Europe,” the prime minister said according to MTI.

    There was speculation that the Syrian passport found at the scene following Friday’s suicide bombing outside the Stade France stadium in Paris belonged to Ahmad al Mohammad, a man who allegedly crossed Hungary as a refugee. Earlier reports suggested that that al Mohammad was one of the bombers, however, French public media France2 disproved these allegations late yesterday, saying that he could been a victim of the attack.

    Syrian terrorist group ISIS that took responsibility for the attacks, has expressed its strong opposition to refugee migration into Europe, and says that Syrians should remain at home.

    Migrant quotas would spread terrorism across Europe: Hungary PM

    BUDAPEST (Reuters) – European Union migrant quotas would spread terrorism across Europe, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told lawmakers in response to the Paris attacks, as parliament prepared a legal challenge against the quota regime.

    Orban, whose policy to fence off the flow of hundreds of thousands of migrants pouring into Europe from the Middle East and Asia has drawn criticism from his neighbors, used Friday’s attacks in Paris to defend his hard line against migration.

    In September EU leaders approved the mandatory relocation of up to 120,000 migrants across member states by 2017 in a decision opposed by Hungary and several other eastern European Union nations.

    “In light of this terror attack, Brussels cannot challenge the right of member states to defend themselves,” Orban told parliament on Monday. His Fidesz party has a nearly two-thirds majority, making endorsement of the challenge a formality.

    “Mandatory resettlement quotas are dangerous because they would spread terrorism across Europe,” Orban said.

    Friday’s attack in Paris prompted a similar response from Poland, where European affairs minister designate Konrad Szymanski said his incoming government could not accept migrants under EU quotas. Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico said that militants may have infiltrated the migrant wave.

    Authorities in several countries have said that the holder of a passport found near the body of one of the gunmen who died in the Paris attacks was a Syrian who arrived in Greece last month and was registered as a refugee in Europe.

    Hungarian lawmakers could vote on the motion to challenge the quota regime as soon as Tuesday or next week, joining neighboring Slovakia, which has also said it would seek legal remedy.

    “There will be no quotas or resettlements here as long as this government breathes,” said Orban, whose tough stance over the issue has boosted support for his government.

    Orban said the continent failed to prevent militant attacks because of its mishandling of the flow of migrants escaping conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    “(We do that) without control, without identification, without knowing who they are, whether they have carried arms, killed people, been members of terrorist organizations, received training … without knowing anything at all,” he said.

    He blamed the EU’s ineffectiveness on its insistence on a federal system, calling it a “systemic error” and a “distortion of thought” that prevented efficient action and comparing it to Nazi and Communist regimes in the 20th century.

    “There are some who think we will be happy, we will have a nice life in Europe if we eradicate nation states. If we switch them off. That is a crazy idea just like the previous ones were.”–business.html

  30. France to limit events around Paris climate summit

    The French prime minister, Manuel Valls, said on Monday that France will limit the events to core negotiations and will cancel planned marches and concerts in the wake of the attacks.

    This despite the fact that no foreign leaders had asked France to postpone the 30 November-11 December summit, which would amount to “abdicating to the terrorists”, Valls said.

    Environmental activists are due to meet later on Monday, Reuters reports, to rethink plans for a march on 29 November, the eve of the summit, that they had hoped would attract perhaps 200,000 people to put pressure on governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

    Mainstream groups say they will respect any bans, decreed under emergency powers in France after the attacks on Friday that France blamed on Islamic State.

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