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  1. DOUGLAS MURRAY : Cologne exposes a crisis in our continent, yet parliament is debating Donald Trump

    Europe is going through a period of radical change, but it is facing this with a process of radical self-distraction. Unwilling to face up to our problems we obsess over the responses to those problems. There have been some startling recent examples.

    As the whole world now knows, on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, dozens of German women were sexually assaulted, apparently by some of that country’s more recent arrivals. For days the media across Europe declined to even report the story. It was only because of new media that the story began to get out at all. Then when the media did get around to reporting the story they covered it in that now-familiar way which suggests their job is not so much to report the facts as to negotiate between the facts and their fear over how the general public might react to those facts. Perhaps we should be grateful that there is any coverage a week after the attacks. After all, it took more than a decade for 1500 rapes in the north of England to make much news.

    Yesterday the Guardian (where any male doing anything is usually a demonstration of ‘rape culture’) finally ran a piece suggesting that perhaps we shouldn’t cover up actual, real rape-culture such as that in Cologne, conceding that it hadn’t helped much with Rotherham. The piece was predictably hailed as brave and controversial because today it has indeed become brave and controversial to report the facts. Thinking aloud about any of the repercussions of those facts, however, remains the pursuit only of a madman.

    This is a shame, because some free thought and discussion about what is going on could have been useful at an earlier stage. Last year, when Angela Merkel flung open Germany’s borders anyone who said, ‘Are you sure you know what you’re doing?’ was shouted down with cries of ‘racist’. Then, after about a million more people had come into the country even Chancellor Merkel started to wonder who they all were and whether they had all the right Germanic ideas. One minister finally said that they weren’t keen on letting many more anti-Semites into Germany. And now in the wake of the New Year’s Eve attack some politicians are saying they don’t really want people who aren’t even up to speed with even last millennia’s views on women. Perhaps it is too late and German women will indeed have to follow the advice of the Mayor of Cologne and take more care when out on the streets (‘No skirts. No trousers. Have you considered this lovely burka madam?’) Or perhaps an intensive period of workshops with new arrivals will settle it all amicably and swiftly. I suppose we will just have to hope so. In the meantime it turns out that the German police have been caught mis-representing the facts about who was doing the New Year’s Eve raping., and so we are now in the far more dangerous place where lies become the preserve not only of the fourth estate, but of the state itself.

    Over Christmas I read a new book by Tommy Robinson called ‘Enemy of the State’[…]

    […]With Pegida protests in German today being fired on by police with water-cannons that problem of attacking the reaction rather than the problem (where were the water cannons on New Year’s Eve?) has rarely seemed starker.

    But this is not only a police problem or a government problem: it is also a societal problem. This week saw the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, and one year after the day itself a man was shot dead while trying to storm a police station in Paris. Bad news stories like this from across the continent come in thick-and-fast these days. But what are people to do? Well one option would be to deal with the problem. Another is to partake in the sort of distraction offered by the folks of Twitter. In the wake of the latest Paris death they decided to amuse themselves by pretending that Donald Trump is so dumb that he thinks Paris is in Germany.[…]

    Later this month the House of Commons will discuss the urgent issue of Mr Trump. This is because last month Trump said that he wanted to stop Muslim immigration into the US and added that Britain and Europe have a serious Muslim extremism problem. Because of this more than half a million people signed a petition calling for Trump to be barred from Britain. This now has to be debated in Parliament and doubtless all those MPs who rarely do much about problems they could deal with will grandstand their opposition to a foreign politician who doesn’t care what they think. In the last week we have been reminded that the British government not only doesn’t know who is coming into our country, but doesn’t even know who is leaving either. Still, it’s all fine so long as we divert ourselves by talking Trump.

    Millions of people whose identities and beliefs are unknown have been let into our continent. Many who have been here for a few years continue to present challenges which are by no means minimal. There seems to be a belief that so long as we have got Katie Hopkins, Donald Trump or Tommy Robinson to kick around then we can focus our energies on ignoring the problem.

    Of course all one can do is warn. But it seems to me that, if we keep distracting ourselves from the problem and beating up on every response to it, then this continent of ours is going to go very bad, very fast.<

    • Thank you Martin for this link.

      Newspapers have to abide by the European Convention of Human Rights Act to thus behave exactly like Soviet propagandists:

      “Then when the media did get around to reporting the story they covered it in that now-familiar way which suggests their job is not so much to report the facts as to negotiate between the facts and their fear over how the general public might react to those facts.”

      “Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights provides the right to freedom of expression and information, subject to certain restrictions that are “in accordance with law” and “necessary in a democratic society”.”

      When does a State get to decide it represents the ‘Democratic Peoples’? The idea that you have a perfect society – to decide you must now enshrine and protect – is a totalitarian one.

      Instead of the inner light of the individual freedom on conscience as enshrined in the American Bill of Rights, Europe has two external voices: The rights citizens to “express” themselves matched against the rights of the State to maintain order. Governments don’t get overthown in this kingdom. The lions lay down with the sheep.

      “ Article 10 – Freedom of expression
      1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

      2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.”

      As individuals change so do societies. The method of the Fourth Estate to retain power is written all over this Convention. When the pendulum of freedom no longer swings to the rights of individuals but remains with the rights of governments – imprisoning by hate crimes and Political Correctness – that is Communism. By past and present definitions: “Democratic People’s Republics.”

      • “The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

        IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

        The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

        When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

        We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

  2. Rights Group: 162 Civilians Have Died in Turkey Conflict (abcnews, Jan 10, 2016)

    “A Turkish human rights group says as many as 162 civilians have died since August, caught up in the increased fighting between government forces and Kurdish rebels in urban districts.

    The Turkish Human Rights Foundation said late Saturday that 32 children, 29 women and 24 elderly people were among civilians killed in districts where authorities have imposed 24-hour curfews as they battle militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

    The security forces have launched large-scale operations in areas where the militants have mounted barricades, dug trenches and set up explosives to keep authorities away. Turkish authorities say 426 militants have died in ongoing operations in the towns of Cizre and Silopi and Diyarbakir’s Sur neighborhood.

    The conflict against the PKK resumed in July, shattering a two-year-old peace process.”

  3. Top ISIS top commander KILLED in airstrike just days after ANOTHER was severely wounded (express, Jan 10, 2016)

    “ONE of the evil Islamic State’s leading commanders is believed to have been killed in an Iraqi airstrike, the country’s army has said.

    Nasser Mohammed al-Obeidi – the second deputy of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – was reportedly wiped out by the Iraqi bombing, according to Iraq’s Joint Operations Command (IJOC).

    Al-Obeidi – who was once a once a brigade commander for former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s special forces unit, the Republican Guards – was in charge of the depraved death cult’s operations in western Iraq and eastern Syria.

    The twisted jihadi was also a fugitive from Abu Graib prison and a former inmate in Camp Buqqa, according to IJOC spokesman Colonel Mohammed Ibrahim.

    His reported death comes just days after ISIS spokesman in Iraq Abu Mohammed al-Adnani was said to have been severely injured in another airstrike.

    Al-Adnani, who was earmarked as the group’s next leader, is said to have lost “a large amount of blood” after being pulverised in the town of Barwanah yesterday…”

  4. EXCLUSIVE: ISIS urges UK jihadis to cut beards, shun mosques and wear crosses to blend in (express, Jan 10, 2016)

    “WOULD-BE jihadis eager to carry out a Paris-style attack in the UK have been handed a chilling step-by-step guide by Islamic State (ISIS) thugs.

    The booklet, called Safety and Security Guidelines for Lone Wolf Mujahideen, offers a chilling insight into the levels of preparation expected of those wishing to cause carnage in Europe.

    The 58-page terror manual, which has burning western-style buildings on the front cover, gushes about the importance of surprise when launching an attack to cause maximum impact.

    It urges home-grown terrorists to carry out attacks as they are less likely to be noticed.

    It also explains how nightclubs, full of loud music and drunk people, are the perfect place to discuss terror plans without being recorded or snooped on.

    The main thrust of the instruction booklet is the necessity to blend in with the western way of life and to avoid ‘looking like a Muslim’ so as to stay below the radar of the security services.

    It has even been translated into English for those in the West who don’t speak Arabic.

    The introduction says: “No doubt that today, at the era of the lone wolves, brothers in the West need to know some important things about safety in order to ensure success in their operations.

    “We thought a lot of non-Arabic speaking brothers would find it interesting and may apply it in their blessed operations.”

    Readers are urged to wear a Christian cross, splash on the aftershave, cut off beards and even shun prayer meetings and mosques to avoid detection.

    There is even advice about what jewellery to wear and on which hand to wear a watch.

    Potential terrorists are told: “If you can avoid having a beard, wearing qamis, using miswak and having a booklet of dhikr with you, it’s better.

    “It is permissible for you to wear a necklace showing a Christian cross.

    “As you know, Christians – or even atheist Westerners with Christian background – wear crosses on their necklaces.

    “But don’t wear a cross necklace if you have a Muslim name on your passport, as that may look strange.

    “If you want to use perfume, don’t use the oily, non-alcoholic perfume that Muslims use, instead use generic alcoholic perfume as everyone does, and if you are a man, use perfume for men.

    “If you are wearing a watch, don’t wear it on your right hand, as this is a sign that you are religious.

    “If you have an engagement ring or something like that, it’s better to wear one in gold or better yet, don’t wear any ring at all.

    “A silver ring could tell you are religious, as Islam forbids wearing gold rings for men. “

    It also offers advice on grooming habits…..”

    • The author says:” One of the brothers was traveling on a fake Portuguese passport from the UK to Canada.
      “The brother had political refugee status in Britain so nothing serious happened to him.”

      I wonder if RCMP took notice of this paragraph, but I am not sure. They probably have more important things to do, like watching these awful right wingers.

  5. Macedonia builds 10ft razor fence along border with Greece ahead of spring migrant influx (express, Jan 10, 2016)

    “A 10-foot high, razor-topped fence is being built along Macedonia’s border with Greece, as a first “line of defence” against the thousands of migrants arriving into Europe via the Balkans every day.

    More than one million people arrived in the continent in 2015, with fears growing that the huge influx is yet to grow further when the weather improves in spring.

    The fence, which is due to be completed in the next few weeks, will ensure that all people entering Europe through Macedonia will be documented and go through the proper channels…”

  6. Pakistan tells U.S. that India attack probe will ‘bring out the truth’

    An Indian security personnel stands guard on a building at IAF base at Pathankot
    An Indian security personnel stands guard on a building at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Pathankot in Punjab, India, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

    January 10, 2016

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry his country is swiftly investigating who was behind last week’s attack on an Indian air force base, and that it would “bring out the truth”.

    The assault on the base near the Pakistan border has thrown into doubt diplomatic talks planned for later this month between the nuclear-armed rivals.

    Kerry, speaking to Sharif by telephone, said he hoped the attack would not derail the talks that he said were in the interests of regional security, according to a statement from the Pakistani prime minister’s office late on Saturday.

    “The Prime Minister told Secretary Kerry that we are swiftly carrying out investigations in a transparent manner and will bring out the truth,” it said. “The world will see our effectiveness and sincerity in this regard.”

    A meeting between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan had been scheduled for Jan. 15, but it is unclear if it will still happen, after six militants launched an assault on Jan. 2 against the base and killed seven security personnel.

  7. apan PM aims for constitutional revision with help from opposition

    Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses reporters on the first official business day of the New Year during a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan
    Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses reporters on the first official business day of the New Year during a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

    January 10, 2016

    TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday he aimed to get a two-thirds majority from his ruling bloc and like-minded opposition parties at an upper house election this summer to enable him to revise the constitution.

    Abe has made clear he wants to revise the U.S.-drafted, pacifist constitution, but formal amendment requires approval by two-thirds of both houses of parliament and a majority in a referendum.

    Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner, the Komeito party, already command a two-thirds majority in the lower house, but only hold a simple majority in the upper chamber.

    “It will be very difficult for the ruling bloc alone to win a two-thirds majority,” Abe told a TV news program.

    “Besides the LDP and Komeito, I aim to form a two-thirds majority with those positive and responsible people who are thinking of a constitutional revision.”

    Abe mentioned “Osaka Ishin No Kai”, or the Osaka Innovation Party, as one possible partner backing the revision.

  8. What happened in Cologne was another example of the self-reinforcing nature of the immigrant problem in Europe. The brazen acts of violence and refusal for the immigrants to assimilate are ignored or denied by government authorities and the media, leading to more immigration, violence, radicalization, and political gains for far-right political parties:

    • What far right political parties? The only ones I am aware of that match that based on the common tinking of the term and not the real one of course, is Hungary’s Jobic and Greece’s Golden Dawn. The rest are just parties that want a return to a classical liberal Europe, healthy borders and the enjoyment of their each unique culture. In fact a return to freedom and diversity like Geert Wilder’s PVV etc. They are labeled “far Right extremist” but if you listen to Geert he doesnt say anything hippies didn’t say in the 1960s and if he was around then they would have called him a ‘commie pinko fag’ for suggesting homosexuals and Jews should be allowed to walk the streets free of fear.

      Yes liberal parties are getting votes because of anti diversity, lets all be commie muslim politics. But that’s a great thing. Now lets see if the system is rigged.

  9. Arab League to Discuss ‘Iranian Meddling’ in the Middle East (abcnews, Jan 10, 2016)

    “A senior Arab official has called on Arab states to take a “clear stance” against Iran’s alleged meddling in Arab affairs.

    Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, speaking Sunday at an emergency Arab League session, accused the Islamic Republic of intentionally failing to protect Saudi diplomatic posts.

    The session was requested by Saudi Arabia to discuss the attacks, which were a response to the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric earlier this month. The crisis has seen Saudi Arabia and several Arab states cut or reduce diplomatic ties with Iran.

    Al Nahyan, who heads the Arab ambassadors’ council, said the attack “took place under the nose and within the earshot of security forces.””

  10. Afghan Forces Struggle as Ranks Thinned by ‘Ghost’ Soldiers (abcnews, Jan 10, 2016)

    “Afghan forces are struggling to man the front lines against a resurgent Taliban, in part because of untold numbers of “ghost” troops who are paid salaries but only exist on paper.

    The nationwide problem has been particularly severe in the southern Helmand province, where the Taliban have seized vast tracts of territory in the 12 months since the U.S. and NATO formally ended their combat mission and switched to training and support.

    “At checkpoints where 20 soldiers should be present, there are only eight or 10,” said Karim Atal, head of Helmand’s provincial council. “It’s because some people are getting paid a salary but not doing the job because they are related to someone important, like a local warlord.”

    In some cases, the “ghost” designation is more literal — dead soldiers and police remain on the books, with senior police or army officials pocketing their salaries without replacing them, Atal said.

    He estimates that some 40 percent of registered forces don’t exist, and says the lack of manpower has helped the Taliban seize 65 percent of the province — Afghanistan’s largest — and threaten the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. Those men who do serve face even greater danger because of the no-shows. In the last three months alone, some 700 police have been killed and 500 wounded, he said.

    The province’s former deputy police chief, Pacha Gul Bakhtiar, said Helmand has 31,000 police on the registers, “but in reality it is nowhere near that.”

    Nearly 15 years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban, and despite billions of dollars in military and other aid, corruption remains rife in Afghanistan and local security forces have struggled to hold off insurgent advances across the country. Last year the Taliban seized the northern city of Kunduz for three days, marking their biggest foray into a major urban area since 2001…”

  11. Obamas invite Syrian refugee to State of the Union Address

    President Obama is taking a dramatic step to show he opposes Republican efforts to slow or halt the admission of refugees over terrorist concerns: He has invited a Syrian refugee to attend his State of the Union Address.

    Refaai Hamo, 55, a native of Syria now living in Detroit, will sit in first lady Michelle Obama’s box in the House of Representatives gallery for Tuesday night’s speech. Hamo drew international attention last month after he was featured in the popular blog “Humans of New York.”

    The scientist fled Syria’s civil war in 2013 after his family home was destroyed by a bomb, killing his wife, daughter and five other relatives. He developed stomach cancer and had trouble getting treatment in Turkey, where he and millions of other Syrians have fled. After two years, he was approved for refugee status in the United States and arrived in Detroit last month.

    His ordeal prompted Obama to call him “an inspiration,” and actor Edward Norton organized a fundraising drive for him.

    “I was thrilled when I heard that President Barack Obama is welcoming us into the United States,” Hamo said in a statement. “I felt that hope was revived as well as the strength to continue my dreams and ambition in my new country. I am so proud and honored to be in this country and look forward to one day becoming an American citizen so that we can be part of making America a strong and great country.”

    The invitation creates a sharp contrast to Republicans who want to block refugees from war-ravaged Middle East nations because Islamic State radicals and other terrorists might try to sneak into the country by claiming refugee status.

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has called for a temporary ban on admitting Muslims until the U.S. government can “figure out what is going on.” House Republicans passed a bill in November to temporarily halt Syrian and Iraqi refugee programs and to screen future applicants more carefully.

    Those fears ramped up when a group of Syrians was caught along the southwestern border and another group of U.S.-bound Syrians was stopped in Honduras using fake passports. Last week, the arrest of two Iraqi-born refugees in the United States on terrorism charges brought the issue back to the forefront.

    “It’s like my grandfather said, if there’s a hole in the bucket, turn the spigot off first, then fix the bucket,” Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., co-author of the SAFE Act passed by the House, said on MSNBC’s MTP Daily on Friday.

    The White House says such a delay is unnecessary because the screening process for people from Syria, Iraq and other countries inhabited by Islamist extremists is already strong enough to ensure the security of the homeland. Refugees from Syria, for example, go through 18 to 24 months of interviews and background checks before they’re granted refugee status in the U.S.

    The State Department says that the vast majority of Syrian refugees admitted are women and children and that only a tiny fraction fit the typical terrorist profile: single, young men.

    On Friday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said any attempt to halt that program and screen people based on “some sort of religious test” is wrong.

    “It doesn’t represent who we are as a country,” Earnest said. “And most importantly, it’s not going to keep us safe.”

  12. the guardian – Paris attacks ringleader met other jihadis in UK last year

    Material found at flat where Abdelhamid Abaaoud was killed by French police days after atrocities that killed 130 people reveals he had taken pictures of UK landmarks

    The Islamic State commander who planned the terror atrocities in Paris entered the UK by ferry earlier last year to meet other jihadis, the Guardian has learned, in the latest border security blunder to emerge on Theresa May’s watch.[…]

    Abaaoud, a 27-year-old Belgian, was killed in a shootout with French security forces days after he led the Paris attacks in November; digital material recovered from his possessions revealed the British trip. He was the head of an Isis unit set up to send European jihadis back to their home countries to carry out terrorist attacks.

    On Abaaoud’s phone were photographs of his UK visit, including landmarks, which some in the European intelligence community have interpreted as being taken for the purpose of planning a terrorist attack. Others are less convinced. The pictures were taken while Abaaoud and the phone were physically in the UK.

    […]Abaaoud, who was born in Morocco, was linked with several terrorist plots in Europe and was thought to have been in Syria with Isis since late last year. He was named in European and international arrest warrants but travelled through Europe apparently without being detained.

    In July this year, Abaaoud was sentenced in absentia by a Belgian court to 20 years in prison for his leading role as a recruiter of European jihadis for Isis.

    A Home Office spokesperson said: “We can neither confirm or deny information related to issues of national security.” The Metropolictan police declined to comment.

    West Midlands police said the reports were speculative but its assistant chief constable and head of counter-terrorism, Marcus Beale, has previously said the force – which covers Birmingham – is “working hand-in-hand with counter-terrorism colleagues in London, the national CT [counter-terrorism] network and security services to provide support to the French and Belgian investigations, and of course to address any associated terrorism threat to the UK.”

  13. SWEDEN – Exposing Major PC Cover-up in Sweden – Leading Daily Dagens Nyheter Refused to Write About Cologne-like Sex Crimes in Central Stockholm

    The Cologne sex assault on New Year’s Eve, where groups of Arab and North African men groped more than a hundred German women, has shocked Europe this last week. But a very similar incident, with a large number of perpetrators and victims, took place in the Swedish capital last summer. That incident however was silenced by large Swedish newspapers and media companies, despite repeated attempts from police officers to contact journalists. […]

    On Saturday August 15th […] the youth festival ‘We Are Sthlm” with a crowded concert in Kungsträdgården in central Stockholm. Thousands of young people were in attendance to take part in the event during the last summer nights of the year.

    But for an unknown number of young girls the festival soon became a nightmare. Hordes of young men pressed against young girls, fondled and tried to cop a feel over and under skirts, pants and shirts. There were severe sexual assaults happening right in front of the stage, where artists such as Larsson and rapper OIAM performed.

    During a single night police and security guards had to intervene against around 90 younger males, but even adult men took part in the abuse, says an eye witness to Nyheter Idag. The eye witness has professional experience from working at the Stockholm Police Department as a psychologist.[…]

    more :

    • I heard from the people who live in Sweden but are not Swedish, that in Swedish society people do not talk about traumatic or controversial things. One simply can not have a conversation with strangers, co-workers or even close friends about such things. If somebody starts to talk about controversial things one can not only loose ones job, but one also looses friends. It is simply not to be done.,

      • If thats true, then they deserve to lose it. Seriously. I mean if they have culturally banished freedom of speech and made it impossible to have a free exhchange of ideas about important issues they will get taken over by some group that does talk about these things and act on them. Its a shame it will be muslims but it was going to be someone no matter what.

        But then again, Swedish SD is ahead of the polls. So existential fear may actually trump (so to speak) political correctness.

  14. SHERIFF CLARKE: We Are Under Attack!! …And Obama Is Incapable Of Protecting Americans! – See more at:

    (Breitbart) – Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) argued the attempted murderer of a Philadelphia police officer “should be charged with treason…charged as an enemy combatant, held at Gitmo and he should not have access to American courts” on Friday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.

    Clarke argued, “these individuals should be charged with treason. They — if he’s an American citizen, he forfeits his citizenship. He should be charged as an enemy combatant, held at Gitmo and he should not have access to American courts, he should be tried in a military court, and if convicted, he should be executed.”

    Earlier, Clarke stated, [relevant remarks begin around 2:25] “President Obama’s JV team has struck again. This is not the first time that Islamic terror or Islamic-inspired terror has struck at home here in the United States. This president is not only unwilling to face the fact that we are being targeted here on the homeland, he is incapable of protecting Americans.”
    – See more at:

    • He’s appropriately furious.
      Cops are sitting ducks, they can’t be left holding the bag. It takes guts for him to stand up to this enemy regime, where the Attorney General is working for the enemy.

      • The police are also one of the two jokers in the deck, how hard a time we will have regaining our rights depends on which side the police and the military come in on. From what I have see the cops will support the people and not the politicians.

  15. N Y T – Do Non-Muslims Help or Hurt Women by Wearing Hijabs?

    In the United States, bigots have attacked Muslim women for using a headscarf, sometimes called the hijab, that many feel Islam requires them to wear. In Muslim countries women have been attacked for not wearing it. On Feb. 1, World Hijab Day, women of all persuasions will wear headscarves in solidarity against Islamophobes. But some say the headscarf is not a tenet of Islam but a symbol of oppression created by conservative clerics to set women apart. Does a bare head show greater respect for Muslim women?

    read the discussion

    World Hijab Day – Feb 1st 2016 :

  16. G E R M A N Y – C O L O G N E – New Year violence cases up to 516

    Berlin (AFP) – Police said Sunday the number of cases filed over violence during New Year’s festivities in Cologne had reached 516, including 40 percent relating to sexual assault.

    Nineteen suspects were under investigation, police said, adding that a 19-year-old Moroccan man had been arrested on suspicion of theft


    H A M B U R G police record 133 cases of New Year violence

    Berlin (AFP) – Police in the northern German city of Hamburg said Sunday they have recorded 133 cases of offences including sexual assaults allegedly committed against women during New Year’s celebrations.

    Investigators have not identified any suspects for the assaults that allegedly took place at the port city’s party avenue Reeperbahn.

    But victims have described the perpetrators as having “African, Arab, or south European appearance”, a police spokesman told AFP.

    “It can of course be possible that the perpetrators belong to one group, but at the moment, the descriptions are different,” said the spokesman, when asked if a parallel could be drawn to the assaults reported in Cologne, on a far larger scale, where assailants are allegedly of North African origin.

    Germany was stunned this week by a rash of assaults during New Year’s festivities, with Cologne police recording almost 400 cases that ranged from groping to theft to two reported rapes.

    Police have said North African asylum seekers and illegal migrants are the main suspects in the Cologne rampage, inflaming a debate in Germany over whether it could integrate 1.1 million asylum seekers who arrived last year.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday took a firm line against convicted asylum seekers, saying she backed changes to the law to allow the deportation of all those handed jail time, even if it is only a suspended sentence.

  17. DEUTSCHE WELLE – German Justice Minister: Cologne attacks planned in advance

    Minister of Justice Heiko Maas has said he believes the sexual assaults in Cologne were ‘coordinated and prepared’ ahead of time. He also accused xenophobic groups of using the crimes to stir up hatred.

    In an interview with the popular “Bild am Sonntag” newspaper, Maas voiced his suspicions that the crimes which have the whole country reeling were not the result of an opportunistic mob mentality but a thought-out, planned attack on the city’s women.

    “No one can tell me that it wasn’t coordinated and prepared,” the minister said. “My suspicion is that this specific date was picked, and a certain number of people expected. This would again add another dimension [to the crimes].”

    Maas was careful to echo his colleagues, however, when it came to warning the public against placing blame on the country’s immigrants, saying “to assume from somebody’s origin whether or not they are delinquent is quite reckless.” The minister added that it is “complete nonsense” to take these crimes as evidence that foreigners cannot be integrated into German society.

    Maas also accused the far-right populists of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, along with the organizers of the xenophobic PEGIDA marches, of using Cologne for propaganda purposes.

    “There is the only way they can explainhow shamelessly they operate their sweeping campaign against foreigners,” Maas said, referring to Saturday’s PEGIDA demonstration at the Cologne train station, which was itself met with a flashmob of counter-protesters condemning racism and sexism.

  18. the right scoop – Hillary’s latest ad literally says she’s the only one who can stop Republicans FROM BOMBING ISIS

    According to this ad, Hillary is the only one who can save ISIS from Republicans.

    I mean, you would think she would bright enough to put in there that she also wants to defeat ISIS, but she doesn’t. So it just looks like she’s panicked that Republicans might be too tough to terrorists who behead Americans, rape women, strap bombs on babies, and slaughter mercilessly anyone who doesn’t believe in Allah.

    Great ad, Hillary.

  19. CALGARY – Shooting at Ten Nightclub on Sunday described by witness

    Bouncer says man walked up to front door and opened fire before being wrestled to the ground

    Early on Sunday morning, a man got out of a car in front of Ten Nightclub, walked to the front door with a gun and starting shooting into the bar.

    […]Mohamed Elmi, 31, and Mohamed Salad, 29, both of Calgary, each face the following charges:

    Attempted murder
    Discharge firearm with intent to endanger life
    Unauthorized possession of a firearm
    Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a vehicle
    Possession of firearm with altered or defaced serial number
    Aggravated assault
    Pointing a firearm

    CBC video on the page :

  20. BANGLADESH – Trains swamped by Muslim worshippers during huge Bangladeshi religious event

    The devotees were among millions who had flocked to the opening phase of the World Muslim Congregation

    […]Every inch of the engine, carriages, roofs and even steps were used.

    […]Around five million Muslims from up to 150 countries attend, with the main congregation taking place in an area just 0.65 square km in size.

    Participants camp there for three days to pray and receive blessings from Allah.

  21. Yemen crisis: MSF-backed hospital hit by missile (BBC, Jan 10, 2016)

    “At least four people were killed when a missile hit a hospital supported by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in northern Yemen, the aid agency says.

    MSF said the strike in Saada province, a Houthi rebel movement stronghold, had injured a further 10 people.

    The Houthis are fighting the government and its allies, including Saudi Arabia.

    MSF said it was unclear whether the hospital was hit in an air strike by warplanes of a Saudi-led coalition, or by a rocket fired from the ground.

    But it added that planes were seen overhead at the time one projectile flattened hospital buildings, and at least one other landed nearby…”

  22. Syria’s Nusra Front Extremists Kidnap Activists in North (abcnews, Jan 10, 2016)

    “Syria’s extremist Nusra Front group seized two prominent media activists in the country’s north on Sunday, shutting down their radio station and burning rebel flags in the process.

    The opposition radio station, Radio Fresh, said on its social media pages that Raed Fares and Hadi Abdullah were abducted by Nusra, al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate, in an early morning raid in the town of Kafranbel.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group that tracks the country’s civil war, says Fares, who runs the station, was taken because he had criticized the group.

    In January 2014, Islamic State militants sprayed his car with 40 bullets, hospitalizing him for three months, and in December of that year, Nusra detained and beat him for three days.

    Also Sunday, the U.N. special envoy to Syria met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran, describing the appointment as “useful” ahead of upcoming peace talks in late January…”

  23. Pakistani military unlikely to close down Taliban, Haqqani operations: Khalilzad (khaama, Jan 10, 2016)

    “Amid growing optimism regarding the revival of stalled Afghan peace talks with the mediation of Pakistan, former US diplomats have said it would be unlikely for the Pakistani military to close down the Taliban and Haqqani network operations and imprison Afghan militant leaders willing to pursue violence.

    “Pakistani military has never been willing to take the very steps most likely to advance the process, which are to close down Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network operations in Pakistan and imprison any of their leaders not actively negotiating peace with the government in Kabul,” Zalmay Khalilzad, a former American ambassador to Afghanistan and U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, said in a joint Op-Ed written with former diplomat James Dobins.

    The Op-Ed in Newsweek weekly magazine further added “Why does the Pakistani military want to maintain cooperative relations with the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network? This policy likely stems from some combination of opportunism and fear. It sees the Taliban/Haqqani as surrogate forces that could protect and advance Pakistani interests in Afghanistan, while combating Indian influence.”

    “But Pakistani authorities also fear that if they put too much pressure on the Afghan Taliban, it might join forces with the Pakistani Taliban in the latter’s effort to overthrow the Pakistani government and introduce a radical Islamist regime,” the two diplomats added.

    The Op-Ed has been published as efforts underway to draw a road map for the Afghan reconciliation process with the representatives of the United States, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan to meet in Islamabad on Monday.

    The two diplomats argued that US and Afghanistan should focus less on fostering talks and more on persuading Pakistan to take action against those engaged in terrorism and violence.

    “While opening peace talks could be a positive step, it will only yield fruit if Pakistani authorities also begin to close down Afghan Taliban military operations,” they asserted…”

  24. Kabul police arrests 411 over various criminal charges in past 3 weeks (khaama, Jan 10, 2016)

    “At least 411 suspects have been arrested during the past three weeks in different parts of Kabul city and other districts of Kabul province on various criminal charges, Kabul police chief Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi said Sunday.

    Gen. Rahimi told reporters that the suspects were arrested on charges of kidnappings, theft, weapons and drugs smuggle and moral crimes.

    He also presented a number of the detained criminals along with the evidences to prove the criminal activities of the suspects.

    According to Gen. Rahimi, at least 28 suspects have been detained on charges of murder by Kabul police.

    He said a number of ‘Most Wanted’ criminals are also among those detained by the police during the past three weeks.

    The detention of the criminals could have a positive impact on the security situation of the city which has rapidly deteriorated during the recent years.

    The criminal gangs and individuals have mostly emerged with the growing unemployment and deteriorated economic situation of the country, largely due to reducing international and withdrawal of the foreign forces which provided job opportunities for thousands of people across the country.”

  25. President Ghani orders Ministry of Defense to continue bombing Daesh (khaama, Jan 10, 2016)

    “President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has order the Ministry of Defense to continue bombing the fanatics of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which is also known as Daesh.

    During his speech at the gathering organized in Jalalabad for the assessment of security situation and development on Sunday the President said that Daesh does not have room in our territory. “We want them killed,” he said.

    President Ghani ordered the ministry after Nangarhar’s governor Saleem Khan Kundozi pointed that the airstrikes have been proven beneficial in fight against the militant group.

    Other participants of the gathering also urged the President to take a very tough against Daesh and other militant groups who have been conducting brutality in Nangarhar.

    They also assured the President of standing with government for achieving these goals.

    President Ghani urged participants of the gathering to stand with security and defense forces to combat the phenomenon. “Forces have shortages and youths can come,” he said while assuring the nation that his government is paying a very close attention to the families of the martyred soldiers.

    He added that a vast majority of the 1,000 living quarters which are going to be built would be given to the families of the martyrs of police, army and the NDS…”

  26. Mosque vandalized with ketchup but officials won’t call it a hate crime

    Muslim officials in Kentucky say the vandalism was motivated by bias against Islam but law enforcement says perpetrators left no symbols to indicate hate

    A mosque in western Kentucky was vandalized on Friday, but law enforcement officials said the vandalism had been carried out with ketchup and they did not think it was a hate crime.

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a statement on Sunday that it was calling on law enforcement to investigate red markings at the Islamic Center of Owensboro as a possible hate crime.

    The statement said officials at the mosque believed the vandalism was motivated by bias against Islam.

    Cair spokesman Ibrahim Hooper noted an increase in anti-mosque incidents across the nation.

    Sgt Scott Wedding of Daviess County sheriff’s department, however, said deputies were called to the mosque on Friday afternoon to investigate markings that turned out to have been made with smeared ketchup.

    He said officials were not treating the vandalism as a possible hate crime because those who perpetrated it left no words or symbols to indicate hate as a motivation.

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