Reader supplied links for May 4 – 2016

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  1. Israeli warplanes launched several raids on Wednesday in the Gaza Strip after a day of tensions along the border with Israel, said the interior ministry in the Palestinian territory.

    Air strikes hit around Gaza’s derelict international airport near the southern city of Rafah and in nearby farming areas, without causing casualties, said the ministry, which is run by Hamas.

    Israel’s army said it had hit five sites operated by Hamas.

  2. Police in Paris have used teargas to disperse protesters attempting to block the removal of migrants from a school that they have been occupying for two weeks.

    Protesters had formed a human chain around the Jean-Jaurès high school in the north of the French capital to prevent police entering on Wednesday. Some of the demonstrators chanted “everyone hates the police” and pelted them with objects.

    Police entered the school, where tables and chairs were piled up to try to block their entry.

    The school was closed for renovation and empty when 150 migrants occupied part of the building last month. They are mainly from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

  3. The armies of Pakistan and India are practicing for nuclear war on the battlefield: Pakistan is rehearsing the use of nuclear weapons, while India trains to fight on despite such use and subsequently escalate. What were once mere ideas and scenarios dreamed up by hawkish military planners and nuclear strategists have become starkly visible capabilities and commitments. When the time comes, policy makers and people on both sides will expect—and perhaps demand—that the Bomb be used.

    Pakistan has long been explicit about its plans to use nuclear weapons to counter Indian conventional forces. Pakistan has developed “a variety of short range, low yield nuclear weapons,” claimed retired General Khalid Kidwai in March 2015. Kidwai is the founder—and from 2000 until 2014 ran—Pakistan’s Strategic Plans Division, which is responsible for managing the country’s nuclear weapons production complex and arsenal. These weapons, Kidwai said, have closed the “space for conventional war.” Echoing this message, Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry declared in October 2015 that his country might use these tactical nuclear weapons in a conflict with India. There already have been four wars between the two countries—in 1947, 1965, 1971, and 1999—as well as many war scares.

    • That region is one of the most likely areas for a nuclear exchange in the coming war, depending on how Pakistan uses their nuclear forces India may end up launching everything at both Pakistan and China.

  4. Female suicide bomber is shot dead with a POISONED ARROW by amateur militia in Cameroon – just moments before she was set to detonate (dailymail, May 4, 2016)

    “A local self-defence group in Cameroon killed a female suicide bomber using a poisoned arrow just moments before she was set to blow herself up.

    The 40-year-old woman, who had explosives strapped to her body, had crossed over from neighboring Nigeria along with a 14-year-old girl.

    Local residents shot the poisoned arrow at the woman after she failed to stop as demanded. The girl also died when she detonated her own explosives…”

  5. Asylum boat reaches Australia’s Cocos Islands territory (BBC, May 4, 2016)

    “A boat carrying asylum seekers has reached Australia’s remote Cocos Islands territory.

    The last documented asylum seeker boat arrival to Australia was in 2014.

    The number of asylum seekers arriving by sea plunged after the government introduced tough new policies, including the towing back of boats.

    Australia also sends all intercepted asylum seekers to offshore locations such as Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

    The boat arrived within the Cocos Islands on Monday morning.

    It came within 500m of Home Island before it was intercepted by Australian authorities…”

  6. Kebab shop owner single-handedly fights off mob of 30 ‘robbers’ with machete (mirror, May 4, 2016)

    “This astonishing footage captured the moment a kebab shop owner waved a machete around to scare off an angry mob seemingly trying to rob his restaurant.

    The footage shows Mustafa Kartal grabbing his massive knife and slashing at the attackers after a gun was reportedly fired in front of his restaurant.

    The gang of around 30 are said to have stormed into his shop, Mustafa’s eatery in central Lisbon, Portugal, and tried to hold him up.

    They demanded cash and free kebabs, but refusing to be intimidated the 35-year-old hacked away at anyone who got too close.

    Smartphone footage shows him trying to fight off attack after attack….”

  7. ‘Made to feel like criminals’: 7 Muslim women sue California restaurant over discrimination (RT, May 4, 2016)

    “A group of Muslim women are suing a Laguna Beach, California, restaurant for allegedly kicking them out because of their religion, but the owners deny any wrongdoing or discrimination.

    “I felt embarrassed, outraged and shocked by the discrimination my friends and I were subjected to,” Sara Farsakh, one of the plaintiffs named in the lawsuit filed on Monday, said, according to City News Service. “We committed no crime, we violated no policy. Our only offense to Urth Caffe was that we are group of Muslim women that stood out – visibly stood out – tarnishing their image.”…”

  8. 9 Muslim Albanians Jailed for Recruiting for Terror Groups (abcnews, May 4, 2016)

    “An Albanian court has sentenced nine Muslims to jail terms ranging from seven to 18 years for inciting terror, recruiting and sending more than 70 men to join rebel groups in Syria.

    The Tirana court on Wednesday said that the men, including three preachers, were convicted of recruiting, training and inciting hatred, mainly in the capital, Tirana, from two mosques that were not recognized by the country’s Muslim community.

    Their family members said they will appeal.

    About two-thirds of Albania’s 3.2 million residents are Muslims. Mainstream religious leaders have asked their believers not to join rebel groups in Syria. Still, scores of Albanians are believed to have joined Islamic extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.”

  9. Israel to open permanent mission at NATO HQ after Turkey lifts veto

    Israel will accept the invitation to open a permanent mission at the block’s headquarters in Brussels, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli PM has said. The move became possible after Turkey reportedly lifted its veto on Jerusalem’s cooperation with the bloc.
    “I declare that Israel will accept the invitation and open an office in the near future,” Netanyahu said during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

    The reasons for NATO’s interest in cooperation include Israel’s “determined fight against terror, our technological know-how, our intelligence network and other things,” Netanyahu said.

  10. Millions of Turkish ‘tourists could DISAPPEAR into Europe’ because of ‘error-prone’ system (express, May 4, 2016)

    “MILLIONS of Turkish citizens could simply disappear in the European Union because there is no system to detect those who outlasted their stay.

    A momentous deal could see visa-free travel for Turkey’s 75 million people today as part of the deal to curb migrants entering the continent.

    But EU officials admit there is no way of systematically identifying a staggering 250,000 people each year who stay in Europe longer than their visa grants…”

  11. Kenya police ‘foil anthrax attack’ by ‘IS-linked group’ (BBC, May 4, 2016)

    “Kenyan police say they have foiled a “large-scale” biological attack using anthrax, by a terror group with links to so-called Islamic State (IS).

    A man, his wife and another woman have been arrested. Rewards have been offered for two other men.

    Police did not name the network, but said it stretches across the country and outside its borders, including to Somalia, Libya and Syria.

    There was no immediate independent confirmation….”

  12. Terrorists planning May 9 V-Day attacks detained in Moscow – FSB

    A group of citizens from Central Asian countries has been detained by Russia’s security agency, the FSB, on suspicion of planning terror attacks ahead of upcoming Victory Day celebrations, at the behest of Syrian and Turkish terrorist leaders.

    Over 50 detained, possible explosive found in illegal prayer hall in southern Russia

    “We have found a large quantity of weapons, explosives and other terrorist equipment,” the Federal Security Service, known by the abbreviation FSB, said in a statement.

    The security agency said that the citizens of the former Soviet republics were based in Moscow and were planning to target the capital.

    The FSB said the detainees have made “confession statements,” and have been found to have been working “on orders from their superiors located in Syria and Turkey.”

  13. End well, this will not!

    The European Commission wants a computer to instruct member states how many asylum seekers they must host based on their population size and wealth.
    The plan is aimed at depoliticising a toxic decision-making process on asylum, following failed EU-level efforts to relocate asylum seekers across member states.

    “Whenever a member state has to face a disproportionate number of asylum applications, responsibility for new applicants of all nationalities will be transferred to other member states,” EU commission vice-president Frans Timmermans told reporters on Wednesday (5 May).

  14. Gun sales rising sharply in Czech Republic
    04-05-2016 13:31 | Ian Willoughby
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    Gun sales in the Czech Republic have been rising fast in recent months, while the number of Czechs applying for licenses is also growing. Experts suggest this is a response to worries over terrorist attacks and the migrant crisis.
    Photo: Sgaba, CC BY-SA 3.0
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    In the last five years over 100,000 guns have been sold in this country, bringing the total number owned by private citizens to more than 800,000, according to the newspaper Hospodá?ské noviny.
    After a period of decline, applications for gun licenses saw a marked upswing in the second half of last year. Two thousand Czechs acquired permits between the start of June and the end of December, joining the 290,000 who already possessed one.
    The owner of the Security Arms gun shop in Trutnov, East Bohemia, told number Hospodá?ské noviny that its sales had jumped by 30 percent since September last year. Ji?í Jiránek said people were scared by a “wave of Islamists” and were buying up not only pistols but also rifles, shotguns and automatic shotguns.

  15. Rumours flying around that Erdogan, the President of Turkey, is stripping the Prime Minister of that position and also removing him as the head of their party… The news report on this is not clearly written, but I’m sure we’ll hear more about this soon.

    The relations were reportedly tense between the two statesmen amid fresh rumors suggesting that Davuto?lu may be planning to resign after saying on May 3 that he would not hesitate to “walk away from any job position,” all eyes were on a State Day meeting between him and Erdo?an on May 4. State Day meetings traditionally take place on Thursdays, but in Erdo?an’s official schedule posted in the early hours of May 4 it was seen that his regular weekly meeting with Davuto?lu was moved forward.

    Erdo?an has said you “should not forget how you got to your post,” in pointed remarks before the meeting.

  16. Egypt’s president said on Wednesday that issues of human rights and civil liberties in his country should not be approached from a “Western perspective,” due to domestic and regional conditions, days after authorities detained two journalists.

    Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi told this to a US congressional delegation visiting Cairo, his spokesman said in an official statement carried by local paper al-Ahram.

    Sisi also told the US delegation, which was headed by the chairman of the US House Committee on Homeland Security Michael McCaul, that the Egyptian government was committed to the rule of law and upholding the values of democracy.

    According to Sisi’s spokesman, the meeting involved talks on volatile countries in the region. The Egyptian president also warned of the consequences of the “fall of nation states” in the Middle East, and its impact on the rise of militant groups, al-Ahram reported.

  17. SYRIA – Russia’s Lavrov: U.S. wanted to include al-Nusra positions in Aleppo truce -RIA

    May 4 The United States wanted to include positions held by Nusra Front militants in a truce in Syria’s Aleppo, but this was rejected as unacceptable, RIA news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Wednesday.

    “This leads us to think that … someone wants to use the Americans to stop al-Nusra being targeted by strikes,” Lavrov said.

    Lavrov: US Tried to Include Al-Nusra Front Positions in ‘Silent’ Period

    The United States tried to include areas captured by al-Nusra Front terrorist group in northern Syria’s Aleppo in a recently established “silent” period during Washington’s talks with Moscow on the issue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Sputnik in an exlusive interview.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Lavrov pointed to evidence that linked the Turkish government with al-Nusra Front and Daesh terrorists, which have been excluded from all previous ceasefire deals brokered by Moscow and Washington for Syria.

    “During the negotiations, our US partners actually tried to draw the borders of this ‘zone of silence’ to include a significant number of positions occupied by al-Nusra [Front]. We managed to exclude this as it is absolutely unacceptable,” Lavrov said.

    Lavrov suggested that some party wanted to manipulate the United States into shielding al-Nusra Front militants from government fire.

    “This indicates that someone wants to use the Americans. I do not believe that it is in their interest to shield al-Nusra [Front]. But someone wants to use the Americans to shield the al-Nusra [Front] from strikes,” Lavrov said

    Earlier in the day, the Russian Defense Ministry said that al-Nusra Front terrorists in Syria continue provocations seeking to escalate tensions in the northern part of the Latakia province and the city of Aleppo, which has resulted in the disruption of the “silent” period.

    Russia and the United States brokered a “silent” period on Thursday to be implemented for 24 hours in the Damascus’ suburbs and for 72 hours in the northern Latakia province, starting at midnight on April 30.

  18. BBC interviews Howard Jacobson. I don’t know how to embed it here.

    OT ~ it’s for anybody who cares about how Imoi, the YankeeKafir really feel about a certain subject.

    He’s saying exactly what I think. Especially the first part, where he talks about how much he loathes ‘antisemitism’ – the word itself and the topic. How he finds himself slapped in the face with it and now must confront it directly.

    I’m not a Brit, I’m not invested in that society. [Thank-G-d.] I’m far more pessimistic about his country than he seems to be. At some point Genesis 12:3 kicks in, and it just may be too late for the UK as it most assuredly is for the Continent.

    I’m getting canary-vibes. Your canaries aren’t chirping, they’re croaking. The atmosphere is toxic. Get out of the coal-mine, get fresh air or you’ll die.

    Don’t disregard historic verity because usage has made it cliched: It always starts with the Jews, but it never stops there. Call it celestial voodoo. Logical or not, that’s the way it’s been for thousands of years in disparate settings.

    Brits should regard this flare with as much alarm as high fever in a child. Rush to the emergency room of your nearest hospital – it’s a matter of life and death. Clean house, put your affairs in order. You’re in a perilous state.

    Famed Writer Howard Jacobson: European Opposition to Zionism Amounts to ‘Chutzpah With Blood In It’ (VIDEO)

    • Tablet magazine series, “A Polite Hatred: Anti-Semitism in the UK”.

      Part 3 features Howard Jacobson. “The Jewish Jane Austen, or England’s Jeremiah?”

    • You know that I think a long war has started and that nations will change names and shapes during this war, I don’t know if Britain will survive or not. I doubt if France and Germany will survive in their current shape or society.

      Yes the canaries are screaming get out of the mine and most people are ignoring them, this war will either cause a massive increase in the worlds intelligence or a massive drop. I really don’t know which.

      • This is a siren blasting.
        I’m not talking about Jews per se.

        Rather, they’re prognosticators like horses strange postures just before earthquakes. Or the pain in arthritic limbs that predicts rain more accurately than a weatherman.

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