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About Eeyore

Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

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  1. “A boyfriend has been jailed for forcing his girlfriend to undergo a grueling fitness regime and controlling what she ate as though she was a lab rat to make her look like Kim Kardashian.
    Mohammed Anwaar told Gemma Doherty even sent her pictures of the women he thought looked better than her, which also included his ‘favourite’ model Graceyanne Barbosa.
    Anwaar would threaten to beat her if she did not do as she was told during a reign of terror that lasted more than a year, a court heard.”

    A prosperous nation that once looked unfavorably at females who used their looks for choosing the wrong males and bringing fatherless children into the world, now has a bankrupt society of Angels and Muslims.

  2. A strange thing happened to me on the bus today…

    I heard a man was accosting another about his Christian faith using references from the bible, so walking back down the bus asked if I may join a discussion on philosophy. The hosts agreed.

    To my instant realization and disappointment it was clear a mixed-race fatherless young man, holding an open beer bottle, was intruding on a young African Christian man.

    I was asked, “Where does your father come from..” And this led to my grandfather and then to my White Privilege. Then his father’s father, of a land his ancestors were brought to as slaves. (This was more like Obama’s Son yearning for his fatherhood).

    I informed him there was still slavery. He replied there was slavery and there was slavery. (Four legs good, two legs better. Some can’t commit rape).

    I said he was born free. He replied “what freedom?”
    “Freedom of conscience”
    I apologised to the harangued Christian that I thought this was about wisdom.
    As I left I was ridiculed and called the White Devil.

    London 10:20 29/05/2016

    • Well, back home, I have now time to reflect upon what I wrote immediately I got off the bus for reference.

      An attempt to denigrate and humiliate me, ‘look, see the face of the White Devil!’ and the thought went through my mind, ‘I could have been Jewish’ and watched at the time the envy and hate put upon me while reflecting on the wearers of the Yellow Star of David.

      So I went to the police station because another person could have come out worse, that this was an ideology that will not go away by simply avoiding it, and so the police have recorded it as a public order offence that I would have to testify to if it went to court.

      But I replied, that it is was not the individual I wanted on trial, for I believe in free speech, but the law that prevents me verbally responding and destroying his logic. For I would be accused of Hate Speech.

      And with victimhood gaining all the plaudits, who’s to say similtaneously he had not reported me? Like the guy who hits someone in the back then recoils as though he was hit in the face?

      The philosophy I encountered was Cultural Marxism, of White Privilege. The Wild Swans is an excellent book to see how the youth are radicalized to beat, maim and kill the population for a Centralist Communist Dictatorship.

      The Jews, because of their superior culture and intellect were feared by the Germans. Now the descendants of Hitler are feared by the NuGermans for the very same reasons. What goes around, come around.

      The second part of “White Devil” is a racial myth of Yakub, according to the Nation of Islam a black scientist who lived 6,600 years ago and was responsible for creating the white race to be a “race of devils.”. Mixed with the desire for an Ebonic Resurgence of the Golden Age of Africa.

      What I probably saw therefore, was a fatherless boy whose absent Black father became a ‘denial of betrayal and abandonment’ into a romanticised glorification of his injustice and his White Mother and her Race his scorn.

      Certainly, the Socialist education and economic systems both work directly against working class males and logical-reasoning, enflaming his rage of abject failure from growing and developing into a man, into one held against the Privileged Jews Whites to avoid his reality of his own responsibility and blame.

      That he felt he could publicly attempt to humiliate a person by his perception of race, accusing them for the world’s misery, is the symptom of the violence from the collectivist ‘strength of many’ to come.

      My day in court therefore, is not to wish for any punishment on this man, (for again, free speech is never a crime in a free society), but to address the political-legal system that has emboldened him and many more like him, in their love-stealing fatherless homes, to destroy liberty, fraternity and equality in their quest for an identity – that even if they did find it, it would still only be held upon their sleeves, and so will need constant reinforcement and protection by blasphemy, positive discrimination and positive affirmative laws.

      I can not face living in country of slaves and dhimmis.

      This war has finally come to me.

      • Then it’s time to carry a gun or pepper-spray if that’s all that’s legal where you live. If you get yourself beat up for being yourself, I will never forgive you, Perfect.
        Yucki, YankeeKafir

      • This afternoon a friend asked me to talk with her daughter, a lovely young woman in her early-20s. Let’s call her “Nadia”.

        Some background.
        The parents spent to their last penny to buy exit visas from Belarus, then settled in Israel. After a couple years they were reasonably comfortable in Hebrew and almost finished the grueling recertification process so they could practice their professions in Israel.

        Then one morning her husband was late, his bus was just pulling away, a friend reached out an arm to pull him up, and the bus blew up. He was blown clear, covered with pieces of his friend, etc.

        They pretty much lost it after that. Couldn’t finish their training, went from one low-skilled job to the next. The prospect of their kids EVER serving in the army was unbearable. They wanted out.

        We welcomed them to our community here in Boston. It’s our gain, they’re a treasure. We’re blessed to have quite a few families that arrived as double-transplants. Most still have close relatives in both Israel and Russia. A small world with constant commotion.

        Back to this afternoon and Nadia. She’s been here long enough to become as stupid as any American her age. She’s planning a whirlwind week in Europe this June: Boston to New York, then London to Paris, returning via Rome. Via Cheapo-Air.

        Her passport identifies her as killer-bait. The friend she’s traveling with is Israeli.

        Does she have any idea what’s going on in airports these days? None. The closest she gets to news is to check the weather for the day. She’s “spiritual” – gluten-free, Reiki, the whole 9 yards.

        I show her pictures of airport crowds. TSA can’t cope, Europe is worse. If she misses one connection on Cheapo, then what? If she loses her iPhone, then what? If someone doesn’t want an Israeli or her Russian/ -Israeli/ -American friend, then what?

        Listening to her mother crying in the next room, I’m at a total loss.

        Finally she promises – huge favor – to register with STEP – “The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program…a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.”

        That’s how I spent this afternoon.

        • And so we prepare for rain.

          Communism is the fear of women.
          Islam the fear of men.

          But like any farmed-animal, you must first give them preferential treatment, so that blinded by their own egos will behave exactly as you want them too, weeding out and destroying the genes of independence.

          The cows that run to the sound of the bell to always receive their feed. The bulls that receive harems of houris.

          Mechanical-clockwork humans. An instinct-led generation.

          History has shown Russia and China wiped out their intelligent to replace with an intelligentsia. Motherlands that rock-solidly replace mothers within the children’s minds to have only left the ‘Dreams of their Fathers’, imagining that it must have been the mother’s injustice that caused them to never be around.

          This anger and hatred towards mothers. In its yet unleashed backlash, Islam has found willing recruits.

          Dressed up as Socialism, women fed a trail of resentment towards men, from violent partners, pedophiles, unequal pay and leaving toilet seats up that they buy bathroom wall-plaques. To be able to do what you like to women – because they call the sexual abuse of themselves, freedom. And their production of unwanted children is hugely rewarded.

          I just met Obama on a Bus.

          Chairman Mao got the teachers to abuse children, to make them memorize his writings, and when they were big and strong enough, turned the tables and legitimised the killing of all people with a glimmer of light, of free bourgeois thought.

          Stalin did it, Pol Pot did it; by heck, every Communist does it.

          With a population of angry uneducated young men. That what is being prepared for women, these little girls of aspiring WAGs, (Women and Girlfriends), as entitlement free-loaders.

          Europe will therefore have its very own Dependence Day. Politicians of all different flags – having bought into this meme and excluded from their parties those not of this cloth.

          Muslims, are just the vultures preying on the dead, coming in their millions.

          Their submission will come later, once they are planted and the Imams have followed. Their Dreams of their Mothers will then be a sexual-perversion like Mohammad’s with four wives and all their right hand possesses.

          Unequal taxes will control the population to exploit the rich and let them live until there is no use for them.

          And blowing themselves up will be welcome escape, of gaining shamelessness to protect their families (as Communists and Islamists both eradicate), through a pretend achievement.

          Its not a conspiracy if its been done before. Its a path.

          • “Communism is the fear of women.
            Islam the fear of men.”

            Follow the power and control.

            To get your prey to react, and feed off them, you raise a Spectre.

            ‘If you don’t vote Democrat, who will protect you from men?’

            ‘If you don’t obey Sharia, who will protect you from women?’

            Whose minds are they controlling?

            Two ways to skin a species.

            • And how would you reveal this?

              Put a gentleman, a Jesus-Buddha, next to Mohammad.

              Put a gentlewoman next to any Haridan of the Communist Party.

              What you see is fear to be one-self, is fear of those who are oneself.

              Their artificial creation of justification – is your utopia of distraction.

        • Yucki
          I am sure it is not so bad as you imagine. I mean in certain places it is bad and one need to be careful, but also in certain places in USA there is danger of an attack. Also she can go to Eastern Europe, over there the risk of an attack is much, much lower.

          • They’re set on the 3 capitals of Western Europe.
            I can understand, sorta, because they may be unrecognizable soon. My Russki recently returned from Kiev where one of his sons lives with his family. He changed planes in Amsterdam, had a good visit.

            Probably the most worst these girls will experience is long screening lines at airports. Their passports have a lot of Israel-ID, though. They may be detained by Muslim airport personnel and miss connections, but that’s manageable, I guess.

            The Mom and Dad – not so easy. They going to need a babysitter. And Kleenex.

  3. Swedish authorities in crisis talks over telecom ‘sabotage’

    The suspected sabotage on another radio mast in Sweden comes just a day after Stockholm was forced to close its airspace for two hours after an apparent network glitch knocked out air traffic control radar.

    It sparked concern in Sweden that it could be linked to the recent rogue destruction of a radio mast in Borås, as well as problems with Swedish railway operator SJ’s booking system on Thursday afternoon.

    • Two acts of sabotage say that some group is going on the offensive, this is a small signal of what the rest of this year is going to be like.

  4. Paris Attacks Suspect Abdeslam Refuses to Answer Questions (abcnews, May 20, 2016)

    “The last known survivor of the team that carried out last November’s Paris attacks refused to talk during questioning Friday by anti-terror judges, and the session ended abruptly.

    Salah Abdeslam’s lawyer, Frank Berton said his client invoked his right to silence….”

  5. Eurostar travellers ‘remain cautious’ after Brussels attacks (BBC, May 20, 2016)

    “Eurostar has reported a fall in passengers using the high-speed rail service, saying travellers “remain cautious” in the wake of the Brussels terror attacks.

    Passenger numbers fell to 2.2 million in the three months to the end of March from 2.3 million a year earlier.

    Eurostar said “demand is dampened” and there had been a particular slowdown in travellers from the US and Asia.

    Revenues also fell to £201m, down 6% from a year earlier….”

  6. Pakistani Police Kill 14 Alleged Al-Qaida Militants (abcnews, May 20, 2016)

    “Pakistani police acting on intelligence killed 14 al-Qaida members and other militants in two separate shootouts in central Pakistan, authorities said Friday.

    Eight al-Qaida operatives and other militants were killed near the city of Multan, in Punjab province, on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the province’s counter terrorism department. It said several of the accomplices managed to flee but were traced to the district of Dera Ghazi Khan, where six were killed in a firefight with security forces the following day….”

  7. Kazakh government warns of crackdown on eve of planned protest rallies (reuters, May 20, 2016)

    “Authorities in Kazakhstan warned on Friday they would crack down on organizers of protests planned against President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s government and an unpopular land reform it has proposed.

    Opponents of Nazarbayev, who has been in power since 1989, have called for rallies on Saturday in all major cities, extending a series of demonstrations that started last month in response to plans to privatize large tracts of farmland….”

  8. Brussels ORDERS Britain to build MORE houses to cope with influx of EU migrants (express, May 20, 2016)

    “BRUSSELS bureaucrats have sparked outrage after telling Britain to build more houses to cope with the influx of EU migrants.

    A new European Commission report warns the UK is heading for an “acute” housing crisis caused by a population boom.

    At least 220,000 houses need to be built every year to keep up with demand from those including European migrants, it adds.

    The UK population is expected to soar from 63 million to 76 million over the next generation, according to recent Government data.

    But top Tory Chris Grayling last night said building houses to accommodate migrants would “change” Britain.

    The House of Commons leader said: “If we have migration on this scale, the European Commission has put its finger on it.

    “We have to build more [houses] and it will change the nature and character of many parts of this country.”…”

  9. Paxman praised for shining light on REAL EU but Europhiles complain of ‘BBC BIAS’ (express, May 20, 2016)

    “JEREMY Paxman has been praised for shining a light on the inner workings of the European Union last night but remain campaigners complained of bias within the BBC.

    In a documentary, Paxman in Brussels: Who Really Rules Us?, the presenter laid bare ridiculous EU laws, how bureaucrats have squandered millions and met the officials who run Brussels.

    Viewers were quick to take to social media to discuss the programme with many praising Paxman for his work.

    But Europhiles accused the BBC of bias and blasted Paxman for being “condescending”.

    This is despite the Beeb recently being blasted by a watchdog for screening a host of pro-EU shows….”

  10. Egypt finds belongings, debris from plane crash at sea

    CAIRO (Reuters) – The Egyptian navy said on Friday it had found the personal belongings of passengers and other debris floating in the Mediterranean, confirmation that an EgyptAir jet had plunged into the sea with 66 people on board.

    The military said it had found the debris about 290 km (180 miles) north of the port city of Alexandria and was searching for the plane’s black box flight recorders.

    Egypt’s President Adbel Fattah al-Sisi offered condolences for those on board, amounting to Cairo’s official acknowledgement of their deaths.

    The defense minister of Greece, which has also been scouring the Mediterranean, said Egyptian authorities had found a body part, luggage and a seat in the sea just south of where the signal from the plane was lost.

    Although suspicion pointed to Islamist militants who blew up another airliner over Egypt just seven months ago, no group had claimed responsibility more than 24 hours after the disappearance of flight MS804, an Airbus A320 flying from Paris to Cairo.

    Three French investigators and a technical expert from Airbus arrived in Cairo early on Friday to help investigate the fate of the missing plane, airport sources said.

  11. NATO may rely on five battalions to deter Russia, Britain says

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO’s build-up in eastern Europe could include up to 3,500 troops, Britain said on Friday, stressing that the planned deployments would not be aggressive toward Russia.

    Russia’s seizure of Crimea in 2014 has prompted the Western military alliance to consider deterrent forces in the Baltics and Poland which British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said would be a “trip wire” to alert NATO of any potential threat.

    NATO defense ministers are expected to decide on the troop levels next month, while making clear no large forces will be stationed permanently, to avoid provoking the Kremlin.

    “It looks like there could be four, maybe five battalions … the point of these formations is to act as a trip wire,” Hammond told reporters.

    “It isn’t intended to be aggressive,” he said following a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.

    Hammond said that could amount to as many as 3,500 troops along NATO’s border with Russia, with Britain, Germany and the United States taking the bulk of command duties.

    In total, the deterrent will be made up of small eastern outposts, forces on rotation, regular war games and warehoused equipment ready for a rapid response force which would include air, maritime and special operations units.

    • 3,500 troops!! 35,000 wouldn’t be enough and they are going to put 3,500 people in harms way thinking this will do something!!

      The European and American leaders are living in a fantasy world, during the 1960s when I was there we had 300,000 troops over there and this was the bare minimum necessary to project a big enough threat to keep the Soviets from moving west. At that time the European armies were much larger and there were close to a million troops available if the balloon went up. The only Russian causalities 3,500 people will cause are the ones who injure themselves laughing at the stup8idity of the west.

  12. China says more than 40 countries support its stance on South China Sea dispute

    BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Friday more than 40 countries support its position on an international legal case brought by the Philippines over its claims in the South China Sea.

    China refuses to recognize the Philippine case and says all disputes should be resolved through bilateral talks.

    Beijing has stepped up its rhetoric ahead of an expected ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on the Philippines case.

    China claims almost all of the energy-rich South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of maritime trade passes each year. The Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan have overlapping claims.

    “As far as I know, there are more than 40 countries that have made statements or made their positions known through all kinds of means,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing.

    “More and more countries are expressing themselves and showing their support for China on the South China Sea issue.”

  13. Russia proposes to U.S., coalition forces joint strikes in Syria from May 25

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has proposed to the Unites States and the U.S.-led coalition that they begin on May 25 joint air strikes in Syria, targeting the Nusra Front and other rebels who are not observing the ceasefire, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.

    Russia proposes that these strikes should also target convoys with weapons, including those crossing into Syria from Turkey. He said the proposal had been coordinated with Syria’s government and discussed with U.S. military experts in Amman, Jordan.

    Russia reserves the right to hit unilaterally those rebels in Syria who do not observe the ceasefire, state television showed Shoigu addressing a Defence Ministry meeting.

  14. ‘EU is in process of collapsing on itself’ – Marine Le Pen to RT

    The EU is on the brink of collapse, as two of its main “pillars” are “crumbling” despite the billions of euros spent on keeping the structure from falling, far-right French leader Marine Le Pen told RT, adding that the union would fail if France left it.

    • She is right Europe is collapsing, the question isn’t will it collapse but will it be able to eject the invaders and rebuild itself? Thanks to Obama it is highly unlikely the US will be able to afford another Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe.

    • French gvt official : [ so... please don't connect the dots ... WE will inform you.... WE will tell you a believable Truth ]

  15. Once again, HuffPo writer labels Christians who hold Christian beliefs ‘Islamophobes’
    By J.E. Dyer May 19, 2016

    I wrote about this at the end of January, when Craig Considine accused Christians who don’t accept Mohammed as a prophet of being “Islamophobes.”

    Now Huffington Post has teed up a theologian, Ian Mevorach, to make the same accusation, based on the modern left’s psychosis about “Islamophobia” – which for all intents and purposes is considered to be at play whenever anyone disagrees with a Muslim about anything. (H/t – again: Robert Spencer)

    I don’t have time to write at length on this today. But perhaps we can get a conversation started. I will point out to begin with that this is a dangerous theme. Establishing it as if it’s a mainstream argument, via online media, is a way of enabling it to creep into the general public consciousness, so that people become inured to it and react less and less.

    Yet such made-up “phobias” are held to be actionable: the basis for identifying “hate crimes” and “discrimination,” and whatever other things leftists can think of to sue people over, and destroy their livelihoods and their right to freedom of thought and speech. So this is not a mere criticism being lodged here. HuffPo’s articles lay the groundwork for taking real action against Christians who simply hold their traditional, biblical beliefs about God and His prophets.

    • Since the Evangelical Christian vote (when they can stand the candidate and vote) mainly goes to the Republicans the left has to try once again to destroy Christianity by forcing us to modify our beliefs to fit the lefts goals.

  16. Germany stops dozens of migrants stowing away to Britain

    Police in the northern German port city of Cuxhaven have stopped dozens of migrants from stowing away on freighters heading to Britain in recent months.

    The local daily Cuxhavener Nachrichten reported Friday that Germany’s border police have been monitoring the phenomenon since last fall. It quoted police spokesman Holger Jureczko saying the young men, mostly from Albania and Kosovo, had repeatedly tried to climb over security fences to reach trucks being loaded onto freighters.

    Three Albanians who had traveled to England illegally were sent back to Cuxhaven on Monday.

    Jureczko said police and port operators had increased security measures, and authorities believe they are apprehending the majority of illegal migrants now.

  17. Germany to Construct Church-Synagogue-Mosque Combination – The House of One

    The march to one world religion is stepping at a much faster beat today, as “The House of One” being built in Berlin, Germany plans to accommodate the three major monotheistic religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity under one roof.

    Berlin is soon to become home to something truly unique. Jews, Christians, and Muslims are planning to build a house of worship here – one that brings a synagogue, a church, and a mosque together under one roof. The three separate sections will be linked by a communal room in the center of the building. This will serve as a meeting place, where worshippers and members of the public can come together and learn more about the religions and each other.

    Even though the Jewish population in Berlin is small, and Islam is rapidly increasing, each of the major faiths will be granted equal size worship areas to allow adherents to practice their religious faith.

    Kandir Sanci, the Islamic Imam assigned to the new effort, had this to say:

    “The equal relationship between the religions that defines the work within the association and that was applied in all the decision-making processes throughout the architectural competition highlights one of the hallmarks of The House of One: an atmosphere of openness that gives us, Muslims in this city and in this country, a publicly tangible place to call home and a place where we are taken seriously – in the way we interpret and observe our religion, and in the way it can be part of a fruitful exchange with the city and other religions.”

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  18. Germany: Muslims protest over shutting of prayer room at Berlin university

    The Muslim student association staged a protest outside their campus at the Technical University of Berlin on Friday, after their university prayer room was shut down by school’s management.

    SOT, Davut Transare, spokesperson Muslim student association (German): “Last Friday we were informed that the praying area outside the building [Technical University Berlin] would be closed, students were actively threatened that if they prayed one more time then they would be arrested by the police.”

  19. IRAQ- Protesters storm into Baghdad’s Green Zone as security forces open fire

    BAGHDAD, May 20 (Reuters) – Anti-government protesters stormed into Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Friday for the second time in less than a month, despite resistance from security forces who fired tear gas and live bullets, according to a witness and live video.

    Witnesses said dozens of people were injured. The protesters included supporters of powerful Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and people from other groups who are displeased with the government’s failure to approve anti-corruption reforms and provide security.

  20. BREITBART -Brussels Will Never Win Fight With Poland, Hungary’s Orban Says

    BUDAPEST (Reuters) – The European Union treats Poland unfairly and Brussels will never win its battle against the Poles, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told state radio on Friday.

    The European Commission took another step on Wednesday in its unprecedented investigation into the rule of law in Poland, saying it would send its criticisms to Warsaw by Monday unless it saw “significant progress” by then.

    The EU executive opened an inquiry into whether the rule of law is under threat in Poland after the nationalist-minded government sought changes in the constitutional court that critics said undermined democratic checks and balances.

    “Brussels’ stance against Poland is not just … they should give more respect to the Poles,” Orban said. “Brussels will never win this battle against the Poles.”

  21. Albanians deported as Dutch clamp down on illegal immigrants on popular route to UK (express, May 20, 2016)

    “REJECTED Albanian asylum seekers touched down on home turf today after being booted out of Europe by Dutch officials.

    Thirty people who were trafficked into the Netherlands were forced out after being told by the Government they had ‘no chance’ of getting asylum.

    The Dutch embassy in Tirana said 500 Albanians have been deported this year from a total of 1,650 who have sought asylum in the past nine months…”

  22. Iran human rights activist ‘gets 10-year sentence’ (gulfnews, May 20, 2016)

    “Dubai: Supporters say an already-imprisoned prominent human rights activist in Iran has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

    Iranian media and officials have not commented on the sentence for Narges Mohammadi, who has campaigned against death penalty and serves as the vice-president of the now-banned Defenders of Human Rights Centre in Iran.

    A statement from the centre said Mohammadi was sentenced on charges including planning crimes to harm the security of Iran, spreading propaganda against the government and forming and managing an illegal group….”

  23. Army clears last militant stronghold in North Waziristan (tribune, May 20, 2016)

    “Pakistan Army said on Friday it had cleared the last militant stronghold in the country’s northwestern tribal area after a three-month long operation.

    In February troops began the final phase of Operation Zarb-e-Arb in North Waziristan.

    “We have cleared the Shawal valley completely of militants,” Brigadier Shabbir Narejo told reporters at a briefing.

    Troops, helicopter gunships, tanks and jets were deployed in the operation, during which Taliban militants put up “stiff resistance”, Narejo said…”

  24. Final Countdown: Syrian Democratic Forces Prepare to Retake Raqqa (PHOTO) (sputniknews, May 20, 2016)

    “The Syrian Democratic Forces will start a large-scale operation to liberate the ‘capital’ city of Daesh terrorists, Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces’ representative Tack?r Kobani shared details of the forthcoming operation in an interview with Sputnik…”

  25. Die Welt, May 20, 18:08h
    Separate Muslims and Christians in shelters? – “Disastrous”

    Again and again there are reports of violence against Christian refugees in the shelters. Nevertheless, the Catholic laity warn strictly before a segregated faith accommodation.

    The Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) strictly rejects a separate accommodation of Christian and Muslim refugees. The president of the catholic layman’s organization, Thomas Sternberg, warned in a talk with “Welt” that it would send out a “disastrous signal”. Sternberg argues, if we “accommodate refugees separately by religion in our country, that would foster the impression that we are not capable of peaceful coexistence”. One should not “fuel the misconception that Christians and Muslims could not live together well”.

    With this, the ZdK president and North Rhine-Westphalian Christian Democrat deputy objects to the Christian relief network Open Doors. They published a study last week, according to which 3 out of 4 non-Muslim refugees reported they were being threatened, beaten, sexually harassed and insulted for their belief by Muslims in refugee shelter. This harassment affects up to 40,000 mostly Christian people seeking protection in Germany.

    Steinberg argues that one must “be careful not to represent it as typical Islamic, when Christians are being harassed in mainly Islamic refugee shelters.”
    After all, Christians had „for around 1350 years lived peacefully, albeit not with equal rights, in the countries of the Near East with the Muslim majority population.”

    To aid threatened refugees, the ZdK president instead recommends proceedings hat are not oriented hat creed. “When refugees say they feel threatened, one should give them the possibility to find shelter in a more acceptable surroundings”, demands Sternberg. That were “the task of the local helpers and the politicians”.

    (PS – I think the more fitting headline for this article should be, president more concerned with image than with people’s safety)

  26. President Obama Signs Bill Eliminating ‘Oriental’ From Federal Law (nbcnews, May 20, 2016)

    “President Barack Obama has signed a bill eliminating all known uses of the term “oriental” from federal law.

    The bill, which was sponsored by Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), was passed by the House of Representatives unanimously on Feb. 29 and again by the Senate on May 9. It was co-sponsored by 76 members of Congress, including all 51 members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

    Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), who sponsored the bill in the Senate, said in a statement that she was “proud to have seen this effort through.”

    “After months of advocacy in both chambers of Congress, derogatory terms in federal law will finally be updated to reflect our country’s diversity,” she said. “Mahalo to President Obama for his quick action.”

    “Oriental” had still existed in Title 42 of the U.S. Code, which was written in the 1970s. It will be replaced with “Asian Americans.”….”

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