Reader’s links for Jan. 20 – 2016

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  1. BBC – Lancashire ‘terrorist house’ row ‘not a spelling mistake’

    Officials have denied claims a spelling error led to a 10-year-old Muslim boy, who wrote he lived in a “terrorist house”, being spoken to by police.

    The family of the pupil, who attends a Lancashire primary school, claim he meant he lived in a “terraced house”.

    The boy was spoken to by Lancashire Police at his home the next day.

    In a statement, police and the county council said it was “untrue to suggest that this situation was brought about by a simple spelling mistake”.

    “The school and the police have acted responsibly and proportionately in looking into a number of potential concerns using a low-key, local approach,” it said.

    “No concerns were identified and no further action was required by any agency.”

    Teachers have been legally obliged to report any suspected extremist behaviour to police since July.

    The boy’s family said they were left shocked by the 7 December incident and want both the school and police to apologise.
    ‘He’s now scared’

    In order to protect the boy’s identity, the BBC is not naming his cousin, who said she initially thought it was all a “joke”.

    “You can imagine it happening to a 30-year-old man, but not to a young child,” she said. “If the teacher had any concerns it should have been about his spelling.

    “They shouldn’t be putting a child through this. He’s now scared of writing, using his imagination.

    “From what he says he wrote it because he was trying to write ‘terraced house’ and he misspelt it.”

    Police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw criticised the BBC reporting of the issue and said it had not been treated as a terror incident.

    Mr Grunshaw said that other worrying issues were raised in the boy’s school work – not just the “terrorist” house line – and these were “reported through the appropriate channels”.

    “In the event there was no further action needed, but if the school and police had not acted then they would have been failing in their duty to respond to concerns.”

    The 2015 Counter Terrorism and Security Act places a statutory duty on schools and colleges to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
    ‘Natural consequence’

    Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, the UK’s largest umbrella group for Islamic associations, said he was aware of dozens of cases similar to that of the schoolboy.

    “There are huge concerns that individuals going about their daily life are being seen through the lens of security and are being seen as potential terrorists rather than students,” he said.

    “This is a natural consequence of the extension of the ‘Prevent Duty’ to schools.”

    The Home Office does not publish data for the number of referrals made to Channel, the de-radicalisation programme.

    However, in the year to the end of October, 1,355 people aged under 18 were referred to it, compared with 466 in the previous 12 months.

    Police said the issue was reported to them but dealt with by a joint visit by a PC and social services.

    “There were not thought to be any areas for concern and no further action was required by any agency.”

    The school said it was unable to comment because it was investigating a complaint made about the incident.

    the guardian I live in a ‘terrorist house’: police speak to Muslim boy, 10, over spelling error

    Teachers report primary school student to authorities after he mistakenly writes about ‘terrorist house’ instead of ‘terraced house’ in class

  2. Germany: Merkel and Seehofer agree on ‘reducing number of refugees

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Bavarian Parliament, in which the Christian Social Union (CSU) holds most of the seats, in Wildbad Kreuth, Wednesday, for the second time since the beginning of 2016. She said she agrees with Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer on “reducing the number of refugees noticeably and sustainably.”

    SOT, Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German): “What we both agree on is reducing the number of refugees noticeably and sustainably. I think that we need to assess the causes of refuge and find a European solution. We will hold good, open talks. Three events will be discussed in the next days: The government consultation with Turkey on Friday, which for me plays a key role: a ‘donor’s conference’ in London where we will discuss ways to improve living conditions of refugees in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon on February 4. And in mid-February an EU council, where the question of refugees will play a central role next to the question Great Britain, as confirmed by the president of the European commission. Germany will present its suggestions. After that we will be able to draw an interim result, to see where we stand.”

  3. Germany’s ‘dirty deal’ with Libya to stop migrants (DW, Jan 20, 2016)

    “The German Left party says the government is doing a “dirty deal” with Libya: military aid in exchange for stopping migrants on the coast. But it is unclear how war-torn Libya could even do that if it tried.

    Germany’s opposition Left party has expressed its suspicions of a “dirty deal” after German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen raised the prospect of sending troops to Libya to support a potential unity government in the fractured North African country.

    “Germany will not be able to duck its responsibility to make a contribution,” von der Leyen told Monday’s edition of the “Bild” newspaper. If a unity government were established in Libya, “it will quickly need help to establish justice and order in this huge state and at the same time fight against Islamist terror.”

    The Left party’s foreign policy spokesman Jan van Aken said he suspected a “dirty deal” was being hashed out to support the government in exchange for demanding that it prevent more migrants from reaching Europe via Libya’s coast…”

  4. US wasted millions on Afghan reconstruction, says watchdog (BBC, Jan 21, 2016)

    “A US government watchdog has accused a Pentagon agency of wasting millions on “ill-conceived” reconstruction projects in Afghanistan.

    The Task Force for Business and Stability Operations spent some $800m (£563m) on development projects over a five-year period.

    But poor planning and waste marred the scheme, Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction John Sopko said.

    The Pentagon has disputed several of his findings.

    Among those highlighted by Mr Sopko, who appeared before senators from a special committee on military management, was a project to help the local cashmere industry.

    The $6m ($4.2m) initiative saw a small herd of rare blond Italian goats imported – but Mr Sopko said oversight was so ineffective he could not be sure that the goats were not eaten.
    A contractor said the scheme had created up to 350 jobs.

    Mr Sopko had “not been able to find credible evidence showing [the task force’s] activities in Afghanistan produced the intended economic growth or stabilization outcomes that justified its creation”.

    “On the contrary, [its] legacy in Afghanistan is marred by unfinished, poorly planned, and ill-conceived projects.”

    One of the politicians on the committee, Democrat Claire McCaskill called the reported $43m expenditure on a natural gas filling station “dumb on its face”.

    It was intended to show how Afghanistan’s natural gas reserves could be used as an alternative to expensive petroleum imports.

    But Ms McCaskill noted the average annual income in Afghanistan is less than the cost of converting a car to natural gas. The Pentagon disputed the cost of the station, saying the actual amount was under $10m.

    The task force has since been abandoned.”

  5. On Wednesday, Senate Democrats successfully and predictably blocked what many conservatives described as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) “Show Vote’”on refugee admissions.

    It has been called a show vote because the Ryan plan, even if the President signed it, would still allow the President to bring in an unlimited number of refugees from an unlimited number of countries.

    Democrats’ filibuster on the motion to proceed to Ryan’s show vote comes one month after Speaker Ryan sent President Obama a blank check to fund visa issuances to nearly 300,000 (temporary and permanent) Muslim migrants in the next 12 months alone. Ryan’s decision to fully-fund Obama’s immigration agenda arguably ceded any leverage he may otherwise have had over Democrats and ensured the large-scale migration into America would continue and grow

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