Reader’s links for November 27 – 2016

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

71 Replies to “Reader’s links for November 27 – 2016”

    • I can think of plenty other things to design for these savages besides housing.

      How about having a contest to figure out the cheapest way to ship them out of the country.

      • How about having a contest to figure out the cheapest way to ship them out of the country.

        Odd as it may sound, the current course of events may well prove the “cheapest way to ship them out of the country”. With all the high octane virtue-signalling and “humanitarian” moralizing going on, it appears as though only some serious rape epidemics and crime waves will persuade Europeans to finally take action.

        Once the European people are galvanized, then things will move along at a merry clip. Until then, there is almost no alternative but this slow, grinding, and degrading process of gradually exposing the rot within Europe’s über-Liberal “Willkommenskultur“.

        Those who reject these economic tourists will, necessarily, have to militarize (through vigilantism, mob action, or whatever) and overwhelm local law enforcement as part of deconstructing the government-based insanity that is propelling all of this madness. I, for one, do not see much in the way of any more expedient alternatives. One would hope there were, but they are not readily apparent.

        I’m certainly open to suggestions.

        • Well, strictly hypothetically speaking and not advocating any course of action whatsoever, I have a few ideas.

          First thing is a matter of incentive.

          Provide a higher level of incentive for them to leave than what drew them to Europe in the first place. But they would have to start with new attempted arrivals.

          Historically, in situations like this, a group would viciously slaughter the bulk of an invading force, and send a few home to tell the tale.

          The reason being that the survivors would create disincentive for the remainder to invade.

          The internet makes that unnecessary. They could sink a few boats and dinghies, film then drowning and video it, sending the video back to the home countries of the Syrian refugees, namely Pakistan and Afghanistan and the Islamic Maghreb, and it would have the same effect.

          Then, for those who haven’t read the tea leaves and are still doing antisocial behavior in Europe, they can give them the choice:

          Walk back home the way they walked into Europe at their own expense or with George Soros money or however they managed to get the 2 years pay they spent on smugglers, or face harsh indefinite detention on a steady diet of pork soup.

          At the door, they get a new pair of flip flops and a highway map.

          I am not suggesting this be done. It would be all those bad things that people would say it is and should be ignored and insulted as a method.

          Just because for 100,000 years of human history it always worked, doesn’t mean we should do it now.

          But if we are talking about the cheapest way hypothetically, this would be it.

          In fact, with minor adjustments, you could get them to pay to leave.

          In fact, if you adjust enough, you might be able to get them to pay enough to fix the damage they caused.

          • Europe’s recent spate of “economic tourists” will consider themselves fortunate if your description becomes their fate. Islam’s penchant for hostilities, coupled with the already violent nature of so many of these invaders all points towards a much more discordant outcome.

            I agree that simply sinking several boatloads of invaders (with multiple video camera angles for later rebroadcast) would provide a sharp disincentive. However, the barbarians already are inside the gates.

            Yes, stemming the influx is important, but there are a sufficient number of these interlopers present to where they can crash the system as things stand. Any extras only accelerate the process.

            As NYNanny7 pointed out, deporting the lot of them will be required. Currently, there is too much political opposition to doing any such thing. That means it’s going to get (a lot) worse before it gets (even slightly) better.

          • Your solution would have worked a few years ago but the left have let too many invaders in for this to work now. It will take vigilante action to work since there are too many for simple mob action to be enough. I wish there was another less violent way but I can’t see one, the left and cultural Marxism have blocked every attempt to find a peaceful solution.

  1. Human traffickers arrested after smuggling Albanian migrants into Britain from France (express, Nov 27, 2016)

    “POLICE have shut down a lucrative smuggling gang who were allegedly smuggling Albanians from mainland Europe and into Britain.

    The group of two Frenchmen and three Albanians, which included a teenager, were caught in northern France after the smuggling ring began to get more ambitious in their attempts to dodge border control agencies.

    After tracking the alleged smugglers for several months, police say the “well organised” smuggling network originally moved people across the border in the back of cars to “blend in with the rest of the traffic flow” in the port of Roscoff, Brittany.

    But as the smugglers became more ambitous in their trafficking attempts, they started to stash people in the back of a rented minivan filled with furniture for £5,000 per person…”

  2. Syria attack causes ‘chemical gas’ symptoms in rebels – Turkish media (reuters, Nov 27, 2016)

    “A rocket attack by Islamic State militants in northern Syria caused symptoms of “chemical gas” in 22 Syrian rebels, state media cited the Turkish armed forces as saying on Sunday.

    The attack targeted Turkey-backed rebels who have been besieging the Islamic State-controlled town of al-Bab for days. Al-Bab is a major target in the “Euphrates Shield” operation to push the jihadists away from the Syrian side of the Turkish border.

    The Turkish military said the rocket attack was in Syria’s Haliliye area, according to state-run Anadolu agency. It did not specify when the attack occurred.

    Media reports said Turkish AFAD emergency relief teams had conducted various tests on the affected rebels for traces of chemical materials at a hospital in Turkey’s border province of Kilis.”

  3. Militants kidnap six Pakistani workers of Polish oil company (reuters, Nov 27, 2016)

    “Six Pakistani workers from a Polish oil and gas surveying company have been kidnapped in northwestern Pakistan, military sources told Reuters, years after a Polish engineer from the same company was beheaded by Pakistani militants.

    The six Geofizyka Krakow workers were snatched on Saturday afternoon from their vehicles on a road near the village of Drazinda, some 80km (50 miles) from the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan, two military officials with security forces in the area said on condition of anonymity as they are not authorised to speak to the media.

    One of the sources provided Reuters with the names and national identity card numbers of the workers.

    Geofizyka Krakow, which is a subsidiary of Poland’s state-run gas firm PGNiG, could not be immediately reached for comment. On its website, the company said it had entered liquidation in August 2016.

    No militant group has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. In the past, militants from the hardline Islamist Pakistani Taliban group have kidnapped people in the region for ransom or to bargain for the release of prisoners…”

  4. Two mass graves of Iraq’s Yazidi minority found near Mosul – official (reuters, Nov 27, 2016)

    “Two mass graves of at least 18 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, thousands of whom have been killed and kidnapped by Islamic State, have been discovered as security forces fight to dislodge the militants from Mosul, a local official said.

    Kurdish peshmerga forces found the grave near the Shababit junction in northwestern Iraq while scouting the area. It contained bones and identity cards that appeared to have been covered over with sandy earth by a bulldozer.

    Islamic State systematically killed, captured and enslaved thousands of Yazidis in the summer of 2014 as they overran the Sinjar area, where many of them lived. United Nations investigators have said that constitutes genocide.

    The mayor of Sinjar, Mahma Xelil, said the latest discovery brought the number of Yazidi mass graves found so far to 29, estimating the total would rise to more than 40 as the militants are driven back further…”

  5. Israeli Military Kills 4 IS Militants in Syria After Ambush (abcnews, Nov 27, 2016)

    “The Israeli military says it has killed four Islamic State-affiliated militants in Syria, after the militants opened fire on a military patrol on the Israeli side of the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

    Lt. Col. Peter Lerner says the Israeli patrol came under machine gun and mortar fire early Sunday. They returned fire toward Syria before an Israeli aircraft engaged, striking a machine gun-mounted vehicle and killing its passengers. All were suspected militants from an IS offshoot that controls the area. No Israeli troops were harmed.

    Israel has largely been unaffected by the Syrian civil war next door. There have been sporadic incidents of spillover fire that Israel has generally dismissed as tactical errors of the Assad regime. This appears to be the first case of an intentional ambush targeting Israeli troops.”

  6. Qatar will help Syrian rebels even if Trump ends U.S. role (reuters, Nov 26, 2016)

    “Qatar will continue to arm Syrian rebels even if Donald Trump ends U.S. backing for the multinational effort, Doha’s foreign minister said in an interview, signaling its determination to pursue a policy the U.S. President-elect may abandon.

    But Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said the wealthy Gulf state would not “go solo” and supply shoulder-fired missiles to the rebels to defend themselves against Syrian and Russian warplanes.

    While the rebels needed more military support, any move to supply “Manpad” anti-aircraft weapons to them would have to be decided collectively by the rebels’ backers, the minister, a member of Qatar’s royal family, told Reuters late on Saturday.

    Some Western officials worry that Gulf states, dismayed at effective Russian air support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, could supply such weapons. Washington fears they could be seized by jihadi groups and used against Western airliners.

    Qatar is a top backer of rebels fighting Assad, working alongside Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Western nations in a military aid program overseen by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency that provides moderate groups with arms and training.

    Qatar was determined to carry on, Sheikh Mohammed said, sipping tea in his spacious office on the ministry’s top floor overlooking the Gulf.

    “This support is going to continue, we are not going to stop it. It doesn’t mean that if Aleppo falls we will give up on the demands of the Syrian people,” he said…”

  7. Iran Loses Nuclear Device, Sparks GCC Worry

    The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is concerned over a missing radioactive device from Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor, Saudi-owned Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported on Thursday.

    Aside from the security concerns, at the forefront in the GCC’s mind is what impact the radioactive device—wherever it may be today—could have on water supplies.

    According to the newspaper, the device went missing after the car transporting it was stolen. Thankfully, the vehicle was recovered, but the radioactive nuclear device was not so lucky.

    The GCC has contacted the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the incident—both organizations are concerned that Iran’s nuclear program may pollute the waters in the Gulf, Asharq al-Awsat quoted GCC Emergency Management Center chairman, Adnan al-Tamimi, as saying.

    Most members of the GCC – which includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman – desalinate sea water from the Gulf. If contamination from the device were to reach desalination stations, an already critical situation becomes even more critical.

    The missing device is set to lose half of its power after 74 days of inactivity, Tamimi said, noting that it still should be handled with care even after that period.

    Speaking to Asharq al-Awsat, the Arab official criticized Iran’s low security and safety levels at the Bushehr reactor, adding that the lack of Iranian transparency about its nuclear program adds further concerns and anxiousness for the Arab Gulf states.

  8. Texas state trooper hit by gunfire from Mexico

    FRONTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas state trooper was wounded on the Texas-Mexico border when a bullet apparently strayed from a gunbattle on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.

    Lt. Johnny Hernandez of the Texas Department of Public Safety says the trooper suffered a leg wound.

    The state trooper was hit about 1 p.m. Friday while on foot patrol with the Border Patrol agent in Fronton, on the border about 105 miles upstream from Brownsville. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection statement says the federal agent also was hit but was protected by body armor.

    The trooper, whose identity hasn’t been released, was in stable condition at a McAllen hospital.

    Hernandez says it’s unclear who was involved in the gunfight.

  9. François Fillon on course for Thatcherite victory in French Right’s presidential primary battle

    France is expected to elect its first truly Thatcherite leader of the Right on Sunday, with François Fillon in pole position to take on an ebullient far-Right Front National.

    Seen as a no-hoper even a month ago, one last-minute poll put Mr Fillon, a former prime minister, winning the presidential primary nomination for his Republicans party with 61 per cent of the vote against 39 per cent for his older, more moderate rival, Alain Juppé.

    Mr Juppé and Mr Fillon voted in their respective fiefdoms on Sunday morning, after polls opened at 8am.

  10. China again sends fighter jets, bombers through sensitive strait south of Okinawa

    TOKYO (Tribune News Service) — Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force scrambled aircraft in response to a flight by Chinese fighters and bombers through a key entryway into the Pacific Ocean between Okinawa and Miyako Island, the Defense Ministry said.

    Two Chinese fighters and bombers, as well as two other surveillance planes, flew through the Miyako Strait on Friday. The flight, which did not infringe on Japanese territorial airspace, was legal but went through a politically sensitive area.

    It was the second such flight since September, when Beijing dispatched at least eight fighters and bombers through the area — apparently to send a message to Tokyo.

    Friday’s flight involved two H-6 bombers and two intelligence-gathering aircraft that flew northwest over the Pacific Ocean toward the East China Sea, passing through the strait south of Okinawa. The two Su-30 fighters entered the passageway from the opposite direction, making U-turns to link up with the four other aircraft before flying to the East China Sea, the Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff Office said in a news release.

  11. High turnout as French conservatives choose candidate to battle far-right for presidency

    November 27, 2016

    By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Marine Pennetier

    PARIS (Reuters) – Two former prime ministers went head-to-head on Sunday in a runoff vote for France’s center-right presidential nomination, with the victor expected to face a showdown against a resurgent far-right in May.

    The winner, either Francois Fillon or Alain Juppe, will most likely represent the entire French political mainstream against the National Front’s Marine Le Pen, in another test of the anti-establishment anger in Western countries that saw Britain vote to leave the EU and Americans elect Donald Trump as president.

  12. Fake news’ theme: Hallmarks of a Big Lie
    By J.E. Dyer November 26, 2016

    The Washington Post decided this week to shift the “fake news” debate to a new frontier.

    The debate has been motoring along for a few weeks now, centered loosely on the tacit proposition that “fake news is anything with premises, arguments, and conclusions that I don’t agree with. Plus there’s this guy who suckered in some right-wing bloggers with his fake Craigslist ad.”

    Now WaPo has moved on to the proposition that “fake news is anything that sounds like the Russians could have said it, which might as well mean the Russians planted it. Plus there’s that guy who suckered in the right-wing bloggers with his fake Craigslist ad.”

    Other than the one guy with his one fake Craigslist ad – which I think we can all agree constitutes genuine, certified “fake news” – the scourge of “fake news” keep changing its spots. But the problem goes beyond that. The supposed “fake news” phenomenon keeps making little, if any, sense, in terms of how it and its meaning are being defined.

    In the latest iteration, a couple of study groups – one from a well-known think tank, the other no one’s ever heard of – looked at the content of some news and blogging sites in the U.S., and compared it to the content of Russia’s state-run media. The previously unknown study group (from the organization PropOrNot) found similarities in the content of the Russian media and sites like ZeroHedge, TruthOut, and Gates of Vienna, among some 190-odd others.

  13. Indonesia Says 2 Militants Arrested in Myanmar Embassy Plot (abcnews, Nov 27, 2016)

    “Indonesia’s anti-terror squad has arrested two militants who were planning to attack prominent places in the country’s capital, including the Myanmar Embassy, police said Sunday.

    An interrogation of suspected bomb maker Rio Priatna Wibawa, who was arrested this past week, led authorities to the men, said national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar. All three claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group.

    Bahrain Agam was arrested in northern Aceh province late Saturday and Saiful Bahri was captured in Banten province on Sunday, Amar said…”

  14. NO MORE SOFT GERMANY: Minister plots to send 500,000 migrants to detention centre in EGYPT (express, Nov 27, 2016)

    “A TOP GERMAN politician has drawn up a Draconian plan to deport 500,000 refugees next year to a repatriation centre he wants to build in Egypt.

    Currently the system of booting out migrants whose asylum applications are rejected is painfully slow with thousands fighting their deportations with taxpayer-funded lawsuits and human rights groups assisting them.

    The interior minister of the wealthy south German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Thomas Strobl of the governing CDU conservative party, wrote in a newspaper on Sunday he wants to increase dramatically the deportation and expulsion of rejected asylum seekers in Germany.

    He said: “In the year 2017 there will be probably half a million foreigners in Germany who have no right to be here.

    “Here is where we need a national effort! We cannot tolerate 500,000 foreigners without the right to remain in our country. We require urgent new instruments for repatriations and deportations. Otherwise we undermine the public confidence in our rule of law.”

    On Tuesday, at the Conference of German Interior Ministers, Strobl – who is also one of five vice-chairmen of the CDU on the national stage – will introduce a paper entitled ‘Who has no right of residence must go’.

    A week later he intends to have the initiative adopted as policy at his party’s annual congress.

    The Strobl plan foresees tough consequences for identity concealment which is a common ploy by rejected asylum seekers: if they have no papers they cannot be deported.

    He proposes “the immediate withdrawal of state toleration, the imposition of a prohibition on employment and massive cuts of in social services. It’s all about bridging days until the deportation,” he added.

    He also called for those asylum seekers who have been known to return to their homeland to visit relatives to lose their right to residency.

    He said: “Whoever is driving in his home country, where he supposedly is under threat to life and limb, to make holiday or to visit relatives, must immediately lose his asylum status. We cannot tolerate a such asylum shopping.”

    Many refugees claim sickness as a reason for not being shípped out of the country.

    But Stroble says: “If they were sick when they came into Germany they can no longer use that as an excuse not to leave Germany.”

    The possibility of detention will be extended.

    “Who does not fulfil his obligation to leave, may come, in the future, easier into detention. Even if we have an open heart for those who need protection, we will proceed with full vigour against those we believe are pulling the wool over our eyes.”

    He also proposes to set up a German repatriation Centre in Egypt to receive not only shipwrecked refugees from the Mediterranean, but also rejected asylum seekers from Germany.

    He added; “There is a good chance to make such an agreement with Egypt. Especially for people who conceal their identity and nationality, or not be redeemed by their home countries, the use of such a centre in Egypt is a real way forward.”

    His plan also calls for German forces currently on duty in Afghanistan to assist in the deportations of rejected Afghani migrants and wants to expand border controls with Austria and Switzerland.

    The mood in his party is seen to be receptive to his new, hard line, and Chancellor Merkel – who will campaign for a fourth term in office at the general election next year – is also keen to be seen taking a stronger line against illegals before polls open.”

  15. BBC, VoA reporters detained in southeast Turkey (RT, Nov 27, 2016)

    “Reporters working for BBC and Voice of America have been detained in southeastern Turkey.

    Turkey arrested dozens of journalists after the failed July coup attempt in a nationwide crackdown on the media.

    Hatice Kamer, a correspondent for BBC Turkey, was detained Saturday in the town of Sirvan. She was covering a November 17 mine collapse, which left at least 11 people dead and five missing under the rubble. The Turkish language service of the BBC said Kamer intended to meet with families of the victims.

    Kamer was released on Sunday, BBC Turkey later reported.

    Voice of America freelance reporter Khajijan Farqin was detained in Diyarbakir, the US government-funded outlet said, citing a Saturday message from her family. Details remain unclear, with her attorney unable to reach her for five days due to the state of emergency in the province, the report said…”

  16. Obama administration to create new task force to hunt terrorists worldwide – report (RT, Nov 27, 2016)

    “The outgoing administration is reportedly seeking to create a new special operations task force that would use the elite Joint Special Operations Command’s experience to carry out clandestine activities all across the globe as an independent entity.

    The proposal includes transformation of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) from being a strike tool employed by US Army’s regional commands into a key part of a new multi-agency intelligence force, Washington Post reported.

    Referred to as the ‘Counter-External Operations Task Force,’ or Ex-Ops, the new organization would act globally with the stated goal of targeting terrorists beyond conventional conflict zones like Syria or Libya, according to Obama administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    The Ex-Ops task force could also share intelligence as well as deliver recommendations and advice to Western militaries and security forces, or even conduct joint operations, the report said.

    It will report to the Pentagon through the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), according to the military officials, creating a “hybrid command system” that can bypass the Army’s regional commands to speed up preparations for covert operations.

    In the past, the US military’s Special Forces deployed under the regional commands, according to Stars and Stripes, but the creation of the Ex-Ops would mean handing Army General Raymond Thomas first in command when sending the task force into combat missions.

    “Now [Thomas] can request whatever he wants and… unless there’s some other higher competing priority, the combatant commanders have to cough it up,” said a former senior defense official.

    The number of contributing secret services, both nationwide and internationally, is in flux, the official added, as intelligence-sharing laws and internal friction have kept some on the periphery of the new organization…”

    • I don’t like this, it takes the Special Operators out of too many links in the chain of command and makes them responsible to the intel services as much as to the military.

      • Really excellent video, Richard. It’s mandatory viewing for anyone who is sincere about understanding the massive death toll of Communism (and Socialism in general). I’ve written an accompanying piece for it but the article will not post here due to having too many links (I guess).

        I’m hoping that Xanthippa will post it over at her Chamberpot so that Eeyore can link to it here. Stefan Molyneux is a genuine treasure and an indefatigable fighter for Western values.

        • I will explain this again.

          WordPress is set to hold any post with more than a few links for moderation in order not to get everyone reads this site exposed to malicious code.

          When I see a comment being held, I approve it (assuming its from someone we know) but feel free to post whatever you feel is worthy with all the links you want. It just may take a few hours till I see it and can approve it, or it might be right away, or you can send me the link in email and Ill do it right away if Im near a terminal.

          Sorry for the inconvenience.

          Also yes, Xanthippas, is a great place to post. She will most likely put it at her site and we can link back to that. Time is short for some of us and we have many videos.

  17. Twitter explodes after comedian’s tweet invites terrorists to attack Trump properties

    Read more:

    Patton Oswalt is a comedian best known for his longtime role as geeky sidekick Spence in “The King of Queens.” He also happens to be a raving liberal with a massive Twitter following.

    The actor stepped into it big time Friday afternoon, however, when he decided the world, including apparently terrorists, needed to know that billionaire Donald Trump does indeed own multiple properties around the globe.

    Read the tweet (now deleted, but screen-saved by a helpful user), and decide for yourself whether the raving liberal comedian was being raving liberal or comedic … or ironic, or horrified, or something…

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  18. A Month of Islam and Multiculturalism in Germany: October 2016
    Child Marriage, No-go Zones, Gang Rapes

    by Soeren Kern
    November 27, 2016 at 5:00 am

    October 1. Two migrants raped a 23-year-old woman in Lüneburg as she was walking in a park with her young child. The men, who remain at large, forced the child to watch while they took turns assaulting the woman.

    October 2. A 19-year-old migrant raped a 90-year-old woman as she was leaving a church in downtown Düsseldorf. Police initially described the suspect as “a Southern European with North African roots.” It later emerged that the man is a Moroccan with a Spanish passport.

    October 2. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble called for the development of a “German Islam” to help integrate Muslims in the country. In an opinion article published by Welt am Sonntag, he wrote:

    “Considering the diverse origins of Muslims in Germany, we want to promote the development of a German Islam, the development of self-assurance of Muslims living as Muslims in Germany, in a free, open, pluralistic and tolerant order, according to our laws and the religious neutrality of the state.

    “There is no doubt that the growing number of Muslims in our country today is testing the tolerance of mainstream society. The origin of the vast majority of refugees means that we are increasingly dealing with people from very different cultures…. In this tense situation, we should not allow for the emergence of an atmosphere in which well-integrated people in Germany feel alien.”

    October 4. Münchner Merkur reported that the 2016 Munich Oktoberfest recorded its lowest turnout since 2001. Visitors reportedly stayed away due to concerns about terrorism and migrant-related sexual assaults.

  19. Turkey: Child Rapists to Go Free, Journalists Not?

    by Burak Bekdil
    November 27, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Turkey, officially, is the world’s biggest jailer of journalists. But its ruling Islamist party has drafted a bill that would release about 3,000 men who married children, including men who raped them. Public uproar has only convinced the ruling conservative Muslim lawmakers to consider revising the bill.

    Muslims in general have a confused mind about the permissible age for marriage. The Quran does not mention a specific minimum age. But most Muslims believe that their prophet, Mohammad, married Aisha when the bride was nine years old — although there are some sources that claim the marriage took place when Aisha was 19 or 20 years of age. Some modern sources of Islamic authority, however, especially Wahhabi, have in recent years issued “extreme” fatwas. In 2011, Salih bin Fawzan, a prominent cleric and member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, issued a fatwa asserting that there is no minimum age for marriage and that girls can be married “even if they are in the cradle.”

    In 2014, the Saudi Grand Mufti allowed marriages with girls under 15 and avoided mentioning a minimum age. Turkish conservatives are no exception to having an inclination to marry little girls.

    Earlier in 2016, the head of a department of the Supreme Court of Appeals revealed that nearly 3,000 marriages were registered between female victims of sexual abuse, including rape, and their assailants. Speaking to a parliamentary commission, the senior judge testified that children between the ages of five and 18 could be subjected to sexual abuse in the country, and that girls between the ages of 12 and 15 were more easily tricked by abusers. He mentioned a particular case in which three men kidnapped and raped a girl, then one of them married her and the sentences for all three were lifted.

  20. A Trump Strategy to Stop the Clinton’s from Stealing the Election

    Below is a list of potential actions the Trump Team should consider in response to the requested and pending state recounts that would allow Hillary Clinton to steal the 2016 election.

    Learn from the Past –

    In 2000 Democrat Al Gore tried to steal the election in Florida from Republican GW Bush. Just before the deadline for recount requests, the Gore team petitioned for recounts in just four Florida counties that happened to be heavily Democrat voting counties. If Gore wanted a fair recount he would have selected the entire state. By selecting the heavy Democrat counties Gore was hoping to pick up enough uncounted Democrat votes and steal the election. There was no time for Bush to ask for recounts in all Florida counties when Gore made his recount motion. Bush was leading Gore by 1,700 votes.

    After two recounts Bush was still winning. At this point Gore asked for another recount. Gore’s team knew that if Florida did not have a definitive winner by the deadline to file with the federal government, which likely would happen with another time consuming recount that the Florida votes would not be counted and Gore would win the national election based on his lead in Electoral College votes. The Bush team countered the 3rd Gore recount request and it went to the Florida Supreme Court which was Democrat and they agreed with Gore’s request. Next the Bush team went to the US Supreme Court which sided with Bush and the recounts were stopped and Bush won the election and became President.

  21. Remember Keith Ellison is a serious contender to be the leader of the Democrats

    Will Media Notice Keith Ellison in 2012? Nazi Germany ‘Attacked Pearl Harbor’
    By Tom Blumer | November 26, 2016 | 11:54 PM EST

    The leftist press give gaffes made by Republicans years and even decades of shelf life. They roasted Bush 41 Vice President Dan Quayle for years for adding a “e” at the end of “potato” with the “help” of a flashcard which had the word spelled incorrectly — not only in the press, but also on the late-night talks shows.

    Gaffes by Democrats, liberals and even far-lefties tend to get a complete pass, or are mentioned very briefly and then quickly forgotten. One such example relates to Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, who seems to have learned everything he knows about World War II from Animal House.

    Most Americans never learned about then-candidate Barack Obama’s completely unforced and erroneous reference in May 2008 to how “I have now been in 57 states, I think one left to go.” He then went on to exclude Hawaii and Alaska as ever having been eligible for a campaign visit, therefore betraying a belief, at least as communicated, that the U.S. has 60 states.

  22. Court Orders Indefinite Custody for Afghan Who Burned Bulgarian Flag
    Bahir Yarunal, 20, crossed the Bulgarian border illegally on his way to Serbia, his final destination being France. He was arrested and was denied refugee status on November 22.

    On Sunday, Haskovo Regional Governor Stanislav Dechev informed Prime Minister Boyko Borissov that the nearly three-kilometre fence around the compound would be strengthened until December 1.

    Razor wire will be installed on the fence, including on the reinforced concrete wall along the main street of Harmanli.

    Interviewed by Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), the centre’s Director Dimiter Zahariev said the riot was prompted by the migrants’ reluctance to stop there and in Bulgaria as they want to reach Western Europe.

  23. FRANCE Fillon on course to win French presidential primary

    François Fillon has easily beaten ALain Juppé to become the rightwing presidential primary, initial resultsshow.

    Initial results released at around 8.25 pm on Sunday night suggested Fillon had easily beaten his rival Alain Juppé after garnering 69.5 percent of the vote to 39.5 percent.

    The votes will be updated throughout the night, but with such a large lead, Fillon appears home and dry.


    “It shouldn’t be a big deal,” Ginella Massa says of hosting CityNews in a traditional Muslim headscarf.

    Canada suddenly has its first hijab-wearing news anchor on commercial television.

    “For me, it’s just a step forward in my career,” Ginella Massa, who jumped at the chance to fill a vacant anchor chair at the CityNews network in Toronto last Friday night, tells The Hollywood Reporter. But when Massa ended the 11 p.m. newscast just before midnight and checked in with her assignment editor, they agreed that Canada also had taken an even bigger leap forward for diversity.


    ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A Somali-American woman will be the first to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA contest while wearing a hijab and other modest Muslim clothing that keeps her fully covered.

    Nineteen-year-old Halima Aden of St. Cloud will be part of the competition Saturday and Sunday in Burnsville. In addition to her hijab, she’ll wear a full-body outfit called a burkini during the swimsuit competition, and she’ll modify evening gowns to be more modest.

  26. Anatomy of a firestorm: 180 injured, hundreds of homes in ruins, 33,000 dunams of parkland burned

    At least 35 suspects, mostly Palestinians, arrested for arson or incitement; finance minister approves aid, promises to stand by those affected ‘even after the smoke clears’
    The wildfires that have raged across Israel over five days have left at least 133 people injured, rendered hundreds of homes unlivable and consumed tens of thousands of dunams of protected parks and nature reserves.

  27. BREAKING: A car exploded/fire in a car park of the Christmas Market in #Liege #Belgium, no words on injuries or the cause,massive police response

  28. Vladimir Putin: Russia’s borders ‘do not end anywhere’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told a nine-year-old boy this week that Russia, effectively, has no borders, according to news reports:

    Vladimir Putin has said Russia’s borders “do not end anywhere” during a live televised awards ceremony for students in Moscow.

    On stage, the Russian president asked a nine-year-old boy: “Where does Russia’s border end?” The child answered “at the Bering Strait with the United States”.

    Putin subsequently told the crowd at the ceremony he was making a joke, but his comments are not likely to ease the mounting tension in Europe over Russian aggression, most recently Putin’s decision to move nuclear-capable missiles closer to European border countries.


    If we lived in America, where Freedom of Speech reigned supreme, we would be so blessed. You see, America is no longer “Land of the Free,” as much as it is becoming “Land of the P.C.” Bravery, with the exception of some, is becoming a thing of the past, while “Safe Spaces,” threatens to pave the way for the future.

    Well, one Baptist pastor is not about to let the powers-that-be get him down. “I’m not politically correct. I’ve never been politically correct, but I think I’m biblically correct, and that’s what matters to me,” said Pastor Harrington. “It isn’t against any particular denomination. It’s just the fact that I have taught and will continue to teach that I have one God, one way of salvation, and one Bible that’s holy.”

  30. The trees lost to fire are pinus halepensis, ‘Allepo pine’ [aka ‘Jerusalem pine’]. Wiki describes the cones as “broad at the base when closed, green at first, ripening glossy red-brown when 24 months old. They open slowly over the next few years, a process QUICKENED if they are exposed to heat such as in forest fires. The cones open…to allow the seeds to disperse [by wind].” [my emphasis]

    Now, a commenter at ElderOfZiyon takes it from there:

    “You know what this means: The cones on the fire-killed trees are going to rain and blow seeds all over, and in a couple of years will produce a “lawn” of little trees all over the fire areas and beyond. The cones can also be gathered and used to produce seedlings in nurseries. More trees for Israel and for those who want them in neighbouring areas. It will be wonderfully ironic if Israel has been put in a position by these fires, to assist with the future re-forestation that will be needed in Syria, when peace comes there.”

    • This process is known as “fire ecology“. It occurs both in nature and as an ancient human (quasi-agricultural) practice. America’s National Park Service has thwarted a lot of natural regrowth due to its policy of fighting forest fires (although that is changing). Some trees, like the bristlecone pine (oldest in the world) depend upon fire ecology to reproduce.

      Knowing the Israelis, they will relocate many of the Jerusalem pine seedlings and only manage to make their country even more beautiful. This will undoubtedly enrage the “Palestinians” like almost everything else on earth does.

      • I think black walnut also requires fire to reproduce. To quote an associate who has a PhD in environmental sciences, “A forest is basically a constant biological and chemical weapons battlefield”.

  31. Pakistan truck driver arrested in Torkham, 9,310kg of Ammonium Nitrate seized (khaama, Nov 27, 2016)

    “A Pakistani truck driver was arrested by the Afghan National Border Police (ANBP) forces as he was attempting to transport 9,310kg of Ammonium Nitrate via Torkham.

    “Yesterday evening, Afghan National Border Police (ANBP) confiscated 9310 kilos of Ammonium Nitrate, a key component used to make Improvised Explosive Devices,” the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement.

    The statement further added that Ammonium Nitrate was placed in a Pakistani truck transporting to Afghanistan.

    “The police searched the truck and found the Ammonium Nitrate in the Torkham port,” MoI said, adding that “The driver was arrested on accusation of this case.”

    The anti-government armed militant groups frequently use Ammonium Nitrate to produce homemade explosives including Improvised Explosive Device (IED) for roadside bombings besides using the material for complex attacks.

    IEDs are considered as the major contributor to civilian casualties as the ordinary civilians are mostly targeted in such attacks…”

  32. German Justice Minister Heiko Maas worried fake news might affect 2017 election (DW, Nov 27, 2016)

    “Justice Minister Heiko Maas has said Germans “must reckon” with the idea that internet-based misinformation could play a part in the 2017 federal election. MPs from Merkel’s CDU party will be briefed on the issue Monday…”

  33. Asylum report: 8 out of 10 want to stay in Sweden (thelocal, Nov 27, 2016)

    “Although most asylum seekers in Sweden are happy with the accommodation provided for them, although many are worried about the long waits to be granted residence permits, according to a survey.

    An overwhelming majority – 84 per cent – also stated their wish to remain in Sweden permanently, although only half believe they are likely to succeed.

    The survey, conducted by Expressen, asked 1,691 people in 18 asylum centres across Sweden, finding that the majority wish to establish a permanent life for themselves in the country. Seven per cent said that they would prefer to return to their home countries once the situations there allow this.

    The desire to return home also varies according to where the asylum seekers come from. None of the Somalians asked wished to return home, while 13 per cent of Iranians and 11 per cent of the Syrians that responded to the survey indicated a desire to return home at some point in the future.

    Fifty-nine per cent of survey participants said that they were happy with conditions in their asylum centres, with one third saying that they were ‘very satisfied’.

    But a significant amount of dissatisfaction was also recorded, particularly in relation to waiting times to be granted residency permits…”

  34. 75 pct of Turkish citizens believe Turkey is drifting away from EU (hurriyetdailynews, Nov 27, 2016)

    “Some 75 percent of Turkish citizens believe Turkey is drifting away from the European Union, while 44 percent of them believe freezing membership talks is a positive development.

    According to a survey conducted by ANDY-AR focusing on Turkey-EU relations, 75.3 percent of the participants believe Turkey is moving away from the EU, whereas 19.9 percent of them believe Turkey is not…”

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