Reader’s links for June 9 – 2016

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  1. Muslim allies of Saudi Arabia piled pressure on U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon over the blacklisting of a Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen, with Riyadh threatening to cut Palestinian aid and funds to other U.N. programs, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.

    The United Nations announced on Monday it had removed the coalition from a child rights blacklist – released last week – pending a joint review by the world body and the coalition of cases of child deaths and injuries during the war in Yemen.

    Prime Minister Modi used the prestigious stage to highlights India’s concern over terrorism. Without naming Pakistan, the PM said that terrorism was a global challenge and that it was “incubated in India’s neighbourhood.”
    “From the western borders of India to Africa, it goes by different names – Lashkar-e-Taiba or Al Qaeda or ISIS. They all speak the same language of terrorism,” Modi said.
    “Globally, terrorism remains the biggest threat, going by different names, but with the common philosophy of hate, murder and violence. Although it’s shadow is spreading across the world, terrorism is incubated in India’s neighbourhood,” Modi added.

  3. PARIS — As fans await Friday’s kickoff of the 2016 UEFA Euro soccer tournament — among the most anticipated and popular sporting events in Europe — French officials are bracing for the worst.

    The Union of European Football Associations tournament — hosted by France this year — will officially open at the Stade de France, the same Paris venue where Islamic State militants detonated suicide bombs in November.

    Since the attacks, which left 130 dead across Paris, an official “state of emergency” has remained in effect. But many people wonder whether French authorities have done enough to stop another terrorist strike.

  4. Family Says Canadian-Iranian Professor Detained in Iran (abcnews, June 9, 2016)

    “A retired Canadian-Iranian professor who studies women’s issues across the Middle East has been detained without charges in Tehran, her family said Thursday, the latest dual national held by authorities there since Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers…”

  5. Suicide Bombings in and Around Iraqi Capital Kill 27 People (abcnews, June 9, 2016)

    “Two suicide attacks in and around the Iraqi capital on Thursday killed at least 27 people and wounded dozens, officials said.

    The deadliest attack took place in a commercial area of a majority Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad. At least 15 civilians were killed and 35 wounded, police said.

    Another suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into an Iraqi army checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing at least 12 people, police said. Seven civilians and five troops were killed in the attack in the town of Taji, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the capital, a police officer said. At least 28 people were wounded, he added…”

  6. Somalia: 30 Ethiopian Troops Killed in Attack by Militants (abcnews, June 9, 2016)

    “A Somali official says 30 Ethiopian troops have been killed in an attack on a base for African Union peacekeepers in central Somalia.

    Mohamed Mohamud, a military officer in the town of Halgan, said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle early Thursday at the gates of the Ethiopian military base there before gunmen entered the base.

    The Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed it killed 43 Ethiopian soldiers in the attack.

    Ethiopian Communications Minister Getachew Reda told The Associated Press that the attack was repelled and that more than 100 of the attackers were killed. He did not say how many Ethiopians were killed or injured.”

  7. Gay mullah flees Iran over secret same-sex weddings (BBC, video, June 9, 2016)

    “In Iran, homosexuality is banned and punishable by execution under its strict code of sharia, or Islamic law.

    In a country dominated by the religious class, being gay is taboo, and especially among the establishment. One Iranian gay cleric, who conducted gay weddings in secret, was forced to flee the country, and has been threatened with death.

    BBC Persian’s Ali Hamedani reports.”

  8. Syria’s Aleppo Sees 3 Hospitals in Rebel-Held Areas Bombed in 3 Hours (nbcnews, June 9, 2016)

    “Three hospitals were bombed in the space of three hours in Syria’s war-ravaged city of Aleppo, the United Nations children’s program said.

    The medical facilities bombed Wednesday were on the rebel-held eastern side of the city, UNICEF regional director Peter Salama said in a statement…”


    “… In the militant-held town of Fallujah about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraqi forces are on Thursday are clearing territory recently retaken from the Islamic State group. Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces secured the southern edge of Fallujah on Sunday and pushed into the city itself Wednesday.

    Under heavy IS counter-attacks, Iraqi troops swept east across Fallujah’s southern Shuhada neighborhood. The militant group launched mortars and rockets on Iraqi forces that were operating under the cover of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes…”

  10. Indonesian police foil IS-inspired suicide bombings (thenation, June 9, 2016)

    “JAKARTA – Indonesian police said Thursday they have arrested three Muslim extremists who were planning to launch Islamic State-inspired suicide bombings in the country’s second-biggest city.

    The police’s elite anti-terror squad detained the men in Surabaya, on the country’s main island of Java, on Wednesday and seized bombs and firearms, said national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar.

    He said the group planned to attack public places and government offices in the city in the coming weeks, without giving further details…”

  11. 130 IS fighters killed in battle for Syria’s Manbij (middle-east-online, June 9, 2016)

    “MANBIJ – More than 130 Islamic State group fighters have been killed in a US-backed offensive on the key jihadist-held city of Manbij in northern Syria, a monitoring group said Thursday.

    US-led coalition air strikes supporting the assault by Kurdish and Arab fighters, launched on May 31, have also left 30 civilians dead, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    The Syrian Democratic Forces have been pushing west from the Euphrates River and have nearly encircled Manbij, a key point along IS’s main supply line from the Turkish border to its eastern Syrian stronghold of Raqa…”

  12. Cyber Caliphate ‘kill list’ includes 39 Britons, urges ISIS supporters to ‘avenge’ Muslims (RT, June 9, 2016)

    “A pro-Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) hacking group calling itself the United Cyber Caliphate has released a ‘kill list’ of 39 Britons it wants supporters to follow and avenge for Muslims.

    The group on Monday shared a list of 8,318 individuals from around the world, including their addresses and email contact details, on a secretive messaging app service called Telegram.

    It urged its supporters to follow and kill those listed in order to take revenge for Muslims. It appeared alongside a picture of a lone, masked and armed soldier wandering a battlefield.

    The list, written in English and Arabic, was uncovered by the group Vocativ, which investigates the hidden side of the web.

    Vocativ has not released the names on the list, but says most being targeted are in the United States, Australia and Canada…”

  13. What a fiasco… Navy’s £1bn warships break down in the Gulf – because the sea’s too HOT! (dailymail, June 9, 2016)

    “Britain’s cutting-edge £1billion warships are breaking down in the Persian Gulf because they are not designed for the heat.

    Contractors claim the Ministry of Defence did not tell them the 8,000-ton Type 45 Destroyers would be spending a long time in warm waters.

    As a result, the six warships have an engine which keeps cutting out in the middle of the sea, leaving servicemen stranded for hours in total darkness.

    The revelation yesterday raised fears that Britain’s key naval assets – designed to shield the rest of the fleet from air or missile attacks – have become ‘sitting ducks’.

    There were also warnings that troops could be killed as the ships are deployed near combat zones in the Middle East…”

  14. Germany’s migrant crisis turns into a NIGHTMARE as 80% of refugees have NO documents (express, June 9, 2016)

    “THE true scale of the migrant crisis in Germany has been uncovered as it emerges 80 per cent of asylum seekers have arrived there WITHOUT a passport – and hundreds of thousands are now planning to bring over their FAMILIES.

    Four in five migrants hoping to make a new life in the promised land of Europe will land in Germany without a passport a shocking new report by the federal police has revealed.

    Between January and April, out of 114,255 of asylum seekers waiting to cross the border, around 91,000 did not have the required documents.

    And from January to March this year German border officers seized 1,306 fake documents from asylum seekers, of which 145 were Syrian refugees, according to German newspaper Bild…”

  15. Qatar summons U.S. envoy over video of soldiers laughing near flag (reuters, June 9, 2016)

    “Qatar, which hosts the largest U.S. air base in the Middle East, summoned the U.S. ambassador on Thursday over a video posted online that showed American soldiers laughing in front of the nation’s flag.

    The Qatari foreign ministry said it had “summoned the American ambassador … over a video which was recently circulated on social media. She was asked for an explanation of the contents of that video.”

    The clip shows two uniformed U.S. soldiers, a man and a woman, speaking into camera and joking in front of a U.S. and a Qatari flag.

    U.S. Ambassador Dana Shell Smith who, according to a ministry official, met Qatari assistant foreign minister Sultan Al Muraikhi on Thursday, said on Twitter that she had apologized…”

  16. A French waitress was allegedly assaulted by two Muslim men for serving alcohol during Ramadan.

    The woman, a practising Muslim of Tunisian origin, was working on the terrace of the Vitis Café in Nice when she was reportedly insulted by two passers-by on Wednesday.

    The men are said to have started to abuse her when they saw she was serving alcohol to customers, The Times reported.

    She said one of the men screamed she was a “whore” and slapped her across the face, leaving her with a black eye after she was knocked to the ground.

  17. State police in Oklahoma have begun using a device that can seize money on prepaid cards. Electronic Recovery and Access to Data (ERAD) card readers can also document and check the balance on credit, debit, or prepaid cards, and freeze funds.
    Developed in 2012, the card readers have allowed state and local police to seize more than $1 million during field tests, the Department of Homeland Security said in a report last year. The devices have now been moved to the commercial market.
    If you are suspected of criminal activity, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol can use ERAD to scan your cards and take money from prepaid cards without a warrant or arrest. The state police began using 16 of the readers last month.

  18. Any questions about living in a police state?

    Chicago, IL – Alderman Edward M. Burke has introduced an ordinance to expand Chicago’s hate crime ordinance to include any offense against police officers or firefighters. “It is the goal of this ordinance to give prosecutors and judges every tool to punish those who interfere with, or threaten or physically assault, our public safety personnel,” Alderman Burke said in a June 6 news release.

    Co-chairperson Ted Pearson of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) blasted the proposed ordinance. “This is an attempt to intimidate the movement for community control of the police by suggesting that protests against police crimes are hate crimes.”

    It’s potentially intimidating, Pearson said, because people who protest police crimes could be charged under this law.

  19. DAILY MAIL – Police officer shoots dead African who slashed his face as he was being arrested for a knife attack at Italian migrant camp

    Sekine Traoré, 27, from Malia, shot dead after lashing out at police
    Shooting took place at seasonal workers’ camp in Rosarno, Calabria
    He had reportedly started a fight with another man in the camp
    When police arrived, he ‘stabbed police near the eye’ and was shot

    An African migrant was shot dead by a policeman in a guest workers’ camp in Italy after he allegedly slashed the officer in the face with a knife.

    The victim, identified as Sekine Traoré, 27, from Malia, had reportedly started a fight with another migrant staying in the camp in Rosarno, Calabria, which saw police being called to the scene.

    Witness accounts of what led up to the deadly shooting differ, with some sating Traoré was mentally ill and had suffered a psychotic episode, while others said he had picked fights on purpose.

    Italy: Tensions run high as refugees denounce killing of mentally ill migrant

  20. According to Listhaug, an increasing number of migrants have dropped the idea of seeking asylum in Norway – exactly as she hoped.

    “When I ask them [migrants she spoke with in Greece and Italy, ed.] about their opinions of Norway, they say that Norway has become strict and less attractive and not a country that they want to travel to,” she told VG.

    The numbers seem to back up the claim. In May, just 195 asylum seekers came to Norway, the lowest May figure in 19 years.

    Listhaug said that Norway’s political signals have been heard loud and clear.

  21. That police state thingy again… Remember, the effects are cumulative.

    If the FBI gets its way, it will soon possess expansive new authorities allowing agents to obtain and use sensitive biometric information about millions of people, get ahold of revealing details about our internet use without warrants, and hack into and remotely control our computers. The FBI’s history of flagrant, rampant, and unapologetic abuse and dishonesty strongly suggests that congress should reject these expansions of executive authority, but it’ll be up to us to make sure they choose liberty over fear. If the FBI’s is the only voice making noise about these issues, we are in for some really bad law.

  22. French special forces on ground in Syria – Defense Ministry official

    France has deployed its special forces on the ground in northern Syria to advise rebels and help them fight Islamic State, a French Defense Ministry official has revealed to AFP.

  23. OK – this just boggles the mind!

    UK police have the power to force a perfectly innocent person to notify them 24 hours prior to planning to have sex – and DO use this power.

    But they were ‘unable’ to do anything about the Muslim rape gangs!

    You have to read this article, then put it in the context of the pandemic rape gangs which Gavin Boby has, by doing the actual math, demonstrated that the majority of Muslim men in the UK take part in.

    A man who must give police 24 hours’ notice before he has sex after he was cleared of rape has said the ruling “puts an end to your life”.
    The man, in his 40s, was acquitted last year at a retrial.
    He has been charged with breaching the terms of the order by refusing to give police the pin to his phone.
    He accused North Yorkshire Police, which declined to comment, of “sour grapes” in applying for a sexual risk order after the case.
    The order requires him to disclose any planned sexual activity to the police or face up to five years in prison.
    The case is due back in court on 14 July ahead of a hearing on 19 August, which will decide whether to grant police’s application to make the interim order permanent.

    It declares the man “must disclose the details of any female including her name, address and date of birth… at least 24 hours prior to any sexual activity taking place”.

  24. In perhaps the strangest story to emerge from last night’s deadly terror attack in Tel Aviv, new details come out about the way one of the shooters was caught.

    After the shooting, one of the attackers fled the scene. He met an Israeli man on a nearby street and asked him for a glass of water. The man invited the shooter into his home, gave him water, and then rushed out to the scene of the attack.

    The Israeli man was a cop.

    Only after the cop saw the other shooter lying wounded in the street, having been shot by security guards, did he suspect that the man still in his home — together with his wife — might be a second terrorist. The two were wearing matching suits.

  25. Saudi Arabia is fending off a growing number of terror attacks inside its borders even as it tries to lead a multinational counterterrorism coalition in a financial and physical battle with the Islamic State and al Qaida, a senior Saudi official said Wednesday.

    The ultraconservative country is the head of a 34-nation effort to combat terrorism in the Middle East and a key participant in the U.S.-led campaign to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But those efforts have not kept Saudi Arabia itself safe from terror attacks, according to Maj. Gen. Mansour al Turki, a senior Interior Ministry official who spoke by phone from Riyadh with reporters who’d been gathered at the Saudi Embassy in Washington.

    Maj. Gen. Mansour al Turki, Saudi official

  26. DAILY MAIL – ISIS threatens to destroy Egypt’s PYRAMIDS in latest video showing fanatics ‘blowing up 2,500-year-old temple in Iraq’

    Footage shows militant vowing to demolish ancient temple of Nabu in Iraq
    The clip then shows a massive explosion reducing the building to rubble
    Militant dressed in black vows to blow up ‘ancient sites built by infidels’

    The final scene in the ten-minute video shows the Great Pyramid of Giza near Egypt’s capital, Cairo and a fanatic pledging to blow up ‘ancient sites built by the infidels’.

    the 9 min 46 video :

  27. More than one million people have been displaced across all governorates in Yemen since the Saudi-led coalition started their campaign on the 26th of March, according to the UN.

    More than 500,000 of the newly displaced people came from three provinces Hajjah, Ibb, and Al Dalea, said Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

  28. AUSTRALIA – Police shoot [ Muslim ] knifeman at Westfield Hornsby as three more injured

    […]Seven News journalist Robert Ovadia said Sourian shouted “Allahu Akhbar” before police shot him, and that he had a history of mental health issues.

    […]FOUR people have been injured in a shooting outside a shopping centre in Sydney’s northwest after police opened fire on a 23-year-old man carrying a knife.

    The man, identified as Jerry Sourian, was seen brandishing a kitchen knife as he wandered around the mall “babbling incoherently”, before he was shot three times by officers.

    He reportedly lunged at a female officer after he was told to drop the knife, before she and a male officer opened fire, leaving him with injuries to his arm, thigh and abdomen.

  29. This article includes videos of the shootings from yesterday

    ‘One of the terrorists was yelling about Allah… there was blood and other awful things’: Witnesses describe Tel Aviv bloodbath as four dead victims are named
    Gunmen disguised as an ultra-Orthodox Jews carried out terror attack
    Israeli police confirmed identities of the four people killed in the attack
    Ido Ben Ari, 42, Ilana Naveh, 39, Michael Feige, 58, and Mila Mishayev, 32
    Israeli police confirm the two gunmen are cousins from the city of Hebron

  30. the guardian – Being suspicious of Muslims won’t stop terrorism – Reni Eddo-Lodge | Comment is Free

    ( 1 min 54 )

    We are being turned into a nation of vigilante terrorist hunters, says writer Reni Eddo-Lodge.

    From the government’s prevent strategy to representations of Islam in the media, the message is that Muslims are guilty until proven innocent. We should stop doing the terrorists’ job for them, she argues, by profiling ‘Muslim-looking-people.

    • Taking sensible precautions isn’t doing the terrorists job for them, talking like an idiot about the sensible precautions is doing the terrorists job for them.

  31. Oh, great: what will this ruling do to influx of immigrants?

    Sex acts with animals are legal in Canada, so long as there is no penetration involved, according to a surprise ruling issued by the Supreme Court.

    The determination stemmed from a case involving a British Columbia man convicted of 13 counts sexually assaulting his stepdaughters – including one count of bestiality. But the man, identified only as “DLW”, was acquitted of the bestiality count with the new ruling.

  32. euronews – Disillusioned Syrian refugees return home

    “We did not expect we were going to be treated as such in Europe. We thought they will be humane, looking after us and after our children, protect our children

  33. BBC – Norway: Rape prevention classes for refugees

    Migrants in Norway are being given classes which educate asylum seekers in Norwegian ‘cultural codes’ when it comes to relationships with women, personal boundaries, sexual assault and what constitutes rape. We spoke to some of the men taking the class, as well as the organisers and instructors. But the classes, which other European countries may also introduce, have been criticised for stigmatising migrant men.

    ( 13 min )

  34. >strong>USA – NY – $2M deer vasectomy plan leaps forward

    CITY HALL — The city wants to spend big so there’s no bang for Staten Island’s bucks.

    Comptroller Scott Stringer is allowing the city to fast-track the contracting process on a $2 million plan to perform vasectomies on the borough’s male deer.

    “On Tuesday, the Comptroller’s office gave approval for the Parks Department request to use an emergency procurement to initiate a three-year sterilization study of deer on Staten Island,” spokesman Eric Sumberg said.

    The city charter allows the comptroller’s office to approve emergency contracting when there’s a threat to life, safety or property.

    An unrestrained and expanding deer herd can harm parks and private property, spread tick-borne illness and wander into roads more often, increasing the risk for deadly vehicle collisions.


    Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials have agreed that this is the fastest and most humane way to limit further growth of the Island’s potentially dangerous white-tailed population.

    But several wildlife experts think the plan won’t work because the city is ignoring basic deer biology and conventional herd management practices. Some called the proposal “really stupid” and “incredibly foolish.”

    […]The state Department of Environmental Conservation, which regulates wildlife, must also approve the city’s sterilization plan. The agency doesn’t recommend fertility control programs to mange deer populations because of their “limited effectiveness” and “inability to quickly reduce deer-human conflicts.”

    Fertility control like the sterilization plan is only permitted by the state as part of a scientific study. The city’s three-year study is unprecedented in both scope and method

  35. Jihad Documentary Cancelled For Fear Of Offending Muslims (breitbart, June 9, 2016)

    “Swedish state-run TV won’t air a new documentary about anti-Semitism and jihad in case it offends the ever growing Muslim population in Sweden.

    “Watching the Moon at Night” is a new documentary largely funded by Swedish state broadcaster SVT and tries to tackle the looming questions of anti-Semitism among Muslims and its links to terrorism.

    Though the television channel has largely funded the creation of the documentary they are now refusing to air it on Swedish television because critics say they fear a potential backlash from Muslims and the politically correct establishment, reports Danish national paper Berlingske…”

  36. BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed fighters in Syria on Thursday closed off all major roads leading to the northern Syrian town of Manbij, a stronghold of the Islamic State group, and surrounded it from three sides, officials and opposition activists said.

    The town is one of the largest IS-held urban areas in northern Aleppo province. It’s also a waypoint on an IS supply line between the Turkish border and the extremists’ de facto capital, Raqqa. If the U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces capture Manbij, it will be the extremists’ biggest defeat in Syria since government forces took the central historic town of Palmyra in March.

    The U.S. Central Command said the Manbij operation is part of the “moderate Syrian opposition” efforts to clear areas along the border with Turkey from IS. Members of the American and French military have been advising forces fighting IS in northern Syria.

  37. Hezbollah’s terrorism finance operations are thriving across Latin America months after the Drug Enforcement Administration linked the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group to drug cartels in the region, U.S. lawmakers were told Wednesday.
    Former DEA operations chief Michael Braun said Hezbollah is “moving [multiple] tons of cocaine” from South America to Europe and has developed “the most sophisticated money laundering scheme or schemes that we have ever witnessed.”
    The agency announced in February that it had arrested several Hezbollah operatives accused of working with a major Colombian drug cartel to traffic drugs to Europe and launder money through Lebanon. Those arrests come against a backdrop of rising fears in Washington about smuggling connections between Middle East terrorist groups and the Western Hemisphere.
    Hezbollah has “metastasized into a hydra with international connections that the likes of [the Islamic State] and groups like al Qaeda could only hope to have,” Mr. Braun told the House Financial Services Committee.

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