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  1. Greek Archbishop: These are not refugees, these are conquerors
    http://agionoros.ru/docs/2298.html
    The Archbishop tells that icons have been taken and burned by immigrants, “to warm up”; in the town of Kavala immigrants took down the icon of the Virgin Mary from the schools walls (evidently they had been living in the school) and demanded that Christians stop ringing the bells of the church; another archbishop, while giving the migrants food donations, was told to take off his cross; migrants gave leaflets to locals saying “Greeks, believe in the words of Mohammed to save yourselves. War has come to your country. The blood of infidels will spill like a river.”

    It’s from 24.03 this year, but it’s worth reading.

  2. Citing Clinton, sailor seeks leniency in submarine photos case

    By Josh Gerstein

    08/15/16 06:26 AM EDT

    A Navy sailor facing the possibility of years in prison for taking a handful of classified photos inside a nuclear submarine is making a bid for leniency by citing the decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton over classified information authorities say was found in her private email account.

    Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier, 29, is set to be sentenced Friday on a single felony charge of retaining national defense information without permission. In May, Saucier pleaded guilty in federal court in Bridgeport, Conn., admitting that while working on the U.S.S. Alexandria in 2009 he took and kept six photos showing parts of the sub’s propulsion system he knew to be classified.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2016/08/sailor-seeks-leniency-in-submarine-photos-case-by-citing-clinton-226995#ixzz4HPKt4ZAg
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    (Richard: This was expected. I doubt that his citing the Hillary case will prevent his punishment or lessen what happens but it will highlight the double standard that exists.)

      • I pray not, I keep reading concerned people on other sites but how many they are we will have to wait and see how the vote goes and what happens when Trump wins.

        • I’m just sick over it.
          The Enemy has saturation coverage. I may have to tune out.
          The Israeli websites [farrr-rrright-wing, of course] are telling us to ignore polls and garbage-reporting. It’s meant to demoralize us.

          • I don’t know if you are old enough to remember the 1980 campaign but they were treating President Reagan the same way and all of the polls were predicting that he would loose every state. Come election day so many people turned out the Dems couldn’t steal the election and Reagan won 49 of the 50 states. With luck the same thing will happen this November and the establishment will be so scared they won’t resist too hard when the changes start.

            FYI, a good sign for out side is the way people are buying guns and ammo, every month a new record for buying is set. Since our side is the side of guns most are being bought by people who are getting ready to defend their rights. This fact combined with the way most vets and active duty people support our side means we will win even it things turn real nasty.

  3. New Unrest in Milwaukee After Police Shooting Sparks Violence

    At least one person was wounded after shots were fired and protesters threw objects at police in Milwaukee late Sunday night, a day after violence erupted overnight in the wake of the fatal shooting of a man by police, authorities said.

    Police said they were deploying armored vehicles to protect officers and to rescue a shooting victim, who was rushed to a hospital. At midnight Monday, police declared the protest an unlawful assembly and announced that they would begin making arrests.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/national-guard-deployed-milwaukee-cleans-after-police-shooting-protests-n630451

    • The Latest: Police say gunshot victim is 18, seriously hurt

      MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on violence in Milwaukee following the shooting of a man by police (all times local):

      6:40 a.m.

      Police say an 18-year-old Milwaukee man was seriously injured when he was shot during a late night protest over the police killing of a black man.

      Authorities said Monday that the man was shot during a second night of unrest in the Sherman Park neighborhood on Milwaukee’s north side. Officers used an armored vehicle to retrieve the injured man and take him to a hospital. There has been no update on his condition.

      Police say they are seeking suspects in the shooting.

      http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OFFICER_INVOLVED_SHOOTING_MILWAUKEE_THE_LATEST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-08-14-17-37-31

      • One person shot, officer injured in second night of Milwaukee protests

        MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Tension flared again overnight in Milwaukee, with one person shot and a police officer injured in the second night of riots triggered by the fatal shooting of a suspect by an officer.

        Police violence against African-Americans has ignited sporadic, sometimes violent protests in the past two years. It also has prompted a national debate over race and policing while fuelling the growth of the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement.

        Violence erupted in Milwaukee on Sunday after peaceful vigils by small groups of demonstrators, and police said late that night that they had rescued one shooting victim, who was taken to a hospital. It was not immediately clear if the injured person was a protester.

        One police officer was hospitalized after a rock smashed a patrol car windshield, the city police department said. Another squad car was damaged by rioters hurling bricks, rocks and bottles, it said, adding that officers made multiple arrests.

        Police said they began trying to disperse crowds after shots were fired and some protesters threw objects. A tense standoff continued into the early morning hours, punctuated by intermittent reports of gunfire.

        Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had activated the National Guard in case more trouble broke over the death of Sylville K. Smith, 23, who was shot while fleeing a traffic stop.

        http://www.oann.com/violence-breaks-out-after-milwaukee-police-shoot-suspect-dead/

  4. New Clinton effort tries to tap the power of ‘Dreamers’
    By LISA LERER Aug. 14, 2016 7:19 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s campaign is launching a new effort to tap into the political power of young, undocumented immigrants, hoping to capitalize on Donald Trump’s promises to make deporting them a top priority of his presidency.

    The 730,000 young people brought to the U.S. as children without legal status are prohibited from voting. Known as Dreamers, they’ve proven themselves to be a powerful organizing force in American politics, mounting a high-profile public campaign that pressured President Barack Obama to grant many of them and their parents reprieves from deportation though two executive orders.

    Clinton’s national voter registration program, called “Mi Sueño, Tu Voto/My Dream, Your Vote,” is being launched on the four-year anniversary of the 2012 order that temporarily shielded from deportation some young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and allowed them to work legally.

    Organizers will remind voters that a Trump presidency would end that program, according to the campaign, which is already at risk after a June Supreme Court effectively killed Obama’s efforts to give legal status to some of the 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

    http://bigstory.ap.org/urn:publicid:ap.org:87ea77c903564f7580eae8d33f71f47e

  5. Russia Building New Underground Nuclear Command Posts
    U.S. intelligence detects dozens of hardened bunkers for leaders

    Russia is building large numbers of underground nuclear command bunkers in the latest sign Moscow is moving ahead with a major strategic forces modernization program.

    U.S. intelligence officials said construction has been underway for several years on “dozens” of underground bunkers in Moscow and around the country.

    Disclosure of the underground command bunkers comes as Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. European Command, warned recently that Russia has adopted a nuclear use doctrine he called “alarming.”

    “It is clear that Russia is modernizing its strategic forces,” Scaparrotti told a conference sponsored by the U.S. Strategic Command.

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russia-building-new-underground-nuclear-command-posts/

  6. Breaking: ISIS claims it has assassinated US military commander in Kabul

    The Taliban have also claimed responsibility for the attack, which is said to have taken place near the US embassy and the Afghanistan’s national court in Masoud Square.

    The extremist group claims it used a ‘sticky bomb’ to carry out the assassination.

    We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.

    For the latest news and breaking news visit Mirror.co.uk/news . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you.

    Follow us on Twitter @DailyMirror – the official Daily Mirror & Mirror Online Twitter account – real news in real time.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/breaking-isis-claims-assassinated-military-8636280

  7. Russia says close to starting joint military action with USA in Aleppo

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and the United States are close to starting joint military action against militants in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the RIA news agency on Monday cited Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as saying.

    “We are now in a very active phase of negotiations with our American colleagues,” Shoigu was cited as saying.

    “We are moving step by step closer to a plan – and I’m only talking about Aleppo here – that would really allow us to start fighting together to bring peace so that people can return to their homes in this troubled land.”

    http://www.oann.com/russia-says-close-to-starting-joint-military-action-with-usa-in-aleppo-ria/

  8. Obama’s America: How the community politics of refugee resettlement are being cooked

    The trick with writing posts like these is deciding where to make the cut. There’s such a big iceberg beneath the surface. There are so many relevant facts: events and agreements, manifestos and participants that make clear just how centrally coordinated this all is. But you can’t throw everything at readers all at once.

    So in this post, I’m just going to focus on the recent reporting – mostly, but not entirely, from alternative media – on ways in which local communities are being end-run to put refugee resettlement agreements in place.

    More than 600,000 immigrants with official refugee status have been resettled in the U.S. since 2008. (That’s just the designated “refugees,” and does not include other legal immigrants and illegal migrants. The U.S. has admitted a total of over 6.3 million immigrants for legal permanent residence since 2008, of which the refugees represent roughly 10%.)

    The trick with writing posts like these is deciding where to make the cut. There’s such a big iceberg beneath the surface. There are so many relevant facts: events and agreements, manifestos and participants that make clear just how centrally coordinated this all is. But you can’t throw everything at readers all at once.

    So in this post, I’m just going to focus on the recent reporting – mostly, but not entirely, from alternative media – on ways in which local communities are being end-run to put refugee resettlement agreements in place.

    More than 600,000 immigrants with official refugee status have been resettled in the U.S. since 2008. (That’s just the designated “refugees,” and does not include other legal immigrants and illegal migrants. The U.S. has admitted a total of over 6.3 million immigrants for legal permanent residence since 2008, of which the refugees represent roughly 10%.)

    http://libertyunyielding.com/2016/08/15/obamas-america-community-politics-refugee-resettlement-cooked/

  9. Third French burqini ban after Corsica clashes

    BASTIA (FRANCE) (AFP) –

    A mayor on the French island of Corsica on Monday became the third nationwide to announce a ban on burqinis, after the full-body Islamic swimsuit allegedly sparked violent clashes.

    The Riviera resorts of Cannes and Villeneuve-Loubet have also banned the garment from their beaches in recent weeks, at a highly sensitive time for relations with France’s Muslim community following a series of jihadist attacks.

    The new ban in the Corsican village of Sisco comes after a massive brawl on Saturday between locals and families of North African origin.

    It is not entirely clear how the fight broke out, but one witness said it happened after tourists took pictures of women swimming in burqinis on the Mediterranean island.

    Five people were injured and three cars were burned as the rival sides hurled stones and bottles. A hundred police officers were mobilised to break up the fight.

    Prosecutors in nearby Bastia said an inquiry had been opened to determine how the clashes broke out.

    Sisco mayor Pierre-Ange Vivoni said burqinis would be banned in the area from Tuesday.

    The burqini issue has sparked huge controversy in France, with opponents saying the garment goes against French secular principles, but anti-racism campaigners saying that banning women from wearing it amounts to discrimination.

    Islamic dress has long been a hot-button issue in France, where the full-face veil is banned in public places.

    The row comes as tensions run high following several attacks in France claimed by the Islamic State group, including last month’s Nice massacre when a Tunisian ploughed a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day, killing 85 people.

    – Festival cancelled –

    France has been under a state of emergency since IS members killed 130 people in Paris in November.

    In Corsica, there were tense scenes Sunday as around 500 people gathered in the town of Bastia, seeking to enter the Lupino district which is home to a large North African community.

    “We’re going up there because this is our home,” they shouted. Police blocked them from entering.

    A local festival planned for August 15 has been cancelled, Vivoni said, but he told AFP this was “not for security reasons but because residents are not in the mood”.

    A series of incidents in Corsica have raised tensions between local Muslims and their neighbours.

    In December, protesters vandalised a Muslim prayer hall and trashed copies of the Koran after an assault on firefighters that was blamed on youths of Arab origin.

    Last month Corsican lawmakers called on the French state to close down radical mosques on the island, after an underground separatist movement issued a threat against Islamic extremists.

    A splinter group of the nationalist Corsican National Liberation Front (FLNC) warned Islamists that any attack on the island would trigger “a determined response, without any qualms”.

    The burqini ban in Cannes won court backing on Saturday, with a judge ruling that it goes against secularism, a founding principle of the French republic.

    In the nearby Riviera resort of Villeneuve-Loubet, mayor Lionnel Luca has justified the ban by saying it is unhygienic to swim fully-dressed.

    http://www.france24.com/en/20160815-third-french-burqini-ban-after-corsica-clashes

    • RT -France: Angry Corsicans try to enter immigrant housing estate after mass brawl

      Hundreds of angry Corsicans attempted to enter a housing estate with a high immigrant population in Bastia on the French island of Corsica, Sunday, after a brawl between people of North African descent and locals left several injured in Sisco on Saturday.

      The Corsicans protested against the North Africans outside the Town Hall of Bastia before marching to the housing estate where the North Africans involved in Saturday’s brawl reportedly reside. The protesters attempted to enter the housing estate but were held back by riot police with minor scuffles breaking out.

      The sister of a man who was reportedly injured on saturday ranted against the immigrants, stating “It can’t happen anymore. Today it is my brother, but tomorrow it can be your children and our children. I really call for mobilisation and fight.” The mayor of Sisco, Ange Marie Vanini, added that “our people already suffered a lot and once more it will be told that it was us who attacked, that we are racists.”

      On Saturday, a mass brawl reportedly broke out between a number of families on the beach of North African descent and some local youths after the families asked a man to stop taking pictures of their women, some of whom were reportedly dressed in full-body swimsuits, nicknamed a ‘burkini.’ The brawl escalated when local youths got involved with reports of a man injured by a harpoon and another by a hatchet. In response, locals began setting fire to cars of immigrants, with at least four more injured in the violence.

      • Burkini Versus Bikini Round Two: Showdown in Corsica
        A huge fight broke out between Muslim immigrants and native Corsicans after women wearing burkinis were photographed by a

        On Sunday August 14, 2016, Bernard Cazeneuve, French Interior Minister, issued the following statement after a violent clash between locals and Muslim immigrants on the island of Corsica:

        “A violent confrontation, the circumstances and motives of which will be determined by a police investigation, erupted on Saturday evening in Sisco, Upper Corsica, between local residents and a group of around ten out-of-towners. The four people injured, including a pregnant woman, were evacuated to the hospital in Bastia. Their injuries are not life-threatening. Three vehicles were set on fire causing major disruption of traffic and a brush fire was rapidly brought under control.”

        According to eyewitness accounts reported in the French media, on the evening of Saturday, August 13, a group of young Corsicans waged a battle with a group of Muslims at a beach next to Sisco. The fight broke out after women wearing burkinis were photographed by a tourist, provoking the Muslims to retaliate with insults and cries of ” Allah Akbar.”

        They then began throwing stones at the tourists and a group of Corsican teenagers further along the beach. The Muslim men, aged around 40, then began to hit the teenagers, one of whom was wounded by a blow from a machete.

        https://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/burkini-versus-bikini-round-two-showdown-corsica

  10. Germany: One injured following stabbing in Cologne

    At least one person was injured in a brawl involving stabbing and shooting on Cologne’s Flandrische Street on Monday morning.

    Witnesses claim that the injured man had been the target of an assault by at least three other persons, following an argument. The injured man sustained stab wounds and head injuries and was subsequently rushed to the hospital by emergency services.

  11. Germany: Die Linke reject ‘Islamophobic’ burka ban

    Co-chairman of leftist political party Die Linke Bernd Riexinger voiced his concern over the burka ban and the increased involvement of the armed forces in Germany in the fight against terrorism, in Berlin on Monday.

    SOT Bernd Riexinger, Co-chairman of Die Linke (German): “This context takes place under a tendency of strong Islamophobia, meaning that Muslims are made responsible for all different kinds of things that happen in this society, and unfortunately also the debate about the burka ban takes place within this context. And that is why we are completely against continuing this debate.”

    SOT Bernd Riexinger, Co-chairman of Die Linke (German): “Moreover, based on experience, these bans are not effective because they only support that burka wearers go even less into society therefore become more excluded form societal participation. Then we achieve the complete opposite of what we ostensibly intend.”

    SOT Bernd Riexinger, Co-chairman of the Die Linke (German): “I think the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) has nothing to do with operations inside [Germany]. We have a clear division of tasks for a good reason. For this only the police is authorized.”

    SOT Bernd Riexinger, Co-chairman of Die Linke (German): “There the boundaries between police and Bundeswehr [German Armed Forces] becomes more and more vague and thereby a real democratic achievement, which we created for a good reason after the times of fascism, will be put questioned in its disposition.”

    SOT Bernd Riexinger, Co-chairman of Die Linke (German): “There are no suggestions on the table which actually increase the safety of the population from attacks in any way.”

  12. Montreal woman runs over two police officers while shouting “Allah”

    On August 11, 2016, a woman shouting “Allah” drove over two officers from the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (Police Service of the City of Montreal), reported TVA Nouvelles.

    The officers were standing outside a police station in North Montreal when the incident occurred.

    “A lady in her 40’s made a dangerous driving manoeuvre at the police in Arrondissement de Montreal-Nord 39” said police commander Jonathan Martel.

    The woman tried to speed away after hitting a police car. According to information obtained by TVA News, the woman reportedly shouted “Allah”.

    “According to her behaviour and her words, one could think about an incident of a terrorist nature, but after investigation it was confirmed that there was no link to terrorist activity”, the commander assured.

    The prosecutor requested a psychological evaluation of the woman who is facing charges of dangerous driving, assault and uttering threats. The woman remains in detention pending the investigation.

    http://en.cijnews.com/?p=43551

    video in French :

    http://www.tvanouvelles.ca/2016/08/11/une-femme-fonce-sur-deux-policiers-du-spvm-et-crie-allah

  13. Iranian Civilian Nuclear Program ‘Vigorously Progressing’
    The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization says Iran has not slowed down its civilian nuclear program. The question remains why the oil-rich country needs such a program.

    Iranian news sources recently reported that Iran has not slowed down its civilian nuclear program and, in fact, has assured the public that its nuclear activities are “vigorously progressing.”

    “With all my scientific, technological and administrative experience in the nuclear field for some 50 years, I insist that the nuclear industry has not been shut down and the work is going on,” said Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi.

    “While the nuclear activities are in progress, there are plans for a major boost to the nuclear industry,” he added.

    Salehi was specifically referring to a recent meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which Russian assistance with the construction of two new nuclear power plants in Iran was reportedly discussed.

    “Once the two presidents give their approval to the beginning of the construction plan, a project worth $10 billion will kick off, causing a jump in Iran’s nuclear industry,” he said.

    http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/iranian-civilian-nuclear-program-%E2%80%98vigorously-progressing%E2%80%99

  14. the guardian – Senators consider vote to block US arms deal to Saudi Arabia – report

    Rand Paul calls country ‘unreliable ally’ after Democrat Chris Murphy criticises US support for Saudi intervention in Yemen’s chaotic civil war

    Days after the Obama administration approved a major arms sale agreement to Saudi Arabia, Republican senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is considering blocking the move, citing objections to the country’s human rights record and a possible regional arms race.

    “I will work with a bipartisan coalition to explore forcing a vote on blocking this sale,” said Paul, according to a statement provided to Foreign Policy magazine. “Saudi Arabia is an unreliable ally with a poor human rights record. We should not rush to sell them advanced arms and promote an arms race in the Middle East.”

    Paul’s statement comes amid a deteriorating situation in Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s neighbor to the south, where Riyadh has been involved in a US-supported intervention for more than a year.

    Peace talks being brokered by the United Nations and held in Kuwait fell apart last week and fighting resumed on Tuesday, as airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition struck a food facility, killing more than a dozen people.

    Though a nominal truce was agreed to by the warring Yemeni factions in April, the fighting never significantly abated, with 272 civilian deaths reported from April until the collapse of talks, according to the spokesperson for the UN high commissioner for human rights.

    Paul, and his colleague on the Senate foreign relations committee, Democratic senator Chris Murphy, have been critics of US policy in Yemen and of providing Saudi Arabia with the logistical and military support it has asked for.

    “If you talk to Yemeni Americans, they will tell you in Yemen this isn’t a Saudi bombing campaign, it’s a US bombing campaign,” Murphy said, speaking on Capitol Hill in June, according to a report by Defense News. “Every single civilian death inside Yemen is attributable to the United States. We accept that as a consequence of our participation,” he said.

    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the agency responsible for carrying out arms sales to foreign countries, said in a statement on Tuesday that the proposed $1.15bn sale “conveys US commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security and armed forces modernization”.

    While US legislators have 30 days after the arms sale was agreed to try and block the sale, they rarely try to intervene.

    In March 2015, Saudi Arabia launched an intervention along with several of its Sunni Arab allies in an attempt to restore President Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, whose government was overrun by Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse Shia Iran, Riyadh’s chief regional rival, of supporting the Houthis, a charge Tehran denies.

    In the intervening period, the conflict has ground on with no clear end in sight, despite off and on talks associated with the UN peace process.

    Critics of the conflict have bemoaned the vast humanitarian cost, which has seen thousands of people die, many of them civilians. More than 1,100 children have died since the fighting began, according to Unicef, the UN children’s agency.

    Yemen, already the Middle East’s most impoverished country before the onset of war, has since been left on the precipice of famine, while more than 2 million people have been displaced from their homes, according to a tally by the Associated Press.

    The lack of a central governing force in Yemen has also been a boon for terrorist groups, according to security analysts and the US government’s own state department figures, which show a major uptick in fighters affiliated with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in 2015 since the beginning of the Saudi-led intervention.

    “Even if the fighting ended soon, whoever assumes control over the shattered country will face an AQAP with far more resources and recruits than the AQAP against which previous Yemeni governments have struggled,” said a June intelligence assessment put out by the Soufan Group, a geopolitical risk consultancy based in New York.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/14/saudi-arabia-us-arms-deal-senators-rand-paul-chris-murphy

  15. Egypt’s Crucial Role in the Middle East

    The presence of the Egyptian foreign minister in Israel last month came as a surprise to many. Critical Egyptian public opinion and the Egyptian media indicate that, in the years since the Israeli-Egyptian peace was signed, the formal agreement has yet to trickle into public consciousness and that there is still considerable suspicion on both sides of the border. The same is true of the peace between Israel and Jordan.

    Under the reign of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, relations had reached a new low, with Egypt covertly aiding Iran’s proxy, Hamas, against Israel.

    The visit of Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to Israel in early July 2016 could be an indication that the frozen peace between Israel and Egyptians, signed by Begin and Sadat in 1979, might be thawing.[1]

    At the level of regional strategy, Egypt has a central role in the anti-Iran coalition of Sunni Arab states, which includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE. The violence of the Arab Spring brought to the fore the inevitable confrontation between a revisionist, aggressive Shi’ite Iran and the Arab countries deploying to defend themselves against Iranian aggression, mainly in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Africa.

    Under such circumstances, even publicizing any kind of cooperation between Egypt and Israel indicates a thaw and could, for the benefit of the Arab and Muslim world, be the beginning of legitimizing bilateral relations. Shoukry’s visit to Israel might even have been intended to pave the way for a broadening of relations with Israel and an avowal of the hitherto covert cooperation between many Arab and Muslim states and Israel.

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8596/egyptian-israel-relations

  16. Have Xenophobia and Racism Become Mainstream in Turkey?

    Xenophobia in Turkey is well-documented. The 2007 Pew Global Attitudes surveys, for example, showed that negative views of the United States were “widespread and growing” in Turkey, a NATO member and European Union applicant. According to the Pew Research Center:

    “Of the 10 Muslim publics surveyed in the 2006 Pew Global Attitudes poll, the Turkish public showed the most negative views, on average, toward Westerners.

    “On this scale, the average for Turkey is 5.2, which is a higher level of negativity than is found in the other four Muslim-majority countries surveyed (Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan and Pakistan) as well as among the Muslim populations in Nigeria, Britain, Germany, France and Spain.

    “Large and increasing majorities of Turks also hold unfavorable views of Christians and Jews.”

    The 2014 Pew survey of Turkish public opinion also found a major rise in xenophobia, revealing that Turks expressed a strong dislike for just about everyone.

    “Such anti-Americanism inherent in the population of an American ally is noteworthy,” wrote Professor Doug Woodwell. “Turkish public opinion as a whole is perhaps the most xenophobic on earth… Whatever the future, at least Americans can rest assured; while Turks may have a lower opinion of the US than any other country, they are equal opportunity haters.”

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8664/turkey-xenophobia-racism

    • Donald Trump says one of his 1st acts as president will be to establish a ‘commission on radical Islam,’ will include reformist voices from Muslim community

    • House Panels Lay Out Case for Clinton Perjury Accusations

      Letter to Justice Department provides 4 specific examples of alleged perjury

      Two House committees sent a letter to the Department of Justice Monday laying out their case for why they believe Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton committed perjury during a hearing in Congress last year.

      The letter to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing Phillips from the Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary committees provides four specific examples of times they believe Clinton lied under oath about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. The letter said Clinton made several false statements during her testimony to the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015.

      Democrats have been critical of the unwillingness of Republican to accept the FBI’s decision not to prosecute Clinton.

      Monday’s letter follows one the committees sent to Phillips in July requesting the DOJ look into whether Clinton perjured herself. Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik responded in an August 2 letter saying that the department was reviewing the information and would “take appropriate action as necessary.”

      Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, both Republicans, said in their August 15 letter that the examples they were providing are to assist in that investigation.

      “The evidence collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during its investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email system during her time as secretary of State appears to directly contradict several aspects of her sworn testimony,” the chairmen wrote.

      The first example they cite is Clinton saying in response to a question about emails she handled on her private server that “there was nothing marked classified on my emails, either sent or received.”

      When FBI Director James Comey testified before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in July he said that Clinton’s statement was not true.

      “A very small number of the emails containing classified information bore the markings indicating the presence of classified information,” he said.

      The chairmen offered as a second example of perjury Clinton’s testimony that her attorneys reviewed every single email on her private server to identify work-related messages that should be returned to the State Department.

      Comey testified that Clinton’s attorneys did not read all the emails but instead relied on header information and used search terms to identify the ones that were related to work.

      In the third example they cite Clinton’s testimony that she provided the FBI with the one private server she used while she was secretary of State. Comey contradicted that when he said that Clinton used several servers.

      Finally, the chairmen cite Clinton’s assertion that she gave the State Department all the work-related emails she had, which were subsequently turned over to investigators. However, Comey testified that the FBI found thousands of work-related emails that were not returned to the department.

      http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/house-panels-lay-out-case-for-clinton-perjury-accusations

      • The only way she will be indicted and tried will be for Trump to win the election and when this happens all of the worries about her health will be confirmed and she will be too sick to be tried.

  17. Sister Of Man Killed By Milwaukee Police Wants Suburbs To Burn [VIDEO]

    The sister of the felon shot and killed by Milwaukee police Saturday afternoon wants the domestic terrorists of Black Lives Matter to stop looting and burning their own neighborhoods to focus their energies on the real enemy: people living in the suburbs.

    “Burning down sh*t ain’t gonna help nothin’. You’re burnin’ down sh*t we need in our community. Take that sh*t to the suburbs. Burn that sh*t down! We need our sh*t! We need our weave! I don’t wear it, but we need it!”

    Sherelle Smith is the daughter and sister of human predators, and the rotten apple didn’t apparently fall from a sickening family tree.

    http://bearingarms.com/bob-o/2016/08/15/sister-man-killed-milwaukee-police-wants-suburbs-burn-video/?utm_source=badaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl

    video at site

  18. Obama’s Milwaukee
    Race-rioters openly hunt whitey.

    An anti-white reign of Black Lives Matter terror consumed Milwaukee Saturday after a black cop shot a black, gun-wielding suspect for refusing to drop his weapon when lawfully commanded to do so.

    Gov. Scott Walker (R) activated Wisconsin’s National Guard as a precaution but calm had apparently been restored Sunday.

    The officer who shot the suspect was African-American, police said. His name was not given but he was described as a 24-year-old who’d been with the police department for six years, the last three as an officer.

    Riots are a great way to move President Obama’s “fundamental transformation” ball forward. Like political smears, they don’t have to make any sense. Any excuse will do.

    Conservatives know that facts are irrelevant to the Left and the violent, cultish Black Lives Matter movement, which ought to be designated a domestic terrorist group. Riots are a means of consciousness-raising and fund-raising. They also help get blacks and guilt-ridden whites to the polls for Democrats. President Obama, who routinely invites leaders of the movement to the White House, perfunctorily denounces the movement’s rampant violence while reassuring militants that their cause is just. Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tries to do the same thing but she’s less convincing, largely because she’s unlikable and lacks Obama’s political skills.

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/263854/obamas-milwaukee-matthew-vadum

  19. Give us EU visa freedom in October or abandon migrant deal, Turkey says (reuters, Aug 15, 2016)
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-turkey-eu-idUSKCN10Q0JB

    “Turkey could walk away from its promise to stem the flow of illegal migrants to Europe if the European Union fails to grant Turks visa-free travel to the bloc in October, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a German newspaper.

    His comments in Bild’s Monday edition coincide with rising tensions between Ankara and the West that have been exacerbated by the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15. Turkey is incensed by what it sees as an insensitive response from Western allies to the failed putsch, in which 240 people were killed.

    Long wary of Turkey’s ambitions to join the EU, Europe has been alarmed by the crackdown since the coup, fearing President Tayyip Erdogan is using purges to quash dissent. The unease has relations between Turkey and Austria and Sweden. Ankara has summoned diplomats from both countries to protest what it says are false reports about changes to its child abuse laws.

    Asked whether hundreds of thousands of refugees in Turkey would head to Europe if the EU did not grant Turks visa freedom from October, Cavusoglu told Bild: “I don’t want to talk about the worst case scenario – talks with the EU are continuing but it’s clear that we either apply all treaties at the same time or we put them all aside.”

    Visa-free access to the EU – the main reward for Ankara’s collaboration in choking off an influx of migrants into Europe – has been subject to delays due to a dispute over Turkish anti-terrorism legislation, as well as the post-coup crackdown.

    Brussels wants Turkey to soften the anti-terrorism law.Ankara says it cannot do so, given multiple security threats which include Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria and Kurdish militants in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.

    European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger has said he does not see the EU granting Turks visa-free travel this year due to Ankara’s crackdown, which has included the round-up of more than 35,000 over alleged involvement in the coup.

    Cavusoglu said the migration deal with the EU stipulated that all Turks would get visa freedom in October, adding: “It can’t be that we implement everything that is good for the EU but that Turkey gets nothing in return.”

    A spokesman for the European Commission declined to comment on the interview directly but said the EU continued to work together with Turkey in all areas of cooperation.

    SWEDEN, AUSTRIA

    Since the coup, more than 17,000 people have been placed under formal arrest, and tens of thousands more suspended from their jobs. Turkish authorities blame the failed putsch on U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and his followers. Gulen denies involvement and has condemned the coup attempt.

    Cavusoglu told reporters that the Ankara government had summoned Sweden’s ambassador to protest at comments from Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, a day after it hauled in Austria’s charge d’affaires.

    “(The) Turkish decision to allow sex with children under 15 must be reversed. Children need more protection, not less, against violence, sex abuse,” Wallstrom wrote on her official Twitter account.

    Cavusoglu dismissed her comments as “the result of racism and anti-Islam sentiment in Europe … It is a scandal for a foreign minister to tweet something like this based on false rumors. It is worrying that this campaign of lies, which started in Austria, has spread to Sweden.”

    Her comments were in reference to a decision by Turkey’s constitutional court last month to remove a provision in the penal code which identifies all sexual acts against children under the age of 15 as “sexual abuse”.

    A Turkish official said the claim that sexual abuse of children under 15 would now go unpunished was “completely baseless” and that new legislation would go into effect before the court ruling does to plug any legal loopholes.

    On Sunday, Turkey summoned Austria’s charge d’affaires to protest at a headline on an electronic news ticker at the airport in Vienna that allegedly read, “Turkey allows sex with children under the age of 15”. Austrian officials played down the matter as one of freedom of the press.

    A Turkish Foreign Ministry statement said the publication of such “slandering” news reports were encouraged by recent comments from Austrian politicians.

    Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern has said the EU should end accession talks with Turkey, prompting Cavusoglu to refer to Austria as the “capital of radical racism”. On Monday, Kern said that if the EU broke off accession talks with Turkey, this should not impact the migrant deal.

    “If this deal depends on the illusion of accession talks, then we have a big problem,” Kern told Austrian news agency APA.”

    • Turkey summons Swedish envoy over child sex tweet (thelocal, Aug 15, 2016)
      http://www.thelocal.se/20160815/turkey-summons-swedish-envoy-over-child-sex-tweet

      “Turkey has hit out at Sweden’s foreign minister Margot Wallström after she took to social media to accuse Ankara over a court ruling which she claimed legalized sex with underage children.

      Turkey has summoned Sweden’s ambassador to the foreign ministry, the Turkish minister said on Monday.

      “It is a scandal for a foreign minister to post such a tweet based on false news or speculation,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in televised comments, adding that the Swedish envoy had been summoned to his ministry.

      Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström had tweeted on her official account that the “Turkish decision to allow sex with children under 15 must be reversed”, following a controversial ruling by the Turkish constitutional court.

      Cavusoglu blasted the “unacceptable” tweet, saying Wallström should have acted “responsibly”.

      “A foreign minister should not tell lies and should not adopt an approach accusing Turkey,” Cavusoglu said. “Yes to criticism but this is slander, a lie.”

      Turkey’s top constitutional court in July annulled a provision punishing as “sexual abuse” all sexual acts involving children under the age of 15, responding to a petition brought by a lower court.

      The court has given a six-month period for parliament to make this law. The lower court that brought the petition was worried there was no distinction between cases of sexual acts involving a young teenager or a toddler.

      The legal age of consent in Turkey remains 18 and was not affected by the ruling. But it drew a furious response from activists worried it would open the way for unpunished child sexual abuse.

      According to a report in the English-language Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News, the ruling is seen as a “calamity” for the rights of children in the country, amid concerns that “child abusers will start walking around freely because there is no new regulation [to fill the void].

      Cavusoglu said the Turkish government was determined to fight child abuse and added the justice ministry was currently working on new rules.

      In a war of words with Stockholm on Twitter, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek told Wallström: “You are clearly misinformed. There is no such stupid thing in Turkey. Please get your facts right.”

      The diplomatic spat with Sweden came after Ankara voiced fury at a similar headline broadcast on screens at Vienna airport. The news ticker, which was a report from the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung, was removed from the airport’s screens following Ankara’s complaint, Turkish news agency Dogan reported.

      “This headline tarnishes the image of Turkey, and is false,” a Turkish diplomat said after the Austrian envoy was summoned to the ministry on Saturday.

      The headline said “Türkei erlaubt Sex mit Kindern unter 15 Jahre” (Turkey allows sex with children under 15 years.)

      “Turkey is a state that aims to protect and develop universal human rights and as a respected member of the international society, Turkey is committed to international agreements and protocols in terms of children’s rights” the Turkish foreign ministry said in response, and added that Turkey is aware of its responsibilities in this regard.”

  20. Feminist Columnist: Reporting on Bill Clinton’s Rape is Sexist

    This is how little professional feminism has to do with helping women. In a BuzzFeed story on Juanita Broaddrick’s assault by Bill Clinton, we get the following quote.

    Many liberals scoff at the notion that Hillary Clinton played a role in a cover-up, or that she should be to blame at all. In their view, Hillary Clinton has suffered through enough sexism.

    “With this more feminist era also comes heightened attention to how women are charged with keeping and controlling men, blamed for their bad behavior while getting no credit for their quiet work in the background,” said Jill Filipovic, a columnist who often writes about gender and politics. The only reason this story is being retold “is because Hillary is now running for president,” she said.

    “I suspect using Broaddrick’s claims to try to puncture Hillary Clinton’s feminist bona fides — and make no mistake, that is how they are being used and how they will be used — will badly backfire, since it plays into a lot of the same stereotypes feminists reject.”

    Hillary’s quiet work in the background involved silencing women who accused her husband of assault.

    Campaign narratives written by reporters detailed how she honchoed the campaign team that handled “bimbo eruptions,” digging up personal papers and official records that could be used to undercut the stories told by a series of women. One top aide later recounted Mrs. Clinton’s intent to “destroy” the story of one accuser, while former adviser Dick Morris said Mrs. Clinton engaged in “blackmail” to try to force women to recant their stories.

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/263856/feminist-columnist-reporting-bill-clintons-rape-daniel-greenfield

    Click through and read the rest.

  21. Iraq War: Public Interest Lawyers closes down (BBC, Aug 15, 2016)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37084030

    “The law firm Public Interest Lawyers, which submitted multiple allegations of misconduct by British troops during the Iraq War, is to close.

    It will cease operation at the end of August, after being told it would no longer receive legal aid funding.

    The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) ruled the firm had breached contractual requirements.

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the firm’s closure was the “right outcome for our armed forces”….”

  22. Police break up asylum seekers’ bus protest (thelocal, Aug 15, 2016)
    http://www.thelocal.se/20160815/police-break-up-asylum-seeker-bus-protest

    “Police were called in after a group of asylum seekers evacuated from a home in Norberg refused to leave the bus transporting them to their new accommodation in rural Sweden.

    The group was among 131 residents moved from the Klackbergsgården asylum home in Norberg, central Sweden, after a series of serious safety concerns were raised about living standards.

    As The Local reported last week, the Migration Agency decided to close the centre and began moving people to other homes in Norberg and northern Sweden on Thursday.

    But around ten people in a one group of 26, which included children, refused to get off the bus when it arrived at their new facility in Ytterhögdal in the Jämtland region, almost 300 kilometres north of Norberg.

    Among their concerns they reported that there was only one bathroom for six families and that the closest food shop and hospital were located too far away from the centre.

    Some later agreed to stay at the new centre, but four remained on the bus until the bus company called the police this weekend, reporting them for unauthorized use of the vehicle.

    “The police came out and talked to the asylum seekers. After that everyone left the bus and the driver was able to leave,” Migration Agency official Guna Graufelds told Swedish radio…”

  23. Egyptian police captain killed after explosion during North Sinai shootout (ahram, Aug 15, 2016)
    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/238872/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-police-captain-killed-after-explosion-dur.aspx

    “An Egyptian police captain was killed on Monday when a landmine detonated during a shootout with “terrorist elements” in North Sinai’s Al-Arish, an interior ministry official announced.

    In an official statement, a ministry media official said that Captain Mohamed Safwat Mohamed Roshdy died from injuries sustained following the landmine explosion while security forces were chasing terrorists who had been planting a 50kg explosive device in the vicinity of an Al-Arish police station…”

  24. Egypt’s Dar Al-Ifta says Brotherhood proves ‘thirst for power’ on anniversary of Rabaa dispersal (ahram, Aug 15, 2016)
    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/238814/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-Dar-AlIfta-says-Brotherhood-proves-thirst-f.aspx

    “Egypt’s Dar Al-Ifta – the state Islamic authority charged with issuing religious edicts – said recent remarks by the once-ruling Muslim Brotherhood make clear that the movement’s “thirst for power” is behind its actions and statements.

    In a statement issued on Sunday commemorating the third anniversary of the deadly dispersal of two pro-Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo, the now-banned group said that it would not cede the “legitimacy” of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi,

    The group also called on the international community to “prosecute the perpetrators of this massacre,” in a reference to the killing of hundreds of Morsi’s supporters during the police dispersal of the sit-ins against the ouster of Morsi in Rabaa and Nahda squares in August 2013.

    At least 30 police officers were also killed during the clashes that took place during the dispersal.

    A sub-body of Dar Al-Ifta that monitors jihadist and extremist edicts said on Sunday that the Brotherhood’s leaders mobilised supporters against the state during the 2013 sit-ins and incited them to “commit violence and justified it as legitimate jihad.”

    It said that the Brotherhood leaders eventually backed down, leaving the youth and elderly people to face the consequences of the group’s “political greed and interests.”

    The religious unit also said the movement has continued its treachery against the state by claiming that the dispersal of the protest camps was “a massacre” while overlooking “their own crimes of inciting violence, murder and torture of whoever criticised or opposed them.”

    Also on Sunday, the New-York based Human Rights Watch called on Egypt’s parliament to pass a transitional justice law opening a new, impartial investigation into what it described as the “mass killing of protesters” in the Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins.

    The Egyptian government has maintained that protesters opened fire first at security personnel who “offered safe passages,” prompting a response in kind.”

  25. King orders bonus for active Decisive Storm participants (saudigazette, Aug 15, 2016)
    http://saudigazette.com.sa/saudi-arabia/king-orders-bonus-active-decisive-storm-participants/

    “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman issued an order to pay a month’s salary as bonus for active personnel of the ministries of interior, defense and the National Guard who participated in the front lines of operations of Decisive Storm and Restoration of Hope.

    The bonus is being issued by the Monarch in appreciation for the loyal sons of this nation who made huge sacrifices for their religion and nation…”

  26. US Embassy Refused to Respond to Americans Being Raped

    The uselessness of UN peacekeepers is one of the worst kept secrets in international affairs. Like the rest of the UN, the one thing you can usually count on Peacekeepers to do is to keep the peace by letting whatever horrors are happening go on happening. Politicians love talking about dispatching UN peacekeepers. Here’s how much good they actually do.

    The soldier pointed his AK-47 at the female aid worker and gave her a choice.

    “Either you have sex with me, or we make every man here rape you and then we shoot you in the head,” she remembers him saying.

    She didn’t really have a choice. By the end of the evening, she had been raped by 15 South Sudanese soldiers.

    This was part of a series of assaults.

    They shot dead a local journalist while forcing the foreigners to watch, raped several foreign women, singled out Americans, beat and robbed people and carried out mock executions, several witnesses told The Associated Press.

    Luckily there were UN peacekeepers nearby.

    For hours throughout the assault, the U.N. peacekeeping force stationed less than a mile away refused to respond to desperate calls for help.

    And under Obama, the US Embassy proved equally useless.

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/263855/us-embassy-refused-respond-americans-being-raped-daniel-greenfield

      • If they have anything to say, I need subtitles. All I can make out is eff- and n-. Grunts and squeals.
        Looks like what washed up on the Italian coast. WARNING to Italy: Send them back!
        Oughta ship this lot to Ebola-ville.
        Police surely deserve hazard-pay.

        • There were threats and such, go back up and watch the one by the sister of the dead punk, she wants them to stop burning the black neighborhoods and move over to the white neighborhoods.

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